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Sri Lanka rebels say battle army in no-man's land
Reuters, Nov. 23. OLOMBO, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Thursday they were engaged in fierce fighting with the army in no-man's land in the island's restive east, with government troops with tanks trying to breach their defence lines.

"There is an intense confrontation going on," Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiraiyan told Reuters by telephone from the rebels' northern stronghold.

The military said it had no details of any confrontation in the east. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 22 23:29:33 EST 2006

Sri Lanka May Expand More Than 8% in 2007 If Violence Reduced, Nov. 23. Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's economy may expand more than 8 percent in 2007, the fastest pace in almost 30 years, if political violence on the South Asian island can be curtailed, the central bank governor said.

``If we really work hard at it, we can make 8 percent,'' Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said in an interview in Singapore. ``It can be sustainable and if the security concerns are reduced, it can be even more.''

Cabraal's optimism about the island's economic growth prospects comes as Sri Lanka grapples with renewed violence in its two-decade civil war between government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels. The central bank plans to spur the $24 billion economy while keeping inflation in check by hedging oil prices. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 22 22:31:52 EST 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka conflict to dominate Rajapakse's India visit
IANS, Nov. 23. New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) India and Sri Lanka are expected to have a free and frank exchange on the ethnic conflict when President Mahinda Rajapakse arrives here at the weekend on his second trip in a year amid unending violence in the island. Rajapakse is scheduled to open an international conference of mayors at Dehradun in Uttaranchal during a five-day journey that will include a private leg and discussions with Indian leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Sri Lankan opposition leader and former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is also tipped to be in India around the same time. More...
Published: Wed Nov 22 23:11:55 EST 2006 Back to the top

Lanka vows to resist Tigers despite international criticism
hindu, Nov. 23. Colombo, Nov. 22 (PTI): Unfazed by criticism from its major donors, the Sri Lankan Government today vowed to resist Tamil Tigers, insisting the international community recognised that Colombo had a right to defend itself when attacked by rebels. Major aid donors known as "Co-Chairs" met in Washington yesterday and condemned the Colombo government and Tamil rebels alike for human rights abuses and systematic violations of a 2002 ceasefire brokered by Norway... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says it wants to resume peace talks with Tamil rebels immediately
Associated Press, Wed November 22, 2006 00:06 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government said Wednesday it was willing to immediately resume stalled peace talks with Tamil rebels, but accused the insurgents of not cooperating... Back to the top

Sri Lanka parliament approves 2007 government budget
Yahoo News - Reuters, Wed, Nov 22, 2006 - 12:30 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's parliament on Wednesday approved the government's 2007 budget, which boosts spending next year on long-neglected infrastructure and on defence amid renewed civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

S.Lanka says donors misled by UN envoy, monitors, Wed Nov 22, 2006 - 01:20 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Nordic truce monitors and a U.N. envoy have misled Sri Lanka's main financial donors about ceasefire violations by the military, the government said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cricket chief faces share price manipulation charge
afp, November 22. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's securities watchdog alleged the island's cricket chief Jayantha Dharmadasa illegally manipulated the share price of a Colombo exchange-listed hospital and ordered a probe... Back to the top

Asian immigrants preserve culture while adapting to western ways
Associated Press, Wed November 22, 2006 14:37 EST . Asian immigrants preserve culture while adapting to western ways RAMESH SANTANAM Associated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Archana Patel celebrates Hindu religious festivals, cooks Indian vegetarian food, watches Bollywood movies with friends and knows her marriage will be arranged... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov t asks UN envoy for evidence on accusations, November 22. The Sri Lankan government said Wednesday it had asked the UN special advisor Allan Rock to provide credible evidence to support his accusations against the government security forces... Back to the top

LTTE denies hand in Rajiv assassination, Nov 22, 2006. In an exclusive interview to NDTV the political wing head of the LTTE claimed that the LTTE had nothing to do with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination... Back to the top

Sri Lanka invites Indian IT firms to set-up shop, November 21, 2006. Tissa Vitharana, Science and Technology Minister, Sri Lanka invited Indian IT firms to invest in the island nation for leveraging the IT skills of its citizens... Back to the top

R. Nicholas Burns Hold A News Conference On Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed November 22, 2006 07:34 EST . BURNS: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, I hope all of you can hear me... Back to the top

Evangelical Alliance Sri Lanka Urges Government to Protect ..., november 22. The National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) has urged the country’s government and law enforcement agencies to uphold for every citizen the right to freely practice the religion of their choice, without any harassment, a statement released yesterday said... Back to the top

Use negotiations to end Lanka bloodshed: Karunanidhi, Nov.22 . Chennai/Colombo, Nov.22 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Karunanidhi has said that only negotiations can end the bloodshed in strife torn Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Donors criticise Sri Lanka foes, Wed, Nov 22, 2006 - 12:30 EDT. Sri Lanka's main foreign donors have condemned what they call systematic and continued ceasefire violations by both government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

LTTE ideologue Balasingham has cancer, November 22. COLOMBO: The London-based political advisor and ideologue of the Tamil Tiger rebels Anton Balasingham is suffering from a severe cancerous disease and is battling for life, a media report said here on Wednesday... Back to the top

Military: Roadside bomb kills 1 soldier, wounds 3 in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue November 21, 2006 22:01 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A roadside bomb exploded in Sri Lanka - 's northern Jaffna peninsula, killing one soldier and wounding three others, the military said Wednesday, blaming Tamil Tiger insurgents for the blast... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Defense Ministry says air force bombs two Tamil rebel bases in northwest
Associated Press, Wed November 22, 2006 02:31 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets bombed two Tamil Tiger bases in the country's northwest on Wednesday, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president to visit neighboring India, rebel insurgency likely topic
Associated Press, Mon November 20, 2006 23:46 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Mahinda Rajapakse is scheduled to visit neighboring India later this week for meetings with leaders there that are likely to focus on Sri Lanka - 's ethnic Tamil insurgency, a government spokesman said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s conflict in quagmire, November 21. The Sri Lankan army says the separatist war in the north and east of the country has reached a turning point... Back to the top

Lankan exam for Tamil refugee students, November 21. Chennai, Nov 21: The Sri Lankan government has prevailed upon the Tamil Nadu government for facilitating the conduct of the 'O' level examination, equivalent to the Plus-Two course here, for Tamil refugees from the island nation... Back to the top

Tokyo Donors Conference on Sri Lanka underway in US, Nov. 21 . Washington, Nov. 21 (PTI): The US along with peace-broker Norway and the European Union would look afresh at strategies to revive the stalled peace process in war-torn Sri Lanka at the Tokyo Donors Conference underway here. "This is basically the main forum that we're using to discuss strategies that the international community can pursue to be able to encourage the peace process in Sri Lanka," Deputy Spokesman of the US State Department Tom Casey said while commenting on the two-day meeting... Back to the top

Lanka mediators to meet today in Washington, Tuesday November 21, 2006 - 06:30 EDT. WASHINGTON • Major donors engaged in efforts to end Sri Lanka's long-running civil war will meet today in Washington in the latest attempt to revive peace talks between the government and Tamil rebels, the State Department announced yesterday... Back to the top

University professor forced to flee native country due to threats, November 17, 2006. Ratnajeevan Hoole, auxillary professor of electrical and computer engineering, has fled his native country, Sri Lanka, following weeks of death threats against him by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam... Back to the top

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