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Indian ship with relief supply arrives in Colombo
IANS, Nov 16. COLOMBO: An Indian ship carrying 1,700 tonnes of relief assistance for war-affected Tamil civilians in the island-nation's north arrived in the Colombo harbour, Indian diplomats said here Sunday.

The relief material will be distributed primarily through the International Red Cross with the concurrence of the Sri Lankan government.

According the Indian diplomats, the Indian Shipping Corporation ship Contijork, carrying the first consignment of relief assistance, arrived in the Colombo harbour late Saturday.

An Indian official said: "1,700 tonnes of relief assistance has come in 100 containers and the unloading of the aid cargo will commence Monday." More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 16 14:16:06 EST 2008

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Tsunami warning follows strong quake off Indonesia
yahoo, Nov 16. JAKARTA, Indonesia A powerful earthquake struck waters off eastern Indonesia early Monday, generating tsunami warnings for coastlines within 600 miles of the epicenter.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake's preliminary magnitude at 7.5 and said it struck 13 miles beneath the sea. It was centered 54 miles from Gorantalo, a coastal town on Sulawesi island.

Fauzi, an official with the local geological agency who goes by only one name, put the magnitude at 7.7. He did not have any immediate reports of damage or injuries. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 16 13:23:46 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka bombs major rebel northern defense line
Associated Press, Sun November 16, 2008 00:13 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force pounded the Tamil Tiger rebels' main northern defense line Sunday, a day after government forces dismantled the last rebel stronghold on the island's west coast, the military said.

Fighter jets bombed the Tamil separatists' defense line in the Muhamalai area of the Jaffna peninsula, north of the rebels' de facto state early Sunday, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara.

He said the jets also hit rebel artillery and mortar positions in retaliation for rebel shelling of soldiers on Saturday. Nanayakkara said details of damage and casualties were not available immediately.

On Saturday, the military announced it had dismantled the last rebel defense on the island's west coast and secured a land route to government-held Jaffna in a key victory against the guerrillas.

The military has had no land link to the northern peninsula for more than a decade, forcing the government to depend on boats and aircraft for access. The main highway to the peninsula remains under rebel control.

Nanayakkara said the peninsula's main military base no longer falls within the rebel artillery range because of Saturday's gains. Nearly 40,000 soldiers are believed to be housed on the base.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a televised speech on Saturday hailed the military's triumph and urged the rebels to lay down their arms and surrender.

It was not possible to contact rebel officials for comment because most communication lines have been severed. Independent accounts are difficult to obtain from the battlefield because journalists are barred from the war zone.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent state for the country's ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered marginalization by ethnic Sinhalese-controlled governments.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 16 01:16:05 EST 2008 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan military seizes key Tamil stronghold
Associated Press, Sat November 15, 2008 07:25 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops seized a rebel coastal stronghold Saturday, establishing a land link to the ethnic Tamil heartland on Jaffna peninsula in a key victory against Tamil Tiger separatists, the country's president said... Back to the top

Where is Sri Lanka s war heading?
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TULF leader criticises TN resolution on Lanka ceasefire
hindu.com, Sunday, November 16, 2008. Colombo (IANS): A prominent Tamil politician Sunday criticised a resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu legislature seeking a ceasefire in Sri Lanka "as shocking and totally unacceptable"

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Sri Lanka asks Tigers to surrender after taking key town
google.com, nov 15. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka's president on Saturday asked Tamil Tigers to surrender after troops claimed to have recaptured a strategically important town from Tiger rebels following months of heavy fighting... Back to the top

Sri Lankan air strikes in civilian areas unacceptable: Sachar
PTI, 15 Nov 2008. Chennai, Nov 15 (PTI) Former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Rajinder Sachar, today criticised the Sri Lankan air strikes in northern parts in the name of targetting the LTTE, terming them as "unacceptable... Back to the top

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