201 Reports

White van armed men abduct elderly man in Valikaamam

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 October 2007, 21:27 GMT]
Armed men in a white van abducted Wednesday around 7:00 a.m an elderly man residing in the High Security Zone (HSZ) of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in Kuppi'laan north in Eazhaa'lai in Valikaamam north, according to complaints made to Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna, Wednesday noon by his relatives.
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Body of family man found in Vavu'natheevu

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 October 2007, 20:38 GMT]
Vavu'natheevu police recovered the body of a family man with gunshot wounds Wednesday near Koththiyaapula Kaa'li Koayil in Vavu'natheevu police division in Batticaloa district.
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Paramilitary members abducts youth in Ea'raavoor

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 October 2007, 19:08 GMT]
More than ten paramilitary members of Karuna group, arriving in a white van at the house of a Tamil youth, Tuesday around 9:30 p.m at Aiyangkearni in Ea'raavoor police division in Batticaloa district, forcibly abducted him, according to a complaint made with Ea'raavoor police.
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Rajapaksa to withdraw newly imposed censorship

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 October 2007, 17:59 GMT]
Sri Lankan Presidential Secretariat Wednesday night said the SL President Mahinda Rajapapaksa would withdraw the special gazette notification which he issued on 29 October, imposing censorship in Sri Lanka, by issuing another official Gazatte withdrawal notification, on Thursday. The announcement of the scheduled withdrawal comes following wide publicity on the censorship measures.
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Sri Lanka imposes censorship

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 October 2007, 14:01 GMT]
The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has decided to impose censorship on the press under the Public Security Ordinance on news reporting related to military confrontations and offensive operations, informed officials in Colombo said. The clamp down on the press comes in the wake of the recent Tiger military operation on Anuradhapura airbase and increased guerilla attacks in southern Sri Lanka.
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Irish Tamil citizen files HC application in SL Court

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 October 2007, 09:30 GMT]
A Habeas Corpus application has been filed in the Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal seeking the release of a Sri Lankan Tamil who is currently a citizen of Ireland and a resident of Singapore. The Terrorist Intelligence Division (TID) of the Sri Lanka Police arrested Mr.Gunasundaram Jayasundaram on September 4 this year at Katunayake International Airport (KIA) when he arrived from Singapore on a business trip to Colombo. Since then he is being detained in the remand on the orders of the Defence Ministry Secretary.
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ABC Director seeks protection from police arrest

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 October 2007, 09:28 GMT]
Director General of the ABC News Network, A. Samantha Rainer Silva, filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court Tuesday seeking protection from being arrested by the police. This petition follows the withdrawal of licence to the ABC news network that resulted in the closure of five radio stations of the ABC network since October 26 Friday, legal sources said.
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2 PLOTE members shot dead in Vavuniyaa

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 October 2007, 08:14 GMT]
Unidentified armed men shot dead two members of Peoples Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and wounded a youth at Murkanoor area in Ellappamaruthangkulam, a village located six km south east of Vavuniyaa town Tuesday around 10:15 p.m., Police said.
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2 brothers seek protection with HRC Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 October 2007, 05:51 GMT]
Two brothers, aged 21 and 24, from Nalloor area in Jaffna sought protection with Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna Tuesday due to death threats by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and SLA-baked paramilitary men.
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Heavy artillery duel, clashes in Northern FDL positions

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 21:26 GMT]
Clashes between Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) erupted Tuesday around 1:30 a.m at Mukamaalai in Thenmaraadchi and Naakarkoayil in Vadamraadchi in which both sides engaged in heavy artillery duel and gunfire exchange, SLA sources said. Movement of LTTE combatants near the northern Front Defence Line (FDL) positions triggered the clashes, the sources added.
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Sinhala journalist shot in Colombo

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 20:56 GMT]
Two armed men who tried to stop the motorbike of the news editor of ethalaya.com, a Sinhala language website attached to the Sisira TV, opened fire on him, around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday in Rajagiriya in Colombo. The journalist, Kumudu Champika Jayawardana, was rushed to Colombo General hospital. The attack on the journalist of the Sisira TV, owned by one of the largest privately-held media corporations, the Maharajah Television (MTV), which runs three stations, comes three days after the Sri Lankan government silenced the five FM radio services operated by the Asian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), another private media corporation in Sri Lanka.
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ABC radio network files FR petition in Sri Lankan Supreme Court

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 20:45 GMT]
The ABC radio network has filed a Fundamental Rights violation petition in the Supreme Court Monday against the withdrawal of the licence that has resulted in the closure of all five radio stations come under the radio network. Meanwhile the Court of Appeal Monday directed the four respondents including the Media Minister to file their objections to show cause why relief should not be granted to the petitioner ABC network, legal sources said.
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Sri Lanka beefs up security in East port city

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 20:33 GMT]
The three armed forces of Sri Lanka and the police have tightened the security of Trincomalee city and its suburbs after the land and aerial attack on Anuradhapura airbase by the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE), residents in the city said.
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Tigers gun down 2 DPU intruders in Mannaar

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 20:04 GMT]
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Tuesday said a roaming patrol of their border security combatants on Monday evening gunned down two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) intruders inside LTTE controlled Valaignan Kaddu area in Mannaar district. Arrangements were underway to hand over the dead bodies of the SLA soldiers through the ICRC, informed sources in Vanni said. The Tigers have lost a combatant in the counter-ambush.
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Court directs SLA to allow mother, children to travel to Vanni

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 17:54 GMT]
Jaffna Magistrate R. T. Vignaraja issued a directive to Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Jaffna Commander Maj. Gen. Chandrasiri to issue travel permit to a young wife, her two children, and mother who had been placed in protective custody due to death threats by SLA and SLA-backed paramilitaries, enabling her to join her husband in Ki'linochchi, sources in Jaffna said.
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Paramilitary member shot dead in Naavatkudaa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 14:18 GMT]
Two unidentified armed men riding a motorbike shot dead a paramilitary member of Karuna group with a pistol Monday night around 7: 35 p.m. at Navatkudah in Kaaththaankudi police division in Batticaloa district, civil sources said.
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De-mining worker shot dead in Kayts

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 12:14 GMT]
A de-mining worker attached to the Danish De-Mining Group, living with his father in Naaraantha'nai North near Thaanthoan'ri Amman Kovil in Kayts in Jaffna islets, was shot dead by unknown gunmen Sunday evening 7:30 p.m., according to sources in Jaffna.
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Rights group launches campaign against attacks on Journalists in Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 08:03 GMT]
Expressing concern on the level of prevailing impunity of the killings of media personnel in Sri Lanka, the Asian Human Rights Commission, citing 11 cases where 12 Tamil media personnel were killed since 31 May 2004 till 29 April 2007, on Tuesday urged the public to write letters to the concerned Sri Lankan authorities demanding impartial investigation in order to identify and bring the perpetrators to justice. "Not a single person has been brought before the court," in the 11 cases, the AHRC noted and urged the public to forward a copy of their appeal to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
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SLAF bombs Tsunami settlement in Mullaiththeevu

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 07:26 GMT]
Two youths were wounded Tuesday morning around 10:00 a.m. when three Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir bombers bombed the vicinity of a Tsunami resettlement of 400 families at Theerththakkarai, a village in Mullaiththeevu district. Three resettlement houses were damaged when SLAF fired bombs fell 50 meters close to the settlement. The refugees were engaged in World Food Program's food-for-work project in the area where the bombing has taken place, initial reports said.
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Torture widespread in Sri Lanka- UN

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 30 October 2007, 02:50 GMT]
Mr.Manfred Nowak, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Human Rights Abuse, said today that the brutal practice of torture is widespread in Sri Lanka, and “prone to become routine in the context of counter-terrorism operations,” in a press release issued Tuesday by the United Nations. Mr Nowak visited Sri Lanka during the first week of October, and held discussions with Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse and other highlevel officials.
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Armed men abduct civilian in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 29 October 2007, 16:58 GMT]
Unidentified armed men on motor cycles forcibly abducted a young family man Sunday around 1:00 p.m from his house at Ko'lumpuththu'rai located inside Jaffna Municipal Council limits, according to complaint registered by his wife with Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna.
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7 drowned, 3 missing, vehicle plunges into Kelani river

[TamilNet, Monday, 29 October 2007, 16:09 GMT]
Seven Tamil civilians were drowned, three reported missing and four wounded when their vehicle returning after sending off a person at Katunayake International Airport, plunged into Kelani river at Kitulgala around 4:30 p.m. Monday, Police said.
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2 civilians wounded, SLAF attacks Puthukkudiyiruppu

[TamilNet, Monday, 29 October 2007, 13:13 GMT]
Four Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir fighter bombers have attacked Koampaavil, a densely populated residential area in Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mullaiththeevu district, Monday between 10 and 10:40 a.m., destroying two houses and wounding the owners of the houses, a 43-year-old mother and a 46-year-old man. More than 3800 students, attending the schools in the area, were forced to seek bunkers for safety.
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SLN increases troop strength in Veala'nai

[TamilNet, Monday, 29 October 2007, 11:17 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) command has been transporting additional soldiers to the SLN camp in Veala'nai in the islets of Jaffna for the past three days, sources in Jaffna said. Soldiers are arriving in SLN ships from Mannaar to Kayts, and also from Colombo to Palaali by air and transported by road to Veala'nai, according to sources.
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SLA trooper killed, 2 injured in LTTE artillery attack in Thenmaraadchi

[TamilNet, Sunday, 28 October 2007, 18:00 GMT]
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) launched heavy artillery attack Saturday afternoon, amidst continuing rain, on key Sri Lanka Amy (SLA) bases in Va'ra'ni and Kodikaamam in Themaraadchi, killing one SLA trooper and injuring two, SLA sources said. Meanwhile, heavy exchange of gunfire erupted between LTTE and SLA Sunday around 7:45 a.m north of A9 land route at Ki'laali, but none of the their troops were injured, SLA sources added, confirming the clash.
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Editorial blasts CID's political subservience

[TamilNet, Sunday, 28 October 2007, 12:10 GMT]
The editorial of this weekend's Sunday Leader launched a scathing attack on the Sri Lanka's Criminal Investigation Division (CID) as having been reduced to a "mere plaything of the Rajapakse Brothers and hangers-on such as [Minister] Wijeratne, poodles to do their beck and call," and called Mr. Wijeratene a "pathetically bad liar" who will soon be exposed as "a fraud, a purloiner of the public purse, and a perjurer," after the CID arrested Tamil journalist Wamanan on a hearsay charge of extortion, following Wamanan's article exposing Mr. Wijeratne of misappropriating government funds.
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Houses robbed during curfew hours in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Sunday, 28 October 2007, 01:11 GMT]
An unidentified group of armed men dressed in black fatigues with their faces covered with black cloth Friday night at about 8:00 p.m. entered at least three houses located within the boundary of Jaffna Municipal Council robbing the houses of cash and jewelry.
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Did LTTE plane down SLAF helicopter?

