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APRIL 28, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 22


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New Sri Lankan cabinet likely to continue frosty relations with West
The National, Apr 29. COLOMBO // Sri Lanka’s frosty relations with the West over human rights abuses will continue under a new cabinet appointed last week and perhaps jeopardise long-term trade and investment interests, analysts say.

Wijedasa Rajapakse from the opposition United National Front said:“If at all, our relations with the European Union and the United States will get worse."

The bulk of Sri Lanka’s main exports – garments and tea – go to Europe and the United States, who were also key funding partners of Sri Lanka’s development until the government shifted reliance in recent years to countries in the East. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 28 21:49:50 EDT 2010

Pakistan, Sri Lanka agree to promote defence, trade relations
Daily Times, April 29. THIMPHU: In a meeting between Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Wednesday, it was decided that bilateral relations in all fields, especially in defence, trade and commerce should be promoted.

During the meeting, which was also attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, both the leaders emphasised the need to strengthen the SAARC organisation for the betterment of the region. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 28 21:52:18 EDT 2010 Back to the top

An indicator of what comes next for Sri Lanka's media
cpj, Apr 29. In Sri Lanka, there is a lull of sorts in outright attacks on the media as the Rajapaksa government takes stock of where it stands, which is in a very strong position: Last May the government declared a final victory in the brutal 30-year conflict with Tamil secessionists. In January, President Mahinda Rajapksa won a convincing victory in the presidential elections, and in April, his United Peoples Freedom Alliance took 144 seats of the 225 member seats in parliamentary elections, with a chance to build a political coalition that will give him the two-thirds majority he needs to begin rewriting the constitution. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Apr 28 21:55:21 EDT 2010 Back to the top

India, Lanka for expeditious resettlement of Tamils with dignity
ANI, Apr 29. Thimphu (Bhutan), Apr.28 (ANI): Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna met his Sri Lankan counterpart G L Peiris have called for the expeditious rehabilitation and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with dignity... Back to the top

Buddhism with monsters
guardian, Apr 29. A couple of months ago I arrived in Sri Lanka and visited a Buddhist temple for the first time... Back to the top

Emerging scenario in Sri Lanka -Opinion
G. PARTHASARATHY, April 29. May 2009 saw the end of the three-decade long and bloody ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, in which an estimated 80,000 people perished... Back to the top

It could soon be a three-term presidency in Sri Lanka
Hindustan Times, April 28, 2010. The President Mahinda Rajapaksa-led government could soon amend the Constitution to introduce a three-term executive Presidency in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Toronto Tamils vote on transnational government to gain voice
Star, April 29. For the local Tamil community, last May’s protests on the Gardiner Expressway did more harm than good in getting its message out... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

The Long Reach of Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa Dynasty
Time, April 28, 2010. He won his first presidential election in 2005 by a razor thin margin of 180,000 votes... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

ICC Twenty20 World Cup: Complete Schedule, fixture
CrickPress, April 28, 2010. THE ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2010 is scheduled to take place in West Indies from 30 April to May 16 this year... 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 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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