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Crowning of a republican king
The Hindustan Times, 2010-11-16 11:56:27 EST. Even by its own standards of popularity, 4000 kilograms of kiribath, the traditional Lankan coconut milk-rice dish, sounds a bit too appetising. The ingredients: 1200 kg of white rice, 300 kg of cashew, 250 kg of jaggery, 1500 coconuts and a group of five-star chefs; enough to feed 65000 people for a couple of days beginning November 17. But then, a historical week calls for extraordinary celebrations. Not only to relish mountains of kiribath but also to rejoice: Mahinda Rajapaksa will first turn 65 on November 18 and then will follow it up with a befitting ceremony to swear himself in for his second Presidential term till 2016.

Err, you could ask, didnít he win the election in January? But what could Rajapaksa do if he wanted to make up for the time he lost by calling a Presidential election two years before his first term ended? Single option: delay the swearing-in. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 16 09:16:15 EST 2010


HRW condemns worker abuse in Mideast
hrw, nov 16. Human Rights Watch has urged Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to do more to protect domestic workers amid fresh allegations of employers there abusing their Sri Lankan maids.

Tuesday's statement from the New York-based group comes after several Sri Lankan workers accused their Jordanian, Saudi and Kuwaiti employers of driving nails into their bodies or forcing them to swallow nails. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 16 07:11:06 EST 2010 Back to the top


Hearing for migrant accused of war crimes delayed - Globe and Mail
google.com, 2010-11-17 01:56:06 EST. An immigration hearing for a Tamil migrant the federal government claims poses a risk to Canadian security was postponed Tuesday, to give his lawyer more time to look into the allegations against him. The man, who was among nearly 500 Tamils who arrived off the British Columbia on the MV Sun Sea in August, appeared before the Immigration and Refugee Board in a makeshift hearing room at a provincial jail in Maple Ridge, B.C. More...
Published: Tue Nov 16 19:47:11 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka examines 'nail abuse' of maid - The National
google.com, 2010-11-16 01:11:12 EST. AMMAN // The Sri Lankan embassy in Amman said it was looking into a complaint by one of its nationals who said she was forced to swallow six nails... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Maids Become Victims in Saudi Arabia - TIME (blog)
google.com, 2010-11-16 14:09:58 EST. Spending five years in a Saudi Arabian jail while facing death by beheading would be traumatic for anyone, let alone for a 17-year-old thousands of miles away from home... Back to the top

Indonesian president condemns Saudi torture of maid
BBC, nov 16. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has demanded justice for the "extraordinary torture" of an Indonesian maid in Saudi Arabia... Back to the top

Sri Lanka stumbles after WI declares at 580
bdnews, nov 16. Galle, Nov 16 (bdnews24.com) -- Sri Lanka lost its first wicket on the second ball of the second over of the first innings in Galle on Tuesday, after visiting West Indies declared at 580 losing 9 wickets. Yesterday Chris Gayle broke the back of the Sri Lankan attack with a blistering double ton... Back to the top

Week-long fete in Sri Lanka to mark Rajapaksa's second term - The Hindu
google.com, 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... Back to the top

West Indies' Chris Gayle hits 333 against Sri Lanka - BBC Sport
google.com, 2010-11-16 15:47:28 EST. West Indies opener Chris Gayle made the joint 12th highest Test score as he was dismissed for 333 on day two of the first Test against Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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... 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... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Better planning regs needed to reduce flash flooding - IRINnews.org
google.com, 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
google.com, 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
google.com, 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
google.com, 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

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