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JULY 23, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 109


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Security for SAARC meet strengthened
hindu, july 24. COLOMBO: Despite the LTTE’s ceasefire declaration for the duration of the SAARC Summit, Sri Lanka is taking nothing to chance and has drawn up an unprecedented security plan. The government on Tuesday said it viewed the ceasefire announcement as a ruse to regroup.

A senior government official told The Hindu there would no change in the security measures contemplated by the military and police to ensure smooth conduct of the summit. “We do not believe in the pronouncements of the LTTE. If the past conduct of the Tigers is any guide, the so-called unilateral ceasefire by the LTTE is all the more reason for the government to be extra vigilant,” said the official.

The security plan for the SAARC is envisaged in two phases. Some of the measures proposed would come into force only in the second phase, when the Foreign Ministers commence their two-day deliberations on July 31, and when regional leaders meet on August 2 and 3. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 23 22:14:37 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka clash kills 32 after ceasefire dismissed, July 23, 2008. COLOMBO - More than 30 people have been killed in fighting in northern Sri Lanka, the military said on Wednesday, after the government dismissed a declaration by Tamil Tiger rebels of a brief unilateral ceasefire.

An email statement from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam early on Tuesday said the rebels would refrain from military action during the 15th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference from July 26 to Aug. 6.

But Sri Lanka rejected the rebel gesture and Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said the government would not abide by it. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 23 22:09:27 EDT 2008 Back to the top

National Post Editorial Board: Sri Lanka’s ‘Black July’ riots, 25 ..., July 23, 2008, . Twenty-five years ago this week, as many as 1,000 Sri Lankan Tamils were killed in what came to be known as the “Black July” riots. Majority Sinhalese nationalists, including Buddhist monks, went door-to-door in Sri Lankan cities looking for Tamils (who are predominately Hindu). The Sinhalese mobs dragged their victims into the street and either beat them to death with clubs and pipes or placed gasoline-soaked tires around their necks and set them alight, then stood back and watched as they burned alive. Almost all those killed were innocent civilians, including many women and children. Few, if any, were Tamil Tiger terrorists, whose ambush killing of 13 government soldiers set off the carnage on July 23, 1983. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 23 22:10:26 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Ceasefire akin to giving ‘oxygen’ to LTTE: Sri Lanka, Jul 23, 2008. COLOMBO: Hours after the LTTE announced its decision to observe a unilateral ceasefire from July 26 to August 4, to coincide with the SAARC Summit scheduled here on August 2 and 3, Sri Lanka’s government rejected the offer, saying a ceasefire at this juncture amounted to supply of “oxygen” to the LTTE... Back to the top

Police break supply chain of LTTE, 23 Jul 2008. CHENNAI: The Q Branch of the Tamil Nadu police on Tuesday busted a major LTTE procurement network, seizing five imported Yamaha outboard motors with a 40-horse-power capacity each... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rejects rebel ceasefire for SAsia summit, Tue Jul 22 15:35:59 CEST 2008. Sri Lanka's government has rejected a unilateral ceasefire announced by the country's separatist Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Warnapura hits unbeaten 50 as Sri Lanka closes rain-shortened first day at 85-2
Associated Press, Wed July 23, 2008 08:55 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Malinda Warnapura hit his third test half-century Wednesday as Sri Lanka - reached 85-2 at close of a rain-shortened opening day of the first cricket test against India... Back to the top

Former Sri Lanka batsman Charith Senanayake appointed national team manager
Associated Press, Tue July 22, 2008 15:25 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Former international Charith Senanayake was appointed Sri Lanka - manager ahead of the test cricket series against India starting on Wednesday... Back to the top

25 years later, Sri Lankan artists come to terms with anti-Tamil riots that sparked war
Associated Press, Tue July 22, 2008 10:54 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Anoma Rajakaruna has warm memories of her childhood in the diverse suburb of Panadura, where she went to the market and the pharmacy with her mother and chatted with neighbors in a mixture of English, Sinhalese and Tamil... Back to the top

Umpire challenge system, Tendulkar batting record draws focus in Sri Lanka -India test series
Associated Press, Tue July 22, 2008 07:48 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The test series between Sri Lanka and India could be pivotal for three reasons: the umpire challenge system going on trial, Sachin Tendulkar targeting a batting world record and spin bowling sensation Ajantha Mendis making his debut... Back to the top

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