Jungle Telegraph

27th May 2001
By Alia
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The cost of war!
In a bid to cut down on expenditure, PA leaders have enforced austerity measures in the Security Forces. Limits have been placed on telephone bills of top brass and restrictions placed on transport costs. They have also been told to device their own measures to lower costs.

In this backdrop comes the news of a top runger wanting to move into a house within the headquarters complex, one used until recently by a top man who is now undertaking a diplomatic assignment. The house was luxurious enough for the soldier turned diplomat who maintained it in good condition.

But the would be incumbent does not want to move in until several changes are made. That includes the placing of wall tiles on the floor and blackening the glass in all windows.

An estimate has been prepared and the fully supportive boss is said to be on the verge of approving it. The cost ? Well, well !!

One could build two houses for the ranaviruwas with the estimate for alterations to make it a grand luxury house. 

They will all be debited to the cost of war !!

Tiger scare
Reports of possible Tiger guerrilla attacks last Friday prompted some Cabinet Ministers to cancel official engagements.

Consequently some schools were forced to cancel prize givings. Several other functions, including foundation stone laying ceremonies in the provinces were called off.

Despite intelligence warnings, nothing untoward happened.

Naval threats
Highly placed intel ligence sources speak of LTTE plans to attack the Naval Dockyard in Trincomalee, home for the Navy's Eastern Command.

They say guerrilla cadres were undergoing training including mock attacks at a beach in a rebel dominated area in the Trincomalee district.

Last month the Police Special Task Force intercepted a communication between the Sea Tiger Base in Chalai and one in Trincomalee where orders were passed down to attack Navy targets.

It was only this week a mine explosion near Tampalagamam on the Habarana Trincomalee Road left 13 sailors and a civilian dead. They were on a leave convoy heading for Colombo.

Satellite photos
Are tiger guerrillas buying satellite photographs surreptitiously through US sources?

Highly placed intelligence sources say they were investigating reports. Private firms in the US are now allowed to commercially engage in satellite imagery.

Baring assets
Bribery sleuths are to call upon six military officials to declare their assets.

Insiders say the move follows allegations of their involvement in procurement deals.

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