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DECEMBER 14, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 252

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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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4,000 people displaced in eastern Sri Lanka clashes
Yahoo, December 14, 2006. A week long clashes between the Tamil Tiger rebels and the government troops have displaced over 4, 000 people in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, relief officials said Thursday.

The Army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels have been exchanging heavy artillery and mortar fire and the internally displaced have mostly come from the Sinhala majority community settlements in the eastern post district of Trincomalee.

The chief government administrative office at Kantalai in the district said nearly 2,000 families from the settlements of Somapura, Sirimangalapura, Alioluwa and Mahaweligama had found refuge at Kantalai.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that they have launched action to help the civilians flee the battle zones.

The Nordic truce monitoring group, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has been critical of both sides.

Relief workers say they have been hit with logistics problems in catering to the needs of the displaced people. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 11:09:10 EST 2006


Top Tamil Tiger negotiator dies of cancer, rebels say
Associated Press, Thu December 14, 2006 09:56 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The top negotiator for Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels, Anton Balasingham, died of cancer in London on Thursday, a pro-rebel Web site reported. He was 68.

Balasingham was associated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam from its inception more than 30 years ago and has been a political adviser to reclusive rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, the TamilNet Web site said.
Published: Thu Dec 14 11:08:50 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka: Jaffna - life and supplies fast returning to normal
reliefweb.int, Dec14. Life in Jaffna is fast returning to normal following successful action by the Government to provide a regular supply of essentials to the people there, despite the many obstacles placed by the LTTE.

Special measures taken by the Government have prevented a price hike in commodities during the coming festive season, and ensured the maintaining of adequate supplies with no shortages. Food, other essential commodities and fuel are now readily available in Jaffna with the recent hardships being rapidly eased.

It is now confirmed that the essential consumer items transported by sea to Jaffna and distributed through coops are available at the same prices as in Colombo. Investigations in the markets showed the following prices for some essentials: All varieties of rice - Rs. 40 - 50 per kg; sugar - Rs. 63/kg; dhal Rs. 73/kg; Lakspray and Nespray - Rs. 172 per regular pack; Anchor milk - Rs. 163 per regular pack; flour - Rs. 43/kg.

The Government has taken adequate measures to ensure the availability of the essential needs of the North, including Jaffna, which amounts to 24,000 to 25,000 Metric Tons per month. While six vessels are used regularly from Colombo and Trincomalee to keep these stocks at safe levels, from next month a container vessel will also be used for this work.

More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 13:00:30 EST 2006 Back to the top


U.N. blames Tamil rebels of shelling school
Associated Press, Thu December 14, 2006 05:51 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The United Nations on Thursday blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for attacking a school last week in eastern Sri Lanka - , killing one student and wounding 10 others... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s central bank to raise key interest rate for the fourth ...
menafn.com, 14/12/2006. Bloomberg reported that Sri Lanka's central bank might raise its key interest rate for the fourth time in 2006 after inflation climbed to a 10-year high... Back to the top

Jaffna Church trusts government; not so the Tigers
asianews.it, 12/14/2006. The Church in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, appreciates the decision taken by President Mahinda Rajapakse to dispatch basic humanitarian aid via the A9 Road, closed since August following the escalation of violence between the army and Tamil rebels... Back to the top

Lanka govt wants power supply from India
zeenews.com, Dec 14. . Colombo, Dec 14: Sri Lanka's cabinet on Thursday authorised the Energy Ministry to explore the possibility of setting up a mega transmission power line to India. Media Minister Anura Yapa said the project will link Madurai and Sri Lanka's Anuradhapura and is aimed at supplying up to 1,000 mw of power to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Breakaway rebel group says it killed 20 rivals during raid in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu December 14, 2006 03:13 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A breakaway rebel faction said Thursday it killed 20 members of the mainstream Tamil rebel group during a raid on a camp... Back to the top

Radhika Coomaraswamy UN Special Representative chides LTTE for ...
nmatnet.com, 14 dec. NMAT. Colombo. 13th December, 2006. The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy chided the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the shelling a school in Kallar in the Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee district... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military vows to drive Tigers from east coast
reuters.co.uk, Thu 14 Dec 2006. Sri Lanka's security forces are determined to drive the Tamil Tigers from a stretch of the east coast the rebels control under a 2002 truce, the military said on Thursday, to the worry of international ceasefire monitors... Back to the top

Troops kill six Tiger rebels in east Sri Lanka
Yahoo, 14 Dec 2006 - 08:55 EDT. Security forces shot dead at least six Tamil Tiger rebels during a confrontation in Sri Lanka's restive eastern province, officials said on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan judge sentence two men to death for causing death to tsunami victim
Associated Press, Wed December 13, 2006 22:17 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan court has sentenced two men to die for causing the death of a woman, who survived the first waves of the 2004 tsunami but was pushed back into the sea by the duo after snatching her gold chain, a police officer said Thursday... Back to the top

