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JULY 5, 2010 EST, USA
 
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EU to withdraw Sri Lanka trade concessions deal
bbc, july 5. The European Union has decided to withdraw Sri Lanka's preferential trade access to EU markets after it failed to improve its human rights record. The concessions will be stopped on 15 August on a temporary basis after the war-torn nation refused to implement human right conventions. The deal, known as GSP Plus, gives 16 developing countries trade benefits in return for set commitments. Sri Lankan officials say the demands amount to interference in its affairs. Last month, the government said the request was an insult to Sri Lankans and should be placed "in the dustbin". More...
Published: Mon Jul 5 13:39:01 EDT 2010

Fonseka lodges fraud case against Rajapaksa
IANS, July 5. COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan court Monday opened a hearing on charges of fraud against incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa by a former army commander who ran against him in the last election. Former army chief General Sarath Fonseka, currently in military custody on charges of conspiracy, alleged that Rajapaksa rigged the January 6 presidential poll. The case was heard in the Supreme Court by a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ashoka de Silva. The suit alleges that Rajapaksa illegally directed public officials to campaign on his behalf. More...
Published: Mon Jul 5 14:26:14 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Presidential Suite for Salman Khan
FV, july 5. Salman Khan was moved to a snazzier suite whilst shooting in Colombo, Sri Lanka for the foremost schedule of Anees Bazmee's ‘Ready’. The actor had been offered a normal suite at the Cinnamon Grand in the Lankan capital city. Producer, Bhushan Kumar gave confirmation of the move, which was that he had been shifted from a 'Regular' suite to the 'Presidential' one, which is as huge as a villa. He said while confirming that Salman is in fact living in a Presidential suite. More...
Published: Mon Jul 5 13:39:46 EDT 2010 Back to the top

UK: Next denies Sri Lankan sourcing exit
JustStyle, july 5. UK fashion retailer Next has denied reports that it will no longer source from Sri Lanka due to the country's threatened Generalised System of Preferences (GSP+) trade status... Back to the top

No political plans for KP: Colombo
Hindu, July 5. Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has denied reports in a section of the media that the government is planning to install former the LTTE leader, K... Back to the top

China now exports its convicts
Japan Times , July 5. Relieving pressure on overcrowded national prisons by employing convicts as laborers at Chinese-run projects in the developing world is a novel strategy China has adopted — an approach that is certain to create new backlashes against Chinese businesses overseas, besides highlighting the country's egregious human-rights record... Back to the top

After EU's concession withdrawal, U.S. to review sops for Sri Lanka
Hindi, July 5. Close on the heels of the European Union's decision to withdraw preferential tariff concessions to Sri Lanka's apparel industry, the United States has announced that it will review workers rights related trade concessions granted to the island nation under its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)... Back to the top

Ranjith says textbooks defame the Church
cathNews, July 5. The Archbishop of Colombo has told Sri Lanka’s Education Minister that several current history and geography textbooks contain defamatory remarks against the Pope, Catholics and the Church... Back to the top

Sri Lanka may lose US$500mn in exports with GSP+ end: report
LBO, July 5. July 04, 2010 (LBO) - Sri Lanka may lose around 500 million US dollars in apparel exports a year, due to the end of trade concessions from the European Union from August, a media report quoting an industry official said... Back to the top

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