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Secretary of the governor of the north eastern province K.A. Amirthalingam has been abducted by the LTTE

Nov 26 (Rupavahini) Amirthalingam family members have lodged a complaint regarding this abduction to the police. Senior sp, Trincomalee Upali Hewage said that this incident took place last night. more..

Ceylon Biscuits pips local firms to buy Bakeman's plant

Nov 26 (ET) Pipping Britannia and Parle to the post, Sri Lankan major Ceylon Biscuits has taken over the manufacturing facility of Bakeman’s Industries. The deal amount is not known yet. Nor is the fate of the brand, Bakeman. more..

Oil agreement with Iran 'not finalised'

Nov 26 (BBC) President Chandrika Kumaratunga met with Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khameni, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as part of her five day official visit to Tehran prior to the Memoranda of Understanding and Bilateral Agreements meeting. more..

SLMM suspend work in troubled Mannar

Nov 26 (BBC) Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) say that it has temporarily suspended its monitoring of the ceasefire in Mannar after tension heightened following clashes between the LTTE and state security. more..

Governors' conference in Trinco postponed

Nov 26 (TN) The sixth conference of provincial governors scheduled to held in Trincomalee from November 26 to November 28 has been postponed indefinitely following protests by Tamil people in the east port town, civic sources said. more..

MoU violations by LTTE continues

Nov 26 (SLA) LTTE has once again violated the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) hoisting the LTTE flag at different places in the government held areas on 25 November 2004. more..

LTTE suspects assault Muslim three-wheeler

Nov 26 (SLA) Two unidentified persons who came on a three-wheeler have assaulted a Muslim civilian from the general area of ANAIPANTHY, about 2 k.m. northeast of JAFFNA town, on 25 November 2004 around 3.45 p.m. more..

LTTE’s attempt of arson thwarted by Security Forces and Police

Nov 26 (SLA) An abortive effort taken by the LTTE sympathizers to burn three vehicles in the general area of MANNAR town was prevented by the Police with the assistance of the troops on 25 November 2004 around 3.15 p.m. more..

Three wheelers taken in procession

Nov 26 (SLA) LTTE had organized a three-wheeler rally in the general area of TRINCOMALEE on 25 November 2004 around 10.30 a.m. Approximately 285 three wheelers displaying red and yellow colour flags and some photographs fixed on them had traveled from the Hindu Cultural Centre in TRINCOMLEE to KOVILADY more..

Violation of environment law forces shut down

Nov 26 (SLBC) Two Indian companies in Nittambuwa - Wathupitiwala against whom there were serious complaints of environmental pollution were shut down on a directive by Minister of Industries, Investment and Tourism Promotion Anura Bandaranaike. more..

Micro-island for tourist development

Nov 26 (SLBC) The Cabinet gave the green light on Wednesday to a proposal by the Tourism and Investment Promotion Minister Anura Bandaranaike to acquire 5,000 acres of land belonging to an island in the Dutch Bay in Kalpitiya to develop it as a tourist base. more..

Sri Lankan president moves to reinstate the death penalty

Nov 26 (WSWS) Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga has seized on the murder of a high court judge last Friday as the pretext to reactivate the death penalty for the crimes of murder, rape and drug dealing. more..

Jaya seeks PM's help on Lanka's action

Nov 26 (NT) Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has sought the 'personal intervention' of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in securing the release of 12 fishermen from Rameshwaram, who were taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy on charges of violating its territorial waters. more..

Sri Lanka bans tinted glasses on vehicles

Nov 26 (AFP) Sri Lanka Thursday announced a ban on tinted glasses on vehicles and urged motorists to carry identity papers with them as the authorities moved to crack down on organised crime. The Public Security ministry said the tinted glass ban will go into effect from December 1 more..

Working At It

Nov 26 (LBO) The Minister of Labour says a compensation package for terminated workers and an unemployment benefit scheme will be implemented in January 2005. "We have decided on a new compensation formula. So it will come from January 1, next year," more..

Norwegian Ambassador on visit to Sigiriya, Kandy and Anuradhapura

Nov 26 (AT) Hans Brattskar, Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo is on a four day visit program from 25 -28 November to Sigiriya, Kandy and Anuradhapura. The main objective of his visit is to see the ongoing project of the Central Cultural Fund on Preservation, more..

Iran announced of it's readiness to assist in Sri Lanka’s peace process

Nov 26 (AT) President Khatami said Iran could assist in Sri Lanka's peace process "We are very appreciative of the Sri Lankan Government's effort to establish peace and stability in Sri Lanka which has the capacity to develop by solving this problem that has retarded its economic development". more..

