NEWS - March 2008

Air Force jets pound LTTE sea tiger base - Mullaithivu - Mar31
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AP mines and ammunition uncovered - Welioya front - Mar31
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Wanni liberation operation in progress; 29 terrorists killed - Mar31
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A scene from Prabhakaran
The director of the film entitled Prabhakaran, gave up his hospital bed protest fast and proceeded to Gemini Color Laboratories, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu to obtain his robbed film by a suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) instigated mob. - Mar31
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Pilleyan to contest under UPFA - Mar31
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LTTE should denounce violence - EROS Gen Secy - Mar31
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Prime Minister completes successful visit to Israel, Palestine and Jordan - Mar31
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13 terrorists killed as troops continue surge in Wanni and North - Mar30
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Troops destroy two LTTE bunkers; dominate 700m neck of land - Mar30
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COMMANDER OF THE ARMY Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka met senior ground Commanders in Wanni area Saturday (29) morning at the Security Forces Headquarters- Wanni (SFHQ-W).

Prabhakaran director gives up fast - Mar30
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No move against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council - Mar30
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SLFP Deputy Chairman of Monaragal Pardesheeya Sabha assassinated - Mar30
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Indian Navy warns fishermen not to venture into Sri Lankan territorial waters - Mar29
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SLAF raids LTTE explosive dump - Iranamadhu - Mar29
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Film Director Thushara Peiris starts a fast unto death demanding back his robbed ‘Prabakaran’- Mar29
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SL voice in support of NAM's resolutions at Human Rights Council - Mar29
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Prime Minister holds talks with Jordanian premier - Mar29
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New Chairman, Directors for SriLankan Airlines - Mar29
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Services of the UNICEF Consultant terminated - Mar29
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Summary of Cabinet Decisions
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Air Force warplanes destroy LTTE training facility and Radar post in Wanni - Mar28
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Wanni liberation operation in progress; LTTE suffer heavy damages - Mar28
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Director of ‘Prabakaran’ film assaulted in Chennai for portraying the ruthless LTTE leader in a bad light - Mar28
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Abducted fishermen escapes terror clutches under fire, 3 killed and 3 injured - Mar27
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Air Force pounds terror targets in Mannar and Kilinochchi - Mar27
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2 Police personnel killed, 5 injured in LTTE claymore blast in Batticaloa - Mar27
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16 Terrorists killed Jaffna/Vavuniya/Mannar - Mar27
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26 civilians seek protection with security forces fleeing LTTE hardships - Mar27
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Terrorist killed in sniper attack: 88AP mines recovered - Mannar - Mar27
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Queen of the Sinhala Cinema to pursue a new chapter in her life - Mar27
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Global Peace Support Group in UK Exposed As Proxy of LTTE - Mar27
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Navy thwarts LTTE boat movement - Pulmoddai - Mar26
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LTTE 'military storage facility' destroyed in air strikes- Mullaittivu - Mar26
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"Fight terrorism -don't' capitulate to it"- Israel Premier
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President opens the Kelani flyover
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Tamils excluded from LTTE 'peace event' with British MP - Mar26
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11 terrorists killed in clashes - Vavuniya front - Mar25
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Heavy damages to LTTE in yesterday's clashes - Welioya front - Mar25
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Prime Minister in a historic visit to Israel - Mar25
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Nedumaran arrested for demonstrating against Sri Lankan and Indian Governments - Mar25
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Wanni Liberation in progress; over 50 LTTE cadres killed yesterday's clashes - Mar24
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There’s no unwinnable war
Only a mission to crush terrorism
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First Lady’s mother passes away
Ms. Violet Wickremasinghe, Ms. Shranthi Rajapakse’s mother passed away today afternoon in a private hospital in Colombo. She was 78 years old.
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“LTTE trying to create animosity between SL and India”- Minister Fernandopulle - Mar24
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SLAF raids sea tiger coordinating facility-Mullaittiuvu - Mar23
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Air strikes at LTTE sea tiger base - Mullaittiuvu - Mar23
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Navy Fast Attack Craft sinks in mystery blast; 6 crewmembers survive - Mar23
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Heavy fighting broke out between the SLA and LTTE terrorists in general area Southeast of Adampan, Mannar as troops overran 8 LTTE bunker defences killing over 22 terrorists and injuring at least 26 others during the early hours on Saturday (March 22). more --->

