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Rights group: Police show no interest in finding missing Sri Lankan journalist alive
AP, March 24. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A media rights group appealed on Wednesday to Sri Lanka's president to reveal the results of a police investigation into the disappearance of a pro-opposition journalist.

Reporters Without Borders said police had "shown no interest" in finding Prageeth Ekneligoda alive, while "government ministers have made contradictory statements that have spread confusion about the circumstances of his disappearance" two months ago. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Mar 24 22:33:01 EDT 2010


Selection of expert panel on Lanka underway: Ban
(PTI), Mar 24. United Nations, Mar 24 (PTI) UN chief Ban Ki-moon today said that process is underway of finding experts for an advisory panel that will probe allegations of human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

Responding to a journalist's questions on a "delay" in setting up this panel, Ban said, "I am in the process of identifying persons who can work in the panel of experts." More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Mar 24 22:41:18 EDT 2010 Back to the top


S.Lanka stocks at over 5-wk low; foreigners exit
Reuters, march 24. COLOMBO, March 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's shares fell on Wednesday for an eighth straight session to an over five-week low, led by local retail selling and a large sale of blue chips by foreign investors ahead of parliamentary polls.

The All-Share Price Index .CSE of the Colombo Stock Exchange closed 0.21 percent or 7.95 points weaker at 3,722.72, its lowest since Feb. 16. It had hit a record high on March 15. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Mar 24 17:59:34 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Fitch May Lower Sri Lanka’s Debt Rating on Widening Deficit
Bloomberg, March 24. March 24 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s credit rating may be lowered by Fitch Ratings if the island nation fails to narrow its budget deficit, derailing a $2.6 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund... Back to the top

Akon saddened by Sri Lanka uproar
Reuters, Mar 24. COLOMBO (Reuters) – Singer Akon on Wednesday said he was disheartened Sri Lanka planned to deny him a visa to perform on the Indian Ocean island nation, after Buddhists angered by a video he appeared in staged a violent protest... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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