NEWS - May 2008



Air Force fighter jets pound LTTE artillery & mortar launching platforms - Poonaryn - May31
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Army captures "Munagam" Tiger base
21 terrorists killed , 11 wounded in yesterday's clashes in North - May31
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UN condemns LTTEs repeated attacks targeting civilians - May31
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Keith Vass steps down after repeated accusations for pro-LTTE behaviour - May31
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6 civilians killed, 20 injured in LTTE artillery attack at Jaffna - May31

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Troops capture LTTE main supply base "Munnagam Base" - Mullaittivu - May30
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WTM is an integral part of LTTE say Canadian police - May30
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SUMMARY OF CABINET DECISIONS
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Felicitation for St Joseph's Coach Harsha de Silva at the KNOX TAVERN by Old Joes Club of Victoria and Sri Lanka Cricket Foundation 25th May 2008 in Melbourne. more
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Shakthi TV correspondent and EPDP member hacked to death - May30
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Thousands Defy Tigers - May29
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18 LTTE killed, 23 wounded in counter terrorist operations - May29
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Navy Chief elaborates SLN role & future strategies at Future Naval Plans 2008- UK - May29
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Aung San Suu Kyi - Burma’s independent leader’s House arrest extended - May29
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'All blasts, no Eelam' - May29
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Seven LTTE cadres killed, fourteen wounded and 400 Ltr Diesel Recovered - May28
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26 terrorists killed in yesterday's clashes in Wanni - May28
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No stop till terrorism is defeated - President Rajapaksa
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Somawansa re-elected Leader of JVP, Vijitha Herath is Information Secretary - May28
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TULF Leader suspects LTTE for both Dehiwala and Kilinochchi bomb blasts - May28
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SLAF launches close air support mission - Mannar front - May27
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An LTTE expert in explosive devices killed in air raid - Mannar - May27
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7 Killed, 73 wounded in LTTE bomb explosion - Dehiwala - May27
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Sri Lanka to launch first ever satellite - May27
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Nimal Siripala De Silva appointed Chairman WHO Executive Committee - May27
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The Governor of Victoria HE Prof David de Kretser presents Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's award to the the Sri Lankan High Commissioner HE Mr Kusumsiri Balapatabendi.
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Prabhakaran should give up demand for Tamil state: US - May26
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Senior U.S. human rights official visits Sri Lanka - May26
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Letter to Jimmy Carter by an ordinary Sri Lanken Citizen - May26
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7 LTTE terrorists killed, 22 wounded in Wanni and Northern clashes - May26
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Another time bomb found in Kandy - May26
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Navy seizes 2100 liters of diesel meant for LTTTE - May26
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Carnage Prevented - May25
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Terror bomb attack at civilians averted- Ganemulla - May25
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13 LTTE terrorists killed in skirmishes at Wanni and North - May25
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Sri Lanka Government increases fuel prices from tonight - May25
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Eastern Chief Ministership to be rotated within the three communities - May25
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No human rights organizations would be allowed in! – Govt. informs UNHRC - May25
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Work on Performing Arts Theatre begins - May24
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Sri Lankan university tops Google's list of Summer of Code programmers - May24
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President orders full investigation into attack on Keith Noyahr - May24
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One soldier killed in LTTE claymore attack - Bakmitiyawa - May24
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Air Force fighter jets pound on terror command centre - North of Mannar - May24
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SLAF launches air support missions - Mannar Front - May24
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SLAF fighters destroy LTTE boat hideout - May24
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Claymore explosion kills 17 civilians in un-cleared area - May24
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2 TMVP members gunned down by unidentified gunmen - Kaththankudi - May23
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Soldier injured in LTTE claymore mine explosions- Akkaraipattuwa - May23
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Army Inches forward to Mullaithivu; 17 terrorists killed on the Welioya front - May23
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LTTE accused of continuing to recruit child soldiers - May23
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Hisbullah takes oaths as Health minister in EPC - May23
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Prabhakaran paid his last respect to his demised commander at an undisclosed hideout - May23
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Government is ready to face the global oil crisis successfully - Sri Lanka President - May23
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SUMMARY OF CABINET DECISIONS
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Child soldiers in Sri Lanka and their rehabilitation - May23
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Wanni liberation continues; 23 terrorists killed yesterday's offensives - May22
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SLAF launches close air support mission - Muhamalai - May22
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Health not enough; Hisbullah needs education, too - May22
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UNHRC: Lanka gains 101 votes - May22
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No nation should be ever forced to negotiate with terrorists - US President - May21
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Human Rights Minister's closing statement at UPR - May21
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Desmond Tutu on the receiving end for his mistaken comments on Sri Lanka - May21
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LTTE commander Balraj dies - May21
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Troops dismantle LTTE offensive: 12 killed, 21 wounded in Wanni fighting - May21
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Indian Police bust Tiger smuggling ring - May21
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Sporadic clashes continue in Vavuniya front: 8 terrorists killed - May20
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Army thwarts terror attack on Mannar defence; LTTE turns tail with heavy casualties - May20
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Work with a correct vision in keeping with the Dharma! – The President - May20
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Let’s model our lives in accordance with Lord Buddha’s teaching! – Ranil Wickremasinghe - May20
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Bring Victory to Dharma! - JVP - May20
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The Australia Ceylon Fellowship (ACF) celebrated their Golden Jubilee on Saturday 17 May 2008 at The International in Brighton with the Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser and Mrs de Kretser as Chief Guests.
Both the State Government and Opposition were represented at this occasion together with the Chairperson of the VMC (Victorian Multicultural Commission) and a senior member of the Executive Committee of the ECCV (Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria). There were also several members of other local Sri Lankan organisations.

