136 Reports

Two transformers destroyed in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 May 1999, 18:22 GMT]
Two transformers were exploded in Vavuniya this evening around 9.30 p.m. Local residents said transformers at Kurumankadu, 2 km. west of Vavuniya Police Station and Poonthoddam road, about 3 km. east of the town were destroyed.
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Arrested students released on bail

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 May 1999, 16:12 GMT]
The Kalmunai Police have arrested three Tamil youths on their way to Batticaloa from the upcountry areas, said residents. The police produced them before the Kalmunai District Judge, Mr.Anton Balasingham.
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Thirukovil refugees ask to go home

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 May 1999, 16:10 GMT]
One thousand and sixty seven Tamil families who for the past nine years have been living in four refugee camps in the Thirukovil division of the Amparai district have asked the authorities to take immediate steps to resettle them in their own villages.
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Razeek group second in command dies

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 May 1999, 14:33 GMT]
The second highest ranking leader of the Razeek group, Paramanathan Thayaparan (27), died at Batticaloa hospital today.
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PS Deputy Chairman killed

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 May 1999, 12:34 GMT]
The Deputy Chairman of the Nallur Pradheshiya Sabha (PS), Thiyakarajah Rajkumar,32, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Kantharmadam, about 2 km. north of Jaffna town, around 10.00 a.m. this morning.
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Progress report on Southern PC elections

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 May 1999, 20:39 GMT]
The elections monitoring group, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), said that a total of 91 election related violent incidents have been reported so far from the Galle and Matara districts in the Southern province.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 May 1999, 20:34 GMT]
Almost 3000 petitioners sue Police; NGO's urge release of Sri Lanka Red Cross (SLRC) official and Identity Cards taken from bus passengers.
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Razeek buried with military honours

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 May 1999, 19:31 GMT]
Former chief minister of the defunct North East provincial council, Annamalai Varatharajaperumal, paid his last respects today to the body of Razeek group leader, Mr.Ganeshmoorthy, who was killed in a bomb attack yesterday.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 May 1999, 14:07 GMT]
More than a thousand of the students studying at Mulankaavil High School in Kilinochchi have suffered loss or injury because of the war; Harassment of Thiraikerni villagers investigated and World Food Program feeds refugees.
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Razeek killed in blast

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 May 1999, 09:29 GMT]
P.Ganeshmoorthy, also known as Razeek, leader of the military wing of the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and one of his assistants, Chandran Jeyakumar were killed in a bomb explosion at about 1.05 p.m. today. A civilian, Ali Mohamed Thahir of Eravur was also killed, along with the attacker.
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Madhu refugee clearance completed

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 May 1999, 19:57 GMT]
The last batch of refugees were removed from Madhu church at about 4.30 p.m. this afternoon, said government officials in Manner. The 300 refugees were taken by buses to welfare centres in Mannar.
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Body of Muslim youth found in jungles

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 May 1999, 19:53 GMT]
The body of a Muslim youth was found in the shrub jungles close to Ward 9 of Nintavur town in the Ampara district of the eastern province, said residents in the area.
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SLA-LTTE clash in Vadamaradchi

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 May 1999, 11:26 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were wounded in a clash with the Liberation Tigers in Vadamaradchi East in the Jaffna peninsula this morning around 11 a.m. police sources in the northern town said.
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Cholera patient dies in the Vanni

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 May 1999, 08:09 GMT]
One suspected cholera patient died at Pallamadu on Tuesday and four patients with the symptoms of cholera have been admitted to the Mallavi and Mulangavil hospitals in the Vanni, said sources at the Department of Health.
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Food convoy disturbed by military operations

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 May 1999, 23:01 GMT]
Displaced families in the LTTE held areas have not been issued with relief rations over the last two months as government food stores and multipurpose co-operative society stores are empty, sources said.
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Batticaloa farmers appeal to President

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 May 1999, 20:03 GMT]
The Batticaloa District Farmers' Association has appealed to the Sri Lankan President to lift the ban preventing implementation of development work in areas of the district not controlled by government security forces.
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Assurances for better Tamil textbooks

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 May 1999, 19:54 GMT]
The Director General of the National Institute of Education, Professor Lakshman Jayatilake, has assured a delegation from the Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union (CTTU) that Tamil speaking representatives would be included in the Text Book Committee from the year 2001.
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MP criticises discriminatory salary scales

