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Chemmani judge receives army protection

[TamilNet, Sunday, 28 February 1999, 20:10 GMT]
Jaffna magistrate S.A.E Ekanathan protested to the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) brass yesterday that government troops had come to his residence to provide special security to his residence at Aththiyadi in Jaffna town on Friday night without intimating him about the matter.
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Police uniforms unacceptable - EPDP

[TamilNet, Sunday, 28 February 1999, 20:04 GMT]
The EPDP told the Sri Lankan Security forces headquarters in Jaffna today that it will not be able to let its cadres recommended to Sri Lanka's Ministry of defence for providing security for its members and chairmen of the local government bodies wear Police assistants' uniform.
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Perumal visits Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 28 February 1999, 12:54 GMT]
Former Northeastern province chief minister Varatharajapperumal is currently in Batticaloa to discuss the political and military situation with the Sri Lankan Army (SLA), trusted friends and senior cadres of the EPRLF said sources in the eastern town today.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Sunday, 28 February 1999, 12:52 GMT]
Sri Lankan Police has instructed road sentry points in Jaffna to check vehicles belonging to Tamil Para Military groups, Army moves to limit price rises and Shortage of birth certificates in Mullaitivu.
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Headless youth's body found

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 February 1999, 14:59 GMT]
The body of the youth from Karaveddi who was decapitated earlier this week was recovered from a cess pit behind the office of the PLOTE at Nelliyadi this morning around 7.30 p.m. upon information provided by civilians in the area.
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SLA fire kills child

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 February 1999, 11:05 GMT]
A four year old child was killed when the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) opened fire indiscriminately towards the village of Vinayakapuram, near Valaichenai, 32 kilometers north of Batticaloa in the early hours of the morning today.
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Peace march in Colombo

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 February 1999, 00:46 GMT]
Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islam religious leaders took part in peace march yesterday that started at 3.00 p.m. from Campel Park in Colombo and finished at Hyde Park Corner.
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STF deployed on Mannar MSR

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 February 1999, 00:44 GMT]
The Sri Lankan government began moving the Special Task Force (STF) to areas in Mannar held formerly by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) in order to pull out two brigades of the 21 division for operations in the Vanni. The STF moved into the Uyilankulam detachment yesterday.
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President acts to restore confidence

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 February 1999, 00:41 GMT]
President Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumarathunge yesterday ordered the Inspector General of Police to immediately take into custody the Gampaha district People's Alliance Praliamentarian, Jinadasa Nandasena, and his son who are both contesting the Western Provincial Council Election, scheduled for April 1, as PA candidates.
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Vaakarai suffers under SLA restrictions

[TamilNet, Friday, 26 February 1999, 15:38 GMT]
(News Feature) More than eight thousand Tamils who eke out a living on incomes less than 14.50 US dollars a month in the northern corner of the Batticaloa district may soon face semi famine conditions say aid workers in the east.
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Attorney General co ordinates Chemmani investigation

[TamilNet, Friday, 26 February 1999, 11:00 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Attorney General's office said today that it expected the Jaffna magistrate to fix a date for the exhumation of the alleged mass graves of Tamil civilians at Chemmani.
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Transformer explodes in Kandy

[TamilNet, Friday, 26 February 1999, 10:57 GMT]
A transformer was exploded at Katugastota, a suburb that lies a few miles out of Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka, around 12.45 am today, resulting in power failures in several places in the area, Police said.
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Election was a mockery - CMEV

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 February 1999, 19:14 GMT]
The North-western Provincial council election was a "a mockery of the democratic process", said the election monitoring group, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) at a press conference held today in the National Library auditorium in Colombo.
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Woman shot dead

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 February 1999, 18:56 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a 29 year old woman in the village of Thannamunai, 9 kilometers north of Batticaloa, last night said Police sources in the eastern town today.
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PLOTE - TELO clashes continue

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 February 1999, 17:05 GMT]
The paramilitary groups Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) and People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) clashed again yesterday evening at Cheddikulam resulting in the wounding of a TELO member, said sources.
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All party committee to monitor polls

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 February 1999, 16:58 GMT]
The Sri Lankan President met leaders of the political parties contesting provincial council election April 1 today at the Temple Trees, her official residence. Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the SLMC Mr.M.H.M Ashraff and Ceylon Workers Congress chief and Minister for Livestock Development Mr.S.Thondaman were among those present.
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Blast in high security zone

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 February 1999, 10:55 GMT]
At least three soldiers were killed when an explosion ripped through Sri Lankan Army (SLA) positions in the Thenmaradchi division of Jaffna around 1.20 a.m. in the early hours of the morning today. Unconfirmed reports said, the SLA's 54 Division commander Major.Gen. Sarath Munasingha was wounded in the blast.
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Father identifies decapitated man

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 February 1999, 20:00 GMT]
The father of Rajaratnam Rajeswaran, 23, a youth who was reported missing from Karaveddi since February 21, positively identified the head that was found in Jaffna as that of his son this evening. Human rights sources in Jaffna said that the Police were unable to record his statement as Rajaratnam, a resident of Nallur, had become distraught and disorientated after seeing his son's severed head.
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'Chemmani graves need international investigation'

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 February 1999, 19:50 GMT]
The Jaffna district leader of the LTTE's political wing, S.Thooyavan, said today, in a letter sent to magistrates in the peninsula that the Chemmani mass grave issue must be investigated by representatives of international human rights bodies, and not by the local courts.
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Perumal meets regional EPRLF groups

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 February 1999, 17:47 GMT]
Varatharaja Perumal, former Chief Minister of the Northeast Provincial Council visited northern town of Jaffna to reorganise his group, the Eelam People's Liberation Front (EPRLF) there, said sources.
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Displaced civilians cross FDLs

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 February 1999, 17:39 GMT]
Sixty five families who had been displaced in the Vanni walked through no-man's land on the Madhu-Mannar road and crossed into areas held by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) on Sunday said sources.
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Paper investigated over murder report

