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JUNE 1, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 57


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Lanka hikes train fares up to 150 per cent to cut down losses, June 1, 2008. Colombo (PTI): The Sri Lankan government on Sunday hiked train fares steeply up to 150 per cent to offset exorbitant running cost. Under the revised fares, the minimum fare for a 3rd Class ticket, earlier fixed at Sri Lankan Rs (SLR) 5 (Rs 1.98), will now be SLR 10 (Rs 3.90) while Second Class and First Class passengers will have to pay SLR 20 (Rs 7.92) and SLR 40 (Rs 15.84) as the minimum fare, an official statement said. Sri Lanka has not increased the fares in the last three years.

Defending the hike, Sri Lanka Minister of Transport Dallas Alahapperuma said it was necessitated by the steep rise in global oil prices. He said the country's railway department used nearly 30 million litres of diesel to run its trains. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 1 23:28:01 EDT 2008

Family hopes for Tamil's release from Lankan jail
toi, June 2. CHENNAI: Nagamuthu Thangavel was 42 when he boarded a flight for Colombo from Chennai. A car driver who was the sole breadwinner of his family, Thangavel was offered a lucrative job overseas by a group of Sri Lankan Tamils who were his neighbours.

"Three Sri Lankans residing near our house noticed our pathetic condition and offered to help us by getting my father a driver's job in Sri Lanka," recalled his son Saravanan. It was on December 11, 1994 that Thangavel left for Colombo carrying a bag containing among other things, sarees, glass bangles, sweet boxes and ladies footwear, which his expat neighbours wanted delivered back home. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 1 23:33:20 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Mother of dead children is taken to mental unit
Times, June 2. A Sri Lankan mother suspected of stabbing two of her children to death and critically wounding her baby girl was lonely and depressed by her life in Britain, her relatives said yesterday.

Police last night detained Sasikala Navaneethan, 35, under the Mental Health Act over the deaths of her son, 5, and his sister, 4. Their six-month-old sister remains in a critical condition after all three children were stabbed at their home in Carshalton, South London, late on Friday night.

Police have refused to give details of the incident but sources suggested that the throats of the older children had been cut.

Neighbours described seeing a “tiny bundle” being carried out of the house. “It was obviously a child,” one said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 1 23:30:10 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Military: 13 killed in Sri Lanka clashes
Associated Press, Sun June 1, 2008 02:04 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Nine Tamil Tiger rebels and four soldiers were killed in new clashes in Sri Lanka - 's restive north, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

Suresh Sriskandarajah, Tamil Tigers, LTTE University awarded terrorism just part of Business 101 in Canada?
Canada Free Press, Sunday, June 1, 2008 . Canada holds a different opinion about Tamil Tiger terrorists than do the European Union and the United States... Back to the top

Military says grenade blast in Sri Lankan capital has killed 2 civilians, wounded 9
Associated Press, Sat May 31, 2008 13:07 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military says two civilians have been killed and nine others wounded in a grenade blast in the island's capital... Back to the top

LTTE rejects devolution plan in Sri Lanka, June 1. Colombo, May 31 (PTI) The LTTE has denounced Sri Lankan government's plan for power devolution under which local elections were held recently in the East, saying "Tamil sovereignty and right to self-determination" are key issues for a negotiated settlement to the ethnic problem... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cannot negotiate with LTTE, says diplomat, June 1, 2008. New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) A negotiated end to Sri Lanka's dragging conflict is still possible but not before the Tamil Tigers are "verifiably demilitarised and democratised," says one of the most high-profile diplomats of that country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels reject devolution plan, kill 31 troops: report, June 1. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels condemned government moves to devolve more power to the north and east as they reported killing 31 troops in fresh fighting, according to a pro-rebel website Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tiger rebels turning more violent amid gov't offensive, official says
Associated Press, Sat May 31, 2008 02:15 EDT . EILEEN NG - Associated Press Writer - SINGAPORE (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels are becoming more violent as they suffer setbacks because of a new government offensive, a top official from the war-torn South Asian nation said Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: New fighting kills 26 rebels, 4 soldiers on northern front lines
Associated Press, Sat May 31, 2008 08:07 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) New fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger separatists killed 26 rebels and four soldiers along the northern front lines of Sri Lanka - 's civil war, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels show no signs of peace: government official, May 31, 2008, 9:20 EDT. SINGAPORE (AFP) — The Tamil Tigers have shown no sign they are genuine about wanting peace even though the door remains open for a return to negotiations, a senior Sri Lankan official said Saturday... Back to the top

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