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Two MPs join ruling alliance in Sri Lanka - The Hindu, 2010-08-05 23:53:35 EST. The opposition in Sri Lanka on Thursday suffered a setback with two prominent parliamentarians announced their support to the government headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The strength of the ruling alliance has now gone up to 146, excluding the Speaker, in a House of 225.

The alliance is now short of four members for a two-thirds majority required to make amendments to the Constitution.

The President's Secretariat here said, “Mr. Prabha Ganeshan of Democratic People's Front and Mr. P Digambaram of the National Workers Front announced their decision to extend support to the government at the Temple Trees today [August 5]. They spoke to the media in the presence of Mr. Rajapaksa and said they considered it their duty to support the government at this crucial juncture.”

The statement quoted Mr. Ganeshan as saying he had the fullest confidence in Mr. Rajapaksa and he was sure that “he could serve the Tamil people who elected me at the last general election by cooperating with the government”. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Aug 5 18:13:53 EDT 2010

Sri Lankan minister ties man to tree; government silent
The Hindustan Times, 2010-08-05 15:08:44 EST. Public and political opinion is growing against controversial minister and MP Mervyn Silva who on Tuesday tied a public official to a tree for failing to attend a dengue eradication programme. Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has already condemned Silva's action, saying it was against the country's Constitution as Silva's actions were meant to intentionally harm a person. Reports on Thursday said that a group of government functionaries led by a senior cabinet minister could meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and request him to take action against Silva. More...
Published: Thu Aug 5 21:56:22 EDT 2010 Back to the top

US suspects LTTE's global financial network still intact - Daily News & Analysis, 2010-08-05 20:05:11 EST. Over a year after Sri Lanka won the war against the LTTE, the US still suspects that the international financial support network of the Tamil Tigers remains largely intact.

However, the state department, noted that the network likely suffered a serious blow with the arrest of Kumaran Padmanathan, who is alleged to have controlled the arms network of the now vanquished terror outfit. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Aug 5 14:59:28 EDT 2010 Back to the top

US agency funds offshore training in enterprise Java - Computerworld, 2010-08-06 00:08:35 EST. Computerworld - The US Agency for International Affairs (USAID) is funding development of Sri Lanka's offshore outsourcing industry, ... Back to the top

Send delegation to Lanka: CPM - Deccan Chronicle, 2010-08-05 23:45:30 EST. 5: CPI (M) state secretary G. Ramakrishnan on Thursday urged the Centre to send an all-party MP delegation to Sri Lanka for reviewing the progress of the ... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Judge: No reunion between Ohio convert and parents - Central Florida News 13, 2010-08-06 00:58:43 EST. Goodrich also said it's not in the girl's best interest to return her to her native Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sehwag takes key Sri Lanka scalps - BBC Sport, 2010-08-05 17:00:20 EST. Virender Sehwag took two early wickets to put Sri Lanka under pressure in their second innings as India seek to level the series in the third Test... Back to the top

CPI(M) calls for MP delegation to ensure rehabilitation of Sri Lankan Tamils
The Hindu, 2010-08-05 19:10:00 EST. The CPI(M) on Thursday urged the Indian Government to send a delegation of Members of Parliament, representing all political parties, to Sri Lanka to study the situation and facilitate quick... 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tea export earnings to hit record high - AFP, 2010-08-05 12:45:33 EST. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka is expected to earn a record 1.4 billion dollars from its tea exports this year thanks to a bumper crop, an official said Thursday... 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

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 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

Civil servants protest after minister orders official tied to tree
M&C, Aug 6. Colombo - Public servants in Sri Lanka launched island-wide protests Thursday after a deputy minister ordered an official who failed to turn up for an anti-dengue campaign tied up, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan state workers demand probe of minister who tied official to tree as ... - The Canadian Press, 2010-08-05 13:50:15 EST. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Hundreds of state government workers protested Thursday against a government minister who tied an official to a tree as a punishment ... Back to the top

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