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Military solution in Sri Lanka very difficult: US, Oct 25, 2008. CHENNAI: The United States is encouraging all parties in Sri Lanka to accept a political solution to the conflict without waiting for a military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam.

In an interactive session at the University of Madras on Friday, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake rejected Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s view that political talks could come only after the LTTE was wiped out or disarmed. “A military solution is going to be very, very difficult,” he said, citing Sri Lankan Army Chief Sarath Fonseka’s statement that even if the Army occupied all of northern Sri Lanka, a residual guerrilla force of at least a thousand LTTE fighters would go underground.

Mr. Blake made it clear that the ruling and opposition parties needed to agree on the All Parties Representative Committee’s blueprint for constitutional reform. “The greatest failure of the last 25 years has been the failure of the main Sinhalese parties to reach agreement,” he said adding 90 per cent of the APRC document had found consensus. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Oct 24 22:08:57 EDT 2008

Lanka army captures LTTE stronghold
The Times of India, Friday, Oct., 24, 2008. COLOMBO: Continuing the momentum of its offensive, Sri Lankan troops on Friday captured another 4 kms stretch closing on to the Tiger stronghold of Kilinochchi as it also beat back a group of insurgents who tried to infiltrate one of its defence lines.

As the battlefront remained active, an army spokesman said heavy losses to the LTTE fighters have been caused during the past 24 hours with a number of bunkers captured or destroyed.

He said security forces had cleared More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Oct 24 12:57:42 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Students suffer hours of agony in human chain
TOI, oct 25. CHENNAI: Hundreds of students from the city were forced to stand for hours in pouring rain on Friday to help political parties form a human chainto express solidarity with the plight of Sri Lankan Tamils. As the clouds burst on Friday afternoon and rains battered the city, the students, both from schools and colleges, were herded along with political activists to thread together the chain that began at the Chennai collectorate and stretched beyond Tambaram. Most of the students, drenched in the rain and shivering, stood for hours for a cause they had no clue about. Faculty of government colleges like Nandanam Arts College, Queen Mary's, Quaid-e-Milleth, SIET, YMCA and Anna University were among those who had directed their students to step out and form the chain at 2.30 pm at various stretches along the arterial Anna Salai. The skies opened up by 3 pm. But the students, heeding their teachers’ instructions, braved the downpour and waited, hoping the clouds would pass. But the rain did not stop and chief minister M Karunanidhi, the patron of Friday’s demonstration of solidarity, came only by about 5 pm. Till then, the students stood in their places, drenched to their bones and shivering. More...
Published: Fri Oct 24 23:28:55 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Statue of Rajiv Gandhi vandalised in Chennai
ians, oct 25. CHENNAI: Unidentified people damaged a statue of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in the northern suburbs of this city Friday... Back to the top

Tamil movie director arrested on sedition charges
IANS, Oct 25. CHENNAI: Movie director Seeman was arrested Friday by the Tamil Nadu Police for allegedly making secessionist statements and justifying the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 by Tamil Tiger suicide bombers, official sources said... Back to the top

S Lanka suspends casualty figures, Friday, 24 October 2008. The Sri Lankan defence ministry says it is suspending the release of casualty figures during the current fighting in the north of the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says rebel infiltration foiled
Associated Press, Fri October 24, 2008 04:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops advancing toward the Tamil Tiger rebel headquarters have beaten back a group of insurgents who tried to infiltrate one of its defense lines, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Indian Tamils in human chain protest over Sri Lanka, Fri Oct 24, 2008. CHENNAI, India (Reuters) - Hundreds of Tamils marched in the streets of a southern Indian city Friday to protest against the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka, as a regional political group pressured the Indian government to stop the war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops face heavy rebel resistance, rain
Associated Press, Thu October 23, 2008 08:29 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan troops are facing stiff resistance from Tamil Tiger rebels and heavy monsoon rains in their offensive to seize the rebels' de facto capital in the north, the Defense Ministry said Thursday... Back to the top

Vaiko arrested for pro-LTTE remarks, slams Manmohan
express India, Oct 23, 2008. Chennai, October 23: MDMK chief Vaiko was on Thursday arrested for making 'highly inflammatory speeches in support of the LTTE', police said... Back to the top

India to Sri Lanka: ensure there is no refugee exodus, Friday, Oct 24, 2008. EW DELHI: India has asked Sri Lanka to provide food and shelter to displaced Tamil civilians in the war-affected regions of the island nation, and also ensure that there was no exodus of refugees to Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Few civilian deaths in S Lanka, Thursday, 23 October 2008 . Military operations to crush the Tamil Tigers are being carried out with the fewest possible civilian casualties, Sri Lanka's foreign minister says... Back to the top

ECB yet to reach final decision on Sri Lanka tour
Associated Press, Thu October 23, 2008 14:42 EDT . - - LONDON (AP) The England and Wales Cricket Board has yet to reach a final decision on whether to postpone next year's tour by Sri Lanka - , which looks increasingly unlikely to go ahead... Back to the top

Sri Lanka omits senior players from Zimbabwe tour
Associated Press, Thu October 23, 2008 11:00 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - omitted senior players Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas and Tillakaratne Dilshan from a youthful 15-player squad Thursday to tour Zimbabwe for a five-match one-day international series next month... Back to the top

Allies spar in Tamil Nadu
Express Buzz, 23 Oct 2008. CHENNAI: As the war between the LTTE and the Lankan government intensifies in Sri Lanka, political parties in Tamil Nadu stand divided on supporting the Tigers... Back to the top

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