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 February 1999, 15:25 GMT]
The associate editor of Uthayan, the only news paper published in Jaffna, was grilled this afternoon over a report about the human head found in a drain yesterday by officers from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Sri Lankan Police.
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Amnesty concerned for PLOTE's detainees

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 February 1999, 14:47 GMT]
The human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has expressed concern over the safety of four men who are believed to have been detained by the paramilitary group PLOTE, in Vavuniya.
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British Deputy High Commissioner visits Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 February 1999, 11:29 GMT]
The British Deputy High Commissioner, Martin Hill, made a one day visit to Vavuniya to find out more about the situation there and in the Vanni from officials. He was accompanied by Peter West, the Deputy Head of the South Asian Department in London.
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Jaffna woman reports husband 'missing'

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 February 1999, 11:26 GMT]
Rajaratnam Rajeswaran, 23, Karaveddi has been reported 'missing' since February 21, his wife informed the Human Rights Commission in Jaffna. A decapitated head found in a drain recently in Jaffna could belong to Rajaratnam Rajeswaran, said sources in the town.
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North-east Governor meets NGO Consortium

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 February 1999, 11:23 GMT]
The North East Governor has asked the Trincomalee District NGOs (non-governmental organisations) Consortium to bring to the notice of the Government Agent and the central government, even small welfare projects they implement in war torn areas.
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Paramilitary operation to abduct woman

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 February 1999, 11:21 GMT]
Paramilitary sources in Batticaloa said that the Razeek group carried out an operation into LTTE controlled areas on Monday night in order to abduct a woman who was then married, at a Sri Lankan Army camp, to one of the group's leaders.
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Head Found in Jaffna Drain

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 February 1999, 10:50 GMT]
A decapitated male head was found in a drain near the New Market in central Jaffna. The Sri Lankan army and Police have cordoned off the area, said sources.
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STF, TELO stage intelligence gathering sweep

[TamilNet, Monday, 22 February 1999, 22:54 GMT]
The Special Task Force (STF) and the TELO paramilitary group began a joint operation this weekend to systematically interrogate all civilians suspected of having links with the Liberation Tigers in Aaraiampathi, a large densely populated Tamil village 8 kilometers south of Batticaloa.
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Manhunt follows rape attack

[TamilNet, Monday, 22 February 1999, 22:52 GMT]
Two young men were remanded till March 5 by the Mannar district magistrate today, on charges of participating in the gang rape of a young girl, sources said.
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News in Brief

[TamilNet, Monday, 22 February 1999, 13:44 GMT]
Minster's son charged with assault; President to discuss forthcoming elections with opposition leader and UNP plans to censure Government over appointment of new Secretary General of Parliament.
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Ministers attempt to resolve strike

[TamilNet, Sunday, 21 February 1999, 20:50 GMT]
The Minister for Health, Nimal Sripala de Silva and the Minister for Rural and Industrial Development, S.Thondaman, are to meet on Monday (22.02.1999) to find a settlement to the four-day old strike by medical officers and health workers at some hospitals in the central province, said sources.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Sunday, 21 February 1999, 20:47 GMT]
Sri Lankan Army (SLA) sources said that six Liberation Tigers were killed during the last two days; Vadamaradchi East civilians face further travel restrictions; The Minister for Industries Development, Mr.C.V.Gooneretna, announces rehabilitation of the Atchchuveli Industrial Estate in Jaffna.
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Inadequate harbour facility causes delay

[TamilNet, Sunday, 21 February 1999, 13:58 GMT]
One of the reason, essential items are scarce and expensive in the Jaffna peninsula is because of the lack of facilities at Pt.Pedro harbour that leads to delays in unloading ships harboured at sea, said the Jaffna Business Chamber.
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Petty thief gets stitched up

[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 February 1999, 22:41 GMT]
Sinnathamby Aarumugam, a minor thief plying his trade in areas north of Valaichenai, 32 kilometers north of Batticaloa, was apprehended and tied to a pole by the SLA at Vaakarai junction last evening. He was made to shout "I shall no longer steal in the name of LTTE".
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SLA re-deployed to hold MSR

[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 February 1999, 18:06 GMT]
The Police units deployed along the (MSR) A9 route have been replaced with the Sri Lankan Army soldiers (SLA) who were manning the Vavuniya - Mannar road, said sources in the northern town of Vavuniya.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 February 1999, 18:04 GMT]
North-East Governor promises regular passenger ship service between Trincomalee and Kankesanthurai; Heavy rains in Vanni affect paddy harvesting and another Aids victim detected in Jaffna.
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Court awards damages in fundamental rights case

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 February 1999, 19:28 GMT]
A three-member Bench of the Supreme Court today awarded 350,000 rupees as compensation to Mr.Anura Bandaranaike, UNP Parliamentarian of the National List, stating that the fundamental rights of the petitioner had been violated by the police.
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Sinhala, Tamil classes for Trinco youth

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 February 1999, 19:21 GMT]
The National Youth Services Council, functioning under the Ministry of Youth Affairs, has launched a programme to conduct language class for the youth community of the country, to teach Tamil language to Sinhalese and Sinhala to Tamils.
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Sea Tigers attack SLN patrol - VoT

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 February 1999, 16:46 GMT]
(CORRECTION) The Voice of Tigers (VoT) said in its 8.00 a.m. news broadcast today that the Leopard commandos of the Sea Tigers attacked a Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Special Forces Unit patrolling the Jaffna lagoon off Kilaly on Friday morning at 12.30 a.m..
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Air Lanka pilots resume work

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 February 1999, 11:46 GMT]
Air Lanka pilots called off their strike today, allowing Sri Lanka's national carrier which had been grounded since yesterday, to resume flights. The Sri Lankan pilots, who went on strike over a pay dispute, claim Air Lanka pays foreign pilots three times as much as what the airline pays them.
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Jaffna politicians organise paramilitary protection

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 February 1999, 20:31 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) told Tamil groups in Jaffna that it will provide weapons, uniforms and salaries to body guards who are expected to protect members of the local government bodies in Jaffna. The Tamil groups have to provide the necessary manpower for the purpose the SLA said.
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Committee on amnesties reports finding

