302 Reports

Sea Tiger vessels carryout sea transport

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 April 2006, 19:36 GMT]
A number of boats of Sea Tigers on Sunday were confronted by Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) boats while they were transporting cadres from Mullaithivu Sea-Tiger base to Trincomalee in the East. The Sea Tigers counter-attacked and completed their sea passage successfully. On the return journey, SLN vessels followed Sea-Tigers at a distance and the Sea Tigers completed the journey without any interference from the SLN, LTTE sources from Kilinochchi said.
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Police recover claymore in Kiran

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 April 2006, 16:46 GMT]
A claymore mine was recovered by Valaichenai Police in Kiran, Batticaloa near the market located along the Pulipaainthakal Road at 11.30 p.m. Sunday, Valaichenai Police said. Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports said that a high level Sri Lanka Army (SLA) officer and an SLA trooper were killed when their vehicle hit a mine buried by the Liberation Tigers after the pre-dawn attack on paramilitary camp in Welikande.
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Air strikes violate the Ceasefire Agreement- SLMM

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 April 2006, 15:14 GMT]
"The air strikes that were conducted by the Sri Lankan Government in Trincomalee district on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) targets in Sampoor area on 25 and 26 April 2006 are a clear violation of the Ceasefire Agreement. Article 1.2 of the Ceasefire Agreement clearly states “Neither Party shall engage in any offensive military operation," said a press release issued by Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Saturday. The release also said that the SLMM fears "Government Security forces have, in the North and the East, been involved in extrajudicial killings of civilians."
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Two SLN soldiers injured in Allaipitti claymore attack

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 April 2006, 14:46 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) have been seriously injured in a claymore attack near the Allaipitti area in Kayts within SLN's High Security Zone (HSZ) at 6.40 p.m. Sunday, sources in Jaffna said. The injured soldiers were air-lifted to Palaly military hospital and later transferred to General Hospital, security sources said.
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SLN arrests seven youths from Pesalai refugee camp

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 April 2006, 10:50 GMT]
Seven Tamil youths staying in Pesalai refugee camp located along Talaimannar and Mannar road were taken into custody by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Sunday morning in a cordon and search operation. After interrogation at the the Pesalai Police post, SLN soldiers handed over the youths to the Talaimannar Police for further inquiries, sources said.
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Bus conductor shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 April 2006, 08:17 GMT]
A conductor of a private bus was shot dead at Power House road in Jaffna town, about 100 metres from Sri Lanka Army's 51-2 Brigade HQ, around 11.45 a.m., Sunday. The troops have cordoned off the area and are conducting a search, police sources in Jaffna said.
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Grenade attack near SLA brigade head quarters in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 April 2006, 06:20 GMT]
Unidentified attackers lobbed a grenade at a checkpost located inside the high security area of the Batticaloa 22-3 Brigade head quaters Sunday around 2:00 a.m., Batticaloa Police said. An SLA soldier was wounded in the attack.
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Tiger Commandos attack paramilitary camps, 18 killed - LTTE

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 April 2006, 03:08 GMT]
18 paramilitary operatives of Karuna group were killed in an attack launched by an Elite Commando unit of the Liberation Tigers on three paramilitary camps in Sri Lanka Army (SLA) controlled Kasankulam close to Thibulana, located 7 km east of Welikande in Batticaloa - Polannaruwa border Sunday. Arms were seized and ammunitions at the paramilitary camps in Kasankulam were fully destroyed by the LTTE commandos in the surprise attack that was planned and supervised by Special Commander Col. Bhanu, an LTTE official from Kokkaddicholai in Batticaloa district told TamilNet. 10 paramilitary cadres sustained serious wounds, 5 were captured by the Tigers. An abducted Vavuniya trader was saved.
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Colombo May Day rallies, meetings called off

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 April 2006, 18:39 GMT]
Sri Lanka Defence Ministry officials, citing security concerns, have issued directions to parties to cancel all May Day public events, sources from Colombo said. Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) event scheduled to be held at the Galle Face Green, United National Party's (UNP's) procession from Galle Road to Colombo Municipal Council premises, and United Peoples Front (UPF) meeting at the Sugathadasa Stadium, and several other events are affected by the Defence ministry directive.
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Civilian injured in Madhu claymore attack dies

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 April 2006, 18:05 GMT]
Mr.M. Jeevananthan, a 24-year civilian who was seriously injured in the claymore attack by the Deep Penetration Unit of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in Thetchanamadu area of Liberation Tigers controlled Madhu area, succumbed to his injuries Saturday afternoon, sources from Jaffna said.
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SLA resumes mortar attacks in Vavunathivu

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 April 2006, 16:32 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) started firing mortar shells towards Liberation Tigers controlled Vavunathivu area from 11.30 a.m. Saturday, Thayamohan, Head of Batticaloa district LTTE Political Wing said. Several homes of residents of Mankikattu, Navatkudi and Puliyadikuda villages have been damaged but no one received any serious injuries, Thayamohan added.
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Sivaram memorial held at Colombo Tamil Sangam

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 April 2006, 15:05 GMT]
Speaking at the one year memorial event held at the Colombo Tamil Sangam by the Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance Friday evening, C.A. Jothilingam, a popular political analyst, called for making Sivram's death anniversary, a Day for remembering all journalists slain for their writings in Sri Lanka.
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Two auxiliary cadres killed in Claymore attack in Manalaru

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 April 2006, 08:44 GMT]
Two Tamileelam Auxiliary Force cadres were killed in a Claymore attack carried out by a penetrating team of a Sri Lanka Army unit, Saturday around 9:30 a.m. in Libration Tigers controlled area in Manalaru region in the Mullaitivu district, LTTE officials in Kilinochchi said.
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Youth shot dead, Jaffna village rises against intelligence camp

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 April 2006, 07:57 GMT]
Motorbike riding gunmen, who shot and killed a Tamil youth Friday at Urelu in Valikamam, Jaffna, rushed into Sri Lanka Army Intelligence camp in the area, villagers who chased the gunmen away said. More than a hundred enraged villagers surrounded the SLA camp Friday night and Urelu was shut down in protest Saturday as the villagers launched a protest hartal against the recent kilings in Valikamam. Protesting villagers say that the Urelu intelligence camp is behind the killings in a terror-campaign targeting auto-rikshaw drivers and traders. An auto driver was recently gunned down at Urelu junction.
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Jaffna journalists pay tribute to Sivaram on first death anniversary

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 April 2006, 01:18 GMT]
"Sri Lanka Government (GoSL) has failed in its attempt to stifle the voice of the entire Tamils by killing Sivaram. Many young Tamil journalists are in the forefront, continuing his mission, informing the international community of the perils faced by Tamils in Sri Lanka. This is the greatest tribute we journalists can pay Sivaram," said Mr. S. Kathirgamathamby, president North Ceylon Journalists Association (NCJA) in his address at the first annual memorial day Dharmeratnam Sivaram (Taraki), a senior editor of TamilNet, held at the Media Research and Training Center in Jaffna University Friday evening at 4 p.m.
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Ex-LTTE cadre shot dead in Mandur

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 April 2006, 01:09 GMT]
Sellathurai Asokan, 36, alias Asok,, former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was shot to dead by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) commandos Friday around 6 p.m at Mandur in the Wellaveli police division in Batticaloa, source said.
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2 civilians wounded in Claymore attack in Madu

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 15:11 GMT]
Two civilians were wounded when their water bowser was attacked by a Claymore mine inside the Liberation Tigers controlled area at Madu junction around 3:45 p.m. Friday. The water bowser was returning after supplying water to the personnel at LTTE Forward Defence Line in Madu.
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SLA soldiers ambushed in Mannar, 4 wounded

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 14:40 GMT]
Unidentified attackers lobbed a grenaded and shot at a group of Sri Lanka Army soldiers in Nanattan, 20 km south of Mannar town, wounding four soldiers around 5:00 p.m. Friday. The soldiers opened fire for 15 minutes following the attack. More than 50 families have refuged into the nearest church, according to civilian witnesses.
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Co-chairs reaffirm support to Norwegian facilitation

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 14:17 GMT]
The Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference, who met in Oslo on 28 April to discuss the detoriating situation in Sri Lanka, reaffirmed their support to Norwegian facilitators and decided to meet again in Tokyo to further discuss steps and concerted actions to encourage the parties to pursue a durable solution in Sri Lanka.
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TamilNet editor's murder still unpunished, impunity prevails in Sri Lanka- RSF

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 11:35 GMT]
Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Sri Lanka Free Media Movement (FMM) all voiced outrage on the lack of progress in the investigation into the murder of Dharmaretnam Sivaram and and said "the current serious crisis in Sri Lanka - the result of unacceptable terrorism - in no way justifies the impunity prevailing in the murders of journalists and human rights activists," in a press release issued Friday.
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2 youths killed, paramilitary violence escalates in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 10:19 GMT]
Two unidentified gunmen riding in a motorbike shot and killed two Tamil youths, Friday morning around 8:15 a.m. near Kinnayadi Nagathambiran temple, Valaichenai Police said. The killers were suspected to be paramilitary operatives, civilian sources said.
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Auto driver shot dead in Kayts

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 10:06 GMT]
An auto-rikshaw driver, Suresh Fernando, 35, was found shot dead Friday morning in Urkavathurai (Kayts) near St. Joseph Church at 5th Mile Post.
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South Eastern University VC escapes assassination attempt

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 08:19 GMT]
Mr.A.G.Hussain Ismail, Vice Chancellor (VC) of the South Eastern University located in Oluvil in Amparai district escaped an assassination Friday morning around 10.30 a.m., Kalmunai police said. The VC escaped unhurt when unidentified persons came in a motorbike fired at his car four times when he was on his way to the varsity from his official guesthouse, police in the southeastern town said.
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LTTE details civilian killings by Sri Lankan forces and paramilitaries after Geneva Talks

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 07:41 GMT]
103 civilians, including six children, have been killed by Sri Lankan forces and its paramilitaries since Geneva Talks on 24 February untill April 27, according to a report issued by the Political Head Quarters of the Liberation Tigers Friday. 12 Tamil civilians were killed on February 27, March 5, 6, 9, 20, 22, 24, 25, and 28, and the first attack on SLA posts after the Geneva Talks in February took place on April 8th after the assasination of Trincomalee district Tamil activist Mr. V. Vigneswaran. "Readers can now make their own conclusion about who is responsible for deteriorating situation following the Geneva talks," the report issued by the LTTE concluded.
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Sivaram remembered in Batticaloa and Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 07:19 GMT]
The first death anniversary of reputed journalist Dharmeratnam Sivaram (Taraki), a Senior Editor of TamilNet, who was assassinated a year ago in Colombo was held in Batticaloa on Thursday and Friday morning in Jaffna. Batticaloa Rural Development Organization in collaboration with Thamileelam Education Development Board organized the event held at Ramakrishna Mission School in Kokkadichcholai. Jaffna District Media Association (JDMA) organized the Jaffna event.
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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator calls for Protection of Civilians

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 05:54 GMT]
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Thursday said that it is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation of civilians in the north and east of Sri Lanka following weeks of escalating tension and violence. "The loss of life, the new displacement of families, the destruction to businesses and property, as well as threats to humanitarian workers, are creating a climate of fear and tension for civilians," said United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland.
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Young man shot dead in Mannar

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 April 2006, 05:21 GMT]
Unidentified men shot dead a Tamil civilian, Friday morning, around 7.15 a.m. at Kallaikaadu in Mannar, police said. Kallikadaikadu village located along Mannar-Medwachiya road, about 12 km. off Mannar town. Monitors of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission in Mannar visited the scene and conducted inquiry. About fifty-five families residing in the village are about to leave due to fear following the killing,
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21 Tamil youths detained by Eravur police

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 17:58 GMT]
More than 70 Tamils were taken to investigations by Eravur police Thursday morning around 9 a.m. in a roundup search at the Eravur Muslim Public market. 21 Tamil youths have been detained for further inquiries, said the Chief of Eravur Police Crimes Branch.
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Two SLA troopers seriously injured in Jaffna grenade attack

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 17:28 GMT]


Two men on a motorcycle lobbed a hand grenade into the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) sentry point at the Thadatheru junction on the Kankesanturai road in Jaffna Thursday evening around 5.30 p.m seriously injuring two SLA troopers, said sources from Jaffna.
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Stop violence, initiate dialogue, urges Rights Group

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 16:11 GMT]
FORUM-ASIA, a membership-based human rights organization with regional secretariat based in Bankok Thailand in a press release issued Thursday espressed deep concern urged the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers to "immediately stop the violence and to iniitate dialogue." The release said, "War inevitably violates human rights and destroys human lives and this must be avoided at all costs. Civilians in the North and East as well as other parts of the country, particularly women and children, will bear the brunt of violence."
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Co-chairs to meet in Oslo Friday

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 15:57 GMT]
International Development Minister of Norway, Mr. Erik Solheims is to host a meeting with the representatives of Co-Chairs of Tokyo DonorConference in Oslo on Friday to discuss the peace process which is being threatened by the escalating violence, said a press statement by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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3 SLA troopers killed, 2 civilians missing after Claymore ambush

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 12:24 GMT]
Three SLA soldiers who were on their way to Vallakkulam near Vankalai in Mannar district, were killed and three soldiers seriously wounded in a Claymore ambush around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, police sources in Mannar said. Two civilians bathing in Vallakkulam, including a 40 year-old woman, were missing, civilian sources said. The main road between Nanattan and Vankalai remains cut and soldiers have surrounded the area which remains tense.
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A9 reopens, prices of fuel, food increase

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 12:23 GMT]


A9 highway was announced open Thursday morning. However, the prizes for fuel and other critical items have gone up as people had begun purchasing items for storage fearing a long term closure of A9, sources from Jaffna said.
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Decapitated bodies feared belonging to disappeared Tamils - Chandrasekaran

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 12:15 GMT]
"We fear that the five decapitated bodies found near Kaduvela in Avissawela may belong to Tamil civilians who have been arrested during searches and disappeared from Colombo," said Leader of Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF) and parliamentarian P.Chandrasekaran in a letter sent to Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse Thursday, sources in Colombo said.
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Muttur east attacks on civilian targets totally unjustifiable, Elilan tells Henricsson

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 09:04 GMT]
Trincomalee Political Head of the Tigers, S. Elilan, who met Major General Ulf Henricsson, the Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Thursday in Sampoor in Trincomalee, said the three pronged attack launched by the Sri Lankan forces on civilian targets in Muttur east following the bomb blast that injured Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka is not justifiable. 18 civilians were killed, more than thirty wounded and many thousands displaced by indiscriminate airstrike and artillery fire by the Sri Lankan forces on Muttur east.
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2 SLN troopers killed in Claymore attack in Kayts

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 08:33 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Navy troopers who were on a road clearing patrol in Urkavathurai (Kayts), Jaffna, were killed in a Claymore mine ambush Thursday around 6:30 a.m. The attack took place at Serukkal junction in Kayts. This is the first Claymore attack to be reported in the islets of Jaffna this year.
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Claymore blast injures 3 STF troopers in Mannar

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 06:07 GMT]
Three Special Task Force (STF) elite troopers were injured in a claymore blast, that targetted a road patrol at Kaddukarai kulam in Mannar on the Mannar-Medawachiya road, around 9.30 a.m., Thursday, police in Vavuniya said.
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97 Tamils arrested in Colombo suburbs

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 01:48 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers and Police arrested 97 Tamils from residences in Colombo suburbs of Bambalapitiya, Collpetty, Dehiwela and others Wednesday night through Thursday morning, and have detained them in Police stations across Colombo, said Deputy Inspector General of Police, Poojitha Jeyasundara. The security forces and police conducted thorough search of several residences and lodges, sources said.
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Democracy in crisis in Asia's killing fields- AHRC

