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Week-long fete in Sri Lanka to mark Rajapaksa's second term - The Hindu, 2010-11-15 21:26:49 EST. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday kicked off a week-long celebrations to mark his second term in office beginning November 19.

The government has declared the week from November 15 for celebrations to mark the swearing in.

Mr. Rajapaksa was re-elected in January by a thumping majority defeating the common opposition candidate and former Army chief Sarath Fonseka. Mr. Rajapaksa chose to hold the election on completion of four years of his six-year first term. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 15 19:02:11 EST 2010

Death Sentence Highlights Risks for Migrant Workers
IPS, nov 16. COLOMBO, Nov 15, 2010 (IPS) - When a relative approached Mohamed Nafeek in 2005 to explore the possibility of sending his eldest daughter, Rizana, to the Middle East as a domestic worker, the family thought its luck had finally turned for the better.

Poor, living in a ramshackle shack in Muttur, a coastal village in Trincomalee district 250 kilometres from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, the family of six barely managed to survive from the meagre earnings Nafeek made as a wood collector. Rizana, according to the family, agreed to the job. The relative took her to a recruitment agency. She then underwent 10 days of training before leaving for Saudi Arabia in May 2005.

But instead of changing the family’s luck, Rizana’s life turned inside out in a foreign land. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 15 20:48:16 EST 2010 Back to the top

Daya Master appeals for LTTE suspects
bbc, nov 16. The former media spokesman for Tamil Tigers has requested a presidential panel that the government should either charge or release detained Tamil Tigers.

Velayutham Thayanidhi, widely known as Daya Master, told the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC) in Jaffna that the government should also establish a mechanism to inform the fate of their loved ones to relatives of the "disappeared".

Nearly 10,000 former Tamil Tigers are being detained under emergency regulations for more than a year. Some LTTE suspects have been held for more than 15 years. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 15 20:49:25 EST 2010 Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Better planning regs needed to reduce flash flooding -, 2010-11-15 17:03:16 EST. COLOMBO, 15 November 2010 (IRIN) - Strict regulations preventing the building on, or blocking of, drainage channels need to be implemented if Sri Lanka is to have fewer urban flash floods, experts say... Back to the top

Surrendered LTTE leaders and cadres missing: report
The Hindustan Times, 2010-11-15 13:17:47 EST. Many cadres and leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who surrendered to the forces at the end of the civil war in 2009 were still missing, a government panel looking into the war was told in Jaffna... Back to the top

Midnight's Children to be shot in Sri Lanka - Times of India, 2010-11-15 23:36:33 EST. Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie's screen adaptation of the Booker winning 'Midnight's Children' too, will be shot in Sri Lanka, beginning January 2011... Back to the top

SAARC students get awards - Times of India, 2010-11-16 04:24:30 EST. NEW DELHI: Forty one students from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka received medals, cash prizes and merit certificates for ... Back to the top

Chris Gayle batters Sri Lanka with double century - BBC Sport, 2010-11-15 17:01:49 EST. Opener Chris Gayle hit a brilliant unbeaten double century as West Indies dominated day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle... Back to the top

Sri Lanka boxer fails second doping test - Times of India, 2010-11-14 19:21:01 EST. TCOLOMBO: Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi failed the second doping test for a banned steroid after winning gold at last month's Commonwealth Games, the boxing governing body on the island said on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan housemaid alleges she was forced to sallow nails -, 2010-11-14 14:33:38 EST. Colombo: In a shocking incident, a Sri Lankan housemaid has alleged that her employer in Jordan's capital Amman forced her to swallow six nails with water... Back to the top

S Lanka gives BBC hearings access - BBC News, 2010-11-14 16:00:47 EST. On Wednesday, the defence ministry had prohibited the BBC from travelling to cover the current hearings in northern Sri Lanka's main city, Jaffna... Back to the top

Greenway wary of 'changed' Sri Lanka -, 2010-11-14 21:57:57 EST. Lydia Greenway insists England women will not take Sri Lanka lightly during the limited-overs series, which starts tomorrow... Back to the top

Indian help to integrate Sinhala and Tamil
The Hindustan Times, 2010-11-14 11:28:45 EST. India has come forward to help Sri Lanka resolve the politically sensitive and festering issue of integrating the two primary languages, Sinhala and Tamil... Back to the top

Assaulted lankan journalist receives global award
The Hindustan Times, 2010-11-13 13:50:07 EST. A Sri Lankan journalist who was assaulted last year has been named among the recipients of a global integrity ward... Back to the top

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