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MARCH 23, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 351


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High Commissioner lauds demining work
hindu, march 24. COLOMBO: High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha visited Vavuniya and Mullaithivu districts in Sri Lanka on Monday for an assessment of the work of Indian NGOs engaged in the de-mining process.

The Indian mission here said he was accompanied by Atula Jayawardena, Special Forces commander (Mullaithivu) and visited the Field Camp of an Indian demining team at Oddusuddan and Kathaliyarsamalankulam Grama Niladhari Divisions.

The camp is run by Sarvatra Technical Consultants, which along with another Indian organisation, Horizon Assignments, runs seven demining teams. All the teams are funded by India and have been deployed at a cost of about $4 million. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Mar 23 23:08:22 EDT 2010

Why attention is making Jaffna uncomfortable
HT, march 23. Jaffna is turning red, with a bit of anger and embarrassment both, and wincing under the sudden attention it is getting from the rest of Sri Lanka.

The quite town of narrow streets, churches and schools was all but cut off from the Sinhalese south for years. For years, the only Sinhalese who went to Jaffna were the military and police personnel who manned the hundreds of checkpoints and bunkers in and around town. The town hadn’t seen a battle since 1995 but resembled a battle zone with thousands of army personnel keeping watch and monitoring every inch of the peninsula. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Mar 23 20:19:53 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka blocks US rapper Akon: official
afp, March 23. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka Tuesday said it had refused US rap star Akon entry to the island following protests that a music video he produced was offensive to Buddhists.Director General of Information Anusha Pelpita said Sri Lanka would not grant the US star a visa for next month's planned concert at a cricket ground in Colombo. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Mar 23 14:37:38 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Hunger-striker to sue over claims that he ate Big Macs
independent, march 23. A hunger striker who held a 23-day fast in Parliament Square last year in protest at the Sri Lanka's offensive against the Tamil Tigers is suing two newspapers over claims that he secretly ate burgers during his vigil... Back to the top

Marxist party wants Sri Lanka's ex-army chief released
Sify, March 23. A Marxist opposition party held a demonstration Tuesday as it escalated its campaign to secure the release of Sri Lanka's former army commander who ended a 26-year conflict last year with the defeat of Tamil separatist rebels... Back to the top

Lanka won't allow outside 'interference' in its affairs: PM
Rediff, march 23. As the United Nations chief planned to set up an advisory panel on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka [ Images ], Premier Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has accused "certain" western nations of interfering in his country's affairs and said government would only "bow down" to people's decisions... Back to the top

India spends $4 mn on demining Lanka ops
Business Standard, March 23. India has spent four million $ on demining operations in Sri Lanka's North and East to facilitate resettlement of Tamil civilians displaced during the ethnic conflict which ended in May last year following the defeat of the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s Private Media Under Attack Again
Anuradha K. Herath, march 23. Sri Lanka’s MTV/MBC private media network came under attack Monday afternoon for the second time in the past 14 months... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wants more time to resettle IDPs
hindu, march 23. NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka has said that it wants more time to settle the internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to infrastructural constraints and the danger of landmines at their original habitats... Back to the top

Minister misled police; petition to court
BBC News, March 22, 2010. A journalist detained on charges of conspiring against the government has accused a minister of providing false information to the police... Back to the top

Mob attacks private broadcasting office in Sri Lanka
DPA, March 22. Colombo – A stone-throwing mob on Monday attacked the head office of the largest private television and radio station network in Sri Lanka, police said... Back to the top

Private TV station stoned in Sri Lanka ahead of vote: police
afp, march 22. COLOMBO (AFP) – Dozens of unidentified men pelted stones at the headquarters of a private television station in Sri Lanka's capital Monday, causing damage to the building, police said... Back to the top

S.Lanka stocks down for 6th session on retail selling
Reuters - India, March 22, 2010. COLOMBO, March 22 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's shares slid in thin volume on Monday for a sixth session to an over one-month low on retail selling ahead of upcoming IPOs and parliamentary polls, while the turnover slumped to a near three-month low... Back to the top

Detained ex-Lankan army chief Fonseka's wife questioned by CID
TOI, March 22. COLOMBO: Detained former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka's wife Anoma was questioned by the CID officials in connection with the ongoing investigations against her husband... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to probe detained ex-Army chief's written interview
Xinhua, march 22. The Sri Lankan government said on Sunday that it would investigate how former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka's handwritten letter to the British Channel 4 TV was smuggled out of the Naval base where he is being imprisoned under tight security... Back to the top

Slain Tiger chief’s mother wants to live in India
Gulf Times, march 22. Vellupillai Parvathi, the mother of slain Sri Lankan rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran has sought Indian citizenship to live with her daughter Jagadeshwari Mathiaparan in Chennai... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition hopeful of coalition gov't
Xiinhua, March 22. Sri Lanka's opposition parties contesting the April 8 parliamentary election are hopeful of forming a coalition government of national reconciliation... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Difficult homecoming for Muslim IDPs, 22 March 2010 . PUTTALAM, 22 March 2010 (IRIN) - Resettlement efforts are under way for thousands of displaced Muslims from Sri Lanka’s north who have been languishing in refugee camps for nearly two decades, officials say... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s UPFA poised for easy win, Mar 23. BANGALORE - In a little over a fortnight, Sri Lanka goes to the polls to elect a new parliament... Back to the top

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