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2006-09-04 04:17:33

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government said it pushed Tamil Tiger rebels from the mouth of strategic Trincomalee harbor on Monday, and that it would therefore halt its offensive. The government recaptured the southern edge of the harbor after days of artillery battles for control of the area called Sampur. The rebels had been able to shell a major naval base and disrupt a maritime supply route to the besieged army-held Jaffna peninsula to the north from their...

2006-09-04 02:50:29

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military has taken control of the northeastern area of Sampur from Tiger rebels after days of fighting to secure the southern lip of strategic Trincomalee harbour, a military official said on Monday. The fall comes after days of fierce artillery battles between the foes for control of the area, from which the rebels had been able to shell a major naval base and disrupt a maritime supply route to government-held Jaffna peninsula to the north. "Sampur...

2006-09-02 12:44:37

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy said on Saturday it sank 12 Tamil Tiger craft in a pre-dawn naval battle off the island's northern tip, killing dozens of guerrillas including suicide fighters, but the rebels dismissed the claim. The clash at sea near the besieged army-held Jaffna peninsula comes amid five weeks of intense fighting after four years of ceasefire, and as the army seeks to wrest control of rebel territory near a strategic port in the island's...

2006-09-02 01:56:23

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy sank 12 Tamil Tiger craft overnight in a naval battle off the island's northern tip and dozens of rebels, including suicide fighters, are believed to have been killed, the military said on Saturday. The clash at sea near the besieged army-held Jaffna peninsula comes amid five weeks of intense fighting after four years of ceasefire, and as the army seeks to wrest control of rebel territory near a strategic port in the island's...

2006-09-01 21:27:25

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy sank 12 Tamil Tiger craft overnight in a fierce naval battle off the island's northern tip, the military said on Saturday, adding that it believed it had killed dozens of rebel fighters. "It was a major attack. There were 20 rebel boats. We were able to destroy 12 LTTE craft, including five LTTE suicide boats," a military spokesman told Reuters. "They were humiliated in their so-called seas and withdrew." He said he believed at least 75 Tigers...

2006-09-01 12:25:00

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army mounted an offensive to capture rebel-held territory south of the strategic northeastern harbour of Trincomalee on Friday, officials said, and a naval battle broke out off the island's northern tip. The army is trying to take the Tamil Tiger-held town of Sampur, from where the rebels are in artillery range of a major naval base and able to disrupt a key maritime supply route to the besieged army-held northern Jaffna peninsula. "We are...

2006-08-31 07:50:08

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations threatened overnight to suspend aid operations in Sri Lanka after international truce monitors accused government troops of executing aid workers. Nordic truce monitors on Wednesday formally accused Sri Lankan soldiers of being behind the execution-style murders of 17 local staff members of the Action Contre La Faim aid agency earlier this month during a battle with Tamil Tiger rebels in the northeast. The government denies...

2006-08-31 01:25:22

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations threatened overnight to suspend aid operations in Sri Lanka after truce monitors accused the security forces of executing aid workers. Nordic truce monitors on Wednesday formally accused the security forces of being behind the execution-style murders of 17 local staff of aid agency Action Contre La Faim earlier this month in the northeast. The government denies it, and angry officials accused the monitors of being biased toward...

2006-08-30 22:43:25

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations threatened overnight to suspend aid operations in Sri Lanka after truce monitors accused the security forces of executing aid workers. Nordic truce monitors on Wednesday formally accused the security forces of being behind the execution-style murders of 17 local staff of aid agency Action Contre La Faim earlier this month in the northeast. The government denies it. "We have no independent information ourselves in the U.N., but...

2006-08-30 07:44:31

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - International ceasefire monitors blamed Sri Lankan troops on Wednesday for the killing of 17 aid workers during fighting with Tamil tiger rebels earlier in the month. The victims were working on tsunami relief projects for international aid group Action Contre La Faim in the northeastern town of Mutur, the scene of several days of fighting between troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "SLMM is, with the obtained findings,...


Latest Sri Lanka Reference Libraries

Sri Lankan Elephant, Elephas maximus maximus
2014-04-11 10:52:49

The Sri Lankan elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is a subspecies of the Asian elephant that can be found in Sri Lanka. This species resides in lowland dry zone habitats in eastern, southeastern, and northern areas of Sri Lanka. It reaches an average height between 6.6 and 11 feet at the shoulders and weight between 4,400 and 12,000 pounds. It is darker in color than the other two subspecies of the Asian elephant and has more depigmentation its belly, face, ears, and trunk. Only seven percent...

Purple Faced Langur, Trachypithecus vetulus
2014-04-11 10:26:51

The purple-faced langur or purple-faced leaf monkey (Trachypithecus vetulus) is a species of Old World monkey that can be found in Sri Lanka. It prefers to reside in mountainous areas in southwestern regions of this range, in habitats known as wet zones. It can be found in the canopies of dense forests at low elevations. This species holds four subspecies including the western purple-faced langur, which is one of the most endangered primates in the world, and the dryzone purple-faced langur....

Sri Lanka cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum
2014-02-09 09:22:38

Cinnamomum verum is an evergreen tree species. The plant may also be commonly referred to as True cinnamon, Ceylon cinnamon, or Sri Lanka cinnamon. C. verum belongs to the Lauraceae family. This small tree is popular because its inner bark is used to make the common spice cinnamon.  A large majority of plants grow in Sri Lanka; however it is cultivated for commercial purposes in other regions. C. verum trees can grow anywhere between 32 and 50 feet tall. Its leaves are longer than they...

Sri Lanka cat snake, Boiga ceylonensis
2013-10-14 14:36:42

The Sri Lanka cat snake (Boiga ceylonensis) can be found in Sri Lanka and throughout the mountain ranges along the Western side of India, the Western Ghats. A member of the Colubridae family, this species is mildly venomous and bites rarely cause any issues other than some local swelling. The species has a fairly aggressive disposition and is known to strike out and bite when in danger or feels threatened. Typically, a Sri Lanka cat snake measures approximately 4 feet long. You can expect...

Sri Lankan Leopard, Panthera pardus kotiya
2012-12-10 12:05:00

The Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) is a subspecies of the leopard that is native to Sri Lanka. The range of this subspecies is highly fragmented, but in some areas, it does occur in high numbers. It prefers many types of habitats including rainforests, arid scrublands, evergreen monsoon forests, upper and lowland forests, and damp forests. The Sri Lankan leopard differs in size depending upon sex. Males can reach and average body length of about our feet with an average weight...

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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.