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SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 148

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Sri Lanka says sinks 12 Tiger boats in naval clash
Reuters, September 2. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy sank 12 Tamil Tiger craft overnight in a fierce naval battle off the island's northern tip, the military said on Saturday, adding that it believed it had killed dozens of rebel fighters.

"It was a major attack. There were 20 rebel boats. We were able to destroy 12 LTTE craft, including five LTTE suicide boats," a military spokesman told Reuters. "They were humiliated in their so-called seas and withdrew."

He said he believed at least 75 Tigers were killed, but there was no independent confirmation. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 1 22:49:18 EDT 2006


``I was a RAW target''
hindu, September 2. ISLAMABAD: The former Pakistan High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Bashir Wali Mohammed, has alleged that the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) was behind an attempt to kill him last month in Colombo.

Mr. Mohammed, a former director-general of the Pakistan Intelligence Bureau, escaped a claymore mine attack in the heart of the Sri Lankan capital, but there is no clear evidence yet that he was the target of the attack, with the Sri Lankan establishment appearing divided over the issue.

In an interview to The Post newspaper here, Mr. Mohammed, who returned after a two-year-tenure in Sri Lanka last week, said he was clearly the target. The view that the LTTE had tried to kill him because Pakistan was supplying arms to Sri lanka was wrong. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 1 22:44:40 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Bullet-proof jackets new weapon in Sri Lanka export armory
afp, September 2. MAHARA, Sri Lanka (AFP) - Sri Lanka, which carved a global niche with its exotic lingerie, has penetrated an even more lucrative market -- body armour, flak jackets and bullet-proof vests for foreign troops.

The South Asian nation has no major defence-related industry despite being mired in a decades-long battle with Tamil Tiger guerrillas, but a former Sri Lankan marine engineer is hoping to change that with his life-saving venture. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 1 22:50:55 EDT 2006 Back to the top


New controls on foreign aid workers in Sri Lanka after killings
afp, September 2. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka has enforced new controls on foreign aid workers after 17 local employees of a French charity were murdered, allegedly by security forces, aid officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka navy and Tamil rebels in fierce clash off northern sea
Associated Press, Fri September 1, 2006 12:53 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A fierce naval clash erupted Friday between government patrol boats and Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka - 's northern sea, the military said Friday, as the rebels vowed to retain a key northeastern enclave in the face of air and artillery attacks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Army denies hand in vandalising statue
hindu, September 2. COLOMBO: The Sri Lanka Army on Friday said its personnel were not involved in vandalising the statue of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M... Back to the top

Colombo, London to pursue peace plan
hindu, September 2. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom have agreed to take "necessary follow up action" on the peace process in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Fighting Continues as Ceasefire Monitors Leave
VOA News, Friday September 01, 2006 - 10:35 EDT. By Patricia Nunan New Delhi 01 September 2006

The Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebel leaders are battling for control of what is now a rebel enclave in the east of the country... Back to the top


Red Cross says it would halt Sri Lanka operation if aid staff attacked
Associated Press, Fri September 1, 2006 11:23 EDT . FRANK JORDANS - Associated Press Writers - GENEVA (AP) The international Red Cross would halt its humanitarian work in Sri Lanka - if its aid workers there were to be attacked, the organization's top official for the region said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Tamil rebels vow to keep government forces out of Sampur
Associated Press, Fri September 1, 2006 03:25 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday vowed to hang on to a key northeastern enclave, after the military pounded the area for a fifth day with airstrikes and artillery... Back to the top

In control, says Sri Lankan Army
hindu, September 1. COLOMBO: Amid assertions by the Army that it is determined to neutralise the LTTE base in Sampoor in the east, the military on Thursday claimed to have established complete control over the Tiger base in Kaddaparichchan to the South of Trincomalee... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Army Captures Rebel Stronghold in Trincomalee Area
Bloomberg.com, Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 21:50 EDT. By Anusha Ondaatjie and Paul Tighe

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's army captured a stronghold of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam near the northeastern port of Trincomalee, the government said. The area south of the port was ``brought under complete control of the army troops engaged in neutralizing the LTTE artillery and mortar location in Sampoor which is a threat to the Trincomalee harbor,'' the Media Center for National Security said yesterday on its Web site... Back to the top


