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Colombo denies reports on library attack - The Hindu, 2010-11-01 23:08:02 EST. Sri Lanka's Presidential Secretariat has denied a media report that its staff were involved in a recent “attack” on the Jaffna Public Library. In a statement here, it referred to news report in The Sunday Leader headlined “Jaffna Public Library Comes under attack, again” and said it was based on unverified and unauthenticated information. The English weekly said pandemonium reigned in Jaffna when the library was stormed by hundreds of unarmed assailants on October 23. The weekly said it sought clarification from Tamil National Alliance M.P. Suresh Premachandran and he corroborated the story. More...
Published: Mon Nov 1 19:01:54 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka's historic Jaffna library 'vandalised' - BBC News, 2010-11-01 21:01:19 EST. The historic Jaffna public library in Sri Lanka has been closed to tourists a week after a large group of visitors vandalised it, say reports. The library has emotional significance for the island's Tamil minority as it serves the city usually regarded as their cultural capital. The burning of the library by mobs 30 years ago helped trigger the Tamil Tiger insurgency. It was reportedly vandalised by a large group of Sinhalese visitors. Reports from Jaffna say the public library has been closed to foreign and Sri Lankan tourists since Saturday, after an ethnic Tamil government minister from the city apologised for acts of vandalism by tourists a week earlier. More...
Published: Mon Nov 1 14:05:13 EDT 2010 Back to the top

China assures more aid to Sri Lanka - Frontier India - News, Analysis, Opinion, 2010-11-01 19:04:00 EST. China has assured more aid for mega development projects in Sri Lanka currently in progress with the Chinese Government funds. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lankan delegation met with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao yesterday. The bilateral talks centered around the status of large-scale development projects that are currently being funded by the Chinese government. China is currently funding the Hambanthota Port, Norochcholai coal power plant and the second international airport at Maththala in Hambanthota. Chinese are also funding the construction of the first phase of the 110-kilometer Matara-Kataragama rail line along the south coast and the reconstruction of a 56- kilometer segment of the rail line between Pallai and Kankasanthurai in the North. More...
Published: Mon Nov 1 19:02:47 EDT 2010 Back to the top

For Rajapaksa, if its CWG in india, it's Shanghai Expo in China - Hindustan Times, 2010-11-02 01:53:56 EST. China will continue to support Sri Lanka in expanding critical infrastructure like roads, bridges and highways... Back to the top

LTTE remnants trying to regroup in India: Govt
The Hindustan Times, 2010-11-01 16:52:54 EST. The remnants of LTTE are trying to regroup in India and are posing a threat to VVIPs, Government today told a tribunal examining the extension of the ban on the outfit... Back to the top

It was 'an attempted honour killing,' court told - Toronto Sun, 2010-11-02 01:38:41 EST. A Scarborough father’s attempt to drive over his daughter, her boyfriend and his son-in-law was “akin to an attempted honour killing,” a Crown attorney said Monday... Back to the top

LTTE's unlawful activity still on, Centre tells tribunal - The Hindu, 2010-11-01 21:53:54 EST. There is enough material on record for extending the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for another two years from May 14, 2010 under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Centre maintained on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka thrash Australia in T20 - AFP, 2010-10-31 18:28:02 EST. PERTH — Australian captain Michael Clarke again failed with the bat as his side lost their first Twenty20 game at home in a one-off international against Sri Lanka at the WACA Ground in Perth on Sunday... Back to the top

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