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Tamil Nadu back as LTTE s safe haven?
indiatimes.com, 17 Apr 2008. CHENNAI: Battered in the north-eastern war theatre in Sri Lanka, hounded at sea by a resurgent Navy, and having lost several logistic vessels in sea battles, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) seems to be falling back for supplies on its oldest haven - the porous coastline of Tamil Nadu and its vast hinterland.

Dozens of incidents of smuggling and over 100 arrests in the last couple of years stand testimony to the Tigers' network in the state, even though there is insufficient evidence to indicate collusion by the state machinery.

The LTTE maintains a wide network of committed sympathisers and mercenary supporters to ensure regular supplies of fuel, medicines and war-related materials to carry on their armed campaign in the island nation. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 16 22:45:04 EDT 2008


Panic in LTTE over arms deal with Slovakia: Colombo
hindu.com, Apr 17, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military on Wednesday claimed that at least 38 LTTE cadres and four soldiers were killed in fighting in the north while the Air Force said its jets bombed Tiger positions in the Muhamalai sector of Jaffna district.

According to a Defence Ministry statement, “counter-terrorist offensives” in the Jaffna and Wanni theatres killed 12 LTTE cadres and inured 8 others.

On the Vavuniya front, troops engaged a terrorist bunker in the Navatkulama area with small arms and rocket propeller grenades (RPGs) last forenoon and claimed that two terrorists were killed, it said.

In another development, the government has claimed that there is “absolute panic” in LTTE circles over the “recent arms deal” with Slovakia. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 16 22:42:51 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Seized assets linked to LTTE
National Post, April 16. A Montreal building and several bank accounts in Ontario and Quebec were seized by police because they were deemed to be the property of a terrorist group, according to Federal Court documents unsealed yesterday.

The court orders explain why RCMP counterterrorism officers began shutting down the operations of the World Tamil Movement in Montreal and Toronto late last week, using powers granted to them under the Anti-Terror-ism Act.

The police action was carried out in secrecy, but yesterday Justice Francois Lemieux unsealed the court orders approving the seizures. The judge found there were reasonable grounds to believe the building and accounts were property "owned or controlled by, or on behalf of, a terrorist group." More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 16 10:33:52 EDT 2008 Back to the top


India to play decisive role in Sri Lankan crisis: Norway
hindu.com, April 15, 2008. Oslo (PTI): India will play the "most decisive" role in the peace process in Sri Lanka being the "best-placed regional power" to help the island nation, a top Norwegian envoy has said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: Fighter planes bomb rebel base as fighting kills 14 combatants
Associated Press, Wed April 16, 2008 04:07 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter jets bombed a Tamil rebel base in the volatile north while infantry clashes killed 12 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up air strikes, ground battles: military
google.com, April 16, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka stepped up air attacks against Tamil Tiger rebels Wednesday, deploying jets and helicopter gunships as 12 guerrillas were killed in ground battles, defence officials said... Back to the top

International panel says Sri Lankan government lacks will to investigate rights abuses
Associated Press, Tue April 15, 2008 08:41 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An international advisory panel said Tuesday that Sri Lanka - 's government lacks the will to properly investigate alleged human rights abuses committed during a surge in fighting between the military and Tamil rebels in the island's north... Back to the top

Sri Lanka March tourist arrivals up 8.6 pct yr/yr
reuters.com, Wed Apr 16, 2008. COLOMBO, April 16 (Reuters) - The number of tourists arriving in Sri Lanka in March rose 8.6 percent from a year earlier thanks to a campaign to attract visitors from Iran and relative calm in the country's civil war, officials said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Iran to fund doubling Sri Lanka 's oil refining capacity+
Associated Press, Wed April 16, 2008 05:55 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 16 (Kyodo) Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad will kick off a billion dollar refinery expansion project in Sri Lanka - to be 70 percent funded by Iran through a 10-year loan with a five-year grace period, Petroleum Minister A... Back to the top

HL:P.E.I. mussel grower says Sri Lankans he hired disappeared after 2 weeks
Associated Press, Tue April 15, 2008 19:03 EDT . - - FREDERICTON A mussel grower who took part in a federal foreign-worker program says he was burned to the tune of more than $50,000 when workers he brought over from Sri Lanka - disappeared after two weeks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: Fighter planes bomb rebel base as fighting ...
iht.com, 16 april. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan fighter jets bombed a Tamil rebel base in the volatile north while infantry clashes killed 12 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

LTTE communication facility bombed
thaindian.com, April 15th. Colombo, April 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka Tuesday claimed its warplanes bombed a communication facility of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the rebel-heartland of Mullaitivu in the north... Back to the top

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