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APRIL 14, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 8


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How great was my victory Another romping success for the Tiger-slayer
Economist, April 14. PRESIDENT Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition has claimed victory in Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election, the first the country has held since the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels. A “triumph of democracy”, a jubilant Mr Rajapaksa called the result. A triumph for the president, to be sure; only the exact margin of his victory is unclear.

The election commissioner put off declaring the final result until April 20th, after reports of malpractice and violence forced him to annul the outcomes of several polling stations and suspend counting at others. Two districts, Kandy and Trincomalee, will have to wait till April 20th before they can be polled again. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 14 21:52:42 EDT 2010

Once Under Attack, Jaffna Media Get Reprieve
IPS, April 14. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Apr 14 , 2010 (IPS) - About eight months back, delivery boys for this northern city’s main newspaper were accompanied on their rounds by government soldiers – the first time a Sri Lankan broadsheet was being delivered under armed guard.

Today, almost a year since the war against the Tamil secessionists ended in May 2009, life for Jaffna journalists is slowly changing for the better.

"We were facing threats from some armed groups and we had to seek protection," recalled M V Kanamylenathan, chief editor of the Tamil-language ‘Uthayan’ newspaper. Ironically, its protector – the army – was also accused – alongside other sectors – of intimidating this newspaper group in the once war-battered northern capital. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 14 22:04:16 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Eye of Dubai, april 14. Sri Lanka receives major international boost with National Geographic ranking - Ms Al Mansoori

Sri Lanka, the Middle Easts favoured tourist destination, has been voted number 2 in a list of 20 top tourist hot spots by the National Geographic magazine website.

The magazine website described Sri Lanka as the resplendent isle and underscored the natural charms of this pear-shaped island in the Indian Ocean that nearly kisses the southeast tip as Indeed splendid. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 14 21:54:10 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Chinese Inroads into Sri Lanka
SAAG, April 14. Sri Lanka has a right to develop close relations with China and Pakistan... Back to the top

SL forces recover 25,000 litres diesel from LTTE hideout
pti, April 14. Colombo: Sri Lankan security forces have recovered thousands of litres of diesel along with a cache of arms and ammunition hidden by Tamil Tigers, from the northern region -- once the flashpoint of war between the Army and the LTTE... Back to the top

Tougher Australian asylum policy backfires
upi, April 14. CANBERRA, Australia, April 14 (UPI) -- The Australian government's get-tough policy to close the door on asylum seekers is creating instead a rush to reach the country, officials said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Basil Rajapaksa next Sri Lankan PM?
EN, 14 Apr . COLOMBO: Speculation is rife in Sri Lankan political circles about who will be the Prime Minister following the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance’s landslide victory in the April 8 parliamentary elections... Back to the top

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”... 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... 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

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