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BJP vows to end Lankan Tamils’ plight
Statesman, Nov 18. Chennai, Nov. 18: In its first poll promise to the people of Tamil Nadu, the BJP today said that it would solve the problems of Sri Lankan Tamils, within six months, if the party was elected to power at the Centre. The issue would be dealt with thoroughly in the party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections, state BJP president Mr L Ganesan told reporters here. “Despite, India's opposition to a military solution, Sri Lankan president had announced that he would continue the war against Tamils, who are Hindus. Sri Lanka's refusal to stop the war is an insult to the Indian government. This shows that the UPA government is not respected by other countries and the prestige and influence of India have come down, after Manmohan Singh took over as Prime Minister”, he said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 18 22:23:21 EST 2008

Sri Lanka 's military destroys seven Tamil rebel boats
Associated Press, Mon November 17, 2008 23:16 EST . Colombo (dpa) Sri Lanka - 's Navy and Air Force jointly destroyed a cluster of Tamil rebel boats off the island's north-eastern coast on Tuesday morning, killing at least six rebels, military officials said.

Fighting broke out after the Sri Lanka - Navy's elite Special Boat Squadron (SBS) confronted a cluster of sea tiger boats off Nayaru, more than 370 kilometres north-east of Colombo, shortly before dawn.

The navy destroyed two of the boats while the air force, which were called in to support the sailors, destroyed five of the boats fleeing the area.

The navy said that they suffered no damage or injuries.

On Monday, security forces captured a fishing village in the Nayaru area.

Government troops have intensified their operations against the rebels after capturing some strategic areas last Saturday. One of the areas captured was a coastal village in the north-western part of the country known as Pooneryn and another was Mankulam located on a key highway to the north.

Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has extended the services of the Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka for another year, though he was due to retire in December. dpa ad pw
Published: Tue Nov 18 12:48:35 EST 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lankan military says it sinks 2 rebel boats
Associated Press, Tue November 18, 2008 03:42 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan naval forces backed by helicopter gunships attacked a group of rebel boats early Tuesday, sinking two and killing six Tamil Tiger sailors, the military said. The battle erupted in Nayaru Lagoon on Sri Lanka - 's northeast coast, just south of the rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu, when navy forces attacked seven Tamil Tiger boats, the military said in a statement.

The navy sank two rebel boats and severely damaged a third, killing six rebel sailors, the military said.

As the remaining rebel boats fled to shore to be hauled out of the water, attack helicopters pounded them with airstrikes, it said.

The military also launched airstrikes in other parts of the north, sending helicopters to attack a rebel gathering point in Kilinochchi district early Tuesday, the military said.

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

Meanwhile, ground battles continued across the war front, with troops attacking Tamil Tiger fighters in the Jaffna, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi fronts and destroying several rebel bunkers, the military said.

The rebel-affiliated Web site TamilNet said the military targeted the town of Paranthan with an artillery barrage Monday, killing a civilian a 24-year-old man and wounding six others, including two elderly men.

In recent months, the government has pushed the rebels out of large swathes of territory they once held in the north and vowed to crush the group and end the island nation's civil war.

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.
Published: Tue Nov 18 06:51:27 EST 2008 Back to the top


Obit - Ven HIGGODA KHEMANANDA, 78
SILIVE , Nov 18. Buddhist monk served in Elm Park, NY Saturday, November 15, 2008 Staten Island Advance STATEN ISLAND, N... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says its soldiers seize key rebel town
Associated Press, Mon November 17, 2008 07:24 EST . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers captured a town straddling crucial rebel supply routes Monday and crossed a highway that had served as a symbolic barrier between the Tamil Tigers and the advancing troops, the military said... Back to the top

Another LTTE base falls to advancing Sri Lankan Army
hindu.com, 17 Nov 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Monday claimed to have captured another LTTE base west of the A-9 Main Road in the Mankulama area in Mullathivu district... Back to the top

Army seizes more LTTE areas in Lankan offensive
ptinews.com, Nov 17 . Colombo, Nov 17 (PTI) Advancing Sri Lankan troops today made further inroads into tiger strongholds capturing the strategic town of Mankulam just adjacent to their prized goal of Kilinochchi as reports said a worried LTTE was sending its top commanders to the battlefront... Back to the top

SCENARIOS-Where is Sri Lanka s war heading?
reuters.com, Mon Nov 17, 2008. COLOMBO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military this weekend took control of the entire western coast for the first time since 1993, sparking renewed talk that President Mahinda Rajapaksa will use the boost to call an early parliamentary election... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops capture strategic LTTE bastion
Hindustan Times, 17 Nov 2008. Sri Lankan troops on Monday captured another strategic town held by the Tamil Tigers in the island's north, inflicting heavy losses on the rebels, the defence ministry announced... Back to the top

Troops capture key rebel-held areas in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon November 17, 2008 05:40 EST . - - Colombo (dpa) Government troops captured key rebel-held areas in northern Sri Lanka - on Monday as security forces intensified ground and airstrikes after taking control of a strategic coastal town in the region, military officials said... Back to the top

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