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We can’t push Lanka: Pranab
ens, Oct 27. CHENNAI: Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, emerging out of a meeting he had with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on yesterday, said that the talks they had over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue had been satisfactory and it had brought enough hope to the people of Tamil Nadu on the ethnic issue.

Mukherjee, who had flown in from Delhi to brief Karunanidhi about the latest political developments on the Lankan Tamils’ issue, however, told reporters after the meeting that India could not ask for a ceasefire in Lanka as it would amount to interfering in the internal affairs of another country.

“India is not a party to the ceasefire,’’ he said by way of replying to Karunanidhi’s demand for ensuring the ceasefire.

Mukherjee said Karunanidhi had also assured him that he would not embarrass the UPA government by asking the DMK MPs, including ministers from Tamil Nadu to quit over the issue. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 26 23:17:24 EDT 2008


Cloud of threat to UPA Govt from DMK lifted
Zee, Oct 27. Chennai/New Delhi, Oct 26: The cloud of threat to UPA government from DMK over Sri Lankan Tamils issue lifted on Sunday as Chief Minister M Karunanidhi assured External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee that he would not create any problem for the ruling alliance even as Sri Lanka assured India that safety of Tamilians in that country was being taken care of.

Karunanidhi's assurance in the wake of the October 29 ultimatum by MPs of DMK and its allies to quit on Lankan Tamils issue came at a meeting he had with Mukherjee in Chennai after UPA chairperson spoke to the DMK chief on phone.

Emerging from the meeting with Mukherjee who was rushed to Chennai on a mission to mollify the DMK chief, Karunanidhi told reporters that the decision to issue the 15-day ultimatum resign from Lok Sabha was taken at an all-party meeting on October 14. "However some parties had second thought and we also have the second thought", he said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Oct 26 15:28:19 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka says troops push into rebel areas
Associated Press, Sun October 26, 2008 14:01 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - soldiers pushed forward into rebel territory, causing heavy damage to the insurgents, destroying their bunkers and capturing an underground hospital, the military said Sunday.

Soldiers attacked an underground bunker Saturday in Mullaitivu district used as a hospital to treat wounded guerrillas, the military said in a statement.

Troops also advanced past Kalmadu on Saturday toward the rebel headquarters of Kilinochchi, the military said, declining to give casualty details in line with new government policy.

Rebel officials could not be contacted for comment because communication lines to rebel territory have been cut.

Meanwhile rebel radio Voice of Tigers reported that the rebel fighters on Saturday overran a small camp run by the army and paramilitary forces in the eastern Batticaloa district killing two soldiers.

The government seized the Eastern Province from rebel control last year dismantling their de facto administration. However, the rebels continue to operate in small calls and carry out ambushes against the soldiers.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils who have suffered marginalization at the hands of successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Sun Oct 26 19:40:14 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka Will Ensure Safety of Tamils, Envoy Says
Boolmberg, Oct 27. Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka will ensure the safety of Tamils and will allow Indian aid to reach the affected civilians amid an army offensive against rebels, an envoy of the South Asian nation said. ``We will look at the humanitarian needs and every assurance has been given'' to India, Basil Rajapaksa, senior adviser to Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, told reporters in New Delhi in a televised address after meeting with India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee... Back to the top

Pact with Sri Lanka the first of its kind
hindu.com, Oct 27, 2008. New Delhi: Describing Sunday’s agreement between India and Sri Lanka on fishing as highly significant, a senior Indian official said this was the first time the two countries had come up with a way of dealing with what happens when fisherfolk cross the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL)... Back to the top

Centre not extending military help to Sri Lanka: FM
PTI, Oct 27. Karaikudi (PTI): Denying that the Union Government was extending any military help to Sri Lanka, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said that the Centre only wanted Tamils in Sri Lanka to get equal opportunities... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu should not attempt to rescue LTTE: Karuna
IANS, Oct 27. Colombo, Oct 26 (IANS) Holding a protest rally in the east against the perceived efforts by some political parties in Tamil Nadu to stop the military campaign against the Tamil Tigers in the north, renegade rebel leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, known as Karuna Amman, Sunday said ‘there should be no attempt from Tamil Nadu to rescue LTTE’... Back to the top

Fishermen row: India, Sri Lanka agree on practical arrangements
iANS, oct 27. New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) With growing concern in India over the harassment and killing of its fishermen, India and Sri Lanka Sunday agreed on practical arrangements to address the issue that included Colombo designating sensitive areas in which Indian vessels will not intrude... Back to the top

Heavy fighting as Sri Lanka troops push into Tiger territory: military
google.com, 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops push ahead in LTTE stronghold: army
hindu.com, Sunday, October 26, 2008 . Colombo (PTI): Sri Lanka troops fought pitched battle with the LTTE and captured an underground bunker suspected to have been a medical centre of the militants as it pushed ahead in the rebel-held territory to wrest control of Tamil Tiger stronghold of Kilinochchi, officials said on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Will Ensure Safety of Tamils, Envoy Says (Update1)
bloomberg.com, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka will ensure the safety of Tamils and may allow Indian aid to reach the affected civilians amid an army offensive against rebels, an envoy of the South Asian nation said.

``We will look at the humanitarian needs and every assurance has been given'' to India, Basil Rajapaksa, senior adviser to Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, told reporters in New Delhi in a televised address after meeting with India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee... Back to the top


Talks move a ploy: Sri Lanka MPs
ENS, Oct 27. CHENNAI: Sri Lankan MPs Sivajilingam and Srikantha on Saturday urged India to intervene to put an end to the war between the LTTE and the Sri Lanka Government in order to save Tamils in that country from elimination... Back to the top

Cricket-Indian board withdraws financial help for Sri Lanka
reuters, Oct 27. KARACHI, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The Indian cricket board has withdrawn the offer of a financial package to help neighbours Sri Lanka in a row between the two countries, according to a report... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says troops attack rebels on 2 fronts
Associated Press, Sun October 26, 2008 01:10 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - says its soldiers have pushed forward into rebel territory on two fronts, causing heavy damage to the insurgents and capturing an underground hospital... Back to the top

Four deaths, over 136,000 displaced in floods in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun October 26, 2008 06:10 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) - At least four people drowned and some 136,000 have been displaced in floods sweeping areas of Sri Lanka - over the past five days, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said Sunday... Back to the top

India to send supplies to Vanni
BBC News - Sinhala, 26 October, 2008 . India has informed a senior envoy of Sri Lankan president that it will send 800 tonnes of relief to war affected Tamil civilians in the north of the country... Back to the top

India should lift ban on LTTE, says Prabhakaran
ptinews.com, Sunday, Oct 26, 2008. Colombo, Oct 26 (PTI) LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran has asked India to lift the ban on his outfit in order to "fulfil the aspirations of Tamil people," while admitting that Lankan forces have made inroads into the Tiger areas and were at the doorstep of their key town Kilinochchi... 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... Back to the top

LTTE issue: Jaya demands Karuna s arrest, assembly dissolution
ptinews.com, oct 26. Chennai, Oct 25 (PTI) Stepping up her attack against the DMK Government on the LTTE issue, AIADMK General Secretary Jayalalithaa today demanded dissolution of the Tamil Nadu Assembly besides arrest of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for allegedly eulogising late LTTE leaders S Tamilselvan and Anton Balasingam... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers face defeat, but peace remains elusive
sundayherald.com, 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

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

Ameer and Seeman arrested
Sify.com, 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

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