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LTTE trying to spark 'backlash', says Rajapaksa
hindu, feb 3. Colombo (PTI): Terming Saturday's bomb attack on a bus that killed 18 people as an act of "desperation" by the LTTE, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa accused the Tamil rebels of trying to trigger a "backlash" from the majority Sinhalese to obtain sympathy of the international community.

"I vehemently and unequivocally condemn this latest act of savagery by the LTTE in carrying out the blast in a civilian bus at Dambulla today," Rajapaksa said in a statement.

A parcel bomb planted by suspected LTTE rebels ripped through a bus packed with Buddhist pilgrims in the central town, killing 18 passengers, mostly women, and injuring 51 others, just two days before the strife-torn country celebrates its Independence Day.

Many of those killed and injured were pilgrims going to the North-Central city of Anuradhapura to participate in a Buddhist ceremony, Rajapaksa said. More... [Listen] Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 2 14:35:44 EST 2008


Bomb hits bus in central Sri Lanka , killing at least 20 wounding 50
Associated Press, Fri February 1, 2008 23:04 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A bomb tore through a packed bus carrying civilians Saturday in central Sri Lanka, killing 20 people and wounding 50 others, the military said.

The blast inside the bus occurred at 7:05 a.m. in Dambulla town, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, blaming separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.

The bus traveling to the north-central town of Anuradhapura was stopped in Dambulla when the explosion hit, Nanayakkara said.

A spokesman for the rebels could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday.

The group, listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and European Union, routinely denies responsibility for such attacks.

Violence has intensified on this Indian Ocean island and more than 700 have been killed after the government withdrew from a cease-fire with Tamil rebels last month.

Civilians have bore brunt of the violence since January with three attacks on passenger buses killing dozens, including many schoolchildren.

On Jan. 16 a roadside bomb near the southeastern town of Buttala killed 27 people on a bus. Last Tuesday 18 people were killed in a similar bus attack in the rebel-held north.

Both the government and the rebels blame each other for attacks against civilians.

The Tami Tigers have been fighting since 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils. Fighting has killed more than 70,000 people.Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 2 00:25:15 EST 2008 Back to the top

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Murali attacked with egg, Lanka demands heightened security
hindu, feb 3. Hobart/Colombo (PTI): Even as the rumblings over the racism row involving Harbhajan Singh have hardly died dowm, a fresh controversy broke out in Australia with unruly fans attacking Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan with egg.

Showing no let up in their hostility towards Muralitharan, a group of fans threw an egg on the Sri Lankan spin wizard's face in Hobart on Friday night.

"An egg was thrown at Muralitharan and it struck him", a top Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) official told PTI in Colombo adding, the authorities were looking into the incident.

The incident, which marks a new low in Aussie fans turbulent relations with Muralitharan, has prompted cricket authorities in Sri Lanka to ask for heightened security for the players. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 2 14:38:28 EST 2008 Back to the top

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

CHRONOLOGY-Attacks blamed on Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers
Reuters, Sat Feb 2, 2008 1:15am EST. Feb 2 (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels bombed a bus in central Sri Lanka on Saturday killing at least 20 people, the military said... Back to the top

31 killed in Lanka clashes
hindu.com, 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops, Tigers in gunbattle, 18 rebels dead: officials
google.com, 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
google.com, 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

Sri Lanka: Geneva UN Missions briefed on CFA and APRC
lankamission.org, 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

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

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