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MAY 18, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 43


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Sri Lanka 's military says air force bombs rebel center; 12 guerrillas die in other battles
Associated Press, Sun May 18, 2008 05:01 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force helicopters bombed a Tamil Tiger rebel operations center in the contested north, while separate ground battles killed 12 insurgents, the military said Sunday.

Air force pilots bombed the rebel center in northern Mannar district on Saturday, the military said in a statement. It did not give details of any casualties or damage caused in the attack.

Twelve Tamil guerrillas were killed in separate fighting Saturday across the island's embattled north, the statement said. The fighting was in the Mannar, Vavuniya and Welioya regions, it added.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan was not immediately available for comment.

The government and rebels often release conflicting reports on the fighting, exaggerating enemy casualties and lowering their own losses.

Independent confirmation of the claims is impossible because reporters are not allowed in the war zone.

Also Saturday, the military said it captured Palampiddi town from Tamil Tiger rebels in Mannar district. Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said capturing Palampiddi was strategically important because it would block the rebels' supply route between the northern Vavuniya and Mannar districts.

The government has vowed to crush the rebels by the end of the year and dismantle their de facto administration.

Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils who have faced marginalization by governments controlled by ethnic majority Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 18 08:45:25 EDT 2008

2 Lankans with wireless sets held
TOI, May 19. CHENNAI: Sleuths of the 'Q' branch of Tamil Nadu Police on Sunday arrested two Lankan refugees and their associate, a youth from Madurai, while trying to smuggle walkie-talkies and resin to Jaffna.

Working on a tip-off, the police team intercepted a Tata Sumo on Raja Mill Road in Madurai at 1.00 pm and arrested P Viji alias Jayaraj of Pesalai in Sri Lanka and T Chinnavan alias Padmarasa, a native of Jaffna. The police seized 44 sets of walkie-talkies (ICOM-brand very high frequency trans-receivers of Japanese make) and Rs. 4.59 lakh cash.

Viji had come to India as a refugee in 1990 and was lodged in Periyar Nagar camp in Madurai. Later, he was shifted to Koodal Nagar camp. An accused in a murder case, Viji has been missing from the camp. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 18 22:28:39 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Domestic Workers From Sri Lanka to Be Insured
arabnews, may 19. RIYADH, 19 May 2008 — Saudi Arabia will soon introduce a mandatory insurance scheme for Sri Lankan domestic workers.

The decision was taken during talks between Labor Minister Ghazi Al-Gosaibi and Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Promotion and Labor Welfare Minister Keheliya Rambukwella at Riyadh’s Royal Conference Palace on Saturday. Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohamed Ageed Mohamed Marleen and Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment Chairman Kingsley Ranawake were present.

The Lankan minister said that it was agreed that the Sri Lankan government would appoint an international insurance company and the Saudi government would encourage employers to pay the premium on behalf of their workers. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 18 22:33:16 EDT 2008 Back to the top

India too burdened with problems to back Tamil state: Lanka
TOI, May 19. COLOMBO: India has "too many problems" of its own and cannot bear the "extra burden" from backing a separate Tamil State to be carved out from Sri Lanka, the war-ravaged country's Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has said... Back to the top

Military: Sri Lanka air force bombs rebel air strip; 16 killed in clashes
Associated Press, Sat May 17, 2008 03:43 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets bombed an air strip used by Tamil Tiger rebels, while 16 insurgents were killed in ground clashes in the north, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

Suicide bomb in Sri Lanka capital, May 18, 2008. Seven of those killed were police. The bomber rammed a motorcycle into their bus near a five-star hotel in the busy central business district... Back to the top

Significant gains made: Sri Lanka, May 18, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military on Saturday claimed that its forces “engaged in counter-terrorist offensives to liberate Wanni” and reached the Palampiddi junction in Vavuniya district... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says it captured key northern town from Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Sat May 17, 2008 09:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military says it has captured a strategic town from Tamil Tiger rebels in the island's restive north... Back to the top

A scientific approach to religion
nst, may 17. Reverend Punnaji started meditating when he was five years old, wanted to become a monk when he was seven, and knew he would become one when he was 17... Back to the top

Sri Lanka recalls Jayasuriya, Muralitharan for Asia Cup
Associated Press, Fri May 16, 2008 10:58 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka has recalled star players Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan to its 15-member cricket squad named for next month's Asia Cup tournament in Pakistan... Back to the top

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