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AUGUST 24, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 140


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Tamil Asylum-Seekers To Remain Under Detention In Canada - RTT News, 2010-08-24 12:24:58 EST. RTTNews) - Canada's independent Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered that all the 443 adult Tamil asylum-seekers who arrived in the country earlier this month on board a cargo ship must remain under detention until their identities are verified. The ruling on Monday came after the Board agreed to the government's request for more time to analyze the migrants' identity documents. Despite their continued detention, Canadian laws provide the refugee claimants with the right to periodic detention hearings by an adjudicator, who has the authority to release them. More...
Published: Tue Aug 24 20:24:31 EDT 2010

Basil Rajapaksa on way to New Delhi
The Hindustan Times, 2010-08-24 15:22:26 EST. A senior Sri Lankan minister is heading to New Delhi on Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Indian officials during a two-day visit. Economic Development minister Basil Rajapaksa, who is also President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother, is expected to apprise Singh about developments in the war-ravaged northern districts of Sri Lanka and also discuss progress in the process of reconciliation a year after the civil war ended in May, 2009. More...
Published: Tue Aug 24 20:25:23 EDT 2010 Back to the top

A cursory commission and star witness
The Hindustan Times, 2010-08-24 09:17:17 EST. In Colombo, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) records evidence from witnesses at the sprawling, white-washed 'Lighthouse' bungalow, a colonial era mansion used by the British. When I walked in last week to hear defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa depose before the panel, the air was relaxed, almost informal and security checks cursory. Welcoming enough, I thought, for someone to saunter in and tell the LLRC without fear or favour why the ceasefire agreement (CFA) with the LTTE failed and the war continued for several bleeding months. After deposing, Rajapaksa shook the grateful hands of the panelists, mostly former bureaucrats and legal experts, and chatted with them animatedly about the hostage rescue mission to free Tamil civilians. He denied that the government was building permanent military bases on civilian property in the north. To me, it seemed that the formally attired, and mostly smiling, LLRC was more than half-way to "ascertain, circumstances that led to the failure of the CFA of 2002 and the sequence of events that followed thereafter till May 19, 2009" and make far-reaching recommendations. More...
Published: Tue Aug 24 20:26:16 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Vaiko denies former LTTE leader's charge
The Hindu, 2010-08-25 04:46:00 EST. MDMK general secretary Vaiko has denied that he stood in the way of a ceasefire between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan forces, as claimed by former LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan... Back to the top

Trans-border fishing: team to visit Sri Lanka
The Hindu, 2010-08-25 06:11:00 EST. A team will visit Sri Lanka in the next few months to hold another round of discussion to sort out trans-border fishing problems and discuss other issues, V... Back to the top

Karunanidhi seeks explanation from former LTTE leader - The Hindu, 2010-08-23 23:31:17 EST. eferring to the remarks of former LTTE leader Kumaran Pathmanathan on the role some politicians from Tamil Nadu in the efforts to arrive at a ceasefire in Sri Lanka's war against the LTTE, Chief Minister M... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers use human smuggling in bid to rearm - National, 2010-08-23 00:05:42 EST. ... of mass murder committed against the Tamils. “The fact is that the centre of gravity of the LTTE has shifted overseas from Sri Lanka,” Mr Gunaratna said... Back to the top

Adrian MacNair: Using our brains on the refugee problem - National Post, 2010-08-23 18:21:30 EST. Canada is a mighty long way from Sri Lanka, and there is a large expatriate Tamil community located in nearby India... Back to the top

Sri Lanka expressway seen cutting transport costs - Lanka Business Online, 2010-08-23 11:48:27 EST. Aug 23, 2010 (LBO) - A planned expressway between Sri Lanka's capital Colombo and Kandy in the central hills will significantly reduce transport costs and ... Back to the top

US donates equipment to Sri Lanka Air Force - Sify, 2010-08-23 18:34:23 EST. Officials of the US embassy presented the Sri Lanka Air Force Rs.674 million ($6 million) in equipment to enhance maritime security, the embassy said Monday ... Back to the top

IMF Says Sri Lanka Program On Track - RTT News, 2010-08-24 07:04:54 EST. (RTTNews) - Sri Lanka's fiscal reform program with the International Monetary Fund is on track although key challenges remain, the lender said on Monday... Back to the top

Canada's illiberal turn on asylum - The Guardian, 2010-08-23 20:31:14 EST. Earlier this month, a boat carrying 492 Tamils claiming to be refugees from Sri Lanka's recently ended 26-year civil war arrived in Canada on the MV Sun Sea ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka flies doctors, flood relief to Pakistan - Hindustan Times, 2010-08-23 18:44:57 EST. Sri Lanka has reached out to aid Pakistan in its uphill task of providing relief to the millions affected by the country's worse flood in several decades... Back to the top

Sri Lanka stock price band seen curbing abuse, preventing bubble - Lanka Business Online, 2010-08-22 17:59:00 EST. Aug 22, 2010 (LBO) - A daily 10 percent price band imposed on Sri Lanka's tiny stock market should be continued as it helps curb rampant abuse by a few investors with deep pockets and prevent a bubble, news reports said... Back to the top

Tamil coalitions congratulate Canadian government's refugee stance -, 2010-08-23 02:02:39 EST. Authorities fear, however, that some of the migrants may be members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or have connections to the group... Back to the top

CPI(M) legislator denies leaking ceasefire details to Vaiko - The Hindu, 2010-08-22 21:54:43 EST. Communist Party of India (Marxist) legislator K. Mahendran on Sunday denied reports that he was involved in the 2009 leak of details about the ceasefire proposed by India to end the war between Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka aims to revive historic silk route - GulfNews, 2010-08-22 22:51:24 EST. Abu Dhabi: Sri Lanka is reviving the historic silk route, which was used by Arabs to explore Asia with the opening of ... Back to the top

Media boycotts Dhoni - The Hindu, 2010-08-23 00:29:57 EST. AP India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks back after Sri Lanka defeated India by 8 wickets during the Tri Series ODI cricket match in Dambulla... Back to the top

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