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MARCH 8, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 8, NO. 337


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Prabhakaran 'hale and hearty', says Tamil MP
hindu, march 8. Colombo (PTI): Tamil Tigers chief V Prabhakaran is "hale and hearty and ruling skillfully", a lawmaker of pro-LTTE party has said, rejecting claims that the elusive rebel leader was injured.

"Incorrect statements are being made saying Prabhakaran is injured in an air-attack," MP Selvarajah Gajendran of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the LTTE proxies in parliament, said.

"He (Prabhakaran) is quite healthy and ruling skillfully," the lawmaker from strife-torn Jaffna told the House earlier this week while speaking on a motion to extend emergency in Sri Lanka by one month. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Mar 8 13:25:21 EST 2008

Ethnic Divide Worsens as Sri Lanka Conflict Escalates
NYT Registration Reqd., march 8. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — There are no eyes on this war. A truce between the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is over, and gone are the Nordic monitors who kept watch over it.

The government has refused entry to United Nations human rights monitors. Independent journalists are not allowed anywhere near the front lines. Only occasionally does a glimpse of the war’s damage surface, as when the Red Cross confirmed that in the first six weeks of this year alone, 180 civilians had been killed, a toll it called “appalling.”

While it is impossible to gauge what is happening on the battlefield, that is where, it seems, the government has placed its bets to settle the long-running ethnic war, once and for all. As it does, the public mood in this country is more divided than in many years, like an old scratch that has festered into a gaping wound.

The new government offensive against the ethnic Tamil insurgents, who have fought for a quarter-century to carve a separate homeland from this island, has received ample public support, at least among the ethnic Sinhalese who are the majority. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Mar 7 21:21:12 EST 2008 Back to the top

Rizana Case Moves to Supreme Judicial Council
arabnews, march 10. RIYADH, 9 March 2008 — The Cassation Court in Riyadh has sent the case of a Sri Lankan maid, who was sentenced to death last year for allegedly murdering a four-month-old baby in her care, to the Supreme Judicial Council, the Kingdom’s final appeals court. “Our lawyers have filed further submissions to the Supreme Judicial Council,” said Basil Fernando, executive director of the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). Fernando added that the organization is optimistic in reversing the judgment. “Even after the ratification by the council, we can make a final appeal to the victim’s parents and finally to the king,” he said. More...
Published: Sat Mar 8 20:56:33 EST 2008 Back to the top

Fighting kills 16 Tamil separatists, 1 soldier dies in bomb blast, Sri Lankan military says
Associated Press, Sat March 8, 2008 04:03 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) At least 16 Tamil separatists died in gunbattles with government troops in northern Sri Lanka - , while a roadside bomb killed one soldier in the government-controlled south, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tigers honour slain Tamil legislator
afp, march 8. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday awarded one of their highest honours to a slain Tamil legislator and accused government forces of "terrorism"... Back to the top

Indians dominate overall but Lankans hold sway in sprints
ians, march 8. Kochi, March 8 (IANS) Indian athletes dominated the 3rd South Asian Athletics Championship even as the Sri Lankans made their presence felt in the shorter events at the Maharaja College Grounds on Saturday... Back to the top

Clashes kill 12 in northern Sri Lanka
xinhua, march 8. Colombo, March 8 (Xinhua) Ten Tamil Tiger rebels and two soldiers were killed in a fierce battle in the north Saturday, Sri Lankan military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tigers honour slain Tamil legislator, March 8, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday awarded one of their highest honours to a slain Tamil legislator and accused government forces of "terrorism"... Back to the top

Gene smuggling racket: Many higher academics involved
DM, march 8. The Customs Bio Diversity Unit which is investigating the multi-million dollar racket, involving the smuggling of endemic plants genes and linked to the Institute of Fundamental Studies (IFS), have discovered a well-connected network that also involved some higher academics attached to the University of Peradeniya... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, India Strengthen Military Links
prensa latina, march 8. Colombo, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) India and Sri Lanka agreed to strengthen military ties in a joint effort to fight the separatist group Tamil Eelam Liberation Tigers (TLET), the LankaNews information agency reported... Back to the top

Military says 38 rebels, 4 soldiers killed in Sri Lanka fighting
Associated Press, Fri March 7, 2008 02:11 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces and ethnic Tamil rebels fought fierce battles across northern Sri Lanka - that killed 38 guerrillas and four soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

62 Indian fishermen detained by Sri Lankan Navy
sify, march 8. The fishermen, all from Chinnathurai village near Thoothur in Kanyakumari district, were taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy personnel at 10 am, they said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 66 combatants killed in fresh fighting, March 7. COLOMBO (AFP) — At least 61 Tamil Tiger rebels and five government troops were killed in fresh fighting across Sri Lanka's embattled north, the defence ministry said on Friday... Back to the top

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