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2006-08-11 21:06:21

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Saturday they had broken through army defenses in the island's far north and were advancing on the government-held Jaffna peninsula, in the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce. The Tigers said they had pushed through a no-man's land that separates rebel and government territory, destroyed army checkpoints on the other side and were advancing along the main A9 artery road that connects the peninsula to their...

2006-08-11 20:24:15

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Saturday they had broken through army defences in the island's far north and were advancing on the northern government-held Jaffna peninsula. "We have completely destroyed the army checkpoints at the Muhamalai (border) crossing, and we are advancing on Jaffna," a Tiger official at the rebel Voice of Tigers radio station told Reuters, referring to a no-man's-land that divides rebel and government territory. The military...

2006-08-11 17:48:16

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a Navy base in Sri Lanka's east and fought artillery duels with troops in the north before dawn on Saturday, the military said, as the worst fighting since a 2002 truce deepened. The Tigers rained artillery on the strategic eastern port of Trincomalee, a vital maritime supply line to the army-held northern Jaffna peninsula -- which is cut off from the rest of the island by rebel territory and where a new battlefront...

2006-08-11 17:28:49

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers fired artillery at a Navy base in the island's strategic eastern Trincomalee harbor before dawn on Saturday, the military said, as the worst fighting since a 2002 truce deepened. "Trincomalee harbor is under artillery attack," said Navy spokesman Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake. There were no immediate details. Fierce shelling continued in the island's far north, where a new battlefront opened up late on Friday, officials said.

2006-08-11 10:41:04

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Tamil Tigers and the army shelled each other in Sri Lanka's north on Friday and the battlefront of the worst outbreak of fighting since a 2002 truce extended in the east of the island. The rebels said troops were trying to breach a "border" that divides government territory from land the Tigers control in the northern Jaffna peninsula. Fighting that has raged in the east for 17 days was also spreading, they said, and the air force bombed a Tiger...

2006-08-11 09:40:56

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers and the army shelled each other in the island's north on Friday, the rebels and truce monitors said, as the battlefront of the worst fighting since a 2002 truce spread. The Tigers said troops were trying to breach a "border" that divides government territory from land they control in the northern Jaffna peninsula. They said that fighting that has raged in the east for 17 days was also spreading in the east, and that the...

2006-08-11 08:24:44

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - The Tamil Tigers said on Friday the Sri Lankan military had attacked their northern territory and bombed a training camp in the east, killing many rebels, as the battlefront of the worst fighting since a 2002 truce spread. The rebels said troops were trying to breach a "border" that divides government territory from land they control in the northern Jaffna peninsula. They said fighting that has raged in the east for 17 days was spreading in the...

2006-08-11 06:58:15

By Peter Apps BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Friday the military had opened a new front in the worst fighting since a 2002 truce, bombing one of their training camps and killing many rebels. Air Force Kfir jets pounded rebel positions in the eastern district of Batticaloa, around 35 miles south of the site of a disputed waterway, near which fighting has been concentrated and is now in its 17th day. The military said it was continuing with its...

2006-08-11 02:51:49

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka pushed on with an offensive on Friday to win control of a waterway from Tamil Tiger rebels, as calls mounted for an independent probe into the killing of 17 aid workers in the midst of the fighting. The military said it exchanged intermittent artillery and mortar fire with the Tigers as the fighting, the worst since a 2002 ceasefire, entered a 17th day. But the army said the intensity was far lower than previous days. Army...

2006-08-10 22:13:01

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military vowed on Friday to push on with an offensive to win control of a water supply from the Tamil Tigers, as demands for an independent probe into the slaughter of 17 aid staff grew. There were no clashes reported early on Friday but the military said an army camp was wrecked overnight when an artillery gun accidentally exploded and ignited an arms dump at one of the government's main strategic gun lines. Officials...


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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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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