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MAY 20, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 44


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Sri Lanka's detained general pays tribute to war heros
Xinhua, May 21. While the Sri Lankan government has decided to postpone its first ever war victory celebration due to bad weather, former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka who is in military custody paid tribute on Thursday to soldiers and civilians who contributed to the war victory against Tamil Tiger rebels.

"Today marks the first anniversary of the military victory achieved by liberating the motherland and the nation from terrorism that had gripped the country for thirty-long years. At this moment I reminisce about the valiant war heroes who sacrificed their lives and innocent fraternal people in my country who fell victim to the war. I salute all of them," Fonseka told reporters.

But Fonseka said the military victory over Tamil Tiger rebels a year ago had not brought in the desired results when looked back. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 20 21:39:33 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka failed to build on war victory: Fonseka
AFP, May 21. COLOMBO: The detained Sri Lankan general who led soldiers to victory over Tamil Tiger rebels one year ago accused the government Thursday of failing to convert his success into a new era of peace.

Sarath Fonseka, a key architect of the strategy that finally defeated the Tigers after decades of bloody conflict, said the publicís fear of rebel suicide bombs had been replaced by the fear of political persecution. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 20 21:37:50 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Beijing tightens its embrace of Sri Lanka
FT, May 21. At Hambantota, a remote fishing town on Sri Lanka's south coast, Chinese engineers dig a channel through the beaches, connecting the Indian Ocean with a vast inland pit, whose soaring concrete walls dwarf the earth-moving equipment working below.

Next year, project managers will fill this man-made crater with water, creating the first phase of an international harbour that will service the passing ships of the oil trade between east Asia and the Middle East.

"There are a lot of local crowds who come to see this," says an official guide, who takes tourists to a vantage point where Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's president, is pictured standing alongside Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 20 21:38:36 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Island seeks Bollywood lift
FT, May 21. Sri Lanka is turning to India's Bollywood film industry to help patch up its image a year after its civil war ended, reports Joe Leahy in Mumbai ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's detained ex-army chief denies war crimes
Reuters, may 20. Sri Lanka's detained former army chief on Thursday said there were no war crimes committed under his command but was not aware whether orders came from elsewhere... Back to the top

IMF team visits war-torn Northern Province of Sri Lanka
PTI, May 19. May 19 (PTI) The IMF, which is providing financial assistance to Sri Lanka in post-war rebuilding efforts, sent a high-level team of officials to Jaffna to discuss rehabilitation efforts and estimate the financial requirements needed for the crucial development... Back to the top

The Sins of Sri Lanka's Great War Victory
time, May 20. The International Crisis Group, an international human rights group based in Brussels, released an alarming report on Tuesday, timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the end of Sri Lanka's civil war... Back to the top

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