281 Reports

Blast at Kalutara armoury

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 July 2006, 19:37 GMT]
A blast was reported at Sri Lanka Army's armoury in Kalutara, south of Colombo, Monday night. SLA spokesman, Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said that the fire brigade has doused the fire.
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19 SLA soldiers killed in Trincomalee mine blast

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 July 2006, 18:56 GMT]
Nineteen soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army were killed in a blast that took place at Serunuwara between Kantalai-Allai in Trincomalee district Monday night around 11:00 p.m. Eighteen SLA troopers were killed on the spot and one later succumbed to injuries in the Kantalai district hospital, SLA sources said. With the explosion, the SLA has lost around 40 troopers in Trincomalee on Monday.
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Tamil exclusion from ADB project triggered dispute - LTTE

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 July 2006, 12:56 GMT]
The ‘water’ dispute cited by the government of Sri Lanka as justification for its military offensive this week began two weeks ago due to a refusal by Colombo to implement that part of an ADB-funded project which would supply drinking water to Tamils in LTTE-controlled areas and to go ahead with supply to Sinhala colonies in government-controlled areas, the LTTE said in a statement. The intention of the Sri Lankan airstrikes last week was to prevent international ceasefire monitors from meeting local Tamils protesting their exclusion from the ADB project, the LTTE Peace Secretariat said.
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Two Sinhalese men shot dead in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 July 2006, 10:30 GMT]
Two Sinhalese persons were shot dead by unidentified men in Trincomalee in two separate killings Monday. The first shooting incident took place around 10.30 a.m. at Love Lane, and the second around noon at Chelvanayagapuram, suburbs of east port town, police sources said.
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Claymore ambush in Mannar, SLA Lieutenant, trooper wounded

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 July 2006, 08:46 GMT]
A lieutenant and a soldier of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) were injured in a Claymore explosion that took place Monday morning around 6:45 a.m. at Vanchiankulam village along Vankalai-Nanattan road in Mannar district. Both of them were immediately transferred from Mannar district hospital to Anuradhapura general hospital.
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Three pronged SLA offensive thwarted - LTTE

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 July 2006, 07:05 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) began moving ground troops through three fronts from two SLA bases towards Mavil Aaru sluice gate Monday morning, supported by Multi - Barrel Rocket Launchers, artillery fire and aerial bombardment from Kfir and MIG jets towards Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled area in Mavil Aaru. The SLA advance was thwarted by the Tigers, according to Ilanthirayan, the military spokesman of the Tigers. Three LTTE cadres were killed and two wounded, Mr. Ilanthirayan said. Meanwhile, informed defence sources in Colombo said 12 SLA troopers including two SLA officials were kiled and many wounded. The SLA initiated operation has threatened the Ceasefire Agreement.
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Exchange of mortar fire along Nagarkovil FDL, SLA soldier injured in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 July 2006, 06:02 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy Monday morning around 5:30 launched heavy gunfire from gunboats off the northeastern coast in Vadamaradchi East and the Sri Lanka Army fired artillery shells towards Nagarkovil LTTE Forward Defence Line. An exchange of mortar fire between the SLA and the LTTE FDL forces was reported for 45 minutes following the artilery and SLN attack.
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Slain Tiger officials, rural force member buried with military honours

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 July 2006, 05:06 GMT]
The funeral of seven members of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and a civilian rural force member killed in Sri Lanka Air Force SLAF air strike on LTTE's Thenham Conference Centre on Saturday, were held Sunday evening. LTTE commanders Col. Banu and Col Jeyam were present at Thandiyadi Heroes Cemeteray where five were burried with military honours.
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New York Tamils hold sports festival for children

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 July 2006, 00:50 GMT]
The Arts and Cultural branch of the World Tamil Organization in New York held its Ninth annual children's sports festival at the Jamaica High School sports facilities in Jamaica New York Saturday starting from 10:00 a.m. More than 200 children from Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and New Jersey areas took part in the festival, organizers said.
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Recognize Tamil rights, or risk CFA collapse- NZ MP

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 July 2006, 20:21 GMT]
Tamil NewZealanders marked the Remembrance of Black July with a series of events including blood donation drives, prayer offerings, and a Peace March that culminated in an event at the Auckland Normal Intermediate School, July 29, 2006, Kiwi sources said. Member of Parliament, Keith Locke, Secretary of the Refugee Council of New Zealand (RCNZ) Heval Hylan, Human Rights Activist from Global Peace and Justice, Mike Treen, and about 200 Tamils participated in the event which also featured a cultural show.
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SLA artillery attacks on Eachchilampattu villages continue

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 July 2006, 16:46 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Chief of Staff Major General Nanda Mallawarachchi, remains at Kallaru army camp in the Serunuwara police division directing the military operation to capture Mavilaru area amid announcement by SL Defence Ministry spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella in Colombo Sunday that Sri Lankan troops are now about one km away from Mavilaru. Sources in Serunuwara said that there is a likelihood of troop movement from Kallaru to Mavilaru area early Monday morning.
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Youth shot dead in Urumpirai

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 July 2006, 15:52 GMT]
Unknown gunmen waiting in ambush shot dead a youth in Urumpirai at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, sources in Jaffna said. C. Kapilraj, 18, was walking along Sivakula Lane towards a friends house 200 meters away from his residence when gunmen hiding behind overgrown shrubs fired at Kapilraj and escaped, residents said.
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SLA trooper wounded in Vavuniya grenade attack

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 July 2006, 14:50 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) trooper was seriously injured in a grenade attack by unknown assailants at the sentry in front of Vavuniya Madhya Maha Vidiyalayam at 7:55 p.m. Sunday, Police sources in Vavuniya said. The injured soldier was first admitted to Vavuniya Teaching Hospital and later transported to the Sri Lanka Military Hospital for emergency surgery.
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Armed men abduct civilian in Eravur

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 July 2006, 12:46 GMT]
A Savukadi resident, Subramaniyam Krishnamoorthy, 28, was abducted by armed men travelling in a white-van at a play ground in Savukadi a hamlet of Thalavi in Eravur at 6:20 p.m. Friday, residents complained to the Eravur police. The abductors took his motorcycle with them. Mr Krishnamoorthy was about to leave the play ground after playing soccer when he was abducted, sources said.
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Fifth UNP parliamentarian to join UPFA government

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 July 2006, 12:44 GMT]
Mr.Neomal Perera, a parliamentarian of main opposition United National Party (UNP) from Puttalam district is set to cross over to the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by President Mahinda Rajapakse, media sources in Colombo said.
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Jaffna Bishop's silver jublee commemorated

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 July 2006, 12:19 GMT]
Special prayers were conducted at the Jaffna Holy Mother Mary Church to celebrated the 25 years of service to the Catholic Community and to the Jaffna residents by Jaffna Bishop Rev Father Thomas Saundaranayagam at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, sources from Jaffna said.
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Nallur Murugan Temple annual festival begins

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 July 2006, 11:04 GMT]
The twenty-five day annual festival of the historic Nallur Kandasamy Temple in Jaffna began 30 July Sunday 10:30 a.m. with the Sacred Flag hoisting ceremony (Kodi Etram). The Sacred Flag for the ceremony was brought to the temple premises from Gurunathar temple located close to the Sattanathar temple Saturday morning in a procession of devotees.
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Police Constable injured, troops recover claymore in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 July 2006, 10:23 GMT]
A Sri Lankan police constable was injured when unidentified persons fired at a sentry post located between Valaichchenai bus terminal and the office of the Assistant Superintendent of Police in Batticaloa district, around 7 p.m., Saturday, police said.
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Trader killed in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 July 2006, 07:24 GMT]
A trader was cut to death at his home at Nachimarkovilady, a suburb of Jaffna town, Saturday night. Sri Lanka Army maintains a sentry post 50 metres from his home on the KKS road, sources said.
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Four SLA troops injured in grenade attacks in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Sunday, 30 July 2006, 07:03 GMT]
Four Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were injured in two separate attacks in Jaffna peninsula, Saturday evening. Three Soldiers were injured in a grenade attack in Kodikamam town, around 7:30 p.m.. Another soldier was injured by sniper fire near SLA's Forward Defence Line (FDL) near Muhamalai, military sources said.
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Sri Lanka masses troops, bombardment continues

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 16:50 GMT]
As thousands of Sri Lankan troops were moved to Kallaru junction ahead of a threatened offensive, Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir jets Saturday flew three bombing sorties over the Mavilaru area in Eachchilampathu division south of Trincomalee district. Sri Lanka Army (SLA) continued shelling of the area as Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, Major General Nanda Mallawarachchi, visited Kallaru area.
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SLAF, SLA attacks tantamount to declaration of war by Colombo, Elilan tells SLMM

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 16:49 GMT]
Liberation Tigers Trincomalee District Political Head S. Elilan, in an urgent letter to the Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Major General Ulf Henricsson Saturday evening said that artillery attacks by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and air strikes by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) in the Liberation Tigers controlled territories in the Northeast, tantamounted to Declaration of War by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) against the LTTE. "It is now appropriate for the SLMM to declare publicly that the ceasefire agreement is not holding anymore on the ground," Mr. Elilan told media.
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Police Sergeant, two men injured in Vavuniya blasts

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 15:55 GMT]
A Sri Lankan Police Sergeant and two young men were injured in two separate grenade blasts in Vavuniya, Saturday evening, police in the northern town said.
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Mannar Police arrests youth over grenade attack

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 14:17 GMT]
Mannar Police arrested a Tamil youth, a resident of Vidathaltivu in Mannar district Saturday morning around 11 a.m., in connection with the grenade attack on a police sentry located in front of Mannar public library building on July 27th morning. The youth is now detained in the Mannar Police Station and is being interrogated, Police sources said.
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SLMM concerned of security, declines to visit attack site

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 14:15 GMT]
Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Batticaloa, Sari Rask, from Finland, has told Batticaloa LTTE's Political Head that the SLMM was unable to visit and inspect the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombed Thenaham building in Karadiyanaru in LTTE controlled Batticaloa District.
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Bar employee shot dead in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 13:59 GMT]
An unknown gunman walked into a liquor bar located on Horawapatana Road in Vavuniya and shot dead an employee inside the bar at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Vavuniya Police said. Immanuel Eugene Dias, 43, was seriously injured, and died while being transported to Vavuniya Teaching Hospital, hospital sources said.
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Three SLA troopers injured in Point-Pedro grenade attack

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 13:28 GMT]
Three SriLanka Army (SLA) soldiers were seriously injured when unknown gunmen riding in a motorbike hurled hand grenades in a SLA sentry near Velayutham Maha Vidiyalayam located 400 meters south of Point Pedro town along the Point Pedro-Jaffna Road at 2:20 p.m. Saturday, sources in Vadamaradchy said.
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2 Policemen, civilian wounded in grenade attack

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 12:33 GMT]
Two Sri Lankan Police Constables and a civilian were wounded in a grenade attack that took place in Kaluwanchikudy, 24 km southeast of Batticaloa town, on Batticaloa Kalmunai main road around 4:45 p.m. Saturday.
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8 LTTE members killed, 4 wounded in SLAF bombing

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 07:25 GMT]
Eight Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) members, 2 offiicals and 6 cadres, were killed and four wounded when Sri Lanka Air Force bombed Liberation Tigers' Thenaham Conference Centre in Karadiyanaru, 24 kilometers northwest of Batticaloa. SLAF bombers attacked the LTTE run Thenaham between 11:30 and 12:00 Saturday. Batticaloa Head of Tamileelam War Hero's Affairs, Thamilchelvan mama and Batticaloa Coordinator of Village Development Scheme Ariharan were among the dead, according to LTTE Batticaloa Political Head Daya Mohan. Kfir jets dropped 12 bombs in three rounds, destroying the Conference Centre.
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SLMM Head, villagers discussion abruptly ends following aerial strike

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 06:53 GMT]
A crucial discussion over the Mavilaru water crisis held Friday afternoon between Maj. Gen. Ulf Henricsson, Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and villagers of LTTE held Eachchilampathu Vaharai division at Kallady LTTE political office ended abruptly following aerial strike on civilian targets in the area by Sri Lanka Air Force. Buildings of the Verugal Muhathuwaram Government Tamil School were damaged and two Tamil civilians were injured when Kifir jets dropped bombs on the area located about 750 meters away from the Kallady LTTE political office where the SLMM head had discussion with representatives of the villagers.
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Tamil civilian killed in army firing

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 06:41 GMT]
A 50-year old man was killed in Muttur east when Sri Lanka Army soldiers fired from Kaddaiparichchan camp, around 9 a.m., civil sources in the area said.
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Funeral of LTTE members killed in SLAF air strike held

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 06:20 GMT]
The funeral of 7 LTTE members killed in the air strike by the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) on Thursday in Kathiraveli was held at Aalankulam LTTE Hero's Cemetery in the Muttur East, Friday evening, LTTE sources said.
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Disappeared teen's body found in Karainagar

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 02:36 GMT]
The body of Thiyagalingam Senthan, 16, a student from Karainagar who was reported missing from 24th July by his parents, was found with gunshot wounds his residence in the Jaffna islet Friday, sources in Kayts said. A handgun, about 50 unused rounds, and a waist belt were found near his body, Kayts police said.
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Youth shot dead in Jaffna town

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 02:15 GMT]
Unknown gunmen riding in a motorbike shot dead a youth along Kasturiar Road in the center of Jaffna town at 8:30 p.m. Friday, sources in Jaffna said. Packiyarajah Visvakanthan, 32, was standing near the liquor store in front of Rajah Theater when he was shot.
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Kalmunai MC deplores attack on Lebanon, Palestine

[TamilNet, Saturday, 29 July 2006, 01:13 GMT]
The Kalmunai Municipal Council (KMC) Friday at its monthly meeting unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the indiscriminate attack by the State of Israel on Lebanon and Palestine. Mr.K.M.A Razak, councillor of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) proposed the motion and seconded by Mr.Henry Mahendran, leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) members in the council, sources said.
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Three Sri Lankan homeguards killed in Claymore ambush

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 19:00 GMT]
Three homeguards, riding in a motorbike, were killed in a Claymore ambush on Vavuniya Kebitigollawe Road around 6:45 p.m. Friday, Police said.
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Blast at Vavuniya EPDP office

