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NOVEMBER 8, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 216

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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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Sri Lanka Says Rebels Hold 30,000 Civilians as Human Shields
bloomberg.com, Nov 08 20:57. Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka accused the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of using as many as 30,000 civilians as human shields in fighting with the army, after the rebels said 45 people were killed in military shelling of a refugee camp.

Rebel fighters captured last week revealed that the Tamil Tigers have ``forcibly retained'' civilians near their bases in the eastern region, the Media Center for National Security said on its Web site.

The shelling yesterday of the Kathiraveli camp near the eastern port of Trincomalee was a ``mindless and cruel attack,'' the LTTE's Peace Secretariat said in an e-mailed statement. The army's artillery units use radar equipment to pinpoint rebel mortar positions, the Media Center said. The government said it had no details of casualties from yesterday's incident. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 8 20:58:21 EST 2006


Rebel official says 45 people die in attacks on rebel-controlled east Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed November 8, 2006 05:03 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ At least 45 Tamils were killed and 125 wounded Wednesday when government forces bombarded a Tamil rebel-held region in northeastern Sri Lanka where Tamil civilians had taken refuge to escape fighting, a senior rebel official said.

``It was a big attack and we have 45 dead bodies,'' Seevaratnam Puleedevan, who heads the rebels' Peace Secretariat, told The Associated Press by satellite phone. Puleedevan said 125 people were also wounded, some seriously.

He said the victims were Tamil civilians who had sought refuge in a school after a previous battle between government troops and the guerrillas.

Wednesday's attack was the second-worst in terms of Tamil civilian casualties since the signing of a truce in 2002. On Aug. 14, an air raid allegedly killed 61 Tamil girls in the rebel stronghold Mullaitivu. At the time, the government said it had proof that the site was a rebel base, although rebels said the victims were school girls undergoing first aid training.

The worst single attack suffered by the Sri Lankan military was on Oct. 16, when a rebel suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed truck into a military bus convoy in central Sri Lanka, killing at least 95 sailors and wounding more than 150.

Jehan Perera of National Peace Council, an independent think tank, warned that the incident may further worsen relations between the two sides and make any further cooperation ``unrealistic.''

``It shows that the government is placing its reliance on a military option. The government must think again because the cost to the civilian population is very high,'' Perera said.

Military spokesman, Brig. Samarasinghe said exchange of artillery has been continuing in the area for the last few days. ``This morning, they (rebels) intensified their artillery attack, five of our soldiers were also wounded. We also retaliated to their attacks,'' he said.

Samarasinghe said he was not aware of the casualties in the rebel-held area and claimed the rebels were using civilians as human shields.

``Ground and technical sources confirm that tiger terrorists are using civilians as a human shield amid heavy artillery and mortar fire between the LTTE and the Security Forces,'' the Defense Ministry said on its Web site, calling the rebel group by the initials of its formal name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The rebels verbally hit back.

``The mindless and cruel attack on a helpless refugee population which has already been subjected to blockades of all sorts of essential items is difficult to understand,'' the rebels said on their Web site.

``Is it possible that the Sri Lankan military's intention was to teach the Tamils the lesson that they, the military, can kill refugees in such numbers, and no one can stop them?''

Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, a group of foreigners overseeing the 2002 cease-fire, has said 1,076 civilians have been killed in violence in Sri Lanka since early this year.

Helen Olafsdottir, acting spokeswoman for the mission, said a group of monitors were on their way to investigate Wednesday's incident. But she refused to comment further.

The Tamil Tigers 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 a 2002 cease-fire. An upsurge in violence this year has killed more than 2,000 people, including civilians, soldiers and rebel fighters. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 8 05:36:06 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Lankan army fired at chief truce monitor: LTTE
hindustantimes.com, November 8, 2006. The Sri Lankan Army on Wednesday shelled the Pooneryn jetty in north Sri Lanka even as the chief of the Nordic truce monitoring mission Lars Solveberg was there, the LTTE's Peace Secretariat said in a statement.

One shell fell within 10 metres of the place where Solveberg was standing, the statement said.

In spite of the fact that the army's artillery guns were less than a kilometre way on the other side of the lagoon, and the truce monitors' vehicles could be seen through field binoculars, the army kept shelling the jetty area, the LTTE said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 8 11:35:32 EST 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka faces skilled worker shortage to meet construction boom
lankabusinessonline.com, 8 November 2006 . Nov 08, 2006 (LBO) Sri Lanka is lobbying for more investment in infrastructure like roads and building projects, but is facing a shortage of skilled labour over the next few years to do the job... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Attack on displaced civilians must be investigated
AI, Nov 09. At least 50 people have died and over 100 have been injured after an attack on a camp for internally displaced people in Batticaloa, Eastern Sri Lanka, according to Tamil Tiger sources... Back to the top

UNP move to remove member illegal: SC
gulf-times.com, 7 November, 2006,. HE Supreme Court yesterday declared that the United National Party (UNP) attempt to remove Minister Keheliya Rambukwella from the party was illegal... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lankan anti-terror police to advise on Beijing Olympics
Associated Press, Wed November 8, 2006 11:48 EST . - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Beijing Olympic organizers are seeking advice on security from Sri Lanka - 's anti-terrorist police commando unit... 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

40 people die in attacks on rebel-controlled east Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed November 8, 2006 04:49 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) At least 40 people were killed Wednesday when government forces fired artillery and rocket launchers toward a Tamil rebel-held region in eastern Sri Lanka - , a pro-rebel Web site claimed Wednesday... Back to the top

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