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LTTE launches back-to-back air raids in Mannar and Colombo
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, October 28, 2008, 11.35 p.m.. Two back-to-back air raids were carried out by the Tamil Tiger rebels a little while ago in Mannar and Colombo. Defence sources said that 'terrorist air crafts' lobbed bombs at the Army Camp in Thallady, Mannar and the main power station in Colombo. Soon after the incident, the air defence system in Colombo was activated and part of the city was blacked out as a precautionary measure. Initial reports claimed that no severe damage had been caused to the Kelanitissa power station despite the blast inside. Defence sources also said that only one injury had been reported from Thallady following the incident. No independent verification was possible at the time this report was filed.Discuss this story
Published: Tue Oct 28 16:50:33 EDT 2008
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State TV: Tamil rebels bomb Sri Lanka power plant
Associated Press, Tue October 28, 2008 15:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) State television reports that a Tamil Tiger aircraft has bombed a power plant in the Sri Lankan capital.

The attack late Tuesday comes about an hour after a rebel aircraft bombed a regional military base in the north.

Television Rupavahini quoted military officials as saying the rebel plane dropped at least one bomb on Kelanitissa power plant in Colombo.

Anti-aircraft fire erupted over the capital during the attack.
Published: Tue Oct 28 21:46:55 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Court Steps in as Governance Falters
IPS, Oct 28. COLOMBO, Oct 27 (IPS) - Finding themselves up against corrupt politicians and indifferent governance, Sri Lankans are increasingly turning to the country's Supreme Court for relief, even for solutions to everyday issues.

A landmark judgment earlier this month against former president Chandrika Kumaratunga in a land acquisition case has been cheered by all quarters, reflecting the increasing trust that the public is placing in the courts. The public's dependence on the judiciary now threatens a confrontation with the legislature.

The apex court said Kumaratunga, who was president from 1995-2005, had "grossly abused her power and betrayed the trust of the people" in acquiring land for public purpose and then handing it over to a private developer for a golf course. The 140-acre property, an identified wetland near the country's parliament, was turned into a golf course fringed by posh apartments and sold to the rich and influential.

While this is a high profile case and the first time a former president has been indicted for being involved in a corrupt deal, the Supreme Court has over the past few years ruled on a range of issues from simple administrative matters such as school admissions and traffic congestion to abuse of power by the executive.

Well-known human rights lawyer J.C. Weliamuna who successfully prosecuted the Kumaratunga case for the two main petitioners -- two ordinary Sri Lankan citizens -- says the courts are the last bastion of hope for the people.

"The executive and various arms of government have failed the people. Even the main opposition is inept, and thus the people have no choice other than to seek justice from the courts," Weliamuna told IPS. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Oct 27 22:23:32 EDT 2008 Back to the top

DMK, Congress playing politics: CPI, BJP
ENS, oct 28. CHENNAI: The Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday assailed External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M... Back to the top

Tamil rebels attack breakaway group in Sri Lanka , four killed
Associated Press, Tue October 28, 2008 07:13 EDT . - - Colombo (dpa) - Tamil rebels attacked an office of a breakaway group, killing four persons in eastern Sri Lanka - where the military regained control after nearly a year of fighting, military officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

Heavy fighting on northern fronts in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue October 28, 2008 05:11 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces and Tamil Tiger separatists fought pitched battles in the rain and mud in a ring of villages outside the rebel administrative capital in northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military captures more rebel positions
Associated Press, Mon October 27, 2008 03:10 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers captured and destroyed more Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers in fierce fighting across the embattled northern region, the military said Monday... Back to the top

Muslim eviction from the north marked
BBC, 27 October, 2008. Muslim refugees in Sri Lanka have marked the 18 anniversary of the eviction by Tamil Tigers from the north... Back to the top

TN sets up Sri Lanka Tamils relief fund
com, Monday, 27 October , 2008. Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday set up a separate 'Sri Lankan Tamils relief fund' to mitigate the sufferings of Tamils in the island nation... Back to the top

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