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AUGUST 28, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 144


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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 reverses decision to suspend visa on arrival
The Hindustan Times, 2010-08-28 10:29:15 EST. Sri Lanka today reversed the decision to withdraw the visa-on-arrival facility for foreign tourists, less than a day after it passed an order to do so from September 30. Sutirtho Patranobis reports. More...
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Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa Urges Heightened Maritime ... - PR Newswire (press release), 2010-08-27 23:51:30 EST. Mr. Rajapaksa recalled Sri Lanka's successful struggle to achieve a military victory over the LTTE, a globally recognized terrorist organization that ... Back to the top

EDITORIAL - Canada's new Tamil refugees - Laval News, 2010-08-28 00:58:46 EST. The refugees aboard are now requesting asylum in Canada, claiming they were persecuted in their native Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Have no complaints, says Dhoni
The Hindu, 2010-08-29 05:53:00 EST. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday said he has no complaints in his side’s tri-series summit clash loss to Sri Lanka here, saying that his batsmen let them down by not app... Back to the top

Tamils of a different stripe - Globe and Mail, 2010-08-28 02:50:02 EST. The Tigers are history and Sri Lanka's ethnic minority remains under the government's thumb... 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

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

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

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