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 May 1999, 19:48 GMT]
The Ministry of Cultural and Religious Affairs has a different salary scale for its Sinhala and Tamil medium cultural officers, said Mr. Sambanthan, member of Parliament for the Trincomalee district and General Secretary for the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) in a letter sent to the Minister of Cultural and Religious Affairs, Mr Lakshman Jeyakody.
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Seven Tigers killed in naval battle -VoT

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 May 1999, 06:40 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio said this morning that 7 Liberation Tigers were killed in a sea battle with the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN), off the coast between Mullaithivu and Pulmoddai, on Wednesday night.
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Tamils denied justice in Sri Lanka - JVP

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 May 1999, 03:20 GMT]
"We accept that Tamils face problems in Sri Lanka. Tamils have received unequal treatment from successive Sri Lankan Governments. They have been denied social justice. Due to these injustices Tamils are undergoing immense hardships now," said Tilvin de Silva, the General Secretary of Janatha Vimukti Peramuna (JVP), while addressing the foreign correspondents at the Galle Face Green Hotel yesterday.
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Forced labour said exacerbating poverty

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 May 1999, 16:42 GMT]
"My family is dependent on my day-to-day earnings. My children will stave if I do not work even for a day", said a refugee who was among a group of men who were compelled by the Sri Lanka Army to clean its camp at Valaichenai last week.
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Regional, central Education authorities in dispute

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 May 1999, 16:35 GMT]
Although the World Bank has given permission to fill about 4,500 vacancies for Tamil medium teachers in the north east province, senior officials of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Colombo are taking steps to call for applications at national level and not only at provincial level, ministry sources said.
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Religious leaders in peace procession

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 May 1999, 16:33 GMT]
The 'Peace Council of the Religious Leaders' conducted a procession in Vavuniya yesterday, to stress the need to establish peace in the country. More than two hundred people, the majority of whom were Buddhist monks, and other religious leaders participated in the campaign said sources.
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Policeman killed

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 May 1999, 09:06 GMT]
One military trained policeman was killed and two others wounded when the Liberation attacked the forward defence lines at sector 15 on Madhu road on Monday, around 5.45 p.m.
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Tortured detainee released

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 May 1999, 17:38 GMT]
The Eastern High Court Judge Mr.A.N.Ramachandran today discharged an accused charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act when the State Counsel moved that he was withdrawing the case on the instruction of the Attorney General.
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STF patrol ambushed

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 May 1999, 16:29 GMT]
A Special Task Force commando was killed when the Liberation Tigers ambushed a STF patrol near Badulla road junction in the south-eastern Ampara yesterday around 5.30 pm.
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India-bound refugees detained

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 May 1999, 06:08 GMT]
Seventy-seven Tamil refugees, including 25 women and 11 children, were detained by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) yesterday when they attempted to cross over to India to seek refuge there.
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PLOTE - EPDP tension in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 May 1999, 23:05 GMT]
An EPDP member and his wife were seriously wounded when they were assaulted by armed PLOTE cadres in Batticaloa at around 6.15 p.m. this evening.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 May 1999, 18:06 GMT]
Three policemen injured in LTTE attack and food convoy to operate without escort.
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Batticaloa farmers protest against discrimination

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 May 1999, 16:25 GMT]
Farmers in the eastern district of Batticaloa will stage a demonstration on Thursday, May 27, protesting at discrimination in the implementation of development projects under the DERBA scheme (Development and Rehabilitation of Batticaloa).
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Army recruitment deadline extended

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 May 1999, 12:02 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army extended the deadline for the recruitment of Jaffna youths in to its ranks as no one had turned up for the walk-in interviews until yesterday evening.
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Deadline set for Madhu refugee clearance

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 May 1999, 11:59 GMT]
All refugees currently living at the refugee camps in Madhu and Thatchanamadhu will be vacated and the camps will be closed before May 28, said the Government Agent of Mannar, Mr. M.Cruze.
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Magistrate calls for emergency regulations compliance

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 May 1999, 20:59 GMT]
Mr. M.Ilancheliyan, the Mannar district magistrate, has written to the military official in charge of Madhu and Iranai Iluppaikulam asking for the details of any civilians who have been arrested from the area.
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PLOTE disbands intelligence unit

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 May 1999, 20:57 GMT]
The military wing leader and the second in command of PLOTE, Mr.N.Manikathasan, said that the group's intelligence division was dissolved today. The announcement was by Mr. Manikathasan's secretary, Mr. Baskaran, during a press conference called today at the PLOTE office in Vavuniya.
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NEPC Governor to visit Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 May 1999, 16:53 GMT]
The North-east Provincial Governor, Major General (ret.) Asoka Jayawardana, will pay an official visit to northern Jaffna district during the latter part of June or first week of July, said sources at the Provincial Secretariat.
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LTTE shells SLA convoy

