163 Reports

Fishermen say witnessed crash

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 30 September 1998, 18:00 GMT]
Fishermen from Pesalai, on the eastern part of the Mannar island, informed the Government Agent (GA) of the Mannar district this evening that they had seen an aircraft hurtling headlong into the sea yesterday while they were fishing in the waters off the coast of Naachchikudah.
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42 Tigers surrendered - SLA

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 30 September 1998, 14:20 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) SLA claimed this evening that 42 Liberation Tigers surrendered to its troops that took control of Mankulam today. The SLA is flying a group of Sri Lankan journalists to Anuradhapura to see the alleged surrendees. Sources in Vavuniya claimed that only 26 boys and girls, alleged to be LTTE fighters, were brought to Vavuniya this afternoon.
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Tigers hand over 600 SLA bodies

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 30 September 1998, 07:16 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers handed over the bodies of six hundred soldiers killed when they overran the SLA's Kilinochchi base complex on Monday to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Mallavi, 8 km. west of Mankulam, this morning at 10.30 a.m. said the ICRC's media relations officer Harasha Gunawardana.
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Mankulam captured - Radio

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 30 September 1998, 06:50 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) announced in a special news buletin today that the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) has captured Mankulam today. However, the capture of Mankulam by the SLA could not be confirmed independently.
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Tigers free SEP activists - Amnesty

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 29 September 1998, 14:16 GMT]
Amnesty International, the human rights organisation said Monday that the Liberation Tigers had released the activists of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) whom the LTTE had taken prisoner in August.
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Lion Air flight said missing

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 29 September 1998, 10:29 GMT]
A flight operated by the private company 'Lion Air' with 48 passengers an 6 crew has been reported missing around 02.10 p.m. local time, said air line officials in Colombo. Earlier reports said that the missing flight was an Avro aircraft belonging to the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF).
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Fierce fighting reported near Mankulam

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 29 September 1998, 10:21 GMT]
Heavy fighting is reported in the general area of Mankulam between the Sri Lankan Army and the Liberation Tigers. The fighting broke out when the troops engaged in Operation 'Jeyasikurui' mounted a fresh attempt to capture strategic Mankulam Town said sources.
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SLA suffers heavy losses in Kilinochchi - VoT

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 29 September 1998, 03:36 GMT]
In the operation code named 'Oyaatha Alaikal-2' (Unceasing Waves-2) the LTTE brought the Kilinochchi region under their full control last evening. The Voice of Tigers (VoT) said this morning that 240 Tigers were killed in this operation.
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Kilinochchi base captured - LTTE

[TamilNet, Monday, 28 September 1998, 19:47 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio said this evening that the LTTE had taken 'complete control' of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) base at Kilinochchi following heavy fighting over the past two days. The Tigers have recovered the bodies of hundreds of SLA troops the radio said.
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Casualties mount in Kilinochchi battle

[TamilNet, Monday, 28 September 1998, 16:09 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio said today that 23 Liberation Tigers have been killed so far in the fighting at Paranthan and Kilinochchi. It said that LTTE had delivered a major blow to the main base in Kilinochchi and that fighting is raging in the area.
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Heavy casualties in Kilinochchi?

[TamilNet, Monday, 28 September 1998, 09:48 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) remained tight lipped about the situation in Paranthan today while reports about heavy losses sustained by government troops continued to emanate from the north.
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Confusion surrounds Kilinochchi fighting

[TamilNet, Sunday, 27 September 1998, 18:15 GMT]
Speculation continued to mount in Colombo about the degree of damage the Liberation Tigers inflicted on the SLA in Paranthan today. The army raised its casualty figure to 19 killed in action this evening amidst unconfirmed reports that the Liberation Tigers have completely overrun at least one brigade defending the western sector of Paranthan.
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Indian fishermen face repatriation

[TamilNet, Sunday, 27 September 1998, 18:13 GMT]
The Tamil Nadu fishermen who were picked up by the Sri Lankan Police after their boat was sunk in the seas off Kankesanthurai in Jaffna yesterday will be sent to Colombo tomorrow for repatriation to India said sources. They said the fishermen are from the coastal village of Aarkkaadu on the southern coast of Tamil Nadu.
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Search operation in Nelliady

[TamilNet, Sunday, 27 September 1998, 11:18 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) cordoned off Nelliady from 7.30 this morning on a tip off about the presence of some Liberation Tigers in the area. The army was on a house to house search for the LTTE suspects in Nelliady, Murugan 'Kovil' (temple) road and Pandiththalai.
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MoD says 'in control'

[TamilNet, Sunday, 27 September 1998, 10:34 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence (MoD) acknowledged this afternoon an attack by the Liberation Tigers on the Sri Lankan Army's (SLA) largest base complex that began around midnight.
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Heavy fighting at Elephant Pass

[TamilNet, Sunday, 27 September 1998, 06:29 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers a launched an assault on the Sri Lankan Army's (SLA) largest base complex in Elephant Pass-Paranthan and Kilinochchi last night. Army sources unofficially confirmed heavy fighting.
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PA council-chairman shot dead

[TamilNet, Saturday, 26 September 1998, 20:41 GMT]
A politician from the governing People's Alliance (PA) was shot dead last night in Arachchikaddu, Puttalam. The PA charged that it was a political murder.
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Search operation in Vadamaradchi east

[TamilNet, Saturday, 26 September 1998, 20:38 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army cordoned off and searched the villages of Kudaththanai and Manalkaadu, in Vadamaradchi East, in the Jaffna peninsula from 9 a.m. this morning until 1 p.m.
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Youth arrested for purchasing Bananas

[TamilNet, Saturday, 26 September 1998, 20:36 GMT]
Two youths who bought a large quantity of bananas at the Eravur market this morning were arrested by the Sri Lankan Police. The youth, according to the Police, were suspected of purchasing the bananas for an LTTE function in the hinterland to commemorate Thileepan.
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Bishop's plea for Vanni refugees

