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JUNE 11, 2010 EST, USA
 
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Tamil Nadu: Blast on railway track, accident averted
NDTV, June 12. It was a narrow escape for passengers of Rockfort Express after the railway track was found cut near Perani railway station of Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu. The train was coming from Trichy.

The authorities suspect a bomb blast blew up the railway tracks. A three-feet-deep crater has been caused by the blast, they say.

All trains coming from South Tamil Nadu to Chennai have been suspended.

Intelligence officials have ruled out Maoist hand behind the blast. They suspect pro-LTTE elements triggered the blast because posters have been found at the site hailing Prabhakaran and condemning Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's visit to India. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jun 11 23:15:15 EDT 2010


Rajapaksa family tighten their grip on reins of Government
TOL, June 12. The Rajapaksa family tightened its grip on Sri Lanka yesterday when the Government approved lifting a two-term limit on the Presidency to allow the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa, to run for office again in 2016.

Mr Rajapaksa, who came to power in 2005, has promised to rebuild Sri Lanka’s democratic institutions and war-torn economy following the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May last year.

But opponents say his family has accumulated alarming powers since he won a new term in a disputed presidential election in January, and then led his coalition to victory in parliamentary polls in April. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jun 11 23:14:14 EDT 2010 Back to the top


General for political solution to Tamil strife
gulftimes, june 12. Sri Lanka’s army chief yesterday called for a political settlement to the island’s decades-long ethnic strife, a year after the Tamil Tiger rebels were defeated in a major military offensive. Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya warned that although the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were crushed following the offensive in May last year, rebel remnants could try to regroup. “It is up to the government and the people now to find the root cause of the problem and give a proper solution,” Jayasuriya told a meeting of businessmen in Colombo. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jun 11 23:19:33 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Further hearing on plea regarding Devananda
ens, June 12. CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Friday posted a writ plea that sought direction to the State and the Centre to take steps to arrest Sri Lankan Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development Douglas Devananda for further hearing on Monday... Back to the top

HC to hear plea on Lankan minister's arrest on Monday
TOI, june 12. CHENNAI: Even as the Chennai police commissioner told reporters here that the Delhi police had been informed that Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda was a proclaimed offender and that Delhi’s response was still awaited, the Madras high court adjourned to Monday a PIL seeking the minister’s arrest... Back to the top

Sri Lanka plans Constitutional reform
Hindu, June 11. The Sri Lankan Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister D... Back to the top

Chaminda Vaas brings respite for Northamptonshire Steelbacks
TOL, June 12. A decision to open with Chaminda Vaas bore the look of desperation last night... Back to the top

Tigers gone, India, Lanka on new page
HT, June 11. With the war against the dreaded LTTE over and the Tamil Tigers gone, Indians and Sri Lankans are on a new page to improve quality of life... Back to the top

India-Lanka ferry services to be re-established
ENS, June 11. NEW DELHI: Taking a step back in time, India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday agreed to reestablish ferry services between them... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police arrest couples for kissing
Independent, June 11. The beautiful island of Sri Lanka, for many years a choice destination for honeymooners and other seekers of romance, appears to have grown weary of affection, at least of the domestic variety... Back to the top

Chennai cops pass on Douglas Devananda file to Delhi
toi, June 11. CHENNAI: A day after TOI reported the "proclaimed offender" status of Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda, who is visiting India as part of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's delegation, the Chennai police confirmed the details of the case to their counterparts and passed on details of criminal cases pending against him in Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Congress, DMK 'on same page' on Lankan Tamils
ENS, June 11. NEW DELHI: With emotions running high in Tamil Nadu over the fate of thousands of displaced Tamils by the civil war in Sri Lanka, the Congress on Wednesday said that proper political autonomy should be granted to the aggrieved displaced population... Back to the top

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