155 Reports

Tigers, SLA brace for more

[TamilNet, Friday, 31 March 2000, 17:34 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers consolidated areas they captured on the peninsula's southeastern coast this week and the Sri Lankan army re-deployed troops from Maathagal and Varani to strengthen its defences in Thenmaradchi against the Unceasing Waves III offensive. The SLA, meanwhile, banned fishing again in the seas off the Vadamaradchi coast.
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Court unseats controversial opposition MP

[TamilNet, Friday, 31 March 2000, 13:48 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal held today that controversial opposition Member of Parliament Dr.Rajitha Senaratne has no right to hold office as Member of Parliament, to sit or to vote in Parliament in the case filed by Deputy Minister for Justice Dilan Perera charging that the opposition politician was engaged in business with a government institution in contravention of the law at the time he was sworn as an MP.
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Radio lists Tiger KIA

[TamilNet, Friday, 31 March 2000, 10:54 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers said in its special noon broadcast today that thirty one Tigers including two black Tigers and a member of the organisation's 'border force' were killed in the latest phase of Operation Unceasing Waves III in Jaffna. The total number of Tigers killed so far in the Jaffna offensive since Sunday night is sixty.
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Nagar Kovil SLA counters barrage

[TamilNet, Friday, 31 March 2000, 08:02 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers opened up a barrage with artillery and mortars on the Sri Lanka army camp at Nagar Kovil on Jaffna's east coast last night. The bombardment began around 8 p.m. and went on until 3 a.m. this morning.
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Pallai hospital seeks evacuation

[TamilNet, Friday, 31 March 2000, 04:54 GMT]
The Pallai hospital authorities appealed to the District Medical Officer of Health and the International Committee of the Red Cross to evacuate their patients to Jaffna town as they are facing a shortage of supplies due to the fighting since Sunday night.
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Leave temple sacred - TULF request

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 March 2000, 20:13 GMT]
Tamil United Liberation Front General Secretary R. Sampanthan has requested President Chandrika Kumaratunge to preserve the Thiruketheeswaram temple and its environs as a neutral peace Zone.
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Anti-mining protest in Colombo

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 March 2000, 20:11 GMT]
Several hundred people picketed out side the Fort railway station in Colombo today, protesting against leasing of phosphate mines at Eppawela, in the north-central province, to foreign companies.
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SLA releases casualty figures

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 March 2000, 13:40 GMT]
Eighty Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops, including five officers have been killed and six hundred and thirteen, including thirty one officers, have been wounded in the fighting with the Liberation Tigers in the Jaffna peninsula since Sunday night said the Ministry of Defence in a press release Thursday afternoon.
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Tigers pound Chavakachceri SLA

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 March 2000, 12:39 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers bombarded the Sri Lanka army's 52-3 brigade in Thambuthottam near Chavakachcheri in Jaffna from this morning as hundreds of civilians continued to flee the battle zones in the Thenmaradchi division and the peninsula's southeastern coast. The SLA, meanwhile, vacated another camp at Karukkai on the Pt.Pedro Kodikamam road today.
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Military flight crashes

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 March 2000, 06:54 GMT]
An army flight with 36 Sri Lankan security forces personnel including four junior officers from Jaffna, and four Russian crew members crashed near Anuradhapura, 206 kilometers northeast of Colombo, around 11.40 a.m. this morning army sources in Colombo said. Soldiers wounded in the fighting in Pallai were also on board the flight.
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Civilians asked to find safety

[TamilNet, Thursday, 30 March 2000, 04:06 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers said in its morning news broadcast today that the Political wing of the Liberation Tigers has asked all civilians living close to Sri Lanka army positions in Pallai and Vadamaradchi east in the Jaffna peninsula to move out to safer areas.
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Overrun base an elite brigade - VoT

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 March 2000, 19:59 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers said in its night news broadcast that a brigade of the Sri Lanka army's elite 53 Division based in Thalaiyadi and its defences spread across fourteen kilometers were overrun by the Liberation Tigers today.
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Heavy casualties in Thalaiyadi battle

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 March 2000, 11:06 GMT]
Over 100 Sri Lankan Army (SLA) troops and 25 Liberation Tigers were killed when the LTTE overran the Thalaiyadi-Marunthankerni-Chempianpattu base complex Wednesday, the organisation said in a press release from its London offices. The Tigers said heavy fighting was continuing in the Pallai area where the Main Supply Route to the SLA bases at Elephant Pass and Yakachchi from the Palali base complex had been de-linked.
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Tigers overrun another coastal garrison

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 March 2000, 10:46 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army base at Thalaiyadi on Jaffna's southeastern coast was overrun by the Liberation Tigers this noon around 12.30 p.m. Civilians who fled the fighting today said that the Tigers are pressing on with their attack on the SLA camp at nearby Maruthankerni. A LTTE field commander directing operations in this sector told residents that the camp is expected to fall by evening today.
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MSR remains breached

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 29 March 2000, 09:48 GMT]
The Main Supply Route (MSR) on the A9 highway (Kandy Road) to the Sri Lanka army (SLA) base complexes in Elephant Pass and Iyakkachchi remains cut off between Eluthumaddvaal and Pallai sources in Jaffna said. The Uthayan, the Tamil daily published in Jaffna, quoting Sri Lankan military sources, said that the army is continuing its attempt to bridge the gap in the MSR, breached and held by the Liberation Tigers from early Monday.
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Tigers beef up strength on coast

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 28 March 2000, 18:20 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers who are currently based in Maamunai on Jaffna's southeastern coast said the large number of their special units that have been transported by sea from the Vanni will continue to mount the attack on the Thalaiyadi base and its forward positions in Vaththirayan.
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Tamil Nadu fisherman dies in custody

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 28 March 2000, 12:42 GMT]
A Tamil Nadu fisherman arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) last month near Kachchathivu died in custody today. Ms. Maheswary Velayutham, a human rights lawyer who went to see his body at the government hospital in Colombo today charged that he died due to neglect of the injuries sustained when SLN personnel assaulted him during arrest in the high seas.
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SLA says coastal garrison pulled out

