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JULY 26, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lanka fighting kills 74
Reuters, July 26. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops continued their offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels in two days of fighting in the north that killed 66 Tigers and eight soldiers, the military said on Saturday.

The fighting in the district of Jafna, Vavuiya Polonnaruwa, Mannar and Mullaitivu came three days after the government dismissed a declaration by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of a unilateral ceasefire from July 26 to August 4.

"Our offensives are going on, troops had killed 66 LTTE terrorists in the fighting on Thursday and Friday," said military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jul 26 11:32:15 EDT 2008


EU team cautions Colombo on rights violations
hindu.com, Saturday, Jul 26, 2008. COLOMBO: A visiting delegation of the European Parliament on Friday warned Sri Lanka hat it could loose the GSP+ status (which provides preferential access to the textile sector in the E.U. market) unless it addressed concerns over human rights violations and media freedom. The GSP is an autonomous trade arrangement through which the E.U. provides non-reciprocal preferential access to the E.U market to 176 developing countries and territories, in the form of reduced tariffs for their goods when entering the E.U. market. It is implemented by a Council Regulation applicable for a period of three years at a time. The current GSP scheme is valid till end of 2008 and for countries to be eligible for availing the 2009-12 phase they have to effectively implement 27 international conventions related to human rights. More...
Published: Fri Jul 25 23:34:02 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Military: Sri Lankan fighting kills 45
Associated Press, Fri July 25, 2008 05:53 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops fought off an attack early Friday by Tamil rebels trying to recapture lost territory, as violence in the northern battle zone killed 42 rebels and three soldiers, the military said. Nanayakkara denied the military was behind the attack, saying that Sri Lanka - 's troops were busy with the fighting near Mallavi.

``We were completely concentrating on that area,'' he said.

Fighting has escalated in recent months as top Sri Lankan officials vowed to crush the rebel group and seize its de facto state in the north by the end of the year. Though military gains against the Tamil Tigers had been relatively modest, troops in recent weeks seized a string of key towns and rebel bases, consistently chipping away at the guerrillas' power base.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting for an independent state in the nation's north and east since 1983, following decades of marginalization by governments dominated by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Published: Fri Jul 25 07:31:55 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka wins the first cricket test against India by an innings and 239 runs
Associated Press, Sat July 26, 2008 08:50 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) India slumped to its heaviest innings defeat in 34 years Saturday as Sri Lanka - 's Muttiah Muralitharan and his new spin partner Ajantha Mendis shared 19 wickets to claim a crushing win in the first test... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says new battles kill 62 rebels, 8 soldiers in volatile north
Associated Press, Sat July 26, 2008 05:01 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels along the front lines of their civil war killed 62 rebels and eight soldiers, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s worsening human rights could hit economy -EU
reuters.com, Fri Jul 25, 2008. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's failure to address human rights concerns, including a "frightening" number of abductions, could cost the island nation a lucrative trade concession, the European Union said on Friday... Back to the top

Muralitharan 4-38 put Sri Lanka in command in the first test against India
Associated Press, Fri July 25, 2008 08:41 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Muttiah Muralitharan shattered India's star-studded top order Friday with four wickets that put Sri Lanka firmly in command of the first test... Back to the top

Sri Lanka declares at 600-6, India 74-1 in reply in first test
Associated Press, Fri July 25, 2008 05:57 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - declared its first innings at a massive 600-6 and then picked up an early wicket to put India on the back foot at tea on Friday's third day of the first test... Back to the top

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