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JULY 31, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 116


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United States condemns attacks on Sri Lankan TV station and radio broadcaster - The Canadian Press, 2010-07-31 15:59:09 EST. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The U.S. Embassy on Saturday condemned attacks on a Sri Lankan television station saying such acts imperil media freedom in the country. A dozen men armed with assault rifles and petrol bombs attacked the offices of privately owned Voice of Asia Network at pre-dawn Friday. The television management said the assailants assaulted security guards before setting fire to the building that houses the TV station, destroying its studios, control room and library. One guard and another employee were injured. More...
Published: Sat Jul 31 18:43:50 EDT 2010

Negligent Lahore police blamed in Sri Lankan team terror attack report - Sri Lankan News, 2010-07-31 16:05:14 EST. A Lahore High Court judge has blamed the city's police for being ill-prepared, poorly equipped and incompetent in their efforts to prevent last year's terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus. Judge Shabbar Raza Rizvi mentioned over a dozen senior policemen in a 120-page report on the attack, which is due to be submitted to the International Cricket Council (ICC). In the report, Rizvi wrote that police officials failed to perform their duties when gunmen killed six policemen and a van driver in the team convoy, and injured several Sri Lanka players and team officials. More...
Published: Sat Jul 31 18:44:09 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Cricket acts on MS Dhoni's concerns - Daily News & Analysis, 2010-07-31 23:06:25 EST. There has been a lot of hue and cry over the featherbed produced for the second Test by the curator of the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC). The 22-yard strip came in for a lot of criticism after nearly 1,500 runs were scored and the match ended in a draw. And that too at a time when the cricketing fraternity is looking for ways to save Test cricket from the Twenty20 onslaught. India skipper MS Dhoni blasted the SSC pitch at the post-match conference by calling it “unsporting” and “placid”. As many as five batsmen reached the three-figure mark, while eight bowlers gave away more than 100 runs... More...
Published: Sat Jul 31 18:45:47 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Gang torches Sri Lanka broadcaster's office - Reuters India, 2010-07-30 16:14:52 EST. (Reuters) - An unidentified gang set fire to a Sri Lankan broadcaster owned by a businessman who had backed the opposition in a presidential election, destroying its main control room, police said on Friday... Back to the top

Oval curator promises a result - Times of India, 2010-08-01 01:01:12 EST. COLOMBO: The third Test may inject much-needed life in the India-Sri Lanka series, offering the perfect antidote for those still woozy from watching the irksome runanothon at the SSC... Back to the top

Sri Lankan, Hawaiian sites make world heritage list - AFP, 2010-07-31 18:55:31 EST. BRASILIA — A region of mountainous forests in Sri Lanka and an isolated archipelago off Hawaii have been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, officials of the UN cultural and scientific body said Saturday... Back to the top

Tendulkar rested for Sri Lanka tri-series - Bangladesh News 24 hours, 2010-07-31 17:20:32 EST. Dhaka, July 31 ( - Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh have all been rested for the tri-series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand that kicks off on Aug 10. Yuvraj Singh makes a return to the 15-man squad after being dropped for the Asia Cup, the first time he had been omitted since cementing his place, reports Cricinfo... Back to the top

UNESCO adds Hawaii marine park, Sri Lanka highlands to World Heritage list - The Canadian Press, 2010-07-31 22:55:09 EST. RASILIA, Brazil — An ocean preserve in Hawaii and Sri Lanka's central highlands are the latest additions to UNESCO's World Heritage List... Back to the top

Privately owned Voice of Asia Network torched in Sri Lanka - CPJ Press Freedom Online, 2010-07-30 23:58:38 EST. New York, July 30, 2010—Two employees were injured in an arson attack today on the offices of the Voice of Asia Network in the heart of Sri Lanka's capital ... Back to the top

Japan urges Sri Lanka to allay human rights concerns -, 2010-07-30 14:03:35 EST. But Sri Lanka has repeatedly resisted international calls to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity and gross human rights abuses while battling ... Back to the top

India, Sri Lanka criticise unsporting pitch after drawn Test - Sify, 2010-07-30 18:34:08 EST. The second cricket Test of the three-match series ended in a draw with both the teams India and Sri Lanka blasting the unsporting pitch after the end of the final day's play at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground here Friday... Back to the top

LTTE lost because of Al Qaeda: Tamil Tiger leader - Hindustan Times, 2010-07-29 22:33:17 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, ... Back to the top

World Cup venue to be named after Muralitharan - AFP, 2010-07-30 10:16:38 EST. The move had the backing of the provincial governor, Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, and will be put to Sri Lanka Cricket shortly, the newspaper said... Back to the top

Jubilant FoodWorks plans to enter Sri Lanka, B'desh - Economic Times, 2010-07-30 14:48:30 EST. "By the end of this financial year, we will start operations and open at least 2-3 company owned stores in Sri Lanka," said Ajay Kaul, Jubilant FoodWorks ... Back to the top

Britain removes travel ban to former Sri Lanka battle zones - Xinhua, 2010-07-30 14:37:37 EST. COLOMBO, July 30 (Xinhua) -- The British government has removed the restriction on travel imposed to its citizens touring Sri Lanka's Northern Province... Back to the top

Sri Lanka and India draw - The Press Association, 2010-07-30 15:10:36 EST. Kumar Sangakkara marked his 33rd Test fifty but the Sri Lanka captain's efforts proved fruitless as the second match against India petered out to a tame ... Back to the top

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