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JUNE 25, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 81


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Asia Pulse, June 26. COLOMBO, June 26 Asia Pulse - An offshore oil strike in Sri Lanka is still some years off with opportunities for local business to support a petroleum industry even further away, during the development phase, a senior official said.

The country lacks a clear vision for the petroleum sector and private industry should get more involved in the search for oil and provide policy inputs to the government, said Neil de Silva, head of the petroleum resources development secretariat overseeing exploration efforts.

With the island having a narrow continental shelf, potential hydrocarbon deposits are in deep waters.

This makes them less attractive to oil majors and more expensive to extract, he told a seminar on management of Sri Lanka's ocean resources organized by the Chamber of Construction Industry Tuesday.

Sri Lanka has a 60 per cent chance of discovering oil in the Mannar Basin, off the west coast, "not a bad number," de Silva said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 25 21:47:57 EDT 2008

Govt accuses LTTE of recruiting children, June 25, 2008. he secessionist organisation the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continues to use child soldiers in its battle against the Sri Lankan armed forces, the defence ministry said on Wednesday. It added that the LTTE forcibly recruit children and teenagers to fill up their fast-depleting ranks.

Quoting defence intelligence sources, the ministry said personnel of the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) recovered three “obituary posters” giving the name, rank and unit of 150 LTTE cadres, including those of several child soldiers in the Karakakulam area in the northern part of the country. They found the posters after capturing the office of an LTTE regional leader. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 25 21:46:26 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Negotiate With Rebels If They Quit Armed Struggle, June 26. June 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who intensified the fight against rebels over the past two years, said he will negotiate with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam if the group gives up its armed struggle. ``If the LTTE lays down arms at any moment, I am ready to work with them to achieve peace,'' he told religious leaders in the capital, Colombo, according to a statement on the Defense Ministry's Web site yesterday. The LTTE said last September that any peace process must be based on a homeland for the Tamil people, in the same way the ethnic-Albanian majority in the former Serbian province of Kosovo gained independence. Tamils make up 11.9 percent of Sri Lanka's 20 million people, according to the 2001 census. More...
Published: Wed Jun 25 23:36:45 EDT 2008 Back to the top

US Embassy in Sri Lanka closes temporarily after suspicious powder found
Associated Press, Wed June 25, 2008 08:37 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka - says it has temporarily closed because a suspicious power has been found on the premises... Back to the top

Torture endemic in Sri Lanka police - rights group, June 26. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Torture has become endemic in Sri Lankan police stations and there seems to be no political will to stop it, an Asian human rights group said on Wednesday... Back to the top

CBK's land deal 'corrupt'
bbc, june 25. The Supreme Court in Sri Lanka has accused the former president of involved in corruption in providing a prime land for a private company... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says new fighting kills 32 Tamil rebels, 4 soldiers
Associated Press, Wed June 25, 2008 02:37 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A new wave of fighting across Sri Lanka - 's embattled northern region killed at least 32 ethnic Tamil rebels and four government soldiers, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sangakkara's century helps Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh in Asia Cup group match
Associated Press, Wed June 25, 2008 14:04 EDT . - - LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Kumar Sangakkara's eighth limited-overs century Wednesday powered defending champion Sri Lanka - to a 131-run win against Bangladesh in a Group A match of the Asia Cup... Back to the top

41 killed in Lanka clashes: officials, Jun 25 . Colombo, Jun 25 (PTI) At least 37 LTTE cadres and four soldiers were killed in intense clashes in the embattled Northern Sri Lanka, officials said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's government sets up committee to investigate claims of media intimidation
Associated Press, Tue June 24, 2008 10:44 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka has appointed a ministerial-level committee to investigate allegations that local journalists trying to cover the country's civil war have been threatened and harassed, a senior government official said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: Soldiers capture rebel territory as fighting kills 10 rebels
Associated Press, Tue June 24, 2008 10:36 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces killed 10 Tamil separatists Tuesday in a push to win control of a small area of rebel-held territory in the island's north, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : 23 killed in new fighting
Associated Press, Tue June 24, 2008 03:36 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A new round of fighting in northern Sri Lanka - killed 21 Tamil Tiger separatist rebels and two soldiers, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Media groups say Sri Lanka threatens journalists, Mon 23 Jun 2008. NEVA, June 23 (Reuters) - Media groups urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to speak out in support of journalists in Sri Lanka who are facing "grave danger" after being labelled traitors by government officials... Back to the top

Sri Lanka captain Jayawardene gears up for Asia Cup defense
Associated Press, Tue June 24, 2008 03:40 EDT . - - LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Sri Lanka - captain Mahela Jayawardene knows only too well the two best teams in the Asian Cup stand before his team and a title defense... Back to the top

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