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 October 2007, 21:53 GMT]
Whilst the Sri Lankan government has blamed engine failure for the crash of the Bell 212 last Monday, press reports Sunday raised the possibility it had been downed by a Tamil Tiger aircraft. Four airmen, including the pilots and door gunners were killed when the Bell 212, enroute to support the defence of Anuradhapura airbase which was under attack by LTTE commandos.
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Anuradhapura losses worse than Katunayake’s - Athas

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 October 2007, 21:24 GMT]
Two dozen aircraft of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) were destroyed or damaged when Black Tiger commandos stormed the Anudradhapura airbase in the early hours last Monday, the Sunday Times reports. Ten aircraft were completely destroyed while fourteen others were damaged, some beyond repair, the paper’s defence correspondent, Iqbal Athas, said in his column this week. All but three of the 27 aircraft in the base were destroyed or damaged, the paper said, publishing pictures of incinerated aircraft on the runway and in the hanger. Meanwhile press reports said India was supplying anti-aircraft guns to Sri Lanka.
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Police lawlessness alarming in Sri Lanka - Rights group

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 October 2007, 12:23 GMT]
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), issuing a statement on the arrest of a Tamil staff reporter of The Sunday Leader, Arthur Wamanan, by the Sri Lankan Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), has said the higher officers in the Sri Lankan Police, ranging from the Inspector General of Police to the Assistant Superintendents, have shown a level of irresponsibility that no institution could tolerate. The magistrate of Mount Lavinia, granting bail to the detained journalist has reprimanded the CID for arresting the journalist based on a telephone call made by a minister.
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Paramilitary person shot dead in Maavadiveambu

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 October 2007, 04:27 GMT]
An unidentified gun man shot dead a paramilitary person of Karuna (TMVP) group Friday evening around 6:00 p.m. on Maavadiveambu Road, at Maavadiveampu in Ea'raavoor police division in Batticaloa district, according to Ea'raavoor police.
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Ten civilians arrested in Ragama

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 October 2007, 02:50 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and police conducted a cordon and search operation Friday morning at Ragama, including the vicinity of railway station and arrested 10 persons. The arrested failed to prove their identity with valid documents, police said.
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CJ orders relocation of persons in protective custody in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 27 October 2007, 01:04 GMT]
Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, who officially opened the new Judicial Complex in Jaffna Wednesday, directed related authorities to relocate the women and children in the care of Canaan Rehabiltation Centre in Irupaalai to the Rehabilitation Centre in Kurunakar, and the men held in Jaffna Prisons in protective custody to the Rehabilitation Centre in Kaarainakar. Mr Silva issued the directive after holding talks with Jaffna Government Agent (GA), legal sources in Jaffna said.
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Body of youth found in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 26 October 2007, 15:41 GMT]
Jaffna police handed over the body of a youth with gun shot wounds Thursday around 11:30 p.m to Jaffna Teaching hospital for postmortem examinations claiming that they found the body lying along a road in the area near Jaffna Hindu College Thursday night, sources in Jaffna said.
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Journalist's brother shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 26 October 2007, 11:23 GMT]
A 27-year-old employee of a popular Insurance Corporation in Jaffna was shot dead by unknown gunmen riding a motorbike near Brown Road within Jaffna Municipal boundary at 8:45 a.m. Friday, sources in Jaffna said. The victim, Kanagarajah Pratheepan, is the brother of journalist, Kanagarajah Prasaanth.
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Mine blast kills 6 SLA troopers in Vavuniyaa

[TamilNet, Friday, 26 October 2007, 08:28 GMT]
Six Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed and four wounded in a mine blast at Kalmadu in Vavuniyaa Friday around 12:30 p.m., initial reports from Vavuniyaa said. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense officials told media said the explosion was "accidental".
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Sri Lanka knocks ABC's radio services off the air

[TamilNet, Friday, 26 October 2007, 06:31 GMT]
One of the main sources of breaking news in Sri Lanka, five FM Radio services, operated by Asian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), has been silenced by Government of Sri Lanka in the early hours of Friday, following the controversy over a news report that alleged five civilians were gunned down near Wirawila airbase, on Wednesday, in the Southern Province Hambantota district, the electorate of the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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SLA hands over two bodies to Jaffna Hospital

[TamilNet, Friday, 26 October 2007, 05:56 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Thursday handed over two bodies of youths claimed to be Liberation Tigers Tamil Eelam (LTTE) combatants killed in a clash Thursday SLA and the LTTE at Ki'laali to Jaffna Teaching Hospital mortuary for identification by Jaffna police.
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Corpse of Tamil youth recovered in Kaaththaankudi

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 October 2007, 17:14 GMT]
Kaththaankudi police recovered the body of a Tamil youth in decomposed state Thursday around 7:00 a.m, washed ashore on the beach in front of a mosque in Kaaththaankudi, on information given by residents around 6:00 a.m Thursday. Assault injuries are found on the head and other parts of the body which has been handed over to Batticaloa Teaching hospital for postmortem examinations, the police said.
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Paramilitary member shot dead in Ea'raavoor

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 October 2007, 16:36 GMT]
Unidentified armed men shot dead a paramilitary person of Karuna group with a pistol Thursday around 8:00 a.m at Maavadiveampu in Ea'raavoor police division in Batticaloa district, according to Ea'raavoor police.
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Journalists arrested for exposing Sri Lanka Minister's financial improprieties

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 October 2007, 15:21 GMT]
Following the Wednesday arrest of staff reporter of The Sunday Leader, Arthur Wamanan, related to a story in the newspaper that a Rs. 80,717 telephone bill of Enterprise Development Minister Mano Wijeratna's wife was paid by the National Gem Corporation, the CID has asked Investigative Editor of the paper, Dilrukshi Handunnetti, Thursday to come to the CID and record a statement pertaining to the same story, media reports from Colombo said.
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6 SLN killed in Tiger ambush in Hambantota

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 October 2007, 12:02 GMT]
A guerilla commando unit of Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) Thursday evening ambushed a Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) vehicle, a bus carrying more than 25 SLN personnel, in Thissamaharama in the Hambantota division of the southern province, killing 6 SLN personnel, LTTE military spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan told TamilNet. Claiming that the attack was a gunfire ambush, Mr. Ilanthirayan said 12 SLN personnel were wounded in the attack that took place at 16:35 p.m. Thissamaharama division is situated in the constituency of the Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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3 civilians killed, 9 wounded in SLA shelling on IDP settlement

[TamilNet, Thursday, 25 October 2007, 10:07 GMT]
Three civilians, two of them belonging to a single family and an 8-months pregnant mother, were killed and nine wounded when Sri Lanka Army (SLA) fired artillery shells hit a shelter hut in the settlement of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) at Periyamadu in Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) controlled Mannaar Thursday around 11:00 a.m. The wounded mother was struggling to give sudden birth to her child killed in her womb and the IDPs who were helping the young mother, became victims of the second wave of artillery shelling. Nine IDPs, including the 3-year-old son of the pregnant mother, a couple, their 13-year-old daughter and two other children, were wounded in the artillery attack.
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New Judicial complex opened in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 22:05 GMT]
The World Bank funded newly built five story Judicial Complex located in the central part of Jaffna town was officially opened Wednesday 10:55a.m. by Chief Justice (CJ) Sarath N. Silva. A high level delegation of officials including Minsterial dignitaries, and World Bank Representative in Sri Lanka arrived at Palaali airport, and were then flown by Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopter to Duraiappah Stadium for participation in the opening ceremony.
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CID arrests Sunday Leader journalist in Colombo

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 22:02 GMT]
Colombo based media watchdog, the Free Media Movement (FMM) Thursday expressed serious concern on the arbitrary arrest of a Tamil staff reporter of The Sunday Leader, Arthur Wamanan, by the Sri Lankan Criminial Investingation Department (CID) Thursday.
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Vanni prepares to commemorate 21 Black Tigers

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 19:18 GMT]
Liberation Tigers have promoted the rank of one the 21 Black Tiger elite commandos who took part in the raid on Sri Lankan airbase in Anuradhapura, posthumously from Major to Lieutenant Colonel, acknowledging his role in the commando operation, sources in Vanni said. Three Lieutenant Colonels, six Majors, 12 Captains and one Lieutenant rank Black Tigers have taken part in the operation. Vanni prepares to commemorate them on Thursday.
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Five allegedly shot dead near southern airbase

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 16:14 GMT]
Five firewood collectors who went to the jungles near Wirawila airbase in the Southern Province Hambantota district, have been allegedly shot dead by armed men Wednesday evening around 7:00 p.m., according to initial reports received by electronic media sources in Colombo. The dead bodies were said to be located by the Sri Lankan military and police who launched a cordon and search operation following complaints by the villagers. A private media corporation that broke the story is facing proscription by the authorities following a cabinet decision, initial reports further said.
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Police arrests Tamil youth in Kokkaddichchoalai

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 14:41 GMT]
Kokkaddichchoalai police in Batticaloa district arrested a Tamil youth Tuesday at his house in Chinnaveddai area in Kokkaddichcholai police division, Batticaloa Head Quarter Police said. Three hand grenades and nine rounds used for micro type pistol were found in the search conducted Tuesday at the youth's house, the police claimed.
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SLA reinforces security in Jaffna town

