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  1. More Sri Lanka Tamils flee to India fearing war CHENNAI, India (Reuters) - A new group of Sri Lankan Tamils has landed on the Indian coast claiming they are fleeing war in the island nation, police said on Sunday. The group of 10 arrived by boat near the famous pilgrim town of Rameswaram, about 550 kms south of Chennai, capital of southern Tamil Nadu state, late on Saturday evening. They said they were fleeing escalated violence between the government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in northeast Lanka, police said. Another boat carrying five people came early on Saturday after the first wave in which 33 Tamils came in two batches on Thursday and Friday. Almost all the refugees are from Sri Lanka's Mannar coastal villages, police said. "They say more than 3,000 more are waiting in Mannar to cross into Tamil Nadu in view of the violence," said V. Subramanian, a senior police officer at Rameswaram. Sri Lanka is in the grip of the fear of a return to a war that killed more than 64,000 people before a truce in 2002. Deadly attacks have taken place in recent weeks with suspected Tigers killing nine sailors in a mine ambush in the north on Thursday. Similar ambushes killed 39 military personnel in December - many in Mannar. http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArtic...&archived=False
  2. Plan B By Amal Jayasinghe 15 January 2006 19:01 hours Jan 15, 2006 (AFP) - Sri Lanka plans a new security force in the capital to deal with possible attacks as concern grows for a fragile ceasefire with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, police said Sunday. Heavily-armed troops and police have been visible in the city of 650,000 in recent weeks, in line with tighter security following clashes between troops and rebels in the country's northeast, police Deputy Inspector General Pujith Jayasundara said. Jayasundara, who is in charge of security in the capital, said the police department was in the process of raising a specially-trained unit of a few hundred men to deal with any emergency situation in Colombo. However, he rejected reports that Tamil rebels planned a suicide truck bomb attack in the capital. "There is always a general threat, but nothing specific against any landmark building or anything like that," Jayasundara said. He rejected as "rumours" a report in the privately-run Sunday Leader newspaper that Tiger rebels had planned a truck bomb attack against key economic targets in the capital. Since early last month violence in the country's northeast, an area largely under rebel control, has killed 130 people, including 78 security personnel. The upsurge in violence has raised fears for a ceasefire in place since February 2002, as part of a peace process to end a civil war that has claimed more than 60,000 lives since 1972. The last attack in the capital was in July 2004 when a suspected Tiger rebel cadre detonated explosives strapped to her body. Four police officers were killed in the bombing which was seen as a targeted attempt to kill a federal minister opposed to the Tigers. "What is likely is that there could be an attempt by Tigers to target high profile personalities rather than go for an indiscriminate attack," a top defence source here said. The Tamil Tigers were held responsible for such an attack in August last year when the then foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was assassinated by a suspected rebel sniper. The last Tiger attack against an economic target was on July 24, 2001 when rebels completely destroyed four parked aircraft of the national carrier SriLankan airlines at the island's only international airport. In October 1997, the guerrillas rammed an explosives laden truck into the World Trade Centre building in Colombo, a week after Washington designated them a foreign terrorist organisation. The European Union warned in October that it would consider a ban on the Tigers unless they renounced violence. Britain has already outlawed the Tigers. -Amal Jayasinghe: win98win@gmail.com http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/new_ful...scode=932096548 Sri Lanka plans new security force for Colombo Sri LankaI Sri Lanka is planning a new security force in the capital, Colombo, to deal with possible attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels. Heavily-armed troops and police have been visible in Colombo in recent weeks, in line with tighter security, following clashes between troops and rebels in the island's northeast. Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Pujith Jayasundara said his department was in the process of raising a specially-trained unit of a few hundred men to deal with an emergency. However, he rejected reports that Tamil rebels were planning a suicide bomb attack in Colombo. Since last month, violence in the northeast has killed 130 people, including 78 security personnel. The violence has raised fears that a four-year old ceasefire is no longer holding. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stor...es/s1547910.htm
