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JUNE 2, 2010 EST, USA
 
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Indian businessess work on beating China at its game
The National, June 3. COLOMBO // As China’s influence in Sri Lanka grows, India is seeking to play bigger role in its southern neighbour and is putting pressure on Colombo to sign a trade agreement, diplomatic sources said. “There is some concern by India that it doesn’t have the kind of role that China is playing in Sri Lanka in the military, political and economic context. That appears to be a source of concern for Indian authorities,” said an Asian diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Last week a group of local entrepreneurs backed by about 800 of their employees took to the capital’s streets in protest against a proposed Indo-Sri Lankan trade services agreement, claiming that it would be detrimental to Sri Lanka’s economic interests. More...
Published: Wed Jun 2 22:34:34 EDT 2010

SRI LANKA: New deadline for IDP resettlement
IRIN, June 2. COLOMBO, 2 June 2010 (IRIN) - The Sri Lankan government has issued a new deadline to resettle tens of thousands of conflict-displaced still living in camps. More than 60,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) continue to live in three government camps, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says. The new Minister of Resettlement, Milroy Fernando, told IRIN an August deadline was “realistic” and that the process would be expedited to ensure people could return home as soon as possible. More...
Published: Wed Jun 2 22:36:19 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Denies War-Crimes Accusations
WSJ, June 2. UNITED NATIONS—Sri Lanka's new foreign minister has rejected charges by three human-rights groups that the government committed war crimes last year in the closing months of its three-decade war against Tamil separatists. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon early last week and with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on Friday, following calls by the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International for an international investigation into the war-crimes accusations. A year after Sri Lanka told Mr. Ban it would investigate accusations of war crimes made in March 2009 by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the government has appointed an eight-member Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to look into the allegations. More...
Published: Wed Jun 2 09:21:50 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka slashes duty on cars, luxury goods
afp, june 2. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka on Wednesday slashed duties on imports, cars and consumer goods with immediate effect in a bid to boost post-war economic activity... Back to the top

S.Lanka to hire cruise liner for cricket fans
afp, June 2. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka plans to hire a cruise liner to accommodate cricket World Cup fans and spectators at the newly built stadium in the island's south, an official said on Tuesday... Back to the top

WSWS reporters visit the devastated Sri Lankan town of Kilinochchi
WSWS, June 2. One year after the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Sri Lankan government claims that life is returning to normal in the war-ravaged Vanni region... Back to the top

Sri Lankan foreign minister denounces UN rights chief
BBC, June 2. The Sri Lankan government has hit out against UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, accusing her of hounding the country on rights issues... Back to the top

Pressure on Bollywood to boycott IIFA
NDTV, June 2. Southern film stars are calling on the Bollywood counterparts to skip the IIFA Awards that are being held in Colombo in solidarity with Sri Lankan Tamils... Back to the top

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