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MAY 26, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 51


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Military: Sri Lanka military says blast on train kills 7 near capital, 62 wounded
Associated Press, Mon May 26, 2008 09:06 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A bomb blamed on Tamil Tiger separatists ripped through part of a packed passenger train Monday evening during rush hour, killing seven people and wounding 62 others near the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.

The bomb exploded near the railroad station in Dehiwala, said Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman. He said seven people were killed and 62 wounded in the attack, and blamed the deaths on the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan did not respond to calls seeking comment, but the rebels routinely deny such attacks.

Television footage from the scene showed part of the train compartment's roof blown off and its windows shattered.

Meanwhile, a railway official said train services on that line have been suspended until further notice.

The rebels, blamed for scores of suicide bombings and other attacks on civilians, are listed as a terrorist group by the United States, the European Union and India.

A blast blamed on rebels at a Colombo bus station killed 26 people last month.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by the majority Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed.Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 26 10:06:54 EDT 2008

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Ground battles kill 22 in Sri Lanka: defence ministry, 26 may. COLOMBO (AFP) Ground battles between Sri Lankan troops and separatist rebels killed 21 guerrillas and one solider in the nation's north, the defence ministry said Monday.

Eight soldiers were also wounded in Sunday's fighting, the ministry said in a statement.

The latest reported deaths brought to 3,873 the number of rebels the government says it has killed since January, when it pulled out of a truce with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The ministry has said 298 soldiers have died over the same period.

The rebels, who have been locked in armed combat with security forces since 1972, did not comment on Sunday's fighting. More...
Published: Mon May 26 07:22:45 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka's Central Bank Holds Interest Rate at 10.5%
bloomberg, Mon May 26, 2008 02:49 EDT . May 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's central bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at the highest level since 2002 to help bolster growth amid the fastest inflation in at least four years.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka maintained its repurchase rate at 10.5 percent for a 15th straight meeting, the Colombo- based bank said in a statement today. Sixteen out of 17 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News predicted the decision. One analyst expected a 25 basis point increase.

Governor Nivard Cabraal joins central bank chiefs in Asia in balancing the threat of slowing growth against accelerating inflation. Consumer prices in the capital Colombo rose 25 percent in April from a year earlier, after gaining 23.8 percent in March, on higher food and energy costs.

``Once again it comes down to the fact of growth versus inflation targeting, with authorities preferring growth,'' said Romesh Gomez, a trader at First Capital Treasuries Ltd. in Colombo. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 26 03:36:36 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Dramatic midnight fuel price hike in Sri Lanka
newkerala, May 26. By P. Karunakharan, Colombo, May 25: With global oil prices soaring, Sri Lanka announced a dramatic hike in the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs.30 a litre and of kerosene by Rs.10 a litre from midnight Saturday... Back to the top

Prabhakaran should give up demand for Tamil state: US
Zee News, May 25, 2008. Colombo, May 25: The US has asked LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran to give up demand for a separate Tamil state saying the community wanted a solution to the over two-decade-old ethnic conflict within a "united" Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka probing links between 2 diffused bombs, May 25, 2008. COLOMBO, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan police said Sunday that they are probing possible links between two bus bombs diffused at two different locations near the capital Colombo on Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says 7 rebels, 2 soldiers killed in latest fighting
Associated Press, Sun May 25, 2008 04:04 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A new round of fighting killed seven Tamil Tiger rebels and two Sri Lankan soldiers in the island's restive north, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

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