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JUNE 2, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 58


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Tamil Tigers place senior leader under house arrest: military
Todayonline, June 3. The elusive head of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka has placed a senior rebel leader under house arrest over a worsening internal dispute, the defence ministry said Monday. . Seevaratnam Prabaharan, alias Pulidevan, who is attached to the Tigers' peace secretariat, has been placed under arrest on the direct orders of the Tiger supremo, Velupillai Prabhakaran, the statement said. . "The arrest has been made as a result of a worsening internal dispute among key LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) figures," the ministry said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 2 22:15:44 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka 's military says 17 rebels, 1 soldier killed in northern fighting
Associated Press, Mon June 2, 2008 01:22 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Clashes between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels around Sri Lanka - 's northern guerrilla stronghold killed 17 insurgents and a soldier, the military said Monday

A military official said the fighting broke out Sunday on four fronts, in Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya regions. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing government rules.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment and it was not possible to confirm the report independently because reporters are not allowed into the war zone.

Both the military and the rebels are known to release exaggerated casualty details for their enemy while playing down their own losses.

Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils in the island's north and east. They say they that Tamils have faced decades of discrimination by successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

Government troops have largely cleared the rebels' eastern strongholds and have vowed to crush them by the end of this year.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Mon Jun 2 05:07:23 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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 Back to the top

Japan may export rice to Sri Lanka
channelnewsasia, June 3. TOKYO: Japan is mulling a request from Sri Lanka to export up to 200,000 tonnes of its imported rice supplies to help Colombo ease acute food shortages, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Monday... Back to the top

Swamy to move HC against Nalini's plea for early release
expressindia, June 3. Chennai, June 2: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Monday said he would soon move the Madras High Court against the plea made by Nalini Murugan, a life convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, for early release... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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

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