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DECEMBER 30, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 268

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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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Sri Lanka warplanes, renegades attack Tigers, 30 die
reuters.co.uk, 30 dec. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tigers in a key area in the island's east on Saturday, the military said, hours after a renegade group announced it overran rebel camps and killed at least 30 militants.

The military, stepping up an offensive in the east, said a Tiger artillery gun position was destroyed in the air strike in Vakarai, one of the last major rebel strongholds on the coast.

Another strike was successfully carried out on a Sea Tiger base in the nearby Pudukudiyirippu area, the military said in a statement.

Fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which wants a separate homeland for Tamils in the north and east, has intensified in recent weeks. A 2002 truce is now in tatters and thousands have died in violence this year. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Dec 30 06:42:15 EST 2006

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Sri Lankan air force strikes rebel training base, gun position in volatile northeast  - Associated Press

Lankan MPs not for India s solution
chennaionline.com, Dec 31, 2006 . Chennai, Dec 30: There could be no solution to the Sri Lankan problem as long as India continued to stress on the island nation's unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity, Tamil Nationalist Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan said today.

"There cannot be a solution within the unitary framework of Sri Lanka. Its unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty can be respected only in the context of due political space and status to Tamils living in the island," he told reporters here.

Of the 23 MPs elected from Tamil areas in the island, 22 belong to the TNA, comprising Thamizharasu Katchi, EPRLF, TELO and All Ceylon Tamil Congress.

To a question on LTTE leader Prabhakaran's Heroes Day speech, vowing to fight for a separate homeland for Tamils, he said, "The Sri Lankan government has not come out with any other alternative. What should the Tamils do?"

"Tamils do not want war. Only our people are being killed in battles, fleeing their homes and are losing their property. But what is the alternative?" he asked.

He said even the merger of North and Eastern provinces,the cornerstone of the Indo-Sri Lankan agreement, had been rejected by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. The provinces had been demerged.

Another condition of the agreement, that Triconmalee port should not go to the hands of any other country, was also being endangered. "This will undermine India's security in the region," he said. (Our Correspondent) More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 21:39:27 EST 2006 Back to the top


Tamil rebel faction claims to have killed dozens of mainstream guerrillas in camp raid
Associated Press, Sat December 30, 2006 06:35 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A breakaway faction of Tamil rebels said their fighters attacked three mainstream Tamil Tiger training camps in eastern Sri Lanka - early Saturday, killing dozens of guerrillas. Sri Lanka - 's nearly two-decade-long civil war ended 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.

The Tamil Tiger rebels are fighting to create a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.1 million Tamils, who have faced decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. Before the cease-fire, the civil war had left 65,000 dead and 1.6 million people displaced.
Published: Sat Dec 30 07:46:10 EST 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka to purchase defence equipment from Pakistan
hindu.com, 30 Dec 2006 - 12:20 EDT. New Delhi, Dec. 31 (PTI): In order to equip itself to fight the LTTE, Sri Lanka has placed orders worth up to USD 100 million from Pakistan for tanks, their ammunition, different kinds of bombs and explosives, fuses, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and armoured vehicles, reports said.

Premier journal Jane's Defence Weekly and media reports have have confirmed that the arms deal size could go up to USD 200 million in the next 18 months... Back to the top


Sri Lanka under pressure to retain Moody
cricinfo.com, December 30, 2006. Pressure is building on the Sri Lankan board (SLC) to retain Tom Moody, the hottest property on the international cricket coaching circuit... Back to the top

Agreement for Sri Lanka's second coal power plant signed
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, December 29, 2006, 3.36 p.m.. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC)... Back to the top

Egyptian sailors held in Sri Lanka return home
people.com.cn, December 30, 2006. Nine Egyptian sailors, who had fallen into the hands of Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, returned to Cairo on Friday, the official news agency MENA reported... Back to the top

It s time for India to act on Sri Lanka, says Tamil party
malaysiasun.com, Saturday 30th December, 2006 . Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, which is aligned with the Tamil Tigers, is asking India to take the initiative to resurrect the island's battered peace process, saying the world is bound to back such a move... Back to the top

Fate of cargo in LTTE hijacked ship unknown
nation.lk, 30 Dec 2006 - 12:20 EDT. The LTTE-hijacked Jordanian ship was still lying off the coast of Mullaitivu while the Navy and the LTTE trade charges on the fate of the 14,000 ton cargo of rice on the holds of the ship... Back to the top

Lanka's chilling 2006 timeline
hindustantimes.com, 30 Dec 2006 - 07:50 EDT. Sri Lanka's timeline for 2006 is a chilling one dominated as it is by assassinations, attempted assassinations, terrorist massacres, abduction of the young and the old, aerial bombings, artillery duels and massive displacements of innocent civilians... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil MPs meet Sri Sri Ravishankar
hindu.com, Dec 30. A delegation of Members of Parliament from Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of Sri Lanka yesterday called on spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar and requested him to use his good offices to prevail on Indian leaders to take up the cause of Tamil people in that country... Back to the top

Blast in a car injures one person in Sri Lankan capital
Associated Press, Fri December 29, 2006 00:33 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A blast, possibly triggered by explosives kept in the vehicle, wounded one person in Sri Lankan capital Friday, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka December annualised inflation hits 13.7%
lankabusinessonline.com, 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

Sri Lanka s economy grows 7 per cent in 2006
people.com.cn, December 29, 2006. Sri Lanka's central bank said Friday that the overall economic growth in 2006 would be 7 percent, lower than projected 7.4 percent... Back to the top

INTERVIEW-Sri Lanka military says rebel-held town to fall soon
alertnet.org, Dec 29 . An eastern stronghold of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels will likely fall to the military soon following weeks of fighting that has forced thousands of civilians to flee, a brigadier said on Friday... Back to the top

Central Bank of Sri Lanka tightens cash facility to banks from Jan ...
lankabusinessonline.com, 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

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