The Lanka Academic

MAY 29, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 54


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Sri Lanka warns Western sanctions can stoke ethnic conflict, may 30. WASHINGTON (AFP) Sri Lanka called on Western powers Thursday to be wary of imposing sanctions for its alleged human rights violations, warning that the action could worsen the island's long-running ethnic conflict.

The United States and the European Union have withheld various aid programs and are debating whether to withdraw special trade benefits from Sri Lanka amid concerns the human rights situation has deteriorated since the government pulled out of a Norwegian-brokered truce with the Tamil Tigers in January.

"It really is necessary to have sympathy for and understanding of the problems of a developing country that is grappling with terrorism," Sri Lanka's minister of international trade G.L. Peiris said in Washington. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 29 22:21:42 EDT 2008

Sri Lankan shares fall 5th day to 4- mth low, may 30. COLOMBO, May 29 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan shares fell for a fifth day on Thursday to their lowest close in nearly 4- months, weighed down by concerns a spike in fuel prices would accelerate inflation.

Vajira Premawardhana, head of research at Lanka Orix Securities, said economic worries, war situation and lack of good interim reports made investors wary.

On Tuesday, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the government would go for a military campaign against Tamil Tiger militants, a day after at least 9 people were killed when a bomb, blamed on the rebels, exploded in a train during rush hour in the capital. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 29 22:27:22 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Man who faked death pleads guilty to insurance scam
Tren News, May 30. A man who hid in Sri Lanka for more than 20 years after faking his death pleaded guilty to insurance fraud, leaving his family with 330,000 Singapore dollars (246,000 US dollars), dpa reported.

Under the elaborate plan, his relatives claimed he had been killed by Tamil Tiger rebels.

Gandaruban Subramaniam, a 60-year-old Singaporean, admitted to conspiring with his younger brother S Moganaruban and former wife Renuga Devi Sinnaduray to cheat two insurance companies in 1989, The Straits Times said.

He was arrested last year after trying to enter Singapore on a fake passport.

Renuga, 51, said that Gandaruban faked his death to escape from creditors after his car-rental business failed in 1987. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 29 22:23:55 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Get your green pants here
Economist, May 30. AT A SPANKING new lingerie factory in Thulhiriya, a short drive from Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, senior managers wear T-shirts... Back to the top

Two rebel boats destroyed in S.Lanka, 5 dead-military, may 29. COLOMBO, May 29 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military sank two Tamil Tiger boats killing at least five rebels before dawn on Thursday, and rebel artillery fire killed four civilians, the military said... Back to the top

Police: Journalist stabbed to death in restive northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed May 28, 2008 13:34 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan television journalist was stabbed to death Wednesday in the country's restive north, police and a media rights group said... Back to the top

AI Report
Amnesty International, 2008-05-29. 2007 was characterized by impunity for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law... Back to the top

Sex, Haitian Children And Peacekeepers
CARIBWORLDNEWS.COM, May 28, 2008. CaribWorldNews, LONDON, England, Weds. May 28, 2008: `There is a girl who sleeps in the street, and there were a group of people in the streets who decided to make money off of her... Back to the top

Military says fighting in northern Sri Lanka kills 16 Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Wed May 28, 2008 05:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fighting between government soldiers and Tamil separatists along the northern front lines of Sri Lanka - 's civil war killed 16 rebels, the military said Wednesday... Back to the top

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