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MAY 13, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 37


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Sri Lanka's Tamil expats try to revive separatist movement with 'government in exile'
IPS, may 14. COLOMBO // A year after government troops crushed Tamil separatist guerrillas and ended 26 years of civil war, a political solution addressing the root causes of the ethnic conflict still eludes Sri Lanka, analysts say.

The slow progress in addressing Tamil grievances has already opened dangerous political space to pro-separatist Tamils living abroad.

Earlier this month, members of the million-strong Tamil diaspora in the West, mostly in Canada, the UK, the US, Germany, France and Switzerland, where there are large Tamil communities, conducted unofficial polls and elected a “government-in-exile”. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 13 21:29:15 EDT 2010

Top Sri Lankan official questions Fonseka's claim of being war hero
TOI, may 14. COLOMBO: A top legal official in Sri Lankan has questioned the claims of former army chief Sarath Fonseka of being a war hero, saying he had accused the government of violating international laws during the last phase of the war with the LTTE.

Deputy Solicitor General Wasantha Bandara said that although Gen (retd.) Fonseka was the Chief Commanding Officer during the victorious war last year, he subsequently made statements "inimical to the State for political expediency and lost his honour", the state owned Daily News reported on Thursday. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 13 21:30:37 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Panel to probe Lanka govt, LTTE truce failure
HT, May 14. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) will investigate the failure of the Norway-brokered ceasefire between the Sri Lanka government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that ultimately led to the final phase of the 26-year-long civil war. Lankan Cabinet on Thursday approved the setting up of the Commission recommended by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and laid out its broad terms of reference. More...
Published: Thu May 13 21:31:25 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Police investigating calls made by Nalini: Minister
hindu, may 14. Law Minister Durai Murugan informed the Assembly on Monday that police were investigating the issue of Nalini, convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, making phone calls from her cell... Back to the top

We're to blame, says Sangakkara after Sri Lanka T20 exit
AFP, May 14. GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia — Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara said the team had no-one else to blame but themselves after a seven-wicket World Twenty20 semi-final loss to England here on Thursday... Back to the top

Salman to help rehabilitate child soldiers in Sri Lanka
IANS, May 14. The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) will hold a charity match between Indian celebrities and Sri Lankan cricketers here in June to help rehabilitate former Tamil Tiger child soldiers... Back to the top

Supreme Court to hear plea on Parvathi Ammal
ENS, May 14. NEW DELHI: A petition seeking a special Indian flight for bringing mother of Prabhakaran, the late supremo of the Tamil separatist guerrillas, from Sri Lanka to Chennai for medical treatment is likely to come up before the Supreme Court Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka hunts for Tamil Tigers operating overseas
the australian, May 14. THE Sri Lankan government has vowed to crush attempts to re-establish an international Tamil independence movement just days before a global vigil to honour those killed in the last months of the civil war... Back to the top

Nediyavan: ‘The real rebirth of the LTTE’
ens, May 14. COLOMBO: The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) led by the Norway-based Nediyavan is the real reincarnation of the LTTE, and not the US-based outfit led by Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, which is trying to establish a Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), says Prof... Back to the top

Buoyed By Growth, Sri Lanka Aims To Tap Bond Investors
WSJ, May 13. NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Sri Lanka is considering a new sovereign bond deal for up to $1 billion that could be brought to market as soon as July, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said Tuesday in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires... Back to the top

Europe's Storm Could Toss Sri Lanka
wsj, may 13. One year out of a bloody war, Sri Lanka has been enjoying a peace dividend... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Gen Sarath Fonseka denies incitement charge
bbc, may 13. Defeated Sri Lankan presidential candidate Gen Sarath Fonseka has for the first time appeared before a civilian court to deny inciting unrest... Back to the top

Rajaratnam Says Cricket, Not Crime, Was on His Mind (Update1)
bloomberg, May 13. May 13 (Bloomberg) -- Galleon Group LLC co-founder Raj Rajaratnam had a ready answer for every question U... Back to the top

India trying to revive Cepa with Lanka
ET, May 13. NEW DELHI: With the election process ending in Sri Lanka and the Rajapaksa government settling into its second term, India is trying to revive the comprehensive economic partnership agreement (Cepa) with Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Paul Collingwood believes England can beat Sri Lanka in World Twenty20
guardian, May 13. The England team were training out at the Beausejour Stadium again yesterday, practising their six-hitting off a few short-range throw-downs... Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka consider mystery man Mendis to sink England
reuters, May 13. GROS ISLET, May 12 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara could unleash versatile, young spinner Ajantha Mendis on an England team that has had little experience of playing the talented bowler... Back to the top

Big B, SRK, Ash confirmed at IIFA
TOI, may 13. Much against rumours that Amitabh Bachchan might skip the IIFA Awards at Sri Lanka this year following the resistance from people in Tamil Nadu, Big B has confirmed that he will very much attend the event even if its for one day... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Gen Sarath Fonseka denies incitement charge
BBC News, May 12, 2010. Defeated Sri Lankan presidential candidate Gen Sarath Fonseka has for the first time appeared before a civilian court to deny inciting unrest... Back to the top

Sri Lanka war crimes probe says lacks legal powers
Khaleej Times, May 12, 2010. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka’s committee probing war crimes said on Wednesday it does not have the legal power to investigate alleged rights abuses during the final stages of the South Asian nation’s 25-year separatist conflict... Back to the top

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