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Indian Special Envoy should be neutral: TNA
ENS, july 23. COLOMBO: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wants the Indian Special Envoy to Sri Lanka to be a neutral political personality, who would be able to give the Indian Prime Minister and the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, correct advice on matters relating to refugee rehabilitation and a political settlement of the Tamil question here. Suresh Premachandran, TNA MP for Jaffna district told Express that both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi would “benefit” by the advice of an envoy of this kind. However, Premachandran felt that there was a lack of clarity in India on the issue. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was not clear about the expectations from a Special Envoy or even what kind of person he should be, the MP said.Moreover, there was no authentic word from New Delhi about the Prime Minister’s accepting Karunanidhi’s suggestion to appoint a Special Envoy. The TNA has only DMK leader T.R.Baalu’s word on it. More...
Published: Thu Jul 22 21:39:07 EDT 2010

Sri Lankan ambassador: We back Israel's war on terror
ynetnews, July 22. Donald Perera saw the blood-soaked stretcher carrying the body of Velupillai Prabhakaran being transported through the jungle, but he was not calm. Air Chief Marshal Perera, the Sri Lankan chief of staff at the time, had been chasing after the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels who had terrorized his country for over 30 years. He wanted to make certain that the lifeless body in front of him was indeed that of his long-time adversary. "I asked to see his personal gun," recalls Perera. "I knew precisely what type of gun he was carrying, as well as its serial number. Only when I saw the number 001 did I realize that he had finally been taken out. I drove home, took off my uniform and told myself that now I can retire." More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 22 17:42:00 EDT 2010 Back to the top

There won't be a doosra like Muralitharan
TOI, jul 23. GALLE: For a long time it seemed it would be a gloriously imperfect record - like that of Don Bradman who signed off with an average of 99.94 runs, Muttiah Muralitharan appeared stuck on 799 wickets in his last Test. The eighth wicket was taken by Malinga and the penultimate was a run-out! Would Murali climb the peak - 800 Test wickets, a record that’s unlikely to be ever surpassed?

Time came to a standstill across all of Sri Lanka. President Mahinda Rajapaksa sat through the proceedings after lunch. The stadium sighed at its seams, the adjoining ramparts of the fort too. But India’s last pair of Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha doggedly stayed put. And then, finally, the moment arrived. Murali got Ojha to induce an edge to first slip, Mahela Jayawardene. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 22 21:55:16 EDT 2010 Back to the top


Critics scoff at Sri Lankan leaders’ governing proposal
The National, July 23. COLOMBO // Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP), agreed last week to work towards a prime-ministerial form of government, which would replace the 32-year-old executive presidency... Back to the top

Not worried about China's presence in Lanka: US
afp, july 23. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka plans to sell a billion dollar sovereign bond this year to offset expensive short-term foreign loans, the government said Thursday... Back to the top

Muralitharan ends glorious career at 800 wickets as Sri Lanka beats. India
AP, July 22. GALLE, Sri Lanka — Muttiah Muralitharan ended a glorious Test career Thursday by becoming the first bowler to take 800 Test wickets as Sri Lanka trounced India by 10 wickets in the first Test... Back to the top

US calls for probe on rights abuses in Sri Lanka
AP, july 21. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A top U.S. diplomat urged Sri Lanka on Wednesday to investigate allegations of war crimes during its civil war and to resettle tens of thousands of displaced ethnic Tamils as a means of reconciliation... Back to the top

Muralitharan puts India in a spin as Sri Lanka close on famous win
CNN, July 21. The world's leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan is poised to bow out of Test cricket on a glorious high note on Thursday after Sri Lanka took complete control of the opening match against India... Back to the top

Primate feared extinct photographed in Sri Lanka
The Hindu, July 19, 2010. Researchers in a central Sri Lankan forest have photographed a rare primate that was feared extinct for more than 60 years, the Zoological Society of London said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka press advantage
Crickdb.com, 20 July, 2010. With wet weather having wiped out the second day's play, Sri Lanka took charge on the third day by piling up 520 for 8 in quick time to press for a win Back to the top

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