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Sri Lankan bus bomb kills 13
heraldsun, feb 2. A POWERFUL blast has ripped through a bus station at Dambulla in north-central Sri Lanka, killing at least 13 people, police said. The explosion was on a privately-owned bus travelling from the central town of Kandy to north-central Anuradhapura town, police said, adding that several people were injured. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 1 21:33:40 EST 2008
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Blast in Civilian Bus 13 Dead  - TLA

Suicide Training Blast in Sri Lanka Leaves 4 Dead, 01-02-2008. A suicide training facility was hit by air force jets in Sri Lanka, leaving four people dead.

The training base was for Tamil Tiger rebels.

A Sri Lankan Air Force spokesman stated that the suicide training facility was in a territory in the jungle which was held by rebels.

Sri Lankan officials stated that at least four were killed and 13 others wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up while riding a bicycle.

Tamil Tiger rebels were blamed for the attack. More...
Published: Fri Feb 1 20:45:56 EST 2008 Back to the top

31 killed in Lanka clashes, Friday, February 1, 2008. At least 29 Tamil Tigers and two soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's restive northern region where several LTTE bunkers were destroyed by the security forces, officials here said on Friday.

"Ten militants were killed today and a large number injured during surprise attacks in the Muhamale, Nagarkovil and Killali areas of Jaffna," the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said in a statement.

Several LTTE bunkers were destroyed in the attacks, it said, adding two soldiers also lost their lives and six sustained injuries.

In another incident, four Tiger rebels were either killed or injured in a confrontation in Welioya in Jaffna while two other guerrillas were gunned down by the security forces in Adankulam in northwestern Mannar, the army said.

Two more rebels were killed and two injured in Vadukkari area in the region, the Defence Ministry said.

In a confrontation in Kallikulam area of northern Vavuniya, eight LTTE cadres were killed and a rebel bunker completely destroyed by troops, it said.

Troops also killed a Tamil Tiger in the Killali area of Jaffna today, MCNS said, adding nine LTTE cadres surrendered to the security forces at Murunkan road block in Mannar.

Five rebels were shot dead by security forces in Kakkudhudhuvai in northern Welioya, the Defence Ministry said. One more guerrilla died elsewhere in the region. More...
Published: Fri Feb 1 20:48:05 EST 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka says soldiers destroy rebel bunkers as fighting kills 10 rebels, 2 soldiers  - Associated Press

Sri Lanka troops, Tigers in gunbattle, 18 rebels dead: officials, 1 feb. COLOMBO (AFP) — Security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels have traded heavy artillery fire in northern Sri Lanka, killing 18 rebels, officials said Friday, a day after Japan warned it may stop aid unless fighting subsided... Back to the top

International action slow to stem Sri Lanka bloodshed: HRW, feb 1. NEW YORK (AFP) — Global concern is mounting over Sri Lanka's worsening human rights record, but action by key international players has been "slow and lacked cohesion," Human Rights Watch said in its annual report... Back to the top

Open source in Asia has a ways to go
zdnet, feb 1. Although there is wide use of open source technology in Asia, industry watchers say it will be another generation or so before we will see much contribution back to the open source community from the region... Back to the top

‘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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Geneva UN Missions briefed on CFA and APRC, 1 feb. A briefing titled, The CFA and After: Sri Lanka’s Withdrawal from the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA), was held today, 31st January, from 15:20 to 17:20 in room XIX of the United Nations Office at Geneva (Palais des Nations)... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Cash-less Sri Lanka banks on India, says Ranatunga
afp, feb 1. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's new cricket chief and former captain Arjuna Ranatunga has revealed his board has no money left and is banking on financial support from India to stay afloat... 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, 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

Sri Lanka rebels asks UN to recognise Tamil sovereignty, 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

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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