The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 15, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 39

WESAK
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Probe into 'slaughter' of Tamils
BBC, May 15. Ceasefire monitors in Sri Lanka are investigating the killing of 13 Tamils near the northern town of Jaffna.

A four-year-old boy and a baby were among those shot dead on Saturday night on the navy-controlled island of Kayts.

"There are lots of questions as to who could have been behind this," the monitors' spokeswoman told the BBC.

Tamil Tiger rebels have accused the navy of "slaughter". The authorities deny the charge and have blamed the rebels for the killings. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 15 22:12:03 EDT 2006

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Foreign Monitors Investigate Killings of 13 Tamils in Sri Lanka  - NYT

Traders hit by fresh violence
GulfNews, May 16. Colombo: The implications of the deteriorating security situation in the strife-torn north and eastern parts of Sri Lanka have started spilling over into the south including the remote villages.

After nearly four years of experiencing the benefits of the ceasefire maintained between government forces and Tamil rebels, trading between the north, east and south which increased at a steady space has been the worst affected.

A range of business activities which developed over the past four years providing increased job opportunities and a better turnover for villages in the north and east as well as those in the south have been feeling the implications of the adverse security situation. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 15 21:31:56 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka police seize 200 packets of explosives, anti-personnel mine
Associated Press, Mon May 15, 2006 01:26 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces on Monday seized a large cache of explosives in the north of the island, police said, as rebels attacked an army vehicle with a mine in continuing violence that has left the nation poised on the brink of return to civil war.

There was no immediate report of casualties from the anti-personnel mine blast in the northern city of Jaffna, which missed an army vehicle, said Deputy Inspector General of Police, H.N.B. Ambanwela.

Separately in the town of Vavuniya, police found some 200 packets of explosives hidden in a van, said area police chief Gamini Silva.

``Experts are checking what type of explosives are these,'' Silva said declining to give any other details.

Spiraling violence last week claimed dozens of lives among the militants, the military and Tamil civilians adding to fears that a 2002 cease-fire between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam could collapse at any time, plunging the nation back into civil war.

More than 180 people have died in the stepped-up violence since the start of April according to figures compiled by The Associated Press jeopardizing efforts by Norwegian mediators to restart the peace process.

More than a dozen people died in battles in the north and east of the island nation over the weekend, including eight who died late Saturday in disputed circumstances.

The family, including a 4-month-old baby, a 4-year-old boy and their parents, were gunned down in their home in the village of Allaipiddy on the northern Jaffna peninsula, according to local residents who spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of retribution.

TamilNet claimed that navy forces surrounded the house and opened fire. But the government denied any military involvement and blamed the killings on the Tigers, saying in a statement they were attempting to ``divert international opinion.''

On Thursday, rebel suicide boats rammed and sank a navy patrol craft. The attack and a subsequent sea battle killed dozens of people. The following day, European cease-fire monitors announced they were suspending sea monitoring missions.

The Tigers began fighting in 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination. More than 65,000 people died in the conflict before the 2002 truce. Discuss this story 6
Published: Mon May 15 03:42:28 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lankan army commander who survived suicide bombing hopes to resume duties soon
Associated Press, Mon May 15, 2006 03:14 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's army commander who was wounded in a suicide bomb attack last month said Monday he is healing fast and hopes to resume his duties in three weeks... Back to the top

BBC.
BBC, 15 May, 2006 - Published 12:31 GMT. A petition blaming the BBC for hampering Sri Lanka’s attempts to “eradicate terrorism” has been handed over to the BBC officials... Back to the top

Top US official visits Sri Lanka
newkerala.com, 15 May 2006. Colombo: A senior US official is visiting Sri Lanka amid growing concern by the international community over increasing violence that could spark off a full-scale war in the island nation... Back to the top

Special team will probe Lanka rift
indiatimes.com, May 15. COLOMBO: As peace lobbyists called for an immediate strategy by the government to avoid war, a special team of investigators left for northern Jaffna on Monday to investigate the killing of thirteen persons including an infant, sources said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan FM to visit Japan ahead of co-chairs meeting
xinhuanet.com, May 15, 2006, 14:45 EDT. COLOMBO, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan Foreign Minister MangalaSamaraweera will visit Japan from Thursday to Saturday, about 10 days before a Tokyo meeting of the island country's co-chairs on its peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's tailenders thwart England
Associated Press, Mon May 15, 2006 14:55 EDT . VALKERIE MANGNALL - AP Sports Writer - LONDON (AP) Sri Lanka - 's tailenders spoiled England's hopes of victory on Monday, holding on for a draw on the final day of the first cricket test at Lord's... Back to the top

Rebel leader accuses government of waging undeclared war on Tamils
Associated Press, Mon May 15, 2006 10:57 EDT . GAVIN RABINOWITZ - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government is waging an undeclared war on ethnic Tamils, a senior rebel leader charged Monday, amid increasing violence that is pushing the island nation closer to a full-scale resumption of civil war... Back to the top

S.Lanka rebels say low intensity war now on
reuters.com, May 15. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Monday they see recent clashes with the military and opposing Tamil armed groups as a low intensity war that will only be stopped when government troops are confined to barracks... Back to the top

Rajapakse calls for Sri Lanka peace talks
upi.com, May 15. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 15 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has invited the country's Tamil rebels to rejoin talks designed to settle the island's ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Colombo stocks plunge two percent on worsening security situation
lankabusinessonline.com, May 15. May 15 (LBO) - Sri Lankan stocks plunged two percent Monday on a bad bout of nerves over the weakening security situation, while overseas funds booked profits on selected blue chips, traders said... Back to the top

EU mulls slapping ban on the Tiger rebels; Government holds secret talks in Spain
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, May 14th, 2006. The government's top official handling the peace process held talks with Norwegian peace brokers in Spain, as the European Union weighed weather to place the Tamil Tigers on a list of banned terrorist organizatio ns, officials said... Back to the top

Lanka: 19 die in fresh violence
rediff.com, 15 May. A fresh wave of killings gripped Sri Lanka's embattled northeast with 19 people shot dead in separate incidents, police and military officials said on Monday... Back to the top

Rebel threat prompts presidential vow to protect Sri Lanka 's territorial integrity
Associated Press, Sun May 14, 2006 20:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Escalating violence in the north and east and an explicit threat from Tamil rebels to resume war has prompted President Mahinda Rajapakse to vow to take tough action to protect Sri Lanka - 's sovereignty... Back to the top

Sri Lanka police seize 200 packets of explosives, anti-personnel mine
Associated Press, Mon May 15, 2006 01:26 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces on Monday seized a large cache of explosives in the north of the island, police said, as rebels attacked an army vehicle with a mine in continuing violence that has left the nation poised on the brink of return to civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka avoid innings defeat
itv.com, Sun May 14 2006. England will have to bat again to win the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's... Back to the top

Sri Lanka likely to maintain key interest rates, despite ...
lankabusinessonline.com, 14 May 2006 17:09:22. May 14, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka's Central Bank is likely to maintain its policy rates for the fifth straight month amidst a possible bottoming out of inflation, analysts said Sunday... Back to the top

New wave of killings claim 19 lives in Sri Lanka
zeenews.com, May 14. Colombo, May 14: A fresh wave of killings gripped Sri Lanka`s embattled North-East with 19 shot dead in separate incidents, police and military officials said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s class at the crease gives England a real lesson
timesonline.co.uk, May 14, 2006, 23:25 EDT. ON SATURDAY morning, England were going to win the first Test by Saturday evening... Back to the top

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