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Blast shakes Sri Lankan capital, four dead - officials
reuters, Jan 2. COLOMBO (Reuters) - A loud blast shook the Sri Lankan capital on Wednesday near a small downmarket hotel, killing four people and wounding 20, a senior hospital official said. "Twenty people were admitted to hospital with blast wounds. Four people were killed, including two soldiers," said Anil Jasinghe, director of the National Hospital in Colombo.Discuss this story More...
Published: Tue Jan 1 23:42:50 EST 2008
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Sri Lanka set for price increases as war escalates
afp, Jan 2. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka is set to raise the prices of basic foods such as potatoes and sugar as well as cooking gas, officials announced Tuesday, fanning fears of galloping inflation in the conflict-wracked island.

Inflation is already running at 17.5 percent in the tropical country, whose economy has been slowing amid an escalating war between government forces and Tamil rebels fighting for an independent homeland.

Liquefied petroleum gas used for cooking was slated to rise by nearly 12 percent Wednesday, the Royal Dutch Shell company said, blaming the increase on high global prices. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jan 1 21:55:12 EST 2008 Back to the top


Inflation fears as Lanka set to raise gas cost
gulf news, Jan 2. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is set to raise the prices of basic foods such as potatoes and sugar as well as cooking gas, officials announced yesterday, fanning fears of galloping inflation in the conflict-wracked island.

Inflation is already running at 17.5 per cent in the tropical country, whose economy has been slowing amid an escalating war between government forces and Tamil rebels fighting for an independent homeland.

Liquefied petroleum gas used for cooking was slated to rise by nearly 12pc today, the Royal Dutch Shell company said, blaming the increase on high global prices.

Import duties on sugar, potatoes, canned fish and lentils were to be raised by 15 to 30pc today, the trade ministry said, attributing the increase to a jump in global commodity prices and removal of subsidies. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jan 1 21:58:09 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka opposition lawmaker assassinated near capital
Associated Press, Tue January 1, 2008 03:08 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ An opposition lawmaker was assassinated at a New Year's religious service near Sri Lanka's capital Tuesday... Back to the top

Govt. 'responsible' for killing MP
bbc, Jan 1. Sri Lanka's parliamentarians from the ruling coalition and the opposition have accused the government of being responsible for killing Tamil MP, T Maheswaran... Back to the top

Tamil lawmaker’s killer detained, injured in retaliatory firing
hindu, Jan 1. COLOMBO: The New Year dawned on the island nation on an inauspicious note with a United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian, T... Back to the top

25 rebels killed in northern Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, 2008-01-01 21:08:03. COLOMBO, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- At least 25 Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed in northern Sri Lanka since Monday in separate clashes with government troops, said the military on Tuesday. Officials from the Media Center for National Security said one Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) member was killed and another was injured in a confrontation with government troops on Tuesday at Nawatkulam in Vavuniya district around 8:05 a... Back to the top

Key political victims of terror attacks in Sri Lanka
ians, Jan 1. Colombo : Terrorism has claimed the lives of several prominent politicians in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan banks to retire directors under new governance rules
lbo, Jan 1. Jan 01, 2008 (LBO) – New corporate governance rules for Sri Lankan banks would force long-standing directors to retire, prevent banks giving favoured treatment to related parties and ensure separation of power between the board and executive management... Back to the top

Tamil lawmaker shot at Hindu temple in Sri Lanka
Earthtimes, Jan 1. Colombo - An opposition Tamil member of parliament was shot and critically wounded inside a Hindu temple in Sri Lanka's capital, police said Tuesday... Back to the top

When ministers become a law unto themselves -Opinion
khaleej Times, Jan 1. Last Thursday, Labour Minister Mervyn Silva and his coterie of thugs stormed the Rupavahini television station, terrorised its staff and assaulted the news director because the minister’s speech made at the tsunami anniversary ceremony was not included in any of the news bulletins... Back to the top

Rupavahini to fold wings if justice denied
ColomboPost, Jan 1. COLOMBO: The staff of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) irrespective of party affiliations has decided to resort to strike action if justice is denied to them after the Mervin Silva fiasco last Thursday... Back to the top

Air force destroys rebel training camp, clashes in northern Sri Lanka kill 15, says military
Associated Press, Mon December 31, 2007 10:43 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force jets attacked and destroyed a Tamil Tiger training camp Monday in war-torn northern Sri Lanka - , while two days of infantry clashes killed at least 15 combatants, the military said... Back to the top

"Will kill thousands" SLA chief
BBC Sinhala, Monday, December 31, 2007, 8:56 EDT. The head of the Sri Lankan army says the military aims to kill three thousand Tamil Tiger rebels over the next six months... Back to the top

India to change Lanka policy if Tigers wither
hindustantimes.com, Monday, Dec 31, 2007, 16:30 EDT. More and more reports emanating from Sri Lanka are suggesting that Vellupillai Prabhakaran, head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is injured and dying, or even dead... Back to the top

Emirates to start deal renewal talks with SriLankan
gulf news, Dec 31. Dubai: Two top executives of Emirates are due in Colombo on Wednesday to negotiate with government officials the renewal of the Dubai-based airline's management contract for SriLankan - the country's flag carrier, a Colombo newspaper reported... Back to the top

4 Sri Lankan soldiers injured by rebel attack
xinhua, dec 31. COLOMBO, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- At least four government soldiers were injured when Tamil Tiger rebels triggered a claymore mine targeting a convoy of military buses in northern Sri Lanka on Monday, said the military. Military Spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said three Navy sailors and one Army soldier were injured in the attack in the Mannar district around 12:30 p... Back to the top

Ranatunga appointed Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket
expressindia.com, Monday, December 31, 2007, 09:15 EDT. Colombo, December 31: World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga was on Monday appointed Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket after the resignation of Jayanta Dharmadasa... Back to the top

Sri Lanka vows victory against Tigers in 2008
google.com, Monday, December 31, 2007. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's top military commanders have vowed to win the decades-old war against Tamil separatists in the new year, a state-run daily said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Buddhist monk 'honoured'
BBC Sinhala, Monday, December 31, 2007, 09:05 EDT. The chief incumbent of the Birmingham Buddhist Maha Vihara, Ven... Back to the top

Mortar fire, clashes in northern Sri Lanka kill 9 rebels, 2 soldiers: military
Associated Press, Sun December 30, 2007 23:11 EST . - - BC-Sri-Lanka - -Civil-War COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - - Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortars at territory recently lost to Sri Lankan government troops and fought three other battles, in violence that killed a total of nine insurgents and two soldiers, the military said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gained upper hand over LTTE in 2007
Earthtimes, dec 31. New Delhi, Dec 31 - Sri Lanka's failure to unveil a political package to end years of war and its military successes against the Tamil Tigers marked the highlights of one of the world's longest running conflicts in 2007... Back to the top

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