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Sri Lanka Catholic bishops call for release of jailed opposition leader - Ekklesia, 2010-10-14 03:16:58 EST. The Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has joined demands for the release of opposition leader Sarath Fonseka, the former Sri Lankan army chief.

Fonseka is in prison after being found guilty by a court martial of corruption.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka, in a 7 October 2010 statement, made an "appeal for the release" of Fonseka, who led the Sri Lankan army to victory in 2009 against Tamil rebels who led a 26-year-autonomy campaign.

"We are making this appeal purely on humanitarian grounds," Catholic Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo told ENInews. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 13 22:26:52 EDT 2010

Manmohan, Rajapaksa to discuss Tamil issue Friday
IANS, Oct 14. New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) India will press for a political solution to the decades-old Tamil question and seek quicker resettlement of displaced civilians when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rakapaksa for bilateral talks Friday.

Rajpakasa arrives here Thursday afternoon and will be the chief guest at the colourful Commonwealth Games' closing ceremony in the evening.

The invitation to Rajapkasa has angered some Tamil diaspora groups and human rights activists, who accuse the Sri Lankan president of gross rights violations in the course of its war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam (LTTE) that ended in May last year. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 13 22:28:20 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Minister Says Tamils Seek Money Not Safe Haven - Toronto Star, 2010-10-14 01:06:53 EST. Thatís what a senior Sri Lankan government official says Canada should do with more than 500 Sri Lankan Tamils who have arrived in the last year on Canadaís west coast requesting asylum.

The aspiring refugees are being dishonest when they tell Canadian officials they fear for their personal safety in Sri Lanka, says Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris. And a recent internal study by the Canadian High Commission in Colombo seems to give the ministerís claim some credence.

A year after the end of a civil war with the Tamil Tigers a fragile peace has returned to the country of 18 million. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Oct 13 19:47:55 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Peace perks up Sri Lanka's economy - The Guardian, 2010-10-13 11:45:53 EST. The Taj Samudra, the flagship property of Taj Hotels India, sits on what is arguably the best location in Sri Lanka's capital... Back to the top

MDMK to stage black flag protest
The Hindu, 2010-10-14 05:36:00 EST. he MDMK will hold a black flag demonstration on Thursday against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to take part in the valedictory of the Commonwealth Games... Back to the top

Dope cheat stuns India, Sri Lanka celebrate in Delhi - AFP, 2010-10-13 19:15:51 EST. NEW DELHI ó Delhi's Commonwealth Games suffered the hammer blow of a homegrown drugs cheat on Wednesday while unheralded Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka punched spectacularly above their weight in boxing... Back to the top

Rajapaksa India Games visit row - BBC News, 2010-10-12 20:48:15 EST. Activists have criticised India's decision to invite Sri Lanka's president to attend the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony in Delhi... Back to the top

Invite to Rajapaksa slammed
The Hindu, 2010-10-13 05:30:00 EST. Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Vaiko and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol Thirumavalavan condemned the Union government's decision to invite Sri Lankan Presiden... Back to the top

Wives of LTTE leaders seek husbands' details - Express Buzz, 2010-10-12 15:37:50 EST. COLOMBO: The wives of two top LTTE leaders have sought the help of the Sri Lankan President's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to find ... Back to the top

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