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Education Minister Prevents Tamil Girl Admission To Sinhala School
Transcurrent, Feb 18. In truth, Nethmi Lavanya Yogendra should have attained fame when the Year 5 scholarship results for 2007 were released late last year. Nethmi was placed second in the Colombo District after securing 190 marks at the scholarship exam held in August last year.

Instead, the little 10-year old seems fated to become a household name because the government has denied her access into Vishaka Vidyalaya on grounds of nothing more than her ethnicity. Nethmi Yogendra is a Tamil. And a Buddhist. Her father, also a Tamil Buddhist, schooled at Ananda College Colombo. During her short life as a student at President’s College, Nawala, Nethmi has studied in the Sinhalese medium.

Like Royal College and Ananda College are the preferred choice for boys, Vishaka Vidyalaya is one of the leading girls’ schools in Colombo, much sought after by scholarship winners from around the island, in particular because of its exacting education standards. Like free education, the Year V scholarship examination is one of the greatest gifts the state of Sri Lanka bestows upon its children, enabling the brightest students from the most remote corners of the island access to the very best schools in the country, based on their performance at the competitive examination held each year. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 17 18:24:39 EST 2008

43 killed in Sri Lanka violence, army says
pti, February 18. At least 41 Tamil Tigers and two soldiers were killed in clashes between the rebels and the security forces in the embattled northern Sri Lanka, the military said tonight.

Twelve rebels were killed in clashes the Jaffna peninsula yesterday, it said adding, one soldier also lost his life during the gun battle.

As many as three Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres were killed in Muhamalai in Jaffna yesterday while one rebel was gunned down in the same area later in the day, the Defence Ministry said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 17 13:38:43 EST 2008 Back to the top

LTTE says impossible to get Prabhakaran
NDTV, February 18. Rubbishing frequent claims by Sri Lankan government that the elusive LTTE supremo Vellupillai Prabhakaran has been injured in a military raid, his key aide has said the people would soon realise the ''futility'' of army's claims of success against the rebels.

''A false propaganda saying our leader Prabhakaran is injured is being carried. Nobody can approach our leader,'' LTTE political head B Nadesan told the Tamil Daily Thinakkural in an interview on Saturday.

While the Sri Lankan security forces were claiming success in their clashes against LTTE, Nadesan said the ''people of Sri Lanka will realise the futility of such a claim in times to come''. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 17 13:26:01 EST 2008 Back to the top

India’s covert role in Sri Lanka’s ceasefire
IANS, February 18. New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Now that Sri Lanka has jettisoned the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) with the Tamil Tigers, one of India’s best kept secrets can be revealed: it was New Delhi that quietly authored the process that led to the Norway-brokered pact... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says Kosovo independence a threat to world peace
afp, February 18. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka said Sunday that Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia could set an "unmanageable precedent" and threaten world peace... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military claims 20 Tiger rebels killed, February 16, Saturday. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankan forces killed at least 20 Tamil Tiger guerrillas in clashes in the north of the island at the weekend, defence officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Lanka procuring arms from Pak to fight LTTE, February 16, Saturday. NEW DELHI: Engaged in an all-out military campaign against the LTTE, Sri Lanka has said it was procuring arms from Pakistan to meet the terror threat from the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

I did not retire early for ICL moolah: Russell Arnold
hindu, February 18. Melbourne (PTI): Former Sri Lanka batsman Russel Arnold admitted he found the offer to join the Indian Cricket League too tempting to resist but asserted the ICL moolah did not prompt him to drop early curtains on his career... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: War-affected forest community gets new lease of life
IRIN, February 18. PANAMA, 17 February 2008 (IRIN) - Every Friday people crowd into Rammalappu Dhanapala’s yard, eager to hear the fortune teller’s prophecies and seek his advice on how to avert imminent disasters... Back to the top

AI wants 'access' to Lanka to monitor alleged rights abuses
pti, February 18. Colombo (PTI): Amnesty International has asked the Sri Lankan government to make protection of human rights its top priority and facilitate the monitoring and reporting of alleged abuses by allowing the rights watchdog "access" to the country... Back to the top

Dentist Foltyn steals Muralitharan’s smile
ians, February 18. Sydney, Feb 17 (IANS) Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan is as famous for his doosra as for his enchanting smile and blame it on dentist Peter Foltyn for his missing grin these days... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Lanka increases ships to augment supplies to Jaffna, 17 Feb, 2008. COLOMBO: To augment supplies to Jaffna region, Sri Lankan government has increased the number of ships ferrying material to the battle ravaged peninsula from two to ten... Back to the top

Tamil homeland fantasy
Washington Times, Sunday, Feb 17, 2008, 1:05 EDT. The conflict in Sri Lanka is inextricably linked with the demand for secession, deceptively designed to wrench the sympathy of the international community... Back to the top

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... 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

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

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