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 May 1999, 12:04 GMT]
A Special Task Forces commando soldier was wounded when the Liberation Tigers ambushed a STF foot-patrol at Sorikkal Munai, 2 km. south of Samanthurai, in the south-eastern Ampara district, last night.
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Majority opinion for political solution - report

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 May 1999, 03:46 GMT]
An opinion poll conducted amongst voters in the last Provincial council election showed that 66 percent were in favour of a political solution to the island's ethnic conflict, said Prof. Hettige of the University of Colombo while presenting the results of the survey at the Renuka Hotel in Colombo yesterday.
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Valaichenai Schoolboy reported missing

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 May 1999, 21:49 GMT]
The mother of a school boy, M.Thusikaran, attending year six at the Meeravodai Tamil School in Valaichenai, 32 km north of Batticaloa, has informed the school's principle that her son has been missing since Tuesday, May 18.
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Army camps moved out of church land

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 May 1999, 21:42 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army has moved its camps to a distance of one kilometre from Madhu church land. However, armed soldiers are still deployed within the church land to check civilians who move in and out of the area, said Rev.Fr.Thevasagayam today.
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Complaints follow aerial banners

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 May 1999, 16:40 GMT]
The Civil Aviation Authority in UK received a number of complaints yesterday when a light aircraft buzzed over the Wantage Road ground which staged the game between South Africa and Sri Lanka, said press reports in London today.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 May 1999, 15:12 GMT]
Muthur fishermen reported missing; Body found in Batticaloa and fishermen protest in Jaffna.
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Madhu refugee clearance underway

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 May 1999, 10:53 GMT]
Two hundred of the ten thousand displaced persons who had sought refuge at the Madhu Church Open Relief Centre (ORC) have been sent back for resettlement in Jaffna.
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Inquest into Valaichenai killing

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 May 1999, 10:07 GMT]
"My son went to collect his identity card which the Sri Lanka Army had confiscated in the morning. After a short while I heard the sound of a gunshot. Later I came to know that my son had been shot dead. He is innocent", said the Sellathurai Mani, 50, mother of Kanthalingam Jeyarajah, while testifying at the inquest held yesterday.
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Every sacrifice will be made - TELO

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 May 1999, 09:57 GMT]
The conflict between PLOTE and TELO is not about tax, it is about power, said Mr Sri Kanthaa, ex MP for Jaffna district and TELO's Political Adviser yesterday, while addressing the gathering at the funeral of Kugan, a TELO senior member and the district military leader for Vavuniya, yesterday.
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Amnesty offers assistance for Chemmani investigation

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 May 1999, 10:47 GMT]
The human rights pressure group, Amnesty International, has suggested to the Sri Lankan government that two of its experts be present during the exhumation of an alleged mass grave site at Chemmani in the Jaffna peninsula.
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TELO funeral in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 May 1999, 08:49 GMT]
The funeral of Kugan, the TELO central committee member and district military leader, took place in Vavuniya today.
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Valaichenai youth shot dead

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 May 1999, 22:50 GMT]
(News Feature) A Tamil youth was shot dead by security forces personnel manning the cemetery sentry point at Valaichenai town in the Eastern province at around 2.00 p.m. today, said sources.
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Protest by relatives of missing servicemen

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 May 1999, 17:43 GMT]
Almost 500 relatives of Sri Lankan Security Forces personnel who have been listed as missing in action marched to the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this evening following a public meeting held at the auditorium of the Buddhist Youth League.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 May 1999, 17:40 GMT]
Vavuniya traders in unenviable position and A towel was found in the diesel tank of locomotive engine connected to the Yarl Devi express train bound for Vavuniya.
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Red Cross official's detention extended

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 May 1999, 13:15 GMT]
The Colombo Magistrate yesterday granted a request by the police to detain Mr. Sivananthan Kishore, a Red Cross official, for a further 3 months.
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Youth commits suicide

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 May 1999, 13:12 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police said that a suspected member of the Liberation Tigers committed suicide by swallowing cyanide at Brown's Building check point on the Vavuniya-Jaffna Road at around noon today.
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Police officer killed

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 May 1999, 10:51 GMT]
A Sri Lankan Police officer was shot dead by the Liberation Tigers in Murunkan, 15 km. east of Mannar, in the northwest of the island, around 6.45. a.m. this morning.
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Twelve arrests in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 May 1999, 07:06 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Security Forces arrested 12 people in the northern Jaffna peninsula on Saturday and Sunday (May 15 and 16), on suspicion that they have been rendering help the Liberation Tigers, said human rights sources.
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Bomb blast destroys PLOTE office

