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Emergency extended in Lanka amid fears of coup
ens, feb 6. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Parliament on Friday extended the State of Emergency in the country for another month by 102 votes to 15, amidst fears of a military coup allegedly planned by the former Army Commander and defeated presidential candidate Gen Sarath Fonseka.

Sri Lanka has been under a state of emergency ever since Tamil and Sinhalese insurgencies began in the 1970s. The measure is renewed every month by a simple parliamentary majority. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 5 22:55:15 EST 2010

EU to suspend Sri Lanka trading privileges over rights: officials
afp, feb 6. BRUSSELS (AFP) – EU nations have decided to suspend Sri Lanka's preferential trade status because of the island's human rights record and will make the formal move later this month, officials said Friday.

"European ambassadors have taken the decision. The EU Commission's investigation showed Sri Lanka has not demonstrated that it has taken the steps that would allow it to retain or regain the GSP+ status," a European diplomat said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 5 23:02:44 EST 2010 Back to the top

Time for national reconciliation, Obama tells Rajapaksa ht.
ht, feb 5. President Barak Obama has urged newly re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa to lead Sri Lanka towards national reconciliation in the post-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) era and heal the divisions created by conflict.

The reconciliation, the US President added, should have the essential elements of respect for human rights and rule of law.

In a congratulatory message to Rajapaksa on the 62nd anniversary of independence, Obama said for the first time on over a generation, Sri Lanka was not under the shadow of terrorism.

Obama said: "The recent end of the war creates a historic opportunity for Sri Lanka to heal the divisions of conflict, and build a society that offers equality and opportunity for all. For the first time on over a generation, Sri Lanka is not under the shadow of terrorism." More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Feb 5 22:59:06 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's 'Eton' celebrates its 175th birthday
bbc, feb 6. In the shade of a huge tamarind tree - a favourite meeting spot - boys in cricket whites wait for their turn on the pitch... Back to the top

Reports about ban on Lankan maids not true
arab news, feb 6. RIYADH: Sri Lanka rejected rumors on Friday the Kingdom has imposed a ban on recruiting maids from the country... Back to the top

Rajapaksa to leave for Russia on official visit
The Hindu, Feb 5, 2010, 13:52. The re-elected Sri Lanka President, Mahinda Rajapaksa is leaving on an official trip to Russia... Back to the top

Sri Lankan leftist party to go to court on presidential poll
Xinhua, feb 5. Sri Lankan leftist party JVP or the People's Liberation Front said on Thursday that it would go to the Supreme Court against the results of last week's presidential election which saw the opposition's common candidate former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka being defeated by the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa with a large majority... Back to the top

Sore winners How not to celebrate a victory - Opinion
Economist, Feb 5. OPTIMISTS hoped that, after Mahinda Rajapaksa’s stunning victory in Sri Lanka’s presidential election on January 26th, he might be magnanimous to his opponents and reassure citizens worried about the erosion of their civil liberties... Back to the top

Fractious Sri Lanka seeks unity
Al Jazeera, Feb 5. Sri Lanka's president has called on the country's ethnic Tamils to help ease tensions, as the country marks its first independence day since the end of a 25-year civil war... Back to the top

Rajapaksa formula for solving Tamil issue
ENS, Feb 5. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that the solution to the Tamil problem lies in establishing village-level democratic institutions rather than ethnicity-based units such as the Provincial Councils... Back to the top

Sri Lankan fighting leaves a gruesome legacy
smu, feb 5. The guns fell silent more than eight months ago but the brutal conclusion to Sri Lanka's civil war is still being felt by Tamils caught up in the conflict... Back to the top

Commonwealth takes centre stage in Colombo
Times, Feb 5. It is rare for the Commonwealth to have a chance to play a decisive role on the world stage, but last week’s disputed presidential election in Sri Lanka is one such opportunity... Back to the top

Sri Lanka still not at peace on independence day
BBC, Feb 5. Sri Lanka's newly re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been celebrating the country's independence day, the first since the end of the war against Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Tamils won't be forced ashore: Jakarta
smu, February 5. Indonesia has denied it will force ashore by this weekend 240 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who have spent almost four months holed up on a boat in a Javan port... Back to the top

Rajapaksa asks Tamils to sort differences through dialogue
PTI, Feb 4. Colombo, Feb 4 (PTI) Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today asked the Tamils to work with the government to settle their differences and not fall prey to machinations of a section of the diaspora which still supported the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President Vows to Regain Progress Lost In War
NYT, Feb 4. KANDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's newly re-elected president vowed on Thursday to regain the progress lost in a quarter-century war with the Tamil Tigers separatists by boosting the country's economy and unifying its people... Back to the top

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