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Indian Bank to open branch in Jaffna - MSN India, 2010-12-19 21:36:51 EST. Palani (TN), Dec 19 (PTI) Indian Bank would soon open a branch in Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka, its second in the island nation, a top bank official said today. The Reserve Bank of India and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka had given their approval for opening the overseas branch of the Chennai-headquartered bank, Indian Bank Executive Director Rajeev Rishi told reporters here. With the rebuilding of the entire Tamils area underway in the island in the aftermath of the war against LTTE, there was great potential for business for the bank in Jaffna peninsula, he said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 19 22:42:11 EST 2010

'India wanted LTTE, Lanka to allow intervention' - Express Buzz, 2010-12-19 08:07:17 EST. COLOMBO: Contrary to the general perception, India was keen that the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE showed restraint and accepted international intervention during the three-year Eelam War IV, which ended in the decimation of the LTTE by the Lankan armed forces in May 2009, The Island said on Saturday, quoting the whistle blower website Wikileaks. As per an US embassy cable dated April 27, 2007, India had expressed serious concern that the situation in Lanka was rapidly deteriorating during the year. The cable quoted Mohan Kumar, Joint Secretary in the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, as saying that the situation in Sri Lanka was “bad, really bad, beyond bleak” and that the government in Colombo and the LTTE had “scant regard” for the international community. Kumar was skeptical about any progress being made on the political front anytime soon. More...
Published: Sun Dec 19 22:42:40 EST 2010 Back to the top

Lanka seeks USD 500 million loan from World Bank for recovery - MSN India, 2010-12-19 13:23:29 EST. Colombo, Dec 19 (PTI) Sri Lanka is seeking USD 500 million in financial aid for its post-war economic recovery from the World Bank, which said its assistance could complement the bilateral loans being negotiated by Colombo with countries like India and China. World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who held talks with Rajapaksa, pledged increased support for the government here. More...
Published: Sun Dec 19 22:43:09 EST 2010 Back to the top

Govt, LTTE abused human rights:Wikileaks - Oneindia, 2010-12-18 17:31:55 EST. According to the BBC, the cables dated 2007 claim that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) forcibly recruited civilians to participate in the war ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka allows UN to 'share' war crime evidence - Washington Post, 2010-12-18 15:02:49 EST. AP COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka has backtracked and will now allow a United Nations team to visit the country and share evidence ... Back to the top

Both Lankan govt, LTTE committed rights abuses: Wikileaks - Indian Express, 2010-12-18 11:21:45 EST. Both the Tamil Tigers and Sri Lanka's government have long faced accusations by human rights groups of committing abuses during the 26-year conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka''s jailed ex-army chief celebrates birthday in court - MSN India, 2010-12-18 15:47:51 EST. Colombo, Dec 18 (PTI) Sri Lanka''s jailed ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka marked his 60th birthday by cutting a cake smuggled into the court while attending a ... Back to the top

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