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 May 1999, 03:52 GMT]
A powerful bomb exploded at the PLOTE's office at Poonthoddam, 2 km north-east of Vavuniya town around 5 a.m. this morning. The building was destroyed in the explosion. No one was injured.
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Weapons recovered from paramilitary groups

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 May 1999, 20:06 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army has today recovered weapons from the paramilitary groups The People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) in Vavuniya, sources said.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 May 1999, 17:04 GMT]
Two LTTE casualties - VoT; Youths shot at while fishing & Two sisters arrested in Akkaraipattu.
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Staff shortage affects Tamil medium schools

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 May 1999, 19:29 GMT]
The Commissioner of Examinations has admitted that conducting administration in Tamil in his department has almost come to a standstill due to severe shortage of staff who could transact in Tamil.
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Election campaign brings new promises

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 May 1999, 19:02 GMT]
The present government was conducting the war in a proper manner unlike in the past UNP governments, said the President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge when addressing her first propaganda meeting for the southern provincial council election scheduled to be held on June 10.
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PLOTE denies involvement in Colombo killings

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 May 1999, 18:45 GMT]
The central committee of the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) has denied the allegations that the group was behind the killing of the senior TELO cadres in Colombo yesterday.
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Blast destroys transformer

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 May 1999, 16:21 GMT]
An electricity transformer at the Gassworks street junction in the capital Colombo was destroyed in a bomb blast this evening around 8 p.m. Three civilians were wounded in the explosion.
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Four shot dead in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 May 1999, 10:21 GMT]
Four young men have been killed in various places in Vavuniya last night, Polices in the northern town said. Ex-militant sources said the killings are deemed to be connected to the ongoing clashes between the paramilitary groups, the TELO and PLOTE, over the past six months.
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Eastern Villagers face terror again

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 May 1999, 10:14 GMT]
(NEWS FEATURE) One hundred and fifty Tamil families at Thiraikerni, a village in the Amparai district, are being terrorised once again by groups of armed masked men who come to the village at night, said sources from the area.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 May 1999, 10:05 GMT]
General Ratwatte sees newly captured land; Refugees sent back to Jaffna; Tightened security in Trincomalee.
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VoT details Pallamadhu clashes

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 May 1999, 16:56 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers radio said that more than 15 Sri Lanka Army soldiers were killed and several others wounded in the fighting between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. yesterday when the Army attempted to advance towards the LTTE forward defence lines in the Pallamadhu area.
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Senior TELO members shot dead in Colombo

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 May 1999, 16:13 GMT]
Three members of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), including two senior members, were shot dead in Bambalapitiya, a suburb of the capital Colombo around 6.45 p.m. today.
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Body washes ashore in Batticaloa lagoon

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 May 1999, 14:53 GMT]
The body of an unidentified youth washed ashore in the Vavunathivu lagoon in the eastern district of Batticaloa this morning. Local fishermen found the body that was in a highly decomposed state.
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LTTE FDLs captured - MoD

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 May 1999, 14:47 GMT]
A statement issued by the Operational Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that Sri Lanka Army soldiers involved in 'Operation Rana Gossa III' have captured heavily fortified LTTE defence lines (FDL) south east of Periyamadhu yesterday.
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Further night search operations in Colombo

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 May 1999, 13:11 GMT]
Forty young men and women were arrested by the Sri Lankan security forces from the employees quarter of a private garment factory in the capital Colombo, last night.
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Resettlement plans for Madhu refugees

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 May 1999, 10:21 GMT]
The Army Chief of Staff and the Commander for the Vanni region, Major GeneralLionel Balagalle, told local reporters yesterday that the army is making arrangements to establish civil administration in areas of the Vanni recently captured by the SLA. He said several military officials have been appointed for the purpose.
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Heavy fighting reported in the Vanni

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 May 1999, 23:04 GMT]
Heavy fighting has been reported between the Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lanka Army in the Paalampiddy and Periyamadhu areas since last night, said sources in the northern town of Vavuniya.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 May 1999, 19:28 GMT]
Jaffna lawyers to appear in criminal cases; Four Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers killed in confrontation and Forty-four arrests in Colombo.
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PLOTE member wounded