  3. Thousands flee Jaffna expecting war PK Balachandran Colombo, January 15, 2006|21:45 IST About 3,500 families have fled from Jaffna peninsula to the LTTE-controlled part of the Wanni towards the south, expecting an outbreak of hostilities between the Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE, sources in Jaffna said on Sunday. The LTTE has been saying for sometime that the time has come for a "final push" to secure an independent Tamil Eelam by force because the Mahinda Rajapaksa government at Colombo and the international community, have turned a deaf ear to the Tamils' long-standing demands and taken a hostile posture. The LTTE had earlier asked its supporters to leave the peninsula and come over to the Wanni. Many of these did leave Jaffna. In the second phase, people belonging to the Wanni left. In the current phase, even those belonging to Jaffna are leaving. One of the subsidiaries of the LTTE's humanitarian arm, Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), has already built 1,500 shelters for the refugees from Jaffna. The TRO is said to be preparing for another tsunami, this time a politico-military one. Anticipating war, Tamils from the coastal areas of the North Western district of Mannar are also leaving. But they are heading towards Tamil Nadu by boat. Some landed in Danushkodi last week. Move to close Jaffna University The LTTE has indicated that it would like Jaffna University to be closed indefinitely in protest against the actions of the Sri Lankan state, the Tamil-paramilitaries and the Sri Lankan armed forces. A final decision on this is to be announced in Jaffna by the University Students' Union on Monday. Sources in Jaffna say that most students support the LTTE on this issue, but their parents are against an indefinite closure. However, there are parents who think that closure is better as it will safeguard the lives of their sons and daughters. The Students Union of the University met the political leadership of the LTTE in Palai in North Wanni last week. The media were kept out of the meeting. Solheim-Prabhakaran meeting critical In this tense situation, much significance is attached to the visit of the Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim to Sri Lanka in the third week of this month. He hopes to meet LTTE chief Prabhakaran on November 25 in Kilinochchi. But it is not certain if Prabhakaran will meet him. He might choose not to meet him for political and strategic reasons. Also, the Tiger chieftain does not meet foreign dignitaries without his political advisor and interpreter Anton Balasingham being with him. It is still not known if the ailing Balasimgham, resident in London, will come to Kilinochchi. On November 27, 2005, Prabhakaran, had warned that if President Rajapaksa did not come out with a reasonable political proposal "soon" the Tamils would have to resume their freedom struggle in 2006. His intelligence chief, Pottu Amman, had said that the international community had abandoned the Tamils, thus indicating that the Tamils would have to carry on fighting regardless of the attitude of the international community. LTTE challenges international community The LTTE has been showing utter disdain for the international community in the recent past. Despite warnings from the European Union's External Commissioner, the American Ambassador in Sri Lanka and censures from the chief of the Scandinavian truce monitors, the LTTE has been killing scores of Sri Lankan soldiers and naval sailors with claymore mines and grenades with impunity in the past month and a half. The government side has also been disregarding the international community's call to disarm or relocate its Tamil paramilitaries in the northeast, as per the ceasefire agreement. The government's plea is that there are no Tamil paramilitaries in the Tamil northeast and that the "Karuna" group is nothing but a dissident group of the LTTE over which government has no control. http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/7598_15...00500020002.htm
