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JULY 31, 2008 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 9, NO. 117

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South Asian nations vow to jointly fight terrorism
Associated Press, Thu July 31, 2008 12:44 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Eight South Asian countries, most of which are facing violent insurgencies, agreed Thursday to pool efforts to fight terrorism, a Sri Lankan government minister said. The summit which represents one-fifth of the world's population and many of its most impoverished is comprised of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - .

Founded in 1985, it was set up to promote economic cooperation, but progress in most areas has been slow mainly because of the rivalry between India and Pakistan and it has often been derided as little more than a talking shop.

Nearly 19,000 police and soldiers have poured into the streets of Colombo and its suburbs to prevent attacks from Tamil rebels during the conference. The city's already tight web of checkpoints has increased and several major roads have been sealed off for the duration of the gathering.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 31 21:35:53 EDT 2008


Terror on agenda, PM leaves for SAARC
IE, August 1. NEW DELHI, JULY 31: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Colombo to attend the 15th SAARC summit on Friday amidst the upsurge of violence in Sri Lanka in the recent months. He would be the first Congress PM after Rajiv Gandhi — who had visited the island nation to sign the India-Sri Lanka accord in 1987 — to visit the country.

In the sidelines of the two-day SAARC summit starting on Saturday, Singh is expected to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Terrorism will be high on the agenda as it is affecting several of the eight member countries, particularly India, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. SAARC nations also comprise Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and Bhutan. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 31 21:41:14 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Arrested LTTE operative wanted in various cases
hindu.com, August 1. Chennai (PTI): The arrest of the chief of LTTE procurement module is being regarded by the Tamil Nadu police as a breakthrough of sorts as he was wanted in various cases of smuggling arms and other materials to Sri Lanka.

Thambianna alias Daniel (46), who clandestinely landed in Rameswaram by a ferry from Sri Lanka and came to Chennai later, was trailed by the police for a month.

Intelligence IG Jaffer Sait told reporters here that police did so to crack his contacts before arresting him.

"Most of LTTE cadre arrested in the state have been working under his control and he was trying to smuggle petrol this time. He was wanted in connection with smuggling of explosives, swimming and communication equipment among others and was a member of the Sea Tigers," Sait said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 31 21:36:26 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka fighting kills 25 as summit nears
Associated Press, Thu July 31, 2008 03:07 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - g COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan army launched a wave of attacks against Tamil Tiger separatists in the north, sparking battles that killed 24 rebels and one soldier, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

SAARC for collective action on terror
Hindu, July 31. COLOMBO: The Standing Committee — Foreign Secretaries of the eight Member-States — of the 15th SAARC Summit here on Wednesday “strongly recommended” expeditious adoption of the “U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fighting kills 30 as summit nears
Associated Press, Thu July 31, 2008 11:03 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan army launched a wave of attacks against Tamil separatists in the north, sparking battles that killed 29 rebels and one soldier, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to send fewer maids to Arab countries, cites abuse
reuters, july 31. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will cut the number of maids it sends to the Middle East, a labour official said, citing increased complaints of abuse by women migrant workers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 25 killed in fresh fighting amid pre-summit talks
afp, July 31. COLOMBO: The Standing Committee — Foreign Secretaries of the eight Member-States — of the 15th SAARC Summit here on Wednesday “strongly recommended” expeditious adoption of the “U... Back to the top

India makes confident start against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu July 31, 2008 03:18 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir smashed unbeaten half-centuries Thursday as India raced to 151 without loss in the opening session of the second cricket test against Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Philippine group announces 2008 Magsaysay awardees
Associated Press, Thu July 31, 2008 05:55 EDT . OLIVER TEVES - Associated Press Writer - Ananda Galappatti, a 33-year-old British-trained psychologist from Sri Lanka - , will receive the award for emergent leadership for his ``spirited personal commitment'' to provide effective services to victims of trauma from war and disasters such as the 2004 Asian tsunami... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Civil war coming to an end?
isn.ethz.ch, 31 July 2008 . Early this month, Sri Lankan officials claimed that the civil war that has been ongoing since 1983 finally has an end in sight... Back to the top

Military: Sri Lanka bombs rebel base
Associated Press, Wed July 30, 2008 02:21 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets bombed and destroyed a base used by Tamil Tiger rebels early Wednesday as new battles in the civil war killed 24 people, the military said... Back to the top

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