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India-Sri Lanka economic pact likely
hindu, JUne 4. The proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between India and Sri Lanka, which has been pending since 2008, will be discussed during the three-day visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa beginning on June 8. At a news conference here, Minister of Mass Media and Communication Keheliya Rambukwella, however, said an agreement might be clinched only towards the end of the year. Mr. Rajapaksa's visit is the first since he was elected President for a second term in January. The political situation in the post-war island nation particularly the issues related to re-settlement of the displaced Tamil civilians and efforts of the government towards a consensus on a political solution to the ethnic conflict would be the focus of talks in New Delhi. More...
Published: Thu Jun 3 21:14:56 EDT 2010

India’s consulate diplomacy in Lanka
HT, June 4. n a step that can irk its Tamil Nadu partners, the UPA government is moving towards balancing its approach between the Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, aimed at addressing the view that New Delhi’s interests in the island nation are Tamil-centric. The China factor, too, has triggered this change in mindset. New Delhi wants to delay the opening of its consulate in the Tamil-dominate Jaffna to coincide it with the inauguration of the consulate in the Sinhalese-majority Hambantota, 240 km south of capital Colombo. While there is an Indian High Commission in Colombo, the only Indian consulate in Lanka is at Kandy — another Tamil-dominated area of plantations. Jaffna consulate was expected to be opened soon, and the external affairs ministry had tipped V. Mahalingam, the Regional Passport Officer, Delhi, as consul general. More...
Published: Thu Jun 3 21:13:17 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Organisers reject S.Lanka Bollywood awards boycott
afp, June 3. COLOMBO (AFP) – The organisers of a glitzy Bollywood awards ceremony on Wednesday dismissed calls for a boycott by southern Indians angry that it is taking place in Sri Lanka. The film industry in the state of Tamil Nadu, which shares close cultural and religious links with minority ethnic Tamils of Sri Lanka, are staying away from the Colombo awards on Saturday. More...
Published: Thu Jun 3 09:16:42 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Rajapaksa invites Bollywood to Lanka
IndianExpress, june 4. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has invited movie moghuls of India to shoot their films in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka must invest in rights protection
Japan TImes, June 4. NEW YORK — As the Sri Lankan government celebrates the first anniversary of its historic triumph over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it is increasingly clear that the battlefield victory will prove Pyrrhic unless the legitimate grievances of Sri Lanka's minority communities are recognized and addressed... Back to the top

Turkish captain fined for dumping toxic chemicals
M&C, June 3. Colombo - The captain of a Turkish ship which dumped a toxic chemical into Sri Lankan waters was fined 88,000 dollars by a Sri Lankan court Thursday, a court official said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

Southern heat? Biggies give Lanka event a miss
1, june 4. After being sucked unwittingly into the vortex of the Tamil-Sinhala conflict, the IIFA Awards in Colombo saw the seeds of another clash being sown on its opening day... Back to the top

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