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 28 March 2000, 06:29 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army said in a communique this morning that it pulled out its garrison in Maamunai under heavy fire from the Liberation Tigers. The press release states that one officer and thirty two soldiers were killed and hundred and fifty eight including six officers were wounded in the fighting so far. Battles continue in the general area east of Pallai in Jaffna's southern sector according to the SLA's communique.
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Fighting displaces three thousand

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 28 March 2000, 05:40 GMT]
About three thousand civilians from the villages on Jaffna's southeastern coast displaced by the fighting have sought refuge at the Sembiyanpattu Government Tamil Mixed School sources said. Hospital sources in Pt.Pedro said twenty civilians wounded in the shelling and cross fire since Sunday night were brought in from the war zone for treatment.
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SLA battles to keep life-line open

[TamilNet, Monday, 27 March 2000, 18:17 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) headquarters sources in Colombo said this evening the Liberation Tigers were holding in the Pallai sector a section of the Main Supply Route (MSR) from Jaffna to the Elephant Pass base. Meanwhile, the Voice of Tigers (VoT) said in its night news bulletin today that new fighting formations of the LTTE were continuing the Unceasing Waves III offensive into the Jaffna peninsula.
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Panicked soldiers shoot couple

[TamilNet, Monday, 27 March 2000, 18:05 GMT]
A couple who were returning home from the Jaffna hospital with their new born child in an auto rickshaw were killed when the vehicle was hit by SLA fire at Iththaavil, 3 k.m north of Pallai around 2.30 p.m. today. The driver of the auto rickshaw was also killed on the spot.
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MSR was breached- SLA

[TamilNet, Monday, 27 March 2000, 14:00 GMT]
The Sri Lanka army said in a press release today that a gap was created in the Main Supply Route (MSR) to the Elephant Pass base from Jaffna due to fighting with the Liberation Tigers. Meanwhile, residents of Maamunai who fled the war zone this morning said that the Tigers have overrun the SLA garrison in that coastal village.
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Unceasing Waves III resumes - LTTE

[TamilNet, Monday, 27 March 2000, 10:18 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army suffered heavy casualties when the Liberation Tigers launched a "massive" sea and land assault in the Jaffna peninsula last night, the LTTE said in a press release from its London offices today. LTTE forces had overrun the SLA artillery base at Pallai destroying eleven artillery pieces and cutting the A9 supply route to the SLA bases at Elephant Pass and Yakachchi, the press release said. The SLA base at Yakachchi had been penetrated and fierce fighting was raging, it added.
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SLA vacates Amban

[TamilNet, Monday, 27 March 2000, 07:28 GMT]
The SLA vacated its camp at Amban around noon today as the Liberation Tiger continued their assault on the garrisons in Maamunai and Thalaiyadi on Jaffna's southeastern coast. Residents fleeing the war zone said that the Tigers had blasted three culverts on the Pt.Pedro-Maruthankerni road at Kudarappu, Punnaiyadi and Maamunai.
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Tigers assault garrisons on Jaffna coast

[TamilNet, Monday, 27 March 2000, 04:14 GMT]
Heavy fighting erupted on Jaffna's southeastern coast last night when the Liberation Tigers launched simultaneous attacks on the Sri Lankan army's garrisons at Thalaiyadi and Maamunai. Civilians wounded in the cross fire who were brought from the area to the Manthikai hospital this morning said that the Liberation Tigers have moved into the two coastal villages.
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Woman injured, youth killed in STF fire

[TamilNet, Sunday, 26 March 2000, 19:39 GMT]
A woman was wounded in the stomach when the Special Task Force (STF) commandos of the Sri Lankan security forces opened fire in a village south east of Mannar in the Murunkan sector this morning. The woman, Ponnuthurai Kathirasipillai, 52, was in the kitchen of her house in Vaalkaipetraan Kandal when she was hit in the stomach.
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Four killed - VOT

[TamilNet, Sunday, 26 March 2000, 19:36 GMT]
Four fighters of the Liberation Tigers were killed on March 25 and 26 in two separate clashes with the SLA, the Voice of Tigers (VoT) said today in its night news broadcast.
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Ex-PLOTE cadre shot dead

[TamilNet, Sunday, 26 March 2000, 19:32 GMT]
A former member of People's Liberation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), Nadarasa Velan or Lavan (19) was shot and killed yesterday night by gunmen alleged to be from the Liberation Tigers, in Kommathurai, Batticaloa, sources said.
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SLA commandos arrested in botched heist

[TamilNet, Sunday, 26 March 2000, 17:28 GMT]
Two Special Forces commandos of the Sri Lanka army who took part in a botched robbery of a rural bank south of Colombo were arrested by the Police this afternoon. Police sources in Colombo said that this is the first instance in which elite special forces commandos in active service have been taken into custody for gang robbery.
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Search operation in Mannar

[TamilNet, Sunday, 26 March 2000, 10:06 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army soldiers conducted a cordon and search operation in Thaarapuram in Mannar from early hours of the morning today. About 50 families, displaced from Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu are living in this Muslim village.
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Bomb detected in Colombo bound train

[TamilNet, Sunday, 26 March 2000, 09:28 GMT]
A powerful parcel bomb was detected in the Colombo bound night mail train from Vavuniya just before it was scheduled to leave the station yesterday, said sources. The bomb was removed from the compartment and was diffused opposite the Railway station by the SLA bomb disposal team.
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Tigers attack SLA sentry

[TamilNet, Sunday, 26 March 2000, 08:56 GMT]
A soldier was killed and another wounded when the Liberation Tigers attacked a sentry post near the Kinnaiyadi Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camp around 9 p.m. last night, Police sources in Batticaloa said.
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4 more skeletons found in Kilinochchi

