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Sri Lanka 's air force bombs Tamil Tiger rebel base in the north, military says
Associated Press, Sat February 16, 2008 05:40 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force bombed a Tamil Tiger rebel base Saturday in the country's volatile north, the military said.

The raid targeted a guerrilla base and operations coordination center in northern district of Mannar, the defense ministry said in a statement. It did not specify any damage or casualties caused by the bombing.

The rebels' spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment on the military's claim.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils after decades of being marginalized by majority Sinhalese-dominated governments. The fighting has killed more than 70,000 people.

The military announced last year that it had cleared the country's eastern province of rebels. Since then, it has focused on dismantling the Tamil Tigers' de facto administration in the north.Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 16 06:41:08 EST 2008

Sri Lanka s 2007 trade deficit widens sharply on oil import costs, feb 17. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened by nearly six percent to 3.56 billion dollars in 2007, the central bank said, as the island spent more to import fuel.

Sri Lanka's imports jumped 10.2 percent in 2007 to 11.30 billion dollars while exports climbed 12.5 percent to 7.748 billion dollars, the central bank said Friday.

The deficit was 3.37 billion dollars in 2006. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Feb 16 13:00:11 EST 2008 Back to the top

“Wanni drive yielding results”
hindu, February 16, 2008. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Defence Ministry said on Friday the security forces’ “quest to liberate terror-dominated Wanni region is gaining” drive. Many civilians had been able to escape the terror clutches and seek protection in the cleared areas, it said.

It said that in Mannar 22 civilians sought protection at the Navy posts since Tuesday. “The civilians who were from Vellankulama and Iluppakadavai, deep in the non-liberated Wanni, have claimed that they could escape the terror clutches because of the dwindling LTTE hold in the region.”

The Ministry said the Army continued to attack terror fortifications that hold the civilians in “an open prison” killing at least 30 terrorists and wounding over 12.

It said in the Jaffna theatre of battle, troops deployed at Muhamalai advanced into the LTTE defences and destroyed one terror bunker. One soldier was killed and three were injured in the incident. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 15 21:14:47 EST 2008 Back to the top

Attacks on buses, train stations bring Sri Lankan civil war to typically calm capital
Associated Press, Fri February 15, 2008 20:02 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) As a raging civil war killed thousands in the country's northeast, Sri Lankans in Colombo and other southern cities shopped, held picnics and cheered their children at soccer matches... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers exploit exiles abroad to fund insurgency, February 16, 2008. THE Sri Lankan flag, with its green-and-orange stripes and yellow image of a lion, fluttered proudly in a brisk ocean wind... Back to the top

China's growing taste for tea forces up the price of our daily cuppa
TimesOnline, February 16, 2008. he cost of a British cuppa is expected to rise by as much 10 per cent this year as tight supplies send tea prices higher and Chinese consumption surges past that of India for the first time... Back to the top

Sri Lanka player banned after cannabis test
irb, February 16, 2008. Following an adverse analytical finding for Cannabis, the sanction for Sri Lanka player Kasun De Silva has been set at three months by an IRB Judicial Committee... Back to the top

Paralysed maid flies home after three years
Khaleej Times, Sat, Feb 16, 2008, 10:05 EDT. DUBAI - Sri Lankan housemaid Regina John finally flew back to her home country yesterday morning to be reunited with her father, after lying paralysed in a Sharjah hospital for nearly three years... Back to the top

Jayawardene Challenges Batsmen, Sat, Feb 16, 2008, 10:11EDT. Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene lamented his side's shot selection in their one-day defeat against Australia, saying the batsmen need to play smarter cricket... Back to the top

Sri Lanka woos tourists from Gulf
GulfNews, February 16, 2008. Abu Dhabi: Sri Lanka is aiming for a 20 per cent increase in international tourist arrivals in 2008 led by visitors from the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries, the country's deputy minister of tourism said... Back to the top

Desperate measures : PCB plans ODIs with India and Sri Lanka if Australia pull out, February 16, 2008. AHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to invite India and Sri Lanka for a series of one-day internationals if Australia pull out of their scheduled tour in March-April this year... Back to the top

Air force jets bomb Tamil rebels' naval base, military says
Associated Press, Fri February 15, 2008 04:14 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force jets bombed a training base of the Tamil Tiger rebels' naval wing Friday in northern Sri Lanka - , causing severe damage, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Jan tourist arrivals up 0.6 pct vs yr ago, 15 feb. COLOMBO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka in January crept up a better-than-expected, 0.64 percent compared with a year earlier, given an esclalation in violence on the island... Back to the top

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