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Sri Lanka 'fraudster' is arrested
BBC South Asia, 2010-08-06 15:23:45 EST. Police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody told the BBC's Sinhala service that Sakvithi Weerakumara Ranasinghe and his wife were detained near Colombo.

Police said the arrests were made following a tip-off.

The authorities had earlier sought the help of Interpol to arrest the suspect, who is accused of a multi-million dollar investment scam.

It is not known whether Mr Ranasinghe denies the allegations. Mr Jayakody told the BBC that over 2,000 complaints against him have been received by the police.

The BBC's Saroj Pathirana says that his case is the most high-profile fraud investigation to be carried out by police for over a decade.

Thousands of people deposited large sums into his construction company, including sports personalities, senior policemen and military personnel. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Aug 6 12:39:46 EDT 2010

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 Back to the top

UK lifts Sri Lanka restrictions - BBC News, 2010-08-06 18:42:57 EST. A security assessment carried out by the British High Commission in Sri Lanka has concluded that the whole country is now safe for travellers. It is the first time in about 30 years that travel restriction advice has been completely lifted. The British government had previously warned against travelling to northern areas, principally because of the danger of unexploded mines More...
Published: Fri Aug 6 12:36:34 EDT 2010 Back to the top

India fighting to save Test and series against Sri Lanka (Roundup) - Sify, 2010-08-06 18:33:40 EST. With seven wickets in hand, Indian batsmen have a tough challenge of saving the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka as, chasing a victory target of 257, they were struggling at 53 for three in their second innings at close of play on the fourth day of the match here Friday... Back to the top

US helps Sri Lanka to de-mine further - Sify, 2010-08-06 15:34:33 EST. The US will contribute Rs. 581 million ($5.4 million) more for demining in Sri Lanka until the next summer, an embassy said Friday. .... 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... Back to the top

USAID to Help Outsource IT Jobs to Sri Lanka - AllGov, 2010-08-06 15:44:34 EST. The funds are part of a $36 million effort by USAID to train 3000 workers in Sri Lanka to become IT specialists... 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

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

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

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

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

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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