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MARCH 9, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lanka Holds Council Elections in Eastern Province
bloomberg.com, march 10. March 10 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka is holding elections in Eastern Province, the region captured in July by the army in the worst defeat suffered by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in their 25-year fight for a separate homeland.

``The elections are to be held after a lapse of 14 years, by itself a healthy sign of a return to democracy,'' the Media Centre for National Security said on its Web site. More than 270,000 voters are eligible to choose candidates for councils in Batticaloa district.

Before voting started today, a bomb exploded in the capital, Colombo, killing one civilian and injuring four schoolchildren. The LTTE was behind the attack, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The defeat in the east left the LTTE with bases only in the north. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government is seeking $1.8 billion in aid to meet its pledge to rebuild the Eastern Province and bring investment and tourists to a region that has a 426-kilometer (265-mile) coastline of white sands. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Mar 9 23:12:59 EDT 2008


School children among injured in Wellawatte blast
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, March 10, 2008, 7.45 a.m.. At least three school children who were injured in the Wellawatte explosion have been rushed to the Kalubowila hospital. Initial reports claim that the condition of one of the children is very serious. The cause of the explosion was by a claymore mine which was placed on the main Galle Road in Wellawatte, close to Roxy cinema, almost in front of Nithyakalyani jewellers.One person was killed due to the blast.
Published: Sun Mar 9 22:19:45 EDT 2008 Back to the top
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Ballots, bullets: Peace after poll in east Sri Lanka?
reuters.com, Sun Mar 9, 2008. VAVUNATIVU, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Standing by the bullet-strafed ruin of her home in east Sri Lanka, housewife Jegan Devika prays the first poll in over a decade in an area recaptured from the Tamil Tigers will mark the end of her civil war.

Devika and thousands like her yearn for long-elusive, and lasting, peace after 25 years of war.

She was forced to flee her home in this former rebel-held town in the eastern district of Batticaloa yet again in 2007 as artillery-backed troops regained the rebels' eastern strongholds.

Monday's vote is seen as a test run for eventual provincial elections in the north and east, which the government regards as the basis for devolution it hopes will go hand in hand with its push to win the war militarily. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Mar 9 13:14:52 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka shifts SAARC Summit
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, March 9, 2008, 6.19 p.m.. In an outright embarrassing move, the Sri Lankan Government has decided to shift the forthcoming SAARC Summit to Colombo from the historic city of Kandy, mainly owing to security concerns and lack of infrastructure facilities, The Nation newspaper reported... Back to the top

30 killed in Sri Lanka
gulf-daily-news.com, 10th March 2008. BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka: The military said yesterday that the soldiers attacked Tamil Tigers with tanks, mortars and artillery in fighting that killed 23 guerrillas and seven soldiers... Back to the top

LTTE, army clash in northern Lanka
indiatimes.com, 9 Mar 2008, 1939 hrs IST,PTI. COLOMBO: At least 26 Tamil Tigers and six soldiers were killed in fierce clashes in Sri Lanka's embattled north, army said here on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s east holds elections
aljazeera.net, MARCH 09, 2008. Elections are to be held in Sri Lanka's eastern city of Batticaloa and surrounding towns in a vote the government says is key to restoring order in the area... Back to the top

Sri Lanka holds elections in recaptured east amid violence, intimidation
Associated Press, Sun March 9, 2008 00:45 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Residents in Sri Lanka - 's tense eastern city of Batticaloa and surrounding towns go to the polls Monday in a vote the government says is key to restoring order in the area, which troops recaptured months ago following decades of rule by the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Take Aid From China and Take a Pass on Human Rights
NYT Registration Reqd., march 10. FOR 25 years, the dirty little war on this island in the Indian Ocean has stretched its octopus arms across the world... Back to the top

Fighting in Sri Lanka kills 23 rebels and 7 soldiers, military says
Associated Press, Sun March 9, 2008 06:05 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Soldiers attacked Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka - with tanks, mortars and artillery in fighting that killed 23 guerrillas and seven soldiers, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 60 killed in heavy weekend battles
google.com, 09 march. COLOMBO (AFP) — At least 56 Tamil Tiger rebels and four government troops have been killed in heavy fighting across Sri Lanka's embattled north over the weekend, the defence ministry said Sunday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Boat under construction: LTTE links suspected
newindpress, march 10. THRISSUR: A 73-feet-long steel boat being constructed by the St Sebastian’s Marine Industries at Padanna in Methala Panchayat of Kodungallur taluk is under observation by the police for its suspected connection with the LTTE... 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... 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
google.com, 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

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