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DECEMBER 31, 2008 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lankan troops capture strategic LTTE town
com, 31 december. Colombo: Government troops have taken control of a strategic town in northern Sri Lanka after weeks of heavy fighting around the area as the army continues its advance into rebel-held areas, military officials said on Wednesday.

Paranthan, a town located 385 km north of the capital, was taken by troops on Wednesday evening as Mi 24 helicopters provided air support to advancing troops.

There were no details of any rebel casualties.

The army gaining control of the area is considered another major setback to the rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE More...
Published: Wed Dec 31 17:47:29 EST 2008

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Sri Lankan held, sat phones meant for LTTE seized
The Times of India, 31 Dec 2008. CHENNAI: The ‘Q’ branch police on Tuesday arrested a 23-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil for helping the LTTE smuggle goods from the state. Dileepan, a native of Jaffna, was arrested from Red Hills and three satellite phones which he had brought from Switzerland were recovered from him. He landed in the police net after sleuths traced the calls he made to an LTTE organiser, Antony, who was under police detention.

Police had arrested Antony, also a Sri Lankan citizen, on Sunday from Madambakkam near Tambaram. The police team recovered eight pieces of GPS equipment, three satellite phones, two cell phone repeaters and 500 kg of ammonium nitrate from his house and also from his friend’s house in Acharapakkam.

Dileepan, who left for Switzerland at the age 17, had been living in that country. He was working in a bakery there, where he got friendly with a person called Rome alia More...
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Sri Lanka offers relief package as lower fuel prices demanded
monsters and critics, 31 december. Colombo - The Sri Lankan government has offered a relief package to the public amidst pressure from opposition parties to reduce fuel prices and lower the cost of living.

The government has reduced fuel and gas prices with immediate effect and offered incentives for garment, tea and rubber exporters as well as the tourism industry as part of the economic measures.

Sri Lanka's two main opposition parties - the United National Party and the Marxist JVP - have been carrying out a strong campaign to reduce fuel prices after the Supreme Court ruled two weeks ago to lower petrol prices by 22 rupees per litre (20 US cents). The government ignored the court ruling and instead announced its own price formula.

Accordingly the price of petrol has been reduced by 2 rupees (less than 2 US cents) per litre and diesel and kerosene by 10 rupees per litre. More...

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Lanka plans to hold polls in war-ravaged north in 2009
ptinews.com, 30 december. Colombo, Dec 30 (PTI) Sri Lanka plans to hold elections in the war-ravaged Tamil dominated north in 2009 after flushing out the LTTE from their strongholds and rehabilitating the displaced people, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said... Back to the top

Lankan government troops take control of strategic rebel town
Associated Press, Wed December 31, 2008 12:28 EST . - - Colombo (dpa) - Government troops have taken control a strategic town in northern Sri Lanka - after weeks of heavy fighting around the area as the army continues its advance into rebel-held areas, military officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Inflation Rate Declines to 18-Month Low
bloomberg.com, Dec 31, 2008. Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's inflation rate fell to the lowest in 18 months in December as food and transport prices eased, giving the central bank room to cut borrowing costs. Consumer prices in Colombo, the capital, rose 14.4 percent from a year earlier, after increasing 16.3 percent in November, the statistics department said today... Back to the top

Heavy clashes as Sri Lanka troops extend defense lines
xinhuanet.com, 2008-12-30. COLOMBO, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Heavy clashes have been reported in Sri Lanka's northern battle front as the troops extended their forward defense lines, Ministry of Defense said here Tuesday. "Heavy clashes have been reported between Army infantrymen and the terrorists in the North of Mulliyawali from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rupee hits all-time low, shares at 4-yr low
reuters.com, 40 december. COLOMBO, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's rupee fell 0.7 percent to an all-time low on Monday before a state bank intervened amid demand for dollars from importers and banks... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels open to peace talks
Associated Press, Wed December 31, 2008 04:43 EST . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger separatists are open to restarting peace talks with the government, despite the continuing military offensive aimed at crushing the group, a senior rebel official said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army bodies handed over
bbc.co.uk, 30 december. Tamil Tiger rebels have handed over the bodies of 17 Sri Lankan army soldiers to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)... Back to the top

PCB: Sri Lanka 's visit clashes with its own tour
Associated Press, Tue December 30, 2008 10:58 EST . - - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) The Pakistan Cricket Board said Sri Lanka - 's proposed itinerary for it to visit clashes with the Pakistanis' tour to Bangladesh in March... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cruises toward win in 1st test
Associated Press, Tue December 30, 2008 04:37 EST . - - Sri Lanka - declared its second innings before lunch at 405-6, anchored by captain Mahela Jayawardene's imperious 166... Back to the top

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