The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 12, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 128

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Sri Lankan government peace co-ordinating official shot dead
Associated Press, Sat August 12, 2006 12:57 EDT . Sri Lankan government peace co-ordinating official shot dead

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A senior peace co-ordinating official of Sri Lanka's government was shot dead Saturday in a suburb of the capital, Colombo, police and a doctor said.

Ketheesh Loganathan, deputy head of the government's Peace Secretariat, which coordinated a Norway-brokered peace process between the government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels since 2002, was shot at his home, police officer N.K. Illangakoon said.

Dr. W.G Gunawardene confirmed that Loganathan had died. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Aug 12 15:45:27 EDT 2006


Sri Lankan rebels suffer massive loss: More than 100 Tigers killed overnight
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 12, 2006, 7.10 p.m.. The LTTE has suffered a massive loss due to yesterday's fighting that erupted in Jaffna, with the organization reportedly losing more than 100 tiger rebels.

The media centre for national security said that, "tiger terrorists in their attempts to disrupt the Security Forces defences in Jaffna peninsula experienced humiliation when they suffered heavy casualties on the face of the Security Forces' retaliations."

Terrorists tried to attack the Forward Defence Lines (FDL) at Muhammalai and the defences at Kayts last evening and during the early hours of today by using heavy artillery and mortars with the intention of capturing the government controlled territory.

However during the battles at Muhammalai tigers suffered 30-35 cadres killed of whom some bodies are still lying in front of the FDLs. The government Air Strikes and the Multi Barrel Artillery attacks is estimated to have killed over 54 cadres who were kept as reserves at Poonarin. While another 20-25 sea tigers were killed at Kayts.

"Security Forces are at present consolidating their defences and conducting cordon and search operations to find and destroy any terrorists in the vicinity," the centre added. During the defensive operations the Security Forces had 36 soldiers injured of whom 7 were in critical conditions.
Published: Sat Aug 12 09:41:09 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Over 220 killed in deadly Lanka clashes, official killed
DNA World , Saturday August 12, 2006 - 18:55 EDT. COLOMBO: Over 200 Tamil tiger rebels and 27 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed on Saturday in the heaviest fighting since the 2002 truce in the island's embattled northeast, even as an official involved in the peace process was shot dead in the capital. Fierce battles broke out in the Jaffna peninsula in the north and at Batticaloa in the east, while the north-eastern port of Trincomalee saw heavy shelling. Military said it killed over 200 rebels in fighting that went late into the night while losing 27 of its troops. Thousands of civilians were forced to flee the areas in the northeast, threatening a major humanitarian crisis. Deputy Secretary General of the government's Peace Secratariat Ketheesh Loganathan was gunned down by unidentified assailants at his home in Colombo's Dehiwala suburb, police said. The Peace Secretariat co-ordinates the Norwegian-brokered peace process between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Sat Aug 12 18:56:47 EDT 2006 Back to the top
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Over 200 Tigers killed in Lanka clashes  - Indian Express (Sunday Express)
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128 killed in Sri Lanka fighting  - The Hindu

Tamil rebels push to recapture Sri Lanka 's Jaffna Peninsula
Associated Press, Sat August 12, 2006 13:33 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Rebels mounted a fierce offensive Saturday in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna Peninsula, the heart of the island's Tamil minority, military officials and the rebels said amid the heaviest fighting since the two sides signed a 2002 cease-fire... Back to the top

Deputy Head of the Government's Peace Secretariat shot in Colombo
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 12, 2006, 10.23 p.m.. Suspected Tamil tiger rebels today evening shot the deputy secretary general of the Sri Lankan government's peace secretariat Kethesh Loganatha at Dehiwela... Back to the top

Peace official murdered as toll in Sri Lanka mounts
Yahoo News, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 20:02 EDT. by Amal Jayasinghe 2 hours, 16 minutes ago

