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MARCH 30, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 8, NO. 359


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A clear message on rights, says Colombo
hindu, march 31. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has said the Constitution and the Supreme Court rulings give “adequate recognition to the provisions contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

In a ruling made on the basis of the opinion sought by President Rajapaksa, the apex court held that the citizens could derive the “benefit guaranteed by the Covenant.”

It is immediately not clear what prompted the President to seek the court’s opinion. A few months ago, the apex court in another case observed that the United Nations and other international conventions were not binding on the country unless ratified by Parliament. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Mar 30 23:57:41 EDT 2008

New alliance of Tamil parties soon, says Gunasekara
hindu, march 31. COIMBATORE: A new “democratic, national alliance of Tamil parties” will emerge soon, Sri Lankan Minister for Constitutional Affairs and National Integration Dew Gunasekara said here on Sunday. Without elaborating on it in an interview to The Hindu, he said: “You will hear the announcement in a day or two.” The Minister, who is the general secretary of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka, is here as a delegate to the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Mr. Gunasekara, however, revealed that the new alliance will comprise left and democratic forces that will work for a peaceful resolution of the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka. The Minister hinted at a political formation that would reject the approach of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for a military solution to the conflict. More...
Published: Sun Mar 30 23:58:54 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka says new wave of fighting across volatile north kills 32
Associated Press, Sun March 30, 2008 08:28 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Battles between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels killed 28 insurgents and four soldiers across northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Sunday.

Also Sunday, air force fighter jets bombed a base of the Sea Tigers the rebels' naval wing in the guerrilla-held northern district of Mullaitivu, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara. He gave no details of casualties or damage, but said pilots confirmed hitting the target.

The battles and airstrikes were part of a heavy increase in fighting in the country's civil war in recent months. The government has vowed to crush the rebels by the end of the year, but diplomats and other observers say the army is facing more resistance than it expected.

Army troops fought separate gunbattles in the northern Wanni region Saturday that killed 15 Tamil rebels and one soldier, Nanayakkara said. In the northeastern Welioya region, a clash left three soldiers and one rebel dead, he said.

Also Saturday, army troops destroyed two Tamil Tiger bunkers and killed 10 rebels in the Mannar district, while two more rebels were killed on the northern Jaffna peninsula.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan did not answer calls seeking comment.

It was not possible to independently verify the military's claims because journalists are banned from the war zone. Both the government and rebels often exaggerate the other side's casualties and underreport their own.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 for an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized for decades by successive governments run by majority ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Mar 30 09:13:55 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Police searching for Muttulingam assassin
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Journalists condemn attack on director of 'Prabhakaran'
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