  4. US FBI officials here on Tiger probe Sunday, 15 January 2006 - 3:17 AM SL Time The United States is sending a top level team to Sri Lanka comprising agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of State. They will arrive in Colombo on January 24. The Sunday Times learns that among other matters the team will familiarize themselves with the prevailing security situation and activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The LTTE is a banned organization in the US. The team is to determine matters relating to Tiger guerrilla links to other terror groups against whom US is now waging a war. It is also likely to focus on money laundering and similar activity by Tiger guerilla groups in violation of US laws. The visit is the direct outcome of the US tour by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. He held talks in Washington D.C. with senior officials of the Department of Defence and officials dealing with counter terrorism, financial crimes and related matters. It was only last Tuesday that US Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead warned the LTTE that if it chose to abandon the search for peace, the Sri Lankan military would emerge 'stronger, more determined and capable'. Speaking at luncheon meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce (Sri Lanka Chapter), he said US military assistance to Sri Lanka would continue but added that that did not mean the US feared a war would erupt. (See also Thalif Deen`s column on Page 14) Meanwhile, R. Nicholas Burns, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs ' the No. 3 in the State Department ' will also arrive on January 24. Mr. Burns is set to meet President Rajapakse and other top government officials during his two-day visit before heading to New Delhi to prepare for U.S. President George Bush`s arrival later this month. These top-level visits take place amid growing concern by the international community for what is left of the cease-fire and a possible flare-up of war. The European Union`s commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said earlier this week,`we may now be witnessing Sri Lanka`s slow but resolute drift back towards civil war.` Source(s) Sunday Times http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2006/1/5251.html
  5. S.Lanka truce monitor base hit by grenade attack Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:11 PM GMT By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Attackers threw a grenade into the compound of truce monitors in Sri Lanka's restive east early on Saturday, damaging vehicles and a building but causing no injuries, officials said, as fears of a return to war grow. The first direct attack against the monitors since a 2002 cease-fire halted a two-decade civil war came just hours after the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) reprimanded both Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels and the government over a spike in violence. "A hand grenade was lobbed into our compound in Batticaloa and exploded," said SLMM spokeswoman Helen Olafsdottir. "We don't know who was behind it. It is the first time one of our offices has been directly attacked." Some 60 unarmed monitors, all from Nordic countries, have been there since 2002. On Friday, they questioned whether there was still a cease-fire to monitor after more than 100 people were killed in December in attacks that have continued into January. Fears of a return to a war that killed more than 64,000 people before the truce are growing in tandem with deadly attacks by suspected rebels on the military and reported abuses by the armed forces against civilians. Suspected Tigers killed nine sailors in an ambush on a main supply route in Sri Lanka's north on Thursday. It came after similar ambushes killed 39 military personnel in December. UNDECLARED WAR Analysts are sceptical of rebel denials of involvement in the attacks, but say evidence suggests elements in the military are hitting back either directly or by helping renegade rebels target the Tigers, despite their denials. Diplomats and defence experts say both sides are engaged in an undeclared war that has hammered the stock market and could spiral into an all-out conflict that would choke a $20 billion economy dependent on textile and tea exports and tourism. "Killings and serious attacks continue and the situation is getting worse," the SLMM warned on Friday in a statement entitled "SLMM questions whether there is still a cease-fire in Sri Lanka". The Sri Lankan government has repeatedly said it will not be provoked into resuming war, but new President Mahinda Rajapakse is having to juggle the demands of hardline allies who hate the Tigers and an increasingly frustrated military. The Tigers have threatened to resume their armed struggle this year unless the government gives them a separate Tamil homeland and wide political powers in the north and east, where they already run a de facto state. The rebels say they want lasting peace, but they also say they are ready to use suicide bombers as in the past if war resumes. http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsarticl...UK-SRILANKA.xml