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 April 2006, 01:06 GMT]
Saying that "Sri Lanka has been the stage of one of the most brutal killing fields," the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in a media release issued Wednesday said, "the problem Sri Lanka faces is much worse than a mere escalation of violence. A country that is already facing a collapse of its basic institutions and living at the lowest ebb of the rule of law is now plunging deeper into an abysmal crisis in all areas of life...crisis in Sri Lanka is a crisis of democracy, with its roots in the authoritarian style of rule that arose as a result of the 1978 Constitution."
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TNA MP condemns Senthilnathan killing

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 22:00 GMT]
Mr.S.Vino Noharathalingam, Vanni district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Wednesday issued a statement vehemently condemning the killing of Mr.A.K.Senthilnathan, a senior TNA leader in Vavuniya district.
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SLA obstruction of travel, an act of oppression - Jeyanandamoorthy MP

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 21:51 GMT]
"Obstructing people in the North and East travelling to and from Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled areas as retribution for a bomb blast in the Colombo Sri Lanka Army (SLA) headquarters is an act of outright oppression of the Tamils in the north and east," said S. Jeyanandamoorthy, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) M.P for Batticaloa, in his statement to the press Wednesday.
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International Community has failed to exert pressure on Colombo - LTTE

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 20:03 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on Wednesday, called on the International Community to strongly condemn the "genocidal attempt" on the Tamil people in Muthur east in Trincomalee district. "The International Community is turning a blind eye," while Colombo has openly declared a war and is carrying out "reprehensible murders" of Tamil civilians in the Tamil homeland. The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has violated gravely the ceasefire agreement (CFA) with the LTTE, said the statement issued by the Head Quarters of the Political Division of the Tigers. More than 40,000 people have displaced, terrorized and are languishing as refugees, the statement said.
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Home guards massacre 3 Tamils, abduct 2

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 18:16 GMT]
Three Tamil civilians were hacked to death and two children were abducted by Sinhala home huards at Thanganagar in Seruvila police division Wednesday afternoon around 2 p.m., civil sources said.
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TNA urges International Community to act

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 15:59 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Wednesday condemned the GoSL and its peace secretariat for "duplicitous behavior" and "carrying on a malicious and false campaign to mislead the international community," and urged the International Community to "realize this reality and take the appropriate action to compel the Sri Lankan State to act in a responsible way in the interest of the peace process," in a press release issued in Colombo Wednesday.
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SLA blocks transport of critically injured out of Muttur east

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 12:59 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has refused permission to the International Committee of Red cross (ICRC) to take three seriously wounded Tamil civilians in air strike and artillery fire to the hospital in the government controlled area for further treatment, Mr.S.Elilan Trincomalee district political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said.
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"Our response to enemy attacks would be devastating"- Elilan

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 12:51 GMT]
"We are in a state of readiness and are awaiting for the instruction from our leadership to respond with a force that will be catastrophically disabling and devastating to the enemy," said Mr.S.Elilan, Trincomalee district political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam commenting on the current situation in Muttur east, sources said.
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Air strike, artillery fire, acts of provocation- LTTE

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 12:08 GMT]
Sri Lanka security forces began air attacks and artillery fire without any provacation from the Liberation Tigers, Mr. S.Puleedevan, Secretary General of the LTTE’s peace secretariat in Kilinochchi told TamilNet. He accused the Sri Lanka Government of carrying out the attacks after blocking the Muttur east area, and issuing false reports. "Colombo is issuing false reports accusing the Tigers of an attack on a Sri Lanka Navy vessel. There was no such attack, the accusations are baseless," he said.
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TRO appeals for humanitarian assistance to war IDPs

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 11:48 GMT]
In an urgent appeal issued from its offices in Colombo Wednesday, the Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) appealed to the International Red Cross, UNHCR, Bilateral and Multilateral donors for humanitarian assistance to the Internally Displaced People (IDP) due to the war in the east.
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Two civilians, two SLA troopers killed in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 11:46 GMT]
Amid escalating violence in Jaffna two civilians and two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed in Jaffna district during Tuesday night and Wednesday, sources in Jaffna said.
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A9 SLA checkpoint closed at Omantai, hundreds stranded

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 11:06 GMT]
Sudden, unannounced closure of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) check point on the A9 highway at Omantai from Tuesday 3.30 p.m has caused severe hardships to the public who were in the middle of travel from Jaffna to the South, or in the other direction. Sri Lanka Government officials have also been badly affected by the suspension of travel facilities to Jaffna district and Vanni, said civil society sources in Vavuniya.
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Fifteen thousand Tamils in Muttur east flee for safety

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 07:38 GMT]
More than fifteen thousand Tamil people of about four thousand and five hundred families from Chenaiyoor, Kaddaiparichchan, Koonitheivu, Soodaikuda, Kadatkaraichenai, Santhoshapuram and several hamlets in the Muttur east Wednesday morning gathered in the village Pattalipuram in Muttur east fearing of more air strike and artillery fire. These families started walking toward Pattalipuram while SLAF Kfir jet resumed its bombing Wednesday early morning.
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Senthilnathan shot and killed in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 07:13 GMT]
A trader and senior member of All Ceylon Tamil Congress in Vavuniya district, S.K. Senthilnathan, shot by paramilitary gunmen around 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, succumbed to his wounds at Vavuniya hospital, medical sources said. Mr. Senthilnathan, a popular trader and a senior member of the Tamil National Alliance party ACTC, is a candidate in the local elections to be held in Vavuniya.
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Three civilians killed, 8 wounded in Wednesday Kfir strike

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 03:58 GMT]
Three civilians, including Muslim Moulavi and his wife were killed and eight others were injured when Kfir jet of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Wednesday bombed a Muslim village 'Vaddam' in the government controlled Muttur town. The Israeli-made Kfir fighters resumed bombing Muttur east villages Wednesday morning around 7 a.m. The air strike continued for about an hour, Muslim civil sources said.
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12 bodies of civilians recovered from Muttur east

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 03:20 GMT]
Initial reports from Muttur east in Trincomalee district Wednesday morning said at least twelve bodies of Tamil civilians including men, women and children killed in Tuesday evening air strike by Kfir jets, and artillery attack by Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and Sri Lanka Army (SLA) were recovered from Muttur east area. More casualties are expected from Tuesday attack by government troops, a NGO source in the affected area said.
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Tamil Medical Practitioner shot dead in Colombo

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 00:56 GMT]
Dr. S. Arulanantham, 44, a qualified doctor who ran a private medial clinic at his home in Mattakuliya, Colombo was shot dead by two unknown gunmen at 10.45 p.m. Tuesday inside his clinic, Mattakuliya police said.
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Has Sri Lankan Government declared war? - Elilan asks SLMM

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 19:18 GMT]
Mr.S.Elilan, Trincomalee district head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Tuesday night asked the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) to clarify whether the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has launched a full-scale war violating the ceasefire agreement. Mr.Elilan made this query in his complaint lodged with the SLMM over the air strike by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) and artillery shell attack by the Sri Lanka Army and gunboat attack by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) on the villages in Muttur east Tuesday evening, sources said.
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Muttur east plunges into darkness following air strike

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 19:07 GMT]
The entire Muttur east villages Tuesday night plunged into darkness as the electricity supply system has been completely cut off due to air strike, shell and gunboat attacks launched by the State armed forces Tuesday evening. In some areas electric pylons had also been damaged due to air strike, civil sources in Muttur east said.
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SLA Artillery attack on Muttur east villages continues

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 18:53 GMT]
Kfir jets bombed at least six places including Ilakanthai and Sampoor in Liberation Tigers held Muttur east in Trincomalee district from Tuesday evening. Sri Lanka Army and Sri Lanka Navy started firing artillery shells from its bases in Trincomalee towards Muttur east villages. One shell fell in front of a transit camp constructed by the UNICEF at Kadatkaraichchenai, a village in Muttur east Saturday evening, Muttur east sources said.
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Pre-school building destroyed in air strike in Muttur east

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 18:46 GMT]
Pre-school and the science laboratory of Chenaiyoor Central College were damaged in the air strike and artillery shell attack launched by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Tuesday evening on the villages in the Muttur east in the Trincomalee district held by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a worker of a local non-governmental organization in the area told Tamilnet by telephone. The NGO worker was under the first floor of the college when the artillery attack took place.
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Attacks against SLA escalate in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 18:04 GMT]
Three Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers and three civilians were injured in four incidents of grenade attack in Jaffna peninsula Tuesday, sources from Jaffna said.
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SLMM condemns Colombo bomb attack

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 14:45 GMT]


Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) is a press release issued from Colombo condemned the "suicide bomb attack that took place at the Sri Lankan Army Head Quarters," and urged the "Sri Lankan Government to equally refrain from any retaliatory actions at this stage and remain committed to the Peace Process."
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Sri Lankan Kfir jets bomb LTTE controlled area in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 13:00 GMT]
Sri Lankan Kfir jets have been bombing LTTE controlled Sampoor, Ilakkanthai and Kattaiparichchan villages in Muttur, Trincomalee district from 5:00 p.m Tuesday. Casualty details are not available at the moment. There are also reports about multibarrel artillery fire. Sri Lankan Dvora attack crafts and gunboats were surrounding the LTTE controlled coastal areas in Trincomalee, civilian sources said.
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Bomb explosion in Colombo, Army Commander wounded

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 08:51 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka was seriously wounded in a bomb explosion in front of the military hospital in Slave Island, Colombo around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Five SLA personnel and three civilians were killed and 27 others were wounded.
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GoSL duplicity incompatible with peace process - Thamilchelvan

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 07:56 GMT]
The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), which has been inciting violence with it's paramilitaries in total violation to the ceasefire agreement and working hard to sever the relationship between the LTTE and the international community, has shattered all the goodwill gestures, said S.P. Thamilchelvan, Political Head of the Tigers in a letter to the Norwegian Special Envoy Jon Hanssen Bauer on Tuesday. The Political Head of the LTTE also said that the International Community should come forward to pressure the GoSL, to calm the current tense situation and bring to an immediate end to the violence.
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ITAK takes over Trinco Town PS administration

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 01:54 GMT]
Nine members of the Trincomalee Town and Gravets Pradesiya Sabah (PS) took oaths Monday morning at the PS office located in Chelvanayakapuram in Uppuveli police division, about four km off north of port city. Mr.T.Thiruchenthilnathan, President of the Trincomalee Bar Association and Justice of Peace first administered oaths to the Chairman, Mr.Thangavelautham Kantharoopan followed by Mr.Vellaithamby Sureshkumar, Vice Chairman and other seven members.
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Grenade attack in Eravur, 2 policemen, 3 civilians wounded

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 17:34 GMT]
Two policemen and three civilians were wounded in a grenade attack on a police post at first division in Eravur Monday around 7:30 p.m.
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Alaiyadivembu PS urges government to hold talks with LTTE

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 16:56 GMT]
Alaiyadivembu Pradesiya Sabah (PS) at its first meeting held Monday morning unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the Government of Sri Lanka to conduct peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) with sincerity and without duplicity. The resolution further said the government should not adopt a hard-line policy in finding a lasting political solution to the Tamil national question, sources said.
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Expedite building permanent housing to Amparai refugees, appeals TNA MP

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 16:55 GMT]
Mr.K.Pathmanathan, Amparai district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Monday appealed to chairman and councilors of the Alaiyadivembu Pradesiya Sabah (PS) to work hard by exerting pressure on relevant authorities to construct permanent houses to resettle tsunami affected coastal families without any further delay, sources said.
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Trader abducted in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 16:37 GMT]
A Vavuniya trader was abducted by unidentified armed men riding in a white van around 8:15 p.m. at Pandarikulam in Vavuniya, Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian Vino Noharathalingam said.
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One Sinhalese killed in Seruvila, one Tamil escapes death in Muttur

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 16:25 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a Sinhalese person identified as Pushpakumara Monday afternoon around 1.30 p.m. in Block-C of Seruvila police division. Meanwhile, an attempt made by two unidentified persons to kill Mr.K.T.Ponnudurai, Grama Sevaka Niladhari of Pattithidal in Muttur police division around 3 p.m. Monday was foiled, Muttur police sources said.
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SLA soldiers open fire at civilian bus, 1 dead, 4 missing

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 15:27 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers opened fire on a mini bus killing it's civilian driver at Kanakampuliyady junction Monday around 7:15 p.m. The fate of at least four passengers is not known. Residents, who heard gunfire and screaming from the vehicle, expressed fear that all inside the bus were killed and the traces removed from the attack site. SLA sources on Monday claimed that four persons had run away from the bus.
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SLA soldier killed in Claymore attack in Thenmaradchi

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 14:00 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier was killed and another wounded in a Claymore ambush at Sarasalai Messalai border in Thenmaradachi division of Jaffna district around 5:00 p.m., Monday. All traffic through Kanakampuliyady junction remained closed as SLA soldiers were deployed in the area.
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Rights group questions appointments to Commissions

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 11:52 GMT]
Expressing dismay over the non-functioning Constitution Council for more than one year, the Civil Rights Movement (CRM) in a press release issued in Colombo Sunday said “Constitutional Council is a salutary step forward in the de-politicisation of crucial public institutions and the furthering of democracy,” and its functioning is “vital in a pluralist, complex and conflict-prone society.” The release also said that if press reports which say that “[SL President Mr Rajapakse] himself appointed members to the Public Service Commission and the National Police Commission,” are true, then these appointments are “unconstitutional and misguided.”
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SL President meets Muslim educators

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 11:41 GMT]
Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse met with members of the All Ceylon Muslims Educational Conference (AMEC) for discussions centering on issues faced by muslims in educations at the Presidents house Monday morning, Education officials in Colombo said.
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Two Homeguards, one Ex-LTTE cadre shot dead in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 11:29 GMT]
Two homeguards were shot dead in Thutuwewa Vavuniya at 11.30 a.m. and a former member of Liberation Tigers was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Maravankulam area Monday morning, sources from Vavuniya said.
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Civil society members meet SLA in Jaffna Bishop's House

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 10:35 GMT]
Representatives of the People's Committee for Peace and Goodwill (PCPG) and members of Jaffna NGOs consortium met with Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Senior officials at the House of Jaffna Bishop, Rev Fr Thomas Saundaranayagam at 11.30 a.m., Monday to explore ways to arrest the increasing violence in the district, civil society sources in Jaffna said.
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Ex-EPDP supporter shot dead in Kayts

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 10:22 GMT]
A former Vice President of the Kayts Pradesiya Sabah (PS) during the period when Kayts first came under the control of Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) was shot dead by unknown gunmen Thambatti area Sunday night, source from Kayts said. Nagamuttu Tharmarajah, 71, was appointed to the Kayts PS by the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) and a well known supporter of the EPDP, sourced added.
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Gunmen kill education office employee in Valaichenai

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 07:22 GMT]
Paramilitary gunmen who entered the Education Office in Valaichenai shot and killed Mr. Kanagaratnam Lingeswaran, 29, a clerk from Vaharai Education Office, around 10:45 a.m., civilian sources said. The gunmen who shot the victim with handgun were covering their faces with helmets. Another official, Mr. A. Nagalingam, 53, was wounded in gunfire, education officials said.
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Two youths killed in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 06:38 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troopers gunned down a youth and another was reported killed in a blast that took place around 7:30 a.m., Monday, when SLA soldiers detected a Claymore attack on Thivu Road in Vantharumoolai, police said. SLA sources have claimed that the youths killed were attackers. An SLA soldier was wounded. An ambush on an SLA patrol was also reported at 10:30 a.m. at 18th Mile Post on Batticaloa - Valaichenai Road, no casulties were reported.
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Bridge bomb explodes in Nelliyadi