[TamilNet, Saturday, 26 September 1998, 17:20 GMT]
The Jaffna Diocese of the Catholic Church has called upon its members to forego a meal so that they can contribute its value in money to aid the people in the Vanni who have been affected by the severe food shortages.
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MP's Vanni visit obstructed

[TamilNet, Saturday, 26 September 1998, 17:13 GMT]
The controversial Sri Lankan opposition MP, Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana said that he will file a fundamental rights case against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for impinging on his freedom of movement and obstructing his duties towards the people as a parliamentarian.
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Thileepan remembered

[TamilNet, Saturday, 26 September 1998, 17:06 GMT]
The final day of the Thileepan remembrance week was marked with fasts held all over the areas in the north-east that are under the control of the Liberation Tigers. Reports from Batticaloa said that thousands of civilians had joined the fast in Kokkaddicholai, west of Batticaloa today.
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Airforce fire kills Indian fisherman

[TamilNet, Saturday, 26 September 1998, 17:01 GMT]
An Indian fisherman was killed when the Sri Lankan Air force strafed and bombed a boat that was seen in the high seas off Kankesanthurai this morning around 6 a.m. His body was recovered by the Sri Lankan Police who brought it to the Jaffna hospital morgue this afternoon.
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Demonstration over Jaffna mass graves

[TamilNet, Friday, 25 September 1998, 17:51 GMT]
More than five hundred people took part in the march and sit in today to protest against the government's apathy towards the Chemmani graves and missing persons in Jaffna organised by the Jaffna NGO consortium, Mothers Front, the Missing Persons' Guardian Association (MPGA) and a large number of public interest groups.
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Grenade attack wounds two

[TamilNet, Friday, 25 September 1998, 17:42 GMT]
Two soldiers were seriously wounded this evening around 6.45 p.m. when armed persons, suspected to be members of the Liberation Tigers lobbed a grenade and fired on an SLA sentry at Chavakkalai junction in Gurunagar, a coastal suburb of Jaffna town.
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Tamils from Europe harassed

[TamilNet, Thursday, 24 September 1998, 20:53 GMT]
The friends and relatives of Kalirajah Thirugnanaseelan, 31, a Danish citizen appealed to Tamil Parliamentarians today that he was being unduly detained by the Sri Lankan Police since his arrival in Colombo on Sunday September 20.
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Jaffna news summary

[TamilNet, Thursday, 24 September 1998, 20:50 GMT]
Two fisherman of Madaththuveli in the island of Pungudutheevu who had missed the curfew by 30 minutes yesterday were admitted to the Jaffna hospital this morning for severe contusions and abrasions after being assaulted by Sri Lankan Navy personnel stationed in the area.
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SLA destroys Tiger memorial

[TamilNet, Thursday, 24 September 1998, 20:48 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) soldiers destroyed a war dead memorial of the Liberation Tigers yesterday at the junction near the villages of Kudaarappu and Maamunai on the south-eastern coast of Jaffna said sources. The army cordoned off and searched the two villages from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
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Protest planned in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 24 September 1998, 18:14 GMT]
The NGO consortium of Jaffna, the People's Committee for Justice and Peace (Jaffna), Committee for Justice and peace of the Catholic Church (Jaffna), the Jaffna Mother's Front, the Missing Persons' Guardian Association (MPGA) of Jaffna and a large number of other public interest groups will stage a sit in protest in front of the National Human Rights Commission office in Jaffna town from 8 a.m. in the morning to 3 p.m.
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Civilians killed in cross-fire

[TamilNet, Thursday, 24 September 1998, 17:04 GMT]
Two civilians were killed and three were wounded when the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) in Vakarai opened fire with mortars and machine guns in the direction of Kandalady this morning around 7.30 a.m. Kandalady is a settlement that forms the northern part of the Vakarai village, 59 kilometers north of Batticaloa.
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Police arrests council chairman

[TamilNet, Thursday, 24 September 1998, 11:30 GMT]
Ponnaiah Anton, chairman of the Chavakachcheri Pradheshiya Sabha (PS) who went missing with five of his colleagues following the shoot out between them and the SRi Lankan Army (SLA) on Tuesday September 22, surrendered to the Sri Lankan Police at Kodikaamam this morning around 9.30 p.m. said sources in Jaffna.
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Norwegian delegation visits Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Thursday, 24 September 1998, 09:06 GMT]
A group of lawyers in Vavuniya told a visiting Norwegian delegation that ninety percent of confessions obtained from young detainees were not factual, said sources there.
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Three killed in army fire

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 September 1998, 23:12 GMT]
Mannar magistrate, Mr. M. Ilancheliyan, ordered yesterday the cremation of the bodies of three people who were shot dead by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) at the 10th mile post in Uylankulam on September 19.
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More PLOTE members 'missing'

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 September 1998, 19:22 GMT]
The PLOTE issued a statement this evening saying that the chairman and five members of the Chavakachcheri Pradheshiya Sabha (PS) have gone missing after the SLA attacked its camp last evening.
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SLA operation in Vakarai

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 September 1998, 17:47 GMT]
The SLA conducted a limited operation from Vakarai today in the direction of Kathiraveli. A soldier was injured by an anti personnel mine blast during the advance which began around 9 a.m. this morning sources said.
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Three die of cholera

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 September 1998, 15:15 GMT]
Three civilians died of Cholera yesterday in the Liberation Tigers controlled hinterlands west of Valaichenai said medical sources in Batticaloa. All three were from the interior hamlet of Poolaakaadu; and according to preliminary reports, about hundred persons in the region may already be down with the epidemic.
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Council chairman reported missing

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 September 1998, 13:12 GMT]
PLOTE sources in Jaffna said today that the situation in the Chavakachcheri town continued to be tense today in the aftermath of the shoot out between their cadres and the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) last evening.
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Council member beaten, shot

