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Sri Lanka military says 94 killed in clashes
reuters, Jan. 28. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tiger positions in the far north while ground battles killed 14 rebels and a government soldier on Monday, taking the death toll in three days of fighting to 94, the military said.

The death toll in the first two days of clashes had stood at 79, including 36 rebels killed by government troops in the north on Sunday.

Those clashes were on the Jaffna peninsula, the northern districts of Vavuniya and Polonnaruwa and the northwestern district of Mannar, and killed 75 rebels and four soldiers, the military said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jan 28 15:48:36 EST 2008

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The government should curb state excesses too -Opinion
khaleej Times, Jan. 29. ALL'S fair in love and war. Whoever said this would not have meant that civilians are a legitimate prey of hawks. Last week, the discovery of two mass graves in Kebethigollawa in Sri Lanka's North Central Province, close to the northern war zone, indicates that this maxim is part of war strategy. Who are they? Why were they killed? Who killed them? No body has the answers.

The 16 bodies discovered from the two mass graves lie in a morgue in Anuradhapura's main hospital. Desperate people whose loved ones have disappeared pay frantic visits to the hospital to identify the highly decomposed bodies. Living a life without knowing what happened to a father, a son or a brother after they went missing is hell. One has to experience the trauma to know how it feels. Has he been killed and buried in a mass grave or is he being tortured somewhere?

The Kebethigollawa mass graves are one horrid story in Sri Lanka's post-independence history, which has witnessed tens of thousands of extra-judicial killings. Certainly, it is not a great feat to celebrate as we mark the 60th Independence Day on February 4. Since the 1971 insurrection led by ideologically inspired young and educated Marxists, extra-judicial killings have become a tested-and-proved means of crushing any insurgency. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jan 28 22:10:30 EST 2008 Back to the top


Vaiko owes his life to Rajiv Gandhi: Congress
chennaionline, Jan. 29. Chennai, Jan. 28 If Marumalarchi DMK General Secretary Vaiko is alive today, it is because of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Congress Legislator Peter Alphonse said in the Tamil Nadu Assembly today.

Intervening in the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor for his address, he said that on coming to know that Mr Vaiko had made a clandestine visit to Vavuniya, Mr Gandhi had spent a full sleepless night to ensure the safe return of the MDMK leader.

''If the MDMK leader is alive today, it is because of the efforts taken by Mr Rajiv Gandhi,'' he said.

Mr Alphonse said that when the issue was raised in Parliament, Mr Gandhi had magnanimously stated that he was more worried about the safe return of Mr Vaiko than about the manner in which he had gone to Sri Lanka. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jan 28 22:11:48 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka state tv news chief replaced
lbo, Jan. 29. Jan 29, 2008 (LBO) – The news chief of Sri Lanka's state television station, who was assaulted by a government minister who stormed the newsroom in the company of thugs last month, has been replaced... Back to the top

Tigers shell Sri Lanka's key military base
google.com, 2007-01-28. Tamil Tiger rebels Monday shelled Sri Lanka's main northern military base, disrupting a vital air link to the troubled region as the military said it killed 82 guerrillas over the weekend... Back to the top

FEATURE-Cricket-Ranatunga eyes changes and another World Cup
reuters, Jan. 29. NEW DELHI, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Wearing a neat suit and with his grey hair smartly combed back, Arjuna Ranatunga looks the part at a media promotion by Sri Lankan officials to draw Indian religious tourists to the island... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

A toy train named Sri Lanka
hindustantimes.com, Tuesday, January 29, 2008. Somebody long ago said reporting Sri Lanka’s long ethnic war is like running along a toy train... Back to the top

Scrapped by Ottawa, high-tech radar sold overseas
Times Colonist, Monday, January 28, 2008. A high-tech radar intended to monitor small boats operated by drug dealers and terrorists on B... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says 94 killed in clashes
reuters.com, Jan 28. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tiger positions in the far north while ground battles killed 14 rebels and a government soldier on Monday, taking the death toll in three days of fighting to 94, the military said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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

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