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Persuade Lanka for truce, MK tells Centre
ens, nov 11. CHENNAI: Ever as the Sri Lankan government refused to effect a ceasefire until the LTTE lays down arms, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday asked the Centre to act swiftly to prevail upon the Rajapaksa government to make them come to the negotiating table by d e c l a r i n g a truce.

Reiterating that both the Tigers and the Sri Lanka government should agree for a negotiated political settlement and for declaring simultaneous ceasefire, the Chief Minister said Lankan government had the responsibility and duty to work for a negotiated political settlement. India should immediately prevail upon the Lakan government in this regard and make it act accordingly, he added. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 10 23:10:38 EST 2008

Tribunal confirms ban on LTTE
HINDU, Nov 11. New Delhi: The Tribunal constituted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act upheld on Monday the ban imposed by the Centre on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on May 14 for a period of two years.

The LTTE was initially banned in India following the assassination of the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, in May 1991. Since then it is being renewed every two years. Under the UAP Act, the Tribunal must confirm the ban within six months. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 10 23:07:57 EST 2008 Back to the top

LTTE focusing on the east, says Sri Lanka, Nov 10, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Air Force claimed on Sunday that it bombed two LTTE positions in Kilinochchi. Spokesperson Janaka Nanayakkara said jets launched simultaneous airstrikes targeting a Sea Tiger command centre west of Paranthan Junction and an LTTE artillery gun position southeast of Pooneryn.

Also, the Navy claimed to have recovered an arms cache from Kumburupiddi, north of Trincomalee, on Saturday. The recovery of the weapons comes amid reports of increased LTTE presence in the east. The military had cleared the east in 2007 and in May this year, elections were held to the Eastern Provincial Council. The military said the weapons had been brought to sabotage activities in the Eastern Province. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 9 16:32:59 EST 2008 Back to the top

LTTE ready for truce
com, Sunday, 09 November , 2008, 19:25 . 'LTTE ready for truce with Lanka' Colombo: The Tamil Tiger rebels, facing a fierce military thrust in the borders of their 'administrative capital' of Kilinochchi in the north, have reiterated their consent for a cessation of hostilities with the Sri Lankan government, a pro-rebel website reported on Sunday... Back to the top

Lay down arms, LTTE told, Tuesday, Nov 11, 2008. B. Muralidhar Reddy COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Monday reiterated that a ceasefire with the LTTE could be considered only if the Tigers were ready to lay down arms and agree to sit across the negotiating table along with other stakeholders... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Rebels must lay down arms before talks
Associated Press, Mon November 10, 2008 03:05 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government said Monday that Tamil separatists must lay down their arms before cease-fire negotiations can begin, as the military continued heavy ground and air attacks on the guerrilla de facto state in the north... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rejects latest Tiger truce offer, Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:26am GMT. COLOMBO, Nov. 10 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government rejected the latest Tamil Tiger truce offer out of hand on Monday, again demanding the separatist rebels surrender or be destroyed. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam (LTTE) over the weekend reiterated what they say is a longstanding desire for a truce in the 25-year-old war, one of Asia's longest insurgencies... Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up air strikes on Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Sun November 9, 2008 04:16 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force stepped up its strikes against the Tamil Tigers' de facto state in the north Sunday, pounding two rebel positions, the military said... Back to the top

Coastal stretches being cleared: Sri Lanka, Nov., 09, 2008. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Air Force on Saturday claimed it continued providing air support to infantry and armoured battalions with assaults on “identified LTTE strong-points and reinforcement gatherings” in the battle-scarred north... Back to the top

'1987 Indo-Lanka pact only solution to Tamil problem'
The Times of India, 9 Nov 2008,. CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Congress president K V Thangkabalu on Sunday said that the Tamil minority's problems in the neighbouring island can only be resolved by applying the terms of an accord signed between India and Sri Lanka in 1987... Back to the top

'Beware of LTTE suicide bombers in guise of pregnant women'
The Hindu News, Sunday, November 9. Colombo (PTI): A wary Sri Lankan police has cautioned the public against LTTE female suicide bombers disguised as harmless looking pregnant women, beggars or old people in the Island country... Back to the top

CPI asks Centre to change policy towards Sri Lanka
The Economic Times, 9 Nov 2008. NEW DELHI: The CPI asked the Centre to change its policy towards Sri Lanka and demanded that India intervene and stop the "war" in the island nation and insist for a political solution to the over 25-year-old ethnic crisis in that country... Back to the top

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