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JUNE 19, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 75


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Colombo warns Lanka IOC of takeover
Hindu, june 20. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Minister for Petroleum A.H.M. Fawzy on Thursday told Parliament that the Government would take over the more than 150 petrol/diesel stations operated by Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) if the company did not bring down the price of diesel on par with the state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).

Mr. Fawzy said that if the LIOC was operating on the sole principle of making profits, the government would be left with no alternative but to take over its operations. He said he had already written to the Managing Director of the LIOC on the subject.

The Minister’s statement comes three weeks after the LIOC hiked the price of diesel by Sri Lankan Rs.24 a litre on the ground that it was forced to go for the hike after the government imposed a fresh levy of Sri Lanka Rs.24.50 a litre on imported petroleum products. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 19 22:06:11 EDT 2008

As Sri Lanka's civil war escalates, so do attacks on its journalists
Associated Press, Thu June 19, 2008 03:19 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) With civil war raging in Sri Lanka, the journalists trying to cover the conflict find themselves increasingly under siege. ``Those who wish to harass, harm, or even kill journalists can operate with relative impunity in Sri Lanka,'' he wrote.

Days later, Rajapaksa established a committee of government ministers to look into the complaints.

In the face of the violence and intimidation, many journalists said they have stopped reporting information that might embarrass the government.

``We don't want to be pet-poodles of the government, (but) neither to antagonize the military,'' said Ranga Jayasuriya, defense columnist at the Lakbima News newspaper.

Iqbal Athas, a high-profile defense columnist for the Sunday Times who is routinely threatened, said this was the ``worst period'' in his 42-year career.

The government withdrew his security detail after nine years last year when he reported on irregularities in the purchase of fighter jets. The Ministry of Defense Web site accused Athas of working for ``the pro-terrorist propaganda machine'' and trying to sow ``disloyalty, suspicions, disobedience, rumors, etc.'' among troops.

``It's clear that what they want to do is silence me to not write anything they dislike,'' Athas said.

This week, he suspended his column.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 19 06:40:49 EDT 2008 Back to the top

U.S. lawyer lands in Toronto on Sri Lankan mission
Scarborough DM, june 20. Saying he's not a lobbyist for the Tamil Tigers, U.S. attorney Bruce Fein is in Toronto on a mission to bring three high-ranking Sri Lankan officials to face U.S. justice.

The Washington Times columnist, a functionary in the Ronald Reagan administration, also seeks to get the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam off his country's list of terrorist groups and for Tamils around the world to vote on creating a Tamil state in Sri Lanka.

Curiously, neither Fein nor Justice for Tamils, the group who sent him here, will offer any opinion on whether the separatist LTTE or the World Tamil Movement (branded an LTTE offshoot this week) should stay banned in Canada,

"Every state or government has its different laws," Fein said in his Radisson Hotel room off Victoria Park Avenue this week. "I'm not a Canadian lawyer and I'm not talking about what Canadian law is."

But Fein is asking Canadians for money, last night at the Radisson and twice (tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 4 to 9 p.m.) at the Canada Kanthaswamy Kovil Hall on Birchmount Road. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 19 22:04:27 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Canada Tamil group to appeal terrorist designation
reuters, june 19. TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto-based World Tamil Movement said on Wednesday that it plans to appeal a recent decision by the Canadian government to make the group the first non-profit placed on a list of terrorist organizations... Back to the top

Police arrest 33 suspected Tamil Tigers in cities across Italy
Associated Press, Wed June 18, 2008 04:28 EDT . ROME (AP) _ Police say they have arrested 33 suspected members of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebel group in pre-dawn raids across Italy... Back to the top

TERRORISM: POLICE BLITZ AGAINST TAMIL TIGERS, 28 ARRESTS, june 20. AGI) - Naples, June 18 - Twenty-eight Sri Lankan residents of Italy of the Tamil ethnic group have been arrested in several regions in a blitz carried out by the police of Naples coordinated by the prosecutor's office in that city against a network of followers of the terrorist group "Liberation Tiger Tamil Eelam" (LTTE, also known as Tamil Tigers)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says 25 rebels and 6 soldiers killed in fighting
Associated Press, Wed June 18, 2008 04:31 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered fighting across Sri Lanka's restive north killed 25 Tamil Tiger rebels and six soldiers, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s eastern election challenged in court, 2008-06-18. COLOMBO, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's Eastern Provincial Council election held on May 10 has been challenged in court for the second time in a row, officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

LTTE men held in Italy for extortion, Jun 19. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Wednesday confirmed that Italian authorities have arrested 30 suspected members of the LTTE on charges of “extortion, intimidation and harassment”... Back to the top

Tigers attack Sri Lanka army post, 2008-06-18. COLOMBO (AFP) — Tamil Tiger rebels opened fire on an army post in northwestern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding another, military officials said... Back to the top

Malaysia to probe link to Sri Lanka bomb plot: report, 2008-06-18. KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Malaysia will help Sri Lanka track down a suspect believed to be involved in a Tamil Tiger bomb plot in Colombo, a report said Wednesday... Back to the top

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