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 February 1999, 20:02 GMT]
The Committee, appointed by the President, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunge, to inquire into and report on necessary changes in policy with regard to granting of general amnesties, has recommended that the policy with regard to commutation of death sentences, remissions in respect of unpaid fines and camp remissions should remain unchanged.
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STF said using child slave labour

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 February 1999, 19:35 GMT]
(NEWS FEATURE) In a letter sent to the Anti Harassment Committee today, the Forum for Human Dignity has raised the issue of human rights violations committed by the elite commando police unit, the Special Task Force (STF), in the eastern part of the island.
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New regulations on rations announced

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 February 1999, 19:26 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army's 52-4 brigade headquarters in Jaffna ordered that fishermen's families in villages on the South-eastern coast of Jaffna who have any family members or immediate relatives living abroad should not be given relief rations.
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Foreign ministry withdraws Chemmani statement

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 February 1999, 14:15 GMT]
The Foreign Ministry spokesman today apologised for the mistakes in its statement on the alleged mass grave at Chemmani which was issued last Wednesday.
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Three LTTE boats destroyed - SLN

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 February 1999, 11:49 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) said that three boats belonging to the Liberation Tigers were destroyed in a sea battle in the Kilaly lagoon, in the north of the island, in the early hours of the morning today.
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University employee detained

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 February 1999, 07:39 GMT]
A laboratory assistant of the Medical Faculty of the University of Jaffna, Selveranjan Selvakumar, was arrested by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) last night. Human rights activists were surprised that the army had for the first time given a receipt of arrest in the case of Selvakumar directly to the Human RightsCommission (HRC) office in Jaffna.
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Soldiers suspended for staging bogus attack

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 February 1999, 20:45 GMT]
Twenty soldiers of an army detachment at Vilgamvehera, 6 miles north of Tricomalee along Anuradhapura trunk road, have been suspended by the SLA for misleading the district brigade that the Liberation Tigers had attacked their camp on February 12, sources said.
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PLOTE says no more 'taxes'

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 February 1999, 20:43 GMT]
Mr. N.Manickadasan, the military wing leader and Vice President of the paramilitary group, PLOTE, told the press that since February 1 his group had stopped levying tax from traders in Vavuniya town. The press conference was held at Kovilkulam in one of the PLOTE camps.
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"Police obtained confession under duress"

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 February 1999, 15:49 GMT]
The Eastern High Court Judge A.N.Ramachandran today acquitted a woman charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) after medical evidence revealed that she had made the confession under duress, while in police custody.
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UNP attacks break with convention

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 February 1999, 15:46 GMT]
The main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP) has strongly criticised the President, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge, for appointing a complete outsider as the Secretary-General of Parliament, kicking aside all Parliamentary traditions.
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Peace movement formulates own proposals

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 February 1999, 10:19 GMT]
The National Alliance for Peace (NAP) announced at a press conference on Tuesday that it intends to formulate its own peace proposals that will then be submitted to the two main political parties, the UNP and the PA.
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Two left wing parties merge

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 February 1999, 10:17 GMT]
The Lanka Samasamaja party (LSSP) and the Communist party (CP) are to merge, said Mr.Batty Weerakon, Minister of Scientific Affairs, the state-run SLBC reported today. The central committees of both parties have already held a joint meeting as an initial measure. The two parties are constituent partners of the PA government.
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ICRC reaffirms commitment to ferry service

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 February 1999, 22:13 GMT]
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is prepared to provide security for the ship that takes civilian passengers to and from Trincomalee and Kankesanthurai, if the government and the Liberation Tigers agree.
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Governor to hear NGO's difficulties

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 February 1999, 22:09 GMT]
A delegation of the Consortium of the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) of the Trincomalee district is to meet the Governor of the North East Province on February 22 morning.
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Seven LTTE Casualties - VoT

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 February 1999, 19:33 GMT]
Six female members of the Liberation Tigers were killed in fresh clashes with the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) today in two separate incidents, the Tigers announced in the Vanni.
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Postal employees take government to court

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 February 1999, 19:20 GMT]
Two fundamental rights violation petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court against the Postal Corporation Bill gazetted by the Sri Lankan government, state-run radio (SLBC) reported today.
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Curfew following communal violence

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 February 1999, 17:49 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police declared curfew in Nochchiyagama, in the northcentral province, about 170 kilometers northwest of Colombo, today following an attack on Muslim shops in the town last night.
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Jaffna Tamil groups asked to help army

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 February 1999, 17:25 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) today announced plans to provide protection for the Tamil paramilitaries and other groups operating in the Jaffna peninsula.
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News In Brief:

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 February 1999, 17:21 GMT]
Liberation Tigers put up poster at Jaffna University and fourty-two devotees attended 'Maha Sivarathri Pooja' at Keerimalai Naguleswarar temple.
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Vehicle hijacked on 'cleared' road

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 February 1999, 11:31 GMT]
The official vehicle of the President of College of Education in Batticaloa, Mr. K.Nadarajah, was taken away by gunmen suspected to be members of the Liberation Tigers around 10.30 a.m. this morning. The vehicle was stopped at Vanthaarumoolai, 20 km. north of Batticaloa, by the gunmen who drove away with the driver who was released at the next village.
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Dead youth said tortured

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 February 1999, 10:20 GMT]
Anthony Gnanasekaram, who died in the custody of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) at Gurunagar, in Jaffna had been tortured said Prof. Sinnaththamby Veluppillai, in his medical report which he submitted to the Jaffna courts yesterday. The SLA had earlier said that Gnanasekaram committed suicide.
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Civilian killed in broad daylight

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 February 1999, 22:02 GMT]
A civilian who was on his way to invite relatives for his child's birthday was shot dead by an SLA ambush party yesterday around 7.30 a.m. near Kiran, 28 km. north of Batticaloa.
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Officials told to safeguard vehicles

