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JULY 9, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 95


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Sri Lanka gears up for workers strike
Hindu, july 10. COLOMBO: A tense atmosphere prevailed in the island-nation as it prepared to face a workers’ strike on Thursday. The strike call has been given by trade unions demanding an increase in monthly wages.

Observers said the strike is a show of strength by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramua (JVP). President Mahinda Rajapaksa is determined to ensure peace and views the strike as an attempt to embarrass it before the SAARC Summit, which is being held here in the first week of August.

Defence Ministry spokesperson and Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella, said while the government acknowledged the rights of workers to resort to strikes, it would not hesitate to take [the] sternest action to prevent illegal demonstrations, which may violate law and order. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 9 22:00:53 EDT 2008

Sri Lankans May Turn Against War Strategy, Defense Analysts Say, July 9. July 9 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's government needs to deliver on its vow to cripple the rebel Tamil Tigers this year or lose support for a conflict that is slowing economic growth, defense analysts said as labor unions plan a general strike tomorrow.

``People say they'll suffer the hardships as long as the government can finish the war,'' said Iqbal Athas, a Colombo-based correspondent for Jane's Defence Weekly. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's ``military machine has yet to be badly dented'' and the group may have at least 10,000 fighters.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government pledged to defeat the LTTE in the northern Wanni region this year after evicting them from the east a year ago. The Tamil Tigers operate from jungle bases in the north, where they repulsed a major army offensive in the late 1990s. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 9 13:07:10 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Military: Sri Lankan air force attacks rebel boats as fighting kills 21
Associated Press, Wed July 9, 2008 04:24 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - air force jets attacked a Tamil Tiger flotilla off the coast of northern Sri Lanka - early Wednesday, destroying one rebel boat, while infantry clashes in the north killed 19 insurgents and two soldiers, the military said.

The military has increasingly used airstrikes to try to weaken the rebels as part of its ongoing offensive against the Tamil Tigers' de facto state in the north.

About 8 a.m., air force jets operating on information provided by the navy, attacked boats from the rebels' navy off the coast of the northern Mullaitivu district and completely destroyed one vessel, said air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara.

Meanwhile, infantry clashes across the war-ravaged north killed 19 rebels and two soldiers Tuesday, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

He said army troops attacked and captured a rebel bunker in the Vavuniya district after a clash that killed eight rebels. Another rebel died elsewhere in Vavuniya, he said.

Separately in Vavuniya, two soldiers were killed when rebels attacked an army's foot patrol.

In the nearby Welioya region, troops captured four rebels bunkers after fighting that left 10 rebels dead and 10 soldiers wounded, said Nanayakkara.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be reached for comment. It is not possible to get independent accounts of the clashes because journalists are barred from the war zone.

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: Wed Jul 9 07:19:10 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka tour to be cut or axed, Thursday July 10, 2008. Sri Lanka's tour of England next summer lies in ruins today after the personal intervention of the country's president, Mahinda Rajapakse... Back to the top

Sri Lanka board face rebellion from senior players over IPL clash, 09/07/2008 . Sri Lanka's senior players will today demand their board rearrange next year's tour to England because it clashes with the second season of the Indian Premier League... Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka contract dispute clouds India tour, Wed Jul 9, 2008 . COLOMBO, July 9 (Reuters) - A protracted contract dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and its players has reached boiling point just weeks before India are due to tour there... Back to the top

India chases the Dragon in Sri Lanka, Jul 10, 2008. BANGALORE - Gripped by civil war for over two decades, Sri Lanka is fast becoming a battleground for the two Asian giants - India and China... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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