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Only Sinhalese anthem at Lankan PM's function
ENS, dec 27. COLOMBO: Ignoring the Tamil community’s protest against the reported bid to ban the singing of the Sri Lankan national anthem in Tamil, officials saw to it that it was sung only in Sinhalese at a function in Jaffna on Sunday to mark the sixth anniversary of the tsunami disaster. Sources in Jaffna told Express that the authorities had insisted that the anthem be sung in Sinhalese only because it was a Central government function presided over by Prime Minister D M Jayaratne. The authorities’ move has received much flak from the Jaffna media over the last three days. The media had reported that when the organisers, authorities and the army joined together and insisted that the choir from the Tamil-medium Hindu Ladies College sing the anthem only in Sinhalese, the girls and their parents protested vehemently. More...
Published: Mon Dec 27 22:48:39 EST 2010

India, Sri Lanka to hold joint naval drill in 2011 - Sify, 2010-12-27 21:36:03 EST. New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) India and Sri Lanka Monday decided to hold a joint naval exercise next year as part of a series of measures to enhance their defence cooperation. The measures include holding a formal annual defence dialogue and staff level talks between the armies and navies of the two countries beginning next year, a defence ministry statement said. The decisions were taken at the defence secretary level talks in Colombo. The two sides were led by Indian Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar and his Sri Lankan counterpart, Gotabhaya Rajapakse. More...
Published: Mon Dec 27 13:55:52 EST 2010 Back to the top

Defence Secretary in Colombo to discuss peacetime engagement - The Hindu, 2010-12-28 00:35:25 EST. The two navies have been in close touch after the Sea Tiger wing of the LTTE was destroyed. From then on, Indian and Sri Lankan Navies have been patrolling ... More...
Published: Mon Dec 27 20:53:53 EST 2010 Back to the top

Swine flu claims 22 lives in Sri Lanka - AFP, 2010-12-27 14:15:00 EST. COLOMBO — Swine flu in Sri Lanka has killed 22 people and infected more than 300 over the past two months, the island's health ministry said Monday... Back to the top

Swine flu playing havoc in Sri Lanka - TopNews United States, 2010-12-27 19:06:03 EST. Health Ministry of the island nation Sril Lanka has confirmed the death of 22 people from swine flu in the past 2 months... Back to the top

Heavy rains trigger flooding in Sri Lanka - CNN International, 2010-12-27 17:33:33 EST. Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- More than 200000 people have been affected by flooding resulting from heavy rains in Sri Lanka, a disaster management official ... Back to the top

HARDtalk 2010: A year on the road
BBC News, Dec 27, 2010, 08:42 AM. "Perhaps my most compelling encounters took place in Sri Lanka, a country now enjoying peace after three decades of conflict between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan detainees pass exams
BBC South Asia, 2010-12-26 15:13:05 EST. The Sri Lankan government says 200 detained former Tamil Tiger rebels have passed a university entrance exam while in prison... Back to the top

Prayers, silence mark tsunami anniversary - Hindustan Times, 2010-12-26 18:08:59 EST. ... under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) were completely cut off for a while after the tragedy... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's last tsunami orphans - BBC News, 2010-12-26 17:05:33 EST. His father, a fisherman in Kalutara in southern Sri Lanka, was too busy working to look after his three sons following the disaster... Back to the top

Revoke ban on LTTE, says VCK - Deccan Chronicle, 2010-12-27 00:35:24 EST. Dec. 26: The Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) has called upon the Centre and the US to revoke the ban on the LTTE. A resolution adopted at the party’s Tamils’ sovereignty conference (Tami-zhar Iraiyaanmai Maanadu) at suburban Maraimalainagar here Sunday evening with its chief Thol Thirumavalavan in chair, urged the Centre to take steps to ensure non-governmental organisations are involved in the rehabilitation and resettlement of lakhs of internally displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka.26: The Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) has called upon the Centre and the US to revoke the ban on the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka air force gets into model aircraft business - AsiaOne, 2010-12-26 09:31:51 EST. During the height of the war with the now defeated separatist Tamil Tigers, the Sri Lanka Air Force extensively used Russian built MI24 attack helicopters ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka frees 100 Tamil rebels - BBC News, 2010-12-26 01:14:43 EST. ... military-run camps after fleeing the war zone during the government's final offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in early 2009... Back to the top

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