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Sri Lanka vows to splurge on Games - Gold Coast Bulletin News
google.com, 2010-11-12 04:54:04 EST. SRI Lanka has appointed some of its most powerful identities and turned to new best friend China in its bid to win the 2018 Commonwealth Games away from the Gold Coast.

Sri Lankan Central Bank governor Nivard Cabraal will head the Hambantota bid committee, joined by Parliamentary Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, and former Deputy Minister of Justice Dilan Perera.

News website Inside the Games yesterday reported Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had returned from another trip to China and urged the committee to showcase Sri Lanka's emerging potential, including the rapid growth of Hambantota since it was damaged by the 2004 tsunami. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 11 20:11:08 EST 2010


New photos of Sri Lanka's civil war emerge - Hindustan Times
google.com, 2010-11-11 12:10:55 EST. New photos emerged on Thursday of piles of dead bodies and execution-style killings allegedly taken during the final stages of Sri Lanka's civil war which ended in May last year. Broadcaster Al-Jazeera said it had obtained the images from an unnamed source who said they had been taken by a member of Sri Lanka's military. It said it was unable to verify their authenticity.The military onslaught against the Tamil Tiger rebel group has been dogged by allegations of war crimes, with Western nations and international rights groups pushing for a probe of possible violations by both sides. Some of the disturbing photographs show bodies with twisted limbs piled on the back of a trailer, others show almost naked corpses, blindfolded and with hands bound behind their backs, lying in shallow graves. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 11 07:06:14 EST 2010 Back to the top

India to build 1000 houses for Tamils in Sri Lanka - The Hindu
google.com, 2010-11-12 00:29:19 EST. External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has said a pilot project to construct 1,000 houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), ie. Tamils, in northern and eastern Sri Lanka will begin soon.

In a letter to Communist Party of India MP from Tamil Nadu P. Lingam, he said the construction of the dwelling units was part of India's commitment to build 50,000 houses for the IDPs. Besides, to revive the agricultural activities in northern Sri Lanka, India was procuring 500 tractors and other agricultural implements to be distributed among IDPs, and also dispatching seeds for the “Maha” season. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 11 20:11:48 EST 2010 Back to the top


Over 260, 000 marooned by Sri Lanka flash floods - Xinhua
google.com, 2010-11-12 04:09:34 EST. COLOMBO, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Over 260,000 people were marooned by flash floods in Sri Lanka's Western Province, relief officials said Thursday. "We have housed over 200,000 people in 16 relief camps in the Colombo district while over 35,000 in the Kalutara district and over 8,000 in the Gampaha district are also distressed", Pradeep Kodippily, Assistant Director of National Disaster Management Center said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan nationals held
The Hindu, 2010-11-12 05:55:00 EST. Two Sri Lankan nationals were arrested at Chennai Airport on Thursday on charges of trying to exchange counterfeit Indian currency According to airport sources, brothers Ismail (31) and Nalir (29) of Jaffna, arrived at the Chennai Airport from Colombo a little past noon by an Air India flight... Back to the top

Sri Lanka parliament flooded by worst rains in 18 years - Times LIVE
google.com, 2010-11-11 15:49:40 EST. Sri Lanka sent in troops to rescue thousands of residents marooned in the capital Colombo Thursday after the heaviest rains in 18 years flooded the city and the national parliament... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Interest Rates at `Appropriate' Level, Governor Cabraal Says - Bloomberg
google.com, 2010-11-11 10:34:36 EST. Sri Lanka’s interest rates are at an “appropriate” level, central bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said, signaling he may hold off on raising borrowing costs next week even as the economy accelerates... Back to the top

ICC launches online initiative to connect fans to World Cup - The Hindu
google.com, 2010-11-11 15:29:09 EST. With less than 100 days to go for the ICC World Cup, top cricketers are urging their supporters to send in good luck messages through twitter and other online media to inspire and cheer their favourite teams... Back to the top

Victory for asylum seekers against legal fiction - ABC Online
google.com, 2010-11-11 06:38:03 EST. The penchant of both the ALP and the Liberal Party for creating legal fiction so as to deny asylum seekers their human rights has come unstuck this morning... Back to the top

Aussie court ruling may alter refugee processing
The Hindu, 2010-11-11 21:04:00 EST. A court ruling on Thursday in support of two Sri Lankan asylum seekers could force a change in Australia’s refugee policy, which has different rules for those who apply offshore and th... Back to the top

Eurosport bag Sri Lanka-West Indies rights - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
google.com, 2010-11-11 12:47:45 EST. British Eurosport has secured the UK rights to the Test series between Sri Lanka and West Indies which gets underway on Monday, November 15... Back to the top

Sri Lanka blocks BBC from travelling to war commission - BBC News
google.com, 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... Back to the top

Feuds start in Sri Lanka's first family - Asia Times Online
google.com, 2010-11-10 13:53:21 EST. BANGALORE - Sri Lanka's first family appears to be at war with itself... Back to the top

Individuals cannot contest ban on LTTE through proxies: HC - Times of India
google.com, 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fully legalizes gambling in tourism drive - Reuters
google.com, 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
google.com, 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
google.com, 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
google.com, 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

Foreign NGOs can't claim diplomatic immunity, says Lanka govt - Economic Times
google.com, 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
google.com, 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

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