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FEBRUARY 16, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 6, NO. 316

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UNP's Nomination list for CMC rejected
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, February 16, 2006, 5.39 p.m.. The Department of Elections today afternoon rejected the United National Party (UNP) nomination's list to contest the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC).

The Election Department's ruling was given on grounds that one of the candidates fielded by the UNP to contest the forthcoming local Government Election was under the stipulated 18 years of age.

The UNP which chose ex Mayor/Minister Sirisena Cooray as their Mayoral Candidate, was pondering their 'next steps' at the time this article was filed.

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Published: Thu Feb 16 07:57:50 EST 2006

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Sri Lankan rebel implies failed peace talks could bring all-out war; dynamite seized
Associated Press, Thu February 16, 2006 09:03 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Tamil Tiger leader said Thursday the rebel group is committed to a four-year-old cease-fire, but implied that all-out war could occur if upcoming peace talks with the Sri Lankan government in Geneva fail. Meanwhile, rival rebels factions clashed in eastern Sri Lanka - , killing one combatant and wounding two others, police said. The latest fighting took place in areas controlled by the mainstream rebel group in Batticaloa district, according to police.

Also Thursday, Sri Lankan police said they found 300 dynamite sticks on two passenger buses in the country's northwest.

Three passengers were arrested for possessing the dynamite, a type used mostly in the construction and mining industries, the official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The buses were bound for the northwestern town of Mannar, 220 kilometers north of Sri Lanka - 's capital, Colombo, the official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The official offered no further details.

The Tigers accuse the government of backing a breakaway faction and want the Colombo administration to disarm that group before proceeding further with the peace talks.

``Every day there are human rights violations of the Tamils by Sri Lankan military and groups backed by them,'' Puleedevan said, adding that 120 Tamil civilians have been killed and 55 missing since January.

The government denies backing the splinter group and in turn blames the rebels for many of the killings, including 81 soldiers killed since Dec. 4, when new violence flared up in the northeast.

The rebel movement split in 2004 when an eastern-based military commander, named Karuna, broke away with 6,000 fighters. The rebellion was suppressed by the mainstream rebels, but Karuna and several fighters managed to escape and are known to operate in eastern Sri Lanka - .

The Tamil Tigers in 1983 launched a violent campaign to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils in the northeast, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination. The civil war killed 65,000 people before the cease-fire was signed.

The truce has come under severe strain due to escalating violence.

Associated Press writer Bharatha Mallawarachi contributed to this report.

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Published: Thu Feb 16 09:25:50 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka questions commandos over student slaughter
afp, february 16. COLOMBO, Feb 14, 2006 (AFP) - Sri Lankan authorities interrogated 12 elite police commandos Tuesday over the massacre of five students which sparked major unrest in the island's north-east, official sources said. Detectives were grilling an inspector, a sub-inspector and 10 constables of the Special Task Force (STF) who were at the scene of the massacre on January 2 in Trincomalee, a top police source said. More...

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Rival Tamil Tiger factions clash in eastern Sri Lanka , one dead, two wounded
Associated Press, Thu February 16, 2006 02:00 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Rival factions of the Tamil Tiger rebels clashed in eastern Sri Lanka, killing one combatant and wounding two others, police said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Keeps Key Interest Rate Unchanged for Second Month
bloomberg.com, Feb. 16. Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's central bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged for a second month to spur investment and fuel economic growth after four increases last year helped slow inflation. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka left the repurchase rate at which it drains money from the banking system at 8.75 percent, the monetary authority said in a statement today... Back to the top

Jayawardene to captain Sri Lanka in Bangladesh
reuters.co.uk, Thu Feb 16, 2006. Sri Lanka have named Mahela Jayawardene as captain for the tour of Bangladesh starting this week... Back to the top

Sri Lankan left party calls for meaningful ceasefire
people.com.cn, February 15, 2006. Sri Lanka's main left party, the JVP or the People's Liberation Front, said Tuesday that the government must prevail on the Tamil Tigers to make the ongoing ceasefire "meaningful"... Back to the top

Singapore says Thai deputy PM remains ASEAN's ``consensus candidate'' for UN chief post
Associated Press, Wed February 15, 2006 21:46 EST . SINGAPORE (AP) _ Thailand's deputy prime minister is still the top candidate among Southeast Asian nations for the post of U... Back to the top

Sri Lankan gov t plans to achieve 8 percent GDP growth
people.com.cn, February 15, 2006. The Sri Lankan government is in the process of drafting a six year strategic plan to achieve an 8 percent growth in the country, Treasury Secretary P... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to introduce underground trains
people.com.cn, February 16, 2006. The Sri Lankan Railway Track Development Ministry has decided to introduce an underground tube train system to Sri Lanka capital City of Colombo and the suburbs, Daily News reported Thursday... Back to the top

UNP keeps everyone in suspense over their Mayoral candidate
Munza Mushtaq, February 15, 2005, 3.38 p.m.. With less than 24 hours to go for nominations to close for the forthcoming local government poll, the main opposition—United National Party (UNP) has still not decided who its Mayoral candidate will be, at the time this story was filed... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president releases top opposition politician jailed for contempt of court
Associated Press, Wed February 15, 2006 10:36 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Wednesday ordered the release of a top opposition leader, who was serving a two-year jail sentence for criticizing the Supreme Court, the president's office said... Back to the top

Be flexible at Geneva, India tells Sri Lanka
newkerala.com, February 15, 2006, - 07:50 EDT. By M.R. Narayan Swamy,New Delhi: India has advised Sri Lanka to be "flexible" during talks with the Tamil Tiger guerrillas in Geneva next week... Back to the top

No solution within unitary Constitution, says LTTE
hindu.com, February 15, 2006, - 18:00 EDT. COLOMBO: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Wednesday ruled out a solution to the decades-long separatist conflict within the unitary Constitution... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers say no compromise on separate homeland possible
Associated Press, Wed February 15, 2006 06:34 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's separatist rebels said Wednesday they will not compromise their demand for a homeland during upcoming peace talks... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers say 28 underage combatants discharged
Associated Press, Wed February 15, 2006 01:23 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tigers rebels said Wednesday they discharged 28 volunteers after learning they were under 18 years old, aiming to deflect U... Back to the top

Lanka-LTTE trust at rock-bottom, say Nordic Monitors
webindia123.com, February 15, 2006, - 07:50 EDT. Nordic truce monitors, overseeing the shaky truce between the Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the past four years, said mutual trust between the two parties is at rock-bottom and that confidence-building measures are needed to take the Norwegian-brokered peace process forward... Back to the top

Unicef statement on child recruits 'pretty lame'
ANN/Island, February 15. Unicef yesterday (Feb 14) issued what some critics called "a pretty lame statement" on LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) child recruitment... Back to the top

S.Lanka attacks may deepen if talks fail - monitor
alertnet.org, February 15, 2006, - 07:50 EDT. Sporadic attacks that threatened to rupture a truce which halted Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war could resume with even greater ferocity if next week's crunch talks fail, the island's chief truce monitor said... Back to the top

Ease tensions before starting talks, Sri Lanka truce monitor says
Associated Press, Tue February 14, 2006 21:54 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The chief of European cease-fire monitors in Sri Lanka - urged the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to reduce tensions to improve the climate for peace talks scheduled in Geneva next week... Back to the top

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