The Lanka Academic

APRIL 2, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 361


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Sri Lanka cenbank says met all end-March IMF targets
reuters, april 2. COLOMBO, April 2 - Sri Lanka has met end-March IMF targets for net domestic financing, net international reserves, and reserve money required under a $2.6 billion loan, its central bank governor said on Friday.

"We met all three end-March targets for the IMF programme," Ajith Nivard Cabraal told Reuters. However, he did not elaborate on the numbers.

Koshy Mathai, the IMF's resident representative for Sri Lanka, said the lender was waiting for the end-March data. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 2 17:28:37 EDT 2010

1,538 LTTE cadre freed
ens, 02 Apr 2010 . COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday ceremonially released 1,528 LTTE cadre at Pambaikulam in Vavuniya district, in a last minute effort to woo the Tamils of north Sri Lanka ahead of the parliamentary elections to be held on April 8.

According to Minister of Resettlement Rishad Bathiudeen, among the released, 1,175 were disabled or injured; and 178 were Jaffna University students. The released cadre would be united with their family on April 3. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 2 01:21:19 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Bringing Tamils back into mainstream critical for new Lankan govt post elections: CSM
ANI, April 2. Colombo, Apr. 2 (ANI): Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections scheduled for April 8 could become the prelude of a new era of progress, if the newly elected government decides to end discrimination among Lankan natives and Tamils and unify the war-torn nation, experts say.But if the government pursues the same discriminatory tactics it used for the presidential election in January, it will further alienate the island's Tamil community and diminish hopes for peace, the Christian Science Monitor reports. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 2 11:27:09 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Ragavan Sinnathurai, "We have to move on"
IRIN, 2 April. KILINOCHCHI, 2 April 2010 (IRIN) - Ragavan Sinnathurai, 15, was a resident of Kilinochchi during Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war between government forces and the now defeated Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who had been fighting for an independent Tamil homeland for more than two decades... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s northern national parks reopen after 25 years
IANS, april 2. After remaining closed for more than 25 years because of the civil war between the security forces and the Tamil tigers, Sri Lanka’s national parks are once again set to see tourists flocking there... Back to the top

Cloud hangs over Jayasuriya’s selection
The News, April 2. NEW DELHI: A dispute in Sri Lanka cricket circles with rumours that the inclusion of Sanath Jayasuriya’s name in the Sri Lanka team of the ICC T20 event to be held in the West Indies, has been through political interference... Back to the top

Revamping the lost identity of Batik
fibre2fashin, April 2. In order to promote the conventional batik art and to establish it as cottage industry, Senaka De Silva, a veteran designer is conducting workshops... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's president urges Tamil voters to trust him
reuters, april 2. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday promised voters in the minority Tamil city of Jaffna a role in solving their own problems in his second visit since the end of a three-decade civil war in May... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president visits Tamil heartland
afp, April 1. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse reached out on Thursday to the country's ethnic minority Tamils as he made his first visit to their cultural heartland since his re-election... Back to the top

Hambantota v Gold Coast for 2018 Games
Scotsman, April 2. TWO cities – the Gold Coast in Australia and Hambantota in Sri Lanka – have submitted bids to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games... Back to the top

Sri Lanka elections: Will Tamil rights be upheld?
CSM, April 2. Last May, after more than a quarter century of civil war between government forces and Tamil separatists, a fragile peace came to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s traitorous politics, April 1, 2010. "A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague," declared Roman statesman and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero over 2,000 years ago... Back to the top

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