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APRIL 17, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 12


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China ready to expedite funding for Sri Lankan infrastructure+
Associated Press, Thu April 17, 2008 08:51 EDT . COLOMBO, April 17 (Kyodo) China, which has already committed more than $700 million on infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka - , has promised to expedite these projects and then consider further projects proposed by Colombo, a senior cabinet minister just back from China said Thursday. He said the ''body language'' in talks with the Chinese leadership had been ''excellent,'' with China deeply appreciative of Sri Lanka - 's support for the ''One-China'' policy and its goodwill in resisting Olympic protests.

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama also accompanied Rajapakse for the Boao Forum.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 17 09:55:08 EDT 2008

Sri Lankan gov't says 399 rebels killed in April
xinhua, Apr 17, 2008. COLOMBO, April 17 (Xinhua) -- The military in Sri Lanka said Thursday that 399 Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed in clashes with government troops in the north so far in April.

Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman, told reporters that 34 soldiers have also been killed while 236 soldiers injured in this period.

Nanayakkara added that 16 civilians were killed and 83 civilians were injured in the violence.

The spokesman said 75 civilians have crossed over to the government controlled areas in the north from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE) held regions so far this month totaling the number to 308 since January. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 17 19:18:33 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Lankan Tamil party leader concerned over night air raid
ians, Apr 17, 2008. Colombo, April 17 (IANS) A pro-government Tamil moderate leader in Sri Lanka Thursday expressed his “grave concern” over the night air raid by Sri Lankan Air Force jets in the rebel-held northern Wanni region, and urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa “to take immediate action to prevent it”. Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader V. Anandasangari in an urgent letter to Rajapaksa with copies to the air force commander and the defence secretary has stated that the aerial attack in the night would cause immense hardships and casualties among the civilians and “families with children will be the worst affected”.

“I am much perturbed over the midnight strike on Oddusuddan by the Sri Lankan Air Force and also the decision to intensify the same causes me grave anxiety and concern,” Anandasangari has said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 17 19:22:24 EDT 2008 Back to the top

SRI LANKA: UN DEPLORES SUICIDE ATTACK, 17/04/2008 (MaximsNews Network), 17 April 2008. A UN top human rights official has deplored the suicide bombing last weekend at the start of a marathon in Sri Lanka that claimed the lives of at least 15 people, including a minister in the national Government... Back to the top

Sri Lankan sprinter banned
hindu, Apr 17, 2008. NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan woman sprinter Jani Chathurangani Silva has been banned for two years following a verdict given by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Lausanne, on April 14... Back to the top

Sonia pat for student Nalini
TT, Apr 17, 2008. Chennai, April 17: Sonia Gandhi had congratulated Nalini Sriharan, convicted in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, six years ago for completing a string of academic courses from jail... Back to the top

Sinhalese and Tamils join hands to mark New Year
gulf times, Apr 17, 2008. THE Sinhala and Tamil New Year, which fell on April 13, will be celebrated in Qatar by the Sri Lankan community today on a grand scale... Back to the top

Sri Lanka - Several hospitals in northern Sri Lanka face ..., 17-04-2008. The limited number of staff available to care for routine cases alongside war casualties has become a critical issue for several hospitals in northern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu back as LTTE s safe haven?, 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... Back to the top

Tiger rebels say Sri Lanka air raid kills girl, Thu Apr 17, 2008 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan warplanes bombed rebel-held territory in the north of the island for a third consecutive day on Thursday, and the Tamil Tigers said a teenage girl had been killed in the air raids... Back to the top

Panic in LTTE over arms deal with Slovakia: Colombo, 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... 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... 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, 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

Sri Lanka March tourist arrivals up 8.6 pct yr/yr, 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

Sri Lanka military: Fighter planes bomb rebel base as fighting ..., 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

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