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 05:50 GMT]
A bomb fixed under a bridge exploded on Nelliyadi - Pointpedro Road at 7:15 a.m. Monday. No casualties were reported, police said. All traffic remained blocked for more than an hour, civilian sources said. Nelliyadi remains tense since Saturday when two auto-rikshaw drivers were shot and killed in a terror campaign targeting auto-rickshaw drivers in Jaffna.
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SLA deep penetration attacks increase in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 05:15 GMT]
Ilayathamby Balasubramaniam, 54, was seriously injured and his lorry severely damaged Sunday around 12.30 p.m. in a claymore explosion triggered by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) deep penetration unit in Vavuniya north, 7 miles east of A9 highway , in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled area in the Vavuniya district, said sources from Vavuniya.
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SLN fire injures Vadamaradchi fisherman

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 April 2006, 03:58 GMT]
"The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) harassment on fishermen in Northern waters has escalated in the last several weeks. Unprovoked attacks on the fishermen are forcing us to find ways to protect ourselves. The only way open for us is to seek the assistance from the Liberation Tigers," said James Venisles 41, who was injured when SLN troopers from Dvora gun boat fired at fishermen, fishing in the Kadaikadu sea in Vadamarachchi east Saturday 8 a.m.
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Sinhala village attacked in Morawewa, 5 killed, 6 reported missing

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 April 2006, 16:43 GMT]
Five persons were killed, four injured and six others were reported missing, all Sinhalese, when a group of gangsters attacked a suburb Kallampathai in Gomarankadawela village in Morawewa police division along Trincomalee-Anuradhapura main road, 33 km northwest of Trincomalee town Sunday evening.
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Jaffna ice-cream vendor injured by gunfire

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 April 2006, 15:02 GMT]
S. Kajendran, 25, an ice-cream seller was seriously injured when gunmen fired at the van he was travelling in at the Natchimar Kovil area in Jaffna-KKS road at 7 p.m. Sunday, sources said. The driver and his front-seat passenger said that the gunfire was from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers who were stationed near the junction.
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Colombo ‘in a military mindset’ – Balasingham

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 April 2006, 13:50 GMT]
With Sri Lanka’s government refusing to disarm Army-backed paramilitaries whose ‘shadow war’ against the LTTE is spiralling into increasingly cycles of revenge killings, the Ceasefire Agreement is ‘falling apart,’ the LTTE's Chief Negotiator and Political Strategist, Anton Balasingham, said this week. Colombo’s support for the paramilitaries and the escalated repression against Tamil civilians in government-controlled areas of the Northeast means "we can safely assume that Rajapakse administration has not given up the military option," he told The Sunday Leader newspaper.
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Armed robberies rise in Eravur

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 April 2006, 13:49 GMT]
Two armed robberies by masked men in Vantharumoolai and motocycle and bicycle thefts in Rameshpuram, Thalavai and Armugathankudiyiruppu in the Eravur police division in Batticaloa have been reported to Eravur police Saturday.
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LTTE sentry attacked in Vavunathivu, 3 wounded

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 April 2006, 12:48 GMT]
Three Liberation Tigers cadres who were repairing the bunkers at LTTE controlled Vavunathivu were wounded in Sri Lanka Army soldiers gun and mortar fire, alleged LTTE's Political Head of Batticaloa District, Mr. Daya Mohan.
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Attacks on Police, STF escalate in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 April 2006, 10:27 GMT]
Unidentified attackers lobbed a grenade into the police checkpost located in front of the Batticaloa Police Headquarters wounding a Sub Inspector, a sergeant and a Police Constable around 11:50 a.m., Police said. Another police sergeant was wounded in a grenade attack Saturday night at Navalkuda police sentry in Kalmunai in Batticaloa district.
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Two SLA soldiers wounded in gunfire in Welikanda

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 April 2006, 09:57 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were wounded when unidentified gunmen launched an ambush attack on an SLA checkpost at Vadamuani, 6 km southeast of Welikanda Sunday around 6:30 a.m. Welikanda police said.
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Gunnmen target auto-rickshaw owners, another killed

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 April 2006, 09:50 GMT]
An auto-rickshaw owner was shot dead by gunmen at Irupalai junction on the Jaffna-Pt.Pedro main road, around 1 p.m., Sunday. "The victim was sitting inside his vehicle. He was chased by the assailants when he tried to escape. He was shot and killed near Vairavar temple. Sri Lanka Army soldiers were standing by," an eyewitness told TamilNet. The SLA has a large camp about 100 metres from the junction. In a seperate incident, a former member of the PLOTE, Amirthanathan Kennady,35, was gunned down at Navanthurai, in Jaffna, around noon, Sunday.
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Funeral of Kanniya Tamil youth held

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 April 2006, 08:22 GMT]
Kanniya resettled Tamil community plunged into deep grief and sorrow when the funeral of seventeen year old Pakkiaraja Baskaran alias Batchcha, a member of a resettled family was held Sunday morning in the Kanniya cemetery. SLA soldiers took the youth into custody Friday evening. Later he was shot and killed allegedly by SLA soldiers, civil sources said.
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Colombo expects EU to ban LTTE

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 April 2006, 07:46 GMT]
Head of Sri Lanka Government's Peace Secretariat, Dr. Palitha Kohona told media in Colombo that the EU was considering imposing a ban on the LTTE. Responding to a question at a press conference held at the Sri Lankan Information Department Sunday morning, Dr. Kohona, said that the "recent conduct" of the LTTE is a minus point for the Tigers as the EU was evaluating the events taking place in the North and East.
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Three Tamil youths killed in Trinco

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 April 2006, 05:38 GMT]
A Tamil youth was shot dead at Kappalthurai, a Tamil village in the Chinabay police division, Sunday morning. Meanwhile, bodies of two Tamil youths were found with gunshot injuries at Poddankadu in Kantalai, Sunday. According to villagers, the victims were among the the five Tamil youths who had come to Kantalai from Muttur, Saturday, to meet representatives of Insurance Company and were detained by Sri Lankan Government armed forces.
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Trinco violence damage to businesses said Rs 152m

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 21:10 GMT]
Mr.R.Rajarammohan, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Trincomalee District (CCITD) in a report to the Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Bank states that the loss incurred to thirty two business houses in April 12 violence is Rs: 1,52,233,002, sources said. SME Bank comes under the Investment Promotion and National Enterprise Ministry.
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Vavuniya trader shot dead

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 15:07 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a shop owner at Veppankulam, 2.6 km northwest of Vavuniya Saturday at 7:55 p.m.
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Two policemen injured in grenade attack in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 14:11 GMT]
Two policemen were seriously injured when unidentified persons lobbed a grenade at the police checkpoint at Anuradhapura junction in the Anpuvallipuram area, a suburb of Trincomalee town in the Trincomalee district Saturday around 7 p.m.
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Claymore blast hits Buffel APC, 2 SLA soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 13:29 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Army soldiers were killed and 6 wounded when a Buffel Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) was hit by a claymore blast at Kalmadu in Vavuniya around 5.30. p.m., Saturday, SLA sources said.
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Two auto-rickshaw drivers shot dead in Nelliady

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 13:01 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen riding in a motorbike shot dead two owners of auto-rikshaws, at the central bus stand in Nelliady, Vadamaradchy at 5 p.m. Saturday, sources in Jaffna said. Subramaniam Vaseekaran, alias Kannan, one of the two killed, is the current President of the Vadamaradchy branch Auto-rickshaw Owners Union, civil sources said. Relatives and witnesses accuse the Sri Lanka Army and collaborating paramilitaries for carrying out the killing.
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Kanniya shocked over youth's killing

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 12:31 GMT]
Resettled families in Kanniya, a traditional Tamil village in Trincomalee are shocked over the killing of 17 year-old Tamil youth Pakkiaraja Baskaran alias Batchcha allegedly by soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Friday nigh, civil sources said. His body was recovered near Barathipuram located close to Mihindupra Saturday morning,
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Two civilians killed in Mannar claymore attack

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 12:26 GMT]
Two Tamil civilians were killed in the LTTE controlled area in Mannar district Saturday afternoon around 2.30 p.m., when their motorbike hit a claymore mine fixed in a tree by Deep Penetration Unit of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and collaborating paramilitaries. They were traveling from Pandivirichchan to Aandankulam to their worksite where they were employed as masons, sources said.
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SLA Major killed, Claymore ambush in Welikanda

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 08:30 GMT]
A Major rank Sri Lanka Army official and an SLA soldier were killed and five SLA soldiers wounded when their pickup vehicle was ambushed with a Claymore mine at Welikanda in Batticaloa-Polonnaruwa border Saturday around 1:00 p.m. SLA officials in Colombo said.
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SLA soldier killed, one wounded in Vavuniya Claymore attack

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 06:20 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) solder was killed and another soldier sustained minor wounds when three claymore mines targeted at an SLA road patrol at Thevapuram, 7 km north of Vavuniya Saturday around 10:00 a.m. exploded, Sri Lanka Army sources in Vavuniya said.
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Tamil woman shot dead, husband wounded in Chinabay

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 03:21 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen shot dead Kanthasamy Nallammah, aged 49, Friday night at Kavatikudah, a Tamil resettled village in the Chinabay police division between Samanpura and Thaniyagama, police sources said. Her husband Pasupathipillai Kanthasamy, aged 50, was sustained gunshot injuries and has been admitted to the Trincomalee general hospital, medical sources said.
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SLN orders Demining Group to leave Jaffna islets

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 02:23 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) command in Jaffna islets has ordered the Danish Demining Group (DDG) and its work force to immediately stop demining activities and leave the islets, civil society sources said. The DDG has moved with its workers from its offices in Kayts and have relocated to Jaffna town, DDG officials said.
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Body of Tamil youth found in Barathipuram

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 01:58 GMT]
The body of a Tamil youth with gunshot injuries was found near Barathipuram, close to Mihindapura along Trincomalee- Anuradhapura road about 4 km off northwest of Trincomalee town Saturday morning around 6 a.m. by the Uppuveli Police officers who were on a road patrol, police sources said. The Uppuveli Police immediately removed the body to the Trincomalee general hospital mortuary.
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Local NGOs distribute relief to affected Trinco traders

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 01:42 GMT]
Tamil Rehabilitation (TRO) and Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service (LEADS) Friday distributed one hundred thousand rupees worth food and household materials to affected traders whose businesses in the bazaar of east port city were affected by violence on April 12 evening following a bomb explosion. The Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Trincomalee District had said the attack on businesses of Tamils and Muslims was a pre-mediated, sources said.
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Eastern Muslims protest against PAFFREL Chairman

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 01:37 GMT]
Several hundred Muslims Friday held demonstrations in Kalmunaikudi, Maruthamunai, Sammanthurai and Ninthavur in the Amparai district after Jumma prayers against Mr. Kingsley Rodrigo, Chairman of the People Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) for making a statement that armed groups are functioning in the Muslim community. PAFFREL Director Rodrigo had not withdrawn the statement yet but has only expressed his regret if the statement had hurt the feelings of the Muslim community, organisors said.
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ITAK local heads abstain from conference, cite security reasons

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 April 2006, 01:30 GMT]
Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the Urban Council and four Pradesiya Sabahs controlled by the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) in the districts of Amparai and Trincomalee, citing security resons, did not attend the national level meeting, convened by Sri Lanka's President, for all heads and deputy heads of local government authorities elected in the elections held on March 30, sources said.
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Sri Lankan trooper succumbs to injuries

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 April 2006, 18:20 GMT]
A Sri Lankan soldier attached to Batticaloa military base succumbed to serious injuries Friday around 2.45 p.m. at Colombo National Hospital where he was admitted after being injured in the claymore blast Monday at Korakallimadu, Kiran in Batticaloa, Eravur police said.
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Houses burn, as Tamil villagers flee in Muttur

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 April 2006, 17:17 GMT]
Fourteen houses, eight shops, one tractor, five two-wheel tractors, three motorbikes belonging to Tamil people in Menkamam and adjacent Tamil villages in Seruvila division were burnt down by Sinhala thugs following the two claymore mine attacks on Sri Lanka government forces Friday morning and afternoon. Sinhala mobs forcibly entered Tamil houses in these villages, ransacked the houses and looted jewellery from Tamil women. Hundreds of Tamil families have started fleeing for safety seeking refuge elsewhere, sources from Killiveddy said.
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Pre-planned element behind Trinco violence - fact finding report

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 April 2006, 12:52 GMT]
The 15-minutes speed, with which the violence in Trincomalee town was triggered on 12th April, after a bomb explosion that killed five persons, indicate that there was an "element of pre-planning," said a report issued by Colombo based civil society representatives Friday. The report said over 20 civilians were killed, over 30 shops and 100 homes destroyed and more than 3000 persons are displaced seeking refuge in schools and places of worship in Trincomalee.
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Onus on Colombo to create cordial atmosphere - Thamilchelvan

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 April 2006, 12:26 GMT]
Accusing Sri Lanka Government of reneging on providing established modes of travel, and proposing impractical travel procedure that showed scant respect for the security of the Senior commanders of the Liberation Tigers, the Head of LTTE Political Wing, S.P. Thamilchelvan in an interview to TamilNet Thursday said that violence is likely to spiral out of control if Sri Lankan forces do not urgently stop killing Tamil civilians in NorthEast.
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Man killed in Vauniya claymore explosion

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 April 2006, 11:16 GMT]
A businessman from Vavuniya was killed in a claymore explosion at 9.30 a.m. Friday morning, LTTE Political Office in Vavuniya said. Mr M Kandasamy, a trader in Palmyrah and Coconut products, and a father of six children, was killed in the jungle area between Puthur and Navvi villages in Vavuniya North, according to sources.
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Body washed ashore at Kallady beach

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 April 2006, 11:08 GMT]
Kathankudy police, recovered the body of a middle-aged male at Kallady beach in Batticaloa Thursday night around 7.30 p.m, said Kathankudy police. The police estimated the age of the deceased to be around 35 years.
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Another claymore blast in Seruvila, 2 policemen killed

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 April 2006, 10:59 GMT]
Two policemen were killed and two others were injured when a claymore mine hit a police jeep at Thanganagar village in Seruvila division in Trincomalee district around 2:00 p.m., Friday. A mob attack killed one person and burnt five houses in the Tamil village Menkaman after the first claymore attack in Seruvila where a homeguard was killed and a policeman was wounded Friday morning. The Claymore attack in the Sinhala settlement Friday morning was believed to be a retaliation for the killing of a Tamil youth Thursday. Another Tamil was reported missing since Thursday in Trincomalee.
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Muslim man shot dead, spouse injured in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 April 2006, 10:28 GMT]
Unknown gunmen forced their entry into the home of a muslim couple in the Manipuram area of Vavuniya and shot dead the muslim owner of the house at 8 p.m. Thursday, sources in Vavuniya said. His wife also sustained gunshot wounds and was admitted to the Vavuniya Teaching Hospital, medical sources said.
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Sinhala mob attacks Menakamam villagers, one killed

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 April 2006, 09:03 GMT]
A Tamil farmer was hacked to death and several houses were set on fire when Sinhala thugs armed with knives and clubs attacked villagers of Menkamam, a traditional Tamil village in the Seruvila division in Trincomalee, Friday, police in the eastern port town said. The mob went on a rampage following a clay more attack in which a home guard was killed and a policeman was injured, Friday morning at 58th colony, Dehiwatte, in Trincomalee.
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Home guard killed in Claymore attack in Trinco settlement

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 April 2006, 05:45 GMT]
A home guard was killed and a policeman was injured in a claymore mine attack at 58th colony, Dehiwatte, in Trincomalee district Friday around 8.40 a.m., Police said. Thugs armed with swords knifed a man to death after the attack, initial reports said. Tension prevails in the area. The Claymore attack comes after a Tamil youth was shot and killed on Thursday.
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Rights body reports 62 deaths, disappearances in NorthEast

