The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 26, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 173

JAYANTHA DHANAPALA

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Sri Lanka Air Force raids rebels base
people.com.cn, 09:04, September 27, 2006. Sri Lankan Air Force bombed a Tamil Tiger sea wing training center in the north Tuesday morning, causing serious damage, defense officials said.

Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said that the Air Force carried out raids at the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sea Tiger training base at Mannar in the Northern Province.

"The raids were successful and the training base was completely destroyed," said Samarasinghe.

However, the pro-LTTE website Tamilnet reported that the bombs had fallen on the village of Vellankulam in Mannar.

The Tigers and the government forces were engaged in a fierce 5- hour battle on Sunday night where the government claimed that they destroyed 11 sea Tiger boats, killing about 70 sea Tigers. The rebels denied such a loss to the group. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 26 23:01:35 EDT 2006


Roadside bomb kills an airman in northern Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Tue September 26, 2006 00:07 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday detonated a roadside bomb in northern Sri Lanka - , killing an airman and wounding another, said the military, a day after a fierce sea battle off the country's east coast left 70 separatists dead. The blast came a day after a five-hour sea battle between Sri Lanka - 's navy and the rebels' sea wing, in which the navy said it sank 11 Tamil Tiger ships loaded with troops and weapons.

However, rebels disputed the navy's claims. Rasiah Ilanthirayan, military spokesman for the separatists, said only three rebel fighters had been killed and that none of their boats were sunk.

The navy said one of their vessels was damaged, and five sailors wounded, but that the boat made it back to port.

It was one of the largest clashes since fighting escalated in the area in August, and dealt a further blow to the country's all-but-disintegrated 2002 cease-fire accord that was supposed to end Sri Lanka - 's bloody 19-year civil war.

The Tamil rebels began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's largest ethnic minority, citing decades of discrimination by the Sinhalese majority. Around 66,000 people had died in nearly two decades of violence before the 2002 cease-fire. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 26 02:57:36 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Tamils ask India to help end Lanka crisis
indiatimes.com, 26 Sep, 2006 1551hrs ISTIANS. NEW DELHI: Three Sri Lankan Tamil politicians on Tuesday urged India to play an active role to help resolve the island's ethnic conflict, with one of them saying that a solution to the crisis was very much in sight.

"Tamils hope and pray that India once again involves itself and brings about peace (in Sri Lanka)," D Sitharthan of the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOT) told a conference arranged by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies.

"India must help in getting Tamils devolution of power and democratic space in the northeast (of Sri Lanka)," T Sritharan of the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) added.

Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) president V Anandasangaree, who described India as his "motherland", said New Delhi had enough influence with both the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP), the island's two main parties, to goad them on the path of devolving power to the Tamil minority. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 26 08:40:51 EDT 2006 Back to the top


INTERVIEW-Sri Lanka, rebels as bad as each other-monitor
alertnet.org, Tuesday September 26, 2006 - 06:35 EDT. COLOMBO, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new Nordic peace monitor has been in the job for less than a month, and already he is shocked and disappointed at what he sees... Back to the top

Absolute power has undermined basic rights in Sri Lanka
khaleejtimes.com, 26 September 2006. HUMAN rights watchers here and abroad are not so happy about the situation in Sri Lanka, although the state of affairs is not as bad as it was during the 1988-90 era of terror... Back to the top

Aid workers in Sri Lanka face escalating risk and red tape
csmonitor.com, September 27. MUTTUR, SRI LANKA Although the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government recently expressed interest in renewed negotiations, the specter of brutal killings, abductions, and disappearances continues to hang over the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lankan song writers and artistes lobby for more royalties ...
lankabusinessonline.com, 26 September 2006 21:41:43 . Sept 25 (LBO) Sri Lankan song writers and other artistes are hoping a new licensing and royalty scheme being drawn up will help protect their creative work and prop up earnings... Back to the top

Tamil leader deplores Pakistan s role in Sri Lanka
teluguportal.net, Sep 26 . Chennai, Sep 26 (IANS) Tamils want India to play a more active role in Sri Lanka, but they want to keep Pakistan at bay, a Sri Lankan Tamil politician said here Tuesday... Back to the top

The 'Disappeared' in Sri Lanka
NPR, September 25. For the parents of a successful young woman called Komadhy, the last month has been little short of torture... Back to the top

India seeks dropping of controversial umpire Hair from Champions Trophy
Associated Press, Tue September 26, 2006 11:03 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI Associated Press Writer MUMBAI, India (AP) _ India has demanded that the International Cricket Council omit controversial cricket umpire Darrell Hair of Australia from next month's Champions Trophy as his presence might provoke spectators, the Indian cricket board said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy attacks rebels transporting weapons, killing around 70
Associated Press, Mon September 25, 2006 02:00 EDT . RUWAN WEERAKOON Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's navy sank 11 Tamil Tiger rebel ships loaded with troops and weapons on Monday during a five-hour sea battle off the country's east coast, killing about 70 separatists, a top navy official said... Back to the top

Muslim leaders respond about situation of Muslims in Sri Lanka
muslimnews.co.uk, Tuesday September 26, 2006 - 06:35 EDT. Muslim Guardian, The Voice of Sri Lankan Muslims

An often forgotten factor about the situation in Sri Lanka is the position and role of the Muslim community, the second largest minority community in the island and a critical part of the population of the conflict-affected areas of the north and east... Back to the top


Tamils ask India to help end Sri Lanka crisis
dnaindia.com, Tuesday September 26, 2006 - 10:50 EDT. NEW DELHI: Three Sri Lankan Tamil politicians on Tuesday urged India to play an active role to help resolve the island's ethnic conflict, with one of them saying that a solution to the crisis was very much in sight... Back to the top

AS-GEN--Sri Lanka-Monitor
Associated Press, Tue September 26, 2006 06:48 EDT . ANTHONY DEUTSCH - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - faces a ``dramatic and deteriorating'' humanitarian crisis caused by the worst violence since the inception of a 2002 cease-fire agreement, the head of a Nordic monitoring mission said Tuesday... Back to the top

Report: Some Refugees in Legal Paradox
Associated Press, Tue September 26, 2006 06:03 EDT . JEREMIAH MARQUEZ - Associated Press Writer - He said the Tigers showed up at his home along the coast of Sri Lanka - 's Jaffna Peninsula demanding his fishing boat in November 2004, court documents say... Back to the top

bc-NY-MD-MPGlobal-Tea 09-26
Associated Press, Tue September 26, 2006 08:13 EDT . - organic green tea from Sri Lanka - that's hand-plucked by local women farmers, packaged using banana fibers and tea leaves and full of various healthful benefits... Back to the top

LTTE downplays sea debacle
hindustantimes.com, Monday September 25 2006 - 22:05 EDT. Downplaying Sunday's sea battle off Pulmoddai, in which, according to the Sri Lankan government, 11 Sea Tiger boats were destroyed and dozens of Tiger cadres were killed, the LTTE came out with a terse announcement late Monday afternoon, saying that it lost three fighters in the five-hour battle... Back to the top

Delhi invites three parties from Sri Lanka
The Hindu, Monday September 25 2006 - 09:08 EDT. For interaction to determine possible role for India in crisis resolution The invitation is believed to be part of the exercise by New Delhi for sustained interaction with Sri Lankan political parties

COLOMBO: Close on the heels of the decision of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to meet a parliamentary delegation of the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA), India has invited representatives of three Tamil parties from the north-east to New Delhi for an "interaction" on the current situation in Sri Lanka... Back to the top


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