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 11:39 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in Jaffna assisted by police, stepped up security measures in Jaffna since Tuesday morning in preparation for the opening of the newly built five story Judicial Complex the central part of town by Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva Wednesday, sources in Jaffna said. Mr Silva is to be accompanied by ministerial dignitaries and World Bank Representative in Sri Lanka.
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Hillary Clinton urges nuanced approach to ‘terrorists’

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 21:47 GMT]
US Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton this week urged a more nuanced approach to armed non-state actors, arguing “the bottom line is, you can't lump all terrorists together. … what the Tamil Tigers are fighting for in Sri Lanka, or the Basque separatists in Spain, or the insurgents in al-Anbar province may only be connected by tactics.”
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Sri Lanka parades fallen Tigers’ naked bodies

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 16:10 GMT]
Sri Lanka armed forces Tuesday paraded the naked bodies of Tamil Tiger commandos killed during their devastating attack on a key northern airbase in the early hours Monday, agency reports said. Amid media coverage of the grisly scenes, the military Wednesday claimed the LTTE troopers’ bodies were stripped in order to search for “hidden suicide devices.” The Army claimed the bodies were wrapped in polythene, but photographs of the subsequent procession show the naked bodies being exposed for the public to view. The military also said Wednesday it has now buried the LTTE troopers’ bodies.
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School girl missing in Ariyaalai, Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 11:50 GMT]
A 11-year old school girl has been reported missing in Jaffna from Monday after attending an exhibition at the Maruthanaamadam Ramanathan College with her friends, according to a complaint registered at the Jaffna Human Rights Commission (HRC) offices Tuesday.
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SLMM staffer seeks refuge with HRC

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 11:36 GMT]
A 44-year-old security guard at the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) office located on Temple Road, Jaffna, surrendered Tuesday at the Human Rights Commission offices seeking safety from death threats by Sri Lanka Army (SLA), and SLA-backed paramilitaries, civil sources in Jaffna said.
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Computer lecturer shot dead near Nalloor Temple

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 11:21 GMT]
A 29-year old computer lecturer at a Jaffna based technical institute was shot dead by unknown gunmen riding in a motor-bike at the Nalloor Kandaswamy Temple premises at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, sources in Jaffna said. The victim was trav
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Tamil farmer abducted in Chaampaltheevu

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 09:17 GMT]
Unidentified armed men Monday night around 8:00 p.m. abducted a Tamil farmer from his house in Iluppaikku'lam in Chaampaltheevu village, about 7 km off north of Trincomalee, civil sources in the east port city said. The area comes under the Uppuve'li police division.
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Pressure mine explosion kills civilian in Kanniya

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 04:42 GMT]
A Tamil civilian transporting firewood in his cart was killed in a pressure mine explosion Monday evening at Kanniya village, sources in Trincomalee said. The victim has been a resident of Theva Nagar, a suburb in Trincomalee.
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8 civilians seek HRC protection in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 04:18 GMT]
Eight civilians, including a family of five from Thenmaraadchi and three youths sought protection with Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna Monday due to death threats from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and SLA-backed paramilitary.
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Mistrial declared in U.S. flagship terror-financing case

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 03:23 GMT]
A Federal Jury in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas Monday failed to convict any of the seven leaders of a Muslim Charity (the Holy Land Foundation) who were charged with supporting "Middle Eastern terrorists." The Chief Judge A. Joe Fish declared mistrial in the highly publicized case which was U.S. government’s largest and most complex legal effort to shut down what it contends is American financing for terrorist organizations in the Middle East, New York Times report said.
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Key spy plane amongst SLAF’s $40m losses - reports

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 02:17 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Air Force lost over $40m dollars worth of aircraft and equipment in the Tamil Tiger ground and air attack Monday, international press reports quoting Sri Lankan officials said. Amongst the losses was a specialized surveillance aircraft ordered by the UNP government just before its peace talks with the LTTE, the reports said.
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2 youths abducted in Vadmaraadchi

[TamilNet, Monday, 22 October 2007, 21:12 GMT]
Unidentified armed men in a white van abducted a youth Sunday at Polikandi and another youth from Va'ra'ni Saturday, sources in Vadamaraadch said.
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LTTE releases names of Black Tigers in airbase raid

[TamilNet, Monday, 22 October 2007, 19:15 GMT]
Liberation Tigers Monday night released the details of Black Tiger commandos who took part in the raid on Anuradhapura air base. Two Lieutenant Colonels, six Majors, 12 Captains and one Lieutenant rank Black Tiger members have taken part in the operation. A Lieutenant Colonel who led an attack team was from Trincomalee, two of the members, a Major and a Captain were from Batticaloa, one from Mullaiththeevu, one from Mannaar, three from Ki'linochchi and eleven members from Jaffna which has been under the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) control since 1995. Three Captains were female Black Tigers.
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Jaffna Co-operative Official hacked to death in Kaithadi

[TamilNet, Monday, 22 October 2007, 11:06 GMT]
Unidentified armed men abducted Mr. Subramaniam, the president of Jaffna district Co-operative Societies Federation (CSF), from his house at Kaithadi Sunday midnight and hacked him to death at Kaithadi junction. Mr. Subramaniam was in charge of the distribution of essential food items, in stock and shipped into the peninsula, through the co-operative retail shops in Jaffna district.
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Tigers claim Anuradhapura air base attack success, say 8 aircrafts destroyed

[TamilNet, Monday, 22 October 2007, 05:55 GMT]
Twenty-one elite Black Tiger commandos penetrated into the heart of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) air base in Anuradhapura at 3:20 a.m. Monday, destroyed and set ablaze eight aircrafts, including helicopter gunships, reconnaissance aircraft and a training aircraft, in a raid code named "Operation Ellaa'lan," Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) military spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan said. Air Tiger aircrafts joined the attack at 4:30 a.m., providing support in the destruction of the SLAF base, and safely returned to their bases in Vanni, the Tigers said. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan spokesman Keheliya Rambukwela said 3 helicopters were damaged, 13 airmen were killed and 18 wounded.
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Tigers launch air, ground attack on Anuradhapura air base

[TamilNet, Sunday, 21 October 2007, 23:47 GMT]
Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) launched an air and ground attack on Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) air base at Saliyapura in Anuradhapura in the early hours of Monday, Liberation Tigers Military Spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan told TamilNet. Meanwhile, military sources in Colombo said two Russian built MI-24 helicopter gunships have been destroyed in the attack launched between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m. A pilot, his co-pilot and two engineers who took off from the air base, were killed when their Bell 212 helicopter crashed at Doramadalawa, 13 km east of Anuradhapura, in Mihintale area. An indefinite curfew has been clamped in Anuradhapura. Residents have been asked to stay indoors.
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20th anniversary of hospital massacre remembered in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Sunday, 21 October 2007, 12:28 GMT]
Twentieth death anniversary of twenty-one persons including medical specialists, nurses, attendants, patients, and members of public who were killed inside Jaffna Teaching Hospital (JTH) by Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) troops stationed in Jaffna Fort on 21st October, 1987 was held at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m., sources in Jaffna said. Mrs. K. Yogarany, a staffer at the Teaching Hospital, presided the event.
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2 Tamil youths abducted, killed in Ampaa'rai

[TamilNet, Sunday, 21 October 2007, 11:42 GMT]
Sammaanthu'rai police in Ampaa'rai district recovered the bodies of two Tamil youths with gun shot wounds Sunday morning in front of Addaippaalam Maariyamman Koayil in Sammaanthu'rai police division. Alleged to be from Karuna group paramilitary armed men had abducted the two youths and shot them dead elsewhere before dumping their bodies in front of the temple, residents in Sammaanthu'rai said.
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Convicts used as cover for Sinhala colonization in East- MP

[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 October 2007, 18:22 GMT]
Batticaloa District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian S.Jeyananthamoorthy in a letter addressed to the President of Sri lanka Mahinda Rajapakse condemned the move by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) to employ Sinhala prisoners at Maangkea'ni cashew plantation owned by Sri Lanka Cashew Corporation(SLCC).
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2 disappear, 2 seek HRC protection in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 October 2007, 13:20 GMT]
Two men, one from Thenmaraadchy and another from Valikaaman have reported disappeared, and two more civilians fearing for their lives surrendered Friday at the Jaffna office of Human Rights commission (HRC), due to threats from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and SLA-backed paramilitaries civil sources in Jaffna said.
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Jaffna HSZ-located phone used for extortion threats

[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 October 2007, 05:29 GMT]
Several leading businessmen, editors, and directors of newspapers in Jaffna have made complains to Human Rights Commission (HRC), Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and Jaffna magistrate, of receiving threats from a hand phone located in the High Security Zone (HSZ) of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), sources in Jaffna said. The call had warned that failure to pay or reporting the matter to police or the magistrate would result in severe punishment, according to the complaints made, sources in Jaffna said.
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SLA shoots dead Jaffna youth

[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 October 2007, 02:37 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers shot dead a 27-year old youth during curfew hours Friday night near Kottadi SLA camp inside Jaffna Municipal boundary, sources in Jaffna said.
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SLAF bombs Puthukkudiyiruppu in Vanni

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2007, 21:30 GMT]
Five Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir bombers dropped more than twenty four bombs in two sorties Friday morning, targeting civilian settlements in Vea'naavil and surrounding areas, sources in Vanni said.
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9 Tamil civilians arrested in Trinco suburbs

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2007, 17:11 GMT]
Nine Tamil civilians were taken into custody in a cordon and search operation conducted by the Sri Lanka Army Friday at Paarathipuram and Puthukuddiyiruppu, suburbs in the north of Trincomalee city.
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32 civilians arrested in Badulla, Ratmalana

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2007, 17:09 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has arrested nineteen civilians including four women at Ratmalana and 13 others at Badulla in cordon and search operations conducted from Thursday dusk to Friday dawn. Majority of them are Tamil civilians.
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Male corpse found in Kaaraitheevu, Ampaa'rai