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 September 1998, 19:03 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) severely assaulted and shot dead an Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) cadre this evening around 6 p.m. in Chavakachcheri in Jaffna following the clash with the PLOTE said a spokesman of the group in the north.
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Defence expenditure rises

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 September 1998, 18:59 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Minister for Education, Higher Education and Government whip placed before the parliament today a supplementary estimate of 12.2 billion Sri Lankan rupees for defence expenditure.
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Scrap SLAF base - council

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 September 1998, 18:54 GMT]
The Batticaloa Municipal council passed a unanimous resolution today demanding that the government should remove the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) base in the eastern town. The Council also unanimously condemned the move by the SLAF to close down the Alaiadichcholai cemetery, Sri Vigneswara school and the Hindu temple which are close to its base in the Batticaloa town.
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'Bouncing' mine kill soldier

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 September 1998, 18:52 GMT]
An SLA soldier in foot patrol was killed in Sangaththaanai in Jaffna around 8 a.m. this morning when an anti-personnel mine (APLM) blew up on him. SLA sources said that this APLM is new type that has been rarely used in Jaffna.
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Government seeks defence fund contributions

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 September 1998, 18:11 GMT]
The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Chandranande De Silva, has sent a circular to all ministerial secretaries, heads of government departments and corporations, asking them to contribute a week's salary to the Government's National Defence fund.
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SLA-PLOTE clash in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 September 1998, 15:32 GMT]
A PLOTE cadre was killed in a clash with the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) this afternoon in Chavakachcheri said sources in Jaffna. They said that two soldiers were wounded when the army and the PLOTE exchanged fire. The PLOTE office in Chavakachcheri was abandoned following the clash.
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EPDP leader identifies assailants

[TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 1998, 21:29 GMT]
Mr. Douglas Devananda, leader of the Eelam People Democratic Party (EPDP) pointed out six persons as his assailants at an identification parade today at the Kalutara magistrate court. The parade was held today in connection with the attack on him in the Kalutara maximum security prison on June 30.
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Postmistress arrested

[TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 1998, 21:27 GMT]
The assistant postmistress of the Sithaandy Post Office who was arrested by the Valaichenai Police on Saturday September 19 was taken to Kandy this morning for further investigations. Sithaandy is a large Tamil village about 22 kilometers north of Batticaloa patrolled by the SLA frequently to intercept the LTTE groups that ford the lagoon here.
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Key check post dismantled

[TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 1998, 21:25 GMT]
The military trained Police in Batticaloa removed a key check cum camp at the northern entrance of the eastern town today. The SLA and specially trained and equipped Police have maintained a strong position at Pillaiyaradi since Sri Lankan government forces moved into the Batticaloa town in late 1990 after fighting broke out between the army and the Liberation Tigers.
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Friendly fire kills two

[TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 1998, 21:23 GMT]
An SLA patrol near the Sithaandy temple shot dead two soldiers from its camp on Friday September 18 afternoon around 1.50 p.m. said informed sources. The patrol and the soldiers it mistook for Tigers were from the nearby SLA base at Morokkottaanchenai.
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Father identifies shot son's body

[TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 1998, 16:02 GMT]
A teenager who the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence claimed was a member of the Liberation Tigers in its press communiqué yesterday turned out to be a poverty stricken fisherman from the islet of Naasivanthivu on the outskirts of Valaichenai, 32 miles north of Batticaloa.
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Jaffna bus terminal searched on tip off

[TamilNet, Monday, 21 September 1998, 10:28 GMT]
The SLA rounded up the Jaffna main bus station and its environs this morning from 9 a.m to 9.30 a.m.
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Case over Chemmani arrest planned

[TamilNet, Sunday, 20 September 1998, 18:50 GMT]
The President of the Missing Persons' Guardian Association (MPGA) of Jaffna will file a habeas Corpus for his son who went missing in 1996 in the Jaffna courts on Tuesday, September 22.
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Shot men were Tigers - state radio

[TamilNet, Sunday, 20 September 1998, 18:39 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), the state run radio, said in its night news bulletin today at 9 p.m.said that the Sri Lankan Navy's gunboats had intercepted two Sea Tiger boats off the Trincomalee harbour.
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News in Brief

[TamilNet, Sunday, 20 September 1998, 17:49 GMT]
The inaugural meeting of the New Jaffna Mothers' Front was held in Jaffna town today, search operation in Vadamaradchi east and three killed in Jaffna shootings.
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Another poster campaign in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 20 September 1998, 11:32 GMT]
Posters offering a reward for capturing the leader of the Liberation Tigers, Veluppillai Prabhaharan, dead or alive appeared in many parts of the Batticaloa town yesterday morning. They were issued in the name of an unknown organisation styling itself 'Peaceful Democratic Revolutionary Front'.
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Two fishermen shot dead

[TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 1998, 23:14 GMT]
Two young fishermen were found shot dead in their boat in the seas off Trincomalee this morning. Their bodies were brought to the Trincomalee Back beach around noon by fishermen on the Samboor coast in Mutur, south of the Trincomalee bay. They said that they had found boat with the two bodies adrift in the sea off Samboor.
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Leaflets warn Jaffna Council members

[TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 1998, 19:13 GMT]
Leaflets calling for the resignation of all the Jaffna municipal council members were reported to have been distributed throughout the peninsula on the night of September 18.
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News in brief

[TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 1998, 18:32 GMT]
Police sources say that the SLA killed a LTTE member in Chavakachcheri today, special investigation team investigating the Jaffna Municipal Council bomb blast arrests 4 employees of JMC, and SLA builds a shed for Nagarkovil school.
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Military solution not possible - paper

[TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 1998, 18:09 GMT]
A Sinhala language news paper, Yukthiya, says in its weekly issue of September 20th, that majority of the population in the country believes that a military solution to the conflict is not possible.
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Bank employees protest against increased tax

[TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 1998, 17:58 GMT]
Sri Lanka bank employees union has protested against the government's move to extract a portion of their salary for defense purposes.
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SLA attempts to clear Linganagar

[TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 1998, 15:39 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has ordered all the Tamil residents of Linganagar in Trincomalee town to leave the suburb immediately. Sources in the eastern port town said that this might be the climax of the SLA's stubborn efforts to evict the Tamils and take over this suburb.
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Paramilitary encroachments threaten water supply

[TamilNet, Saturday, 19 September 1998, 11:49 GMT]
SLA sponsored Tamil paramilitaries in Batticaloa are principally distinguished by their remarkable resourcefulness to make life unbearable for the much harassed local civilian population. And now they are standing in the way of supplying adequate running water to the people of this war battered eastern town.
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Asylum seekers tortured

[TamilNet, Friday, 18 September 1998, 18:39 GMT]
Four Sri Lankan Tamil youth have alleged they were tortured and abused by the French immigration authorities.
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Two tamil policemen arrested

[TamilNet, Friday, 18 September 1998, 17:59 GMT]
Two Tamil Policemen, accused of spying for the Liberation Tigers were arrested yesterday in Batticaloa by the office of the Deputy Inspector General Police of the district. Both men were handed over to the local Counter Subversive Unit (CSU) by the arresting authorities.
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Central bank bombing case proceeds

[TamilNet, Friday, 18 September 1998, 17:57 GMT]
The Colombo high court judge Sarath Ambeypitiya allowed leave to the prosecution in the Sri Lankan Central Bank bombing case to proceed as the Police had so far failed to produce in courts the leader of the Liberation Tigers and his intelligence wing chief who are the first and second accused.
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Youth dies in army fire

[TamilNet, Friday, 18 September 1998, 10:04 GMT]
The SLA shot dead an unidentified youth this morning around 11.45 a.m. in the environs of Valaichenai, 32 miles north of Batticaloa.
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Judge arrested on charge of conspiracy

[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 September 1998, 23:15 GMT]
Most court activities have been brought to a halt for the fourth day running, as thousands of lawyers boycotted the courts in protest over the arrest and detention of supreme court judge, Mr. Mahanama Thilakaratne.
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Clashes in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 September 1998, 23:00 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers and the Special Task Force (STF), clashed Wednesday morning in the 13th Colony area, about 42 kilometers south west of Batticaloa. Residents in the area said that the confrontation was intense.
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Girl arrested over blast

[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 September 1998, 22:55 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police in Jaffna arrested a girl in the early hours of the morning Wednesday in connection with the bomb blast on September 11, said sources.
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LTTE to observe Polio truce

[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 September 1998, 17:54 GMT]
The UNICEF in Jaffna said today that the Liberation Tigers have consented to two days of peace in the northeast, tomorrow and the day after, to enable the UN organisation to vaccinate children against Polio in the region.
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Minority parties reject UNP - G.L. Pieris

[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 September 1998, 13:17 GMT]
The minority parties have rejected the United National Party (UNP) as a credible alternative and this why none of them went for its all party conference on free and fair elections on Monday Sept.14 in Colombo said Prof. G.L Pieris, Sri Lanka's minister for constitutional affairs today.
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Police officer cleared of charges

[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 September 1998, 12:05 GMT]
The Tamil police inspector, suspected of involvement in a bomb-explosion in Marudane earlier this year, has been cleared of the offence by court.
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Tamil speakers neglected - Minister

[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 September 1998, 09:39 GMT]
Producers and marketers of consumer goods in Sri Lanka are practising racial discrimination in packaging, says Mr. P. Chandrasekaran, junior minister for housing in plantation areas.
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Sporadic Vanni fighting - SLA

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 September 1998, 23:12 GMT]
Sri Lankan Army (SLA) conducted search operations in the Ambakamam and Kunchikkulam Forwards Defence Localities (FDL) and recovered 127 anti-personnel mines set by the Liberation Tigers, claimed Brigadier Tennekoon at the weekly cabinet press briefing held today.
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Monara airline considering options

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 September 1998, 23:12 GMT]
The Sri Lankan army spokesman Brig. Sunil Tennekoon confirmed this morning that the Monara airline that runs a service between Jaffna and Colombo had received a note from the Liberation Tigers asking it to cease operations forthwith.
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University staff on strike

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 September 1998, 20:02 GMT]
Three Universities in Sri Lanka's war torn northeast were on a token strike today demanding they be paid a risk allowance to which government and public sector employees in this part of the island are entitled.
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Posters warn SLA collaborators

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 September 1998, 20:01 GMT]
Posters warning persons with purported connections with the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) have appeared in several parts of Jaffna since last Friday Sept. 11 said sources in the northern town today.
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Military solution within the next year — Ratwatte

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 September 1998, 20:00 GMT]
"Our president began to talk to the LTTE with an open mind in 1995, to bring about peace and unity in this country, but the talks collapsed when they suddenly attacked ships in Trincomalee harbour, and now, the government is determined to build peace after wiping out terrorism", said Mr. Anuruddhe Ratwatte, the deputy minister for defence.
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Jaffna airline offices close

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 September 1998, 13:10 GMT]
An airline office in Jaffna closed up for business today following a note it had received from the Liberation Tigers said sources.
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Deserter arrested for homicide

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 September 1998, 10:48 GMT]
An army deserter is reported to have been arrested for trying to commit homicide recently in Navala, in the police district of Akmimana.
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Students arrested

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 September 1998, 10:46 GMT]
A brother and sister are reported to have been arrested for illegally residing at the Perideniya university campus hostels.
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Senior businessman abducted in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 September 1998, 20:34 GMT]
The search for the Vice President of the Vavuniya Traders' Association Mr.K Shanmugarajah who was abducted on Sunday, Sept.13, has drawn a blank as all the armed Tamil groups and the Police in the town have said that they have no connection in the matter said sources.
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News in Brief

