The Lanka Academic

APRIL 30, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 24


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India to assist Lanka in development of air base in Jaffna
Zee, April 30. Colombo: India will assist Sri Lanka in the development of the crucial Palaly air base and the Kanakesanthurai port in Jaffna peninsula, as the country works to rebuild the war-torn Tamil-dominated North.

"Indian government's help has been sought for development of the Palaly air base and the KKS port projects. India has said it will consider providing assistance for these two projects," Sri Lankan government sources said.

The crucial Palaly air base is the nerve centre of Sri Lanka's military presence in the Tamil-dominated Jaffna peninsula. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Apr 30 10:17:13 EDT 2010

Panel to examine ethnic discord in Sri Lanka
hindu, April 30. THIMPHU: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about his government's plans to reach a political settlement with the Tamil ethnic community, which will include the setting up of a panel of eminent persons to examine all issues of discord.

In a 30-minute meeting here on Thursday, Mr. Rajapaksa also detailed the move to set up an Upper House in Parliament that would ensure greater representation to all ethnic communities and add weight to the move towards a political settlement, senior Foreign Ministry officials said.

The Sri Lankan President said he would also consult with all sections of the Tamil community, including those not represented in Parliament, to infuse a sense of participation and equality in the nation's re-building process after the end of conflict between the armed forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 29 21:18:46 EDT 2010 Back to the top

The Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan State
SAAG, Apr 30. The man who vehemently advocated for human rights during the 70’s and 80’s has become one of the main offenders and a conspirator against human rights in the present day Sri Lanka. While one expected the island nation to be free after the end of war, the present day situation appears to be the other way around. The common man in Colombo, who walks without any fear of suicide attack from the LTTE, sees a new threat emerging in the form of police and other government agents who involve themselves in intimidation, ‘white van’ culture and unwarranted arrests. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Apr 29 21:03:33 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Farming, Fisheries Offer Hope to Former Battleground
IPS, Apr 29. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Apr 29, 2010 (IPS) - Well before the northern Sri Lankan region of the Jaffna Peninsula was devastated by over two and a half decades of a bloody sectarian war, fisheries and agriculture had been the mainstays of its economy... Back to the top

Chinese national arrested in SL on charges of rape
PTI, April 29. Colombo, Apr 29 (PTI) A Chinese national has been arrested by the Sri Lankan police for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl... Back to the top

Sri Lanka demolishes rebel chief's house: politician
afp, APril 29. The ancestral home of Sri Lanka's slain Tamil Tiger rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has been demolished as it was becoming a tourist attraction, a Tamil politician said Thursday... Back to the top

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