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MI-24 gun ships raid LTTE tactical operation centre - Mannar - May19
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Wanni liberation continues : 12 terrorists killed - May19
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Sri Lanka President's Vesak Day message - Prosperous country without armaments and fear - May19
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National Vesak festival at Anuradhapura - May19
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Pillayan calls on Mahanayaka theras - May19
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East Provincial Council Chief Ministership: Ranil to fish in the troubled waters - May19
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Pilleyan’s man owned motorbike used for Fort suicide attack - May19
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Trolley wheelers to patient transport - May19
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“Media plays a vital role in today’s world” - Prime Minister - May18
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Ananda Sangaree urges TNA TO protest against LTTE's heinous crimes against civilians - May18
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Army Commander visits Wanni - May18
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Troops reach to Palampiddi Junction - Vavuniya - May18
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His Excellency the President of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Hon Mahinda Rajapaksa today (May 16) appointed Sivanesaturai Chandrakanthan as the first ever Chief Minister to the Eastern Provincial Council. Pic Sudath Silva
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Racket of sending steel balls to LTTE revealed - May17
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Time Ripe for Banning LTTE IN Australia: High Commissioner Balapatabendi - May17
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Sri Lanka welcomes India's decision to extend ban on LTTE - May17
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa condemns LTTE bomb attack - May17
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SLAF pounds Sea Tiger base in Vettilaikerni - May17
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"LTTE still uses Tamil Nadu as supply base" - May17
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29 terrorists killed, 10 wounded in today's clashes - Vavuniya, Mannar fronts - May16
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SLAF fighters raid LTTE military base - Mullaittivu - May16
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Suicide bomb explosion near Sambuddhaloka temple ; 10 killed, over 95 casualties. - May16
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President Mahinda Rajapakse decided to appoint Pillayan as the Chief Minister for Eastern Province. Swearing ceremony at 4pm today (16 May) at presidential secretariat. - May16


Pilleyan or Hisbullah – President nonplussed! - May16
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Special Security measures for Wesak - May16
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MELBOURNE: The Lions Club of Dandenong Supper, had their Autumn Breeze dinner dance at the St Kilda Town Hall on the 10th of May 2008. One of the BEST bands from Sri Lanka MISTY entertained the crowd of over five hundred, packed the town hall in Melbourne.

Official coverage by Sports n News (SNNI) in Melbourne.
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Army gains further ground as clashes continue in Mannar and Welioya - May15
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Air Force bombs key terror training facility - Kilinochchi - May15
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If Sri Lanka fails in her war against LTTE the world will fail in its fight against terrorism - President at Oxford Union - May15

