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AUGUST 27, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 143


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Sri Lankan leader has votes to change constitution
Reuters, Aug 27, 2010. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday secured the two-thirds parliamentary majority he needs to change the constitution after an opposition party with eight legislators pledged its support.

"We will not join the government, but we will support the proposed constitutional amendments," Basheer Segu Dawood, the chairman of the ethnic minority party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, told Reuters.

The president's United Peoples Freedom Alliance won a sweeping majority in an April parliamentary poll after Rajapaksa's re-election to the presidency three months earlier.

Rajapaksa has already struck a tentative deal to return Sri Lanka to rule by an executive prime minister. That would allow him to by-pass the existing two-term limit as head of state and run the country as prime minister.

With the latest support, Rajapaksa's ruling United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA) can command 154 votes in the 225-seat parliament, giving the president more than the two-thirds majority required for a constitutional change. More...
Published: Fri Aug 27 11:41:00 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka to withdraw visa on arrival: public notice - Lanka Business Online, 2010-08-27 15:58:42 EST. The Sri Lankan government has decided to withdraw the on-arrival visa facility to tourists from September 30, 2010, a public notice said. The Department of Immigration & Emigration website said on-arrival visas will be given only to visitors from countries that reciprocate.

No reason was given for the change and immigration department officials were not immediately available for comment.

Tourists from all countries except Singapore and Maldives will be required to obtain prior entry visa before their arrival in Sri Lanka either from the Department of Immigration & Emigration in Colombo or from the Sri Lanka missions abroad. More...
Published: Fri Aug 27 11:46:11 EDT 2010 Back to the top

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India to normalise defence ties with Sri Lanka - The Hindu, 2010-08-26 21:23:41 EST. With the end of ethnic conflict, India and Sri Lanka will revert to a more normal defence relationship. Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar will visit Colombo soon to get an idea of the issues to be taken up at the first annual defence dialogue between the two countries.

The institutional mechanism of a yearly defence dialogue was decided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during their summit meeting here in June. “It is time to look at greater comprehensive cooperation. In this context, we broadly discussed the areas which would be important to focus on in the annual defence dialogue. An earlier visit by the Defence Secretary would help to understand the issues. In the aftermath of the conflict, there is a need for a different defence relationship,” sources said after the high-level India-Sri Lanka talks on Thursday. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Aug 27 06:55:36 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Nails removed from 'tortured' Sri Lankan maid
BBC, Aug 27. Doctors have removed 13 nails and five needles from a Sri Lankan housemaid who said her employer in Saudi Arabia hammered them into her body... Back to the top

UN asks $165 mln for Sri Lanka post-war resettlement - Reuters, 2010-08-26 19:01:31 EST. COLOMBO Aug 26 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Thursday urged donors to provide $165 million to Sri Lanka this year to help resettle around 100000 people displaced by decades of fighting... Back to the top

Krishna to visit Sri Lanka soon - Express Buzz, 2010-08-26 08:28:19 EST. NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna would soon be visiting Sri Lanka, where he intends to take up the issue of rehabilitating Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with the Rajapaksa government... Back to the top

Feds moved to revoke 227 refugees for lying - Toronto Sun, 2010-08-27 04:09:14 EST. OTTAWA — In the past 20 years, while more than 41,000 Sri Lankans have been granted refugee status in Canada, the federal government has only applied to send a fraction of the country's Sri Lankan diaspora packing because they think the applicants lied... Back to the top

Sri Lanka blocks over 100 porn websites - AFP, 2010-08-26 12:35:40 EST. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka has blocked over 100 porn websites that allegedly feature local men and women, the government said Thursday, in its biggest yet Internet censorship move... Back to the top

ECB confirm Sri Lanka and India fixtures - Yahoo! Eurosport UK, 2010-08-27 11:47:45 EST. England will play seven Tests, 10 ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals next summer against Sri Lanka and India which will include the first Test staged at ... Back to the top

'Tortured' maid to have surgery
BBC South Asia, 2010-08-26 12:10:23 EST. A Sri Lankan housemaid who accused her former employers in Saudi Arabia of implanting nails in her body is to undergo surgery, her doctors say... Back to the top

‘IPL created harmony among foreign players’
The Hindu, 2010-08-26 19:16:00 EST. International cricketers share much better relations due to the Indian Premier League as the Twenty20 event has given them an opportunity to know each other, feels Sri Lankan vice-captain Mahela J... Back to the top

Sri Lanka and India to tour England in 2011 - AFP, 2010-08-26 14:48:48 EST. LONDON — England will host Test and one-day series against both Sri Lanka and India in 2011, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Thursday... Back to the top

India's Kohli fined for showing dissent - AFP, 2010-08-26 13:34:13 EST. DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka — Young Indian batsman Virat Kohli was on Thursday fined 15 percent of his match-fee for showing dissent at an umpire's decision during ... Back to the top

Fiat India bets big on car exports to Sri Lanka - Commodity Online, 2010-08-26 10:00:36 EST. ... Fiat India Automobiles Ltd (FIAL) may supply cars to the Asian subcontinents including neighbouring countries of India like Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal ... Back to the top

Tamils can call Sri Lanka — free - Toronto Sun, 2010-08-26 01:48:29 EST. Frustrated Tamil migrants were finally given the free use of telephones to call their loved ones in Sri Lanka after losing ... Back to the top

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