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OCTOBER 14, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Stop Lankan war or we quit: TN MPs
IANS, Oct 15. CHENNAI: An all-party meeting convened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Tuesday asked the central government to immediately halt all military aid to Sri Lanka and ensure an immediate ceasefire in the civil war on the island, warning that all MPs from the state would resign in two weeks if this didn't happen.

"The centre should stop the 30-year-old civil war that has resulted in thousands of Tamils' death in Eelam. Since Indian military aid is resulting in genocide of Tamils, this meeting urges its immediate stoppage," an official statement quoted a resolution adopted at the meeting as saying. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Oct 14 22:36:20 EDT 2008


Deep resentment over IPL-Sri Lanka deal
IANS, Oct 15. Dubai, Oct 14 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) is likely to discuss, at its two-day executive board meeting starting Tuesday, the Indian Premier League's (IPL) lucrative offer to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that has irked the member-countries like England,

Lalit Modi, the chairman of the IPL, has reportedly negotiated a deal with Sri Lanka's sports ministry, promising it a whopping $70 million in return for guarenteeing their top players' participation in the IPL for the next 10 years.

The deal has left ECB fuming as the IPL schedule is clashing with England's home Test series against Sri Lanka in May.

As things stand, the Sri Lanka tour of England is most likely to be scrapped though the ECB has not received any official communication. Compensation is the least that the ECB would expect, but the bigger question is who is running international cricket. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Oct 14 22:39:24 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan military says 22 killed in fighting
Associated Press, Tue October 14, 2008 04:07 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scattered fighting in northern Sri Lanka - killed 20 rebels and two soldiers as the government pressed ahead with its offensive against the Tamil Tigers, the military said Tuesday.

The fiercest of Monday's battles took place in the Kilinochchi region, where 11 rebel fighters and two soldiers were killed in a wave of confrontations, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said. Fighting in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Mullaittivu killed nine other rebels, he said.

With nearly all communications to the north severed, rebel spokesmen could not be contacted for comment.

Independent verification of the military's claims is nearly impossible because most journalists are banned from the war zone. Both sides routinely exaggerate enemy losses and underreport their own.

Fighting has escalated in recent months in the 25-year-old civil war, with the military capturing a series of rebel bases and large chunks of territory. Officials have pledged to crush the guerrillas by the end of the year.

The United Nations and aid groups said Monday that more than 220,000 people had been displaced by the fighting and expressed concern for civilians stuck without shelter as seasonal monsoons begin hitting the area.

Many of the displaced are selling their valuables, jewelry and cattle to make ends meet and to pay for transportation to keep running away from the fluid front lines, the groups said in a statement.

The government expelled humanitarian groups from rebel territory last month, but has allowed the U.N. to send in a convoy of food aid.

The rebels have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils, who have faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Tue Oct 14 07:43:28 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankans Flee as Army Advances on Rebel Base, Red Cross Says
bloomberg.com, Oct. 14. Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan civilians are fleeing their homes in the face of an army advance on the headquarters of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the island's north, the Red Cross said. ``Large numbers of people are still fleeing'' Kilinochchi district, often leaving their belongings behind, the ICRC said on its Web site... Back to the top

Military: Clashes in Sri Lanka kill 30 combatants
Associated Press, Mon October 13, 2008 05:09 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers attacked Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers along the northern front lines triggering gunbattles that killed 27 guerrillas and three soldiers, the military said Monday... Back to the top

Australia to consider listing Tamil Tigers as terror group
radioaustralia.net.au, Oct 14. Australia says it will consider a request from Sri Lanka that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam be listed as a terror organisation... Back to the top

HL:Sri Lanka captures Al Barakah trophy, Canadians get blown out by Zimbabwe
Associated Press, Mon October 13, 2008 17:57 EDT . Ron Fanfair - - KING CITY, Ont. Sri Lanka - defeated last year's World Cup runner-up Pakistan to capture the Al Barakah Twenty/20 International series on Monday, while Canada was blown out by Zimbabwe... Back to the top

Swiss find melamine in Thai, Sri Lankan biscuits
Associated Press, Mon October 13, 2008 06:34 EDT . - - GENEVA (AP) Swiss authorities say they have found high concentrations of melamine in biscuits from Thailand and Sri Lanka - and have called on other European countries to withdraw the products... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers may be listed as terrorists
smh.com.au, October 13, 2008 - 11:11AM. The federal government is considering listing Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebel separatist movement as a terrorist organisation... Back to the top

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