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DECEMBER 15, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 253

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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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Thousands of ethnic Tamil refugees fleeing from Tamil rebel control, military says
Associated Press, Fri December 15, 2006 11:06 EST . GEMUNU AMARASINGHE - Associated Press Writer - PETHALAI, Sri Lanka - (AP) Thousands of ethnic Tamils are fleeing rebel-controlled areas in the island's east, complaining that insurgents forcibly held them amid fierce fighting with government forces, the military said Friday, a day after the U.N. said some 35,000 people were trapped in the area. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been fighting the government since 1983, demanding a self-ruled homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.1 million minority Tamils, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese-dominated state.

A Norwegian-brokered cease-fire officially still holds but more than 3,500 fighters and civilians have been killed in renewed fighting this year.

More than 65,000 people died in the conflict before the cease-fire.
Published: Fri Dec 15 16:20:19 EST 2006


U.N. calls on Tamil Tiger rebels to allow refugee movement in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri December 15, 2006 11:56 EST . GEMUNU AMARASINGHE - Associated Press Writer - PETHALAI, Sri Lanka - (AP) The United Nations on Friday called on Tiger Tamil rebels to let tens of thousands of Tamil civilians flee an area in Sri Lanka - that has been battered by heavy fighting. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been fighting the government since 1983, demanding a self-ruled homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.1 million minority Tamils, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese-dominated state.

A Norwegian-brokered cease-fire officially still holds but more than 3,500 fighters and civilians have been killed in renewed fighting this year.

More than 65,000 people died in the conflict before the cease-fire.
Published: Fri Dec 15 16:20:44 EST 2006 Back to the top


Tamil rebels declare 3 days of mourning for top negotiator
Associated Press, Fri December 15, 2006 13:14 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels have declared three days of mourning for their chief negotiator Anton Balasingham, who died of cancer in London on Thursday. Balasingham, who was born in Sri Lanka - , began his life as a journalist with a Tamil-language newspaper and went on to become an employee of the British High Commission in Colombo.

He later became a British citizen and lived in London.
Published: Fri Dec 15 16:21:09 EST 2006 Back to the top


Refugee boat capsizes in Sri Lanka , 1 killed, 6 missing
Associated Press, Fri December 15, 2006 03:39 EST . GEMUNU AMARASINGHE - Associated Press Writer - PETHALAI, Sri Lanka - (AP) A boat transporting ethnic Tamil refugees capsized off eastern Sri Lanka - on Friday, leaving one child dead and six people missing, a hospital spokesman and witnesses said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

British diplomat questioned for photographing Sri Lankan ...
teluguportal.net, Dec 15. A British diplomat was questioned Friday for photographing the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's motor cavalcade here as security has been tightened on fears that Tamil rebels might carry out attacks in the city, police said... Back to the top

Chief Tamil Tiger Negotiator Dies at 68
Associated Press, Thu December 14, 2006 11:23 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Anton Balasingham, the chief negotiator for Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels, died Thursday of cancer in London, a pro-rebel Web site reported... Back to the top

S.Lanka rebel chief mourns aide as struggle intensifies
alertnet.org, 15 Dec 2006 - 00:10 EDT. COLOMBO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Shadowy Sri Lankan rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran on Friday mourned his chief negotiator, ideologue and best friend, saying his death was an irreplaceable loss as the group intensifies its fight for independence... Back to the top

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... 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

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