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Bakers suffer as Sri Lanka wages war on 'wheat terrorism' - Independent, 2010-11-10 05:01:21 EST. More than a year after they crushed ethnic rebels and put an end to a decades-long civil conflict, the authorities in Sri Lanka have declared war on wheat.

Such is the passion and nationalist fervour of some government ministers to replace wheat products with domestically produced rice, they are talking of a "war against wheat-flour terrorism". The drive by the government, headed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has seen bans on wheat products being served in government offices, prisons, schools and hospital canteens and a government subsidy for it to be scrapped. The impact of the move has been so dramatic that more than 2,000 bakers have found themselves out of work, according to their industry body. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 9 20:29:21 EST 2010

Sri Lanka 'pornographers' outed in police crackdown
BBC, Nov 9. The faces of dozens of people accused of appearing in pornographic films, in violation of anti-obscenity laws, have been published by Sri Lankan media.

They appeared in a Sinhala-language paper, with a police notice asking the public to help trace those pictured.

A magistrate had told police to identify and arrest the people, and ordered the publication of the images.

Reports say the alleged porn actors could be fined and sentenced to six months in prison. More...>Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 9 10:14:31 EST 2010 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka publishes 'porn faces'  - BBC South Asia

Sri Lanka papers reject anti-porn campaign - Sydney Morning Herald, 2010-11-09 16:42:50 EST. Newspaper editors in Sri Lanka have refused to publish pictures of men and women who are wanted by police for appearing on porn websites in the country.

Under a crackdown on pornography on the Indian Ocean island, police are trying to trace local men and women pictured in compromising poses and had asked newspapers to reproduce mugshots of 83 of them. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 9 07:24:03 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka calls for nuke-free Mideast - Press TV, 2010-11-09 21:19:46 EST. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris has called for a nuke-free Middle East, voicing support for the peaceful application of nuclear energy by all states... Back to the top

Captain Darren Sammy backs new-look West Indies to compete with confident Sri ... - The Canadian Press, 2010-11-10 02:10:18 EST. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — West Indies captain Darren Sammy is backing his new-look side to challenge a confident home team during its six-week tour of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

India has taking up issue of displaced persons with Sri Lanka: Sonia Gandhi - Daily News & Analysis, 2010-11-09 13:55:14 EST. Expressing concern over some of the displaced Tamil civilians still being lodged in camps in Sri Lanka, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said India has taken up the matter with that country so that they are moved out of the camps at the earliest... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Lankan govt launches drive against narcotics, wheat
The Hindustan Times, 2010-11-09 10:19:20 EST. Many might not agree but the Lankan government feels smoking cannabis and eating bread could both be injurious to health... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pip India to second place in ODI rankings - Sify, 2010-11-09 14:35:38 EST. Dubai, Nov 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka, fresh from a series victory against Australia, have overtaken India to bag second place in the latest International Cricket ... 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... 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

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