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DECEMBER 23, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Lankan army captures strategic point near Kilinochchi; 15 LTTE cadres killed
Zee News, 23 Dec 2008. Colombo, Dec 23: At least 15 LTTE cadres were killed as troops captured a strategic area near the rebel headquarters of Kilinochchi in the embattled Northern Sri Lanka, officials said on Tuesday.

Troops engaged in counter-offensives west of Paranthan, consolidated 300 m further southwards along the LTTE-built earth-bund-cum-ditch, capturing a LTTE strong-point, 'Sinna-Paranthan', this morning, the defence ministry said.

According to reports, troops faced stiff resistance from LTTE in the battle for Sinna-Paranthan, which is located six km west of Paranthan Township.

Intercepted rebel communication has confirmed 12 LTTE deaths while many others were also said injured during the clashes, the army quoted security sources as saying.

Meanwhile, troops are continuing clearing operations in the area. More...
Published: Tue Dec 23 08:05:23 EST 2008


Sri Lanka's interim board dissolved, Ranatunga sacked
CricInfo, December 23, 2008. Sri Lanka's sports minister Gamini Lokuge has dissolved the interim administration of Sri Lanka Cricket, headed by Arjuna Ranatunga, saying the situation at SLC demanded an immediate change.

The sports secretary, S Liyanagama, will oversee the SLC administration until a decision is taken - within the next week, Lokuge said - on whether to call for elections or to appoint another interim administration.

"Arjuna Ranatunga has not been cooperating with the company or the players," Lokuge was quoted as saying by PTI. "We tried to sort it out but could not and he has been removed."

The immediate issue was the sacking of 16 SLC employees by Ranatunga last week. At the time, SLC officials explained the decision by saying those sacked were holding positions no longer required by the organisation. However, the decision was apparently taken without informing the minister, directly contravening his order that he be consulted on every move.

"I have been told that my services are no longer required and I will honourably step aside, allowing the person the Minister wishes to bring in to run the show," Ranatunga was quoted as saying by cricketnirvana.com.

Ranatunga, appointed to the post in January 2008, has had a controversial tenure. Perhaps his most controversial decision was negotiating a tour of England by the senior team that would overlap with the second season of the IPL, to which many of the players are contracted. After a protracted tussle, the tour was eventually called off with West Indies slotted in to replace Sri Lanka.

He has been a vocal critic of the IPL, once comparing it once to instant noodles, and sought tighter control for the national board over player contracts with the league. In September, the SLC broke ranks with the official cricketing establishment by deciding to allow five cricketers and an umpire who had signed up for the unauthorised ICL to play domestic cricket. More...
Published: Tue Dec 23 10:38:13 EST 2008 Back to the top


ICRC employee shot and killed in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue December 23, 2008 11:55 EST . - - GENEVA (AP) The international Red Cross says one of its employees has been killed in Sri Lanka - .

The International Committee of the Red Cross says Sivasundaralingam Gangatharan was shot and killed Tuesday while exiting a bus on his way to work in Jaffna.

The front line of a war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels goes through Jaffna district.

The ICRC says in a statement that Gangatharan was the father of two children and had worked for the neutral aid agency since 1999.

It says police are investigating his death.
Published: Tue Dec 23 14:18:58 EST 2008 Back to the top


Battle for Sri Lanka rebel HQ rages, at least 66 die
reuters.com, Mon Dec 22, 2008. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Heavy fighting erupted on Monday as soldiers seized defences around the separatist Tamil Tigers' self-proclaimed capital, killing at least 66 combatants, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka demands rebels allow civilians to leave war zones
Associated Press, Mon December 22, 2008 07:10 EST . - - Colombo (dpa) Sri Lanka - President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday demanded that Tamil rebels release civilians ``held hostage'' in the country's war zones... Back to the top

Rights group asks Sri Lanka to stop detaining war refugees
Reuters, 23 Dec 2008. By Ranga Sirilal

COLOMBO, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government should ensure freedom of movement for civilians fleeing the heavy fighting in the far north and allow the return of aid agencies, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday... Back to the top


S.Lanka s Tigers say no surrender despite setbacks
reuters.com, Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:34pm IST. By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tigers on Tuesday vowed to fight on even if they lose more territory inside the area they want to establish as a separate nation for Sri Lanka's Tamil minority... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers vow to keep fighting
bbc.co.uk, dec 22. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have said they will continue to fight even if they lose their political headquarters town of Kilinochchi... Back to the top

Sri Lankan fighter jets destroy 5 rebel boats
Associated Press, Mon December 22, 2008 08:41 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter jets destroyed five rebel boats in two raids and pounded other guerrilla targets Monday in support of a ground offensive aimed at crushing the Tamil Tigers, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says 67 killed in northern fighting
Associated Press, Mon December 22, 2008 09:09 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military says 67 fighters are dead after a fierce clash that took place close to a northern Tamil Tiger rebel stronghold... Back to the top

Five LTTE militants sent to Poonamalee special camp
ChennaiOnline, 22 Dec 2008. Rameswaram, Dec 22: Five LTTE militants, who came here from Jaffna under the guise of Sri Lankan refugees last month, have been sent to the Poonamallee special camp after questioning by the Q branch of Tamil Nadu police revealed their real identities, a police officer said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, Tamil Tigers, Make Conflicting Battle Claims
com, dec 21. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels say they have killed at least 60 government troops advancing toward the rebel's de facto capital, Kilinochchi... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President says rebels facing ban
xinhuanet.com, 2008-12-22 16:21:36. COLOMBO, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse here Monday warned the Tamil Tiger rebels that they would face a proscription unless they released all civilians who are kept against their will. Rajapakse warned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels that they ought to allow freedom of movement to all Tamil civilians... Back to the top

Sri Lankan jets hit rebels
Associated Press, Mon December 22, 2008 03:34 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan fighter jets attacked a rebel boat off the coast and pounded other rebel targets Monday in support of a ground offensive aimed at crushing the Tamil Tigers, the military said... Back to the top

Advani urged to bring about truce in Sri Lanka
hindu.com, dec 22. New Delhi (IANS): Indian Opposition Leader L.K. Advani was on Sunday urged to bring about a truce in Sri Lanka by a Tamil MP from the island nation... Back to the top

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