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NPC passes several resolutions demanding withdrawal on 16 overseas Tamil groups ban: Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on April 28 passed several resolutions demanding that the ban of 16 overseas Tamil groups be withdrawn forthwith. The resolutions, moved by member M.K. Sivajilingam, were adopted unanimously. NPC Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam told that the resolutions also called for a political solution to the national question. Daily Mirror, April 29, 2014.

Reconciliation in Sri Lanka after a three-decade long war cannot be achieved overnight, says Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya: Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said reconciliation in Sri Lanka after a three-decade long war cannot be achieved overnight. Brigadier Wanigasuriya made this remark in response to media queries on a statement made by the United States (US) Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal that US will resume "more comprehensive" military relationship with Sri Lanka once the Government makes progress towards reconciliation and accountability. Colombo Page, April 18, 2014.

Interpol has issued 40 'Red Notices' against LTTE operatives living abroad, says Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana: Media Spokesman Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ajith Rohana on April 17 said that the Interpol is reported to have issued 40 'Red Notices' against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) operatives living abroad. He said "We obtain a warrant against anyone who has not served his or her jail sentence for more than two years. We also inform Interpol with the relevant detail. Red Notices have also been issued to 56 non-LTTE operatives as well.". Daily Mirror, April 18, 2014.

TRAC names extremist Sinhala Buddhist organization, BBS as terrorist organization: Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) has named the Bodhu Bala Sena (BBS), an extremist Sinhala Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, as a terrorist organization. TRAC has listed about 3,800 groups known to aid and abet political violence or terrorist organizations including al Qaeda and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The BBS is understood by the TRAC to be an organization which uses terrorism as a means to an end. Colombo Page, April 16, 2014.

Three LTTE leaders and one trooper killed in Vavuniya District: Four people were killed in a clash between Security Forces (SFs) and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorists in the Nadunkarni area of Vavuniya District on April 10. The clash ensued when SFs launched a search operation for the wanted LTTE suspect Ponniah Selvanayagam alias Gopi. Gopi was among the three LTTE leaders killed. The other two killed LTTE leaders were identified as Sundaralingam Kajeepan alias Thevihan and Navarathnam Navaneethan alias Appan. ColomboPage, April 11, 2014.

'Second in command' of LTTE's Nediyavan Group arrested in Iran: Kapilan alias Nandhagopan, the 'second in command' of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)'s Nediyavan Group, was arrested at Tehran (Iran) Airport on March 6, 2014. Nandhagopan was arrested by Sri Lankan authorities with the help of Iranian and Malaysian authorities. Nandhagopan was transported to Colombo. www.dailymirror.lk, April 8, 2014. Dailymirror, April 8, 2014.

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