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Sri Lanka says UN panel can not conduct own war crimes probe - Reuters Africa, 2010-12-30 14:19:46 EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Thursday it would not allow a U.N. panel to conduct an independent probe into the country's 25-year war, a few weeks after reversing a ban on U.N. members taking part in a controversial, local investigating body. The government said in a statement the U.N. panel can only testify before the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), a state-created body that human rights groups say lacks the credibility, and impartiality, needed to look into alleged human rights violations by the military against Tamil Tiger rebels, especially in the last few months of the conflict. More...
Published: Thu Dec 30 15:54:49 EST 2010

Dropping a colonial tag - The Hindu, 2010-12-30 21:08:37 EST. Move over Ceylon, it will be Sri Lanka from now on everywhere. The Sri Lankan Cabinet, which met here and was considering a change in name for its power board, Ceylon Electricity Board, debated and decided to extend the name-change to all the remaining organisations. The country changed its name from the British colonial “Ceylon” to Sri Lanka in 1972 when it became a Republic. Even before that, the country was “Ilangai” to the Tamils and “Lanka” to the Sinhalese. The Ramayana too describes the Ravana kingdom as Lanka. More...
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Sri Lanka bans BBC again at panel - BBC News, 2010-12-30 18:31:25 EST. The BBC has been banned for a third time from covering an official panel's investigation into the final phase of the Sri Lankan civil war. The panel visited Tamil prisoners at a top-security jail in Boosa in the south of the country. But the BBC correspondent and a number of Sri Lankan journalists were turned away at the prison gates. More...
Published: Thu Dec 30 15:54:24 EST 2010 Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Slain clerk had been sent to US to escape violence in his homeland of Sri Lanka - Kansas City Star, 2010-12-30 09:43:12 EST. Sujendra Amarasingham escaped the violence in his homeland of Sri Lanka only to find it lurking in the parking lot of a gas station in Kansas City... Back to the top

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

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

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

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