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OCTOBER 31, 2008 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 9, NO. 209

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Sri Lanka : planes bomb rebels leader's hideout
Associated Press, Fri October 31, 2008 08:10 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's air force bombed the hide-out of the chief of the Tamil Tiger's sea wing on Friday, but his fate was not known, the military said.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said it is still not clear if the rebel leader, known only as Soosai, was in his Jeyanthinagar village hiding place near rebel headquarters in Kilinochchi.

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

The air force last year killed S.P. Tamilselvan, the then-political wing head and the public face of the rebels. Since then, officials have claimed to have carried out several raids targeting rebel leaders, including the top guerrilla Velupillai Prabhakaran, but they appear to have survived.

Friday's airstrike came a day after the military claimed to have captured Nachchikuda, a strategic village on the northeastern coast, where the rebels have a base that is used for smuggling weapons.

The Tamil Tigers' sea wing, known as the Sea Tigers, has played a key role in their decades-old separatist war, ferrying supplies for the group and ramming explosive-laden boats against military vessels at sea.

The military has in recent months intensified its offensive against the guerrillas' de facto state in the north. Officials have pledged to crush the rebels and their 25-year separatist war by the end of the year.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered marginalization at the hands of successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Fri Oct 31 10:41:18 EDT 2008


'LTTE supporter' jailed in US
BBC News, Friday, October 31, 2008. A court in the United States has sentenced a Singapore national for conspiring to provide material support to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers.

Haniffa Bin Osman, 57, was sentenced to 37 months in prison by the district judge in Baltimore on Friday.

He was accused of aiding the LTTE in the attempted purchase of Surface to Air Missiles, Night Vision of Devices, Machine Guns and State of the Art Firearms.

The attempts were made from April to September 2006 together with Haji Subandi, Erick Wotulo and More...
Published: Fri Oct 31 14:39:20 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka lets more 'flexibility' in rupee-dollar exchange rate
New Kerala, Oct 31. By P. Karunakharan, Colombo, Oct 30 : Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Thursday decided to allow the rupee exchange rate against the US dollar 'to respond with greater flexibility' keeping in mind the recent sharp decline in export prices and prospects of lower export demand due to further slowing down in the global economy.

The Central Bank in a statement said Thursday that the move was “particularly necessitated” as the currencies of some of the island’s major trading partners and competitors have since mid-September 2008 depreciated sharply against the US dollar “leading to some pressure on the competiveness of Sri Lanka’s exports”. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Oct 31 07:38:58 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan jets hit rebel suicide bombers' base
Associated Press, Thu October 30, 2008 03:47 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets pounded a Tamil Tiger suicide fighters' base deep in the country's embattled north Thursday, and ground troops seized a major rebel defense line on the northwestern coast, the military said... Back to the top

Audience attacked at Bollywood film
South London, October 31. THUGS have launched a campaign of violence and intimidation against moviegoers watching a Bollywood film... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military seizes coastal rebel stronghold
Associated Press, Thu October 30, 2008 12:39 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers on Thursday captured a key Tamil Tiger coastal base through which the rebels have been smuggling weapons, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Soldiers seize major rebel defense line
Associated Press, Thu October 30, 2008 02:57 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops seized a major Tamil Tiger rebel defense line on the northwestern coast after nearly two weeks of intense fighting, the military said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan jets hit rebel suicide bombers' base
Associated Press, Thu October 30, 2008 03:47 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets pounded a Tamil Tiger suicide fighters' base deep in the country's embattled north Thursday, and ground troops seized a major rebel defense line on the northwestern coast, the military said... Back to the top

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