The Lanka Academic

MARCH 25, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 353


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Sri Lanka President Says Large-Scale Projects To Create 3 Million Jobs
er, march 26. Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that around three million new jobs will be created with the construction of five new harbours, an international airport, as well as the Norachcholai and Kerawalapitiya power projects, according to an article posted on the government's website, which added that the new jobs will be given on merit and not on any political recommendations.

According to the article, Rajapaksa made these forecasts while addressing representatives of the Joint Trade Union Alliance of the Gampaha district at Temple Trees on Tuesday. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Mar 25 20:40:47 EDT 2010

TNA highlights Sinhalese influx into North Lanka
ENS, march 26. COLOMBO: In the intense competition for the ethnic Tamil vote in the run up to the April 8 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, parties touting Tamil nationalism are highlighting the “dangers” arising from the post-war influx of Sinhalese into the predominently Tamil Jaffna peninsula and the Wanni.

Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which is the strongest of the Tamil nationalist parties, is drawing attention to the construction of permament Sri Lankan army camps in the Wanni. Suresh Premachandran, who is contesting from Jaffna district, told Express that the construction of permament camps meant the transformation of the existing camps into family stations, which in turn, would mean a great increase in the population of the Sinhalese. This fear stems from the fact that the Sri Lankan army is almost exclusively Sinhalese. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Mar 25 21:23:14 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s Keells Says Peace Dividend Not Priced in (Update3)
Bloomberg, March 24. March 25 (Bloomberg) -- John Keells Holdings Plc., Sri Lanka’s biggest company, is yet to see the full “peace dividend” from the end to the county’s 26-year-long civil war reflected in its shares, its deputy chairman said.

The defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May ended a conflict that left 100,000 dead, emptied hotels and scared away investors. John Keells’ hotel revenues will rise 50 percent in the fiscal year beginning April 1 as the government expects visitors to the teardrop-shaped island to more than double, Ajit Gunewardene said in an interview in Hong Kong yesterday. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Mar 25 09:25:25 EDT 2010 Back to the top

When it's cheaper to create Mumbai in Sri Lanka...
bs, march 26. Why on earth would Indian films shoot in Sri Lanka? Because it is close to India, shooting there costs about one-fourth of that in India, it has one-tenth of the headaches, Sri Lankans look like Indians and the country can easily form the background for an Indian story... Back to the top

Author held in book row
gulf news, march 26. A BAHRAIN resident has been arrested in Sri Lanka after converting to Islam and writing two books in Sinhalese allegedly offensive to the spiritual leader of Buddhism... Back to the top

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Aid agencies pulled out of the town in September 2008 as the decades-long conflict intensified.

The Sri Lankan Army successfully captured the political headquarters of the LTTE in Kilinochchi in January 2009.

“This was an unparalleled victory," President Mahinda Rajapakse said at the time. SRI LANKA: Former rebel capital struggles with returnee influx
IRIN, March 25. KILINOCHCHI, 25 March 2010 (IRIN) - The northern Sri Lankan town of Kilinochchi – former capital of the defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) – is struggling to address the needs of thousands of returnees... Back to the top

S.Lanka minister regrets Akon's cancelled concert
afp, March 25. Sri Lanka lost a "priceless" promotional opportunity by banning the US star Akon from performing at a concert in Colombo following protests from Buddhist monks, the tourism minister said Thursday... Back to the top

National Geographic picks Sri Lanka as world's 2nd best destination
PR News, March 25. The National Geographic Channel in an exclusive report has categorized Sri Lanka as the second best place to visit... Back to the top

Monitors allowed at counting centers in Sri Lankan polls
Xinhuia, March 25. Election monitoring groups are to be allowed at counting centers in Sri Lanka's parliamentary poll on April 8, monitoring groups said here on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Pro-government thugs attack plantation workers
wsws, march 24. In another incident of election violence in Sri Lanka, an armed gang associated with the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) attacked the houses of five members of the rival National Union of Workers (NUW) at the RB Division of the Ramboda Estate on March 17... Back to the top

Rights group: Police show no interest in finding missing Sri Lankan journalist alive
AP, March 24. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- A media rights group appealed on Wednesday to Sri Lanka's president to reveal the results of a police investigation into the disappearance of a pro-opposition journalist... Back to the top

Selection of expert panel on Lanka underway: Ban
(PTI), Mar 24. United Nations, Mar 24 (PTI) UN chief Ban Ki-moon today said that process is underway of finding experts for an advisory panel that will probe allegations of human rights violations in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

S.Lanka stocks at over 5-wk low; foreigners exit
Reuters, march 24. COLOMBO, March 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's shares fell on Wednesday for an eighth straight session to an over five-week low, led by local retail selling and a large sale of blue chips by foreign investors ahead of parliamentary polls... Back to the top

Fitch May Lower Sri Lanka’s Debt Rating on Widening Deficit
Bloomberg, March 24. March 24 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s credit rating may be lowered by Fitch Ratings if the island nation fails to narrow its budget deficit, derailing a $2.6 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund... Back to the top

Akon saddened by Sri Lanka uproar
Reuters, Mar 24. COLOMBO (Reuters) – Singer Akon on Wednesday said he was disheartened Sri Lanka planned to deny him a visa to perform on the Indian Ocean island nation, after Buddhists angered by a video he appeared in staged a violent protest... Back to the top

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