11:22 PM

93 Soldiers Killed In Last Month Fighting

Sri Lankan government today announced that 93 soldiers were killed and 676 were injured during last month's fighting against Tamil Tiger rebels in the Northern province.

Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka speaking at the Emergency debate in the parliament said that 38 civilians had also been killed in the clashes.The parliament today extended the state of emergency for another month.

9:02 PM

Six LTTE Terrorists Killed In Mannar

Six LTTE terrorists were killed in clashes occurred in Mannar, Welioya and Vavuniya fronts today, April 09, as it is reported from the forefront short while ago.In Mannar front, army snipers deployed in general area Adampan and north of Parappakandal gunned down two LTTE cadres this afternoon, sources said.Ground troops have observed that terrorists fled the area with three of their cadres received severe injuries.

In Welioya front, two more LTTE cadres were killed by the troops in a confrontation took place in north of Kiriibbanwewa. Another two cadres also received injuries. Two soldiers also suffered injuries.Meanwhile, in a separate confrontation took place in north of Janakapura, an LTTE terrorist was killed while 3 others were injured.

Source: Defence Sri Lanka

7:54 PM

Sri Lanka President Arrives in China

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in Sanya, a scenic city in south China's island province of Hainan, Wednesday for the annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA).

He is the first foreign state leader arriving here for this international meeting, due to open on Saturday in Boao of Hainan Province.

During Rajapakse's stay in Sanya, Chinese President Hu Jintao will meet with him, and the two leaders will review the development of China-Sri Lanka relations and exchange views on facilitating bilateral win-win cooperation.

According to sources with the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hu will deliver a key-note speech at the opening ceremony of BFA.

Source: Xinhua

6:36 PM

An LTTE cadre killed in Madu

Army snipers deployed in general area Madhu camp has gunned down an LTTE terrorist this morning, April 09. According to the sources the incident took place at 10.55 a.m. today.

6:28 PM

Defence Commander pays last respect to Jeyaraj

Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Donald Perera, Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Air Force Commander Air Vice Marshal Roshan Gunatilleke and Inspector General of Police Victor Pererapaid their last respect to the slain minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle at the minister's private residence in Katana this morning, April 09.

6:02 PM

Emergency Extended By a Month

Parliament today (09) extended the 'State of Emergency' by majority of 78 votes. A total of 93 voted in favour of the extension while 15 voted against it.

The motion to extend the emergency was tabled by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake. While the JVP voted with the government, the UNP abstained. Members of the SLMC were not present in Parliament at the time the vote was taken.

4:29 PM

Petition Against LTTE Terrorism

Canadian Parliamentarian Art Hanger yesterday (April 8) presented a civic petition against LTTE terrorist activities on the Canadian soil before the House of Commons. The MP who represents Calgary Northeast, speaking on the petition said that it is on the subject of eradicating terrorism with special reference to the Sri Lankan based terrorist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"I am honoured to present a petition submitted to this House by 1,068 Canadian residents throughout the length and breadth of this country on the subject of eradicating the scourge of international terrorism, with special reference to Sri Lanka" MP Hanger said.


3:52 PM

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle Memorial Flyover

The Kelaniya Flyover constructed on the initiative of the late Minister of Highways and Road Development Jeyaraj Fernandopulle in record 61 days at a cost of Rs. 2.2 billion, will be named “Jeyaraj Fernandopulle Memorial Flyover,” tomorrow as a mark of respect to him.

4:09 AM

Nine terrorists killed

Defence sources in the Mannar battlefront reveal that 9 terrorists have been killed so far in yesterday (April 8) clashes.

According to the militery sources, army infantrymen have launched an attack at LTTE bunker defence located in the Thiruketheeshwaram area around 3.30 pm (yesterday). The ground troops have revealed that at least 4 LTTE cadres were killed in this incident. Army has suffered no casualties, the sources add.