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 March 2000, 20:46 GMT]
One skeleton was discovered from the same waste-pit in Urithirapuram, Kilinochchi where three skeletons were unearthed yesterday, said the Voice of Tigers (VoT) in its afternoon broadcast.
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SLA arrests malaria patient

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 March 2000, 13:41 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) arrested a malaria patient in front of the Mutur hospital, south of Trincomalee today. The patient, a youth from a village in that part of the district held by the Liberation Tigers, had come to Mutur with his wife and child for treatment, said sources.
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Thousands march for peace in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 March 2000, 12:22 GMT]
More than six thousand people took part in a peace march and rally in Jaffna town today. The March began around 9.30 a.m. this morning from the outer precincts of the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple and wound its way through the town, reaching the Duraiappa Stadium by noon. The peace march and public rally were organised by the People's Council for Peace and Goodwill (PCPG).
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Claymore blast kills one

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 March 2000, 06:29 GMT]
A soldier was killed and six others were wounded in a claymore attack by the Liberation Tigers in the Omanthai area around 2.30 p.m. yesterday said sources. Omanthai is about 10 km. north of Vavuniya.
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Tigers shell base, Jaffna coast

[TamilNet, Friday, 24 March 2000, 19:32 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers fired artillery and mortar on the Elephant Pass base and on Sri Lanka army (SLA) positions on Jaffna's southeastern coast from this morning said sources in Jaffna today.
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SLA arrests seven in east

[TamilNet, Friday, 24 March 2000, 19:05 GMT]
Seven Tamil villagers were arrested by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) this morning near the district border between Ampara and Batticaloa. Eight persons including an eight year-old boy were travelling in a tractor from 13th milepost towards Malayarkadu in Ampara district for work. The SLA arrested the seven adults near Malayarakadu. The eight-year old boy was abandoned alone at the spot.
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Three youths arrested

[TamilNet, Friday, 24 March 2000, 16:35 GMT]
Three youths were arrested during a combined search operation by the Sri Lanka Army and police in the Mutur Town area in the Trincomalee District yesterday residents said.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Friday, 24 March 2000, 13:30 GMT]
Mine victim's led amputated, Ten people die at Mullaithivu hospital, Youth killed in Cross fire.
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Six killed in plane crash

[TamilNet, Friday, 24 March 2000, 12:23 GMT]
Six crew members were killed and two others wounded when a cargo plane crashed at Kadirana in Negombo, about 5 km. north of Katunayaka International Air Port, around 6 p.m. this evening.
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Repressive conditions preclude peace talks - Balasingham

[TamilNet, Thursday, 23 March 2000, 15:16 GMT]
The removal of "the complex set of repressive conditions" imposed by successive Sri Lankan governments on the Tamils was necessary to create a "conducive climate for peace and mutual trust" ahead of negotiations to settle the island's conflict, the Liberation Tigers' theoretician and political advisor, Anton Balasingham told the Tamil Guardian newspaper this week.
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Protest in Batticaloa against SLAF order

[TamilNet, Thursday, 23 March 2000, 12:48 GMT]
More than a thousand people picketed in front of Manmunai North Divisional Secretariat this morning around 8.30 protesting against Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) acquiring their temple, school and cemetery along with a substantial portion land adjoining its base in Batticaloa.
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Memorial for Vanthaarumoolai disappeared

[TamilNet, Thursday, 23 March 2000, 06:41 GMT]
Relatives and people of Batticaloa are planning to erect a memorial as a rememberance to the 158 civilians who disappeared from the refugee camp at the Eastern University at Vanthaarumoolai, Batticloa, after being arrested and taken to the army camp by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) in 1990.
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TULF meets President

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 March 2000, 20:24 GMT]
A six member delegation of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) held discussions with the Sri Lankan President after waiting more than five hours to meet her. The TULF delegation had urged President Chandrika Kumaratunga to resettle people in Waligamam north in Jaffna, restore Thirukketheeswaram, the temple of Shiva in Mannar, allow a Norwegian aid program in Batticaloa and to upgrade the Kalmunai Divisional Secretariat.
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SLAF orders school and temple to leave

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 March 2000, 20:09 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) ordered that a school and a temple in Batticaloa be closed immediately as they are within the land allocated for the future expansion of its base near the eastern town.
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Mother and child detained

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 March 2000, 19:59 GMT]
A 30 year old woman, Sukanthi Narenthiran, was arrested yesterday at Kaluwanchikudi in the Batticaloa District by a CID team from Kandy. She was taken to Kandy for questioning along with her 7 month old child.
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Swedish officials visit Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 March 2000, 19:38 GMT]
The Charge d' Affaires of Swedish Embassy in Colombo Mr.Borge Mattsson and the second secretary of the mission, Ms Stina Karltun, visited Batticaloa today. They participated in a function held at DERBA auditorium organized by the Batticaloa Municipal Council.
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Troops by schools: officer ventures rationale

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 March 2000, 18:41 GMT]
The officer in charge of the Sri Lankan army (SLA) camp at Kinnaiyadi, 33 kilometers north of Batticaloa, told residents of the village who were summoned by him this morning for a meeting that his troops were stationed by the local school in the interests of the students. Sources in Kinnaiyadi said that the officer appeared to be reacting to the strong objection raised by the Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union about the large number of SLA camps that are located by schools in Tamil villages when it met the Governor of the Northeastern Province Major Gen.(retd) Asoka Jayawardana on March 10.
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TID arrests five in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 March 2000, 16:41 GMT]
Five civilians including four employees of the main Post Office in Vavuniya were arrested by a special team of the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) of the Sri Lankan Police from Colombo today. Two Sub Post Masters, K.Kugathasan and A.Subramaniapillai and two minor employees, Thirunaavukkarasu and Raveendran were arrested while they were on duty at the Vavuniya main post office said sources.
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International airport security tightened further

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 March 2000, 13:20 GMT]
Persons going to bid farewell to passengers at Sri Lanka's heavily secured international airport will no longer be able to enter its departure terminal according another security measure announced today jointly by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
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Tigers, SLA exchange artillery fire

