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Sri Lanka’s Jaffna Lures Investments After Defeat of Rebels
bloomberg, April 27. April 26 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s Jaffna peninsula, a former stronghold of the Tamil Tiger rebels in the country’s north, is attracting investments by Indian companies in construction and agriculture after the defeat of the separatists, an industry official said.

As many as 10 Indian companies have this month expressed interest to set up factories for food processing, plastics and glass recycling, garments and ready-mix concrete, Kanagasabai Poornachandran, president of the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said in a telephone interview today from his office in Jaffna city.

The end of the 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka has encouraged Indian Oil Corp. and Bharti Airtel Ltd., India’s biggest state-run refiner and largest mobile-phone operator respectively, to expand in the island nation. Sri Lanka could benefit from its proximity to India just as Hong Kong profits from being a trade hub to China, HSBC Private Bank said after the war ended in May last year. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Apr 26 09:04:39 EDT 2010


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 Back to the top


US agency helping to create 5,000 jobs in Sri Lanka
PTI, April 27. Colombo, Apr 26 (PTI) An American developmental agency has joined hands with Sri Lanka's private sector for creating 5,000 jobs in the war ravaged North and Eastern regions of the country.

The US Agency for International Development has announced the new business alliance programme in association with Sri Lanka's private sector for the initiative. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Apr 26 09:06:35 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Bachchan placates Tamils before Lanka trip
IBN, April 27. Toronto/Mumbai: With Tamils in India and Canada saying they are "profoundly saddened" by Amitabh Bachchan's proposed visit to Sri Lanka to host the India International Film Awards (IIFA) function, the megastar on Monday responded saying he would respect everyone's sentiments... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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