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 May 1999, 18:27 GMT]
A member of the PLOTE's Valigamam west Pradheshiya Sabha (local government body) was shot and critically wounded by unidentified assailants in the northern town of Jaffna this evening around 6.45 p.m.
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EPDP Councillor killed

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 May 1999, 03:54 GMT]
A member of the EPDP, Murukar Poopalasingham, 35, of the Valigamam East (Kopai) Pradheshiya Sabha (local government body) was shot dead by unidentified gunmen last evening.
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NGO official suspects government intentions

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 May 1999, 21:59 GMT]
Ervin Bulathsinhala, the Secretary General of the Sri Lanka Red Cross, saidat a press conference today that the Red Cross needed the assistance of the government, the public and the mass media in order to carry out its humanitarian work.
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MoD announces new LTTE training programme

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 May 1999, 21:57 GMT]
A statement released by the Ministry of Defence today said that the LTTE had started a new military training programme in the Vanni that would "not only to replenish cadres lost in confrontation but also provide a ready bank of recruits."
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Navy opens fire on fishermen

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 May 1999, 21:55 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) shot at two fishermen off the Pesalai coast this morning, said sources. Thirunaavukarasu Mariyadas (46) and Pethuru Yesu Pavaliyappar (35) are from Thevanpiddy, a fishing village near Vellaankulam in the LTTE held areas of the areas of the Vanni.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 May 1999, 16:23 GMT]
The JVP, a left wing party, organised a demonstration in front of the US embassy in Colombo and Five students reported missing in Jaffna.
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Grenade lobbed at TELO camp

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 May 1999, 10:21 GMT]
Two men on a motorcycle lobbed a grenade at the TELO camp on Kurumankaadu Temple Road in Vavuniya, at around 12.40 p.m. today, said sources.
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Arrested schoolboy released

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 May 1999, 17:30 GMT]
The Magistrate of Mallakam, Mr. S.Sabanathan, today ordered the release of Thatparanathan Sivarooban, 19, a school boy who was arrested by the Sri Lanka Army on April 29. He was produced in the courts today by the police.
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Exchange of bodies through ICRC

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 May 1999, 17:24 GMT]
(CORRECTION) The Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lanka Army exchanged the bodies of soldiers killed in action through the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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Man shot dead in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 May 1999, 16:05 GMT]
An unidentified man of about 25 years was shot dead by the Police at the outer circular road near the Chinthaamani Pillayar Kovil in Vavuniya town at around 11.40 am today.
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Further clashes in the Vanni

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 May 1999, 16:04 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio said in its morning transmission today that two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers and a LTTE member were killed in confrontations at Oddusuddan in the Vanni region yesterday.
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LTTE and SLA clash at Amban

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 May 1999, 12:29 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lanka Army clashed at Amban in Vadamaradchi east at around 7 p.m. yesterday evening. Sources said that the fighting lasted for almost an hour.
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CWC threatens to withdraw from coalition

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 May 1999, 10:29 GMT]
Mr. S.Thondaman, minister and leader of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), has threatened to withdraw support from the People's Alliance coalition in the Central Provincial Council if the party fails to take action against its supporters who were involved in the disruption of the CWC May Day rally in Nuwara Eliya.
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Nineteen acquitted in Rajiv Ghandhi case

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 May 1999, 23:05 GMT]
The Indian Supreme Court had today acquitted 19 of the 26 accused in the Rajiv Ghandhi murder case. They had earlier been sentenced to death.
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Red Cross Official questioned in courts

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 May 1999, 22:07 GMT]
Sivanathan Kishore the Sri Lankan Red Cross official who was detained by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of the Sri Lanka Police was produced before the Aluthkadai Magistrate, courts sources said.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 May 1999, 18:18 GMT]
Additional Magistrate for Jaffna and Kayts issued an arrest warrant in connection with a killing of a youth by EPDP on Saturday, Students boycott classes.
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Four STF commandos killed

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 May 1999, 16:27 GMT]
Four Special Task Force Comandos (STF) were killed and nine wounded when the Liberation Tigers attacked the STF camp at Kurukkalputhukulam in Poovarasankulam on the Vavuniya-Mannar road, about 30 km. west of Vavuniya at around 5 p.m. this evening.
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Sinhalese fishermen protest outside Indian embassy

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 May 1999, 15:49 GMT]
More than forty Sinhala fishermen demonstrated in front of the Indian High Commission this afternoon, demanding the release of their colleagues who have been detained in India. The protesters were blocked when they attempted to enter the high commission and present a memorandum.
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Tamil language journalists form association

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 May 1999, 20:26 GMT]
Sri Lankan Tamil language journalists formed their own media organisation today. More than sixty five Tamil language journalists, broadcasters, TV presenters etc., gathered this evening at the Ramakrishna mission hall to form the Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance.
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SLA soldier wounded in blast

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 May 1999, 18:13 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier was wounded when a bomb hidden in a sentry post near the patrol station in Chiththankerny in the Jaffna peninsula exploded around 9 a.m. this morning.
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SLA sends demolition crew home

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 May 1999, 06:24 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops prevented a group of Policemen from demolishing five shops at Horowapothana Road in Vavuniya town yesterday.
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Arson as revenge for murder?

