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Parliamentarian Raviraj Shot Dead
MCNS, November 10, 2006. COLOMBO: TAMIL NATIONAL ALLIANCE (TNA) parliamentarian NADARAJAH RAVIRAJ was fired at by un-identified gunmen in BORELLA this morning (10).

Mr. Raviraj and his personal security officer have been admitted to the Colombo National Hospital with serious sustained gunshot injuries.

Hospital sources confirmed that both M.P. Raviraj and his security officer succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.

The Police had commenced a Search operation in the area to apprehend the suspects. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 9 23:46:32 EST 2006

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26 Sri Lankan sailors dead, four captured alive in northern sea battle, Tamil rebels say
Associated Press, Thu November 9, 2006 11:51 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels said on Thursday that they have killed at least 26 Sri Lankan sailors and caught four others alive in a fierce sea battle off the northern Jaffna peninsula.

``We have caught four sailors alive and found one dead body. Our fighters have confirmed that they killed at least another 25 sailors,'' Tamil Tigers' military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan told The Associated Press.

He said five Sea Tiger fighters also died in the attack. Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 9 12:46:48 EST 2006 Back to the top

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U.N. condemns Sri Lanka 's shelling of school that sheltered displaced people
Associated Press, Thu November 9, 2006 12:42 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The United Nations on Thursday condemned the Sri Lankan military's shelling of a school sheltering displaced people, killing at least 23 Tamils... Back to the top

Time for rethink on Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi, Nov 10, 2006. CHENNAI : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said on Thursday that the time was now ripe to "rethink and find an answer" to the Sri Lankan crisis... Back to the top

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Thousands flee Sri Lanka camp, Thu Nov 9, 2006 9:04am ET. VALACHCHENAI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Thousands of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees fled their camp in rebel territory in the island's east on Thursday, survivors said, a day after the army bombed the location killing dozens of civilians... Back to the top

Norway wants Sri Lanka to explain firing of grenades near chief truce monitor
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Sri Lanka Says Rebels Hold 30,000 Civilians as Human Shields, Nov 08 20:57. Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka accused the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of using as many as 30,000 civilians as human shields in fighting with the army, after the rebels said 45 people were killed in military shelling of a refugee camp. Rebel fighters captured last week revealed that the Tamil Tigers have ``forcibly retained'' civilians near their bases in the eastern region, the Media Center for National Security said on its Web site... Back to the top

Rebel official says 45 people die in attacks on rebel-controlled east Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed November 8, 2006 05:03 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ At least 45 Tamils were killed and 125 wounded Wednesday when government forces bombarded a Tamil rebel-held region in northeastern Sri Lanka where Tamil civilians had taken refuge to escape fighting, a senior rebel official said... Back to the top

Amnesty International condemns attack on Sri Lankan school; at least 23 killed
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Sri Lanka faces skilled worker shortage to meet construction boom, 8 November 2006 . Nov 08, 2006 (LBO) Sri Lanka is lobbying for more investment in infrastructure like roads and building projects, but is facing a shortage of skilled labour over the next few years to do the job... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Attack on displaced civilians must be investigated
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UNP move to remove member illegal: SC, 7 November, 2006,. HE Supreme Court yesterday declared that the United National Party (UNP) attempt to remove Minister Keheliya Rambukwella from the party was illegal... Back to the top

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