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Sri Lanka violence leaves 30 dead: Army, 24 nov. Colombo, Nov 24: Renewed fighting in Sri Lanka's embattled northern and eastern regions has left at least 30 people dead, according to defence ministry figures.

Security forces killed 19 Tamil Tiger rebels in two clashes on Thursday in the eastern district of Batticaloa where four policemen also died, the ministry said.

It said the guerrillas had also shot dead two civilians in the east on the same day and five Tiger guerrillas were shot dead in a confrontation in the northern Vavuniya district.

The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they lost only one combatant in the island's east on Thursday and accused the military of killing a student and wounding five others. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 24 03:25:16 EST 2006

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Mosquito-borne fever hits Sri Lanka ; fear closes a school
Associated Press, Fri November 24, 2006 08:40 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI

Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's health officials on Friday confirmed an outbreak of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne fever.

Blood samples sent to Thai and Indian research institutes and three local laboratories tested positive for chikungunya, the Health Ministry's epidemiologist Nihal Abeysinghe said, adding that at least 50 people have been found to be carrying the illness.

Chikungunya _ like dengue _ is spread by female aedes mosquitoes, and symptoms include high fever, severe joint pains, headache and vomiting. There is no known cure for either disease.

Eighty-one people were reported dead after contracting chikungunya in South India in the past month, but health experts say the disease only weakens the immune system, allowing people to succumb to other ailments.

While the government has asked people not to panic, the independent Daily Mirror newspaper reported on Friday that a school in northwestern Kalpitiya was closed after many students and teachers were found with high fever.

Sri Lanka's Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, meanwhile, asked public to prevent the spread of both the diseases by cleaning up areas where mosquitoes breed.

Mosquito-borne diseases usually spread with annual monsoons as the rains leave puddles of stagnant water for the insects to breed in.

``With the ongoing rains, such diseases could reach an epidemic proportion by next month unless drastic measures are taken to clean the environment,'' said Pradeep Kariyawasam, who heads the capital Colombo's health department. Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 24 09:38:33 EST 2006 Back to the top

Lanka to seek joint patrolling of maritime boundary with India, Friday, November 23, 2006 - 09:40. Colombo, Nov. 24 (PTI): Sri Lanka will seek greater cooperation from New Delhi to patrol their maritime boundary in a bid to prevent cross-border terrorism and discuss the island's peace process during President Mahinda Rajapakse's five-day visit to India beginning tomorrow. Speaking to reporters here on the eve of his departure, Rajapakse said he will take up the question of stepping up joint patrolling along the Palk Straits. "This is something we should concentrate on to prevent not only arms and More...
Published: Fri Nov 24 09:41:40 EST 2006 Back to the top

Vaiko asks PM to prevail upon Lanka to stop bombing LTTE, November 24. New Delhi, Nov. 24 (PTI): Ahead of his party workers fast here next week to protest Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's visit to India, MDMK leader Vaiko today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and asked him to prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to "stop aerial bombings and military attacks against the Tamils". "We would humbly request you to withdraw the radars supplied by the Indian Government to the Sri Lankan Air Force and stop forthwith any training given to Sri Lankan Air Force pilots in India," Vaiko said in a memorandum to the Prime Minister... Back to the top

Bhuddist priests in Sri Lanka to get new and improved alms bowls, Nov 24. Nov 24, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is drawing up new standards for alms bowls as local Buddhist priests say iron bowls and not aluminium is what cultural practices decree... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to issue US dollar bond in 2007, Friday Nov 23, 2006 - 09-45 EDT. SRI Lanka plans to issue its first US dollar bond in 2007 to raise funds for major infrastructure projects such as roads and ports, the country's central bank chief said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Indian diplomat says talks with Sri Lanka over reducing violence fruitful
IHT, November 24. NEW DELHI: India's top diplomat, fresh from a trip to troubled neighbor Sri Lanka, said Friday talks in the island nation aimed at ending ethnic violence there had been productive... 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... Back to the top

Foreign secy to brief Karunanidhi on Lanka
Yahoo, November 24. Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon will brief Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi about the situation in Sri Lanka on his way back from the island nation... 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

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

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