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 March 2000, 08:56 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lanka Army exchanged artillery and mortar fire in Kaddaiparichchan, one km. south of Mutur in the Trincomalee District this morning. One of the shells fired by the Tigers hit the kitchen of the SLA camp setting it on fire, residents said.
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Youth missing since Salli rampage

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 March 2000, 23:28 GMT]
A Tamil youth, Vairamuthu Jayakili, who was arrested by Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) personnel on 25 February has been reported missing since February 24. He was arrested at Pigeon island at Salli village in Trincomalee district.
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More skeletons in Kilinochchi - VoT

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 March 2000, 23:24 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers (VoT) said in its night news broadcast today that three more human skeletons were recovered today from toilet pits in Kilinochchi north today.
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'City of Trincomalee' to ferry refugees

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 March 2000, 23:20 GMT]
The privately owned passenger vessel 'City of Trincomalee' is to be used for transporting displaced Jaffna people from the Vanni region to north under the resettlement scheme. The expenses will be borne by the State. Refugees will not be charged any fee, according to a letter sent by the Commissioner General of Essential Services to Trincomalee Divisional Secretary.
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British High Commissioner visits Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 March 2000, 20:45 GMT]
The British High Commissioner Ms.Linda Joy Duffield arrived in Jaffna this afternoon by ship from Trincomalee on a four day official visit to the northern peninsula. The Deputy High Commissioner of the Australian embassy in Colombo, Ms.Cathy Klugman, also came in the same vessel with the mission's press officer Mr. Rukshan Ratnam (formerly of the Colombo FM station, Capital Radio).
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SLA imposes curfew in Valaichenai

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 March 2000, 16:59 GMT]
The Sri Lankan army in Valaichenai told residents in the town today to stay indoors after 7 p.m. in the evenings. The announcement was made over the public address system at the Valaichenai Pillaiyar temple this morning and noon sources said.
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Amunugama takes northern rehabilitation

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 March 2000, 14:23 GMT]
Mr.Sarath Amunugama, the member of Parliament who crossed over from the United National Party last year with four of his powerful colleagues in the opposition to the People's Alliance (PA) late last year was appointed Minister for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction for the North by the Sri Lankan President today.
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PA-UNP agreement draws criticism

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 March 2000, 11:37 GMT]
The Sri Lankan government and the main opposition party discussed and agreed upon some modifications to the procedures for appointing governors to regions as spelt out in the draft constitutional proposals of the ruling People's Alliance (PA) of 1997 today during their third round of talks on working out a consensus to solve the ethnic conflict. Reacting to the PA-UNP communique this afternoon, Tamil parties in Colombo said that "this is an agreement to further water down the basis for devolving power to the proposed Regional bodies envisaged in the 97' proposals".
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UNP protest petroleum hike

[TamilNet, Monday, 20 March 2000, 18:22 GMT]
The main opposition United National Party (UNP) organised a protest march and a rally in Colombo today, protesting against price hikes in petroleum products and increased coast of living.
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PLOTE men arrested

[TamilNet, Monday, 20 March 2000, 18:07 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army soldiers rounded up the PLOTE members at their camp in Mannar yesterday evening and arrested three members of the group, allegedly for their involvement in unlawful activities, said sources.
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Vavuniya residents picket GA

[TamilNet, Monday, 20 March 2000, 18:05 GMT]
About 50 people picketed the Vavuniya Government Agent's office this morning, urging officials to grant them permission to travel to their homes in Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara. They have been held at the 'Goodshed Welfare Centre' in Vavuniya for nearly two months.
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Four Tigers killed -SLA

[TamilNet, Monday, 20 March 2000, 18:02 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army sources said four Liberation Tigers were killed in an ambush at Murunkan 18 kilometres south east of Mannar town around 5.40 p.m. Sunday evening.
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Electoral reforms stir apprehensions

[TamilNet, Monday, 20 March 2000, 12:46 GMT]
Leftist coalition partners of Sri Lanka's ruling People's Alliance and minority parties in the country's Parliament said today that they will not fully support the reforms to the island's electoral system which the government of Chandrika Kumaratunga plans to introduce in May this year. Leftists are apprehensive that their representation in the national legislature will virtually be wiped out by the proposed changes.
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Tamils protest in eastern town

[TamilNet, Monday, 20 March 2000, 06:24 GMT]
More than a thousand Tamils began a one day token fast in Kalmunai, forty kilometers south of Batticaloa, this morning around 8.30 a.m. to protest against what one of the organisers described as "ethnically prejudiced denial of a fully fledged Divisional Secretariat to the Tamils" in the Ampara district.
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POWs to resume hunger-strike

[TamilNet, Sunday, 19 March 2000, 15:42 GMT]
Twenty prisoners of war (POWs), including 11 government troops held by the Liberation Tigers in the Vanni have decided to go on a hunger strike, demanding the government to take steps to secure their release.
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NEMC for North east merger

[TamilNet, Sunday, 19 March 2000, 12:53 GMT]
The newly formed political party called North East Muslim Congress (NEMC) has announced that they support a merged province where Tamil and Muslim communities enjoy equal rights and privileges under one autonomous council.
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Bodies kept for identification

[TamilNet, Sunday, 19 March 2000, 12:51 GMT]
The bodies of three youths who were shot by the Sri Lanka Army in Vavunathivu on Friday are being kept at the Batticaloa hospital for identification.
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PTA detainee discharged

[TamilNet, Sunday, 19 March 2000, 12:49 GMT]
The Eastern High Court discharged a Tamil youth, Sithamabaranathan Kirubakaran, 28, of Santhiveli on Friday. He had been detained for more than two and a half years under the Prevention Terrorism Act (PTA).
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Grenade attack in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Sunday, 19 March 2000, 09:11 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers threw a grenade at a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) sentry post at Aariyakulam junction in the high security zone of the Jaffna town around 9.30 a.m. today. No damages were caused by the explosion, SLA sources said.
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Sinhala settlement plan derailed

