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MAY 17, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 41


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TNA’s mourning call a fizzleTNA’s mourning call a fizzle
ENS, May 18. COLOMBO: A call by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to observe May 17 as a ‘Day of Mourning’ to mourn the alleged mass killing of civilians by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the last few days of Eelam War IV, had little or no response in the Tamil-speaking North and East of Sri Lanka ,sources in the area told Express. “The TNA had called for prayers to be offered at temples and churches, but there was little evidence of any such puja here,” said a prominent Tamil in Vavuniya, which received lakhs of refugees in the last days of the war. “There is no scope for any such agitations now,” the resident said on condition of anonymity. More...
Published: Mon May 17 22:53:08 EDT 2010

Gotabaya rejects TNA’s demand
ENS, May 18. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has rejected the demand of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that the Northern and Eastern provinces be de-militarised since the war against the LTTE had ended a year ago. In an article in The Sanday Times Gotabaya said that it would be “foolish” to relax military control given the possibility that the LTTE might regroup. On the very heavy military presence in the Wanni which was once under the control of the LTTE and which saw the heaviest fighting in Eelam War IV, he said: “The vast jungle terrain in the Wanni must be dominated – it is the land that the LTTE exploited to the maximum during the early stages of the campaign to wage guerilla warfare. More...
Published: Mon May 17 22:54:07 EDT 2010 Back to the top

S.Lanka seeks harmony between elephants and humans
AFP, May 18. LUNUGAMWEHERA, Sri Lanka (AFP) – In the early hours of a hot dry day, four orphaned elephants begin a bumpy truck ride back to the jungles of southern Sri Lanka where they had been rescued from near certain death. The four baby jumbos -- now aged five and six -- are ready to leave the Elephant Transit Home where they have been treated and cared for since they were less than a year old. More...
Published: Mon May 17 22:58:02 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka War Abuses Killed Thousands, Group Says (Update1)
bloomberg, may 18. May 17 (Bloomberg) -- Tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died in the final five months of Sri Lanka’s civil war as security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels repeatedly violated international humanitarian laws, an advocacy group said today... Back to the top

Rains delay Sri Lanka victory parade, 200,000 displaced
AFP, May 18. COLOMBO (AFP) – Heavy rains forced the indefinite postponement of Sri Lanka's military parade marking the first anniversary of its defeat of Tamil rebels, officials said Monday as flash floods killed four people... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Interest Rates Likely to Stay Unchanged, Cabraal Says
bloomberg, May 18. May 18 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s benchmark interest rates will likely remain unchanged this week as inflation remains “benign,” central bank Governor Nivard Cabraal said in an interview in Singapore today... Back to the top

Investigate end of Sri Lanka's war, rights groups say
Reuters India, May 17, 2010. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Rights groups on Monday urged the United Nations to investigate potential war crimes at the end of Sri Lanka's 25-year war, repeating charges that tens of thousands died in the final months... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: need to restore trust
The Hindu, May 17, 2010. It is one year since Velupillai Prabakaran, founder leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, died with his aides in the final stage of the Eelam War... Back to the top

Asylum plea for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses
ABC Online, May 17, 2010. The International Crisis Group has called on Australia to support an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Marks First Anniversary of Civil War End
VoA, May 17, 2010. Sri Lanka holds a series of ceremonies this week to mark the first anniversary of the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels and the end of a quarter-century of civil war... Back to the top

Innovations won final Eelam war for Lanka army
ENS, May 17. COLOMBO,: The island nation would be marking the first anniversary of the Eelam War IV, which resulted in the rout of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), from May 16 to 19... Back to the top

Report Holds Sri Lanka to Account for Deaths
NYT, May 17. NEW DELHI — Tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died in the last, bloody months of Sri Lanka’s civil war, the International Crisis Group said in an investigative report to be released Monday, most of them as a result of government shelling on areas that were supposed to be safe zones... Back to the top

Rajapaksa to visit India on June 8
hindu, May 17. TEHRAN: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit India on June 8 to discuss the development of infrastructure in northern Sri Lanka and resettlement of the internally displaced persons... Back to the top

Civil war damaged 2.6 lakh houses in Lanka: Red Cross
AFP, May 17. The battle between Sri Lankan security forces and the LTTE during the last phase of the 'Eelam IV War' has damaged about 2.6 lakh houses in the Tamil dominated North, according to a recent study... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wary of Tiger revival abroad
afp, May 17. COLOMBO — One year after Sri Lanka's army wiped out the Tamil Tigers, there are no signs of the rebel group's revival at home, but concerns remain about extremist fund-raisers abroad... Back to the top

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