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Pak-Sri Lanka to boost bilateral trade to one billion dollars - Associated Press of Pakistan, 2010-12-04 15:18:26 EST. ISLAMABAD, Dec 4 (APP): Minister of State/ Chairman Board Of Investment (BOI), Saleem H. Mandviwalla on Saturday termed the visit of President Asif Ali Zardari to Sri Lanka very successful and said that both the countries would boost bilateral trade from existing US $ 300 million to $ one billion in near future.According to a statement of the BOI issued here, Saleem H.Mandviwalla visited Srilanka with the President to finalize the possibility of enhanced commercial and economic cooperation and the potential oftwo-way investments between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.On return from his successful visit to Srilanka, Chairman BoI said that Srilanka is keen to learn the agricultural techniques from Pakistan to increase the capacity of its agricultural land. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Dec 4 13:48:15 EST 2010

Sri Lanka police raid brothel in Colombo - Zee News, 2010-12-04 16:13:36 EST. Colombo: Sri Lanka's police on Saturday raided a brothel operating out of a luxury condominium located at a short distance from President's official residence here and arrested five women, including two foreigners, in this connection.

Police said they have arrested two East European and three Sri Lankan women who are said to have been working at the brothel which operated out of the eight floor of the Liberty Plaza shopping and apartment complex.

Police said the owner had made structural changes to the eighth floor of the apartment and established a secret staircase leading to another apartment on the seventh floor where action took place. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Dec 4 13:47:57 EST 2010 Back to the top

Birth certificates for Sri Lankan refugees
The Hindu, 2010-12-05 04:34:00 EST. Chandra had a reason to smile. The Sri Lankan Tamil at the refugee camp in Vembakottai, Virudhunagar district, on Saturday received the birth certificate of her daughter Sitradevi from the Government of Sri Lanka after 16 long years.

This was made possible by mobile consular services, a new initiative jointly organised by the Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka and the Government of Tamil Nadu, with the assistance of the Organisation for Eelam Refugees' Rehabilitation (OfERR). More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Dec 4 13:49:28 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka name squad for Windies one-dayers - AFP, 2010-12-04 18:15:00 EST. PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka ó Sri Lanka on Saturday named a 16-man squad for the first two one-day internationals against the West Indies, to be played in Hambantota on Dec 9 and 11... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger links uncovered
Bangkok Post, Dec 4. MADRID: Spanish and Thai police investigating a gang that supplied forged passports to al-Qaeda-linked groups have found new evidence of links to Sri Lanka's defeated Tamil Tiger rebels, Spanish authorities say... Back to the top

UN probe called into Lankan troops' war crime video
The Hindustan Times, 2010-12-03 09:28:27 EST. The UN has sought a fresh probe into alleged war crimes against Sri Lankan troops after Britain's Channel 4 News released a video featuring soldiers executing naked men and women... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president stung by British protests, WikiLeaks cables - Christian Science Monitor, 2010-12-03 21:28:57 EST. Hailed as a war hero at home, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa received a hostile reception this week in Britain from Tamil protesters incensed by alleged war crimes during last yearís defeat of the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Protest hits Sri Lanka UK embassy - BBC News, 2010-12-03 15:40:06 EST. Demonstrators have tried to storm the British embassy in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo over Tamil protests that marred President Mahinda Rajapaksa's UK visit... Back to the top

ADB loans US$90 mln to help restore north Sri Lanka water supply - Water World, 2010-12-03 13:27:11 EST. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide US$90 million in loans to help Sri Lanka restore water supply and sanitation infrastructure in the war-ravaged ... Back to the top

Video shows Army killing LTTE members; SL defends - Oneindia, 2010-12-03 12:33:36 EST. Colombo, Dec 3: The Sri Lankan government has decided to take legal actions against British news channel, Channel 4 News, for the release of videos showing Sri Lankan army executing Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supporters... Back to the top

David Miliband's gift to Sri Lanka - The Guardian, 2010-12-03 18:01:16 EST. So, thank you David Miliband for bringing Sri Lanka back into the news... Back to the top

TV anchor among naked men, women 'killed' by Lanka soldiers on video - Indian Express, 2010-12-03 09:28:11 EST. As Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa toured the UK, Britainís Channel 4 aired stomach-churning footage of men in uniform alleged to be his soldiers executing naked, unarmed, tied-up and blindfolded men and women said to be members or sympathisers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

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