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VOL. 7, NO. 264


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Buddhists, Muslims join Sri Lanka Catholics in remembering tsunami ..., 26 dec. GALLE, Sri Lanka (CNS) – Hundreds of Buddhist and Muslim tsunami victims braved incessant rain and joined church workers in Galle to mark the second anniversary of the tsunami and to dedicate a new Caritas-built village. After Vatican and Sri Lankan flags were hoisted, Archbishop Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Sri Lanka, handed over the 76-house village, built by Caritas Sri Lanka's Galle diocesan center, to Buddhist More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 18:55:55 EST 2006
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Sri Lanka marks tsunami anniversary with ceremonies  -
Asian nations remember the 230,000 killed in 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami  - Associated Press

Sri Lanka s two troubled provinces to be separated, Dec. 25, 2006. Sri Lanka's troubled Northern and Eastern provinces will be administered as separate provinces with effect from the new year, a top state official said Monday.

Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrema, who is currently the governor for the merged Northeastern Province, said that he had been appointed as the governor of the eastern province and a separate governor for the northern province would soon be appointed by President Mahinda Rajapakse.

The two provinces came to be merged in July 1987 as part of the India-Sri Lanka agreement when the Indian government made its intervention then to bring about a negotiated end to the island's separatist armed conflict.

The Supreme Court on Oct. 16 this year ruled that the 1987 order by the then President of Sri Lanka merging the two provinces was not in keeping with the country's constitution and should therefore be separate provinces.

Wijewickrema said there will now be two separate administrations as was ruled by the Supreme Court and added "it might be another year or so until we formally set up the Northern Province administration."

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels claim the two provinces the traditional homeland of the minority Tamils and are so opposed to the de-merger.

However, the Sinhala majority groups say the merged provinces distort the ethnic proportional representation in favor of the Tamils as a large number of Sinhala majority and Muslims have been historically living in the Eastern Province.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse said the civilian population in the Eastern Province should be given the choice to be merged or demerged at a referendum and the government would not interfere in the court ruling.

Rajapakse's allies, the main left party the JVP and the Heritage Party who are bitterly opposed to a negotiated settlement of the separatist armed conflict with the Tiger rebels, have been putting pressure on the president to implement the court ruling. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 11:23:47 EST 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels forced way onto Jordan ship-crew
Yahoo News - reuters, 26 Dec 2006 - 12:46 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels fired shots in the air and forced their way onto a Jordanian cargo ship that strayed into waters near a rebel stronghold in the north, the vessel's captain said on Tuesday.

Two of the 25-member crew suffered injuries when they were ordered off the stricken Farah III and pushed into boats by the rebels, Ramiz Abdul Jabbar told a news conference.

Jabbar and his crew were brought to Colombo by the Red Cross on Monday after they were freed by the rebels, two days after their ship's engines failed, leaving it adrift off the Mullaittivu coast.

The rebels said they had come to the crew's rescue after the ship began drifting in rough seas.

The ship, carrying a cargo of rice from India to South Africa, has become the latest flashpoint in fighting between the Tigers and the Sri Lankan military, which accused the rebels of piracy and planned a rescue operation.

"They ordered us to leave the ship, they fired More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 12:47:38 EST 2006 Back to the top

Lanka Christmas violence toll hits 9, ship crew released, 26 dec. At least nine people, including four Sri Lankan security force members, were killed in clashes with Tamil Tiger rebels over Christmas, the defence ministry said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president salutes parents of soldiers, 26 dec. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse said Saturday that parents who send their children to join the security forces in the battle against the Tamil Tiger rebels deserve special praise... Back to the top

Fighting in Sri Lanka leaves 8 dead, 13 wounded
Associated Press, Tue December 26, 2006 06:46 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a roadside bomb, killing three government soldiers in northern Jaffna, while troops killed five guerrillas elsewhere on the peninsula, Sri Lanka - 's military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Captain of Jordanian ship says Tamil rebels forced crew from ship, 3 sailors hurt
Associated Press, Tue December 26, 2006 04:38 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The captain of a Jordanian ship whose vessel was seized by Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels said Tuesday the guerrillas fired shots as they boarded and ordered the crew to leave the ship... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s tsunami-hit south on road to recovery, 26 dec. SITTING on the porch of her new donated home on Sri Lanka's tsunami-battered south coast, Girli Mangalika has put the disaster behind her and is focusing on starting a new business... Back to the top

Sri Lanka erects first of 100 tsunami warning towers to mark disaster anniversary
Associated Press, Tue December 26, 2006 00:20 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - HIKKADUWA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the 2004 tsunami that killed 35,000 people on the island by erecting the first of 100 coastal warning towers and offering Buddhist hymns for the dead... Back to the top

Church bombed in Sri Lanka, 25/12/2006. A policeman was killed after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels lobbed a grenade at officers guarding a church in northwest Sri Lanka on Christmas day, said the Sri Lankan defence ministry... Back to the top

Air Force airlifts energy food for children patients in Jaffna, 25 Dec 2006. The Air Force is airlifting 10,800 kg of energy food for children and patients in JAFFNA today (25)... Back to the top

In Sri Lanka, 2006 ends on a sombre note, December 25, 2006. For the majority of Sri Lankans (70% Sinhala) 2005 ended on a note of fulfilment, and hope of a bright future, because they had elected "Ape Mahinda" (Our Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Peoples' Man) as the President of the country... Back to the top

Religious leaders call for peace and goodwill as Christmas is celebrated around the world
Associated Press, Mon December 25, 2006 11:33 EST . TARIQ PANJA - Associated Press Writer - For many of those celebrating the holidays in Sri Lanka - there would be no cake this year... Back to the top

Germany suspends Sri Lankan aid, 25 December 2006. A German minister has said the country has frozen aid to Sri Lanka because of the continuing violence between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Shelter or survival: a dilemma for the displaced in Sri Lanka, December 22 . For the past few months, home for Nageswary* and her five children has been a bare concrete floor in an open market near the northern Sri Lankan town of Kilinochchi... Back to the top

Policeman killed, 3 injured in northern Sri Lanka attack, December 25, 2006. A policeman was killed and three others were injured in a suspected Tamil Tiger hand grenade attack in northern Sri Lanka, defense officials said Monday... Back to the top

Feature: Sri Lanka´s fishing industry recovers from tsunami, 12-25-2006. For 50-year-old fisherman Calistus Fernando, life is still not easy two years after the tsunami that destroyed about 24,000 fishing boats and 1 million fishing nets... Back to the top

Karuna faction says LTTE long-range weapon destroyed, Monday, December 25. The Karuna faction yesterday claimed it had destroyed the long range weapon recently used by the LTTE to attack a school in Somapura which left a teacher dead and several students injured... Back to the top

Chinese houses for Sri Lankan tsunami victims, 25 Dec, 2006. A tsunami victim, 42-year-old M H Sunil, was very happy as he welcomed a special guest from China in his own new house donated by the Chinese people... Back to the top

AICC gen secy seeks action against LTTE supporters, Monday December 25 2006 14:47 IST. PUDUCHERRY: AICC General Secretary and Rajya Sabha member V Narayanasamy demanded action against those speaking in support of the banned LTTE... Back to the top

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