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China's foreign minister meets Sri Lanka president
Associated Press, Wed September 10, 2008 09:47 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) China's foreign minister met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday to discuss bilateral ties, investment and the island nation's ongoing civil war, a Sri Lankan government statement said. The statement said that during his visit Chinese Foreign Minister Yang expressed his support for the ``sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka - and the efforts by President Rajapaksa to bring about a solution to the ethnic conflict.''

Rajapaksa used the meeting to call for increased investment from China which is already financing more than a billion dollars worth of projects in the country, including a port, coal power plant and arts theater.

The government will create an exclusive investment zone for China, the statement quoted Rajapaksa as saying but gave no details.

After the meeting, Jiechi signed an agreement with his counterpart Rohitha Bogollagama for a grant of US$7.3 million (euro 5.2 million) for projects next year.

Jiechi arrived in Sri Lanka - on Tuesday night and was expected to leave later Wednesday.
Published: Wed Sep 10 10:25:17 EDT 2008

Military harassment threatens Sri Lanka s oasis of peace, September 11, 2008. Batticaloa and Trincomalee, Sri Lanka - The chief minister of Sri Lanka's eastern province nodded with concern as a member of the provincial council described a security problem. It was a typical scene of government proceedings except that the minister is a former Tamil rebel commander and enemy of the four Army generals seated to his left, taking notes.

This unlikely scenario is part of a turnaround the central government has hailed as the "dawn of the east," since its forces reclaimed the longtime Tamil Tiger stronghold last year.

Today, as the Sri Lankan government stands on the verge of overpowering the Tamil Tigers' last remaining territory in the north, observers say development of the east is equally crucial if the country is to break out of its 25-year civil war.

"The eastern province is a test case for the rest of Sri Lanka," says Harry Miller, a missionary who has lived in the coastal town of Batticaloa for more than 60 years. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Sep 11 21:32:04 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Genial Sri Lankans still the best
gulfnews, sep 12. Dubai: One of the enduring legacy that the former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has left on his country's game, apart from winning a World Cup, is to serve with a smile. From the old warhorse Sanath Jayasuriya to their latest spin sensation Ajantha Mendis, it's a quality which has made the bunch so popular in all the cricket playing countries.

Beneath the infectious smiles, of course, lies the steely pride and resolve to succeed - something which saw them being rewarded with two of the most significant awards on the LG ICC Awards night on Wednesday night. While Mahela Jayawardene's men won the 'Spirit of Cricket' for the second year running, Mendis was a hands down winner as the Emerging Player of the Year. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Sep 11 22:08:49 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan air force bombs rebel areas
Associated Press, Wed September 10, 2008 03:53 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force jets attacked a rebel intelligence base deep in northern Sri Lanka - early Wednesday, stepping up a punishing wave of airstrikes a day after Tamil Tiger fighters launched a surprise attack on a military base, the military said... Back to the top

7 farmers killed by suspected rebels in E Sri Lanka, 2008-09-11 22:37:36. COLOMBO, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The military in Sri Lanka said on Thursday at least seven farmers were killed by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in a jungle area in eastern Sri Lanka. Officials from the Ministry of Defense said the bodies were found by local people around 10:00 a... Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops attack Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Thu September 11, 2008 03:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Government troops launched a pre-dawn attack on Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers Thursday along the northern front lines, setting off a battle that killed four guerrillas, the military said... Back to the top

FACTBOX-Security developments in Sri Lanka, Sept 11
Reuters India, Sept 11, 2008. Sept 11 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Sri Lanka at 1230 GMT on Thursday: JAFFNA PENINSULA - Sri Lankan troops killed at least four Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, including a local commander, in the Jaffna peninsula 400 km (250 miles) north of Colombo, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said... Back to the top

West Indies' Chanderpaul gets top cricket honor
Associated Press, Wed September 10, 2008 19:56 EDT . - - Sri Lanka - captain Mahela Jayawardene was also up for both awards... Back to the top

Jayawardene calls for single Twenty20 tournament
Associated Press, Wed September 10, 2008 00:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO (AP) Sri Lanka - captain Mahela Jayawardene is urging competing national cricket boards to support a single Twenty20 world tournament to ensure the continuing viability of test cricket... Back to the top

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