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2007, 14:24 GMT]
Kaaraitheevu police recovered the corpse of a man estimated around the age of 60 years, with assault injuries, in their division in Ampaa'rai district, Friday 11:00 a.m.
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Two women shot, injured in Thunnaalai

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2007, 11:40 GMT]
Unknown gunmen riding motorcycles forced their entry into a house in Kudavatthai, Thunnaalai, in Vadamaraadchi at 4:00 a.m. Friday during curfew hours, and shot and seriously injured two women, sources in Point Pedro said. Villagers accuse Sri Lanka Army (SLA) intelligence cadres as responsible for the shooting.
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Paddy cultivation to resume in Thoppigala

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2007, 11:26 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) announced granting permission for paddy cultivation to be resumed in 4000 acres of land abutting the Kudumpimalai area in Batticaloa Districtafter an interval of 17 years. The decision was taken at a special meeting held at Koran District Secretariat presided by V.Thavarasa, District Secretary (DS).
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Resettlement of Batticaloa IDPs begins

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2007, 11:23 GMT]
The first stage of resettlement process of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in areas close to Chengkaladi-Badulla main road A5 Highway, Batticaloa district was initiated Thursday morning 10:00a.m.
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Family man shot dead in Ea'raavoor

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2007, 09:48 GMT]
Paramilitary men who knocked the doors of a 55-year-old farmer (Poadiyaar) in Vanthaa'rumoolai, shot him dead Friday early morning around 1:10. The victim, Kannaayiram Peethamparam, a father of three, was shot in his chest and hands with 7.62 mm rounds that are used in T-56 assault rifles, according to the Police. Vanthaa'rumoolai is located 17 km northwest of Batticaloa city.
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Paramilitary contact gunned down in Ampaa'rai

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2007, 09:38 GMT]
Two armed men, riding in bicycles, gunned down a 24-year-old youth, Piradeepan Sivasara, on Veeramuani Pi'l'laiyaar temple road Friday around 10:25 a.m., Police in Chammaanthu'rai said. The victim, who had returned home from foreign employment 6 months ago, had established contacts with the TMVP (Karuna) paramilitary group in the area.
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Paramilitary post attacked in Ampaa'rai, 1 killed

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2007, 08:52 GMT]
A 16-year-old recruit of the TMVP (Karuna) paramilitary was gunned down when a group of armed men stormed a checkpost located 50 meters from the TMVP camp at Annamalai in the Chava'lakkadai police division of the Ampaa'rai district. The attackers had seized a T-56 assault rifle from the recruit, Police said.
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SLAF misfire wounds two in Katunayake airbase

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 October 2007, 08:43 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) airmen were wounded in an accidental gunfire at the Katunayake airbase Friday morning around 6:30.
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Family man shot dead in Pungkudutheevu

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 October 2007, 21:12 GMT]
Two unknown armed men on a motorcycle shot dead a family man Wednesday around 7:00 p.m during curfew hours in the High Security Zone (HSZ) in Pungkudutheevu, an islet of Jaffna under the exclusive control of the SLN.
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SLA cordons off, searches areas west of Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 October 2007, 19:15 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA), deploying large number of troops, launched a cordon and search operation Thursday dawn covering a vast area in Jaffna west, sources in Jaffna said. Youths and young women were rounded up for interrogation and the National Identity Cards of many have been confiscated by the SLA troops. The SLA has directed the victims to claim their ID cards at the SLA camp in their respective areas.
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Artillery shelling shuts down A9 entry point

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 October 2007, 18:41 GMT]
The entry, exit point between Sri Lanka Army controlled areas and Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) controlled Vanni, has been closed Thursday as the parties exchanged artillery fire, sources in Vavuniyaa said. All traffic through the gateway including ambulances carrying patients in critical condition was blocked as shells exploded close to the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) office in the no-man's land, sources in Vanni said.
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GS shot dead in Vavuniyaa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 October 2007, 17:54 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a village officer (Grama Sevakar), P. Kumarasamy, 57, at his residence located on Goodset Road in Thoa'nikkal in Vavuniyaa at 7:55 p.m. Thursday.
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Two children, grandfather killed, SL Navy attacks refugee-boat in the seas off Mannaar

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 October 2007, 06:03 GMT]
Two children and their grandfather were killed and the remaining two children with their mother were seriously wounded when Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) gunboats opened fire on them, Thursday early morning at 4:30. The fate of the refugee-family from Ira'naimaatha Nakar in Naachchikkudaa, located 40 km northeast of Mannaar, ended in tragedy in the seas off Peasaalai. Whereabouts of the father, Jim Maximus, is not known, although some reports said he has been handed over to the Police in Thalaimannar.
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Witness safety stalls Allaippiddi massacre case

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 October 2007, 03:18 GMT]
The main witness to the Allaippiddi massacre, where 13 civilians were allegedly killed by Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) soldiers in May 2006, informed Additional Magistrate of Kayts, T. Vignarajah, that he has sought safety in Vanni fearing for his life from Sri Lankan forces and that he will be unable to travel to Kayts to attend any court proceedings, legal sources in Jaffna said.
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Missing Japanese, local project staff located

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 October 2007, 02:50 GMT]
Sri Lanka security forces located the two Japanese engineers and the 4 Sri Lankan project engineering staffers who were reported missing since Wednesday morning in the jungles of Morawewa area, 24 km northwest of Trincomalee town. The Japanese were working with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an aid implementing agency, at the time of disappearance.
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Court dismisses JVP petition against 2008 budget

[TamilNet, Thursday, 18 October 2007, 01:07 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed the two applications challenging the constitutionality of the Appropriation Bill for the next year budget filed by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and a group of intellectuals , which was submitted in parliament last week. The Appropriation Bill was submitted in parliament last week as a prelude to the proposed Budget-2008 which is to be tabled on November 7.
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SLA troops disrupt Jaffna campus annual event

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 October 2007, 17:08 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops in large numbers surrounded Jaffna University premises Wednesday afternoon in field-bikes and armoured troop carriers while some tried to enter forcibly into certain sections of the campus, disrupting the Annual Student Gathering at the Jaffna University campus, student sources in Jaffna said.
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SLAF kfirs bomb civilian settlements in Vanni

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 October 2007, 15:19 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) kfir bombers struck civilian settlements in Muththuaiyankaddu in Vanni Wednesday from 7:00 a.m to 7:20 a.m. Eight bombs, dropped in two sorties, fell close to civilian settlements and exploded, sources in Vanni said. No one was hurt as the bombs missed the houses. However, tension and fear prevailed in Muththuaiyankadu area.
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Civilians in protective custody to be moved to Kurunagar court building

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 October 2007, 11:08 GMT]
Sarath Nanda de Silva, Chief Justice (CJ) of the Supreme Courts of Sri Lanka, issued special order Tuesday to the Jaffna Government Agent (GA) to move more than one hundred civilians, who had recently sought protection with the officials of Human Rights Committee (HRC) and presently kept in protective custody in Jaffna prison, to the upstairs of High courts building in Kurunagar, legal sources in Jaffna said.
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3 men seek protection with Jaffna HRC

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 17 October 2007, 10:13 GMT]
Two family men from Thenmaraadchi and one youth from Pa'ndaitharippu sought protection with Human Rights Council (HRC) Jaffna Tuesday due to threats from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and SLA-backed paramilitaries, HRC sources said.
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Paramilitary person shot dead in Ea'raavoor

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 October 2007, 16:52 GMT]
Unidentified armed men shot dead a paramilitary person of Karuna (TMVP) group Monday around 10:00 p.m at Jeevapuram area in Ea'raavoor in Batticaloa district, Ea'raavoor police said.
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Grenade attack wounds policeman in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 October 2007, 14:22 GMT]
Two unidentified youths on a motorcycle hurled a hand grenade Tuesday around 5:35 a.m into the police sentry post close to Special Task Force (STF) camp located at Chaththurukko'ndaan on Batticaloa-Trincomalee road, injuring a policeman, Batticaloa Police head quarter sources said. The youths had escaped from the scene.
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Muslim trader shot dead in Akkaraippattu

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 October 2007, 11:11 GMT]
A 35-year-old Muslim video store owner was shot by two unidentified gun men riding in a motorbike Sunday night 7:30p.m. at his business located on Main Street in Akkaraippattu. The gunmen used a pistol, and fled the scene after the shooting, local sources said.
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3 children wounded in SLAF airstrike in Vanni

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 October 2007, 09:29 GMT]
Five civilians, including three children, were wounded in Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) airstrike on Neasan Kudyiruppu settlement in Puthukkudyiruppu in Mullaiththeevu district, Tuesday around 2:00 p.m. Three of the victims belong to a single family. Five houses were damaged, two of them fully destroyed in the attack, according to initial reports.
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Tamil mother files FR petition in Supreme Court

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 October 2007, 04:15 GMT]
A 28-year-old Tamil woman has filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) violation petition in the Sri Lanka's Supreme Court to order her release immediately and compensation of Rs. 500,000 for illegal arrest and detention in Welikada prison. Ganeshanathan Sridevi gave birth to her fourth child in the police station during her detainment. She has cited Borella Police Chief Inspector Kamal Pushpakumara, Inspector General of Police, Defence Secretary, Commissioner General of Prisons and Attorney General as respondents in her petition, legal sources said.
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Girl student disappears in Pungkudutheevu

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 October 2007, 02:48 GMT]
A 21-year-old girl student is reported missing after she left home Sunday to attend classes in a private educational institute after going through the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) camp area on her way to the institute in Pungkudutheevu, an islet of Jaffna, according to complaints lodged by her family members with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna, Monday.
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Family man seeks protection with Jaffna HRC

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 October 2007, 01:02 GMT]
A family man from Thenmaraadchi sought protection with the Human Rights Council (HRC) Jaffna Monday due to death threats from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and SLA-backedparamilitaries, officials at the HRC offices said.
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SLA mini-camp in Yala overrun - LTTE

