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Sri Lanka annual average inflation hits six-year high
News, oct 1. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s annual average inflation rose to 23.2 per cent in September from 22.6 per cent in August, the government said on Tuesday, to its highest level on a new index that dates back to 2002.

However, consumer price inflation eased to a year-on-year 24.3 per cent this month from a 24.9 per cent in August. In June, it had hit a record on the current index of 28.2 per cent due to soaring food and oil prices.

It was the third straight slowdown in consumer price growth since last December, data from the Department of Census and Statistics showed. The latest index was introduced in December. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 30 22:16:33 EDT 2008

ABC. UN aid to return to Sri Lanka
0, oct 1. Two weeks ago, the Sri Lankan government ordered aid workers out of the strife-torn north of the country.

The move all but severed relief supplies to the thousands of people displaced by intense fighting between government forces and the separatist Tamil Tigers.

Now, the government has agreed to relax its stand after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon expressed concern about civilians during talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in New York last week.

Gordon Weiss, the UN spokesman in Sri Lanka, has told Radio Australia's Connect Asia program the World Food Program is to be allowed to send a 60- truck convoy to the north carrying hundreds of tonnes of food to those in need.

"It's most likely that the 200,000 civilians that are currently stuck behind the lines of fighting in the north of Sri Lanka won't be able to come out with any ease, so the alternative is that they must be reached with humanitarian aid," he said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 30 22:08:56 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Two hurt in Colombo blast; fighting rages in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon September 29, 2008 05:28 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) An explosion injured two people Monday in Sri Lanka - 's capital as government troops advanced on a Tamil rebel stronghold in the north after killing an estimated 25 guerillas and losing one soldier overnight, military officials said. The army vowed to regain control of rebel-held territory in the north before the end of the year after it recaptured all of eastern Sri Lanka - last year from the LTTE, which is seeking an autonomous homeland for Sri Lanka - 's Tamil ethnic minority. dpa ad tl ls
Published: Mon Sep 29 06:51:19 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Lanka Tigers’ travails
Express, oct 1. Despite vast improvement in terms of armaments, tactics, territorial control and popular support among Sri Lankan Tamils over the past twenty years, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are in deep trouble today... Back to the top

The answer is in the checking, says maths whiz kid
dompost, oct 1. Checking your sums is the difference between doing well and achieving excellence in an examination, says Tawa's Hansaka Ranaweera... Back to the top

Man cleared for US asylum after years of detention
AP, oct 1. LOS ANGELES—A Sri Lankan man has become eligible for asylum in the U... Back to the top

Lanka military says rebel air strip captured
Times Of India, Sept 30, 2008. COLOMBO: Government troops have captured a runway operated by Tamil Tiger rebels inside the guerrillas' mini-state in the north, Sri Lanka's defen ce ministry said Tuesday... Back to the top

Bomb hits Sri Lanka capital, fighting kills 21
Associated Press, Mon September 29, 2008 07:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil separatists set off a bomb in a parking lot in Sri Lanka - 's capital Monday, wounding three people a day after fighting in the country's intensifying civil war killed 20 rebels and one soldier, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says its sinks 2 rebel boats
Associated Press, Tue September 30, 2008 02:03 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan navy sank two Tamil Tiger boats off the northeast coast as fighting in the embattled north killed 47 rebels and six soldiers, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 21 killed in latest fighting
Associated Press, Mon September 29, 2008 05:00 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy fighting in Sri Lanka - 's intensifying civil war killed 20 Tamil Tiger rebels and one soldier, the military said Monday... Back to the top

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