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Trouble brewing on Sri Lankan tea plantations

02 April 2005
I WANT to start by explaining a few things about the history of the tea plantations. The plantation industry was introduced around the world by countries such as Britain during the colonial period.

Why Sri Lanka is still divided

22 January 2005
Many commentators hoped that the effects of the tsunami would bring peace to Sri Lanka. At the end of 2004 it seemed that the fragile peace that had ended the 20 years civil war between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), known as the Tamil Tigers, was collapsing. For a moment after the disaster it seemed that everyone would work together to rebuild the country. Now these hopes seem to be crumbling.

Poor pick up the pieces as stock market booms

15 January 2005
Two weeks after the Indian Ocean tsunami, hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans are still suffering. But the corridors of power are buzzing with talk of commissions to be skimmed off reconstruction contracts.

System that keeps us poor made the tsunami so lethal

08 January 2005
THE BOXING Day tsunami, caused by an earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, has caused devastation across Sri Lanka. It engulfed buildings up to one kilometre from the shore and killed thousands of people.

The blind woman facing cruel deportation

11 December 2004
A BLIND woman from Sri Lanka faces deportation unless David Blunkett uses his discretionary powers to grant her exceptional leave to stay in Britain on humanitarian grounds.

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