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 October 2007, 14:33 GMT]
Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) have overrun a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camp near Yala sanctuary in southern Sri Lanka Monday evening, LTTE field officials in Ampaa'rai told TamilNet. 6 SLA troopers were killed, and many wounded in the raid which took place 40 km south of Poththuvil, the Tigers said, claiming that the camp was under their control for 3 hours during which time they seized arms and ammunitions from the camp. The Yala sanctuary, one of the island's main tourist attractions, lies on the southern end of the Ampaa'rai district.
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Tiger ambush wounds 2 STF commandos in Ampaa'rai

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 October 2007, 13:55 GMT]
Two Special Task Force (STF) troopers were injured Monday around 10:00 a.m in Kagnchikudichchaa'ru jungle area in Ampaa'rai district in a bomb explosion while their unit was engaged in a search operation.
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Four members of Sri Lanka's Rights panel resign

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 October 2007, 13:01 GMT]
Four key members of the Sri Lanka's Human Rights advisory committee set up by Human Rights Minister, Mahinda Samarasinghe to address human rights issues in Sri Lanka, resigned saying that their advice is not being taken seriously, media reports from Colombo said.
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Two policemen shot dead in Mannaar

[TamilNet, Monday, 15 October 2007, 10:25 GMT]
Unidentified gunmen shot and killed two Sri Lankan policemen who were on a road clearing patrol on Mannaar Thalaimannaar Road Monday at 12:30 p.m., Police said.
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LTTE hands over 3 SLA bodies to ICRC

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 October 2007, 21:56 GMT]
LTTE's NGO and U.N. Liaison Officer M. Pavarasan handed over 3 bodies of Sri Lanka Army (SLA ) troopers killed during Saturday clashes in Paasaiyoor-Kurunakar seas to Ms.Katja Lawrence, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) representative in Kilinochchi, Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.
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Rajapakse to visit Iran

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 October 2007, 21:41 GMT]
Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse is scheduled to pay his first official visit to Iran from October 24 to 26. During his stay in Teheran Rajapakse is to hold talks with Iranian President regarding strengthening diplomatic ties including defence between the two countries, media reports in Colombo said.
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Curfew brings uneasy calm to Vadamaraadchi

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 October 2007, 12:33 GMT]
During the 24-hour curfew Sunday, uneasy calm prevailed in Vadamaraadchi area as residents stayed indoors, businesses remained closed, and no vehicular or pedestrians used the interior and main roads in the district. Fishing along coastal areas were suspended as thousands of fishermen were confined to their fishing hamlets, civil society sources in Jaffna said.
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TNA opposes police station in Silaavaththurai

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 October 2007, 05:19 GMT]
No useful purpose would be served in establishing a police station in the deserted village Silaavaththurai in Mannar district without taking immediate steps to resettle them in their traditional habitats, said Mr. Selvam Adaikalanathan, Wanni district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian. Silaavaththurai residents have all been displaced to other areas after the recent offensives by Sri Lanka military on 01 September.
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Court directs AG to file indictment against Kilinochchi Official

[TamilNet, Sunday, 14 October 2007, 03:00 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Friday directed the Attorney General to file indictment against the Kilinochchi Regional Assistant Commissioner of Local Government Mr.Kandiah Alvapillai Balasubramaniam who is being detained since his arrest on 26 June under the Emergency Regulations (ER). He was taken into custody by the Borella Police following the alleged recovery of a claymore mine concealed in the diesel tank in his vehicle that brought him from Kilinochchi to Colombo on official duty.
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SLN arrests 32 Jaffna fishermen

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 October 2007, 21:07 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) soldiers arrested thirty two Paasaiyoor and Kurunakar fishermen who hurriedly returned to the shores Jaffna Lagoon after getting caught in the sea battle between the Sea Tigers and the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) Saturday morning 10:45 a.m. The fishermen had gone out fishing early morning at 7:00 a.m. after satisfying the pass formalities with the SLN.
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SLA imposes 24-hour curfew in Vadamaraadchi

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 October 2007, 20:50 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) military command in Palaali has announced through military radio and media that Vadamaraadchi area will be under a 24-hour curfew the whole of Sunday, sources in Jaffna said. The normal curfew hours which last from 7:00 p.m to 4:30 a.m. will be modified, and the curfew will not be lifted at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, the announcement said. The 24-hour curfew will continue throughout Sunday until it is lifted on Monday morning 4:30 a.m., according to the directive.
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SLA blocks coverage of Arbour's Jaffna visit

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 October 2007, 12:48 GMT]
North Ceylon Journalists Association (NCJA), in a communiqué issued Friday, condemned Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in threatening the journalists attempting to cover the visit of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR), Ms.Louise Arbour, to Jaffna district.
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Displaced Tamil families to be resettled in Thullukudiruppu

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 October 2007, 12:43 GMT]
Eighty seven Tamil families displaced from Thullukudiruppu village in Mannaar district in December, 2006, and staying with their relatives in Pe'saalai are to be resettled from Monday, according to a decision taken at a discussion held with Mannaar Divisional Secretary Ms Stanley de Mel Friday. Mannaar Bishop, Rt.Rev Rayappu Joseph, and representatives of international and national nongovernmental organizations participated in the discussion with displaced families.
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Welikade detainees call off fast-unto-death campaign

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 October 2007, 10:40 GMT]
Tamil detainees at Welikade remand prison in Colombo have called off their fast-unto-death campaign on Saturday 6.00 p.m, after the visitng UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, assured them that their cases will be resolved within 3 months.The fasting detainees, since Wednesday, have been demanding Ms. Louise Arbour, to visit the Welikade prison, look into their plight and exert pressure on the Sri Lankan government to expedite their cases that have been postponed fortnightly and not been heard for more than a year. She met five of the 86 fasting prisoners.
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UN alarmed by weakness of law, prevalence of impunity in Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 October 2007, 08:38 GMT]
Weakness of the rule of law and prevalence of impunity is alarming in Sri Lanka where critical elements for the protection of Human Rights have been undermined or compromised despite the existence of much of the necessary human rights institutional infrastructure, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, concluding her five-day mission to Sri Lanka on Saturday. The large number of reported killings, abductions and disappearances, is particularly worrying in a country that had a long, traumatic experience of unresolved disappearances and no shortage of recommendations from past Commissions of Inquiry on how to safeguard against such violations, she said.
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Sea Tigers sink SLA vessel, recover 3 bodies

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 October 2007, 08:04 GMT]
Five Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed and three dead bodies of the SLA soldiers were recovered by the Sea Tigers who sunk a SLA Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) in the seas off Paasaiyoor in Jaffna Saturday around 10:45 a.m. in a retaliation against an attack by three SLA vessels that entered the LTTE territorial waters, the Tigers said. Sea Tigers have seized weapons from the sinking vessel. Arrangements were underway to hand over the three dead bodies to the ICRC.
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SLA shoots dead youth in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 October 2007, 22:27 GMT]
An unidentified youth found hiding inside an abandoned house close to sea shore in the coastal village of Kurunagar, within Jaffna Municipal council area, was shot and killed Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers.
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Youth shot, seriously wounded in Ea'raavoor

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 October 2007, 19:05 GMT]
Two unidentified armed men traveling on a motorcycle shot and injured a youth Thursday night 8:00 p.m. at his residence located on Murugan koyil road, Chiththaa'ndi within Ea'raavoor police division in Batticaloa district.
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SLA hands over 4 dead bodies to Mannaar hospital

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 October 2007, 16:30 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Friday evening handed over four dead bodies recovered from Maanthai village near Thirukkeatheesvaram, a border area between the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) controlled area and the SLA controlled area in Mannaar. The SLA claimed that the dead were LTTE cadres. However, the victims could be innocent civilians, according to local residents. Two SLA soldiers were killed when a clash erupted in the border area Friday around 4:30 p.m., according to the SLA.
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Two Tamil civilians abducted in Colombo

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 October 2007, 11:40 GMT]
Two Tamil civilians were abducted in suburbs of Colombo, one in Wellawatte Tuesday night, and the other Kotahena Friday, according to complaints with the police and the Civil Monitoring Committee on Missing Persons.
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Strategy behind rights violations said not exposed

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 October 2007, 06:55 GMT]
The gross statistics on death and disappearances in Jaffna is known to everyone, and they paint a picture of military rule, but "the real reason behind the violations, the Sri Lankan military machine conducting the death theatre, and the depth of fear instilled into the civilians in Jaffna to witness against the perpetrators, are not exposed to the world," said Liberation Tigers Human Rights Spokesperson N. Selvy as hundreds of crying family members of the victims were blocked in Jaffna by the Sri Lanka Army from seeing the visiting High Commissioner Louise Arbour, on Friday. The SLA blocked journalists from entering the UNHCR office, GA's office, UN office and the Bishop's House.
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Tamil telecom engineer arrested in Colombo

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 October 2007, 05:38 GMT]
A young Tamil civilian, telecommunication engineer by profession, was arrested Wednesday night around 10.30 p.m. by the Terrorist Intelligence Division (TID) of the Sri Lanka Police. Ten TID operatives went to his residence located at Rudra Mawatte in Wellawatte and took him for further investigation, according to a complaint lodged by his relatives with the Wellawatte Police Thursday.
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2 SLA soldiers killed in Claymore ambush in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 October 2007, 04:01 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed and 3 seriously injured in a Claymore attack in Puloali, 28 km northeast of Jaffna city, on the Main Supply Route of the military between Naakarkoayil Forward Defense Line (FDL) and Palaali military complex in the Jaffna district Thursday night. A truck of a SLA convoy was the target of the second attack to be reported within the last few weeks along this tightly secured access route. Several soldiers have sustained minor injuries, according to the Police.
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SLA arrests 44 Tamil fishermen in Kalpity

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 October 2007, 02:27 GMT]
Forty four Tamil civilians, all residents of Vaalaichchenai in the east, were taken into custody at Kalpity in Puttalam district by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Thursday. They were in a lorry travelling to Kalpity to engage in fishing in western coastal sea.
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Youth shot dead in Mutuwal