[TamilNet, Saturday, 18 March 2000, 20:23 GMT]
A plan to settle Sinhala villagers in Kavatikuda, a Tamil village in Trincomalee, by a local ruling party organizer, has been stopped by the intervention of the Divisional Secretary of Trincomalee, said sources.
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CARE launches Rs 64m rehabilitation project

[TamilNet, Saturday, 18 March 2000, 19:03 GMT]
CARE International has proposed to implement Phase 2 of the Rehabilitation Assistance Project for Internally Displaced (RAPID-II) with funding made available by European Union, in Sri Lanka, sources said.
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Deportation issue raised with German Envoy

[TamilNet, Saturday, 18 March 2000, 18:50 GMT]
Batticaloa District Member of Parliament, Mr. Selvarajah, has appealed to the German Envoy in Colombo not to deport Sri Lankan Tamils who have sought asylum in Germany as it would endanger their lives in the hands of Sri Lanka security forces, said sources in Colombo.
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Policeman wounded in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 18 March 2000, 08:57 GMT]
(Correction) Suspected members of the Liberation Tigers shot and wounded a policeman at Illupayadi junction, near Jaffna town around 12.30 p.m. today.
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Police give hospital two bodies

[TamilNet, Friday, 17 March 2000, 20:42 GMT]
The Chavakachcheri Police handed over the bodies of two males, with gunshot injuries to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital around 10.30 p.m. today medical sources said.
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Deported Tamils taken into police custody

[TamilNet, Friday, 17 March 2000, 20:26 GMT]
Sri Lankan Police took two Jaffna Tamils deported from Germany into custody at Katunayake International Airport. State run Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in its night news bulletin today said that two key Tamil Tigers who had been raising funds for the LTTE in Germany were taken into custody by the CID at Katunayake International Airport.
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Transparency with new constitution - Peiris

[TamilNet, Friday, 17 March 2000, 20:22 GMT]
Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs promised that the implementation of the proposed new constitution would be "above board."
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No LTTE link to German aircraft - Police

[TamilNet, Friday, 17 March 2000, 20:21 GMT]
The production of a two seater aircraft by a German citizen at Negombo had no links with the Liberation Tigers, according to Sri Lankan Police sources. Quoting the Negombo Police, the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in its night news bulletin said that a German millionaire was taken into custody and later released on surety bail by Negombo Magistrate today.
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LTTE - SLA clash at Madduvil

[TamilNet, Friday, 17 March 2000, 13:46 GMT]
Fighting was reported between the Sri Lanka Army soldiers and the Liberation Tigers in Madduvil in the Thenmaradchi Division on the Jaffna peninsula from 4.30 p.m.this evening.
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Three detainees freed

[TamilNet, Friday, 17 March 2000, 12:47 GMT]
Three people who were abducted by unidentified armed men in Vavuniya on Tuesday have been released by the Sri Lanka Army said Mr.S.Sreetharan, chairman of the Human Rights Commission (HRC).
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Three LTTE members killed

[TamilNet, Friday, 17 March 2000, 12:36 GMT]
Three members of the Liberation Tigers were shot dead by the Sri Lanka Army soldiers in Vavunthivu, 3 km. south-west of Batticaloa in the early hours of the morning today, army sources in the eastern town said.
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JVP demonstration

[TamilNet, Thursday, 16 March 2000, 21:15 GMT]
(Photographs) TamilNet correspondents' views of the demonstration organised by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in Colombo today.
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UNP, PA press release

[TamilNet, Thursday, 16 March 2000, 12:24 GMT]
A joint communique was issued after the second round of talks held on Thursday between the delegations from the People's Alliance (PA) and the United National Party (UNP). President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge chaired the discussion.
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Demonstration against Norwegian involvement

[TamilNet, Thursday, 16 March 2000, 10:56 GMT]
Nearly ten-thousand people demonstrated in Colombo today, protesting against Norway's role in resolving Sri Lanka's's conflict. The protestors also urged the government to make public its dealings with the opposition and the Norwegian government about starting negotiations with the Liberation Tigers.
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Claymore blast kills one, injures 8

[TamilNet, Thursday, 16 March 2000, 08:02 GMT]
Six policemen were killed and 12 others were wounded in a claymore attack on a military convoy at Mylambaveli, 7 km. north of Batticaloa, around 12.40 p.m. today.
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UNP to talk despite accusations

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 March 2000, 20:49 GMT]
The General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) said that the UNP would participate in second round of talks scheduled for tomorrow with the Government despite allegations made by President Chandrika that the main opposition party was working hand in glove with the LTTE.
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Sinhala extremists protest against Norway

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 March 2000, 20:43 GMT]
A group of extremist Sinhala Buddhist organizations picketed in Colombo protesting against the Norwegian peace initiative seeking a political solution to the island's ethnic conflict.
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Abductions in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 March 2000, 20:38 GMT]
A young woman and a youth have reportedly been abducted by unidentified men in a white van in the northern town of Vavuniya, Human Rights Commission (HRC) officials said.
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Appeal against Batticaloa pass

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 March 2000, 20:33 GMT]
An urgent appeal has been made to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge not to implement the proposed unpopular pass system in the Batticaloa district.
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SLA, Tigers skirmish near gateway base

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 March 2000, 11:59 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lanka army clashed in several places to the east and north of the Elephant Pass base yesterday according to military sources in Jaffna. They said that troops had fired on a bunker line of the LTTE at Uduththurai and had engaged in a fire-fight with the Tigers at Vaththirayan yesterday.
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Foreigner with mini-plane arrested

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 March 2000, 11:54 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Police arrested yesterday a German national in Thalahena in Negombo, north of Colombo, who had been assembling a two-seater ultra light aircraft. The mini-plane was in a factory owned by the German and was fitted with a 60 horsepower engine Police sources said.
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SLA rape, murder suspects remanded

