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Sri Lanka opens $1.5 bln port to outside investors - Reuters Africa, 2010-08-01 20:15:29 EST. HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Sunday said it would invite outside investors into its $1.5 billion Hambantota port project, the keystone of a $6 billion post-war infrastructure revitalisation drive.

The invitation for external investment will coincide with the November opening of the port on Sri Lanka's southern coast, along an ancient "Silk Road" trading route and one of the world's biggest East-West shipping lanes.

The port and its accompanying services represent the single largest investment option for foreign investors in Sri Lanka, which is aiming to transform its economy after finally ending a quarter-century separatist war in May 2009. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 1 19:43:18 EDT 2010

Immigrant Maids Flee Lives of Abuse in Kuwait
NYT, aug 2. The perils faced by many domestic workers were brought into sharp focus in recent weeks, when the local news media reported that a Sri Lankan maid who fled to her embassy said she had been imprisoned by her Kuwaiti employers, without pay, for 13 years. The Sri Lankan ambassador, Sarath Dissanayake, refused a request to interview the woman and said hers was an isolated case. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Aug 1 23:12:12 EDT 2010 Back to the top

UN's Lanka panel to meet this month - Hindustan Times, 2010-08-01 18:12:46 EST. The three-member panel appointed by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to look into human rights accountability issues during the final stages of the civil ... More...
Published: Sun Aug 1 11:55:01 EDT 2010 Back to the top

India to send official to assess rehabilitation work in Sri Lanka
The Hindu, 2010-08-01 20:04:00 EST. An official of the External Affairs Ministry will visit Sri Lanka in a week to see for himself the progress of the rehabilitation works in the Tamil areas, Union Home Minister P... Back to the top

External Affairs Ministry to assess rehabilitation work in Sri Lanka - The Hindu, 2010-08-01 14:23:55 EST. An official of the External Affairs Ministry will visit Sri Lanka in a week to see for himself the progress of the rehabilitation works in the Tamil areas, ... Back to the top

Money, revival come slowly to Sri Lanka's old war zone - Hindustan Times, 2010-08-01 08:58:59 EST. The LTTE ruled the northern and eastern portions of the Indian Ocean island, nearly a fifth of its land mass, until government troops routed them in a final ... Back to the top

Special envoy to Sri Lanka this week: Chidambaram - Times of India, 2010-08-01 13:46:10 EST. CHENNAI: Home minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said that an Indian official will be sent to Sri Lanka this week to assess the progress of rehabilitating Sri ... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Lanka Hospitals claims highest number of kidney transplants among private ... - Sunday, 2010-08-01 01:28:35 EST. Lanka Hospitals says it has successfully conducted the highest number of kidney transplants in the private hospital sector in Sri Lanka, since 2003... 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)... Back to the top

Destination Sri Lanka At Forefront Of Wildlife Conservation Efforts - Al-Bawaba, 2010-08-01 13:16:50 EST. The new AED 5.6 million (£1 million) Asian elephant habitat and walkway "Uda Walawe" was opened by the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, His Excellency ... Back to the top

India seek dose of luck in final Sri Lanka Test -, 2010-08-01 12:34:40 EST. Top-ranked India will pray the coin drops in their favour as they attempt a series-levelling win in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka starting at ... 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

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