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Five hardcore LTTEers nabbed

Jan 2 (PIS) Over 900 persons, among them five suspected hardcore LTTEers, were rounded up in a joint Army-Police swoop on suspected terrorist hideouts in the City in Phase three of operation 'Strangers Night' on Saturday. more..

Two teenage LTTE cadres run away and surrender

Jan 2 (SLA) TWO TEENAGE TAMIL TIGERS (LTTE), who ran away from the LTTE camp in SAMPOOR, TRINCOMALEE on Sunday (01) evening surrendered to the Naval troops on duty in the general area of MUTTUR, TRINCOMALEE, around 9.30 p.m. seeking protection from the Security Forces. more..

Police post attack retaliated

Jan 2 (SLA) POLICEMEN AT KALLAR Police Post on the KALMUNAI - BATTICALOA main road had to retaliate with small arms fire when some unidentified Tamil Tigers threw a hand grenade at them on Sunday night (01) around 7.40 p.m. Tamil Tiger attackers fled the area when the Police began to retaliate the attack with small arms fire. more..

Sri Lanka launches new India campaign, as Nov. tourist arrivals dip

Jan 2 (LBO) Sri Lanka is launching a fresh publicity blitz to entice Indians to spend their summer vacation, as the tropical island struggles to fill up hotel rooms that remain largely empty following the tsunami and an outbreak of fresh violence in the northeast, officials said. more..

Muslims fleeing after LTTE threats: Panic in Thoppur and Kalmunai

Jan 2 (AT) Panic has set in the East with the LTTE apparently ordering another round of ethnic cleansing of Muslims from certain areas of Thoppur and Kalmunai. Several thousand Muslims in these areas have began taking refuge in schools and mosques fearing a threat to their lives from LTTE cadres. more..

A no-confidence motion against Deputy Committee Member Mr Satchithanandan by JVP

Jan 2 (LT) The JVP group of Parliamentarians has decided to bring a no-confidence motion against Deputy Committee Member of Parliament Mr Satchithanandan. They point out having being sworn in under the 6th amendment of the Constitution, he has underestimated the Constituion by participating at the funeral of Mr Joseph Pararajasingham organized in Kilinochchi. more..

UNP Parliamentarian Keheliya Rambukkwella to Government!

Jan 2 (LT) It has reported that Mr. Keheliya Rambukwella, Kandy District Parliamentarian of the UNP is to join President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government during the next few days. Mr. Rambukwella has decided to join the Government stating that the internal strife in the UNP has made it purposeless to stay in the party. more..

Ven. Dhambara Amila Thero conferred with Chief Adhikarana Sanganayake

Jan 2 (LT) Ven.Dhambara Amila Thero, Joint- President of National Bhikku Front and Joint Secretary of Patriotic National Movement (PNM) has been conferred with an honorary title of ‘Puravidya Visharadha’ (Archaeological Pundit) and The Chief Judicial Sanganayake of Raigama, Salpita, Hewagam and Pasyodun Korales. more..

Dalai Lama may not get visa

Jan 2 (WS) Amidst reports of a possible visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to Sri Lanka, officials attached to the Foreign Ministry told weekend Standard that the Ministry is yet to receive a request seeking approval for such a visit. more..

CMC wants public participation to solve garbage crisis

Jan 2 (WS) The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has taken an innovative approach by launching a source segregation project in a bid to solve the ongoing garbage crisis. The project called 'Eco-Kiosk' is a result of a solid waste management pilot project on source segregation which was initially started in 1999. more..

UNP crisis taken abroad during holiday season

Jan 2 (WS) The last week of the year 2005 thus faded away. The week could be looked back on as a week of political drought as there were no major incidents in the political arena. So it was not a fruitful week. However, it is not surprising that the final days of a year pass slowly, without much happenings. more..

Archaeological museum at Sigiriya

Jan 2 (WS) A museum will be constructed at the Sigiriya archaeological site which has already been declared a world heritage site. The museum will cost 2300 million rupees to be provided by the Japanese Government. Construction work will begin in January. more..