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 March 2000, 09:32 GMT]
Mannar Acting Magistrate, Caius Feldano, remanded yesterday two Sri Lankan Army personnel in connection with the rape and murder of a 21-year-old Tamil woman, Ida Hamalitta, in Pallimunai in north western Mannar on 11 July, last year.
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Three 'Sea Black Tigers' killed

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 March 2000, 08:34 GMT]
Three members of the Sea Tigers, the naval unit of the Liberation Tigers were killed in an unexpected confrontation with the Sri Lanka Navy in the seas off Talai Mannar on 12 March, the Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio said this morning.
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Shooting victim identified

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 March 2000, 02:19 GMT]
The Counter Subversive Unit (CSU) of the Police in Mannar told the courts today that the young man killed in a shooting incident at 'Sector 11' in Uiylankulam in the early hours of last Sunday was Thangarasa Thuraisingam(35) of Manippoorkulam, Vaddakandal.
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Norway "did not seek permission"

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 14 March 2000, 17:43 GMT]
The Norwegian Foreign Ministry today confirmed that Anton Balasingham, the Liberation Tigers' theoretician and political advisor had undergone treatment in Oslo and refuted comments by Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunge that Norway had sought her permission first.
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Chemmani suspects remanded

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 14 March 2000, 09:43 GMT]
Jaffna additional magistrate, Mr.M.Ilancheliyan, remanded three captains and a private of the Sri Lanka Army along with a Police constable today in connection with the Chemmani mass graves case.
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SLA intelligence unit worker shot

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 14 March 2000, 07:14 GMT]
A person working with the Sri Lanka army's military intelligence unit in Batticaloa was shot this morning around 7 a.m. by an unidentified gunman, suspected to be a member of the Liberation Tigers, in the heart of the eastern town Police sources said.
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JVP to agitate against Norway's role

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 March 2000, 17:25 GMT]
The Janata Vimukthi Peramuna, (JVP) the Marxist party that led two unsuccessful insurrections to capture state power in Sri Lanka, threatened today to hold country wide demonstrations against Norwegian mediation to end the island's ethnic conflict.
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Skeletal remains found

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 March 2000, 14:10 GMT]
A human skull and an arm bone were recovered from a sewage pit in a house at Thirunakar in Kilinochchi last Wednesday, said reports from the Vanni. The skeletal remains were handed over to the Kilinochchi hospital.
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Police hand over killed LTTE suspect

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 March 2000, 13:59 GMT]
Police handed over a body of a youth with gun shot injuries and burn marks on his chest to the Mannar hospital yesterday. Police officials claimed the youth was a member of a Liberation Tigers killed near 'Sector 11' near Uyilankulam in the Mannar District.
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Student released on bail

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 March 2000, 13:51 GMT]
Shanmugalingam Arjun, a student of Trincomalee Sri Koneswara Hindu College detained in connection with a suicide bomb blast that took place on March 2 in the town, has been released on surety bail by the Magistrate today.
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'Anthijeshty' ritual banned

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 March 2000, 13:47 GMT]
Hindus in Trincomalee town and its suburbs have been banned from performing "Anthijeshty" rituals in the sea of the east coast of the town.The Hindu faith requires the ritual to be done on the thirty first day after a person's death.
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200 eastern villagers detained

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 March 2000, 07:29 GMT]
Nearly 200 people from Attapallam village in the south eastern Ampara district were detained by the Special Task Force (STF) elite troops during a search operation this morning, residents said.
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Need reiterated for Ambulance-boat service

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 March 2000, 07:00 GMT]
District secretaries have requested that an ambulance-boat service be established to carry seriously ill residents from the Islands off the coast of Jaffna peninsula to Jaffna town in an emergency, said sources in Jaffna.
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Youths say assaulted in detention

[TamilNet, Sunday, 12 March 2000, 18:34 GMT]
Two youths who were arrested by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers during a search operation told the Jaffna courts that they were assaulted while they were held in the Urelu SLA camp, sources in Jaffna said. The youths were produced before the Jaffna Additional Magistrate on Thursday, 8th March.
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Six Tamils arrested over Friday attack

[TamilNet, Sunday, 12 March 2000, 11:05 GMT]
Six Tamils have been arrested in Colombo by the investigations arm of the Sri Lankan Police in connection with the suicide attack by a commando group suspected to be of the Liberation Tigers on the main route to the Parliament on Friday, March 10.
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Four casualties in Uduthurai clashes -VoT

[TamilNet, Sunday, 12 March 2000, 08:44 GMT]
Three Sri Lanka Army (SLA) commandos were killed and 7 others were wounded in clashes in Uduthurai in the Vadamaradchi East on Wednesday, 8 March. One member of the Liberation Tigers was also killed in the fighting, the Voice of Tigers Radio (VoT) said this morning.
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Police say recovered clues

[TamilNet, Saturday, 11 March 2000, 22:49 GMT]
Sri Lankan Police sources said this evening that they recovered some clues, including national identity cards of the gunmen suspected to be members of the Liberation Tigers committed suicide following a heavy fire-fight in which four soldiers were wounded.
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Wife identifies Trinco shooting victim

[TamilNet, Saturday, 11 March 2000, 17:29 GMT]
One of the two Tamil youths shot dead by the Police at Anpuvallipuram, a suburb in Trincomalee town was identified as a civilian, by his wife today, hospital sources said.
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Remove security posts near schools - CTTU

[TamilNet, Saturday, 11 March 2000, 17:26 GMT]
Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Association (CTTU) has appealed to the North East Governor Maj.Gen.Asoka Jayawardene (Ret.) to take steps to remove immediately all military camps and police posts now found in school premises or in their close vicinity in the north east province.
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SLA and LTTE duels on Jaffna coast

[TamilNet, Saturday, 11 March 2000, 13:34 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lankan Army exchanged gun and mortar fire in the early hours of the morning today on the southeastern coast of Jaffna.
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Four attackers commit suicide

[TamilNet, Saturday, 11 March 2000, 07:56 GMT]
Four gunmen, suspected to be members of the Liberation Tigers who had taken up positions in apartment building near the scene of the fighting in Colombo yesterday committed suicide as the Sri Lankan army special forces broke into the building this morning after several hours of fighting Police sources said.
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Police search Batticaloa MP

