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MARCH 20, 2010 EST, USA
 
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Sri Lanka's forgotten Tamils
Morung Express, March 21. Her hands are cut and swollen from years of hard labour on the steep slopes of the tea plantation. She smiles, but the rest of her face is tense from the weight of the basket she carries on her forehead. In this basket are some of the world’s finest tea leaves, delicate and intensely green. Carefully chosen and hand-picked by tea-pickers in Sri Lanka, they will be sold to the biggest brands in the market, put into tea bags and distributed across Europe. But for Yogaletchumy, the tea bag that ends up in our "cuppa" represents painful long hours of labour, for a miserable salary barely sufficient to provide for her family. "Everyday is a struggle," she says. "We have so little money." More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Mar 20 14:04:07 EDT 2010

No four star general to try Fonseka: Government
PTI, March 21. Colombo, Mar 20 (PTI) Detained former Sri Lankan Army Chief Gen Sarath Fonseka has moved the country's apex court saying he can't be tried by a military court six months after his retirement.

His plea which came up before a Court of Appeal yesterday could not be taken up as one of the judges of the Court withdrew from the panel citing personal reasons. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Mar 20 14:02:09 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Indian High Commissioner visits welfare camps in Sri Lanka
Hindu, March 21. The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ashok K. Kantha visited Vavuniya, Oddusudan and Mullaithivu on March 19 for a first hand knowledge of the relief welfare camps for the war displaced and the assistance being provided by India for the rehabilitation and re-settlement of the Tamil civilians in the war ravaged northern province.

According to the Indian mission here at Vavuniya, along with Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare of Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner inaugurated the Limb Refitment Camp set up at Menik Farms Zone 1. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Mar 20 14:00:34 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Quarter of Lankans are diabetic
CDN, March 21. There is a possibility that 50 percent of the total population of Sri Lanka would get affected by diabetes by 2020... Back to the top

Tamils to President: Urge Indonesia to Let the Tamil Refugees Proceed
PRWEB, March 20. Washington, DC. (PRWEB) March 20, 2010 -- 254 Tamil asylum seekers are being held in deplorable conditions in the Javan port city of Merak... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Remains Defiant of U.N. Chief
IPS, Mar 19. UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19, 2010 (IPS) - The Sri Lankan government continues to challenge U... Back to the top

No foreign monitors during general elections: Lankan Election Commission
TOI, March 20. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Election Commission has turned down the demand for presence of foreign poll observers at the counting centres for the upcoming parliamentary polls... Back to the top

Colombo police reaches out to Tamil community
bbc, march 20. Police stations in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, have opened special units to take down statements in the country's main minority language, Tamil... Back to the top

Sri Lanka hopes cricket will heal child soldiers
reuters, March 20. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka is hoping its love of cricket, the country's most popular game, will help rehabilitate children caught up in the island's bloody civil war with Tamil Tiger separatists... Back to the top

Tensions between UN and Sri Lanka over war crimes
wsws, march 20. A diplomatic row has erupted between the Sri Lankan government and the United Nations over plans by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, announced earlier this month, to establish an expert panel to investigate human right violations during the last stages of the country’s long running civil war between the military and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Fonseka spoke of India threat: Rajapaksa
Express, March 20. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an interview said that post-LTTE defeat, Army Commander Sarath Fonseka had asked army strength to be increased by three lakh on plea that the island nation faced military threat from India... Back to the top

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