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 February 1999, 20:59 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) issued instructions to all government departments in Batticaloa today regarding the use of their vehicles.
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PLOTE member arrested in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 February 1999, 20:57 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police in the northern town of Vavuniya said that they have arrested a PLOTE member who had been found with a pistol in his possession at a Police checkpoint.
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LTTE announces casualty figures

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 February 1999, 20:53 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers said today that eight of their members had been killed in clashes with the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) in the Vanni area during the period between February 12 and 14.
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UNHCR outlines development plans

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 February 1999, 20:50 GMT]
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (UNHCR), signed an agreement today with the Resettlement and Rehabilitation Authority of the North (RRAN) contributing Rupees 77,683,007 towards the rehabilitation of communities and to assist people in the conflict affected areas in the Vanni and the Jaffna peninsula.
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Youth abducted in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 February 1999, 22:23 GMT]
A 19 year old youth, Subramaniam Sureshkumar, was abducted by unidentified armed men, while he was at the canteen run by the Tellipallai Multi-purpose co-operative society (MPCS) in the Jaffna peninsula.
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Navy holds up ferry service

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 February 1999, 22:19 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Navy has refused permission to a private shipping firm to launch a passenger shipping service between Trincomalee and Kankesanthurai. The decision came despite the fact that the International Committee of the Red Cross signed an agreement with the North East Governor and the Commissioner General of Essential Services (CGES), to provide security to the ship when it sails with civilians sources said.
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Paramilitaries told to disarm

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 February 1999, 22:15 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) said today that it has ordered the PLOTE and the TELO, Tamil paramlitiaries operating with the army, to close down their offices and camps in Vavuniya.
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Woman raped by army personnel

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 February 1999, 22:07 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police said that a 20 year old woman who was waiting at a bus stop in Anuradhapura in the north central province was kidnapped and raped by men, including two members of the Sri Lankan Army personnel, yesterday around 9 p.m.
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EPDP Councillor killed

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 February 1999, 10:43 GMT]
A member of the EPDP, Pandaari Kandasamy ,55, of the Waligamam East (Atchuvely) Pradheshiya Sabha (local government body) was shot dead by unidentified gunmen around 10.30 a.m. this morning.
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PLOTE-TELO clashes hold up food supply to Vanni

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 February 1999, 22:32 GMT]
Food supply to the Vanni had come to a standstill for the past one week, due to the clashes between PLOTE and TELO, the paramilitary groups operating in the area, government officials in Vavuniya said today.
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Five more casualties from sea battle

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 February 1999, 20:37 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers announced in the Vanni today the names of 5 more Tigers who had died in the sea battle with the Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) near the island of Kachchathivu, north west of Jaffna on February 8.
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"Distorted" history protest prompts investigation

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 February 1999, 18:23 GMT]
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education has called for a full report from the National Institute of Education into allegation made by the Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union (CTTU) that the Year 6 Tamil text book on Social Studies consists of articles distorting the history of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
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Army limits Sivaraathiri festivals attendance

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 February 1999, 16:00 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) has allowed only one hundred devotees to attend the midnight Pooja of the Maha Sivaraathiri festival at the Thiruketheeswaram temple in the Mannar district tomorrow.
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Different checkpoints, different orders

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 February 1999, 15:56 GMT]
Sri Lankan Army (SLA) personnel stationed at the Vallipuram checkpoint, in the Jaffna peninsula, permitted the resumption of passenger bus service from Pt.Pedro to Sempianpattu yesterday. The bus service was used by residents of the Southeastern coast of the peninsula, an area not directly under the control of the Sri Lankan army.
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Religious leaders describe Vanni visit

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 February 1999, 17:54 GMT]
The delegation of Buddhist monks and Christian clergy who visited the LTTE controlled areas of the Vanni said at a press conference held today that the LTTE had expressed a readiness to pursue a peaceful solution to the ethnic conflict in the island.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 February 1999, 11:53 GMT]
Government officials in Jaffna urge ICRC to resume ferry service; Booby trap maims displaced refugee; Liberation Tigers say four members and a supporter were killed in clashes with the Sri Lankan Army in the Vanni.
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Devotees barred from attending Hindu festival

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 February 1999, 07:39 GMT]
Army Head Quarters in Palaly had informed the chief priest of the Keerimalai Naguleswarar temple yesterday that no devotees will be allowed to go to Keerimalai from other parts of the peninsula to observe religious rights on Sunday the Mahasivarathri day.
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PLOTE suspected in TELO office fire

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 February 1999, 05:06 GMT]
The political office of the paramilitary group TELO at Vairavapuliyankulam in Vavuniya town area was set on fire allegedly by PLOTE in the early hours of this morning, Police said.
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Court to protest Chemmani excavations plan

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 February 1999, 00:00 GMT]
Legal sources in Jaffna expressed shock and dismay at the statement by the Sri Lanka's foreign Ministry on Wednesday and by the SLA spokesman, Brig.Sunil Tennekoon yesterday that the alleged mass grave at Chemmani would be exhumed on March 5, according to orders of the Jaffna court.
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MP criticises president's development policy

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 February 1999, 20:21 GMT]
The elected representative for the Batticaloa district, Mr.Joseph Pararajasingham, M.P., appealed to the government and the President to allow rehabilitation and reconstruction work funded by the Norwegian government to proceed in all areas of his district. The appeal was made during a debate on the extension of the state of emergency in Parliament today.
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Medical supplies to Vadamaradchi East blocked

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 February 1999, 18:02 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) has stopped the supply of drugs and medicines for the first quarter of 1999 to the Amban hospital in Vadamaradchi East. The army turned back the drugs and medicines for the Amban hospital at its checkpoint in Vallipuram today.
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LTTE posters lampoon paramilitaries

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 February 1999, 16:16 GMT]
The Batticaloa-Amparai section of the Liberation Tigers' political wing put up large printed posters in the Batticaloa district this morning. Posters appeared in Sri Lankan Army (SLA) controlled towns, including Valaichenai and Eravur, and areas in the northern part of the district.
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UNP MPs in walkout

