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DECEMBER 16, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 254

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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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Military discovers powerful roadside bomb ahead of convoy in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat December 16, 2006 03:20 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military on Saturday discovered a powerful roadside bomb capable of causing widespread damage just before an army convoy was due to pass by in the country's north, the military said. No comment was immediately available from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, but this type of roadside bomb has been their favored weapon in their fight for a Tamil homeland in Sri Lanka's northeast.

The rebels 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 2002 Norwegian-brokered cease-fire is officially still in place 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: Sat Dec 16 07:56:18 EST 2006


Using flooded, mined jungle paths, 3,000 Tamil civilians flee Sri Lankan fighting
Associated Press, Sat December 16, 2006 11:52 EST . GEMUNU AMARASINGHE - Associated Press Writer - PETHALAI, Sri Lanka - (AP) About 3,000 Tamil civilians braved flooded, mine-laden jungle paths to flee from separatist fighting into government-held areas in eastern Sri Lanka - Saturday, officials and witnesses said. 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.

Pro rebel Web site: www.TamilNet.com

Dilip Ganguly contributed to the report from Colombo.
Published: Sat Dec 16 12:48:53 EST 2006 Back to the top

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