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India steps in, sends relief supplies to Sri Lankan Tamils
ENS, oct 21. NEW DELHI: India has started sending humanitarian aid for Tamil civilians trapped in the battle zone in north Sri Lanka.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Monday, convened ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s trip to China and Japan, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said some supplies had already been sent through agencies such as the International Committee of the Red Cross. Some convoys had got through to the people trapped in the fighting and Delhi was trying to ensure that its supplies too reached them through such agencies.

Menon said India saw the present situation in Sri Lanka as a humanitarian crises. On the larger issue of settling the conflict, Delhi continued to suggest a political settlement within a united Sri Lanka in which all communities were "comfortable." He said the conflict could not be settled militarily. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Oct 20 23:17:22 EDT 2008

DMK's resignation drama may backfire
The Economic Times, Mon, Oct 20, 2008. NEW DELHI: The DMK has painted itself into a corner on the Sri Lankan issue. Having set the Centre a October 29 deadline to ensure a cease-fire be tween Sri Lankan armed forces and LTTE in that country, DMK could now experience a major crisis of credibility.

Though it has threatened to get its MPs resign from Parliament over the Sri Lankan issue if the Centre does not sufficiently influence the situation in the neighbourhood by end-October, ground realities make this next to impossible. Mr Karunanidhi is already showing signs of tempering his position. He has welcomed a statement made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh where he called for a peaceful political settlement to the crisis in the island nation.

The DMK’s difficulty in taking any dire step stems from insufficient numbers in the 234-member Tamil Nadu assembly. To survive in power, the DMK with 96 MLAs needs the Congress support. It cannot afford to call a mid-term assembly polls on the Sri Lankan issue.

Many political watchers are describing DMK’s whipping up of the Sri Lankan Tamil More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Oct 20 18:56:18 EDT 2008 Back to the top

CPI-M distances itself from resignations over Lankan Tamils
IANS, Oct 21. CHENNAI: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Monday distanced itself from an "all-party" resolution that says all MPs from Tamil Nadu would resign if no effective steps were initiated by the central government to end the sufferings of innocent Tamils in Sri Lanka. "While the CPI-M opposes India's military aid to Sri Lanka resulting in sufferings of its Tamil minority and its military establishment's attempts to hammer a solution by force, (CPI-M) representatives clearly stated during the all-party meeting (here on Oct 13) that decisions (of all Tamil Nadu MPs) to resign from parliament would be taken individually by the participating (political) parties," the CPI-M said in a press statement. "The CPI-M calls for a solution to the long-standing problem of the Tamil race through peaceful dialogue between the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and the Sri Lankan government eschewing the armed confrontation," it added. More...
Published: Mon Oct 20 20:00:53 EDT 2008 Back to the top

LTTE using ‘aerial’ propaganda to counter Lanka
ENS, oct 21. COLOMBO: After flying combat missions targeting military installations in south Sri Lanka, the LTTE has begun using aircraft for propaganda... Back to the top

Sri Lanka admits heavy losses in latest military push+
Associated Press, Mon October 20, 2008 09:18 EDT . COLOMBO, Oct. 20 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka's military said Monday that security forces have captured more territory from Tamil Tiger rebels but suffered their biggest losses in six months. Security forces moving to capture the political capital of the Tamil Tigers at Kilinochchi, 330 kilometers north of Colombo, had breached the rebels' final defenses just south of the town Sunday, the ministry said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says troops seize key rebel village
Associated Press, Mon October 20, 2008 13:17 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Troops seized a strategic village from separatist Tamil Tiger rebels following a two-month battle, cutting off a key supply route and moving the government a step closer to capturing the militants' de facto capital in northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Clashes Kill 33 Troops in Island s North (Update1), Oct. 20 . Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Clashes between Sri Lanka's military and rebel fighters killed at least 33 soldiers in the militants' headquarters district of Kilinochchi, the biggest loss in six months, the government said. The fighting, which started Oct... Back to the top

‘LTTE may lose legitimacy and land’
DNA, Oct 20, 2008. NEW DELHI: Even if the Sri Lankan military overruns the rebel capital of Kilinochchi, it would only “disperse the (LTTE) problem” and wouldn’t be the end of a quarter-century-old civil war in the island nation, believe Indian security establishment... Back to the top

Dismiss DMK government: Swamy
Hindu, October 20. NEW DELHI: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has urged the Centre to dismiss the DMK regime in Tamil Nadu as it was indulging in “anti-national” activities through its “support” to the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by asking India to intervene to halt attacks against the militants in Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops advance despite rain as casualties mount
Associated Press, Mon October 20, 2008 05:04 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) Sri Lankan troops advanced Monday into Tamil rebel-held areas in northern Sri Lanka - despite heavy rains after losing at least 33 soldiers in weekend fighting, the Defence Ministry said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says no to EU rights probe for trade deal, Oct 20. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Monday it will not allow a European Union investigation into rights abuses before renewing a trade preference that has helped boost the Indian Ocean nation's garment industry... Back to the top

Pranab to visit Sri Lanka as pressure mounts
TOI, October 21. NEW DELHI: Under pressure from Tamil Nadu, as well as the international community looking for leadership from India, the government will send exte rnal affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee to Sri Lanka to make an assessment of the ongoing conflict in the island nation... Back to the top

LTTE seeking help of Indian leaders to escape defeat:Gotabhaya, Sunday, Oct 19, 2008. Colombo (PTI): Claiming that the LTTE was on the verge of "defeat" after suffering huge casualties at the hands of Sri Lankan security forces, the government has said that the Tamil tigers are making desperate efforts to rope in Indian leaders to stop the ongoing offensives against them... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says 19 rebel bunkers captured
Associated Press, Sun October 19, 2008 14:01 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military said Sunday that government forces had attacked the Tamil separatists' last line of defense near the rebels' administrative capital and captured 19 rebel bunkers... Back to the top

Troops smash 'last major defence' near rebel 'capital': Lanka
Press Trust of India, Sunday, Oct 19, 2008. Colombo, Oct 19 (PTI) Sri Lankan troops pierced through the "last major defence" of the LTTE in the south of its stronghold of Kilinochchi, capturing 19 heavily fortified rebel bunkers despite "poisonous gas attacks" on them, the military said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army told to avoid civilian casualties
Associated Press, Sun October 19, 2008 04:20 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military said Sunday that government forces captured 14 Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers in intense fighting in the north that killed ``many'' combatants... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Destroys `Last Major Rebel Fortification (Update1), Oct 19 05:28. By Jay Shankar Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan soldiers overran the ``last major'' Tamil Tiger fortification in the rebel headquarters district of Kilinochchi in a battle that killed ``several'' soldiers, the defense ministry said. The military offensive in the South Asian country's Northern Province took place yesterday, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement posted on its Web site... Back to the top

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