The Lanka Academic

MARCH 31, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 359


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SL lacks basic rights and freedoms: Britain
HT, April 1. Sri Lanka and the UK have resumed their diplomatic war of words following a special statement by British foreign secretary David Miliband that raised the issue of lack of basic human rights like equality for all communities and media freedom in this country.

Miliband’s statement comes a day after the British House of Commons said it regrets UK arms exports to Sri Lanka during the fragile ceasefire period (between 2002 and 2008) and suggested that the UK government should take a "longer term view about unstable countries" when exporting arms as where the weapons end up and how they would be used become important. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Mar 31 20:32:20 EDT 2010

Imperfect peace The government spars with aid agencies; the displaced still suffer
economist, april 1. NEARLY a year after the end of Sri Lanka’s long civil war, life remains grim for hundreds of thousands of Tamils in the north of the country, displaced in the final months of fighting. Now they face a new threat. International agencies are running out of funds to meet their needs, after the government’s rejection of a United Nations-led mechanism for channelling humanitarian assistance to the country. By March 25th only $15m had been promised for the year, just 4% of the estimated total required for humanitarian aid in the camps and return areas.

To tide over the immediate crisis, the UN’s Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is poised to announce a three-month package of assistance for “urgent life-saving activities”. The money, from an OCHA emergency fund, will cover the supply of water, food, emergency shelter, sanitation and health care to those still in displacement camps. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Mar 31 20:38:17 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Tamil refugees told to get out of Sri Lanka or suffer persecution
heraldsun, april 1. THOUSANDS of desperate Tamil refugees in Sri Lanka have a stark choice: stay and be persecuted or risk the long, dangerous voyage to Australia.

A senior diplomat, experienced in people smuggling matters, said Sri Lanka's government cared about neither the refugees' fate nor Australia's boat people predicament.

Naval intelligence sources told the Herald Sun that Colombo encouraged Tamils to risk the dangerous voyage.

Some Tamil boats have disappeared, though no one knows how many might have perished. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Mar 31 20:39:24 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Where to Buy a Land Mine in Sri Lanka
time, april 1. The civil war in Sri Lanka may be over, but you can buy a land mine on the side of the road in Jaffna — though they're more likely to explode in your mouth than anywhere else... Back to the top

India hands over cement bags to Sri Lanka
hindu, april 1. Indian High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha on Wednesday handed over to U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s March Inflation Slows for First Time in Six Months
bloomberg, March 31. March 31 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s inflation unexpectedly slowed in March for the first time in six months, giving the central bank room to keep interest rates low and support economic growth... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Nalini plans to appeal in apex court against decision
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... 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... 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

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

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