Week at a glance
21 killed at
The death toll at the Karametiya village in
Inginiyagala resulting from the attack by a group of
suspected LTTE cadres rose to 21, while the 20 who
were injured have been admitted to the Ampara
Hospital, Police sources said.
Accordingly Saturday’s attack took place when a
group of suspected LTTE cadres indiscriminately shot
at the villagers.
Three children and two members of the Civil Defence
Force were among the dead.
The small village of Karametiya where 17 families
live is situated some seven kilometres from the
Bibile-Ampara main road and borders the Ampara and
Police said the suspected LTTE cadres had stormed
the village firing indiscriminately at those inside
houses and working in the chenas.
EU calls for an immediate ceasefire
European Union called for an immediate ceasefire in
northern Sri Lanka to facilitate full and
unrestricted access allowing humanitarian aid to be
safely delivered and civilians to leave the conflict
area. The EU also urged the LTTE to lay down its
arms and renounce terrorism and violence ‘once and
Govt. rejects ceasefire, wants LTTE to surrender
Government rejected fresh LTTE calls for an
immediate ceasefire, adding that the Tigers must
This statement comes after the LTTE told the UN and
the Co-chairs it was ready to comply with
international calls for a ceasefire, but would not
lay down arms.
Troops enter final LTTE stronghold – PTK
Troops of Sri Lanka Army entered the Pudukuduyirippu
(PTK) town area, in Mullaitivu. This was the last
remaining and bastion of the LTTE.
Kelani Campus closed indefinitely
The University of Kelaniya was closed indefinitely
following clashes between two student factions
inside the University premises. One student injured
following the clash has been admitted to hospital.
Lalith Kotelawala remanded, ultimatum issued
Lalith Kotelawala and a director of Golden Key
Credit Company were remanded by the Mount Lavinia
Magistrate. An ultimatum was issued to settle the Rs.
26 billion deposits of Golden Key customers in 10
days. A warrant for Lalith’s wife Cecile Kotelawala
was also issued.
Senior rebel leader reportedly killed
A senior LTTE leader identified as Shankar died in
fighting between government troops and the rebels in
the northeastern area of Sri Lanka on Thursday,
military officials said Friday.
The LTTE ground commander named Shankar was killed
in the heavy fighting and home commenced around 7:30
a.m. local time (0200 GMT) and lasted till 5:30 p.m.
(1200 GMT),the military said.
Shankar had led the rebel defence of Pudukuduyirippu,
the last LTTE hold of less than 60 sq km.
At least 12 more rebels were killed while 30 more
were injured in the fighting, military sources said.
Shell gas down by Rs.
310, Laugfs by Rs. 334
The price of a 12.5 Kg Shell gas cylinder will be
reduced by Rs. 310 to Rs. 1,350. Also the price of
Laugfs 12.5 Kg cylinder will be reduced by Rs. 334
to Rs. 1,069.