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EU team cautions Colombo on rights violations
hindu.com, Saturday, Jul 26, 2008. COLOMBO: A visiting delegation of the European Parliament on Friday warned Sri Lanka hat it could loose the GSP+ status (which provides preferential access to the textile sector in the E.U. market) unless it addressed concerns over human rights violations and media freedom. The GSP is an autonomous trade arrangement through which the E.U. provides non-reciprocal preferential access to the E.U market to 176 developing countries and territories, in the form of reduced tariffs for their goods when entering the E.U. market. It is implemented by a Council Regulation applicable for a period of three years at a time. The current GSP scheme is valid till end of 2008 and for countries to be eligible for availing the 2009-12 phase they have to effectively implement 27 international conventions related to human rights. More...
Published: Fri Jul 25 23:34:02 EDT 2008

Military: Sri Lankan fighting kills 45
Associated Press, Fri July 25, 2008 05:53 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan troops fought off an attack early Friday by Tamil rebels trying to recapture lost territory, as violence in the northern battle zone killed 42 rebels and three soldiers, the military said. Nanayakkara denied the military was behind the attack, saying that Sri Lanka - 's troops were busy with the fighting near Mallavi.

``We were completely concentrating on that area,'' he said.

Fighting has escalated in recent months as top Sri Lankan officials vowed to crush the rebel group and seize its de facto state in the north by the end of the year. Though military gains against the Tamil Tigers had been relatively modest, troops in recent weeks seized a string of key towns and rebel bases, consistently chipping away at the guerrillas' power base.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting for an independent state in the nation's north and east since 1983, following decades of marginalization by governments dominated by the Sinhalese majority. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Published: Fri Jul 25 07:31:55 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka s worsening human rights could hit economy -EU
reuters.com, Fri Jul 25, 2008. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's failure to address human rights concerns, including a "frightening" number of abductions, could cost the island nation a lucrative trade concession, the European Union said on Friday.

Concluding a visit to the island nation, an EU delegation for South Asia relations said that the Sri Lankan government needed to do more to address rights abuses. economy and employment in Sri Lanka," the EU statement said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jul 25 14:54:38 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka says it seizes rebel territory
Associated Press, Thu July 24, 2008 07:44 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces battled rebel gunmen deep inside the nation's northern jungles Thursday, killing 25 guerrilla fighters and seizing new territory, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka deploys 12000 additional police for South Asian meet
radioaustralia.net.au, 2008-07-24. Sri Lanka says it is deploying 12 thousand more police to guard South Asian leaders who will be in Colombo for a regional summit next week... Back to the top

Muralitharan 4-38 put Sri Lanka in command in the first test against India
Associated Press, Fri July 25, 2008 08:41 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Muttiah Muralitharan shattered India's star-studded top order Friday with four wickets that put Sri Lanka firmly in command of the first test... Back to the top

S.Lanka jets bomb rebels, fighting kills 54 in north
reuters.com, Jul 24. COLOMBO, July 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan fighter jets bombed rebel positions on Thursday while troops captured a rebel-held area, killing at least 25 militants, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka declares at 600-6, India 74-1 in reply in first test
Associated Press, Fri July 25, 2008 05:57 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - declared its first innings at a massive 600-6 and then picked up an early wicket to put India on the back foot at tea on Friday's third day of the first test... Back to the top

Sri Lankan forces say they capture rebel territory as battles kill 50 rebels, 4 soldiers
Associated Press, Thu July 24, 2008 07:33 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan forces battled rebel gunmen deep inside the nation's northern jungles Thursday, killing 25 guerrilla fighters and seizing new territory, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka air force says fighter jets strike rebel training camp, as 19 die elsewhere
Associated Press, Thu July 24, 2008 02:29 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets attacked a rebel training base in the north Thursday as new fighting in the civil war killed 19 people, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gets better of India, new laws, to reach 422-4 in first test
Associated Press, Thu July 24, 2008 09:02 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - got the better of both India and new umpire challenge rules Thursday to take a firm grip on the opening test after two days... Back to the top

Cricket history made as Sri Lanka player successfully challenges umpire's decision via replay
Associated Press, Thu July 24, 2008 07:47 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan became the first player to take advantage of cricket's new trial laws and successfully challenge an on-field umpire's decision Thursday... Back to the top

Elephants, fire throwers, dancers, Buddhist festival is Sri Lanka 's answer to Mardi Gras
Associated Press, Wed July 23, 2008 20:33 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - KANDY, Sri Lanka - (AP) A cannon booms and the crack of a dozen whips pierce the warm night... Back to the top

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