The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 11, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 35

WESAK
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Sri Lanka rebels threaten monitors
Reuters, May 12. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have told Nordic truce monitors they travel aboard Sri Lankan Navy ships at their peril after the worst military confrontation since a 2002 truce.A flotilla of rebel boats on Thursday attacked a transport ship carrying hundreds of servicemen and sank a navy fast-attack boat. The military said 17 sailors and 50 Tigers died in the attack that prompted air strikes on rebel territory.The transporter was carrying a truce monitor and flying the monitors' flag when the military says suicide rebels attacked them. The Tigers say their fighters were conducting a naval exercise when they were fired upon by the navy. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 11 23:36:41 EDT 2006

67 Dead in Sri Lankan Naval Battle with Rebels
Shimali Senanayake -NYT, May 11. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 11 — A fierce gun battle at sea today left at least 17 Sri Lankan Navy sailors and 50 guerrillas dead, according to the military, in the deadliest and most serious violation of the 2002 ceasefire accord.COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 11 — A fierce gun battle at sea today left at least 17 Sri Lankan Navy sailors and 50 guerrillas dead, according to the military, in the deadliest and most serious violation of the 2002 ceasefire accord. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 11 16:35:06 EDT 2006 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka fears rise as sea battle kills 67  - The Standard
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At least 45 killed in sea battle in northern Sri Lanka; troop ship safe  - Shimali Senanayake in Colombo

Eight boats belonging to LTTE destroyed by Navy-Air Force combine attack
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 11, 2006, 9.29 p.m.. The Sri Lankan Navy and Air Force has successfully destroyed eight boats belonging to Tamil Tiger rebels, highly placed sources said.

Meanwhile, the 'pearl cruiser', which came under LTTE attack today evening, has returned to the Trincomalee harbour.

Military sources were still unable to provide the exact number of causalities. However, one dvora vessel belonging to the Navy was destroyed due to the LTTE attack while another was damaged in the incident.

Following the LTTE attack on the navy vessels, security forces launched retaliatory attacks on LTTE targets in Killinochchi and Trincomalee. "Air strikes were launched as a form of retaliation following attempts by the LTTE to blow up several vessels including the pearl cruiser which was carrying more than 500 troops," sources said.

Air strikes were launched at several targets in Killinochchi including the Iranamadu airstrip, which comes under Tiger territory. Meanwhile, sources also said that the air force had launched air strikes in Sampoor, Trincomlee. Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 11 12:01:23 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan rebels sink navy patrol boat, leaving at least 17 sailors missing  - Associated Press

50 guerrillas killed, 17 Sri Lankan sailors missing after sea battle threatens civil war
Associated Press, Thu May 11, 2006 16:46 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) At least 50 rebels were killed and 17 Sri Lankan sailors missing after a sea battle Thursday instigated by the Tamil Tigers left the country on the brink of civil war... Back to the top

Embassy Row Sri Lanka frustrated
The Washington Times, May 11, 2006, 16:30 EDT. A suicide bomber who was thought to have been five months pregnant when she blew herself up last month in a military hospital in Sri Lanka was the final provocation that brought a targeted response from the country's navy and air force against rebel positions in a port city... Back to the top

Sri Lankan security forces retaliate with air strikes at selected targets in Killinochchi and Trinco after LTTE attacks troop carrying vessel
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 11, 2006, 7.44 p.m.. Security forces launched retaliatory attacks on selected LTTE targets in Killinochci and Trincomalee a little while ago, after LTTE cadres attempted to blow up several Navy boats including the 'pearl cruiser', which was carrying more than 500 troops... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bombs rebels after attack on navy
reuters.co.uk, May 11, 2006, 11:45EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tiger territory near their northern headquarters on Thursday after rebels attacked a naval transporter with hundreds of servicemen on board and sank two fast attack vessels... Back to the top

In Sri Lanka, a cease-fire without peace
International Herald Tribune, May 11, 2006, 11:00EDT. COLOMBO President Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka casts himself as a man ready to walk the road to peace, but equally prepared to face down his enemies in battle, as his country dives into open civil war... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels sink navy boat in northern Sri Lanka , truce monitors say
Associated Press, Thu May 11, 2006 08:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a government navy convoy guarding a vessel transporting army personnel in northern Sri Lanka - on Thursday and sank one boat, European cease-fire monitors said... Back to the top

Jayasuriya to arrive in England within days
Associated Press, Thu May 11, 2006 14:54 EDT . VALKERIE MANGNALL - AP Sports Writer - LONDON (AP) Sanath Jayasuriya will join the Sri Lanka - squad in England within the next few days, coach Tom Moody said Thursday... Back to the top

