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MAY 4, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 28


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Dramatic drop in Sri Lankan boatpeople
Australian, May 5. SRI Lanka's once-booming people-smuggling market is cooling, with Australian authorities recording no new boat arrivals since March.

But while the Sri Lankan pipeline may have dried up, figures issued by the Immigration Department showed mainland detention centres are straining under the weight of boat arrivals from other countries.

Some centres have been forced to move into so-called surge capacity, and the number of people housed in "alternative" detention such as motels or serviced apartments has increased. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 4 22:04:33 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka blocks cricketers visiting Dalai Lama
afp, may 4. COLOMBO Sri Lanka stopped national cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara and another player from calling on the Dalai Lama out of fear that a meeting would anger China, an official said Tuesday.

Sangakkara and former skipper Mahela Jayawardene were advised not to join their Indian Premier League teammates who paid a courtesy call on the Tibetan spiritual leader last month, the official said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 4 09:24:08 EDT 2010 Back to the top

U.S. welcomes pardoning of Sri Lanka journalist
Reuters, May 4. COLOMBO (Reuters) The United States Tuesday welcomed Sri Lanka's decision to pardon a journalist convicted under the powerful wartime emergency law that has been relaxed to boost investment.

Tamil journalist J.S. Tissanayagam, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail on charges of conspiracy and violating emergency regulations, was granted a presidential pardon Monday. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 4 09:15:58 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to scale back emergency laws: minister
afp, May 4. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka's foreign minister pledged Tuesday that the country's tough emergency laws introduced in 1983 to fight a raging Tamil insurgency would be gradually withdrawn... Back to the top

Lanka to set up reconciliation commission
PTI, May 4. Colombo, May 4 (PTI) Sri Lankan government today announced formation of a reconciliation commission aimed at building mutual trust among various communities in the country and easing of some emergency regulations like restriction on holding meetings... Back to the top

Prabhakaran's mother may get treatment in TN
PTI, May 4. New Delhi, May 4 (PTI) The Central government is likely to allow treatment of Parvathi, mother of slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran, in Tamil Nadu on certain conditions... Back to the top

Mahela Jayawardene shows beauty can thrive in game of beastly hitters
Guardian, May 4. It would be a rare cricket visit to the South American coastal region that was not enhanced by some significant rain and it did not disappoint, ruining the opening match of yesterday's double-header... Back to the top

Sri Lanka - Pakistan studies anti-insurgency ops of SL Army
ISRIA, May 4. A delegation of senior military officers of Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force from the National Defence University of Pakistan was in the island on a study tour... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bourse slips from record high; rupee up
Reuters, May 4. COLOMBO, May 4 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares slipped on Tuesday after hitting a record high in the previous session as investors booked profits while the rupee gained, led by exporter dollar conversions, traders said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka suspends Fonseka court martial
afp, May 3. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka's court of appeal on Monday suspended a court martial against former army chief Sarath Fonseka, who tried to unseat the president in elections earlier this year... Back to the top

Post-war Sri Lanka softens tough emergency laws
Reuters, May 3. COLOMBO, May 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka relaxed on Monday its powerful wartime emergency rules, seeking to boost investment a year after the end of a 25-year war, officials said, a move likely to help it deflect criticism over its human rights record... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pardons jailed Tamil editor: minister
afp, may 3. COLOMBO (AFP) Sri Lanka on Monday pardoned a convicted Tamil editor whose 20-year prison term last year for supporting "terrorism" drew international criticism, the foreign minister said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pardons convicted Tamil editor
sify, May 3. Sri Lanka's president on Monday pardoned a convicted Tamil editor whose 20-year prison sentence last year drew international condemnation, a minister said... Back to the top

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