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NOVEMBER 7, 2006 EST, USA
 
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We have lost a great mathe- matician, engineer, scientist, an old timer of SLNet/LAcNet and a former LAcNet director. Pubudu Dayawansa (Daya) was instrumental in carrying out many LAcNet projects. He was responsible in setting up "Colombo Calling" a website that was designed to carry weekly articles from Sri Lankan Academic community and Human Rights activists. [ More...]
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Referendum to decide NE merger: Sri Lankan PM
hindustantimes.com, November 7. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, told parliament on Tuesday, that the controversial issue of the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces to constitute a single Tamil-majority North-Eastern Province would have to be decided "by the people" through a referendum.

The prime minister said that there were two options open to the government following the Supreme Court's judgement that the merger effected in 1987-88 had been "illegal": More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 7 12:18:58 EST 2006


3 Sri Lankan civilians shot dead; Parliament extends emergency law
Associated Press, Tue November 7, 2006 10:37 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Villagers found the bodies of three civilians, apparently shot and then dumped, in eastern Sri Lanka - on Tuesday, police said, while deadly clashes between the military and Tamil rebels further stoked fears of a return to all-out war. Helen Olafsdottir, acting spokeswoman for Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission, said 1,076 civilians have been killed since violence in Sri Lanka - escalated at the start of this year.

Sri Lankan fighter jets conducted an air raid on a rebel naval base in the east Monday the fourth since peace talks broke down last month, military said. Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe claimed last week that the rebels are planning a major offensive in the east.

Fighting has increased since government and rebel negotiators returned from peace talks in Geneva in October without any agreement, even on when to talk again.

The negotiations were aimed at reviving a 2002 cease-fire accord that had halted 19 years of fighting. The agreement has all but disintegrated in a resurgence of violence that has killed at least 2,000 combatants and civilians this year.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for ethnic Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka - , citing discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. More than 65,000 people were killed before the cease-fire.

Associated Press writer Bharatha Mallawarachi contributed to this report.
Published: Tue Nov 7 12:37:08 EST 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka says Tigers gear for battle
dailytimes.com.pk, November 07, 2006. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military said Monday that Tamil rebels were preparing to launch a major offensive in eastern Sri Lanka as both sides traded heavy artillery fire.

“Ground and intelligence sources have confirmed that the Tigers are preparing to launch a major offensive south of Maavilaru, Kadjuwatte and Mankerni areas,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

The military also said that the artillery salvos by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were aimed at trapping civilians and have prevented food supplies from reaching several rebel-held villages. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 6 20:05:17 EST 2006 Back to the top


Motar attack at Karuna office
BBC Sinhala , Tuesday November 07, 2006 - 16:11 EDT. Six people were injured in a firing incident inside the Baduriya - Mosque office at Kathankudy in Batticaloa on Tuesday night... Back to the top

3 Sri Lankan civilians shot dead in east; 2 rebels killed in ongoing fighting
Associated Press, Tue November 7, 2006 03:44 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Villagers found the bodies of three civilians, apparently shot and then dumped, in eastern Sri Lanka - Tuesday, police said, while deadly clashes between the military and Tamil rebels further stoked fears of a return to all-out war... Back to the top

Lanka sends blood samples to Thailand to test for chikungunya
zeenews.com, November 07,. Colombo, Nov 07: Sri Lankan health officials said today they have sent to Thailand blood samples of some 1,100 patients with high fever to check if they are suffering from chikungunya, a mosquito-borne fever that was reported in India... Back to the top

Iranian vehicles in Seri Lanka
isna.ir, Nov 07 . TEHRAN, Nov 07 (ISNA)-Seri Lankan officials have requested the production of Iran's Samand and Pride in their country... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops clash with Tamil Tiger rebels, 2 insurgents killed: military
Associated Press, Mon November 6, 2006 22:23 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops clashed with Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka - , leaving two insurgents dead, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday, further stoking fears of a return to all-out war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan jets pound rebel base; ground troops, rebels exchange artillery fire
Associated Press, Mon November 6, 2006 09:23 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan fighter jets on Monday pounded a Tamil Tiger rebel base in the country's volatile east, the military said, as the army and rebels exchanged artillery and mortar fire on the ground... Back to the top

Kidnappings Again Haunt Sri Lanka Ethnic War
NYT - Registration Required, November 07, 2006. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Like a returning ghost, a rash of mysterious abductions has come to haunt this country once more... Back to the top

Suspected rebel front may target Sri Lanka hospitals
alertnet.org, Mondat November 06, 2006 - 07:15 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov 6 (Reuters) - A suspected Tamil Tiger front organisation has threatened to attack civilian targets including hospitals and water reservoirs in southern Sri Lanka in retaliation against military strikes on rebel areas... Back to the top

UN adviser visits Sri Lanka to ensure children are better ...
un.org, 6 November 2006. 6 November 2006 – A United Nations Special Adviser on children and armed conflict has begun a 9-day field visit to Sri Lanka aimed at ensuring better protection from the ravages of the civil war in the strife-torn country, where 17 relief workers killed three months ago were today honoured by their relatives... Back to the top

Do not extend military assistance to Sri Lanka, says MDMK
hindu.com, Nov 6. Chennai, Nov 6. (PTI): The MDMK today requested the Centre not to extend any military assistance to Sri Lanka, saying it would be used against Tamils in the island nation and urged that the Government to stop the 'military onslaught' against the Tamils there... Back to the top

Pro-LTTE Tamil party seeks Indian aid
indiatimes.com, Monday November 06, 2006 - 07:15 EDT. NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka's dominant Tamil political party is seeking humanitarian assistance from India in the form of essential food supplies to offset serious shortages in parts of the island's northeast... Back to the top

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