Jaffna Security Situation Assessed by Army Commander - Mar23
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TMVP Leader Pillaiyan Refutes Cock and Bull Gibberish of UNP Leaders Facing Certain Defeat at PC Elections - Mar23
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Army bus caught to LTTE pressure mine - Mannar - Mar22
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Wanni ops continue; 24 terrorists killed, 14 injured in yesterday's clashes - Mar22
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Army elites ambush LTTE vehicle, destroy two bunkers- West of Omantahi - Mar22
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Mangala’s mother passes away - Funeral on Monday - Mar22
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Re-deployment of forces, police not political:Govt - Mar22
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Who is behind the buzz against relocating STF?
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STF hunts down LTTE terrorists in Ampara - Mar21
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35 terrorists killed in clashes on Tuesday - Mar21
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Wanni ops continue; at least 21 terrorists killed in yesterday's clashes - Mar21
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On Good Friday, Jesus Christ was executed by crucifixion. His body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave. The tomb was guarded and an enormous stone was put over the entrance, so that no-one could steal the body. On the following Sunday, some women visited the grave and found that the stone had been moved, and that the tomb was empty. Jesus himself was seen that day, and for days afterwards by many people. His followers realised that God had raised Jesus from the dead. --->

Arthur C Clark's Cultural and Scientific Contributions Were Immense - President Mahinda Rajapaksa Mar21
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Tiger chief's friends in need
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Retired Army General appointed to administer Sri Lanka Rupavahini - Mar21
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TNA withdraws from EP poll at Prabhakaran's instance - Mar21
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35 LTTE cadres killed - Mar20
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19 LTTE killed, 3 wounded in clashes - Mar20
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Sir Arthur C. Clarke no longer with us

Visionary science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke passed away at the age of 90 in Colombo at1.30 on 19th March. Sir Arthur was resident in Sri Lanka several decades.

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Senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member, former minister and parliamentarian Anura Bandaranaike was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Horagolla. Mar20
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US Ambassador Receives Update on Security Affairs - Mar20

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Russia to sell five Mig-29 fighter jets to Sri Lanka’s Air Force - Mar20
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EU urged to take stern action against LTTE front organisations - Mar20

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India installs radar system to curb LTTE infiltration and smugglings - Mar19
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LTTE fund raiser arrested in Canada - Mar19
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More terrorists killed in a confrontation - Mannar - Mar19
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Batticaloa district local government member Ms.Sivageetha Prabakaran sworn in before President Mahinda Rajapaksa. - Mar19
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President moves to stop strike action, pledges security to Rupavahini employees - Mar19
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Wanni liberation continues; 29 terrorists killed in yesterday's clashes - Mar18
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Soldier saves life of Tamil mother in Jaffna - Mar18
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The funeral of the late MP Anura Bandaranaike will be held at Horagolla, the ancestral home of the Bandaranaike family on Wednesday, 19th of March.- Mar18
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Former Sri Lankan deputy speaker Sarath Munasinghe passed away - Mar18
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US State Dept. donates $220,000 worth anti-terrorism equipment to police - Mar18
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More civilians escape terror clutches in Mullaitivu - Mar17
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LTTE training base destroyed in air raid - Mullaittiuvu - Mar16
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Eight Tamil civilians reported to Navy in Mannar - Mar16
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Wanni Tigers Face Severe Food Shortage - Mar16
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The ‘crown prince’ is no more

Anura Bandaranaike passed away at his Colombo residence on 16th of March. The former Speaker and Opposition Leader had been suffering a prolonged illness.
Mr. Bandaranaike, son of two Prime Ministers, S.W. R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike and the brother of Sri Lanka's first woman President, Chandrika Kumaratunga was a colourful politician who was first elected to Parliament in 1977 at the age of 27.


