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2006-08-19 03:12:29

By Jonathan Lyons, Asia Security Correspondent CO

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.

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.

2006-08-17 00:50:00

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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
dingle
  • A small wooded valley; a dell.
  • The protecting weather-shed built around the entrance to a house.
  • The roofed-over space between the kitchen and the sleeping-quarters in a logging-camp, commonly used as a storeroom.
The word 'dingle' comes from Middle English dell, hollow.
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