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JUNE 5, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 60


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Sri Lankan truth panel meets
The Hindu, June 05, 2010. Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission on the ethnic conflict met here for the first time with the President on the chair.

In his remarks, Mr. Rajapaksa expressed the view that the current stability and the strong mandate received by the government in the Presidential and Parliamentary elections made it the right opportunity for taking necessary steps for fact finding and reconciliation.

The eight-member Commission will probe events from February 2002 to the military victory against the Tigers in May last year.

The time period and the jurisdiction of the Commission have evinced mixed response. Critics of the government are of the view that the time frame is politically motivated and the Commission does not have enough scope, particularly to investigate alleged human rights violations in the last phase of the war.

Since the end of the war, the government has been under pressure from several quarters within and outside to allow an independent committee or commission to investigate charges of alleged excesses both by the LTTE and the security forces towards the end of the 34-month-long-war.

The government has repeatedly rejected the calls for any More...
Published: Sat Jun 5 16:29:37 EDT 2010

Protest-hit Bollywood awards get under way in Sri Lanka
AFP - Google, June 05, 2010. COLOMBO India's version of Hollywood's Oscars ceremony got under way in Sri Lanka's capital Saturday without some of the megastars who faced pressure from Tamil groups to stay away from Colombo.

The Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) awards opened at Colombo's Sugathadasa Stadium, marking the climax to three days of events connected with the "Bollywood Oscars," which have been held at a foreign venue since 2000.

Sri Lanka rolled out the red carpet for India's film fraternity, but IIFA's own brand ambassador and actor, Amitabh Bachchan, stayed away following protests by pro-Tamil groups outside his Mumbai home.

The Colombo ceremonies were marred by boycott calls from the influential Tamil film industry in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which has close cultural and religious links with Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil minority.

The Tamil lobby has argued that staging the event in Colombo endorses the Sri Lankan government of President Mahinda Rajapakse.

The president is under pressure from the international More...
Published: Sat Jun 5 16:23:01 EDT 2010 Back to the top

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