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Sri Lanka raises threat of “mass eviction”
hindu, sep 14. COLOMBO: Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said those people who had come to Colombo and its suburbs and are “staying without any valid reason were a huge security concern” and should return to their hometown.

Mr. Rajapaksa’s remarks, in an interview to the government-controlled English paper, Daily News, assume significance in view of the recent Supreme Court judgment that the government has no right to evict anybody from any part of the nation.

The apex court verdict came following a petition by the Centre for Policy Alternatives and others against the June 7, 2007 “mass eviction” of Tamils staying in lodges on the ground that their presence in the capital without valid reason posed a security threat. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Sep 13 22:33:21 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka's Tigers warn of 'genocide' as UN agencies pull out
afp, Sep 13, 1:57 PM ET . COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Saturday accused the government of planning a genocidal campaign against Tamils as UN agencies pulled out of rebel-held regions in the island's north.

UN agencies started exiting on Friday after Colombo said it could not guarantee the safety of aid workers as troops pushed towards the Wanni region, which comprises Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu districts.

People in Kilinochchi have protested the departure of UN agencies from the Wanni region, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said in statement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Sep 13 22:35:55 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan warplanes bomb rebel complex
Associated Press, Sat September 13, 2008 03:21 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force Saturday bombed a well-fortified Tamil Tiger rebel compound in their northern stronghold, while a rebel ambush killed a policeman in the east, the military said.

The bombing was carried out in Kilinochchi district and the pilots reported the raid to be successful, the military said in a statement. It gave no details of damage or casualties caused by the bombing.

Meanwhile rebels attacked a police guard post in eastern Batticaloa district Saturday killing one policeman, the statement said.

Sporadic clashes Friday along the northern front lines killed nine Tamil Tigers and one soldier, the military added.

Two rebels and a soldier were killed in Welioya while seven other rebels were killed in Kilinochchi and Vavuniya fronts, the statement said.

With most of the lines of communication to the north cut, it was not possible to reach rebel officials for comments. It is difficult to verify reports released by either side because journalists are banned from the war zone.

The government has increased its thrust on the Tamil Tigers' northern stronghold in recent months and has made significant progress seizing a number of rebel camps and rebel-held villages. It has vowed to retake the entire rebel territory by the end of this year.

The violence has forced about 160,000 people to leave their homes. A government order this week to all relief groups and U.N. aid agencies to leave the war zone for their safety has raised fears that the plight of displaced civilians could become worse.

Government officials and humanitarian groups began working on an alternative plan Friday to ensure the continuous supply of relief goods.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils who have faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by the majority Sinhalese.Discuss this story
Published: Sat Sep 13 05:54:44 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Lanka worried over influx of people in the capital
The Hindu, Saturday, September 13, 2008. Colombo (PTI): The rising inflow of people from across the island country into the Sri Lankan capital has raised security concerns here with the government describing the development as "abnormal"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says Tamil rebels killed 7 farmers
Associated Press, Thu September 11, 2008 12:40 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead seven farmers Thursday in a jungle in eastern Sri Lanka - after a pre-dawn attack by government troops on insurgent bunkers along the northern front lines killed four guerrillas, the military said... Back to the top

Military: Sri Lanka fighting kills 42
Associated Press, Fri September 12, 2008 04:30 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A round of new fighting between government forces and separatist Tamil Tigers across the Sri Lanka - 's embattled north killed 41 rebels and one soldier, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka , relief groups discuss aid for displaced
Associated Press, Fri September 12, 2008 14:01 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The government and international aid groups began working on Friday on a deal to deliver emergency food aid to 160,000 civilians displaced by Sri Lanka - 's raging civil war in the wake of a ban on relief agencies in rebel-held areas... Back to the top

Colombo takes exception to Ban’s remarks, Friday, Sep 12, 2008. B. Muralidhar Reddy COLOMBO: Colombo on Thursday took serious exception to the remarks made by the UN Secretary-General on the situation in the north and complained that they could be "used to advantage" by the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's prime minister to visit Japan next week+
Associated Press, Fri September 12, 2008 07:17 EDT . TOKYO, Sept. 12 (Kyodo) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake will visit Japan for four days starting Monday, the Foreign Ministry said Friday. Wickremanayake is scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on Wednesday, the ministry said... Back to the top

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