TamilEela Ikkiya Viduthala Munnai to Celebrate Maveerar’s Day

Nov 26 (AT) Elaborate arrangements are being made for the Mavaeerar Day’s (Heroes’ Day) celebrations by the TamilEela Ikkiya Viduthala Munnai and one of the joint Presidents V.Muralitharan nom de guerre Colonel Karuna is expected to deliver the policy statement on Saturday 27th November. more..

Sri Lanka and Iran ties boosted by Presidential visit

Nov 26 (PRIU) At the conclusion of President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s two day official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran the two countries issued a joint communiqué in which both sides expressed satisfaction at the official visit of the Sri Lankan President to the Islamic Republic of Iran. more..

President concludes two-day Iran visit

Nov 26 (PRIU) Admiral Ali Shamkhani Iran’s Defence Minister called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Thursday evening [Nov 25th] at the Boostan Palace in Tehran. Admiral Shamkhani said the Government of Iran would be ready to extend its support the GOSL it was to make a request. more..

Sri Lanka: Making water a woman's affair

Nov 26 (IB) In Sri Lanka, an average village woman spends six hours a day in fetching and storing water for the house. The Dry Zone of Sri Lanka, which covers almost two-thirds of the island, has an uncertain rainfall pattern, making survival for most villagers difficult. more..

Tension runs high in Sri Lanka as Tigers honour 17,800 war dead

Nov 26 (AFP) Tension gripped Sri Lanka's embattled northern and eastern regions as Tamil Tiger guerrillas honoured nearly 17,800 rebels killed fighting government forces. The defence ministry released a statement Friday accusing the LTTE of breaking an Oslo-arranged truce more..

Restrict Army to barracks, say Sri Lankan Tamil MPs

Nov 26 (Hindu) Proceedings in the Sri Lankan Parliament came to an abrupt end this evening, as MPs from the TNA staged an hour-long sit-in in the well of the House, demanding that the Army be restricted to its barracks in the Tamil-majority north-east province. more..

Police use teargas to disperse JVP protestors

Nov 26 (TN) Trincomalee Police used teargas to disperse a group of about three hundred Sinhala demonstrators led by Trincomalee district Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian Mr.Jayantha Wijesekara in front of the Trincomalee Police Headquarters, police sources said. more..

Gunmen kill four as Tamil rebels prepare to honor fallen comrades

Nov 26 (AP) Unidentified gunmen fatally shot four people in separate attacks across Sri Lanka - , as Tamil Tiger rebels prepare to commemorate nearly 18,000 comrades killed fighting government troops, officials said Thursday. TamilNet blamed anti-Tiger rebel groups colluding with Sri Lanka - 's military intelligence for the violence. more..

Police arrest mastermind in Ambepitiya killing

Nov 26 (DN) Police last night arrested the alleged mastermind and two others in the slaying of Colombo High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya and his police bodyguard Chief Inspector R.A. Upali of the MSD. Police told the Daily News following the arrest of the alleged mastermind, more arrests were imminent. more..

International truce monitors visit Sri Lanka's northern hot spot

Nov 26 (Xinhua) The international truce monitors in Sri Lanka traveled to the north on Friday in a bid to restore calmness in the area following the build-up of tension between the military and the Tamil Tigers, officials said. more..

Curfew clamped on Sri Lanka town as Tigers honour war dead

Nov 26 (AFP) A curfew was slapped on north-eastern Sri Lanka as pro-government activists clashed with Tiger rebels commemorating 17,800 comrades killed fighting government forces, police said. more..

Prabhakaran on a day-long fast on his birthday

Nov 26 (HT) Today is LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran's birthday. But the guerilla leader is not "celebrating" the completion of his 50th year. He is on a day-long, solemn fast in remembrance of one his lieutenants who died way back in 1982, says D Sivaram, a leading Sri Lankan Tamil political commentator. more..

JVP's entry adds new dimension to Lankan peace talks: Expert

Nov 26 (PTI) The entry of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in the negotiation process in Sri Lanka was crucial as the organisation was hitherto outside the process and was seen as the "southern counterpart of the LTTE," a professor of a Sri Lankan university said in Chennai on Friday. more..

Bangladesh, Lanka have uniform family income

Nov 27 (TOI) Distribution of income across a country's population has often been viewed as a function of its economic system: capitalist or socialist. Data on income skews in different countries, however, reveals a more complex picture in which political systems too seem to play an important role. more..

SLA, LTTE meet in Vavuniya

Nov 27 (TN) Delegations of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and LTTE Friday held discussions in the presence of the Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Major General (retd) Trond Furuhovde, exploring ways to curb violence in Vavuniya. more..

Give advantage of price reduction to people - UNP

Nov 27 (LT) The advantage gained by the fall in oil prices has not been given to the people by the Alliance Government says the UNP. This was stated by Prof. G. L. Peiris, Member of Parliament of the UNP at a press briefing held in Colombo. more..