'No evidence' on Kadirgamar suspects

Jan 2 (BBC) The judiciary in Sri Lanka has ordered the police to produce a report on the possibility of releasing two suspects remanded in connection with the murder of former foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar. more..

Raid on British mine clearing group: Tigers cleared, employees blamed

Jan 2 (ANN) The military believes that British de-mining agency Halo Trust has to vet its workers as to ensure that it did not employ criminals or agents of the LTTE. Authorities said that undesirable elements were taking advantage of lax security procedures to enlist in the acclaimed de-mining agency. more..

In Sri Lanka peace hangs by a thread

Jan 2 (HT) Through out the event-filled 2005, the Sri Lankan pendulum swayed between war and peace, between hope and despair. Opportunities for national reconciliation did come, but these were not seized. The troubled island country is now stepping into a new year. But the lack of clarity continues. more..

Oslo to name new envoy for peace talks

Jan 2 (SAMN) Norwegian Minister for International Development and former special peace envoy Erik Solheim, will himself appoint a new peace envoy after consulting the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE when he visits the country later this month. more..

Tigers cleared in raid on British group

Jan 2 (SAMN) The military believes that British de-mining agency Halo Trust has to vet its workers as to ensure that it did not employ criminals or LTTE agents. Authorities said that undesirable elements were taking advantage of lax security procedures to enlist in the acclaimed de-mining agency. more..

We should heal India's wounds: JHU

Jan 2 (SAMN) Senior JHU Member Udaya Gammanpila says if Sri Lanka wanted India to play a bigger role in the peace process, the country must heal their wounds and show its gratitude to India. He said his party was very appreciative that President Mahinda Rajapakse had taken the lead in doing that by preparing to hold a Rajiv Gandhi memorial oration in Sri Lanka more..

Faulty Indian made computer in use for six years - A/L results scandal

Jan 2 (LNP) Thousands of bright students have been deprived of admission to universities, due to no fault of their own but that of a faulty computer being used by the Department of Examinations for marking of answer scripts. The Examination Department is re-scrutinizing 150,000 Bio and Physical Sciences Advanced Level answer scripts, more..

President visits Maligawa

Jan 2 (LNP) President Mahinda Rajapakse in one of his first tasks in the new year, visited Sri Dalada Maligawa yesterday morning, and paid homage to the sacred tooth relic. The President and Shiranthi Rajapakse were received by Diyawadana Nilame Pradeep Nilanga Dela Bandara. more..

With them, we need no enemies

Jan 2 (LNP) The news that a former Navy Commander had placed an order for old cannon instead of brand new guns and settled part of the massive bill in advance is shocking. The controversial deal initiated during the UNF regime, as we reported a few years ago, ran into stiff resistance initially. more..

Earthquake on other side of world sparks fear of tsunami in Sri Lanka

Jan 2 (AP) News of an earthquake in the South Atlantic Ocean sent some victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami, living on the other side of the world in Sri Lanka, fleeing inland from their temporary homes on the coast. more..

More than 100 Tamil families flee to rebel-held areas, fearing violence

Jan 2 (AP) Scores of minority ethnic Tamil families in northern Sri Lanka have sought refuge in territory controlled by the Tamil Tiger rebels, a Web site and the military said Monday, following a spate of violence that threatens the country's cease-fire. more..

Ministry followed proper procedure on Surgical gloves tender

Jan 2 (DN) HEALTHCARE and Nutrition Ministry yesterday stressed that the tender for the procurement of surgical gloves had been awarded by following the proper tender procedures and Government regulations. "This tender was awarded after much scrutinising by several levels committees including high level Government officials and medical consultants," more..

Sri Lankan FM to visit US

Jan 2 (Xinhua) Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will make an official visit to the United States from Jan. 3 to Jan. 8, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release issued Monday. During his six-day visit, Samaraweera will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, more..

