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Sri Lanka to report on child soldiers
upi, February 19. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A report from the Sri Lanka government on the recruitment of child soldiers in the country is expected to be presented to the United Nations.

Government officials announced plans to present the report on forced military indoctrination of children at the U.N. Security Council meeting on Thursday. The U.N. recently singled out the terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam operating in Sri Lanka as among the top human-rights violators in the world, Sri Lanka's Daily News reported. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 18 23:29:29 EST 2008

Sri Lanka Will Likely Keep Key Rate at 10.5% to Cool Inflation, February 19. eb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's central bank will probably keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a 5 1/2- year high in a bid to tame inflation without jeopardizing economic growth.

Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Nivard Cabraal will hold the repurchase rate at 10.5 percent for a 12th straight meeting, according to all 12 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News. The decision is due on Feb. 21 at 7:30 a.m. in Colombo.

Interest rates are ``sufficient'' to control inflation, which will begin to slow in the second half of this year, Cabraal said in a Feb. 4 interview. The central bank is trying to revive the island's $27 billion economy after growth slowed to an estimated 6.7 percent in 2007 from 7.4 percent in 2006. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 18 23:30:34 EST 2008 Back to the top

A contradiction in world politics: Colombo
hindu, February 18. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Monday denounced the unilateral declaration of Independence by Kosovo as a violation of the Charter of the United Nations and said it did not endorse the move.

“We note that the declaration of independence was made without the consent of the majority of the people of Serbia.

“This action by Kosovo is a violation of the Charter of the United Nations, which enshrines the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States. Moreover, U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10th June 1999 reaffirms commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all States of the region.

“This action is particularly regrettable, since all efforts at reaching a negotiated political settlement on the future status of Kosovo, as envisaged by the Security Council Resolution 1244, have not been exhausted.” More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 18 23:34:01 EST 2008 Back to the top

The Big Question: Why are so many countries opposed to Kosovo gaining its independence?, February 18. Because Kosovo this week declared itself to be Europe's newest country... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Soldiers capture a rebel bunker line as fighting kills 11
Associated Press, Mon February 18, 2008 09:25 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers captured a line of strategic rebel bunkers after a battle Monday that killed 10 rebels and one soldier, the military said... Back to the top

What Lanka has to gain from the US presidential election - Opinion
khaleej Times, February 19. AS HILLARY Clinton and Barack Obama take not only the Americans but also the rest of the world interested in US politics on a nail-biting minute-by-minute drama at every Democratic Party primary or caucus, the campaign assumes significance for different reasons in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 56 killed in fighting in north, 18 feb. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops killed more than 50 Tamil Tiger rebels in weekend battles in the island's north in which two soldiers were also killed, the military said on Monday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Animal rights group asks Sri Lanka rebels to leave animals out of war after zoo attack
Associated Press, Mon February 18, 2008 09:03 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An international group urged Sri Lanka - 's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels to leave animals out of the country's civil war after the guerrillas were blamed for a grenade attack at a zoo... 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... 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

Animal rights group asks Sri Lankan rebels to leave animals out of conflict after zoo attack, Feb 18, 2008. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - An international animal rights group called on Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tigers to «leave animals out» of the armed conflict, two weeks after a grenade attack blamed on rebels at the island's main zoo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says Kosovo decision a threat to nations, 18 feb. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka, fighting a 25-year insurgency by Tamil separatists, said it was concerned about Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence as it could set a precedent in other parts of the world and hurt nations... 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

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

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