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APRIL 29, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 24


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Sri Lanka Eases Fishing Bans to Boost Tsunami-Damaged Industry
bloomberg, April 30, 2008. April 30 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka eased fishing restrictions in the eastern region captured from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as the rebels accused the military of targeting the industry to prevent it recovering from the 2004 tsunami disaster.

The government last week extended fishing areas and the hours that boats can operate in Eastern Province, saying it will boost the industry that is worth $685 million annually.

Almost half the 30,000 Sri Lankans killed by the tsunami lived in the Tamil-majority north and northeast of the island nation. The Tamil Tigers say the navy and air force regularly attack Tamil fishing boats.

``The government may say `go fish' but the people are too scared to do their jobs,'' said K. Thurairatnasingam, representative in the Trincomalee district for the Tamil National Alliance. ``The Tamil people are being deprived of one of their main livelihoods.'' The TNA is the main Tamil party with 22 seats in Sri Lanka's 225-member Parliament. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 29 23:02:56 EDT 2008

UK arrests in Tamil Tigers probe
BBC, 29 april. Three men have been arrested by counter-terror police as part of an investigation into the Tamil Tigers.

The arrests are said to be part of a long-term investigation into the Sri-Lankan-based group. All three were arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

A raid also took place in Surrey, Scotland Yard said.

Community reassured

The men are to be questioned at the high-security Paddington Green police station in central London.

A Scotland yard spokesman said: "This is part of a long-term investigation into alleged funding and procurement activity in support of terrorism overseas and two people have already been charged in connection with this investigation. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 29 07:18:00 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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UK police arrest suspected terrorists accused of supporting Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka  - Associated Press

BJP asks India to mediate between Sri Lanka and LTTE
pti, April 30, 2008. Asking the Centre to play a 'major role' to bring both the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to negotiating table, the BJP today said the recent meeting between Priyanka Vadhra and Nalini, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case, was done with a 'motif'.

"The Indian Government should play a major role to bring both the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government to negotiating table," BJP president Rajnath Singh told reporters here.

Reacting to Priyanka's highly publicised visit to the Vellore Central Prison on March 19 to meet Nalini, he said "Her visit to see Nalini was a diplomatic tactics used by the Congress with a motif."

He, however, did not elaborate.

Singh also termed as a "personal opinion" the former national security advisor Brajesh Mishra's statement that he preferred India to sign the nuclear deal with the US. The BJP had not changed its stand of opposing the agreement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 29 23:09:27 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Britons arrested for funding Tamil Tigers, April 29. Three British men suspected of raising funds for banned terror group the Tamil Tigers have been arrested... Back to the top

Iranian president launches Sri Lanka refinery work, 29 april. COLOMBO, April 29 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a project to boost the capacity of Sri Lanka's main oil refinery on Tuesday, part of a $1.5 billion loan to the government as Iran extends its energy ties in South Asia... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, Iran sign 6 agreements, 2008-04-29. COLOMBO, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Sri Lankan President witnessed the signing of six agreements between the two countries Monday night and vowed to push the relations to a new level... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Military: 9 Tamil Tiger rebels killed in Sri Lanka fighting
Associated Press, Tue April 29, 2008 03:27 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fresh fighting across the front lines of the civil war in northern Sri Lanka - killed nine Tamil Tiger rebels, the military said Tuesday... 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

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