Remove Mervin or strike on Monday! Rupavahin employees tell President - Mar17
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New LTTE TV channel in Italy banned - Mar17
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President Mahinda Rajapakse met with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who attended last Friday's SLFP Central Committee meeting.
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Would they ever dare to make such a recommendation to world powers, and suggest that such world powers negotiate with the terrorist organization ‘Al-Qaeda’? May I ask such delegates whether they see any difference between the terrorist organization ‘Al-Qaeda’ and the LTTE? - Mar16
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US State Dept. Report an extraordinary rendition of events – Dayan Jayatilleka - Mar16
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Ananda Sangaree hits back at Srikantha - Mar16
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SLA, LTTE clash in Welioya: LTTE body recovered - Mar16
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5 LTTE bunkers destroyed, 3 killed in Mannar front - Mar15
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LTTE downfall continues in Wanni front: 27 killed in fighting - Mar15
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I was a child recruit of the LTTE at age 14 and no one came to my aid. At that time unfortunately there was no local or international agency to speak on my behalf and take me back to enable me to join my family and lead a normal life. Nor did the U S State Department and Ranil Wickremesinghe - Mar15
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Protect Rupavahini employees
Fifth SLRC employee attacked: Sri Lanka Minister's revenge continues
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Another SLRC employee attacked by thugs
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Rupavahini employees to stop telecasts
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Government to crack down on those responsible for attacking state TV employees
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Eastern Provincial Council elections in May - Mar15
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FM strongly protests US State Department's Human Rights Report - Mar15
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China lashes out at US for hypocrisy: accuses of world's largest "HR tragedy" - Mar15
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Demonstration of "double standards": Russia refutes U.S HR allegations - Mar15
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Sebaliya - Variety concert was held at The Besen centre in Burwood-Victoria on 9th of March. Proudly organised by "Pilisarana" in aid of Ex-Army Women's Association in Sri Lanka. Founder Major Ramani Kangaraarachchi participated as the chief guest of this colourful event.

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LTTE receives heavy beating in Wanni clashes: 28 killed, 49 wounded - Mar14
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"Absence of violence & tight security prominent features of Batticaloa election" says PAFFREL - Mar14
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Sri Lanka to stop sending women overseas as housemaids - Mar14
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Sri Lanka opposes Taiwan independence - Mar14
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UNP splits with Batticaloa election result - Mar14
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Summary of cabinet decisions
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SLAF pounds 3 LTTE bases - Mannar - Mar13
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Troops surge into LTTE defences, 30 killed in Mannar - Mar13
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Wanni liberating operation in progress; 35 terrorists killed 6 injured - Mar13
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COMMANDER OF THE ARMY Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka during his official tour in India last week was not without surprises, particularly when he visited Buddhist sacred places in Bodh Gaya, Mahabodhi temple and Saranath. Those sites were packed with devotees at the time of his visit.
Sri Lankan pilgrims to those places, unmoved by the heavy security blanket that rang the visiting military chief, went closer to him and held his hands warmly, and in some instances, some even knelt down before him in a moving gesture of affection and sheer respect for what he has been doing to rid their motherland of terrorism. - Mar13
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To eliminate terrorism from Sri Lanka, India pledges maximum support - Mar13
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A triumph for democracy - Mar13
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Prabakaran, Pottu Amman and other key LTTE leaders indicted in the murder of Lakshman Kadirgamar - Mar13
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Felicitation ceremony for Mr Gunathilaka Banda, The Vice Principal of Ceylon German Technical Training Institiute, was held at Kealba, Victoria on 10th of March. Mrs. Gunathilake Banda is also in the picture.

