The Lanka Academic

JULY 25, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 110


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Forgotten and forsaken Sri Lankans in Lebanon, 25 July 2006. THE absolute raw and brutal misery of the Middle East fills us with despair, depression, revulsion and anxiety. Watching the hellish carnage on television is unbearable, but at times it is hard to take our eyes away.

High on the list of the most miserable are the abandoned colony of Sri Lankans — trapped inside Lebanon as of this writing. To be sure, they are hardly the only ethnic group under the gun — consider the broader misery of the innocent, un-terror-affiliated Lebanese themselves. But their plight is especially poignant nonetheless: They are abject and luckless political and economic refugees from the once-idyllic island nation of Sri Lanka, and they are now apparently sliding as irrevocably towards civil-war hell as perhaps now Iraq — not to mention their own home country.

They fled their small native island, off the southeast coast of gigantic India, to escape the violence perpetrated by minority-rebel Tamil extremists and the Sinhalese government majority, and to find such menial jobs as they could in order to survive.

Of the hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, who have fled over the decades, an astonishing 80,000 appear to have clustered around besieged Beirut, mostly women, finding work as maids, as washer-women, as day labours, as the lumpen-proletariat of this large Lebanese metropolis. They have been arriving in waves of about 10,000 a year, over time creating one of the most intense concentrations of the Lebanese diaspora on earth. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 25 14:50:43 EDT 2006

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Sri Lankans to 'stay in Lebanon'  - BBC

ASEAN agrees to let Sri Lanka participate in Asia-Pacific security meet
Associated Press, Tue July 25, 2006 08:24 EDT . KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will let Sri Lanka take part in future meetings of Asia's largest security conference, Malaysia's foreign minister said Tuesday.

``ASEAN (has) agreed to admit Sri Lanka as a new participant'' in the ASEAN Regional Forum, or ARF, Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said, adding that it was subject to consensus approval from ARF members.

If ARF members agree during their two-day annual meeting in Kuala Lumpur starting Thursday, Sri Lanka would be the group's 27th member, he said.

Bangladesh will be participating in the ARF for the first time in this week's meeting, Syed Hamid said.

The 10 ASEAN countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Its other dialogue partners in the ARF are Australia, Canada, China, East Timor, European Union, India, Japan, Mongolia, New Zealand, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, South Korea, United States. Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 25 09:16:09 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Petroleum strike ends; Sri Lankan government buys two-week grace period
LBO, July 25. July 25, 2006 (LBO) – The Sri Lankan government bought two weeks grace period from petroleum sector trade unions late Tuesday, with fuel stocks expected to hit Colombo city by midnight.

Unions struck work demanding Asantha de Mel, the head of a key petroleum facility is removed, as they feared his appointment was the first step towards privatising petroleum assets.

President Mahinda Rajapakse’s trade union advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra stepped in to resolve the crisis, after petroleum minister A H M Fowzie walked out of heated talks with trade unions earlier in the day. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 25 12:13:41 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka mauls India
Hindu, Jul 26, 2006. BANGALORE: India succumbed to its second straight defeat in Group B league in the fifth Asian Youth (under-21) netball championship when it went down to Sri Lanka 72-23 at the Sree Kanteerva Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan agency builds new shelters in Jaffna despite security ..., 25 Jul 2006 13:35:04 GMT. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, July 25 (UNHCR) – Despite the deteriorating security situation in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, a UNHCR-funded organisation in Jaffna is pushing ahead with construction of new shelters for people displaced or made homeless during almost two decades of civil war... Back to the top

UN refugee chief visits Sri Lanka to discuss fate of 300,000 ..., 25 July 2006. 25 July 2006 – The head of the United Nations refugee agency begins a three-day mission to war-ravaged Sri Lanka today where he plans to meet representatives of the more than 300,000 people displaced by the conflict between the Government and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka urges nationals in lebanon to stay put, July 25. Colombo, July 25: Sri Lanka, which has the largest contingent of expatriate workers in Lebanon, wants those trapped in the conflict to stay put and those who have fled the bombings to return, a Minister said today... Back to the top

