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Rajapaksa now offers package to placate LTTE
IANS, Nov 8. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced that he will spend SLRs 3000 million ($ 27.27 million) on the rehabilitation of the youth, children and women of the war-torn Tamil-speaking Northern Province, including LTTE cadre who lay down arms.

"We have to look after the welfare of innocent children, women and youth living in such areas, and rehabilitate LTTE members and make them useful citizens to the society. I propose to make an additional allocation of R s 3,000 million for this purpose," the President told parliament while presenting the budget for 2009.

"I also propose to make an allocation of Rs 500 million to the Ministry of Resettlement to carry out resettlement in the north," he added.

Expecting the Security Forces to quickly liberate areas in the north still with the LTTE, Rajapaksa announced a special development programme for the region which he christened Uthuru Wasanthaya. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 7 22:39:04 EST 2008


End all hostilities in Sri Lanka: Karunanidhi
com, 08 November. Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi altered his stand on the issue of Tamils in Sri Lanka on Friday and called for cessation of hostilities from both the warring sides in the island country.

"A permanent ceasefire is needed to ensure lasting peace for which a cessation of hostilities from both the sides is an inevitable need. Once the fighting ends, India and other third party mediators can ensure that the Tamil minority in the island is accorded adequate rights to exist honourably," Karunanidhi said in a statement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 7 22:36:55 EST 2008 Back to the top


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 Back to the top


Six held for smuggling to Lanka
express buzz, Nov 08, 2008. THOOTHUKUDI: Six persons, including four Sri Lankan Tamils, were arrested here on Thursday for allegedly attempting to smuggle goods and money to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Heavy fighting as Sri Lanka troops near rebel capital: military
google.com, nov 7. COLOMBO (AFP) — Intense battles gripped Sri Lanka's northern Wanni region as government forces stepped up pressure on the Tamil rebel political capital, the defence ministry said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army: At least 7 rebels killed in battle
Associated Press, Fri November 7, 2008 02:12 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - soldiers fought an intense battle with Tamil separatists in the war-torn northern region and later found seven rebel bodies, the military said Friday... Back to the top

Heavy fighting erupts in Sri Lanka’s north
thaindian.com, Friday, Nov., 07, 2008. Colombo, Nov 7 (IANS) Heavy fighting broke out in Sri Lanka’s north as Tamil Tigers gave fierce resistance to government troops trying to reach a highway that cuts across rebel territory, authorities said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka war comes to India
centralchronicle.com, 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... 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

US commends Sri Lanka’s war against LTTE
thaindian.com, 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
hindu.com, 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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