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 September 1998, 20:19 GMT]
A landmine severely wounded a woman in Jaffna today, six convicts escape from Kalutara prison, and a Sinhala newspaper claims the LTTE may strike in Colombo.
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UNP accused of treason

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 September 1998, 20:12 GMT]
A Sinhala language newspaper, Silumina, run by the state owned Lakehouse group accused the opposition United National Party and its leader Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe, of committing treason against the Sri Lankan state.
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Twin blasts kill one

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 September 1998, 10:38 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers set off two claymore devices simultaneously at Valvettithurai in Jaffna yesterday around 3.40 p.m., killing one SLA soldier and wounding another.
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Vadamaradchi East blockade continues

[TamilNet, Monday, 14 September 1998, 21:43 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) refused to allow telephone connections and repairs to roads in Vadamaradchi east. The Vadamaradchi Citizens Committee met the officer in Charge (OIC) of the SLA brigade at Nagarkoil on the south-eastern coast of Jaffna last evening to seek remedies for some long standing problems afflicting the people living in that area.
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Ethnic cleansing in the estates

[TamilNet, Monday, 14 September 1998, 21:41 GMT]
Tamil areas in the estate sector of the Ratnapura district were tense again today following the murder of a Tamil labourer from the Horamulla estate in the Rakkuwana division. The labourer, identified as Nehru, 38 was burnt to death this afternoon.
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Police official raped young girl - paper

[TamilNet, Monday, 14 September 1998, 21:38 GMT]
A Sinhala language news paper, Yukthiya, has threatened to expose some police officials, who are, according to the paper, trying to cover-up a case of sexual abuse by another Sri Lankan policeman.
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Jaffna Mayor's funeral held

[TamilNet, Monday, 14 September 1998, 13:23 GMT]
Reports from Jaffna said that the cortege of the slain Jaffna Mayor Pon Sivapalan was slowly winding its way through the streets of Jaffna to the Kombayan Manal cemetry.
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SLA soldier killed near Chenkalady

[TamilNet, Monday, 14 September 1998, 07:42 GMT]
Five soldiers were wounded and one was killed when an SLA convoy from Batticaloa town to Polannaruwa was hit by a claymore mine blast this morning around 10.40 a.m. near Chenkalady, 16 kilometers north of the eastern town.
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Concern for activists - Amnesty

[TamilNet, Monday, 14 September 1998, 07:41 GMT]
Amnesty International, the human rights organisation, said Friday that it is concerned about five activists of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP), formerly the Revolutionary Communist League, following their arrest by the intelligence unit of the Liberation Tigers in the embattled Kilinochchi district.
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MP demands share of budget

[TamilNet, Sunday, 13 September 1998, 16:35 GMT]
Dr.M. Illiyas, MP of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and several of his supporters began a protest fast today in Puttalam 142 kilometers north of Colombo demanding that the leader of the EPDP, Douglas Devananda, should release funds due to him from the decentralised budget for Jaffna.
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Batticaloa fears cholera epidemic

[TamilNet, Sunday, 13 September 1998, 15:57 GMT]
Batticaloa might be on the verge of being hit by a severe epidemic of Cholera said a public health official in the eastern district today.
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Mayor's funeral arrangements finalised

[TamilNet, Sunday, 13 September 1998, 13:42 GMT]
An emergency meeting of the Jaffna Municipal Council was convened this morning by deputy Mayor Nadarajah Raviraj of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF).
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Protest shuts Trincomalee down

[TamilNet, Saturday, 12 September 1998, 23:15 GMT]
The Hartal called by the Trincomalee Urban Council(UC) today to mark the intervention by the Sri Lankan security forces and Sinhala officials one year ago to stop the opening of the council's new market was a complete success said sources in the eastern port town this afternoon.
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Begin talks with LTTE - TULF MP

[TamilNet, Saturday, 12 September 1998, 18:26 GMT]
A senior member of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) said that the assassination of the Jaffna Mayor P. Sivapalan indicated that the Sri Lanka Government (SLG) and the Opposition should not play hide and seek in the matter of finding solution to the ethnic problem, but begin talks with the key player in the issue ñ the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
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Tamil labour settlement attacked

[TamilNet, Saturday, 12 September 1998, 18:16 GMT]
The situation in the Ratnapura district continued to be volatile as Sinhala mobs attacked another Tamil labour settlement in the Benegoda estate.
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Jaffna bound illicit liquor seized

[TamilNet, Saturday, 12 September 1998, 15:42 GMT]
Officials of Sri Lankan Excise department seized 166 cases of illicit liquor when they raided the Mercs Wadduwa, a cargo ship that was about to set sail to Jaffna today.
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It all ends in tears

[TamilNet, Saturday, 12 September 1998, 15:14 GMT]
Allegations of murder and kidnapping that had led to tensions between the Muslim and Tamil communities in Batticaloa finally fizzled out today.
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Mayor's funeral to be in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 September 1998, 20:56 GMT]
TULF sources said that Jaffna Mayor Pon Sivapalan's body will be cremated in Jaffna according to his wishes contrary to earlier reports that the funeral was to take place in Colombo. They said that his wife Thavamalar had conveyed his wish. His body will be kept in his house in Siththankerni tomorrow and later at his residence in Jaffna town said sources close to the TULF in the north.
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Sophisticated mine caused explosion

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 September 1998, 20:53 GMT]
The explosion that killed the Jaffna town commander, Mayor and others this morning was caused by a very sophisticated and well camouflaged claymore device that had been concealed in the ceiling of the municipalcouncil office, said Jaffna security forces commander Major Gen. Balagalla to journalists who were flown to Jaffna this afternoon by the Ministry of Defence.
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Para-military shot dead

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 September 1998, 18:19 GMT]
Suspected members of the Liberation Tigers shot dead a member of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation, a Tamil para-military group operating with the Sri Lankan army. The incident occurred last night in Chenkalady,16 kilometers north of Batticaloa, while the TELO cadre was on patrol duty.
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Rations issued to most refugees

