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JUNE 15, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 70


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Great Expectations: Sri Lanka's Post-Conflict Economic Boom Attracts Global Media Coverage, Higher GDP and Sovereign Ratings Expected
PRnews, June 16. WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sri Lanka's economic resurgence over the past year continues, according to international media coverage. The AFP has reported that "Sri Lanka's central bank raised its growth forecast for the year, citing strong post-war expansion in reconstruction and agriculture, particularly in former conflict zones." Central Bank Governor Nivard Cabraal forecasted the economy will expand to 7 percent in 2010, higher than its previous prediction of 6.5 percent and a sharp rise on the 3.5 percent recorded in 2009, according to financial press reports. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 15 21:53:47 EDT 2010

Top UN official to take stock of human rights in Lanka
IE, June 16. A top UN official will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow to take stock of the political reconciliation process and human rights situation in the country, amid a row over Colombo's rights record, particularly during the last phase of the ethnic conflict last May.

During his two-day visit from June 16, B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, will discuss political reconciliation, the return and resettlement of internally displaced people, and human rights situation in the country. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 15 21:51:43 EDT 2010 Back to the top

After roaming oceans and continents, Sri Lankan Tamils find home in Oakland
Oakland News, June 16. OAKLAND — They were jailed in Indonesia, stranded in Romania and rescued by Australia off the coast of Sumatra, all in the last eight months.

So it was a big relief to Nisanth Segaranantham and his friends when they landed in Oakland last month. The 27-year-old Sri Lankan refugee is savoring his freedom to roam the city, shop for his own groceries and look for a job.

"We can go anywhere, anytime, anyplace, no problem," he said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 15 21:56:25 EDT 2010 Back to the top

LTTE cadres among foreign militants using Malaysia as base: Malaysia
DNA, June 16. Kuala Lumpur: Foreign militants, including remnants of the Tamil Tigers, are using Malaysia as their operational base and for recruiting new activists, a top minister said today... Back to the top

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White House officials meet Sri Lankan president
Reuters, June 15. COLOMBO, June 15 (Reuters) - Two White House officials met Sri Lanka's president on Tuesday, part of a series of diplomatic visits this week amid renewed heat on the island nation to probe possible rights violations at the end of its civil war last year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka challenges war crimes allegations
afp, June 15. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's top defence official challenged international rights groups Tuesday to produce evidence of war crimes allegedly committed in the final months of the country's civil war... Back to the top

Resolving Sri Lanka's conflicts in class
Guardian, June 16. An education project funded by the German government is trying to help communities divided by civil war to express mutual respect and understanding in a new language... Back to the top

Must give Sri Lanka another chance: US
Rediff, June 15. The US and India are in sync with their foreign policy toward Sri Lanka , particularly over the repatriation of the remaining 40,000 plus internally displaced persons after the government's victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the Tamil-populated northern province, said Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Robert O Blake... Back to the top

PM tells MK about Rajapaksa’s promise
ENS, June 15. CHENNAI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told Chief Minister M Karunanidhi that Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured India that the 47,000 Tamils still in transit camps will be resettled by the end of this year... Back to the top

UN political chief heads to Sri Lanka for talks on reconciliation and rights
UN Newas Center, June 14, 2010. 14 June 2010 – The top United Nations political official is heading tonight to Sri Lanka as part of the world body’s continuing efforts to assist authorities in the South Asian island nation tackle key challenges in the wake of last year’s end to the long-running civil war... Back to the top

India asks Sri Lanka to devolve power to Tamils
IANS, June 14. Chennai, June 14 (IANS) India has asked Sri Lanka to devolve power to the Tamil minority in that country in a bid for reconciliation among various communities at the end of the decades-long civil war, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M... Back to the top

Release' Vanni doctor - court
BBC, June 15. A court in Sri Lanka has ordered the police to release one of the five doctors accused of collaborating with the Tamil Tigers if no evidence is found against him... Back to the top

Japan to send Akashi to Sri Lanka to push for swift reconciliation
kyodo, june 14. Japan is sending a special envoy to Sri Lanka this week to push for swift reconciliation and lasting peace as the island emerges from decades of ethnic bloodshed, the Japanese Embassy said Monday... Back to the top

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