  6. 2 ஆம் இணைப்பு) செட்டிக்குளத்தில் கண்ணிவெடியில் சிக்கி 10 சிறிலங்கா கடற்படையினர் பலி: 9 பேர் படுகாயம்!! [வியாழக்கிழமை, 12 சனவரி 2006, 16:42 ஈழம்] [வவுனியா நிருபர்] வவுனியா செட்டிக்குளத்தில் இன்று வியாழக்கிழமை மாலை 4.20 மணிக்கு கிளைமோர் கண்ணிவெடியில் சிக்கி 10 சிறிலங்கா கடற்படையினர் கொல்லப்பட்டுள்ளனர். 9 படையினர் படுகாயமடைந்துள்ளனர். மன்னார் - மதவாச்சி வீதியில் செட்டிக்குளத்துக்கும் அடம்பன்குளத்துக்கும் இடையில் இந்தத் தாக்குதல் நடந்துள்ளது. அனுராதபுரம் கடற்படை முகாமிலிருந்து வியாழக்கிழமை மாலை மன்னாருக்கு விடுமுறையில் திரும்பிய கற்படையினரை இராணுவ வாகனத்தில் அழைத்துச் சென்றபோது இந்தத் தாக்குதல் நடத்தப்பட்டுள்ளது. வவுனியா நகரிலிருந்து தென்மேற்கில் 24 கிலோ மீற்றரில் செட்டிக்குளம் உள்ளது. தாக்குதல் நடத்தப்பட்ட மன்னார் - மதவாச்சி வீதியானது மன்னாருக்கான பிரதான விநியோகப்பாதை என்பது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது. இந்தத் தாக்குதலை சிறிலங்கா கடற்படையினரும் உறுதிப்படுத்தியுள்ளனர். படுகாயமடைந்த படையினர் செட்டிக்குளம் மருத்துவமனையில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளனர். இந்தத் தாக்குதலையடுத்து மேலதிக படையினர் செட்டிக்குளம் பகுதியில் குவிக்கப்பட்டு பாரிய சுற்றிவளைப்பு மற்றும் தேடுதல் நடவடிக்கைகள் மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டு வருகின்றன. கடந்த டிசம்பர் மாதம் முதல் இத்தகைய கிளைமோர்த் தாக்குதல்களில் சிக்கி மொத்தம் 40 படையினர் கொல்லப்பட்டுள்ளனர். Puthinam
  7. 8 SLN sailors killed in Claymore blast in Chettikulam [TamilNet, January 12, 2006 10:48 GMT] Eight Sri Lanka Navy sailors were killed when the bus they were travelling in hit a Claymore mine explosion in Chettikulam Thursday evening around 4:20 p.m., Sri Lankan naval sources said. The attack took place on Mathawachi - Mannar Road. Eight SLN personnel were seriously wounded, the sources added. Chettikulam is located 24 km southwest of Vavuniya town. Further details are not available at the moment. tamilnet
  8. Tamil Women Appeal to Human Rights Commission Wednesday, 11 January 2006, 1:58 pm Press Release: TamilNet The Appeal to Human Rights Commission Two young women from Malusandi in Vadamaradchi have lodged complaints with the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commission on 02.01.2006 about attempted rapes by the Sri Lankan armed forces. The women said that on 01.01.2006 the Sri Lankan armed forces cordoned the area where their home is located and while several soldiers were standing watch outside their home some of the soldiers entered their home and attempted to rape the two women. The two women have fought off the offenders and managed to escape. Jaffna peninsula has come under severe military atrocities in recent times. Tamils, especially the women and children are pushed into a state of fear. This situation must be condemned by everyone with humanitarian concerns. We urge that they take all actions in their capacity to change this situation. The rape and murder of Tharshini of Punguduthivu has made a deep wound in the minds of Tamil women. They are struggling to recover from this. Tamil society is very protective of women folk. Violence and humiliation of Tamil women outrages the entire Tamil society. It also infuriates young Tamil men and pushes them to violence. In this context tightening the military control will also psychologically affect the Tamil women and will enrage them to seek violent means to respond. I therefore wish to emphasize to the Sri Lankan government to remove the military from Tamil residential areas and bring about normalcy in people’s lives. International community must become acutely aware of the growing violent environment in Sri Lanka. I hope and expect the international community to urge the Sri Lankan government to remove the military from Tamil residential areas to calm the situation. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00074.htm
