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MARCH 21, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 8, NO. 350


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Sri Lanka 's military says 30 killed in latest fighting
Associated Press, Fri March 21, 2008 03:07 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops ambushed ethnic Tamil rebels with a roadside bomb, overran bunkers and engaged in firefights across the island's restive north, killing 29 insurgents, the military said Friday.

Meanwhile, a soldier was killed by rebel mortar fire Thursday in Welioya, the military said in a statement.

Soldiers set off a roadside bomb that killed five rebels traveling on a tractor trailer Thursday in a rebel-controlled part of Vavuniya district, the military said.

Also Thursday, soldiers pushed into rebel strongholds and destroyed three bunkers, the military said. Separate firefights were reported in Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya districts, the statement said. Altogether 24 rebels were killed in those clashes, it said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be reached for comment.

Each side often exaggerates the other's casualty figures while playing down its own. It was not possible to independently confirm the accounts because reporters have been barred from the war zone.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create a separate homeland for ethnic minority Tamils who suffered decades of marginalization by governments controlled by majority Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Fri Mar 21 03:33:04 EDT 2008

Sri Lankans pay respects to Arthur C. Clarke at public viewing
Associated Press, Fri March 21, 2008 17:02 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Students, space enthusiasts, politicians and Buddhist monks paid respects Friday to the late science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future. He also founded the Astronomical Society of Ceylon in 1959, inspiring many youngsters by screening films of space mission launches, Ratnatunga said. Sri Lanka - used to be known as Ceylon.

``He made us all proud by being with us, I became his fan by reading the '2001: A Space Odyssey' given to me by a friend,'' said Udana Marasinghe, a Colombo high school student who went to pay his respects Friday.

Born in western England on Dec. 16, 1917, Clarke earlier worked as a clerk and served in the Royal Air Force during World War 11 before moving to Sri Lanka - in 1956.

Clarke's 1968 story ``2001: A Space Odyssey'' written simultaneously as a novel and screenplay with director Stanley Kubrick was a prophecy of artificial intelligence run amok.

Clarke was to be buried Saturday at Colombo's general cemetery in a plot owned by his friend and business partner with whom the writer lived for decades.
Published: Fri Mar 21 17:58:18 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to re-deploy elite police against rebels, March 21. COLOMBO, March 21 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will re-deploy thousands of elite police commandos from the country's east and move them north to help combat Tamil Tiger rebels as civil war fighting intensifies, security forces said on Friday. Around 2,000 Special Task Force police, or STF, would move from formerly Tamil-controlled eastern provinces, now held by government troops, to areas threatened by Tiger fighters in the north, the military said. "By redeploying the STF we will be able to free some troops for future operations in other areas," military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanyakkara told Reuters. More...
Published: Fri Mar 21 14:30:03 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Numbers game clouds Sri Lankan war
bbc, march 21. Troops and the Tamil Tigers continued to face each other across the front lines that fringe territory held by the separatists in the north... Back to the top

Indian Premier League haunts Pakistan, Sri Lanka
new kerala, March 21. Karachi, Mar 21 : Sri Lanka and Pakistan are facing a dilemma as they aren't sure whether the two countries' top stars will be willing to jeopardise their lucrative contracts with the Indian Premier League (IPL) to play in the ODI series scheduled in April... Back to the top

Maruti most preferred imported car in Sri Lanka
ET, March 21. NEW DELHI: Country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India has emerged as the most preferred 'imported car manufacturer' in neighbouring Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka confirm one-day series in Pakistan, March 21. LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) Sri Lanka have agreed to play a five-match one-day series in Pakistan to help fill the gap created by the postponement of Australia's tour over security fears, officials said... Back to the top

UN: Civilians at risk in Sri Lanka, MARCH 20, 2008. As fighting intensifies in northern Sri Lanka, the UN and advocacy groups say there is grave concern for the state of human rights in the war-torn country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says 25 killed in latest fighting
Associated Press, Thu March 20, 2008 06:04 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered clashes across Sri Lanka - 's north and a battle in the east killed 24 ethnic Tamil rebels and a government police commando, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rights group says TV being militarised, Thu Mar 20, 2008. The appointment of a retired general to help run a Sri Lankan state television station is a sign of media militarisation not seen for decades, rights watchdogs said on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka accused of lying over human rights, 20-03-2008. The International Red Cross has angrily accused Sri Lanka's government of releasing confidential communications and manipulating information from the organisation to defend its rights record... Back to the top

Lanka agrees to play ODI series, March 20, 2008. Karachi: Sri Lanka has agreed to play an unscheduled five-match one-day series in Pakistan from April 23 to May 5, official sources confirmed here on Thursday... Back to the top

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