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JULY 13, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 99


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Splurge on SAARC meet irks Lankans
HT, july 14. The coming 15th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit to be held in Colombo later this month has run into several controversies.

Questions are being raised in the Sri Lankan parliament about the expenditure involved in holding the summit put at approximately Rs 3 billion (One Indian rupee is equal to Rs 2.70 SLR) and the money that the government has spent to buy bullet-proof luxury cars to be used during the eight-day summit, beginning July 27.

Opposition parties and several newspapers have also raised questions about the government here allowing “thousands of Indian troops” to be stationed in Colombo to protect Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit, beginning August 1. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 13 23:47:28 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka : 33 killed in new fighting
Associated Press, Sun July 13, 2008 01:56 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) New fighting in Sri Lanka - 's civil war killed 31 Tamil Tiger rebels and two government soldiers, the military said Sunday.

In the worst clash Saturday, 18 rebels and a soldier were killed in Mannar district, a military official said on condition of anonymity, citing government rules. Seven rebels and a soldier were killed in Vavuniya while six guerrillas died in Welioya, he said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not immediately be reached for comment, and it was not possible to verify the military's claims because reporters are barred from the war zone.

Each side often exaggerates the casualties and damage inflicted on its enemy while underreporting its own losses.

The government has intensified its campaign against the rebels' de facto state in the north after promising to crush them by the end of this year. However, army commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka recently said it might take another year to significantly weaken the rebels.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland 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 violence.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jul 13 03:54:20 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan authorities to check mobile phone ownership documents at checkpoints
Associated Press, Sun July 13, 2008 11:55 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Mobile phone users in Sri Lanka - will be required to carry ownership certificates and produce them upon request at military and police checkpoints for security reasons.

The new regulations were introduced to minimize ``threats to national security created by the irresponsible use of telephones,'' said a government statement issued Saturday.

The military says the Tamil Tiger rebels who are fighting to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils in the island's north and east are using mobile phones to communicate and sometimes to remotely detonate roadside bombs.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Published: Sun Jul 13 15:31:09 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Ready for talks with LTTE, says Mahinda Rajapaksa
Hindu, july 13. TIRUMALA: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Saturday that his government was ready to resume talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) provided it laid down arms... Back to the top

Sri Lanka all party panel to resume sessions, 2008-07-13 13:36:07. COLOMBO, July 13 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's All Party Representative Committee (APRC) is to resume its session this week after a recess, its chief and government minister Tissa Vitharana told reporters here Sunday... Back to the top

“LTTE is forcibly recruiting children”, Jul 13, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Air Force (SLAF) on Saturday claimed to have launched “precision air sorties at an identified LTTE bunker line” south of Thunukkai in Mullaithivu in the north of the country amid continued fighting between the forces and the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Amnesty condemns today's murder of civilians, 11 July 2008. Two women and a child among dead in ambush in Buttala today Amnesty International today condemned the targeting of civilians in the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

25 LTTE men killed in northern Sri Lanka, 12 Jul 2008. COLOMBO: At least 25 tiger rebels were killed in intense clashes in Sri Lanka's restive north where air force jets targeted a LTTE bunker line, officials said on Saturday... Back to the top

Weakened Sri Lankan rebels seeking Indian support, 2008-07-12. COLOMBO, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are seeking the support of neighboring South Indian state of Tamil Nadu for survival in the face of the present military onslaught, the state radio announced here Saturday... Back to the top

‘30 pc of recent LTTE conscripts have died’, Saturday July 12 2008. COLOMBO: About 30 per cent of people conscripted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the current phase of the Sri Lankan war, have died, says a respected Tamil human rights watchdog... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says 17 Tamil rebels killed in latest clashes
Associated Press, Sat July 12, 2008 01:36 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered fighting across northern Sri Lanka - killed 17 Tamil Tiger rebels, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

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