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Sri Lanka

India honours doyen of Sri Lankan classical music

The Indian government on Tuesday felicitated legendary Sri Lankan musician and Magsaysay award winner Pandit WD Amaradeva for his contribution to strengthening India-Sri Lanka ties through his music.

The Lankan government's might to information

A two-thirds majority in a 225-member Parliament usually means that in the last election the people overwhelmingly voted for the current government.

No pressure from India: Rajapaksa

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has denied that he had come under pressure from India to initiate a political solution for the minority Tamil community.

Rajapaksa announces elections for Tamil north

Sri Lanka today announced that it will hold provincial elections in the once restive Tamil dominated north in 2012, even as President Mahinda Rajapaksa denied that he was pressured by India to offer a political solution to the ethnic community.

India to help Sri Lankan army to build capacities

India has agreed to help the Sri Lankan Army in its capacity building by opening up more seats for its officers and men in its training academies and military colleges, apart from sharing experiences in counter-insurgency operations.

Lanka Army claims to have found real video of Channel 4 docu

The Sri Lankan military has claimed that the original version of a British channel's "doctored" documentary depicting rights violations by the Army has been found and it shows "brutal killings" of soldiers by the LTTE during the last phase of the war.

Whose language is it anyway?

Last weekend, many Lankans saw parts of the Channel 4 documentary, 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' with its gruesome execution footage, for the first time.

Where the mind is without fear

What will I miss most if I leave Sri Lanka? After much deep and soul-searching introspection I realized that it would be the set of family values preached by the first family. Suthirto Patranobis writes.

Lanka rejects new war crimes charge

Sri Lanka's military today rejected new allegations that its political bosses ordered the execution of surrendering Tamil rebels during the final days of the island's separatist war.

'Avoiding civilian casualties was impossible'

Sri Lanka said on Monday it had been impossible to avoid all civilian casualties during a final offensive to wipe out the Tamil Tigers in 2009, but in a new report said its soldiers used only the necessary force required to defeat a well-armed enemy.

Sri Lanka to abolish emergency laws

Sri Lankan government on Tuesday said it would soon lift the draconian emergency laws in force in the country for most of the past 30 years.

Sri Lanka denies intrusion of airspace by US fighter jets

Sri Lanka said US fighter jets had not violated its oceanic air space - days after a report claimed American aircraft had illegally entered into the country's territory.

'Grease Devil' panic in Sri Lanka, 3 killed

Panic over nighttime assaults blamed on "grease devils" has struck across rural Sri Lanka, leading to the deaths of at least three people this week, prompting women to stay indoors and men to arm themselves, police and local media said.

UK docu probe to be part of Lankan war panel

A key Sri Lankan panel looking into the LTTE conflict will include in its final report the details of its investigation of the two video documentaries aired by the British Channel 4 TV accusing armed forces of war crimes.

100 arrests over Sri Lanka sex offender scare

Police carried out mass arrests in northern Sri Lanka today after residents clashed with troops alleged to have protected so-called "grease devil" sex offenders, officials said.
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