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 17:15 GMT]
A grenade exploded at the Vavuniya office of the paramilitary Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) located at Kurumankadu, in Vavuniya, around 2.25 p.m, Friday. It was not confirmed if it was an attack or a bomb went off accidently, sources said. No damage was caused to the office.
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Attend to IDPs' woes to resolve water crisis, TNA tells GoSL

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 15:14 GMT]
The water crisis erupted over the closure of the Mavilaru sluice gate could be solved only by attending the urgent basic needs of several thousand internally displaced Tamil villagers from LTTE held Muttur east and now sheltered in LTTE held Eachchilampathu and Verugal division and not by aerial bombing and by artillery fire, said Mr.K.Thurairatnasingham, Trincomalee district parliamentarian in a statement released Friday evening.
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Eravur Muslims protest

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 12:32 GMT]
Large number of Muslims participated in a demonstration held Friday afternoon after Jumma prayers in Eravur Jamiul Akbar Mosque in Batticaloa district from 1.30 p.m. till 2.30 p.m. condemning the indiscriminate attack by the State of Israel on Lebanon and Palestine, sources said.
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SLA refuses permission for JHU parliamentarians to go to Mavilaru

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 12:12 GMT]
Venerable Athureliya Ratana Thera, parliamentary group leader of the all monks' party, Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) along with a fellow parliamentarian Venerable Akmeemana Dayaratna Thera began a hunger strike at Kallaru junction on Allai-Kantalai road Friday morning around 9.30 a.m. when the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) refused permission for them to go to the controversial Mavilaru area to reopen the closed sluice gate. About a hundred Sinhalese civilians with two more Buddhist months have also joined the fasting, civil sources said.
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WPPF quits All Party Conference

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 12:09 GMT]
Western Province People's Front (WPPF) leader, Mano Ganeshan, said Friday that his party is quitting the All Party Representatives group, political sources in Colombo said. "We joined the APC on the basis of exploring ways for the communities in Sri Lanka to live together. We now realize that the APC is an elaborate drama to fool the International Community," Mr Ganesan said.
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Police constable shot dead in Amparai

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 11:20 GMT]
Jeyapalan Rajendran, 36, who was abducted from near Mandanai Refugee Camp Thursday afternoon, was found shot to death at 7:00 a.m. Friday, Thirukkovil Police said.
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4th UNP MP joins Rajapakse govt., becomes deputy minister

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 11:07 GMT]
Sri Lankan opposition United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian for Anuradhapura district, W. B. Ekanayaka, who joined the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government was sworn in as Deputy Minister for Highways before SL President Mahinda Rajapksa on Friday. Ekanayaka is the 4th UNP member to join the Rajapakse government since November.
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British diplomats meet Thamilchelvan in Kilinochchi

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 10:25 GMT]
A British diplomatic delegation led by British deputy high commissioner Lesley Craig met with LTTE Head of Political Wing, S.P. Thamilchelvan, at the LTTE Peace Secretariat offices in Kilinochchi at 11:20 a.m. Friday, LTTE sources from Kilinochchi said.
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Finland to withdraw truce monitors from Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 09:27 GMT]
Finland has decided to withdraw it's members of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) from Sri Lanka. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), recently reiterated their stand that the formal process of ceasefire monitoring required a scrupulous commitment to neutrality in Sri Lanka's conflict, which was compromised by the EU ban and responded to Norway's initial request of 6 months to replace monitors within a shorter time frame, and later extended the time frame for two months, till September 01. The Norwegian Special Envoy Jon-Hanssen Bauer is sheduled to visit Sri Lanka to discuss the process forward.
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Grenade blast injures SLA soldier, civilian

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 08:35 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army soldier (SLA) and a civilian passer-by was injured in a grenade blast at Thaddatheru junction, on the KKS road in Jaffna, around 10 a.m., Friday.
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SLA move towards Mavilaru defeated - LTTE

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 08:05 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) operation launched from Welikande towards Mavilaru in Vaharai region Friday morning was defeated by the Tigers at Thonithandamadu, 15 km off the reservoir, said I. Ilanthirayan, the military spokesman of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Shells were fired by the withdrawing SLA forces, he further said.
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Three-wheeler explodes at LTTE FDL in Batticaloa, 2 killed

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 07:28 GMT]
Two persons who were travelling in a three-wheeler from the SLA controlled territory were killed when explosives in their vehicle exploded at the gateway of the LTTE held Monkeykattu area in Vavunathivu in Batticaloa district, Friday noon. The three- wheeler was destroyed in the explosion, LTTE officials in Batticaloa said. The victims were suspected be persons who were abducted by the Sri Lankan troopers and their paramilitaries as a person left the three-wheeler towards SLA FDL seconds before the three-wheeler exploded.
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Two policemen shot dead in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Friday, 28 July 2006, 07:06 GMT]
Two policemen were shot dead by unidentified men at Poompuhar in Palaiyootu, a suburb, about 3 k.m. off Trincomalee town, around 12.15 p.m, Friday.
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Villagers lay conditions to reopen Mavilaru sluice gates

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 July 2006, 20:10 GMT]
Villagers of Liberation Tigers held Muttur east and Eachchilampathu division in Trincomalee district Thursday laid three conditions to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) for re-opening the closed Mavilaru sluice gate. Tamil villagers said at a discussion with the SLMM monitors held at Pallikudiruppu in LTTE held Muttur east Thursday afternoon that they would allow the LTTE to reopen the sluice gates only after their conditions are met. Mr.S.Elilan LTTE Trincomalee district political head also participated, LTTE sources said.
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6 killed, 5 LTTE cadres, 3 civilians wounded in SLAF bombing

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 July 2006, 13:13 GMT]
Six Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres were killed and five wounded when Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir jets bombed a camp of the Tigers in Kathiraveli, 40 km southeast of Trincomalee town, in LTTE controlled Vakarai region Thursday around 3:30 p.m., Trincomalee District Political Head of the Tigers, S. Elilan said. Three civilians were also wounded in the attack, according to Mr. Elilan.
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SL Navy attacks fishermen in the seas off Mullaithivu

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 July 2006, 08:35 GMT]
Dvora Fast Attack Crafts of Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Thursday early morning attacked fishing vessels off Mullaithivu coast in Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled territory. One fisherman, a tsunami surviver, escaped narrowly from the attack, but lost his Don Bosco gifted boat and nets. The fishermen who had gone for fishing in 10 boats at 3:30 a.m. were attacked by the SLN FACs around 6:30 a.m. in the morning. Ten boats managed to reach the shore before the Dvora gunboats approached the site, according to fishermen who escaped from the attack.
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Former president of Fisheries Society shot dead

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 July 2006, 08:17 GMT]
Former president of a Fisheries Society in Pt.Pedro was shot dead at his home in Supparmadam by unidentified men riding a motorbike, around 7.30 a.m., Thursday. The incident occured about 100 metres from Sri Lanka Army's 52-4 Brigade Camp.
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SLAF Kfir bombers attack Mullaithivu village

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 July 2006, 08:12 GMT]
Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir bombers Thursday morning dropped bombs from high altitude near a civilian settlement, Keppapulavu, 7.3 km west of Mullaithivu, around 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
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Man shot dead in Trinco, grenade attack in Mannar town

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 July 2006, 07:17 GMT]
A Tamil civilian was shot dead by unidentified men at Chinabay, about 9 k.m. southwest of Trincomalee, along Kinniya-Trincomalee road, around 7 p.m., Wednesday. M.Sivakumar, 34, father of two, was shot dead at his home, police sources said. Meanwhile, a policeman and a civilian passer-by were injured when unidentified men lobbed a grenade at the police party in front of the public library building in Mannar town centre, around 9.35 a.m., Thursday, police sources in the north-western town said.
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Claymore blast kills SLA trooper, civilians injured in retaliation

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 July 2006, 03:41 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier was killed in a claymore explosion targetted at the SLA road clearing patrol along Jaffna-Kankesanthurai road near Jaffna Hindu College at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, security sources in Jaffna said. Five civilians were injured when the SLA troopers opened fire indiscriminately and assulted pedestrians following the explosion.
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Thirukovil residents appeal for denied Tsunami aid

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 July 2006, 01:06 GMT]
More than 100 families from Thampiluvil south and west, demonstrated in front of the Thirukkovil local authority office from 9:00 a.m. for two hours Wednesday, demanding that their names be added to the list of Tsunami victims eligible to receive Tsunami-disaster relief, said Batticaloa sources. The demonstrators allege that their names were deliberately omitted from the Tsunami victim list by the local authorities when the orignal list was prepared for the disaster relief programme, sources said.
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Thinakkural distributor killed in explosion in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 27 July 2006, 00:11 GMT]
Mariathas Manojanraj, 23, a distributor of Yarl Thinakural and Veerakesari, was killed in a claymore explosion on Rasa Road, near Nilavarai Deep well on his way from Atchuvely to Jaffna at 4:00 a.m. Thursday, sources in Jaffna said. Manojanraj was riding motorbike to collect Thursday issues of the papers from the Jaffna Thinakkural office for distribution in Atchuvely when the explosion occurred, sources said.
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Colombo caused Mavilaru crisis - Elilan

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 15:48 GMT]
Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir jets, on Wednesday evening, bombed Mavilaru site in Vakarai, where protesting Tamil civilians had closed water supply running through LTTE controlled area towards the GoSL controlled area. The protesters were demanding Colombo not to abandon the project to supply drinking water to Tamil areas, according to S. Elilan, LTTE Trincomalee District political head. Truce monitors intervened and mediated between the Tigers and Colombo to a solution. In the meantime, the SLAF has bombed the area, making the crisis worse, charged Elilan Wednesday night. He said that LTTE has decided to reconsider the decision of lifting the water blockade.
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DPU Claymore hits MPCS lorry in Mannar, 2 wounded

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 15:38 GMT]
A lorry belonging to Madhu Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society (MPCS) was attacked by a Claymore mine placed inside the LTTE held Panichchankulam in the Mannar district Wednesday morning around 11.30 a.m. The driver and cleaner of the lorry were injured. The Claymore mine was allegedly placed by the Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), civil sources said.
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SLAF Kfir jets bomb Vaakarai, 2 civilians wounded

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 14:15 GMT]
Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir jets bombed thrice Mavilaru in Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled Vaakarai region in Trincomalee district Wednesday between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Two civilians, wounded in the bombing were rushed to Eachilampattu hospital, medical sources said. The wounded civilians were from Thonithandamadu, located close to Mavilaru, located in Serunuwara division. Two houses were destroyed in SLAF bombing, according to S. Elilan, LTTE's Trincomalee District Political Head. Colombo has chosen, according to SLAF spokesperson, to bomb the area following a dispute over water supply from Verukal river.
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SL Government must be held accountable for violence - Canadian Parliamentarian

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 11:05 GMT]
“We [Canada] should be using our influence as an aid donor, as a fellow Commonwealth nation to hold the SL government to a standard of conduct where extra judicial killings, bombing of civilian villages and human rights abuses do not continue with impunity.” said Albina Guarnieri, an opposition parliamentarian addressing a ten thousand strong crowd gathered in Dundas Square, Toronto on Monday July 24th to commemorate the anniversary of Black July. Raymond Cho, a Toronto city councilor, spoke about the need to redefine terrorism while Tim Dobson, from the Conservative Party, underscored the importance of educating people about the Tamil people’s struggle.
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Black July remembrance held in Australian cities

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 10:55 GMT]
Candle light vigils and 24-hour fasts were held in several cities across Australia in the 23rd year anniversary remembrance of the victims of 'Black July.' Nearly thousand people assembled in the heart of Sydney at Martin Place to attend a candle light vigil held between 5 pm and 7 pm on Tuesday 25th July. In Melbourne Tamils were joined by their Australian friends and parliamentarians in a 24 hour fast. A vigil was also held in Brisbane City Centre where leaflets were distributed.
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Delay in relief adds to Muttur IDPs woes

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 10:09 GMT]
Although three months have passed since the internal displacement of several hundreds of Tamil people from Muttur east to other areas following attacks by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on April 25, only two weeks dry ration relief have been provided to the IDPs till now, said Mr.Elilan, Trincomalee district political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) addressing a group of public servants and representatives of non-governmental organizations working in the affected areas Tuesday morning, LTTE sources said.
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UN High Commissioner visits Kilinochchi

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 09:06 GMT]
António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Wednesday visited Kilinochchi, the de facto administration centre of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) administered Tamil territories and met with LTTE's Political Head, S. P. Thamilchelvan and M. Pavarasan, the Director of UN and NGO affairs of the Tamil administration, LTTE officials in Kilnochchi said.
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UNHCR High Commissioner visits Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 08:03 GMT]
Mr. Antonio Guterres, the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees began a three-day visit Sri Lanka, Tuesday. The visit will be the first by a head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the country, where it has been working with conflict-displaced people since 1987, according to UN news centre.
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Man shot dead, another injured in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 07:16 GMT]
A young man was shot dead and another was injured in two seperate incidents, Wednesday morning in Vavuniya, police in the northern town said.
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SLA soldier killed, trooper, policeman injured

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 07:06 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier was killed and another was injured in an attack at Kokkuveli in Thandikkulam, 5 km. north of Vavuniya, police in the northern town said. Further west, in a separate incident, a policeman was injured in a grenade attack at a sentry post at Kattukaraikulam Reservoir along Mannar-Uyilankulam road, around 7.10 a.m, Wednesday, police in Mannar said.
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Surge in Mannar residents fleeing to South India

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 01:55 GMT]
Increasing number of residents of Mannar district have started fleeing to South India by boats following the escalation in number of abductions, and killings of several Tamil civilians by State armed forces and Deep Penetration Units of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), civil sources said.
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Youth shot dead, two injured in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 01:44 GMT]
Unidentified men riding a motobike shot and killed a youth at Punnalaikadduvan south, around 6 p.m., Tuesday, sources in Jaffna said. Two others were seriously injured in the shooting. Local residents blamed the paramilitary operatives collaborating with the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) for the shooting. Residents said the SLA soldiers were searching for the three youths and that the three had been assaulted by Sri Lanka Armed forces earlier.
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SLA troopers kill two civilians following grenade attack

