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Army, LTTE trade charges on church
hindu, April 05, 2008. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan military and the LTTE on Friday accused each other of converting the Madu church premises in Mannar “into a war zone” amid the Bishop of Mannar’s disclosure that he had instructed the priests to move out of the church along with statue of “Our Lady.”

A Defence Ministry statement claimed that three surrendered LTTE cadres had confessed that three bands of the LTTE cadres known as Malthi, Radha, and Charles Anthony were presently “occupying the sacred Madu church premises.”

It said the cadres surrendered due to the “unbearable harassment” at the hands of senior cadres. They had been forcibly recruited into the armed mob called “police” of LTTE in 2007, and were deployed south of Madu after a few days of training.

In a report on its website, the LTTE alleged that the armed forces by their indiscriminate attacks were converting the Madu Church, the holy shrine of the Catholic people, into a “war zone.” More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 4 20:39:36 EDT 2008


LTTE captures Mannar church, 26 killed in Lanka clashes
pti, April 4. Colombo (PTI): At least 24 Tamil Tigers and two soldiers were killed in fierce clashes while a rebel training base was destroyed by Air Force jets on Friday in embattled northern Sri Lanka, where the guerrillas have occupied a historic church, the military said.

Three LTTE men who surrendered to Sri Lankan Army on Thursday have revealed that three bands of the Tiger cadres are at present occupying the premises of the 400-year-old Madhu church in north-western Mannar, the Defence Ministry said.

Defence sources in the rebel stronghold of Wanni said LTTE rebels have ordered the priests in the church to leave the premises with immediate effect. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 4 10:33:52 EDT 2008 Back to the top


JVP 'suspends' Weerawansa
BBC, April 4. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's political ally, Jantha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), has decided to take displinary action against one of their most senior leaders. JVP has decided to suspend the membership of Propaganda Secretary and parliamentary group leader, Wimal Weerawansa, on 21 March, media reports said.

The party has however is reported to be decided not to make public the decision until after the eastern Provincial Council (PC) elections. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 4 12:10:01 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sir Lanka strikes Tamil rebel base
upi.com, April 4. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 4 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka said Friday that its jets bombed and destroyed a Tamil Tiger rebel training base in the northern part of the island nation... Back to the top

West Indies keeps pace with Sri Lanka , replies with 268 for seven on day two
Associated Press, Fri April 4, 2008 18:34 EDT . CRAIG COZIER - Associated Press Writer - PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) Ramnaresh Sarwan hit a fine 57 for the West Indies on Friday, but three wickets from Muttiah Muralitharan ensured that Sri Lanka - maintained parity on day two of the second cricket test at the Queen's Park Oval... Back to the top

West Indies reply strongly at 133 for one against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri April 4, 2008 14:33 EDT . CRAIG COZIER - Associated Press Writer - PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) The West Indies raced to 133 for one to reply to Sri Lanka - 's first innings 278, before light rain forced an early tea on day two of their second cricket on Friday... Back to the top

Fitch Ratings downgrades Sri Lanka credit rating
afp, april 4. COLOMBO: Fitch Ratings further downgraded Sri Lanka’s already below investment grade sovereign credit worthiness on Thursday, saying escalating violence and soaring inflation prompted the move... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says kills 57 rebels in north
reuters.com, April 3. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops killed 57 Tamil Tiger rebels in two days of fighting in the northern part of the island where the military has stepped up an offensive against guerrillas, the government said on Thursday... Back to the top

Iranians arrested in TN suspected for training LTTE
dailymirror.lk, 4 april. Two Iranians arrived at Arichalmunai seashore along with a group of 12 Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees in Rameswaram on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: Fighting in volatile north kills 21 Tamil rebels, 5 soldiers
Associated Press, Fri April 4, 2008 02:19 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force bombed and destroyed a Tamil separatist training camp in the island's north, while battles along the northern front lines left 21 rebels and five soldiers dead, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Revered Sri Lankan statue removed
bbc, april 4. A statue of the Virgin Mary has been removed from Sri Lanka's most revered Catholic shrine for the first time in centuries because of intense fighting... Back to the top

Gene smuggling:Time to set the record straight
DM, april 4. Within the last couple of weeks, a series of reports in the local media have drawn public attention to a “multi-million dollar gene smuggling racket,” which, it is claimed, involves a “network” of academics at the Institute of Fundamental Studies (IFS) and the University of Peradeniya... Back to the top

Cleaning house: law for domestic workers soon
po, april 4. DOHA • There is talk in the Qatari community that a law to regulate the working hours and remuneration of domestic workers, including maids, is expected soon... Back to the top

Dilshan's half century revives Sri Lanka after mid-innings collapse against Windies
Associated Press, Thu April 3, 2008 18:29 EDT . CRAIG COZIER - Associated Press Writer - PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) Tillekeratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten 58 Thursday and Sri Lanka - rebounded from a mid-innings collapse to reach 217 for five at close of a rain-shortened opening day of the second cricket test against the West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval... Back to the top

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