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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.