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MARCH 24, 2008 EST, USA
 
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2,500 Tigers killed since January 1
hindu, March 25. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military on Monday claimed that at least 18 cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam killed and several others were injured in fighting in the north.

According to statistics released by the Defence Ministry, over 2,500 LTTE cadres have been killed by the military since January 1. More than 7,200 Tigers have been killed since December 2005.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa took office in November 2005.

With the LTTE-controlled areas virtually cut off from the rest of the world and the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) having wound up its operations, it is impossible for any independent verification of the claims and counter claims made by the military and the Tigers. The Media Centre for National Security said that on Sunday 11 LTTE cadres were killed on the Vavuniya front. Ten Tigers were killed in two separate clashes in Kallikula while another LTTE cadre was killed in Navathkulam. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 24 21:41:39 EDT 2008


Israeli prime minister urges visiting Sri Lankan premier not to 'give in to terrorism'
Associated Press, Mon March 24, 2008 13:38 EDT . - - JERUSALEM (AP) Israel's prime minister is urging Sri Lanka not to give in to terrorism. The two share a fight against suicide bombers and other extremists. Israel has been battling Palestinian militants for decades. Sri Lanka's fight against Tamil rebels has killed more than 70,000 people since 1983.

``Don't give in to terrorism because it will only destroy your country ... It is forbidden to surrender to it,'' Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told his Sri Lankan counterpart on Monday.

Wickramanayake thanked Israel for providing assistance when a tsunami devastated parts of his island in 2004.Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 24 14:44:46 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Family of Sri Lanka massacre victims doubt justice
reuters.com, March 25. COLOMBO, March 24 (Reuters) - Relatives of 17 aid workers massacred in Sri Lanka said on Monday they did not expect justice as a heated human rights inquiry began into their execution-style murders more than a year ago.

Ravi Shantha, the aunt of one of the Action Contre la Faim (ACF) aid workers killed in August 2006 in the northeastern town of Muttur, told a panel of judges appointed to investigate rights abuses in Sri Lanka that too much time had passed.

"I don't trust that I will be given justice in this case," Shantha said to Reuters after giving evidence about the last known movements of her nephew Ambigavathy Jayaseelan. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Mar 24 21:36:44 EDT 2008 Back to the top


'We are better off without the LTTE'
rediff, March 25. S C Chandrahasan is the son of Samuvel Selvnayagam, a Tamil leader who was known as the Mahatma Gandhi [Images] of Sri Lanka [Images]... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says 60 rebels, 6 soldiers killed in fighting in the north
Associated Press, Sun March 23, 2008 08:14 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops fought ethnic Tamil rebels along the front lines of their civil war in the north in a series of battles that killed 60 guerrillas and six soldiers, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

Heavy Fighting Kills 105 In Sri Lanka
ahn, March 25. Colombo, Sri Lanka (AHN) - Heavy fighting between the government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's north over the weekend killed at least 100 rebels and five soldiers, the military said on Monday... Back to the top

No evidence for Clarke child sex allegations: S Lanka govt
afp, March 25. OLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankan authorities said that the British-born sci-fi writer Arthur C... Back to the top

Veteran Lankan film-maker’s work to be screened
gulf news, March 25. THE Sri Lankan film, Aganthukaya (The Outcast), directed by Vasantha Obaysekara, is to be shown today at Doha Cinema, as part of the ongoing 14th Doha Bank-Pravasi Asian Film Festival... Back to the top

Sri Lanka asks Pakistan to make way for Indian league
afp, March 25. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka have asked Pakistan to re-schedule a proposed one-day international series in order to allow their players to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL), a top official said here Monday... Back to the top

Fighting In Sri Lanka Kills 105
allheadlinenews.com, March 24, 2008 6:04 p.m. EST. Colombo, Sri Lanka (AHN) - Heavy fighting between the government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's north over the weekend killed at least 100 rebels and five soldiers, the military said on Monday... Back to the top

Vaas, Muralitharan take 3 wickets each and Sri Lanka well in control of 1st test
Associated Press, Mon March 24, 2008 17:41 EDT . CRAIG COZIER - Associated Press Writer - GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) Veterans Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan took three wickets apiece as Sri Lanka closed in on a large first-innings lead over West Indies after day three of the opening test on Monday... Back to the top

Flooding hits S.Lanka, slows civil war pace
reuters.com, Mar 23. COLOMBO, March 23 (Reuters) - Heavy rains in Sri Lanka have killed eight people and affected more than 340,000 others while restricting military gains over rebels in the country's worsening civil war, the military said on Sunday... Back to the top

Lanka violating accord: MP
newindpress, march 24. CHENNAI: The Sri Lankan Government was wantonly disregarding the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord by holding elections to a separate Eastern provincial council, thereby effectively preventing its re-merger with the Northern province, said N Srikantha, Sri Lankan MP of the Tamil National Alliance Parliamentary Group... Back to the top

Mahela Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas put Sri Lanka in control of 1st test
Associated Press, Sun March 23, 2008 17:41 EDT . CRAIG COZIER - Associated Press Writer - GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) Captain Mahela Jayawardene hit his 22nd century and Chaminda Vaas added 54 and a wicket as Sri Lanka - took control against West Indies on day two of the first cricket test on Sunday... Back to the top

Heavy fighting reported in Sri Lanka
google.com, march 23. COLOMBO (AFP) — Ferocious battles raged in Sri Lanka's embattled north over the weekend as security forces tried to break into territory held by Tamil rebels, the two sides said Sunday... Back to the top

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