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DMK & ADMK play politics, Tamil Tigers say thank you
ET, oct 10. NEW DELHI: As Dravidian parties compete with each other to highlight the plight of ethnic Sri Lankan Tamils, to make it an election issue, and the Centre struggles to accommodate DMK’s political interests, the LTTE has interpreted expression of concern by TN-based parties as a ‘significant sign of solidarity’.

In a statement posted on the pro-Tiger website Tamilnet, political head of the Tamil Tigers, B Nadesan, said: “The solidarity extended by all leaders of Tamil Nadu would transcend into political support.”

Pointing out that “indiscriminate shelling and bombardment had uprooted thousands of Tamils from their homes and villages,” Nadesan said the support from Tamil Nadu has come at a time when the Rajapaksa regime is “conceited in its military aggression.”

LTTE also expressed gratitude to Tamil leaders with specific mention of chief minister M Karunanidhi. “Kalaignar M Karunanidhi on Monday indirectly declared that his government would no longer tolerate Indian Central government aiding the Sri Lankan government against the Eezham Tamils, even if it aided Colombo unwittingly,” the Tamilnet website said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 9 22:06:53 EDT 2008


Police raid suspected Tamil terror fundraisers again
National Post - Canada, hursday, October 09, 2008. Counterterrorism police searched a building in Montreal last month due to suspicions it was still being used to raise money for Tamil Tigers guerrillas two years after police first raided it for the same reason.

The RCMP searched the Montreal office of the World Tamil Movement on Sept. 3, seizing items allegedly linked to Tamil Tigers fundraising, according to documents recently unsealed by the Federal Court.

A judge authorized the search after police officers noticed collection tills and items bearing the Tamil Tigers emblem inside the building .

The building had been emptied of all such materials during a 2006 police raid.

"Some of those items are similar to the ones seized on April More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 9 22:02:30 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Palestinian president calls for peace in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu October 9, 2008 13:08 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that he wants to see a peaceful Sri Lanka - saying his people also seek peace with Israel. ``The Palestinian people want to live in peace with their neighbor Israel, similarly I wish for peace in Sri Lanka - ,'' Abbas said in a brief speech at the signing ceremony.

For 25 years, Sri Lanka - has been engulfed in a civil war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels who want to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.

Abbas thanked Rajapaksa for supporting Palestinian efforts for an independent state, and invited him to visit the territories.

``It is no secret throughout the whole world that we had consistently supported the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and their right to an independent sovereign state based on the U.N. Security Council resolutions,'' Rajapaksa said.

``Sri Lanka - has chaired the U.N. Committee on Human Rights of Palestinians for 38 years continuously. It is a unique record, especially since Sri Lanka - is a non-Muslim country,'' he said.

The two countries maintain close ties and Sri Lanka - opened a representative office in the Palestinian territories last year.Discuss this story
Published: Thu Oct 9 21:53:53 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan Cabinet minister escapes suicide blast
Associated Press, Thu October 9, 2008 06:02 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew himself up near a convoy carrying a senior Sri Lankan Cabinet minister on Thursday, wounding his deputy and at least six others, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka aims to boost war budget; fighting kills 56
reuters.com, Thu Oct 9, 2008 12:41pm IST. .
By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government on Thursday asked parliament to raise its war budget by 6.4 percent to $1.64 billion in 2009, as air force jets blasted Tamil Tiger camps in an unyielding push to end the 25-year-old separatist war. The bombings, part of a near-daily campaign of hitting rebel targets from the air while ground troops battle through heavily mined jungle, came a day after fighting killed 48 rebels and eight troops, the military said... Back to the top

Palestinian president begins visit to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu October 9, 2008 06:01 EDT . Colombo (dpa) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on a goodwill mission to the subcontinent, arrived in Colombo Thursday for a short visit aimed at boosting political and technical ties with Sri Lanka, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's former president fined by Supreme Court
Associated Press, Wed October 8, 2008 08:37 EDT . Colombo (dpa) In a landmark judgment delivered Wednesday, Sri Lanka's former president Chandrika Kumaratunga was fined by the country's Supreme Court for illegally allocating state land to a private golf course project... Back to the top

Heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka as casualties mount
Associated Press, Wed October 8, 2008 08:31 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) Heavy fighting between government troops and Tamil rebels was reported in northern Sri Lanka - amidst mounting casualties from both sides, military officials and pro-rebel sources said Wednesday... Back to the top

“LTTE does not represent Tamil community”
hindu.com, Wednesday, Oct 08, 2008. B. Muralidhar Reddy COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has counselled India and others concerned about the situation in the island country and welfare of Tamils to ‘perceive marginalisation of the LTTE in the correct perspective’ and not to be ‘influenced by malicious propaganda’ against the military campaign of the government targeting the Tigers... Back to the top

Lanka reacts to missive, says India being misled by LTTE
hindustantimes.com, 23:59 IST(7/10/2008). The Sri Lanka government has reacted firmly to the message sent by India on Monday that it was both concerned and unhappy at the plight of Tamil civilians in the north of the country, where armed forces are locked in battle with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers accuse Sri Lanka of genocidal war
google.com, Thursday Oct 09, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday accused the Sri Lankan government of launching a "genocidal war" against northern Tamils... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military: 20 rebels killed in fighting
Associated Press, Wed October 8, 2008 03:32 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered battles between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels across Sri Lanka - 's embattled north have killed 20 guerrillas, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

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