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40 Tigers killed in clashes: Colombo
hindu, jan 28. COLOMBO: The Sri Lanka military on Sunday claimed that at least 40 cadres of the LTTE were killed and scores of other Tigers injured in clashes with the security forces along the Forward Defence Lines (FDLs) in the past 24 hours.

A statement by the Defence Ministry said here that a soldier was also killed during a confrontation in the Muhamalai area, Jaffna. It said three cadres of the LTTE were killed by troops when they launched an attack in the Muhamalai area and destroyed a bunker.

It said that troops forced into LTTE defences at Adampan, south in Mannar, assisted by heavy artillery and multi barrel rocket (MBRL) fire and destroyed three LTTE bunkers. At least 19 LTTE cadres were seriously injured during the attack. In the clashes two soldiers were also wounded.

In clashes along the Wanni defences at Vavuniya and Welioya at least eight cadres of the LTTE were killed and three wounded, the Ministry said. Two LTTE cadres were killed in a confrontation with troops in general area of Parayanakulama, Vavuniya. Four other Tiger cadres were reported killed when troops advanced into LTTE defences ahead of Kiriibbanwewa at Welioya, in three separate incidents. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 27 21:48:41 EST 2008

Pro-LTTE leader seeks India's help in solving ethnic conflict
toi, jan 27. COLOMBO: With the Sri Lankan military stepping up its offensive against the Tamil Tigers, a senior pro-LTTE leader has asked New Delhi to assume greater responsibility in resolving the ethnic conflict in the Island nation.

"India must play a role. India is a country very close to all of us ..close to Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims alike. We all came from there," Tamil National Alliance parliamentary party leader R Sampanthan said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 27 21:49:39 EST 2008 Back to the top

2. Tiger confession gives DMK the blushes
2, Jan. 28. A terror plot in Tamil Nadu was thwarted with the arrest of Thambithurai Parameswaran, a member of the LTTE's intelligence wing, from Madipakkam two weeks ago. He was in Chennai to organise supplies.

Interrogations, however, revealed he had another agenda that could come as a major embarrassment for the DMK government. Parameswaran was collecting information on the movements of Varadaraja Perumal, a former EPRLF chief - Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front is a political party in Sri Lanka - and a key ally of the IPKF, who is lodged at a secret location in Orissa under Army supervision.

Parmeswaran was planning a terror plot to kill Permual at his daughter's wedding in Rajasthan in February. He was working on the guest list so that he along with his associates could pose as invitees and assassinate him. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 27 21:56:55 EST 2008 Back to the top

VCK for scrapping Katchatheevu agreement with Lanka
newkerala, jan 27. Chennai, Jan 27: The Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), an ally of the DMK-led DPA, has urged the Centre to nullify the Katchatheevu agreement with Sri Lanka and declare the area as an integral part of the Indian territory... Back to the top

3 Asian Workers Sentenced to Death for Murder
arab news, Jan. 28. RIYADH, 28 January 2008 A court in Jeddah yesterday gave three Asian workers, sentenced to death in relation to the murder of an elderly Saudi woman during an armed burglary, seven days to appeal the verdict... Back to the top

Aditya Birla Group mulls takeover of Jaffna plant
buisness standard, jan 28. Ultratech Cement, an Aditya Birla Group company, has decided to throw its hat in the ring to acquire the five lakh tonne Kankesanthurai cement plant in Jaffna that has been closed for more than 17 years... Back to the top

President Mahinda Rajapaksa axes APRC 'body'
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, January 27, 2008, 7.01 p.m.. President Mahinda Rajapaksa virtually transformed the All Party Representative Committee's (APRC) crucial recommendations on how to implement the much hyped about 13th Amendment to the Constitution from a detailed 10-page report into a mere two-page poster... Back to the top

'Air defence system preventing LTTE to launch aerial attack'
The Hindu News, January 27, 2008. Colombo (PTI): Revamping of Sri Lanka's air defence system has prevented the LTTE's air wing to launch aerial attacks as in the past, the Air Force chief has said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: death toll in a day of fighting rises to 40
Associated Press, Sat January 26, 2008 23:35 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fierce clashes between troops and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels left 12 insurgents and a soldier dead in northern Sri Lanka - , raising the death toll from a day of fighting to 40, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

The Enemy Within
Strategy Page, January 27, 2008, 08:30 EDT. January 27, 2008: The LTTE is taking a beating. Dozens of weapons storage sites have been captured by the military... Back to the top

Artillery fire, clashes kill 27 Tamil rebels, military says
Associated Press, Sat January 26, 2008 13:41 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers fired artillery rounds Saturday and fought separate gunbattles with Tamil Tiger rebels in the island's restive north and northeastern regions killing 27 insurgents, the military said... Back to the top

Sangakkara tribute to the man who inspired his career
The Sidney Morning Herald, January 27, 2008. ADAM GILCHRIST's impact on cricket was so profound he changed the way the game is played, according to Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara... Back to the top

Sri Lankan jets bomb Tamil rebels' naval headquarters, military says
Associated Press, Sat January 26, 2008 07:47 EST . By Krishan Francis, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan air force jets bombed the separatist Tamil rebels' naval headquarters Saturday while the group's sea wing leaders were holding a meeting there, the military said... Back to the top

LTTE Prabhakaran in India?
IANS, jan 26. Chennai, Jan 25 (IANS) Rumours of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supremo V... Back to the top

Gunbattles across Sri Lanka kill 17 Tamil Tiger rebels and 1 government soldier, military says
Associated Press, Sat January 26, 2008 00:48 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The latest gunbattles across northern Sri Lanka - killed 17 Tamil Tiger rebels and one government soldier, the military said Saturday after days of violence in which 16 civilians were found hacked to death in a jungle swamp... Back to the top

Journalist stabbing condemned
bbc, Jan. 26. International human rights watchdogs have condemend the stabbing of a leading journalist in the state-run Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) on Friday night... Back to the top

India not playing any military role in Sri Lanka: envoy
PTI, jan 26. WASHINGTON: India does not play any military role in the Sri Lankan conflict, the country's envoy to the US has said, while hailing New Delhi's role in the "political context"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka defence chief calls for ban on Tamil Tigers: report, January 26, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka's defence secretary has called for a ban on the Tamil Tigers and said the ongoing military campaign was aimed at destroying the rebels' top leaders, a report said... Back to the top

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