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SRI LANKA: Amnesty says emergency rule must end -, 2010-08-04 15:51:25 EST. NEW YORK, 4 August 2010 (IRIN) - The decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka ended more than a year ago, but emergency powers are still in place, sending the wrong message, Amnesty International says.

"With the Sri Lankan military's defeat of the LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] as a military force there were high hopes and every reason to expect a loosening of some of the highly restrictive laws and abusive practices that had characterized life in Sri Lanka for the past years," Sam Zarifi, Asia-Pacific director for Amnesty International, told IRIN by email from London. "Unfortunately that has yet to materialize. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Aug 4 15:39:26 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka to sell billion-dollar bond in September - Daily Times, 2010-08-05 03:14:05 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka said Wednesday it would issue a billion-dollar sovereign bond in September to help rebuild infrastructure after the end of a nearly four-decade civil war with Tamil separatists last year.

The move comes just over a year after the government was forced to go to the International Monetary Fund for a bailout after its reserves almost evaporated as Colombo sought to put an end to the conflict. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Aug 4 20:20:51 EDT 2010 Back to the top

US, Canada monitor ship said full of Sri Lankan refugees - AFP, 2010-08-04 22:00:32 EST. WASHINGTON — The United States and Canada said Wednesday they are monitoring a ship said to be packed with Tamil refugees bound for Canada as they flee post-war persecution in Sri Lanka.

David Poopalapillai, a spokesman for Canadian Tamils, dismissed what he called mere allegations that the asylum seekers included members of the separatist Tamil Tigers, outlawed as terrorists by both Ottawa and Washington. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Aug 4 15:39:52 EDT 2010 Back to the top

India's silence on Lanka deafening: The Elders - Hindustan Times, 2010-08-04 14:58:44 EST. Sri Lanka’s most influential friends including India should come out with a firm response against the island nation’s recent treatment of the United Nations and its increasing intolerance of dissent, the Elders, a group of global leaders have said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Denville's Sri Lanka Day has become NJ, NY region's staple heritage festival - The Star-Ledger -, 2010-08-04 14:26:14 EST. Sri Lanka Day was established 35 years ago as a way to introduce township residents to the Sri Lankan culture — an opportunity for locals to sample exotic cuisine, learn cultural dances and play a match of cricket... 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fans taunt 'waterboy' Yuvraj -, 2010-08-04 09:55:25 EST. Yuvraj Singh was subjected to taunting from a section of the Sri Lankan crowd after he was left out of India's side for the third Test at the P Sara Oval... 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

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

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

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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