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AUGUST 1, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 117

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LTTE cadres attack passenger vessel carrying 854 unarmed soldiers, successfully repulsed.
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 1, 2006, 5.10 p.m.. The LTTE today afternoon fired mortar and artillery shells targeting a passenger vessel carrying 854 unarmed soldiers from Kankasanthurai, Trincomalee while she was entering the Trincomalee Harbour.

The naval troops successfully retaliated the terrorist attack and brought the passenger vessel and the unarmed security forces personnel unharmed. Three boats were destroyed in the process. The incident occurred at around 2.15 p.m.

Tigers failed in a similar type of attack when they targeted the passenger vessel Pearl Cruise which carried 710 unarmed security force personnel on May 11, 2006. Failing for the second time, terrorists later fired mortar and artillery towards the naval base, the centre added, but no immediate details of causalities were available. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 1 07:38:03 EDT 2006

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24 soldiers killed in Sri Lanka
hindu.com, August 01, 2006 - 20:17 EDT. COLOMBO: At least 24 personnel of the Sri Lanka Army and Navy were killed late on Monday night and Tuesday in presumed LTTE reprisal attacks involving the blast of an army bus and the main naval base in Trincomalee. The offensive is seen as a response to the military operation to end the blockade of a waterway imposed by the Tigers in the east. Taking the battle right into the government territory, the LTTE attacked the base in Trincomalee. Confusion prevailed in the naval town amid continuing gun battle.

A Navy statement said the LTTE's target was a passenger vessel entering the harbour, carrying 854 unarmed soldiers on their way back to the base after home leave. The naval troops successfully repulsed the attack and navigated the vessel to safety. The LTTE followed it with indiscriminate shelling towards the base, which resulted in the death of eight sailors and injuries to several.

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New initiative for peace in Sri Lanka
hindu.com, August 01, 2006 - 20:17 EDT. MADURAI: A new peace process has been initiated to end ethnic clashes in Sri Lanka. With an imminent danger of a full-scale war breaking out in the island nation, prominent personalities in India and neighbouring countries will work on evolving a long-term peace solution.

The Maha Bodhi Society has formed a Committee for Peace in Sri Lanka in which the Dalai Lama, the Archbishop of Sri Lanka, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living Foundation and D.R. Kaarthikeyan, former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, among others, will be members.

Ceasefire violations

Talking to The Hindu here on Tuesday, Mr. Kaarthikeyan said that at least 65,000 people were killed in the ethnic violence over the years that ruined the country's economy. But for the clashes, Sri Lanka would have been one of the most prosperous and peaceful countries in the world.

Since January this year, there were ceasefire violations resulting in the death of more than 1,000 people. "There were omissions and commissions on both sides and a debate on who is at More...
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Sri Lanka rebels attack army camps near eastern port
reuters.co.uk, August 01, 2006 - 23:51 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army and Tamil Tigers battled with mortars and artillery on Wednesday after rebels attacked three eastern military camps, a day after suicide bombers tried to sink a troop transport ship with 850 aboard... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military presses offensive to break rebel blockade of reservoir
Associated Press, Tue August 1, 2006 11:04 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's military pounded rebel positions with bombs and artillery shells as it pressed its offensive to wrest a key reservoir from the insurgents, a push that has sparked the country's most intense fighting in four years... Back to the top

LTTE shells Trinco harbour triggering artillery duel
hindustantimes.com, Tuesday, August 1, 2006|21:24 IST . PK Balachandran The Sri Lankan Security Forces (SF) and the LTTE fought an artillery duel over the Trincomalee naval base in Eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, as Sweden quit the Nordic truce monitoring team complaining of non-cooperation from the LTTE... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels say they killed 14 sailors in clash with Sri Lankan navy
Associated Press, Tue August 1, 2006 10:50 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Tamil Tiger rebels killed 14 sailors in a clash Tuesday with Sri Lanka's navy, a pro-rebel Web site said... Back to the top

Senior Tamil leader says cease-fire is over
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, July 31st, 2006. By SHIMALI SENANAYAKE COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, NYT _ As government and rebel ground troops clashed Monday over control of an irrigation canal in the country's east, a senior rebel leader rang the death knell on Sri Lanka's feeble, four-year-old truce... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military presses offensive to break rebel blockade of reservoir
Associated Press, Tue August 1, 2006 11:04 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military pounded rebel positions with bombs and artillery shells as it pressed its offensive to wrest a key reservoir from the insurgents, a push that has sparked the country's most intense fighting in four years... Back to the top

4 killed in rebel attack on Sri Lanka 's eastern naval base+
Associated Press, Tue August 1, 2006 07:47 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 1 (Kyodo) Four sailors were killed and many others injured when the Sri Lanka - Navy's main base in the eastern harbor town Trincomalee came under intensive mortar attack Tuesday by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, officials said. A Sri Lanka - Navy spokesman declined to reveal the number of fatalities inflicted by Tuesday's attack or the extent of damage to the base, saying such disclosure would be a boost to the rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Rebels Claim Boat Destroyed
Associated Press, Tue August 1, 2006 07:36 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels destroyed a Sri Lanka - navy boat in a battle near an eastern port killing eight sailors, a pro-rebel Web site reported said Tuesday... Back to the top

LTTE holding 5,000 children in combat camps
defence.lk, Aug 1. Credible evidence has emerged that the LTTE are holding about 5,000 children in combat camps... Back to the top

