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Supreme Commander Pilliyan

On-the-spot report from Sri Lanka's war-torn Jaffna peninsula

Fierce clashes between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been taking place over the past week on the northern Jaffna peninsula. Little of what has been taking place has been reported in the Colombo media, which relies almost entirely on military and government briefings, or the international press, which has few correspondents on the spot. The extent of the fighting and the number of casualties is unclear. According to military spokesman Major Upali Rajapakse, 106 soldiers and at least 700 LTTE fighters have been killed over the last week. Yesterday he claimed another victory for the security forces in repelling LTTE attacks at Kilali on Wednesday. Such claims are routinely denied by the LTTE.

US Principles toward Sri Lanka are well known: And fundamentally unchanging – Steve Mann in Colombo

Daya Gamage – News Analysis from US Bureau Asian Tribune

Ambassador Steven R. MannIn his first visit to Sri Lanka since he assumed duties as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, South and Central Asian Affairs in the United States Department of State in May this year, Ambassador Steven R. Mann told the Sri Lanka media on August 17, following his meetings with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, that the U.S. principles (toward Sri Lankan conflict) are very well known and that they are fundamentally unchanging. The visiting US envoy said that there is a clear and direct responsibility for the Tamil Tigers, also known as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to cease all acts of violence immediately and return to negotiations. In the same breath Ambassador Mann, reiterating a political solution to Sri Lanka’s ‘National Question’ advising the government to work seriously to address the genuine Tamil grievances and ensure that the conduct of its security forces is impeccable even in combat.

Tamil Tigers beaten again in Kilali

Tamil Tiger attempts to breach the defenses of the Security Forces in Jaffna failed again on Wednesday night, according to official sources. Tamil Tigers had launched land and sea attacks on the strategic naval base in Kilali, Jaffna. The gun battle lasted from 8 p.m. till dawn. Radio signals picked up by the Security Forces revealed that the Tiger cadres were pleading to withdraw under the heavy barrage of fire but they were threatened with death by their commanders in the rear if they did so.

Karuna Group blames Tigers for the death of schoolchildren in Mullathievu

Supreme Commander PilliyanCondemning the deaths of the schoolchildren in an air raid in Mullativu Pillayan, the Supreme Commander of Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, said that the Tamil Tigers should accept responsibility for placing them in a vulnerable position in Mullathievu. "If students have been killed in Mullaithievu aerial attack it should strongly be condemned. But we must stop and think as to who made it possible for the air raid to hit the children. At a time when there is heavy fighting and heavy aerial attacks why did Praba’s Group take the students to a place which was expected to come under attack?" he asked. In a statement issued from Colombo he said:

Five-star hotels in Colombo are “jam-packed railway stations “ - Tourists

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo based five star hotels are now jam packed due to the South Asian Games and some international conferences, which are to commence from this weekend. Hotel officials say they cannot reserve a single room due to the prior reservations. According to the Galadari Hotel’s PR manager Niluksi Rupasinghe , Hotel Galadari is now packed with sportsmen in the Asian region. She said all arrangements were made to welcome their guests during these days.

Students in the South return to school supported by German UNICEF Committee

More than 300 children, teachers and parents witnessed yesterday the opening of a new building at Balapitiya Siddartha Primary School in Galle, southern Sri Lanka. This is the first school building completed under UNICEF-supported Schools Infrastructure Reconstruction Programme. Approximately three hundred children at the Balapitiya Siddhartha Primary School are now able to learn and enjoy themselves in 14 new classrooms, a play room and an activity room.

Convert the abandoned paddy lands in the Western Province into profitable ones – Academic

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A number of abandoned paddy lands in the Western province should be diverted into profitable ventures, but most farmers say these lands need a large amount of money to invest in for cultivations. According to the Department of Agrarian Services, a number of urbanized paddy lands were diverted into commercial ventures legally or illegally. Speaking to media, an academic of University of Peradeniya said farmers of these lands face severe hardships due to the high cost of production.

The rudest city

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Perhaps not many take the so-called surveys about cities, their people and their life styles and habits seriously. But when a magazine with a global reach brands Mumbai, the dream destination of millions of Indians, as the world’s ‘rudest’ city it cannot be dismissed as an inconsequential joke. A survey carried out on behalf of the Reader’s Digest by two of its reporters across 35 cities in the world has placed Mumbai at the bottom of the ‘global courtesy test’. Not unexpectedly the list is topped by New York, with Zurich and Toronto close behind.

Ambassador Steven R. Mann

Pilliyan

Civilians in Jaffna affected by curfew and scarcity of essential food items

The 24 hour curfew which is presently in force in the Jaffna peninsula was relaxed today in Vadamaradchchy and Valikamam from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p. m. respectively. The four hour curfew relaxation has been declared by Security Forces for civilians to attend to their domestic requirements. As the situation in the Jaffna peninsula remains tense, Government has decided to continue with the imposition of the 24 hour curfew which is in force since 11 August.


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