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High Court Upholds Antiterror Law
wsj, june 22. WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court upheld a federal law banning "material support" for foreign terrorist organizations, even advice about entirely legal activities, disregarding arguments that the measure treads on free speech rights.

The vote was 6-3, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the majority. Justice Stephen Breyer dissented, joined by two other liberals.Although fraught with implications for post-Sept. 11 counterterrorism efforts, the case predated the attacks and involved foreign organizations pressing causes unfamiliar to most Americans—the Kurdish separatist party known as the PKK and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which fought for an independent state on Sri Lanka until they were crushed by government forces last year. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 21 22:21:53 EDT 2010


S.Lanka furious as UN's Ban names war crimes panel
afp, june 22. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka is "deeply unhappy" at a move by UN chief Ban Ki-moon to name a panel to look into alleged war crimes committed during the final months of the island's civil war, an official said Monday.

Colombo repeated a protest that President Mahinda Rajapakse made to Ban in March, a senior government official who declined to be named told AFP.

"The government is deeply unhappy with the appointment of this panel and made it very clear to the secretary-general himself and other UN representatives that this is unwarranted and uncalled for," the official said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 21 22:23:53 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Lanka opposition to oppose statute reform
gulf news, june 22. UNP spokesman Gayantha Karunathilake told reporters that the government was on anti-democratic path and opposition parties would oppose the reform process. Among the main changes that are being discussed is to allow the president a third term. The present constitution adopted in 1978 allows only two terms for a president. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 21 22:26:27 EDT 2010 Back to the top

LTTE’s hawala channels drying up
HT, june 22. The military defeat of the Tamil Tigers has effectively dried up illegal banking channels like the hawala that were used to fund the rebels and their activities, a top Sri Lankan banker has said... Back to the top

Former LTTE arms procurer agrees to cooperate in rehabilitation: report
Hindu, june 21. Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP), former arms procurer of the LTTE, now under the custody of the Sri Lankan authorities, along with a few other rebels abroad, has agreed to cooperate with the efforts of the government to rehabilitate the nearly three lakh war-displaced Tamil civilians and help in the reconstruction of the war-ravaged northern province... Back to the top

Discuss this story Sri Lanka and their movies must not be screened. Lanka theatre torched ahead of 'Raavanan' show
IBN, June 21. Colombo: A theatre that was to screen Tamil movie Raavanan was torched in Sri Lanka as the controversy over the film’s Indian actress and director, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Mani Ratnam, not attending the IIFA awards in the country earlier this month grew... Back to the top

Three LTTE operatives held
pti, june 21. Chennai, Jun 20 (PTI) Three suspected operatives of the LTTE were today arrested and a cache of detonators was seized from their possession, four days after a member of the banned outfit was nabbed by the police... Back to the top

Japan backs UN war crimes probe into Sri Lanka war
afp, june 21. COLOMBO — A visiting Japanese envoy said Sunday his country backed efforts by the United Nations to investigate alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final months of its ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Japanese envoy backs UN rights panel in Sri Lanka
the star onlie, June 20, 2010. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): A planned U.N.'s panel look into alleged rights abuses committed during Sri Lanka's quarter-century civil war should not interfere with the government's internal investigation, a Japanese envoy said Sunday.

A U... Back to the top


Japan backs UN war crimes probe into Sri Lanka war
Sify, June 20, 2010. A visiting Japanese envoy said Sunday his country backed efforts by the United Nations to investigate alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the final months of its ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Bollywood star Salman Khan’s films to be banned?
spicezee.zeenews, June 20, 2010. Mumbai: Bollywood’s enfant terrible Salman Khan is always in news for the wrong reasons, for the hunk of an actor is back to his best – courting troubles!

News has it that Salman, who was recently a part of IIFA celebrations at Colombo, was bowled over by the picturesque beauty of Sri Lanka to such an extent that he finally convinced the makers of his latest film ‘Ready’ to change its shoot location from Mauritius to Sri Lanka... Back to the top


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