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VOL. 11, NO. 254


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Sri Lanka can't be complacent on LTTE - Daily News & Analysis, 2010-12-17 01:27:41 EST. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been decisively defeated and its top cadres, including it chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, were killed in the military operations in 2009. But it should not be taken to mean that the danger posed by the extremist group is at end. The resurgence of the Taliban after its defeat in 2001 should serve as a grim reminder that it is not enough to score a military victory over terror groups. Indian intelligence reports indicate that the rump of the group is regrouping in south India. There is apparently an attempt to recruit fresh volunteers from the Lankan Tamil refugee groups in Tamil Nadu. More...
Published: Thu Dec 16 19:35:45 EST 2010

US embassy cables: 'Progress' on human rights in Sri Lanka - The Guardian, 2010-12-17 02:31:48 EST. ccording to Congressional mandates and Administration policy, U.S. assistance to Sri Lanka, particularly military assistance, is tied to progress by the Government of Sri Lanka (GSL) on several key issues, including treatment of IDPs, human rights, political reconciliation, and accountability for alleged crimes perpetrated by GSL troops and officials during the war with the LTTE. The GSL has progressed more or less on each of these issues since the end of the conflict. Continued or increased U.S. assistance, however, hinges on the GSL broadening and deepening this progress. More...
Published: Thu Dec 16 19:35:25 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: 'Trade likely to reach $1b in five years' - The Express Tribune, 2010-12-17 04:26:08 EST. KARACHI: The value of bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is likely to increase from the existing $252 million to $1 billion by 2015, according to the newly appointed Consul General of Sri Lanka in Karachi, DW Jinadasa. Talking to journalists on Thursday, he said, “Politically and economically, our ties are sound and are further strengthening. The signing of the free trade agreement in 2002 and its implementation in 2005 were significant milestones in our bilateral relations. It has further consolidated, enhanced and strengthened our bilateral ties.” More...
Published: Thu Dec 16 19:36:21 EST 2010 Back to the top

Liam Fox cancels Sri Lanka trip amid claim in cables of war crimes complicity - The Guardian, 2010-12-17 02:31:48 EST. Liam Fox, the defence secretary, was tonight forced to abandon a private visit to Sri Lanka this weekend after a row with William Hague, who feared that he would upset Britain's carefully balanced approach to Colombo... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Leaders trumpet coming prosperity - GlobalPost, 2010-12-16 16:14:21 EST. BANGKOK, Thailand — Leaders in Sri Lanka can claim what much wealthier and better-armed nations cannot: the country’s terrorism movement has been thoroughly vanquished... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

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

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