The Lanka Academic

MARCH 30, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 358


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Sri Lanka stymied investigation
Brisbane Times, March 31. THE Sri Lankan government sought to influence an Australian police investigation and prosecution of three Australian citizens charged with terrorism offences in 2007 for their support of the Tamil Tigers.

The Sri Lankan Deputy Solicitor-General, Yasantha Kodagoda, exercised extensive control over aspects of the Sri Lankan arm of the federal police investigation, including demands that he advise local witnesses and be present when they testified.

Mr Kodagoda told Australian officials he would tell the witnesses not to testify unless he was able to advise them, and asked to review Sri Lankan witness statements before they were finalised. The need to interview Sri Lankan military and police personnel arose because federal agents had to prove under Australian law that the Tamil Tigers, also known as the LTTE, was a terrorist group. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Mar 30 21:33:29 EDT 2010

Nalini plans to appeal in apex court against decision ht.
ht, march 31. Nalini Sriharan, serving life sentence for the 1991 assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, will approach the Supreme Court against the Tamil Nadu government's decision to reject her appeal for release from prison, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in Vellore, around 130 km from here, lawyer Pugazhendi said: "Nalini has decided to go in for appeal." More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Mar 30 21:34:19 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Economy Accelerates at Fastest Pace in Five Quarters
bloomberg, March 30. March 30 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s economy expanded at the fastest pace in five quarters as the government stepped up spending on new roads and ports after the end of a quarter- century of civil war in the country.

Gross domestic product rose 6.2 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31 from a year earlier after gaining 4.2 percent in the previous quarter, the statistics department said in a statement in Colombo today.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was reelected for a six- year term in January after defeating the Tamil Tiger rebels in May, has pledged to spend $1 billion on ports, roads and power plants in 2010. Reconstruction in the $41 billion South Asian economy is boosting profit in companies including Tokyo Cement Co. Lanka Plc and Central Industries Plc. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Mar 30 09:08:03 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Lasith Malinga: Fast and furious
HT, March 31. Lasith Malinga was by far the best bowler for the Mumbai Indians and his efforts earned him the man-of-the-match award... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bourse slips on retail profit-taking
Reuters, March 30. COLOMBO, March 30 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's shares edged down on Tuesday on retail profit-taking, with volumes down as smaller investors have locked up their funds in forthcoming IPOs and rights issues, dealers said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections
Reuters, march 30. COLOMBO, March 30 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan voters elect a parliament on April 8 for the first time since the government defeated Tamil Tiger separatists' three-decade insurgency last year and ended one of Asia's longest-running civil wars... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief could die in custody: wife
afp, march 30. COLOMBO (AFP) – The wife of Sri Lanka's detained ex-army chief Monday accused authorities of preventing her husband from receiving vital medical treatment and said he could die in custody... Back to the top

Maldives to host Akon's aborted Sri Lanka concert
sify, March 30. The Maldives stepped in on Tuesday to offer US rap star Akon a replacement concert after his scheduled appearance in Sri Lanka next month was scuttled by protesting Buddhist monks... Back to the top

US-Lanka spat over military cooperation
ENS, March 29. COLOMBO: The United States and Sri Lanka are at loggerheads over military cooperation in the context of the US charge that the Sri Lankan army had committed war crimes in the final phase of its military operations against the LTTE in 2009... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu rejects Nalini’s plea for release
IANS, March 29. Chennai, March 29 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government Monday rejected the demand for the release of Nalini Hariharan, sentenced to life for the 1991 assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi... Back to the top

Upcoming Parliamentary Elections and the Future of Sri Lanka
PR, March 29. Mahinda Rajapaksa, soon after his re-election as the Executive President of Sri Lanka, dissolved the existing parliament and announced the date for elections as 8 April 2010... Back to the top

Chinese help to build Sri Lanka port no security threat
PTI, March 29. Kolkata, Mar 29 (PTI) The Navy today said it did not see any security threat to the country in the Chinese involvement in building Hambantota port in southern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

'LTTE blocked development and economic growth'
PTI, March 29. Colombo, Mar 29 (PTI) Decades of LTTE insurgency deeply hindered Sri Lanka's economic growth, with the country failing to realise its potential as a trans-shipment hub of the region, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said... Back to the top

Fly, with the Sri Lankan Air Force!
FE, March 29. Colombo: In the post-LTTE phase, the Sri Lankan Air Force has ventured into commercial operations with Helitours becoming a popular mode of transportation between the north and the south of the country... Back to the top

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