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JANUARY 31, 2008 EST, USA
 
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‘India trying to stop Lanka forces from defeating Tigers’
Gulftimes, Jan. 31. COLOMBO: A radical Sri Lankan nationalist party leader has accused India of trying to stop the Sri Lankan Army from defeating the Tamil Tiger rebels militarily. India was forcing Sri Lanka to accept a political power-sharing arrangement with the minority Tamils now only to thwart the Sri Lankan Army’s successful campaign to crush the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), charged K D Lalkantha, member of the Sri Lankan parliament representing the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). “India is once again trying to stop the victories of the Sri Lankan armed forces as it did when president J R Jayawardene was in power in 1987,” Lalkantha told a public meeting here on Wednesday night. “At that time, it made him sign the India-Sri Lanka Accord and accept the provincial councils system.” More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jan 31 19:44:10 EST 2008

Sri Lankan Army Says Rebel Defense Lines Overrun Near Jaffna
bloomberg, Jan. 31. an. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's army said soldiers overran two defense lines of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam near Jaffna as it increased attacks in the north, the last area controlled by rebel forces.

Hundreds of soldiers stormed the defense lines at Nagarkovil and Muhamale on the Jaffna peninsula, killing as many as 30 fighters yesterday, the Media Center for National Security said on its Web site.

The LTTE beat back yesterday's pre-dawn army offensive in the Jaffna peninsula, the group's spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan said in an e-mailed statement.

The Tamil Tigers suffered their most serious defeat in July last year when the army drove fighters from Sri Lanka's eastern region. The government on Jan. 16 ended a 2002 cease-fire with the LTTE, which is fighting for a separate homeland in the 25- year conflict that has killed more than 70,000 people.

Air force jets attacked LTTE positions about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) south of Muhamale yesterday, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on its Web site. More... b>Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jan 30 22:18:21 EST 2008 Back to the top

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LTTE defence breached: Colombo  - hindu.com

Cowardly act, says Colombo
hindu, jan 31. COLOMBO: At least eight civilians, including four in a cycle suicide blast by a suspected LTTE cadre in Jaffna town, died on Thursday as pitched battles continued along the Forward Defence Lines (FDLs) in the north. The Defence Ministry claimed that an LTTE suicide bomber exploded himself targeting civilians in Jaffna in the morning. Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told media “this is a cowardly attempt by the terrorists to instil a fear psychosis among the Tamil civilians living in Jaffna Peninsula.” More...
Published: Thu Jan 31 19:50:20 EST 2008 Back to the top

HL:Fraud scheme may have funnelled funds to Tamil Tigers, police say
Associated Press, Wed January 30, 2008 23:34 EST . TORONTO _ A routine traffic stop has sparked a widening probe of a debit-card fraud that Toronto police suspect may have funnelled funds to the outlawed Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Anti-LTTE Jaya’s stir against Lankan navy
Statesman, Feb 1. CHENNAI, Jan. 31: Even as most fishermen ended their days-old strike following the Tamil Nadu government's announcement that all 12 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan navy had been released, the main Opposition party, the AIADMK, would protest against the Sri Lankan navy at the Rameswaram coast tomorrow. Referring to the fishermen's arrest, party supremo Ms Jayalalitha said such incidents had become the norm now... Back to the top

Security twist to Ram Setu row
TT, feb 1. New Delhi, Jan. 31: The security establishment has for the first time voiced concern over threats that could emerge with the cutting open of a maritime channel in the Palk Strait, opening a new front in the controversy over the Sethusamudram project. The project was conceived to increase navigability between India’s east and west coasts but the Sangh parivar and the BJP oppose it on religious grounds, alleging that dredging the strait will damage the Ram Setu or Adam’s Bridge... Back to the top

Suicide bomber kills 4 in northern Sri Lanka ; military bombs suicide base
Associated Press, Thu January 31, 2008 12:33 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A suicide blast by a man on a bicycle killed four people in Sri Lanka - 's volatile north Thursday, and air force jets bombed and destroyed a training base for Tamil Tiger rebel suicide bombers, the military said... Back to the top

Fear in Sri Lanka - one woman s view
bbc.co.uk, 31 January 2008. Mannar is a terrible place now. This is what happened to me just the other night... Back to the top

Suicide bomber on bicycle kills 4 in northern Sri Lanka , says military
Associated Press, Thu January 31, 2008 04:57 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A bomb being transported by a suicide bomber on a bicycle exploded prematurely Thursday, killing four people and injuring 13 others in Sri Lanka's volatile north, the military said... Back to the top

Akashi warns Sri Lanka aid may be reviewed if military pressure grows+
Associated Press, Thu January 31, 2008 04:13 EST . - - TOKYO, Jan. 31 (Kyodo) Japan's envoy to Sri Lanka - 's peace talks warned the Sri Lankan government Thursday that Tokyo may review its financial aid if it further accelerates its military pressure on Tamil Tiger rebels in the wake of the end of a six-year cease-fire between the two sides. Akashi visited Sri Lanka - on Jan... Back to the top

TN 'bans' support to banned LTTE
chennaionline, jan 31. Chennai, Jan. 30 The Tamil Nadu government today declared that expression of support to banned organisations like the LTTE in any form would be an offence under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and warned of action against those who violated the law. Announcing this in the State Assembly, Public Works and Law Minister Duraimurugan, said after a detailed discussion at a high- level meeting, chaired by Chief Minister M Karunaidhi, it was decided to invoke ''The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967) against those who express support to the the banned outfits... Back to the top

VCK leader justifies demand for lifting ban on LTTE
chennaionline, Jan. 31. Chennai, Jan.30: Thol Thirumavalavan, President of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), an ally of the ruling DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance (DPA) in Tamil Nadu, today justified his demand for lifting the ban on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels asks UN to recognise Tamil sovereignty
reuters.com, 31 jan. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger have asked the United Nations to recognise their right to sovereignty as a "constructive" approach to ending the two-decade long civil war, the rebel group said... Back to the top

S.Lanka bombs rebel positions, army blamed for blast
reuters.com, 29 jan. COLOMBO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan air force fighter jets pounded northern rebel positions on Wednesday as ground troops attacked 35 rebel bunkers, killing at least 10 Tamil Tigers, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Where journalists live dangerously
com, Wednesday, 30 January , 2008. Colombo: Sri Lankan journalists are going through a trying period... Back to the top

Pro-LTTE leader seeks India s help in solving ethnic conflict
indiatimes.com, 29 jan. 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

Sri Lankan troops overrun 25 rebel bunkers in fierce battle in north of country
Associated Press, Wed January 30, 2008 04:58 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops overran at least 25 Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers in the northern front line Wednesday, attacking them with tanks, mortars and artillery and killing 10 guerrillas, the military said... Back to the top

Pakistan and Sri Lanka to enhance trade volume to $1 billion per year
BR, feb 1. SLAMABAD (February 01 2008): Pakistan and Sri Lanka have agreed to push for enhancing the volume of their bilateral trade to $1 billion per annum from existing $385 million in next few years, officials from both sides said here on Thursday... Back to the top

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