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JULY 30, 2008 EST, USA
 
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SAARC for collective action on terror
Hindu, July 31. COLOMBO: The Standing Committee — Foreign Secretaries of the eight Member-States — of the 15th SAARC Summit here on Wednesday “strongly recommended” expeditious adoption of the “U.N. draft comprehensive convention against international terrorism.”

On the concluding day of its deliberations, the committee was of the unanimous view that terrorism posed a threat to the entire region and it was time for collective measures to combat it.

At a news conference, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said the committee also finalised the text of Treaty for Mutual Assistance on criminal matters incorporating clauses pertaining to terrorism. The U.N. draft against international terrorism introduced by India has been pending approval due to lack of consensus on some aspects, including an acceptable definition of terrorism. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 30 23:29:26 EDT 2008


Sri Lanka to send fewer maids to Arab countries, cites abuse
reuters, july 31. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will cut the number of maids it sends to the Middle East, a labour official said, citing increased complaints of abuse by women migrant workers.

"We want to reduce the number of women migrant workers mainly because of complaints we received from those in Middle East countries," Kingsley Ranawaka, the chairman of Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment told Reuters.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait have been the main markets for over 700,000 Sri Lankan maids who have increasingly complained of rights abuses. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 30 23:31:54 EDT 2008 Back to the top


Sri Lanka says 25 killed in fresh fighting amid pre-summit talks
afp, July 31. COLOMBO: The Standing Committee — Foreign Secretaries of the eight Member-States — of the 15th SAARC Summit here on Wednesday “strongly recommended” expeditious adoption of the “U.N. draft comprehensive convention against international terrorism.” At a news conference, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona said the committee also finalised the text of Treaty for Mutual Assistance on criminal matters incorporating clauses pertaining to terrorism. The U.N. draft against international terrorism introduced by India has been pending approval due to lack of consensus on some aspects, including an acceptable definition of terrorism. More...
Published: Wed Jul 30 23:30:59 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Military: New fighting in northern Sri Lanka kills 34 rebels, 3 soldiers
Associated Press, Tue July 29, 2008 02:29 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan military says a series of battles across the north have killed 34 rebels and three soldiers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Civil war coming to an end?
isn.ethz.ch, 31 July 2008 . Early this month, Sri Lankan officials claimed that the civil war that has been ongoing since 1983 finally has an end in sight... Back to the top

In final book, Clarke's last vision of the future
Associated Press, Tue July 29, 2008 08:06 EDT . JENNY SONG - Associated Press Writer - While the search was under way, Clarke would often tell his aides, ``I hope 'The Last Theorem' won't become the lost theorem!'' Nalaka Gunawardene, one of Clarke's aides in Sri Lanka, told The Associated Press in an e-mail... Back to the top

Military: Sri Lanka bombs rebel base
Associated Press, Wed July 30, 2008 02:21 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan air force jets bombed and destroyed a base used by Tamil Tiger rebels early Wednesday as new battles in the civil war killed 24 people, the military said... Back to the top

Lanka keen to clinch series at Galle: Bayliss
hindu.com, Jul 30, 2008. Galle: Trevor Bayliss, Sri Lanka’s coach, said his side, although expecting stiffer resistance from India during the second Test, was looking to clinch the series at Galle... Back to the top

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