Sri Lanka prepares to resume flights to embattled northern peninsula
Associated Press, Fri September 1, 2006 06:24 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan airlines on Friday said they are preparing to resume commercial flights to the northern Jaffna Peninsula, which has been cut off for almost a month by fighting between ethnic Tamil rebels and security forces... Back to the top

Sri Lanka mounts offensive for key territory
Yahoo News, Friday September 01, 2006 - 06:40 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army mounted an offensive to capture rebel-held territory south of the strategic northeastern harbour of Trincomalee on Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government, opposition to discuss common approach to solving separatist conflict
Associated Press, Thu August 31, 2006 11:32 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's main opposition party said Thursday it is prepared to work together with the government to try to solve the country's violent separatist conflict, but analysts warned that a combined effort won't be easy to implement... Back to the top

Five soldiers wounded in Sri Lanka mine blast
Yahoo News, Friday September 01, 2006 - 06:40 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - A powerful Claymore mine explosion in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula wounded five soldiers, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

FEATURE - Sri Lankans flee horror for poverty, safety in India
Reuters, September 1. MANDAPAM CAMP, India (Reuters) - Fisherman Chinnathambi Ravikumar was returning home from a fishing trip when a sea-battle broke out between the Sri Lankan navy and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

New controls on foreign aid workers in Sri Lanka after killings
Yahoo News, Friday September 01, 2006 - 06:40 EDT. Local and foreign non-government organisations were told to obtain work permits for expatriate staff by Friday, before the deadline was extended by a week, the officials said... Back to the top

President meets British prime minister
BBC, August 31. The Sri Lankan president had a productive discussion with British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said Dr Palitha Kohona, Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat (SCOPP) on Thursday... Back to the top

Bullet-proof jackets new weapon in Sri Lanka export armory
Yahoo News, Friday September 01, 2006 - 06:40 EDT. The South Asian nation has no major defence-related industry despite being mired in a decades-long battle with Tamil Tiger guerrillas, but a former Sri Lankan marine engineer is hoping to change that with his life-saving venture... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's top general says rebel territory in east will fall within days
Associated Press, Thu August 31, 2006 08:19 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's top-ranking general on Thursday vowed that within a few days the military would take control of an eastern, Tamil rebel-held enclave where fierce fighting since the weekend has killed scores of combatants and forced hundreds from their homes... Back to the top

Lankan air force bombs outskirts of LTTE HQ town
Hindustan Times, Thursday August 31, 2006 - 11:20 EDT. The Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) bombed the outskirts of Kilinochchi, the northern town which houses the headquarters of the LTTE, as ground troops, supported by artillery and the air force, moved two kilometers into Sampur in Trincomalee district... Back to the top

Displaced Lankans face bleak future
Dawn, Thursday August 31, 2006 - 22:15 EDT . Sheltering from the burning sun under a ragged awning in one of dozens of cramped refugee camps in Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged east, 18-year-old Sharmila Rahim dreams of being a teacher and should be studying... Back to the top

Sri Lankans flee horror for poverty, safety in India
Yahoo News, Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 22:00 EDT. MANDAPAM CAMP, India (Reuters) - Fisherman Chinnathambi Ravikumar was returning home from a fishing trip when a sea-battle broke out between the Sri Lankan navy and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

U.N. to stay in Sri Lanka despite charge of government involvement in aid worker slayings
Associated Press, Thu August 31, 2006 09:05 EDT . CASSIE BIGGS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The U... Back to the top

INTERVIEW-Sri Lanka must guarantee aid worker safety-UN envoy
Reuters, Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 06:50 EDT. COLOMBO, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka must guarantee the safety of hundreds of humanitarian staff involved in tsunami relief and conflict projects, a United Nations envoy said, after truce monitors accused the military of killing 17 aid workers... Back to the top

UN suspends relief aid to Sri Lanka
Hindustan Times, Thursday August 31, 2006 - 11:20 EDT. The United Nations has said that it will not give Sri Lanka the $37.5 million earmarked for the resettlement of 220,000 war refugees until Colombo adequately explains the killing of 17 workers belonging to the French relief agency "Action Against Hunger" in Mutur earlier this month... Back to the top

Child workers decreasing in Asia, but numbers still high, UN labor body says
Associated Press, Thu August 31, 2006 01:59 EDT . KELLY OLSEN - AP Business Writer - South Asia, which includes Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - , remains a child labor hotspot, according to World Bank statistics contained in the ILO report... Back to the top

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