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APRIL 1, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 360


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Cloud hangs over Jayasuriya’s selection
The News, April 2. NEW DELHI: A dispute in Sri Lanka cricket circles with rumours that the inclusion of Sanath Jayasuriya’s name in the Sri Lanka team of the ICC T20 event to be held in the West Indies, has been through political interference.

Informed sources and those in the Indian Premier League have said that a row has broken out between the selectors, headed by Ashantha de Mel and the Minister of Sport Gamini Lokuge before the final names were released through the media on Wednesday afternoon.

The sources say that former opening batsman Upul Tharanga’s name was scratched off the list and Jayasuriya, who is in line to become a politician for the governing party to which Lokuge is a member, was included instead. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 1 20:24:39 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka's president urges Tamil voters to trust him
reuters, april 2. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday promised voters in the minority Tamil city of Jaffna a role in solving their own problems in his second visit since the end of a three-decade civil war in May.Voters in Jaffna and other Tamil areas roundly rejected Rajapaksa, who led Sri Lanka's victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and their 25-year-separatist war, at a presidential poll in January at which he secured a second six-year term. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 1 20:44:57 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka president visits Tamil heartland
afp, April 1. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse reached out on Thursday to the country's ethnic minority Tamils as he made his first visit to their cultural heartland since his re-election.

Rajapakse, on a trip to battle-scarred Jaffna, the former stronghold of separatist Tamil rebels in the island's north, promised to work for national unity and reconciliation. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 1 11:21:39 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Hambantota v Gold Coast for 2018 Games
Scotsman, April 2. TWO cities – the Gold Coast in Australia and Hambantota in Sri Lanka – have submitted bids to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games... Back to the top

Sri Lanka elections: Will Tamil rights be upheld?
CSM, April 2. Last May, after more than a quarter century of civil war between government forces and Tamil separatists, a fragile peace came to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

SL lacks basic rights and freedoms: Britain
HT, April 1. Sri Lanka and the UK have resumed their diplomatic war of words following a special statement by British foreign secretary David Miliband that raised the issue of lack of basic human rights like equality for all communities and media freedom in this country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s traitorous politics, April 1, 2010. "A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague," declared Roman statesman and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero over 2,000 years ago... Back to the top

Imperfect peace The government spars with aid agencies; the displaced still suffer
economist, april 1. NEARLY a year after the end of Sri Lanka’s long civil war, life remains grim for hundreds of thousands of Tamils in the north of the country, displaced in the final months of fighting... Back to the top

Tamil refugees told to get out of Sri Lanka or suffer persecution
heraldsun, april 1. THOUSANDS of desperate Tamil refugees in Sri Lanka have a stark choice: stay and be persecuted or risk the long, dangerous voyage to Australia... Back to the top

Where to Buy a Land Mine in Sri Lanka
time, april 1. The civil war in Sri Lanka may be over, but you can buy a land mine on the side of the road in Jaffna — though they're more likely to explode in your mouth than anywhere else... Back to the top

India hands over cement bags to Sri Lanka
hindu, april 1. Indian High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha on Wednesday handed over to U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s March Inflation Slows for First Time in Six Months
bloomberg, March 31. March 31 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s inflation unexpectedly slowed in March for the first time in six months, giving the central bank room to keep interest rates low and support economic growth... Back to the top

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