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 October 2007, 01:33 GMT]
Unidentified armed men shot dead a youth at Mutuwal in Colombo Wednesday night. The killers came in a three-wheeler had fired at the youth who was walking along the road. The victim was immediately taken to Colombo National Hospital but succumbed to injuries on admission. The body remains in the hospital and is yet to be identified.
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Family man abducted, another seeks HRC protection, in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 October 2007, 22:34 GMT]
Unidentified armed men abducted a family man from his house in the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) High Security Zone (HSZ) in Jaffna Wednesday around 6:00 p.m, according to complaints made by his family members to Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna. Meanwhile, a father of four children from Changkaanai in Valikaamam sought protection Thursday with the HRC due to continuous death threats from unidentified armed men on motor cycles alleged to be Sri Lanka Army (SLA) backed paramilitaries, HRC sources said.
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TNA parliamentarians visit fasting detainees at Colombo prison

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 October 2007, 14:46 GMT]
Three Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians, Sivanathan Kishore, P. Ariyanenthran and K.Pathmanathan visited Thursday the Tamil political detainees who have launched a fast-unto-death campaign at the remand prison in Welikada. The prisoners handed over three separate petitions to be forwarded to the visiting UN Human Rights High Commissioner Louise Arbour, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Attorney General C.R.de Silva.
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"Separation inevitable if power continues to polarize with ethnic hegemony" - Mano Ganesan

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 October 2007, 13:07 GMT]
Mano Ganesan MP, the leader of the Western Province People's Front (WPPF) and the convener of the Civil Monitoring Committee (CMC), engaged in monitoring abductions, addressing the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, at the UN office in Colombo, on Thursday, said that the Tamils would be forced to seek separation as the only alternative if the Sri Lankan government failed to satisfy the "Sri Lankan dream," which he described as a dreamland with political power sharing between all the ethnic communities, where there are no places for war, abductions, extra judicial killings and where there is no room for polarization of political power with ethnic hegemony.
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Thondaman rejoins Rajapaksa cabinet

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 October 2007, 07:17 GMT]
Ceylon Workers Congress leader Arumugam Thondaman and four CWC members have rejoined Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa's cabinet Thursday morning. Mr. Thondaman and the other CWC members had resigned from Rajapaksa's cabinet in August after being insulted by Basil Rajapaksa, the brother of Sri Lankan president, using a racial slur.
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Muslim couple injured in Akkaraipattu grenade attack

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 October 2007, 05:22 GMT]
Men alleged to be local Sinhala residents hurled a hand grenade at the house of an elderly Muslim couple Wednesday around 4:35 a.m, at Champunakar in Akkaraipattu police division in Ampaa'rai district, seriously injuring them. Local Sinhala residents of border area were also alleged to have set fire to houses of Muslim people in Campunakar area in September.
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Former home guard shot dead in Welikanda

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 October 2007, 02:18 GMT]
Unidentified armed men shot dead a former Sri Lanka Home guard Wednesday around 4:15 a.m, as he was going for prayers at the mosque near his home at Katuwanwila in Welikanda police division in Polonnaruwa district, Welikanda police said. The victim left his home guard service a year ago after serving for six years.
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Missing Tamil academic found dead in Colombo

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 18:39 GMT]
A senior lecturer of the Science Faculty of Jaffna University, Ponniah Mahinan, who was reported missing since Saturday evening in Colombo was allegedly abducted and killed. The body of the victim with scratch injuries, located Sunday, was identified by his wife on Tuesday. The lecturer from the Department of Mathematics had come to Colombo from Jaffna to supervise paper corrections of GCE Advanced Level examinations at the end of September and was staying at a lodge on Daya Road in Wellawatte.
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TNA delegation meets UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 16:24 GMT]
A delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Wednesday evening met Louise Arbour, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights at the UN office in Colombo and briefed her about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka, especially in the northeast.
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Fasting Tamil prisoners attacked in Colombo

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 12:01 GMT]
A prison guard and Sinhala prisoners have attacked a group of Tamil detainees in Colombo remand prison in Welikade, when they went to seek medical treatment for sore eyes Wednesday morning. 86 Tamil prisoners have started a fast-unto-death campaign from 6.00 a.m. Wednesday, demanding the visiting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, to visit the Welikade prison, look into their plight and exert pressure on the Sri Lankan government to expedite their cases that have been postponed fortnightly and not been heard for more than a year.
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Hair-dresser father, son shot dead in Vavuniyaa

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 11:19 GMT]
A father and son, both hair-dressers were shot dead in Vavuniyaa by unknown gunmen in two separate incidents 15 minutes apart, the first killing occurring at 12:00 noon Wednesday, sources in Vavuniyaa said.
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Point Pedro lawyers protest against death threats, extortion

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 11:07 GMT]
Lawyers in Point Pedro began a token protest Wednesday afternoon, boycotting court sessions at Point Pedro divisional court, demanding protection against the death threats, intimidation and extortion by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) backed armed Tamil paramilitary groups. The boycott launched by Jaffna peninsula lawyers for the same reason in September was withdrawn on SLA Jaffna Commander's assurance that the menace will be eradicated, but the assurance is yet to be fulfilled, Vadamaraadchi Lawyers Association members said.
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UN envoy meets Sri Lankan Human Rights Minister

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 06:12 GMT]
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Louise Arbour, is due to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse Thursday. She met Sri Lankan Human Rights Minister Mr.Mahinda Samarasinghe on Wednesday morning and discussed with him in detail the human rights situation on the ground, UN sources said.
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Welikade Tamil prisoners agitate to meet UN official

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 02:44 GMT]
Eighty six Tamil detainees in Welikade maximum security prison and forty Tamil prisoners from Magazine prison staged a token hunger strike Tuesday demanding that Sri Lanka Government arrange High Commissioner of Human Rights in the United Nations, Ms Louise Arbour, who is currently on a fact finding mission to Sri Lanka, to visit the detainees in the prison. The detainees said Ms Arbour should be told of the prison conditions, and the extended incarceration without the right to a trial, civil society sources in Colombo said.
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Tigers urge UN Human Rights Commissioner to visit Vanni

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 October 2007, 22:57 GMT]
Welcoming the "timely mission" by United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, Louise Arbour, to investigate human rights violations in Sri Lanka, Liberation Tigers Human Rights spokesperson N. Selvy, Tuesday said the Tamils were expecting the UN High Commissioner to visit the LTTE administered Vanni to get an absolute assessment of the Human Rights violations perpetrated by the Sri Lankan military and its paramilitaries in the Tamil homeland. Tamils, as a people, were disappointed as "the main violator, the Sri Lankan government itself," was exercising control over the itinerary of the visiting High Commissioner, Ms. Selvy said.
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Abductions on the increase in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 October 2007, 18:45 GMT]
Eight Tamil civilians have been abducted during the first eight days of October in Trincomalee district, according to complaints received by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL). 27 Tamil civilians have been abducted in the month of September compared to 12 in August, HRCSL sources said.
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India urged to pay compensation to family of slain trade unionist

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 October 2007, 18:42 GMT]
The World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), a forum of 34 organizations representing traditional fisher communities in Asia, has urged Indian and Tamil Nadu leaders to conduct an impartial inquiry and look after the family of a Sri Lankan fisherman trade unionist, 44-years-old Warnakulasooriya Canicius Fernando, who was shot and killed Friday at the gates of a restricted entrance of Mathurai Central Prision in Tamil Nadu, while he was visiting four Sri Lankan fishermen imprisoned in the Indian jail. The funeral of the victim, a father of two, has taken place in Munnakkarai in Negombo at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.
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Emergency extended for another month in Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 October 2007, 17:39 GMT]
The Sri Lanka's parliament Tuesday adopted motion to extend the State of Emergency for another month by a majority of 93 votes. All constituent parties of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) including the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF) voted for the motion.
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Two civilians disappear in Vadamaraadchi

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 October 2007, 11:35 GMT]
A 35-year old father of three is feared abducted on Saturday after he failed to return to work in Karaveddy, Vadamaraadchi in the Puthiya Road area, according to complaint filed by his family members at the Jaffna Human Rights Commission (HRC) offices. Meanwhile, on Sunday a 25-year old family man went missing in Anthiraan, Kara'navaay West, Karaveddi Sunday.
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UN Human Rights Commissioner arrives Tuesday for Sri Lanka visit

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 October 2007, 02:54 GMT]
High Commissioner of Human Rights in the United Nations, Ms Louise Arbour, is to arrive in Colombo Tuesday on a five-day official tour to Sri Lanka. She is scheduled to meet relatives of abducted civilians in Colombo on October 11 and in Jaffna on October 12. She will be meeting government leaders, representatives of human rights institutions and political parties during her stay in Colombo.
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Tamil farmer abducted in Thampalakaamam

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 October 2007, 01:44 GMT]
A Tamil farmer was abducted by a group of unidentified armed persons Monday around 3.30 p.m. at Puthukuddiyiruppu, according to complaints filed by his relatives with the Kanthlaai police. Puthukuddiyiruppu is a suburb in Mullipottanai village under the administration of Thampalakaamam divisional secretariat division
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Decomposed body of youth found at Ariyaalai coast

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 October 2007, 19:39 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops recovered Monday the corpse of a youth in highly decomposed state, washed ashore at Ariyaalai and handed it over to Jaffna police. The body, estimated to be between 25 – 30 years of age, was handed over to Jaffna Teaching Hospital Monday evening, for identification.
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6 STF commandos killed, 10 injured in Ampaa'rai - LTTE

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 October 2007, 16:53 GMT]
Six Special Task Force (STF) elite commandos were killed and 10 others were injured in two separate attacks by the Liberation Tigers in the south-eastern Ampaa'rai district, Monday evening, LTTE's political head for the region, Kaviyarasan told TamilNet.
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72 seek humanitarian protection, 24 missing in September in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 October 2007, 15:10 GMT]
The number of civilians seeking protection with the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Jaffna In September alone 72 civilians, including 4 families with their children, had sought protection with the HRC while 24 civilians had been reported missing at the HRC. On Monday, three civilians from Kayts, Chaavakachcheari and Point Pedro have sought HRC protection, civil sources in Jaffna said. A family man from Karaveddi was reported missing since Friday.
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MP condemns SLA ban on construction of houses for Batticaloa IDPs

