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Sri Lanka's Opposition Party Crumbles in Public - Huffington Post, 2010-09-17 23:19:55 EST. The ongoing internal conflict within the main opposition United National Party (UNP) is now unfolding in public with party members sending contradictory messages via the media. The independent statements, accusations and denials have highlighted the party's fragmentation and catapulted this internal struggle onto the national stage.

At a press conference on Tuesday, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told journalists, "The media is saying that (some UNP MPs) are acting independently. If they were acting independently, they wouldn't be here," he said pointing to the several party members who participated at the media briefing with him. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 17 18:48:12 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka bans BBC from covering civil war hearings - BBC News, 2010-09-18 07:00:54 EST. The BBC has been blocked from covering public hearings about Sri Lanka's civil war in former rebel-held territory.

For three days, civilians will have the chance to give evidence on life under the Tamil Tigers or LTTE.

The government says the Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation is working to prevent a repeat of the conflict.

A senior defence ministry official said he could not allow the BBC to attend the sittings, due to start on Saturday. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Sep 17 23:14:10 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Canada court frees four detained Tamil migrants - AFP, 2010-09-18 04:46:23 EST. VANCOUVER — Canada's Federal Court ordered the release of four women out of nearly 500 Tamils from Sri Lanka, who arrived via a cargo ship in Western Canada last month and claimed refugee status. The Friday's ruling is a defeat for Canada's government, which asked the court to overturn decisions by the independent Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) to release some of the migrants under conditions to ensure they report for future hearings. More...
Published: Fri Sep 17 22:09:48 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka jails ex-army chief Fonseka - AFP, 2010-09-17 16:47:49 EST. COLOMBO — A court martial in Sri Lanka on Friday convicted former army chief Sarath Fonseka of corrupt military supply deals and sentenced him to three years in jail, a top military official told AFP... Back to the top

60 feared killed in Sri Lanka blast: spokesman
The Hindu, 2010-09-17 18:04:00 EST. A government spokesman says 60 people are feared killed in an accidental blast of explosives meant for road construction in Sri Lanka’s east... Back to the top

UN panel on Sri Lanka begins work - Zee News, 2010-09-17 14:51:40 EST. New York: A panel of experts, which has been set up to advise UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the LTTE era, has commenced its work amidst Colombo's refusal to allow its entry to the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tamil party criticizes presidential panel - Arab News, 2010-09-17 00:29:12 EST. By REUTERS COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party on Thursday ruled out participating in a new advisory panel set up to review government appointments by the ... Back to the top

China to build another port in Sri Lanka - Times of India, 2010-09-16 23:55:27 EST. NEW DELHI: First, it was Hambantota port in south Sri Lanka which went to the Chinese... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Peace-Torn Democracy - Wall Street Journal, 2010-09-16 19:33:59 EST. One of Sri Lanka's unique achievements was preserving democratic rule through its 26-year bloody battle against Tamil Tiger insurgents... Back to the top

Rajapaksa using Sino-Indian rivalry in Sri Lanka: Activist - Economic Times, 2010-09-16 13:36:35 EST. NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is using the perceived Sino-Indian rivalry to keep at bay New Delhi's concerns over the Tamil community, says a leading rights activist from Colombo... Back to the top

Man held for printing slain LTTE chief's pic - Times of India, 2010-09-17 01:52:10 EST. CHENNAI: Will mere display of the pictures of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran amount to soliciting support for a banned act? Will a person printing or ... Back to the top

Waiting for justice
Al Jazeera, Sep 16. "Amelia," a Filipina domestic worker who sought shelter at her embassy in Beirut earlier this year, had one wish: "I just want to get my money [unpaid wages] and to go back to the Philippines... Back to the top

Rajapaksa Makes a Move - Wall Street Journal, 2010-09-16 18:55:16 EST. Sri Lanka's president wants to stay in power for a long time... Back to the top

Use more Tamil: Lankan commission
The Hindustan Times, 2010-09-15 19:15:45 EST. The government should take steps to ensure that the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the war-affected northern districts were able to use Tamil in their interaction with local administration, a Lankan reconciliation commission has suggested... Back to the top

Sri Lanka port authority to be sole bunker fuel seller at Hambantota - Platts, 2010-09-16 14:22:58 EST. Sri Lanka Ports Authority, operator of the $360 million China-funded Hambantota port, will take on the job of supplying bunker fuel to ships visiting the ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka port authority to be sole bunker fuel seller at Hambantota
Platts, Sep 16. Sri Lanka Ports Authority, operator of the $360 million China-funded Hambantota port, will take on the job of supplying bunker fuel to ships visiting the port once it is open, a source at SLPA said Thursday, as opposed to earlier plans of choosing a supplier via an open tender process... Back to the top

Religare to pay $10-$12 mln for Sri Lanka buy - source - Reuters India, 2010-09-16 16:22:32 EST. It has received approval from regulators at Colombo, Sri Lanka," the source added... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Ex-Army Chief Fonseka Jailed For 3 Years
Wires, Sep 17. .. Back to the top

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