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Sri Lanka's Army Advances in North, Says Rebel Commander Killed
bloomberg, September 5. Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's army said it advanced along the battlefront south of the headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam after capturing a strategic town from rebel forces earlier this week.

Soldiers entered the southwest of Mullaitivu district, three days after taking the town of Mallavi, which served as an LTTE administrative center in the region, the Defense Ministry said on its Web site yesterday.

Intercepted rebel radio transmissions said 74 Tamil Tigers were killed in fighting, including a commander of LTTE intelligence, the army said in a statement. The LTTE said earlier this week its forces carried out attacks to prevent army advances, killing 75 soldiers, according to TamilNet.

The army is mounting almost daily attacks in the north, driving the Tamil Tigers back toward their headquarters in Kilinochchi. The LTTE, which has fought for 25 years for an independent homeland in Sri Lanka's north and east, lost control of the eastern region a year ago and now holds bases only in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Sep 4 22:53:20 EDT 2008

Closing in on the Tigers' lair
Economist, September 5. THE 25-year old war between the Sri Lankan army and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has entered what the government calls a “decisive and impressive” phase in its “war for peace”. On September 2nd the government reported it had overrun an important Tiger bastion, Mallavi, killing dozens of rebels and bringing the army one step closer to their headquarters at Kilinochchi, seat of their brutal leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran. Claims of imminent victory have come and gone in the war against the Tigers, who are fighting for an independent homeland in the north and east of the Sinhala-majority country for the Tamil minority. But this latest offensive has unprecedented momentum.

The Tigers are responding. Hundreds of miles from the front lines, security in the capital, Colombo, is intense. Under pressure, the Tigers habitually resort to terror tactics. On August 30th a package exploded in a crowded market in central Colombo, wounding 45 people. The attack was blamed on the Tigers. In another defiant gesture, they had on August 27th used their primitive jerry-built air force to attack the Sri Lankan navy at Trincomalee. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Sep 4 23:14:49 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Casualties mount in fighting in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu September 4, 2008 05:16 EDT . Colombo (dpa) Sri Lanka - 's military said it had killed 37 Tamil separatist rebels Thursday amid mounting casualties on both sides in fierce fighting in northern Sri Lanka - .

Both the military and the rebels said Thursday that heavy fighting had taken place over the past two days in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, where government troops have been advancing into rebel-controlled areas.

The rebels, who are seeking autonomy for the Tamil ethnic minority, had earlier handed over 19 bodies of soldiers to the International Committee for the Red Cross to be returned to the army.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said at least 75 soldiers were killed in fighting on Monday and Tuesday, but the military denied the claims.

The LTTE released photographs of what they said were soldiers killed in the fighting and also pictures of weapons and ammunition seized from the military.

The Defence Ministry, meanwhile, said the rebels were losing manpower in the continuous military offensives in the north.

There was no independent confirmation on the rebel casualties given by the military.

The military has claimed that more than 10,000 rebels have been killed during the past two years while it has lost 1,900 soldiers.

The military earlier recaptured rebel-held areas in Eastern Province and parts of the Northern Province and are now heading toward the last two LTTE stronghold districts in the north. It aims to recapture them by the end of the year. dpa ad ls im
Published: Thu Sep 4 19:04:29 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Collect Decades Old Taxes With New Law
yahoo, Sep 5. COLOMBO, Sept 5 Asia Pulse - Sri Lanka is set to bring in a new law to collect taxes going back more than half a century from individuals, companies and corporations, a government official said... Back to the top

Top LTTE cadre among 31 killed in Lanka violence, Sep 04, 2008. Colombo (PTI): Thirty-one Tamil Tigers, including a senior leader of the guerrillas, were killed in heavy fighting with security forces in the embattled northern Sri Lanka, as troops continued their push towards the rebel 'capital' of Kilinochchi, the military said today... Back to the top

Rebels, military report heavy Sri Lanka fighting
Associated Press, Thu September 4, 2008 01:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Battles between government forces and ethnic Tamil separatists raged across northern Sri Lanka - , with the military saying Thursday that it killed 28 rebels and the rebels claiming 11 government troops died in the fighting... Back to the top

Sri Lankan forces advance on rebel capital+
Associated Press, Thu September 4, 2008 04:44 EDT . COLOMBO, Sept. 4 (Kyodo) _ Sri Lanka's Defense Ministry reported ''heavy terror resistance'' Thursday as troops advanced on Kilinochchi, the administrative capital of the rebel-held northern Wanni district.

Military spokesman Brig... Back to the top

UN plea on displaced in Sri Lanka, Sept 04, 2008. COLOMBO: United Nations Resident Representative in Sri Lanka Neil Buhne has appealed for free movement of tens of thousands of civilians displaced in the LTTE-held areas in the north due to fighting for several weeks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Tamil Tigers putting up stiff resistance: rebel website, September 3. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers are putting up stiff resistance to a government onslaught, a pro-rebel website said Wednesday, a day after the island's army said it had seized a key town in the north... Back to the top

Sri Lankan lawmaker resigns over attempt to sneak man into Japan+
Associated Press, Thu September 4, 2008 02:50 EDT . - - Neither were allowed entry and both were deported... Back to the top

UN urges Sri Lankan rebels to allow free civilian movement
China View, September 03, 2008. COLOMBO, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator Office in Sri Lanka Wednesday urged Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels to allow civilians trapped in the island's conflict zone to move freely.

The office said in a statement that it acknowledges the Sri Lankan government's measures that intended to facilitate the movement of civilians who have been affected by the fighting in Northern Province... Back to the top

JVP loses parliament seat
BBC Sinhala News, 03 September, 2008. The JVP will lose a seat in parliament as one of its MP's is to resign after admitting wrong doing... Back to the top

Lanka board demands $1mln from PCB for playing in SA
IE cricket, September 4. Karachi, September 3: : The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has demanded one million USD from Pakistan to send its team for the unscheduled one-day series in South Africa... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Army receives 19 bodies of soldiers killed by rebels, Sept. 03, 2008. COLOMBO, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- The military in Sri Lanka said 19 bodies of Army soldiers killed by Tamil Tigers rebels were handed over to the Army through the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) officials on Wednesday in the north.

The Ministry of Defence said in a statement that Army authorities serving the Omanthai Entry/Exit received the partly disfigured and decomposed corpses of Army soldiers, which have been delivered to ICRC officials by the Tigers in the Mullaittivu district... Back to the top

Tough immigration rules could prevent Oz education institutions from recruiting Indian students
News Track India, September 03, 2008. Melbourne, Sept.3 (ANI): Australia's 12.5 billion dollar education export industry is likely to take a major hit with the country's immigration authorities deciding to tighten laws for the recruitment of Indian students... Back to the top

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