[TamilNet, Saturday, 11 March 2000, 07:55 GMT]
Mr.Joseph Pararajasingham, Member of Parliament for Batticaloa district and the Leader of the Parliamentary Group of the Tamil United Liberation Front was subjected to severe search at Mannampity security post today morning.
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STF hand over bodies

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 March 2000, 20:30 GMT]
Special Task Force (STF) troops handed over bodies of four people to the Kaluwanchikudy hospital today, claiming they were members of the Liberation Tigers. Two of them were later identified as civilians by relatives, medical sources said.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 March 2000, 20:26 GMT]
Two policemen, including an officer, were wounded in a grenade attack in Trincomalee, SLA search operation in Vavuniya, EPDP member flees party in Jaffna.
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Govt. info Department confirms shootout

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 March 2000, 17:30 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Governemnt Information Department's central news desk issued a communique on the incident in Borella this evening. The communique indicated that there had been fighting in the area following the explosion.
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Firing continues near blast site

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 March 2000, 14:09 GMT]
At least fourteen people, including five Sri Lankan policemen were killed and thirty six others wounded in an explosion was near Borella, a suburb of Colombo around 6 pm Friday, hospital sources said. Gunfire which broke out at the same time was continuing an hour later, residents said.
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Bomb explodes in Colombo

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 March 2000, 12:45 GMT]
An explosion was reported near Borella, a suburb of Colombo around 6 pm today.
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Assault victim identifies one

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 March 2000, 12:03 GMT]
The victim in a sexual assault incident, a male Muslim student, identified one of the police constables accused of attacking him at the identification parade held at Trincomalee courts before acting Mutur Magistrate on Friday.
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Clashes in Thanangkilappu

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 March 2000, 10:43 GMT]
Clashes were reported between the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers and the Liberation Tigers in Thanangkilappu in the Thenmaradchi Division on the Jaffna Peninsula this morning.
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Peace maker government falls

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 March 2000, 00:40 GMT]
Norway's ruling coalition government led by Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik resigned Thursday night after the opposition voted in favour of building a new gas power plant. A spokesman for the Norwegian Foreign Minister told TamilNet, that Norway's peace initiative in Sri Lanka will be followed up by the new government.
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'Keep us informed on the peace talks' - UNP

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 March 2000, 00:22 GMT]
"We have also been informed by the Government of Norway that the Government of Sri Lanka asked for discussions with the LTTE and we are also being informed of certain other developments and I thought I should be briefed on that matter before we start talks," said Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe, leader of the Sri Lankan opposition, United National Party, according to the communique» on today's meeting between the Government and UNP, issued jointly by both parties this evening.
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UNP, PA meeting-"talks on Talks"

[TamilNet, Thursday, 09 March 2000, 09:10 GMT]
"Both side survived and we will meet again this month" said Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe coming from a two hour meeting with the President Chandrika Kumaratunga and seven of her senior cabinet ministers this afternoon around 1.30 a.m. "The first meeting went off well" he added.
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Missing persons reports

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 March 2000, 21:52 GMT]
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Vavuniya said they received six complaints during the first week of this month, regarding persons who have been reported missing.
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Ten Tigers killed in sea battle -VoT

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 March 2000, 21:48 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers (VoT) said in its night news broadcast that 10 Liberation Tigers including five Sea Tigers were killed in the sea battle with the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
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President supports Sports Minister

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 March 2000, 21:47 GMT]
In a significant reiteration of the controversial statement by Minister for Sports, Mr.S.B.Dissanayaka, President Chandrika Kumaratunga Bandaranaike said that her government would place its proposals for constitutional change before Parliament even if it cannot secure the two thirds majority needed to ratify new system.
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Grenade lobbed at JVP office

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 March 2000, 14:28 GMT]
The Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna's (JVP) trade union office in a Colombo suburb was bombed by unidentifed persons this morning around 11 a.m. Computers and other equipment in the office at Dalugama, Keleniya were samshed up said a party source.
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CID grills Batticaloa MP

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 March 2000, 14:07 GMT]
Mr.Alisahir Moulana, United National Party member of Parliament for Batticaloa was grilled by officers of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Sri Lankan Police for five hours about his party's alleged contacts with the Liberation Tigers in the east last evening .
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Beaten up fishermen banned from sea

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 March 2000, 12:25 GMT]
The twenty four fishermen from Kurunagar, the coastal suburb of Jaffna who were beaten up by the Sri Lankan Navy in the Jaffna lagoon yesterday for fishing beyond the demarcated line were banned from setting out to sea for two weeks.
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Fishy demands irk coastal folk

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 March 2000, 11:01 GMT]
The Sri Lankan army arrested and detained twenty men from Nainamunai, a settlement of fishing families on the southeastern coast of Jaffna, this morning. Local residents alleged that this was punitive action by the SLA in the area, angered by their refusal to let soldiers take part of the day's catch free.
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Four LTTE casualties in sea battle

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 March 2000, 10:51 GMT]
The Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio said today that four Tigers were killed in the sea battle that took place in the seas off Kokkilaai in the Mullaithivu district yesterday.
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'Clarify your position PA' says UNP

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 March 2000, 18:58 GMT]
The United National Party has requested the Government to clarify its official position on the procedure adopted to implement constitution reforms.
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Three reported 'missing'

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 March 2000, 15:57 GMT]
Two Jaffna students and a civilian have been reported missing since Sunday, March 5, said human rights sources in the northern town.
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Committee to study problems of security forces

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 March 2000, 14:03 GMT]
The Sri Lankan President appointed a special committee today to investigate and report on the problems troubling the Sri Lankan security forces. The move comes in the wake of a poor response to a concerted drive to recruit fifteen thousand soldiers and the continuing failure to rope in more than fifteen thousand deserters who are still at large.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 March 2000, 11:24 GMT]
Court to examine Sports Minister S.B.Dissanayake's comments, Confession refused "Not voluntary", Home guard killed in Eravur.
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Two Tiger boats sunk - SLN