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 April 2006, 03:28 GMT]
NorthEast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR) in a report released Sunday has listed details of 62 killings and disappearances of Tamil civilians by the Sri Lanka security forces and collaborating paramilitaries in the NorthEast during the last seven weeks.
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Verugal PS councilors take oaths

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 20:08 GMT]
The only local government institution, Verugal Pradesiya Sabah (PS) in the Liberation Tigers controlled area in the Trincomalee district began functioning with effect from Wednesday when all seven councilors of the PS returned uncontested in the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) ticket took oaths before a Justice of Peace in the presence of Mr.S.Elilan, LTTE Trincomalee district political head. Mr.Puratchi, Trincomalee head of the Thamileelam Students Department hoisted the Thamileelam National Flag, sources said.
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UC Chairman wants rule of law to prevail in Trinco town

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 20:00 GMT]
"Trincomalee Urban Council would take every step to strengthen the rule of law as a critical pre-rquisite to promote social and political order within our local administrative area. Local Government Ordinance will be the basis for this focus," said Mr. S.Gowrimuhunthan, Chairman of the Trincomalee UC in his first address to the people and ratepayers of the east port town Thursday morning soon after he took over of the administration, sources said.
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Youth shot dead by SLA in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 19:40 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers shot and killed a Tamil youth, Thursday morning near Kanniay village during a road patrol, sources said. The body is lying in Trincomalee hospital and has not been identified yet, hospital sources said. Meanwhile, a civilian has gone missing and another youth shot and injured by unknown gunmen in a separate incident in Trincomalee between Wednesday evening and Thursday, sources said.
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ITAK officials take oaths in three Amparai Councils

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 19:36 GMT]
The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) took control of three Pradesiya Sabahs, Alaiyadivembu, Thirukovil and Karaitivu in Amparai district Thursday. Mr.Kanagasabai Pathmanathan, Amparai District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian with Mr.M.S. Peer Mohamed Thamby administered oaths to the newly elected councilors of these PS in separate events the same day, sources said.
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ITAK administration in Trinco UC begins

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 15:09 GMT]
Mr. S.Gowrimuhunthan of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) Thursday took oath as the Chairman of the twelve-member Trincomalee Urban Council and Mr. Kanthasamy Selvarajah Vice-Chairman. Mr.K.Sivapalan, senior attorney-at-law administered oaths to all the twelve members of the Trincomalee UC in Tamil language at an event held in Trincomalee Town Hall in the presence of religious leaders of all the four faiths, sources said.
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Canadian Tamils call for stern action against Colombo

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 15:01 GMT]
In a press conference held Tuesday April 18th, at the Delta Toronto East Hotel in Toronto, the Trincomalee Welfare Association (TWA) urged the Government of Canada to condemn the ethnically motivated violence on Tamil civilians in Trincomalee last week, and "to take stern measures against the Sri Lankan government for its continued failure to comply with the Ceasefire Agreement."
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Memorial for civilians killed in war opened in Kilinochchi

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 11:45 GMT]
"Innocent Tamils are being killed even now by the Sri Lanka armed forces and the paramilitary groups working with them. Erecting a monument in memory of the innocents alone is insufficient. Ending wanton killings is the need of the hour," said S. Thangan unveiling the plaque Wednesday, on the monument erected in remembrance of civilians killed by the Sri Lanka armed forces and the Indian Peace Keeping Force, at Kanthapuram junction in Akkarayan Kilinochchi district.
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"Non-violent struggle will not work," says student leader

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 11:31 GMT]
"Annai Poopathy, reverently remembered today at the eighteenth anniversary of her fasting to death for the liberation of the Tamils, shines like a beacon to all of us, as dark clouds of war gather fast in our skies," said Vijayaroopan, president Jaffna University Student Union (JUSU), Wednesday at the memorial day observance held in the Jaffna University. He was one of several speakers at the Annai Poopathy memorial day observed in the districts of the NorthEast.
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Fish-trader shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 10:24 GMT]
Two unknown gunmen shot dead a fish-trader who ran fish market in Chulipuram in Valikamam Southwest in Jaffna district around 9:00 a.m. Thursday. The gunmen arrived in a motorbike, requested the trader to come out of the building, and escaped after shooting the trader at close range. This is the 17th killing to take place in Jaffna within a period of one week, media sources in Jaffna said.
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LTTE reiterates stand, says GoSL responsible for stalemate

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 10:04 GMT]
Political Head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on Thursday reiterated LTTE's stand on safe travel of their eastern special commanders Col. Sornam and Col. Bhanu in preparation to the second session of the talks in Geneva, when he met the Norwegian Special Envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer at LTTE's Political Secretariat in Kilinochchi Thursday. The participation of the Tigers in Geneva Talks is entirely dependent upon GoSL, Thamilchelvan told the Norwegian Envoy, LTTE sources in Kilinochchi said.
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Attacks on Sri Lankan forces escalate in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 09:22 GMT]
Three claymore attacks targetting Sri Lankan forces were reported Thursday morning in Batticaloa. Two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were wounded in one attack in Urani where a claymore mine was fixed to a boat, Police said.
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EPDP cadre gunned down in Batticaloa market

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 04:58 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a senior paramilitary cadre of Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) at Batticaloa public market around 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Batticaloa police said.
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Two bodies with bullet, cut wounds found in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 03:19 GMT]
Two bodies with severe cut wounds and gunshot injuries were found Thursday morning around 6 a.m. in Kuttinagar area in Maharambaikulam Vavuniya by local residents, sources in Vavuniya said. The faces were covered with black cloth and gagged with duct tape, according to sources.
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Aussie TV exposes paramilitary presence in SLA controlled areas in East

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 April 2006, 02:31 GMT]
Australia's Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Television’s Dateline program aired for the first time video footage from a training camp of paramilitaries from Karuna Group operating from Government controlled territory in Batticaloa. In the same program, Mr Gothabaya Rajapakse, the Sri Lankan Secretary of Defence and the brother of SL President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse, denies any knowledge of existence of paramilitaries. Previously, Mr Gothabaya Rajapakse had claimed that Sri Lanka forces could win a war against Tigers with Karuna Group's support.
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CFA teaches belated political lesson to UPFA, says UNP MP

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 21:01 GMT]
United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene, addressing a UNP press conference Wednesday in Colombo said that those in power in Sri Lanka today are facing the political reality and learning a hard lesson that proper implementation of the Cease Fire Agreement is a critical prerequisite if efforts to find solutions to the national problem are to make progress.
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Jaffna trader shot dead

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 19:23 GMT]
Two motorbike riding gunmen shot and killed a shop owner at Kondavil junction, 7 km northeast of Jaffna town around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.
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Tuberculosis awareness program held in Mulangavil

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 17:42 GMT]
Tamileelam Health Services (THS) organized a Tuberculosis awareness program in Iranaimathanagar, Mulangavil in Kilinochchi district sponsored by International Organization for Migration (IOM), sources in Kilinochchi said.
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Canada ban on LTTE brings war nearer - paper

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 13:09 GMT]
By emboldening the hardliners in the Sri Lankan regime and the Sinhala nationalists who support it and, by destabilizing the balance of forces underpinning the peace process, proscriptions of the LTTE , such as Canada’s, are making war more, not less, likely, the Tamil Guardian newspaper warned Wednesday. “These forces will undoubtedly feel vindicated by the Canadian decision and take it, not unreasonably, as support for their uncompromising positions on the ethnic questions,” the expatriate fortnightly said.
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International Association of Tamil Journalists formed in UK

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 12:41 GMT]
"Uniting all Tamil journalists of the world in a single organisation is the aim of the International Association of Tamil Journalists (IATJ)," said Ms. Ananthy Sooriyapragasam, the former senior programme organisor of the BBC Tamil Service, inaugurating the International Association of Tamil Journalists (IATJ) in London.
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Grenade attack injures Batticaloa teen

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 11:00 GMT]
Gunam Gunaseelan, 17, was injured in a grenade attack by unknown assailants near Arasady junction in Batticaloa at 8.40 p.m., Tuesday, sources in Batticaloa said. Gunaseelan was admitted to the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital, hospital sources said.
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Trincomalee UC to function from Thursday

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 10:56 GMT]
Elected administration of the Trincomalee Urban Council is to function from Thursday morning with Mr.Shanmugarajah Gowrimuhunthan and Mr. Kanthasamy Selvarajah of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) taking oaths as Chairman and Vice-Chairman respectively, local government sources in Trincomalee said.
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Korean national injured in Vavuniya claymore blast

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 10:25 GMT]
Lan Lee, a 51 years old Korean citizen, was injured when the pickup truck he was travelling at the Vavuniya Aluthgama junction came under claymore attack at 12 noon Wednesday, sources in Vavuniya said. He was taken to Vavuniya teaching hospital, but his injuries are not life threatening, hospital sources said.
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Blast injures 2 SLN sailors in Mannar

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 07:08 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Navy personnel were wounded in a blast at Vankalaipadu on the A-14 main road, around 11 a.m., Wednesday. The sailors were travelling in a bowzer, initital reports from Mannar said.
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Five civilians shot and killed by SLA soldiers in Puthur East, Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 April 2006, 03:11 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers shot and killed five Tamil civilians Tuesday night close to an SLA 51-1 Division camp located at Vatharavathai, 13 km north-east of Jaffna. The soldiers took the five civilians, a Municipal Council official, an electrical mechanic, a farmer and two auto-rikshaw drivers, into their camp and later brought them out to an open terrain and gunned them down, villagers said. A terror-campaign, let loose on the civilians in Puthur in October 2005, when the villagers spoiled a rape attempt by the soldiers, triggered a series of Claymore attacks in Jaffna. Tuesday's killings come a few hours after Australia commending Colombo for "not retaliating in kind."
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Half a century of violence against Tamils still continues, says Nadesan

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 16:26 GMT]
"What happens in Trincomalee now is only a continuation of the state terrorism that began fifty years ago. Now it has become customary for the law enforcement arms of the Sri Lankan government to openly assist and join the Sinhala nationalist thugs in the violence against Tamils," said Thamileelam Police Chief Mr. B. Nadesan, participating in a ceremony held Sunday 7. a.m to mark the graduation of a new group of police officers, in an undisclosed venue in Vanni, sources from Kilinochchi said.
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Sammanthurai PS Chairman takes oaths

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 16:07 GMT]
New elected twelve-member Sammanthurai Pradesiya Council (PS) in the Amparai district began functioning from Tuesday with Mr. M.I.M.Mansoor taking oaths as the Chairman and Mr.M.Thambikandu as his deputy. Mr. Hassan Ali, Parliamentarian and the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) administered oaths for the eight members of the SLMC elected to the council in the United National Party ticket. Four members of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) were absent, sources said.
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Paramilitary cadres gun down mason worker in Mavadivembu

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 16:01 GMT]
Paramilitary gunmen shot and killed a 23-years old mason at Mavadivembu Monday evening around 6:30 p.m. at his mother's house while he was having a meal. Mavadivembu is located 22 km northwest of Batticaloa town.
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New left political group to be inaugurated in Colombo

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 15:59 GMT]
A new political formation in the south is to be inaugurated on Thursday with the name "Socialist Peoples' Alliance" (SPA). The Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), Sri Lanka Communist Party (SLCP), Sri Lanka Peoples Party (SLPP), National Liberation Peoples Party (DVPP) and Democratic Leftist Front (DLF) have joined in the new political formation, political sources said.
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SL President to address heads, deputies of MC, UC, and PS

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 15:58 GMT]
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse is to address all heads and deputy heads of 266 local government institutions including Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradesiya Councils elected at March 30 elections on April 21 at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), sources in Colombo said.
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Australia condemns recent violence in Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 11:53 GMT]
In a media release issued Tuesday in Colombo, the Australian Govnernment strongly condemned the "recent violence in Sri Lanka, particularly the attacks on Sri Lankan security forces personnel and civilians in the north and east," and expressed similar condemnation to the "murder in Trincomalee on 7 April of the Tamil political figure Mr V. Vigneswaran."
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Germany supports modern fish marketing in the North

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 11:47 GMT]
The German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) donated six cooler trucks and six crew cab vehicles as part of its assistance towards the recovery of fishing industry in the NorthEast, a press release issued by the GTZ in Colombo Tuesday said.
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Youth shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 11:06 GMT]
Unknown gunmen shot dead a 27-year old youth in Koyathottam area near Jaffna town at 4 p.m. Tuesday, sources in Jaffna said. Balachandran Reginald Rosan from 1st Cross street was visiting his grandmother's house located in Puthu Veethi, Koyathottam, when the gunmen entered the residence and shot him in close range, sources added.
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Mutilated bodies of three civilians found in Puliyankulam

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 07:50 GMT]
Three civilians who went hunting into Periyamadu jungle last Thursday from Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled Puliyankulam were found dead Monday, Tamileelam Police officials said. Villagers in the area have seen five men wearing dark clothes, leaving the Periyamadu jungle towards no-man zone last Friday, according to the police officials. The victims died of blood loss caused by cut wounds, according to coroner's report. Periyamadu jungle is located 7 km north of the SLA checkpost in Omanthai.
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Three paramilitary cadres killed, one captured - LTTE

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 06:03 GMT]
Three paramilitary cadres who were on a penetration mission into the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam controlled area in Pendukalsenai, west of Kiran in Batticaloa district, were killed when Tigers launched a counter-attack on the attack group, LTTE's Kudumbimalai area coordinator Oliyan told media Tuesday. One paramilitary cadre was captured by the LTTE.
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Body found in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 05:10 GMT]
The body of a young man, with his hands tied behind and blindfolded, was found at Mathavuvaithakulam, in Vavuniya, Tuesday. Vavuniya Police said the man was knifed to death.
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Annai Poopathi death anniversary final event begins in Muttur east

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 00:40 GMT]
The final three-day of death anniversary of Annai Poopathi who fast to death demanding the Indian government to stop war against Liberation Tigers and to hold talks with them, began in Ganeshapuram Central College in Muttur east Monday. Hundreds of women observed a day of fasting in memory of Annai Poopathi. Annai Poopathi passed away after a month long fasting on April 19, eighteen years ago.
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Trinco bank employees boycott work demanding security

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 April 2006, 00:30 GMT]
Employees of all branches of State and private sector banks in Trincomalee town did not report for work on Monday in protest to the attack on their branch offices and damages caused to their vehicles parked in the office premises and demanding security guarantee for them to return to work. Their boycott would continue until security for their lives and their properties in their workplace, Bank Employees Union spokesman in Trincomalee said.
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Grenade attack, SLA soldiers open fire at Poonthottam, Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 April 2006, 18:05 GMT]
A Sri Lanka policeman was killed and two wounded when unidentified attackers lobbed a grenade into a Sri Lanka Army and Police checkpost in Poonthottam, Vavuniya at 9:30 p.m. Monday. SLA soldiers and policemen opened fire and blocked all traffic. Telephone lines remained cut in the area. Tension prevailed in the area following the incident.
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Curfew re-imposed in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 April 2006, 16:21 GMT]
Curfew was re-imposed in three police divisions, Trincomalee town, Uppuveli and Chinabay in the Trincomalee with effect from 6 p.m. from Monday till Tuesday 6 a.m. The police said the curfew has been imposed as a precautionary measure. Earlier today, police and Sri Lanka Army personnel cordoned off and conducted a house-to-house search in Varothiayanagar, a Tamil suburb about 3 km. north of the eastern port town. About 50 Tamil residents were detained for questioning.
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Newly carved out Navithanveli PS office opened

