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VOL. 7, NO. 19

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Sri Lanka launches new strikes on Tiger territory
Reuters, April 26. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military launched new strikes on Tamil Tiger areas in the island's northeast on Wednesday, a day after a deadly suicide bomb attack in the capital blamed on rebels shattered a fragile ceasefire.Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said Wednesday's strikes came after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fired on naval patrol craft off the eastern port of Trincomalee for a second day.

"The navy is heavily patrolling the area," he said. "They requested air support." More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 25 23:17:44 EDT 2006

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"Don't try to scare me off" President Rajapakse tells LTTE
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, April 25, 2006, 10.37 p.m.. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse today sent out warning bells to the LTTE declaring that he would not bow down to any form of pressure. "Such activities of terrorism will not scare me," he declared in a televised address to the nation.

In his 15 minute long speech, Rajapakse also stressed that his Government's and security forces continuous restrain in the face of continuous attacks was not a 'sign of their weakness'.

"My Government will do everything necessary to face and overcome the obstacles that lie ahead of us," he assured. The President also requested everyone to join hands with him and his Government to defeat such forms of terrorism.

Meanwhile the Government's information Department in a news release stated that, "The Government, while condemning such dastardly acts wishes to reassure the nation that it would not hesitate to take all necessary actions to counter and prevent such terrorist acts. As a legitimate government, it is duty bound to protect citizens from any terrorist attack."

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State Department condemns suicide bombing aimed at top military officer
Associated Press, Tue April 25, 2006 16:06 EDT . BARRY SCHWEID - AP Diplomatic Writer - WASHINGTON (AP) The United States condemned on Tuesday a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka - that targeted the country's top military officer and said it was organizing a pressure campaign against rebellious Tamil Tigers. government of Sri Lanka - .

The rebel group, which is classified by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization, accuse the Sinhalese-dominated government of discriminating against minority Tamils and want a separate homeland on the island, which lies off India's southern tip.

A truce in 2002 stopped large-scale fighting in which more than 65,000 people died over two decades. This month, at least 89 people, including at least 43 soldiers and police, were killed in rising violence.

Boucher said the United States was not talking to the Tamil Tigers. However, he said, ``we work with a lot of parties who have a lot of contacts with them.''

Last week, the rebels backed out of peace talks that had been scheduled to start Monday in Geneva.

Officials said the attack killed eight people and injured 27, including Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, who was in stable condition at a Colombo hospital.

Boucher and Adam Ereli, a department spokesman, expressed the United States' sympathy to the victims.

Associated Press Writer Foster Klug contributed to this report Discuss this story
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Sri Lanka drops bombs after Tamil rebel suicide attack injures army chief
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 25th, 2006, SLT 7:00 pm. Air force fighter jets dropped bombs on an area controlled by the Tamil Tiger rebels in eastern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, hours after a suspected female suicide guerrilla pounced on the vehicle carrying the island's army chief, wounding him critically and killing at least 10 others... Back to the top

U.S. condemns bombing in Sri Lanka as `unacceptable act of terror'
Associated Press, Tue April 25, 2006 13:50 EDT . WASHINGTON (AP) : The United States condemned on Tuesday a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka that targeted the country's top military officer... Back to the top

Army chief seriously injured in noon attack by suicide bomber
TamilWeek, April 26. Sri Lankan army commander Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka sustained serious injuries in a suicide bomber attack on Tuesday April 25th that killed at least eight persons and wounded another twenty - seven... Back to the top

EU condemns Sri Lanka suicide bombing
Associated Press, Tue April 25, 2006 14:05 EDT . VIENNA, Austria (AP) : The Austrian presidency of the European Union on Tuesday condemned a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka and expressed its condolences to the government and relatives of the victims... Back to the top

Taj Hotels plans makeover in Sri Lanka
indiatimes.com, April 25, 2006, 16:50 EDT. MUMBAI: Taj Hotels and Resorts is planning a makeover in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