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National Freedom Front of Wimal Weerawansa inaugurated May15
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Assasinated Maheswari Velaytham to be cremated today at the Borrella General Cemetery May15
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LTTE conscripts children who failed O/Ls - Military spokesman May15
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Alston to introduce ‘Disco Bollywood’ in India.
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Sri Lankan expatriates can counter LTTEs false propaganda internationally
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Tamil political and HR activist assassinated by LTTE gunmen- Jaffna - May14
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Foreign Minister hails Sri Lanka's ties with the UN - May14
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SB claims UNP would have won EPC polls had he led campaign - May14
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Fifteen terrorists killed in Vavunia and Mannar - May14
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“SEWA” continuing on their brave and bold step of introducing to the Sri Lankan Elders’ of Victoria the concept of participating in a night out trip and also joining an annual inter State excursions for the first time in the history of Australia. - May13
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11 terrorists killed in clashes - Vavuniya front - May13
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4 terrorists killed, 4 wounded in Welioya front - May13
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LTTE suffers more damages in Wanni battle - May13
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More civilians fleeing LTTE held areas seek Government protection - May13
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Suicide bomber sunk Navy ship, says Lankan official - May13
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JVP Dissidents form new Party on 14th May - May13
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UPFA wins Eastern Province - May12
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Eastern Province Provincial Council Election 2008
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Partnership against Terrorism Wins East as Pillaiyan Delivers Blow to “Blossoming” Ranil-Rauff Coalition - May12
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UNP rejects this election result, it has been rigged - Tissa Attanayake - May12
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Karuna likely to be deported to Lanka - May12
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Wanni liberation continues; 15 terrorists killed in yesterday's clashes - May12
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Troops capture terrorist "Trench Line" killing Five and recovering 85 anti- personnel mines / rounds etc - May12
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LTTE artillery launching pad and ammo storage destroyed in air raid- Mullaithivu - May11
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18 LTTE terrorists killed, 6 wounded in confrontations - May11
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All eyes on first major post liberation Eastern poll - May11
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Turn-out 60% with heavy forenoon voting - May11
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Naval cargo vessel under attack; sailors escape - May11
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Thugs of Dr. Mervin Silva and Premalal Jayasekera arrested for impersonation - May11
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East Provincial Council: UPFA leads in the postal votes count in Batticaloa - May11
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33 terrorists killed, over 40 wounded in heavy fighting - Mannar - May10
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Army captures Adampan Town - Mannar front - May10
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Eleven innocent civilians were killed while over 25 injured when the LTTE terrorists exploded a bomb inside the "New City Cafe" hotel in Ampara town this evening, May 09. - May10
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Karuna Amman released – British High Commission - May10
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Minster calls for an inquiry into the deaths at Ratnapura hospital - May10
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Sri Lanka's Marxist party backed nurses' trade union gives up strike after three patients die in Ratnapura - May10
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"Canadian WTM was sending millions to LTTE" says The Star newspaper - May10
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Sri Lanka morning show
wins Australia’s prestigious Antenna award 2008. - May9

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Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama meets Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General in New York- May9
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New dawn in East - Daily News editorial - May9
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“E Wasanthayamayi” - Melbourne vocalist Pushpa Tissera's first audio album was launched at Kel Watson Theatre-Burwood, Victoria on 4th of May 2008.
Photos courtesy of Oscar Perera
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Five LTTE terror suspects are charged in London - May9
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Fake bomb, control-blasted at Sri Pada - May9
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Wanni liberation continues; Troops captures Adampan Tank- Mannar - May9
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LTTE terrorists killed, 5 injured in Wanni and Northern clashes - May8
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Tigers sought C$ 3 million from Canada - May8
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Troops force into LTTE defences, 6 killed during fighting - Mannar - May8
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Rajapaksa challenges Prabhakaran to direct clash
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Madhu Statue Taken Away will be Brought Back, Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith Says in Padua - May8
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Sri Lanka to help Myanmar cyclone victims - May8
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Parliament prorogued
President Mahinda Rajapaksa prorogued Parliament for one month from midnight on 6th May . The sittings will resume on June 5.

UNP national organiser S.B. Dissanayake, Transport Minister Dalls Allahaperuma and Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena share a light moment during the launch of a book by former Media Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar on 6th May.
Pic by Pradeep Dilrukshana- Daily Mirror

