Conflicting claims on Chavakachcheri
Fierce battles continued in the Jaffna peninsula
with the Sri Lankan Government today saying troops were engaging
the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the ``outskirts''
of Chavakachcheri town over which the separatist group claimed
control on Saturday.
Dalai Lama offers to mediate
The Dalai Lama is willing to broker peace in Sri
Lanka, a newspaper said today. The Sunday Leader quoted the
Tibetan spiritual leader as saying in Berlin that he was ready to
lead negotiations to find a political solution to the Tamil
Speight unrelenting, tussle on
Political tension mounted in the Fijian
capital of Suva tonight as at least two shots were reported to
have been heard inside the parliament complex, where Mr. Mahendra
Pal Chaudhry, the democratically-elected Prime Minister of Indian
origin, and some of his Cabinet colleagues were being held
captive for the third successive day by a group of armed men led
by Mr. George Speight.
Refugee influx resumes
With the LTTE reportedly advancing
towards Jaffna, Tamil refugees from various parts of Sri Lanka
have started arriving here. A fresh batch of 24 families
consisting of 72 Sri Lankan Tamils, including 32 women and 14
children, landed in Arichalmunai near Dhanuskodi from Pesalai on
Sunday after a long gap of 12 days.
Annan backs India on U.N. seat
The United Nation Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi
Annan, has favoured India's candidature for a permanent seat in
the Security Council.
Tripura toll 45
The National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT)
guerillas gunned down seven more persons today taking the death
toll to 45 in the ethnic and militant violence in the west
district during the past 24 hours.
Energy, key issue in Indo-Iranian ties
As India and Iran seek to build a new
partnership, energy security and Afghanistan are emerging as
important areas of focus in the high level consultations under
Hurriyat for 'meaningful' talks with Centre
The All-party Hurriyat Conference has reiterated
that it was not against any ``meaningful dialogue'' for a
solution to the Kashmir issue, but rejected any offer for talks
within the framework of the Constitution.
Pak. plea to Taliban
Pakistan has asked Afghanistan's ruling
Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden to the U.S. after the
Islamic militia agreed to extradite ``wanted criminals'' to
Islamabad, assuring that no terrorist camps will be permitted to
operate from the Afghan soil.
Inflation shoots up
The annual rate of inflation shot up to a 73-
week high of 6.31 per cent for the week ended May 6, on sharp
increase in the prices of some food articles and petroleum
Sherpa sets record
A Sherpa guide, Babu Chhiri, climbed Mount
Everest in less than 16 hours, setting a new record for the
fastest climb of the world's highest summit, the Nepalese Tourism
Ministry said today.