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MARCH 4, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 332


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U.N. rights chief slams abuses in Sri Lanka, Iran
Reuters, March 4. GENEVA (Reuters) Human rights abuses in Sri Lanka are damaging prospects for reconciliation after 25 years of civil war and a violent crackdown on dissent in Iran is deeply worrying, the top U.N. human rights official said on Thursday.

Repeating her call for an independent investigation into war crimes allegations in Sri Lanka, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the U.N.'s Human Rights Council she was singling out outstanding cases in different countries. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Mar 4 11:50:39 EST 2010

Nirupama Rao to visit Lanka with political settlement in mind
HT, March 4. Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao is expected in Colombo on Saturday evening for a three-day visit to push for a political settlement of the vexed ethnic issue between the Sinhalese and Tamils. She is also expected to urge for the early resettlement of the Tamils displaced in the 26-year-long war between government troops and Tigers, which ended in May, 2009.

Rao, according to a foreign ministry statement here, is coming to Colombo on the invitation of the Sri Lankan government. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Mar 4 11:52:55 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka shrs up from over 1-wk low on local buying
Reuters, March 4. COLOMBO, March 4 - Sri Lankan shares recovered from a more-than-one-week low on Thursday led by a surge in local buying on hopes the country could reduce its budget deficit from an eight-year high after IMF delayed a loan on fiscal concerns.

The All-Share Price Index <.CSE> of the Colombo Stock Exchange closed 0.84 percent or 31.82 points up at 3805.85. It hit a record high of 3847.18 points on Tuesday. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Mar 4 11:54:07 EST 2010 Back to the top

India stresses 'necessity' of political settlement to Sri Lanka
PTI, March 3. India has stressed to the Sri Lankan government "the necessity" of reaching a political settlement acceptable to all the communities there, including the Tamils... Back to the top

Former Lankan cricket captain detained, questioned, house searched
HT, March 3. Former Sri Lankan cricket captain and opposition member Hashan Tillakaratne was questioned by the police and his house searched in connection with investigations against former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Fonseka to be tried in military court
Rediff, March 3. Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka, who has been arrested on conspiracy charges, will face a court martial, the military has announced and said that over 25 people have already given evidence against the general... Back to the top

TULF for Indian model in Sri Lanka
hindu, march 3. COLOMBO: The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) led by V... Back to the top

China emerges as Sri Lanka's top lender in 2009
AFP, Mar 3. COLOMBO (AFP) China has emerged as Sri Lanka's biggest single lender in 2009, overtaking the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, the treasury said Wednesday... Back to the top

Student journalist escapes Sri Lankan censorship
Seattle University Spectator, march 3. Journalism is not typically viewed as a field of work where people have to fear for their lives... Back to the top

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