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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

Sri Lanka soldiers seize rebel village in north
Associated Press, Tue November 11, 2008 07:23 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers captured a small village controlled by Tamil separatists in the war-torn northern region on Tuesday, while a separate clash elsewhere killed four insurgents, the military said.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said troops took control of Palavi, a fishing village on the northwestern coast, after a daylong battle.

He did not provide details of casualties in the battle.

Separately Tuesday, soldiers confronted Tamil Tigers in the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi and later found four rebel bodies, Nanayakkara said.

Rebel spokesmen could not be reached for comment because most communication lines to guerrilla territory have been severed.

It was not possible to get independent accounts of the military's claims because most journalists are banned from the war zone.

Fighting has escalated in recent months in the 25-year-old civil war as the military captured a series of rebel bases and large chunks of territory in the north.

Officials have pledged to crush the guerrillas by the end of the year.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered marginalization at the hands of successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Tue Nov 11 13:54:59 EST 2008 Back to the top

No trust on double standard ceasefires of LTTE: Lanka, Tue., 11 Nov., 11, 2008. Colombo, Nov 11 (PTI) Sri Lanka has made it clear that fresh negotiations with the LTTE will be considered only if the outfit lays down arms and said it was the Tamil Tigers who had quit the peace talks five years ago and not the government... Back to the top

SCENARIOS - Where is Sri Lanka s war heading?, Mon Nov 10, 2008 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government on Monday rejected a reiterated Tamil Tiger offer of a ceasefire out of hand, saying surrender or defeat are the only options left now for their opponents in a 25-year-old war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil's issue dominates zero hour of TN Assembly
The Hindu, Tue., 11 Nov., 2008. Chennai (PTI): The Sri Lankan Tamil's issue dominated the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Tuesday, with all political parties highlighting their stand on the issue... Back to the top

11 Tigers killed, troops moving closer to rebel stronghold
Press Trust of India, Tue., 11 Nov 2008. T V Sriram Colombo, Nov 11 (PTI) Fierce battles raged near the Tamil Tiger stronghold of Kilinochchi in conflict-ravaged northern Sri Lanka, killing at least 11 guerrillas, as troops captured a key town west of the rebel 'capital', the military said today... Back to the top

CM 'led' Anuradhapura violence
BBC News, Tue., 11 Nov., 2008. Chief Minister of the North Central Province (NCP) and his son 'actively contributed' to an attack on the property of a leading opposition figure prior to elections, a leading Buddhist monk told courts... Back to the top

Houses to be gifted to war heroes fighting LTTE, Monday, November 10, 2008. Colombo (PTI): As part of incentives and rewards for gallant defence personnel who are serving in the forward areas of the LTTE strongholds, the Sri Lankan government has decided to donate 100 houses to select "war heroes"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov't says military action not against any community
Xinhuanet, Tue., 11 Nov 2008. COLOMBO, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- The top government official in Sri Lankan handling the current military action against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north said on Tuesday that action was not meant to undermine any community.

Gotabhaya Rajapakse, the Ministry of Defense Secretary, who is also the brother of President Mahinda Rajapakse, was quoted as saying by the state radio, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, that present military action was not meant to target the Tamil minority community... 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

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