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 February 1999, 13:15 GMT]
Forty members of Parliament of Sri Lanka's main opposition party walked out of the legislature this afternoon protesting against the vote rigging and violence in the north-western province polls last month.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 February 1999, 11:58 GMT]
Sri Lankan Government plans radical change in the present electoral system; Night time travelling in Jaffna lagoon will be banned from February 15; Cabinet approves establishment of new zoo at Pinnawela.
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Chemmani graves to be exhumed

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 February 1999, 10:13 GMT]
The alleged mass graves at Chemmani in the northern Jaffna peninsula, where the bodies of hundreds of people who 'disappeared' in Sri Lankan military custody are said to be buried, is to be excavated, announced the Military spokesman Brigadier Sunil Tennekoon at the cabinet press briefing held today in the Parliament committee room. Excavation will commence on March 5, he said.
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TELO funerals amid apprehension

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 February 1999, 08:10 GMT]
Most shops in Vavuniya were closed and few people were on the streets today fearing trouble as the TELO prepares for the funeral of its three cadres who were shot dead by the PLOTE on Monday, February 8. Few students turned up for classes in the town's schools.
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Amnesty welcomes disappearances convictions

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 February 1999, 23:22 GMT]
Amnesty International, the London-based human rights watchdog welcomed today’s convictions of six members of the Sri Lankan security forces and a school principal involved in a notorious ‘disappearance’ case as "another step against impunity".
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Religious leaders meet Thamilchelvan

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 February 1999, 22:01 GMT]
S.P.Thamilchelvan, the leader of the Liberation Tigers' political wing told a team of religious leaders visiting the Vanni today, that the importance of seeking peace should be impressed on the Sri Lankan government and its security forces, sources in the Vanni said.
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Convictions over Students' murders

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 February 1999, 20:09 GMT]
The Ratnapura High Court Judge Chandradasa Nanayakkara today delivered his order convicting seven of the accused and acquitting two in the sensational Embilipitiya Students Murder Case.
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'Cancel NWP polls' - Buddhist Council

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 February 1999, 20:08 GMT]
The National Sangha Council has called for the cancellation of the scandal-ridden Wayamba provincial council election held last month in which the ruling party, People's Alliance won 33 seats out of 52.
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'Dismiss distorted history protest' - Buddhist monks

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 February 1999, 19:34 GMT]
The Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education today called off the talks with the delegation of the Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union when a group of Buddhist monks met him at his office and exerted pressure to cancel that appointment and not to withdraw the controversial Year 6 Tamil text book published by the Publication Department of the Education and Higher Education Ministry this year.
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Tigers ambush in Palaly zone

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 February 1999, 18:21 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) declared curfew in the general area of Erlaalai following the attack by the Liberation Tigers around 1 p.m. in the afternoon yesterday. Sources in Jaffna said that five soldiers were killed and the two were wounded in the ambush.
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Sinhala-Muslim tension mounts

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 February 1999, 09:56 GMT]
The tension between Sinhalese and Muslims continued to mount in the Pannala, in the Kurunagala district about 100 kilometres northwest of Colombo, despite the declaration of curfew in the general area last evening. Shops and houses of Muslims in Pannala were ransacked and set on fire by Sinhala mobs from Monday.
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Worsening Law and Order situation in Jaffna - report

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 February 1999, 07:51 GMT]
The Jaffna District Consortium of Human Agencies in its latest situation report, has stated that the law and order in the Jaffna peninsula have deteriorated to a great extent and the law enforcement authorities are not concerned of the present deplorable status in law and order.
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SLA patrol attacked in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 February 1999, 03:46 GMT]
Fighting erupted between the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) and the Liberation Tigers yesterday at Kerniyadi in Erlaalai in Jaffna yesterday around 1 p.m. said sources in the north. The Liberation Tigers had attacked a group of soldiers on patrol in the area. Five SLA troops might have been killed in the confrontation according to unconfirmed reports.
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Fishermen shot, refugee disappears

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 February 1999, 22:37 GMT]
The Forum for Dignity has brought to the notice of the Anti-Harassment Committee the disappearance of a displaced person residing at Valaichchenai refugee camp. In a letter to the Secretary of the government appointed committee, the Secretary of the Forum for Dignity said that on 27 February 1999, three persons namely Vaithilingam Paramanathan, Sinnathamby Sivasubramaniam and Joseph Marcellin went to the Vadamunai Road pond, which is at the border of Batticaloa to catch fish.
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Lanka Telecom defends monopoly extension

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 February 1999, 22:32 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Telecom Limited has issued a press release replying to several allegations made against it by M/s SUNTEL Ltd. and justifying the extension of its international monopoly till 2002.
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PA ally calls for fresh elections

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 February 1999, 22:29 GMT]
The Leader of the United Lalith Front, Mrs Srimani Athulathmudali in a statement issued today said:"I believe that the President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge would win the confidence of the voters if she were to ask the Governor of the Wayambe to dissolve the newly elected north western provincial council and call for fresh elections".
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Jaffna Medical Faculty faces uncertain future

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 February 1999, 20:29 GMT]
The Jaffna University Medical Faculty may not be able to meet the standards set by the Medical Council of Sri Lanka regarding the education of medical students, said Prof. Sivagnanasundaram, former Dean of the faculty, while addressing a function on February 7.
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Drivers' strike disrupts traffic

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 February 1999, 13:58 GMT]
Public transport was disrupted in the Mannar district this morning following a strike called by bus drivers who were protesting against assault by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA).
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Five PLOTE members arrested in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 February 1999, 12:13 GMT]
Vavuniya Magistrate, S.Thiyagenthiran, remanded in custody five PLOTE members till February 23 today.
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Man killed in para military feud

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 February 1999, 11:04 GMT]
A man connected with the para - military group, PLOTE, was shot dead when his van was attacked by the TELO this morning.
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Five Tigers killed in STF operation