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 September 1998, 18:15 GMT]
Orders have been issued to distribute rations for displaced people in all the other 19 districts, except the LTTE controlled Kilinochi and Mullaitheevu districts.
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Jaffna Mayor succumbs to injuries

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 September 1998, 10:19 GMT]
Sri Lankan Police sources in Jaffna confirmed that the Jaffna Mayor Pon Sivapalan who was critically wounded in the explosion this morning in Nallur died at the Jaffna hospital around 12.45 p.m.
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Eighteen killed in Jaffna blast

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 September 1998, 06:49 GMT]
Sources in Jaffna said that a massive explosion this morning at the Jaffna Municipal council office had killed 18 people including senior members of the Sri Lankan security forces. The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) confirmed that Jaffna town commander, Brigadier Susantha Mendis and his Principal Staff Officer (PSO), Captain Ramanayaka, were killed in the blast.
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Conditional negotiations only - Ratwatte

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 September 1998, 22:00 GMT]
While maintaining that a settlement in Sri Lanka's war in could only be reached through a political process involving the Liberation Tigers, Deputy Minister of Defence, Anuruddha Ratwatte , said that this could be only be achieved by negotiating on the conditions put forward by the Peoples' Alliance (PA) Government and not unconditionally as the opposition United National Party (UNP) was proposing.
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TULF leader recuperating

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 September 1998, 21:54 GMT]
M. Sivasithamparam, leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) left for Chennai, India, to be with his family after being discharged from the National Hospital of Sri Lanka today after a period of illness.
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Line rooms torched

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 September 1998, 21:51 GMT]
Tamils from a tea estate in the Arulpola Division at Wewalwatte in the Ratnapura District, took refuge in a tea factory after a 300 strong Sinhala mob set fire to their 'line rooms' on Wednesday night, said sources.
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Three killed in clashes

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 September 1998, 18:34 GMT]
Two SLA soldiers were killed when the Liberation Tigers attacked a road clearing patrol this afternoon around 3 p.m at Sithandy, 19 miles north of Batticaloa.
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PeaceAir buys Jumbo jet

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 September 1998, 11:18 GMT]
PeaceAir, a fledgling Sri Lankan airline, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Boeing for the purchase of a 747-400 passenger jet, the aircraft manufacturer said in a press release Wednesday. The memorandum to acquire the "combi" version of the Jumbo jet was signed at the Farnborough Air Show currently being held in Britain.
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Four arrested in Vadamaradchi

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 September 1998, 08:59 GMT]
The SLA arrested four persons in the coastal villages of Vadamaradchi east during operations yesterday.
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Inland Revenue discriminates against Tamils - MP

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 September 1998, 05:32 GMT]
Despite the Sri Lankan Department of Inland Revenue having regional offices in Jaffna and Batticaloa, people living in nearby Mannar, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Trincomalee districts of the Northeast Province have to deal with the Department through its regional office in Anurdhapura which is in the North Central Province, said Joseph Pararjasingham, MP (Tamil United Liberation Front - Batticaloa District) in Parliament on Wednesday.
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Mob attacks Muslim homes

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 September 1998, 05:30 GMT]
Muslim homes and shops were set on fire yesterday night in Kumbukgeta and Kiripitiya in the Kurunagala district by a mob led by a local Sinhala politician.
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30 killed near Mankulam -SLA

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 09 September 1998, 23:05 GMT]
Six SLA soldiers were killed and 31 were wounded in a battle with the Liberation Tigers in the last 24 hours in an area southeast of Mankulam said army spokesman Brig.Sunil Tennekon while presenting a fortnightly review of the war front in the northeast of the island this morning at the weekly Cabinet press briefing.
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UNP MP interrogated for Vanni visit

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 09 September 1998, 22:11 GMT]
The UNP member of Parliament, Dr.Jayalath Jayawardana, whose controversial visit to the Vanni has created rumblings in the government, was interrogated this evening in Colombo by Police officers.
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Legislation to shape sexual morality

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 09 September 1998, 22:10 GMT]
The Sri Lankan government sought the views of the public today to formulate legislation to safeguard the country's morals.
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CWC leader on arrest warrant

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 09 September 1998, 13:55 GMT]
The Colombo district court judge Sarath Ambepitiya issued warrants this morning for the arrest of the senior Sri Lankan cabinet Minister and leader of the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC), Mr.Soumiyamoorthy Thondaman and his grand son Arumugan Thondaman, the secretary of the CWC.
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Athulathmudali assassination suspect arrested

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 09 September 1998, 13:49 GMT]
Police sources in Anuradhapura, 206 kilometres northeast of Colombo, said that the head of the local unit of the newly formed Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) was arrested yesterday in connection with the murder of Lalith Athulathmudali, the powerful national security minister in the UNP regime.
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Deserter shot dead

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 09 September 1998, 13:44 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police at Raagama, on the outskirts of Colombo, shot dead an Air Force deserter at around 1.00 a.m this morning.
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Two people missing after arrest

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 09 September 1998, 13:41 GMT]
"My family is very poor, and my husband, Poopalapillai (41), used to work for daily wages, until he left for Saudi Arabia two months ago for a better paid job. I wouldn't have sent my son to Colombo if I knew his fate would be like this", says 35 year old Arulampikai, a mother of three, after failing to find the whereabouts of her son, Poopalapillai Suthakaran (18).
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Two brothers shot dead in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 09 September 1998, 10:02 GMT]
Two brothers were shot dead near an SLA camp, at around 5.00 a.m this morning, said sources. The brothers had gone to the beach off Santhiveli, 24 kilometres north of Batticaloa, to pull in fishing nets.
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Harvests slip in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 09 September 1998, 06:40 GMT]
Paddy-harvest in Batticaloa has been sharply lower than expected, sources there said. It was believed that during the year, "small-scale" cultivation would be carried out in 15. 600 hectares, but this was done only in 9.334 hectares. "Large-scale" cultivation was planned for 12.325 hectares but only 6.792 hectares were used.
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UNP conspiring with the LTTE - President

