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Sri Lanka says no Indian pressure to give up military action
xinhuanet.com, 2008-06-26 20:01:34. COLOMBO, June 26 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government on Thursday refuted claims by the main left party that India had pressurized it to abandon the current military thrust against Tamil Tiger rebels.

The JVP, or the People's Liberation Front, accused the Indian government of bringing pressure on the Sri Lankan government to stop the military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by sending a top level delegation to the island last week.

"There was no such pressure. The visit was a demonstration of the increased co-operation between the two countries," Anura Yapa, the government spokesman and the minister of Media and Information told reporters. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 26 22:01:44 EDT 2008


LTTE rebels sourcing explosives from India
upi, june 27. NEW DELHI, June 26 (UPI) -- Indian intelligence agencies said Sri Lanka's rebels are sourcing raw materials for explosives from two major Indian cities.

According to a senior Intelligence Bureau official, armed guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are sourcing raw materials for explosives and ammunition from Information Technology city Bangalore and industrial city Mumbai, previously called Bombay.

India's enforcement agencies seized an important commercial consignment of chemicals, which is used in making explosives, at Madurai in southern Tamil Nadu state last month. It was dispatched from Bangalore and was meant for delivery to the LTTE, who have been waging an armed battle against the island government demanding independence. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 26 22:06:01 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan community offers helping hand to fire victims
The Peninsula, June 27. DOHA • A Sri Lankan community organisation has come forward to support victims of the devastating fire that claimed the lives of five Sri Lankan workers a week ago.

The Sri Lankan Coordinating Committee (SLCC) is now looking for permanent premises to accommodate the 32 Sri Lankans stranded following the fire.

“Currently they are put up in a temporary accommodation in Abu Hamour, provided by a member of the Sri Lankan community. Efforts are on to find a permanent house for them,” SLCC president Lenny Cramer told The Peninsula yesterday.

The Sri Lankan Community Benevolent Fund (SLBF) has promised to help the workers pay the rents for the first one month, once they get a new accommodation, added Cramer. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 26 22:07:21 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka Says Economic Sanctions No Help In Fighting Terror
LBO, June 27. COLOMBO, June 27 Asia Pulse - Economic pressure on Sri Lanka by the international community at a time when the Tamil Tigers are targeting the economy is not helping in the struggle against terror, a senior diplomat has said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military bombs 2 rebel centers; 28 killed in ground clashes
Associated Press, Thu June 26, 2008 02:43 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force bombed two Tamil Tiger rebel positions in the restive north Thursday, a day after 26 rebels and two soldiers were killed in clashes, the military said... Back to the top

SRI LANKA OIL STRIKE SOME YEARS OFF: OFFICIAL
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... Back to the top

Strategic village captured: Colombo
hindu.com, Thursday, June 26, 2008 : 2115 Hrs. B. Muralidhar Reddy COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan military on Thursday claimed to have captured a “strategically important” village from the LTTE in the Mannar district in the north saying at least 52 LTTE cadre were killed in fighting in the last 48 hours... Back to the top

Sri Lanka beats UAE in Asia Cup
Associated Press, Thu June 26, 2008 13:14 EDT . - - LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Sri Lanka - defeated UAE by 142 runs Thursday in the Group A match of the Asia Cup... Back to the top

Govt accuses LTTE of recruiting children
hindustantimes.com, 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Negotiate With Rebels If They Quit Armed Struggle
bloomberg.com, 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... 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
reuters.com, 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
ptinews.com, 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

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