The Lanka Academic

JULY 8, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 94


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Sri Lanka s failure to end conflict is dangerous: rights group, 8 Jul, 2008, 0946 hrs IST, IANS . NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka's inability to resolve the ethnic conflict poses dangers, a rights group has said, adding that Tamils firmly believe in the "justice of the liberation struggle" even if they don't admire the Tamil Tigers.

In its latest bulletin, the University Teachers for Human Rights (UTHR) has painted a grim picture of life in Vanni, the vast region in the island's north that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controls.

"The prospect of a (political) settlement is now prisoner to the government's obsession with its Sinhalese extremist agenda as the only means of prolonging its hold on power," it said.

"So strong is this link that it is prepared to risk economic collapse and social unrest in the south (of Sri Lanka) by people ridiculously unable to make ends meet. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 8 20:52:17 EDT 2008

Sri Lankan military says planes bomb rebel position; 23 killed in ground fighting
Associated Press, Tue July 8, 2008 08:47 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter planes bombed a Tamil Tiger base Tuesday and the rebels ambushed an army patrol killing two soldiers in the country's war-ravaged north, the military said.

The attacks came a day after ground battles along the front lines of the civil war killed 19 rebels and two soldiers, according to the military.

The air force jets twice hit a logistics facility in the rebel-controlled Kilinochchi district Tuesday, the defense ministry said in a statement. The pilots confirmed the attacks were successful, but did not give casualty or damage details, the military said.

Hours later guerrillas ambushed soldiers on foot patrol, killing two of them in Vavuniya district bordering the rebel-held region in the north, the statement said.

In ground fighting Monday, troops killed 11 rebels in Vavuniya while in Jaffna a confrontation killed one soldier and wounded six others, the military said Tuesday.

Separate battles in Welioya killed seven guerrillas and one soldier, while in Mannar one rebel was killed, the military said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be reached for comment.

It was not possible to independently verify the military reports because journalists are banned from the northern jungles where much of the fighting takes place. Each side commonly exaggerates its enemy's casualties while underreporting their own.

The rebels have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 8 11:45:28 EDT 2008 Back to the top

TN fishermen helping LTTE: Lanka, Jul 9, 2008. COLOMBO: Tamil Nadu’s fishermen bitterly complain that the Sri Lankan Navy is aggressively preventing them from exercising their “traditional right” to fish in the Palk Strait, especially around Katchchativu island, which was ceded to Sri Lanka in the 1970s. But the Sri Lanka Navy contends that the problem is not about Tamil Nadu fishermen poaching around Kachchativu, but the massive daily intrusion of these fishermen into Sri Lankan waters very near Mannar and Jaffna, posing a major security threat to North Sri Lanka. “They not only poach fish, but smuggle in fuel and other war-like material for the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam),” Sri Lankan navy’s spokesman, Commodore DKP Dassanayake, told Express here on Tuesday. More...
Published: Tue Jul 8 20:51:43 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says 19 Tamil rebels, 2 soldiers killed in fighting in north
Associated Press, Tue July 8, 2008 04:48 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Battles between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger fighters along the northern front lines of their civil war killed 19 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Ajantha Mendis to receive military promotion after Asia Cup heroics
Associated Press, Tue July 8, 2008 12:32 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Ajantha Mendis, the soldier who guided Sri Lanka to its second successive Asia Cup win with his crafty spin bowling is in line to be promoted three ranks higher to the rank of sergeant, a military officer said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka warns of rebel attacks in Colombo, jul 7. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka beefed up security on Monday and warned of possible rebel attacks around the capital Colombo as the island's Tamil Tiger rebels marked the 21st anniversary of their first rebel suicide attack... Back to the top

National Post - Editorial.
National Post, July 8. It’s the sort of sight that too often makes Canadian politicians go weak in the spine: ethnic voters rallying for a parochial, unsavoury cause... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says new fighting kills 20 Tamil rebels, 2 soldiers in volatile north
Associated Press, Mon July 7, 2008 02:47 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A series of battles between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka - 's embattled northern region killed 20 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Monday... Back to the top

The Ajantha puzzle
DNA, july 8. Sunday seemed one of those days when the so-called great Indian batting was as dazed and confused, against the young spinner Ajantha Mendis, as one would be against any of the world’s top bowlers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka signs oil exploration deal with Cairn India+
Associated Press, Mon July 7, 2008 09:56 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 7 (Kyodo) The Sri Lanka - government on Monday signed an agreement with Cairn India, an oil explorer and producer in India, to prospect for oil and natural gas off the country's northwestern coast... Back to the top

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