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Northern Sri Lanka reawakening after 30 years' war
Xinhua, Feb 1. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- As the 30-year-long civil war between Sri Lanka's government troops and Tamil tiger rebels ended in May 2009, the war affected northern Jaffna peninsula, the economic and cultural capital for the island's minority Tamils is reawakening after the endless suffering.

According to Jaffna District Secretary and Government Agent K. Ganesh, there are hundreds of development projects launched by the government to enhance the livelihood in the district, about 390 km north of the capital Colombo

Agriculture is the major livelihood of the 550,000 people living in the peninsula with paddy, vegetables, fruit as its main crops.

Ganesh said about 60 percent of Jaffna's population depends on agriculture and the cultivated lands are rich with red-yellow soil is unique in Sri Lanka. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 31 21:55:53 EST 2010


S.Lanka president revokes expulsion of Swiss reporter
AFP, jan 31. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse on Sunday revoked an expulsion order against a Swiss reporter who covered the island's fiercely fought election.

A government spokesman said that "wrong information" had led to the immigration authorities ordering Karin Wenger, of Swiss Public Radio, to leave the country.

The department of information had accused her of damaging the image of Sri Lanka with "defamatory" reports. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 31 13:55:09 EST 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lankan government 'settling scores' in media crackdown
The INdependent, Jan 31. The newly re-elected government of Mahinda Rajapaksa has been accused of orchestrating a fresh crackdown on the media after a series of websites were blocked and at least one reporter detained after raising questions about the conduct of the election. One journalist is missing, one has been assaulted and others have received death threats. In what campaigners claimed was a "settling of scores", around half-a-dozen websites have been blocked and the offices of one of them sealed. A foreign journalist who had been ordered from the country after asking a question about the President's brother was subsequently told she could stay after her case received international attention. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jan 31 21:49:42 EST 2010 Back to the top

Releasing Nalini will amount to supporting terrorism, says Elangovan
hindu, feb 1. Congress leader E.V.K.S. Elangovan has opposed any move to release Nalini Sriharan, convicted for her role in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi... Back to the top

US wants Fonseka's security restored
ENS, Feb 1. COLOMBO: The United States has indicated that it wants the Sri Lankan government to restore to the defeated joint opposition Presidential candidate Gen... Back to the top

Help develop Jaffna, says Bogollagama
Hindu, Jan 31. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in his first post-election visit to Jaffna has appealed to the Tamil Diaspora to help the government develop Jaffna into a commercial hub... Back to the top

Lankan expats hold blood donation campaign to mark Independence Day
Gulf Times, Jan 31. DOHA: Over 125 donors participated in the blood donation campaign organised by the Sri Lankan Coordinating Committee (SLCC) Qatar at the Embassy recently to coincide with Sri Lanka’s 62nd Independence Day anniversary which falls on February 4... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tamils left to wonder what comes next
world AP, Jan 31. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Riding high on his battlefield victory against the Tamil Tiger rebels and his landslide re-election, Sri Lanka's president appears under little pressure to tackle the deep ethnic tensions that fueled a generation of conflict here... Back to the top

Wife pleads for missing Sri Lanka journalist
BBC News, 31 January 2010. The wife of a Sri Lankan journalist who mysteriously disappeared one week ago has pleaded that he be freed by whoever is holding him... Back to the top

India talking with Lanka on resettlement of Tamils: Menon
new kerala, Jan 31 . Chennai, Jan 31 : Newly appointed National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon today said the Centre was continuously holding talks with Sri Lanka on resettlement of Tamils with adequate devolvement of powers... Back to the top

CBI yet to get Prabhakaran's death certificate
upi, jan 31. NEW DELHI: Eight months into the death of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran, the proclaimed offender in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the CBI is yet to receive his death certificate from Sri Lankan authorities... Back to the top

SRI LANKA'S MALAYS WANT MORE POLITICAL SPACE ON THE ISLAND
Bernama, Jan 31. COLOMBO, Jan 31 (Bernama) -- In Sri Lanka's ethnic cocoon, the minority Malay population is searching for more political space to voice their socio-economic rights... Back to the top

Lanka labourers earning basic wages while producing for UK fashion retailers
ANI, Jan.31. Colombo, Jan.31 : Factory workers in Sri Lanka are struggling to survive on basic wages as low as 25 pence an hour to produce clothes for leading British retailers, who say they abide by an ethical trading initiative intended to protect employees' rights... Back to the top

S Lanka president acts against opposition officers: Source
TOI, Jan 31. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has transferred several senior military officers loyal to the former army general who he defeated in elections, a military source said on Sunday... Back to the top

Rajapaksa seeks counsel on second term
hindu, jan 30. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought the opinion of the Supreme Court on when his second innings in office commences... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition newspaper shut down
AFP, jan 30. COLOMBO (AFP) - Police in Sri Lanka shut down the offices of an opposition newspaper on Saturday, the weekly said, as international rights groups accused the authorities of a vendetta against critical media... Back to the top

Rights group: Sri Lanka govt harassing journalists
AP, Jan 30. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): An international human rights group is urging the Sri Lankan government to stop what it says is postelection harassment of journalists and news media... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s losing candidate vows protests
Reuters, Jan 30. COLOMBO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s losing presidential candidate on Saturday vowed protests against what he said was his stolen victory and accused the government of removing his personal security as part of an "indirect assassination attempt... Back to the top

Lanka polls: Will India gain with Rajapaksa's win?
toi, jan 30. No country's role is more discussed and less understood in Sri Lanka than India's ... Back to the top

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