The Lanka Academic

JULY 1, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 87


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Assault on freedom of expression: media forum
Hindu, july 2. COLOMBO: A senior journalist associated with the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) and the head of the Political Division of the British High Commission were here on Monday waylaid and brutally assaulted.

There has been a sharp rise in the number of attacks on journalists in recent weeks amid a raging controversy over a set of guidelines the Defence Ministry issued to the media on the norms to be followed in reporting the ongoing war.

In response to persistent demands from the media community for a fair and speedy investigation, the government last week appointed a ministerial sub-committee to look into the matter. The Committee was formed after the police failed to make any breakthrough in the assault and intimidation of over a dozen journalists.

The victims of the latest incident were deputy head of the advocacy section of SLPI Namal Perera and Mahendra Amaraweera, a Sri Lankan national working as head, political section of the British High Commission.

A van blocked the car near the Information Ministry. The occupants broke the wind shield of the car and attempted to abduct Mr. Perera.

Mr. Perera and Mr. Amaraweera were badly beaten up and are undergoing treatment. The latter has suffered head injuries and is being treated in the critical care unit. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 1 21:00:37 EDT 2008

S Lanka president s chopper shot, 1 July . A helicopter that had just flown the Sri Lankan president to a ceremony and left him there was hit by gunfire soon after taking off again.

A statement from the army said the aircraft had to make an emergency landing, and was found to have a bullet-hole in one of its fuel tanks.

It is not clear who shot at the helicopter over the Ampara region, in the east of Sri Lanka.

The area is not close to territory held by the Tamil Tiger rebels. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jul 1 16:04:52 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Abha police asked to reopen case in Sri Lankan’s possible homicide
arabnews, july 2. RIYADH: Officials in Abha have reopened the case of the possible homicide of Mohammed Imtisam Shamsudeen, a 28-year-old Sri Lankan assistant manager whose partially burned body was found in his apartment on May 9. “The governorate in Abha asked the Special Crimes Unit to reinvestigate the case when it received the police report that ruled out foul play in the death,” Abdul Lateef Mohammed Lafeer, Sri Lankan consul general in Jeddah, told Arab News. Shamsudeen worked for Al-Bandar International House for Trading Company for four years before his death. After hearing about his death, relatives in Sri Lanka suspected foul play because Shamsudeen had “unpleasant encounters” with some colleagues at his workplace. In its report, Abha police ruled out foul play and said that the death was due to a fire that broke out in Shamsudeen’s apartment. The fire was believed to have caused by an electric iron that Shamsudeen forgot to switch off. More...
Published: Tue Jul 1 23:32:56 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's military says the air force has bombed rebel navy and air bases
Associated Press, Tue July 1, 2008 01:51 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force bombed a Tamil Tiger rebel air base and a rebel navy base, while separate ground clashes in the country's war-torn north left 20 combatants dead, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

No arms supply from India: Lanka army chief, July 1. Sri Lanka has made it clear that India does not supply arms to the strife-torn island nation, saying that it understood New Delhi's ''political compulsions'' in this regard... Back to the top

India to train Lankan soldiers
TOI, July 1. NEW DELHI: Even as it pushes Sri Lanka to renew political efforts towards resolving its bloody ethnic strife, India is virtually throwing open the doors of its different military institutions to train Sri Lankan soldiers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army chief says Tamil rebels weakened
Associated Press, Mon June 30, 2008 11:59 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's army chief said Monday that his soldiers have killed at least 9,000 Tamil Tiger fighters during the past two years of civil war and disabled the rebel group of its conventional war capabilities... Back to the top

British officials attacked in Sri Lanka
newsone, july 1. A British High Commission employee and a journalist have been assaulted in Sri Lanka, prompting media groups to say they feared it was the latest in a series of attacks against journalists... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military: Army captures large swath of northern rebel territory; fighting kills 28
Associated Press, Mon June 30, 2008 04:12 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan soldiers seized a large swath of Tamil Tiger rebel-held territory while scattered battles elsewhere in the embattled north killed 26 rebels and two soldiers, the military said Monday... Back to the top

Jayasuriya celebrates 39th birthday with century to reach Asia Cup final
Associated Press, Mon June 30, 2008 14:00 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Sanath Jayasuriya celebrating his 39th birthday and fellow opener Kumar Sangakkara smashed centuries Monday as Sri Lanka - marched into the final of Asia Cup with a crushing 158-run victory over Bangladesh in the Super Four match... Back to the top

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