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 March 2000, 07:59 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and the Liberation Tigers were engaged in a sea battle in the seas off Pulmoodai, about 45 km. north of Trincomalee, in the early hours of the morning today, naval sources said.
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Ketheeswaram in disrepair says MP

[TamilNet, Monday, 06 March 2000, 21:13 GMT]
The group of Tamil devotees from the Sri Lanka's capital who went to observe the Saivite festival of Maha Sivarathiri at the ancient Shiva temple at Thiruketheesawaram occupied by the Sri Lankan army until last Friday returned to Colombo today with reports that the shrine was in disrepair and its sanctity had been defiled.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Monday, 06 March 2000, 18:34 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers hand over the body of a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Women raped by Muslim extremists in Eravur and Youth injured in STF firing.
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Chemmani arrest order faxed to CID

[TamilNet, Monday, 06 March 2000, 16:33 GMT]
Orders to arrest the Sri Lankan army personnel who were named as suspects in the murder of Tamil civilians in Jaffna were faxed to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Police in Colombo today from Mannar by the judge of the special courts hearing the case to prevent further delay in the legal proceedings.
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Search for abducted soldier futile

[TamilNet, Sunday, 05 March 2000, 20:08 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army soldier of an ambush unit was abducted by the Liberation Tigers at Thoppur, 14 km. south of Mutur town in the Trincomalee district this morning, police sources said.
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Withdraw Hinduism text: CTTU

[TamilNet, Sunday, 05 March 2000, 20:07 GMT]
The Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union has requested the Minister of Education and Higher Education to withdraw the Year 2 textbook for the subject Hinduism as it contained several factual errors, hurting the feelings of Hindus in the country.
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Rape by soldiers alleged

[TamilNet, Sunday, 05 March 2000, 09:37 GMT]
A young woman of Nelliyady north is alleged to have been sexually assaulted by three men, suspected to be soldiers from a Sri Lankan army camp near her house, police sources in Jaffna said.
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"Windowless" buses carry devotees to temple

[TamilNet, Sunday, 05 March 2000, 05:10 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) used a convoy of buses with fully covered windows to take devotees from Mannar to Thiruketheeswaram temple, denying the passengers of any outside view during the trip, said sources in Mannar.
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Grenade attack at Pt.Pedro EPDP office

[TamilNet, Saturday, 04 March 2000, 19:11 GMT]
The office cum camp of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) in Pt.Pedro was attacked with grenades tonight around 8.15 p.m, said sources in the area.
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UNP gearing up to meet President

[TamilNet, Saturday, 04 March 2000, 18:08 GMT]
The Executive Committee and the Parliamentary Group of the United National Party (UNP) will meet on March 6 to decide on final preparations for discussions with President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge on March 9.
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Buddhist lobby scuttles Trinco's Ayur hospital

[TamilNet, Saturday, 04 March 2000, 09:59 GMT]
The construction work on the first district Siddha Ayurvedhic hospital of the Northeastern province has been blocked by the Government Agent of Trincomalee due pressure from Buddhist organisations Tamil political party sources in the eastern town said today.
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Youth shot dead

[TamilNet, Saturday, 04 March 2000, 09:30 GMT]
A youth was shot dead by the Sri Lanka Army soldiers during a search operation in Allarai, a village in the Thenmaradchi Division on the Jaffna Peninsula, this morning, said sources.
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Deteriorating state of Tamil medium education

[TamilNet, Saturday, 04 March 2000, 06:58 GMT]
"The Tamil medium education can be safeguarded only if full authority to administer educational affairs is given to the North-East officials, after finding a political solution to the ethnic conflict," said Mr.T.Mahasivam, Secretary of Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU), at the weekly meeting of Trincomalee Rotary Club held on the 2nd of March.
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UNP raises another objection

[TamilNet, Thursday, 02 March 2000, 15:32 GMT]
The Parliamentary group of the United National Party (UNP) resolved today to oppose the PA government's proposals for constitutional change on grounds of procedure.
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SLA officer escapes suicide attack

[TamilNet, Thursday, 02 March 2000, 07:42 GMT]
22-1 Brigade Commander, Colonel Piyal Abeyasekara, escaped with minor injuries in a suicide attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the heart of Trincomalee town around 10.45 a.m. this morning. One SLA soldier was killed and two others were wounded in the attack security sources said.
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Gunshot injures CID officer

[TamilNet, Thursday, 02 March 2000, 04:27 GMT]
32 year old Jayasiri, an officer of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), is in serious condition after suffering gunshot wounds in Uppukulam, Mannar district at 7 pm yesterday, sources said.
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First Tamil E-Zine from Colombo

[TamilNet, Thursday, 02 March 2000, 04:27 GMT]
The inauguration ceremony for the first internet-based Tamil magazine "Sooriyan.com," to be published weekly under the editorship of Poopalapillai Seevakan, took place at Sugathadasa Sports Hotel, Colombo, yesterday afternoon.
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Twenty farmers injured in shelling

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 01 March 2000, 12:57 GMT]
At least 20 farmers were injured when shells hit paddy fields in Thanangilappu in the Thenmaradchi Division on the Jaffna peninsula around 12.20 p.m. this afternoon.
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JMC member killed

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 01 March 2000, 08:31 GMT]
Unidentified youth shot and killed a member of the Jaffna Municipal Council (JMC), representing the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) in Jaffna Town, around 12.25 p.m. today.
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Parents of POWs meet Journalists

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 01 March 2000, 08:03 GMT]
"The head of the LTTE Political section, Thamilchelvan, informed us that if a government mediator from the South can bring proposals acceptable to the LTTE, the LTTE is prepared to free the remaining prisoners in custody," said S.A.Ranbanda, parent of a Prisoner of War (POW), when the parents met journalists yesterday afternoon in Colombo, after returning from Vanni.
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