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Krishna to talk resettlement of Tamils during Lanka trip - Times of India, 2010-09-03 04:35:16 EST. NEW DELHI: Foreign minister S M Krishna will visit Sri Lanka soon for a first-hand view of the situation there as India tries to expedite the resettlement process in the island nation. Government officials said Krishna's visit is likely to take place by the end of this month or early October.

Officials said Krishna will emphasise before the Lankan leadership the need to move from resettlement of internally diplaced persons (IDPs) to chalking out a political solution which is substantive and durable. The leadership in Colombo continues to maintain that a political solution is being delayed because of lack of genuine leadership among the Tamil community with whom the government can discuss and kickstart the process. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Sep 2 22:19:33 EDT 2010

US Judge Lets Suit Proceed Against Alleged Fundraisers for Tamil Tigers -, 2010-09-02 02:22:21 EST. A lawsuit accusing a Wall Street hedge fund manager and his father of using a charitable foundation to funnel millions of dollars to the Tamil Tigers, a Sri Lankan terrorist group, can go forward, a federal judge in New Jersey says.

The suit, filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act, concerns the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), a non-profit that the U.S. Treasury Department shut down in 2007 for allegedly bankrolling the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (aka Tamil Tigers), which the U.S. classified as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997 and as a specially designated global terrorist in 2001. TRO's assets were frozen and Americans were barred from dealing with it.

Between their founding in 1976 and their defeat by the Sri Lankan army in 2009, the Tigers killed thousands of civilians in a violent campaign marked by suicide bombings and assassinations whose goal was to establish a separate state for ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The suit, Krishanthi v. Rajaratnam, 09-cv-5395, was filed by more than two dozen Sri Lankan citizens who claim they lost family members or were themselves injured in five bombings carried out by the Tigers in Sri Lanka in later 2007 and early 2008. More...Discuss this story
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Move beyond resettlement of displaced Tamils: India to Sri Lanka - Daily News & Analysis, 2010-09-02 17:34:07 EST. India has been pressing Sri Lanka to quickly follow up the military victory against LTTE with a political solution that satisfies the minorities, ... More...
Published: Thu Sep 2 10:56:14 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan officials await response in maid torture case - CNN, 2010-09-02 04:06:07 EST. (CNN) -- Despite reports that a Saudi couple accused of torturing a Sri Lankan housemaid was arrested, Saudi authorities have not verified the action, a Sri Lankan official told CNN... Back to the top

World Citizen: Sri Lanka, China Form Strategic Shield against the West - World Politics Review, 2010-09-02 16:58:58 EST. Chinese weapons played an important role in the government's ultimate success against the LTTE in 2009... Back to the top

'No import of workers to Lanka' - Hindustan Times, 2010-09-01 22:52:45 EST. India on Wednesday rejected reports that it was bringing its own nationals to Sri Lanka to carry out reconstruction work in the war-ravaged northern districts... Back to the top

Sri Lanka - Moment is opportune for SL to reap economic benefits - NAMAL CEO - ISRIA (registration), 2010-09-02 11:46:35 EST. It is an opportune moment in Sri Lanka to put together capital and expertise to develop the country and to reap the economic benefits, the Chief Executive ... Back to the top

Sri Lankan fishermen hard hit by peace - AFP, 2010-09-02 08:00:59 EST. TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka — Fishermen in the Sri Lankan port of Trincomalee hoped the end of the island's civil war would bring prosperity, but dynamite and ... Back to the top

Explosive materials bound for Sri Lanka seized - Daily News & Analysis, 2010-09-02 14:53:18 EST. Two persons were arrested today for allegedly attempting to smuggle explosive materials, including gelatin sticks, to Sri Lanka by the sea route from nearby Thondi... Back to the top

Saudi questions maid's nail torture - National, 2010-09-01 19:09:37 EST. IYADH // Saudi government and private sector officials have questioned the account of a Sri Lankan maid who said her Saudi employers forced 24 nails and needles into her body... Back to the top

Saudi official denies Sri Lankan maid was abused - The Associated Press, 2010-09-01 15:40:19 EST. Doctors in Sri Lanka have said they removed 13 nails and five needles from LG Ariyawathi after she returned from Saudi Arabia last month... Back to the top

Sri Lanka considers constitutional reform - RFI, 2010-09-01 18:35:14 EST. By RFI Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday began assessing a draft bill that would amend the country's constitution... Back to the top

Rao faces some hard questions in Jaffna - Hindustan Times, 2010-09-01 16:41:28 EST. India on Wednesday rejected reports that it was bringing its own nationals to Sri Lanka to carry out reconstruction work in the war-ravaged northern ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Trade Deficit Widens In June - RTT News, 2010-09-01 15:03:04 EST. (RTTNews) - Sri Lanka's trade deficit widened 48.7% annually to US$416.13 million in June from US$279.89 million last year, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares hit new peak amid new SEC rule - Reuters, 2010-09-01 19:01:44 EST. COLOMBO, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's benchmark share index rose to a new record on Wednesday, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ordered ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Signs New Agreements With China - allvoices, 2010-09-01 10:37:00 EST. Sri Lankan and China are further strengthening their bilateral relations with a number of new agreements that will be signed between officials of the two countries in the next few days... Back to the top

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