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 April 2006, 14:54 GMT]
Mr.Kanagasabai Pathmanathan, Amparai district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Monday declared open the administrate office of the newly carved out Navithanveli Pradesiya Sabah (PS) in the Amparai district. The election to the Navithanveli PS is to be held on 20 May.
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2000 Tamils seek refuge in Kappalthurai School

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 April 2006, 14:34 GMT]
About two thousand members from four hundred Tamil families of resettled Tamil village Kappalthurai have sought refuge in Kappalthurai government Tamil school. They fled from their houses when soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army assaulted some of them following the claymore mine blast that killed three troopers of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Saturday night, sources said.
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Santhiveli youth shot dead

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 April 2006, 10:17 GMT]
Mr. Easan, 24, from Santhiveli, was shot dead by paramilitaries belonging to Karuna Group inside his home at 2.30 p.m. Monday, local residents who witnessed gunmen arriving in a car said.
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Youths shot, injured by gunmen in Valaichenai

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 April 2006, 09:09 GMT]
Unidentified attackers riding in a van shot two youths in front of Karuvakerni school, 32 km north of Batticaloa town Monday around 9:45 a.m., Police said. Karuvakerni, a vilage on the outskirts of the Valaichenai town, has come under increased threats by paramilitary cadres.
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Claymore attack targets SLAF vehicle in Batticaloa, 4 wounded

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 April 2006, 08:31 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) personnel, a SLAF officer's wife and her daughter, were wounded when a SLAF vehicle in a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) convoy was hit by a Claymore mine Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Korakallimadu in Kiran, police said.
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Another Thenmaradchi trader shot and killed

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 April 2006, 08:11 GMT]
Four gunmen riding in two motorbikes entered an electric shop located on A9 Road at Meesalai in Thenmaradchi and gunned down Mr. Ramalingam Sakilan, 30, the owner of the shop, around 11:30 a.m., Monday. The gunmen were wearing military uniforms. Around 15 SLA soldiers were standing outside the shop blocking civilian traffic when the killing took place. Tamil traders are being targetted by SLA operated gunmen in retaliation to the escalating Claymore attacks, civilian sources said.
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Young boy succumbs to Claymore shock wounds

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 April 2006, 05:19 GMT]
A 16-year old boy, who was standing outside his house succumbed to his shock wounds, caused by a Claymore mine explosion outside his house in Chavakacheri. A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier was wounded in the explosion. Two civilians were wounded when SLA soldiers opened fire after the explosion, civilian sources said. The Claymore explosion took place, 200 meters from the SLA Chavakacheri Command (52 Division) on Post office road in Chavakachcheri, around 9 a.m., Monday.
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4 SLA troopers killed in Claymore attack in Vavuniya, 11 wounded

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 April 2006, 04:24 GMT]
Four Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed and 10 wounded when a Claymore mine fixed to a three-wheeler parked along the Vavuniya-Mannar road at Veppankulam, 2.6 km nortwest of Vavuniya targetted an SLA vehicle, police sources in Vavuniya said. A civilian was also wounded in the attack that took place around 8:50 a.m., Monday. The soldiers at the site opened fire for more than 10 minutes and the road remained blocked for all traffic, civilian sources said.
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Talks possible only after hurdles are cleared - Thamilchelvan

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 April 2006, 16:32 GMT]
LTTE Political Head S.P.Thamilchelvan on Sunday, in a letter to the Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar, informed that LTTE will not attend the Geneva Talks until the hurdles in front of the the LTTE to attend Geneva talks were removed and a more conducive enviornment created. He expressed the critical need for the LTTE leadership in Vanni to meet the eastern commanders before any future talks, and accused Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) for "acting in a manner that threatened the safety of LTTE commanders," thereby forcing the LTTE to cancel the sea-transport arrangement.
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Kinniya, Muttur Council chairmen take oaths

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 April 2006, 16:28 GMT]
Mr.M.A.M.Salihu, Attorney-at-Law of the United National Party (UNP), took oaths as the Chairman of the newly created Kinniya Urban Council (UC), Mr.K.M.Thowfeek, leader of the Independent Group 1 took as the Chairman of Muttur PS, and Mr.A.C.Kaniyoon of the UNP took oaths as Chairman of Kinniya PS Saturday, sources said.
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Twelve-hour police curfew imposed in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 April 2006, 16:22 GMT]
Twelve-hour curfew was clamped on three police divisions of the Trincomalee district, Trincomalee town, Uppuveli and Chinabay with effect from Sunday evening at 6 p.m. to Monday morning 6 a.m. Earlier two divisions, Trincomalee and Uppuveli were brought under curfew. The Chinabay police division has been brought under curfew following reports that some members of resettled Tamil families in Kappalthurai were assaulted by soldiers of the Sri Lanka Navy following a claymore mine attack on Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) personnel Saturday night.
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Mannar curfew lifted after three hours

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 April 2006, 16:20 GMT]
The curfew imposed in Mannar with effect from 5 p.m. Sunday evening till morning Monday was lifted after three hours around 8 p.m. the same day. The curfew was imposed to detect claymore mines brought by militants into the town, Mannar Police said.
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"Upsurging Force" claims responsibility for Mattuvil, Vavuniya attacks

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 April 2006, 15:48 GMT]
Local media in Jaffna received faxed messages Sunday from "Upsurging Peoples' Force," claiming responsibility for the claymore attack near Vavuniya Joseph camp on Saturday where five Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed and ten wounded. The clandestine force operating in Sri Lanka Army controlled areas, also claimed responsibility for a claymore attack Sunday morning in Mattuvil where one SLA trooper was killed and another injured, media sources in Jaffna said.
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TRO supplies dry ration to Trincomalee victims

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 April 2006, 11:09 GMT]
Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in Trincomalee district Sunday commenced distributing dry ration relief to Tamil families who have sought refuge in schools and public buildings in the suburbs of east port town. About two hundred and fifty Tamil families fled in the Friday violence sought refuge in Anpuvallipuram Kalaimagal Vidiyalayam and Varothiayanagar Barati Vidiyalayam as thugs burned down their houses with other properties.
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Attack on NGO office in Trincomalee condemned

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 April 2006, 11:07 GMT]
Pattalipuram Poonchcholai Peoples Development Organization (PPDO) in Muttur east Sunday in a statement said that it condemned the attack on the office of the Trincomalee District Youth Development Aham (TDYDA), a non-governmental organization functioning in the district for the last nine years and implementing humanitarian development projects in areas where the government has failed to provide such assistance.
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Mannar comes under dusk to dawn curfew

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 April 2006, 10:55 GMT]
Mannar town has been brought under twelve-hour police curfew with effect from 5 p.m. Sunday evening too 5 a.m.Monday. Mannar Police through public address system informed the people of Mannar Sunday afternoon around 4 p.m., residents said.
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Bus timekeeper shot in Vavuniya town

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 April 2006, 05:28 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen shot and wounded Mr. JW Dhanasri, a timekeeper employed at Vavuniya private bus services union, at 8:50 a.m. Sunday. The incident took place in in the heart of the town where security was beefed up following the Claymore attack Saturday.
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SLA soldier killed in Claymore attack in Thenmaradchi

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 April 2006, 05:05 GMT]
One of the two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers wounded in a Claymore attack Sunday morning in Mattuvil, Thenmaradchi in Jaffna, succumbed to his wounds, SLA sources said. The attackers also fired gunshots after the explosion of a small type anti-personnel Claymore mine, according to SLA sources.
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Kalmunaikudi Muslims protest against Athaullah's visit

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 17:02 GMT]
Several hundred residents of Kalmunaikudi in the east, from 6 p.m. Saturday, held a sit-in-protest in front of the stage erected close to Jumma Mosque for a meeting to be addressed by Mr.A.L.M.Athaullah, Minister and the Leader of the National Congress shouting slogans against his visit to the area. Protestors carried placards asking Mr.Athaullah not to disturb the unity of Kalmunai and the unity of Muslims and Tamils in the area, and also not to obstruct a Muslim becoming mayor of the Kalmunai Municipal Council, which will go to poll on May 20.
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Karaitivu Pradesiya Sabah office opened

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 16:58 GMT]
The administrative office of the newly created Karaitivu Pradesiya Sabah (PS) in the Amparai district was declared open Saturday by Mr.C.Pathmanathan, Amparai district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian. Parliamentarians of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Mr.Hasan Ali and Mr.S.Nijamudeen, also participated in the event, sources said.
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Trinco traders demand compensation, accuse armed forces of abetting violence

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 16:23 GMT]
"Sri Lanka Government should urgently take steps to ensure safety of our business in Trincomalee. Thugs target our businesses whenever there is any explosion in the bazaar, and Government troops and Police rarely take any action to contain resulting violence and looting. This has been the case from 1977. Many of our shops have now been destroyed while the Police and troops looked on, this Wednesday," said several members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Trincomalee District (CCITD) in the presence of a Sri Lanka Minister and Security Forces commanders during a conference held Saturday evening, sources said.
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State forces watched as thugs attacked, charge Trinco victims

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 15:51 GMT]
"Our houses were burnt, properties were destroyed and we were attacked by thugs with knives and clubs while the State armed forces and police looked on. No one came to our rescue. We fled from our houses and sought refuge elsewhere to save our lives," several Tamil families sheltered in Varothiayanagar Bharathi Vidiyalam following fresh violence erupted Friday afternoon told Mr.K.Thurairatnasingham, Trincomalee district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian when he visited them Saturday morning.
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Claymore attack in Trinco, 2 SLAF personnel killed

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 14:42 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Air Force personnel were killed and one was wounded when a Claymore mine hit their Jeep in Kappalthurai, located about 10 km from east port town along Trincomalee-Colombo trunk road, military sources in Colombo said. The attack was reported around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
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Trader shot dead in Vadamaradchy

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 13:59 GMT]
Thevarajah Mariyathas, 26, a trader from Vadamaradchy, Point Pedro was shot dead at 4.40 p.m. Saturday by unknown gunmen who arrived in two motorbikes and fired at the the local business establishment owned by the deceased, sources in Jaffna said. Mariyathas's father was also seriously injured during the shooting. The killing took place in Manal Olungai (Sand Lane), in Munai area Vadamaradchy.
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SLA trooper wounded in grenade attack in Chavakachcheri

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 12:49 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier was injured in a granade attack on a road post near Chavakachcheri Hindu College on the A-9 high way in the Thenmaradchi sector of the Jaffna peninsula at 1.30 p.m., Saturday. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka armed forces and police have stepped up security measures in Jaffna, sources said.
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Indian citizen killed in Friday Trinco violence

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 12:09 GMT]
Death toll in the Friday violence in the suburbs of Trincomalee town increased to three with two more bodies of Tamil civilians including an Indian citizen were handed over to the Trincomalee general hospital Saturday morning. Earlier a sixty-year-old Tamil woman Somasuntharam Maheswary from Nadesapuram in Kanniya was knifed to death when violence broke out Friday afternoon, sources said.
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Colombo sabotages sea-transport, insisting on inapplicable procedures- Puleedevan

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 10:51 GMT]
The LTTE had only agreed to transportation in "civilian vessel" and the arrangement, as promised by the new Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, was to be an "exclusive and extra-ordinary SLMM arrangement." Further, the LTTE had repeatedly made it clear that there could be no SLN escort or interference in the civil transportation. "This was a crucial issue agreed and guaranteed by the SLMM Head. Sri Lanka Navy attempted to override the SLMM arrangement with a procedure agreed for the transportation of LTTE owned military vessels in 2003," clarified Mr.S. Puleedevan, the director of LTTE's Peace Secretariat.
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LTTE cadre, civilian killed in Claymore attack in Mannar

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 09:47 GMT]
An LTTE cadre and a civilian were killed when the motocycle in which they were riding was hit by a claymore blast on Palampitty road, in Thatchanamaruthamadu in LTTE controlled area, around 1.30 p.m., Saturday, LTTE sources in Mannar said.
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"Excessive SLN interference in total contradiction to SLMM arrangement" - LTTE

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 08:27 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy imposed two new "rules" when the LTTE Commanders were preparing to board the civilian ferry facilitated by the SLMM, LTTE Political Head S.P.Thamilchelvan writes in an urgent letter to Major General Ulf Henricsson, Head of the scandinavian truce monitors Saturday. The "excessive interference" by the Sri Lankan Navy in the sea transport of LTTE commanders, was in total contradiction to the prior agreement with Maj. Gen. Ulf Henricsson, Mr. Thamilchelvan writes in his letter. The sea travel of the LTTE Commanders scheduled on Saturday was cancelled at the last moment in Mullaithivu.
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5 SLA soldiers killed, 10 wounded in Vavuniya Claymore attack

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 07:38 GMT]
Five Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in a claymore attack on a Sri Lanka Army vehicle in front of Joseph camp in Vavuniya, at 12:25 p.m. Saturday, police sources said. The SLA bus was carrying soldiers from Pampaimadu Vanni SF HQ.
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Tamil woman knifed to death in Friday violence in Kanniya

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 05:25 GMT]
A 60 year old woman was knifed to death in violence which erupted in the suburbs of the Trincomalee town Friday afternoon, police sources said. Somasuntharam Maheswary was attending religious duties at Nadesar Temple when a group of thugs had dragged her from the temple premises and cut her. Her body was latter found on the road and handed over to the mortuary of the Trincomalee general hospital Friday night, sources said.
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LTTE cancels sea travel, SLN violates agreed procedure - Puleedevan

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 03:55 GMT]
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cancelled the sea-transportation of their Acting Commanders to Eastern district Saturday morning from Vanni after getting on board the ferry. The Tiger officials "spotted suspicious movment of four Sri Lanka Navy attack vessels issuing instructions to the ferry over VHF Marine Radio," said Director of the LTTE Peace Secretariat S. Puleedevan from Mullaithivu shore. "We were forced to cancel the transportation of Acting Commanders at the last moment after the breach of agreed procedure," Mr. Puleedevan said. Eastern Commanders of the LTTE were scheduled to travel to Vanni on the same ferry.
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State orchestrated violence raises spectre of 1983 pogrom- TNA

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 April 2006, 01:26 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentary group in a scathing press release issued Friday accused the Sri Lanka Government of unleashing "State Terror" on Tamil speaking people with the intention of "ethnically cleansing" the Tamil dominated Trincomalee town
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LTTE warns forces engaged in "genocidal attacks" in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 April 2006, 15:16 GMT]
"If the genocide attacks by State armed forces with the connivance of Sinhalese hoodlums continue in the Trincomalee district we would be forced to take steps to safeguard the lives and properties of innocent Tamil people in the district and that would lead to undesirable serious consequence on the current peace process," warned Mr.S.Elilan, LTTE district political head in a statement on the afresh violence against Tamil people in the suburbs of Trincomalee town since Friday afternoon.
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Grenade attack on SLA sentry in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 April 2006, 15:14 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) sentry post near Sivan temple on the KKS road in Jaffna town was attacked with a hand grenade, around 7.30 p.m., Friday, Jaffna Police said. No casualities were reported.
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Eleven NE local bodies go to polls on 20 May

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 April 2006, 13:56 GMT]
Elections to 22 local government institutions including the Municipal Councils of Colombo, Galle, Gampaha and Kalmunai and Urban Councils of Vavuniya, Gampola and Wattegama are to be held on May 20. Elections to these local bodies earlier scheduled for March 30th were first postponed to April 18 and now extended to May 20 to avoid intervening Wesak holidays and GCE Advanced Level examination, election department sources said.
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Talks in Geneva on 24, 25 April

