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MAY 31, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 55


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Sri Lanka needs international probe: UN rights chief
afp, June 1. GENEVA The United Nations human rights chief called on Sri Lanka to allow an international probe into the government's final offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels last year.

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, acknowledged that the Sri Lanka government had created a post-war reconciliation commission to look into alleged human rights violations, and provide justice to victims.

"However, based on previous experience and new information, I remain convinced that such objectives would be better served by establishing an independent international accountability mechanism that would enjoy public confidence, both in Sri Lanka and elsewhere," she told the UN Human Rights Council. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 31 19:40:26 EDT 2010

Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka, June 1. May 31 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka has just celebrated the first anniversary of victory over the Tamil Tiger separatists, which ended a three-decade war and ushered the Indian Ocean nation into the ranks of Asia's emerging frontier markets.

Recently re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa has a powerful parliamentary majority and is now turning his attention to long-awaited economic and political change.

Following is a summary of key risks to watch in Sri Lanka: More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 31 19:41:10 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Tamils protest Salman Khan's Sri Lanka visit for IIFA function
ANI, June 1. Members of the Tamil community staged a protest here on Sunday against Bollywood actor Salman Khan's proposed visit to Sri Lanka for International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony.

Khan is due to attend the 11th IIFA awards ceremony in Colombo from June 3-5.

"We tried to give him a letter which he did not accept and said that he will attend the award function, so we have burnt photographs here. In case if they attend this function we won't let his films to release here," said Sharvana, a protestor. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 31 19:43:45 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka cricket body 'corrupt' - minister
afp, June 1. COLOMBO The governing body for cricket in Sri Lanka is the island nation's third-most dishonest institution, the country's new sports minister said on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's new cricket selectors race against time to prepare for World Cup
AP, June 1. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Former skipper Aravinda de Silva has been appointed Sri Lanka's chief cricket selector and set the challenge of preparing a team capable of winning a World Cup just nine months away... Back to the top

Huge civilian toll in Lanka war: Indian doc
HT, June 1. One year after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, one of the Indian doctors who treated Tamil refugees during the last months of the conflict says there were "massive casualties" among the civilian population... Back to the top

Sri Lankan capital under dengue threat
Xinhua, May 30. COLOMBO, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan capital Colombo is under a threat of Dengue epidemic following the recent premonsoonal rains, Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) warned on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka vows to double tourism income by 2015
Xinhua, May 30. COLOMBO, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka expects to double its tourism income by 2015 as most of the countries have relaxed their travel advisories to Sri Lanka following the conclusion of a bloody civil war, a government minister said Sunday... Back to the top

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