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Sri Lanka to offer more oil exploration blocks - Reuters Africa, 2010-09-06 20:21:09 EST. COLOMBO, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Monday said it would offer new oil exploration blocks in an area off the northern coast where the initial flare-up of a quarter-century war with the Tamil Tiger separatists ended the hunt for oil.

The Indian Ocean island's Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat said it was planning to call bids for blocks in 15,000 sq km of the shallow Cauvery Basin, just off the northern area the Tigers controlled until their defeat last year. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Sep 6 22:09:16 EDT 2010

Lanka player under lens for bookie link - Times of India, 2010-09-06 00:08:14 EST. LONDON: The spot-fixing scandal could engulf cricketers outside Pakistan. There were reports on Sunday that a leading Sri Lankan player was under suspicion for links with a bookie. And this has led to fears that IPL was also not immune to investigation by the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit.The disclosure that a leading Sri Lankan cricketer was under suspicion for too much late-night conviviality with a bookmaker is a warning that the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL) is not immune to investigation by ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU). A senior figure in world cricket said the ICC has been probing Sri Lankan betting links with the IPL since its second edition, if not earlier.

The ICC's interest has been trained on Thilanga Sumathipala, a former chairman of the Sri Lankan cricket board (BCCSL), whose family operates betting shops all over the island, especially in the capital Colombo. Sumathipala denied any involvement with this aspect of his family's businesses. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Sep 6 13:02:12 EDT 2010 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka civil society organizations oppose constitutional change - Lanka Business Online, 2010-09-06 08:22:47 EST. Sept 06, 2010 (LBO) - Civil society organization representing several interest groups in Sri Lanka have come out against proposed changes to the constitution as a move that will further destroy democratic values and individual freedom. Sri Lanka's organization of professional associations said the constitution change which lifts a two-term limit on the president and has also come under fire for undermining the judiciary and the election office was not promoting good governance.Discuss this story

The change would also effective repeal a previous amendment which aimed to increase the ability of the public service to act justly towards the people and establish rule of law through a constitutional council, critics have said. More...
Published: Mon Sep 6 13:02:50 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Betting scandal hits Sri Lanka Cricket - Island Cricket (blog), 2010-09-07 05:45:00 EST. Earlier this year, Brendon Kuruppu who served as team manager was replaced by Sri Lanka Cricket with Anura Tennakoon taking his position... Back to the top

Indian army chief pays floral tributes in IPFK memorial -, 2010-09-06 20:03:48 EST. T V Sriram Colombo, Sept 6 (PTI) General V K Singh today visited the memorial for the 1,165 soldiers of the Indian Peacekeeping Force, who died during the war with the LTTE, the first Indian Army Chief to pay tributes to the fallen Army men here... Back to the top

Feds mulling new measures to combat human smuggling -, 2010-09-06 06:31:32 EST. When Parliament returns in mid-September, sitting MPs will be asked to act on new legislation aimed at deterring and disrupting human smuggling operations, CTV News has learned... Back to the top

S. Lanka stx down on profit-taking - Reuters, 2010-09-06 18:02:26 EST. COLOMBO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's benchmark share index slipped on Monday, after touching a new high, as investors booked profits on blue chips, ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka is still denying civilian deaths - The Guardian, 2010-09-05 19:59:47 EST. Sri Lanka's defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, has taken such creative accounting to new heights... Back to the top

Ranil seeks Indian help to revive agriculture - The Hindu, 2010-09-05 23:06:12 EST. Most of the people in the Vanni region earn their livelihood from these two sectors,” he said, pointing out how the fighting between the Army and the LTTE ... Back to the top

Tamil migrants make risky deals to flee Sri Lanka -, 2010-09-05 16:21:52 EST. These "agents" can help spring a person from Sri Lanka by helping them to reach foreign soil through deception, bribery and other tactics... Back to the top

Indian Army Chief in Sri Lanka to boost defence cooperation
The Hindustan Times, 2010-09-05 12:06:12 EST. Army Chief Gen VK Singh arrived in Colombo today on a five-day visit which is expected to provide an impetus to defence cooperation between India and Sri Lanka and lay the ground for a bilateral defence dialogue... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cricketer investigated - BBC Sport, 2010-09-05 21:26:15 EST. World governing body the ICC has not commented on the Sri Lanka case... Back to the top

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