India condemns suicide bombing attack in Lanka
deepikaglobal.com, April 25, 2006, 16:50 EDT. New Delhi, Apr 25 (UNI) India today strongly condemned the suicide bombing attack in Colombo which seriously injured the Sri Lankan Army Commander and killed five people... Back to the top

Human Rights Watch pulls up Lanka over Trincomalee ethnic violence
deepikaglobal.com, April 25, 2006, 16:50 EDT. New York, Apr 25 (UNI) The Human Rights Watch today said Sri Lankan government had failed to ''respond adequately'' to the recent attacks by armed groups on ethnic Tamils and their homes and businesses in eastern Trincomalee district... Back to the top

Co-Chairs call on LTTE to cease all suicide attacks and other forms of viol ence
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, April 25, 2006, 10.44 p.m.. The Co-Chairs condemn absolutely the attempted assassination this afternoon of Lt General Sarath Fonseka, head of the Sri Lankan army... Back to the top

India slams suicide bombing in Sri Lanka
com, April 25, 2006, 14:25 EDT. New Delhi: Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday spoke to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and conveyed India’s strong condemnation of the suicide bombing incident in Colombo... Back to the top

Bomb blast could jeopardize any possibility for future talks - Monitoring Mission
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, April 25, 2006, 8.51 p.m.. The Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM) today declared that today's incident was likely to see very negative effects on the relationship between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and could also jeopardize any possibility for future talks... Back to the top

At least 8 killed 27 wounded in Tamil rebel suicide attack targeting Sri Lanka's army chief
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 25. 2006, 4:20 pm. At lest eight people were killed on Tuesday and 27 wounded, including Sri Lanka's army commander in a suspected Tamil Tiger rebels suicide bomb attack at the military headquarters in the capital Colombo... Back to the top

Army Commander out of surgery - Condition Stable - President holds meeting with Defence Authorities
Munza Mustaq, April 25. Brig. Tissa Jayawardena stated that the surgery of General Sarath Fonseka has been completed and his condition is stable... Back to the top

Suicide bomber attacks Sri Lanka's top military commander, 2 dead, general hurt
BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, Associated Press, Tuesday, 25th Apr 09:57 GMT. A female suicide bomber, believed to be a Tamil Tiger rebel and pretending to be pregnant, exploded a bomb in front of a car that was taking Sri Lanka's top military general inside the army headquarters in Colombo on Tuesday, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army chief seriously wounded in Tamil rebel suicide bombing
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 25. 2006, 2:15 pm. Sri Lanka's army commander was seriously injured on Tuesday in a suspected Tamil Tiger rebels suicide bomb attack in the capital Colombo, the military said... Back to the top

Bomb attack on S.Lanka army chief kills 8
reuters.co.uk, April 25, 2006, 10:27 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber disguised as a pregnant woman blew herself up inside Sri Lanka's army headquarters on Tuesday, critically wounding the army commander and killing at least eight... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Army Chief Hurt as Bombing Threatens Peace Process
bloomberg.com, April 25, 2006, 08:20 EDT. April 25 (Bloomberg) -- The chief of Sri Lanka's Army was among the casualties when a woman blew herself up at the military's headquarters in an attack the government blames on Tamil Tiger separatists opposed to the nation's peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president vows to pursue peace despite Tiger attacks
Associated Press, Tue April 25, 2006 03:23 EDT . COLOMBO, April 25 (Kyodo) Despite provocation by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who are accused of killing 110 members of Sri Lanka - 's armed forces and police since he assumed office five months ago, President Mahinda Rajapakse expressed determination to bring the LTTE to the negotiating table, newspapers reported Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tigers say govt to blame for violence
washingtonpost.com, April 25, 2006, 6:40 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers called on mediator Norway on Tuesday to pressure the government to accept its conditions for returning to peace talks and said Colombo was fomenting violence by backing paramilitary groups... Back to the top

