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Fresh fighting erupts in Sri Lanka as Indian envoy arrives
Yahoo, Nov 23, 9:09 AM ET. COLOMBO (AFP) - Heavy fighting has gripped Sri Lanka as Tamil Tiger rebels and troops blamed each other for renewed battles and India sent a top envoy to discuss the worsening violence. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they killed seven police and lost one of their fighters in an encounter in the district of Ampara while more fighting raged in the neighbouring district of Batticaloa. More...
Published: Thu Nov 23 22:16:03 EST 2006
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Sri Lanka 's undeclared war escalates, 14 reported killed, air force strikes rebel bases  - Associated Press

Alleged LTTE operatives enforce shop closures for Hero's day in Canada.
Roy Edwards from Toronto, November 23. Despite the ban by the Canadian government and the raid on their front organizations by the RCMP, LTTE continues to threaten and intimidate Tamil residents and businessmen in Canada. Currently LTTE operatives are actively engaged in organizing the Heroes Day events in Toronto and Montreal. The event, held annually to coincide with the birthday of LTTE leader, Pirabakaran, is to be held in Canada on Monday the November 27 th.It is reported that LTTE operatives were visiting Tamil-owned businesses in Toronto and demanding the proprietors to close the business establishments on November 27th. Posters printed by a LTTE front which states that 'This establishment will be closed on Monday, November 27 th, in observance of Tamil remembrance day- Management” have been pasted in store-fronts of Tamil business establishments.

Majority of the shop owners are annoyed and frustrated by the LTTE's arm-twisting tactics. "I am forced to close my business. I know very well what will happen if I don't. They (LTTE) have told me that neither me nor my kids will be safe, if I don't obey this order", said one shop owner in Scarborough. Another shop owner in Downtown Toronto said "they came and pasted this large photo of Pirabakaran in my store. I am afraid to leave it there because RCMP might raid my store. I am afraid to tear it down because LTTE boys will break down my windows, vandalize my stores. I don't know what to do".

Many residents and businessmen say that LTTE operatives continue to demand money from them, despite the federal ban on the LTTE. In April of this year, Canadian government listed LTTE as a terrorist group and made it a crime to provide material support to the LTTE. Following the ban, RCMP raided the Montreal and Toronto offices of 'World Tamil Movement', a known LTTE front.

Last year, several Toronto area schools revoked the permissions granted to the LTTE fronts to conduct the Heroes day celebrations , at the last moment, citing terrorist connections. In an attempt to confuse the authorities, LTTE is calling the day as 'Remembrance Day', and reportedly have managed to obtain permissions to have the event at least in two schools in Toronto and Montreal.

The annual Heroes day is a major propaganda and fund-raising event for the LTTE, where Tamils, including young children are told to worship the dead LTTE members and suicide cadres. LTTE also raise hundreds of thousands of dollars at these events by selling LTTE propaganda materials. Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 23 14:15:33 EST 2006 Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels, military battle for territory in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu November 23, 2006 08:31 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military, backed by tanks and war planes, battled Tamil Tiger rebels for over three hours on Thursday for control of territory in the east, a military spokesman said. The rebels said they killed seven government commandoes. Air force planes bombed an identified Sea Tiger base in Mullaithivu district of northern Sri Lanka - on Thursday, an official at the national security media center said. There were no reports on the casualties.

Separately, rebels raided a security camp in northern Kabithigollewa before dawn Thursday, killing three government ``home guards'' pro-government civilian residents who have weapons training and help security forces,the media center said.

Also Thursday, three policemen and a security guard, providing security for ethnic Sinhalese farmers working in their fields, were killed by suspected Tamil Tigers in eastern Ampara, the official said.

The Tigers have been fighting for over two decades for a separate homeland for the country's ethnic Tamil minority, citing discrimination by the Sinhalese majority. A 2002 cease-fire temporarily took the steam out of the bloody civil war, but since last December, airstrikes, mine attacks, assassinations and heavy arms fire have killed more than 3,200 fighters and civilians.

Both sides insist they have not withdrawn from the truce, but peace talks to try to salvage the accord held in Switzerland in October failed to bring about any progress.

With peace talks stalled, the government and the rebels refuse to budge from their positions. The rebels want a separate homeland, while the government says regional autonomy is the maximum it will give.

Associated Press writers Krishan Francis and Bharatha Mallawarachi, contributed to the report.

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Published: Thu Nov 23 10:32:13 EST 2006 Back to the top

UN's Allan Rock ridiculed in Sri Lanka
The Star, November 23. COLOMBO—United Nations envoy Allan Rock has been lampooned and accused of collaborating with the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

India for comprehensive political settlement of Sri Lankan issue, Nov 24, 2006. COLOMBO: Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon on Thursday told Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa that India looked forward to an early "comprehensive political settlement" of the ethnic issue... Back to the top

Air force jets bomb Tamil rebels in eastern Sri Lanka , other violence kills 3
Associated Press, Thu November 23, 2006 01:35 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force jets bombed Tamil Tiger positions in eastern Sri Lanka - Thursday to help repel an attack on army troops, while the rebels killed three government security guards in a raid in the north, the military said... Back to the top

Rebels kill 3 govt security guards, wound 5 soldiers in separate attacks: military
Associated Press, Wed November 22, 2006 23:06 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels raided a security camp in northern Sri Lanka - early Thursday, killing three government security guards, while five soldiers were wounded in separate attacks, the military said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Extradition hearing will proceed for Tamil Tigers suspect, Toews rules
Associated Press, Nov. 24. TORONTO (CP) _ The extradition case against Suresh Sriskandarajah is proceeding after a request from officials in the United States was accepted by Canadian Justice Minister Vic Toews... 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... 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

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