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Sri Lanka's Economy Expands 8%, Faster Than Expected - BusinessWeek, 2010-12-16 03:20:21 EST. Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s economy expanded faster than analysts estimated, stoking price pressures that may force the central bank to raise interest rates. Gross domestic product rose 8 percent in the three months ended Sept. 30 from a year earlier after advancing 8.5 percent in the previous quarter, the statistics department said in a statement in Colombo today. The median of five estimates in a Bloomberg News survey was for a 7.6 percent gain. More...
Published: Wed Dec 15 21:16:17 EST 2010

Liam Fox's Sri Lanka trip makes Foreign Office furious - The Guardian, 2010-12-16 01:50:51 EST. Liam Fox, the defence secretary, is planning to defy the Foreign Office by making a personal visit to Sri Lanka this weekend to deliver a speech in honour of a former foreign minister. The Foreign Office is debating whether to appeal to Downing Street to prevent Fox from visiting Sri Lanka, whose government is facing allegations of war crimes during its final assault on the Tamil Tigers last year. The row erupted after Fox, who has personal links to Sri Lanka from his time as a Foreign Office minister in the 1990s and who has visited the country twice in the last 13 months, accepted an invitation to deliver the Lakshman Kadirgamar memorial lecture. The invitation was issued by the widow of the late foreign minister, who was murdered by a Tamil Tiger sniper in 2005. More...
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Sri Lanka hot for port development - Port Strategy, 2010-12-15 22:55:51 EST. Sri Lanka is to press on with further port development following what a top government official described as the 'striking development' of ships at the just-opened Hambantota port. Concerns about China’s involvement in the port sector were also waved away. “We are developing several other ports and expanding Colombo port,” said Prof Gamini Lakshman Peiris, Sri Lanka’s Minister of External Affairs, after a speech in Bangkok. More...
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LTTE plans to attack PM, Home Minister, TN CM: Intel - Times of India, 2010-12-15 19:50:26 EST. NEW DELHI: The LTTE, which is almost on the verge of a wipe out, is trying to regroup and planning to launch spectacular strikes on high-profile targets like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, home minister P Chidambaram and Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi... Back to the top

In Brief: Food security in northern Sri Lanka remains fragile -, 2010-12-15 13:20:57 EST. COLOMBO, 15 December 2010 (IRIN) - Food security in northern Sri Lanka remains fragile, according to preliminary findings by the World Food Programme (WFP)... Back to the top

Prabhakaran to blame for LTTE's demise, says Karuna - Sify, 2010-12-14 13:47:32 EST. People in Sri Lanka's north desired peace and would not want another war as they had gone through untold suffering, he added... Back to the top

Sri Lanka destroying statues of Tamil kings: Canadian Tamils - Sify, 2010-12-15 10:47:09 EST. Toronto, Dec 15 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora in Canada has reacted angrily to Colombo's decision to scrap the Tamil version of the country's national anthem and alleged that the 'Sri Lankan government is systematically destroying the statues of Tamil kings'... Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up drive to arrest 50000 army deserters - Sin Chew Jit Poh, 2010-12-14 14:23:24 EST. COLOMBO, Tuesday 14 December 2010 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's security forces have stepped up a campaign to arrest some 50000 military deserters, an official said ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged to Support Growth After Civil War - Bloomberg, 2010-12-14 07:27:12 EST. Sri Lanka's central bank kept its benchmark interest rates unchanged for a fourth straight month to ... Back to the top

Arrest in slaying of Toronto student -, 2010-12-15 02:46:53 EST. Naveen Ariaratnam was arrested as he stepped off a flight from Sri Lanka... Back to the top

'Rajiv killing a mistake, Lankan president armed LTTE' - Hindustan Times, 2010-12-14 18:42:51 EST. Though the former rebel leader did not specify dates, it is believed that the Sri Lanka government had armed the LTTE during the last phase of the ... Back to the top

Vaiko's plea against LTTE ban: Centre directed to file counter - Hindustan Times, 2010-12-14 14:52:26 EST. "I am a supporter of the LTTE and sympathiser of the LTTE," Vaiko said arguing in person when Chief Justice MY Eqbal asked him about his locus standi to ... Back to the top

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