Foreign Minister: Sweden also to pull peace monitors from Sri Lanka by Sept. 1
Associated Press, Tue August 1, 2006 08:52 EDT . KATARINA KRATOVAC - Associated Press Writer - STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) Sweden decided Tuesday to pull out its 15-strong cease-fire monitoring team from Sri Lanka - , joining Finland and Denmark who last week announced similar moves... Back to the top

Sri Lanka jets pound rebels
canada.com, August 01, 2006. COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan fighter jets pounded Tamil Tiger positions on Tuesday as the rebels fired mortar bombs in a battle for water in the restive east, hours after one of the deadliest ambushes since a 2002 truce... Back to the top

India needs to do something about Sri Lanka
rediff.com, 1 aug. The President of Sri Lanka recently wrote a scathing article in The Wall Street Journal Asia -- which also appeared on rediff... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military launches new offensive on Tamil rebels to break reservoir blockade
Associated Press, Tue August 1, 2006 01:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces on Tuesday launched a new air and ground offensive to wrest a key reservoir from Tamil rebels who have cut off water to 60,000 villagers, sparking some of the fiercest fighting since a 2002 cease-fire deal... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says Tigers attempting ethnic cleansing
alertnet.org, 01 Aug 2006 08:26:12 GMT. COLOMBO, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government accused Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday of attempting ethnic cleansing in the island's northeast by shutting off a sluice gate that provides water to 50,000 people, mainly ethnic Sinhalese and Muslims... Back to the top

19 Sri Lankan troops killed in claymore blast
hindustantimes.com, 1 aug. Nineteen army personnel men and civilians were killed when the bus in which they were travelling was blasted by a claymore mine at Serunuwara in Trincomalee district on Monday, reports from Trincomalee town said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military, rebels battle over water, at least 46 killed
Associated Press, Mon July 31, 2006 09:59 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A senior rebel leader declared Sri Lanka's cease-fire ``null and void'' Monday as soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels traded artillery shells and gunfire and the air force struck insurgent positions, killing at least 46 fighters, the army said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says 44 killed in latest battle
dnaindia.com, July 31. COLOMBO: At least nine soldiers and 35 Tamil rebels were killed on Monday in a major battle for control of a disputed waterway in northeastern Sri Lanka, defence officials said... Back to the top

Truce void, it s war: LTTE
indiatimes.com, July 31, 2006 - 21:45. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's four-year ceasefire is now void and the island's two-decade civil war is back on, a top Tamil Tiger rebel said on Monday even as the guerrillas and the military entered a sixth straight day of fighting... Back to the top

CHRONOLOGY-Key dates in Sri Lanka s civil war
alertnet.org, July 31. July 31 (Reuters) - A senior Tamil Tiger rebel warned on Monday that Sri Lanka's two decade civil war had resumed after the army launched its first deliberate advance since a 2002 truce to secure a rebel-held water supply... Back to the top

Sri Lanka and Rebels in Dispute Over Access to Irrigation Canal
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, 30th July, 2006. By SHIMALI SENANAYAKE COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, NYT =97 The Sri Lankan Army, in its first ground troop advance since a February 2002 cease-fire, on Sunday tried to take control of an irrigation canal blocked by rebels for the last several days... Back to the top

Sri Lankans who triggered bomb scare on plane plead guilty
Associated Press, Mon July 31, 2006 18:00 EDT . In court papers, a federal agent said Sukkoor and Antony told of leaving Sri Lanka - six months ago in an attempt to travel to Canada to seek political asylum... Back to the top

SL expatriates loud against LTTE war crimes
defence.lk, July 31. Sri Lankan expatriates in United States, urges the international community to take immediate actions against the LTTE's brutal war crimes against the Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka truce on despite fighting: Monitors
hindustantimes.com, 31 July. Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday accused Sri Lanka of violating their truce with a renewed offensive, but Nordic truce monitors said the guerrillas had no intention of quitting the ceasefire... Back to the top

Locally assembled units dominate Sri Lanka’s computer sales
lankabusinessonline.com, 29 July 2006 13:33:59. July 29, 2006 (LBO) – Sales of locally assembled computers rose 20 percent to 11,202 units for the three months to March, though established brands continued to increase their presence in Sri Lanka, an industry report said Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka crushes South Africa by an innings and 153 runs
Associated Press, Mon July 31, 2006 06:04 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Muttiah Muralitharan took four wickets Monday and 10 for the match as Sri Lanka - completed a crushing innings and 153-run win over South Africa in the first cricket test... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says 44 fighters _ mostly rebels _ killed in fighting
Associated Press, Mon July 31, 2006 04:51 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy fighting broke out Monday in northeastern Sri Lanka - between Tamil rebels and government troops seeking to end a rebel blockade of a reservoir, killing 35 rebels and five soldiers, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government has no plans to withdraw from cease-fire with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Mon July 31, 2006 02:10 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government said Monday it has no plans to withdraw from its cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels despite a regional Tiger leader declaring the accord dead because of air and artillery assaults on rebel territory... Back to the top

Regional Tamil Tiger leader says cease-fire with Sri Lanka is void
Associated Press, Sun July 30, 2006 23:51 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A regional Tamil Tiger leader said Monday that the 4-year-old cease-fire with Sri Lanka - 's government was over, blaming a continuing army assault for aggravating the situation and forcing a return to civil war... Back to the top

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