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Man-made lakes to prevent Sri Lanka flooding -, 2010-11-14 07:28:59 EST. Building lakes in the capital Colombo suburbs is a move considered by Sri Lankan authorities to prevent the city from flooding in thunder storms.

That reaction came after Thursday's deluge which left most parts of the capital under water following its highest rain fall in 18 years. The city recorded 440 millimeters of rain which is the second highest rainfall since the 492 millimeters recorded in June 1992.

"We have identified at least three different areas, one in Nawala and others in Kotte to build lakes", Shyama Gunawardena, the general manager of the Lands Reclamation Board said Saturday. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Nov 13 22:56:58 EST 2010

Sri Lanka's 'ignored' non-Tamil Tiger militant groups
BBC South Asia, 2010-11-14 00:17:29 EST. Pro-government Tamil militant leaders in Sri Lanka say the plight of their supporters has been completely ignored since the war came to an end with the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009.

While human rights groups are not impressed with the government's rehabilitation programme for ex-Tamil Tiger members, leaders of rival Tamil groups say their followers have also not been accommodated at all in post-war society.

Former MP and People's Liberation Organisation for Tamil Ealam (Plote) leader Dharmalingam Siddharthan has warned of "disastrous consequences" if the authorities continue to ignore the plight of his supporters. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Nov 13 22:49:02 EST 2010 Back to the top

Burmese Dissident Is Freed After Long Detention
NYT, Nov 13. YANGON — Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was freed from seven and a half years of house arrest on Saturday and was greeted at the gate of her compound by thousands of jubilant supporters. She stood waving and smiling as people cheered, chanted and sang the national anthem in a blur of camera flashes. She held a white handkerchief in one hand.

“Thank you for welcoming me like this,” she said, clutching the iron bars of her gate as she looked out at the cheering crowd. “We haven’t seen each other for so long, I have so much to tell you.”

She said she would speak again on Sunday at the headquarters of her now defunct political party, the National League for Democracy. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Nov 13 11:24:55 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: joint UN-government assessment begins in flood-affected areas - Spero News, 2010-11-13 07:32:11 EST. United Nations agencies have begun a joint assessment mission with the Government of Sri Lanka after record rains caused flash floods in parts of the ... Back to the top

SriLankan maid alleges torture in Kuwait - Sydney Morning Herald, 2010-11-13 13:25:35 EST. The woman, identified only as Lechchami, 38, underwent surgery to have the nails removed after returning home to Sri Lanka, the director of the hospital in ... Back to the top

Appeal for more Jaffna doctors - BBC News, 2010-11-12 16:44:44 EST. By Ponniah Manikavasagam BBC News, Vavuniya Health authorities in northern Sri Lanka have appealed for more doctors to work in the Jaffna peninsula... Back to the top

HC upholds LTTE ban for 2 more years - Indian Express, 2010-11-13 00:01:09 EST. The tribunal concurred with the government's view in a May 14 notification that the LTTE “remained a threat to India's security, integrity and sovereignty”... Back to the top

Sri Lanka activist wins award for 'integrity' - BBC News, 2010-11-12 20:41:07 EST. A Sri Lankan journalist, a Russian lawyer and a Gabonese activist have been named as joint winners of a global award for integrity... Back to the top

Sri Lanka denies visas to Al-Jazeera over war crimes footage - Sify, 2010-11-12 19:06:20 EST. Colombo, Nov 12 (DPA) Sri Lanka has denied visas to at least three staffers of Al-Jazeera television, after the station broadcast images of bodies and execution-style killings, said to have occurred during the final weeks of the civil war against Tamil rebels last year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rejects disturbing new 'war pictures' as lies
The Hindustan Times, 2010-11-12 05:54:37 EST. Sri Lanka on Friday rejected as "lies" new photographs broadcast by Al-Jazeera of piles of dead bodies and execution-style killings allegedly taken during the final stages of the island's ethnic war... Back to the top

LTTE tells India it is not trying to regroup - Economic Times, 2010-11-12 12:05:26 EST. NEW DELHI: In an obvious bid to regain legal status in India, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have told Home Minister P... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to get Indian assistance to train judges - Zee News, 2010-11-12 15:25:51 EST. Colombo: India will provide assistance to Sri Lanka in training judges under a Memorandum of Understanding that both countries are expected to sign... Back to the top

LTTE remains a threat to India: Sen tribunal
The Hindu, 2010-11-12 21:32:00 EST. A special tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge on Friday upheld the Centre’s decision to extend the ban on terrorist outfit LTTE for two more years, stating that the organisation remains a threat to the security of the country... Back to the top

Australian High Court backs migrants' right of appeal - BBC News, 2010-11-12 16:33:11 EST. The Australian High Court has backed a claim by two migrants for the right of appeal in a case that may change Australia's refugee policy... Back to the top

Rain condemns Windies to indoor nets - Trinidad & Tobago Express, 2010-11-12 08:55:43 EST. By COLOMBO Not a ball was bowled yesterday in the tour match between Sri Lanka Cricket President's XI and West Indies due to rain... Back to the top

Australia's refugee system in chaos after court ruling - Herald Sun, 2010-11-12 06:02:03 EST. In finding in favor of two Tamil men who challenged the government's decision to deport them to Sri Lanka, the court ruled they had been denied "procedural ... Back to the top

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