COLOMBO (AFP) - A leading official involved in Sri Lanka's troubled peace process was assassinated as fighting in the island's north and east intensified claiming at least 177 lives... Back to the top


Over 227 killed in the heaviest fighting in Lanka since truce
New Kerala.COM, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 15:03 EDT. Colombo, Aug 12: In the most fierce fighting since the 2002 ceasefire, more than 200 Tamil tigers and 27 government soldiers were killed today and thousands of civilians were trapped in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula... Back to the top

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) used a
OUTLOOKIndia.com, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 15:06 EDT. force of 400 to 500 fighters to attack the de facto front line in the Jaffna peninsula and a nearby islet, military spokesman Jayawardena said... Back to the top

Tamil rebels push to recapture Sri Lanka 's Jaffna Peninsula
Associated Press, Sat August 12, 2006 13:33 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels mounted a fierce offensive Saturday to retake Sri Lanka - 's northern Jaffna Peninsula, the heart of the island's Tamil minority, the military and rebels said, amid the heaviest fighting since the two sides signed a 2002 cease-fire... Back to the top

Sri Lankan defense spokesman fears country is 'headed for war'+
Associated Press, Sat August 12, 2006 10:16 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 12 (Kyodo) Fighting in Sri Lanka - 's northeast intensified Saturday with air strikes and artillery exchanges inflicting heavy casualties and displacing thousands. Rambukwella's remarks came just hours after the ''Co-Chairs'' -- the United States, the European Union, Japan and Norway -- assisting Sri Lanka - 's peace process called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and return to the negotiating table... Back to the top

LTTE attacks Trincomalee to cut-off supply to Government held positions in Jaffna
New Kereala.com, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 12:16 EDT. Colombo, Aug 12 : In a major upset for the Sri Lankan army, the Tamil Tigers today attacked the naval port Trincomalee to cut off the army's vital supply route to its forces stationed in Jaffna... Back to the top

Co-Chairs want an immediate cessation of hostilities
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 12, 2006, 5.35 p.m.. As fighting raged between Sri Lankan security forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels, the Co-Chairs today called on the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to immediately cease hostilities and return to the negotiating table... Back to the top

At least 127 combatants killed in Lanka fighting: military
The Hindu, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 09:55 EDT. Colombo, Aug. 12 (PTI): At least 127 combatants were killed and another 280 wounded in heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in northern and eastern Sri Lanka today, the military claimed. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) used a force of 400 to 500 fighters to attack the de facto front line in the Jaffna peninsula and a nearby islet, according to military spokesman Athula Jayawardena... Back to the top

INTERVIEW-Sri Lanka obstructing slain aid staff probe-monitor
Reuters, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 10:00 EDT. By Simon Gardner COLOMBO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan authorities are deliberately hampering efforts to investigate the murder of 17 aid workers, some of whose relatives blame the military, the island's chief truce monitor said on Saturday... Back to the top

U.S., EU call on Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tigers to end fighting now
Associated Press, Sat August 12, 2006 06:46 EDT . - - In a joint statement, they said they were ``deeply concerned'' by the continued violence, which they said was unraveling the cease-fire agreement and peace process in Sri Lanka - , and would meet soon to discuss what action they could take... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Humanitarian convoy reaches Vakarai
Reuters, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 10:00 EDT. Colombo / Geneva (ICRC) An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) convoy of 17 trucks and four cars today reached the town of Vakarai in the Batticaloa district of eastern Sri Lanka in the early afternoon local time... Back to the top

Rebels say break Sri Lanka army's northern defences
Reuters, August 12. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Saturday they had broken through army defences in the island's far north and were advancing on the government-held Jaffna peninsula, in the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce... Back to the top

LTTE attacks repulsed, says Sri Lanka Army
New Kerala.COM, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 02:20 EDT. Colombo, Aug 12: Sri Lankan defence authorities said Saturday that several attacks by the Tamil Tiger rebels since Friday evening in the northeastern battle zones have been successfully repulsed and the situation has been brought under control... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels claim advances
CNN.COM, Saturday August 12, 2006 - 02:48 EDT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Saturday they had broken through army defenses in the island's far north and were advancing on the government-held Jaffna peninsula, in the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce... Back to the top

