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Rajapaksa chief guest at CWG closing ceremony - Sify, 2010-10-11 23:21:07 EST. New Delhi: Sri Lanka is set to brief India on the rehabilitation of displaced Tamil civilians when President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is the chief guest at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, meets Prime Minister Manmohan Singh later this week. Rajapaksa will attend the Oct 14 closing ceremony and return to Colombo Oct 15, said official sources. More...
Published: Mon Oct 11 19:24:16 EDT 2010

Canada aids in Thai arrest of Tamil migrants - Globe and Mail, 2010-10-12 03:43:01 EST. Thai authorities have arrested more than 150 Tamil migrants in an immigration sweep that Canada had a hidden hand in, according to one security expert. “You can say that Canada has pre-empted one of the vessels,” said Rohan Gunaratna, a Singapore-based security expert, asserting these migrants were likely destined for Canada aboard a smuggling ship. The ongoing Tamil boat crisis, he said, has prompted a host of countries “to launch a new strategy” aimed at heading off more migrants. “If not for the Canadians and Australians working together with the Thais, this would have never happened,” he said. More...
Published: Mon Oct 11 20:48:31 EDT 2010 Back to the top

SRI LANKA: North crying out for more private investment -, 2010-10-12 05:24:02 EST. KILINOCHCHI, 12 October 2010 (IRIN) - More private investment, especially in agriculture, is urgently needed in Sri Lanka’s former conflict zone in the north to lift the local population out of dependence, say experts. "Private investments are very important to wean away the people from over 25 years of dependence on relief and welfare handouts from the government, NGOs, donors, et al, and steer them towards self-sustenance,” Muttikrishna Saravananthan, lead researcher at the Point Pedro Institute of Development [ ] based in the northern city of Jaffna, told IRIN. “If not, the Vanni will remain a perpetual basket case.” More...
Published: Mon Oct 11 22:52:49 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka work recruitment halted
BBC South Asia, 2010-10-11 14:48:21 EST. One of the main recruitment organisations in Saudi Arabia has called for a suspension in the hiring of thousands of workers from Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Protests at jailing of Sri Lankan leader - Sydney Morning Herald, 2010-10-11 15:46:05 EST. Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Sri Lanka's capital on Monday, demanding the release of ex-army chief and opposition leader Sarath Fonseka who is serving a 30-month jail term... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger spokesman 'missing after arrest
BBC, Oct 10. Two prominent Tamil Tiger leaders in Sri Lanka are missing after arrest by the army last year, their wives have told a presidential commission... Back to the top

Sri Lanka poised to send more pilgrims this year - Arab News, 2010-10-12 01:30:45 EST. RIYADH: A senior official from the Sri Lanka Haj Committee visiting the Kingdom said Colombo would send more pilgrims this year after the country’s government reduced pilgrimage costs... Back to the top

Rajapaksa likely to be chief guest at Games closing ceremony - The Hindu, 2010-10-11 00:25:06 EST. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to be the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 14... Back to the top

AIADMK stages demonstration against attack on fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy
The Hindu, 2010-10-11 05:26:00 EST. Cadres of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Sunday staged a demonstration in Rameswaram protesting against the alleged attack on Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy... Back to the top

Wanniarachchi gurantees first medal in boxing in 60 years
The Hindustan Times, 2010-10-10 10:36:13 EST. Manju Wanniarachchi on Sunday guaranteed Sri Lanka its first Commonwealth Games medal in boxing in 60 years after easing through to the semi-finals on points... Back to the top

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