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SEPTEMBER 22, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 169

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Manmohan refuses to meet TNA team
hindu.com, Sept 22.. NEW DELHI: In a setback to the Sri Lankan Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh refused to meet its five-member parliamentary delegation camping here for the last couple of days.

"A meeting with the Prime Minister did not materialise," Mavai Senathirajah, a member of the delegation, told this correspondent on Friday. "We are taking a flight for Chennai this afternoon," he said.

A meeting between the Prime Minister and the TNA, which is a front for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), would have been used by the LTTE to project that relations with India were on the mend at a time the Tigers are facing enormous domestic and international pressure.

For the past three days, the TNA leadership had been waiting for a firm appointment with the Prime Minister. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 22 20:09:27 EDT 2006

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Sri Lankan police detain man with explosive suicide belts
Associated Press, Fri September 22, 2006 05:24 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan police on Friday detained a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel with two suicide explosive belts while on the way to the capital in an alleged plot to attack high-ranking army or government officials, the military said.

The man was detained at a checkpoint around noon near the northern town of Medawachchiya and was being interrogated, said Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, a military spokesman.

He was also in possession of a Claymore mine, detonators, remote controls and timers, a high-ranking military official said.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to military regulations, said the man was a member of the Tamil Tiger rebel group who was targeting top government officials or high-ranking officers.

Separatists are suspected of having plotted a failed suicide attack against the country's top-ranking military official, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, in April. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 22 07:18:05 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Troops deployed at Lankan Muslim town
thepeninsulaqatar.com, 9/22/2006. Sri Lankan troops were deployed at a Muslim town in the island’s east to quell rioting following the massacre of 10 residents, military officials said yesterday.

Soldiers were deployed in the town of Pottuvil after residents clashed with local police, although an overnight curfew was eased early yesterday.

“Soldiers are patrolling the streets in Pottuvil and the area is quiet today,” a military official in the area said by telephone.

Police opened fire on a group of Muslims who mobbed a Special Task Force jeep on Wednesday and four people were wounded and hospitalised. A curfew was imposed after the shooting. Local residents accused the Special Task Force of killing the 10 Muslim men, while the government blamed the Tigers for the massacre. The government on Tuesday ordered an investigation. More...
Published: Fri Sep 22 20:23:35 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Lawyers group appeals for investigation into Sri Lanka killings, rights abuses
Associated Press, Fri September 22, 2006 10:54 EDT . FRANK JORDANS - Associated Press Writer - GENEVA (AP) Killings and human rights abuses in restive Sri Lanka - should be investigated by an independent commission to help prevent a further escalation of violence, an international lawyers group said Friday... Back to the top

Six civilians killed in Sri Lanka
hindu.com, Sept. 22. At least six civilians were gunned down in separate incidents across Sri Lanka's northeast overnight, the Defence Ministry said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Tamil Tiger rebels kill ethnic minority Tamil civilian, military says
Associated Press, Fri September 22, 2006 02:38 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil rebels fatally shot an ethnic minority Tamil civilian in northwestern Sri Lanka - overnight as troops found the bullet-riddled bodies of three civilians in the country's north, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Lankan Navy arrests 47 people trying to flee to India
hindu.com, Sept 22.. Colombo, Sept 22. (PTI): Sri Lanka's Navy has arrested 47 people who were allegedly trying to sail to India fearing forced recruitment of their children as child soldiers by the Tamil tiger rebels, the Defence Ministry claimed today... Back to the top

Britain expands Sri Lanka travel warning after Muslim unrest
Associated Press, Fri September 22, 2006 09:59 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The British Foreign Office on Friday broadened its travel warning for Sri Lanka - to include an eastern area where the massacre of 10 Muslims sparked violent riots this week... Back to the top

Burnt by inflation, bank depositors in Sri Lanka count on ...
lankabusinessonline.com, Sept 22. Savers in Sri Lanka, who are losing money because of negative real interest rates in the country, stand to recoup their losses if they get lucky in a lottery that has now become a standard feature of bank deposits... Back to the top

Sri Lankan banks drive bulk transactions off the counters to self ...
lankabusinessonline.com, Sept 22. Some Sri Lankan banks that are shifting traffic off its counters and to self service channels like teller machines and home banking, are doing better than other South Asian countries... Back to the top

