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India will try for a political solution in Sri Lanka: Manmohan
HINDU, dec 3. NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India would do everything possible to find a political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue in view of their sufferings due to the ongoing fight between the armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

He gave this assurance on Tuesday to an all-party delegation of MPs from Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, belonging to both the Houses of Parliament, led by Union Shipping Minister and DMK parliamentary party leader T.R. Baalu. They had called on him here seeking the Centre’s “more serious intervention” to bring about a ceasefire in the island nation.

DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, who briefed the media, said the Prime Minister expressed his concern over the plight of Tamils in the war-affected areas When the MPs complained that the food, medicines and other relief materials sent by India had not reached the affected Tamils properly, Dr. Singh said he would take up the matter with Colombo, she said. Ms. Kanimozhi replied in the negative when asked whether the delegation wanted a time frame to bring about a ceasefire. She was positive that something would be done by India on the issue immediately going by the feelings expressed by Dr. Singh. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Dec 2 21:43:04 EST 2008

Suspected Tamil Tiger appeals extradition, 2 Dec 2008. December 2, 2008 10:53 PM - A Malton man charged in connection with a North American network that police allege provides weapons to a terrorist group in Sri Lanka has been ordered extradited to the U.S.

However, Ramanan Mylvaganam, 31, will remain in Canada while he appeals the extradition order imposed earlier this fall by a Federal Court judge, according to Justice Canada.

Mylvaganam remains in custody, and a date to hear his appeal has yet to be set.

Mylvaganam, a computer engineering student at University of Waterloo who came to Canada from Sri Lanka in 1992, was arrested on Aug. 22, 2006 at his Derry Rd. E. apartment by the RCMP. He was picked up on a provisional warrant at the request of American authorities.

One month later, Mylvaganam was granted bail and returned to More...
Published: Tue Dec 2 23:32:31 EST 2008 Back to the top

Lanka minister calls for investing in homeland
gulftimes, Dec 3. Sri Lanka’s visiting Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Dr Sarath Amunugama urged his compatriots in Qatar to look at possibility of investing in the home country. The minister was addressing a meeting at Marriott. Organised by the Sri Lankan Coordinating Committee, the meeting was also attended by the Sri Lankan business community in Qatar. He discussed the problems faced by the business community in running businesses in this country. He was briefed on the steps that were needed to be taken to improve their respective businesses. The minister promised the audience to look into their plea and take it up with the concerned authorities. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Dec 2 21:41:23 EST 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka says military seizes rebel-held village
Associated Press, Tue December 2, 2008 10:42 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers seized a rebel-held village, destroyed four guerrilla bunkers and captured another in separate clashes in the island's northeast, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Troops capture fresh LTTE-held town in north: Sri Lanka, 1/12/2008. Sri Lankan troops backed by artillery and mortar bombardment Monday captured yet another Tamil Tiger rebel stronghold amid fierce resistance, defence authorities said here... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s white van syndrome, Monday, 1 December 2008. The Sri Lankan government claims to be on the verge of delivering a knockout blow to the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Lankan troops destroy key LTTE bunkers in Kilinochchi: Army, 2 Dec 2008. Colombo, Dec 2 (PTI) Sri Lankan security forces inflicted heavy damages on the LTTE, including destroying key bunkers, as the army pushed ahead in its effort to capture rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi, the military said today... Back to the top

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