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 April 2006, 13:50 GMT]
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Friday that the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have agreed on a short postponement of the peace talks in Geneva. New dates for the talks are 24-25 April 2006.
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Normalcy yet to return in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 April 2006, 11:42 GMT]
State and private sector bus services came to a standstill from Wednesday evening with bomb explosion and violence did not return to normalcy Friday. Bus stand was deserted and shops were not opened on Friday. The public market was also closed. More government troops and police have been deployed in the town and its suburbs.
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Trincomalee, suburbs under dusk to dawn curfew, violence widespread

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 April 2006, 11:39 GMT]
Dusk to dawn curfew has been enforced in Trincomalee town and its suburbs Varothianagar, Kanniya, Mihindupura Friday evening following the escalation of violence that erupted in Mihindapura, a suburb about five km off Trincomalee on Trincomalee-Anuradhapura road as a group of persons attacked houses of Tamil residents in the area following the discovery of a body of Sinhalese youth Nissanka who was reported missing from Thursday. The Police rushed more personnel to Mihindapura and other areas in Kanniya village where also several houses are reported burnt down by unruly mobs. Initial reports said a Hindu Nadesar temple and an NGO office, Aham, were burnt down in Mihindapura.
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Muslim trader shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 April 2006, 10:08 GMT]
A Muslim trader was shot dead by unidentified gumen at Muneeswaram road in the center of Jaffna town, around 2.15 p.m., Friday, police and medical sources said. Four civilians were killed in seperate incidients in Thenmaradchi sector of the Jaffna peninsula, yesterday.
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Claymore blast hits SLA bus in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 April 2006, 09:14 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were injured when the bus in which they were traveling was hit by a claymore mine blast at Allesgarden, about 3 km. north of Trincomalee, Friday. The blast occured on the Trincomalee-Nilaveli road, around 2.30 p.m., police in the eastern town said.
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Chamber condemns attack on businesses in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 April 2006, 17:10 GMT]
Sri Lankan Police has repeatedly failed to provide security to business establishments whenever the business houses in the east port town were targeted by thugs since 1983, traders in the east port town complained to the Sri Lankan Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandra Ferdnando when he met representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Trincomalee District (CCITD) Thursday. CCITD appealed to the Srei Lanka government to take immediate steps to provide compensation and other relief to the relatives of dead persons and injured, and also to the damaged business establishments.
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Death toll in Trinco violence rises to 19, fifteen identified

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 April 2006, 12:18 GMT]
15 of 19 civilians killed in Trincomalee violence on Wednesday were identified Thursday. 7 victims were Sinhalese civilians, 6 were Tamils and 2 Muslims. The bodies of another three Tamil persons, burnt alive inside a three-wheeler in Linganagar, were not in identifiable state, medical sources said. Another dead body is yet to be identified.
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Henricsson to facilitate safe travel of Eastern LTTE Commanders

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 April 2006, 09:01 GMT]
The stalemate in the preparation to Geneva Talks ended Thursday as the Tiger leadership accepted the latest suggestion submitted by Major General Ulf Henricsson, Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, who assured safe travel of the Eastern LTTE Commanders in a civilian vessel without Sri Lanka Navy involvement. Maj. Gen. Henricsson will be on board the ferry on Saturday when the LTTE will be sending Acting Commanders to Eastern districts and transport Col. Sornam, the Trincomalee Commander of the LTTE and Col. Bhanu, the Batticaloa Commander to Mullaithivu.
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Claymore blast kills 2 civilians in LTTE controlled Mullikulam

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 April 2006, 08:28 GMT]
Two civilians were killed in a claymore mine blast in LTTE held village of Mullikulam, northwest of Vavuniya, Thursday. LTTE sources blamed Sri Lanka Army's Deep Penetration Unit for the attack.
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Two LTTE cadres killed in paramilitary ambush in Vakaneri

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 April 2006, 05:29 GMT]
Two Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres were killed Thursday around 8:45 a.m. when paramilitary cadres launched an ambush with the support of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers inside the LTTE controlled Vakaneri, 40 km north of Batticaloa, LTTE officials in Batticaloa said. One of the cadres killed in the ambush was identified as Ithayaventhan.
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LTTE auxiliary cadre killed in Claymore attack in Vavuniya North

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 April 2006, 05:03 GMT]
An auxiliary cadre of the Liberation Tigers was killed and another auxiliary cadre wounded in a Claymore attack allegedly carried out by a Sri Lanka Army deep penetration group. The attack took place Thursday at 8:15 a.m. inside the LTTE controlled Semamadu village in Nedunkerni, Vavuniya North, LTTE sources in Kilnochchi said.
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Nine Tamil scholars to receive NE Governor's Award

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 April 2006, 03:36 GMT]
The list of names of nine recipients for the North East Governor's Award for the Year 2005 was released Wednesday by the Provincial Secretary for the Provincial Education and Cultural Affairs Ministry Mr.R.Thiagalingam. The recipients who are reputed Tamil scholars will be presented with awards on the second day of two-day Twelfth North East Tamil Literary Festival, which is to commence on April 20th at Mannar Town Hall, sources said.
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Three business owners, retired Police officer, shot dead in Thenmaradchi

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 April 2006, 03:22 GMT]
A reputed jewellery shop owner from Chavakachcheri, a mini-tractor owner from Sarasalai and a tailor shop owner from Usan, Mirusuvil, were shot and killed in three shooting incidents, by suspected paramilitary cadres working with the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) intelligence, civilian sources in Chavakacheri said. Families fearing reprisals from the Sri Lanka military in Jaffna peninsula have again started moving into safer areas inside the Liberation Tigers controlled territories, passing the Muhamalai checkpoint after the reports of serial killings in SLA controlled Thenmaradchi sector of Jaffna district Thursday.
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LTTE opens Planning Secretariat in Trinco

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 18:47 GMT]
Liberation Tigers opened a District Planning and Development Secretariat in Chenaiyoor in the LTTE held Muttur east in the Trincomalee district, Wednesday evening, sources said. Colonel Sornam, Trincomalee District Special Commander of the LTTE declared open the secretariat building and Mr.S.Elilan, LTTE Trincomalee district political head unveiled the name board of the secretariat.
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Trinco Tamils seek refuge in public, religious institutions

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 18:13 GMT]
Several Tamil families Wednesday night sought refuge in public buildings and religious institutions following violence in Trincomalee town and its outskirts, civil sources said. Burnt down shops and other business establishments along the Central Road and North Coast Road are still smoldering, sources added. The Trincomalee town had been under complete dark Wednesday night as the workers of the Urban Council failed to switch on the street lights due to fear after evening violence, sources said.
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Paramilitary MI handler shot in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 16:20 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen shot and seriously wounded a senior Sri Lanka Army Military Intelligence officer, Kumara, 38, and his Muslim associate Gajan Ali in front of a house the officer uses to visit frequently in Mancholai, 5 kiliometers away from Miravodai SLA camp around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The officer was an experienced paramilitary handler, according to Muslim villagers.
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Kayts youth found shot to death

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 16:14 GMT]


A twenty six year old youth who works as a minibus driver was found shot to death at his mother's house in Kayts Wednesday morning, sources in Jaffna said. Thambu Gopalasingham was alone in his house when the incident happened, according to sources.
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Trinco violence pre-meditated, Elilan tells SLMM

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 16:03 GMT]
Trincomalee district Political Head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Wednesday night lodged a complaint with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Trincomalee that the attack on Tamil business establishments and Tamil civilians by hooligans brought down in a lorry immediately following an explosion in Trincomalee town Wednesday evening was a preplanned one and had been carried with the support of the Sri Lanka armed forces, LTTE sources said.
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Japan concerned about escalation of violence in NorthEast

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 12:42 GMT]
"The Government of Japan is seriously concerned with the recent escalation of violence in the North and East of Sri Lanka, including the claymore attack against the Navy bus on Tuesday in Thambalagamam Trincomalee..," said a press release issued by the Embassy of Japan in Colombo Wednesday.
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US condemns attacks, killing of Vigneswaran

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 12:00 GMT]
In a press release issued Tuesday in Colombo, the United States condemned the "recent terrorist attacks carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) against the armed forces of Sri Lanka," and "other recent incidents of violence, in particular the April 7 murder of Mr. V. Vigneswaran in Trincomalee."
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19 killed, 45 wounded, 20 shops burned in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 10:41 GMT]
The death toll in the Trincomalee town violence has risen to 19 with more than 45 wounded. Around 15 persons with serious wounds were being treated at Trincomalee hospital. Around 20 Tamil and 2 Muslim shops have been burnt down by thugs armed with incendiary devices assisted by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) troopers, said Trincomalee District TNA parliamentarian Thurairatnasingam. Widespread attacks on Tamils were reported after a bomb explosion in the town around 4:00 p.m where a Sri Lanka Army soldier was reportedly killed. Looting continued in the east port town where an indefinite curfew was clamped down by the Police.
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Two policemen die in claymore attack in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 05:36 GMT]
Two policemen were killed and two others injured when their jeep hit a claymore mine fixed on a tree at fifteenth mile post near Kumburupiddy, about 30 km north of Trincomalee town on Trincomalee-Pulmoddai road Wednesday morning around 8.45 a.m. police sources said.
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Trinco Ambal Temple chariot festival held

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 23:55 GMT]
The eleven-day annual festival of historic Trincomalee Paththirakali Ambal Temple concluded with the chariot (Ther) festival on Monday morning and the water-cutting (Theertham) event in the Back Bay Sea on Tuesday early morning with large number of devotees participating. The chief deity Goddess Ambal was taken in a chariot with Lord Ganeshan and Lord Murugan in two other chariots leading the Ther festival on Monday.
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Sri Lankan President violates constitution - AHRC

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 17:56 GMT]
SL President Mahinda Rajapakse bypassed Sri Lankan constitutional procedures when he took it upon himself to appoint members to the National Police Commission and the Public Service Commission, charged the Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in a statement issued on Tuesday.
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SLMM Head Henricsson meets Jaffna SLA, SLN commanders

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 17:29 GMT]
Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Major General Ulf Henricsson, who visited Jaffna and held meetings with the Sri Lanka Army and Navy Command, will meet with the LTTE political leadership in Kilinochchi Wednesday. A statement issued by the SLMM said truce monitors were making inquiries into all three attacks but will refrain from making any further comments regarding the perpetrators and possible motives until further inquiries have been done.
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Historic Trinco Koneswaram Temple festival begins

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 16:52 GMT]
The twenty-day annual festival of the historic Trincomalee Koneswaram Temple located inside the Fort Frederick in the east port town began Tuesday morning with the flag-hoisting event. The THER (chariot) festival will be held on April 27th, Theertham (water cutting) festival on April 28 at Papanasam Theerthakerni and Theppam festival on April 30, temple society sources said.
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Gang attacks TNA MP's car in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 16:03 GMT]
Mr. N.Raviraj, Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Tuesday evening made a complaint at the Kantalai Police that his car was attacked with stones by a gang at Abeyapura, a suburb in Trincomalee town when he was returning after attending the funeral of Mr.V.Vigneswaran, President of the Trincomalee District Tamil People's Forum (TDTPF), police sources said.
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Norway condemns latest violence in Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 15:52 GMT]
The Norwegian Foreign Ministry, in a press statement issued on Tuesday condemned the latest acts of violence in Sri Lanka. Noting the heavy loss of life in Tuesday's Claymore attack in Trincomalee, the statement said that the assassination of the prominent Tamil civil society representative in Trincomalee, Mr V. Vigneswaran, and other serious incidents are adding to the vortex of violence that could eventually create a situation similar to that in December 2005 and January this year.
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Vigneswaran burial held in Anpuvallipuram

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 12:41 GMT]
The remains of slain Mr.V.Vigneswaran, President of Trincomalee District Tamil People's Forum (TDTPF) were buried in the cemetery in Anpuvallipuram, a suburb about 2 km. off Trincomalee, Tuesday evening, after being kept in the Trincomalee Town Hall for members of public to pay last respects from morning to noon and thereafter till 3 p.m. in Anpuvallipuram Kalaimagal Vidiyalayam. Large number of people attended the funeral. Mr.Vigneswaran was shot dead on Friday morning inside the Bank of Ceylon premises located in the high security zone in Trincomalee town by an unidentified armed men.
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Charles Anthony Brigade celebrates 15th anniversary of inauguration

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 11:19 GMT]
Cadres of Charles Anthony Brigade and Senior Commanders of the Liberation Tigers celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of the formation of the brigade by holding a sports and cultural event which started at 3.30 p.m. Monday in an undisclosed sports ground in Vanni, sources said. Charles Anthony brigade, the first conventional fighting formation created by the Liberation Tigers on 10 April 1991 was initially trained under the leadership of Col.Balraj.
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Eleven SLN troopers killed in Claymore attack in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 07:23 GMT]
Eleven Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) troopers were killed in a Claymore attack that targetted an SLN convoy in Thampalakamam near 9th Mile Post on Trincomalee - Habarana Road Tuesday around 1:15 p.m., according to military sources in Colombo. Eight SLN personnel were seriously wounded in the Claymore attack. Two British nationals were wounded when their vehicle was hit by the Navy bus after the explosion, police said.
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TNA MPs, LTTE leaders pay respect to Vigneswaran in Kilinochchi

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 00:56 GMT]
"Tamil human rights activist Mr. V. Vigneswaran's assassination and those of 17 other Tamils in the period from November 2005 to January 2006 clearly shows that the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) will never protect the human rights of the Tamils. Therefore we ourselves have to strive to protect our rights," said Rev. Fr. Kanagaratnam, Director North East Human Rights Secretariet (NEOSHR), paying homage to slain Mr. Vigneswaran whose body was kept for viewing at the Cultural Hall in Kilinochchi Monday, said sources.
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SL Army and Karuna can defeat LTTE – Defence Secy

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 April 2006, 23:03 GMT]
Sri Lanka’s Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told the head of the international ceasefire monitors that the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) could easily defeat the Liberation Tigers with the assistance of the Karuna Group paramilitaries, the Daily Mirror reported Tuesday. Paradoxically, Mr. Rajapakse, appointed to his post by President Mahinda Rajapakse, his brother, had two weeks ago also told the then head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) that paramilitaries were not operating in government-controlled areas.
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Mannar NGO workers campaign for TRO staffers' release

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 April 2006, 11:58 GMT]
Activists of non-governmental organizations in Mannar district held a protest march in Mannar town Monday morning demanding the release of the seven abducted workers of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) at Welikanda on 30th January 2006. The Consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations in Mannar District organized the event, sources said.
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Final decision only after meeting LTTE Eastern Commanders - Thamilchelvan

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 April 2006, 09:32 GMT]
A final decision with regards to LTTE's stand on CFA talks in Geneva would be taken only after LTTE commanders from the East attend a crucial central committee meeting with the Tiger leadership, Liberation Tigers Political Head Mr. S. P. Thamilchelvan told media after a meeting with the representatives of Co-chairs at the LTTE Peace Secretariat in Kilinochchi Monday.
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Claymore attack in Jaffna, 5 SLA soldiers, 2 humanitarian workers killed

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 April 2006, 09:22 GMT]
Five Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers travelling in a SLA truck and two Tamil humanitarian workers belonging to Human Development Centre (HUDEC), who were riding in a vehicle that was overtaking the SLA truck, were killed when a Claymore mine fixed to a lamp post was exploded Monday afternoon by unidentified attackers on A9 Road at Mirusuvil, 9 km northeast of Chavakachcheri, police in Chavakacheri said. Two SLA soldiers and two HUDEC staffers were also injured in the Claymore explosion.
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Oxfam funds sapling planting in Kilinochchi villages

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 April 2006, 03:14 GMT]
Rural Rehabiltation and Development Organization (RRDO) organized delivery of free saplings of Mango, Orange, Jak Fruit and Gauva trees, funded by Oxfam, to twenty selected families of two Kilinochchi Planned Villages, Umayalpuram and Kumarapuram Thursday, sources in Kilinochchi said.
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Muslim parties urged to work out common programme