Under fire, under siege: Hard time Sri Lanka style
Reuters, Friday September 22, 2006 - 08:10 EDT. By Simon Gardner KANKASANTURAI, Sri Lanka, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Besieged by Tamil Tiger artillery fire and surrounded by 40,000 troops in what must be the world's most heavily guarded jail, hard time has taken on a new meaning for jailbirds in north Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Potuvil Massacre, clearly an LTTE act- Muslim community leaders in ...
defence.lk, Sep 20. Several community organizations in the Eastern province have expressed their conviction over the LTTE's involvement in the massacre of eleven innocent Muslim civilians in Pottuvil on 16th of September... Back to the top

Tamil MPs seek Indian help to end killings in Sri Lanka
dailyindia.com, Sep 21. New Delhi, Sep 21 (IANS) A group of Sri Lankan MPs supporting the Tamil Tigers Thursday pressed India to help end a wave of 'extra-judicial killings' of Tamils in their country and said international pledges to keep the island united should be linked to Colombo's readiness to share power with the minorities... Back to the top

Indian spiritual leader visits LTTE rebel area
Gulf Times, Friday September 22, 2006 - 08:20 EDT. NEW DELHI: Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar yesterday visited Sri Lanka's northern areas held by the Tamil Tigers, his office said, indicating he may be engaged in efforts aimed at promoting peace in the island... Back to the top

Failure of tsunami reconstruction leaves humanitarian agencies under fire
Associated Press, Fri September 22, 2006 06:50 EDT . MICHAEL CASEY - AP Environmental Writer - anka sit idle because they are unseaworthy or too small... Back to the top

Sri Lankan air force pounds Jaffna peninsula; 2 suspected Tamil rebels killed elsewhere
Associated Press, Thu September 21, 2006 09:29 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force pounded ethnic Tamil rebel positions on the northern Jaffna peninsula Thursday and two guerrillas died in other fighting, the military said, as hundreds of women marched in the capital for peace... Back to the top

Terrified residents fleeing Sri Lanka 's battered Jaffna Peninsula
Associated Press, Thu September 21, 2006 10:33 EDT . ANTHONY DEUTSCH - Associated Press Writer - JAFFNA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Artillery thundered into the night as hundreds of people waited in a darkened security zone for a ferry that would take them away from this island nation's isolated northern front... Back to the top

Lanka most militarised in South Asia
hindustantimes.com, Thursday September 21, 2006 - 11:33 EDT. The twenty-five year long military conflict between the Tamil insurgents and successive Sri Lankan governments has made Sri Lanka the most militarised country in South Asia... Back to the top

Bullets and billboards in Sri Lanka
7days.ae, Friday September 22, 2006. The fear of bomb attacks in Sri Lanka following an upsurge in violence has spawned extra security checks, making daily life more difficult... Back to the top

Sri Lanka forecasts 2007 GDP growth at 8 pct
Reuters, Thursday September 21, 2006 - 12:23 EDT. COLOMBO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's finance ministry on Thursday forecast the island's economy will expand by 8.0 percent in 2007 and said it expected the budget deficit to fall to 5.0 percent of gross domestic product... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers accuse Sri Lanka of risking reporters lives
zeenews.com, Sept 21. Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday accused Sri Lanka's military of placing local and foreign media personnel in the line of fire by taking them to a frontline where four soldiers were killed... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels kill dissident, another dead in northern fighting
Associated Press, Thu September 21, 2006 05:51 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan army killed a Tamil Tiger rebel in a gunbattle in the restive northern Jaffna Peninsula overnight, the military said Thursday, the same day that women's groups held a rally to call for an end to the violence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Jaffna adapts to siege, but food a worry
alertnet.org, Thursday September 21, 2006 - 07:33 EDT. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Heavily armed troops man razor wire checkpoints, a curfew is on and food and fuel are in short supply -- but life in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula is gradually adapting after weeks under siege... Back to the top

The Pakistani muscle behind Colombo
Asia Times, Thursday September 21, 2006 - 07:33 EDT. BANGALORE - Even as fighting between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rages in Sri Lanka, a war of words has broken out between India and Pakistan over issues related to the island's civil war... Back to the top

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