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2006-08-16 21:56:35

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers launched a new attack overnight on the northern Jaffna peninsula, the army said on Thursday, as a U.S. envoy visited the island but the worst fighting since a 2002 truce showed no sign of abating. The military said it had few details but that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had launched a new offensive around Kilali, at the western end of the peninsula's front line. Since the Tigers launched attacks toward Jaffna...

2006-08-16 01:24:28

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - As Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tigers traded artillery fire again on Wednesday, analysts and executives say the worst fighting since a 2002 truce is delaying investments in the $23 billion economy. Three weeks of fierce fighting that many regard as a new chapter of a two-decade civil war, coupled with an assassination and two car bombs in the capital in a week, have sent shudders through the investment community. "We've put everything on hold,"...

2006-08-15 22:38:50

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - As Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tigers traded artillery fire again on Wednesday, analysts and executives say the worst fighting since a 2002 truce is delaying investments in the $23 billion economy. Three weeks of fierce fighting that many regard as a new chapter of a two-decade civil war, coupled with an assassination and two car bombs in the capital in a week, have sent shudders through the investment community. "We've put everything on hold,"...

2006-08-15 08:33:23

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - School holidays began early in Sri Lanka on Tuesday as a security precaution, a day after the first attack on a diplomat since a civil war began in 1983. A suspected Tamil Tiger front also threatened to attack civilians, adding to the sense of alarm. Fighting raged in the far north as troops and rebels exchanged artillery fire, the military said, as fears grew the fighting, the worst since a 2002 ceasefire, would escalate. "Earlier we didn't have...

2006-08-15 02:57:49

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - School holidays began early in Sri Lanka on Tuesday as a security precaution, a day after the first attack on a diplomat since a two-decade civil war began and a suspected Tamil Tiger front threatened to attack civilians. Fighting continued to rage in the far north, as troops and rebels fired artillery at each other across a no-man's land, the military said, as it searched for rebel infiltrators amid fears the worst fighting since a 2002...

2006-08-14 21:51:34

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Troops and Tamil Tigers fought a fierce artillery battle across the no-man's land in Sri Lanka's north on Tuesday, the military said, as it searched for rebel infiltrators amid fears a renewed civil war could escalate. Schools were closed on government orders for holidays to begin early after a suspected Tiger front group threatened on Monday to attack civilian targets before an ambush on a Pakistan embassy convoy in the capital killed seven...

2006-08-14 08:48:23

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers killed seven people in an attack on a Pakistan embassy convoy on Monday, the military said, hours after a suspected rebel front threatened to bomb civilians in the capital and an air raid killed dozens. The blast, less than a mile from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's residence, came hours after the Air Force bombed the grounds of a former orphanage in the northeast, which the rebels said killed 61 schoolgirls aged...

2006-08-14 04:23:50

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Tamil Tigers killed seven people and injured 17 in an attack on a Pakistan embassy convoy on Monday, the military said, just hours after a suspected rebel front threatened to start bombing civilians in the capital. The blast, less than a mile from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's residence, came after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said Air Force jets bombed an orphanage in the northeast, killing 43 schoolgirls aged 15-18 and...

2006-08-14 03:41:55

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Seven people were killed and 17 others were injured on Monday, when a security forces convoy escorting a Pakistan embassy vehicle was hit by a Claymore fragmentation mine, officials and bomb squad officers said. A driver from the convoy said the embassy vehicle was slightly damaged, but no one was hurt. He refused to identify any passengers in the vehicle. The Pakistani ambassador was uninjured, the bomb squad said. "Seven people were dead on...

2006-08-13 23:49:20

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said a government bombing raid hit an orphanage in rebel territory in the island's north on Monday, killing 43 schoolgirls and wounding 60 as the worst fighting since a 2002 truce raged. "The Sri Lankan air force bombed the premises of an orphanage where schoolgirls were studying first aid," Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) spokesman I. Ilanthirayan said. "Forty-three... students were killed and 60 wounded." A military source said...


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
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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