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Govt. to reassess commitment to CFA

The government is to reassess its commitment to the Ceasefire Agreement and resort to deterrent military action in the light of yesterday’s claymore mine blast by the LTTE which killed 61 and left 45 others injured in an attack on a bus at Kongollewa.
Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwelle, fielding questions at yesterday’s Cabinet press briefing, said that the government would have to reassess both its political and military approach towards the LTTE.

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Some of the children who died in the terror attack on the CTB bus. (Pic by Diyasena Ratugamage, Vavuniya corr.)

  • Twin blasts kills 61 civilians in CTB bus
    International condemnation was focused on the LTTE as it blasted a state owned bus with powerful claymore mines killing 61 and injuring 40 passengers seriously yesterday morning.
    The incident occurred at 7.50 AM near the remote hamlet of Kongollewa. The commuters were all from the village of Yakawewa from where they boarded the CTB bus bound for Kebithigollewa and from there they were to proceed to Kachchikudi in Vavuniya to attend a funeral of a home guard killed by the LTTE.

    Carnage at Kebithigollewa (pictures of the tragedy)

  • The Oslo Non-event, etc.
    The much talked face-to-face meeting involving the Government of Norway, the LTTE and the Norwegian facilitators was the third non-event over the last couple of months. The second round of talks in Geneva, agreed by all parties for 19th April, had to be called off at the last minute because the LTTE decided that they had to have consultations with their Eastern commanders on the very day they had agreed for talks in Geneva.
  • Bourse reactions sharply to worsening security situation
    Both indices lose substantial ground, Rs. 19.5 bn. marketcap wiped out

    The Colombo bourse reacted sharply to the escalating violence and the sharply deteriorating security situation with both All Share and the Milanka price indices losing substantial ground on top of the decline the previous day.
    The All Share lost 63.70 points (4.94%) while the Milanka lost 97.04 points (3.50%) on a turnover of Rs.490 million, up from Rs.333.3 million the previous day.

  • Rain fails to dampen Mahela spirit
    Sri Lanka's rather faltering preparations for the NatWest Series were stymied by rain which limited their Twenty20 warm-up game against a PCA Masters XI at Arundel to 16 overs.

    After a week of sweltering heat in the south of England, the weather broke an hour into Sri Lanka's innings and while the players gamely soldiered on for a few overs, they soon had to seek shelter.

    GERMANY, Leipzig: Spanish defender Carles Puyol (R) fights for the ball with Ukrainian midfielder Anastoliy Tymoshchuk during their World Cup 2006 group H football game at Leipzig stadium on Wednesday.

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