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Report: 80 rebels killed in Sri Lanka
upi, feb 11. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The Sri Lankan military Monday claimed its security forces had killed at least 80 Tamil Tiger rebels in weekend clashes in the northern region.

The military said three of its security personnel died in the gun battles.

In a separate incident Monday, the military said two policemen were killed in a land mine blast in Vavuniya district, the Press Trust of India reported. The military blamed the Tiger rebels for the attack, which killed the two as they drove on a motorcycle. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 11 20:24:04 EST 2008

India to help upgrade Sri Lanka education infrastructure
hindu, feb 12. COLOMBO: India and Sri Lanka are to meet in Bangalore before June to chalk out an action plan to upgrade the technical and managerial education sector infrastructure in the island nation to meet a serious shortage of manpower and boost economic growth.

This agreement was arrived at here on Monday at an interactive session between the Indian delegation led by Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh and his Sri Lanka counterpart, Sarath Amunugama.

Mr. Ramesh is on a three-day official visit with a high level delegation of Indian entrepreneurs and business executives to explore possibilities of collaboration in textiles, IT and education. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 11 20:27:48 EST 2008 Back to the top

India proposes to invest USD 2 bn in Sri Lanka: Ramesh
hindu, feb 11. Colombo (PTI): India is committed to a closer economic cooperation with Sri Lanka, visiting minister Jairam Ramesh said on Monday, while revealing that investments of 2 billion dollars from business houses in his country into the Island Nation are at a discussion stage.

"While 220 million dollars worth of Indian investment is already there in Sri Lanka and as much as 2 billion dollars of investments by Indian business houses into the Island country are under discussions," India's Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh told reporters here at Indo-Sri Lankan Investment Seminar. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 11 20:31:41 EST 2008 Back to the top

For Sri Lanka, mega shipping hub status long way off
IANS, feb 12. Colombo Port has been a major trans-shipment hub in the Indian Ocean region for a long time... Back to the top

A former Tamil militant, now a sustainability guru
IANS, feb 12. New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) One of the oldest associates of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is visiting India after two long decades in a new avatar - sustainability guru... Back to the top

Roadside bomb blast kills 2 policemen in northern Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Mon February 11, 2008 00:54 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected rebels detonated a roadside bomb in northern Sri Lanka - early Monday, killing two police officers, while a series of battles elsewhere in the region killed 27 Tamil separatists, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says 40 Tamil rebels, 6 soldiers killed in battles in north
Associated Press, Sun February 10, 2008 01:04 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Clashes between government forces and separatist Tamil rebels left 40 guerrillas and six soldiers dead in Sri Lanka - 's embattled north, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

Look Beyond the LTTE - Editorial, 11 Feb 2008,. Sri Lanka is at the crossroads. The Mahinda Rajapakse administration has officially called off the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE and seems convinced that a peacefully negotiated settlement to the three-decade-old ethnic strife is impossible... Back to the top

Lanka leader wants India to help defeat LTTE
IE, feb 11. A leading Tamil leader of Sri Lanka has urged India to intervene and help the island nation to defeat LTTE chief V Prabhakaran "who will never agree" for any solution to the ethnic problem... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army chief vows to defeat Tiger rebels, Sunday, Feb 10, 2008, 09:28 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's army chief has renewed a vow to defeat Tamil rebels, but refused to set a deadline for ending the decades-old conflict, saying the separatists remain a potent force, a report said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka in tourism tie-up with Al Jazeera
Gulftimes, feb 11. THE Sri Lankan ministry of tourism has tied up with Al Jazeera Arabic channel to improve the global perception of the country’s internal security and also promote and boost its tourism sector... Back to the top

Fifty two killed in violence in Sri Lanka, 9 Feb 2008, . COLOMBO: At least 49 Tamil Tigers and three soldiers were killed in fierce clashes between the rebels and the security forces in the embattled northern Sri Lanka, the military said on Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Has Highest Inflation In South, Southeast Asia
newspostindia, feb 10. The inflation rate in Sri Lanka has been reaching dizzying heights lately... Back to the top

Lanka bars public from school functions
ians, feb 10. Colombo: Sri Lanka has banned the public from school functions in view of the threat to children from terrorists... Back to the top

Fisherman shot dead
hindu, feb 11. PUDUKOTTAI: A fisherman of Jegadapattinam was shot dead by the Sri Lankan Navy in the sea on Saturday night... Back to the top

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