  9. பழம்பெரும் நடிகர் ஆர்.எஸ். மனோகர் மரணம் ஜனவரி 10, 2006 சென்னை: தமிழ் பட உலகின் பழம்பெரும் வில்லன் நடிகரும், மிகப் பிரபலமான நாடக நடிகருமான ஆர்.எஸ்.மனோகர் காலமானார். அவருக்கு வயது வயது 81. வெகு நாட்களாக இதய நோயால் பாதிக்கப்பட்டிருந்த அவர் சிகிச்சை பெற்று வந்தார். இந்த நிலையில் கடந்த 22ம் தேதி மாடிப் படியில் இருந்து தவறி விழுந்தார். இதனால் தலையில் காயம் ஏற்பட்டது. உடனே அவரை நந்தனத்தில் உள்ள ஒரு தனியார் மருத்துவமனையில் சேர்த்தனர். அங்கு சிகிச்சை பெற்று வந்த மனோகர் சுய நினைவை இழந்தார். இந் நிலையில் அவரது உடல் நிலை இன்று அதிகாலை மிகவும் மோசமடைந்தது. தீவிர சிகிச்சை அளித்தும் பலனளிக்காமல் அவர் இறந்தார். மனோகரின் உடல் மருத்துவமனையில் இருந்து சென்னை ஆழ்வார்பேட்டை ஸ்ரீராம் காலனியில் உள்ள அவரது வீட்டுக்கு எடுத்து வரப்பட்டது. அங்கு நடிகர்நடிகைகள் நாடக கலைஞர்கள் மற்றும் பிரமுகர்கள், ரசிகர்கள் அவரது உடலுக்கு அஞ்சலி செலுத்தினர். நாளை காலை பெசன்ட் நகர் சுடுகாட்டில் அவரது உடல் தகனம் செய்யப்படுகிறது. Thatstamil
  10. "Prabakaran and I will both die in Sri Lanka"-President (Jan 8, 2.30 pm) The President is reported to have eased his hard line stand on conducting peace talks in Oslo at a discussion held yesterday with Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians. The President has requested TNA members to send a group to talk with the LTTE to persuade them to return to the negotiating process. "Both Prabakaran and I are going to die in Sri Lanka So there shouldn't be any arguments over holding talks in Sri Lanka", " No way will I go to Oslo" President has said However when TNA parliamentarians proposed that Oslo should be the venue of the first round of talks, even though the President did not agree, he has not shown much dissent either. The TNA MPs have appealed to the President to look into long term benefits that could be gained from holding talks in Oslo. Meanwhile the President has also given an assurance to TNA legislators that he would not let murderers of Pararajasingham and five students to get away. The TNA was represented at the meeting by R.Sampanthan, Suresh Premachandran, N. Raviraj and Gajendra Ponnambalam. Associated with the President were Minister maithreepala Sirisena and Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga. http://www.lankaenews.com/English/news.php?id=1550
  11. Last Update: Monday, January 9, 2006. 7:00pm (AEDT) Sri Lankan President warns rebels Sri Lanka's President has vowed a tough line on "terrorism" amid escalating attacks against Government forces that have cast doubts on the strength of the island's truce. President Mahinda Rajapakse has told a rally in the island's south that his patience should not be mistaken for weakness. The state-run Daily News reports Mr Rajapakse says he is "duty bound" to ensure the security of the nation. "If someone takes my patience that I have inculcated through Buddhist values as my weakness, they would be mistaken," the President said. "I am duty-bound to ensure the security of this country [and] in the same manner I am duty bound not to allow anybody to create problems in the country." The President told the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE to stop thinking he is "deaf and blind." "It is a great mistake if anyone thinks that our decisions can be altered by means of terror," he said. "The LTTE should realise that we are not deaf and blind - if they think so, the time has come for them to give up such thoughts." The President, however, says he is committed to a negotiated political settlement to the ethnic conflict, which has claimed over 60,000 lives since 1972. Tamil Tiger rebels seeking independence for the island's ethnic Tamil minority agreed to a federal system during talks in December 2002. But those negotiations have remained on hold since April 2003. Mr Rajapakse came to power in November on a promise to replace the Norwegian-backed initiative with a new peace process. However, since assuming office he has made a U-turn and asked Oslo to remain as the facilitator. Since Mr Rajapakse came to power, there had been a surge in violence in the north and east. At least 115 people, including 67 members of the security forces and police, have been killed in the past month alone despite the truce. - AFP http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/20060...01/s1544317.htm
  12. SL Navy soldiers order Trinco residents to hoist white flags [TamilNet, January 08, 2006 18:51 GMT] Several Tamil residents of Trincomalee and its suburbs Sunday complained to civil right leaders and parliamentarians that soldiers of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) manning checkpoints in the eastern port town are harassing them to hoist white flags to observe mourning for the SNL personnel who died in the Dvora gunboat blast, sources said. More soldiers have been deployed in the town following the explosion of the SLN gunboat in Trincomalee harbor in the early morning of Saturday. Meanwhile, the Commanding Officer of the Dvora gunboat sunk in Trincomalee Sea following an explosion has been identified as Lieutenant Commander Kamal Wanaretne. Two rescued sailors are now warded in the Trincomalee naval hospital, SLN sources said. The destroyed Dvora gunboat was one of the six, " Shaldag Dvoras" in the possession of the SLN and one of the two Dvora gunboats were on regular patrol mission in the eastern sea, naval sources said. Tamilnet
