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JULY 27, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lanka security bolstered for summit
Associated Press, Sun July 27, 2008 06:03 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - sealed off roads and deployed 19,000 soldiers and police in the capital Sunday to prepare for a summit of South Asian leaders amid a raging civil war. The regional body set up in 1985 to promote economic cooperation consists of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka - , Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Maldives.

Sri Lanka - hopes to showcase its recent successes against the Tamil Tigers and prove to the delegates it is able to operate normally despite the civil war. A rebel bus bombing or attack during the gathering would deeply embarrass the government.

Around 12,000 police and 7,000 troops have been deployed in Colombo to provide summit security, Nanayakkara said, adding that forces were not removed from regions where fighting continues.

During the meetings, several main roads in Colombo will be sealed, while trains will not be allowed to run through the heart of the capital. Opposition lawmakers said the government demolished houses to protect the venue.

Many in Colombo said the security measures were extreme.

``This is too much,'' said Rohita Silva, a 41-year-old businessman. ``It is OK to hold an international summit, but it should be done with the least harassment to the people.''

The Tamil rebels 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.

Fighting escalated in recent months after the government vowed to crush the rebels and seize their de facto state by the end of the year. The government has claimed a series of military victories in recent days.
Published: Sun Jul 27 12:31:36 EDT 2008


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 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. The win was also Sri Lanka - 's third biggest ever innings win, with the other two coming against minnow Zimbabwe.

``There is a very good feeling with everybody and there were a contributions from a lot of people,'' Sri Lanka - captain Mahela Jayawardene said after the match.

India began Saturday at 158-6 in its first innings, facing a difficult task merely to avoid the follow-on, and its famed batting line-up could find no answer to Sri Lanka - 's spin pair, losing 14 wickets in just over two sessions.

``When you see that batting lineup you would expect them to give a fight. That's (India collapse) was a surprising factor,'' Jayawardene said.

Muralitharan (5-84 and 6-26) recorded the 21st 10-wicket haul of his career, and Sri Lanka - appears to have unearthed a short-term spin partner and longer-term potential replacement in Mendis (4-72 and 4-60) who impressed on debut.

``I only expected to do well on my debut but didn't expect to have so many wickets,'' Mendis told about his memorable entry into tests.

Sri Lanka - 's giant total included a national record-equaling four centuries in an innings, as Jayawardene (136), Malinda Warnapura (115), Thilan Samaraweera (127) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (125 not out) all prospered on a benign pitch.

By contrast, the shortcomings of India's high-profile batsmen were stark.

``We had a good opportunity in the beginning...nothing went right for us in the match,'' India captain Anil Kumble said.

``We just capitulated.

``It's just a matter of coming together and coming back. We have come back in the past.''

V.V.S Laxman (56) and No. 11 Ishant Sharma held out for 108 balls for the last wicket of the first innings, but that effort came in marked contrast to their teammates, and Sri Lanka - duly enforced the follow on.

Virender Sehwag (13) was first to go in the second innings after misreading and leaving a Muralitharan delivery that went straight on to hit his back leg. Field umpire Mark Benson ruled him not out, but host captain Mahela Jayawardene successfully challenged the decision under trial laws used for the first time in this test, and he was given out by the third umpire after a video review.

Laxman (21) was trapped lbw after lunch, soon followed by Sachin Tendulkar (12), who made little headway in his quest to overtake Brian Lara as test cricket's highest run scorer. He top-edged a sweep and was caught by Tillakaratne Dilshan running from leg slip.

Initially given not out, he was another batsman to suffer the consequences of the trial laws, as he was given out after a challenge.

The remaining seven wickets tumbled for a mere 56 runs.Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jul 26 10:53:45 EDT 2008 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

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