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0. Sri Lanka regrets army chief's remarks: India
0, dec 10. With Sri Lanka Army chief Sarath Fonseka's derogatory remarks against Tamil Nadu politicians sparking outrage, India Tuesday said that Colombo had expressed regrets and promised to look into the issue.

“Our high commissioner in Colombo took up the issue strongly with the Sri Lankan defence secretary,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told reporters.

The defence secretary is Gothabaya Rajapaksa, a brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The spokesman was responding to a question on remarks by Fonseka dubbing Tamil Nadu politicians as “jokers” for seeking a ceasefire between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Dec 9 21:36:54 EST 2008

Dangers of doing your job well ht.
ht, dec 10. The irony here is like a joke gone sour; senior Tamil journalist JS Tissainayagam, the editor of a monthly magazine who is in jail for nine months now, is held in a prison in the heart of the capital called, well, Colombo Magazine Prison.

The funny part ends there. For Tissainayagam and two of his former colleagues it has been more a tragedy, unfolding rather painstakingly. The only journalist in Sri Lanka to be charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Tissa — as his friends call him — was detained on March 7 when he went to meet his two former colleagues in a police jail. Jasiharan and his wife Valarmathy were the printers of the North Eastern monthly and had already been picked up by the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) of the Lankan police. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Dec 9 21:34:24 EST 2008 Back to the top

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 Back to the top

Five killed as Sri Lanka troops close in on rebel town, 9 Dec 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — At least five Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in fresh fighting in northern Sri Lanka where security forces are closing in on the rebels' political capital, the defence ministry said Tuesday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

State radio: Sri Lankan rebels trapped in single district, 9 Dec 2008. COLOMBO, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Tamil Tiger rebels have been trapped in a single district in Sri Lanka's Northern Province, the state radio said Tuesday.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation quoted defense officials as saying that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels are now entrapped in the Mullaithivu district... 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... Back to the top

Sanath Jayasuriya: Sri Lanka's humble cricketing hero
CNN Asia, 9 Dec 2008. (CNN) -- Growing up in a small Sri Lankan fishing town, cricket changed Sanath Jayasuriya's life... 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

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

Australia defends new refugee laws
Associated Press, Tue December 9, 2008 00:54 EST . ROD McGUIRK - Associated Press Writer - Immigration Minister Chris Evans said Tuesday that conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka - were feeding the people smuggling industry, not Australian policy... 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

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