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Sri Lanka declares war on wheat - BBC News, 2010-11-08 21:58:40 EST. Some 2,000 bakers across Sri Lanka have been forced to close their businesses, the industry says.

The closures come as the government campaigns against the consumption of products based on wheat flour.

Eighteen months after defeating Tamil Tiger militants, the government seems to be intensifying its struggle against an unlikely enemy.

In recent days it has been banning wheat products from various public institutions. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 8 21:53:15 EST 2010

Sri Lanka extends war commission by six months - Daily Times, 2010-11-09 02:55:59 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Monday extended the mandate of a commission probing the final years of a three-decade separatist conflict, which it says is a crucial mechanism for reconciliation after the end of the war in May 2009.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has resisted external pressure for an international probe into allegations that both the Tamil Tigers and the military committed war crimes in the waning months of the conflict, during which thousands of people died. He has also said that what Western diplomats and Tamil parties have called a “political solution” to the underlying grievances that fuelled the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s fight against the government will be homegrown. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 8 21:50:46 EST 2010 Back to the top

LTTE still anti-India: Swamy - Express Buzz, 2010-11-08 18:14:59 EST. NEW DELHI: Favouring continuation of ban on the LTTE, Janata Dal president Subramanian Swamy today told a tribunal here that there was no material change in the "terrorist anti-India attitude" of the outfit. Swamy made the statement while deposing before the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act Tribunal headed by Justice Vikramjit Sen that is examining the 18-year-old ban on the Sri Lankan rebel outfit.

"The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam is an anti-Indian organisation not only for killing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi but also for their campaigns of threats of violence against Indian personalities opposed to its terrorism," Swamy said. He alleged that pro-LTTE organisations such as MDMK, a political party, have been publicly issuing death threats to those opposing terror activities of the banned outfit and "hence, there is no material change in the terrorist anti-India attitude of the LTTE, and therefore it is eminently just to continue the ban imposed on it by the Union government". More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 8 21:54:20 EST 2010 Back to the top

TABLE -Sri Lanka DFCC says Q2 group net falls 36 pct - Reuters, 2010-11-09 07:29:45 EST. COLOMBO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Group results for Sri Lanka's DFCC Bank DFCC... Back to the top

Iran exports $520m technical services to Sri Lanka - Tehran Times, 2010-11-09 02:19:57 EST. TEHRAN – Iran carried out $520 million of technical and engineering services in Sri Lanka, the Iranian Commerce Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari said here on Monday... Back to the top

WTM 2010: Sri Lanka eight-strand campaign focuses on wildlife - TTG live, 2010-11-09 03:24:28 EST. Sri Lanka Tourism has announced a new campaign focussing on eight key products, with wildlife to be heavily promoted for the first time... Back to the top

Sri Lanka signs hydropower project deal with China - HydroWorld, 2010-11-08 22:23:17 EST. BEIJING, China 11/8/10 (PennWell) -- Sri Lanka's state-run Ceylon Electricity Board has awarded a US$82 million hydropower plant deal to China, government officials told media outlets... Back to the top

India's Current Policies Prompt China To Reassess South Asia Policy,' Says Chinese Scholar
Eurasiareview, nov 8. For experts analysing China’s South Asia policy, an article in Chinese language contributed by an authoritative Chinese academician in May 2010 ( noticed online only recently) may prove to be important... Back to the top

Asif Ali Zardari to reach Colombo as SM Krishna flies out late November - Hindustan Times, 2010-11-08 18:22:37 EST. Sri Lanka is looking forward to firming up diplomatic and business ties with Pakistan when President Asif Ali Zardari comes for his maiden visit to the island nation later this month... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gets World Bank loans for small business, tourism - Lanka Business Online, 2010-11-08 16:27:15 EST. The World Bank said it will give Sri Lanka 125.4 million US dollars for three projects to support Small and Medium Enterprises, tourism and local service improvements in the former north-east war zone... Back to the top

51 injured in Lanka prison clash during drugs raid - Times of India, 2010-11-07 19:17:04 EST. COLOMBO: At least fifty-one people, including 44 policemen and four prison officials, were injured on Sunday when a drugs raid at Sri Lanka's main jail in the capital sparked violence, officials and doctors said... Back to the top

Zardari to visit Sri Lanka - MSN India, 2010-11-07 13:38:08 EST. Colombo, Nov 7 (PTI) Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will be making a maiden visit to Sri Lanka later this month during which he will discuss with his counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksha cooperation on security and trade issues... Back to the top

Unable to act on LTTE leader's statue: France - Express Buzz, 2010-11-07 10:38:43 EST. COLOMBO: The French government has obliquely expressed its inability to act on the controversial issue of the installation of a bust of S P Tamilselvan, slain head of the LTTE’s political wing, in La Courneuve, a suburb of Paris, earlier this week... Back to the top

Australia Beats Sri Lanka by Eight Wickets to End Seven-Match Losing Run - Bloomberg, 2010-11-07 19:07:39 EST. Australia, in its final match before the Ashes Test series against England, bowled out Sri Lanka for 115 before racing to victory in less than 22 overs with an unbeaten 50 from stand-in captain Michael Clarke... Back to the top

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