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Sri Lanka prepares massive war budget for 2009
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, October 5, 2008, 9.42 p.m.. Sri Lanka's war budget will be given utmost priority in parliament with an estimated near eight percent increase when the President Mahinda Rajapaksa led government unveils its 2009 budget early next month. According to initial forecasts, the defence spending will be given a massive seven to eight percent boost from last year's 166.44 billion rupees.

Highly placed sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the government has already advised other ministries including those in charge of development to curtail their 'unnecessary' expenditure because priority has to be given for the war. "The government is hoping to allocate at least 177 billion rupees for the war in 2009, most of which will go for the day to day expenses and the wages of the security forces, while a larger portion will be set aside for the purchase of high-tech arms and ammunition," the source said.

Meanwhile, at a meeting held at Temple Trees recently, an optimistic president had also said that despite the government allocating such a large amount for next year's defense expenses, a much larger budget will be allocated in the 2010 budget for the rebuilding of the war torn districts after the troops conquer the LTTE and emerge victorious in the near three decade long ethnic conflict.

Sources also pointed out that as the security forces entered what is termed to be the 'final war' and marched toward the LTTE rebels stronghold in Kilinochchi, the defence ministry was also focusing on luring more youth into the three armed forces to ensure they have sufficient fighters. President Rajapaksa is schedule to present Sri Lanka's budget for 2009 on November 6th, 2008 in Parliament.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 5 12:12:06 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka says 34 dead as fighting nears rebel HQ
Associated Press, Sun October 5, 2008 05:01 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces neared the Tamil Tiger rebels' main town in new fighting that left 29 guerrillas and five soldiers dead, the military said Sunday.

The heaviest fighting was very near the rebels' administrative capital of Kilinochchi, where 20 guerrillas and four soldiers died Saturday, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

The army says its soldiers are now only just over one mile from the outer limits of the town, which the government has said it is close to capturing.

Kilinochchi was the meeting place between the rebels and various visiting diplomats during a Norway-brokered peace process that was officially called off early this year.

Nanayakkara said four other rebels and a soldier were killed in clashes in the Vavuniya and Welioya regions.

Soldiers overran five rebel bunkers in the Mullaitivu district Saturday, killing five rebels, the military said.

The clashes left nine rebel bunkers in government hands, it said in a statement.

Rebel officials could not be contacted for comment because most communication lines to guerrilla-dominated areas have been severed.

Most independent observers and reporters are barred from the war zone, making it difficult to verify the military's claims.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils who faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 5 05:31:09 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka urges LTTE surrender, October 05, 2008 . Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, the Sri Lankan army chief, has called on the leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to give themselves up as the military continues its advance towards their de facto capital.

The call came as fighting near Kilinochchi, the administrative headquarters for the Tamil Tigers in the north of the island, intensified on Sunday.

General Fonseka, in a nan interview with Sri Lanka's Observer Online, also urged all Tamil Tiger fighters to lay down their arms and cross over to government controlled areas.

The Sri Lankan began a major military offensive in the north just over a year ago in an attempt to finally defeat the Tamil Tigers after four decades of fighting. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 5 11:22:51 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tigers face major setback, but war far from over
afp, oct 5. COLOMBO (AFP) - The widely expected fall of the Tamil Tigers' political capital would mark the separatists' biggest loss in 13 years, analysts say, but add Sri Lanka's drawn-out ethnic conflict is far from over... Back to the top

More Sri Lanka war refugees register on police order, Sun Oct 5, 2008 3:06pm . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Thousands of Sri Lankans who fled to Colombo in the past five years lined up to register on police orders on Sunday, part of a government security drive to keep Tamil Tiger rebel infiltrators out of the capital city... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Advances on Capital of Rebels
The New York Times, October 4, 2008. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) — The Sri Lankan military battled within a mile of the town that is considered the headquarters of the Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday and allowed civilians to flee, the army said... Back to the top

Vanni food convoys 'to continue'
BBC News, Sunday October 05, 2008. Convoys of food and essential supplies for the displaced in the Vanni to continue in the coming weeks, Sri Lanka authorities said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's civil war rages in the shadows
AP News, Sat Oct 4, 2008. By RAVI NESSMAN

MADHU, Sri Lanka (AP) — There are no worshippers at Sri Lanka's holiest Christian shrine... Back to the top

Karunanidhi, Jayalalitha harden stand on Sri Lanka, Sat Oct 04, 2008. Chennai, Oct 4 (IANS) Tamil Nadu’s ire against the Sri Lankan Navy’s alleged attacks on Indian fishermen became more pronounced Saturday as both the ruling DMK and the opposition AIADMK hardened their stand on the issue... Back to the top

‘No fire zones’ for war displaced Sri Lankan civilians
Thaindian News, Sat Oct 04 2008. Colombo, Oct 4 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Army has earmarked two “no fire zones” in the restive north for the safe assembly of thousands of civilians fleeing amidst fierce fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, a top military official here said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Fighting kills 20 rebels, 3 soldiers
Associated Press, Sat October 4, 2008 04:27 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A new round of fighting between government forces and Tamil separatists across Sri Lanka - 's embattled northern region killed 20 rebels and three soldiers, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

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