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Sri Lankan minister contradicts diplomatic immunity of SLMM

Sri Lankan Defense spokesman and a Cabinet Minister, Keheliya Rambukwelle, at the weekly press briefing in Colombo on Friday warned the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) that their officials and vehicles would be checked at any checkpoints when they travel North. The Sri Lankan minister, by his statement on Friday, has contradicted the diplomatic immunity, provided to the SLMM according to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a well-placed diplomat in Colombo said. Continue reading

October 5, 2007 Posted by | NEWS | Leave a comment

Bail application filed seeking Ki’linochchi ACLG release

The wife of Kandiah Balasubramaniam, Assistant Commissioner of Local Government in Ki’linochchi district who is being kept in detention under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) since June 25 this year, has filed a bail application in the Court of Appeal Wednesday seeking the release of her husband. Continue reading

October 4, 2007 Posted by | NEWS | Leave a comment

Colombo court releases 9 Jaffna youths

The Colombo Chief Magistrate Tuesday ordered the release of nine Tamil youths, residents of Jaffna district, kept in detention in Boosa detention camp. Some of them were arrested in Colombo and its suburbs during cordon and search operation. Continue reading

October 4, 2007 Posted by | NEWS | Leave a comment

IPKF was victim of vile LTTE propaganda: Tamil rights activist.

The Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) which was deployed in Sri Lanka’s troubled North and East between 1987 and 1990, was a victim of vile propaganda by the LTTE, an internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan Tamil human rights activist has said.

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October 4, 2007 Posted by | NEWS | Leave a comment

Six Tigers and three soldiers killed in Omanthai.

Tamil Tigers using small arms, mortars and artillery continuously attacked the Sri Lankan troops deployed along the Forward Defence Lines west of Omanthai throughout yesterday, the military said today.

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October 4, 2007 Posted by | NEWS | Leave a comment

Sri Lanka government to set up an industrial city.

Sri Lanka Ministry of Industrial Development has taken steps to set up an industrial city at Kappalthurai in the Eastern Province that was recently captured from the Tamil Tiger rebels.

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October 4, 2007 Posted by | NEWS | Leave a comment

Post workers start 48-hour strike

Royal Mail workers have started the first of two 48-hour walkouts in a protest over pay and fears of job cuts. After last-minute talks between Royal Mail managers and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) failed to reach a deal, the strike started at noon.

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October 4, 2007 Posted by | NEWS | Leave a comment

Bhutto hints at power-share deal

Former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto has said she expects a breakthrough on Thursday on power-sharing talks with President Pervez Musharraf.

Ms Bhutto said she expected to be given an amnesty on corruption charges. In return Gen Musharraf wants Ms Bhutto to stop any boycott of a parliamentary vote on Saturday which is expected to re-elect him president.

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October 4, 2007 Posted by | NEWS | Leave a comment

Gotabhaya bans transport of livestock from abandoned Tamil homes in Batticaloa

Acting on a complaint made by Ameer Ali, Sri Lankan minister of disaster relief services, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan defense secretary, has instructed teh Batticaloa district commanding officer of Sri Lanka Army (SLA), Superintendents of Police and officers of Special Task Force (STF) to ban the transport of livestock belonging to Tamils from the areas in Batticaloa district, recently brought under the control of the SLA. Tamils in these areas have repeatedly lodged complaint with Mr. Ameer Ali that cattle from their homes were being systematically stolen out of the district by paramilitaries and Sri Lankan soldiers and sold in Sinhala areas of the Polonnaruwa district. Continue reading

October 4, 2007 Posted by | NEWS | Leave a comment

SLA blocks SLMM officials at Oamanthai border

Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Northern Region officials scheduled to meet Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) officials in Ki’linochchi Thursday noon were blocked entry at Oamanthai entry point by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) according to instructions from Colombo. General Secretary of Liberation Tigers Peace Secretariat, S. Puleedevan, told TamilNet that by refusing entry to the SLMM officials, Colombo was trying to block the information flow between the SLMM and the LTTE. Meanwhile, SLMM sources said the monitors had returned after being instructed by the SLA of new routines that involved going through a body check, inspection of vehicles and early enlistment of travelers. Continue reading

October 4, 2007 Posted by | NEWS | Leave a comment