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A9 highway linking Jaffna being opened, Nov 20, 2006. COLOMBO: On the eve of the Co-Chairs of Sri Lanka conference in Washington, the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government late on Sunday night ordered opening of the A 9 highway that links rest of the country to the Jaffna peninsula for transportation of essential commodities.

A 9 has been closed since August 11 after major clashes between the Sri Lanka military and the LTTE.

A statement by the President's Secretariat said that in the light of representations from several quarters, Mr. Rajapaksa "directed Government authorities to make arrangements for the transport of essential goods to Jaffna by road using the A 9, as a one-time measure. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 19 19:38:16 EST 2006

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Sri Lankan military, Tamil rebels exchange mortars, gunfire in the volatile east
Associated Press, Sun November 19, 2006 00:21 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Tamil Tiger separatists launched a pre-dawn attack on a military post in eastern Sri Lanka Sunday, triggering a fierce battle that left two soldiers wounded, the military said.

The bodies of two ethnic Tamils abducted in Sri Lanka's besieged northern Jaffna peninsula, meanwhile, were found Saturday with severe knife wounds, pro-Tamil web site TamilNet said Sunday.

In eastern Batticaloa district, military forces and rebels exchanged mortar and gunfire in a brief battle, said an officer at the Media Center for National Security. Two soldiers were wounded in the attack.

The officer said government forces caused heavy damage to the insurgents. He spoke on condition of anonymity due to policy.

There was no immediate comment from the rebels, who have fought the government since 1983 demanding a self-ruled homeland for ethnic minority Tamils citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese-dominated state.

On Saturday, military said it destroyed three rebel boats killing at least 15 rebels off the island nation's northwest coast. The Tigers countered that they sank two navy boats, leaving 10 sailors dead. Both sides denied any deaths on their own side.

Fighting since last December _ which has included air strikes, mine attacks, assassinations and regular exchanges of heavy arms fire _ has killed more than 3,200 combatants and civilians, but both sides maintain they have not withdrawn from a 2002 cease-fire between the government and rebels.

Separately on Sunday, TamilNet said the bodies of two men aged 22 and 26 were found in different locations in Jaffna. They both had knife wounds.

TamilNet accused the army of involvement in the abductions and killings, but the military denied any involvement.

Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission has said more than 400 Tamil youth have disappeared from Jaffna since December.

The Asian Human Rights Commission, a private group based in Hong Kong, last month accused the Sri Lankan government of abducting suspected Tamil Tiger insurgents to crush a separatist uprising.

The government has denied involvement in any abductions and appointed a panel to investigate human rights violations blamed both on the military and Tamil rebels _ including the killing in August of 17 local workers of Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organization.

More than 65,000 people were killed before a 2002 cease-fire. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 19 09:11:33 EST 2006 Back to the top

S.Lankan troops opened fire on students -- monitors
Reuters, November 19. COLOMBO, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Nordic truce monitors said on Sunday Sri Lankan troops opened fire on a group of agriculture students at close range in the island's north on Saturday, killing five, after a deadly rebel ambush on government forces.

A military spokesman said ground troops told him the civilians were killed in crossfire after a Tamil Tiger blast in the northern district of Vavuniya killed five soldiers on Saturday, and that police were investigating. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 19 15:03:35 EST 2006 Back to the top

Asia : 52 killed, 88,000 displaced in Sri Lanka floods, landslide, 2006/11/19. Colombo, Nov 19 (Xinhua) At least 52 people were killed and 88,000 displaced during the last two weeks in landslips and flooding caused by continuous torrential rains experienced in the island, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president lays foundation stone for new international airport
Associated Press, Sun November 19, 2006 09:42 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Mahinda Rajapakse Sunday laid the foundation stone for the country's second international airport, in southern Sri Lanka - , a government statement said... Back to the top

Truckloads of food meant for Tamil refugees robbed in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat November 18, 2006 11:00 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Hundreds of Sri Lankans Saturday overran a government convoy of food trucks, seizing supplies meant for tens of thousands of displaced ethnic Tamils in the country's rebel-controlled east, witnesses and the rebels said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy says two rebel boats destroyed in sea battle, estimates 15 rebels killed
Associated Press, Fri November 17, 2006 23:13 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's navy and air force on Saturday destroyed three Tamil Tiger gunboats off the country's northwestern coast, killing at least 15 rebels, the military said, but the rebels claimed to have sunk two navy boats, killing 10 sailors... Back to the top

India unlikely to join Lanka's co-chairs
toi, November 19. NEW DELHI: As global players overseeing Sri Lanka's peace process prepare to meet again, it is unlikely that India will formally join them even as the conflict slowly turns as intractable as the Israeli-Palestinian dispute... Back to the top

Death threats to popular Sri Lanka TV presenter
hindu, November 19. Colombo, Nov. 19 (PTI): A popular Tamil television presenter here has received a death threat after he hosted a talk show discussing the assassination of a Tamil legislator, a media rights group said today. Shakthi TV presenter J... Back to the top

Weekend violence kills 35 in Sri Lanka
Yahoo News - AFP, Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 09:20 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - At least 35 people have died in weekend sea, air and land battles between Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels and security forces, according to claims by both sides... Back to the top

Sri Lanka battles rebels at sea, troops ambushed, Saturday November 18, 2006 - 09:55 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy clashed with Tamil Tiger rebels at sea on Saturday, each claiming to have sunk the other's vessels, while police said a rebel ambush on land killed five soldiers and four civilians died in ensuing gunfire... Back to the top

Sri Lanka begins work on second international airport
Khalej Times - AFP, Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 09:20 EDT. WEERAWILA, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka’s president Sunday marked his first year in office by launching work on a new international airport to handle the giant Airbus A380 airliner and pledging a major new port... Back to the top

Death threats to popular Sri Lanka TV presenter, Sunday, November 19, 2006 - 09:20 EDT. Colombo, Nov. 19 (PTI): A popular Tamil television presenter here has received a death threat after he hosted a talk show discussing the assassination of a Tamil legislator, a media rights group said today. Shakthi TV presenter J... Back to the top

No lethal weapons for Sri Lanka, Manmohan reassures Vaiko, Nov 19, 2006. CHENNAI: India has taken "great care not to provide Sri Lanka with lethal offensive items of military hardware, specially of the kind that could be used against the Tamil population," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said... Back to the top

Blast and gunfire kill eight in northern Sri Lanka , police and military say
Associated Press, Sat November 18, 2006 02:18 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A bomb blast and subsequent gunfire killed eight in northern Sri Lanka - on Saturday, officials said... Back to the top

Analysts blame LTTE for murder of lawmaker, Saturday November 18, 2006 - 10:15 EDT. COLOMBO: The Colombo-based International Centre for Strategic Defence (ICSD) has blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the killing of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj, who was assassinated in Colombo last week... Back to the top

UN: Sri Lanka using child soldiers, Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 09:50 EDT. The Sri Lankan military and government have been trying to cobble together a diplomatic response to charges they have collaborated with a breakaway rebel faction in forcibly recruiting children as soldiers... Back to the top

Vaiko leads protest against killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka, Saturday November 18, 2006 - 09:55 EDT. CHENNAI: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko, who led a demonstration to protest against "genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka by the armed forces of the island," was arrested on Friday along with several party activists... Back to the top

India not to provide lethal military hardware to S Lanka: PM, Saturday November 18, 2006 - 09:55 EDT. India-S Lanka arms-PM Allaying apprehensions expressed by political parties in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday assured that the Centre will not provide Sri Lanka with "lethal offensive military hardware, especially those which could be used against the Tamil population" there... Back to the top

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