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Rajapaksa tells LTTE to join mainstream or face humiliation
IANS, Nov 7. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday warned that the armed forces would bring the Tamil Tiger separatist rebels to their knees if they did not heed his call to lay down arms and join the democratic mainstream.

"Let me on this occasion invite the terrorists to lay down arms and enter the democratic society.

If not, we will, through our military campaign, make them go on their knees," the President told parliament while presenting the annual budget for 2009.

"Terrorism has got to be destroyed.

Now, terrorism has been confined to a small area in the north. Soon, these areas will be freed by our security forces," he assured. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 6 21:40:49 EST 2008

Rajapaksa seeks Rs. 200-billion defence budget
hindu, nov 7. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa unveiled budget proposals for 2009 in Parliament on Thursday with a record provision of Sri Lanka Rs. 200 billion ($1.82 billion) for defence expenditure. He called on the LTTE to lay down arms and join the democratic process “even at this last moment.”

He said if the LTTE does not heed to his call to surrender, it would be defeated. “I am glad to note that at the moment the Budget is being presented, our troops are advancing and their operations reclaimed a vast area in the Kilinochchi and Mullathivu districts. From a humanitarian point of view, the day when we can rescue around 2,00,000 of our own fellow citizens living in the affected areas from the grip of terror is near. Our forces are fighting against the worst terrorist group in the world, without causing any destruction to civilians, dams, hospitals, schools, temples or churches. These operations are truly commendable,” he said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 6 21:42:55 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka war comes to India, Nov 7. The Government of India cannot in any way allow itself to be seen to be rushing to the rescue of LTTE supremo Vellupalli Prabhakaran as Sri Lanka troops close in on his stronghold in Kilinochchi. The fulminations of MDMK chief Vaiko and his deputy to lead armed supporters into Sri Lanka has landed them in jail on sedition and anti-national activities charges.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's categorical rejection of withdrawal of non-lethal military support to the Sri Lankan armed forces has set the record straight that India will do nothing to reduce the momentum (an important ingredient in warfare) of the Sri Lanka armed forces in their attacks on Prabhakaran bunkers in Kilinochchi. India has no love lost for the man and the organization that has brought so much grief on the people of Tamil origin by his suicide bombing tactics to try and carve out a separate homeland instead of seeking honourable accommodation within a unified political entity. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 6 21:45:41 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka lauds Obama, expresses hope for counter-terrorism support
Associated Press, Wed November 5, 2008 11:21 EST . - - Colombo (dpa) - Sri Lanka - 's Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on Wednesday congratulated US president-elect Barack Obama on his election victory and expressed confidence that Obama would support Sri Lankan counter-terrorism efforts... Back to the top

Sri Lanka proposes largest-ever defense budget
Associated Press, Thu November 6, 2008 04:15 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president sought approval for the country's largest-ever defense budget from Parliament on Thursday as fierce fighting continued between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in the north... Back to the top

Akkarayankulam captured: Sri Lanka
hindu, nov 6. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's military on Wednesday said advancing infantry battalions of the 57th Division have overrun the Akkarayankulam built-up area, 9 km away from Kilinochchi... Back to the top

US commends Sri Lanka’s war against LTTE, November 6th, 2008 - 5:00 pm ICT by IANS -. New York, Nov 6 (IANS) A top US military official Wednesday commended the Sri Lankan military for its recent successes against the Tamil Tigers, whom Washington has designated as a terrorist group... Back to the top

India to send 2000 tonnes of relief goods to Sri Lanka, Thursday, November 6, 2008. New Delhi (IANS): In what is a sharp departure from what it did in 1987, India will soon ship 2,000 tonnes of relief material to Sri Lanka for tens of thousands of people displaced by war... Back to the top

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