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APRIL 25, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 19


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Lanka may scrap draconian emergency laws
PTI, April 26. Colombo, Apr 25 (PTI) The government may be in the final stages on deciding to scrap the state of emergency laws that provided sweeping powers to security forces during Sri Lanka's three decades long ethnic conflict with Tamil Tigers, a top minister said today. External Affairs Minister G L Pieris said relaxing the stringent clauses in emergency regulations were under "active consideration" of the government. He said these laws were not made in perpetuity and therefore were "bound to change".

He said the new government would be looking to make appropriate changes to laws that had been necessary during the times of turbulence in the country.

"Circumstances have changed. We want to do it not because of external pressures, but because it's the right thing to do now," he underlined. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 25 22:30:39 EDT 2010

Ceylon soldiers to march next Anzac Day
AAP, Apr 26. The Ceylon ex-Servicemen's Association of Australia will march again next Anzac Day, undeterred by a horrific accident that left six members injured after a truck ploughed into them at Sunday's parade, the group's president says.

Two Sri Lankan war veterans were seriously injured when a vintage military truck driven by a 64-year-old lurched out of control and struck them from behind, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road about 12.30pm (AEST) on Sunday.

The two men who were originally listed as critical are now in a stable condition. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 25 22:38:38 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka desperate to pocket World Cup
afp, April 26. Sri Lanka, world champions in the 50-over format in 1996, are desperate to add the Twenty20 title to their collection in the Caribbean after a series of near-misses. Captain Kumar Sangakkara’s men lost the World T20 championship by eight wickets to Pakistan at Lords last year. Two years earlier, the Sri Lankans lost to Australia in the final of the World Cup while the same opponents went on to deny them a semi-final place in the inaugural World Twenty20 later in 2007. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Apr 25 22:31:32 EDT 2010 Back to the top

SriLankan to operate 7 extra flights this week
ETN, Apr 26. National carrier SriLankan Airlines (SLA) is operating seven extra flights to European destinations to serve the thousands of stranded and waiting passengers affected by the airport crisis in Europe... Back to the top

Spinners the key: Kumar
The Telegraph, Apr 26. Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara believes that his team has the potential to go all the way in the World T20 in the West Indies... Back to the top

Malaysian police detain 75 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers
ET, 26 Apr 2010. Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian police have detained 75 asylum- seekers from Sri Lanka who refused to surrender after their boat was intercepted in waters off the northern Penang state's coast, a news report said Monday... Back to the top

Tamils protest Amitabh Bachchan's proposed visit to Sri Lanka
toi, April 26. MUMBAI: Hundreds of Tamils on Sunday protested outside the bungalow of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, shouting slogans against his decision to visit Sri Lanka as chief guest for the India International Films Awards (IIFA) function in July... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to expand first post-war cabinet
AFP, April 24, 2010. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka's president will expand his new cabinet by five ministers but the government will still have far fewer members than the previous one, an official source said Saturday... Back to the top

behindwoods, April 24, 2010. With the Bollywood IIFA awards proposed to be held in Sri Lanka this year, Amitabh visited Colombo recently and took part in an event sharing stage with Sri Lankan President Rajapakshe... Back to the top

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