LTTE is seriously violating the CFA with sea movements and attacks on Sri Lankan Navy SLMM
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 11, 2006, 6.13 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission today declared that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have committed gross violations of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) in recent days by moving at sea with the aim of provoking the Sri Lankan navy and now finally embarking on an offensive operation against the navy sinking one vessel and putting SLMM monitors in grave danger... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bishop boycotts UK as mark of protest
com, May 11, 2006. Bishop Duleep de Chickera of the diocese of Colombo, Anglican Church of Ceylon, has refrained from visiting the United Kingdom as a “mark of protest” following the British High Commission in Colombo’s policy of fingerprinting all Sri Lankans applying for British visas... Back to the top

SLMC says no to Muslim regiment
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 11, 2006, 1.11 p.m.. Sri Lanka's pre dominant Muslim political party, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has expressed their outright opposition to the decision taken by the government to recruit Muslim youth to create a separate 'Muslim regiment' in the military... Back to the top

Lankan expats ‘forced to fund LTTE’
gulf-times.com, May 11, 2006, 06:20 EDT. As their homeland teeters on the brink of a civil war, Sri Lankan Tamils living in Qatar are finding it impossible to hide from the separatist Tamil Tigers ‘fundraisers’, who come knocking on their doors every month and extort money to fund their fight for an independent country... Back to the top

New violence leaves 2 dead in Sri Lanka just days after failed Japanese peace mission
Associated Press, Thu May 11, 2006 06:53 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) New violence left two civilians dead and at least three other people wounded in northern Sri Lanka - on Thursday, just days after a Japanese envoy failed to persuade separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and the government to resume peace talks in an effort to prevent a return to civil war... Back to the top

England v Sri Lanka
sportinglife.com, May 11, 2006. Prolific spinner Muttiah Muralitharan made a timely breakthrough for Sri Lanka just as England's new-look side were on course for a commanding start to the opening npower Test... Back to the top

Monitors see S.Lanka army hand in civilian killings
go.com, May 11, 2006, 06:20 EDT. VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - International truce monitors said on Thursday they believe Sri Lankan troops are involved in killing ethnic Tamil civilians in the island's north, contrary to government denials... Back to the top

Tamil civilian fatally shot dead in Sri Lanka
hindustantimes.com, May 11, 2006, 07:46 EDT. Unidentified gunmen fatally shot an ethnic minority Tamil civilian in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday, police said, in the latest violence to threaten a return to civil war... Back to the top

Akashi hints at bigger Indian role in Sri Lanka 's peace process+
Associated Press, Wed May 10, 2006 05:47 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 10 (Kyodo) Japan's special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi strongly hinted Wednesday that India may have a bigger role in Sri Lanka - 's faltering peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lanka starts work on its first coal plant, 20 years late
lankabusinessonline.com, May 11, 2006, 07:46 EDT. May 11 (LBO) – Sri Lanka began construction of it first coal power plant on Thursday in Norachcholai on the island's West Coast, amidst protests by environmental lobbies... Back to the top

Spectre of war haunts Lanka
Dawn, May 11, 2006, 07:42 EDT. In rebel Tamil Tiger-held Sri Lanka, residents already scarred by decades of war are putting rebuilding on hold as they brace for a new conflict they say is now inevitable... Back to the top

LTTE’s warning to Lankan govt
Dawn, May 11, 2006, 07:42 EDT. The Tamil Tigers, which came under attack early this week from its dissident faction, has threatened to launch a full-scale attack on the military... Back to the top

Unidentified gunmen fatally shoot Tamil civilian in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu May 11, 2006 04:24 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen fatally shot an ethnic minority Tamil civilian in eastern Sri Lanka - on Thursday, police said, in the latest violence to threaten a return to civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka selectors play politics as retired Jayasuriya is ...
guardian.co.uk, May 11, 2006. No matter how much Sri Lanka emphasised that their only interest was in the first Test, which starts today, they would not have been human had thoughts not strayed from NW8 to the power struggle unfolding in Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers oil block to India
chennaionline.com, May 10, 2006, 23:00 EDT. New Delhi, May 9: Sri Lanka today offered an oil block to India for exploration as the two countries decided to expedite talks on a Comprehensive Economic Parntership Agreement (CEPA) with an aim of signing the deal this year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s new order braced for the return of past master
timesonline.co.uk, May 10, 2006, 21:23 EDT. AS IF it is not tough enough for cricketers brought up on sun-baked pitches to play in this country in May, the shadow of Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka’s most prolific and charismatic batsman, will loom over their fledgeling openers when they face England in the first Test match at Lord’s today... Back to the top

India rules out Defence Pact with Sri Lanka?
com, May 10, 2006, 08:11 EDT. The threat to Sri Lanka's peace talks with LTTE look to have gone in a cold storage... Back to the top

Civilians await war in Sri Lanka Tigers lair
reuters.co.uk, May 10, 2006, 06:40 EDT. KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - In rebel Tamil Tiger-held Sri Lanka, residents already scarred by decades of war are putting rebuilding on hold as they brace for a new conflict they say is now inevitable... Back to the top

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