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AUGUST 18, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 135


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Toronto non-profit group raised millions for Tamil Tigers, August 18, 2008. TORONTO -- A Toronto non-profit group wired more than $3-million to overseas bank accounts, some of them linked to the Tamil Tigers, before it was shut down by the government in June for alleged terrorist financing, says an RCMP report released yesterday.

The report, marked "Secret" but unsealed by order of a Federal Court judge, provides the first detailed look at the banking activities of the World Tamil Movement (WTM), a Toronto-based group accused of bankrolling Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers guerrillas.

Most of the money, $1.9-million, went to an account at the Bumiputra Commerce Bank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that the RCMP report says "is utilized as a vehicle to forward money to the LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] from Canada." More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Aug 18 21:55:52 EDT 2008

Sri Lankan military kills 32 rebels in northern offensive
Associated Press, Mon August 18, 2008 05:43 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) - Government troops intensified an offensive in northern Sri Lanka - , killing at least 32 rebels and losing eight soldiers, the Defence Ministry said Monday.

Fighting was reported from four fronts in the northern part of the country on Sunday as troops moved further into rebel-controlled areas, more than 300 kilometres north of Colombo, the defence ministry said in a statement.

Two soldiers were killed as they moved along a coastal area in the Nachchikudha area, 380 kilometres north of the capital, while two

more soldiers were killed in the Uyilankulam area, 320 kilometres north-east of Colombo in a confrontation with the rebels, the ministry said.

Four soldiers were killed and two others were injured when lightning struck their tractor in Andankulam, 380 kilometres north-east of the capital, the defence ministry said.

In the Welioya area 12 rebels were killed in three incidents while 18 rebels were killed in Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu areas, it said.

Two more rebels were shot dead in the Thunukkai area. Heavy fighting has been reported in these areas during the past few days as troops continue their advance, the ministry said.

Security forces backed by air cover launched a series of military operations in the last two stronghold districts of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu.

An estimated 150,000 civilians have fled their homes and are heading further north into rebel-controlled areas.

The military has declared that they were ready to open three exit points for the civilians to move out.

UN agencies and international aid agencies are making preparations to accommodate the civilians who may leave the areas, though only about 800 civilians have moved into government-controlled areas in the past two months.

Government troops recaptured rebel areas in the Eastern Province in a similar operation and resettled most of the displaced residents.

Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said that during the past two years more than 9,000 rebels and 1,700 soldiers were killed.

There is no independent confirmation about the casualties given by the military, but civilian sources confirmed that troops were advancing in the rebel districts. dpa ad pwDiscuss this story
Published: Mon Aug 18 07:04:55 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka beats India by 8 wickets in ODI
Associated Press, Mon August 18, 2008 09:53 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - thrashed India by eight wickets Monday in the first one-day international with captain Mahela Jayawardene scoring an unbeaten 61. In reply, Sri Lanka - scored 147-2 with 15 overs to spare in the opening match of the five-match series.

India's innings was 17 runs lower than its previous worst batting performance in Sri Lanka - 163 all out in 1998.

Young spinner Ajantha Mendis, who took 3-21, was named man of the match.

Jayawardene was surprised by the easy win.

``But I'll take it, it's important when you start a five-match series (that) you start well,'' Jayawardene said.

Despite its poor score, seam bowler Munaf Patel raised India's hopes with two early wickets. He dismissed opener Sanath Jayasuriya for 10 runs with India on 18. Jayasuriya stepped out to hit Patel only to sky the ball for a catch by Irfan Pathan.

Kumar Sangakkara (19) tried to force the ball through the on-side but instead gave a simple return catch to Patel to leave Sri Lanka - at 45-2.

However, the dismissal brought Jayawardene and Chamara Kapugedera together who guided their team to victory with an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 102.

``It was not easy with the new ball but we managed to get through which is the most important thing,'' Jayawardene said.

Kapugedera was undefeated on 45.

Patel was India's best for India with 2-32 off nine overs.

``We've got another four more games to play, we need to make sure that we concentrate,'' Jayawardene said. ``They have got a lot of talented individual players who can change the match for them.''

The second one-day match takes place Wednesday.

Earlier, Sri Lanka - 's spin bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan and Mendis prevented India posting a challenging score.

Veteran left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas bowled opener Gautam Gambhir for a second ball duck.

``We misread the wicket a bit, we thought it may not seam or swing that much,'' India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said. ``It gets really tough in a one-day game when you lose too many wickets upfront.''

Mendis was India's biggest problem.

``By the time you realize what ball it is, it gets really late to play a big shot,'' Dhoni said. ``It's not only about going through the motions right here just playing through Mendis, you have to score the runs, that's also important.''

Mendis was key to Sri Lanka - 's win in the Asia Cup final against India and its 2-1 win in the test series that preceded the one-dayers.

India took the field without hard-hitting opener Virender Sehwag, who injured his ankle Sunday. His was replaced by 19-year-old Virat Kohli in his international debut.

India's manager Sanjay Desai said after the match that Sehwag will return home and miss the rest of the series.

Sehwag twisted his ankle Sunday when he stepped on a ball while trying to stop it during fielding practice.

Kohli reached 12 runs before being trapped lbw by pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who also had Suresh Raina caught in the covers by Chamara Silva for 17.

Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma together added 37 runs for the fourth wicket and looked to set to salvage the Indian innings, but Sri Lanka - seized back control with the introduction of Mendis with the score at 65.

After surviving an appeal for lbw off Mendis' first ball, Yuvraj hoisted the next for a massive six over long-on, but was bowled in the next delivery for 23 runs.

Left-arm fast bowler Thilina Thushara had Sharma caught for 19 runs by Jayawardene at slip, while Mahendra Dhoni made just six runs off 27 balls before edging Mendis to Jayawardene.

Muralitharan trapped Pathan, India's last recognized batsman, to leave the visitors struggling on 87-6.

Despite some resistance, Muralitharan and Mendis mopped up the tailenders, dismissing Harbhajan Singh (12), Zaheer Khan (12), Patel (15) and Pragyan Ojha (16 not out) to end the Indian innings with four overs to spare.

Mendis finished with 3-21 off nine overs while Muralitharan had 3-37 in 10 overs.

India is without veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar for the series because of an elbow injury he sustained during the test series.Discuss this story
Published: Mon Aug 18 11:33:24 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Thousands displaced by Sri Lanka fighting: UN, august 18. COLOMBO (AFP) Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in northern Sri Lanka, joining thousands of others displaced by a government push into Tamil rebel-held territory, the UN said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says 27 killed in fighting
Associated Press, Mon August 18, 2008 01:50 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military says fighting in the north has killed 23 rebels and four soldiers... Back to the top

Pakistan's ammo for Sri Lanka's big push
NewIndPress, August 18. COLOMBO: Pakistan has sent to Sri Lanka a large quantity of ammunition from its ordnance factories and reserves to finish off the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the final phase of Eelam War IV, according to the independent Colombo-based weekly newspaper, The Sunday Leader... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wins 1st one-day match against India
Associated Press, Mon August 18, 2008 07:08 EDT . DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - beat India in the first one-day international by eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series... Back to the top

S Lankan army 'takes rebel base'
BBC News, Sunday, 17 August 2008. Sri Lanka's military say they have captured a training complex of the Tamil Tiger rebel group, complete with 100 underground bunkers... Back to the top

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