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Sri Lankan Accountants Lure Global Outsourcers
NYT, Nov 29. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Southern China has its assembly plants. India has customer support centers, research laboratories and low-cost lawyers.And Sri Lanka’s contribution to global outsourcing? Accountants — thousands of them, standing ready to crunch the world’s numbers. As this tiny island nation staggers back from a bloody, decades-long civil war, one of its brightest business prospects was born from a surprising side effect of that conflict. Many Sri Lankans, for various reasons, studied accounting in such numbers during the war that this nation of about 20 million people now has an estimated 10,000 certified accountants. Discuss this story More...
Published: Mon Nov 29 16:16:23 EST 2010

US wanted to know UN position on Sri Lanka: Wikileaks - Hindustan Times, 2010-11-29 18:33:46 EST. The United States wanted its diplomats at the UN headquarters to find what the global agency was thinking about the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, new documents released by the whistle blowing website Wikileaks have revealed. Some of the cables released by the website pertain to queries made by the US state department about what the UN was doing about human rights violation and war crimes in countries like Sierra Leone and Rwanda.The Guardian newspaper published the secret cables sent to the US diplomats in which enquires were made about Sri Lanka.

One such cable was dispatched in July, 2009; two months after Lankan government troops defeated the separatist Tamil rebels amid allegations of human rights violations by both sides. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 29 09:43:24 EST 2010 Back to the top

Pakistan's president seeks barter trade with Sri Lanka - AFP, 2010-11-29 16:30:00 EST. COLOMBO — Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari called for a barter agreement with Sri Lanka on Monday to boost trade between the two countries.

Zardari, on a visit to the island, told legislators that they should switch to exchanging their goods and services rather than depend on dollar-denominated import-export trade that drew on foreign reserves. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Nov 29 09:45:32 EST 2010 Back to the top

Qureshi visits Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka - Daily Times, 2010-11-30 02:55:09 EST. COLOMBO: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi visited the Sri Dalada Maligawa temple on Monday and said Pakistan takes pride in sharing the Buddhist heritage with Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka connection key as ethnic war fears grow - Daily Times, 2010-11-30 02:47:34 EST. WITH one thousand refugees fleeing fighting in eastern Myanmar into Thailand’s Tak Province over the weekend, fears are growing about renewed war in eastern Myanmar and elsewhere in the ethnic minority-populated borderlands close to Thailand, India and China... Back to the top

Krishna sees commercial potential in Hambantota
The Hindu, 2010-11-29 07:28:00 EST. External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Sunday inaugurated the office of the Indian consulate in Hambantota, the coastal town in the south and home constituency of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa... Back to the top

Lanka's Olympic medalist sprinter to return from retirement - Times of India, 2010-11-29 12:33:06 EST. COLOMBO: Barely a year after announcing her retirement, Sri Lanka's only female Olympic medalist Susanthika Jaysainghe has decided to make a comeback once again... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 'porn actors' arrested and bailed - BBC News, 2010-11-29 18:52:49 EST. Sri Lankan police have arrested and bailed seven people accused of appearing in pornographic films... Back to the top

Pakistan, Sri Lanka vow to defeat terror - Daily Times, 2010-11-29 02:59:05 EST. COLOMBO: Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Sunday agreed on defeating terrorism as well as expanding their relationship beyond political and defence paradigm to an “overall comprehensive engagement”, including trade, joint investments and cooperation in new areas... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Squandering The Peace - Eurasia Review, 2010-11-29 16:31:49 EST. By Shrideep Biswas More than a year after the decisive defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the opportunities to deliver a peace dividend ... Back to the top

Krishna cancels meet with Sri Lanka''s main Tamil party - MSN India, 2010-11-28 15:20:12 EST. ... today concluded his four-day visit to Sri Lanka without meeting the country''s main Tamil political party, TNA, once considered as a proxy of the LTTE... Back to the top

Pakistan, Sri Lanka ink accords on visa, customs, agriculture, arts - - Associated Press of Pakistan, 2010-11-28 18:45:53 EST. COLOMBO, Nov 28 (APP): Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Sunday inked three agreements, including waiving off visas for officials and diplomats, cooperation in ... Back to the top

Pakistan's offer to Sri Lanka - The Hindu, 2010-11-28 21:44:44 EST. Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Sunday agreed to expand their relations from “defence cooperation to an overall comprehensive engagement” involving trade, ... Back to the top

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