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Sri Lanka blocks BBC from travelling to war commission - BBC News, 2010-11-11 06:18:29 EST. The Sri Lankan government has again blocked BBC News from travelling to the north to attend public hearings of a commission looking into the country's civil war.

The defence ministry refused to give reasons for preventing the BBC covering the story in Jaffna.

Post-war northern Sri Lanka remains heavily militarised and foreigners need defence ministry permission to visit most of it.

Permission is often denied.

This is the second time in two months that the government has blocked BBC News from travelling north to cover the hearings of the war commission, despite the fact that local journalists are travelling up from the capital, Colombo, for the same purpose. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 10 22:55:26 EST 2010

Feuds start in Sri Lanka's first family - Asia Times Online, 2010-11-10 13:53:21 EST. BANGALORE - Sri Lanka's first family appears to be at war with itself. With its grip over power tightening substantially and the stakes increasing, feuds between family members are said to be growing.

The meteoric rise of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's 24-year old son Namal is reported to have irked several cousins, aunts and uncles.

Plump, baby-faced Namal is a neophyte in politics. He was elected this year as Sri Lanka's youngest parliamentarian. "A future leader with a friendly spirit, possessing good values ... the dashing and smashing, young Namal Rajapaksa," as he is described on his web site, is among a large number ofhey fell apart over the spoils of war and credit for the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). While Fonseka claimed that he as army chief ... More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 10 07:30:50 EST 2010 Back to the top

Individuals cannot contest ban on LTTE through proxies: HC - Times of India, 2010-11-11 02:10:36 EST. CHENNAI: Those intending to oppose the ban on the LTTE in India should file personal affidavit before the statutory tribunal hearing the matter, and it cannot be done through power of attorney, the Madras high court has held.

The first bench comprising Chief Justice M Yusuf Eqbal and Justice TS Sivagnanam, dismissing the writ petition of former LTTE cadre Vijayaratnam Sivanesan, who is at present a Swiss national, said: "It cannot be disputed that the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 was enacted for the purpose of providing more effective prevention of certain unlawful activities of individuals and associations. The sole object of the act is to provide national integrity and to prevent any activity which is intended to disrupt the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India." More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Nov 10 20:14:21 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka fully legalizes gambling in tourism drive - Reuters, 2010-11-10 19:41:31 EST. Sri Lanka's parliament passed a law on Wednesday to fully legalize gambling despite opposition and religious protests, part of a government plan to revive its tourism industry after the end of a three-decade civil war... Back to the top

Govt awaits court's immigration decision - Sydney Morning Herald, 2010-11-11 02:50:04 EST. Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland says the federal government will have to consider closely the outcome of a High Court challenge to offshore immigration detention... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Lawmakers Vote on Bill to Legalize Gambling - BusinessWeek, 2010-11-10 15:06:47 EST. Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s parliament is today scheduled to vote on a bill that will legalize gambling, a move that may attract casino developers eager to profit from tourists flocking to the island after the end of its civil war. The Gaming Special Provisions Bill will “provide for the designation of areas in which persons interested to start the business of gaming can set up their establishments,” according to the legislature’s website... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tightens grip on foreign aid workers - AFP, 2010-11-10 17:30:54 EST. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka's government said Wednesday it had ordered foreign and local aid workers to register with the defence ministry in a move to put them under greater state control... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Foreign NGOs can't claim diplomatic immunity, says Lanka govt - Economic Times, 2010-11-10 11:37:31 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will introduce new laws to regulate both local and international non-governmental organisations, some of whom have been accused of ... Back to the top

India, Sri Lanka to sign agreement on ferry service soon - Economic Times, 2010-11-10 11:56:11 EST. NEW DELHI: India and Sri Lanka would soon sign an agreement to commence ferry service between Tamil Nadu and the island nation, a step towards promoting tourism between the two countries... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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

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