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 September 1998, 19:42 GMT]
The Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunge accused the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP), of conspiring with the Liberation Tigers to overthrow the government this evening, while addressing a party meeting in Kurunagala.
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Hindu idols recovered from soldiers

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 September 1998, 19:41 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police at Paliyagoda, a suburb of Colombo north, arrested four SLA personnel yesterday who were attempting to sell ancient Tamil religious idols to an antique dealer.
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MPGA concerned for Chemmani evidence

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 September 1998, 19:40 GMT]
The Missing Person's Guardians Association - Jaffna (MPGA) sent a letter to the National Human Rights Commission today urging it to take action on the Chemmani mass grave issue without any further delay in view of reports that there are secret moves to destroy the evidence about the Chemmani mass grave.
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Canadian family formally detained

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 September 1998, 11:21 GMT]
Sources in Puttalam said today that the Canadian Tamil family which was arrested in the northwestern town was produced at the Chilaw courts and a Detention Order (DO) has been issued on them.
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President extends Emergency Regulations

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 September 1998, 11:17 GMT]
The Sri Lankan President has extended the island wide Emergency Regulations (ER) for another month from September 4, the Speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament announced this in the legislature this morning.
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Youth found chained

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 September 1998, 00:34 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police Department's Counter Subversive Unit in Vavuniya found a youth chained and locked up in the room of an abandoned house in a suburb of the town last night when the raided the place on a tip off.
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New access road to Vanni

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 September 1998, 00:07 GMT]
A new access road to the LTTE controlled part of the Vanni from Vavuniya was opened today through Poovarasankulam on the Mannar road. The new accessroad, according to Vavuniya Kachcheri officials, will greatly ease the difficulties faced by NGOs, hospitals and the Kachcheri in traveling to andfrom the LTTE controlled part of the Vanni currently through Uyilankulam near Mannar.
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News in Brief

[TamilNet, Monday, 07 September 1998, 23:34 GMT]
Navy personnel present evidence in the death of two sailors at Velanai jetty while estate workers at Nawalapitiya strike and march to protest the rape of a girl. School girls in Nelliady get caught watching pornographic movies.
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Use video to identify Chemmani mass grave - MSI

[TamilNet, Monday, 07 September 1998, 19:43 GMT]
The Makkal Sakthi Iyakkam (MSI-people's power movement) of Jaffna sent the Sri Lankan President a letter today suggesting that Corporal R.D Somaratna Rajapaksha of the SL Army who was sentenced to death in the Krishanthy Kumarasamy rape and murder case, should be made to identify on video tape the location of the mass grave in Chemmani.
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Mullativu fast continues

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 September 1998, 20:53 GMT]
The protest fast in front of the Mullaithivu Government Agent's office is on for the fifth consecutive day said sources in the Vanni.
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Contention over Trincomalee market

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 September 1998, 20:35 GMT]
The Chairman of the Trincomalee Urban Council, Mr.P.Sooriyamoorthy, announced today that September 13 should be observed as a black day by the people of the eastern port town.
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GCE (A.L) examination papers leaked

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 September 1998, 20:31 GMT]
More than fifteen persons, including teachers and parents were arrested in Kalmunai, about forty kilometers south of Batticaloa, for selling and buying leaked GCE (A.L) examination papers.
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Dutch fund Jaffna hospital renovation

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 September 1998, 19:39 GMT]
The Government of Netherlands has agreed this week to spend Rs. 30 million (Sri Lankan) to renovate the Jaffna hospital, said medical sources in Jaffna today.
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Government delays mass graves inquiry

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 September 1998, 17:49 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army soldier, Somaratne Rajapakshe, sentenced to death for the rape and murder of Krishanthi Kumaraswami, is reported to have asked for his relocation.
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Jaffna nursery re-opened

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 September 1998, 14:45 GMT]
A nursery and nutrition centre in Jaffna, that was formerly run by the Liberation Tigers, will be re-opened tomorrow.
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Conditions for peace talks

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 September 1998, 13:16 GMT]
Prof. G.L Pieris, Sri Lanka's Minister for Constitutional Affairs, said yesterday that the Sri Lankan government can initiate talks with the Liberation Tigers only if it reaches an understanding with the main opposition party, the United National Party, on fundamental issues concerning the ethnic question.
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Development in northeast halted

[TamilNet, Sunday, 06 September 1998, 11:48 GMT]
All development work in the north and east have been ordered to an immediate halt, as a result of the unavailability of necessary funds from the Sri Lankan treasury.
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Military build-up seen threatening festival

[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 September 1998, 18:06 GMT]
Tension mounted in the Kokkaddicholai area today as rumours spread thatthe SLA and the commandos of the Special Task Force (STF) have movedinto Valakaalai, about 9 kilometers west of this large strategically locatedvillage in Batticaloa's western hinterland.
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Roundup in Mannar

[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 September 1998, 15:27 GMT]
The SLA cordoned off the heart of Mannar town from 10 a.m. this morning, detaining more than 5000 people for screening and questioning. Sources in Mannar said that no one was arrested during the operation which lasted till about 3 p.m. this afternoon.
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Fresh bread after 3 years

[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 September 1998, 13:30 GMT]
Freshly baked bread will be available in Vadamaradchi today for the first time in three years, though there will not be sufficient loaves to meet demand.
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Militant Islamic group emerges

[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 September 1998, 10:59 GMT]
A Muslim militant organisation calling itself the PLO is attempting to foment violence against Tamils in Akkaraipattu, on the south eastern coast of the Amparai district said sources there.
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Jaffna govt. offices close

[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 September 1998, 10:55 GMT]
The offices of the Assistant Commissioner of Election and the Registrar of Motor Vehicles in Jaffna announced yesterday that they will not function until further notice.
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Police arrest Jaffna couple