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 May 1999, 04:45 GMT]
A private communication facility was set on fire by unknown persons on Friday night at Kurumankaadu, a suburb of Vavuniya town, Police said. The facility is close to the Hindu temple in Thandikulam.
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Passage through Uyilankulam checkpoint restricted

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 May 1999, 04:29 GMT]
A large number of civilians were refused entry into the SLA controlled area of Mannar by security forces manning the Uylankulam checkpoint yesterday, said residents who arrived in Vavuniya yesterday evening.
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STF resumes forced labour

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 May 1999, 23:01 GMT]
Special Task Force (STF) commandos of the Sri Lankan Police announced Saturday that all males of the village of Aaraiyampathi should report at the STF camp on Sunday morning at 6 a.m. with axes, knives and other implements. The announcement was made over loudhailers at the Aaraiyampathi Sivan Temple.
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SLA moves into Periyamadhu

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 May 1999, 11:57 GMT]
The SLA moved into the village of Periyamadhu, northeast of Mannar on the mainland, today said sources in Madhu this afternoon. Periyamadhu is on the interior road between Paalampiddy and Vidaththaltheevu.
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Disappointment for detainees' parents

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 May 1999, 11:56 GMT]
Six Tamil youths arrested in Jaffna were not produced in Anuradhapura Magistrate's court yesterday as expected. Instead they were produced at a small court in the town of Kahatagaskeliya, 20 km south of Anuradhapura.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 May 1999, 11:54 GMT]
Families move for airforce expansion; Army Captain accused of selling explosives; EPDP leader calls for NEPC elections, Mylanthanai massacre hearing postponed and LTTE shells SLA camp.
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New development programme for Northeast

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 May 1999, 18:15 GMT]
Sources at the Northeast Provincial Council (NEPC) said that an agreement to implement a World Bank agricultural development programme for the Northeast will be signed in Washington in July once it has been approved by the President, Chandrika Kumaratunga.
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Over 4000 displaced families in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 May 1999, 18:14 GMT]
The total number of displaced families living in the Trincomalee district now stands at 4068, said a report prepared by the District Consortium of the non-governmental organisations.
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SLA starts recruitment drive

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 May 1999, 23:34 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army Chief of Staff and the Commander for the Vanni region, Major General Lionel Balagalle, has called for 3000 youths from all communities in the Vanni to join the army and restore law and order in the country by bringing an end to the war.
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Soldier held for giving birth on duty

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 May 1999, 23:32 GMT]
A female soldier is being held in Police custody after being suspected of giving birth to a child while on duty at Galkandegama, the 165th mile post of the Medawachchi trunk road on Tuesday.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 May 1999, 23:30 GMT]
A 10 year old boy was killed and two others were wounded due to shelling from SLA camp at Thallady; Two detained during search operation; and Police deployed in force in Vavuniya.
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Compensation awarded in fundamental rights case

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 May 1999, 23:18 GMT]
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court has ordered Rs: 50,000 as compensation to the petitioner in a fundamental rights violation case. The Supreme Court further ordered that the state should pay Rs:42,500/- and the Officer-in-Charge of the Cinnamon Gardens Police in Colombo should pay the balance amount Rs: 7250/- as compensation to the petitioner, Robert Gnanamuthu.
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SLA orders MPCS to take the long road

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 May 1999, 16:47 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army SLA permitted the opening of a Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society (MPCS) store in the village of Maamunai on the southeastern coast of Jaffna for the first time after four years. The shop was opened yesterday. However, the army has stipulated that the goods for the shop obtained at the MPCS in Pt.Pedro town cannot be brought on the Maruthankerni road to Maamunai.
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Explosion at PLOTE camp wounds six

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 May 1999, 04:56 GMT]
Six persons were wounded and one killed when a bomb exploded at a sentry of the PLOTE's main camp at Kovilkulam in Vavuniya this morning around 8. 10 a.m. Four among the wounded were civilians taking part in a bicycle race. The person who was killed was identified as Mayilvaganam Chandramohan, 13, a civilian from Kovilkulam.
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TELO sympathiser shot dead

