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Sri Lanka prez calls off Britain trip fearing arrest - Times of India, 2010-11-04 23:41:42 EST. LONDON: In an embarrassing turn of events, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse has been forced to cancel his proposed visit to Britain following fears that he might be arrested for alleged war crimes under British law. Rajapakse's provisional engagements included an address to the Oxford Union, and it's learnt that certain Sri Lankan Tamil organisations were planning to move court for his arrest.

Asked to comment on the cancellation, the British foreign office said, "The president's plans have changed." Several phone calls to the Sri Lankan high commission fetched only silence.

Under the principle of universal jurisdiction, war crimes and crimes against humanity can be prosecuted in Britain even if they were not committed in the UK. The Global Tamil Forum has been at the forefront of the anti-Rajapakse campaign here. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 4 21:29:02 EDT 2010

After Decades of War, Sri Lanka Bounces Back
bloomberg, Nov 5. As recently as a year and a half ago, life in Colombo was tense. Residents were under constant threat of suicide bombs, and armed guards at checkpoints made crossing the city a hassle. "You went out every day not knowing what would happen," recalls Richard Vokes, Asian Development Bank (ADB) country director. Since Sri Lankan government forces defeated the Tamil Tigers rebel group in May 2009, though, the sandbags and checkpoints are mostly gone, tourists stroll the palm-fringed seaside promenade, and locals fly kites in front of the majestic colonial-era Galle Face Hotel. Living in Colombo is now "a very pleasant experience," Vokes says.

The ADB expects Sri Lanka's economy to grow as much as 8 percent this year and next. Colombo's stock market is the world's second-best performer (after Mongolia) in 2010, more than doubling in value even as many investors wait to see whether the stability holds. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 4 18:40:51 EDT 2010 Back to the top

LTTE member arrested in Germany
DPA, Nov 4. Berlin, Nov 4 (DPA) Germany has arrested an alleged member of the former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), an armed Sri Lanka group, on terrorism charges, prosecutors said in Karlsruhe.

The German national, 35, was arrested the previous day at Dusseldorf Airport when he arrived by plane from Madagascar, which had deported him. His name has been withheld under German media and privacy laws.

Prosecutors say he was active with the German branch of the LTTE from 2005 to 2009. LTTE, which was defeated by the Colombo government last year, is defined by the European Union as a foreign terrorist organisation. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 4 15:16:45 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to build park for lovers - BBC News, 2010-11-04 15:54:42 EST. The Sri Lankan government says it will construct a park for romantic young couples who want freedom to be together without being victimised by police... Back to the top

Sri Lanka - New business of arms dealers is human smuggling – Canadian Minister - ISRIA (registration), 2010-11-04 13:47:59 EST. There are several of these [human smuggling] syndicates actually competing with each other for this business... Back to the top

'Speedy political solution needed for ethnic tensions in Lanka' - Hindustan Times, 2010-11-04 15:27:57 EST. A newly appointed Catholic cardinal has said that only a speedy political solution to the festering issues of the minorities could resolve long-standing ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

The price of ignoring Rajapaksa - Indian Express, 2010-11-04 02:29:52 EST. As India and the United States prepare for President Obama’s trip, China’s expanding economic and military influence is at the top of the agenda... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil held in Canada for war crimes -, 2010-11-04 09:29:50 EST. Toronto, Nov 4 (IANS) A Tamil asylum seeker has been arrested in Canada for war crimes... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bishop accuses forces over missing priests - BBC News, 2010-11-03 22:14:58 EST. At least two Roman Catholic priests have gone missing in Sri Lanka in the past four years, the church says... Back to the top

Al Mashal's Heraymila Investments to Start Fund in Sri Lanka to Tap Growth - Bloomberg, 2010-11-04 15:35:14 EST. Faster economic growth with the end of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war in May 2009 is boosting company earnings and encouraging investments... Back to the top

Tamil parties join to help solve problems
xinhua, Nov 4. A group of Tamil political parties are trying to achieve consensus on the need to resolve problems of the minority community in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan cardinal calls for peace - Sify, 2010-11-03 18:46:54 EST. Colombo, Nov 3 (DPA) A newly appointed Catholic cardinal called Wednesday on the Sri Lankan government to speed up a search for a political solution to the country's long-standing ethnic tensions, which led to a 26-year military conflict... Back to the top

Lanka quips India in HDR
The Hindustan Times, 2010-11-03 18:45:33 EST. Sri Lanka has beaten India by 28 positions in the new rankings of the Human Development Report to be released on Thursday by UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon... Back to the top

Lanka to invest $1bn in road network - Gulf Times, 2010-11-04 00:42:14 EST. Sri Lanka will invest more than $1bn by the end of 2011 to modernise its road network as part of President Mahinda Rajapakse’s post-war economic revival plan, a top government official said yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka buys back gas business from Shell for $63 mln - Reuters Africa, 2010-11-03 14:36:49 EST. COLOMBO Nov 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Wednesday completed its buyback of the majority stake in Royal Dutch Shell's (RDSa... Back to the top

RPT-Sri Lanka may cut fuel prices via tax changes - Reuters Africa, 2010-11-03 09:43:49 EST. NEW DELHI Nov 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka may reduce its fuel prices through tax changes in the budget to be unveiled on Nov... Back to the top

India holds bilateral talks with Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Canada - Sify, 2010-11-03 17:17:42 EST. India here on Wednesday held bilateral discussions with delegations of Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Canada, on the occasion of Petrotech 2010, and sought an increased cooperation in Hydro Carbon Sector... Back to the top

Chance for South Africa, Sri Lanka to topple India -, 2010-11-02 16:43:55 EST. A series win over top-ranked Australia in the three-match ODI series will see Sri Lanka replace India and grab the second place in the ICC ODI rankings, but South Africa will have to win their remaining three matches against Pakistan if they want to topple India... Back to the top

Three agents held for attempt to transport Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to Australia
The Hindu, 2010-11-03 21:27:00 EST. : Three agents were arrested late Tuesday in connection with an alleged attempt to transport Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to Australia via Velankanni... Back to the top

Sri Lanka comeback stuns Australia in Melbourne - BBC Sport, 2010-11-03 15:21:35 EST. A record ninth-wicket partnership between Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga took Sri Lanka from the brink of defeat to victory against Australia... Back to the top

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