Final warning for Norway to stop supporting Tigers

Nov 27 (LT) The policy of defending the terrorist acts of Wanni Tiger organization by the Norwegian government should be stopped immediately and this is the last warning said Mr.Wimal Weerawanse. more..

Attempt on magistrate

Nov 27 (TP) Hard on the heels of the assassination of a judge last week, another lower court judge escaped death in a courthouse on Thursday, newspapers reported. Magistrate Rijmi Singappuli was unharmed when a prisoner tried to throw a hand grenade at him at the Elpitiya courts more..

Sense of uncertainty on eve of Heroes' Day

Nov 27 (Hindu) A sense of uncertainty hit Sri Lanka on the eve of the annual Heroes' Day speech by the leader of the LTTE, V. Prabakaran, with indications that he "may withdraw" the two-year ceasefire agreement. more..

Signals for peace from LTTE chief expected

Nov 27 (DH) President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Freedom Alliance government expressed its optimism on Thursday that LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran would send positive signals during his annual Heroes’ Day speech on Friday. more..

Curfew in Trinco after protesters clash with police

Nov 27 (BBC) Police in Trincomalee have imposed curfew after clashes with protesters who tried to break through police barricades. Police said they used teargas to disperse the crowd, who were trying to disrupt Hero's day celeberations of the local Tamil Tiger rebel supporters. more..

Malwatte Mahanayake Thera says the Norway should mediate in the ceasefire monitoring activities honestly

Nov 27 (Rupavahini) The Mahanayake of the Malwatte chapter the most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera has emphasised that the Norwegian government should mediate in the monitoring of the ceasefire honestly and without taking a side if the Norwegians are to be engaged in the monitoring process. more..

Sri Lanka Cease Fire becoming irrelevant – Tamil MP

Nov 27 (TN) The Cease Fire Agreement would become increasingly irrelevant if there is not going to be any progress on the peace process, warned Tamil Parliamentarian Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam speaking on the on the second reading of the UPFA Government’s first (2005) Budget on Saturday. more..

Seven suspects arrested in Judge's killing-IGP

Nov 27 (TN) Mr.Chandra Fernando, Inspector General of Police Saturday said at a press conference said the murder of Mr.Sarath Ambepitiya was a conspiracy by some criminals. Seven suspects arrested in this regard would be produced in court next week, he added. more..

Tamil Tigers will launch freedom struggle if peace talks are further delayed - LTTE leader

Nov 27 (TN) Mr Velupillai Pirapaharan, in his annual statement marking Heroes’ Day, cautioned the Sri Lanka government that his organisation would be compelled to launch the freedom struggle of the Tamil nation if peace talks were further delayed and the suffering of his people continued. more..

LTTE continues to violate MoU

Nov 27 (SLA) LTTE has continued to violate the memorandum of understanding (MoU) by hoisting the LTTE flag at different places in the government held areas on 26 November 2004. more..

School children taken for LTTE lecture

Nov 27 (SLA) School children drawn from a few schools in KODIKAMAM area have been compelled to attend for an LTTE lecture held in the area on 25 November 2004 around 1.30 p.m. more..

LTTE incited men burn tyres

Nov 27 (SLA) A group of about 25-30 people instigated by LTTE have burnt few tyres on the road in-front of CHULLIPURAM Army detachment in the general area of ANAIPANTHY in JAFFNA peninsula on 26 November 2004 around 7.45 p.m. more..

Man with T-56 observed

Nov 27 (SLA) Troops on duty in the general area of VIYAMPARAMULLAI, POINT PEDRO have observed a person carrying a T - 56 weapon was riding a motorbike along the road leads to High Security Zone (HSZ) area 0n 26 November 2004 around 7.30 p.m. more..

Transport of essential items to un-cleared areas continues

Nov 27 (SLA) One thousand one hundred and three (1103) lorry loads of food and other essential items had been dispatched to un-cleared areas in the northern province during the period between 19 November 2004 and 25 November 2004. more..


Nov 27 (SLA) Barely after twenty four (24) hours after the LTTE took an undertaking with the SLMM in Vavuniya that they (LTTE) would not hoist LTTE flags but would sit together with SLMM and Security Forces on a daily basis to discuss day to day matters, LTTE men on Friday (26), kept off from attending the scheduled meeting at SLMM office in Vavuniya today (27). more..

Muralitharan keeping it straight

Nov 27 (Age) Muttiah Muralitharan is back, in Australia, and in Test cricket. He emerged at a packed tribute dinner put on by Melbourne's Sri Lankan community at the Knox Tavern on Friday to announce that his shoulder had healed and that he expected to play in Sri Lanka's series in New Zealand next month. more..

Tehran, Colombo sign 5 documents

Nov 27 (IranMania) Iran and Sri Lanka signed one agreement and four memoranda of understanding to broaden cooperation in the commercial, environmental, health and political sectors, IRNA said. more..