AMPARA district, one of the fertile agricultural regions in the east of Sri Lanka, was the worst affected of all districts, following the Sunday morning catastrophe that claimed over 12,848 lives of Sri Lankans and some foreigners.
The Army Headquarters in Colombo on January 1, 2005 after suspending all its customary festivities at the dawn of a new year in the wake of the national tragedy, went ahead with its annual Pirith Chanting ceremony to invoke merits and blessings.
JAFFNA: HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS in THINNAVELI, JAFFNA who were proceeding to the village fair had a miraculous escape this morning (31) when the Tiger suicide cadre fell victim to his own explosion.
MULLAITHIVU: SUPERSONIC FIGHTER CRAFT of the Sri Lanka Air Force, in another successful mission struck LTTE's Black Tiger Indoctrinating Center in the dense KEEVELIKULAM jungles, about 4 km northwest of PUTHUKUDIRIPPU, MULLAITHIVU this evening (31) at about 5.15 p.m.
SRI LANKA ARMY firmly and categorically refutes pro-LTTE media reports that shed crocodile tears on alleged â€œdumping of tractor loads of dead soldiersâ€, â€œhospitalization of hundreds of injured soldiersâ€, â€œnon-conduct of military funerals or proper funerals,â€ etc with special emphasis given to Mannar sector where Tiger terrorists are almost on the run.
JAFFNA: AN APPARENT premature explosion of a terrorist suicide jacket while being taken by an LTTE suicide cadre on a push bicycle to be placed in a public place in THIRUNAVELI, JAFFNA this morning (31) around 11.20 a.m. claimed the lives of three civilians and injured thirteen more.
WITH THE INTENTION of further strengthening relations between civilians and members of the Security Forces providing security to the peninsula, security authorities in the Jaffna town sector met members of the Citizens Committee that comprises religious leaders, school principals, village officials and a section of other leading men in society.