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HindustanTimes Fri,29 Aug 2014

Sri Lanka

Lanka may have used cluster bombs against LTTE, army denies

Sri Lanka might have used cluster bombs during the three-decade-long civil war against LTTE rebels, a report citing a top UN demining expert has claimed.

Sri Lanka arrests 109 on boat bound for Australia

The Sri Lankan navy stopped a fishing trawler that was carrying 109 people trying to make the perilous and illegal migration to Australia.

5 still at large after Sri Lankan prison riot

Sri Lankan police are still hunting for five prisoners who escaped last week during a prison riot in which 27 inmates died, officials said Tuesday.

SL army commander warns Tamils against anti-social elements

A top Sri Lankan Army commander has warned the Tamil people in the country's north to be wary of elements attempting to undermine the hard-earned peace.

Lanka has proud record of safeguarding human rights: Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that he did not want lessons on human rights from outside, days after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a US-sponsored resolution censuring Colombo.

Sri Lankan fighter jet crashes, no casualties

A spokesman says a Sri Lankan air force fighter jet has crashed during a training exercise. The pilot ejected before impact today and is safe.

Sri Lankan minister warns rights activists

Sri Lankan Minister Mervyn Silva has threatened to "break the bones" of three rights activists who campaigned for a US resolution at Geneva that was deemed to be anti-Colombo.

Sri Lanka must continue to be friends with India: Minister

Despite India's backing for a US resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, the country must continue to be friends with its neighbour, a senior minister said on Saturday.

Sri Lankan guards open fire on rioting prisoners

Prison guards opened fire on rioting inmates at Sri Lanka's main remand prison in the capital Colombo today, wounding nearly 20 inmates, officials said.

Presidential aide, bodyguard killed during Sri Lanka vote

A presidential aide and a bodyguard were shot dead during Saturday's local council elections in Sri Lanka's capital in a contest seen as a mid-term test for President Mahinda Rajapakse, police said.

Lankan air force plane makes emergency landing in Chennai

A Sri Lankan Air Force plane on Sunday landed under emergency conditions at the Anna International Airport here following a technical fault, airport officials said.

Probe journalist's murder: Media body

The debate over the actual line of work of a slain woman journalist shown in the Channel 4 documentary might continue but a media rights' organisation has urged an international investigation into the killing, saying that her murder could constitute a war crime.

On arrival visas to continue: Sri Lankan govt

Sri Lankan government on Sunday said it will continue with the Visa-on-Arrival policy despite its decision to implement the new online-visa system for visitors.

PM to visit Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to visit Sri Lanka, the Sunday Times reported.

Sri Lankan govt to examine war crimes documentary

A government commission examining the last years of the Sri Lankan civil war will look into the Channel 4 documentary that shows footage of alleged war crimes including military personnel executing unarmed men and women and dumping bodies in trucks.
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