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MARCH 7, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 335


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Rao assures support to SL for resettlement of Tamils
PTI, Mar 8. Colombo, Mar 7 (PTI) In the first high-level contact between the two countries after the Presidential polls here, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao today met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and assured him of India's support to the process of resettlement and rehabilitation of Tamil civilians. Rao met Rajapaksa over lunch at 'Janadhipathi Mandiraya' (President's House), and congratulated him for his resounding victory in the January 26 Presidential polls.

"She expressed India's willingness to continue assisting Sri Lanka in the resettlement of the IDPs...India was also keen to assist in the complete restoration of the railway line in the North," an official statement from the Presidential Secretariat said.

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Published: Sun Mar 7 21:57:53 EST 2010

Sri Lankan opposition leader on hunger strike
AP, March 7, 2010. Sri Lanka's detained opposition leader has begun a hunger strike after being barred from using a telephone, his party said Sunday.

Sarath Fonseka, the former army chief, was arrested a month ago after he lost a January presidential election to incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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Published: Sun Mar 7 09:01:20 EST 2010 Back to the top

India, Sri Lanka ‘sister countries’: Nirupama Rao
hindu, march 7. Visiting Foreign Secretary, Nirupama Rao on Sunday inaugurated the India-Sri Lanka Centre for English Language Training (SLICELT) at a ceremony in Peradeniya, near Kandy.

A statement issued by the Indian mission here said that while speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Foreign Secretary recalled her association with the initiative, which went back to 2006 when she was the High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka, and added that she was happy to see the initiative reach an important milestone as signified by the establishment of SLICELT. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Mar 7 13:01:00 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa dismisses UN human rights panel
BBC, March 6. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has denounced plans by UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to ask a panel of experts to look into human rights issues on the island... Back to the top

Fonseka Damaged, Politicised The Army
Thelka, March 7. The controversy surrounding the victory of Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Sri Lanka presidential election over combined opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka, refuses to die down... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says no military officer quizzed over editor's murder
Xinhua, March 7. The Sri Lankan government has denied reports that the former head of the military intelligence was to be questioned over the assassination of a top newspaper editor... Back to the top

Rights experts to advise UN's Ban on Sri Lanka
Reuters, March 6. UNITED NATIONS, March 5 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to ask a panel of experts to advise the world body on "accountability issues" relating to possible human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, his spokesman said on Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka calls U.N. rights panel "unwarranted"
Reuters, March 6. COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka's president has told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a proposed U... Back to the top

India envoy to visit Sri Lanka for talks on 'reconciliation'
HT, March 6. India's foreign secretary Nirupama Rao will hold talks with Sri Lanka's president on resolving the grievances of the island's Tamil minority this weekend, an official source said Saturday... Back to the top

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