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Sri Lanka swears in president
Aljazeera, nov 19. Mahinda Rajapaksa is set to be sworn in as president of Sri Lanka for a second six-year term in office, two months after a constitutional revamp that boosted his executive powers.

He begins his new term on Friday in a strong position with his personal popularity running high, family members in key government positions, the opposition divided and his only serious political rival in prison.

However, hundreds of people led by the opposition People's Liberation Front party took to the streets of the capital, Colombo, on the eve of the inauguration to demand pay rises and to protest against the rising cost of living.

Rajapaksa, who turned 65 on Thursday, brushed off the concerns of countries, including the United States, that his powers pose a threat to the country’s democracy.

He insists that they are necessary to rebuild the country torn by decades of civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters.

"When I came to power I promised an honourable peace and a new Sri Lanka. I have kept my promise and built a new country," he said after opening a $1.5bn port in the southern town of Hambantota. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 18 22:18:01 EST 2010

A coronation in Sri Lanka: Beating the drum - The Economist, 2010-11-18 22:26:53 EST. WHAT to give a president who wants for nothing? Sri Lanka’s mustachioed ruler, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who turned 65 on November 18th, has a thriving personality cult, helped by propaganda that gives him sole credit for the crushing of Tamil rebels last year, after nearly three decades of civil war. He won a second presidential term in January. His party romped home in parliamentary polls. And he has since had the constitution rejigged to scrap term limits and make his office mightier.

Though it is almost a year since his re-election, Mr Rajapaksa’s followers this week prepared for his swearing-in party in Colombo, the capital, on November 19th. Artillery pieces were hauled to the quayside to ensure things went off with a bang. Some 8,000 drummer boys and a huge honour guard will also attend. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Nov 18 13:31:43 EST 2010 Back to the top

'Biggest rice cake' for Sri Lanka leader - BBC News, 2010-11-18 20:55:18 EST. Some 12,000kg of white rice, 1,500 coconuts and 300kg of cashew nuts are some of the ingredients for a very special Sri Lankan recipe. It's the world's biggest ever kiribath, or milk rice cake, a dish being cooked up by a top chef for the public. Other revelries are under way at a special exhibition in the capital. The city is lit up and pasted with posters of the man at the centre of it all, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is being re-inaugurated as president on Friday. More...
Published: Thu Nov 18 13:32:38 EST 2010 Back to the top

Chinese-built port in Sri Lanka fuels Indian fears Beijing is encircling them - The Guardian, 2010-11-19 00:15:08 EST. A vast new Chinese-built and funded port was inauguratedtoday in the far south of Sri Lanka, fuelling the growing concern of neighbours India that they are being encircled by Beijing... Back to the top

Sri Lankan cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga's new mission
IWC, nov 19. LEGENDARY Sri Lankan cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga was in Sydney last week to talk about everything but the great game... Back to the top

Rajapaksa names new port after himself
The Hindustan Times, 2010-11-18 13:20:49 EST. Three ships for the first time entered the newly Chinese-built port in southern Sri Lanka on Thursday, marking President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s 65th birthday on the eve of his swearing-in ceremony for the second Presidential term... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's president to start second term Friday - Economic Times, 2010-11-18 12:44:28 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is due to be sworn in for his second term Friday, a day after his 65th birthday... Back to the top

VR Lechchmi, Sri Lanka Maid: Saudi Couple Drove 14 Nails Into My Body As ... - Huffington Post, 2010-11-18 01:22:25 EST. As she lay in recovery at a Sri Lanka hospital, V.R. Lechchmi, told Al-Jazeera her employers had driven 14 nails into her body when she asked for her salary after six months of work... Back to the top

Sri Lanka forced to follow on - Times LIVE, 2010-11-18 15:00:08 EST. Prasanna Jayawardene hit a gutsy half-century under pressure, but Sri Lanka still could not avoid a follow-on in the opening Test against the West Indies on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president to be sworn in for second term; opponents boycott - CNN International, 2010-11-18 04:16:35 EST. Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa is slated to be sworn in Thursday for a second six-year term at a nationally televised ceremony outside Colombo's presidential secretariat overlooking the Indian Ocean... Back to the top

Fonseka admitted to prison hospital after breathing problems
The Hindustan Times, 2010-11-17 11:05:39 EST. Jailed former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka was rushed to a prison hospital in Colombo on Tuesday night after he complained of breathing problems and wheezing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres reintegrated soon - ReliefWeb (press release), 2010-11-17 09:59:00 EST. Nearly 6200 ex-LTTE cadres are undergoing rehabilitation and the government is planning to reintegrate them into civilian life very soon, Minister of Rehabilitation DEW Gunasekera said... Back to the top

Resettlement not satisfactory, says Ranil
The Hindu, 2010-11-18 04:29:00 EST. The issue of resettling Tamils in Sri Lanka will be raised in Sri Lankan Parliament next week, said Ranil Wickramasinghe, former Sri Lankan Prime Minister and United National Party leader, said he... Back to the top

“Passenger ship service to Colombo likely in 3 months”
The Hindu, 2010-11-18 05:11:00 EST. Passenger shipping service between Tuticorin and Colombo is likely to be launched shortly, according to G... Back to the top

Krishna to visit Sri Lanka - The Hindu, 2010-11-17 23:45:09 EST. According to diplomatic sources, the focus of the would be rehabilitation of the nearly three lakh Tamil civilians displaced during the war between the LTTE ... Back to the top

Heavy showers in Kandy,Sri Lanka - CNN, 2010-11-17 22:42:18 EST. Kandy is going to get flooded I think next, severe rains, the usual calm and placid stream behind my house is over flowing with murky waters... Back to the top

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