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Tamil Information - issue_no_28 & 29
Uploaded Date: 20/04/2013
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) launched Operation Thavalai, a massive assault on the Pooneryn army camp and the Nagathevanthurai naval base in Kilinochchi District on 11 November.The two military bases lie only a few miles apart, west of Elephant Pass. Sea Tigers landed near Nagathevanthurai naval base at 2.20 am in two rowing boats across the Kilali lagoon and began attacking the military's forward defence lines. Search lights in the base were smashed by gunfire. Another unit of 150 Sea Tigers landed in motor boats and entered the base. They targeted the communications building and damaged the radar and communication equipment cutting off links with other camps. Many sailors were killed in the unexpected attack and the others retreated east towards the Elephant Pass army camp.
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Tamil Information - issue_no_27
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The University Grants Commission (UGC) decided in October to admit only 408 students to the Jaffna University for the 1992-93 academic years although 1,180 vacancies exist in all the faculties of the University. The Jaffna University Senate has expressed concern over the decision and has requested the UGC to consider the special difficulties in Jaffna and admit more students. The difficulties of northern students in pursuing education have been highlighted in the Tamil Information Centre publication "Sri Lanka: Economic Blockade". Over 100 schools are not functioning and as a result education of thousands of students has been affected.
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Tamil Information - issue_no_26
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Over 100 civilians are reported killed in Operation Yal Devi launched by the military in Jaffna on 28 September. Reports say the main objectives of the operation, involving around 9,000 troops, were capturing, Chavakachcheri town in the south of the Jaffna peninsula to prevent people crossing the Jaffna lagoon at Kilali and to launch an offensive on the Jaffna town further west. According to reports, plans for Operation Yal Devi began as soon as General Hamilton. Wanasinghe assumed duties as Secretary to the Ministry of Defence. General Wanasinghe now also heads the Joint Operations Committee 'formed after the disbanding of the Joint Operations Command by President D. B.Wijetunge.
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Tamil Information - issue_no_25
Uploaded Date: 20/04/2013
The British Asylum and Immigration Act became effective from 26 July 1993 despite wide ranging opposition within and outside Parliament. New Immigration rules on Asylum and Asylum Appeals (Procedure) Rules also came into force in August. The Asylum Act provides for the fingerprinting of all asylum seekers including children. Those who do not cooperate in fingerprinting can be arrested without a warrant and detained until fingerprints are taken. Fingerprinting, according to the British government is necessary to prevent multiple applications. The fingerprints, according to the Act, will be destroyed within a month of granting permanent stay or after ten years. There is real concern that the records may be issued and that there is likelihood of records passing to the government of the country from where the asylum seeker fled.
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Tamil Information - issue_no_24
Uploaded Date: 20/04/2013
World Bank's South Asia Director Paul Isenman had raised the issue of economic aid to Sri Lanka being spent on the purchase of military equipment, before the Paris Aid Consortium decided on 19 June to grant Rs.40.3 billion (US% 847 million) as aid for 1993. The question raised by Mr. Isenman apparently did not have any effect on the outcome of the meeting of the Consortium as the aid was increased by US$l5 million from the aid pledge for 1992.
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Tamil Information - issue_no_23
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Amnesty international says in a report released on 21 June that it is concerned over the arbitrary arrests of hundreds of Tamils in and around Colombo. According to the human rights agency based in London, it is common for Tamil people in Colombo to be stopped by police and detained for questioning if they are not carrying identity documents, if they are visitors or newly arrived in the city, or if they are only temporarily resident there. Amnesty has also referred to complaints about police officers requiring payments from relatives to secure release of the prisoners and arrests of people regardless of whether they could demonstrate long-standing residence and employment in Colombo and regardless of whether they were in possession of identity documents.
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Tamil Information - Issue No.13
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A landmine killed six senior Sri Lankan military commanders, including northern Army Commander General Denzil Kobbekadua at Araliturai on Kayts Island west of Jaffna peninsula on 8th August. Jaffna Army commander Brigadier Wijaya Wimalaratne and northern naval Commander Commodore Mohan Jayamaha were among the dead.
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Tamil Information - Issue No.12
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Member of Parliament Joseph Pararajasingham told a visiting three- member Swiss government delegation in late July that conditions in Sri Lanka were not conductive for the return of asylum seekers from other countries. According to the visit, the Swiss government intends to begin returning Tamil refugees in the next two months. There are over 25 000 Tamil refugees in Switzerland and they are to be repatriated in stages.
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Tamil Information - Issue No.11
Uploaded Date: 20/04/2013
The Sri Lankan military assault on the Jaffna peninsula launched in May continued throughout June. Iyakkachchi and Paranthan areas north and south Elephant Pass came under intensive aerial bombardment and shelling from camps devastated other areas. The government appears to have decided to pursue a military solution.
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Tamil Information - Issue No.10
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The Sri Lankan government would use maximum force for the total annihilation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and after completing wiping out the militant group in this manner, would try to seek a political solution, according to the announcement made by Acting State Minister for Defence John Amaratunge during a visit to the Palaly camp.
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