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Worshipping Sri Lanka Matha: President Mahinda Rajapaksa kneels on disembarking from the aircraft at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday and was accorded a hero’s welcome on his return from Jordan. - Picture by Sudath Silva.

The Chinese Government has donated immediate relief materials including tents needed for the displaced people from the North housed in relief centres. Here Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Yang Xiuping presenting the items to Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, MP at the Bandaranaike International Airport. National Freedom Front leader Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa is also in the picture. Picture by Chaminda Hiththatiyage


Three top LTTE leaders killed: Bodies found abandoned

Sri Lankan Special Forces soldiers have found bodies of three key LTTE leaders identified as Nadeshan, Pulidevan and Ramesh during the mop operations in the last LTTE foothold this morning( May 18). According to the latest information, the remaining LTTE cadres are now boxed into a 100m x 100m area, North of Vellamullivaikkal.

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LTTE terrorists abandon their chief's son; body found

Sri Lanka Army special forces soldiers have found a body suspected to be of Charles Anthony, the elder son of LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran in the Karayamullavaikkal area this morning (May 18). According to the defence sources in the battlefront, the body was found after an unsuccessful and half-hearted attempt by the LTTE cadres to evacuate their leader's son early this morning.


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 All civilians freed

The humanitarian mission launched to liberate civilians taken hostage by the LTTE for months reached an end last afternoon in Mullaitivu with the last batch of civilians arriving in Government controlled areas through the Vadduvakkal causeway towards Mullaitivu by 2.30 p.m yesterday whilst troops surrounded the last batch of Tiger cadres inside a less than half square kilometre stretch in the No Fire Zone.

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Troops foil Tiger’s final attempt

Troops operating in the western edge of the Nanthikadal lagoon yesterday foiled what was described by the troops as the final attempt by the LTTE to escape towards the jungles in Mullaitivu and Puthukudiyiruppu South killing more than 80 Tiger cadres who tried to breach the Security Forces’ defences in the early hours of yesterday.

 

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President arrives to hero’s welcome

Following a successful visit to Jordan, President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in the country early yesterday morning, as the leader of a nation that vanquished terrorism, with cheering crowds including Government Ministers giving him a hero’s welcome at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa participated in the Lower and Middle-Income Countries G11 Summit which was held last week and retuned to Sri Lanka yesterday. A large crowd who were thrilled with the nations victory gathered to welcome their leader at the Bandaranayake International Airport (BIA). Here president Mahinda Rajapaksa at the BIA saluting the people at his arrival at the BIA.

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