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S Lanka rejects 'atrocity' photos - BBC News, 2010-10-19 18:14:20 EST. Sri Lanka's foreign minister has cast doubt on newly released photos that are said to show a massacre of Tamils during the country's civil war.

On an official UK visit, GL Peiris said images released by the Global Tamil Forum were a bid by rebel sympathisers to tarnish Sri Lanka's image.

Some of the pictures apparently show the bloodstained bodies of bound and blindfolded young people.

Sri Lanka's long civil war ended in May 2009 with the Tamil Tigers' defeat More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Oct 19 11:45:28 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka eying on Tamil rebel int'l network - Global Times, 2010-10-20 04:09:59 EST. "In the main two people are currently working internationally to revive the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam)", Jayaratne said. ... More...
Published: Tue Oct 19 22:58:06 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Foreign-based Tigers trying to regroup: S.Lanka PM - AFP, 2010-10-19 17:45:57 EST. COLOMBO — Tamil rebel leaders based in the United States and Norway are trying to revive their defeated separatist movement, Sri Lanka's prime minister told parliament on Tuesday.

Premier D. M. Jayaratne's statements came during a debate to extend a state of emergency giving sweeping powers to police and armed forces to arrest and detain suspects for long periods without trial. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Oct 19 11:45:51 EDT 2010 Back to the top

S.Lanka minister slams 'colonial' rights groups - AFP, 2010-10-19 16:45:58 EST. LONDON — Sri Lanka's foreign minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris rejected "colonial" criticism Tuesday of a government-appointed civil war probe, after foreign rights groups snubbed an invitation to attend... Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises defence spending by six percent - AFP, 2010-10-19 14:21:55 EST. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka announced Tuesday it would raise defence spending by six percent in 2011 -- broadly in line with annual hikes announced during the government's war with Tamil rebels... Back to the top

India cozies up to Sri Lankan strongman - Asia Times Online, 2010-10-19 13:14:38 EST. BANGALORE - As in Myanmar, so in Sri Lanka India's policy seems to be dictated by strategic interests rather than principles of democracy and justice... Back to the top

Sleepless in Sri Lanka - Hindustan Times, 2010-10-19 17:03:10 EST. Yes, the LTTE is militarily defeated though the diaspora remains indignant in defeat... Back to the top

New Sri Lankan civil war photos threaten to overshadow Britain visit
Telegraph, Oct 19. The photographs, which showed blood stained bodies of young men and women who had been blindfolded and had their hands tied behind their backs, were released by the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a group which includes former supporters of the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Relax Foreign-Exchange Controls in a Few Weeks, Cabraal Says - Bloomberg, 2010-10-19 08:51:39 EST. Sri Lanka plans to ease foreign- exchange rules in the “next few weeks,” the nation’s central bank governor said, after keeping interest rates unchanged today to support economic expansion... Back to the top

Man convicted of trying to buy US weapons for Tamil Tigers - CNN International, 2010-10-19 07:39:04 EST. Washington (CNN) -- A Singapore man was convicted by a Maryland jury Monday of attempting to purchase American arms for use by the Tamil Tigers, a U... Back to the top

Media watchdog demands justice for Sri Lankan journalist killed 10 years ago - The Canadian Press, 2010-10-19 10:32:23 EST. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A media watchdog on Tuesday demanded justice for a Sri Lankan journalist killed 10 years ago and called for an end to the impunity enjoyed by those with government connections... Back to the top

Stop excuses on disunity among Tamils: Karuna to Sri Lanka president - Times of India, 2010-10-18 19:37:12 EST. CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi on Monday asked Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse to stop giving 'excuses' that there is no unity among Sri Lankan Tamils for a political settlement and said he should take immediate steps to ensure peaceful living conditions for them... Back to the top

The general's in jail and Lanka is at peace - Hindustan Times, 2010-10-19 13:33:16 EST. An sms found its way to me during my recent stay in Kolkata: "It’s good that Ram got some part of the land because Sita now has a travel agency, Laxman might retire after the Australia series, Ravan is a commercial flop and there is peace in Lanka... Back to the top

Human rights groups decline to depose before Lankan panel
The Hindustan Times, 2010-10-18 12:34:31 EST. Global human rights groups have declined to appear before a Sri Lankan government-appointed panel looking into the civil war saying that it lacked credibility and was unlikely to carry out an independent probe... Back to the top

Solheim to visit Sri Lanka -- to mend fences - Sify, 2010-10-18 09:54:09 EST. New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim plans to visit Colombo in a bid to mend troubled ties with Sri Lanka, where many had come to see him and his country as sympathisers of the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

AFTER decades of civil war, it's too soon to say whether Sri Lanka can achieve stability - Commentry
Australian, Oct 18. IS Sri Lanka entering a long postponed period of welcome stability and prosperity - or will the brutal way that the 26 years civil war was won pollute the peace irredeemably? Only 18 months after the government forces finally cornered the Tamil Tigers - and many civilians caught up in the fighting - and wiped out the leadership, including the dominant figure of Velupillai Prabhakaran, it is too soon to tell... Back to the top

LTTE ban: HC reserves order on forum's plea - Times of India, 2010-10-19 02:08:13 EST. CHENNAI: The Madras high court has reserved its orders on the Tamil Nadu People's Rights Forum's (TNPRF) plea to be impleaded as party and be heard by a statutory panel that is hearing the views of various sections on the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Ottawa monitors more potential migrants from Sri Lanka
Globe & Mail, Oct 18. The federal government is monitoring a second boatload of Sri Lankan migrants preparing to head for Canada, and has stepped up its co-operation with other countries against human smugglers... Back to the top

Another migrant ship planning to head to Canada: source - Vancouver Sun, 2010-10-18 04:38:02 EST. The Canadian Tamil Congress says tens of thousands of Tamils have sought sanctuary in Thailand in the past and if they are returned to Sri Lanka, ... Back to the top

Ottawa monitors more potential migrants from Sri Lanka - Globe and Mail, 2010-10-18 06:13:16 EST. The federal government is monitoring a second boatload of Sri Lankan migrants preparing to head for Canada, and has stepped up its co-operation with other ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka urges Tamil hard line - The Australian, 2010-10-17 17:22:00 EST. SRI Lanka's security supremo has called on Canberra to get tough with asylum-seekers amid claims most return home within a year... Back to the top

Lee puts hand up to face Sri Lanka - The Australian, 2010-10-17 17:03:32 EST. Lee will get a chance to further push his claims for a national recall when the Blues host Sri Lanka in a one-day tour match at the SCG on Sunday, ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to ensure equity to Tamilians - Financial Express, 2010-10-17 23:01:53 EST. Peiris said Sri Lankan people were now celebrating the emancipation from LTTE (a Tamil outfit) terror which had affected the country for more than two ... Back to the top

‘The Tamils are coming on board'
The Hindu, 2010-10-18 04:47:00 EST. An exclusive interview with Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G... Back to the top

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