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Iran-Sri Lanka bilateral trade surpasses $1b - Tehran Times, 2010-09-14 23:32:01 EST. The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting quoted Mehdi Ghazanfari as saying that, “Iranian contractors have signed a $400-million worth contract for construction of a dam in Sri Lanka.”

Ghazanfari is leading a delegation traveling to Colombo to take part in a joint economy and trade cooperation committee meeting between Iran and Sri Lanka.

The 9th Joint Economy and Trade Cooperation Committee meeting between Iran and Sri Lanka, is being held from the 13th to the 15th of September. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 14 21:39:47 EDT 2010

Opposition defects secure government hands
The Hindustan Times, 2010-09-14 09:06:16 EST. Between last December and April, I made futile attempts to meet opposition chief Ranil Wickremesinghe for an interview. I managed to meet him only once, briefly and among a group of reporters, in the carpeted corridors of a five-star hotel.Wickremesinghe has reasons to avoid them. His party, the United National Party (UNP) – he has been party chief since 1994 – is in tatters. And the tears were on exhibition at a time when the opposition needed to put up a bold show and oppose the passage of the controversial 18 Amendment (18A) in Parliament. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 14 06:58:19 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Said to Hire Three Banks for Investor Update Meetings - BusinessWeek, 2010-09-14 07:36:52 EST. &fd Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka hired Bank of America Corp., HSBC Holdings Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc to help it arrange meetings with credit investors starting Sept. 15, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The sovereign will meet with investors in Singapore, Hong Kong, London and the U.S., with talks expected to finish on Sept. 24, the person said, asking not to be identified as details are private. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 14 07:00:06 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka heading towards 'a totalitarian state'
Radio Netherlands, Sep 14. A leading Sri Lanka expert has warned that with last week’s parliamentary victory on constitutional reforms, Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse has dealt a final blow to the country’s human rights, civil liberties and true democracy... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bans Economist edition - BBC News, 2010-09-14 15:41:51 EST. Sri Lanka has impounded the latest edition of the Economist, which has an opinion piece critical of constitutional ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ranks high in Forbes list - ISRIA (registration), 2010-09-14 15:23:25 EST. Despite the war, Sri Lanka saw GDP growth average nearly 5% in the last 10 years, Forbes stated... Back to the top

Sri Lanka authorities 'were wrong' to bar war reporters - BBC News, 2010-09-14 12:47:04 EST. A Sri Lankan panel investigating the end of the country's civil war has been told the authorities had been wrong to exclude media from the conflict zone... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Marxists blame president for falling FDI - Reuters AlertNet, 2010-09-14 17:58:04 EST. COLOMBO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - The leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist party said on Tuesday an eroding democracy and aggressive diplomacy under ... Back to the top

Lanka asks US to mind its own business over new law - Hindustan Times, 2010-09-13 18:35:36 EST. Sri Lanka on Monday criticised the US for making adverse comments on the 18 th Amendment (18A) which added sweeping powers to President Mahinda Rajapksa besides doing away with term limits for the top executive office... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Debt Ratings Raised by S&P Before $1 Billion Dollar-Bond Sale - Bloomberg, 2010-09-14 16:20:27 EST. Sri Lanka's debt ratings were raised by Standard & Poor's after the end of a civil war and a $2.5 billion ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bourse at record high on low interest rate - Reuters, 2010-09-14 16:07:58 EST. COLOMBO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's benchmark share index hit a new record high again on Tuesday as excess liquidity in a low interest rate regime ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Magnificent Dambulla Cave Temples - SBWire (press release), 2010-09-14 11:35:23 EST. Dambulla Cave Temple is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka 72 km north of Kandy and 148 km east of Colombo... Back to the top

Tamil Congress headquarters ransacked - Montreal Gazette, 2010-09-13 09:48:30 EST. Toronto police are investigating the theft of a computer containing the names of some of the Sri Lankan migrants who arrived in Canada last month aboard the ship MV Sun Sea... Back to the top

Sri Lankan 'generosity' is hailed
BBC South Asia, 2010-09-13 13:37:38 EST. The Sri Lankan president has hailed the results of the World Giving Index... Back to the top

Ottawa warned months ago of Tamil influx by Canadian diplomats - Vancouver Sun, 2010-09-13 18:43:13 EST. OTTAWA — The federal government was warned nine months ago by its own diplomats in Sri Lanka that Canada should prepare for a greater influx of Sri Lankan migrants, an internal report shows... Back to the top

“State ready to hand over Murugan idol to Sri Lanka”
The Hindu, 2010-09-13 06:37:00 EST. The State government authorities on Sunday indicated that they were ready to hand over to the Sri Lankan authorities the Murugan idol smuggled to Tamil Nadu in 2006... Back to the top

Sri Lanka among the widely connected countries in South Asia - President - ISRIA (registration), 2010-09-13 11:40:01 EST. For a country that has emerged from nearly three decades of brutal terrorism, Sri Lanka is today among the most widely connected countries and societies in ... Back to the top

Malay Chamber Of Commerce To Explore Opportunities In Sri Lanka - Bernama, 2010-09-13 08:37:22 EST. ... said these commercial centres were part of Sri Lanka's reconstruction effort in areas left by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas... Back to the top

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