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Congress, AIADMK flay pro-LTTE, secessionist moves
IANS, Oct 23. CHENNAI: The Congress, the main ally of Tamil Nadu's ruling DMK, and the state's main opposition AIADMK Wednesday slammed "secessionist moves" by regional parties and the Tamil film industry under the guise of supporting the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka.

Congress Legislature Party leader D. Sudarsanam and AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha decried attempts of organisations and individuals openly supporting the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and demanded their arrest and prosecution.

"The Congress calls for stern action against pro-LTTE elements - regardless of their being politicians or media personalities as they have openly begun secessionist moves," Sudarsanam told reporters after an urgent meeting of Congress legislators.

"The National Security Act should be invoked against movie directors Seeman and Ameer for canvassing support for terrorists, espousing separatist causes in India and threatening to start an armed rebellion from a public platform in Rameshwaram Oct 19.

"Failure to do so will result in agitations to prosecute persons like Seeman and Ameer who blatantly insulted Congress martyrs (late prime ministers) Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi," Sudarsanam added. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 22 19:37:57 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka navy: Rebel suicide attack foiled at sea
Associated Press, Wed October 22, 2008 06:36 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's navy destroyed two explosive-laden Tamil Tiger rebel boats Wednesday that attempted to crash into two cargo ships sailing to the country's troubled north, a naval spokesman said. omeland for Sri Lanka - 's ethnic minority Tamils.

Navy spokesman D. K. P. Dassanayake said sailors fired at the rebel boats Wednesday as they approached the cargo ships off the shores of Myliddi in the northern Jaffna peninsula.

The navy destroyed two of three boats that attacked and captured one, Dassanayake said.

He said the navy suffered no casualties but that one navy ship was damaged when one of the rebel boats exploded. The Tamil Tigers have a sea wing known as the Sea Tigers.

It was not possible to contact rebel officials for comment because communication lines to rebel territory in the north have been severed.

Pro-Tamil Puthinam Web site, however, reported the rebels sank a ship that was transporting military equipment in the guise of ferrying essential goods for the civilians in Jaffna.

Two suicide attackers were killed, the Web site report said.

The military says government forces have made dramatic progress on the northern fronts in the past months, seizing chunks of rebel-held territory and a series of bases.

More than 70,000 people have been killed since fighting began in 1983.

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Published: Wed Oct 22 07:46:57 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka says Tiger suicide boats attack aid ships
reuters, oct 22. COLOMBO, Oct 22 (Reuters) -- Two Tamil Tiger suicide boats exploded near a pair of freighters carrying relief aid off the northeastern coast of Sri Lanka on Wednesday, the Sri Lankan Navy said.

The navy said it fired on a third Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) boat which capsized during the clash, and killed six insurgents.

"Two ships carrying humanitarian supplies to the north came under LTTE attack off Mailadi. Due to the nearby explosions, one ship got minor damage, but both are floating without casualties," navy spokesman Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake said.

Mailadi is north of Mullaittivu, an LTTE stronghold on Sri Lanka's northeastern coast. The majority of refugees from heavy fighting in the north are located a few kilometres inland from Mullaittivu. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 22 00:01:09 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Support to LTTE increased during DMK rule: Jayalalithaa
The Hindu, Wed, Oct., 22, 2008. Chennai (PTI): Alleging that some film personalities had made some anti-national remarks demanding separate Tamil Nadu at a rally in Rameswaram on October 19, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa today charged that support to the banned LTTE has been increasing in the state after the DMK came to power... Back to the top

Military: Soldiers repel Tamil rebels' assault
Associated Press, Tue October 21, 2008 04:33 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan army troops foiled a Tamil Tiger rebel attack on the government's defense line in the war-ravaged northern region, inflicting heavy damages to rebels, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pushes war ahead despite Indian pressure, Oct 21, 2008. COLOMBO, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops advanced deeper into areas held by the rebel Tamil Tigers after smashing through a 10-km (6-mile) trench line that has been the site of heavy combat for two months, the military said on Tuesday... Back to the top

India to work to ensure rights of Tamils in Lanka: Official
The Times of India, Yue., Oct., 21, 2008. ON BOARD PM'S SPECIAL AIRCRAFT: With the "war" in Sri Lanka escalating, India on Tuesday said it will do everything to protect the rights and huma nitarian conditions of Tamils in the island nation... Back to the top

Prabhakaran, I assured India we were not for Eelam: Karuna, Tue., Oct., 21, 2008. Colombo, Oct 21 (PTI) Renegade LTTE leader Karuna Amman today said that despite assuring India in the 1980s that they were not for separate Tamil nation, tiger supreme Velupillai Prabhakaran broke the understanding by resuming the war and went to the extent of killing Rajiv Gandhi... Back to the top

Lanka says Mukherjee can clarify humanitarian position himself, Oct 21, 2008 . Colombo, October 21: Sri Lanka has said that it has invited Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to the island nation to 'clarify' for himself the humanitarian position in the country... Back to the top

A tough wicket to bat on
express buzz, Tues, Oct 21, 2008. have not been to Sri Lanka since the assassination of Lakshman Kadirgamar, the eminent Foreign Minister of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, in 2004... Back to the top

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