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LTTE Supporting Maoist Activities, Centre Tells Tribunal - Outlook, 2010-10-20 18:23:18 EST. The union government today told a tribunal examining the validity of the ban on LTTE that the outfit was supporting Maoist activities and would pose danger to the sovereignty and unity of the country if it was not proscribed. Deposing before the 14-member Unlawful Activities Prevention Tribunal, headed by Justice Vikramjit Singh, at its public hearing here, P K Mishra, Secretary, Internal Security, Ministry of Home Affairs, said LTTE's extension of support to Maoist activities in India would also prove dangerous to the security of the country. More...
Published: Wed Oct 20 20:31:10 EDT 2010

More photos of "tamil massacre" surface
The Hindustan Times, 2010-10-20 13:16:08 EST. A new set of graphic photographs showing the alleged massacre of Tamil men and women during the Lankan civil war has triggered fresh demands for an international probe into war crimes that might have been committed as the fighting ended in May, 2009. More...
Published: Wed Oct 20 20:31:42 EDT 2010 Back to the top

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 Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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

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