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VOL. 7, NO. 157


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Explanation sought from Bandaranaike
Gulf News, September 11. President Mahinda Rajapakse is to launch a two-pronged investigation into the recent conduct of Tourism Minister Anura Bandaranaike following comments made both in Parliament and outside.

President's Secretary Lalith Weeratunga is to call for Bandaranaike's explanation on his alleged violation of Cabinet collective responsibility in criticising Indian High Commissioner Nirupama Rao.

SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena is to hold a separate disciplinary inquiry on whether Bandaranaike violated party discipline when he fired a toughly-worded letter to the general secretary recently.

The inquiries have come after Bandaranaike last Wednesday criticised the role of Indian High Commissioner Nirupama Rao accusing her of getting involved in local politics. Bandaranaike was apparently referring to Ms Rao's role in opposing a move by a Sri Lankan business tycoon to take over the Indian-owned Apollo Hospital.

A spokesman for the President's office said the usual practice was that President, the Prime Minster or the Foreign Minister should be consulted before any minister made adverse comments regarding the conduct of a foreign envoy. He said Bandaranaike had not consulted anyone.

President Rajapaksa in an immediate damage-control exercise called Ms Rao the same evening to reassure her that comments made by Bandaranaike were his own and did not reflect government policy.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera also issued a statement saying Bandaranaike's comments did not reflect the views of the Sri Lanka government. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Sep 10 19:29:59 EDT 2006

Tigers accuse Sri Lanka of scuttling Norway peace bid, toll mounts
Yahoo News - AFP, Sunday September 2006 - 11:20 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - Troops and Tamil Tigers fought fierce battles in northern Sri Lanka, leaving scores killed, officials said as the rebels accused Colombo of ignoring moves by Norway to end the latest bloodshed. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they were in talks with peace broker Norway to withdraw from a strategic coastal town in the island's north-east last week when the military mounted an offensive.

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Over 140 killed in Jaffna fighting
hindustan times, September 9. One hundred and fifteen LTTE fighters and 28 Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in heavy fighting in the Muhamalai area of south Jaffna since 4 am on Saturday, Sri Lankan military said. Facing fierce artillery and mortar barrage, and braving claymore mines and booby traps, Sri Lankan ground troops stormed the LTTE's Forward Defence Lines to neutralise its fire power. On Sunday, the troops were consolidating their positions, the army spokesman, Brig Prasad Samarasinghe told Hindustan Times. But three soldiers were killed in a claymore mine explosion in Vaasikulam in Vavuniya district on Sunday. More...
Published: Sun Sep 10 13:20:02 EDT 2006 Back to the top

28 Sri Lankan soldiers killed in 3 days of fighting with northern rebels
Associated Press, Sun September 10, 2006 01:50 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military has lost 28 soldiers in three days of stiff artillery and mortar attacks as it advanced slowly toward Tamil Tiger rebel strongholds in northern Sri Lanka - , officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Spoilsport Karunanidhi
hindustan times, September 11. Tamil political circles in Colombo feel that the indefinite postponement of the meeting between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs and the Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi may have been at least partially due to the intense rivalry between two top Tamil Nadu politicians... Back to the top

419 'dissapeared' in Jaffna
bbc, September 11. The Human Rights Commission in Sri Lanka (HRCSL) says it has received 419 complaints on disappearances in Jaffna peninsular since December last year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka may get help to probe killings, disappearances
Yahoo News, Sunday September 10, 2006 - 08:22EDT. New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) The international community overseeing Sri Lanka's bloodied peace process is ready to assist the country investigate the increasing number of killings and disappearances... Back to the top

Bomb blast kills three soldiers in northern Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Sun September 10, 2006 02:57 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected ethnic Tamil rebels set off a roadside bomb in northern Sri Lanka - on Sunday, killing three soldiers, the military said... Back to the top

Phone links with LTTE-held area snap
Hindustan Times, Saturday September 09, 2006 - 16:00 EDT. As part of the on-going military operations, telephone links with Kilinochchi, the headquarters of the LTTE, have been cut... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says no withdrawal despite Tiger threats
Reuters, Saturday September 09, 2006 - 13:20 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government said on Saturday there was no question of withdrawing from a rebel stronghold it captured five days ago, despite threats of retaliation and renewed fighting in the north of the country... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers get claws into young refugees
Sunday Herald, September 10. THE boys playing cricket with a home-made bat and an old tennis ball in Thiramadu refugee camp pack up promptly at dusk these days... Back to the top

``Sri Lanka issue should be resolved soon''
The Hindu, Saturday September 09, 2006 - 16:00 EDT. Udhagamandalam: The north-east issue in Sri Lanka should be resolved as soon as possible by the Government keeping in mind the grievances and aspirations of the Tamil people, said Sri Lankan Minister of Youth Empowerment and Socio-Economic Development Arumugan Thondaman... Back to the top

Aussie abuse made me stronger: Murali
afp, September 9. LONDON • Muttiah Muralitharan (pictured right) has said one of the reasons for his recent fine form has been the way he coped with the abuse he received from crowds during Sri Lanka’s tour of Australia earlier this year... Back to the top

EU for stringent enforcement of ban on LTTE
Hindustan Times, Saturday September 09, 2006 - 09:50 EDT. PK Balachandran

Colombo, September 9, 2006

Stung by the LTTE's refusal to accept truce monitors from the European Union (EU) countries, the EU parliament on Thursday called upon member states to enforce the ban on the Tamil militant organisation in a stringent manner... Back to the top

2 soldiers killed, 15 injured in fresh fighting in Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Sat September 9, 2006 05:47 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sept. 9 (Kyodo) Two soldiers were killed and 15 injured when Sri Lanka - 's army launched a fresh military offensive against Tamil rebels in the north of the country on Saturday, a military source said. More than 1,500 people have reportedly been killed and tens of thousands displaced by fighting in Sri Lanka - 's northern and eastern provinces this year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's opposition to support president's peace effort
Xinhua, September 9. Sri Lanka's main opposition, the United National Party (UNP) said Friday it is willing to extend support to the rival President Mahinda Rajapakse in his efforts to bring a peaceful resolution to the country's separatist armed conflict... Back to the top

Moody vows to remain in Sri Lanka
BBC News, Saturday September 09, 2006 - 10:00 EDT. Coach Tom Moody insists he will stay with Sri Lanka despite safety fears for foreign nationals in the country... Back to the top

Press cheers minister for India bashing
afp, September 9. Colombo • Sri Lankan media yesterday joined the tirade against Indian High Commissioner Nirupama Rao who was accused of meddling in the island nation’s affairs by a senior minister even as the government here was yet to make its stance known on the issue... Back to the top

British-Sri Lankan out of race for U.N.'s top post
Reuters, September 9. UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Fiji said on Friday it never intended to sponsor a British member of the European Parliament as a candidate for U... Back to the top

Lankan state media slams peace brokers
afp, September 9. COLOMBO • Sri Lanka’s peace broker Norway came under a scathing attack from the media here yesterday amid diplomatic moves to inject new life to a collapsing ceasefire... Back to the top

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