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Sri Lankan Army Advances in Jaffna After Rebel Commander Killed
bloomberg, jan 7. Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's army advanced in the northern Jaffna Peninsula as the military targeted bases held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and killed the group's head of military intelligence.

Soldiers have built new sentry posts on main roads in Jaffna since the government ended its 2002 cease-fire with the LTTE last week, TamilNet reported on its Web site, citing unidentified security officials in Jaffna.

Army units destroyed two LTTE bunkers, killing four rebels, in the Muhamalai district yesterday, the Defense Ministry said on its Web site. Two soldiers died in a second clash in the area yesterday, it said.

The LTTE, which is fighting for a separate homeland in the South Asian island nation, was driven from the eastern region in July last year and now controls areas only in the north. The LTTE intelligence chief was killed yesterday and the government has said rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran was wounded in an air raid in November.

Soldiers have been deployed on main roads in Jaffna in the past three days, TamilNet reported. Sri Lanka's army chief said last month the army surrounded the LTTE's bases in the northern Wanni region and halved the rebel force, which now numbers about 3,000 fighters. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 6 21:28:40 EST 2008

Emirates ends 10-year Lanka tie-up
GulfNews, jan 7. Dubai: Emirates has ended its 10-year deal to manage SriLankan airline saying it will pass on the carrier's control to the Colombo government, the majority shareholder in the island's flag carrier.

The Dubai-based airline gave no reason for its decision, but relations between Emirates and Sri Lankan government had become troubled after a recent row over denial of seats to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and his entourage on a London-Colombo flight and the cancellation of the work permit of SriLankan's British chief executive officer Peter Hill.

Talks between Emirates and Sri Lanka for the renewal of the management contract had been going for about 18 months. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 6 13:59:22 EST 2008 Back to the top

President's peace advisor quits
BBC Sinhala, Sunday, January 06, 2008 09:30EDT. The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's top advisor on the peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels has resigned.

Senior diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala's resignation comes just days after the government announced it was unilaterally withdrawing from a ceasefire agreement (CFA) it signed with the rebels in 2002.

Mr. Dhanapala, who was appointed as the Sri Lankan president's peace advisor in December 2005, said he was quitting for personal reasons.

He had also served as head of More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 6 09:30:56 EST 2008 Back to the top

Report: Top Tamil Tiger intelligence official killed in Sri Lankan military ambush
Associated Press, jan 6. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan troops infiltrated separatist Tamil rebel territory in the embattled north and blew up a car, killing a top rebel intelligence official and three others who were inside, a pro-rebel Web site reported Sunday... Back to the top

Only military might will correct situation, says LTTE
ET, Jan 5. Colombo, Jan 4 - The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has indicated that only a demonstration of its military might will change the present international climate in its favour... Back to the top

Tamil Intelligence Chief Slain by Sri Lankan Soldiers (Update1)
bloomberg, jan 6. Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan soldiers shot dead the head of military intelligence for the Tamil rebels in an ambush in the country's northern province, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.

Shanmuganathan Ravishankar was killed, along with 20 other members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, when the soldiers ambushed a van in which he was traveling in the Adampan area of Mannar, spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said today in a telephone interview from the capital Colombo... Back to the top

LTTE intelligence chief killed
NDTV, jan 6. 'The 43-year-old Charles has been involved in killing of some senior leaders and the Colombo Central bank bomb blast,'' which had left 91 people dead and 1000 injured in January 1996, said Devananda, who himself recently survived a suicide attack carried out by a suspected LTTE woman bomber... Back to the top

No ban on LTTE on the cards: Sri Lanka, Saturday, January 5. The Sri Lankan government has ruled out an immediate ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist group... Back to the top

Fresh Sri Lanka clashes as monitors begin pullout, jan 6. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankan security forces clashed with Tamil Tiger separatists and exchanged artillery fire in the north as Norwegian-led monitors began pulling out before a truce runs out, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Clashes kill 26 Tamil Tiger rebels days after Sri Lanka 's cease-fire collapse
Associated Press, Sat January 5, 2008 07:14 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Soldiers overran separatist Tamil rebel bunkers and traded artillery fire across Sri Lanka - 's embattled north Saturday leaving 26 insurgents dead, the military said, just days after a 2002 cease-fire collapsed... Back to the top

War could affect credit status, says ratings agency
gulftimes, jan 6. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's escalating war with the Tamil Tigers could hit the nation's credit status, an international ratings agency has warned... Back to the top

Australia concerned about Sri Lanka
smh, jan 6. Australia has warned Sri Lanka it was taking a backwards step by withdrawing from its ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

2 LTTE men arrested in Mangalore
The Times of India, Saturday, January 5, 2008, 15:00 EDT. 6 Jan 2008, 0104 hrs IST,Ambarish B,TNN

SMS NEWS to 58888 for latest updates BANGALORE/MANGALORE: Two LTTE sympathisers from Sri Lanka were arrested in a lodge in Mangalore on Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: 34 Tamil Tigers killed, January 05, 2008 23:14. At least 34 Tamil Tigers were killed and eight soldiers injured in intensified fighting between the troops and the rebels in restive northern Sri Lanka following the government's decision to dump a tattered 2002 ceasefire... Back to the top

Truce saved 10,000 Sri Lankan lives, say Nordic ministers
newkerala, Jan 5. Foreign ministers of five Nordic countries, which had contributed truce monitors to Sri Lanka, have claimed that the ceasefire agreement (CFA), which the Sri Lankan government abrogated earlier this week, had saved an estimated 10,000 lives in the first three years of its existence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka vows to crush LTTE militancy in 2008
toi, Jan 5. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has vowed to crush the militancy by Tamil Tiger rebels this year as he insisted that development programmes have been undertaken in the areas security forces captured from the LTTE... Back to the top

2 held in Karnataka for suspected LTTE links
sify, Jan 5. Bangalore: Two Sri Lankan Tamils were arrested on Saturday in Karnataka's coastal town of Mangalore on suspicion of working for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), police said... Back to the top

Dates for Manmohan’s Colombo visit not finalised
hindu, Jan 5. COLOMBO: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not participate in the 60th Independence Day celebrations of Sri Lanka on February 4, the island nation’s Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama, said here on Friday... Back to the top

India: War won’t bring peace to SL
newindpress, Jan 5. NEW DELHI: India has reacted cautiously to Sri Lanka’s decision to pull out from a six-year-old ceasefire with Tamil militants, saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the island nation... Back to the top

Choppers patrol Rameswaram
newindpress, Jan 5. RAMESWARAM: The Indian Navy is conducting intensive patrolling of the sea off the coast of Rameswaram, following the tense situation developing in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

South Asian varsity is taking shape
dna, Jan 5. NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s idea of setting up a South Asian University (SAU) in the Saarc region taking a concrete shape... Back to the top

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