Sri Lankan prison riot kills 27 inmates, scores injured

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Government officials in Sri Lanka say that 27 inmates died in a shootout at Welikada prison in Colombo, the capital. Three prisoners were arrested after they escaped and police are looking for three others who are missing and believed to be armed. Police and inmates were among the 43 people who were […]

UN, Canada fund battle against Thai human trafficking

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Thailand, called by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) a “migration hub in South East Asia and a key country of destination for migrant smuggling”, is entering agreements with Canada and the IOM to combat the problems of human smuggling and to improve border management. Two separate agreements are being concluded this week. […]

Landmines, Internet freedom, Syria keep Geneva busy this week (correction)

(Land mine information corrected) GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s international profile was particularly high during the past week. The Human Rights Council condemned Syria but also highlighted growing concerns over Sri Lanka, the World Trade Organization picked up the Acta Internet freedom debate, Cern announced it will be using cloud computing to help handle massive LHC […]

Australia: Sri Lanka should address claims of human rights violations

AUSTRALIA – The Australian government vetoed on 25 October an attempt to bring a private war crimes prosecution against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa while he is visiting the country. Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard however, urged Sri Lanka to address claims of serious human rights violations. In addition, Australia urged the UN to probe […]

India wins!

International sports, World Cup cricket Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India (GenevaLunch) – India won the  World cup in a canter with a six wicket victory over Sri Lanka, 2 April. However the much awaited battle of the “little masters” was not part of the action. Sachin Tendulkar scored just 18 before being caught in the slips […]

A billion happy viewers celebrate Indian triumph

International sports, World Cup cricket Mohali, India (GenevaLunch) – India beat Pakistan by 29 runs to go into the finals of the cricket World Cup 31 March. The final will be against Sri Lanka Saturday 2 April from 09:00 GMT, 11:00 Swiss time. India won the toss,  chose to bat and Sehwag soon started to […]

Calling South Asia today? Don’t bother, they’re watching TV

The Globe & Mail in Canada puts it best: “If you do business in South Asia, well, don’t expect anyone to take your calls, unless you’re ringing to share invective on the shocking performance of India’s spinners.” Forget about world crises, making money or sorting out family problems, for today is a cricket day. India […]

Ten warmest years on record: all of them since 1998

2010 equal to 2005 and 1998, confirms global warming trend Extreme weather events listed but no direct link made (video, El Niño, La Niña) Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Those who thought 2010 was hotter than usual were right: it was one of the warmest years on record, sharing the top hot slot with 2005 and […]

10 Tamil Tigers arrested after nationwide sweep

Huge money-laundering “pyramid” operation uncovered Police seek local Tamils who were victims to give evidence Bern and Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Ten members of LTTE, the Sri Lankan Tamil independence movement, who are resident in Switzerland were arrested Tuesday 11 January after police in several cantons raided 23 locations across the country. The sweep, coordinated […]

IMF continues gold sales, latest to Bangladesh

Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of Bangladesh, has purchased 10 tons of gold worth $403 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The sale 9 September is part of the IMF’s plan to sell 403.3 metric tons of gold, approved of by the Fund’s board late 2009. The Fund has sold 212tn to the Reserve […]