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LTTE is moving to an "Irreversible" "Final Collapse" - Mar12
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Twenty civilians escape the tiger grip - Mar12
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Sea Tiger Deputy, four others killed - Mar12
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Space shuttle Endeavour lifts off its launch pad at 2:28 a.m. EDT on 11.3.2008 to start the STS-123 mission to the International Space Station. - Mar12
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A medical clinic was conducted on March 09 for the benefit of the civilian population living in Vidiththapalai, Tharusikulam, Ketpeli, Palavi, Ushan and Vellalathokkai, the Grama Niladhari divisions nos. 1332 - 1337 in the area controlled by the detachment hqrs 525 of the Brigade 35 under the guidance of Major General G.A. Chandrasiri, Commander Jaffna. - Mar12
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15th SAARC summit in Colombo on July 17th - Mar12
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Batti elections: 67% voter turnout, TMVP secures 8 local councils - Mar12
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Liberation of East Completed, Overwhelming Response by People - Mar12
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LTTE targets innocent civilians - Wellawatta - Mar11
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Heavy clashes reported in Mannar; Eight LTTE bunkers destroyed - Mar11
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STF Ambush LTTE movement 2 terrorists Killed - Sangaman Kanda - Mar11
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Seruwila declared world heritage site - Mar11
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Sri Lanka says ‘No’ to external presence
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China and Pakistan lauds Govt. efforts to safeguard Human Rights - Mar11
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India Pledges Maximum Support for the Anti-Terrorism Drive by Sri Lankan Government - Mar11
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No election-related incidents -- PAFFEREL - Mar11
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Mini Polls 2008, Batticaloa - Mar11
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State Department trains Sri Lankan police officers in counter terrorism to combat LTTE - Mar11
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22 terrorists killed, 24 injured in yesterday's clashes - Mar10
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3 wounded in claymore mine explosion at Galge - Mar9
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Polls campaign ends peacefully - Mar9
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SLA, SLAF launch combined attacks at LTTE defences-Mannar - Mar9
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Army says 38 terrorists killed in yesterday's clashes - Mar8
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120mm heavy mortar gun recovered in Batticaloa - Mar8
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TNA MP Sivanesan was summoned to Kilinochchi by LTTE for secret meeting - Mar8
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LTTE killed TNA Parliamentarian! – Anandasangaree - Mar10
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International Womens Day - March 8
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Batticaloa Poll: First step towards restoring democracy in East - Mar8
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Summary of cabinet decisions
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Now entire Parappakandal with the Troops - Mar7
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Prabakaran was seriously injured after the air attack on his hide out on 26 November. After this attack Prabhakaran has never appeared in public. - Mar7
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Wanni liberation operation continues inflicting heavy damages to LTTE - Mar7
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Two felicitation ceremonies were organized by the Sri Lankans living in the United States of America to honour Petty Officer Bandara of the Sri Lanka Navy for his outstanding brave and courage he showed when he defused a time bomb at the Anuradhapura fair on 10 February 2008. - Mar7
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TNA MP Sivanesan dies in a blast in LTTE dominated Wanni - Mar7
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Rupavahini Corporation staff in a token strike; Chairman slips off - Mar7
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Rotten Vander, a company belonged to UNP MP Ravi Karunanayaka came to a settlement with Anthonian P. Stramiks, a European, to pay back a sum of Euro 144,000 (Rs. 22 million) belonged to Mr. Stramiks, the company was accused of misappropriating. - Mar7
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Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe wins international support, rebuts Lord Brown's criticism - Mar7
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Army conducts search operation for LTTE infiltrators - Mar6
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Two Police personnel injured in claymore mine explosion- Madukanda - Mar6
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Two LTTE operatives arrested in South Indian boat yard - Mar6
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President's Maha Shiva Rathri Day message
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Toys found in terrorist bunker; evidence for LTTE's blatant disregard for civilian lives - Mar6
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Rupavahini librarian attacked with a blade - Mar6
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Illangkowan spills the beans - Mar5
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UK urged to ban LTTE front organisations - Mar5
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LTTE underground artillery storage destroyed - Pooneryn - Mar5
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LTTE fortifications fall as troops advance: 3 bodies recovered- Mannar - Mar5
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'Maradankadawala Yakadaya' is now 104 years old. In 1956, he broke into Maradankadawala Post Office, murdered the Post Master and robbed money. While he was in Police custody, he has bent the iron bars of the cell and escaped. After this incident, he was called 'Yakadaya' (Iron Man). He was guilty for the murder and death sentence was given against him, but later he was released after a period of imprisonment. - Mar5
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Australia to provide equipment to 19 hospitals - Mar5
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Minister sets the record straight on Sri Lanka's human rights situation - Mar5
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UNP Democratic group on Ranil's decision to support 13th amendment to the constitution. - Mar5
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No cause for postponing Batti elections –PAFFEREL Chairman - Mar5
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Troops advancing further; 69 terrorists killed, 28 injured in weekend's clashes - Mar4
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SLAF pounds on LTTE communication base - Oddusudan - Mar4
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President Mahinda Rajapakse addressed a massive rally in Ratnapura.
Former Crickerter and Former UNP Matara District Organaizer Promodaya Wickremesinghe joinned SLFP Rally at Ratnapura.

