mullaitivu district

India awaits formal confirmation of Prabhakaran’s death


July 8th, 2009 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) India Wednesday said it is still waiting for a formal response from Sri Lanka confirming the death of Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and promised continued ... Read more...

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Celebrations in Sri Lanka as news of Prabhakaran’s death spreads


May 18th, 2009 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 18 (IANS) LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's death, bringing down the curtains on his 25-year-old armed struggle for a separate Tamil state, sparked off celebrations in the island nation Monday. People poured ... Read more...

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LTTE defeated, Sri Lanka free from terror: army chief


May 18th, 2009 - 4:44 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 18 (IANS) Sri Lankan armed forces have "militarily defeated the LTTE and freed the nation from three decades of terror", army chief Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka said Monday after ... Read more...

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Civilians in war zone will be rescued: Rajapaksa (Lead)


May 15th, 2009 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 15 (DPA) President Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared that all civilians caught in fighting in a shrinking strip of land held by Tamil Tigers in northeastern Sri Lanka would be rescued ... Read more...

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Civilians in war zone to be rescued in 48 hours: Sri Lankan president


May 15th, 2009 - 10:03 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 15 (DPA) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that all civilians caught in fighting in a shrinking strip of land held by Tamil separatist rebels in northeast Sri Lanka ... Read more...

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Civilians flee war zone as Sri Lanka rejects UN pressure (Lead)


May 14th, 2009 - 7:11 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 14 (DPA) More than 1,000 civilians have fled Tamil Tigers-held areas in north-eastern Sri Lanka Thursday, a military spokesman said. At least 1,000 civilians escaped the combat zone by crossing a ... Read more...

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Aid workers killed in Sri Lanka war zone (Lead)


May 13th, 2009 - 6:38 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 13 (DPA) A volunteer doctor and a Red Cross worker were killed Wednesday in fighting in northeastern Sri Lanka as civilian casualties mounted in the region where government troops are ... Read more...

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Tamil Tigers attempt suicide attack on Sri Lankan troops


May 13th, 2009 - 12:12 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 13 (DPA) An attempt by Tamil separatist rebels to carry out a suicide attack on government troops by sea off northeast Sri Lanka was foiled Wednesday with security forces sinking ... Read more...

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Troops enter ’safety zone’ in Sri Lanka (Lead)


May 12th, 2009 - 4:14 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 12 (DPA) Troops have entered a 'safety zone' which has been demarcated for civilians fleeing the Tamil Tigers-held area in north-eastern Sri Lanka, a move aimed at rescuing civilians trapped ... Read more...

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India reviews coastal security to check LTTE


May 11th, 2009 - 9:30 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) India Monday took stock of the coastal security to prevent the Tamil Tigers from infiltrating into the country amid the war in Sri Lanka. Defence Minister A.K. Antony ... Read more...

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UN calls Sri Lanka fighting ‘bloodbath’ for civilians


May 11th, 2009 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 11 (DPA) The UN Monday described heavy shelling in northeastern Sri Lanka as a "bloodbath" after over 400 people were killed and more than 1,200 injured in fighting between the ... Read more...

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49 Tamil Tigers killed in Sri Lanka (Lead)


May 9th, 2009 - 8:56 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 9 (IANS) At least 49 Tamil rebels, including 14 Sea Tigers, were killed in two clashes with Sri Lankan forces, the defence ministry said Saturday. Two Sea Tiger boats, including an ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan military shrinks ’safety zone’ for civilians


May 9th, 2009 - 1:01 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 8 (DPA) The Sri Lankan military has shrunk a "safety zone" for civilians in the northeastern part of the island where government troops are continuing their operations to rescue thousands ... Read more...

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War with LTTE rapidly nearing its end: Rajapaksa (Lead)


May 7th, 2009 - 9:13 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 7 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday said the fight-to-finish military campaign against the Tamil Tigers was fast nearing its end as the troops are gaining ground into the ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan military claims rebels cornered in shrinking enclave


May 5th, 2009 - 2:47 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 5 (DPA) Government troops have confined Tamil Tigers to a 4.5 sq km strip in northeastern Sri Lanka where a final battle to rescue civilians trapped in the area is ... Read more...

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23 Sea Tigers killed as Sri Lankan Navy foils suicide attack (Lead)


May 1st, 2009 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 1 (IANS) At least 23 Sea Tigers were killed and three of their boats were destroyed when the Sri Lankan Navy foiled a LTTE suicide attack on its vessels patrolling ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan Navy kills 23 rebels


May 1st, 2009 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 1 (Xinhua) At least 23 Tamil Tigers were killed when the Sri Lankan Navy destroyed their boats off the coast of northeastern Mullaitivu district, an official said Friday. Navy spokesman Mahesh ... Read more...

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Rajapaksa rules out truce with Tamil Tigers


April 30th, 2009 - 6:44 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 30 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday ruled out halting the fight-to-finish military campaign against the Tamil Tigers and said the time was running out for the rebels to ... Read more...

