The Lanka Academic

JULY 10, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 95


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Sri Lankan troops kill 2 suspected Tamil guerrillas in northwestern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon July 10, 2006 02:15 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers shot and killed two Tamil Tiger rebels Monday after they attacked a foot patrol in northwestern Sri Lanka - , the government said, in violence that threatens to drag the island back to full-scale civil war. Earlier, suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels fatally shot a village guard in eastern Sri Lanka - , the military said.

Two gunmen shot M. Nizar on Sunday night in Sammanthurai village, 220 kilometers (130 miles) east of Colombo, the military said on its Web site.

``A home guard ... returning after work was chased by two unidentified gunmen suspected to be LTTE terrorists and brutally gunned down,'' the military said.

Village guards are recruited from neighborhoods in and around Sri Lanka - 's volatile north and east.

More than 700 people half of them civilians have been killed since December when violence escalated, threatening to collapse a four-year-old cease-fire brokered by Norway.

The Tamil Tigers began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million ethnic minority Tamils, alleging discrimination by the majority Sinhalese.

About 65,000 people were killed in the separatist conflict before the 2002 cease-fire. Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 10 03:44:48 EDT 2006

Sri Lanka to talk constitution change, Tigers out, July 10, 2006 - 06:25. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Monday it was aiming to push through constitutional reform to bring an end to two decades of civil war, but analysts said it would probably not be enough to bring Tamil Tiger rebels to talks.

More than 700 people have died so far this year, some 280 in June alone, raising fears a 2002 ceasefire could collapse, restarting two decades of civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels who want a separate ethnic Tamil homeland in the north and east. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 10 06:25:04 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Why wary India is seeking a role in Sri Lanka, 11 July 2006. New Delhi can welcome the presence of Norway or the UN as facilitator in Nepal where it is concerned about China’s growing influence, or in Sri Lanka, but not the presence of a country that may not heed India’s concerns. But when India felt that Sri Lanka was seriously toying with the idea of roping in players more powerful than Norway, it was to time to act. The Saran mission came hard on the heels of a visit by Sinn Fein Chief negotiator Martin McGuiness to Sri Lanka where he met the President and LTTE leaders. His visit follows a secret trip to Britain by an adviser of President Rajapaksa who is desperate to stop the present low-intensity war exploding into a full-scale war. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 10 23:44:32 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Narayanasamy urges Centre to ban parties supporting LTTE, July 10, 2006. AICC General Secretary V Narayanasamy on Sunday, urged the Centre to impose a ban on political parties and groups supporting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Lanka Navy chief briefs Indian military brass, July 10, 2006. Sri Lankan Naval Chief Vice Admiral W K J Karnnagod today briefed Indian Military leaders on the situation on Island nation particularly stepped up activities by the Tamil Tigers on land and at sea... Back to the top

LTTE perfects suicide bombing, July 10, 2006. Black Tigers' Day on July 5, the day on which the LTTE commemorates its first suicide bomber, has been an annual feature in the Tamil rebel group's blood-splattered calendar of events for many years... Back to the top

Rajapakse calls meeting to study devolution plan
gulfnews, july 10. Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapakse's government will this week take its first step towards crafting a power-sharing plan aimed to arrive at a "home grown," political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict... Back to the top

One in three malnourished
BBC News, July 10, 2006 - 12:12 EDT. The Sri-Lankan Government, the World Bank and independent development agencies has co-launched a national nutritional health program, designed to critically discuss and debate key nutritional issues facing the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka main opposition to shun all party committee on ethnic ..., July 10, - 06:25 EDT. Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) said Monday that the party would not take part in a special committee deliberations called as part of an effort to reach all political party consensus in dealing with the Tamil Tigers to present a political package to end the conflict... Back to the top

Top truce monitor questions rebels' commitment to Sri Lankan cease-fire, report says
Associated Press, Sun July 9, 2006 02:59 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The top European peace monitor in Sri Lanka has suggested that Tamil rebels are trying to force an end to a four-year cease fire after they demanded that some foreign observers leave the country, a report said Sunday... Back to the top

Lanka Indian Oil facing liquidity crunch: Behuria
com, July 10, 2006 - 10:20 EDT. New Delhi - Indian Oil Corp (IndianOil) hopes that pricing and subsidy issues relating to Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) would be resolved soon enabling the subsidiary to resume normal operations, its chairman and managing director Sarthak Behuria said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers blocks to India, China, July 10, 2006 - 10:20 EDT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, July 10 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka has offered oil blocks for exploration off its northwestern coast to India and China... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Issues Ultimatum To IOC Subsidiary, July 10, 2006 - 06:25 EDT. (RTTNews) - The government of Sri Lanka issued a one-month ultimatum to Lanka Indian Oil Company, a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation, to either resume retail operations or be ready for nationalization, according to media reports... Back to the top

Military: Sri Lankan man arrested with 16,000 steel balls for rebel bombs
Associated Press, Sun July 9, 2006 10:47 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan troops arrested a man in possession of thousands of tiny steel balls, a key component in homemade explosives commonly used by Tamil Tiger rebels, the government said... Back to the top

‘India shirking responsibility in Sri Lanka’, July 09, 2006. NEW DELHI: India is shirking its responsibility in Sri Lanka, refusing to play its rightful role as a regional player to restore stability in its troubled neighbourhood, says BJP leader Jaswant Singh... Back to the top

Nanda Mallawarachchi named Sri Lankan Army chief, July 9, 2006. Colombo, July 9 (PTI): Sri Lanka has appointed a temporary army chief in place of Commander Sarath Fonseka who is undergoing treatment in Singapore after surviving a suicide bombing attack in April, the army said here today... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy arrests 6 ethnic Tamils trying to flee to India, says military
Associated Press, Sun July 9, 2006 03:07 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's navy arrested six ethnic Tamils at sea as they tried to flee to India to escape mounting violence in the island nation, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

AICC general secy for ban on parties supporting LTTE, July 9. Pondicherry, July 9 (UNI): The AICC general secretary V Narayanasamy today urged the Centre to impose a ban on political parties and movements supporting Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Lankan party’s threat
Dawn, July 09, 2006 - 12:35 EDT. Sri Lanka’s main opposition party on Saturday threatened to withdraw its support to President Mahinda Rajapakse’s peace moves if the government continued to ‘snatch’ opposition legislators... Back to the top

Lanka threatens to take over IOC outlets, July 9. Colombo, July 9: The Sri Lanka government has warned the local arm of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) that it will take over all its fuel outlets if the company did not resume sales within 30 days... Back to the top

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