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We'll strive for settlement acceptable to all: Rajapaksa
Hindu, June 10. NEW DELHI: India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday decided to extend their ties to areas such as defence, space and energy security besides strengthening the existing bonds through restoration of transport links, setting up additional consulates and initiating cooperation in the power sector.

This was reflected in the seven pacts signed by the two sides and a joint declaration issued here after talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

New Delhi and Colombo decided to revive the joint commission mechanism, which will be headed by the two Foreign Ministers, and step up exchange of high-level defence officials. They agreed upon an extensive aid package for northern and eastern Sri Lanka that includes a project to construct 50,000 houses and restoration of the railway infrastructure, a port and an airport. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 9 20:28:05 EDT 2010


Minister in Rajapakasa team is a proclaimed offender in India
TOI, June 10. CHENNAI: Accompanying Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa on his India visit is a tall, well-built, bearded, bespectacled man. As with the other ministers in the delegation, this man -- Douglas Devananda, minister for traditional industries and small enterprises development -- is being accorded full state protocol. Ironically, he is a proclaimed offender in India and liable for arrest.

Devananda was declared a proclaimed offender and an absconding accused by a sessions court in Tamil Nadu in connection with a shootout-cum-murder in Chennai in 1986. In November 1986, Devananda, then a member of the separatist movement Eelam People's Revolutionary Front (EPRLF) in Sri Lanka, and nine others were charged with opening fire with automatic weapons at locals in Choolaimedu in Central Chennai, injuring five people. One person, Thirunavukkarasu, succumbed to his injuries later. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 9 20:25:27 EDT 2010 Back to the top


India, Sri Lanka consider energy cooperation
Hindu, June 10. NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has proposed discussions on establishing a joint information mechanism on the possibility of oil and gasfields straddling the India-Sri Lanka maritime boundary.

In a joint declaration, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured Mr. Rajapaksa that this proposal would receive his government's attention and the matter could be discussed further between the two sides. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 9 20:29:17 EDT 2010 Back to the top


India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan much less peaceful
IANS, June 10. WASHINGTON: India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan experienced the greatest loss of peacefulness with South Asia's increased involvement in conflicts, rise in deaths from internal conflict and human rights abuses, according to a new survey... Back to the top

India to build 50k homes for displaced SL Tamils
toi, June 10. NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday announced major sops for Sri Lanka, including a programme to construct 50,000 houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the northern and eastern provinces... Back to the top

India to seek Rajapaksa's word on devolution
Hindu, June 9. NEW DELHI: India will look for a reassurance from Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa on “genuine” devolution of power to the provinces as a step towards solving the ethnic problem... Back to the top

Sri Lanka maintains defence spending
afp, june 8. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday proposed maintaining defence spending at nearly the same level as in the final year of its massive military offensive against the Tamil Tiger separatists... Back to the top

IIFA: The award goes to mismanagement
HT, June 9. ndia’s soft power was on display in Colombo this last weekend... Back to the top

Sri Lanka PM says Tamil rebels re-emerging
afp, june 8. COLOMBO (AFP) – Tamil Tiger rebels are re-emerging a year after their defeat, Sri Lanka's prime minister said Tuesday, despite the once-powerful guerrilla force launching no attacks... Back to the top

'We have settled 80 percent of the displaced people'
rediff, june 8. Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris, who visited Washington, DC last month, feels the tensions that existed in the United States and Sri Lanka during the height of the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, when Colombo refused to acquiesce to a ceasefire, have been repaired... Back to the top

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