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 February 1999, 09:28 GMT]
The Special Task Force (STF) said this morning that five Liberation Tigers were killed when it attacked an LTTE camp deep in the Kanjikudichcha Aaru jungles in the south-eastern part Sri Lanka in the early hours of the morning today.
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Wounded civilian dies at hospital

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 February 1999, 04:46 GMT]
A civilian by stander, Krishnapillai Rajkumar, 29 of Nelliady in Jaffna, who was wounded when the PLOTE attacked and killed three members of the TELO at Kurumankaadu junction in Vavuniya yesterday died at the Anuradhapura hospital last night said Police sources.
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Thirteen Tigers killed in sea battle -VoT

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 February 1999, 04:44 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers announced in the Vanni this morning that 13 Sea Tigers were killed yesterday around 5.30 a.m. in a mid sea battle with the Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) near the island of Kachchathivu, north west of Jaffna, close to the Indian maritime zone.
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Pandemonium in Sri Lankan Parliament

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 February 1999, 00:03 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Parliament was abruptly adjourned today following pandemonium that erupted in the house when the main opposition party, the UNP, held up large pieces of paper marked X and shouted slogans against the ruling party for rigging elections in the North-western province (NWP) last month.
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Jaffna Police hand over dead youth

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 February 1999, 23:09 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police handed over the body of a youth with gun shot injuries to the Jaffna hospital this evening. They said that the Sri Lankan Navy had found the body in the seas of Nedunthivu (Delft Island).
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SLA gathers population, employment data

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 February 1999, 20:09 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) informed the fishermen's co-operative Societies of Maamunai, Sembiyanpattu, Nagar Kovil East and Nagar Kovil North this morning that they should immediately provide statistics about the population and employment in their areas.
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PLOTE blamed for TELO killings

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 February 1999, 17:52 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police detained the vehicle of a Sri Lankan Muslim Congrss (SLMC) member of the Vavuniya Urban Council (UC) tonight in connection with the killing of three TELO members at Kurumankaadu junction, by the PLOTE earlier this evening.
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Stranded displaced to fast in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 February 1999, 17:49 GMT]
Displaced people from Jaffna who are stranded in Vavuniya launched a one day fasting campaign opposite the Government Agent's Office today urging officials to make arrangements for a passenger ship to take them back to their homes in the peninsula.
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Teachers protest 'distorted history' in textbooks

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 February 1999, 17:38 GMT]
The 20,000 member-strong Ceylon Tamil Teachers' Union (CTTU) is demanding the immediate withdrawal of the Year 6 Tamil text book for Enviormental Studies from the use of Tamil medium students as it consists of articles distorting the history of Tamils in the island.
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Stranded passengers threaten suicide

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 February 1999, 17:35 GMT]
Hundreds of stranded Jaffna bound passengers in Trincomalee have informed the North- East Governor that they would be forced to commit suicide if no prompt action is taken to send them to Jaffna by next vesse.
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Three TELO cadres killed

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 February 1999, 14:43 GMT]
Three members of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) were killed and another wounded when a van they were travelling in was attacked by unidentified gunmen around 7 p.m. today at Kururmankaadu, a suburb junction 2 km. west of Vavuniya town.
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Protest against attack on Christians in India

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 February 1999, 14:19 GMT]
More than three thousand people took part in a peaceful march this afternoon around 3 p.m. in downtown Colombo to protest against the attacks on Christians in India. The protestors wound their way towards the Indian High Commission and stood there peacefully with their placards.
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Army demolishes shops

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 February 1999, 14:10 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) is demolishing two shops at the Nagar Kovil junction for bricks to reinforce its sentry points in the area said residents. The owners were neither notified nor offered compensation. The army moved into the Nagar Kovil area last year and established a camp at the junction.
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Date set for 5 PC polls

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 February 1999, 10:51 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Commissioner of Elections, Mr. Dayanantha Dissanayaka, announced today that the polls to the five provincial councils, which were postponed last year by the PA regime, would be held on April 1. The Sri Lankan government postponed the elections by a special presidential proclamation under the emergency regulations of the Public Security Ordinance.
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Fifteen Tigers killed in sea battle - SLN

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 February 1999, 10:42 GMT]
Fifteen Sea Tigers were killed in a battle with the Sri Lankan Navy gunboats and fast attack craft (FAC) this morning in the high seas off the Delft island (Nedunthivu), southwest of the Jaffna peninsula, sources in the north said.
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One-fifth Jaffna children do not attend schools -survey

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 February 1999, 19:51 GMT]
In a survey conducted in the Jaffna district between November,1997 and May,1998 by a eight-member team headed by Professor Dr.N.Sivarajah, Head of the Department of Community Medicine, Jaffna University, it has been found that 20.1 percent of the school-going children in the Jaffna district are not attending schools.
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Civilians warned against funding Tigers

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 February 1999, 19:44 GMT]
The Jaffna Sri Lankan Security forces headquarters put out a press note this afternoon strictly warning civilians against affording assistance to the Liberation Tigers. The note which is in Tamil says that the LTTE intends to collect 10 million rupees in Jaffna and that the army is taking the necessary steps to prevent the Tigers from collecting this money.
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CVF member wounded

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 February 1999, 19:41 GMT]
A member of Civilian Volunteer Force (CVF), D.Sivakumary (26), was shot by unidentified gunmen at Thekkankaadu, 2 km south of Vavuniya along the Kandy trunk road this evening. She had been transferred to Anuradhapura, after being admitted to Vavuniya hospital.
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Financial help for NE students

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 February 1999, 19:38 GMT]
The North East Governor has approved a scheme to pay a monthly allowance of five hundred rupees for two years to five hundred students in the north east province, who are unable to continue their higher studies in G.C.E. Advanced Level classes, said Mr.Sundaram Divakala, Secretary of the Provincial Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs and Sports.
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Curfew amid Sinhala Muslim tension

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 February 1999, 18:21 GMT]
Curfew was declared by the Sri Lankan Police in Pannala, a town in the Kurunagala district, about 100 kilometers northwest of Colombo, following indications that clashes could erupt between Muslims and Sinhalese in the area.
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TELO cadres escape injury