Industrial action hurts Sri Lanka tea production
Yahoo, 14 Dec 2006 - 08:55 EDT. A crippling strike in Sri Lanka's tea producing central hills has seriously jeopardized the island's standing as a major international tea exporter, tea industry officials said Thursday... Back to the top

India and Sri Lanka explore mega transmission power link between ...
lankabusinessonline.com, 14 December 2006. December 14, 2006 (LBO) – India and Sri Lanka are due to ink a million dollar agreement as early as next year to set up a mega transmission power line between both nations, an official said Thursday... Back to the top

2 Sri Lankans sentenced to die for pushing woman back into tsunami after snatching chain
Associated Press, Thu December 14, 2006 01:41 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan court has sentenced two men to die for murdering a woman, who survived the first waves of the 2004 tsunami but was pushed back into the sea by the duo after snatching her gold chain, the chief police investigator said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka appeals to ICRC, foreign monitors to help create safe haven for civilians
Associated Press, Wed December 13, 2006 02:51 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The government asked the International Committee of the Red Cross and foreign cease-fire monitors Wednesday to seek help from the Tamil rebels to create a safe haven for about 35,000 civilians caught in violence in Sri Lanka - 's east... Back to the top

Blow to Lanka power devolution
Yahoo, 13 Dec 2006 - 23:00 EDT. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna's decision to quit the All Party Conference (APC) in protest against the recommendations of the majority of the members of the Experts Committee on devolution, has scuttled President Mahinda Rajapaksa's efforts to find a national consensus on a political solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Tamil Crisis forgotten behind Cricket Feaver - ABC ...
tamilbrisbane.com, 13 Dec 2006 - 23:00 EDT. With violence once again erupting in Sri Lanka, Rear Vision traces the historical roots of the conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka eastern town under curfew after road mishap
people.com.cn, 13 december. Sri Lanka's eastern provincial town of Sammanturai, 280 km from the capital Colombo, was placed under a police curfew following civil unrest caused by a motor accident, police said Wednsday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka vows to flush out LTTE
thenews.com.pk, wednesday, 13th December. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s army chief vowed to drive out Tiger guerrillas from the island’s restive east as dozens of civilians fled their shelters on Wednesday amid a lull in shelling... Back to the top

Is LTTE getting arms from India?
dnaindia.com, Wednesday, 13th December. CHENNAI: As the war in Sri Lanka intensifies, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) may be getting a little help from across the Palk Straits, especially from Tamil Nadu, intelligence agencies believe... Back to the top

LTTE banned the sale of Thina Murasu in Paris
defence.lk, 12/11/2006. he sale of "Thina Murasu," a most popular Tamil weekly paper has been banned in Paris by Parithi, the head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in France... Back to the top

LTTE TV/Radio stations fleeing France
nmatnet.com, Wednesday, December 13th. NMAT. December 12, 2006. The Tamil Tiger leadership in France is presently taking frantic moves to shift the Tamil Television Network (TTN), the TV station out of Paris to Geneva in Switzerland... Back to the top

UN wants assurance of civilians protection in Lanka
irna.ir, Wednesday, 13th December. The UN resident co-coordinator in Sri Lanka has urged the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to ensure protection of civilians in the conflict zones in the eastern region of the island... Back to the top

UN calls on Sri Lanka to respect law
dailymirror.lk, Wednesday, 13th December. Amidst reports of increasing clashes in the north and east of Sri Lanka leading to many casualties and the movement of internally displaced persons, the UN Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict yesterday called for respect for humanitarian law... Back to the top

India must play decisive role in Lankan crisis
hindu.com, Wednesday, 13th December. India has to play a more decisive role for a successful negotiated settlement to the crisis in Sri Lanka, a Tamil MP from the island nation said yesterday... Back to the top

Roots of Conflict in Sri Lanka
zmag.org, December 12, 2006. In 2006, Sri Lanka was witness to the worst violence between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam since a ceasefire was signed between the two groups in 2002... Back to the top

Family of drowning victim facing deportation; fath
Associated Press, Tue December 12, 2006 19:17 EST . TORONTO (AP) _ A Sri Lankan family grieving the death of an 11-year-old son who drowned attempting to save a friend also faces the threat of deportation amid allegations that the patriarch is a ``top international leader'' of the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka power-sharing moves hit major snag
zeenews.com, 12 Dec 2006 - 03:00 EDT. Colombo, Dec 13: Sri Lanka's moves to share power with minority Tamils and end decades of ethnic bloodshed hit a major snag yesterday after a panel formed to devise a plan came up with four different drafts... Back to the top

Deadly shelling in Sri Lanka violates human rights, says UN
businessday.co.za, 12 Dec 2006 - 03:00 EDT. COLOMBO — Deadly artillery shelling of civilians by both Sri Lanka’s military and the Tamil Tiger rebels was violating human rights, a deeply concerned United Nations (UN) said yesterday, appealing to both sides to stop... Back to the top

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