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Heavy fighting as Sri Lanka troops push into Tiger territory: military, oct 26. COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lanka troops were locked in heavy combat with Tamil Tiger guerrillas in the island's north where soldiers made several advances into rebel-held territory, the defence ministry said Saturday.

Two separate confrontations were reported southwest of the Tamil Tiger political capital of Kilinochchi on Friday and sporadic fighting continued afterward, the ministry said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Oct 25 16:30:58 EDT 2008

Displaced civilians’ welfare top priority: Sri Lanka, Oct 25, 2008. COLOMBO: On the eve of the visit of Basil Rajapaksa — senior adviser to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa — to New Delhi, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama asserted that the current “military operations are being pursued under a government directive to the military to adhere strictly to a strategy of zero-civilian casualty.” He said the welfare of displaced civilians is the government’s top priority.

The purpose of Mr. Rajapaksa’s visit is to discuss New Delhi’s ‘serious concerns’ over the humanitarian crisis triggered by the war between the forces and the LTTE. These concerns were repeatedly articulated in the October 6 demarche, and statements made by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In response, President Rajapaksa telephoned Mr. Singh last week and said military operations in the North were intended to disarm the LTTE and usher in peace. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Oct 25 16:36:35 EDT 2008 Back to the top

DMK for all-party delegation to Lanka
HIndu, Oct 26. NEW DELHI: As the October 29 deadline set by the Tamil Nadu political parties to the Centre to either act on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue or face the en masse quitting of MPs from the State is nearing, Shipping Minister and DMK parliamentary party leader T.R. Baalu met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee here on Saturday and asked them to speed up efforts to protect affected Tamils in the island.

It is learnt that Mr. Baalu urged Ms. Gandhi to depute Mr. Mukherjee to Colombo immediately to hold talks on bringing a ceasefire and supplying food and medicines to the affected people through international agencies, including the Red Cross, besides assessing the actual situation. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Oct 25 16:30:18 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Tamil Tigers face defeat, but peace remains elusive, October 25, 2008 Est 1999 . SUITCASES IN hand, heaving and sweating for hours under the blistering sun, passengers endure a gauntlet of checkpoints... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sends envoy to India
Associated Press, Sat October 25, 2008 14:40 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's President Mahinda Rajapaksa sent his brother to India on Saturday for talks with top officials, days after the neighboring country called for the protection of ethnic Tamil civilians trapped in the island's civil war... Back to the top

Secessionist ideology spreading in TN: Left parties
IANS, oct 26. MADURAI: The Left parties Saturday cautioned against the spread of "secessionist ideology" in Tamil Nadu by "a misguided few" seeking an end to killings in Sri Lanka, saying it would harm India and not help Tamils in the island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's special envoy arrives in India for talks
IANS, oct 26. NEW DELHI: Amid growing concern in India about the military offensive in the island nation, Sri Lankan presidential adviser Basil Rajapaksa arrived here Saturday to assure Indian leaders about steps taken to safeguard Tamils trapped in the war zone... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Premasiri Khemadasa passes away
BBC News, Saturday, Oct 25, 2008. Premasiri Khemadasa who is regarded to be one of the most important musicians in contemporary Sri Lanka passed away on Friday... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

Ameer and Seeman arrested, Sat., Oct., 25, 2008. A day after the arrest of MDMK chief Vaiko made by Tamilnadu 'Q' branch police for sedition charges, the cops cracked down on Kollywood directors Ameer and Seeman for their provocative pro-LTTE speeches in Rameswaram... 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

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

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