The Lanka Academic

MARCH 26, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 8, NO. 355


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Pro-LTTE activists assault Lankan director in Chennai, March 26, 2008. CHENNAI: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam supporters attacked a Sri Lankan film director in Chennai and prevented him from taking back prints of his film from a laboratory for allegedly portraying the banned outfit chief, V Prabhakaran, in a poor light.

The incident took place on Tuesday at Gemini Lab in Chennai where Lankan director Thushara Peiris had come to take prints of his film Prabhakaran , which shows the miseries of More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Mar 26 19:19:22 EDT 2008

Sri Lankan Air Force pounds rebel targets, 2008-03-26. The Air Force in Sri Lanka launched two separate air attacks at Tamil Tiger targets Wednesday morning in the north, said the Air Force.

Air Force spokesman Andrew Wijesooriya told the media that the first air raid was conducted around 10:15 a.m. (0445 GMT) using MI24 helicopters at two identified bases of the Liberation Tigers ofTamil Eelam (LTTE) at Alankulama and Kaliadanchan in the Mannar district.

Wijesooriya said the attack was undertaken as a ground support mission to the Army soldiers engaged in battles in the area.

The second air raid was carried out by fighter jets around 10:50 a.m. (0520 GMT) at a boat manufacturing facility of the LTTE inthe Vishwamadhukulama area in Kilinochchi, the spokesman said.

Wijesooriya said that the pilots have confirmed the targets were accurately hit. More...
Published: Wed Mar 26 13:39:06 EDT 2008 Back to the top

SRI LANKA'S 'PARLIAMENT MONK' As Fighting Flares in Civil War, Key Buddhist Shuns Nonviolence
Washington Post- Registration may be req'd, march 26. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Draped in his burnt-orange robe, Athurliye Rathana strolled onto the veranda of a posh hotel here one recent evening and an entire wedding party adorned in fine silks knelt as one, in a gesture of respect and honor to one of the country's best-known monks.

"I guess I'm popular," said a slightly surprised Rathana, 45, rubbing his shaved head. "I knew our Sri Lankan people love monks. But I didn't know they loved the 'Parliament Monk.' "

Rathana is a celebrated figure in this predominantly Buddhist nation, where monks are cherished for their spiritual guidance. But he is known for more than just his religious leadership. Dubbed the Parliament Monk and the War Monk by the Sri Lankan press, he is a legislator who has pushed for the use of military force to end this island nation's 25-year civil war, which has left 70,000 dead and displaced nearly a half-million people at its height.

"Am I an extremist? Sometimes I am. Sometimes I am not," Rathana said over green tea, when asked about reports from foreign human rights groups that accuse his party of hindering peace talks. "The point is that we need to end this war. And we are forced into a military solution." More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Mar 25 21:21:07 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Military: 3 civilians killed in crossfire in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed March 26, 2008 09:31 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Three Sri Lankan civilians who had been taken captive by Tamil rebels were killed Wednesday when they got caught in a battle between government forces and the guerrillas, the military said... Back to the top

Violence claims 22 in Sri Lanka: government, 26 march. COLOMBO, March 26, 2008 (AFP) A roadside blast in Sri Lanka's restive eastern region on Wednesday killed two policemen while fighting in the north left at least 19 rebels and one soldier dead, the government said... Back to the top

Two Sri Lanka police killed escorting Japanese, 26 march. COLOMBO, March 26 (Reuters) - Two Sri Lankan police were killed on Wednesday while escorting Japanese aid workers and three civilians were killed in crossfire between the military and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka beats West Indies by 121 runs for first test win in Caribbean
Associated Press, Wed March 26, 2008 17:46 EDT . CRAIG COZIER - Associated Press Writer - GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) Chaminda Vaas took five for 61 to lead Sri Lanka - to an historic first win in the Caribbean, defeating West Indies by 121 runs with 6.4 overs left in the opening test on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Military: Fighter jets bomb rebel camp as infantry clashes kills 3 rebels, 1 soldier
Associated Press, Tue March 25, 2008 06:53 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka war planes bombed a Tamil rebel camp while scattered infantry battles in the embattled north killed three rebels and one government soldier, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka navy fights Tiger boats, Tuesday, 25 March 2008. Sri Lanka's navy has fought a battle with a flotilla of Tamil Tiger boats off the island's north-east coast... Back to the top

BJP opposes military aid to Lanka
statesman, march 26. Chennai, March 25: Tamil Nadu BJP has opposed providing military equipment and training to Sri Lankan military saying that such a move will affect the island Tamils... Back to the top

West Indies 96-1 chasing improbable 437 to win 1st test
Associated Press, Tue March 25, 2008 18:04 EDT . CRAIG COZIER - Associated Press Writer - GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) Dwayne Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan scored an unbeaten 74 together as West Indies made an encouraging start on Tuesday in its quest to avoid defeat against Sri Lanka - in the opening cricket test... Back to the top

Politics keeping Lanka from helping Tibet, 25 March 2008 . A FREEDOM fighter, he was known as Tibet Jathika S Mahinda, though his original name was Tasilmgal... Back to the top

Lankan court orders release of 12 Indian fishermen
hindu, march 26. Chennai, March 25 A Sri Lankan court today ordered the release of 12 Indian fishermen and four boats, which had been apprehended by the Sri Lankan Navy on March 7, 2008... Back to the top

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