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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,...

2006-08-29 07:58:12

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops battled Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday in a new offensive, jeopardizing the evacuation of foreign nationals from the besieged north of the island and threatening an escalation of the conflict. The government offensive is aimed at forcing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to vacate positions around Sampur on the southern edge of Trincomalee harbor, from where they have launched attacks on military shipping and shelled the...

2006-08-28 13:44:53

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said at least 20 civilians were killed and 26 wounded in air force raids on Monday in the island's east, as the army launched a new push into Tiger territory. The military said it had raided identified rebel targets south of the strategic port of Trincomalee 145 miles northeast of the capital, Colombo. It said 8 soldiers were killed and 28 wounded during fighting to take rebel-held villages. "They are continually shelling...

2006-08-28 05:53:55

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army launched a new push into Tamil Tiger rebel territory in the east on Monday, while in the besieged north an air force transport plane ferried in munitions and took out the dead. At least four soldiers were killed in Monday's fighting. Hundreds have been killed in violence this month, the worst fighting since a 2002 truce, but so far the front lines have barely moved. But the government says it wants the Liberation Tigers of Tamil...

2006-08-28 03:53:23

By Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi ABOARD SRI LANKA AIR FORCE ANTONOV- (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force flew munitions to the island's besieged north on Monday and flew out dead troops in white body bags, as fresh fighting flared in the east. Officials said two soldiers were killed and 12 others injured when a patrol was attacked by Tamil Tiger rebels near a camp in the restive northeastern district of Trincomalee -- the second such clash in as many days. Hundreds of people have been...

2006-08-28 02:31:01

By Simon Gardner TRINCOMALEE DISTRICT, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Scanning the horizon as Tamil Tiger rebels fire mortar bombs toward their makeshift camp, troops in this corner of northeast Sri Lanka say renewed civil war is futile. "No-one can win the war. It is a guerrilla war, so we can't win," said one officer freshly drafted in with reinforcements to the restive district of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka's northeast as mortar fire boomed from nearby rebel lines. "They are inside the...

2006-08-27 20:40:00

By Simon Gardner PERALIYA, Sri Lanka -- In a small room up a rickety staircase in a tsunami-damaged building on Sri Lanka's south coast, Roshan Waduthantri sits glued to an earthquake warning Web site and monitors cable TV channels. "Look, there has been a quake in the Scotia Sea," he said, monitoring U.S. Geological Survey Web site www.usgs.gov. "We monitor all day and all night, and if there is a major earthquake, we tell the local community." More than 1- years have passed since a tsunami...

2006-08-27 00:23:11

By Simon Gardner TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The first foreign nationals and aid workers to be evacuated from Sri Lanka's besieged north sailed into this eastern port on Sunday, only to be met by volleys of rockets and artillery amid fresh fighting. The military said it fired artillery and mortar bombs at rebel positions south of the Tiger-held town of Sampur after the Tigers fired at a patrol near an army camp. Seven soldiers were injured. Reuters correspondents in nearby...

2006-08-26 23:13:33

By Simon Gardner TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The first foreign nationals and aid workers to be evacuated from Sri Lanka's besieged north sailed into this eastern port on Sunday, only to be met by volleys of rockets and artillery amid fresh fighting. Military sources said the army had begun a limited operation targeting rebel positions near the Tiger-held town of Sampur, and said some soldiers had been injured. Reuters correspondents in nearby Trincomalee saw flashes on the...


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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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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