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India takes steps to check Tamil rebels
UPI, Feb. 28. NEW DELHI, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- India said it is taking new measures to check the activities of Sri Lankan Tamil rebels in the south of the country.

"The government has taken various new steps to check the activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in southern part of the country. The government has declared LTTE as a terrorist organization under the provisions of the unlawful activities (prevention) act," junior Interior Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal told Indian Parliament Wednesday.

He said a three-tier system of coastal patrolling and protection by the Indian navy, coast guard and Coastal Security Group of Tamil Nadu state was operating to check possible intrusion of militants and smuggling of contraband by the LTTE. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 27 22:28:10 EST 2008


Sri Lanka's Inflation Probably Slowed as Loan Growth Cools
bloomberg.com, Feb. 28. Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's inflation probably slowed in February as interest rates at a 5 1/2-year high helped damp consumer spending and loan growth.

Consumer prices in the capital Colombo rose 19.5 percent from a year earlier, after gaining 20.8 percent in January, according to the median estimate of nine analysts in a Bloomberg News survey. The statistics department will release the data tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Colombo.

Sri Lanka's central bank last week kept its benchmark interest rate at 10.5 percent, the second highest in Asia, for a 12th straight meeting in a bid to cool inflation without jeopardizing economic growth. Governor Nivard Cabraal 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, amid renewed civil war. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 27 22:31:08 EST 2008 Back to the top


96 Runaway Lankan Maids Repatriated
arabnews, Feb. 28. RIYADH, 28 February 2008 — As many as 96 Sri Lankan runaway maids who were languishing in a government detention center in Riyadh were repatriated yesterday under a deal concluded between the two governments. The maids boarded the SriLankan Airlines flight No. 266 at King Khaled International Airport bound for Colombo.

Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) Chariman Kingsley Ranawake, who negotiated the deal, told Arab News that the Saudi officials were cooperative in completing the exit procedures quickly.

“Most of these maids, who have been in the camp for more than three months, were victims of nonpayment of salaries, harassments and torture,” Ranawake said, pointing out that they were in detention for a considerable time for no fault of theirs. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 27 22:32:44 EST 2008 Back to the top


Latest fighting in Sri Lanka 's north kills 15, military says
Associated Press, Wed February 27, 2008 06:57 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered fighting between Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels in the island country's restive north killed 13 insurgents and two soldiers, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says Ending 2002 Truce Boosts Chances of Tamil Accord
bloomberg.com, Feb. 27. Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's government said ending the 2002 cease-fire accord with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in January boosted the prospects for peace because all Tamil groups will now be involved in the process. ``There is a broader space available to interact with all sections of the Tamil community,'' the government said in a commentary marking the sixth anniversary of the signing of the truce... Back to the top

32 LTTE rebels killed, 44 surrender in Sri Lanka
indiatimes.com, 27 Feb 2008, 2031 hrs IST,PTI. COLOMBO: At least 32 LTTE rebels and four soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled northern region as 44 suspected Tigers surrendered to the security forces, the army said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military say Tamil Tigers in disarray
xinhuanet.com, 2008-02-27 . COLOMBO, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan military claimed Wednesday that Tamil Tiger rebels are in a state of disarray due to continued government military offensives in the island's north and northeast. Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman, told reporters that intensive military offensives against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have continued since the Feb... Back to the top

2 LTTE rebels killed, 44 surrender in Sri Lanka
Times of India, Feb 27, 2008. OLOMBO: At least 32 LTTE rebels and four soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled northern region as 44 suspected Tigers surrendered to the security forces, the army said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Battles across northern Sri Lanka kill 14 rebels, two soldiers, military says
Associated Press, Tue February 26, 2008 03:22 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A series of battles along the front lines of Sri Lanka's flaring civil war killed 14 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

LTTE front outfit attempts to raise funds in London
The Times of India, 26 Feb 2008. LONDON: Unfazed by two flopped attempts, a front organisation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is allegedly planning a new show in London to raise funds for the Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Top UN official fails to meet Tamil, Muslim parties
ians, Feb. 27. A top UN official who was in Sri Lanka to study the worsening ethnic conflict in the island went back Tuesday without meeting leaders of the Tamil and Muslim minorities... Back to the top

Sri Lanka hands over rebel bodies
BBC News, Tuesday, 26 February 2008. Hospital officials in the northern Sri Lankan town of Anuradhapura say they have handed over the bodies of 14 Tamil Tigers to the Red Cross... Back to the top

Tea acts as tonic to Sri Lanka stocks war gloom
reuters.com, Feb 26, 2008 5:29pm IST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - After a sharp downturn earlier this year as civil war flared, Sri Lanka's stock market is recovering thanks to an unlikely tonic -- tea... Back to the top

Tri-series: India wins by 7 wickets, secures place in finals against Australia
Associated Press, Tue February 26, 2008 02:49 EST . - - HOBART, Australia (AP) Sachin Tendulkar posted his first half century of the series and India secured a place in the limited-overs tri-series finals Tuesday, beating Sri Lanka - by seven wickets with 106 balls to spare... Back to the top

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