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JULY 18, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 103

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India to moot national govt in Lanka
South Asian Media Net, july 19. COLOMBO: The Indian government is attempting to broker a deal between the Sri Lankan government and the main opposition to form a national government to solve the national question expeditiously, diplomatic sources said. The stage was set for this during the recent visit of Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran. He met with UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe twice during this visit. First, Saran met Wickremesinghe in the company of Milinda Moragoda and secondly for a brief meeting with Karu Jayasuriya and Professor G.L. Peiris. This move will be further discussed during Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to India this week. It is learnt that a warm welcome awaits Ranil Wickremesinghe and his delegation, which includes Milinda Moragoda and John Amaratunga. However Professor Peiris had rejected an invitation extended by Wickremesinghe to accompany him to India, when they met the day following the UNP political affairs committee meeting on Tuesday (11). More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 18 23:40:25 EDT 2006

India awaits an embittered Wickremesinghe
ians, july 19. New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is arriving here Wednesday with a deep grudge against President Mahinda Rajapakse. And India is expected to give him a patient hearing.

Other leaders in the United National Party (UNP) that Wickremesinghe leads say he is expected to complain to New Delhi against Rajapakse's poaching of his MPs when India wants him to team up with the president to weave a consensus on the ethnic conflict.

Speaking to IANS on telephone from Sri Lanka, Wickremesinghe, who is facing a virtual rebellion in his party against his leadership, hinted that his country's internal political dynamics would come up for discussion in New Delhi.

'Some of the people will surely want to know what is going on,' said the opposition leader, when asked if he would discuss the political turmoil in Sri Lanka with Indian leaders. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 18 23:28:03 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Programmes to boost armymen's morale
gulf news, july 19. Colombo: A patriotic front has stepped forward to raise the morale of soldiers, their families and villagers living in vulnerable areas in the wake of an escalation of violence by the Tamil rebels.

The National Patriotic Movement (NPM) is carrying out a programme with the backing of the Marxists JVP, which has many members of the NPM on it.

As part of the programme NPM members members will be travelling to the northern Jaffna peninsula tomorrow where they will visit front line soldiers.

Weeklong programmes have been launched to raise the morale of the soldiers fighting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) and to collect funds for the families of the soldiers who have been killed in battle. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 18 21:25:25 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Roadside Bomb Kills Sri Lankan Civilian
Associated Press, Tue July 18, 2006 09:18 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A roadside bomb killed one person and wounded six others, including four government soldiers, in northern Sri Lanka - on Tuesday, the army said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seek UN assistance
bbc, july 19. The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry has sought assistance from the United Nations, voluntary bodies and countries in the world to help evacuate Sri Lankans living in Lebanon, says H... Back to the top

Neutralisation of Tamil moderates in SL
hindustan times, july 19. It was July 13 — the 17th anniversary of assassination of one of the most prominent moderate Tamil leaders of Sri Lanka — Appapillai Amirthalingam... Back to the top

Explosions injures six civilians in eastern Sri Lanka , police say
Associated Press, Tue July 18, 2006 07:12 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Six civilians were injured Tuesday when a bomb exploded in a village in eastern Sri Lanka, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan domestic worker in Lebanon feared killed in bombings
Associated Press, Tue July 18, 2006 07:58 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A Sri Lankan woman employed as a housemaid in Lebanon may have been killed in an Israeli bomb attack on the country's north, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday... Back to the top

Rajapakse flayed for allowing rebel into Colombo
gulf news, july 18. Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's government has come under strong criticism by a southern political party led by Buddhist monks for providing a military escort to a Tamil rebel official to arrive in Colombo for medical treatment... Back to the top

Sri Lankans 'stranded' in Lebanon
BBC, July 18. The Sri Lankan embassy in Beirut is trying to evacuate an estimated 80,000 of its nationals from Lebanon... Back to the top

LTTE mines kill two, injure 11
thepeninsulaqatar.com, July 18, 2006 - 06:30 EDT. COLOMBO • Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed a soldier and a sailor and injured 11 other people, including four civilians, in a series of deadly mine ambushes in northern and eastern Sri Lanka yesterday, officials said... Back to the top

Indonesia's second tsunami disaster shows need for warning system
Associated Press, Tue July 18, 2006 06:06 EDT . ANTHONY DEUTSCH - Associated Press Writer - Sri Lanka - has yet to install its own system, but relies on warnings sent by the Pacific center, which is based in Hawaii, and a similar institution in Japan, a tsunami official there said... Back to the top

Roadside bomb kills 1 civilian, wounds 6 in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue July 18, 2006 02:05 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A roadside bomb killed one person and wounded six others, including four government soldiers, in northern Sri Lanka - on Tuesday, the army said... Back to the top

LTTE faults experts panel
hindu.com, July 17 2006, - 19:00EDT. COLOMBO: In three different attacks, the LTTE on Monday reportedly killed a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier and injured several others including civilians, the Government said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan gov't urges Tamil Tiger rebels to release captive policeman as peace gesture
Associated Press, Mon July 17, 2006 13:27 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's government on Monday asked the Tamil Tiger rebels to release a policeman who has been under rebel captivity for more than 10 months, in a bid to help sustain a peace process that appears about to collapse... Back to the top

Tsunami kills 47 in Indonesia; toll climbing
MSNBC, July 17. JAKARTA, Indonesia - A 6-foot-high tsunami crashed into beach resorts and fishing villages along Indonesia’s Java island Monday, killing at least 47 people, leaving scores missing and sending thousands fleeing to higher ground in terror, witnesses and officials said... Back to the top

LTTE is siphoning off Government funds
hindu.com, Monday, Jul 17, 2006. COLOMBO: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) "siphons off" 10 to 20 per cent of the Sri Lankan Government's development and infrastructure funds allocated for the territory in the north and east, the Secretariat for Coordination of Peace Process (SCOPP) has claimed... Back to the top

More Chinese tourists flock to Sri Lanka in first half of year
people.com.cn, July 17, 2006. The number of Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka increased 142 percent in the first half of 2006 over the previous year... Back to the top

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