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 00:40 GMT]
Contrary to claims by Sri Lanka Military sources that Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers shot dead two LTTE cadres in Urumpirai after a grenade attack on the SLA sentry at 3.00 p.m Tuesday, investigations conducted at the scene, the same night by Additional Magistrate Mr. Srinithi Nandasekeran revealed that the two men killed were innocent civilians, legal sources said.
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Two policemen injured in Vavuniya grenade attack

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 16:33 GMT]
Two Sri Lankan Policemen were injured in a grenade attack at a sentry post at Goodshed road in Vavuniya, police in the northern town said.
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Thousands gather in Hyde Park remembrance

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 13:11 GMT]
Thousands of British Tamils are gathering in London’s Hyde Park to remember the thousands of fellow Tamils massacred in the July 1983 pogrom. The event, organised by the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO) on behalf of the expatriate Tamil community, is taking place in the centre of the Royal park Tuesday afternoon.
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Claymore blast injures 2 policemen in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 07:29 GMT]
Two policemen were injured in a claymore blast at Aadiyapatham road in Nallur, a suburb of Jaffna town, around 11 a.m., Tuesday. The bomb was fixed to a parked bicycle, the police said.
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Home Guard, Tamil civilian killed in Serunuwara

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 01:43 GMT]
Unidentified persons shot dead Nagarajah Suntharalingam, 34, Poonagar in Eachchilampathu on Monday morning in the Seruvila police division. Meanwhile Serunuwara Police Monday recovered the body of a home guard identified as Nissanka Ranjith Bandara at Sri Mangalapura, a Sinhala settlement located close to Serunuwara police station, police sources said.
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EPDP member shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 01:15 GMT]
Emily Janoos, 58, a senior member of the paramilitary Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP), an ally of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, was shot dead at Uoorkavatturai, on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. by unknown gunmen, sources said.
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Psychiatric evaluation ordered for accused SLA soldiers in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 00:53 GMT]
Jaffna District Magistrate, E. T. Vignarajah, Monday, ordered psychiatric assessment for the three Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers accused of threatening Jaffna Additional Magistrate Ms. Srinithi Nanthisekaran with death, to asses their mental status, after police officers at courts expressed doubts over the mental stability of the soldiers, legal sources in Jaffna said.
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South Eastern University undergrads protest

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 00:18 GMT]
Undergrads and members of the academia of the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka (SEUSL) Monday held a one-hour demonstration in the university premises in Oluvil in the Amparai district condemning the military onslaught by the State of Israel on Lebanon and Palestine, sources said.
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SLA soldier killed in Mannar firefight

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 00:11 GMT]
One Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier was killed when unidentified gunmen, waiting in ambush, fired at a group of soldiers at Kaddaiadampan along Mannar-Madawachchi main road at 2:15 p.m. Monday, sources said.
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Bodies of two Tamil youths recovered in Thirukovil

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 July 2006, 11:58 GMT]
Thirukovil Police recovered bullet riddled bodies of two Tamil youths at Kalappu area in Porakalappu, Vinayagapuram in Thirukovil Monday morning around 8:00 a.m. The bodies have been identified as belonging to Kandiah Thivakaran, 21, a mason by profession of Kali Kovil Road of Vinayagapuram and Jeyapragasam Jeyaraj, 23, a labourer, civil sources said.
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Man shot dead in Karainagar

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 July 2006, 08:46 GMT]
A 45-year-old man was found shot dead in Karainagar, an islet located 16 km northwest of Jaffna.
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Senior EPDP member shot dead in Colombo

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 July 2006, 02:47 GMT]
Unidentified men shot and killed Maha Kanapathipillai, a Senior member of the paramilitary Eelam Peoples Democractic Party (EPDP), an ally of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, around 6:45 a.m. Monday, in Wellawatte, Colombo. Maha Kanapathipillai was responsible for Public Relations of EPDP leader Douglas Devananda who is the Sri Lankan Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare.
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Muslim civilian shot dead in Thoppur

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 17:41 GMT]
Two masked men riding a motorbike shot dead Cassim Bawa Abdul Rahim,44, in Thoppur in Muttur division in Trincomalee district, around 6 a.m. Saturday, while he was returning home after morning prayers in a mosque in his village, Thoppur police said.
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Tamil youth shot dead in Kachchakodithivu

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 17:40 GMT]
Sri Lankan Army (SLA) shot dead a Tamil civilian N.Suthakar (30) of Palamppadru in Thampalakamam division Saturday afternoon around 3 p.m. This incident had taken place at Kachchakodithivu village in Kinniya division, police sources said.
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Indian PM wants Tamil grievances addressed – Sunday Leader

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 16:12 GMT]
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed serious concern at the lack of progress on the peace front in Colombo and called for the legitimate grievances of the Tamil people to be addressed urgently, the Sunday Leader reported this week. Meanwhile a Sri Lankan delegation has rushed to China on security-related matters, the paper added.
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Two youths shot dead in Nallur, Jaffna

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 14:08 GMT]
Two youths were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Kalviyangkadu within the Jaffna Municipal perimeter were shot dead by unknown gunmen who followed the youths on a motorbike at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, sources in Jaffna said.
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Teacher Volunteer Force formed in Muttur east

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 13:16 GMT]
"Thamileelam freedom struggle has attained a new dimension with the full participation of Thamileelam people and not confined only to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). How can then anyone ban our freedom struggle?" asked Mr.S.Elilan, Trincomalee district of the LTTE addressing the graduation event of a group of teachers who underwent military training under the Rural Volunteer Force held at Eachchilampathu division in Trincomalee district Saturday evening, LTTE sources said.
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TNA accuses SL Armed Forces for attack on MP's residence

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 12:25 GMT]
Condemning in "strongest possible terms this cowardly act on a democratically elected Member of Parliament," the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in a press release issued Sunday said it has not the slightest doubt that this has been carried out by the "Government Paramilitary Groups and the Government Armed Forces in direct contravention of the Ceasefire Agreement and the agreements reached in Geneva in February 2006." The release added: "It is the refusal of the Sri Lankan Government to deal with its Paramilitary Groups and its Armed Forces as per the Ceasefire Agreement and the Geneva agreements that has been the single most destabilizing factor of the Peace Process."
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SLA arrests four in Vavuniya roundup

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 12:09 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers conducted an early morning cordon and search operation in Suthanthirapuram area in Vavuniya Sunday and arrested four civilians on suspicion of having links with Liberation Tigers, Vanni district parliamentarian Sivanathan Kishor said. The arrested four have been transferred to the Vavuniya Police Sunday afternoon after the relatives complained to the parliamentarian who intervened on their behalf.
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Black July awareness campaign in South Africa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 10:48 GMT]
Expatriate Tamils in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, began a three day awareness campaign of the July 1983 events in Sri Lanka, Tamil Coordinting Committee officials in South Africa said. The event starting from 22nd July is being organized at the Chatsworth Shopping Center in Kwazulu Natal, with poster displays and screening of July 1983 and current events in Sri Lanka, organizers said.
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Two SLN soldiers injured in Velani grenade attack

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 10:11 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) soldiers were injured, one seriously, when unknown gunmen riding in a motorbike hurled hand grenades at the soldiers engaged in security duties in Vankalavady in Velanai Jaffna Islet at 11:50 a.m. Sunday, sources in Jaffna said. The seriously injured soldier has been transported to Palaly military hospital.
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Tamil youths detained in MI operated Secret Detention Centres in south - UNP MP

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 08:33 GMT]
Sri Lankan Military Intelligence (MI) is operating secret detention centres in Dematagoda, Kiribathgoda and in several other secret locations elsewhere, charged T. Maheswaran a Tamil parliamentarian from the opposition United National Party (UNP) in Parliament on Friday when an adjournment motion to censure the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government for failing to arrest the killers of the Sinhala investigative journalist Sampath Lakmal, tabled by Kalutura District UNP MP Rajitha Seneratne, was taken up in the Sri Lanka’s Parliament.
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SLA informer gunned down in Mallakam, Jaffna

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 08:23 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a person, Thirunavukarasu, 67, in Mallakam around 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Police said.
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Two persons shot dead in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 08:06 GMT]
Two persons, a Tamil and a Sinhalese, were found shot dead at a graveyard in Thonikkal, 2 km from Vavuniya, Police said. Police suspected that the victims were persons involved in petty theft and burglary in Vavuniya area for a long time.
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Fisheries Society President feared abducted

[TamilNet, Sunday, 23 July 2006, 06:47 GMT]
President of the Aathikovilady Fisheries Society and Board member of the Federation of Fisheries Societies, Vadamaradchi North, Mr.Rasathurai Inthirarajah,38, has been reported "missing" since Friday, 21 July.
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Man shot dead near Jaffna town

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 July 2006, 17:22 GMT]
A. Nagamani, 55, a civilian from Ottumadam located 3 km from Jaffna town was shot dead by unknown gunmen in front of his house at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, sources in Jaffna said. The gunmen called Mr Nagamani to come out of the house and shot him dead in point blank range, relatives said.
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Two Tamil youths shot dead in Kalmunai

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 July 2006, 15:42 GMT]
Unidentified motorbike-gunmen shot and killed two Tamil youths at Periyaneelavanai on Kalmunai - Batticaloa Main Road Saturday at 2:05 p.m., Kalmunai Police said.
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TRO staffer recounts Army torture

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 July 2006, 15:34 GMT]
The statement by Kanthasami Sivasuthan, a Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) staffer in Kalvayal, Chavakachcheri who was arrested and tortured by Sri Lanka Army was released to the press Saturday. Kanthasami, Technical officer of NECORD project, was beaten and threatened by Sri Lanka Army Intelligence on 18 and 20 July.
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Young man shot dead in Kopay North, Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 July 2006, 09:54 GMT]
Motorbike-riding gunmen shot and killed a 28-year old man, Sinnamani Tharmarajah, 28, was on his way from his house located in Kopay North to a relative's home around 7:00 p.m. Friday. This is the third killing to be reported in Jaffna within a period of 24 hours.
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Men in white van abduct fisherman in Pt.Pedro

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 July 2006, 09:20 GMT]
A young fisherman was abducted by armed persons in a white van in Pt.Pedro in the Vadamaradchi sector of the Jaffna peninsula, around 8.30 a.m, Saturday, local residents said.
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68-year old man shot dead in Puttur East, Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 July 2006, 04:54 GMT]
A 68-year old man was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his house, located in Urani, Puttur East, Friday night.
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SLA soldier killed, 3 wounded in Meesalai Claymore attack

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 July 2006, 04:14 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier was killed and 3 seriously wounded in a Claymore mine explosion that took place at Meesalai, 4 km northeast of Chavakacheri in Thenmaradchi sector of Jaffna district around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Traffic through A9 at Messalai was blocked and a cordon and search operation was launched by the SLA troopers.
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Colombo Muslims protest against Gaza, Lebanon attacks

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 July 2006, 01:24 GMT]
Hundreds of Muslim demonstrators and their supporters protested in Colombo expressing support to the Palestinian government and Hezbolla organization of Lebanon, and shouting slogans against a US and Israel, along Galle Road between Bambalapiitya and Colpetty Friday, sources in Colombo said.
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SLA vehicle accident injures 3 civilians in Kopay

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 July 2006, 00:22 GMT]
A mother and her two children were injured when a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) truck travelling at high speed collided with a privately owned passenger van, trapping and injuring the three riding a bicycle in Kopay, Valigamam East, along Jaffna Point-Pedro road at 5:30 p.m. Friday, sources in Jaffna said.
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Jeyananthamoorthy MP's house attacked

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 July 2006, 16:57 GMT]
Two Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) were fired into the house of Batticaloa Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamil National Alliance, S. Jeyananthamoorthy, Friday at 9:15 p.m. The parliamentarian, his wife and two children with their relatives, narrowly escaped the attack that caused damage to the roof of the house located in Batticaloa town. A policeman providing security was wounded in the attack.
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Young woman shot dead in Jaffna town

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 July 2006, 13:53 GMT]
A young woman was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, riding a motorbike, in front of Nathan cinema at Kanthapasegaram road in the Jaffna town centre, around 1:15 p.m., Friday, police said.
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Two Mannar Tamils reported missing

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 July 2006, 12:34 GMT]
Fourteen year old student, Anton Reginald of Murugan Kovil Road, Keeri, and Soosaippar Victor Cross, 44, of Pesalai in Mannar district are reported missing, according to complaints lodged with the Mannar regional office of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) by their relatives, civil sources said.
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Eastern Muslims protest against Israel attack on Lebanon

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 July 2006, 11:42 GMT]
Large number of Muslim people participated in a demonstration held Friday after Jumma prayers in Oluvil village in the Amparai district condemning the indiscriminate aerial and ground attack on Lebanon and Palestine by the State of Israel. Hundreds of Muslims went in a procession from the premises of Oluvil Jumma Mosque to Oluvil playgrounds and burnt the national flags of the United States of America and Israel, and the effigy of Israel Prime Minister, sources said.
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Paramilitaries abduct 2 youths in Valaichenai

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 July 2006, 10:02 GMT]
Paramilitary cadres, Thursday night abducted 2 youths, Loganathan Kajan, 20, Pechamman temple road, Valaichenai and Muththurasa Prabakaran, 27, Kalkudah road, Valaichenai, from the villages in Valaichenai Police area in Batticaloa district, sources said. Parents of the abducted children, gripped by fear and insecurity, have not made complaints to the Police, village residents said.
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Magistrate rules Sathurukondan deaths were murders

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 July 2006, 09:58 GMT]
An inquest into the deaths of two abducted men from Sathurukondan was held before Acting Batticaloa District Magistrate, Vinobha Indran, on Wednesday evening. The men, Murugesu Sivakumar, 24, and Satkunam Suthakaran, 33, were separately abducted from their homes in Sathurukondan on Sunday and were shot dead on Wednesday at Paalameenmadu, allegedly by paramilitaries working with the Sri Lankan Armed forces. The magistrate ruled that both deaths were murders, legal sources said.
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Swedish Envoy meets LTTE Political Head

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 July 2006, 08:27 GMT]
"The International Community should exert pressure on Colombo to put an immediate end to military campaign in occupied Tamil territories, respect the status-quo, implement the CFA and engage in talks," LTTE's Political Head S. P. Thamilchelvan told media after meeting Swedish Envoy Anders Oljelund at LTTE's Political Secretariat in Kilinochchi Friday. "The International Community should identify the one-sided exercises - the All Party Conference and the so-called expert panel - that are aimed at diverting attention from the real issues at stake," he further said.
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Man killed in SLA gunfire after grenade attack in Gurunagar

