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Lanka opinion survey shows surge in support for Rajapakse backed reforms

Results of an island-wide public opinion survey recently released in Colombo clearly shows a rare coincidence in Sri Lankan general public opinion--a surge in approval for constitutional reforms in the country by ‘all’ ethnic groups for the first time.

Sri Lanka hopes to hold V-day celebrations which were postponed

The Sri Lankan government is making plans to hold the victory day parade after it was postponed last month due to bad weather conditions.

Section of the UNP say's party reforms made in favor of Ranil

A section of Sri Lanka’s main opposition, United National Party (UNP) has criticized the party reforms committee of making party reforms which are favorable for the UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Together we can find mutually acceptable solutions to problems’- Rajapaksa to TNA MPs

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday met Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarians at the President’s office prior to his departure to New Delhi to meet Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi.

CEPA: Will Lanka dig her own grave?

Many Sri Lankans are wondering in which direction Indo-Lanka relations are heading.

Rajapaksa in New Delhi; hectic political activity to end Tamils problems

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives today in New Delhi on a three-day official visit to India. This visit being first since he was re-elected President in January, assumes added importance in view of concerns in India about the welfare of the war displaced Tamils.

TN Chief Minister Karunanidhi running a Rowdy Raj: Jayalalithaa accuses

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam General Secretary and former state Chief Minister Ms Jayalalithaa has accused the Chief Minister Karunanidhi that he is running a "Rowdy Raj". She also demanded the CM to do welfare for the people of Tamil Nadu, instead of maligning her thorough statements.

Lanka draft constitution ready for review, reforms may kick off after Cabinet approval

Colombo, 08 June (Asiantribune.com): The draft of the proposed new Sri Lankan constitution now stands ready. It has been completed by a special committee headed by Foreign Minister Prof. G.L Peiris, news reports in Colombo revealed.

Bhopal gas tragedy verdict: Too late, too little

The victims of the Bhopal Union Carbide gas tragedy had waited patiently for 26 years for justice. And when it was delivered on June 7, it came as a cruel joke.

Sri Lanka: Foreign Trade Agreements should not end up another form of invasion

The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement or CEPA had been negotiated over two years ago. If India is now seen pressing for its activation we need to not only question why but more importantly ask whether our Government is likely to blindly sign and activate these documents without safeguarding the interests of the country.

Operation in North Waziristan can be delayed but not abandoned

In the wake of weak governance, rampant corruption, weak economy, messy political situation and growing incidence of terrorism, Pakistan is being described as a failed state incapable of protecting the nukes.

Former AIADMK Minister Joins Ruling DMK: Karunanidhi welcomes him


Former AIADMK Minister S Muthusamy, who was expelled from the AIDMK for his anti-party activities by its General Secretary Ms Jayalalithaa, has joined in the ruling DMK in the presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi along with his supporters.

G20 backing for India’s proposal on bank regulation

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said India's proposal to regulate banks instead of imposing a tax to fund future bailouts was "by and large accepted" at the recently concluded meeting of G20 Finance Ministers in South Korea.

Bhopal Gas Tragedy Case: Court Awarded Two Years RI to Accused Persons- Five Lack Fine to UCIL

Judicial Magistrate Court in Bhopal, Madhyapradesh has awarded Two-year rigorous Imprisonment (RI) and slapped Rs one lack fine to all the accused. The court also imposed Rs 5 lack fine to Union Carbide Company.

Is the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk come back haunting?

Very few students of history would recollect the Treaty of Brest–Litovsk between Germany and the Soviet Union signed on March 3rd 1918 in World War I.

Petrol price hike put off over inflation fears

Following protests from its allies and the opposition BJP and Left parties, an empowered group of ministers on Monday failed to arrive at a decision on freeing auto fuel prices from Government control, but discussed the possible inflationary impact such a move would have.

Industrial Catastrophe of Bhopal is a Street Crime? Bhopal Verdict Sets Unhealthy Precedent

The verdict of June 7 by the Bhopal court convicting seven people of the Indian subsidiary of a US Corporation will have the world believe that worst of corporate crimes such as industrial genocide is the same as street crimes.

Flash Labor Strike in Hyundai Motors:Workers demands recognition and re-instatement of dismissed employees

Workers of the Hyundai Motor India Limited in Sriperumbudur near Chennai, has launched a flash strike demanding recognition to their union and re-instatement of dismissed employees.


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