The Lanka Academic

JULY 10, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 96


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Marxist party’s strike fails to disrupt Lanka
gulftimes, july 11. Colombo: A strike of public sector employees called by the Marxist party failed yesterday to paralyze the country as planned. The Marxists People’s Liberation Front (JVP) hoped up to 200,000 public servants of the 1.1mn government sector employees would strike, crippling transport, health, port and the education sectors, however, most services were operational without a serious disruption. The government had argued that the trade union action would help the Tamil rebels whom they said were on the verge of being defeated by a strong military campaign underway in the northern part of the country. In the capital posters sprung up overnight saying the strike would benefit the Tamil rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Earlier Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva told parliament that the strike would demoralise the security forces who have made significant gains in the war front by recapturing some of the rebel-controlled areas in the north. The JVP backed trade unions were demanding a minimum salary increase of 5,000 rupees ($46) per month for public servants to compensate for the rising cost of living. It is also demanding the postponement of elections in Sabaragamuwa and North-Central provinces, full implementation of the 17th amendment and reduction of the number of ministers in the central council to 35 from 105. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 10 22:42:16 EDT 2008

LTTE ready for ceasefire and peace talks
sify, july 11. LTTE's political wing chief V Nadesan said that the group was ready for a ceasefire now. He accused the Sri Lankan government of "abrogating" the six-year-long ceasefire which came to an end early this year.

Nadesan, in a telephonic interview to Times Now television, said the LTTE was not against peace negotiations. "Yes" was his answer when asked whether the LTTE was for the ceasefire starting again.

"It is the Sri Lankan state that unilaterally abrogated the ceasefire agreement and is unleashing a war against the Tamils in their homeland," he charged. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 10 23:06:46 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Military: 31 rebels, 3 soldiers killed in Sri Lanka fighting
Associated Press, Thu July 10, 2008 03:10 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fierce trench warfare and a series of ambushes in northern Sri Lanka - killed 31 rebels and three soldiers, the military said Thursday.

The battles part of an escalation in the fighting between the Tamil Tiger rebels and government troops in recent months erupted in the Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya areas throughout the day Wednesday.

In one particularly deadly fight in Vavuniya, troops captured a rebel bunker and killed eight guerrilla fighters after nine hours of clashes, the military said in a statement.

Others battles and ambushes along the civil war's front lines in the north killed 23 Tamil Tiger fighters and three soldiers, the military said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be reached for comment. Each side commonly exaggerates its enemy's casualties while underreporting their own.

It is not possible to get independent accounts of the clashes because journalists are barred from the war zone.

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.

Meanwhile, another soldier was killed Wednesday near the eastern town of Trincomalee from injuries sustained in a wild elephant attack, the military said.
Published: Thu Jul 10 06:54:49 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Man gets 2 1/2 year sentence in terror scheme
Associated Press, Thu July 10, 2008 14:50 EDT . BALTIMORE (AP) _ A retired Indonesian Marine Corps general was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in prison for trying to funnel weapons to a Sri Lankan terrorist organization... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government says opposition-backed nationwide strike has failed
Associated Press, Thu July 10, 2008 04:41 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's government says opposition plans for a nationwide strike have failed... Back to the top

Sri Lanka board bow to player pressure, 11/07/2008 . The England and Wales Cricket Board will today be told that Sri Lanka will send a severely weakened team to tour England next year after giving their senior players permission to play in the Indian Premier League... Back to the top

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... 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cricketers' union says no agreement still on English tour
Associated Press, Thu July 10, 2008 10:03 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's tour of England next year is in doubt because players are unhappy that its timing will clash with the lucrative Indian Premier League competition... Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka board hopes to end player contracts dispute, Wed Jul 9, 2008. COLOMBO, July 9 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's cricket board hopes to settle an increasingly bitter central contracts dispute with its players at an executive board meeting on Thursday, Board sources said... 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

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