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Sri Lanka president sworn-in for a second term - CNN, 2010-11-19 14:06:33 EST. Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, pledged to end underworld crimes, illicit drugs and corruption as he was sworn in for a second term Friday. Dignitaries and thousands of Sri Lankans flocked to the capital, Colombo, to watch the ceremony, which was televised nationally. It was conducted from a special dais outside the former parliament building, a symbol of Britain ceding independence to then Ceylon, later re-named Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Fri Nov 19 06:38:55 EST 2010

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 Back to the top

Rain aids Sri Lanka to draw in Test against West Indies - BBC Sport, 2010-11-19 16:25:19 EST. The rain-affected first Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies ended in a draw with the hosts on 241-4 in their second innings, ahead by 39 runs. ... More...
Published: Fri Nov 19 07:13:31 EST 2010 Back to the top

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... 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka-West Indies Test heads for a draw - Times of India, 2010-11-19 15:14:19 EST. GALLE: Tharanga Paranavitana missed out on a century as the opening Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies headed for a draw on Friday... 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

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

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