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JUNE 19, 2010 EST, USA
 
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Ensure end use of Indian funds for Lankan Tamils: Jayalalithaa
sify, June 19. AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa Saturday wondered about the status of Rs.500 crore given by India for resettling Sri Lankan Tamils and listed out the steps needed to ease the sufferings of the minority community in the island nation. In a statement issued here, Jayalalithaa said: 'The Indian government has announced payment of Rs.1,000 crore for construction of 50,000 houses for Sri Lankan Tamils. Has the Indian government got an account of the manner in which the Rs.500 crore that was released earlier was spent on resettlement of the Tamils in Sri Lanka?' According to her, the Indian and the Tamil Nadu governments must ensure that the island nation takes immediate steps for resettling 100,000 Sri Lankan Tamils affected by the internal conflict, rebuilding of schools and places of worship. More...
Published: Sat Jun 19 22:57:04 EDT 2010

Freed Sri Lankan journalist Tissainayagam arrives in U.S.
cpj, June 19. New York, June 19, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalist welcomes the arrival in the United States of Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, who arrived at Washington’s Dulles International Airport on Saturday morning. He was met there by friends. According to CPJ representative Kamel Labidi, who was on hand to meet Tissa, “He was all smiles, and said to thank everyone who helped him gain his freedom.” “Tissainayagam’s arrival in the United States is very welcome news, and we join in the joy that he and his wife Ronnate are feeling,” said Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director. “We hope his arrival in the U.S. is a step by the government to address its harsh policies toward the media—policies that have not changed since the end of Sri Lanka’s more than 30 years of civil conflict.” More...
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