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Sunday, January  10, 2010
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Sri Lanka was under new pressure Friday to submit to a war crimes investigation after the United Nations authenticated a video allegedly showing prisoners being executed by troops last year.The government in Colombo has faced repeated calls for a probe from Western countries and rights groups ever since it launched a final offensive to crush Tamil Tiger separatist rebels in the country's northeast in early 2009. The assault brought an end to a 37-year-old ethnic conflict that had claimed 100,000 lives since 1972, but hurt the reputation of the country abroad amid criticism of the conduct and tactics of government forces. The UN estimates that 7,000 civilians perished during the first four months of last year, though this figure is disputed by the government.

The Anunayake of Ramanya Nikaya, Ven. Girabe Ananda Thera presents "The Vihara Maha Devi Declaration", a resolution of the Three Nikkayas to Opposition Common Candidate, Gen. (Retd) Sarath Fonseka at the Rana Hansa Abisheka Poojawa at Vihara Maha Devi open air theatre yesterday. More than 3,400 Buddhist monks participated in the solemn ceremony.(Pic by Nishan S. Priyantha)

Polls chief issues guidelines to avert postal voting malpractices
Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has issued guidelines to prevent any malpractices in the marking of postal votes and granted official recognition to PAFFREL to monitor the process, Elections Secretariat...

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