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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

Food situation in northern Sri Lanka improves: WFP - The Hindu, 2010-12-29 21:27:55 EST. The food security situation in northern Sri Lanka has improved compared to what it was in March 2010, the World Food Programme has said. But the next four months will be crucial, the organisation warned. Asked about the situation in the north, given the assertion by some international non-governmental organisations that food was expensive and hence access was an issue for the rehabilitated, WFP Sri Lanka said the food situation in the north remained fragile. More...
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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...
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Sri Lanka to hold first local elections after war - People's Daily Online, 2010-12-29 14:13:31 EST. Sri Lanka is to hold local elections across the island in March, the first time after the country's longstanding civil war ended in May 2009, ... 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... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Student (University of Missouri-Kansas City) Killed in US
Kansas City Star, December 29, 2010. Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk in Kansas City shocked even those accustomed to heartless crime... Back to the top

Sri Lanka crunches numbers cheaply - The Australian, 2010-12-29 05:58:21 EST. Now Sri Lanka is striving to capitalise on its own bountiful resource: a mountain of cheap accountants... 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

Camels to boost Sri Lanka food supply - ABC Online, 2010-12-29 16:02:08 EST. The Sri Lankan government says it is planning to introduce alien species such as camels and ostriches to help boost food supplies... 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

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

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

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