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UN calls for war crimes tribunal into Sri Lanka
ABC, April 28. More than a year after Sri Lanka launched its final offensive against the Tamil Tiger rebels, pressure continues to mount for an international tribunal into alleged war crimes. U-N Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon plans to appoint a panel of experts to look into a tribunal something the Sri Lankan government says is unwarranted and uncalled for. Now Australian lawyers are joining forces with the International Commission of Jurists to take witness statements and prepare evidence for any war crimes tribunal. They say they hope it will help demonstrate the need for a full investigation and help protect those who might be subject to further human rights abuses. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 27 22:02:30 EDT 2010

Lenient asylum' pulls Sri Lankans
Australian, April 28. AUSTRALIA'S "lenient" asylum policy, easy access to citizenship and generous welfare benefits are the main pull factors attracting Sri Lankan asylum-seekers, says the head of Colombo's anti-human-trafficking operation.

Prabath Aluthge, chief of Sri Lanka's National Counter Human Trafficking Resource Centre, told The Australian the recent wave of boat arrivals was driven by success stories spread by Sri Lankans who had travelled to Australia. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 27 21:56:46 EDT 2010 Back to the top


LTTE activists arrested in Netherlands
thehindu.com, April 28. At least seven suspected LTTE cadres have been arrested in The Netherlands, the BBC reported quoting Sri Lankan Ambassador there Grace Asirvathan.

The arrests show the LTTE international network has become vulnerable. For several months since the military decimation of the LTTE and death of its leader Velupillai Prabakaran in May last year, Colombo has been maintaining that the international network has largely remained intact and urging global cooperation in dismantling it. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 27 21:47:02 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lanka seeks cheaper oil and energy
UPI, April 28. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 27 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka's government is attempting to lower its fuel import bill by negotiating long-term agreements with producers and eliminating intermediaries... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares slip from record high on profit taking
Reuters, April 28. COLOMBO, April 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's shares slipped on Tuesday, snapping a six-day record streak as foreign and institutional investors booked profits in high trading volumes... Back to the top

Gang boss known for hostility towards journalists appointed deputy media minister
RSF, April 28. “In what country do you appoint an arsonist to put out fires?” Reporters Without Borders asked today after learning that Mervyn Silva, a politician notorious for insulting and physically attacking journalists, has been appointed deputy minister of media and information... Back to the top

Press rights group asks Sri Lanka to remove aggressor from media post
Winnipeg Freepress, April 27, 2010. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A media rights group criticized Sri Lankan on Tuesday for appointing a politician to a government media post who allegedly organized attacks against journalists and press offices and called for his ouster... Back to the top

Australian lawyers gather evidence on possible Sri Lanka war crimes
abc, April 27. More than a year after Sri Lanka launched its final offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels, pressure continues to mount for an international tribunal into alleged war crimes... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Selvanayagam Selvantha, "Imagine being with traumatised people every single day"
IRIN, April 27, 2010. KALMUNAI, 27 April 2010 (IRIN) - Selvanayagam Selvantha, 34, has worked as a pastor and social worker for eight years in rural northeast Sri Lanka, helping people to recover from the country’s civil war and the 2004 tsunami, which displaced more than a million people... Back to the top

Lanka to gift sapling of Maha Bodhi tree to India
PTI, April 27. Colombo, Apr 27 (PTI) To commemorate 2,600 years of Buddha Jayanthi, Sri Lanka will present India a sapling of the Maha Bodhi tree under which Gautama Buddha believed to have attained enlightenment... Back to the top

IIFA venue as Sri Lanka is doubtful-Amitabh Bachchan
Fresh News, April 27. Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka was announced as the venue for India International Film Award (IIFA) by its brand ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan who now seems confused about this decision as the Tamil population in Mumbai and Canada has protested and asked him to find for some other location to hold the IIFA awards Back to the top

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... 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... 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

Sri Lanka’s love for B’wood
Times of India, April 27. 2010. Sri Lankans are huge fans of Bollywood. With the long-drawn battle with the LTTE over, people of the emerald island are now enjoying the fantasies Bollywood sells, and encouraging Indian filmmakers to shoot there too... Back to the top

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