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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 govt has public backing for war on Tigers: survey, Wed Dec 10 12:49:26 CET 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — The Sri Lankan government has overwhelming public support for its war against the Tamil Tigers, and most people believe the rebels will soon be defeated, an opinion poll published Wednesday shows. The privately run research group TNS Lanka said close to 75 percent of people questioned said they are "firmly in favour of military action, seeing it as the only route to wipe out terrorism." More than half the respondents also believed the war -- which has been raging in varying degrees of intensity since 1972 -- will be over by the end of next year. Some 91 percent of those polled did not believe the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) represented the minority ethnic Tamil community. The group questioned 500 people living outside the northern conflict zone between October and November. More...
Published: Wed Dec 10 06:45:01 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

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

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

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

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