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Not in his stars
Economist, April 16. A SUPERSTITIOUS man, Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, once had a popular astrologer arrested for foretelling his downfall. Such insecurity seems unjustified. After defeating Sarath Fonseka, his former army commander, by 2m votes in a presidential poll in January, Mr Rajapaksa’s ruling alliance swept the general election on April 8th so decisively that its hold on parliament seems unassailable. Counting the rout of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam last May, commentators have taken to labelling this latest victory a presidential hat-trick. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 15 20:01:02 EDT 2010

Entire country celebrates Buddhist New Year, but forgets the North’s refugees
AsiaNews, April 16. Colombo (AsiaNews) - After 30 years of war Buddhist Sinhalese and Hindu Tamils started their new year yesterday in a climate of peace. It is especially great celebration for the people and military of the northern and eastern regions, who experienced first hand the horrors of the war between the army and Tamil Tigers (LTTE) until May 2009. The celebrations involved the entire population of the country, also Christians and Muslims, but not the over 83 thousand refugees still confined in refugee camps in the north. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 15 20:02:55 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka looks for help from above to revive its post-war tourist trade
Independent, April 16. A year after the defeat of Tamil rebels who had made parts of Sri Lanka a no-go area, the island hopes to entice tens of thousands of tourists to places that appear in one of Asia's most celebrated religious sagas.

Tourist officials have identified and collated more than 50 sites said to feature in the Ramayana, a Sanskrit epic more than 2,000 years old. The saga tells the story of Rama, an incarnation of the Hindu deity Vishnu, who battles to rescue his wife, Sita, who is held captive by an evil demon king who lives on what is today Sri Lanka. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 15 20:08:21 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Uthayakumari, "There’ll be no New Year until I find my daughter"
IRIN, April 16. KILINOCHCHI, 15 April 2010 (IRIN) - Uthayakumari, 39, lost her husband and a son in fighting between Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and government forces in 2009, and is still searching for her daughter who went missing earlier the same year... Back to the top

US urges respect for human rights in Sri Lanka
afp, April 15. COLOMBO (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Sri Lanka to respect human rights and heal its communal divisions as the island emerges from decades of ethnic bloodshed... Back to the top

PM Congratulates Rajapaksa on Poll Win
upi, April 16. NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his party’s convincing win in the Parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Beyond the Borders: Independent Mahesha Gunathilake, Sri Lankan student
The Lamron, April 16. When she was 19 years old, senior Mahesha Gunathilake transferred to Geneseo and made the move to the United States... Back to the top

S Lanka accused soldiers freed
BBC, April 15, 2010. Police in Sri Lanka say they have released 17 soldiers detained on suspicion of killing or attempting to kill journalists and editors... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares fall from record high; rupee down
Reuters, April 15, 2010. COLOMBO, April 15 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's shares fell on Thursday in thin trade from a record high close in the previous session, snapping six straight rises led by hotel shares, while the rupee closed weaker on importer demand... Back to the top

China congratulates Sri Lanka on parliamentary election
Xinhua, April 15, 2010 . China on Thursday congratulated Sri Lanka on the smooth running of last week's parliamentary elections, the first since the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels last May... Back to the top

$150-mn ADB emergency loan to Sri Lanka
business-standard.com, april 15. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide an emergency loan of $150 million to Sri Lanka for projects involving the internally displaced persons... Back to the top

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... 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

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... Back to the top

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RANKS SRI LANKA AT 2 IN LIST OF 20 TOP DESTINATIONS
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... 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

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