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U.S. says Sri Lanka amendment undermines democracy
Reuters, Sep 10. (Reuters) - The United States on Saturday condemned Sri Lanka's passage of a constitutional amendment granting the president vast new powers, saying it undermined democracy.

Sri Lanka's parliament on Wednesday voted for the measure sought by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, which removes a presidential two-term limit and grants him more power over appointments to the police, judiciary, public service and electoral commissions.

"The United States is concerned that this constitutional amendment weakens checks and balances and thus undermines the principles of constitutional democracy," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a statement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Sep 11 14:28:54 EDT 2010

UNP faces leadership crisis
The Hindu, 2010-09-11 01:47:00 EST. The main opposition in Sri Lanka United National Party (UNP) on Friday appeared headed for a major crisis over the leadership issue.

A group of 25 of 43 remaining parliamentarians of the UNP has issued an ultimatum to party leader Ranil Wickremsinghe to either resolve the internal crisis or be prepared to face the consequences.

The MPs have said they will sit as independent MPs if the party crisis is not settled soon. UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera, who is among the 25, told the local media that the crisis faced by the party had gone out of control. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 10 20:21:59 EDT 2010 Back to the top

US stops BPO training in Lanka - Hindustan Times, 2010-09-10 22:36:49 EST. he US has suspended the training of 3,000 youth from war-ravaged northern Lankan districts in outsourcing skills. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) that provides humanitarian and economic aid worldwide suspended the programme apparently to ensure that the new jobs created in Sri Lanka will not take away employment opportunities from Americans.The announcement comes within days of the US state of Ohio imposing a ban on offshore outsourcing. More...
Published: Fri Sep 10 20:21:31 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Lashkar link startles Sri Lanka - Hindustan Times, 2010-09-11 00:35:53 EST. The Sri Lankan defence and intelligence agencies were on alert after a news report on Thursday said that a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) member and key accused in the German Bakery blast in Pune was trained in Colombo... Back to the top

Dilshan slur a white conspiracy: Sri Lanka Cricket - Times of India, 2010-09-11 00:52:17 EST. NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials on Friday lashed out at attempts by the British media to highlight batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan's alleged links with bookies, saying it was a "white conspiracy" intended to "malign" and "defame" the country's cricketers... Back to the top

Rajapaksa looks to his new era - Asia Times Online, 2010-09-10 13:07:50 EST. BANGALORE - An important obstacle in the way of Mahinda Rajapaksa becoming Sri Lanka's president-in-perpetuity has been removed... Back to the top

Sri Lankan former Army chief faces continuous trial - Xinhua, 2010-09-10 13:46:39 EST. COLOMBO, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's court martial against former Army chief and opposition parliamentarian Sarath Fonseka is to sit in continuous trial from Sept. 13 throughout Sept. 18, military officials said on Friday. When the court resumed here on Friday the case was put off due to the non-appearance of Fonseka's counsel, military sources said... Back to the top

Match-fixing: Sangakkara defends Dilshan -, 2010-09-10 12:38:02 EST. New Delhi: Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara on Friday defended Tilakaratne Dilshan, who is under the ICC scanner for alleged links with a bookmaker and said that "neither I nor the Sri Lankan cricket board ever reported anything specific against any team mate"... Back to the top

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