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 May 1999, 03:58 GMT]
The body of a TELO sympathiser, Subramaniam Thavasi,25, was found early this morning in front of the TULF office on Railway Station Road in Kurumankaadu, a suburb of Vavuniya town. Thavasi, according to Police sources, appears to have been shot dead late last night or in the early hours of the morning today.
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PLOTE councillor killed

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 May 1999, 15:12 GMT]
Unidentifed gunmen shot dead Veerahaththy Gunaratnam, 42, a PLOTE member of the Pachchilaipalli Pradheshiya Sabha (PS) in Jaffna, at Kurumankaadu, a suburb of Vavuniya town, this evening around 7.15 p.m. The shooting was on the Railway Station Road, near the office of the TULF sources said. Gunaratnam's nephew Kirupaharan, 19, who was with him was wounded by in the shooting.
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Former EPRLF Chief Minister visits Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 May 1999, 15:06 GMT]
Mr. Varatharajaperumal, former Chief Minister of the Northeast Provincial Council visited Vavuniya today and had discussions with the Senior Superintendent of Police and Government Agent (GA) regarding the situation there, sources said.
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Muslim refugees plan hunger strike

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 May 1999, 08:27 GMT]
Over 200 Muslim refugees living in Love Lane Camp in the eastern district of Trincomalee have unanimously decided to go on hunger strike from May 10, in front of the office of the Divisional Secretary (DS), demanding that the Government authorities provide them with dry rations and other relief.
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STF accused of assaulting young widow

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 May 1999, 18:34 GMT]
The Forum for Human Dignity has complained to the Secretary of the Anti-Harassment Committee that a twenty eight year old young Tamil widow had been harassed by some members of the Special Task Force (STF) stationed at Karativu in the Batticaloa district on April 25.
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SLA cuts down villager's livelihood

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 May 1999, 18:32 GMT]
Residents of Maamunai on the south-eastern coast of Jaffna complained today that Sri Lankan Army personnel stationed at their village are cutting down a large number of palmyrah and coconut palms from their private properties.
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Governor's mobile service goes to Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 May 1999, 18:22 GMT]
The North East Governor's third administrative mobile secretariat is scheduled to be held in the Jaffna district shortly. The Governor has asked the Presidential Secretariat to take steps to arrange special transport facilities for provincial officials to visit Jaffna in this regard.
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SLAF, LTTE clash in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 May 1999, 18:05 GMT]
The south-western outskirts of Batticaloa town were rocked by heavy gunfire around 10 p.m. today. A member of the Raazeek Group, a Tamil unit of the Sri Lanka Army said that a group of Liberation Tigers who had infiltrated through the high security zone near the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) base had opened fire on an Forward Defence Locality (FDL) near Vidaththalmunai, close to the lagoon.
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Eleven Tigers killed in sea battle

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 May 1999, 18:00 GMT]
Eleven Tigers, including a Lt.Col, were killed in a sea battle between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Navy which took place in the seas off the Mullaithivu coast on Saturday, May 1, said the Voice of Tigers in its night news bulletin today.
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Jaffna paper condemns SLA recruitment

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 May 1999, 14:28 GMT]
Uthayan, the only daily published in Jaffna criticised in its editorial today the Sri Lanka Army's (SLA) attempt to recruit Tamil youth. It described the recruitment drive as an insidious a plot against the Tamils. The SLA advertised in the paper yesterday calling on the youth of Jaffna to join its ranks.
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Fisherman killed

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 May 1999, 10:17 GMT]
A Muslim fisherman was killed when a Sri Lanka Navy patrol boat opened fire on a group of boats fishing three miles off the Mutur jetty in the sea south of Trincomalee this morning around 5.45 a.m.
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SLA seeks Jaffna recruits

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 May 1999, 21:00 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army called on the youth of Jaffna to join its ranks today. The SLA advertised in today's issue of Jaffna's only daily news paper, the Uthayan for eligible youth who have passed grade eight in schools and who measure not less than 5 foot 2 inches.
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Export growth rate declined

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 May 1999, 20:20 GMT]
Sri Lanka's export growth rate declined from 13 percent in 1997 to 2 percent in 1998 said the country's Central Bank Governor A.S Jayawardana today while addressing a press conference in Colombo.
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Madhu refugees to return home

