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AUGUST 21, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 138


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Sri Lanka helicopters bomb rebels, fighting kills 40
Reuters, august 21. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan attack helicopters pounded Tamil Tiger positions on Thursday and troops killed 33 rebels in the latest bout of an eight-month onslaught to corner the separatist group, the military said. The government has been relentlessly striking the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in its strongholds in the northern districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya since an official ceasefire collapsed in January,

"MI-24 attack helicopters engaged LTTE gathering northwest of Omantai in Vavuniya this morning," Air Force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said.

He gave no details of casualties but said: "Pilots confirm that the target was accurately engaged." The military also said ground fighting on Tuesday and Wednesday had killed 33 rebels and wounded 40. Seven soldiers also died and 27 were wounded in the same battles. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Aug 21 09:09:52 EDT 2008

Call of the Conscience” A landmark exhibition on Sri Lanka to be held in Toronto, Canada.
Roy Edwards from Toronto., august 22. The International forum for peace and justice in Sri Lanka is organizing an exhibition of photographs and documentary films describing the historical suffering of Sri Lankans due to the ethnic conflict in the island nation. Titled as ‘Call of the Conscience’, this landmark exhibition meticulously chronicles the historical suffering of all people in Sri Lanka, while calling for awareness and peace building that unites the aspirations of all Sri Lankans, -Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils. The exhibition is free, open to the public and will take place on Saturday, August 23rd at 6.00 PM at the Roy Thomson convention center, in Toronto. The organizers are hoping to take the exhibition to major cities in the United States, European capitols as well as India and Sri Lanka. Roy Thomson Hall, the prestigious convention center in Toronto, is located at 60 Simcoe Street (corner of King and Simcoe). Representatives from all major Canadian political parties, as well as internationally renowned human rights activists, journalists, intellectuals and community representatives from Canada and Sri Lanka, are participating in the event. The organizers hope the exhibition will increase awareness among the Canadian public about the true nature of the Sri Lankan conflict and facilitate a constructive dialogue among the rich and diverse Sri Lankan diaspora. “ More...
Published: Thu Aug 21 19:04:44 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Army deployed as pre-poll violence increases in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu August 21, 2008 05:52 EDT . - -

Colombo (dpa) - The army has been deployed in two Sri Lankan provinces where elections are scheduled Saturday after a spate of pre-poll violence, including shootings and the burnings of vehicles and buildings.

The army has been sent to North-Central province, 180 kilometres north-east of Colombo, and Sabaragamuwa province, 100 kilometres south-east of the capital, after a request from the commissioner of elections, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said Thursday.

On Wednesday, the office of a key opposition group was set on fire, party offices and vehicles were attacked, and the brother of a ruling party minister and a ruling party minister's personal assistant were shot and injured in a series of incidents.

Monitors said Thursday that election violence had increased suddenly with more than 75 cases being reported in the previous two days. A total of 250 incidents - including attacks on party offices, shootings, attacks on supporters and cases of intimidation - have been reported in the past six weeks.

The government has been campaigning for support in its ongoing military campaign against separatist Tamil rebels, favouring a vote for the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance.

But the main opposition United National Party (UNP) has been critical of the government for trying to politicize the military campaign by trying to set deadlines to suit the election campaign.

The two main parties have thrown their resources into the election campaign with the government making use of state vehicles and public offices for the campaigning, in apparent violation of election laws, and the UNP drawing in a large number of supporters from outside the two provinces voting at the weekend.

About 2.1 million voters are eligible to vote in Saturday's polls, which were called by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. They are to elect members of two councils that handle development in the two provinces. dpa ad jh lsDiscuss this story
Published: Thu Aug 21 07:20:53 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops break through rebel defenses
Associated Press, Wed August 20, 2008 12:40 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military says it has broken through the Tamil Tigers' defenses in recent weeks, ending a prolonged stalemate and stirring predictions of an imminent rebel defeat after 25 years of civil war... Back to the top

Student shot dead at university in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu August 21, 2008 13:52 EDT . Colombo (dpa) - A student belonging to the majority Sinhala community was shot dead at an university in predominantly Tamil minority eastern Sri Lanka - by unidentified persons on Thursday night, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said... Back to the top

Norway-LTTE ties sour over theft of NGO vehicles, august 21. New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Norway’s decision not to hail a truce the Tamil Tigers declared before the SAARC summit this month seems to have fuelled a crisis that has for the first time soured ties between the rebels and Oslo, the peace facilitator in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan ship sinks off Bangladesh coast
Associated Press, Wed August 20, 2008 08:59 EDT . CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP) _ One crew member was missing Wednesday after a rice-laden Sri Lankan cargo ship collided with another vessel and sank off Bangladesh's southeastern coast, a port official said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president calls on voters to endorse military campaign
Associated Press, Wed August 20, 2008 05:25 EDT . - - Rajapaksa's comments came hours before campaigning for Saturday's election in two of Sri Lanka - 's nine provinces was due to end Wednesday night in keeping with local election laws... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army claims 29 rebels killed, 35 wounded in north
Associated Press, Wed August 20, 2008 04:22 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) - At least 29 Tamil rebels were killed and 35 others were wounded in combat by government troops in northern Sri Lanka - as security forces advanced into rebel-held areas, a military spokesman said Wednesday... Back to the top

India wins 2nd one-day match by three wickets
Associated Press, Wed August 20, 2008 07:56 EDT . DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) India won the second one-day international by three wickets Wednesday to level the five-match series 1-1 after dismissing Sri Lanka - for its lowest home score against the visitors... Back to the top

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