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VOL. 9, NO. 1


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Sri Lankan president vows to eradicate terrorism
xinhua, april 7. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sunday condemned the assassination of a senior minister and vowed to eradicate terrorism in the country.

Rajapaksa said in a statement that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) "has repeated its brutality targeting a leader of the Catholics and Christian communities of Sri Lanka, who played an important role in bringing about greater understanding among different communities."

An LTTE suicide bomber killed Highway and Road Development Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle who was the chief guest of a road marathon in Weliweriaya, about 19 km northeast of the capital Colombo, around 7:30 a.m. (0200 GMT). More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 6 21:41:39 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka urges world to wake-up on terror, april 7. The suicide assassination of a top Sri Lankan minister should be a "wake-up call" to the international community to combat terrorism, the foreign minister said.

Sri Lanka's highways minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, 55, was killed together with 13 others in a blast at the start of a marathon outside the capital Colombo.

The government has blamed the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"This should serve as a wake-up call to the international community to redouble its efforts to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said in a statement.

He said Colombo had firmly resolved to eradicate "terrorism and freeing the long-suffering people in the last remaining pockets of the north [of the island] from the tyranny of the LTTE." More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 6 21:38:04 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka minister assassinated in bomb attack
Associated Press, Sun April 6, 2008 00:03 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A Sri Lankan minister was among 10 people killed when a suicide bomber attacked a ceremony marking the start of a marathon Sunday _ the latest violence blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels, authorities said. Dozens were wounded.

The blast appeared timed to maximize casualties, according to a witness who said it occurred just as Minister of Highways Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was waving the flag to start the race.

He was among those who died of his injuries, said government spokesman Anusha Paltipa.

A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said at least nine others were killed and 25 wounded.

Paltipa said the explosion 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the capital Colombo was a suicide bombing carried out by Tamil Tigers, who have launched a series of attacks since the government officially ended a six-year cease-fire in January.

Fighting has increased since then, amid government promises to capture the rebels' de facto state in the north and crush the group by the end of the year. But diplomats and other observers say the army is facing more resistance than it had expected.

Sunday's blast was the second this year resulting in the death of a government minister.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 6 00:22:00 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Statement on Terrorist Attack in Sri Lanka, April 6, 2008. The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement in response to a suicide attack at a marathon race taking place just outside Colombo on Sunday: “Canada strongly deplores this senseless act of violence, which killed Sri Lankan Highways Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and former Olympic marathoner K... Back to the top

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Sri Lanka's disappeared: Gang demands Tamil exiles pay ransom for kidnapped relatives
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LTTE losing control of Madu area, says Army Chief
hindu, April 06, 2008. JAFFNA: Sri Lanka’s Army Chief has claimed that the shifting of of the statue of Our Lady by priests of the Madu Church under LTTE pressure, was an indication that the Tigers had lost control of the area... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says fresh battles across north kill 15 rebels, 1 soldier
Associated Press, Sat April 5, 2008 03:43 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered battles between government troops and Tamil Tiger separatists across Sri Lanka - 's embattled north killed 15 rebels and one soldier, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

Wimal : notable absentee
BBC, Saturday, April 5. JVP parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa has failed to show at the 37th April Heroes Commemoration held at Viharamaha Devi Open Air Theatre in Colombo... Back to the top

Thilan Samaraweera's 125 rescues wobbly Sri Lanka in 2nd test
Associated Press, Sat April 5, 2008 18:16 EDT . CRAIG COZIER - Associated Press Writer - PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) Thilan Samaraweera smacked a brilliant 125 to rescue a wobbling Sri Lanka - on Saturday and set West Indies 253 to win the second cricket test and save the series... Back to the top

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