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Sri Lanka renegade group says kills 30 Tiger rebels, 30 Dec 2006. A breakaway faction of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers overran three rebel camps in the east of the island on Saturday, killing at least 30 guerrillas in one of the biggest attacks in recent months, the group said.

About 200 members of the renegade group, which is led by former Tiger eastern commander Karuna Amman, attacked the camps in Toppigala, about 40 km (25 miles) from the town of Batticalao.

"Our intelligence reports said there were top LTTE commanders there, 30 cadres were killed on the spot," said Asad Maulana, a spokesman for the Tamileela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, the political wing of the Karuna faction.

Two members of Karuna were wounded in the attack, he said.

There was no immediate comment from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which says the Sri Lankan military is backing the renegade group. More...
Published: Fri Dec 29 23:23:05 EST 2006

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Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, December 29, 2006, 3.36 p.m.. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC)., (a Government of India Undertaking), Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Government of Sri Lanka today at the Presidential Secretariat for setting up of a 500 MW coal based thermal power plant at Trincomalee (eastern province).

The power plant is expected to commence operations from 2011. With the signing of the Agreement will commence the process of site selection in Trincomalee which will be done on the basis of techno-economic and environmental feasibility studies and other relevant matters including availability of infrastructure etc.

The project would involve an investment of US $ 500 million and would be implemented by a joint venture company to be formed with a stake of 50% each by NTPC Ltd. and CEB. The project would be funded with a debt equity ratio of 70:30. In January 2007, a joint venture agreement between CEB and NTPC, a power purchase agreement between the JV company and CEB, an agreement between BOI and the JV company, implementation agreement and coal supply agreement are expected to be signed.

The Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Mr. T Sankarlingam, CMD, NTPC Ltd, Mr. MMC Ferdinando , Secretary Power and Mr. W.A.S. Perera, Chairman CEB. Mr. Alok Prasad, High Commissioner, Mr. R V Shahi, Secretary (Power), Government of India and other officials of NTPC and the Indian High Commission were also present. The visiting Indian delegation and High Commissioner of India, Mr. Alok Prasad, also called on H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.

NTPC is a Government of India undertaking wherein Government owns 89.5% equity. NTPC is one of the top six companies by market capitalization in India. The market capitalization of NTPC is approximately US $ 25 billion. NTPC has been declared successively for a continuous period of 3 years amongst the top three best places to work in India . In the area of environment, all of NTPC plants are accredited with ISO 14001 certification. NTPC is the second largest owner of trees in the country after Government of India. NTPC, the sixth largest power generator in the world, has an installed capacity of 26,000 MW.
Published: Fri Dec 29 05:16:01 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan teen escapes Tamil rebel camp holding more abductees
Associated Press, Fri December 29, 2006 09:29 EST . KARUNARATNE GAMAGE - Associated Press Writer - POLONNARUWA, Sri Lanka - (AP) A 15-year-old Tamil girl who said she was abducted by separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and forced to undergo training has escaped from a rebel camp in eastern Sri Lanka - , the girl and authorities said Friday. Sri Lanka - 's government has accused the Tamil rebels of abducting at least 455 boys and girls from government-controlled areas this year to be trained as combatants. UNICEF has said insurgents recruited 539 underage combatants this year through Nov. 30.

Separately on Friday, Tamil rebels fired mortars at several military posts in eastern Sri Lanka - , wounding three soldiers, Samarasinghe said.

Sri Lanka - 's nearly two-decade-long civil war halted in 2002 when Norway brokered a cease-fire, but the truce has recently come under serious threat due to near-daily violence.

More than 3,500 combatants and civilians have been killed in fighting this year, according to the Defense Ministry.

Associated Press writer Dilip Ganguly in Colombo contributed to this report.
Published: Fri Dec 29 12:30:44 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Blast in a car injures one person in Sri Lankan capital
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Sri Lanka December annualised inflation hits 13.7%, 29 December 2006. Consumer prices in Sri Lanka rose by 2.3 percent in December, keeping 12-month inflation at 19.3 percent, the Census & Statistics Department said Friday... Back to the top

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Attacks in Sri Lanka kill 3 government soldiers, wound 6; police officer shot
Associated Press, Thu December 28, 2006 11:08 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a roadside bomb in Sri Lanka's volatile north on Thursday, killing two soldiers and wounding three others, while separate attacks across the island left a soldier dead and a policeman wounded, the military said... Back to the top

Central Bank of Sri Lanka tightens cash facility to banks from Jan ..., Fri, 29 December 2006 . The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has restricted the use of its cash facility to the banking system, from January 01, in a further attempt to tighten liquidity and reduce inflationary pressure... Back to the top

Tamil rebels abduct 2 rivals, Sri Lankan military says
Associated Press, Thu December 28, 2006 01:05 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil rebels have abducted two members of a rival group of former separatists from their office in a northern town, the Defense Ministry said Thursday... Back to the top

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