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Sri Lankan opposition moves no-faith motion against gov t, Dec. 8. COLOMBO, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition on Monday handed over a motion of no-confidence against the government headed by President Mahinda Rajapakse.

The chief opposition whip Joseph Michael Perera said the motion was handed over to the secretary general of parliament.

Michael said the motion was aimed at highlighting the government's alleged corrupt deals and its waste and mismanagement.

The motion outlined the government's alleged wrong doings in the purchase of MiG aircraft, its wasteful expenditure in setting up a budget passenger airline and the massive losses created by the government decision to hedge the island's petroleum requirements in the international market.

The motion also alleged that the government was using for political purposes the gains made by the security forces in their current military campaign against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north.

Parliamentary sources said no date has been fixed for the no-confidence vote. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Dec 8 20:35:40 EST 2008

TN leaders condemn Lanka army chief calling them jokers
toi, dec 9. CHENNAI: Sri Lankan army commander Sarath Fonseka's controversial remarks against Tamil Nadu politicians, dubbing them political jokers' for demanding a ceasefire in the island nation, has evoked condemnation and outrage from political parties in the state. They demanded that the Centre extract an apology from Sri Lanka.

Chief minister M Karunanidhi said if it was true that the neighbouring country's army chief had uttered some remarks, it was condemnable. "Leaders criticising one another in Tamil Nadu is different, but we cannot accept someone from outside the country saying such things about our leaders," he told reporters here on Monday.

Fonseka, a military hardliner known to have made controversial remarks in the past, had claimed in an interview published in a state-run newspaper in Colombo on Sunday that New Delhi did not want a ceasefire in Sri Lanka, and that the government of India would not listen to political jokers' like (MDMK general secretary) Vaiko and (Tamils National Movement leader) P Nedumaran. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Dec 8 20:37:10 EST 2008 Back to the top

Focus shifts to Mullathivu: Colombo
hindu, dec 9. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan military on Monday claimed that three “senior LTTE cadres” who fought for the outfit for more than a decade have surrendered to Army.

The Defence Ministry said here the three LTTE cadre aged between 25-30 years showed themselves up to soldiers operating in the Pooneryn area and laid down their weapons.

“The surrendered have told the Army that thousands more LTTE cadres are waiting for an opportunity to abandon the terrorist outfit,” the Ministry claimed.

There was no word from the LTTE on the Ministry’s claim.

The Ministry said the “strategic focus” of the counter operations in Wanni shifted from Kilinochchi to Mullathivu battlefront since last week as the troops started sweeping down the A-34 (Mankulam-Mullathivu) road that leads to the last bastion of the LTTE. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Dec 8 20:41:03 EST 2008 Back to the top

33 countries face possible genocide, says report, dec 9. UNITED NATIONS - Genocide and other mass atrocities are underway or risk breaking out in at least 33 countries, says a new comprehensive watch list slated for release Tuesday - the 60th anniversary of the United Nations prevention of genocide convention... Back to the top

Sri Lanka signs off on record war spending, Mon Dec 8, 2008. COLOMBO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's parliament approved a budget on Monday pledging record spending next year on the war with the Tamil Tigers, while troops resumed attacks on the edge of the rebels' headquarters town of Kilinochchi... Back to the top

Military within kissing distance of Kilinochchi: Lanka army, Dec 7. Colombo, Dec 7 (PTI) Sri Lankan troops have inflicted heavy casualties on the LTTE as the army moved within "kissing distances" of the rebels' political capital Kilinochchi in the embattled northern part of the country, officials said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 9 rebels killed in attacks
Associated Press, Mon December 8, 2008 12:13 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers killed nine Tamil Tiger separatists Monday in two major attacks in the island's north and east, the military said... Back to the top

Colombo reports advances into LTTE areas, Dec 07, 2008. OLOMBO: The military on Sunday claimed to be advancing on multi-fronts into parts under LTTE control in Kilinochchi and Mullathivu districts... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seizes bunkers outside rebel capital
Associated Press, Mon December 8, 2008 06:54 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops captured two Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers and destroyed another as they inched closer to the guerrilla's de facto capital of Kilinochchi in the country's north, the Defense Ministry said Monday... Back to the top

India will not listen to jokers in Tamil Nadu: SLA chief
HT, Dec 7. Sri Lankan army (SLA) chief Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka is not known to mince his opinions; some say the opinions sometimes border on indiscretion... Back to the top

Lanka seeks India help to "finish" LTTE faster
TOI, December 7. COLOMBO: Assuring India that innocent Tamils are not being harmed in the ongoing conflict with the LTTE, Sri Lankan Army Chief Sarath Fonseka has sought help from New Delhi in island nation's bid to "finish" the Tiger rebels faster... Back to the top

CMs 'agree' to dissolving PCs
BBC Sinhala News, 7 Dec 2008. Chief Ministers (CMs) in Sri Lanka have given their consent to dissolve some Provincial Councils (PCs), a Chief Minister said... Back to the top

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