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APRIL 18, 2008 EST, USA
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Prabhakaran not keen on peaceful solution to Lanka strife, 18 april. COLOMBO: LTTE breakaway faction Tamil Makkal Vidhuthalai Pullikal has accused Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran of not being keen on a peaceful solution to the 25-year-old ethnic strife in Sri Lanka. "Prabhakaran only believes in an armed solution to the Tamil problem in Sri Lanka and is not interested in any peaceful means to resolve the crisis," said Pillayan, the TMVP leader and a leading contender for the Chief Ministers post in Eastern Provincial council where elections are to be held next month. More...
Published: Fri Apr 18 07:45:43 EDT 2008

India should organise Lanka peace talks: Karuna, 18 Apr 2008,. CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi has suggested that India organise negotiations between the warring parties in Sri Lanka to bring peace to the island nation. "To bring about peace in Sri Lanka, the Union government should come forward to organise useful negotiations so that a proper political solution is thrashed out," he said in an interview to The Times of India. Karunanidhi had, in an earlier stint as chief minister, negotiated with the LTTE on behalf of the V P Singh government in 1989. More...
Published: Fri Apr 18 12:26:26 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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.

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Published: Thu Apr 17 09:55:08 EDT 2008 Back to the top

AS-FEA-GEN--Sri Lanka-Forgotten Prisoner
Associated Press, Fri April 18, 2008 10:50 EDT . - - HIPAUWA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Age may have slowed him, but P... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ready to talk with rebels but no contact with facilitators
xinhuanet, April 18, 2008, 2:48 EDT. COLOMBO, April 17 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government said Thursday that it will be ready for talks with the Tamil Tigers if they eschewed terrorism but has not made any formal contact with the Norwegian peace facilitators on resuming the process of stalled negotiations... Back to the top

New fighting in Sri Lanka kills 8 Tamil rebels, 2 soldiers, military says
Associated Press, Fri April 18, 2008 02:41 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered battles across Sri Lanka - 's northern region killed eight Tamil separatists and two government soldiers, the military said Friday... Back to the top

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... 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”... 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

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

Key LTTE base bombed: Colombo, April 18, 2008, 09:18 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Air Force has claimed to have successfully bombed a “key logistic complex and engineering yard” of the LTTE in Mullaithivu district... Back to the top

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