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 April 2006, 02:55 GMT]
Mr.M.H.Cegu Issadeen, Deputy Minister for Media and the founder of the Muslim Nationalists' Movement said Sunday at a press conference that it is meaningless to demand for a separate Muslim delegation in the peace talks until all Muslim political parties agree on a common programme to find political solution to the Muslim problems. "Those who vociferously agitate for separate Muslim delegation have failed to advocate a common agenda to fulfill the political aspirations for the Muslim community," said Mr.Cegu Issadeen at the press briefing held Sunday at Ninthavur Library auditorium.
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German Foundation constructed pre-school opened in Veloor

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 April 2006, 20:18 GMT]
Two storied Pre-School for tsunami affected children in Veloor, a hamlet in Nilaveli, about 16 km. north of Trincomalee town, constructed by the German Juergen Wahn Foundation (JWF), at a cost of about 2.4 million rupees was declared open by Mr. Klaus Schubert, Chairman of JWF at an event held Saturday. The institution has been named Thirumagal Pre-School.
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Two paramilitary cadres shot, injured in Valaichenai

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 April 2006, 18:08 GMT]
Ajith, and another paramilitary cadre belonging to Karuna group were shot by unknown gunmen while they were travelling through Karuvaakerni towards Valaichenai at 6.30 p.m., Sunday, sources in Batticaloa said.
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SLA balks at demarcating new mine fields for demining

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 April 2006, 15:04 GMT]
De-mining activities in Jaffna face danger of being drawn to a close due to the reluctance shown by the Sri Lanka Security forces to identify and demarcate new mine infested areas for the Non-Governmental Organizations including British HALO Trust and Danish Demining Group (DDG) to continue demining, civil society sources in Jaffna said Sunday.
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Save-the-Children funded Pre-School opens in Muttur East

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 April 2006, 13:11 GMT]
A Pre-School in Sampoor Maha Vidiyalayam in Muttur east constructed by the Save the Children Sri Lanka (SciSL) at a cost 1.4 million rupees was opened Thursday, sources in Muttur said.
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SLN cordon, search Karainagar area

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 April 2006, 12:38 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) soldiers cordoned and searched areas of Karainagar, Karungali and Madathadi area in Valigamam Sunday morning between 12 noon and 2 p.m., sources in Jaffna said. No one was arrested during the search.
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Colombo's suggestion for sea transport, impractical - LTTE

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 April 2006, 12:37 GMT]
Liberation Tigers' Political Head Mr. S.P.Thamilchelvan, rejecting Colombo's offer that suggested the LTTE's eastern commanders to travel unarmed in Sri Lankan vessel from East to North, has informed the Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Major General Ulf Henricsson, Sunday, that Tiger Commanders were not prepared to travel in Sri Lankan naval vessels.
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Muttur east Tamils pay homage to Vigneswaran

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 April 2006, 10:02 GMT]
The remains of the slain President of the Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples Forum TDTPF) Mr.V.Vigneswaran was taken on Sunday morning to Liberation Tigers held Muttur east by road with the escort of International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM). The Sri Lanka Police provided the security up to and from Kaddaiparichchan Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camp located on the border separating the LTTE area.
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SL President pledges to end violence of Tamil armed groups - Balasingham

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 April 2006, 18:29 GMT]
The Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapakse has assured the LTTE leadership, through the Norwegian facilitators, that he will do everything within his powers to implement the pledges given by the government at the first session of peace negotiations held in Geneva in February this year. The President has instructed the military authorities to take necessary action to disarm Tamil armed groups and to put an end to the violence perpetrated against the Tamil Tigers and their supporters in the government controlled areas in the northeast. The development was reported after a meeting between the Norweign Envoy Mr. Hanssen-Bauer and the Chief Negotiator of the LTTE Mr. Anton Balasingham Saturday.
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Vigneswaran killing imperils Peace Talks- Chandrasekaran

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 April 2006, 17:31 GMT]
Leader of Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF), and parliamentarian, Periyasamy Chandrasekaran said in a communique released Saturday that the killing of the President of the Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples' Forum, Mr Vigneswaran, has posed a challenge to the continuation of Peace Talks between the Liberation Tigers and the Government of Sri Lanka.
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Mannar mourns death of Vigneswaran

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 April 2006, 15:00 GMT]
A weeklong mourning for the slain Trincomalee Tamil activist Mr.V.Vigneswaran who was shot dead Friday in Trincomalee town commenced Saturday in Mannar district in response to an appeal by the District Tamil Resurgence Movement, sources said.
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Vigneswaran funeral on Tuesday

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 April 2006, 14:49 GMT]
The funeral of Mr.V.Vigneswaran, President of the Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples' Forum (TDTPF) who was shot dead Friday morning by an unidentified person inside the premises of Trincomalee main branch of the Bank of Ceylon is to take place on April 11 Tuesday afternoon at Anpuvallipuram cemetery. Hundreds of people are now paying their last respects to the Tamil activist whose body is kept in his Anpuvallipuram residence since Friday evening, sources said.
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Pirapaharan confers Maamanithar title to Vigneswaran

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 April 2006, 12:31 GMT]
Leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Velupillai Pirapaharan, bestowed the title Maamanithar (Great Human being) on Mr.Vanniasingham Vigneswaran, President of the Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples' Forum (TDTPF) who was shot dead Friday. "Steadfast and honest, he opposed the genocidal war by the successive Sinhala governments which destroyed thousands of tamil lives and their property, plundered Tamils possessions and resources, and was intent on destroying Tamil National symbols. Vigeswaran fought to free Tamils from this menace," Pirapaharan said in the statement conferring the award.
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Claymore explodes in Jaffna, SLA soldier killed in Muttur clash

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 April 2006, 11:33 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier, and a civilian were wounded in a Claymore explosion in Neerveli in Jaffna around 4:40 p.m. Saturday. The Claymore targeted an SLA truck, SLA sources in Jaffna said. In the meantime, sources in Colombo said one SLA soldier was killed in direct clash that erupted at Selvanagar in Thoppur in Muttur Division of the Trincomalee district around 1:45 p.m. Earlier on Saturday, a civilian was injured and several houses were damaged when SLA soldiers fired artillery shells from Kaddaiparichan army camp towards Ganeshapuram in Muttur east, according to reports reaching from LTTE controlled areas in Trincomalee district.
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Civilian injured, houses damaged in SLA shelling -Elilan

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 April 2006, 07:22 GMT]
A civilian was injured and several houses were damaged when Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers fired artillery from Kaddaiparichan army camp towards Ganeshapuram in Muttur east, around 8.20 a.m., Saturday, LTTE sources in the eastern town said.
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USAID funds Human Rights Course in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 April 2006, 00:31 GMT]
The Centre for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (CPPHR) of Trincomalee has been conducting USAID funded nine-month training course on Advanced Studies in Human Rights for youths of Trincomalee. Ms Rachel Wax, Deputy Country Representative of the USAID, awarded the certificates to the first group of 57 successful candidates at an event held Thursday evening in Jesuit English Academy Hall, sources said.
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PNM demands ouster of Norway

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 April 2006, 00:10 GMT]
Patriotic National Movement (PNM), an alliance of extreme Sinhala nationalists formed and backed by the Janatha Vimukthi Permamuna (JVP), a coalition ally of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, held a protest campaign in front of the Norwegian Embassy in Ward Place, Colombo from 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Friday demanding the ouster of Norway from Sri Lanka's Peace Process, civil society sources in Colombo said.
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Tamil nation in deep grief over Vigneswaran slaying - Thamilchelvan

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2006, 18:07 GMT]
Liberation Tigers Political Head S.P. Thamilchelvan, in a letter to the Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, expressed shock over Trincomalee Tamil activist Vigneswaran's slaying and said that the killing, in the context of what is taking place on the ground, rendered Colombo's pledges in Geneva on curbing paramilitary activities "meaningless." Describing Vigneswaran's slaying as a part of Sri Lankan military's "planned killings of Tamil activists in a systematic manner," Thamilchelvan says that the GoSL and its law enforcing authorities could no longer plead ignorance of Tamil activists killings.
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Explosion injures 4 SLN personnel in Mannar

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2006, 17:18 GMT]
Four Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) personnel were injured in an explosion while they were burning refuse collected in the Mannar navy camp, around around 5.30 p.m., Friday, sources in Mannar said.
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Colombo's transport refusal to Eastern LTTE commanders jeopardise Geneva preparations

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2006, 16:03 GMT]
Liberation Tigers Political Head S.P. Thamilchelvan Friday requested the Norwegian facilitators to arrange sea transport, with truce monitors on board, to facilitate Eastern field commanders of the LTTE to attend a preparatory central committee meeting before the next session of the Geneva Talks. Blaming Colombo for adopting a hardline stance in providing air transport, a routine arrangement facilitated by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) during the ceasefire, the LTTE Political Head warned that the Tigers would be forced to adopt their own sea transport, aware of the risks involving possible confrontations with the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN).
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SLMM files report on Vigneswaran killing

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2006, 15:48 GMT]
Trincomalee District Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Ove Janssen, who rushed to the assasination site where Trincomalee Tamil activist Vigneswaran was slain, has sent a report with photographs taken at the scene to his headquarters in Colombo after interviewing several persons who have witnessed the assasination. SLMM sources said Mr. V. Vigneswaran had been frequently complaining to SLMM that his life was in danger.
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Defence Secretary visits Jaffna, meets SLA, SLN commanders

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2006, 11:30 GMT]
Secretary of Defense and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse's brother, Gothabaya Rajapakse, arrived at Palaly airport in a special Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) aircraft Friday, and met with senior commanders of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and Sri Lanka Army (SLA), sources in Jaffna said.
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TNA condemns Vigneswaran killing

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2006, 10:53 GMT]
Mr. Vigneswaran has been in forefront of several campaigns when rights of Tamil people in Trincomalee were suppressed, Tamil National Alliance said in a statement Friday. The TNA severely condemned the killing of Mr.Vanniasingham Vigneswaran, the president of Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples' Forum, that had taken place on Friday morning in front of the Trincomalee main branch of the Bank of Ceylon where he was working as an executive officer.
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Elilan blames SLA Intelligence for Vigneswaran slaying

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2006, 10:48 GMT]
Mr.S.Elilan, Trincomalee district political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in a statement issued Friday, blamed the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and its intelligence operatives for the slaying of Mr.V.Vigneswaran, President of the Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples' Forum (TPTDF), in an area declared high security zone, and surrounded by vital security installations of the Sri Lanka Army, Navy and Police, sources in Trincomalee said.
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Two home guards shot dead in Welikanda

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2006, 10:37 GMT]
Two Muslim Home guards, Salmaan Pitchaikutty Adambava,34, and Seyyad Buhari Saheed, 30, were shot dead by two unidentified armed men on a motorcycle, Friday morning around 7:00 a.m., at Kudapahuna, Welikanda police said.
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SL Parliament adjourned for May 9 following disruption by TNA MPs

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2006, 08:44 GMT]
Sri Lanka's parliament was adjourned till May 9 following continued disruption of its proceedings by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians protesting against the killings of Tamil civilians in the North East by the State armed forces in connivance with para military groups and the latest victim being Mr.V.Vanniyasingham, President of the Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples Forum shot dead on Thursday morning in front of his work place, Trincomalee main branch of the Bank of Ceylon (BoC).
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TNA MPs protest in parliament over Vigneswaran killing

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2006, 05:46 GMT]
Pandemonium reigned in Sri Lanka's Parliament Friday morning when Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians ran into the well of the House and protested against killing of Mr.V.Vigneswaran, President of Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples Forum on Thursday morning in Trincomalee town, sources said.
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Vigneswaran shot dead in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 April 2006, 04:08 GMT]
Mr.Vanniasingham Vigneswaran, President of the Trincomalee District Tamil Peoples' Forum (TDTPF) was shot dead Friday around 9.30 a.m. by an unidentified person when he was about to enter the main branch of the Bank of Ceylon (BoC) located along Inner Harbor Road between the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police and Trincomalee Harbor Police. The assassination of the key Tamil activist has taken place when the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was about to announce the appointment of Mr. Vigneswaran as the national list Parliamentarian to fill the position held by Joseph Pararajasingham MP who was slain in Batticaloa on Christmas eve, TNA sources said.
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Course correction by International Community urged

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 April 2006, 22:51 GMT]
Blaming the International Community for aiding a State that failed to adopt a political formula embodying shared sovereignty, and which demonstrated its incapacity to persecute a successful war against LTTE, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian, in a paper presented at a symposium in Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, USA, Thursday, said, the International Community should make clear to the Sri Lankan State that "its commitment to territorial integrity is conditional on the Tamil Nation’s legitimate aspirations being met."
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LTTE cadre killed in Panichchankerni - Elilan

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 April 2006, 15:07 GMT]
A Liberation Tigers cadre, Lt. Arulanantham, was killed Wednesday evening by artillery fire from Sri Lanka Army position in Mankerni, Trincomalee District Political Head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), S. Elilan, said in a letter to Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Thursday. The artillery fire was used by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) when the Tiger cadres counter attacked a group of 40 armed men who launched an attack on a LTTE sentry post in Panichchankerni. Two paramilitary cadres were wounded according to eyewitnesses in Kirimichchai on Wednesday.
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Batticaloa students hoist Tamileelam flag in Annai Poopathy event

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 April 2006, 11:32 GMT]
Students and the staff of Manchanthoduvai Technical College in Batticaloa Thursday 9 a.m. hoisted Tamileelam flag at the college premises at the memorial event for Annai Poopathy, sources in Batticaloa said. Sri Lankan policemen rushed to the College and removed the flag around 11:30 a.m. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), informed of the police action, arrived immediately to defuse the tension, and the commemoration continued till 1:00 p.m., sources said.
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Families of abducted TRO staffers to meet Colombo press

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 April 2006, 02:50 GMT]
The Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) and the families of seven abducted humanitarian workers, during the past 6 weeks, report no progress despite reduced exposure to media following the messages received through "third parties" that the abducted would be released if TRO and the families "kept quiet and did not to speak to the media," a press release from the TRO said Wednesday. The organisation has called for a press conference Thursday.
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UNICEF funded Health Centre opens in Faizal Nagar

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 April 2006, 02:48 GMT]
Gramothaya Health Centre (GHC) constructed at a cost 4.2 million rupees in Faizal Nagar, in Kinniya division in Trincomalee district, was handed over to the community of the area at an event held Saturday morning. The Health Centre includes staff quarters and a midwife who is expected to assume in the month of June this year. The GHC is a part of the tsunami reconstruction programme funded by the UNICEF and constructed by the United Nations Office For Project Service (UNOPS).
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LTTE rejects SLN condition for fishing in Muttur East Sea

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 April 2006, 02:13 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Wednesday rejected Sri Lanka Navy's (SLN's) condition communicated throught the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) that fishermen in LTTE controlled Muttur east coastal villages should register their names and other details at the Muttur jetty located in the government controlled territory when they go to sea for fishing and on their return. Mr.S.Elilan, Trincomalee district political head of the LTTE said that it will be an undue burden on the fishermen to travel more than five km to report their departure and return after fishing in shores near their village, sources said
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Two paramilitary cadres wounded in Panichchankerni

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 April 2006, 18:23 GMT]
Two Karuna Group paramilitary cadres were wounded in Panichchankerni, 60 km north of Batticaloa, Wednesday around 5:30 p.m., when Liberation Tigers launched a counter-attack on the paramilitary cadres penetrating into the Liberation Tigers controlled area, eyewitnesses said. A key paramilitary operative, Chooty, wounded in his stomach was transported to the Kirimichchai SLA camp in a motorbike which the withdrawing paramilitary cadres hijacked from a civilian traveller.
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JVP steps up anti-Norwegian campaign