[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 September 1998, 10:52 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police at Kankesanthurai (KKS) produced a young couple accused of being members of the LTTE in the Jaffna district courts yesterday.
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Krishanthi accused fears for life

[TamilNet, Saturday, 05 September 1998, 03:41 GMT]
SLA Corporal Somaratna Rajapaksa, the first accused in the Krishanthy Kumaraswamy rape and murder case, appealed to prison authorities that he be tranferred to the Bogambara prison in Kandy as he fears for his life at the Welikada jail in Colombo.
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Eleven arrested during round up

[TamilNet, Friday, 04 September 1998, 23:14 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) arrested a youth who attempted to take cyanide during an extensive round up in the heart of Pt. Pedro town in Jaffna yesterday. Ten persons were arrested from the civilians who had been herded into the town centre after the youth was taken away.
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Priests meet fasting protestors

[TamilNet, Friday, 04 September 1998, 15:06 GMT]
The second day of the token fast undertaken by displaced persons in front of the Mullaitivu secretariat was well attended, said sources. Over 300 men, women and children participated in the fast, which started at 5.00 in the morning and went on till 5.00 in the evening.
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Amnesty protests illegal detentions

[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 September 1998, 23:10 GMT]
Amnesty International, the human rights watchdog, has appealed for an immediate halt to use of unauthorized places of detention in Sri Lanka. In a press release issued on 3 September, Amnesty has condemned the PLOTE, TELO and EPRLF for rights abuses.
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Jaffna facing severe rice shortage

[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 September 1998, 23:02 GMT]
More than seventy percent of Jaffna's rice fields may have to lie fallow due to the unavailability of seed paddy from the southern parts of the island, said sources in the peninsula this afternoon.
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SL Police fire on hindu festival

[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 September 1998, 23:00 GMT]
A young girl was killed and an eight year old boy seriously wounded when military trained Sri Lankan Police opened fire indiscriminately on devotees at a Hindu temple festival in Kondayankerni, near Valaichenai,32 kilometers north of Batticaloa last night around 9.30 p.m.
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Harsh measures imposed on Vanni displaced

[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 September 1998, 17:59 GMT]
The Sri Lankan government (SLG) announced today that dry rations for refugees in the Vanni would be provided only if there is proof that the slashed quota of supplies it sent for June and July have been fully distributed.
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Police find explosive

[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 September 1998, 14:14 GMT]
The Grama Sevaka (GS, Village officer) of Kathiraveli, a coastal village about 54 kilometers north of Batticaloa, was called by the Sri Lankan Police at Peradeniya, near Kandy, in connection with the discovery of 108 kilograms of explosives in a house at Aladeniya in the Kandy district on August 15.
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Army fires artillery at sea

[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 September 1998, 14:10 GMT]
The SLA at Vettilaikerni launched an artillery barrage in the direction of the sea last night said residents in nearby fishing villages. The artillery guns had opened up about 10.30 p.m. and had fired until 11.15 they said.
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Policemen wounded in mine blast

[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 September 1998, 14:05 GMT]
Two Sri Lankan military trained Policemen on a route patrol were wounded this afternoon around 12.15 p.m. when a claymore mine went off by the road in Karuvaakerni near Valaichchenai, 32 kilometers north of Batticaloa.
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Civilian movement restricted

[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 September 1998, 06:39 GMT]
The Sri Lankan security forces banned the movement of civilians from the Akkaraippattu, Thirukkovil and Pottuvil areas in the south eastern part of the Ampara district to the Kanjikudichcha Aaron jungles yesterday.
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Northern Ireland peacemaker meets UNP

[TamilNet, Thursday, 03 September 1998, 06:38 GMT]
Prof.Thomas Grant Frazer of the Ulster University's Dept. of political science who had played a role in the peace process in northern Ireland, currently on a visit to Sri Lanka met the leader of the United National Party for discussions yesterday afternoon.
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UNP begins legal challenge

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 02 September 1998, 20:32 GMT]
The United National Party filed action in Sri Lanka's appeal court today challenging the constitutional validity of the government's decision to postpone the provincial council elections under emergency regulations.
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Meeting over evictions inconclusive

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 02 September 1998, 20:28 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) said today that it might consider a request to permit the beleaguered residents of Linga Nagar in Trincomalee town to thatch their roofs torn off by soldiers on August 9, 1998.
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Differing claims over dead man

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 02 September 1998, 20:17 GMT]
Sri Lankan Police in Chunnakam handed over to the Jaffna hospital this afternoon the body of an old man identified as Kandaiah Thambaiah who it claimed was killed in the crossfire of a clash between the SLA and the Tigers this morning in Punnalaikkattuwan.
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Kilinochchi SLA thrust repulsed - VoT

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 02 September 1998, 17:32 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio announced in its night broadcast today that the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) had attempted to thrust out from its positions in Kilinochchi and Paranthan this morning around 9 a.m. The radio said that the Tigers had beaten back the SLA's twin offensive and destroyed a main battle tank (MBT).
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President Chandrika to address NAM summit

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 02 September 1998, 13:07 GMT]
Sri Lanka's President, Chandrika Kumarathunghe, left the island on Monday to take part in the 12th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in South Africa.
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GA's offices remain closed in Vanni

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 02 September 1998, 11:34 GMT]
The Government Agent's secretariats in Mullaithivu and Kilinochchi have been closed for the past 3 weeks. Reports from Vanni say that the situation is worsening day by day.
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Batticaloa rickshaw owners protest

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 01 September 1998, 23:04 GMT]
All autorickshaw owners in Batticaloa town went on strike today to protest against a move by the local branch of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to promote a new association against theirs.
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PLOTE attempts to clear town

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 01 September 1998, 19:49 GMT]
PLOTE is making a fresh attempt to forcibly evacuate civilians from Rambaikkulam, a suburb of Vavuniya town said sources today. Some people may have already moved out they said.
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