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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...

2006-08-14 00:54:37

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels accused the government of bombing an orphanage in rebel territory on Monday and killing 43 schoolgirls soon after a suspected Tiger front group threatened attacks in the country's south. The government -- which on Sunday called on Tiger fighters to simply surrender -- accused the rebels of shelling civilian areas in the northern Jaffna peninsula, saying it feared fatalities as the worst fighting since a 2002...

2006-08-13 12:29:07

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Sunday peace talks were impossible as the worst fighting since a 2002 truce raged in the island's north and the government demanded rebel fighters surrender. The government had said it received a message from the Tigers through ceasefire monitors on Friday, hours before clashes erupted on the northern Jaffna peninsula, saying that they were keen to talk -- something the government said it was keen to do. "We have...

2006-08-13 01:52:48

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Sunday it had received an offer of peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels and was keen to oblige after the first ground fighting and heaviest violence since a 2002 ceasefire. Head of the government's peace secretariat Palitha Kohona said the offer was received through truce monitors on Friday, shortly before fighting erupted on the northern Jaffna peninsula. There had been no contact since, he said. "A message was received that the Tigers offered...

2006-08-13 00:08:45

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Heavy fighting and artillery fire raged on Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula on Sunday as the army said it had pushed back a Tamil Tiger rebel offensive in the heaviest fighting since a 2002 truce. On Saturday the Tigers broke through army defences on the army-held peninsula, where some 40,000 troops, mainly from the Sinhalese majority, are based in a Tamil-dominated area cut off from the rest of the island by rebel territory. Telephone contact...

2006-08-12 22:39:46

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government said on Sunday it had pushed back a Tamil Tiger offensive on the northern Jaffna peninsula, but fighting continued and analysts remained skeptical that Colombo was telling the whole truth. On Saturday the Tigers broke through army defenses in the northern army-held Jaffna peninsula, cut off from the rest of the island by rebel lines. Telephone contact with the town remains extremely difficult. "The area is now totally under...

2006-08-12 11:55:52

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels broke through military defenses in the island's far north and overran army bunkers on Saturday, truce monitors said, as the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce spread. The Tigers and army exchanged intense artillery fire and government jets bombed near the rebels' forward defense lines in the northern Jaffna peninsula, residents said, as thousands of civilians fled to churches. The military said 27 of its personnel were...

2006-08-12 06:00:20

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels broke through military defenses in the island's far north and overran army bunkers on Saturday, truce monitors said, as the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce spread. The Tigers and army exchanged intense artillery fire and government jets bombed near the rebels' forward defense lines in the northern Jaffna peninsula, residents said, as thousands of civilians fled to churches. The military said it sank five Sea Tiger...


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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