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Sri Lanka says China to not operate oil bunkering - Reuters Africa, 2010-08-03 17:09:53 EST. COLOMBO, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Tuesday China would have no operational role in new oil bunkering facilities being built as part of a $1.5 billion port due to open in November on the island nation's southern coast.

The Hambantota port is set to become Sri Lanka's biggest and give the Indian Ocean country prime access to traffic on one of the world's biggest East-West shipping lines, located a few kilometres off its southern coast.

China Exim Bank has loaned $77 million to help finance the oil bunkering operations, while the Chinese government also loaned another $400 million for the port, central bank data shows. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 3 22:03:19 EDT 2010

Sri Lankan Tamils aim for North America, asylum - Washington Post, 2010-08-04 05:14:07 EST. An estimated 200 asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, including some believed to be members of a group the United States has labeled a terrorist organization, are aboard a ship in the Pacific Ocean heading toward North America, according to U.S. government officials and other sources.

The MV Sun Sea had been destined for Australia but changed course after its captain determined that Australia's navy and coast guard would prevent it from landing. Its current destination is believed to be the west coast of Canada, and it is expected to make landfall mid-month. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 3 22:42:03 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Desmond Tutu Rebukes Sri Lanka
NYT, Aug 4. The Elders, a council of retired global leaders led by Desmond Tutu, issued a statement on Tuesday rebuking the government of Sri Lanka for its “clampdown on domestic critics and its disdain for human rights.”

In an e-mail sent to reporters, Mr. Tutu said, “The ongoing persecution and disappearances of human rights activists, journalists and government opponents is truly terrifying.”

Mr. Tutu, the former head of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, also said that Sri Lanka had “done little to reveal the truth behind human rights abuses,” during the civil war that ended last year. He added, “It is doubtful that the President’s ‘Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission’ will help Sri Lankans to work towards lasting peace and reconciliation.” More... [Listen] Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 3 22:04:56 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka arrests over 1500 Tiger suspects: PM - AFP, 2010-08-03 21:16:10 EST. COLOMBO — Sri Lankan troops arrested over 1,500 Tamil rebel suspects during July, more than a year after the separatist guerrilla group was crushed militarily, the prime minister said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sessions court frames charges against Vaiko
The Hindustan Times, 2010-08-03 18:04:14 EST. A sessions court today framed charges against MDMK leader Vaiko for various offences, including sedition, for his alleged inflammatory speeches supporting the banned LTTE two years ago... Back to the top

Minister bounds 'errant' official
BBC South Asia, 2010-08-03 16:07:50 EST. One of Sri Lanka's top civil service unions condemns an incident in which an official is tied to a tree by a government minister in Colombo... Back to the top

Wanted in Rajiv case, KP now heading NGO in Lanka - Hindustan Times, 2010-08-03 14:07:22 EST. "LTTE's self proclaimed leader in exile… Kumaran Patmanathan alias KP was the key arms smuggler who conspired to assassinate several VVIPs including the ... Back to the top

World Elders criticise Sri Lanka - BBC News, 2010-08-03 16:57:26 EST. Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has said he is sad that post-war Sri Lanka has not improved "to the extent that one ... Back to the top

S.Lanka halts trading in four firms on unusual surge - Reuters, 2010-08-03 13:16:12 EST. COLOMBO, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Tuesday halted trading in four firms with immediate effect due to unusual price increases amid high trading volumes, ... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Plans to Sell $1 Billion Sovereign Bonds Overseas by September - Bloomberg, 2010-08-03 18:36:13 EST. Sri Lanka plans to sell $1 billion of sovereign bonds overseas this year to build infrastructure and ... Back to the top

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... 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... Back to the top

2011 World Cup venues on track - Trinidad & Tobago Express, 2010-08-03 08:32:03 EST. Several venues in India, Bangaldesh and Sri Lanka are being redeveloped or constructed from scratch and Shetty was confident they would be ready before the ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka on top in historic Test - The Press Association, 2010-08-03 17:05:21 EST. Half-centuries from Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera helped Sri Lanka make a strong start in the third Test against India in ... Back to the top

INDIA'S JUBILANT FOODWORKS TO OPEN PIZZA OUTLETS IN SRI LANKA - Trading Markets (press release), 2010-08-03 06:17:13 EST. Jubilant FoodWorks (JFL) (BSE:533155), which operates Domino's Pizza stores in India, said it plans to open its own stores in Sri Lanka next year, ... Back to the top

Teenage Christian convert rejects family reunion - The Associated Press, 2010-08-03 11:11:49 EST. The 17-year-old Bary is an undocumented immigrant from Sri Lanka who says she needs the status to continue medical treatment for uterine cancer... 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

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

Sri Lanka choose to bat against India in 3rd Test
The Hindu, 2010-08-03 14:07:00 EST. Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and elected to bat against India in the third and final cricket Test at P... Back to the top

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