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NOVEMBER 17, 2006 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lanka says sinks 3 rebel boats in sea battle
Reuters, November 18. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military said it sank three Tamil Tiger rebel boats in a sea battle off the island's northwest coast early on Saturday, and that four navy sailors were wounded.

Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said small navy patrol craft engaged the Tiger vessels off the Mannar peninsula, and that helicopter gunships were called in to help. He said no navy boats were sunk.

"Three LTTE boats were sunk, and four navy sailors have gunshot injuries, but their craft are intact," Samarasinghe said. "The battle is still going on." More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 17 23:39:09 EST 2006

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Sri Lankan military says 27 Tamil rebels killed, president asks rebels to give up weapons
Associated Press, Thu November 16, 2006 23:07 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The military said Friday its soldiers killed 27 Tamil Tiger rebels in eastern Sri Lanka - , as the island nation's president urged the separatist insurgents to lay down their weapons and help end decades of bloodshed. No immediate comment was available from the rebels, who say they want to create a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's 3.2 million Tamils.

There was also no mention of the reported losses in the rebels' Web site and no independent confirmation.

The call for rapprochement came from President Mahinda Rajapakse during a speech in Parliament where he urged the rebels to renounce violence, surrender their arms, and ``work toward promoting peace, democracy and development in the interest of building a new Sri Lanka - .''

Rajapakse, who is also the finance minister, was presenting his administration's annual budget for 2007, which saw a sharp 45 percent increase in defense spending.

Rajapakse cited increased violence for the spike in spending. Violence between ethnic Tamil rebels and the government has claimed the lives of over 3,200 combatants and civilians this year, despite a 2002 cease-fire, according to the government.

The rebels gave no formal reaction to Rajapakse's call, but Tiger political wing chief Suppiah Thamilselvan suggested the increased defense spending showed the government is not committed to the peace process.

``In today's budget, the government has massively increased military expenditure. What does that indicate?'' he was quoted as saying by TamilNet, a Web site that reflects the rebels' thinking.

Thamilselvan's comment came after he met with Paul Murphy, a former British Cabinet minister, who on Thursday visited the rebels to try to salvage a Norway-brokered cease-fire.

Murphy, who was involved in the Northern Ireland peace process, drew parallels with that conflict and the separatist insurgency in Sri Lanka - and said there is still hope that Sri Lanka - 's troubles could be resolved through dialogue.

``Ten years ago, people didn't think that the Northern Ireland conflict could be resolved. But it has happened through political negotiations. There are similar hopes and prayers for a political solution in Sri Lanka - ,'' Murphy said in a statement.

Large-scale fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the government erupted in 1983. More than 65,000 people were killed before the truce, which has all but disintegrated amid near-daily killings.

Both sides refuse to budge from their positions. The rebels want a separate homeland for the ethnic Tamil minority, while the government says regional autonomy is the maximum it will give. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 17 07:07:32 EST 2006 Back to the top


Tamil employee of Scotland-based international demining group abducted in northern Jaffna
Associated Press, Fri November 17, 2006 05:48 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Tamil employee of a Scotland-based international demining group has been abducted from his home in northern Sri Lanka - , the group said Friday. Sri Lanka - 's Human Rights Commission has said more than 400 Tamil youth have disappeared from the northern Jaffna peninsula since December.

The Asian Human Rights Commission, a private group based in Hong Kong, last month accused the Sri Lankan government of abducting suspected Tamil Tiger insurgents to crush a separatist uprising.

The government has denied involvement in abductions and appointed an eight-member panel to investigate human rights violations blamed both on government forces and Tamil rebels.

Of the 15 major cases mandated to be investigated is the August killing of 17 local workers of Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organization.

Sri Lanka - , a small tropical island off India's southern coast, is witnessing increasing violence due to near collapse of a 2002 cease-fire.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels have fought the government since 1983 demanding a self-ruled homeland for ethnic minority Tamils citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese-dominated state.

More than 65,000 people were killed before a 2002 cease-fire.