Tamil rebels attack Sri Lankan naval base in bid to recapture Jaffna Peninsula
Associated Press, Fri August 11, 2006 23:41 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a key naval base in northeastern Sri Lanka early Saturday as they mounted a fierce push to retake the northern Jaffna Peninsula, military officials and the rebels said... Back to the top

Rebels say break through Sri Lanka govt lines
Yahoo News, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 22:30 EDT. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Saturday they had broken through army defenses in the island's far north and were advancing on the government-held Jaffna peninsula, in the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce... Back to the top

Conflicting reports from Jaffna: Army claims Palaly is safe, fighting continues
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, August 11, 2006, 11.53 p.m.. Conflicting reports are reaching the Lanka Academic with regard to the situation in Jaffna, and the possible damages at the Palaly military base... Back to the top

Rebels attack Navy base as Sri Lanka fighting rages
Reuters - Alertnet, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 22:20 EDT. By Ranga Sirilal

COLOMBO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a Navy base in Sri Lanka's east and fought artillery duels with troops in the north before dawn on Saturday, the military said, as the worst fighting since a 2002 truce deepened... Back to the top


Tamil Tigers say S.Lanka opens new front, bombs camp
Reuters, August 11. COLOMBO, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Friday the military had opened a new front in fighting in the island's east, and fighter jets had bombed one of their training camps in the district of Batticaloa, killing many rebels... Back to the top

Army launches fresh offensive in northern Sri Lanka
monstersandcritics.com, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 12:00 EDT. Colombo - The Sri Lanka Army has launched a fresh offensive against Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka on Friday as troops continued their efforts to secure an area around a disputed irrigation canal in the north-eastern region of the country, government and rebel sources said... Back to the top

Permission denied due to fears of LTTE cadres entering TN
hindu.com, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 17:06 EDT. Chennai, Aug. 11 (PTI): The Tamil Nadu Government today told the Madras High Court that a Tamil body had not been allowed to hold an international conference as it was feared that LTTE cadres and sympathisers of other banned groups would enter the state during the meet.

"If (the meeting) is allowed in the name of the conference, LTTE members and sympathisers of banned organisations would infiltrate into the state," the government counsel said during the hearing of a petition filed by the World Tamil Confederation (WTC), which challenged an order by Salem district police denying permission for holding the two-day conference from tomorrow... Back to the top


Heavy fighting breaks out in Sri Lanka 's north; warplanes bomb rebel-held areas in east
Associated Press, Fri August 11, 2006 12:54 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops battled Tamil Tigers in northern Jaffna Peninsula and the air force bombed rebel camps in the east, as fighting over a disputed waterway intensified Friday, threatening a return to full-scale war on the island... Back to the top

Save the Children warns of Humanitarian Crisis in Sri Lanka
alertnet.org, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 17:06 EDT. Save the Children today warns of a humanitarian crisis as fighting continues in eastern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan war planes bomb rebel-held areas in east risking conflict spreading
Associated Press, Fri August 11, 2006 09:37 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force bombed Tamil Tiger-held areas in the country's east Friday, rebel and military officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels say fighting spreads to north
swissinfo.org, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 13:51 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The Tamil Tigers said on Friday the Sri Lankan military had attacked their northern territory and bombed a training camp in the east, killing many rebels, as the battlefront of the worst fighting since a 2002 truce spread... Back to the top

UN investigators urge probe of Lanka murders
www.dnaindia.com, Friday, August 11, 2006 - 17:06 EDT. GENEVA: United Nations human rights investigators called on Sri Lanka's government on Friday to investigate the killing of 17 humanitarian aid workers, bring the perpetrators to justice and fully disclose their findings... Back to the top

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