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 October 2007, 10:41 GMT]
Batticaloa District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian, S. Jeyananthamoorthy, speaking to media this week, condemned the ban imposed by Sri Lanka Army (SLA ) for constructing permanent houses for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) at Naavaladi Junction within Vaaharai District Secretary's administrative area in Batticaloa District.
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FMM condemns expulsion of British media team

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 October 2007, 09:21 GMT]
"Jaffna is one of the most dangerous places in the world today for media and journalism," said Free Media Movement (FMM), a Colombo based media watchdog, stating it was appalled by the gross violation of journalists' rights by the military command in Jaffna in expelling three journalists last week. The journalists from the British Quicksilver Media were traveling in Sri Lanka to produce a documentary for Channel 4 television in UK.
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Jaffna fishermen suspicious of SLN's easing of restrictions

[TamilNet, Monday, 08 October 2007, 03:48 GMT]
Sri Lanka Navy (SLN), while stepping up naval operations, has suddenly relaxed its restrictions imposed on Jaffna fishermen by extending the distance to 3 km and the number of fishermen allowed to fish in these areas has been raised from 600 to 700. The fishermen are suspicious that this action has been taken with the hidden aim to exploit them as pawns in an attempt to launch camouflage offensives on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) held areas across Jaffna lagoon, causing fear among the fishermen, Jaffna Fishermen Society representatives said.
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Education officials collect census of Batticaloa School children

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 October 2007, 18:03 GMT]
A survey to collect particulars of the school children in Batticaloa district affected by continuing hostilities and natural disasters began October 2nd, Mr.A.M.E.Paul, Batticaloa district Zonal Director of Education, said Sunday morning.
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Tamil civilian abducted in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 October 2007, 17:59 GMT]
Unidentified armed persons Saturday night abducted a 33-year old Tamil, a father of three children, from his house in Palaiyootu, a suburb located about 2 km off east port town Trincomalee. according to a complaint lodged with the Uppuveli police by his wife Sunday.
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Six upcountry Tamil youths further remanded

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 October 2007, 08:23 GMT]
Six Tamil youths, residents of Kandy district were ordered further remand by the Colombo magistrate's court Friday. They were arrested on September 30 at Ragama town in Colombo district in a cordon and search operation conducted by the Sri Lanka Army and police.
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Tamil youth reported missing in Dehiwala

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 October 2007, 16:15 GMT]
A Twenty-two year old Tamil youth residing in Dehiwala, a suburb of Colombo, has been reported missing since Thursday morning, according to a complaint lodged with the Dehiwala police on Friday evening by his parents.
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48 Tamils arrested in Wellampitya

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 October 2007, 16:12 GMT]
Forty-eight Tamil civilians were arrested in a combined cordon and search operation conducted by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and police at Wellampitya, a town in Colombo district, from morning till noon Saturday. The Terrist Intelligence Division (TID) is interrogating those arrested at the Wellampitya police station, sources said.
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British documentary team forced to leave Jaffna

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 October 2007, 12:14 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in Jaffna has forced three female journalists, including two journalists from UK based Quicksilver Media and a Sri Lankan journalist accompanying them, to return to Colombo Friday, canceling their documentary mission in Jaffna for the British Channel 4 Television. On Thursday, an hour after arriving at a hotel in Jaffna city, with military escort, they were taken back to Palaali base where they had to stay overnight before returning to Colombo next day. The SLA officers in Palaali, upon the arrival of the documentary team, had offered accommodation in a military camp, but the journalists had declined to accept the offer, informed media sources in Colombo said.
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6 Tamils arrested in Gampaha

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 October 2007, 11:48 GMT]
Six Tamil civilians were taken into custody by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in a cordon and search operation conducted in Gampaha town, situated 24 km northeast of Colombo, from Friday night till dawn of Saturday. The detainees were all staying with their relatives and lodges at that time of arrest.
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Tamil youth abducted in Uppuveli

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 October 2007, 11:45 GMT]
Unidentified armed persons Friday night abducted a Tamil youth from his house located in Uppuveli, a suburb in Trincomalee town. Abductors came in a white colour-van, forcibly entered the house, and took the youth with them, parents said in their complaint to the Uppuveli Police.
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Two dead bodies recovered in Chilaw

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 October 2007, 08:34 GMT]
Two blindfolded dead bodies with gunshot wounds were found at Welihena in Chilaw (Chilaapam) division in the Puththa'lam district Friday night. More than 20 dead bodies have been recovered in Chilaw police division during the last six months and none of the victims have been identified so far, Police said.
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Conference on Violence against women held in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 October 2007, 19:24 GMT]
Tamil, Muslim women Oraganizations in Batticaloa district, aided by Oxfam, convened a conference involving nearly 5000 women in Batticaloa district at Batticaloa Manresa Centre Thursday and Friday.
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U.S. expresses rights concern, urges progress on power-sharing proposal

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 October 2007, 17:32 GMT]
U.S. Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns has expressed serious concern over credible reports of continued severe human rights abuses in Jaffna and other parts of Sri Lanka and ongoing threats to freedom of the press when he met Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, according to a media note released by the U.S. Department of State.
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Tamil youth shot dead in Ea'raavoor

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 October 2007, 17:13 GMT]
An unidentified armed youth shot dead a Tamil youth Thursday at Siththaa'ndi Vipulaanantha Cross street in Ea'ravvoor in Batticaloa district, as the victim was coming from his home on bicycle, Ea'raavoor police said. The victim was rushed to Ea'raavoor hospital where he succumbed to the gunshot wounds.
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SLA intelligence officer, soldier shot in Colombo

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 October 2007, 17:10 GMT]
An unknown armed person shot and wounded a Sri Lanka Army intelligence officer and a soldier at Maligawatte in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo Friday around 2:40 p.m., police said. The two military personnel in plain-cloth were riding in a three-wheeler along Jumma Masjeed road.
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3 disappear in Jaffna, 3 surrender at HRC

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 October 2007, 11:23 GMT]
Two civilians have been abducted by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers, one has disappeared, and three youths have surrendered with the Human Rights Council (HRC) offices in Jaffna in the last two days, HRC officials said.
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Sri Lankan minister contradicts diplomatic immunity of SLMM

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 October 2007, 08:20 GMT]
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.
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Civilian shot dead in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 October 2007, 04:11 GMT]
Two unidentified armed men on a motor cycle shot dead a civilian Thursday around 6:00 p.m, as he was going along a road at Koa'naavil in Kokkuvil, Jaffna. The victim's body lies unattended and unidentified as curfew comes into effect from 7:00 p.m daily in Jaffna peninsula.
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IDPs to be resettled in Chengkaladi

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 October 2007, 01:27 GMT]
Nearly 9000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) belonging to 4349 families, displaced due to Sri Lanka Army (SLA) offensives, are to be resettled in 5 villages located along Chengkaladi-Badulla road, according to decision taken at an urgent meeting held at Batticaloa District Secretariat (DS) Wednesday, presided by Eastern Province Governor, Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrema, Batticaloa DS sources said.
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Corpses of 2 Tamil youths recovered in Ea'raavoor

[TamilNet, Friday, 05 October 2007, 00:17 GMT]
Ea'raavoor police recovered two bodies of Tamil youths shots killed, hands bound and eyes blind folded Thursday around 8:00 a.m at Theavapuram, Mu'rakkoddaancheanai in Ea'raavoor police division in Batticaloa district. The youths may have been abducted and brought from another place and killed at Theavapuram, police said.
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Budget to decide political future - JVP

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 October 2007, 12:29 GMT]
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the extreme nationalist communist party, Wednesday announced that the forthcoming budget would cause serious impact on the current political situation of the country.
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Colombo court releases 9 Jaffna youths

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 October 2007, 12:24 GMT]
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.
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Bail application filed seeking Ki'linochchi ACLG release

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 October 2007, 12:20 GMT]
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.
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Two civilians seek protection with HRC, youth abducted in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 October 2007, 11:04 GMT]
Two more civilians in Jaffna peninsula, one of them a University student receiving death threats from paramilitary personnel, have surrendered to the officials at the Jaffna office of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) Wednesday. One of the protections seekers is from Chavakachcheari, Mirusuvil in Thenmaraadchi and the other is from Thunnaalai in Vadamaraadchi. There is a sharp increase in the number of receiving death threats from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops and SLA-backed paramilitary armed men.
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Killings escalate in Vadamaraadchi

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 October 2007, 11:03 GMT]
Armed men, arriving in vehicles during the early curfew hours Thursday at 3:30 a.m. shot and killed a 34-year-old family man, Suntharam Jeyarasa, at Kamparmalai in Valveddiththu'rai. 5 hours later, two armed men on motorcycle entering the shop of a trader located in the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) High Security Zone in Manthikai, Point Pedro, shot him dead spraying bullets on him and escaped from the scene.
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Gotabhaya bans transport of livestock from abandoned Tamil homes in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 October 2007, 08:55 GMT]
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.
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SLA blocks SLMM officials at Oamanthai border

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 October 2007, 06:58 GMT]
Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Northern Region officials scheduled to meet Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) officials in Ki'linochchi Thursday noon were blocked from crossing the Oamanthai entry point by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) due to new instructions from Colombo, General Secretary of Liberation Tigers Peace Secretariat, S. Puleedevan, told TamilNet. By refusing entry to the SLMM, Colombo was trying to block the information flow between the SLMM and the LTTE, he charged. Meanwhile, SLMM sources said the monitors had returned after being informed of new routines that involved going through a body check, inspection of vehicles and early enlistment of travelers.
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Food shop owner shot dead in Vadamaraadchi

