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MARCH 17, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 8, NO. 346


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Sri Lanka Economic Growth Probably Eased as Rates Curb Spending
bloomberg, March 18. March 18 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's economic growth probably slowed for the first time in a year in the fourth quarter as the highest interest rates since 2002 curbed spending.

The $27 billion economy expanded 6.6 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31 from a year earlier, compared with 7 percent in the third quarter, according to the median estimate of 10 analysts in a Bloomberg survey. The statistics department is due to release the data tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in Colombo.

Growth in the South Asian island economy has been boosted by record commodity prices, which has pushed up export earnings for rubber and tea. That's made up for weaker domestic demand as the central bank holds interest rates at a 5 1/2-year high to rein in inflation, now running above 20 percent. Policy makers are expected to keep the benchmark rate unchanged tomorrow. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 17 23:52:00 EDT 2008

Canadian raised funds for Tamil Tigers, RCMP alleges, March 17, 2008. The RCMP says an Ontario man who was scheduled to appear in a Vancouver courtroom this morning to face Canada's first terrorism financing charge was collecting money for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers.

Prapaharan Thambithurai is accused of collecting money from ethnic Tamils in B.C.'s Lower Mainland that was destined for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE, a foreign terrorist organization under Canadian law.

A senior B.C. counter-terrorism officer said Mr. Thambithurai, aka "Prapa," was soliciting donations for the World Tamil Movement (WTM), which police say is the leading Tamil Tigers front organization in Canada.

"There's no doubt he was collecting funds for the WTM, ultimately with the linkage to the LTTE," said Superintendent Lloyd Plante, head of B.C.'s counter-terrorism squad, the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 17 23:50:04 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Man arrested for aiding Tamil terrorist group  - Vancover Sun
HL:Toronto-area man accused of raising funds for Sri Lankan terror organization  - Associated Press

Swamy concerned about LTTE camps in Kerala
chennaionline, march 17. Chennai,March 17 Janata Party President Dr Subramanian Swamy today said it was a matter of serious concern that the LTTE has established camps in Kerala. In a statement here, he said the Union Government's confirmation that LTTE cells have sprouted in Tamil Nadu and Kerala confirmed his warning about LTTE activities in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the last two years. He alleged that political parties in Tamil Nadu, like the ruling DMK, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK), Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and Dravidar Kazhagam were demanding the implementation of Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP), primarily to assist the LTTE. More...
Published: Mon Mar 17 20:51:56 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Employees of Sri Lanka's state television shut out of station
DPA, March 17. Colombo - Employees of Sri Lanka's state-run television station were shut out from work Monday by the police after a threat by the employees to stage a strike in the wake of a series attacks on them, a spokesman for the television trade unions said... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Journalists Fight a Separate War
IPS, march 17. COLOMBO, Mar 17 (IPS) - While Sri Lanka’s armed forces battle Tamil Tiger rebels in the north, sections of the country’s media are embroiled in a war of a different kind -- a fight to pursue their mission as journalists... Back to the top

LTTE links being monitored
TimesNow.TV, March 17, 2008, 09:44EDT. National Security Advisior MK Narayanan has once again reiterated his belief, that Kerala and Tamil Nadu have pockets of people, who are lending help to the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's recurring fever - Editorial
Boston Globe, March 17. ALL TOO many regions of the contemporary world are afflicted with recurring outbreaks of warfare between nation-states and ethnic or sectarian minorities... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says 27 Tamil rebels, 3 soldiers killed in new fighting
Associated Press, Mon March 17, 2008 02:45 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A new wave of fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka - 's embattled northern region has killed 27 rebels and three soldiers, the military said Monday... Back to the top

Anura Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka 's famous political dynasty dies at 59
Associated Press, Sun March 16, 2008 08:41 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Anura Bandaranaike, a former Sri Lankan foreign minister and member of the country's famous Bandaranaike political dynasty, died Sunday after an illness, a government spokesman said... Back to the top

LTTE ready for talks if Lankan govt halts attacks, March 16, 2008. COLOMBO: The Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka have expressed readiness to hold talks with the government in Colombo if it halted the military operations against them, but warned that the offer should not be seen as "any desperation" on their part to stop the war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says 30 killed in recent fighting in the north
Associated Press, Sun March 16, 2008 05:53 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a roadside bomb Sunday in northern Sri Lanka - , killing one soldier, while a police officer was fatally shot elsewhere taking the death toll from two days of violence to 30, the military said... Back to the top

srilankan airlines carried 3.2 million passengers last year
albawaba, march 16. SriLankan Airlines carried 3.2 million passengers around its global network in 2007, an increase of more than 100,000 over the previous year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Bombs Tamil Tigers Training Base Amid Gun Battles, March 16, 2008, 07:56 EDT. March 16 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan fighter jets destroyed a training base of the Tamil Tigers as both rebels and soldiers died in three gun battles fought over the weekend in the country's north, the government and a pro-rebel group said... Back to the top

TN, Kerala have LTTE pockets: MK Narayanan, March 16, 2008. Alappuzha (Ker) (PTI): Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been asked to closely monitor the activities of Tamil Tigers as both states had "presence of small LTTE pockets", National Security Adviser M K Naryanan said on Sunday... Back to the top

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