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Rights group rejects S.Lanka war probe as smokescreen
AFP, May 9. COLOMBO (AFP) – An international rights group Saturday called Sri Lanka's planned review of its final battle against Tamil Tiger rebels a smokescreen to avoid accountability for alleged war crimes.

President Mahinda Rajapakse on Thursday said he would name a commission next week to assess lessons from the last stages of fighting in 2009 and recommend measures to prevent a return to conflict. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 8 22:54:09 EDT 2010


A week before Rahul's visit, Sri Lankans detained TNN,
toi, May 9, 2010, 05.00am IST. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala police on Saturday stumbled on a human trafficking racket following the detention of 38 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from a lodge in Kollam district.

The group, which included five women and as many children, were picked up late on Friday night following intelligence inputs from Tamil Nadu police. The AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi is due to visit the district next week in connection with the Indian Youth Congress organisational polls. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 8 22:53:13 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Big B will attend IIFA Awards in Lanka: Official
ens, May 9. COLOMBO: Actor Amitabh Bachchan will attend the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards function at Colombo in June, even if just for a day, a top official of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) claims.

“Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai are definitely participating. And as for Amitabh, he will also come, even if only for a day,” the official told Express on the condition of anonymity.

Preparations for the event, to be held from June 3 to 5, are already on full swing. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 8 22:52:34 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Sri Lanka risks losing the peace
Australian, May 8. SOON after they killed him, the Sri Lankan government sent text messages to mobile phones across the country heralding the demise of Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of militant group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam... Back to the top

Sri Lanka allowed Murali replacement
yahoo, May 9. Sir Lanka have been permitted to replace the injured Muttiah Muralitharan in their squad for the ICC World Twenty20, the organisers have confirmed... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Government Proposal Won’t Address War Crimes
HRW, May 7. (New York, May 7, 2010) – The Sri Lankan government's suggestion that a newly announced commission will provide accountability for laws-of-war violations during the armed conflict with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is yet another attempt to deflect an independent international investigation, Human Rights Watch said today... Back to the top

Pack your trunk for a Sri Lankan paradise
Mirror, May 8. Gliding down the Benthara river it’s hard to believe you are in a country ravaged by 25 years of civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene smashes the West Indies' bowlers
Guardian, may 8. The Sri Lankans' batting against West Indies was even more effective than the Australians' had been earlier in the day, though the style in which they went about scoring their runs could hardly have made a starker contrast... Back to the top

Lankan PM tells West to crack down on separatist Tamils
PTI, May 7. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka today asked western countries to crack down on Tamils trying to revive Tiger separatist movement, which was crushed last year... Back to the top

LTTE threat shifted to diplomacy: Peiris
pti, May 7. Colombo, May 7 (PTI) Terming as a "dangerous development" the campaign by pro-Tamil Tiger groups abroad to form a provisional "transnational government," Sri Lanka has said the LTTE threat against it has now shifted to the diplomatic front... Back to the top

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