Tamil civilians in Mullaittiuvu seek protection with security forces - Pulmoddai - May7
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Troops confront with an LTTE group - Siththaru - May7
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Troops capture another LTTE stronghold "Palampiddi Bridge" - Vavuniya front - May7
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Troops advance further on the Mannar front; liberate more areas from terror clutches - May7
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President inaugurates construction of Oluvil Port - May7
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Government extends state of emergency - May7
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Nimal Siripala admits that 6 Nation Building ministers use 43 vehicles - May7
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A.C.Shanthan, LTTE Leader in London rearrested in connection with the terrorist funding and procurement activities - May7
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"Eelam will not be a reality" - Tamilnadu Chief Minister - May7
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Sarana and Duleep sworn in as Members of Parliament - May7
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Chalana 08 - held at Sandown Park Entertainment Centre - Springvale, Victoria. Presented by DJnaz.
Photos courtesy of Johann Jayasinha
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Army- Navy thwarts LTTE pre-dawn offensive- Mannar - May6
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Terror attack at army outpost thwarted - Muhamalai - May6
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Helicopter gun ships raid terror gathering - Palampiddi - May6
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Josef Fritzl 'began building cellar six years before seizing daughter' - May6
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Ambassador Kariyawasam insists on preventing flow of Weapons to terrorists - May6
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Sri Lankans in Sweden expose truth about LTTE - May6
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Tamil Tigers raise US $300m a year to wage a brutal struggle against Sri Lanka - May6
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"A Taste of Lanka 08". The evening raised funds towards the CCC House project at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Maharagama, Sri Lanka was held at The Ashwood Reception Centre in Melbourne on Friday 2nd May 08.
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31 LTTE terrorists killed, over 40 wounded in yesterday's clashes - May5
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6 Tamil families, 12 civilians seek protection with security forces- Mannar - May5
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SLAF raids LTTE logistic storage depot in Mulaithiuvu - May5
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UNP Chief Organizer Daya Gamage assaulted - May5
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Priyanka Gandhi also under the threat of LTTE - May5
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Government's next target: Development of North - May5
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Solider killed, another injured in LTTE claymore attack- Welioya - May4
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Heavy beating for terrorists; 6 LTTE bodies found - Mannar - May4
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Troops continue surge in Mannar front, 2 LTTE killed - May4
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Wanni liberation operation continues, 16 terrorists killed, 19 wounded - May4
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A suicide bride - Plan to assassinate the President exposed - May4
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Pro-LTTE Mayor Ken Livingstone defeated - May4
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Now Prison Authorities Say Priyanka Never Met Nalini - May4
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33 LTTE killed in clashes at Wanni and Northern fronts - May3
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Advancing troops capture Karukkakulama town area- Mannar - May3
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President awards 'Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya' to war veterans - May3
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Wimal and Nandana agreed to form a new political party - May3
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No one has right to discredit democratically elected Government of Sri Lanka over terrorism issue - Sri Lanka Consul General - May3
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Troops advance amid heavy artillery fire; heavy casualties to LTTE in yesterday's clashes - May2
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STF foils LTTE infiltration attempt at Kebathigollawa; two terrorists killed - May2
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Pressure mine explosion kills two soldiers - May2
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The main three political parties commemorated May Day in Sri Lanka.
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Ranil, Sajith & Jalani at the Commemoration ceremony of 15th death anniversary of former Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa. Former President was killed on 1 May 1993, during a May day rally, by an LTTE suicide bomber.
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Rajiv assassin Nalini wants 'freedom' - May2
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Australia to apply Stronger Sanctions against Tamil Tiger Terrorism - May2
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Special allocation to benefit the Veddah community - May1
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Leading Sri Lankan Thoracic Surgeon Passes Away - May1
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‘Wimal’ll be sacked, if new party is formed – Tilvin - May1
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Iran, Lanka for global action to combat terror - May1
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Postal voting for Eastern PC concluded - May1
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20 rupees reduction of Shell gas cylinders - May1
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JVP May Day Stage being erected - May1
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SLAF bombed at LTTE heavy gun positions - Welioya - May1
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LTTE's "18 Base" falls to troops; 42 terrorists killed, 38 wounded - Mannar - May1
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EU condemns Piliyandala bus attack - May1
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SPORTS

Harsha De Silva in Melbourne - May28
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Minister explains Jayasuriya decision - May27
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Let's hear it for the veterans - May26
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Warne mulls Ashes return - May21
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Sanath included in Sri Lanka team for Asia Cup - May17
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'Sana' explodes - May16
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IPL will rob cricket of its intensity - May14
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India clinch fourth successive Asia Cup - May12
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Gavaskar resigns as ICC cricket committee head - May9
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Shoaib cleared to play in IPL - May5
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Ganguly and Warne fined 10% of match fees - May3
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First victory for Mumbai Indians - May1
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Ronaldo in transvestite scandal - May1
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