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 July 2006, 02:23 GMT]
A man believed to be a local resident was killed when Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers opened fire indiscriminately after two unknown assailants hurled a hand grenade into the SLA sentry located near St.Patricks College junction in Gurunagar Jaffna at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, sources in Jaffna said. The body is lying 50 meters from the sentry point and has not been identified. The alleged assailants escaped after throwing the grenade, according to sources.
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Constitutional safeguards proved inadequate – High Commissioner

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 July 2006, 00:57 GMT]
Britain’s trust in the safeguards built into the constitution of Ceylon at independence was misplaced and their weakness is to blame for the island’s present problems, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Mr. Dominic John Chilcott, said in an interview with the Sunday Virakesari. In a wide-ranging interview last weekend, Mr. Chilcott said that LTTE and the Sri Lanka government must now negotiate an end to the conflict. The UK and the United States were in agreement on their policies on Sri Lanka, he also said, adding that India also wants a negotiated solution to the conflict.
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EU special envoy to visit Killinochchi

[TamilNet, Friday, 21 July 2006, 00:03 GMT]
Mr.Andres Oljelund, special envoy of the European Union (EU), will fly to Killinochchi in LTTE held Wanni region Friday, and hold discussion with the LTTE political leadership over the question of monitors of the EU member countries serving in the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), sources said. LTTE has given Royal Government of Norway until 1st September to replace the monitors from the Nordic countries Sweden, Denmark and Finland which are also members of the EU.
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EPDP supporter shot dead in Atchuvely

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 21:29 GMT]
Unknown gunmen shot dead Selvar Yogan, 60, a supporter of Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP), at 8:00 p.m. in Atchuvely, Valigamam East Thursday, sources from Jaffna said. The gunmen requested Mr Yogan to come out the house and shot him at point blank range before escaping from the area, according to local residents.
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SLA soldiers gun down MPCS branch manager in Mannar

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 16:18 GMT]
The Manager of Manthai South Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society (MPCS) branch in Uyilankulam, was gunned down by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troopers at Manatkulam Junction, 14 km southeast of Mannar town, while he was returning home. Police said that the MPCS manager was hit when SLA troopers opened fire after a grenade attack on the checkpost. The incident took place around 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
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TRO officer assaulted by SLA troops in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 15:13 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers severly assaulted a Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) officer at Varani, northeast of Jaffna twon, Thursday, TRO officials said. The TRO field-officer was blind-folded, taken inside an army bunker located within the premises of a SLA mini-camp at Thaavalai Iyatalai area, and was assaulted, according to a complaint made by the TRO's District Office with the Human Rights Commission in the northern peninsula.
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Shop owner shot dead in Kokkuvil

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 14:49 GMT]
Motorbike riding gunmen shot and killed a shop owner at Kolapiddy junction in Kokkuvil, a suburb of Jaffna town, inside the Sri Lanka Army High Security Zone (HSZ), around 6.30p.m., Thursday. Local residents blamed paramilitaries collaborating with Sri Lanka Army for the killing.
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4 civilians injured in SLA fire in Nallur

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 14:42 GMT]
Four civilians were injured when Sri Lanka Army soldiers fired at random following a grenade blast at Wyman road-Pt.Pedro road junction, in Nallur, a suburb of Jaffna town, around 5.30 p.m., Thursday, civilians sources said.
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Navy convoy hits civilian vehicle, seven injured

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 13:10 GMT]
Seven civilians including a foreign woman married to a Sri Lankan were injured when a bus carrying sailors in Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) convoy crashed into their multi-passenger vehicle which was parked along the Inner Harbour Road in Trincomalee town to give way to the convoy. The accident took place Thursday evening around 4:00 p.m., police sources said.
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4 NEIAP officials wounded in DPU Claymore attack

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 10:20 GMT]
Three officials of World Bank funded North-East Irrigated Agriculture Project (NEIAP) and the driver of their pickup vehicle, belonging to Mannar District Secretariat, were wounded in a Claymore carried out by the Sri Lanka Army Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) attackers in Kokupadaiyan, 28 km southeast of Mannar town, Thursday around 2:45 p.m. The incident took place on Slivathurai - Mullikulam Road between Kallaru and Kokkupadaiyan, civilian sources said. The officials escaped with minor wounds, medical sources said.
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Court orders port workers to suspend work-to-rule

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 10:04 GMT]
The weeklong work-to-rule campaign by port workers which crippled the loading and unloading activities of the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) came to an end following an enjoining order issued by the Colombo District Judge restraining ten trade unions involved in the union action on an application filed by the SLPA, legal sources said.
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Kalmunaikudi residents protest, demand permanent housing

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 09:40 GMT]
A group of tsunami affected families in Kalmunaikudi area in Amparai district protested in front of the Divisional Secretariat office Wednesday against the failure of the Government authorities to provide permanent houses, civil sources said. The Kalmunaikudi Divisional Secretariat office did not work following the protest. Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse gave the Kalmunaikudi residents three months ago that the Government would provide houses within a short period.
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Three Tamil auxilliaries wounded in DPU Claymore attack

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 08:13 GMT]
Three members of Tamileelam auxilliary forces who were patrolling in Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled Semamadu in Vavuniya district, were wounded in a Claymore blast carried out by the Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) of the Sri Lanka Army, Tamileelam Police sources in Kilinochchi said. The Claymore attack was reported at 11:45 a.m. Thursday.
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Another man wounded in Irupalai shooting

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 06:19 GMT]
A man who escaped from the killers in front of Koapy Teachers Training College was admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital Wednesday night. Attackers belived to be Sri Lanka Army operated men, riding in motorbike without number-plate, opened fire on persons who were leaving a playground in front of the Kopay training college Wednesday evening. Two youths were rushed to hospital Wednesday evening.
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Two men shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 06:10 GMT]
Men riding in motorbikes shot and killed two young men in two separate incidents in Jaffna, Thursday morning, police and hospital sources said. Civilian sources alleged that the killers were paramilitaries collaborating with Sri Lanka Army (SLA).
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Indian Women Press Corps meet SL President

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 01:51 GMT]
Members of the Indian Women Press Corps led by Editor at Indian Express, Ms Coomi Kapoor, met with Sri Lanka's President, Mahinda Rajapakse, at Temple Trees Wednesday, political sources in Colombo said. The goodwill visit was arranged by the office of the President according to informed sources.
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SLMM meets SLA soldier under LTTE captivity

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 01:12 GMT]
Members of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) met with captive Lance Corporal Karunaratne at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at the LTTE's Thenaham building in Karadiyanaaru, LTTE sources in Batticaloa said. Karunaratne was captured by the Liberation Tigers during a clandestine cross border incursion of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) into LTTE held territory on early morrning of 14 July.
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Twelve tractors and eight lorries disappear in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 20 July 2006, 00:20 GMT]
Twelve tractors and eight lorries which went to Batticaloa, Karimichchai and Vaharai areas Monday from Valaichchenai and other villages to transport building materials are reported to have been abducted. Police and human rights organizations have not received any complaints on the disappearances, civil sources said.
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Judge reprimands Allaipiddy Investigations Officer

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 19:59 GMT]
Kayts district court Judge, Mr. Jeyaraman Trotsky during Tuesday's hearing into the alleged Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) killings of civilians in Allaipiddy in Jaffna islets, warned high ranking police officer Mahes Perera and his investigation team that charges of contempt to court may have to be brought against them for failing to appear before the Court, legal sources said. Mr Mahes Perera and his team are tasked to inquire into the Allaipiddy killings and to submit the inquiry report.
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Two youths shot in Irupalai, Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 14:17 GMT]
Motobike riding gunmen allegedly associated with Sri Lanka Army (SLA) shot two youths who emerged from a playground in front of Kopay Teachers Training college Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. and escaped in the motorbike without a number-plate, residents in Irupalai said.
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Kinniya volunteer teachers join protest fast

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 11:15 GMT]
Volunteer teachers in Kinniya division in Trincomalee district also joined Wednesday morning in the fasting campaign, demanding permanency, launched by volunteer teachers now being held in Batticaloa and Kalkudah education zones on rotation basis, sources said.
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Eachchilampathu IDP families' woes spotlighted

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 11:10 GMT]
The deteriorating welfare of the internally displaced people (IDP) now sheltered in Eachchilampathu was discussed in meeting attended by Divisional Secretary Mr.V.Umamaheswaran and representatives of national and international non-governmental organizations held on Wednesday morning in Eachchilampathu Sri Shembaga Vidiyalyam, sources said.
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LTTE cadre killed in clash with SLA DPU in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 10:50 GMT]
LTTE cadres Wednesday morning around 6:00 a.m. thwarted an attempt by a group of soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) to enter into the LTTE held area through its forward defence line located in Eachchilampathu division, south of Trincomalee district, LTTE sources said.
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Tamil youth shot dead in Allesgarden

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 10:43 GMT]
Unidentified men shot dead a Tamil civilian, Mr.Gunarasa Thevan, 34, at Puthukudiruppu in Allesgarden, a suburb about 3 km north of Trincomalee town Wednesday afternoon around 1.45 pm. police sources said.
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Two abducted Sathurukondan youths, found shot dead

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 08:22 GMT]
Paramilitary Karuna cadres who abducted two young men from Sathurukondan village 4 km northwest of Batticaloa on Sunday, were found shot dead on Bar Road at Paalameenmadu, 2 km east of Batticaloa, Wednesday morning, Batticaloa Police said.
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Claymore mine hits SLA convoy, 3 killed, 11 wounded

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 07:02 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army Captain, a Lieutenant and a Lance Corporal were killed and 11 other troopers wounded when a bus carrying the troopers was ambushed with a Claymore mine near Maruthanarmadam Junction, 8.5 km northeast of Jaffna town at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday. Five of the eleven SLA troopers wounded in the ambush, were in serious condition, SLA sources said. The soldiers opened fire indiscriminately for fifteen minutes and beat up the civilians in the area after the attack. Three civilians were rushed to Jaffna hospital, residents said.
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Counselling Diploma Course commences in SE University

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 15:54 GMT]
The Professional Diploma Course in Counselling for the Year 2006/07 in Tamil medium was inaugurated in the South Eastern University of Sri Lanka (SEUSL) under the Centre for Extension Studies (CES) Sunday evening. Eighty persons, including teachers, workers of non-governmental organizations and from other spheres have been admitted for the second batch of this course.
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Eight injured as roadside bomb explodes in Anpuvallipuram

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 13:08 GMT]
Eight civilians, all Tamil women, were injured in an explosion that took place Tuesday afternoon around 3 p.m. in Anpuvallipuram, a suburb along Trincomalee-Anuradhapuram road located about 3 km off east port town. The women were engaged in shramadana (voluntary work) campaign cleaning the side walks along the road when the explosion occurred, police said.
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Homes burnt in factional fighting in Eravur

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 11:06 GMT]
At least 12 residential homes were set ablaze in Iyankerni saspuram in Batticaloa, before nightfall on Monday, during factional fighting amongst the villagers, said Eravur police. The hacking to death of a local mason, Savuntharan Chandrakumar, 23, outside the village grocery shop by unidentified persons Friday night, is suspected to be the likely cause of the violence, police sources added.
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Bodies of two youths recovered from Sathurukondan

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 10:32 GMT]
Batticaloa Police Tuesday morning recovered bodies of two youths with gun shot wounds from shrub jungles in Swiss village in Sathurukondan, Batticaloa, police sources said. Murugupillai Mahadevan, 26, and Chinniah Somasunderam, 31, were abducted from their relatives house 8 p.m. Monday night by unknown gunmen. The gunmen allegedly shot dead the youths, dumped their bodies and escaped.
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SLA shelling injures civilian in Vakaneri

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 06:17 GMT]
A civilian was injured when shells fired Sri Lanka Army soldiers from Punani camp hit Vakaneri, about 37 km. northwest of Batticaloa, Monday morning. More than 50 shells hit the village, Dayamohan, Batticaloa district LTTE political head told TamilNet.
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Civilian killed in blast shock, 4 SLA soldiers, 2 civilians wounded in Thenmaradchi

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 06:04 GMT]
A saloon owner standing outside his business was killed in blast shock and four Sri Lanka Army soldiers (SLA) were injured when their tractor was hit by a road side Claymore mine at Kodikamam in the Thenmaradchi sector of the Jaffna peninsula, around 9:00 a.m., Tuesday. Two SLA soldiers and a 70-years old civilian who was inside the saloon, were seriously wounded. A saloon worker was also wounded.
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LTTE appeals to Trinco Tamils not to flee

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 01:12 GMT]
Trincomalee district political secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a statement issued Monday appealed to Tamil people in the district "not to give room for the enemy" to forcefully occupy their own lands by leaving their homes to other areas and countries fearing violence.
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Volunteer teachers continue protest

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 00:50 GMT]
About forty seven volunteer teachers Monday re-commenced their fasting rotation basis demanding permanency in front of the Batticaloa Zonal Education Office in Batticaloa as their protest held in front of Kalkudah Zonal Education Office located in Valaichchenai from last Tuesday failed to produce positive response, sources said.
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Lions Club of Trincomalee Town gets new President

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 00:02 GMT]
Mr.A.S.James Samathar, an industrialist has been appointed President of the Lions Club of Trincomalee for the ensuing year 2006-2007. The installation of new office bearers and the fifteenth charter event of the Trincomalee Town Lions Club were held Sunday at Trincomalee New Silver Star Hotel. Mr. Asoka Premaretna, Past District Governor of Lions Club administered oaths of allegiance to the new President and other officials, sources said.
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Muttur east schools to conduct special session for IDP students

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 July 2006, 16:50 GMT]
Classes for internally displaced students in Muttur east would be held in schools in the afternoon after the first session for students of the area in the morning. This decision has been taken at a discussion held in Ilankaithurai Muhathuwaram School in Eachchilampathu division Monday morning. Principals and teachers of schools now functioning in Eachchilampathu division participated in the discussion. The objective of the discussion was to provide uninterrupted education to internally displaced students from Muttur east coastal villages following continuous artillery fire by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), sources said.
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One SLN soldier killed, four injured in claymore explosion in Sampaltivu

