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News


Week at a glance

21 killed at Karametiya
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 Moneragala Districts.
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 for all.’

Govt. rejects ceasefire, wants LTTE to surrender

Government rejected fresh LTTE calls for an immediate ceasefire, adding that the Tigers must surrender.
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.