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Sri Lanka : monitors report violence at poll
Associated Press, Sat August 23, 2008 12:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan election monitors reported assaults, threats and the seizure of polling cards Saturday, as voting concluded for two provincial assemblies regarded by the government as a referendum for its military offensive against the Tamil Tiger rebels. The rebels have fought the government since 1983 to create an independent homeland for Sri Lanka - 's ethnic minority Tamils who have faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the fighting.Discuss this story
Published: Sat Aug 23 13:26:57 EDT 2008

1ST LEAD: Turnout high in provincial elections in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat August 23, 2008 02:28 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) - Voters in two of Sri Lanka - 's nine provinces turned out in large numbers as polling began Saturday morning concluding a violent campaign marred by shootings, arson and voter intimidation. The state-run Sri Lanka - Broadcasting Corporation announced that government troops were 12 kilometres south of the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi after capturing another rebel-held town Friday.

The radio said Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka was personally visiting the front line Saturday to direct soldiers to capture Kilinochchi town.

The main opposition United National Party, led by former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, accused the government of misusing the military campaign for political purposes.

More than 20,000 police were deployed for the elections while more than 10,000 observers were involved in monitoring the poll.

In one area, Muslim voters had been turned away by a militant Tamil group which is backing the government. The incident occurred in the Polonnaruwa district where the group also fielded a candidate on the ruling UPFA list.

Poll monitors said that during the first four hours of polling there other serious incidents have been reported from any of the polling areas. dpa ad tl imDiscuss this story
Published: Sat Aug 23 07:09:23 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka braces for push on Tiger capital
AFP, aUGUST 23, 2008, 22:45 edt. COLOMBO (AFP) Strife-torn Sri Lanka is bracing for intense and bloody battles as security forces close in on the political capital of the Tamil Tiger rebels, according to military analysts.

Government forces are celebrating the capture of the towns of Uyilankulam and Thunukkai after battling the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for months.

And the defence ministry says the ultimate prize of the city of Kilinochchi is now within reach, just 12 kilometres (seven miles) from current security forces' positions.

Kilinochchi, 330 kilometres (206 miles) north of Colombo, is the main headquarters of the LTTE's political wing and has been used a base to receive visiting foreign dignitaries in the past.

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Published: Sat Aug 23 22:44:57 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: 26 killed in new fighting
Associated Press, Sat August 23, 2008 03:50 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) New fighting across Sri Lanka - 's embattled north killed 24 Tamil Tiger rebels and two government soldiers, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

ROUNDUP: Government troops take two towns in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri August 22, 2008 10:43 EDT . Colombo (dpa) - Government troops backed by air support captured two strategic towns in northern Sri Lanka - Friday, military officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says closing in on rebel capital after fall of key towns, Aug 22, 2008. OLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lankan troops on Friday captured two strategic towns from Tamil Tigers as they closed in on the rebels' political capital, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fighting kills 24 rebels, 4 soldiers
Associated Press, Fri August 22, 2008 05:52 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Soldiers captured a strategic town held by Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka - on Friday, while renewed infantry clashes elsewhere in the region killed 24 rebels and four soldiers, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka provincial poll to test support for military campaign
Associated Press, Fri August 22, 2008 06:37 EDT . Colombo (dpa) - Sri Lanka - is set for a crucial provincial election in two of its nine provinces where the government is to test its support for the military campaign against Tamil rebels in the northern part of the country... Back to the top

Twin Citians plotting hospital in Sri Lanka
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, Friday, August 22, 2008. A St. Paul businessman who emigrated from Sri Lanka decades ago is developing a $125 million health care facility in his home country with the help of several Twin Cities professionals... Back to the top

Umpire Hair resigns from ICC to take coaching job
Associated Press, Fri August 22, 2008 14:05 EDT . LONDON (AP) _ Darrell Hair, the most contentious cricket umpire in recent decades, has resigned from the ICC's elite umpire's panel to take on a teaching role in Australia... Back to the top

Mendis can get 500 wickets says Bedi
Associated Press, Fri August 22, 2008 02:20 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - AP Sports Writer - NEW DELHI (AP) Former India spin great Bishan Bedi says Sri Lanka - 's Ajantha Mendis has the potential to claim 500 career wickets, and is excited by the way the baffling bowler has invigorated the art of spin... Back to the top

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