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MARCH 15, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 8, NO. 344


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Sri Lanka: U.S. throws lifeline to Tamil Tigers, march 15. COLOMBO, March 15 (Reuters) - Smarting at mounting criticism of its human rights record amid escalating civil war, Sri Lanka's government has accused the United States of throwing a lifeline to the widely banned Tamil Tiger rebels. In its annual report on human rights practices, the U.S. State Department said the Sri Lankan state's respect for human rights continued to decline in 2007, citing reports of killings by government agents and collaboration between the state and paramilitaries accused of major rights abuses. "The report presents a distorted view of the actual situation in Sri Lanka during the year 2007 and is unfortunately a litany of unsubstantiated allegations, innuendo and vituperative exaggerations," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued late on Friday. More...
Published: Fri Mar 14 23:57:13 EDT 2008

Lanka to impose fuel surcharge on power rates
Khaleej Times Online , march 15. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka, which gets two-thirds of its electricity from oil-fired plants, will impose a fuel surcharge on power rates as record oil prices increase costs. A 30 per cent “fuel adjustment charge” will be levied on users of more than 90 units from March 15, Minister of Power and Energy John Seneviratne told reporters in Colombo today. Sri Lanka’s consumer prices rose the most in at least four years in February as the central bank kept the benchmark interest rate unchanged for 12 straight meetings to revive the $27 billion economy. The rate increase will benefit Ceylon Electricity Board, the state utility that loses 44 billion rupees ($408 million) annually selling power at subsidised prices. More...
Published: Fri Mar 14 23:58:21 EDT 2008 Back to the top

PCB confident Ranatunga will accept ODI proposal
news, march 15. KARACHI: National cricket bosses will host Sri Lanka’s board chief Arjuna Ranatunga next week in Lahore to discuss a number of issues ranging from this summer’s Asia Cup to be a proposed one-day series between the two countries, writes Khalid Hussain. Ranatunga, a former Sri Lanka captain who is also the chief of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on March 20.During his visit, Ranatunga will meet top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials including the PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf. The main item on the agenda will be the Asia Cup which Pakistan are scheduled to host in Lahore and Karachi from June 25 to July 6.The Sri Lankans had shown security concerns for their players but following assurances from the PCB, they have confirmed their participation in the troubled tournament. More...
Published: Fri Mar 14 23:59:59 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka protests US report on human rights, saying it presents 'distorted view'
Associated Press, Fri March 14, 2008 12:14 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - summoned the U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka nears MiG-29 purchase, 14 March 2008. Sri Lanka is in advanced talks with Russia over the procurement of five MiG-29 fighter aircraft, the head of the country's state-owned procurement agency has said... Back to the top

Military: Fighting across northern Sri Lanka kills 28 Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Fri March 14, 2008 02:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Gunbattles between government soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka - 's embattled north killed 28 guerrillas, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s central bank to issue securities to mop up liquidity
news, March 14, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s central bank is to issue its own securities for the first time since 2003 because it has almost run out of treasury bills and needs paper to sell to the money market in order to mop up excess liquidity... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Elections Planned in Ex-Tamil Tiger Country
IPS, March 14, 2008. BATTICALOA, Mar 13 (IPS) - Having secured local body polls in alliance with the armed Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP), Sri Lanka’s ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) now plans to hold provincial elections in this eastern district, seized by the army from the militant Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) 10 months ago... Back to the top

India meddling in Sri Lanka affairs, says JVP
IANS, March 14, 2008. New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) A leader of Sri Lanka’s third largest political party asserts that India is again interfering in the country’s affairs by forcing Colombo to devolve powers to minorities... Back to the top

Ensure history records of "Eelam" is maintained: Prabhakaran
pti, march 13. Colombo (PTI): Charging the Sri Lankan government with "destroying evidence of Tamil history" in the country, LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran has said it was the duty of the authors and literateurs to ensure "the records exist... Back to the top

Is he Singaporean?
Electric News, March 14, 2008. HE is the Singapore link to terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Sri Lankan government alleges... Back to the top

58 LTTE cadres killed: Colombo, Mar 14, 2008. COLOMBO: At least 58 cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been killed in continuing fighting in Sri Lanka’s north in the last 48 hours, the military has said... Back to the top

Hearing set for alleged Tamil Tiger conspirator
Missuaga News, March 14, 2008. March 13, 2008 04:01 PM - A Malton man charged in connection with a North American network that police allege provides weapons and other materials to a terrorist group in Sri Lanka has had a date set for his extradition hearing... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says 27 rebels killed in northern fighting
Associated Press, Thu March 13, 2008 06:11 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A wave of new fighting in northern Sri Lanka - has left 27 Tamil rebels dead, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tigers in crisis, Mar 14, 2008. In the past few weeks there have been many media reports that point to the prevalence of confusion and disarray among the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the face of heavy losses inflicted by the armed forces of the government of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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