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JULY 14, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 100


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Ex-rebels’ party to support Rajapaksa
Hindu, july 15. COLOMBO: Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikkal (TMVP), the LTTE rebel group-turned-political party, has formally joined the All-Parties Representative Committee (APRC) constituted by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to find a solution to the ethnic conflict.

The TMVP was invited to join the APRC by its chairman Tissa Vitharana, after its impressive performance during the election, held in May, in the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC).

Minister Vitharana said the TMVP had nominated Batticaloa Mayor Sivageetha Prabhakaran to represent it at the APRC. The committee is expected to meet next week. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 14 23:10:04 EDT 2008

SRI LANKA: Scarcity, Insecurity as Army Besieges Rebel Hq, Monday, July 14, 2008 10:39 GMT . By Feizal Samath
COLOMBO, Jul 14 (IPS) - With the Sri Lankan army closing in on the Wanni, the headquarters of the Tamil Tigers in the north of the island, the embattled civilian population has been hit not only by scarcities but also by deep insecurity, according to humanitarian agencies remaining in the area.

The Wanni brings together the districts of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu (on the east coast) and parts of Vavuniya and Mannar (on the northwest coast).

In heavy offensives government troops have taken control of at least 80 percent of Mannar and Vavuniya, while the other two districts are still being held by the rebels. Last year, the Tigers lost much of the eastern district, including the harbor town of Trincomalee, to the Sri Lankan army.

Confident of winning his war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse told reporters in India on Sunday that he was now prepared to hold talks with the rebels, provided they disarm. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 14 06:43:00 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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 Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Iran becomes Sri Lanka s top lender, 14 Jul, 2008. COLOMBO: Iran has emerged as Sri Lanka's biggest donor this year, knocking Japan from the position of being the war-torn island's main benefactor, the finance ministry said on Monday... 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... 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

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