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 July 2006, 16:09 GMT]
Five soldiers of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) seriously injured when a route clearing patrol of the SLN hit a claymore mine placed along the road located near Salli Amman Temple in Sampaltivu village, about seven km off north of Trincomalee town Monday afternoon around 3.15 p.m. The area comes under the Uppuveli Police division, police said.
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LTTE hands over fishermen drifted to Muttur east to SLMM

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 July 2006, 15:59 GMT]
Two fishermen Mr.Thusitha Satturange, a Sinhalese and Mr.Augustine Chandran, a Tamil, who drifted to the shore of the LTTE held Muttur east coast four days ago while fishing in Trincomalee sea, were handed over to the monitors of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Monday by Mr.Sivakumar, head of the Trincomalee District Civil Volunteer Force, LTTE sources said.
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Paramilitaries abduct 3 Youths in Valaichenai

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 July 2006, 15:49 GMT]
Paramilitary cadres abducted 3 youths from the villages of Paddiyadychenai in Valaichenai Kalkudah Police area in Batticaloa district Sunday midnight, Police said. Parents of the abducted children, gripped by fear and insecurity, are yet to make complaints to the Police.
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Police silent on whereabouts of arrested Gurunagar youth

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 July 2006, 11:16 GMT]
Parents of Mariyaseelan Jeevakumar, 17, who was arrested by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers at his home on Friday morning are searching for the details of the whereabouts of their son, civil society sources said. Although the youth is said to have been handed over to Jaffna Police by the SLA, parents have not been informed of his arrest, even after more than two days, relatives of the youth said.
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Solution still possible, says departing French Ambassador

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 July 2006, 10:39 GMT]
Pointing that France's motto of "Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood," is adopted as founding principles of many countries, H. E. Jean Bernard de Vaivre, Ambassdor of France in Colombo, said that all parties should "seek a common solution, a solution which respects the different cultures, languages, religions and ways of life which exist in this country," in a press release issued on the national day of France.
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Youth shot dead in Akkaraipattu

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 July 2006, 10:17 GMT]
An unidentified youth was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Alaiyadiwempu, Akkaraipattu on Sunday night, police sources said. Two hand-grenades were found in his possession, Akkaraipattu police said. The youth is estimated to be 20 years old.
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SLA soldier killed in Bicycle-Claymore, 2 wounded in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 July 2006, 07:55 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army soldier riding in bicycle Monday noon was killed when a Claymore mine attached to a parked bicycle exploaded on Vaitheewara Road in Jaffna town around 1:00 p.m. Monday. Two SLA troopers were seriously wounded, Police said. Four civilians sustained injuries, one seriously, by explosion and when the soldiers fired indiscriminately after the attack. The soldiers were on their way to supply meals to the SLA checkposts when they came under attack.
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Slain Vavuniya PLOTE leader said Tamil nationalist

[TamilNet, Monday, 17 July 2006, 05:17 GMT]
A group of PLOTE members claiming to be pro-Tamil nationalists, in a media release issued in Tamil, have alleged that the PLOTE leader Bavan was assasinated by the Sri Lanka Army intelligence in collaboration with the PLOTE hierarchy. Bavan, the leader of PLOTE's military wing in Vavuniya, abducted and killed Thursday, was a leader who turned nationalist and opposed the paramilitary agenda against the PLOTE hierarchy, the cadres have claimed criticising the top hierarchy of the paramilitary organisation for collaborating with the Sri Lanka Army intelligence for getting rid of pro Tamil nationalist elements in the organisation.
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Malteser International rehabilitates Trinco Children's Home

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 July 2006, 21:31 GMT]
Boys' Dormitory of the Trincomalee Anpu Illam children home rehabilitated and expanded at an estimated cost of 2.9 million rupees with the funding of Malteser International, Order of Malta Worldwide Relief, was declared open Sunday morning, sources from Trincomalee said. Dr.Jurgen Clemens, Senior Desk Officer of the Malteser International, unveiled the plaque of the renovated building and Mr.Lawrence Oduma, Country Co-ordinator for Sri Lanka, declared open the dormitory by cutting the ribbon, sources said.
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LTTE leader pays homage to Lt. Seelan, artillery units complete training

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 July 2006, 18:06 GMT]
Mr. V. Pirapaharan, the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) participated in the twenty third memorial anniversary of Charles Anthony, from Trincomalee, one of the first commanders of the LTTE who died in 1983. Mr. Pirapaharan addressed more than a hundred senior level field leaders of two artillery units that completed training. The LTTE leader payed homage to Lt. Seelan, Ananth and other five cadres and awarded merit certificates to the officers who had completed training at an undisclosed location in Vanni Sunday, LTTE sources said.
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Three men hacked to death in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 July 2006, 16:11 GMT]
Three men were hacked to death by a gang armed with knives and macheties near Sithivinayagar tempel in Ariyalai, a suburb of Jaffna town, around 3 p.m., Sunday, police said.
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Lt.Seelan remembered in Muttur east

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 July 2006, 14:53 GMT]
Twenty third death anniversary of Charles Anthony (nom de guerre Lt Seelan), the LTTE first martyr from Trincomalee district and the first attack commander of the LTTE, was observed Saturday evening at Lt.Seelan Memorial Hall in Muttur east. Mr.S.Elilan, LTTE Trincomalee district political head delivered the keynote address, sources said.
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Hartal call withdrawn in Mannar

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 July 2006, 14:24 GMT]
The general shut down planned to be held on Monday in Mannar district protesting against the fishing ban in Pesalai and Pallimunai Sea has been called off following the announcement by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) that the ban would be relaxed immediately, fisheries sources said.
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Fishing ban to be relaxed in Pesalai, Pallimunai Sea

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 July 2006, 14:22 GMT]
Officers of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) announced Sunday that the ban imposed on fishing in sea along Pallimunai and Pesalai coastal area is to be relaxed from Monday, July 17. The decision was taken at a conference held Sunday morning Mannar Bishop, Rev Rayappu Joseph's House. The SLN officials also imposed additional conditions the fishermen, civill sources said.
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Gothabaya visits Jaffna, confers with Jaffna SLA commanders

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 July 2006, 08:56 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Defence Secretary and the brother of the SL President, Gothabaya Rajapakse, on Sunday, paid a visit to the 51-2 Brigade Head Quarters in Jaffna town amid high security. Civilian traffic was blocked on the road when Mr. Rajapakse landed in the old Dutch Fort area of the town in a Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopter and transported in an armoured vehicle towards the 51-2 HQ. Top officials of the SL Navy, Air Force and Army from Colombo were in Jaffna to confer future course of military actions, SLA sources said. The officials visited Forward Defence Lines in several locations in Jaffna Peninsula to give morale boost to the troopers.
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Paramilitary gunmen kill youth in Valaichchenai

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 July 2006, 06:52 GMT]
Paramilitary gunmen who entered the house of a Tsunami survivor settled at Kalkudah, Paddiyadichenai in Valaichchenai, 29 km north of Batticaloa town, Saturday night, shot the victim dead on the road around 2:00 a.m. Sunday. Police recovered the dead body, riddled with 11 bullets from a T-56 automatic rifle, and identified the victim as Arumugam Kalakaran, 23.
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Daya Master discharged from hospital in Colombo

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 July 2006, 06:34 GMT]
Daya Master, the Kilinochchi based media coordinator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who was admitted to the private Appollo Hospital in Narahenpitiya near Colombo with heart ailment, left for Kilinochchi on Saturday at 8:30 a.m., after doctors cleared him fit enough following satisfactory coronary angiography tests, hospital sources said. Several members of the Sinhala ultra-nationalist JVP led National Movement Against Terrorism (NMAT) Friday held a protest demonstration in front of Appollo hospital, calling for the arrest of the ailing Daya Master under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).
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Two auto-rickshaw drivers shot dead in Point Pedro

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 July 2006, 05:35 GMT]
Two gunmen riding in a motorbike opened fire at auto-rickshaw vehicles, killing two drivers, both brothers, on the spot Sunday at 8:40 a.m. in Point Pedro, 30 km northeast of Jaffna town. The attack, marking a renewed terror campaign against auto-rickshaw drivers and owners in Jaffna district, took place opposite the main entrance of the Sri Lanka Army 52-4 Brigade quarters in Point-Pedro, Vadamaradchi.
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Funeral of LTTE member died in artillery fire held

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 July 2006, 20:55 GMT]
The funeral of LTTE member, Lt. Murali (Ambalavanan Jeyaruben of Thangapuram, Muttur) who was killed in the artillery fire on the Muttur east villages by the Sri Lanka Army on 14 July was held Saturday evening with full military honours, LTTE sources said.
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Tigers warn against SLA incursions into LTTE territory

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 July 2006, 11:41 GMT]
"Hostile forays by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) into Liberation Tigers controlled territory in Batticaloa district are serious acts of military aggression and have the potential to trigger a major destructive war," said LTTE's Batticaloa Political Head, Daya Mohan, in a letter sent to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Saturday, LTTE sources in Batticaloa said.
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Youth shot dead, civilian hacked to death in Eravur

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 July 2006, 11:15 GMT]
An unidentified youth of estimated age 20, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Uppodai Road in Vantharumoolai, Batticaloa on Friday at 8:30 p.m., police sources said. A green coloured hand-grenade was found in his possession, Eravur police said.
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Diaspora invited to UN envoy’s report launch

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 July 2006, 10:53 GMT]
Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have invited expatriate Tamils to participate a public meeting on human rights which they are co-hosting on August 5 in London. The chief speaker is Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, whose report on violence in Sri Lanka was issued earlier this year.
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Grenade lobbed at Jaffna TRO office

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 July 2006, 08:34 GMT]
Unidentified persons riding a motorbike lobbed a grenade at the Jaffna main office of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) at Temple road, around 12.45 p.m., Saturday. Several international organizations, including UNHCR, UNICEF, ICRC and SLMM also have their offices close to the TRO office. The Sri Lanka Army has a mini camp and check a post at Kaylasapillaiyar tempel, about 200 metres from the TRO office.
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Man found hacked to death in Kokuvil

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 July 2006, 07:34 GMT]
The body of a young man, abducted from his house Friday night, was found hacked to death at Amman road in Kokuvil, north of Jaffna town, Saturday morning, Jaffna police said.
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LTTE hands over bodies of SLA soldiers to ICRC

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 July 2006, 07:03 GMT]
Leaders of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Batticaloa district handed over the bodies of 12 Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers who were killed in the confrontation at Vakaneri to representatives of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) at Black Bridge ('Karuththapalam') located in Chenkalady, around 8.30 a.m., Saturday, army sources said.
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NMAT demands Daya Master's arrest

[TamilNet, Saturday, 15 July 2006, 04:38 GMT]
Members of the National Movement Against Terrorism (NMAT), an extremist Sinhala nationalist organization, protested in front of Appollo Hospital in Narahenpitiya, Colombo Friday 11:15 a.m. demanding the arrest of LTTE's Media Co-ordinator, Daya Master, who is recovering from chronic heart condition in the hospital, sources in Colombo said.
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Fishing ban in Vadamaradchy to allow SLN convoy movement

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 July 2006, 16:24 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) banned fishing in the seaboard of Vadamaradchy from Wednesday to Thursday to facilitate shipping of arms and supplies by sea from Trincomalee to Kankesanthurai, Vadamaradchy fisheries Union officials said. The ban over the two full days enforced by SLN naval guards patrolling the seashores has severely affected the livelihood of fishermen in the area, fishermen said.
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One youth shot dead, two injured in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 July 2006, 15:56 GMT]
Unidentified men shot dead a youth and injured another Friday morning around 7.15 a.m. along Sivan Kovil Road at Sinna Urnai Gandhi Village in Batticaloa police division, sources in Batticaloa said. The suspects came in a three-wheeler and chased these two youths and shot at them. The injured had fled from the area, sources added.
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LTTE cadres' funeral takes place in Muttur east

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 July 2006, 15:14 GMT]
Two of the four LTTE cadres killed by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) within the LTTE controlled Kadawanaikulam situated along Trincomalee-Kandy road on July 12 night were buried in Alankulam LTTE Heros' cemetary located in the Muttur east with full military honours Friday evening, LTTE sources said.
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SLA arrests 3 Jaffna undergraduates

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 July 2006, 15:12 GMT]
Three undergraduates who were travelling in a bus from Jaffna town to Pt.Pedro were arrested by Sri Lanka Army soldiers manning a check post near Vallai bridge, around 6.30 p.m., Friday. The students have been taken to an undisclosed camp, according to passengers who arrived at Pt.Pedro, later this evening.
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SLA shelling injures 5 civilians, kills LTTE member

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 July 2006, 15:02 GMT]
A member of the Liberation Tigers was killed and five civilians were injured when shells fired by Sri Lanka Army soldiers hit Muttur east, Friday morning. Five houses were destroyed and several others were damaged in the attack, LTTE sources said.
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LTTE to hand over SLA soldiers' bodies to SLMM

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 July 2006, 13:29 GMT]
Liberation Tigers are to hand over the twelve bodies of SLA soldiers killed in the Friday morning attack in Vakaneri to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in the LTTE held Illupadaichchenai in Batticaloa district Saturday morning, Mr.Dayamohan, Batticaloa district LTTE political head said.
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Peace rally held in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 July 2006, 10:48 GMT]
Members of the public, students, International NGO staffers, and Religious dignitaries staged a human-chain protest demonstration that stretched across the highway from Kallar to Oddamavady in Batticaloa district, calling for peace and a return to normalcy in the North and East on Friday from 9 to 10 a.m., sources in Batticaloa said.
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Two bombs recovered in Kandy

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 July 2006, 07:54 GMT]
Sri Lankan police said that they recovered two bombs near the residence of Government Spokesman for Defence and National Security, Keheliya Rambukwella in Kandy, around 10.30 p.m., Thursday. Ten Tamils were arrested during a subsequent search conducted in the area, the police said.
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12 Sri Lankan troops, 4 Tigers killed in Vakaneri, SLA trooper captured

