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TNA sees militarisation in North
The Hindu, 2010-08-03 05:25:00 EST. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has accused the government of militarising some of the areas in the Northern Province earlier occupied by the LTTE.

At a news conference here on Monday, the TNA parliamentarian Suresh Prem Chandran charged the government with not allowing the war-displaced civilians to settle in their places of original habitation and militarising vast chunks of land in the Northern Province. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Aug 2 22:05:53 EDT 2010

USA fears loss of Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka should become Switzerland of Indian Ocean - Online Journal, 2010-08-02 08:34:56 EST. Most Americans are not familiar with the long history of relations that Sri Lanka and the USA have. In fact, most -- and to be fair, a good deal of the world’s population -- couldn’t pinpoint the country on a map even though Sri Lanka is one of the top trading partners of the USA.

Still, some may know Sri Lanka through the name Mathangi Arulpragasam, better known as M.I.A., a globally recognized musician/singer/artist. Many will remember that science fiction giant Arthur C. Clarke (2001 Space Odyssey) made his home in Sri Lanka. Perhaps a handful will know that Sri Lanka is a Cricket powerhouse.

Others may remember the 2004 tsunami that destroyed large portions of the Sri Lankan coastline, wiping out thousands of lives and leaving many more thousands internally displaced. Some will be familiar with the Sri Lankan’s military defeat of the LTTE -- Tamil Tigers -- in 2009 after roughly 26 years of conflict. The victory came with a burdensome price tag: thousands killed, nearly 460,000 Tamils/noncombatants confined in holding camps/displaced, and the horrible legacy that is one million landmines that dot former warfighting zones. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Aug 2 09:52:31 EDT 2010 Back to the top

“Assess Sri Lankan camps as demanded by Tamils”
The Hindu, 2010-08-03 03:59:00 EST. The visit by an official from the Ministry of External Affairs to Sri Lanka will be pointless unless the situation is assessed as demanded by the Tamils, the Bharatiya Janata Party said on Monday. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Aug 2 22:06:16 EDT 2010 Back to the top

One Laptop Per Child Finds New Partners in Sri Lanka Test Run - Fast Company, 2010-08-02 15:02:47 EST. One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) has had its fair share of critique and controversy, but if any of that is putting a damper on the project, someone forgot to tell its founder, MIT Media’ Lab’s Nicholas Negroponte--now he's partnered with IT consulting group, Virtusa, which has decided to run user scenarios and tests to help improve the software and hardware behind OLPC... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Lawmakers say some 3000 Sri Lanka war refugees evicted from villages by government - The Canadian Press, 2010-08-02 15:16:43 EST. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka has barred some 3,000 villagers who fled the bloody final months of the country's civil war from returning to their homes in the north, possibly so the military can set up camps in the area, ethnic Tamil lawmakers charged Monday... Back to the top

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... 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 ... 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

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

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

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