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Tamils safe to return home, says Sri Lanka
The Australian, 14 Jan. SRI Lanka has pledged that the five Tamil refugees on Christmas Island who have been deemed threats to national security can return to their homeland without fear of death or persecution.

The promise came as the Rudd government, which says the Tamils will never be granted visas in Australia, searched for a country willing to resettle them, and an expert on the Tamil Tigers said it was not surprising one of the five rated a security risk by ASIO was a woman.

Romesh Jayasingha, the permanent secretary to Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister, told The Australian that fears the five would be at risk if they returned home were misplaced.

"Sri Lanka is a democracy - it is governed by the rule of law," Mr Jayasingha said yesterday.

"If they have committed any offences, there will be a due and equitable process." More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jan 14 10:11:37 EST 2010

JHU monks cross over
BBC, Jan 15. A number of Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) monks announced on Wednesday that they have decided to break ranks with the party in support of General Sarath Fonseka. The former JHU National Organizer Ven. Galabodaatte Gnanasara thera said that a group of Buddhist monks who are not prepared to enjoy undue privileges are leaving the JHU.

Responding to criticisms on the alliance between Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the main opposition Ven.Gnanasara questioned that if former LTTE leaders such as Karuna could join up with the government why couldn’t the TNA support General Sarath Fonseka. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jan 14 16:56:09 EST 2010 Back to the top

Credit card fraudster ran an ‘online shop for criminals’
Times, Jan 14. The founding member of a global criminal website responsible for tens of millions of pounds of credit card crime is facing a lengthy jail term.

Renukanth Subramaniam, 33, set up Darkmarket, which enabled criminals to buy the stolen credit card details of hundreds of thousands of people, many from Britain.

In between delivering pizzas he used an internet café in Wembley, northwest London, to create the site that was described by investigators as a “shop window for criminality”. Fraudsters could learn how to steal personal information from banks and individuals and buy the equipment to do so. More...Discuss this story
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AFP, 14 Jan. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka stopped using heavy weapons against Tamil Tiger rebels to help the re-election bid of neighbouring India's ruling party, a top official in Colombo said Thursday...
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Violence mars Sri Lanka campaigns
Hindu, Jan 13. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday strongly condemned the shooting at a group of supporters of the opposition presidential candidate General (retired) Sarath Fonseka, in which one woman was killed and several others were injured... Back to the top

Police nab gunmen who attacked Fonseka supporters
PTI, Jan 13. Colombo, Jan 13 (PTI) The two suspected gunmen, who carried out an attack on a bus carrying supporters of common opposition Sri Lankan Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka were arrested today, the police said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka has the last laugh
The Hindu, Thursday, Jan 14, 2010. Sri Lanka defeated India by four wickets in the final here on Wednesday to win the cricket tri-series and lift the Idea Cup... Back to the top

Media group welcomes bail for jailed Sri Lankan
AP, Jan 13. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – An international media rights group welcomed the release of a Sri Lankan journalist on bail as he appeals a 20-year prison sentence, but called Wednesday for his full exoneration... Back to the top

Sri Lanka poll violence escalates after killing
afp, Jan 13. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lankan police Wednesday broke up clashes between political activists as violence linked to looming presidential polls escalated after gunmen shot dead an opposition party worker... Back to the top

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