The Lanka Academic

MARCH 27, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 355


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100 arrested in Sri Lanka violence
IANS, March 27. Colombo, March 27 (IANS) More than 100 people have been arrested in Sri lanka following violence in the run up to parliamentary elections April 8, Xinhua reported Saturday. “We have arrested 102 people and 234 more are to be arrested,” Gamini Navaratne, the deputy inspector general of police, told reporters Saturday. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Mar 27 15:30:49 EDT 2010

LTTE airstrip to be converted into aviation complex
pti, Mar 27 . Colombo, Mar 27 (PTI) The airstrip at Iranamadu in North Sri Lanka, earlier used by LTTE to launch attacks, will be soon converted to an aviation complex as a part of development plans for the region that was once a stronghold of LTTE.

The makeshift airstrip, built by LTTE in the jungles of the north Sri Lanka, will be renovated as an aviation complex under government's post-war reconstruction plans, the official website said today. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Mar 27 15:37:17 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Akon visa denial has wider impact on Sri Lanka and Buddhism
com, MARCH 27, 2010. The Sri Lankan government this week has decided to deny a visa for the American rap star Akon, even before he had applied for one. The politics of this decision is obvious.

The electorate that listens to and will participate in a Akon musical is perceived as being overwhelmingly liberal, Colombo centric, affluent UNP voters. While the cabal that opposes the Akon musical, are perceived as being less affluent UPFA voters, many of whom would have not even heard of Akon.

If the government had granted permission despite the protests by the radicals, it would have antagonised a part of its electoral home turf, which consists of Sinhalese Buddhist radicals.

Although President Rajapakse himself may not be a Akon fan, there is a high possibility that his son educated in St Thomas’s College, Mt. More...
Published: Sat Mar 27 22:22:11 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Akon saddened by Sri Lanka uproar
Reuters, March 27, 2010. 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

Sri Lankan who wrote about Islam conversion held
ap, march 27. Sri Lankan police have arrested an author who converted from Buddhism to Islam and wrote two books about taking up her new faith, police said Saturday... Back to the top

More than 1.9 lakh IDPs resettled in Northern Lanka
PTI, Mar 27 . Colombo, Mar 27 (PTI) A majority of Tamil Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) lodged in various welfare camps in Northern Sri Lanka have resumed normal lives even as the government is trying to provide habitation and basic amenities to them... Back to the top

Spiritual healer offers help to Beckham
espn, march 27. David Beckham has been offered the services of a spiritual healer who claims to have the powers to get the stricken star back on the field in a matter of days... Back to the top

Veteran academic calls it a day, march 27. This is the story of a little boy from a fishing village in the deep South of Sri Lanka who, by dint of hard work and determination, reached the highest echelons in academia and retired in Brunei Darussalam... Back to the top

Attack Over ‘Offensive’ Music Video Revives Old Fears
IPS, march 26. COLOMBO, Mar 24, 2010 (IPS) - Anger against the popular rap and hip-hop singer Akon, whose music video has footage of bikini-clad women dancing near a Buddha statue, may have been just a ruse used in this week’s attack on a private media house in Sri Lanka, media advocates fear... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Muslim convert accused of being 'anti-state'
bbc, march 26. A Sri Lankan woman who converted from Buddhism to Islam has been arrested by the authorities on suspicion of anti-state activities... Back to the top

Germany arrests suspected Tamil rebel supporter
AP, March 26. German prosecutors say they have arrested an alleged supporter of a local wing of the Tamil Tiger rebels who is accused of intimidating a fellow Sri Lankan into making donations... Back to the top

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