Forces set to free Mavilaru
Encounter heavy minefield during advance:
THE Government yesterday expressed confidence
that Security Forces will effectively reach its humanitarian task of
opening the Mavilaru anicut as ground troops moved closer to their
target clearing a heavy minefield set by the LTTE.
Third meeting of APRC on August 8
THE All Party Representative Committee,
comprising delegates from different political parties will meet
again on August 8 to formulate a constitutional framework capable of
facilitating a peaceful solution to the ethnic conflict.
LTTE holding 5,000 children in combat camps
CREDIBLE evidence has emerged that the LTTE are
holding about 5,000 children in combat camps. In 2004 alone, the
LTTE recruited 1,000 children. According to the latest human rights
reports, children abducted from schools and homes are held in LTTE
camps where they undergo training in guerilla combat and prepare for
deadly missions such as suicide bombings.
Jathika Saviya begins in Batticaloa
The "Jathika Saviya" accelerated development
programme initiated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa with the twin
objectives to uplift the living standards and provide adequate
security to the villagers affected by the North-East conflict is set
to debut in the Batticaloa district.