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 February 1999, 18:14 GMT]
A van belonging to the TELO was damaged this evening around 5.30 pm, when two grenades were lobbed at the speeding vehicle at the Kalviyankaadu junction about 3 km east of Jaffna town.
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Valaichenai report lists civilian casualties

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 February 1999, 13:47 GMT]
Thirty five civilians, including five school children, were killed in the Koralaipattu Divisional Secretary's area by Sri Lankan Army (SLA) shelling and indiscriminate retaliatory fire in 1998 according to statistics gathered by Sri Lankan government officials. (The Valaichenai administrative unit is known as Koralaipattu)
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United States willing to facilitate peace

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 February 1999, 19:57 GMT]
The US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Carl Inderfurth, had an informal discussion with UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Opposition leader's office this morning from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. said diplomatic sources.
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Rocks damage grain ship

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 February 1999, 19:54 GMT]
A ship carrying 50500 metric tons of wheat grain for the largest flour mill Southeast Asia, in Trincomalee was damaged after hit an under sea rock in the eastern port this morning around 8.30 a.m.
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Wounded student dies at hospital

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 February 1999, 11:35 GMT]
Christopher Chrishanthan, member of the PLOTE's student organisation, who was shot at by unidentified gunmen at Vairavapuliyankulam in Vavuniya yesterday died at the Anuradhapura hospital around midnight last night.
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Three Batticaloa civilians missing

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 22:53 GMT]
Three refugees who went to fish in the Kallichchai-Vadamunai reservoir, about 60 kilometres northwest of Batticaloa, on January 31 have gone missing said their families today.
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Youth abducted from Jaffna Hospital

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 22:51 GMT]
Unidentified armed men abducted a 16 year old youth, Nagarajah Rubakumar, from the Jaffna Hospital this morning around 6.30 a.m. The youth was staying at the hospital with his grandfather who had been admitted for treatment.
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PLOTE's student wing cadre wounded

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 19:38 GMT]
A member of the PLOTE's student organisation was shot and critically wounded by unidentified assailants in a suburb of Vavuniya tonight around 9 p.m. PLOTE sources in Vavuniya said that the youth, Christopher Chrishanthan, 17, was walking along the railway tracks towards the Vavuniya Urban Council quarters when he had been waylaid and shot.
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SLA hands over three bodies

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 18:42 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) sent the bodies of three Tigers through the ICRC to the LTTE's main office in the vanni today. One of the three died when he took cyanide during a round up by the SLA at Koomankulam, a suburb of Vavuniya yesterday.
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New public sector appointments

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 18:38 GMT]
The North-East province Governor has appointed a retired Director of Education as the Commissioner of the newly created Examination Unit in the Provincial Public Service Commission.
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Police holding MSR request transfer

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 15:07 GMT]
More than ten thousand Sri Lankan Policemen deployed in 12 sectors on the A9 highway between Vavuniya and Kanakaraayan Kulam have petitioned the Inspector General of Police and Police department's appeals board seeking their immediate transfer.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 13:25 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army bans supply of flour to Vadamaradchi east; Police say investigations have revealed that persons detained at TELO's Jaffna camp are being beaten up and over 4500 shortage of Tamil medium teachers in the north-eastern schools.
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South African journalists visit Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 12:29 GMT]
The team of journalists from South Africa who are currently in Sri Lanka on a fact finding mission visited various parts of Jaffna today, accompanied by Col. 'War' Gunawardana from the Sri Lankan security forces headquarters for Jaffna at Palaly.
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Trinco UC chairman boycotts celebrations

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 00:56 GMT]
The Chairman, Trincomalee Urban Council P.Sooriyamoorthy Thursday boycotted the 51st Independent day celebrations held at McHeyzer Stadium, Trincomalee. He stated in a letter to the North East Governor that he had been forced to boycott the celebration as due protocol was not properly adhered to.
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Independence day in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 00:40 GMT]
"Some are celebrating the independence day happily, some are observing it under constraint and others who abhor it are boycotting," said Mr. A.K Pathmanathan, the Government Agent for Batticaloa, addressing a small gathering at the district secretariat in the morning of February 4 at the function to celebrate Sri Lanka's 51st year of independence from British rule.
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Father commits suicide

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 00:34 GMT]
A father of seven children, who had been displaced frm Nainamadu inNedunkerni area and sought refuge at Paalinagar A in Vavunikulam, committed suicide today, said aid workers in the Vanni. Suppiah Amirthalingam had been extremely worried about his family, which had been suffering without adequate food for a long time.
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SLA tightens border controls

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 00:32 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in Mannar has tightened security along its forward defence lines in the area, so as to prevent the illegal movement of items which are banned from being taken into 'uncleared' areas (territory not held by the SLA).
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Weekly fast for Vanni displaced

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 00:29 GMT]
Students and the Parish priest of Murunkan have begun a program of saving money through not eating for one day a week and contributing the savings to alleviate the suffering of the displaced in the Vanni, sources in Mannar said.
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Independence day in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 February 1999, 00:26 GMT]
Sri Lanka’s Independence Day was observed at the Jaffna Kachcheri in the morning of February 4. The Government Agent (GA), Mr.S. Shanmuganathan hoisted the Sri Lankan national flag while a group of students from Vembadi Girls' School sang the national anthem.
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Para military groups clash in Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 February 1999, 10:48 GMT]
Three persons were wounded when armed members of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) and the People's Liberation Organisation Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), para military groups operating with the Sri Lankan security forces, clashed in the northern town of Vavuniya, over a dispute on determining 'tax' on goods.
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SLA ban hits fishermen

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 February 1999, 20:15 GMT]
More than 900 fishermen have been deprived of their livelihood due an SLA ban on inland fishing in the northernmost parts of the Batticaloa district. Their condition, according to the TamilNet correspondent who visited the affected areas this week, is particularly critical as they have been unable to fish during the prawn season.
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Sri Lankan Army detains Indian fishermen

