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JULY 29, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 114


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Majority of Tamil diaspora backing government's efforts: Sri Lanka
The Hindu, 2010-07-30 03:46:00 EST. The Sri Lanka government maintains that the Tamil diaspora is now divided into two groups and the majority is supporting its efforts towards improvement of the living standards of Tamils in the northern and eastern provinces.

Government spokesman and Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told a news conference here on Thursday that the group representing the Tamil diaspora, which was forced to fund the militant activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, was now willing to contribute to the welfare of the war-displaced civilians.

The Minister was referring to an interview given to a local daily by Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, who succeeded V. Prabakaran as LTTE chief until he was taken into custody by the Sri Lankan security agencies in August last year. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 29 16:03:13 EDT 2010

'Rise of Al-qaeda led to the fall of LTTE' - Hindustan Times, 2010-07-29 17:28:23 EST. The multi-pronged 9/11 attacks by Al-Qaeda on the US in 2001 turned world opinion against armed insurgencies across the world including the LTTE, leading eventually to its decimation, a top Tamil Tiger leader has said. Currently the senior-most Tiger leader in custody, TS Pathmanathan, widely known as KP, also said that he was in touch with the United Nations during the last days of the war in May, 2009 to work out an arrangement – probably either a surrender or cessation of hostilities – but nothing could be done as chief V Prabhakaran failed to make his move earlier. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 29 10:16:06 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Japan urges Sri Lanka to allay human rights concerns - Kyodo News, 2010-07-29 15:45:43 EST. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Tetsuro Fukuyama on Thursday urged visiting Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris to allay international concerns over alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lankan forces in the country, Japanese officials said. More...
Published: Thu Jul 29 10:17:42 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Hunger striker wins burger-munching libel case - Washington Post, 2010-07-29 14:40:46 EST. LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A protester who went on hunger strike outside Britain's parliament last year won substantial libel damages on Thursday over newspaper reports he had secretly eaten McDonald's burgers during his demonstration... Back to the top

Looking back at the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord
The Hindu, 2010-07-29 03:58:00 EST. It is 23 years since the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement was signed on July 29, 1987... Back to the top

Sri Lankan fishermen rescued
The Hindu, 2010-07-30 05:50:00 EST. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) rescued a Sri Lankan fishing boat with five crew members from the high seas on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to send jaguars, alligators to thank NGO - JoongAng Daily, 2010-07-29 19:00:48 EST. Sri Lanka is donating 153 rare or endangered animals to Korea, including a pair of elephants, golden snub-nosed monkeys, jaguars and alligators, to thank a nongovernmental organization that helps Sri Lankan laborers... Back to the top

Centurions Sachin, Raina pound Sri Lankan bowlers
The Hindu, 2010-07-29 22:15:00 EST. A double hundred from Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina's century on debut added some spice to what was otherwise a dreary fourth day of the second Micromax Test... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ex-army chief faces new trial - Brisbane Times, 2010-07-29 13:04:57 EST. Sri Lanka's former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka was brought before the Colombo High Court on Thursday to answer charges of ... Back to the top

15 Sri Lankan fishermen apprehended
The Hindu, 2010-07-29 05:44:00 EST. Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Veera' of Tuticorin Station apprehended three Sri Lankan fishing boats and a crew of 15 fishermen on Wednesday on charges of illegal fishing in Indian waters... Back to the top

Thousands of displaced Tamils still in camps
The Hindustan Times, 2010-07-28 13:37:22 EST. More than 35000 internally displaced Tamils continue to be in camps in northern Sri Lanka amid a cash crunch faced by a top aid agency for their welfare... Back to the top

Bedi was an ordinary bowler, says Murali
The Hindu, 2010-07-28 20:22:00 EST. Retired spin great Muttiah Muralitharan on Wednesday lashed out at his long-time detractor Bishen Singh Bedi, calling the former Indian captain a controversy monger and an ordinary bowler who would have been hammered by any batsman if he was playing now... Back to the top

Day-night Tests won't work: Muralitharan - Hindustan Times, 2010-07-28 23:02:34 EST. It's all about Sri Lanka. I am a Sri Lankan and want to be known only as a Sri Lankan," Murali said... Back to the top

India Vs Sri Lanka Highlights - Sachin Tendulkar Slams Double Ton Against Sri ... - ThatsFamous (blog), 2010-07-29 13:51:03 EST. India Vs Sri Lanka: India is slowly inching closer and closer to save the second test in Colombo Sri Lanka today... Back to the top

India doesn't look like a number one team: Waugh -, 2010-07-28 19:11:29 EST. New Delhi: India is currently struggling against Sri Lanka and does not look like they are the number one Test team in the world, reckons former Australian skipper Steve Waugh... Back to the top

Live updates: Dhoni drives India ahead - Rediff, 2010-07-29 14:53:53 EST. India [ Images ] inched closer to Sri Lanka's [ Images ] first innings total on the fourth day of the second Test at the SSC Ground at Colombo on Thursday... Back to the top

Sangakkara failed to check ICC site for the FTP details - Island Cricket (blog), 2010-07-29 01:22:57 EST. So many comments about greatness and any variety of adjectives being typed out, spoken and for Sri Lanka's sporting icon like no other, still offering that ... Back to the top

Muralitharan slams Bedi, calls him controversy monger - Hindustan Times, 2010-07-28 14:14:56 EST. The Sri Lanka Cricket... Retired spin great Muttiah Muralitharan on Wednesday lashed out at his long-time detractor Bishen Singh Bedi, calling the former ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka spinners stifle India in second test - Reuters Africa, 2010-07-28 14:36:38 EST. (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's spinners grabbed four wickets to stifle India's chances of rescuing the second test on Wednesday... Back to the top

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