8-Lane swimming pool to be built in Trincomalee

Jan 2 (TN) Swim Lanka, a Charitable Trust, has laid foundation for the construction of an eight-lane swimming pool at an estimated cost of ten million rupees in Trincomalee esplanade. This will be the first swimming pool to be constructed under "Learn to Swim Campaign," after tsunami disaster. more..

Five youths killed in Trincomalee

Jan 2 (BBC) Five young Tamils were killed and two injured in a bomb blast in the eastern Sri Lankan town of Trincomalee. Elmo Fernando reporting from Colombo told BBC Sandeshaya that the deceased from the attack on the beach are believed to be students of two schools in the town. more..

Some in Sri Lanka see civil war on horizon

Jan 3 (AP) When the clock strikes midnight, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels change a note at the top of their Web site. The cease-fire agreement "enters into 1409 days today," it read Monday. What many Sri Lankans are asking, though, is when will the updates stop - and the cease-fire end? more..

Army Commander urges to exercise restraint in his New Year message

Jan 3 (AT) Sri Lanka Army commander Lt General Fonseka called the Army to exercise restraint and maximum patience possible. He added that the prime responsibility and concern of the Army was meeting the aspirations of the country which is on its way to achieve peace with dignity. more..

Sri Lanka needs alternative power resources

Jan 3 (AT) Minister of Science and Technology hailed the government’s decision to increases payments for renewable energy and said it would be a great step forward to reduce foreign exchange on oil imports. Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana said that Sri Lanka is one of the countries which pay lowest charges for the alternative power resources. more..

British Cardinal requested to stop tiger activities in UK

Jan 3 (LT) Presidsent Mahinda Rajapakse asked British Cardinal McCormack Murphy Okathor to mediate to end LTTE activities committed within the UK. The president pointed out that though members of tiger organization have been banned from travelling in EU countries the tiger organization continue to collect money by extortion in the UK. more..

Three Aussies shedding crocodile tears for Lankan women

Jan 3 (AT) A visibly annoyed Women's Empowerment Ministry Secretary Indrani Sugatadasa yesterday called a recent Australian report on women and the post-tsunami situation in Sri Lanka as 'greatly exaggerated and very dramatic'. more..

JVP to contest local elections alone

Jan 3 (TN) The politburo of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the Marxist Sinhala Nationalist Party, Monday decided to contest the forthcoming elections to local government authorities in Sri Lanka alone and not in alliance with other political parties, political sources said. more..

Teachers demand release of arrested colleague

Jan 3 (TN) Trainee teachers at the Palaly Teachers Training college boycotted classes Monday demanding the release of fellow trainee Packianathan Kamalakannan who was arrested and being detained by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) following the claymore mine attack in Point Pedro on 27 December when twelve SLA soldiers were killed. more..

Tiger sympathizers vacate Jaffna

Jan 3 (LT) Wanni Tigers organization has informed families living in Jaffna and sympathetic to Tigers to vacate their native places. They have accordingly left Jaffna and moved to uncleared areas. Security forces say that the search operations conducted by the army in Jaffna town may have compelled the Tigers to take this decision. more..

Will new president obstruct the functioning of public authorities through non-implementation of constitutional provisions? – AHRC

Jan 3 (ISL) Asian Human Rights Commission in a special release questioned whether the President Mahinda Rajapakse can enable effective functioning of vital public institutions. more..

PM refuses to exchange prisoners to release policemen

Jan 3 (ISL) Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wicramanayake had reiterated that his government will not exchange prisoners to secure the release of LTTE captured policemen from Mannar. A group of relatives of the LTTE captured policemen had gone to discuss the matter with the PM last week had been informed by the Prime Minister of this decision. more..

“We will protect Tamils seeking protection in our areas of control” – LTTE

Jan 3 (ISL) The polical wing head of the LTTE, Tamil Selvan said that his organization will ensure the safetly of Tamils. “We can no longer show patience on the face of the violence let loose on Tamil people. A situation where Tamils, including children and women are killed and tortured has evolved. more..