Killings, horror rise in Sri Lanka s war zone, July 25, 2006. THIRAIMADU, Sri Lanka – Bodies dumped in wells, dead children hung from rafters and under-age boys abducted to fight... Back to the top

Jayasuriya tipped for openers slot
cricinfo, july 26. Sanath Jayasuriya has been named in a 14-man squad for the first Test against South Africa starting in Colombo on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military says it kills two Tamil Tiger suspects
Associated Press, Tue July 25, 2006 07:51 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military said it killed two Tamil Tiger rebels suspects in the embattled north Tuesday, while suspected guerrillas triggered a roadside bomb and wounded two policemen... Back to the top

Japan urges India to play influential role in Sri Lanka, 25 july. Japan's special envoy to Sri Lanka, Yasushi Akashi, has urged India to play a "more influential role" in the island nation's tottering peace process... Back to the top

China s Huawei launches 3G handsets in Sri Lanka, Wed, 26 July 2006. Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies is expecting around 30 percent gain in sales of third generation handsets within one-year of its release in Sri Lanka, officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

Muslim Congress releases a policy paper on Sri Lanka peace process, July 25, 2006. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has released a policy paper on Peace Process and Constitutional Reform... Back to the top

Sri Lanka builds up case for compensation for Lebanon returnees, 25 july. July 25 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is collecting all details of returnees from war torn Lebanon, to build up a stronger case in the event all affected people are given compensation... Back to the top

Plight of Sri Lankan refugees in India evokes worry, July 24, 2006. Life is a long vacation for seven-year-old Kanniamma, who has not been to a school after fleeing her home in Sri Lanka and arriving in India in February... Back to the top

A mass armory of LTTE recovered, 25 july. NMAT. Jaffna Corr. July 24, 2006... Back to the top

Gunmen kill Tamil activist in Sri Lanka's capital
Associated Press, July 24. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Unidentified men in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on Monday fatally shot an ethnic minority Tamil political activist who was also the public relations officer of a government minister, police said... Back to the top

Two Tamil guerrillas killed in fighting with breakaway faction
Associated Press, Mon July 24, 2006 09:45 EDT . Ruwan Weerakoon Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Two Tamil Tiger guerrillas were killed in a clash with a breakaway faction in eastern Sri Lanka Monday, while the Tigers killed a government soldier in a roadside bomb blast in north, rebels and officials said... Back to the top

Security Council holds first straw poll on next secretary-general
Associated Press, Mon July 24, 2006 16:45 EDT . NICK WADHAMS - Associated Press Writer - Response has been tepid so far for the four announced candidates, from India, South Korea, Sri Lanka - and Thailand... Back to the top

Roadside bomb wounds 2 policemen in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue July 25, 2006 03:01 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels triggered a roadside bomb Tuesday which wounded two policemen in northern Sri Lanka - , the army said... Back to the top

Japan hints at ‘tangible measures’ against LTTE
com, 24 july. Tokyo - Fearing Sri Lanka is on the verge of a full-scale war, Japan is seriously considering taking ‘tangible measures’ against the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Army Repulses LTTE Terrorist Attack, 24 Jul 2006 - 13:40 GMT + 05:30. MANNAR: ARMY PERSONNEL ENGAGED in non-combat duties in KADAPPAN area on MANNAR-MADU road were fired at by LTTE terrorists around 2.45 p... Back to the top

JVP set to join govt after pact on CMP, 24 July, 2006. Colombo: The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is expected to join the government, after deciding on a formula for a common minimum programme (CMP)... Back to the top

Street gangs continue to fund LTTE extremists- Canada, 24 july. According to a report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Tamil notorious street gangs operating in Toronto and Montreal are funneling funds to the LTTE for extremist purposes in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Bomb blast kills soldier, wounds 2 others in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon July 24, 2006 01:15 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A roadside bomb blast on Monday killed one soldier and wounded two others in northern Sri Lanka - , the army said... Back to the top

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