The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 31, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 148


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The latest 'great game' involves Indian Ocean
LA Times, August 31. HAMBANTOTA, SRI LANKA -- This battered harbor town on Sri Lanka's southern tip, with its scrawny men selling even scrawnier fish, seems an unlikely focus for an emerging international competition over the energy supply routes that fuel much of the global economy.

An impoverished place still recovering from the devastation of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hambantota has a desolate air, a sense of nowhereness, punctuated by the realization that looking south over the expanse of ocean, the next landfall is Antarctica.

But just over the horizon runs one of the world's great trade arteries, the shipping lanes where thousands of vessels carry oil from the Middle East and raw materials to Asia, returning with television sets, toys and sneakers for European consumers.

These tankers provide 80% of China's oil and 65% of India's -- fuel desperately needed for the two countries' rapidly growing economies. Japan is almost totally dependent on energy supplies shipped through the Indian Ocean. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 31 13:39:40 EDT 2008

Tigers accuse Sri Lanka of shelling camp, Aug. 31. KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan rebels say the country's military is responsible for the deaths of five civilians at a refugee camp in the northern town of Kilinochchi.

In a statement released Sunday, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE, said a government-fired artillery shell landed among temporary shelters set up in a rebel-held area, killing five, including two small children, the BBC reported. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 31 13:41:41 EDT 2008 Back to the top

LTTE hindering safe passage to civilians: Colombo, Monday, Sep 01, 2008. B. Muralidhar Reddy COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military on Sunday claimed at least 30 LTTE cadre were killed and scores others injured in continued battles in the north in the past 48 hours. The claim came amid growing concern over the fate of civilians trapped in the war zone. For some days now, the Air Force has been dropping leaflets in the LTTE-controlled areas pledging government support for the safety and shelter of civilians. There are no accurate estimates of number of civilians in LTTE-held areas. UN agencies estimated that over 1 lakh people could have been displaced in Wanni due to the recent fighting. Government agents of Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu have been asked to provide temporary accommodation in schools to internally displaced persons (IDPs), said a government statement. “Plans are under way to settle them in shelters located in safe areas prior to the commencement of the new school term. There is absolutely no truth in the reports of IDPs living under trees,” it added. More...
Published: Sun Aug 31 21:09:02 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 10 rebels killed in east
Associated Press, Sun August 31, 2008 10:42 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers ambushed and killed 10 Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday who were trying to infiltrate back into the country's east, from where the guerrillas were driven out last year, the military said... Back to the top

15 killed in Sri Lanka clashes, August 31, 2008. At least 11 LTTE cadres and three security personnel were killed in clashes between the Tamil Tigers and the army in the restive northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police question 30 about Colombo blast
Associated Press, Sun August 31, 2008 07:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) About 30 people have been questioned about a bomb blast blamed on Tamil separatists that wounded at least 45 people in Sri Lanka - 's capital, police said Sunday... Back to the top

Blast rocks Sri Lanka 's capital, wounding 45
Associated Press, Sat August 30, 2008 07:00 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A bomb blast blamed on separatist Tamil Tigers wounded 45 people in Sri Lanka - 's capital Saturday, while renewed fighting in the embattled north killed 18 rebels and three soldiers, the military said... Back to the top

Three soldiers, 22 rebels killed in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun August 31, 2008 04:37 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) At least three soldiers and 22 rebels were killed in fighting in the northern part of Sri Lanka - , a military spokesman said Sunday... Back to the top

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