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Sri Lanka denies ’secret deals’ with India, November 4th. Colombo, Nov 4 (IANS) Sri Lanka Tuesday denied allegations in political circles here of “secret deals with India” regarding the military campaign against the Tamil Tigers in the north, and urged people not get misled by such “mischievous construction”.Answering queries raised by the opposition legislators over developments after senior presidential advisor Basil Rajapaksa’s New Delhi visit last month, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told parliament Tuesday: “Successful outcome of Mr. Rajapaksa’s visit has been most reassuring for the peoples of India and Sri Lanka.”

The foreign ministry said in a statement: “Minister Bogollagama strongly refuted media speculation of any secret deals with India. He hailed the excellent understanding that the government has with the Indian government in its efforts to defeat terrorism and restore democracy to the north.”

Bogollagama also “cautioned the general public not to be misguided by the mischievous construction given to this noble gesture of goodwill by India”. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 4 22:10:17 EST 2008

Rebel report says 10 soldiers killed
Associated Press, Tue November 4, 2008 02:28 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's ethnic Tamil rebels beat back a government push into one of their northern strongholds, killing 10 soldiers, the insurgents' radio station reported Tuesday. The military denied the report.

Sri Lankan forces have in recent months pushed deep into rebel territory, seizing a number of bases and chunks of land in an attempt to deliver on the government promise to crush the Tamil Tigers' 25-year fight for an independent state.

The rebels have stepped up resistance as the troops approach their headquarters of Kilinochchi.

Voice of Tigers radio said that the government soldiers, using heavy artillery fire, tried to march into Mankulam village in northern Mullaitivu district Monday. But the insurgents repulsed the attempt, the radio said without mentioning damages to the guerrillas.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, however, denied that soldiers died in the battle. He said soldiers found two rebel bodies.

It is difficult to obtain independent accounts from the battlefield because journalists are barred from the war zone. Both sides are accused of releasing exaggerated casualty numbers for each other while underreporting their own losses.

Meanwhile, several clashes broke out Monday in Mullaitivu, where the soldiers captured seven rebel bunkers, the military said in a statement.

The military has not released any casualty figures in the past weeks, other than when rebel bodies were recovered. The government says reporting on casualties could hamper the military campaign.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's 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.Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 4 06:55:48 EST 2008 Back to the top

For better or worse, DMK s fortunes linked to LTTE, November 04, 2008. On or around the beginning of October, just as Dr Manmohan Singh was returning from his trip to the United States and to France , a poster began to pop up around Tamil Nadu. Roughly translated, it read 'The prime minister is concerned about turbans in France. How about some concern for Tamil lives in Sri Lanka ?'

A second poster was even more mischievous. 'A Sikh shot Indira Gandhi [Images] in 1984, and a Sikh became the prime minister of India in 2004,' it read, before continuing, 'A Tamilian killed Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. When will a Tamilian become prime minister?'

Nobody seems sure who was behind the posters, whether pro-LTTE forces or foes of the DMK, but the effect was to push Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi into action. Dr Manmohan Singh had indeed taken up the issue of Sikh students being punished for displaying a religious symbol in government schools in France, but he had been notably silent on the Sri Lankan forces' push against Prabhakaran's men in Sri Lanka. Since the DMK is a constituent of the United Progressive Alliance this left Karunanidhi scrambling for an explanation. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 4 22:11:33 EST 2008 Back to the top

India has constraints in intervening in Sri Lanka, says Karunanidhi, Tuesday, November, 04, 2008. CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Sunday said India had constraints in intervening in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Woman with explosives arrested in Sri Lanka, Tue., Nov., 04, 2008. COLOMBO, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- A Sri Lankan woman carrying explosives from the north to the capital Colombo has been arrested in the north, police said Tuesday.

The woman was arrested with 500 grams of C4 explosives at the Irattaperiyakulam security checkpoint in the northern district of Vavuniya Monday night, police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekera said... Back to the top

U.S. Perspectives On Sri Lanka - Editorial
VOA, Nov 4. U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake said, "America's experience in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere has taught us that terrorism cannot be defeated by law enforcement and military measures alone... Back to the top

Sri Lanka airstrike hits 2 Tamil rebel naval bases
Associated Press, Mon November 3, 2008 09:48 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter planes bombed and destroyed two Tamil Tiger rebel bases in the volatile north on Monday, in the second straight day of government airstrikes against the insurgents' de facto state, the military said... Back to the top

War with LTTE nearly over, says Sri Lankan Army chief, Tue Nov 4 12:57:05 CET 2008. T V Sriram Colombo, Nov 4 (PTI) Sri Lankan Army Chief Sarath Fonseka has claimed that decades-old war against LTTE in the restive north is nearly completed and about 12,000 Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed during the past-two-and-half years... Back to the top

Snake bite death toll revealed
Press Association, Nov 4. Poisonous snakes could be killing more than 90,000 people a year around the world, new research has shown... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : New fighting between military, rebels
Associated Press, Mon November 3, 2008 08:37 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers fought a series of battles with Tamil Tiger rebels across the country's embattled north, inflicting ``severe damage'' on the guerrillas, the military said Monday... Back to the top

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