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Military says bombs rebels in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat November 8, 2008 01:29 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force bombers attacked a gathering of Tamil Tiger rebels who were preparing to fight government troops in northern Sri Lanka - , the military said Saturday. Government forces have been trying to win control of a key road leading to the rebel-held Jaffna peninsula, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka - 's minority Tamils. The road runs up the South Asian island's west coast to Pooneryn.

Jaffna has been cut off from the rest of the country since 2006 when the government closed the main road to the peninsula, citing security concerns. That road cuts through rebel-held territory.

Other soldiers are meanwhile trying to enter Kilinochchi, the rebel headquarters, east of Pooneryn.

The government has vowed to crush the rebels and end their 25-year campaign for an independent state for ethnic Tamils who have faced marginalization from successive governments controlled by majority ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Sat Nov 8 02:35:22 EST 2008

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 Back to the top

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

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

Heavy fighting as Sri Lanka troops near rebel capital: military, 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, 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

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