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 April 2006, 15:32 GMT]
The Sinhala extreme nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) stepped up its campaign against Norway on Wednesday, a day before the Norwegian International Development Minister and the Norwegian Special Envoy, were scheduled to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse. "The newly appointed Norwegian Special Envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer contributed to the recognition of Palestine. He is here with a similar agenda to divide the country," the Propaganda Secretary of the JVP, Wimal Weerawanse, addressing a press conference organised by the extremist Patriotic National Movement in Colombo said Wednesday. He also criticized the outgoing Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Mr. Hagrup Haukland.
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International Mine Action Day observed in Kilinochchi

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 April 2006, 15:01 GMT]
"We lost 15 lives in 119 landmine accidents in 2000 when the White Pigeon Organisation (WPO) was created whereas in 2005, we lost no lives and the number of landmine accidents were only 15, which prove the success of the WPO's mine risk education awareness campaign," said Dr. T. W. Jeyakularajah, President WPO and the Mullaithivu district Deputy director of Health Services, Tuesday 10:00 a.m. at the International Mine Action Day celebration in Kilinochchi Central College, in Kilincochchi.
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Trincomalee women march for peace

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 April 2006, 11:15 GMT]
Hundred of women, Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims Wednesday participated in a silent march for solidarity and peace organized by the Women And Children Care Organization (WACCO) condemning war and demanding peace. Participants carried placards urging the government and others to work for the success of finding lasting peace in the country, sources said
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No room for hypocrisy in implementing CFA - Thamilchelvan

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 April 2006, 10:56 GMT]
Armed activities of the paramilitary groups have intensified following the first session of Geneva Talks contrary to the commitment made by the Sri Lanka Government to the February 2002 Cease Fire Agreement (CFA). Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse can no longer pay lip service to CFA after the route of the extreme Sinhala hardline forces in the local elections in the South, LTTE Political Head S.P. Thamilchelvan told reporters in Kilinochchi after meeting the newly appointed Norwegian Special Envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer on Wednesday.
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International Mine Action Day celebrated in Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 April 2006, 02:19 GMT]
Non-governmental organizations and government and UN agencies marked April4 International Mine Action Day with activities in several towns in Sri Lankathe, including the government organized event in Colombo. Regional events included a bicycle race for disabled persons in Trincomalee, sports and cultural events in Vavuniya, drama presentations in Amparai, a mine exhibition in Jaffna, the screening of mine action films in Killinochchi and essay and poem writing activities in Batticaloa, UN agency sources said.
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Konesapuri tsunami-hit families receive permanent houses

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 April 2006, 01:49 GMT]
Twenty permanent houses under a project funded by member firms of KPMG International, a well known audit firm, were handed over to beneficiaries in Konesapuri located about 16 km north of Trincomalee town at an event held on Monday, sources said. The project has funding to build 500 houses to tsunami-affected families in the coastal districts of Sri Lanka. About 100 houses have already been handed over to beneficiaries.
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Jaffna pre-school teachers boycott demanding release of TRO staffers

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 April 2006, 17:08 GMT]
Pre-schools in the Jaffna district did not function Tuesday due to a boycott by teachers and other staff demanding the immediate release of workers of the Pre-School Educational Development Centre of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization who were abducted by unidentified persons in January while traveling through Welikanda route from Batticaloa to Killinochchi, sources said.
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Vavuniya pre-schools call for immediate release of TRO workers

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 April 2006, 12:48 GMT]
Staff, children and parents of Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala Preschools in Vavuniya marched in protest to the Government Secretariat, demanding the safety and release of the seven Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) staffers who were abducted on 29-30 January and are still missing, TRO officials in Vavuniya said. They handed over a memorandum addressedto Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse to Vavuniya Government Agent (GA), T. Sinnathamby, Tuesday morning at the Vavuniya Government Secretariat.
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Swizerland pledges help for tsunami affected, school reconstruction

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 April 2006, 11:57 GMT]
In a press release issued in Colombo Tuesday Switzerland pledged 8.5 million USD (850 million Rupees) to support the house owner driven reconstruction programme of the Government of Sri Lanka. This comes in addition to the 7 million USD pledged in 2005.
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Sri Lanka's mine related injuries decrease by half, say UN agencies

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 April 2006, 11:11 GMT]
"Sri Lanka will have a lot to be proud of when the country celebrates the first International Mine Action Day on April 4 Tuesday- mine related causalities have dropped by 60 percent since the ceasefire agreement. But while this achievement is commendable, work still needs to be done to ensure that the country is totally free of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXOs)," UNICEF and UNDP said in a press release Tuesday.
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India Church funds new housing for Mullaitivu tsunami affected

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 April 2006, 01:19 GMT]
Foundation laying ceremony for the first phase of twenty five permanent houses for tsunami affected families in Kallapadu North village in Mullaitivu district, funded by Church of South India, was held at 12 noon Monday, sources in Mullaitivu said. The Church has agreed to fund construction of one hundred houses, church officials said.
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Indian High Commissioner attends awards ceremony for skills training graduates

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 April 2006, 00:50 GMT]
High Commissioner of India, Ms. Nirupama Rao, Monday handed out certificates of completion of courses in embroidery, cooking, catering and stitching to Tsunami Victims from the Eastern Province conducted as part of the Sustainable Livelihood Project held at the Academy of Adult Education for Women, Kalubowila, said a press release issued by the Indian Embassy in Colombo Monday.
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Potkerni war affected women start small industries project

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 April 2006, 00:30 GMT]
Mr.R.Rajarammohan, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Trincomalee District (CCITD) Sunday morning declared open a small industries project making rice flour-based food items in a hamlet Potkerni in Thampalakamam, a traditional Tamil village, about 24 km southwest of Trincomalee town. The project is funded by the Mercy Corps, an international non-governmental organization with its headquarters in USA at a cost of one million rupees.
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LTTE area farmers to receive marketing help

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 April 2006, 00:06 GMT]
Mr.V.Visuvalingam, Mannar Government Agent said he will soon be providing marketing facilities to farmers in the Liberation Tigers held areas to sell their agricultural produce in Government-controlled territory in Mannar district. Currently farmers in LTTE held divisions of Madhu and Manthai West in Mannar district struggle to market their produce for decent competitive prices and face financial difficulties, sources said.
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Navy officer arrested for assaulting Mannar police constable

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 April 2006, 14:53 GMT]
Mannar Police Monday afternoon arrested Second Lieutenant Dissanayake of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) on a complaint made by Mr.Upali, a Reserve Police Constable (RPC) that the navy officer, under the influence of liquor, had assaulted him Sunday night, Mannar Police sources said.
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Ten agricultural tanks to be restored in Mannar

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 April 2006, 11:45 GMT]
Under the 10,000 Tanks Restoration Project of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Irrigation Ministry has allocated eight million rupees for the reconstruction of only 10 agricultural tanks, sources in Mannar said.Mannar district secretariat has been appealing for assistance in restoring twenty tanks but the appeal was not successful, sources added.
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Mental Health Unit in Kalmunai hospital opened

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 April 2006, 11:44 GMT]
Dr.V.Jeganathan, North East Health Services Development Advisor to the Ministry of Health, Monday morning declared open the Mental Health Unit (MHU) in the Kalmunai Base Hospital. The MHU was constructed at a cost of 1.6 million rupees to provide counseling and psychiatric treatment to mentally affected Muslim and Tamil people from Neelavani to Pottuvil covering Tamil and Muslim villages in the coastal areas in the Amparai district, sources said.
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US working to eliminate threat of landmines

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 April 2006, 11:12 GMT]
"We are proud to be a close partner with Sri Lanka in increasing the local capacity to detect and clear mines," said U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead, in a press release issued by the US Embassy in Colombo Monday marking the mine awareness day to be observed on 4th April. "It is a long-term effort, yet one in which all sides have cooperated. We hope we will be able to assist the government in eliminating this threat within the next few years so Sri Lankans can go about their daily lives free from the fear of mines," the release added.
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"No Muslim Unit required in Sri Lanka Army”

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 April 2006, 10:57 GMT]
Saying that "no Nation’s Army in the world, defending its territorial integrity, has a particular regiment for a specific community or race," All Ceylon Moors Association, in a letter addressed to Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse said members of our "community are disinclined for the Sri Lanka Army to recruit Muslims youths to protect the Muslim community."
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Australia provides Rs.128m for demining projects

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 April 2006, 10:48 GMT]
Announcing that Australian Government will provide AUS$1.7m for demining efforts in Sri Lanka, the Australian High Commissioner said in a press release issued Monday, "Clearing mines is a key factor in assisting the resettlement of people displaced during the conflict. As I have witnessed in Mannar, clearing mines opens schools for children, enables rural communities to access their fields and earn a living, and provides safe land for resettlement. It also demonstrates the concrete benefits that are flowing to ordinary people in the conflict-affected areas through maintaining the cease-fire."
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Vavuniya protest to demand release of abducted TRO employees

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 April 2006, 19:59 GMT]
Staff, children and parents of Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala Preschools in Vavuniya are to protest Tuesday, 4th April in Vavuniya demanding the safety and release of the seven Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) staffers who were abducted on 29-30 January and are still missing, TRO officials in Vavuniya said. Mr. Kasinathar Ganeshalingam, TRO's Pre School Education Development Center (PSEDC) North-East Province Secretary, is also one of the missing staffers.
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JVP performance has improved, says routed party officials

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 April 2006, 17:29 GMT]
"In relation to past results, we have won more seats in the local authority polls," said Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the Marxist Sinhala national party's political wing in a press release issued in Colombo. "Number of our members in the Tisamaharagama pradeshya sabah has increased and this reflects the excellent work we have with our people in that area," the release added.
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Trinco results, victory for Tamil nationalism- Elilan

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 April 2006, 16:26 GMT]
Tamil voters have endorsed the Tamil nationalism overwhelmingly by handing over the administration of the Trincomalee Urban Council (UC) and Trincomalee town and gravets Pradesiya Sabah (PS) to the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) in the local elections held Thursday, said Mr.S.Elilan, Trincomalee district political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) speaking at a discussion held Sunday morning with the newly elected ITAK councilors in the Trincomalee district, sources said.
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Annai Poopathy, a supreme model for Tamils- Ilamparithi

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 April 2006, 14:15 GMT]
"Annai Poopathy who sacrificed her life, in a fast-to-death protest in March 1988 protesting against the Indian peace keeping forces (IPKF) and supporting the Tamils liberation struggle, is an example for all Tamils to emulate. In all key events, like the local council elections, we have to tell the world that we Tamils stand determined and united in achieving our just aspirations," said S. Ilamparithi, Jaffna district head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE political wing, presiding at the 18th anniversary memorial celebration held Saturday 10 a.m, at Palai Maha Vidyalayam.
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SLA arrests five family members in Vadamaradchy

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 April 2006, 13:59 GMT]
Several hundred Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers cordoned and searched Vadamaradchy areas close to the High Security Zone (HSZ) around 1st, 2nd and 3rd cross streets in Point Pedro Sunday early morning between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and arrested five members of the same family and a boarding student, accusing them of hiding arms, sources in Point Pedro said.
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JHU seeking political partner?

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 April 2006, 13:02 GMT]
Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), the all monk, extremist Buddhist Sinhala nationalist party, routed in the local council elections polling less than one percent, is to join a political party with similar political policies, sources in Colombo said. However, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe, JHU media spokesman, rejected this news as pure speculation, sources added.
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Three Sri Lankans face execution in Saudi Arabia for robbery

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 April 2006, 12:52 GMT]
Three Sri Lankan nationals are reported to be at risk of imminent execution. Their cases have been referred to Saudi Arabia’s Head of State, King Abdullah Bin ‘Abdul ‘Aziz Al-Saud, to decide whether to grant clemency or to ratify their sentences, a report from Amnesty International said.
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Gowrimuhunthan, Kantharoopan appointed chairmen to Trinco Councils

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 April 2006, 12:27 GMT]
Councilors who have secured the first two places in the preferential votes in the Trincomalee Urban Council (UC) and the Trincomalee Town and Gravets Pradesiya Sabah (PS) on behalf of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) are to be appointed as the Chairman and Vice Chairman. Accordingly Mr.Subramaniam Gowrimuhunthan and Mr. Kanthasamy Selvarajah are to be appointed Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Trincomalee UC and Mr. Thangavelautham Kantharoopan and Mr.Vellaithamby Sureshkumar as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Trincomalee PS respectively, ITAK sources said.
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JVP Kegalle office attacked, three injured

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 April 2006, 12:24 GMT]
Janatha Vimukthi Peramunai (JVP), the marxist Sinhala national party's Kegalle office was attacked and three JVP members injured Saturday evening by a group alleged tobe belonging to United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), said JVP sources.
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Separate regiment, a ruse to split communities, say Muslim Leaders

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 April 2006, 18:16 GMT]
"Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is launching a Muslim regiment in Sri Lanka Army (SLA) to widen the split between Muslims and Tamils. Muslim community should not fall prey to this sabotage scheme," said several speakers at the Muslim Council's Eastern Conference held Saturday morning in Loyds Hall in Akkaraipattu, Adalaichenai, Batticaloa, chaired by its president N. M. Ameen.
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NorthEast project aims to increase proficiency in English

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 April 2006, 17:55 GMT]
Mr.R.Thiagalingam, Provincial Education Ministry Secretary Saturday inaugurated the first English Medium Activity Camp-2006 for North East province at Trincomalee Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College. To promote English medium education among students, central ministry of education has launched a project to hold English Medium Activity Camp in each province. The central ministry selected Trincomalee Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College for the North East, department sources said.
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ITAK wins 35 Council seats in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 April 2006, 17:26 GMT]
Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) won one seat each in Kantalai PS, Seruvila PS, Morawewa PS, and Kinniya UC, two in Thamplakamam PS, three in Kuchchaveli PS and 4 in Muttur PS in addition to capturing power in the Trincomalee UC (10 seats), Trincomalee Town and Gravets PS (06) and Verugal PS (07 seats-uncontested).
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Mobile service to assist NorthEast farmers

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 April 2006, 17:19 GMT]
Mobile service organized by the NorthEast Provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Development, Lands, Irrigation and Fisheries in all eight districts of the province is to be inaugurated at Pampaimadu in the Vavuniya Divisional Secretariat on Monday, April 3rd. The service will identify problems faced by the farmers and to provide immediate solutions, said Provincial Ministry Secretary Mr.A.R.M.Mahrouf in a press release issued Saturday.
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Supreme Court requests details on HSZ displaced

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 April 2006, 14:31 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court requested details of families displaced from the High Security Zone in Valigamam North and who requested court intervention to allow them to resettle back in their homes, legal sources in Colombo said. The Court ordered the report to be submitted before the 8th April when it took up for further inquiry the Fundamental Rights (FR) applications filed by Mr.Mavai Senathirajah, Jaffna district parliamentarian, who was also displaced due to the HSZ.
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SLN, SLA violate ceasefire, Elilan tells SLMM

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 April 2006, 12:06 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and Sri Lanka Army (SLA) collaborating with paramilitaries had violated the ceasefire agreement in the LTTE controlled Muttur east and Vakarai area said Mr.S.Elilan, Trincomalee district political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Saturday. He lodged three separate complaints with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), sources said.
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SLN harassment of Ponnalai displaced escalates, complains TNA MP

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 April 2006, 03:59 GMT]
Harsassment by Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) soldiers on members of displaced families from Ponnalai west in the western coastal area of Jaffna district has increased and the situation has deteriorated such that villagers are fearful for the safety of young girls, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian, S Gajendran filed a complaint with the Jaffna Branch of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Friday, sources in Jaffna said.
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