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DMK threatens to withdraw ministers over Lankan issue
ET, nov 15. NEW DELHI: In an attempt to regain his credibility on the Tamil Lankan issue, Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi renewed his call to the Centre to push for an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka and threatened to withdraw DMK ministers from the Union Cabinet.

Pushed to the corner by the Sri Lankan government’s refusal to take a step back from the military offensive and the Centre’s reluctance to appear soft on the LTTE, Mr Karunanidhi has clearly been forced into a corner on the issue. Lashing out at the Centre again, Mr Karunanidhi reissued his threat offering the resignation of DMK ministers from Union Cabinet and demanded a political roadmap for resolution of the ethnic strife.

``Neither DMK nor other parties are heartless enough to ignore sufferings of Tamils in the neighbourhood and cling to power. To press for an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka, our ministers in the central cabinet will quit if needed,’’ Mr Karunanidhi told the state assembly. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 14 22:34:54 EST 2008


Red Cross in charge of Indian aid to Sri Lankan Tamils
hindu, nov 15. COLOMBO: India has approached the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) for delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians caught in areas that are still under the LTTE’s control in Wanni, said the ICRC on Friday.

The Indian request follows an agreement between India and Sri Lanka on October 26 under which Colombo had agreed to India’s request for providing humanitarian assistance to the internally-displaced persons (IDPs). In his meeting with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday in New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh referred to Tamil Nadu sending 2,000 tonnes of food and other materials for IDPs in north Sri Lanka. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 14 22:38:19 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka military: Heavy fighting kills 3 rebels
Associated Press, Fri November 14, 2008 06:00 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government forces fought fierce battles with Tamil separatists in northern Sri Lanka - , killing at least three guerrillas, the military said Friday. With reporters banned from the war zone, Sri Lanka - 's media must rely largely on government and rebel statements for information about the war.

Government forces have tried in recent weeks to capture a key road that runs along the island's west coast, with the aim of opening up a land route to Jaffna peninsula, the cultural capital of the country's ethnic Tamil minority.

Government-controlled Jaffna has been isolated from the rest of the country since 2006, when the government closed the main highway that cuts through rebel territory.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's 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.Discuss this story
Published: Fri Nov 14 09:26:51 EST 2008 Back to the top


Key provincial official shot to death near Colombo
Associated Press, Fri November 14, 2008 04:40 EST . Colombo (dpa) - A key official in the Eastern Province government, which was recently established after Tamil rebels were driven out of the area, was shot to death Friday on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka - 's capital, police said... Back to the top

Pro-LTTE outfit asks India s help to solve Lankan Tamils issue
ptinews.com, Nov 13. New Delhi, Nov 13 (PTI) Pressing for an "acceptable" political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic problem, a pro-LTTE political party of the island nation today sought India's intervention to stop war and suggested it could bring LTTE chief V Prabhakaran "on board" for a negotiated settlement... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: 2 key rebel villages captured
Associated Press, Thu November 13, 2008 09:19 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers captured two key rebel-held coastal villages Thursday and moved closer to taking the country's entire western coast, the military said... Back to the top

17 LTTE cadres killed as army moves closer to Kilinochchi
hindu.com, 14 Nov 2008. Colombo (PTI): Sri Lankan troops today moved closer to the Tamil Tiger stronghold of Kilinochchi capturing new ground after fierce clashes which left 17 LTTE militants dead as the government again ruled out any cease fire saying that the rebels should lay down arms... Back to the top

Can't crush LTTE: Sri Lanka Tamil MPs
IANS, Nov 13. NEW DELHI: The Tamil Tigers cannot be crushed, two Sri Lankan Tamil MPs said Thursday, reacting to claims that the rebels were on the verge of losing the dragging war in the island nation... Back to the top

Fight and flight - The LTTE s air cargo ambitions
janes.com, 13 November 2008. Satellite imagery has revealed a number of runways in LTTE-controlled areas of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Manmohan to discuss LTTE issue with Rajapaksa
in.com, 13 Nov 2008. New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will meet on Thursday on the sidelines of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit in New Delhi... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wants joint policing of Bay of Bengal sea routes
Associated Press, Thu November 13, 2008 06:44 EST . New Delhi (dpa) - Maritime surveillance is required in the Bay of Bengal where sea lanes are being used by terrorists to smuggle arms and drugs, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said at a regional summit in New Delhi Thursday... Back to the top

Amnesty urges release of Sri Lankan journalist
Associated Press, Thu November 13, 2008 06:11 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Amnesty International has urged the release of a Sri Lankan journalist, saying he is a prisoner of conscience who was jailed for writing articles that were critical of the government... Back to the top

India and conflict in Sri Lanka
nation.com.pk, Thursday, November 13, 2008. AS the armed forces of Sri Lanka in their current offensive close in on the last stronghold of (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam) LTTE, feelings of unease and discomfort have begun to run high in New Delhi about its impact on India's Tamil population of southern states, especially Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

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