[TamilNet, Thursday, 04 October 2007, 04:12 GMT]
Two unidentified armed men on a motor cycle shot dead a food shop owner Wednesday around 6:30 p.m in his shop at Maayaththai, Alvaay in Vadmaraadchi.
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Allaippiddi massacre witnesses fear travel to Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 October 2007, 14:55 GMT]
Witnesses to identify Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) personnel alleged to have massacred 13 civilians at Allaipiddy last year did not appear at Kayts Court Tuesday for fear of their lives, Attorney-at-law, S. Remedias, appearing on their behalf, informed Additional Magistrate R. T. Vignarajah at the inquiry into Allaipiddy massacre case. The witnesses, presently living in Ki'linochchi in Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) controlled area, fear to travel through Vavuniyaa and then sail from Trincomalee to Jaffna as they are afforded security only in Jaffna peninsula, the lawyer told the courts.
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IFJ condemns SL defence ministry attack on Journalist Athas

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 October 2007, 14:42 GMT]
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), on Wednesday said it was concerned for the safety of Iqbal Athas, associate editor and defense correspondent for the Sunday Times in Colombo. Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence, in a web-posting, on Tuesday alleged that the recent work of Mr. Iqbal Athas, "raised doubts whether he has been assisting in the psy-ops of Liberation Tigers" and warned: "whoever attempts to reduce public support to the security forces or attempts to damage the loyalty of the soldiers towards their commanders at this moment can only be considered as those who serve the cause of the terrorists."
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WFP welcomes food shipment to Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 October 2007, 14:32 GMT]
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed the shipment of 3,500 tons of food for Jaffna that will be distributed to the families among the most vulnerable populations in the isolated peninsula. "I am very pleased with these recent positive developments but I am concerned about our resourcing situations as we will be running out of food in November" said Jean-Yves Lequime, Acting Country Director of the World Food Programme in Colombo, adding "this is the moment to mobilize food for the vulnerable people."
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Youth shot dead in Thirunelveali, Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 October 2007, 14:09 GMT]
Two unknown gunmen shot and killed a 29-year-old youth who was cycling near Kaladdi junction in Thirunelveali Wednesday around 7:00 a.m. The killing took place in front of a Roman Catholic school, 150 meters near the Sri Lanka Army checkpost. The gunmen were riding in a motorbike, Koappaay police said.
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Sri Lanka says tourism ‘picking up’ as European restrictions are eased

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 October 2007, 08:07 GMT]
Sri Lanka is confident of achieving its target of attracting 600,000 tourists this year following the relaxation of travel advisories in key markets, tourist board (SLTB) officials were quoted as saying this week. Germany, Britain, France and Netherlands have softened travel restrictions on their citizens, press reports say. However, citing falling tourist arrivals, an international hotels group slashed prices at its hotels in Sri Lanka by 50% until 2008, press reports also said.
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Grenade attack on SLA sentry post in Point Pedro

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 October 2007, 04:15 GMT]
Unidentified persons hurled a hand grenade into Sri Lanka Army (SLA) sentry post located along Jaffna-Point Pedro road at Karaveddi Maali junction Tuesday around 6:40 p.m. Some injured SLA troops were taken in SLA vehicles following the attack, residents in the area said. SLA authorities have not released any information about the attack.
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Family man abducted, civilian seeks HRC protection, in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 October 2007, 04:03 GMT]
Unidentified armed men in a white van abducted a family man Tuesday around 3:30 a.m, from his house at Koandaavil in Valikaamam, after assaulting his family members who tried to prevent the abductors taking him away. Meanwhile, another civilian from Thenmaraadchi area sought protection with Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna Tuesday.
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Muslim youth shot, injured in Aarayampathi

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 October 2007, 02:37 GMT]
A Muslim youth was shot and injured Tuesday afternoon around 2:00 p.m. in Sikaram, a village located within the administrative area of Aarayampathi Divisional Secretary (DS) in Batticaloa district.
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Kilinochchi protest rally condemns Fr.Pakiyaranjith's killing

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 October 2007, 11:05 GMT]
More than 2500 people joined in a protest rally held Monday afternoon 2:00 p.m. in Kilinochchi condemning the brutal killing of Rev.Fr.Nicholaspillai Pakiyaranjith, Mannar Coordinator for the International Humanitarian Organization, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), by an alleged Sri Lanka Army Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) on 26 th September, and the killing of number of other humanitarian workers in North and East recently.
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Jaffna GA's service extended

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 October 2007, 11:00 GMT]
Public Service Administration (PSA) of Sri Lanka Government extended Jaffna Government Agent (GA), Mr. K. Ganesh's service with effect from October 1 until further notice. Mr. Ganesh, already on extension after retirement, was generally expected to be replaced with a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Officer, sources in Jaffna said.
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Tamil trader abducted in Trincomalee

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 October 2007, 08:58 GMT]
A Tamil trader was abducted Monday night around 7:15 p.m. in Trincomalee bazaar when he was shopping with his wife. The trader has been identified as Murugiah Ashokumar, 35, a resident of Uppuveli, a suburb in the east port town.
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SLAF bombs civilian settlement in Visuvamadu

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 October 2007, 06:31 GMT]
Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) kfirs bombed Visuvamadu East civilian settlements Tuesday, dropping 16 bombs in two sorties, the first between 6:30 a.m to 6:50 and the next between 7:00 a.m to 7:20 a.m, damaging six settlements, and agricultural crops in Visuvamadu area.
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Civilian shot dead in Veala'nai, Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 October 2007, 04:19 GMT]
Two unidentified armed men on motor cycle shot dead a civilian at point blank range Monday around 11:00 a.m in Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) controlled Veala'nai islet of Jaffna. The recent Claymore attack in Veala'nai, injuring two men, alleged to be government troops or paramilitary men, may be the cause of this killing, residents in Vela'nai said.
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U.S. ambassador visits JVP HQ

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 October 2007, 03:12 GMT]
United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert O' Blake Monday held talks with Wimal Weerawanse, propaganda secretary and parliamentary group leader of the Sinhala Nationalist Communist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). The meeting was held at the JVP headquarters located at Battaramulla. Recently, the JVP delegation led by Wimal Weerawansa, during a tour to China had urged the Chinese Foreign Beureau and the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party to "resist the intentions of western powers to create an Israel in South Asia".
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UN envoy meets Sri Lankan Minister

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 October 2007, 02:35 GMT]
UN special Rapporteaur Mr.Manfred Nowak Monday held talks with Sri Lankan Minister of Human Rights Mr.Mahinda Samarasinghe at the latter's office. The talks centred on the condition of detainees held in detention camps and prisons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and Emergency Regulations, according to sources close to the Minister.
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Chunnaakam, Point-Pedro victims identified

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 October 2007, 01:36 GMT]
The body recovered in Kantharoadai, Chunnaakam with severe cut wounds, and the youth killed in Point Pedro were identified Monday by their relatives, sources in Jaffna said. Point Pedro Magistrate Mr. K. Ariyanayagam and Mallaakam magistrate Ms. Sarojini Illankovan directed the police in their respective divisions to hand over the bodies to the family members who had identified the bodies,
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2 SLAF troops injured in Vavuniyaa

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 October 2007, 16:30 GMT]
Unidentified persons triggered a claymore device Monday morning at Chaa'lampaiku'lam area along Vavuniyaa-Mannar road seriously injuring two Sri Lanka Air Force troops in a Buffel Armoured Personnel Carrier, on their way to Vavuniyaa from SLAF Poovaransangku'lam base. A civilian riding bicycle along the road sustained injuries.
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British oil firms to explore Mannar amid UK ‘worry’ over rights

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 October 2007, 13:10 GMT]
British oil companies are to carry out oil explorations in Sri Lanka, press reports quoted the country’s Development and Investment minister, Sarath Amunagama, as saying. The agreement was reached following a series of high-level discussions he held with leading oil companies during a visit to London, the LankaTribune reported. Meanwhile, describing the human rights situation in Sri Lanka as “deeply worrying”, British Development Trade and Development minister, Gareth Thomas, said his government was pressing Sri Lanka to respect human rights.
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Civilian abducted, 3 seek HRC protection in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 October 2007, 13:04 GMT]
Armed men in a white van abducted a family man Monday around 2:40 a.m, from his house at Navaali north in Jaffna, after assaulting his family members, according to complaints made by them to Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna. Meanwhile, three civilians, from Chaavakachcheari north, Maanipaay, and Kamparmalai, sought protection with Jaffna HRC due to death threats from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and SLA-backed paramilitaries.
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2 injured in Claymore attack in Veala'nai islet

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 October 2007, 13:02 GMT]
Two men, alleged to be members of the Sri Lanka Amy (SLA) Intelligent Unit and SLA-backed paramilitary group, were seriously injured Thursday around 10:00 p.m, during curfew hours, in Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) controlled Veala'nai, when unidentified persons activated a Claymore device hidden along the road, targeting the vehicle they were traveling in, residents in Veala'nai said.
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Naakarkoayil offensive thwarted, weapons seized - LTTE

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 October 2007, 07:24 GMT]
A ground offensive, launched by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in Naakarkoayil in Northern Forward Defence Line (FDL), backed by heavy artillery and mortar fire, was withdrawn following one-hour long stiff resistance put up by the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) Sunday night at 11:30 p.m., LTTE field officials in Vanni said. Claiming that they inflicted heavy casualties on the SLA, the Tigers said they have seized weapons and ammunitions including Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) Launchers and Light Machine Guns (LMG). Three LTTE fighters were killed in action.
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UN Special Rapporteur on Torture visits Sri Lanka

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 October 2007, 05:21 GMT]
Mr.Manfred Nowak, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Human Rights Abuse arrived in Colombo Sunday morning around 9 a.m. During his one-week stay till October 8 he is to hold talks with authorities concerned and victims of torture and human rights abuse, according to human rights sources in Colombo.
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Explosives recovered in Mannaar

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 October 2007, 04:20 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) Saturday evening seized a consignment of explosives identified as gelignite sticks concealed in the rear portion of a car at Sirunaavatkulam army checkpoint in Mannar. Three suspects were taken in for questioning.
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Robbery suspects arrested in Mannaar

[TamilNet, Monday, 01 October 2007, 01:18 GMT]
Mannaar Police Sunday morning arrested four persons including two young women in connection with several robberies that took place few days earlier. Manaar Police said that more suspects are to be arrested soon.
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