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 July 2006, 06:27 GMT]
At least 12 Sri Lankan troopers were killed when Liberation Tigers confronted a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) unit, comprising at least 100 soldiers, that had moved 5 km inside LTTE controlled territory in Batticaloa district. Four LTTE cadres were killed and six wounded in the fighting in Vakaneri, 37 km northwest of Batticaloa town. The bodies of twelve SLA soldiers were recovered by the Tigers, P. Dayamohan, the Batticaloa district LTTE political head told TamilNet. One Lance Corporal of the SLA has been captured alive by the LTTE. SLA sources in Colombo claimed that a group of SLA soldiers who were on a search and clear operation have gone missing in Vakaneri.
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Remains of two Vaharai civilians found

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 July 2006, 18:18 GMT]
Remains of two Tamil civilians Sakthivel Sivasankaran, 28, and Thasan Thevarajah, 24, who disappeared on 22nd May after leaving Kattumurivu village to the border area of Pollonaruwa district to collect honey in the jungle, were recovered by their relatives Tuesday, sources said. Kattumurivu village is located about 12 km off Kathiraveli in Vaharai division in Batticaloa district.
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Artillery, mortar fire reported at Nagarkovil FDL

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 July 2006, 14:33 GMT]
Artillery and mortar fire was reported at Nagarkovil Forward Defence Line of the Liberation Tigers for more than 30 minutes from 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Meanwhile civilian sources in Vadamarachi north reported gunfire and explosions off the shores between Kankesanthurai (KKS) and Thondamanaru from 6:15 p.m to 6:45 p.m. On Wednesday, a Sri Lanka Army soldier was reported killed in a clash in the area.
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Rajapakse initiative, an elaborate theatre to appease international community - paper

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 July 2006, 14:16 GMT]
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse’s initiative this week to come up with power-sharing proposal is “elaborate theatre to appease international demands, particularly India’s,” the Tamil Guardian said in its editorial this week. Arguing the ‘outbidding’ which undermined previous initiatives was “guaranteed” to happen again, given the lack of support from the UNP and the vehement opposition of the JVP and JHU, the paper said: “Rajapakse’s immediate priority is not to come up with a serious proposal to offer the Tamils, but to destroy his ruling party's main rival and consolidate his grip on parliament.”
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3 SLA soldiers killed, Claymore attack, clash at FDL in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 July 2006, 13:22 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Army soldiers were killed in a Claymore attack at Kalmadu, 12 km northwest of Vavuniya town around 5:00 p.m. Thursday. One soldier was wounded and rushed to Vavuniya hospital, Police said. Meanwhile, a clash erupted at Omanthai Forward Defence Line (FDL) where one SLA soldier was killed and another trooper was wounded.
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Four LTTE cadres killed in SLA attack in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 July 2006, 11:55 GMT]
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Thursday said four of their cadres were killed in its area at Kadawanaikulam in Thampalakamam division in Trincomalee district by a group of soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in ambush Wednesday night around 9 p.m. A group of SLA soldiers had penetrated into the LTTE held area Kadawanaikulam along Trincomalee-Kandy highway located about 20 km off southwest of east port town, LTTE sources in Sampoor said.
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Lawyers protest over SLA harassment of Jaffna Judge

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 July 2006, 11:05 GMT]
Members of Jaffna districts Lawyers Union staged a one-hour protest Thursday in front of the Jaffna District Court Thursday morning over the death threats and attempted attack on Additional Jaffna District Judge, Ms Srinithi Nanthisekaran, by the soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), legal sources in Jaffna said. The functioning of courts across Jaffna district was curtailed during the protest, sources said.
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Swedish Red Cross provides $10m to tsunami housing effort

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 July 2006, 10:44 GMT]
"The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Sri Lanka Red Cross have contributed $US 10 million to Phase 2 of the Government of Sri Lanka’s Home Owner Driven Housing Programme (ODHP) which will help at least 10,000 tsunami affected families to rebuild or repair their homes," said a press release issued by the Red Cross offices in Colombo Thursday. The funds are being allocated from a $25m contribution Swedish Red Cross society has given to the IFRC for the housing program.
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Vavuniya PLOTE leader killed

[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 July 2006, 07:56 GMT]
Leader of the PLOTE's military wing in Vavuniya has been shot and killed. The body of Ratnam Sriskandarajah, alias Bavan,46, was found Thursday morning at Cheddikulam, about 15 km. southwest of Vavuniya, police said.
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Batticaloa volunteer teachers demand permanency

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 13:52 GMT]
About fifty volunteers Tuesday commenced fasting in front of Kalkudah Zonal education office located in Valaichchenai on rotation basis Wednesday morning around 8 am, demanding permanent appointment, sources in Batticaloa said. Batticaloa District Volunteer Teachers Association (BDVTA) has organized the campaign, sources said.
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Magistrate directs SLA Commander to comply with Geneva conventions

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 13:35 GMT]
Jaffna District Magistrate E. T. Vicknarajah, Tuesday issued special instructions ordering the Jaffna District Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Commander Major General Chandrasiri to take immediate steps to ensure that his security forces in Jaffna district strictly comply with Geneva convention protocols on humanitarian law, human rights law, and the law of armed conflict, legal sources in Jaffna said. The order was issued at Tuesday hearing in the case against the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) of death threats to Jaffna Additional Magistrate Mrs Srinithi Nandasegaran.
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Senior PLOTE member shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 11:04 GMT]
Head of Jaffna district PLOTE group, Sebastian Iruthayarajan (alias Bolder Rajan), 43, was shot dead along Martin Street, Jaffna by unknown gunmen Wednesday afternoon, sources in Jaffna said. Iruthayarajan was riding a bicycle towards the Girls' Convent located in Martin Street to pickup his school aged children when he was shot, witnesses to the shooting said.
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Police team records statements of Pesalai victims

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 09:22 GMT]
Twelve member special police team led by an Assistant Superintendent of Police Tuesday commenced recording of statements from refugees present in the Church of Lady of Victories in Pesalai on June 17 when soldiers of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) allegedly fired and threw grenades. In this incident an old woman was killed and about forty others were injured.
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Claymore attack in Nallur, 2 policemen killed, 5 wounded

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 09:12 GMT]
A Claymore attack on a Sri Lankan police vehicle has claimed the lives of two policemen near Chetty Street-Navalar road junction in Nallur, Jaffna around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. The attack has taken place in a highly guarded area surrounded by Sri Lanka Army camps and checkposts near Kaylasapillayar Temple, Narikkundu and Muthirai Junction, Jaffna Police said. Five policemen, wounded in the attack, were rushed to Jaffna Hospital.
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Claymore blast injures SLA soldier in Udupiddy

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 07:48 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) was injured in a claymore mine blast between Udupiddy junction and Vathiri junction in the Vadamaradchi sector of the Jaffna peninsula, around 8.40 a.m., Wednesday, military sources said.
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New Hospital opens in Kilinochchi

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 00:10 GMT]
The inauguration ceremony of the new General Hospital in Kilinochchi district, was held Monday 10, July 2006 at 11.30 a.m. presided by Kilinochchi district health services officer, Dr. Nandakumar, sources in Kilinochchi said. The hospital building on the main A9 Road in Anandapuram, Kilinochchi built with Rs. 600m funding assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was opened by Deputy Head of Liberation Tigers Political Wing, S Thangan who was the chief guest. The first phase of 200 beds, of a planned 600 bed facility, is now in operation and open to the public, hospital sources said.
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STF fires artillery shells on homes in Amparai

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 17:07 GMT]
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Amparai political heads, registered complaints with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), that the Special Task Forces (STF) troopers based at Kanchirankuda STF camp, have Tuesday fired barrages of 81 mm artillery shells on residential areas of Kanchikudichaaru in LTTE controlled Amparai District, sources said.
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Captured Karuna cadre produced before SLMM

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 15:58 GMT]
"I was escorted by Karuna group cadres and about 50 Sri Lanka Army troops from Mahindapura camp to LTTE held area in Eachchilampathu. They gave me a claymore mine, a roll of wire, detonators, torchlight batteries and a grenade. I was ordered to target a LTTE vehicle. The Tigers, however, arrived at the spot before I had placed the claymore and arrested me," said Jeyachandran, a Karuna group cadre while talking to journalists at Sampoor LTTE political secretariat in the Muttur east, Tuesday. The Liberation Tigers Tuesday produced him at a discussion held between Mr.S.Elilan, LTTE Trincomalee district political head and members of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), LTTE sources said.
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Firefight in Kilali seas

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 14:04 GMT]
Two attack crafts belonging to Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and a Sea Tiger craft exchanged fire in Kilali seas at 1:15 p.m. for more than 15 minutes Tuesday. Sri Lanka Army said a Sea Tiger dinghy with 4 members on it was destroyed during the confrontation. The Liberation Tigers have not commented on the incident yet.
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Hartal in Sammanthurai to protest killing of bodyguard

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 13:02 GMT]
In response to the call by the Sammanthurai Majlis Assurah, residents of Sammanthurai division in Amparai district Tuesday observed general shut down condemning the killing of Mohideen Bawa Nizar, a bodyguard of Mr.Anwer Ismail, Minister of Irrigation and Amparai district parliamentarian two days ago, and to protest against killing of Muslim civilians in the North East, sources said.
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SL President Rajapakse addresses APC, Expert panel

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 09:59 GMT]
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse, Tuesday morning addressed All Party Representative Committee on Constitutional Reforms and the Panel of Experts at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, parliamentary sources in Colombo said. Without spellingout specifics Mr Rajapakse laid a broad framework for the APC to begin work, saying, "The international community, notably India and the Co-Chairs have endorsed our approach - a solution to the national problem must exclude any division of the country," and wished the committee success in "formulating a political and constitutional framework for the resolution of the national question."
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Body found with gunshot wounds in Akkaraipattu

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 09:26 GMT]
The body of a young man was found with gun shot injuries at Gurunathar Shop Road in Alaiyadivembu in Akkaraipattu Police Division, in the Ampara District, around 7 a.m., Tuesday, police sources said.
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Claymore blast kills SLA soldier, injures 2

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 09:12 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army soldier was killed and two others were injured in a claymore mine blast on Kodikamam - Pt.Pedro road in the Jaffna peninsula, around 9.30 a.m., Tuesday. The mine was sett off about 500 metres from the Kodikamam junction, targetting the troops on a road clearing operation.
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Court employees protest against SLA's attempted attack on Judge

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 09:09 GMT]
Employees of the Jaffna Magistrate Court picketed outside the court house Tuesday afternoon protesting against the attempted attack by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers on Additional Magistrate Srinithi Nandasegaran's official car on Sunday and threats to her life, sources in Jaffna said. Meanwhile, the three SLA soldiers who were detained for threatening the judge were released on Rs. 50,000 surety bail Tuesday, legal sources in Jaffna said.
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Medical condition of Tamil woman prisoner serious, MP tells SL President

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 July 2006, 19:54 GMT]
Ms Thirumahal Chithrasenan, 35, being held in women's wing of the high security Welikada prison after being arrested on 8 September 1996 on suspicions of affiliation with Liberation Tigers, has been seriously ill and requires urgent medical treatment, said Jaffna parliamentarian S. Kajendran in a letter sent to Sri Lanka's President Rajapakse on 7th July, sources close to the parliamentarian said.
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SLA commanders directed to use air-transport in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 July 2006, 19:49 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) high command in Palaly military base, Jaffna district, has issued a directive to all SLA camps in Jaffna peninsula advising high level military officers to use Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopters for internal travel within the Peninsula, informed sources in Jaffna said. The directive comes in the wake of increased claymore attacks targeted on SLA vehicles, and on soldiers deployed on sentry duty and street patrols.
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Workshop for Kalmunai lawyers held

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 July 2006, 16:02 GMT]
UNDP sponsored one-day seminar and workshop for lawyers in the Kalmunai jurisdiction was held Monday. The Kalmunai Lawyers Association organized the event. Mr.K.Thadchchanamoorthy, Kalmunai District Judge made the keynote address. Mr.M.I.Sahabdeen, President of the Kalmunai Lawyers Association presided.
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Former Divisional Secretary remembered

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 July 2006, 15:53 GMT]
The services rendered by Mr.M.Faleel, former Divisional Secretary, were recalled at a memorial event held Sunday evening at Natpiddimunai in Kalmunai division, his home village, sources in Batticaloa said. Mr.Faleel was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on December 4 last year when he was serving as the Divisional Secretary of Kattankudy in Batticaloa district, sources said.
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Tamils fear to come to Muttur town, SL President told

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 July 2006, 15:47 GMT]
The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) group in Muttur Pradesiya Sabha has brought to the notice of Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse that the day to day life of about thirty five thousand Tamil people residing in the Muttur Divisional Secretariat division in the Trincomalee district has been threatened due to abduction and killing now being taking place in the government controlled Muttur town, sources said.
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Two Tamil youths shot dead in Mannar

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 July 2006, 10:56 GMT]
Two youths were shot dead by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers Monday morning in Mannar district in two separate incidents during a cordon and search operation. One body was found in a paddy field opposite the Nanattan Pradesiya Sabha (PS) office building and the other body at Rasool Puthuveli area, located one and half km off Nanattan, police sources said.
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Paramilitaries abduct businessman in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 July 2006, 10:05 GMT]
Seenithamby Sellan, 32, involved in liquor business, was abducted near Mankerny Sri Lankan Army (SLA) Camp, by Paramilitaries at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Valaichenai residents said.
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PLOTE cadre shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 July 2006, 08:06 GMT]
A member of the People's Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) was shot dead at a cycle park operated by the group in front of the Jaffna Hospital, around 9 a.m., Monday, police in the northern town said.
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MP's bodyguard shot dead in Amparai

[TamilNet, Monday, 10 July 2006, 02:19 GMT]
M.I.M.Nizar, 31, the body guard of Digamadulla District Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister, Anver Ismail, of ruling United Peoples Freedom Front (UPFA) was shot dead by two unidentified men riding a motor bike near his house 8:00 p.m. Sunday night, sources in Amparai said.
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Tsunami housing construction in Trincomalee delayed

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 July 2006, 16:44 GMT]
The construction of permanent houses for tsunami affected families within the fifty meter buffer zone in the Trincomalee district is being delayed due to the unsettled ground situation now prevailing in the district. Donor agencies which have signed Memorandum of Understanding with the district civil authority to construct 5893 permanent houses within fifty meter buffer zone so far have completed 589 houses and handed over only about 297 to beneficiaries, district secretariat sources said.
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UNP to re-evaluate support to UPFA, Rajapakse

