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Sri Lanka Repels Rebel Assault in Mannar Region, Military Says
bloomberg, feb 21. Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's army said it repelled an assault by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to regain land the rebels lost near Mannar, as a research group said the South Asian island nation's conflict is worse than before a 2002 truce.

The army ``thrashed a pre-dawn LTTE offensive attempt'' north of Parappakandal in Mannar yesterday, killing at least 30 rebel fighters, the Defense Ministry said on its Web site. There were no reports of the battle on the LTTE's Web site.

Sri Lanka's counter-insurgency campaign is ``more brutal and indiscriminate, the terror and criminal activities of its Tamil proxy forces more extensive and blatant'' than before the truce, the International Crisis Group said. The LTTE is mainly to blame for the conflict's resumption, it said, adding the rebels' cease-fire violations and abuse of civilians pushed the government to war. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 20 22:02:22 EST 2008


UN urged to impose sanctions on Lankan armed groups for using kids
TOI, feb 21. WASHINGTON: An international human rights watchdog has asked the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on armed groups in Sri Lanka for using children in their forces.

The UN Security Council's working group on children and armed conflict will meet on Thursday for the second time since February 2007 to consider violations against children committed by the LTTE, Sri Lankan government forces, and the Karuna group, an armed group that split from the LTTE in 2004 and now cooperates with Sri Lankan forces, Human Rights Watch has said in a statement.

"The LTTE and the Karuna group continue to use children to fight their battles in clear violation of international law and Security Council resolutions," Jo Becker, children's rights advocate at Human Rights Watch said, adding the Security Council should punish their brazen violations with concrete action. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 20 22:41:34 EST 2008 Back to the top


Military says 13 Tamil Tiger rebels, 5 soldiers killed in violence
Associated Press, Wed February 20, 2008 12:04 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels fought battles in Sri Lanka - 's restive north and suspected rebels ambushed an army post in the south on Wednesday, killing 13 guerrillas and five soldiers, military said. Meanwhile, U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Angela Kane began a weeklong visit to Sri Lanka - on Wednesday to review the world body's work in the island nation, a U.N. statement said.

Several U.N agencies are active in Sri Lanka - , mainly to help victims of the civil war and the 2004 tsunami.

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

Violence has increased in recent months, with the government opening four fronts against rebel-held territory and vowing to destroy the separatists by the end of the year. The rebels have responded with a wave of bombings against military targets, as well as civilian buses and train stations in the south. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 20 12:12:28 EST 2008 Back to the top


Dhoni, Symonds fetch highest prices in IPL spending frenzy
Associated Press, Wed February 20, 2008 11:28 EST . RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM - Associated Press Writer - Mumbai, having bid strongly for Dhoni and Symonds without success, spent heavily to secure Sri Lanka - 's 38-year-old opening batsman and former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya for US$975,000 (euro661,380) per year, while also landing India offspinner Harbhajan Singh... Back to the top

Indian league knocks ’em for six!
Khaleej Times Online , feb 21. DUBAI — Cricket fans in UAE are keeping a keen eye on the auctions in India... Back to the top

LTTE to blame, says NGO
hindu.com, Thursday, Feb 21, 2008. B. Muralidhar Reddy COLOMBO: The International Crisis Group, a multi-national NGO focusing on conflict zones, said in a report on Wednesday, “With Sri Lanka again in civil war, the international community must concentrate on protecting civilians from the war’s worst effects and supporting those working to preserve its embattled democratic institutions... Back to the top

28 killed in LTTE-Army clashes
indiatimes.com, 20 Feb 2008. COLOMBO: At least 25 LTTE militants and three Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in fierce clashes between security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in the island nation's embattled north and southern region, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday... Back to the top

LTTE urged to be sympathetic to animals
hindu.com, 19 feb. Colombo (PTI): An animal rights group has urged LTTE supremo Prabhakaran to spare animals during armed attacks, following a grenade explosion at a zoo near here... Back to the top

Sri Lanka push into rebel north leaves many dead: ministry
google.com, 20 feb. COLOMBO (AFP) — Heavy fighting erupted in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday as government troops tried to take Tamil rebel-held territory, the defence ministry said, reporting scores of guerrillas killed or wounded... Back to the top

U.N. chief asks his deputy to visit Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue February 19, 2008 14:38 EST . - - NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (Kyodo) U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Tuesday asked Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Angela Kane to visit Sri Lanka for a week from Wednesday primarily to review the work of the U... Back to the top

Three arrested for threatening candidates in E Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, Feb 19, 2008. COLOMBO, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- At least three people have been arrested for issuing threats to candidates ahead of local elections in eastern Sri Lanka, police said Tuesday.

A police spokesman in the Batticaloa district told Xinhua by phone that three people, all Muslims from the Kathankudy area were arrested alongside printed material which had been used to issue death threats on candidates... Back to the top


Sri Lanka says 12 killed in battle for bunkers
google.com, 19 feb. COLOMBO (AFP) — At least 10 Tamil Tiger rebels and two government soldiers have been killed in intense fighting for the control of a bunker line in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said Tuesday... Back to the top

Three arrested for threatening candidates in E Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, 2008-02-19 21:42:54 . COLOMBO, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- At least three people have been arrested for issuing threats to candidates ahead of local elections in eastern Sri Lanka, police said Tuesday. A police spokesman in the Batticaloa district told Xinhua by phone that three people, all Muslims from the Kathankudy area were arrested alongside printed material which had been used to issue death threats on candidates... Back to the top

Tri-Series: Dhoni hits winning runs for India with 5 balls to spare
Associated Press, Tue February 19, 2008 07:37 EST . - - ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) Mahendra Singh Dhoni posted the winning runs and his half century with the same shot, leading India to a two-wicket win over Sri Lanka with five balls to spare in Tuesday's tri-series limited-overs international... Back to the top

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