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India likely to gift some military equipment to Sri Lanka - Daily News & Analysis, 2010-12-24 18:20:46 EST. As a goodwill gesture, India is expected to gift some military equipment such as shoulder-fired missiles and radars to Sri Lanka when defence secretary Pradeep Kumar undertakes a two-day visit there from Monday. The equipment, part of the assistance provided to Sri Lanka to fight Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), is planned to be gifted apparently to demonstrate India's efforts to help build the defence capabilities of the Island nation in the backdrop of Chinese attempts to make inroads there. India had provided defence hardware including two ground-based radars and a large number of Russian shoulder-fired IGLA ground-to-air missiles to Sri Lanka on a temporary basis, sources said. More...
Published: Fri Dec 24 14:53:33 EST 2010

Onions, coconuts and politics of taste in S.Asia - AFP, 2010-12-24 11:30:00 EST. NEW DELHI — Food and politics have always been closely intertwined in the developing countries of South Asia, but when national taste buds are at stake the relationship can become especially volatile. A shortage of onions in India, a dearth of coconuts in Sri Lanka and the soaring price of cooking oil in Bangladesh are currently posing a serious challenge to the governments of all three countries. The issue is more cultural than nutritional. More...
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Foreign Banks Show Little Interest in Sri Lanka's Former War Zones - allvoices, 2010-12-24 11:21:51 EST. Since the end of the war in May 2009, many banks have opened new branches in the country’s former war zones in the northern and eastern provinces. However, many of these are local banks. Very few foreign banks have sought approval for new branches in the North and East, according to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. HSBC was the first international bank to open an office in Jaffna in February of this year. Commenting on the opening, CEO of HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives Nick Nicolaou spoke about the reasons behind the decision to start business in Jaffna. More...
Published: Fri Dec 24 14:55:21 EST 2010 Back to the top

50,000 houses to be built for IDPs in Jaffna
The Hindu, 2010-12-25 08:32:00 EST. A pilot project of building houses for the internally displaced persons (IDPs)s in Jaffna will begin soon... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's 'Highway of Death' Becomes Tourist Hot Spot - TIME, 2010-12-25 00:06:52 EST. Elephantpass, a narrow causeway linking the northern Jaffna Peninsula with the rest of Sri Lanka, was the site of many bloody battles during the island's quarter-century civil war... Back to the top

The overbearing Brits -Opinion, 2010-12-23 06:45:04 EST. IT was during Sri Lanka’s difficult do-or-die battle with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam that former British foreign secretary David Miliband burst into the scene spouting unsolicited strictures on how the government and military should conduct themselves... Back to the top

Tamil boat refugees settle into life in Canada - Vancouver Sun, 2010-12-23 05:07:09 EST. VANCOUVER — The Harper government calls the shadowy individuals who helped smuggle 492 Tamil migrants to Canada aboard a cargo ship this summer "criminals" and "ruthless profiteers... Back to the top

UN received Information from Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam on Sri ... - PR Web (press release), 2010-12-24 13:21:08 EST. The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) sent a memorandum to the United Nations advisory panel on investigating War Crimes in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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