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Probe India's refusal to help in anti-LTTE operations: Swamy - The Hindu, 2010-12-28 22:55:00 EST. Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday demanded that the Union government set up a Commission of Inquiry into India's role in the 2008-09 anti-LTTE terrorist operations in Sri Lanka and its national security implications. The UPA government's refusal to provide heavy artillery and air force support for the Sri Lanka operation against the LTTE had enabled Pakistan to set up a base in the island by providing the requested military assistance, he alleged. Dr. Swamy said that his party would work for the defeat of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in the coming Assembly elections. He told a press conference here that the political affairs committee of the State unit would meet in Madurai on January 18. More...
Published: Tue Dec 28 19:41:35 EST 2010

Liam Fox should not let unthinking fashionistas decide British foreign policy ... - (blog), 2010-12-28 15:05:26 EST. In February 1945, British and American aircraft dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive and incendiary bombs on Dresden. “People were caught in fires as hot as 1000° C”, Britain’s National Archives record. “The city was devastated.” Investigations conducted by Dresden authorities concluded that between 22,700 and 25,000 people were killed. Five thousand miles and six decades separate the conflict in Sri Lanka from Second World War Germany – but the same ethical issues have surfaced in an increasingly charged debate over the small, South Asian island nation’s human rights records. More...
Published: Tue Dec 28 19:55:14 EST 2010 Back to the top

Indian Defence Secy pays homage to slain IPKF soldiers - Hindustan Times, 2010-12-28 15:35:48 EST. Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar, who is on a three-day visit to Colombo to strengthen Indo-Sri Lankan defence cooperation, today paid homage to the Indian soldiers who were killed during the fight with LTTE in the late 1980s. Kumar, who arrived here yesterday, offered floral tributes at the Sri Lankan government built monument near Parliament in honour of around 1200 soldiers of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF). These soldiers were killed in the fighting in the island nation's north and east. More...
Published: Tue Dec 28 19:44:25 EST 2010 Back to the top

India offers training slots for Sri Lankan military personnel
The Hindu, 2010-12-28 23:12:00 EST. Despite Indian defence personnel training academies being almost fully subscribed, India will offer additional training placements for the Sri Lankan security service personnel... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Stigma stifles HIV reporting -, 2010-12-28 14:53:01 EST. COLOMBO, 28 December 2010 (IRIN) - Reducing social stigma and improving awareness is needed to better monitor and prevent the spread of HIV in Sri Lanka, experts say... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Sees a Significant Increase in British Tourists -, 2010-12-28 13:19:31 EST. Reports now show that Sri Lanka has seen a significant increase in tourist arrivals in the country this year when compared to figures from last year... Back to the top

Calm before tourism storm as Sri Lankan coast awakens - Sify, 2010-12-28 11:35:30 EST. Arugam Bay (Sri Lanka), Dec 28 (DPA) The only people who were never frightened by the civil war were the surfers... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

No calls for Sri Lanka travel ban despite “Influenza Pandemic” caution, says CCHDC - Minivan News, 2010-12-28 16:55:26 EST. The Maldives Centre for Community Health and Disease Control (CCHDC) has said it is not advising people against travelling to Sri Lanka amidst concerns about a recent rise in cases of the H1N1 influenza virus in the country, adding that no cases of the disease have been confirmed in the Maldives of late... Back to the top

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... 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... Back to the top

Why Mongolia and Sri Lanka are top of the stock markets - Independent, 2010-12-28 06:52:00 EST. If you had invested in a tracker fund at the start of the year, which of the world's stock markets would have done the most for your pound? China, or somewhere nearby? How about one of the resource-rich economies of Latin America, growing fat on the commodities boom? The answer is none of the above (and you would have lost money in China, where the rather overheated stock market went into a sharp reverse)... 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

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