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APRIL 29, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 23


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Panel to examine ethnic discord in Sri Lanka
hindu, April 30. THIMPHU: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about his government's plans to reach a political settlement with the Tamil ethnic community, which will include the setting up of a panel of eminent persons to examine all issues of discord.

In a 30-minute meeting here on Thursday, Mr. Rajapaksa also detailed the move to set up an Upper House in Parliament that would ensure greater representation to all ethnic communities and add weight to the move towards a political settlement, senior Foreign Ministry officials said.

The Sri Lankan President said he would also consult with all sections of the Tamil community, including those not represented in Parliament, to infuse a sense of participation and equality in the nation's re-building process after the end of conflict between the armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 29 21:18:46 EDT 2010

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 Back to the top

The Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan State
SAAG, Apr 30. The man who vehemently advocated for human rights during the 70’s and 80’s has become one of the main offenders and a conspirator against human rights in the present day Sri Lanka. While one expected the island nation to be free after the end of war, the present day situation appears to be the other way around. The common man in Colombo, who walks without any fear of suicide attack from the LTTE, sees a new threat emerging in the form of police and other government agents who involve themselves in intimidation, ‘white van’ culture and unwarranted arrests. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 29 21:03:33 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Farming, Fisheries Offer Hope to Former Battleground
IPS, Apr 29. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Apr 29, 2010 (IPS) - Well before the northern Sri Lankan region of the Jaffna Peninsula was devastated by over two and a half decades of a bloody sectarian war, fisheries and agriculture had been the mainstays of its economy... Back to the top

Chinese national arrested in SL on charges of rape
PTI, April 29. Colombo, Apr 29 (PTI) A Chinese national has been arrested by the Sri Lankan police for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl... Back to the top

Sri Lanka demolishes rebel chief's house: politician
afp, APril 29. The ancestral home of Sri Lanka's slain Tamil Tiger rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has been demolished as it was becoming a tourist attraction, a Tamil politician said Thursday... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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

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

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