Even though both sides have not officially withdrawn from the truce renewed violence since last December killed more than 3,200 combatants and civilians. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 17 07:06:49 EST 2006 Back to the top


Lanka to borrow heavily as deficit reaches $2.18bn
gulf-daily-news.com, 18th November 2006. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is set to borrow heavily abroad and at home in a bid to finance a record $2.18 billion budget deficit next year as defence spending jumps 45 per cent, official figures showed yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Insurance lures Apollo back to Sri Lanka
lankabusinessonline.com, 8 November 2006 9:59:52. November 18, (LBO) - Apollo Hospitals has struck a deal with the new owners of Lanka Hospital Corporation to continue in management, the Indian media reports said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president asks Tamil Tiger rebels to surrender weapons
Associated Press, Thu November 16, 2006 08:25 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's president on Thursday asked separatist Tamil Tiger rebels to surrender weapons and help end decades of bloodshed in the island nation, as a British envoy met with the insurgents to salvage a tenuous cease-fire... Back to the top

Tamil rebels label call from Sri Lanka 's president to surrender weapons a joke
Associated Press, Fri November 17, 2006 02:02 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil rebels on Friday rejected a call from Sri Lanka - 's president to surrender their arms, as the military announced it killed 27 insurgents... Back to the top

Arms on menu as S.Lanka defence spending rises 28 pct
reuters.co.uk, Friday November 17, 2006 - 07:10 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government plans to use a budgeted 28 percent increase in defence spending for 2007 to help beef up the military as it battles Tamil Tiger rebels amid renewed civil war, officials said on Friday... Back to the top

Military: Tamil rebels using civilians as human shields; soldier, civilian killed
Associated Press, Wed November 15, 2006 23:43 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military on Thursday accused the Tamil Tiger rebels of using civilians as human shields in eastern Batticaloa district, as artillery fire allegedly killed a soldier and civilian in the country's latest violence... Back to the top

Interfax: Russia to scrap tea import duty under WTO agreement with Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri November 17, 2006 06:28 EST . MOSCOW (AP) Russia will scrap its 5 percent import duty on loose tea within two years after it joins the World Trade Organization under an agreement reached during successful talks with Sri Lanka - on Moscow's WTO bid, the Interfax news agency reported Friday... Back to the top

Army killings in Sri Lanka: Vaiko courts arrest
monstersandcritics.com, Friday November 17, 2006 - 14:50 EDT. Chennai, Nov 17 (IANS) MDMK general secretary Vaiko and hundreds of his supporters were arrested Friday as they defied police orders to march towards the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission to condemn the killings of Tamils in the island... Back to the top

Blast in northern Sri Lanka kills civilian, injure six
Associated Press, Thu November 16, 2006 04:48 EST . - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A roadside blast in northern Sri Lanka - on Thursday killed one civilian and injured six others, the military and a hospital worker said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rescue Indian fisherman
hindu.com, Thursday November 16, 2006 - 12:25 EDT. Colombo, Nov 16. (PTI): Sri Lanka today said, it has rescued an Indian fisherman from the clutches of Tamil Tigers and claimed it pointed to evidence that fishing boats from India were being captured by the rebels to smuggle weapons and explosives into the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lankan starves to death in north,first on record
alertnet.org, Thursday November 16, 2006 - 06:50 EDT. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Nov 16 (Reuters) - An odd-job man has starved to death in Sri Lanka's war-torn north, officials said on Thursday, the first such death since state records began in 1991... Back to the top

India to raise concerns of Tamils to Sri Lanka
dnaindia.com, Thursday November 16, 2006 - 06:50 EDT. CHENNAI: Expressing concern over the recent developments in Sri Lanka and the Tamils' plight there, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he will convey India's concern to the Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in an appropriate fashion during the latter's visit to the country... Back to the top

Clinton seeks political reconciliation in Sri Lanka
hindustantimes.com, Thursday November 16, 2006 - 06:50 EDT. Noting that escalating violence in Sri Lanka has hindered tsunami recovery efforts, former United States President Bill Clinton has sought political reconciliation in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Escalation of conflict leaves tens of thousands of IDPs ...
reliefweb.int, Thursday November 16, 2006 - 06:50 EDT. The protracted armed conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has escalated dramatically since the beginning of 2006, with an estimated 3,300 people having been killed and over 200,000 internally displaced, in addition to the hundreds of thousands uprooted earlier on in the conflict and by the tsunami of December 2004... Back to the top

Military: Tamil rebels using civilians as human shields; soldier, civilian killed
Associated Press, Wed November 15, 2006 23:43 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military on Thursday accused the Tamil Tiger rebels of using civilians as human shields in eastern Batticaloa district, as artillery fire allegedly killed a soldier and civilian in the country's latest violence... Back to the top

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