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MAY 5, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 29


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Sri Lanka's main opposition faces leadership question as it attempts to regroup
The National, May 7. COLOMBO // Sri Lanka’s main opposition party is facing a leadership crisis after losing a number of elections over the past six years to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance.

Yesterday, the United National Party’s highest policy-making body, the Working Committee, met to discuss the party’s direction and how to revive it, underscoring the growing calls for the party leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe to step down.

Though UNP politicians are not openly canvassing for Mr Wickremasinghe, 61, to step down, pressure is mounting for him to quit after a dismal 16 years at the top in which he has lost two presidential polls and his party a string of parliamentary and local government elections. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed May 5 21:45:20 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief barred from parliament
Sify, May 6. The former army commander who was elected to parliament while in military custody on charges of conspiracy went on hunger strike after he was barred from attending sessions, his wife said Wednesday.

The refusal to allow General Sarath Fonseka to attend the sittings sparked uproar in parliament between government and opposition members.

'He has not had his breakfast or his lunch today in protest against not allowing him to go to parliament,' Anoma Fonseka told DPA. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed May 5 21:47:06 EDT 2010 Back to the top

MF urges Sri Lanka reforms to get loan moving again
reuters, May 6. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund urged the Sri Lankan government on Wednesday to speed up fiscal reforms and produce a more comprehensive deficit cutting plan if wants to get a multi-billion dollar loan back on track.

"The disbursement of the next tranche (of the loan) is linked most importantly with the budget," Koshy Mathai, the IMF resident representative for Sri Lanka, told Reuters in an interview. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed May 5 21:47:58 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Moves to boost livelihoods in former combat-zone
Reuters, May 6. KILINOCHCHI, 5 May 2010 (IRIN) - Reviving the farming and fishing sectors in northern Sri Lanka's former combat zone is vital for returning residents to regain their livelihoods, experts say... Back to the top

India ready to resume ferry services with Sri Lanka
HT, May 6. India is prepared to resume ferry services between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, Indian High Commissioner Ashok K Kantha said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Accused terrorism-financer expected to plead guilty in Vancouver court
Vancouer Sun, May 6. VANCOUVER -- The first man charged under Canada's anti-terrorism financing law is expected to plead guilty next Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka parliament approves state of emergency
Xinhua, May 6. Sri Lanka's parliament voted on Wednesday in favor of extension of the state of emergency by a further month... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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