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AUGUST 16, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 132


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Smugglers may have made more than $20-million from Tamil Ship
NP, Aug 15. ICTORIA — The human smugglers behind the MV Sun Sea may have pocketed more than $20-million for ferrying a shipload of Sri Lankan migrants to the British Columbia coast last week.

The passengers each paid $40,000 to $50,000 for the three-month journey from Thailand, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told the National Post in an interview this weekend.

He said his officials had advised him the Tamil Tigers rebel organization was behind the operation, which he said was driven by profit motives.

While he said he did not know whether children or families got discounts, he said that considering a ship like the Sun Sea costs about $1-million, the profit margin was significant. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Aug 16 07:26:58 EDT 2010

Canada to choke off Tamil diaspora, LTTE financial connections - Sify, 2010-08-16 16:37:46 EST. The Canadian Government has indicated financial links between the country's Tamil diaspora and the alleged human traffickers (LTTE) who helped the Tamil ... More...
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New China-made port in Lanka could have been Indian project
The Hindustan Times, 2010-08-16 12:31:02 EST. As President Mahinda Rajapaksa turned the wheel on Sunday to release the first gush of seawater inside the Hambantota port, India might have rued a missed chance. In 2002, when the port project was on the drawing board, India refused to take it up. Where New Delhi refused, Beijing happily stepped in to take over the $ 1.5 billion project. More...
Published: Mon Aug 16 09:50:04 EDT 2010 Back to the top

No compromising Sri Lanka sovereignty for trade concessions - People's Daily Online, 2010-08-16 13:27:13 EST. In February, the EU gave Sri Lanka six months to improve its Human Rights and Labour Rights regime... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's image is suffering - GulfNews, 2010-08-15 19:01:45 EST. Days after setting up an internal commission to check into alleged human-rights abuses during the armed conflict against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse orchestrated a dishonourable discharge of his former general Sarath Fonseka... Back to the top

Lanka lauds India peace force, finally - Hindustan Times, 2010-08-15 23:53:19 EST. But it is also true that the IPKF landed in Lanka under a complex political agreement and ended up fighting the LTTE in the north and public anger in the ... Back to the top

Fonseka to appeal court martial verdict in civilian court
The Hindustan Times, 2010-08-15 11:30:48 EST. Sri Lanka's war hero and former Army chief Sarath Fonseka will approach a civilian court to seek the overturning of a military court's verdict that stripped him of his rank, pension and medals, his political alliance announced today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Business Picks Up in Northern Former War Zone - TIME, 2010-08-15 21:35:47 EST. After being cut off from the rest of the country for more than 25 years, commerce has arrived in this part of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Bowled Out For 170 By India In ODI - WCCO, 2010-08-16 17:03:59 EST. DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (AP) ― India bowled out Sri Lanka for 170 in just 46 overs of Monday's third tri-series one-day international... Back to the top

Tamil asylum-seekers identified as Tiger terrorists - The Australian, 2010-08-15 18:04:01 EST. Shanaka Jayasekara, who served as an adviser to the Sri Lankan government during peace talks with the LTTE, said the fighters had been identified based on ... Back to the top

Tamil group: Man died on migrant ship - The Associated Press, 2010-08-16 00:12:33 EST. VANCOUVER, British Columbia β€” A man died and was buried at sea last month as hundreds of ethnic Tamils fleeing Sri Lanka spent a grueling several months at ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka war hero's party to appeal conviction - AFP, 2010-08-15 10:01:42 EST. COLOMBO β€” Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka will appeal against a court martial conviction that stripped him of his rank, pension and prestige, ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka unveils new China-funded seaport in south - BBC News, 2010-08-15 17:46:59 EST. Sri Lanka has unveiled a new seaport, the showpiece among a series of big new infrastructure projects on the island... Back to the top

By Srilal Miththapala, eTN Sri Lanka tourism on the upswing - eTurboNews, 2010-08-16 01:47:42 EST. Back to the top

EU ends trade deal with Sri Lanka -, 2010-08-15 15:11:30 EST. The European Union has ended a special trade deal with Sri Lanka over concerns about human rights abuses during the civil war that ended in 2009... Back to the top

S.Lanka exporters brace for life without EU tax breaks - AFP, 2010-08-15 09:46:17 EST. DANKOTUWA, Sri Lanka β€” Sri Lankan exporters braced for hard times as the EU's withdrawal of import concessions took effect Sunday after Colombo's refusal ... Back to the top

3nd ODI - Sri Lanka v India preview and live stream (Monday 09:30 BST) -, 2010-08-16 00:58:39 EST. If you bet on Sri Lanka v India and your first bet loses, 888sport will refund your stake in full! India (from): MS Dhoni (captain), V... Back to the top

Tamil boat people in good health - Toronto Star, 2010-08-15 05:32:35 EST. ESQUIMALT, BCβ€”The 490 Sri Lanka migrants who made a harrowing journey across the Pacific on a cramped cargo ship are all in ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka launches new port built with Chinese financing - Sify, 2010-08-15 11:35:43 EST. The balance was financed by Sri Lanka state revenues. The harbour, with an approach channel 210 metres wide and 17 metres deep, is expected to the handle ... Back to the top

India in battle of survival -, 2010-08-15 12:54:57 EST. It has been frustrating for India after the drawn Test series against Sri Lanka, which ended just a couple of days before the ODIs... Back to the top

Don't know what kind of wickets India want: Curator -, 2010-08-15 11:39:37 EST. PTI Sri Lanka Cricket's national curator Anuruddha Polonowita has ridiculed Indian complaints against the practice pitches here, saying he does not know ... Back to the top

Yuvraj down with dengue, out of Lanka ODI -, 2010-08-15 14:06:42 EST. PTI In yet another blow to India's campaign at the ongoing cricket tri-series, Yuvraj Singh was on Sunday ruled out of Monday's ODI against Sri Lanka after ... Back to the top

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