"Should have the right to obtain reports of bribery commission"-Bribery Commissioner

Jan 3 (LeN) The Commissioner General of the Bribery Commission is to expand the activities of the Commission enabling the Auditor General and the Income Tax Commissioner General to have access to the investigation reports of the Commission. more..

2006 named as year of moral values

Jan 3 (LeN) The government has named 2006 as the year of promoting moral values. The government has decided on this measure to uphold fast eroding values and ethics among people. A flag was also issued by the Cultural Ministry to mark the event. more..

Ranil agrees for major revamp in UNP

Jan 3 (LeN) UNP parliamentarian Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told Lanka e News UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has agreed for a major overhaul in the party from organization structure to leadership at a discussion held in Bangkok with himself and Ravi Karunanayake. more..

No 'unitary', no support-Hela Urumaya

Jan 3 (LeN) The Hela Urumaya will definitely withdraw its support to the President, if he shunned the unitary state concept, policy formulator of the party, Patalee Chanpika Ranawaka warned. He reiterated JHU's stand that Norway should be chased away from the country. more..

Prabakaran summons regional commanders for the Iruthi Pore - final assault

Jan 3 (AT) The LTTE is quietly readying for an open confrontation with the Government of Sri Lanka in the Jaffna Peninsula. They have already contrived successfully to win psychologically over the Sri Lanka armed forces with their undeclared the stealth war. more..

Yahoo Photos

Jan 3 (AP) A Sri Lankan army soldier stands guard at a check point in Colombo on Friday. In a sudden surge of violence, 45 soldiers have been killed and 71 more injured in December ambushes blamed on the rebels. more..

LTTE machinations cripple normalcy in Trincomalee

Jan 3 (SLA) LTTE cadres (Tamil Tigers) on Tuesday (03) morning, disguised themselves as those from a so-called “People’s Organization” in TRINCOMALEE forced civilians and businessmen in the area to close down shops and their business ventures to protest against an alleged ‘murder’ of five young men the previous night. more..

Five young men fall victim to their own hand grenade

Jan 3 (SLA) THE ACCIDENTAL EXPLOSION of a hand grenade on the beachside at TRINCOMALEE, near the library last night (02) at about 8.00 p.m. killed five young men and injured two others. Those young men, suspected to have arrived there in order to carry out an attack on the troops or the Police, were on the beach at the time their grenade went off bringing death to five of them. more..

More & more LTTE arms & ammunition recovered from safe houses

Jan 3 (SLA) ONE T-56 WEAPON, ONE MAGAZINE, eleven rounds of T-56 ammunition and one hand grenade were among arms and ammunition recovered from an LTTE safe house in the general area of KONDAVIL, JAFFNA on Monday (02). On information received from a civilian, troops conducted a search into the house and found one T-56 weapon, one magazine, eleven rounds of T-56 ammunition and one hand grenade. more..

Officer trying to settle the dispute injured

Jan 3 (SLA) AN ARMY OFFICER, who witnessed the murder of a civilian by an unknown gunman in the general area of MAVADIVEMBU in BATTICALOA area around 10.45 a.m. Monday (02), sustained injuries when he tried to confront the assassins who gunned down the civilian. more..

Sri Lanka partly lifts poultry import ban

Jan 3 (LBO) Sri Lanka has partially lifted its ban on poultry imports from January so that farmers can meet production cycles, as global fears of avian influenza recede. “The ban on import of day old parent chicks has been lifted from January 01 this year, from countries free of bird flu, like India, France or the United Kingdom,” more..

Trinco Parents Blast LTTE Over Grenade Explosions

Jan 3 (ISL) Parents from Sri Koneswara Hindu College and St.Joseoh’s College came critical on LTTE and their new training program for students in universities and in colleges. Sources claim that LTTE had been training students to carry out attacks against Sri Lanka Armed Personnel and later put the blame on to “People’s Forces” in Northeast. more..