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Lanka may ban Tamil Tigers soon: PM, November 20. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka has said the government may ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) even before the people ask for it amid continued fighting in the north.

According to reports in the state-run media, Wickramanayaka said on Tuesday that the ruling coalition headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which has been carrying forward the military campaign against the Tamil Tigers at the request of the people, could ban the Tamil Tigers before people "requested for it".

"The government continued the humanitarian operation launched from Mavil Aru because the people requested it. Now the government may even proscribe the LTTE before the people requested for it," the state-run Daily News on Wednesday quoted him as saying in a discussion on state-run radio. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 19 20:36:59 EST 2008

Charity funding terror: Sri Lanka
National Post, 19 Nov 2008. TORONTO -- Liberty Square Shopping Plaza has a South Asian convenience store and a branch of the Toronto Public Library, but the tenant that has brought this busy strip mall international notoriety is upstairs above a jewellery store.

The Tamils Rehabilitation Organization works out of a cramped second-floor office with a big Canadian flag over the window. And while its official mission is humanitarian, governments in three countries suspect it serves a shadier purpose.

RCMP counterterrorism investigators and Canada Revenue Agency charity regulators accuse the group of having ties to the Sri Lankan separatist guerrillas called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, better known as the Tamil Tigers.

"We believe that there are reasonable grounds for conce More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 19 23:01:28 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan refugees continue to suffer
Express, November 20. TIRUNELVELI: The Sri Lankan refugees accommodated at a refugee camp at Naranammalpuram near Tirunelveli are living in an unhygienic and deprived environment for the past 19 years.

The Lankan refugee camp at Naranammalpuram has 227 families constituting 830 persons. The camp has two partitions with 115 families living on one side.

An old godown has been converted into the camp and a hall in the godown has been divided into 115 small units each housing a family consisting of minimum four members.

The walking space between each unit is just a few inches -- enough for one person at a time. The remaining families reside in small huts on the other side of the godown. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 19 20:33:54 EST 2008 Back to the top

Peace a priority for Sri Lanka envoy, November 19, 2008. Sri Lankan High Commissioner Dayananda Perera has one overriding goal for his time in Canada -- to unite the majority Sinhalese and separatist Tamils... Back to the top

Cong wants CPI to clarify Lanka policy, 20 Nov 2008. CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Congress president K V Thangkabalu on Wednesday said the law would take its own course against political parties rendering support to a banned organisation like the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka lender awaits RBI nod to acquire bank in SouthHemang Palan
FE, November 20. The largest private lender of Sri Lanka, Hatton National Bank is likely to acquire an Indian bank that has a chain of branches in southern states of the country if allowed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in the fiscal year 2009-10... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says jets bomb rebel camp
Associated Press, Wed November 19, 2008 01:59 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets bombed a rebel training camp in the north as ground forces waged new battles with Tamil Tiger rebels across the front lines, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

Amnesty slams Sri Lanka, Tigers over civilians in war zone, 19 Nov 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Amnesty International on Wednesday said Sri Lanka was unable to provide for the basic needs of 300,000 people trapped inside rebel-held areas and accused Tiger guerrillas of using them as human shields... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... Back to the top

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

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