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APRIL 13, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 7


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S. Lanka president calls for unity on New Year eve
afp, april 14. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse Tuesday appealed for unity as the country prepared for its first traditional New Year after the end of a 37-year civil war.

Rajapakse said he was seeking peace and reconciliation between his majority Sinhalese and the ethnic Tamil minority ahead of celebrations for Wednesday's New Year which is shared by both communities. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 13 22:32:35 EDT 2010

Government promises to remove the High Security Zone. Hopes for Tamil refugees
AsiaNews, April 14. Colombo (AsiaNews) - "Now that there is no longer the threat of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE), the High Security Zone (HSZ) in Jaffna will be gradually removed”. This was announced yesterday Douglas Devananda, leader of' Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) during his election victory address in the district of Jaffna. Devananda said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa wants the same freedom enjoyed by the population of South for the Tamils of the northern provinces. More...
Published: Tue Apr 13 22:29:32 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Rajapaksa’s dharma
Deccan Herald, April 13, 2010. The remarkable victory won by the United Progressive Freedom Alliance led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the parliament elections held in Sri Lanka is a continuation of the impressive mandate secured by him in the presidential elections in January. The popular goodwill and political strength gained by him after the military defeat of the LTTE last year have expectedly continued to give his alliance a near two-thirds majority in parliament. The results give the Rajapaksa government an opportunity to pursue constitutional reforms which it has been planning, and to concentrate on economic reconstruction. But it will be unfortunate if the planned reforms lead to a more authoritarian system, as there are already such indications. It is also important that the government improves the human rights More...
Published: Tue Apr 13 16:18:30 EDT 2010 Back to the top

US nabs illegal immigrants from Haiti, Jamaica, Sri Lanka
afp, Apr 14, 2010. MIAMI, USA - US police backed by helicopter units swooped on a group of illegal immigrants smuggled in from the Bahamas, arresting 15 from Haiti, Jamaica and Sri Lanka, smuggled in by sea by Cubans, authorities and local media said Tuesday... Back to the top

End Tamil suffering: US to Lanka
IndianExpress, April 13, 2010. Observing that Tamils in Sri Lanka have suffered for long, the US today asked the Rajapaksa Government, which has emerged victorious in the recently held Parliamentary elections, to use the occasion to accelerate the reconciliation process... Back to the top

Tamil Representative Fails To Win Seat In Sri Lanka's Parliament
Bernama, April 13. COLOMBO, April 13 (Bernama) -- Sri Lanka's parliamentary election held last Thursday has failed to return a single legislator to represent the Tamil labour community from the hill country's Badulla district, reports China's Xinhua news agency... Back to the top

Boom times for Sri Lanka
afp, Tue, 13 Apr 2010 05:56. Sri Lanka's hotel owners are racing to refurbish and add thousands more rooms as foreign holidaymakers pour into the country after the end of nearly four decades of ethnic bloodshed... Back to the top

Notice issued to DNA leaders
BBC, April 12, 2010. A court in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, has issued notice to the leaders of an opposition political party to immediately report to the police on charges of breaking the election law... Back to the top

Sri Lanka vote will help unify the nation: US
AFP, April 12, 2010. WASHINGTON (AFP) – Sri Lanka's first peacetime parliamentary polls won in a landslide by the country's ruling party can pave the way for President Mahinda Rajapakse to unify the nation, a US official said Monday... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Very low voter turn-out among IDPs
Reuters AlertNet, April 12, 2010. Reuters and AlertNet are not responsible for the content of this article or for any external internet sites... Back to the top

Australia Faces Backlash Over Freeze on Accepting Refugees from Sri Lanka ..., April 12, 2010. Australia could face legal action over its decision to suspend processing asylum claims from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan... Back to the top

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