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2006-08-21 21:46:29

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Thousands of hungry Sri Lankan Tamils, trapped by a new bout of war between the Tamil Tigers and the military, desperately waited on Tuesday for aid to be shipped north, as suspected rebel arms procurers were arrested in the United States. U.S. officials said overnight more than a dozen people were arrested on suspicion of trying to provide money and surface-to-air missiles to the Tigers, amid a probe across more than 10 countries. Sporadic...

2006-08-21 18:26:59

By Christine Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than a dozen people have been arrested in the United States on suspicion of trying to provide money and weapons including surface-to-air missiles to Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, U.S. officials said on Monday. The arrests were made across the nation -- including New York, New Jersey and Seattle, Washington -- in the past several days following an undercover operation spanning more than 10 countries that probed support of the Liberation...

2006-08-21 08:35:52

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's foreign ceasefire monitoring mission will temporarily withdraw to the capital, it said on Monday, as aid staff and officials loaded a first ship headed for the besieged northern Jaffna peninsula. The mission had been designed to monitor a 2002 ceasefire, but government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels have been on the offensive for weeks, and the monitors stuck in the middle. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) had already been due to...

2006-08-21 08:06:33

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Unarmed Nordic ceasefire monitors will pull back temporarily to the Sri Lankan capital in the face of fighting in the north and east of the country and a Tamil Tiger rebel demand to withdraw European Union staff, the monitors said on Monday. "The Head of Mission, Major General Ulf Henricsson, has decided to regroup the international monitors in Colombo temporarily," the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) said in a statement. Losing monitors from EU states...

2006-08-20 01:20:07

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Both Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels might still say they want peace despite a return to large-scale fighting, but in reality they may have got the war that they wanted after four years of ceasefire. Hopes had been high after the Norwegian brokered truce was signed in 2002 -- aid flowed in and most diplomats and analysts judged a two decade war that had killed more than 64,000 people to be over for good, with the Liberation Tigers of...

2006-08-19 20:11:37

By Jonathan Lyons, Asia Security Correspondent COLOMBO, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Long associated with sectarian violence in the Middle East, the suicide attack has been refined by Sri Lanka's secularist Tamil Tiger rebels into a sophisticated weapon of war. Spearheaded by the Black Tigers suicide squad and their naval wing, the Black Sea Tigers, the rebels have for years assassinated political and military figures in their fight against the Sinhalese-dominated state. "There is no doubt...

2006-08-19 03:12:29

By Jonathan Lyons, Asia Security Correspondent COLOMBO (Reuters) - The government-held city of Jaffna, cut off by fighting between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil Tiger rebels, faced dwindling food supplies and soaring prices on Saturday but no real panic, aid workers and witnesses from the beleaguered town say. One city resident told Reuters by telephone that prices for staples were up more than three-fold, with petrol selling for more than four times the going price before the latest...

2006-08-18 06:54:37

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan jets hit the Tamil Tiger front line on Friday as fighting raged on the northern Jaffna peninsula, cut off by the rebels, and residents with foreign passports begged their embassies to get them out. Almost three weeks of ground fighting, the first since a 2002 ceasefire, has left the government-held Jaffna enclave largely cut off and areas near the port of Trincomalee under intermittent artillery fire. "In Jaffna, it's becoming almost a...

2006-08-18 01:27:34

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka sent additional troops to the northern front lines in its fight with Tamil Tiger guerrillas, as some aid workers pulled back on Friday to escape ever closer artillery fire. Almost three weeks of the first ground fighting with Tiger rebels since a 2002 ceasefire has left the northern government-held Jaffna enclave largely cut off and areas near the port of Trincomalee under intermittent artillery fire. The army said on Friday the night was...

2006-08-17 00:50:00

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels launched a new attack overnight on the besieged northern Jaffna peninsula, the army said on Thursday, as a U.S. envoy visited the island to hold talks on the worst fighting since a 2002 truce. The military said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had launched an offensive along the front line with assault boats and infantry, but said it had largely been repulsed. It said 106 soldiers had been killed in the Jaffna battle...


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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Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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