  13. Sri Lankan president still for peace with Tiger rebels www.chinaview.cn 2006-01-08 23:55:26 COLOMBO, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse said Sunday that he was still committed to the internationally backed cease-fire with the Tamil Tigers despite continued acts of violence perpetrated by the rebel group. Rajapakse was reacting to Saturday's attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on a Navy fast attack craft at the eastern port of Trincomalee. Addressing a religious public gathering at Horana, 38 km southeast of the capital Colombo, the president said the LTTE attack was "a blatant violation of the cease-fire agreement" and added that "I am ready at any time to open talks for a negotiated peaceful settlement." However, the president warned the LTTE that he would neither turn blind nor deaf in the face of violence. The LTTE destroyed the Naval craft at around 1:00 a.m. local time on Saturday (1900 GMT, Friday) in what is believed to be a suicide attack, killing some 13 sailors. Commenting on the incident, the government spokesman and Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva said Sri Lanka would move to educate the international community on the LTTE's violation of the cease-fire agreement of February 2002. The Sri Lankan president, narrowly elected in November, was seen to be adopting a hard-line towards the LTTE due to his electoral alliances with the two extremist parties the JVP and theJHU. The Tiger leader in his annual Heroes Day speech late November warned that the Tigers would be forced to pursue its independence struggle unless the Rajapakse administration came up with a credible solution to the armed conflict. The LTTE since December has killed 40 soldiers in four separate claymore mine attacks against the government troops in Jaffna prior to Saturday's attack on the Naval craft in the east. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-01/...ent_4026188.htm
  14. நண்பா தெளிவுபடுத்தியமைக்கு மிகவும் நன்றி .... ஞாபகத்தில் பதிவு செய்துவிட்டேன்....
  15. Three SLA soldiers injured in Mutur grenade attack [TamilNet, January 08, 2006 14:29 GMT] Three Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were seriously injured when unknown gunmen hurled grenade at their truck in Mutur, Pachchanoor at 7.20 p.m. Sunday, sources said. The injured soldiers have been taken to Trincomalee General Hospital, medical sources said. The SLA truck was heavily damaged in the attack, according to eye witnesses. The SLA returned fire at random. தமிழ்நெற்
  16. இலங்கை கடற்படை சுட்டு ராமேஸ்வரம் மீனவர் படுகாயம் ஜனவரி 08, 2006 ராமேஸ்வரம்: கச்சத்தீவு அருகே ராமேஸ்வரம் மீனவர்கள் மீது இலங்கை கடற்படையினர் சரமாரியாக சுட்டதில் ஒரு மீனவர் படுகாயம் அடைந்தார். ராமேஸ்வரத்தைச் சேர்ந்த 600க்கும் மேற்பட்ட மீனவர்கள் இன்று அதிகாலை கச்சத்தீவு அருகே மீன்பிடித்துக் கொண்டிருந்தனர். அப்போது அங்கு வந்த இலங்கை கடற்படை வீரர்கள், ராமேஸ்வரம் மீனவர்கள் மீது சரமாரியாக துப்பாக்கியால் சுட்டனர். இதில் ஆண்ட்ரூஸ் என்ற மீனவர் படுகாயம் அடைந்தார். உடனடியாக ஆண்ட்ரூஸை அழைத்துக் கொண்டு மற்ற மீனவர்கள் தப்பி வந்தனர். ராமேஸ்வரம் கொண்டு வரப்பட்ட மீனவர் ஆண்ட்ரூஸ் அரசு மருத்துவமனையில் சேர்க்கப்பட்டு அவருக்கு தீவிர சிகிச்சை அளிக்கப்பட்டு வருகிறது. இந்த சம்பவத்தால் ராமேஸ்வரம் மீனவர்கள் மத்தியில் பெரும் பதட்டம் நிலவுகிறது. Thatstamil
  17. SLA informant shot dead in Point Pedro [TamilNet, January 08, 2006 12:52 GMT] Sinnarasa Rasaiah, 47, from Vinayaga Mudaliyar (VM) Road in Point Pedro town, and owner of a bakery, was shot and killed at 3.30 pm.m Sunday by unknown gunmen who forced entry into the bakery located within 100 meters of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) 52-4 Brigade Head Quarters within the High Security Zone (HSZ) encompassing the Point-Pedro harbor, sources said. Residents allege that Rasaiah was a military informant. Point Pedro Police has taken the body to the Point Pedro General Hospital in Manthikai for postmortem examinations. The brazen killing within the HSZ, the third murder to take place in the last two days, has shocked the residents of the town. Tension prevails in Point Pedro town and suburbs. Iyathurai Baskeran, 27, an LTTE supporter displaced from Kudathanai was found shot to death in Katkovalam Saturday, and on Thursday night Mathan, an EPDP supporter was found stabbed to death in Thumapalai, Point Pedro. Tamilnet