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 July 2006, 16:23 GMT]
Amid speculation that two more parliamentarians of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) are expected to join the United Peoples Front Alliance (UPFA) government led by the SL President Mahinda Rajapakse in the next week, the UNP leadership has summoned the working committee for Tuesday to take a firm decision on the question of extending its unconditional support to Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse anymore to resolve the ethnic issue, according to UNP sources. The party has decided to boycott the All Party Conference.
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Trinco Inner Wheel Club new President appointed

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 July 2006, 09:33 GMT]
"Human rights, Democracy and Good Governance are at its lowest ebb. Within these constraints we seek to serve the community. We seek to serve the marginalized and the vulnerable in whatever way we can. They need all the assistance and we are duty bound to serve them as 'friendship and service' are the aims of this group," said Ms Rathirany Sivapalan, the new President of the Trincomalee Inner Wheel Club at an event held Thursday evening at the Trincomalee Rotary House.
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Jaffna Magistrate's vehicle escapes attempted attack

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 July 2006, 09:09 GMT]
Jaffna Additional Magistrate Srinithi Nandasegaran's official car, with her 10-year-old son and a police guard on board, narrowly escaped from an attempted attack Sunday morning on Palaly Road, eyewitnesses said. Uniformed Sri Lanka Army troopers from Kantharmadam Junction followed the Magistrate's well-familiar official vehicle at gun point in an auto-rickshaw, but gave up their mission as they did not find Mrs Srinithi Nandasegaran in the vehicle, civilians who witnessed the incident said. The incident took place around 9:00 a.m. Sunday.
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3 youths abducted, man shot and injured in Valaichenai

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 July 2006, 22:28 GMT]
Paramilitary cadres working with the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), abducted 3 youths from Pethalai village located in Valaichenai Police area in Batticaloa district Friday night, residents said. Parents, gripped by fear and insecurity, have not reported the incident to the Police or human rights organizations, residents added. Meanwhile, a building worker was shot and wounded by unidentified gunmen with a 9mm pistol in Karuwakerny Saturday 6:15 p.m., Valaichenai Police said.
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Acting Army commander takes over

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 July 2006, 21:49 GMT]
Major General Nanda Mallawaratchchi has been appointed as acting Commander of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), taking over the responsibilities of Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, who was seriously wounded by suicide bomber on April 24, the Sunday Times reported.
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Trinco local authorities urged to appoint HR committees

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 July 2006, 16:07 GMT]
Heads and members of elected local authorities in Trincomalee district were advised at a workshop held Saturday morning to take steps to appoint Human Rights Committee in their institutions to monitor HR violations and to ensure human rights are not violated in their administrative areas. The one-day workshop organized by the East Rehabilitation Organization (ERO) with the sponsorship of the Asia Foundation (AF) held at Trincomalee New Silver Star Hotel, sources said.
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Peace prayer campaign held in Amparai

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 July 2006, 16:05 GMT]
The Sarvodhaya Movement Saturday held a prayer campaign in the Amparai town for permanent peace in Sri Lanka, sources in Amparai said. Large number of people from all the three communities participated in the event at Amparai-Japan Peace Hall with Dr.A.T.Ariyaratne, founder of Sarvodhya Movement in Sri Lanka as the chief guest, sources said.
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Kalmunai Town Lions Club gets new President

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 July 2006, 16:03 GMT]
Mr.S.Shanmuganathan was appointed as the President of Kalmunai Town Lions Club for the year 2006-2007 at an event held Saturday evening at Kalmunai Christian Home. Mr.M.Y.A.Zakoor, Regional President of the Lions Club installed the new office bearers of the club, sources said.
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LTTE arrests Karuna group member with claymore mine

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 July 2006, 15:44 GMT]
LTTE cadres Saturday morning around 11 a.m. arrested a cadre of Karuna paramilitary group working in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) inside the LTTE held Eachchilampathu division in Trincomalee district, LTTE sources said.
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Three SLA troopers injured in Jaffna attacks

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 July 2006, 13:17 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops were injured when unknown gunmen attacked soldiers on street patrol near Methaikadai Junction 400 meters south of Point Pedro town along Jaffna-Point Pedro road at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, sources from Vadamaradchy said. Another SLA soldier was injured in a firefight lasting five minutes between unknown gunmen and SLA troops in Kachchai in Thenmaradchy Saturday afternoon, sources said.
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Build coalition to support serious peace, Schaffer tells Colombo

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 July 2006, 11:10 GMT]
"The most fundamental challenge for the Sri Lankan government is to maintain, or perhaps establish, a political coalition that will support a serious peace process. To get the LTTE to the table, it will need to persuade the LTTE that eventual peace talks would be worthwhile," said Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington-based think tank, in a report released Wednesday. Former Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Teresita Schaffer, is the Director of South Asia programs at CSIS.
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Housing worker found beaten to death in Vadamaradchy

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 July 2006, 09:54 GMT]
The body of a mason working in a housing development for tsunami victims was found with severe assault injuries in Polikandy, Vadamaradchy Saturday morning, civil society sources in Vadamaradchy said. Rasiah Muraleeswaran, 42, from Meesalai East was a resident mason at the Nilavan Kudiyiruppu Housing scheme funded by FORUT when he was killed. Another mason, Mr Rajani, 26, from Jaffna Islet of Punguduthivu, working on the same Housing Project, has mysteriously disappeared, according civil society sources.
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Ex-PLOTE cadre shot, injured in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 July 2006, 02:57 GMT]
A former member of Peoples Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) was shot and seriously injured by unknown gunmen in front of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, sources in Jaffna said. Rasa Premkumar, 32, was immediately taken to the Jaffna Hopital and is undergoing emergecy surgery, hospital sources said.
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9 Jaffna youths, feared disappeared, found held in Southern Jails

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 July 2006, 01:04 GMT]
Nine of the several young men and women from Jaffna, feared disappeared within the last six months, have been located in jails in the South of Sri Lanka, civil society sources in Colombo said. The youths have been held in detention without being produced in court after being arrested by Sri Lanka security forces, according to sources. The information came to light after officials of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission directly conducted investigations into the disappearances of Jaffna youth, rights officials said.
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Vankalaipadu SLN commander gives evidence in Pesalai killings

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 July 2006, 13:32 GMT]
Mannar Additional Magistrate Mr.T.J.Pirapaharan Friday ordered the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of Talaimannar Police to record the statement of the Commanding Officer of the Sunny Village Naval Detachment and to produce Lieutenant Commander Rohana Dissanayake of Sunny Village SLN camp on the next date of inquiry. The Additional Magistrate made the above directive at the conclusion of the evidence of Lieutenant Dissanayake Santhana Lakshman Dissanayake, commanding officer of Vankalaipadu Navy camp, legal sources said.
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Paramilitaries abduct 35 children in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 July 2006, 12:07 GMT]
Paramilitary cadres, Thursday abducted more than 35 underage youths from the villages of Thivuchenai, Karuppalai, Sorivil and Sevanapitty in Batticaloa district, residents said. Parents of the abducted children, gripped by fear and insecurity, are afraid to make complaints to the police or human rights watchdogs, a Grama Sevaka official said. Tension prevails in the interior villages of Batticaloa district.
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SLMM Trinco head meets Elilan in Sampoor

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 July 2006, 11:09 GMT]
Mr.Ove Janssen, head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) in Trincomalee Friday morning met with Mr.S.Elilan, Trincomalee district political head, LTTE sources in Trincomalee said. The meeting was arranged to discuss the current ground security situation in the district with the SLMM and to brief the SLMM about the difficulties faced by Tamil civilians in Muttur east, LTTE sources said. The meeting was held in the LTTE district political secretariat located in Sampoor in the Muttur east.
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Muslim civilian shot dead in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 July 2006, 11:02 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a muslim civilian at Ganesh Lane in Palaiyootu, a suburb about six km off Trincomalee town at 7:30 a.m.Friday, sources in Trincomalee said. The person was identified Mohamed Wahid Ali, 41, at the Trincomalee general hospital, Trincomalee Police said.
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Emergency extended for another month

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 July 2006, 17:22 GMT]
Sri Lanka's parliament Thursday extended the State of Emergency for another month with a majority of 85 votes. 102 parliamentarians of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UNP), Sinhala Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP and all monks party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) voted for the motion seeking the extension of the State of Emergency.
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UNP MP crosses over to UPFA Government, becomes deputy minister

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 July 2006, 17:07 GMT]
A United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian, Suasntha Punchinilame, representing Ratnapura district in the south joined the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government Thursday and was sworn in as the Deputy Minister for Rural Economic Development by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse. He is the fourth UNP MP to cross over to the UPFA alliance since the elections in last November.
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Canadian diplomat visits Mannar

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 July 2006, 16:54 GMT]
The Counsellor for Political Affairs in Canadian Embassy in Colombo, Christina Prefontaine, Thursday morning paid an official visit to Mannar and held talks with V.Visuvalingam, the Government Agent at the district secretariat. Mrs. Christina Prefontaine, obtained first hand information in regard to the ground situation prevailing in the district, district secretariat officials said.
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Trinco displaced suffer discrimination in provision of relief- Elilan

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 July 2006, 11:35 GMT]
Mr.S.Elilan, Trincomalee district political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Monday charged that the Sri Lanka Government, while rendering relief and other assistance to displaced Sinhalese families following Kebbitigollawa claymore blast, has totally ignored Tamil civilians displaced in Trincomalee town and other areas in providing basic relief supplies.
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SLN Petty officer killed, bodyguard wounded in Jaffna islet attack

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 July 2006, 10:49 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Navy Chief Petty Officer was shot and wounded and succumbed to his wounds in Jaffna. Unidentified men, waiting in ambush fired with pistols at the officer of the SLN and his bodyguard attached to the Thurayoor camp in the Jaffna islet of Velanai around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Police officials said.
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24 devotees injured as vehicle overturns in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 July 2006, 10:38 GMT]
Twenty four devotees, returning home after an overnight Hindu festival at Kothiyapuram Nagathampiran temple in Ilupaiyadichchenai in Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled Batticaloa, were injured when their over speeding vehicle overturned Thursday at 6:30 a.m. on the Kanchirankuda Road.
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Assassinated Journalist knew perpetrators in Avissawella killings - MP

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 July 2006, 10:28 GMT]
Sinhala journalist Lakmal Sampath was murdered because knew the suspects in the murder of five youths believed to be Tamils whose mutilated headless bodies were found in Avissawella area in the South on 27 April, alleged the Colombo District parliamentarian of the Upcountry Peoples' Front (UPF), V. Radhakrishnan, during the debate on the extension of the State of Emergency in the Sri Lanka's Parliament Thursday, parliamentary sources in Colombo said.
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LTTE leader pays homage to Black Tigers

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 July 2006, 19:28 GMT]
LTTE leader Mr. V. Pirapaharan participated in the Black Tigers commemoration day events held Monday in Vanni. 273 Black Tigers have died since July 05 1987 when LTTE's first Black Tiger, Captain Miller, drove an explosive laden truck on Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops garrisoned in Nelliyadi in Vadamaradchi, Jaffna. 194 of the Black Tigers who died on their mission till 25 June 2006, were Black Sea Tigers, according to LTTE sources in Vanni.
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Four SL Police injured in attack on Chunnakam EPDP office

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 July 2006, 15:56 GMT]
Four Sri Lanka Police constables deployed on security duty at the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) office located along Jaffna-KKS Road in Chunnakam were seriously injured when unknown assailants hurled several hand grenades inside the office building at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Chunnakam police said.
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Black Tigers, an indispensable arsenal in Tamil freedom struggle-Elilan

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 July 2006, 13:22 GMT]
Black Tigers day was observed in the Muttur east in the Trincomalee district and Vaharai division in the Batticaloa district in a large scale, Tamil sources in Trincomalee said. "Black Tigers are a indispensable arsenal in our Tamil freedom struggle," said Mr.S.Elilan, Trincomalee district political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) addressing Black Tigers Day celebrations held Wednesday morning in Kathiraveli in Vaharai division, LTTE sources said.
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LTTE accuses Rajapakse of political duplicity

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 July 2006, 11:37 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers Political Head, S.P. Thamilchlevan ruled out negotiations on devolution of powers based on the Sri Lankan unitary constitution, Wednesday and charged Mahinda Rajapakse, the Sri Lankan president, for adopting a duplicitous approach, when asked to comment Colombo's move on setting up a committee to examine devolution of powers. "Colombo's call for talks based on Sri Lankan constitution, rejected by Tamils decades ago, is a deliberate act of deceivig the International Community while failing to implement practical steps to implement the fundamental terms of Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) as agreed in Geneva I."
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Black Tiger Day celebrated in Jaffna Campus

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 July 2006, 11:21 GMT]
Celebrations commemorating the Black Tigers, elite combat squad of the Liberation Tigers, were held in Jaffna Campus Wednesday morning presided by Student Union President Baheerathan, union members in Jaffna said.
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SLA soldier killed in Vavuniya claymore explosion

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 July 2006, 10:34 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier was killed in a claymore explosion in Pirappamadu area in Vavuniya at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, Vavuniya Police said. SLA soldiers were engaged in street patrol near Mahakatukodiya Road in Pirappamadu when the explosion occurred. The seriously injured soldier died on his way to the Vavuniya General Hospital, police said.
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Uduvil woman raped, murdered

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 July 2006, 10:18 GMT]
Ambalavanar Punithavathy, 43, from Uduvil in Manipay area has been shot dead after being raped by unknown assailants at 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, sources in Jaffna said. Assailants who forced entry into the unmarried woman's home, told the occupants that they have come to search the house, attacked the elderly mother before raping the woman, local residents said. The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camp that houses the Intelligence Wing is located close to the house where the crime took place.
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Swiss Tamils protest SLA violence againt NE women

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 July 2006, 19:57 GMT]
Members of Swiss Tamils Women's Association held a protest rally in front of UNICEF offices in Zurich Monday against the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) violence on women in NorthEast, Tamil sources in Switzerland said. The protesters appealed in a Memorandum addressed to the Government of Switzerland and UNICEF to condemn the SLA violence, and to pressure the Government of Sri Lanka to take steps to stop the violence immediately, spokesperson Nirmala Pararajasingham said.
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Independent report verifies SLN complicity in Pesalai violence

