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Sri Lanka : 7 killed, 98,000 displaced by floods
Associated Press, Sat November 29, 2008 08:56 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Floods caused by days of heavy rains killed at least seven people, left four soldiers missing and displaced tens of thousands in insurgency-ravaged northern Sri Lanka - , officials said Saturday. An additional 10,000 people have become homeless because of the floods in the rest of Sri Lanka - , Ekanayake said.

The government plans to send emergency aid and shelter materials, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said.

Aid agencies were evicted from rebel-held territory in September by the government, which said it could not guarantee their security amid the fighting.
Published: Sat Nov 29 09:16:11 EST 2008

Sri Lanka: air force bombs rebel positions, November 29, 2008. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka's air force carried out a series of attacks against Tamil Tiger rebel targets, including a heavy gun position and a guerrilla training camp, while a separate infantry clash killed four guerrillas, the military said Saturday.

It said jets bombed the gun position in the rebel headquarters of Kilinochchi on Friday and the training camp in Visvamadu village on Saturday.

Also Saturday, helicopters bombed a group of rebels who were trying to stop soldiers from reaching Paranthan, a strategic crossroads north of Kilinochchi, it said in a statement.

Pilots claimed success in all the attacks, the military said, without giving casualty details.

Meanwhile, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said soldiers captured Otiyamalai village in the northeastern Mullaitivu district Saturday in a move that could make several other rebel bases unstable and prove crucial for the military's march deeper into rebel territory.

Soldiers also killed four guerrillas and beat back a counterattack in Mullaitivu district, he said.

Rebel officials could not be reached for comment. It is difficult to verify battlefield reports because most reporters are barred from the war zone.

The government has vowed to crush the rebels to end their decades-old separatist war. It says its forces are closing in on Kilinochchi, the rebels' de facto capital, while other troops are advancing toward the rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu on the northeastern coast.

The rebels have been forced to give up large swathes of territory in heavy battles over the past several months.

The Tamil Tigers have fought a 25-year civil war to carve out an independent state for the country's ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered marginalization by successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence. More...
Published: Sat Nov 29 09:29:49 EST 2008 Back to the top

Lanka repairing Jaffna re-link on crash basis, Nov 28, 2008. Colombo: After capturing the crucial land route to the embattled Jaffna province, Sri Lankan government is fast-tracking repair work on the highway, allocating USD 4.5 million or SLR 500 million, to make it usable for commercial and defence purposes.

"Thousands of dollars will be saved by the Sri Lanka government once the 81 km long A-32 land route linking the Northern peninsula with the rest of the country is rendered usable," a senior official said.

The absence of land route had necessitated the supply of essential commodities as well as defence requirements into the north through sea or air leading to immense expenditure on fuel and other related imported items.

A sum of 500 million Sri Lankan rupees has been allocated to expeditiously repair the A-32 land route that links the Northern peninsula with the rest of Sri Lanka, Defence Spokesman and senior cabinet minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.

Accordingly, swift measures have been taken to develop the highway system which will avert difficulties experienced due to the unavailability of a land route especially for Jaffna civilians to move to the other parts of the country, he said. More...
Published: Sat Nov 29 11:31:53 EST 2008 Back to the top

India not to remove ban on LTTE, Friday, November 28. New Delhi (IANS): India has no intention of lifting the ban on Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers, official sources said Friday... Back to the top

UN aid agencies bring relief to flood-hit northern Sri Lanka, 29 Nov 2008. 28 November 2008 – Three United Nations agencies are offering relief to tens of thousands of Sri Lankans who have been displaced from their homes after floods struck at least five districts in the north of the island nation this week... Back to the top

S.Lanka court suspends oil hedge, minister-lawyers
Reuters, 28 Nov 2008. COLOMBO, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court suspended the oil minister and halted payments to banks stemming from a hedging deal that could cost the state oil company hundreds of millions of dollars, lawyers said on Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : air force bombs rebel positions
Associated Press, Sat November 29, 2008 05:30 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force carried out a series of attacks against Tamil Tiger rebels, including a heavy gun position and a guerrilla training camp, the military said Saturday... Back to the top

“A reminder of LTTE methods”, Saturday, Nov 29, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told Parliament on Friday that the government is confident that LTTE chief Velupillai Prabakaran’s overtures to India while delivering his “Hero’s Day” speech on Thursday will not have any takers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 5 rebels killed in fighting
Associated Press, Fri November 28, 2008 11:36 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops killed five Tamil Tiger rebels Friday during a latest fighting in the island's civil war, the military said... Back to the top

Cricket's future in jeopardy due to terrorism
Associated Press, Thu November 27, 2008 09:54 EST . RIZWAN ALI - AP Sports Writer - Pakistan has been hit by a spate of bombings to ensure it will finish 2008 without playing a single cricket test, while Sri Lanka's civil war involving the Tamil Tigers has been going for more than 25 years and shows no sign of abating... Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops slowed by rain in battle for Tiger HQ: military, Fri Nov 28 15:23:19 CET 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — Monsoon rains have slowed a military offensive to capture the Tamil Tiger political headquarters in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said on Friday... Back to the top

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