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Tiger alert in TN as cops search for LTTE cadre
khaleej Times, jan 20. HENNAI — The Tamil Nadu police has begun searching for cadres of Sri Lankan dissident outfit the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) across the state following reports that many have fled to India in view of stepped up action against the group in the neighbouring country.

This follows the recent arrest of LTTE operatives in Tamil Nadu, neighbouring Karnataka and the national capital.

The police have said there are hundreds of Sri Lankan Tamils in the state who do not have proper registration papers.

Tamil Nadu has been sheltering 64,000 refugees in 111 camps since the ethnic conflict broke out in Sri Lanka in the 1980s.

"The police are also drawing up a list of those who overstay after their valid permits end," P. Rajendran, director general of police, told the media here on Friday.

Meanwhile, reports from Rameswaram said an Indian Navy warship has taken up position in the Gulf of Mannar to step up vigil along the strip of water that separates India from the Thalaimannar tip of north Sri Lanka. This stretch is a popular crossover point for Sri Lankan Tamils. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jan 19 23:48:59 EST 2008

Sri Lanka to unveil devolution package for Tamils by Jan 23
pti, jan 19. Colombo, Jan 18 A much-awaited power devolution package to resolve the over two-decade-old Tamil ethnic conflict will be ready by January 23, the Sri Lankan government has said while rejecting allegations that its scrapping of ceasefire was responsible for the escalated fighting.

“In the wake of divergent views and theories in the political arena, we are determined to provide a devolution package by implementing the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) proposals,” senior government Minister, Mr Maithripala Sirisena told reporters.

Mr Sirisena, who is also the general secretary of the main ruling party—the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP), said on the directives of the President, Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa, the APRC was expected to present the devolution proposals on January 23.

The proposals would then be presented to the Cabinet and party leaders before being placed in Parliament. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jan 19 00:37:38 EST 2008 Back to the top

UK issues stern warning to Colombo, 19 Jan 2008. LONDON: The British government has issued a stern warning to Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse that "the world is watching and waiting" for the island nation to make a "bold" leap towards peace. The warning comes barely 72 hours after Colombo scrapped the tattered 2002 ceasefire with Tamil rebels. Calling for a new ceasefire, foreign office minister Kim Howells issued the warning to Colombo during a special parliamentary adjournment debate requested by MPs anxious about the deteriorating situation after fighting between government troops and LTTE militants escalated in recent weeks. More...
Published: Sat Jan 19 12:55:30 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: Fighting kills 35 Tamil rebels, 1 soldier in embattled north
Associated Press, Sat January 19, 2008 05:21 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Battles between government troops and Tamil Tiger fighters killed 35 rebels and one soldier along the front lines in northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Saturday, as violence continued to escalate following the government's withdrawal from a cease-fire... Back to the top

LTTE man's arrest for abduction plan first since 1991
newkerala, jan 19. By M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi, Jan 18 : The arrest of a Tamil Tiger operative on charges of planning the abduction from India of a prominent Sri Lankan Tamil politician is the first time the rebels have gone this far since the 1991 killing of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi... Back to the top

Defense Ministry says Tamil Tiger rebels kill 10 civilians in southern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri January 18, 2008 06:03 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot 10 ethnic Sinhalese civilians in southern Sri Lanka - , the Defense Ministry said Friday amid escalating violence following the government's withdrawal from a cease-fire with the insurgents... Back to the top

US Pacific Fleet Commander calls on the Sri Lanka Navy Commander
Sri Lanka Navy, 2008-01-18. United States Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Robert F. Willard called on Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, at the Navy Headquarters, Colombo, today (17th January 2008)... Back to the top

Britain 'has a right' to interfere
BBC Sinhala, Friday, January 18, 2008. Many international actors, including Great Britain, are concerned of the escalating violence in Sri Lanka, a senior British MP said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: Fighter jets bomb Tamil rebel camp in volatile north
Associated Press, Fri January 18, 2008 03:46 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force jets pounded a Tamil Tiger rebel camp in northern Sri Lanka - on Friday, the military said... Back to the top

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