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Navy saves lives of 71 foreigners lost in the North Eastern Sea - Mar4
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LTTE launches Euro Television: The new Tamil TV channel - Mar4
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British credit card frauds are increasing to fund LTTE terrorism - Mar4
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CRICKET BALL 2008

photo courtesy - Johann Jayasinha
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Modara suicide bomber’s police ally arrested - Mar3
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The Government will continue military action until the last terrorist is gone - president - Mar3
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Prabhakaran may commit suicide, say Sri Lankan leaders - Mar3
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Yet another claymore mine explosion in Vavuniya : Six civilians also among the injured - Mar3
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LTTE terrorists exploded a claymore in Vavuniya : One soldier killed - Mar3
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The Sri Lanka Air Force celebrate its 57thAnniversary - Mar3
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All Set for Eastern Provincial Council Elections - Mar3
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Wanni operations reaching expected targets ahead of time! – Army Commander - Mar2
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Prabhakaran not in Command - Mar2
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Timely action averts disaster - Puttalam - Mar2
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19 terrorists killed in clashes yesterday - Mar2
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last respect
The Police officer who was critically injured in the blast that took place in a house at Kotahena yesterday succumbed to his injuries - Mar2
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An LTTE suicide bomber has exploded himself when a group of police officers tried to check a room of a three story lodge down Aluth Mawatha at Ibbanwala Watta, in Modara on February 29 morning. - Mar1
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45 terrorists killed and 14 injured in yesterday's clashes - Mar1
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New SLBC chairman - Anusha Pelpita  - Mar1
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George Mark Malloch Brown’s request turned down! - Mar1
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Udawalawe Park re-opens - Mar1
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PM says SL only country providing food to terrorists - Mar1
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SPORTS

Dravid joins 10,000 club - Mar30
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Sri Lanka create history in the Caribbean - Mar28
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Sri Lanka close in on maiden Caribbean win - Mar27
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West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Guyana, 2nd day - Mar24
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An open letter to Ricky Ponting - Mar24
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Warnapura's maiden ton puts Sri Lanka on top - Mar23
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Sri Lanka looks to end winless streak in West Indies - Mar22
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ICC unable to cope with changes in cricket - Mar21
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Sri Lanka 343 for 5 Vs Select XI in Guyana - Mar20
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Sri Lanka named back-up venue for ICC Champions Trophy - Mar20
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ICC Board seeks Imtiaz Patel for post of Chief Executive - Mar19
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Thomian last pair help avert follow on - Mar15
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High scoring draw - 79th Battle of Maroons - Mar11
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CA upset by Harbhajan's remarks - Mar11
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Joes break 36-year-old jinx - Mar10
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Tendulkar and Praveen inspire India to series triumph - Mar5
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CB series - Sri Lanka V Australia - Melbourne
Photos courtesy Johann Jayasinghe
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Magnificent Tendulkar seals victory - Mar3
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Jayasuriya seals a thriller for Lankans - Mar1
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A Guard of Honour for Murali - Mar1
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