5:20 PM

Rev Fr Karunaratnam Was Killed By a Claymore Attack

Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam reports that Rev. Fr. Karunaratnam, chairperson of the North East Secretariat for Human Rights, (NESHOR), an organization under the control of the Tamil Separatist outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was killed by a claymore attack on the Mallavi – Vavunikkulam Road, at 12.30pm today.

Mallavi is a town located 5 kilometers before Thunukkai, an area controlled by the LTTE. However Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam reported that Rev Fr Karunaratnam was killed by a claymore attack.

5:19 PM

16 LTTE Terrorists Killed

SLA infantrymen backed with heavy mortar fire forced into LTTE defences this morning (April 20) in general area Chinnavalayankaddu, North of Vilathikulama, Vavuniya killing 3 terrorists and destroying an LTTE bunker, Wanni military sources said.

Defence sources in the Mannar battlefront this morning said that 13 terrorists had been killed in yesterday's (Apr 19) clashes with troops.

6:00 AM

JVP Provincial Councilors Support Wimal

JVP provincial Councilors say they will support Wimal Weerawansa faction if the JVP does not solve internal conflicts . Sending a three page letter to the General Secretary of the party Tylwin Silva , he said Wimal Weerawansa’s problem is not his own crisis. It is a long term internal conflict of the party, said Team leader of the Ratnapura District JVP Provincial Councilors E.W.S.Priyanjith Silva. In his letter Mr. Silva noted the public have suspicion about JVP activities due to their past actions on burning issues.

5:58 AM

Why Jeyaraj Killed

Creating a niche in Sri Lanka’s politics by presenting himself as a leader of a minority community and mixing his religion , Roman Catholicism with politics with ambitions to become the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka as a close confidante of the President is one of the main reasons former Highways Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was assassinated says, a pro-LTTE weekly printed in Canada and distributed all over Europe.

TheParaparappu, the pro-LTTE political and Tamil language weekly distributed widely among expatriate Tamil communities in Canada, Britain, Switzerland, Australia, France, Nederland, Norway, Demark and Germany says in its cover story that undoubtedly he was the closest man to the President and was keeping his eyes on the chair of the Prime Minister.

5:57 AM

Helicopter For Ranil

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured his political arch-rival, Ranil Wickremesinghe that he will look into a request made by the United National Party (UNP) to make available a helicopter for Wickremesinghe’s election campaign in the Eastern Province.

The assurance was given when Wickremesinghe met Rajapaksa at a weeding. Wickremesinghe had lamented the Defence Ministry’s refusal to provide him with a helicopter for a four-day election campaign, to be carried out in view of the May 10 Eastern Province Provincial Council Elections.