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 May 1999, 16:06 GMT]
Deputy Minister of Defence Anurudha Ratwatte today ordered the Government officials in Vavuniya and Mannar to send back the refugees in Madhu area to their own places which have been brought under the SLA control.
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People's revolution has started - Karikalan

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 May 1999, 16:05 GMT]
Karikalan, the deputy Leader of the Political Wing of the LTTE said at a May day rally held at Mallavi Mahavidiyalayam in the Wanni area that the Tamil people were determined to continue the liberation struggle though they live under immense pressure due to economic embargo and other difficulties.
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Blasts destroy two transformers in Colombo

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 May 1999, 16:03 GMT]
Sri Lankan Police said two transformers were destroyed by blasts believed to have been caused by bombs in the Colombo city in the early hours of the morning today and yesterday night.
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Three policemen wounded

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 May 1999, 06:18 GMT]
Three Policemen were wounded when the Liberation Tigers attacked the forward defence lines of the Police at Sector 2 in the general area of Uyilankulam about 15 km. south of Mannar island on Sunday around 5.30 p.m., sources said.
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Battle in Mullaitivu seas

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 May 1999, 21:09 GMT]
Naval patrol vessels on Saturday, evening attacked about six Tiger boats suspected to be transporting weapons from a trawler in the mid sea, off Mullativu coast, navy sources said.
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French military advisor visits Madhu

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 May 1999, 21:07 GMT]
A French Military Advisor visited Madhu Church today and had discussions with the Church administrator, sources said. He had gone there with two Sri Lankan Army (SLA) military officials from Vavuniya.
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School boy detained

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 May 1999, 18:26 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) detained Thatparanathan Sivarooban, 19, a student of Stanly College in Jaffna who was living in the house from which two Jaffna University Undergraduates were taken into custody last Thursday by the army. The two undergraduates were released by the army yesterday.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 May 1999, 09:54 GMT]
Police officer wounded in Trincomalee; A musical enetertainment program organised by the PLOTE was briefly disrupted by a grenade explosion; May Day celebrated in Mallavi and Mulliyawalai.
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War consumes much needed funds - President

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 May 1999, 04:33 GMT]
The increasing cost of prosecuting the war has made it difficult to allocate funds towards the welfare of the workers of this country, said the President in the People Alliance's May day meeting held at the Colombo Municipality grounds.
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Poya day sweetmeat at SLA camp turns sour

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 May 1999, 23:34 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) at Nagar kovil asked all the civilians in Maamunai who had been ordered by it on April 24 to cut the mangroves by the road to Eluthumadduvaal from Vadamaradchi east to report to the camp yesterday.
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Soldiers punished for abandoning their rescuers

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 May 1999, 23:30 GMT]
Two soldiers at the Nagar Kovil SLA detachment on Jaffna's southeastern coast were punished today for perfidiously abandoning at midsea four youth who had come to their rescue.
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Democratic rights of Tamils suppressed - EPRLF

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 May 1999, 23:29 GMT]
The Secretary General of the Eelam People Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), Suresh Premachandran addressing the May Day rally in Trincomalee, said today that the democratic rights of the Tamil people were being suppressed by the government.
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Six reported missing in Mannar

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 May 1999, 17:17 GMT]
Six youth arrested by a group of unidentified armed men in the heart of Mannar town on April 25 are still reported missing said sources in Mannar today. The Sri Lankan security forces in Mannar had told relatives of the missing youth that they did not arrest or detain them.
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CWC meeting disrupted

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 May 1999, 16:42 GMT]
The Sinhala Veera Vidhaana, an extremist Sinhala Buddhist group disrupted the May day rally and meeting of the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) in Nuwara Eliya today said trade union sources in the hill country town.
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Missing person found in Hospital

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 May 1999, 09:53 GMT]
(Correction) The TamilNet's Vadamaradchi correspondent met one of the persons reported missing in the Jaffna Human Rights Commission's (HRC) report, Mr.Vanniyasingham Karthigesu today at the Manthikai hospital where he is under treatement for virus fever.
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Three reported missing in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 May 1999, 04:57 GMT]
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Jaffna has reported that three persons have gone missing in the peninsula in March and April this year. According to Gowri Suntharalingam, the official in charge of the commission's office in Jaffna, the Sri Lanka Army and Police have said that they did not arrest or detain any of these persons.
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Transformers destroyed

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 May 1999, 04:01 GMT]
Two transformers were blasted today in the heart of Trincomalee town this morning around six. One transformer was at Madathady junction, entrance to the town and the other in front of the controversial new market constructed by the Trincomalee Urban Council.
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