Many hurt in huge Sri Lanka blast
iol.co.za, April 25, 2006, 6:45 EDT. Colombo - At least five bodyguards were killed and Sri Lanka's army chief Sarath Fonseka was critically wounded in a powerful bomb attack here on Tuesday, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s President Must Do More to Salvage Peace, Group Says
bloomberg.com, April 25, 2006, 6:45 EDT. April 25 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse must show more dedication to salvaging a cease-fire agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels to prevent a return to civil war, said the head of the nation's National Peace Council... Back to the top

Government taking necessary steps to ensure law and order is maintained
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, April 24, 2006, 2.20 p.m.. The Government today assured that it was taking 'all necessary measures' to ensure that law and order is maintained in the face of provocative acts initiated by the LTTE organisation... Back to the top

Software developer Virtusa, to increase headcount in Sri Lanka
lankabusinessonline.com, April 25, 2006, 6:40 EDT. Apr.25 (LBO) – Virtusa Corp., the U.S. based software development company, Tuesday announced plans to invest 15 million dollars to expand operations in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Lanka accuses Tigers of provoking communal backlash
hindu.com, Colombo, April. 24 (PTI). Sri Lanka today accused Tamil Tigers of provoking communal backlash by hacking to death a woman who was feeding her baby, a day after killing six Sinhalese farmers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Government Must Respond to Anti-Tamil Violence Security Forces Stand by During Mob Attacks in Trincomalee
HRW, April 24. (New York, April 25, 2006) – The Sri Lankan government has failed to respond adequately to recent attacks by armed groups on ethnic Tamils and their homes and businesses in Sri Lanka’s eastern Trincomalee district, Human Rights Watch said today... Back to the top

FEATURE-Sri Lanka turns to tea to lure high-end tourists
alertnet.org, 25 Apr 2006 01:02:37 GMT. NORWOOD, Sri Lanka, April 25 (Reuters) - With its stunning views over Sri Lanka's rolling green tea hills, the Norwood plantation manager's bungalow was designed to compensate British tea planters for their lonely lives far away from home... Back to the top

India voices concern over violence in Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Mon April 24, 2006 09:18 EDT . - - NEW DELHI, April 24 (Kyodo) India expressed deep concern Monday over the escalation of violence in the eastern part of Sri Lanka - , which has brought the ceasefire between the government and rebel Tamil Tigers ''under serious strain... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fears more ethnic clases after killings
alertnet.org, 24 Apr 2006 04:32:42 GMT. COLOMBO, April 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops combed the area around a village in the island's northeast on Monday as the suspected Tamil rebel killing of six Sinhalese farmers raised fears of more ethnic riots... Back to the top

SL asks world powers to stop LTTE s bid to foment ethnic riots
hindustantimes.com, April 24, 2006, 10:00 EDT. The Sri Lankan government on Sunday appealed to the international community to thwart the LTTE's bid to foment inter-ethnic violence on the scale of the infamous riots in 1983... Back to the top

Remote Sri Lankan villagers live in fear after rebel attack kills six Sinhalese farmers
Associated Press, Mon April 24, 2006 03:59 EDT . GEMUNU AMARASINGHE - Associated Press Writer - KALYANIPURA, Sri Lanka - AP) Farmer Chaminda Prassana was a happy man... Back to the top

Sri Lanka accuses rebels of slaughtering farmers to provoke riots; new violence kills 4
Associated Press, Mon April 24, 2006 04:35 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military on Monday accused Tamil rebels of slaughtering six Sinhalese rice farmers working in their fields to provoke race riots between the two ethnic groups... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops kill 2 Tamil rebels; military accuses rebels of killing 6 civilians
Associated Press, Mon April 24, 2006 01:06 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military on Monday accused Tamil rebels of slaughtering six Sinhalese rice farmers working in their fields to provoke race riots between the two ethnic groups... Back to the top

Sri Lanka questions 3 from Maldives suspected links with Islamic fundamentalists
Associated Press, Mon April 24, 2006 06:37 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Maldives said Monday it has alerted police in nearby Sri Lanka - to look out for young Maldives men and women, whose families believed they plan to join Islamic fundamentalist groups abroad... Back to the top

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