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 February 1999, 20:13 GMT]
Five fishermen from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu who came ashore in their boat at Kankesanthurai (KKS) yesterday were detained by the Sri Lankan security forces.
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Police hand over two bodies

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 February 1999, 17:35 GMT]
The bodies of two youths shot dead by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) last night near Kapputhu in Vadamaradchi were handed over to the Manthikai hospital this afternoon by the Sri Lankan Police at Nelliyadi in Jaffna.
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News in Brief:

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 February 1999, 17:31 GMT]
A group calling itself 'Thamilar Padai' (The army of the Tamils) puts up hand bills in Vadamaradchi, Jaffna; Pt.Pedro Urban Council employee arrested.
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Rights group call to investigate atrocities

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 23:55 GMT]
The Forum for Human Dignity in Colombo has brought to the notice of the Anti-Harassment Committee several cases of disappearances and deaths in the Jaffna peninsula and the eastern province, FHD officials told TamilNet.
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Call for NORAD projects in all Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 23:48 GMT]
The Batticaloa District Coordinating Committee (DCC), which comprises all the top government officials, including the Government Agent (GA) who functions as its secretary, and members of Parliament of this eastern region unanimously passed a resolution today that the Norwegian government aid program for development and rehabilitation should be implemented without discrimination in all parts of Batticaloa.
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Jaffna youth’s body found

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 23:47 GMT]
A body of a youth identified as Sellathurai Puveenthiran, 25, was found near Perumal Kovil (temple), in Jaffna, 200 meters from a Sri Lankan Army camp this morning 6.30 a.m.
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Passenger ship planned under ICRC flag

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 23:45 GMT]
The Sri Lankan government is contemplating a passenger ship service between Trincomalee and Kankesanthurai with the International Committee of Red Cross's (ICRC) flag, according to Divisional Secretariat sources in Trincomalee.
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European diplomats visit Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 23:43 GMT]
Mr.Thomas Wenk, the second secretary of the German Embassy in Sri Lanka and Ms.Jola Vollebregt the second secretary of the Netherlands along with Anandasangaari, the Acting President of the TULF and N.Raviraj the acting Mayor of Jaffna, came to Vavuniya on a two day visit on February 1.
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Equipment shortage in Kilinochchi schools

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 23:41 GMT]
Officials at the Department of Education in the Kilinochchi district said today that due to the severe restrictions in transporting materials and equipment for science labs in district’s schools in the district, the quality of education is slipping.
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EPDP councillor killed

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 16:43 GMT]
The EPDP's Deputy chairman of the Waligamam East (Atchuvely) Pradheshiya Sabha (local government body) Mr.Nadarajah Sivarajah,60, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen this evening around 6.05 p.m. while he was on his way home.
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New SLA regulations for ambulances

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 13:21 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) has stipulated new transport regulations for the movement of ambulances from LTTE controlled areas of the Vanni to SLA controlled areas.
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Refugee 'disappeared' in Mannar

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 13:13 GMT]
Subramaniam Ekambaram (44), a displaced person from Jaffna who had sought refuge Eluthoor in Mannar has been reported missing after he was arrested by the Mannar police on December 26 last year, said human rights sources.
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Controversy over North Eastern elections

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 13:08 GMT]
The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) politburo member, Mr. Maavai Senathirajah, said that conditions in the North-eastern province are not conducive for the proper conduct of elections.
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LTTE arms dump destroyed - SLAF

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 13:05 GMT]
Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) sources in Colombo said today said that Kfir jets launched an attack on an LTTE arms dump in South - western Mullativu destroying it completely. The arms dump was located in the Mulliyawalai area, the sources said.
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UNP stages mass rally

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 February 1999, 12:14 GMT]
More than ten thousand protestors blocked traffic this afternoon at Hyde Park Corner in the heart of Colombo at a mass rally and sit in organised by Sri Lanka's main opposition party the UNP. Slogan chanting demonstrators burnt mock coffins marked "Death of Democracy" at the venue.
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Iridium begins Sri Lanka coverage

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 February 1999, 22:34 GMT]
The Global Mobile Personal Communication System (Iridium) will be introduced to Sri Lanka from this month said Dr. Rohan Samarajeewa, chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission today at a special press conference at his office in Colombo today.
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Acute shortage of teachers in Kilinochchi

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 February 1999, 22:27 GMT]
There is an acute shortage of teachers in Kilinochchi district sources at the Department of Education said today. At least 1271 more teachers are needed, they said.
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News In Brief

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 February 1999, 22:22 GMT]
A new regional coordinating office for the Northeast Provincial has begun functioning, poor roads further damaged by floods are driving up the cost of transport and the bodies of two Liberation Tigers are returned by the Red Cross.
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Kilinochchi kerosene shortage continues

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 February 1999, 22:13 GMT]
Although the actual requirement of kerosene in the Kilinochchi district for domestic usage and agricultural purposes - 3175 barrels per month - was brought to the Ministry of Defence’s notice, and appeals made by aid workers, the MoD has only approved 625 barrels of kerosene per month, sources in Kilinochchi district said today.
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Temple officials arrested over funds

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 February 1999, 22:08 GMT]
The President and Treasurer of the trustee board of the Periyathambiraan temple of Periyaneelaavanai were arrested this morning by a team of commandos from the Special Task Force camp in Kaaraitheevu, 45 kilometers south of Batticaloa.
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NWP Chief Minister takes up post

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 February 1999, 22:06 GMT]
Speaking soon after he assumed duties, the recently elected Chief Minister of the Northwestern Province, S.B.Navinna, said that the obstacles faced by the Sri Lankan government in serving the people of the Province have been removed by the recent elections.
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PLOTE cadre killed in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 February 1999, 11:54 GMT]
A PLOTE cadre, Subramaniam Thanabalasingham,32, was shot last night by unidentified gunmen, suspected to be members of the Liberation Tigers, while he was returning home last night around 8.30 p.m. at Thirupperunthurai, a high security zone on the northern outskirts of the Batticaloa town.
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