  18. Colombo gets support from US, LTTE from TN PK Balachandran Colombo, January 7, 2006|17:11 IST With the ceasefire in Sri Lanka in danger of being broken, the government and the LTTE are seriously looking for support from overseas for their respective cases. While the Rajapaksa regime seems to have the backing of the United States, the LTTE is counting on increasing support across the Palk Strait in Tamil Nadu. The LTTE is also reasonably sure that New Delhi will remain neutral thanks to the influence of Tamil Nadu. This was stated recently by the LTTE's ideologue, KV Balakumaran, in an interview to the Voice of Tigers radio. Rice's assurance to Lanka According to the State Department spokesman Sean MacCormack, the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in Washington on Friday, that the United States "remained committed to working with Sri Lanka to defeat terrorism and to promote peace." "She also lauded the Sri Lankan government for its restraint in the face of the Tamil Tigers' provocations," MacCormack said. The Tamil Tigers were listed as a foreign terrorist organisation in the US and the Bush administration "viewed them as such," he added. The US spokesman however added that the Secretary of State reiterated to the Sri Lankan minister, Washington's hope that talks with the LTTE on strengthening the ceasefire could resume "soon". Samaraweera told an interviewer that Rice had promised to do "whatever possible" to kick start the peace process in Sri Lanka. "War is not an option," the Lankan minister assured. DMK commits itself to Lankan Tamil cause The Sri Lankan Tamil papers reported on Saturday that the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief, M Karunanidhi, told the visiting Sri Lankan Tamil leader, P Chandrasekharan, that the people of Tamil Nadu would not be "silent spectators" when the Tamils of Sri Lanka were being persecuted. Chandrasekharan is the head of the Malayaga Munntra Munnani (MMM) a radical pro-LTTE party of Indian Origin Tamil plantation workers. Karunanidhi said that he associated himself "fully" with the resolution passed at a public meeting in Chennai on December 30, 2005, which warned New Delhi against rendering any military assistance to the "Sinhala chauvinist" Mahinda Rajapaksa government in Sri Lanka. The DMK chief, whose party is a member of the ruling coalition in the Central government in New Delhi, assured Chandrasekharan that he would urge the Central government to put pressure on the Sri Lankan government to shed its extremist posture and take a moderate stand on the Tamil issue. The senior-most Tamil Nadu leader further said that he approved of the recent move by all the Tamil groups in Sri Lanka, including the LTTE, to work together in view of the common challenges they were facing. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is viewed in Tamil Nadu as a Sinhala hardliner, whose government is also depending for its survival on Sinhala extremist elements who decry any political concessions to the Tamil minority. Kilinochchi thanks TN for support Meanwhile, the Union of Peoples' Organisations in Kilinochchi, the headquarters of the LTTE, said in a letter to the leaders of Tamil Nadu that they were very happy to see that there was so much support for them in their "Mother land". The letter, addressed to MDMK leader Vaiko, PMK leader Dr Ramadoss, Dravida Kazhagam leader K Veeramani, and Tamil National Movement leader P Nedumaran, thanked them for lending support to the cause of a separate "Tamil Eelam". The pro-LTTE civil society group said that the Sri Lankan government was trying to sideline the Western countries and inveigle India into the conflict to set the Tamils of Sri Lanka against the Tamils of Tamil Nadu and break the umbilical chord, which was uniting them. No plan for defence pact with SL says Pranab Sri Lankan papers reported on Saturday that India had given up the idea of signing a Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) with Sri Lanka because of pressure from the Tamil Nadu parties. Daily Mirror quoted Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherji as telling the media in Chennai on Thursday: "It is the stated policy of the central government not to interfere in the affairs of other countries and the government still stands by it." http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/7598_15...00500020009.htm
  19. அடுத்த கேள்வி :arrow: பை------த். 6 எழுத்து கண்டுபிடிக்க வேண்டும்