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 July 2006, 15:44 GMT]
In a report filed by a fact finding mission from two Colombo-based NGOs to look at the Pesalai violence of 17 June 2006, the investigators said, "Although in the initial days following the attack the government laid the responsibility for the attacks at the door of the LTTE, the strong report compiled and widely disseminated by the Bishop of Mannar pointed directly to Navy involvement. None of the many we met had the slightest doubt on this issue." The report also details the background to the prevailing ground situation in Mannar, urgent efforts required to prevent escalation of tensions, and provide security to the poor fisher families in Mannar.
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SLA assaults three youths in Nelliady

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 July 2006, 13:34 GMT]
Following gunfire by unknown gunmen on Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops on street patrol near Nelliyadi along Jaffna Point Pedro Road by Mudakkadu junction, the SLA cordoned off the area and arrested three youths Tuesday morning, sources from Vadamaradchy said. The youths were released Tuesday afternoon with severe assault wounds, relatives of the youths said.
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SLA cordons, searches Ariyalai

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 July 2006, 13:14 GMT]
More thatn 500 troops from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) cordoned off and searched central and southern grama sevaka areas of Ariyalai Jaffna from early morning till 2:00 p.m., residents in Ariyalai said. Soldiers checked the Identity cards of residents and took away photographs which were shown to a masked paramilitary spotter waiting inside an SLA temporary sentry, local residents said.
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Two women arrested by SLA in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 July 2006, 12:20 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers at the Veppankulam, Vavuniya sentry point arrested two Tamil women at 4 p.m. Monday on suspicion of having links with the Liberation Tigers, Vanni parliamentarian Sivanathan Kishor said. The two women were arrested when they were returning from Chettikulam after attending to registration issues regarding their housing in Maharambaikulam, the parliamentarian said.
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Ex-EPRLF cadre shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 July 2006, 11:49 GMT]
A former member of Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF-Varathar faction) was shot dead in Mathews Street Jaffna at 8:30 p.m., Monday by unknown gunmen, sources in Jaffna said. Mr Thirumani Ariyaratnam Lingan, 34, was drinking liquor with his friends when two gunmen riding in a motorbike shot him dead in close range.
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Fisherman shot, injured Trincomalee sea

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 July 2006, 11:42 GMT]
Mr.Ramiah Vinayagamoorthy, a fisherman of Salli was shot and injured by masked men who came in a boat Tuesday morning around 6 a.m. in the Salli Sea located about 7 km off north of Trincomalee town, police sources said.
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Two SLA soldiers injured in Jaffna claymore attack

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 July 2006, 15:57 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier were seriously injured in a claymore explosion on Jaffna-Palaly road near Urelu junction at 6:00 p.m. Monday, security sources said. The injured soldiers have been taken to Palaly Military Hospital. The claymore mine was targeted on a SLA truck, but hit the SLA troopers following behind the truck on bicycle patrol in the area, sources said.
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Man shot dead by SLA inside Thandikulam HSZ

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 July 2006, 13:29 GMT]
An unidentified man was killed by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers inside Thandikulam High Security Zone (HSZ) near Vavuniya Sunday night, security sources said. The SLA said the dead man is a member of Liberation Tigers and that they had recovered a AK-47 rifle and a new brand of bullet magazine near the dead body. Civil society sources in Vavuniya, however, said that suspicious circumstances surround the killing, and that the dead body may belong to a civilian arrested by the SLA.
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Policemen gun down civilian, education official wounded

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 July 2006, 13:13 GMT]
Policemen in Kaluwanchikudy shot and killed a civilian at point blank range and placed a T-56 automatic rifle beside the dead body, according to residents in the village. The incident took place near Kaluwanchikudy Telecom and Paddiruppu Zonal Education office around 1:00 p.m. Monday. An Education Official, Mrs. S. Baskaran, 40, was wounded in the gunfire. Police sources have claimed that the man, yet to be identified, was an unidentified gunman who had fired on a poice checkpost.
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SLA soldier killed, 2 wounded in Claymore attack in Vadamaradchi

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 July 2006, 12:43 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army soldier was killed and two were wounded in a Claymore attack that took place in Thikkam, Vadamaradchi North, around 2:40 p.m. Monday, Police said. A Sri Lanka Air Force helicopter was needed to transport the wounded soldiers to Palaly military hospital.
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2 STF personnel wounded in Claymore attack in Kaluwanchikudy

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 July 2006, 12:32 GMT]


Two elite counter-insurgency Special Task Force (STF) troopers in a road clearng patrol were wounded in a Claymore attack Monday aroud 6:45 a.m. at Puthukudiyiruppu, 10 km southeast of Batticaloa town, Kaluwanchikudy Police said.
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LTTE proscription, a huge mistake by EU, says Martin McGuinness

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 July 2006, 10:21 GMT]
Martin McGuinness, Chief Negotiator of Sinn Féin, the Political Wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) from Northern Ireland, talking to reporters from Kilinochchi Monday said it was a "huge mistake for the EU leaders to demonize the LTTE and the political leaders of the Tamil people." The Sinn Féin negotiator visited Kilinochchi Monday and discussed the current situation in the NorthEast with the Political Head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) S. P. Thamilchelvan at LTTE's Peace Secretariat in Kilinochchi.
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SLA attack on bus driver triggers Jaffna transport workers strike

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 July 2006, 09:41 GMT]
Members of Jaffna district transport workers union held a peninsula-wide work boycott Monday protesting against the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) attack on a bus driver, conductor and passengers Sunday along the KKS-Jaffna road, transport union officials said. The assaults took place following the grenade attack on SLA soldiers by unknown gunmen at Kokuvil junction on Sunday. The passenger bus from Tellipalai was detained for more than four hours near the Kokuvil junction, affected passengers said.
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Seven killed, 13 injured in Trinco claymore explosion

[TamilNet, Monday, 03 July 2006, 07:33 GMT]
One soldier of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), one woman home guard, two police constables, a police seargeant and a civilian were killed when a claymore mine exploded at Anuradhapura junction, about three km off the east port city Monday around 11.55 a.m. At least fourteen others were injured, Trincomalee police sources said. Another woman police constable, seriously injured in the explosion, died on her way to the hospital. Conditions of two others are serious, medical sources said.
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Indian textile seller reported missing in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 July 2006, 15:45 GMT]
A textile seller, Sangaravel Meyyappan, 35, who had come from Tamil Nadu state, India to Batticaloa disrict, has been reported missing since 27th of June, Batticaloa Police said.
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SLA sergeant wounded in cylinder bomb explosion in Karuvakerny

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 July 2006, 14:44 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army seargeant was wounded in his hand when a suspicious cylinder exploded at the bus stop in Karuvakerny, 27 km north of Batticaloa town, around 7:40 a.m. Sunday, Police said.
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Two SLA troopers injured in Jaffna attacks

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 July 2006, 14:32 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops were injured in two attacks on SLA troops and an incident of firefight was reported between the SLA and unknown gunmen in Jaffna district Sunday, sources in Jaffna said. No one was injured in a shooting incident in Nelliady, Point-Pedro area Sunday.
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Gunmen hijack auto-rickshaw in Valaichenai, driver shot, wounded

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 July 2006, 12:28 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen hijacked a three-wheeler Sunday around 12:30 p.m. near Valaichenai Railway station, 28 km north of Batticaloa town, Police said. The driver of the vehicle, shot and wounded by the gunmen, was rushed to Valaichenai hospital and transferred to Batticaloa hospital for further treatment, medical sources said.
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TRO worker abducted in Valaichchenai

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 July 2006, 08:05 GMT]
Krishnapillai Kamalanathan, an official of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) was abducted by members of the Karuna paramilitary group at Valaichchenai, about 30 km. north of Batticaloa, around 10.30 a.m., Sunday. Krishnapillai has been working as a child protection officer of the TRO, Vakarai division.
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Abducted Tamil civilian killed in Muttur

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 July 2006, 08:02 GMT]
Mr.Sivasubramanian Suvakaran (40) alias Raju who was abducted by unidentified men Saturday morning at Navalady junction in the Muttur town located close to the police station was found dead with gunshot injuries in a playground at Knox Road in Alimsenai in Muttur town. Muttur Magistrate Mr.Manickavasagar Ganesharajah on receipt of police report visited the site and viewed the body, police said.
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Media Institute opens in Kilinochchi

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 July 2006, 04:54 GMT]
"Today is a historic and joyous day marking an important milestone in the development of our national infrastructure as we inaugurate educational activities in the new Tamil Media Educational Institute. Our national leader's deep desire and dream has finally been realized," said Head of LTTE's Political Wing, S.P. Thamilchelvan speaking at the opening ceremony of the Media Institute in Killinochchi at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, sources in Kilinochchi said.
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Sinhala journalist shot dead in Colombo

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 July 2006, 04:44 GMT]
An unidentified person has shot and killed Lakmal Sampath, a former defence correspondent at the Sinhala newspaper Sathdina, Sunday morning in Dehiwela, Police said. Lakmal Sampath was a popular columnist who revealed details about the Sri Lankan Military Intelligence, corruption at various levels of the Sri Lankan defence establishment, and underworld activities in Colombo, according to Sinhala media sources in Colombo.
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Three NorthEast families receive medical assistance

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 July 2006, 01:44 GMT]
Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), through its special medical service unit, during the last two weeks, provided financial assistance of Rs. 570K to three disadvantaged families in the NorthEast to facilitate the sick members to undergo costly medical treatment, officials of the TRO said. TRO is a non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered with the Government of Sri Lanka and is engaged in rehabilitation work mainly in the north east.
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Abductions escalate in Muttur- Elilan

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 July 2006, 23:07 GMT]
Mr.S.Elilan, Trincomalee district head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Saturday lodged a complaint with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) that the abduction of Tamil civilians from LTTE held territory to government controlled Muttur has escalated and that SLMM has made little progress on previous complaints of abductions, LTTE sources said.
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SLA arrests youth in Panankatikotu, Mannar

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 July 2006, 16:32 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers on street patrol duty in Panankatikotu in Mannar district Saturday morning around 10:00 a.m. arrested a 24 year old Tamil youth Anthony Jeuthadasan and handed over to Mannar Police. The youth was talking in his cell phone in front of his house at the time of arrest, civil sources said.
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Tamil youth shot dead in Sirukandal, Mannar

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 July 2006, 16:24 GMT]
Unidentified men Saturday morning attacked a group of soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in Sirukandal village in Murunkan division in Mannar district. Markandu Parathanathan from Thumpalai, Point-Pedro was killed when SLA retaliated, security sources said.
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SLA, SLN launch artillery fire on Muttur east villages

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 July 2006, 15:54 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Sri Lanka Navy (SLA) Saturday launched artillery fire villages in the Liberation Tigers' controlled Muttur east. Several civilian houses were damaged due to the indiscriminate shelling from land and sea surrounding the coastal areas of Muttur east, LTTE sources in Muttur said.
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Six thousand civilians complete training in Muttur east

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 July 2006, 15:43 GMT]
The graduation ceremony for about six thousand villagers who have completed their training under the civilian volunteer force programme in the LTTE-held Muttur east villages was held Friday evening at Sri Senbaga Maha Vidiyalyam grounds in Eachchilampathu division in the Trincomalee district. "Sinhala government in the south has shown its unwillingness to respect the legitimate rights of Tamil people. We are forced to strengthen ourselves with the support of Tamil people under the leadership and guidance of our national leader to move the liberation struggle vigorously forward," said Mr. S. Elilan, LTTE Trincomalee district political head, in a speech at the event, LTTE sources said.
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TRO urges SL Government to release lorry driver detained by SLA

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 July 2006, 13:51 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army and Police personnel, on Thursday, detained a lorry transporting 22 boat engines from Trincomalee Tamil Rehbilitation Organisation's office to TRO's "Back to Work," an "Emergency Italy" funded post-tsunmai rehabilitation project in Punochchimunai, a Muslim village, in Batticaloa District. TRO, on Saturday, appealed to the Government of Sri Lanka, the international humanitarian community and human rights organizations for the release of the lorry, the driver and the outboard engines.
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Tamil youth abducted in Muttur

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 July 2006, 11:54 GMT]
A twenty five year old Tamil youth Mr.Raju was abducted by unidentified persons Saturday morning around 11:00 a.m. at Navalady in the heart of Muttur town when he was on his way to Muttur jetty, Muttur police said. The abducted youth was a resident of Ralkuli, an area controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and a labourer working in ferry plying between Navalady and Ralkuli, sources said.
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Muslim fisherman forcibly drowned in Mannar

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 July 2006, 09:02 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy troopers who set out in 3 Dvora Fast Attack Crafts from their Talaimannar base, captured two fishermen in the seas off Karisal, a Muslim coastal village 12 km northwest of Mannar town, around 10:00 a.m. Saturday, and forcibly drowned one of the fishermen. The SLN threw the fisherman overboard even after he pleaded that he cannot swim, according to the fisherman who was forced by the SLN to search for the victim. Two other Muslim fishermen in a separate boat, were arrested by the SLN soldiers, handed over to Vankalaipaadu SLN, and released later. Tension prevails in Karisalpaadu, which is located between Vankalaipadu and Erukkalampiddy.
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Two fishermen missing in Thondamanaru

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 July 2006, 05:07 GMT]
Two fishermen from Valvettithurai have been reported missing in the northern waters off Thondamanaru Friday night. The boat, belonging to the missing persons caught fire when Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) troopers shot at the boat. Millons of rupees worth fishing nets and equipment were lost when fishermen in 400 boats were chased away by the SLN boats Friday night, Vadamaradchy North Fisheries Consortium has complained to Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission (SLHRC) in Jaffna.
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US Tamils urge UN action against Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 July 2006, 02:28 GMT]
Several hundred Tamil Americans, including several catholic priests, assembled in front of the United Nations Head Quarters in 42nd St & 1st Ave, New York city Friday afternoon to protest against the violence committed by Sri Lanka Security forces on Tamil civilians in the NorthEast and to urge the United Nations to pressure the Government of Sri Lanka to negotiate in good faith with Liberation Tigers towards a just and fair solution to the national question.
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