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37,037 Tamil citizens registered, says Sri Lanka
The Hindu, Monday, Sept 22, 2008. COLOMBO: The number of people who have migrated from Sri Lanka’s five warn-torn districts to Colombo and its suburbs, which constitute the Western Province, since 2003 stands at 37,037, said the police on Monday.

A survey was conducted in 135 police stations on Sunday following a government directive making it mandatory for all citizens from the northern districts and living in and around Colombo to reregister.

The survey revealed that 37,037 individuals had come to the Western Province from the north during the past five years. Of them, 2,242 were new entries.

In all, 10,820 families were registered. The controversial move was expected to affect an estimated 1,00,000 people. However, More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Sep 22 16:24:02 EDT 2008


Aid monies used for arms in Sri Lanka: Former Tiger
canada.com, Sept 22, 2008. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A former commander of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers has admitted the guerrillas used money meant for humanitarian aid to buy weapons.

Col. Karuna Amman said in an interview the rebels routinely bought arms with donations from abroad that were meant to help civilians in guerrilla-held areas.

He called Canada the No. 1 one source of external income More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Sep 22 16:17:59 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Inside Sri Lanka: Part 3 of our invesigative series
nationalpost.com, Monday, September 22, 2008. Hundreds of thousands have fled Sri Lanka's civil war, many of them to Canada. While the war zone has been off limits to journalists, the National Post's Stewart Bell recently toured the front lines just as the conflict appears headed for a decisive showdown. This is the third of a six-part series. TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka -- Supreme Commander Pillaiyan has spent most of his life wearing the jungle camouflage uniform of the Tamil Tigers. He joined the guerrillas at age 16, angry at the hardships faced by Sri Lanka's Tamil minority and the rough way they were treated by the country's armed forces. But four years ago, disillusioned with the Tamil Tigers' More...
Published: Mon Sep 22 23:43:09 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says fighting kills 65
Associated Press, Mon September 22, 2008 02:39 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces pushed deep into the northern heartland of ethnic Tamil rebels, killing 56 of them in ferocious fighting that also killed seven soldiers, while police killed two rebels in the east, the military said Monday... Back to the top

Inside Sri Lanka: There is no freedom in Jaffna
nationalpost.com, September 22, 2008. Hundreds of thousands have fled Sri Lanka's civil war, many of them to Canada... Back to the top

Sri Lanka police force ethnic Tamils to reregister
Associated Press, Sun September 21, 2008 12:26 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians lined up at schools and Hindu temples in Sri Lanka - 's capital Sunday to comply with a police order requiring all who moved to Colombo from the island's north to reregister with the police... Back to the top

Former Sri Lankan President Wijetunga dies
Associated Press, Sun September 21, 2008 09:28 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Former Sri Lankan President Dingiri Banda Wijetunga died Sunday in the central town of Kandy from a chest illness, an aide said... Back to the top

UN says Sri Lanka offices looted
google.com, Sun Sep 21 12:29:51 CEST 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — The United Nations said Sunday its offices in the rebel-controlled north of Sri Lanka had been looted after aid workers were evacuated last week... Back to the top

Prominent Hindu priest shot dead in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun September 21, 2008 11:40 EDT . Colombo (dpa) - Suspected Tamil rebels shot dead a prominent Hindu priest in north-eastern Sri Lanka on Sunday evening, a military spokesman said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Fighting Kills 34 Tamil Rebels, One Soldier (Update1)
bloomberg.com, Sunday, Sept 21, 2008. Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan troops killed at least 34 Tamil Tigers during gun battles in five places in the country's north, where the military is trying to wrest control of the last bases of the rebels. Clashes between soldiers and members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam took place in the districts of Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Jaffna over the past three days, the Ministry of Defense said in two separate statements posted on its Web site... Back to the top

Sri Lanka condemns bombing in Pakistan
Associated Press, Sun September 21, 2008 03:19 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) Sri Lanka - Sunday condemned the bomb attack at Hotel Marriot in Islamabad and said it supports all measures being taken by Pakistan to combat terrorism... Back to the top

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