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Army operations will continue: Sri Lankan president


April 30th, 2009 - 11:44 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 30 (DPA) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared that "humanitarian operations" by the military to rescue civilians held hostage by Tamil rebels will continue unabated, a state-run newspaper said ... Read more...

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British, French foreign ministers arrive in Colombo (Lead)


April 29th, 2009 - 1:04 pm ICT by IANS
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, April 29 (IANS) British and French foreign ministers arrived in Sri Lanka Wednesday on a day-long trip to discuss with Colombo the humanitarian situation in the island's north where ... Read more...

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More LTTE strongholds captured after pre-dawn attack: Sri Lanka


April 28th, 2009 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 28 (IANS) Troops forcing their way deep into the last Tamil Tiger stronghold in the northeastern Mullaitivu district have captured "two heavily fortified defence positions" after launching pre-dawn attacks, defence ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka army launches airstrikes: Tamil rebels (Lead)


April 28th, 2009 - 5:35 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 28 (DPA) Tamil rebels Tuesday accused Sri Lankan troops of breaking assurances the army would refrain from using heavy weaponry while an estimated 50,000 civilians remain trapped in the last ... Read more...

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Amid Tamil Nadu drama, Sri Lanka ends ‘combat operations’ (Roundup)


April 27th, 2009 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo/Chennai, April 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka Monday called off months of "combat operations" that have pushed the Tamil Tigers to a corner and led to international concern over widespread civilian suffering, ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka refutes reports of ceasefire offer


April 27th, 2009 - 8:07 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka Monday flatly rejected reports of making a ceasefire offer and said that the "media illusionists" have twisted the government statement on its decision "to stop using ... Read more...

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Karunanidhi ends fast as Sri Lanka ends ‘combat operations’ (Third Lead)


April 27th, 2009 - 3:02 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai/Colombo, April 27 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi ended Monday a hunger strike in support of a ceasefire in Sri Lanka after Colombo said it was ending "combat operations" ... Read more...

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Tamil rebels resume fighting after truce call rejected (Lead)


April 27th, 2009 - 2:15 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 27 (DPA) Sri Lankan military and Tamil rebels started fighting again around the last LTTE-held area in north-eastern Sri Lanka, where thousands of civilians remain trapped, after the government rejected ... Read more...

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Military push for last LTTE area in Sri Lanka: Rebels


April 27th, 2009 - 11:48 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 27 (DPA) Government forces have stepped up operations to capture the last LTTE-held area in northern Sri Lanka after rejecting a unilateral ceasefire offered by the Tamil Tigers, a ... Read more...

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Troops capture more LTTE-held areas, UN official reaches Colombo (Lead)


April 26th, 2009 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 26 (IANS) Troops Sunday captured more LTTE-held areas as a senior UN official arrived in Sri Lanka to assess the needs of tens of thousands of civilians who fled the ... Read more...

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UN humanitarian chief arrives in Sri Lanka


April 26th, 2009 - 10:15 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 26 (DPA) UN Humanitarian Affairs chief Sir John Holmes has arrived in Sri Lanka to assess the needs of tens of thousands of civilians who fled rebel-held areas or remain ... Read more...

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UN envoy to visit Sri Lanka as civilians trapped in fighting


April 25th, 2009 - 7:45 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 25 (DPA) UN humanitarian chief John Holmes was scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka Saturday as civilians remained in the last rebel-held areas in the northeast, while thousands of others ... Read more...

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Plight of trapped Sri Lankan civilians worsens (Lead)


April 24th, 2009 - 6:13 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 24 (DPA) The plight of civilians trapped in a narrow coastal land strip in northern Sri Lanka worsened Friday amid shortages of food and medicine and ongoing fighting between troops ... Read more...

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Troops fight their way into last LTTE-held areas


April 24th, 2009 - 3:29 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 24 (DPA) Government troops fought their way into some of the last Tamil rebel-held areas in north-eastern Sri Lanka Friday, with special focus on locating the hideout of the rebel ... Read more...

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Prabhakaran still in Sri Lanka, vows to fight on


April 24th, 2009 - 1:10 pm ICT by IANS
By P. Karunakharan Kilinochchi, April 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka's feared Tamil Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is still holed up in a coastal strip in the north and has told his cadres that he ... Read more...

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Prabhakaran has spurned last chance of pardon: Rajapaksa


April 22nd, 2009 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 22 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday warned that Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran will now have to "face consequences for his acts" against the state during the past ... Read more...

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Two LTTE leaders surrender, over 95,000 flee war zone (Second Lead)


April 22nd, 2009 - 6:44 pm ICT by IANS
By P. Karunakharan Colombo, April 22 (IANS) Two second-rung leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) surrendered to the Sri Lankan military as the civilians fleeing the no-fire-zone in the rebel-held ... Read more...

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