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MAY 27, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 51


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Sri Lanka's war displaced civilians waiting to go home
Xinhua, May 28. COLOMBO, May 27 (Xinhua)-- Sellamma Nithyaraja doesn't want to leave the welfare center in Vavuniya in northern Sri Lanka. She said living in the center is safer than going back to her village in the Mullattivu district, where Tamil Tiger rebels were finally defeated in May 2009 after a 30-year-long civil war. Nithyaraja is among the 70,000 war displaced people still living in welfare centers in Vavuniya, Mannar and Jaffna districts. "I am afraid of anti-personnel (AP) mines. People say the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had buried lots of AP mines in our village. I have seen how people's legs blown off when we were fleeing. It was terrible," said 46-year-old Sellamma. More...
Published: Thu May 27 22:43:59 EDT 2010

UNICEF helping renovate hospitals in former LTTE areas
Zee, May 28. Colombo: A year after the defeat of the LTTE, the United Nations children's fund is actively assisting in reviving the hospitals and health facilities in the war ravaged areas of northern Sri Lanka once dominated by the Tiger rebels. The UNICEF is refurbishing and renovating four Gramodaya Health Centres in the Northern Province and is also modernising and equipping the obstetric and paediatric units of the Mullaithivu General Hospital. More...
Published: Thu May 27 22:44:54 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: New Panel Doesn’t Satisfy US Concerns
HRW, May 28. (New York, May 27, 2010) – Sri Lanka's new Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, to look into the armed conflict that ended last year, falls far short of minimum standards sought by the United States, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On May 28, 2010, the Sri Lankan external affairs minister, G.L. Peiris, is scheduled to meet with Clinton. In the letter, Human Rights Watch urged Clinton to call for an independent international investigation into violations of the laws of war committed by both government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Thu May 27 22:46:29 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Main Buddhist festival celebrated in Sri Lanka Tamil region
Xinhua, May 28. COLOMBO, May 27 (Xinhua) -- For the first time in several decades the main Buddhist religious festival of Wesak is celebrated Thursday in the northern city of Jaffna, government officials said... Back to the top

India to Assist Lanka in Development of Air Base in Jaffna
PTI, May 28. COLOMBO - India will assist Sri Lanka in the development of the crucial Palaly air base and the Kanakesanthurai port in Jaffna peninsula, as the country works to rebuild the war-torn Tamil-dominated North... Back to the top

Sri Lanka joins opposition to Howard
Heraldsun, May 28. FORMER PM John Howard's bid for the ICC presidency has taken another hit with Sri Lanka's cricket chief declaring he would not support it... Back to the top

Can America Catch the Cricket Bug?
WSJ, May 28. For a team sport to succeed in the United States, it usually needs to have been born there... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Minister Leaves National Press Club Without Addressing Journalists
AHN, May 27. Washington, DC, United States (AHN) - Sri Lanka's minister for external affairs, G... Back to the top

Interview with Sri Lanka's FM
Politico, May 27. Almost exactly a year ago, Sri Lanka's government declared victory in its brutal 25-year long civil war against the separatist Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

U.S. State Dept lifts travel warning on Sri Lanka
rreuters, may 27. WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department announced on Wednesday it had canceled a travel warning for Sri Lanka, in a boost for the Indian Ocean island state that ended a long war last year and hopes to draw more tourists... Back to the top

Amnesty backs world court, slams global injustice
afp, may 27. LONDON — Amnesty called Thursday for the US, China and Russia to sign up to the International Criminal Court, in a hard-hitting report alleging powerful governments have blocked advances in global justice... Back to the top

amil Tiger child rebels go home
bbc, may 27. All former Tamil Tiger rebels underage when the war ended last year have been returned to their families and communities, Sri Lankan officials say... Back to the top

Thousands of vehicles unclaimed in North Lanka
ens, may 27. OLOMBO: The land opposite the public playground in Kilinochchi, the former capital of the LTTE in north Sri Lanka, is now a dumping ground for over 17,000 civilian vehicles which government troops had recovered from the war zone last year... Back to the top

Fast-disappearing treasuries the pick in Sri Lanka
rreuters, may 27. COLOMBO (Reuters) - When Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war ended last year, investors surged to its share market and sent the index rocketing up 125 percent and making it the top pick in global frontier investments... Back to the top

Gold seized from Lankan at airport
toi, may 27. CHENNAI: Customs officials on Wednesday seized eight gold bars of 800 grams each worth Rs 14.83 lakh from a Sri Lankan national who arrived from Colombo... Back to the top

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