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APRIL 28, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 23


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Iranian president arrives in Sri Lanka
Xinhua, April 28. COLOMBO, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamadinejad arrived in Sri Lanka Monday afternoon for a two-day official visit during which he will unveil several Iran-funded projects.

Ahamadinejad arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport near the capital Colombo around 7:50 p.m. (14:20 GMT) and he was welcomed by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, officials from Sri Lankan Presidential Secretariat said.

Ahamadinejad is scheduled to hold talks with President Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka and Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama during his visit. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Apr 28 16:44:22 EDT 2008

Military: Police defuse time bomb at Sri Lankan bus station
Associated Press, Mon April 28, 2008 05:45 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police found and defused a makeshift time bomb Monday that was set to go off at a bus station in central Sri Lanka - during the crowded morning rush hour, the military said. The rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for minority ethnic Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by Sri Lanka - 's Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Mon Apr 28 09:59:43 EDT 2008 Back to the top
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Latest fighting in Sri Lanka kills 35 rebels 7 soldiers, military says
Associated Press, April 27, 2008. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's military says 35 Tamil Tiger rebels and seven soldiers have been killed in the latest fighting in the island's restive north.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara says the deadliest fighting Saturday was on the front lines of Welioya, where 22 insurgents and seven soldiers died. One soldier is reported missing.

Thirteen other rebels have been killed in separate battles in the Jaffna, Vavuniya and Mannar districts, Nanayakkara says.

Rebel officials were not immediately available for comment. Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 27 02:39:17 EDT 2008 Back to the top

70-Storeyed Tower from Suchirindia in Colombo
PRlog, April 29, 2008. Apr 28, 2008 – Suchirindia, a Hyderabad-based business group with its roots in real estate, has ventured in to construction of a twin towers of 30 floor and a 70floor marvel at Colombo, Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers no pushover for Sri Lanka forces, Apr 28, 2008 04:30 AM . COLOMBO–When the commanders of Sri Lanka's military pledged in a New Year's message to wipe out terrorism by the end of 2008, they may have been anticipating a walkover in rebel controlled territory... Back to the top

Finally, Lanka to unveil memorial for Indian soldiers
com, 28 April . New Delhi: Two decades after it booted them out, Sri Lanka is preparing to unveil a memorial near its Parliament for Indian soldiers killed battling the Tamil Tiger guerrillas... Back to the top

Amid criticism from West, Sri Lanka turns to less picky donors as Iranian president visits
Associated Press, Sun April 27, 2008 21:21 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - has hailed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit here Monday as an important step in cementing closer ties between the two nations... Back to the top

India and Pakistan snub US
the Australian News, April 28, 2008. A MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR gas pipeline project linking Iran, Pakistan and India that is bitterly opposed by Washington is set to go ahead after Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a historic first visit to meet leaders of the new coalition government in Islamabad... Back to the top

Soldiers guarding Madhu church fear LTTE mines
The Hindu, April 28, 2008 - 10:00 EDT. Madhu (Mannar) Sri Lanka (PTI): Soldiers guarding the historic church of Madhu, which was liberated by Sri Lankan army recently, still fear attacks from LTTE militants, who have reportedly planted mines around the vandalised complex... Back to the top

Bomb defused at Sri Lanka bus station: police, 28 april. COLOMBO (AFP) — A powerful bomb was found and defused at a crowded bus station in northwestern Sri Lanka early Monday, minutes before the device had been set to go off, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels launch airstrike on military defense line in war-torn north
Associated Press, Sun April 27, 2008 01:44 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's separatist rebels used light aircraft to bomb an army defense line in the island's war-torn north early Sunday but didn't cause any casualties, the military said... Back to the top

Bomb victims compensated in Sri Lanka, 2008-04-27 21:03:05. COLOMBO, April 27 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government has begun paying compensation to the victims of Friday evening's bomb attack, which was blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said on Sunday... Back to the top

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