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Rajapksa defends amendment move
The Hindu, 2010-09-04 06:33:00 EST. Amid growing criticism from the opposition and sections of the media, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has defended the decision of his government to amend the Constitution. The amendments, which have been referred by the government to the Supreme Court for its opinion, are scheduled to be debated and voted in Parliament on September 8, 2010. Given recent defections from the ranks of the opposition, the government, as of now, has the required two-thirds majority in Parliament. However, questions have been raised on the propriety of the President rushing through piecemeal changes. More...
Published: Fri Sep 3 22:41:00 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka: Saudi Arabia: Colombo activists and religious leaders call for end ... - Spero News, 2010-09-03 17:27:46 EST. Colombo - Hundreds of human rights activists, religious leaders and local film stars have protested against the torture suffered by Sinhalese migrants in Saudi Arabia for work. On August 30 a crowd of people gathered in front of the Saudi Embassy in Colombo, shouting out slogans against the governments of Rhyad and Colombo, accused of doing nothing against the violation of human rights of migrants. The protests were triggered by the brutal incident of LP Ariyawathi, a domestic worker of 49, tortured by the Saudi family where she worked. As punishment, employers hammered nails in her hands and forehead. Currently the Saudi authorities have denied the fact, accusing the woman of inventing everything for the purposes of extortion. More...
Published: Fri Sep 3 11:21:19 EDT 2010 Back to the top

General VK Singh to visit Sri Lanka to strengthen military ties - Sify, 2010-09-03 18:42:53 EST. To strengthen bilateral military ties with Sri Lanka, Army Chief General VK Singh will embark on a three day visit to the island nation on Sunday. During this trip, General Singh will have discussions with Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, and Prime Minister DM Jayaratne. The Army Chief will also hold talks with all three-service chiefs of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in Colombo. The Army Chief will also visit training institutions, service headquarters and various operational units to give boost to defence cooperation between Indian and Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Fri Sep 3 11:22:34 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka war crimes panel gets lost in translation - BBC News, 2010-09-03 20:28:54 EST. MA key witness at the commission set up to examine the final phase of Sri Lanka's civil war has complained his words were not properly translated... Back to the top

Components of LTTE aircraft found in Pudukuduirippu - The Hindu, 2010-09-03 15:15:01 EST. Sri Lankan Air Force has found components of LTTE light Aircraft or a Glider in a partially destroyed container at Kareimulliwaikkal area in the former rebelís stronghold of Pudukuduirippu... Back to the top

Sri Lanka stx at new peak on long term stability hopes - Reuters, 2010-09-03 16:02:56 EST. COLOMBO, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's benchmark share index hit a new high on Friday for the third straight day on hopes that proposed constitutional ... Back to the top

Asylum seekers forcibly removed to Sri Lanka tortured and jailed - Herald Sun, 2010-09-03 09:54:31 EST. THREE asylum seekers forcibly removed to Sri Lanka in 2009 have been tortured and jailed following an attempt to return to Australia, Amnesty International ... Back to the top

Amnesty International reveals torture in Sri Lanka - Radio Australia, 2010-09-03 14:19:58 EST. The call comes after claims three men were tortured and jailed following their forced return from Australia to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Lankan maid's torture charges baseless: Saudi officials - Arab News, 2010-09-02 02:36:15 EST. Al-Baddah met chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLFBE) Kingsley Ranawake at his office on Tuesday and pledged all cooperation in any ... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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, ... 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 ‚ÄĒ 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

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