The Lanka Academic

MAY 1, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 25


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Sri Lanka holds first post-war May Day
afp, may 1. Sri Lanka's political parties were holding May Day rallies on Saturday for the first time since the ending of nearly four decades of ethnic bloodshed.

Nearly a dozen meetings were scheduled in the capital and suburbs, but labour day celebrations by opposition parties were low-key following their drubbing in two major elections this year.

"We have now overcome the biggest challenge of terrorism that was faced by the country and its working people," President Mahinda Rajapakse said in a statement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 1 02:24:34 EDT 2010

Garment Woes Dampen Labour Day
IPS, May 1. COLOMBO, Apr 30, 2010 (IPS) - Though the global economic crisis has eased in most of Asia, latest reports about falling demand for garments in markets like Europe and the United States have become a new source of concern to Sri Lanka’s troubled garment labour force.

Garments, the island state's biggest industrial export, are suffering a double whammy: the economic recession and uncertainty over tax-free trade to Europe. The sector employs close to 300,000 people with another 200,000 dependent on it.

According to T.M.R. Raseedeen, general-secretary of the National Association for Trade Union Research and Education (NATURE), more than 50,000 workers lost their jobs in the 2008-09 period as some 50 mostly garment factories closed due to loss of orders. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 1 02:32:24 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka must listen to its people
guardian, may 1. In May last year the Sri Lankan government announced with immense relief and euphoria, the killing of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Sri Lankan army had been trailing him for decades in the north-eastern jungles. With his death ended the 26-year war for a separate homeland that had claimed more that 70,000 lives. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 1 02:33:06 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka one year on: Has peace brought happiness to this island nation?
Independent, may 1. The ancient man with the walrus moustache, his white coat ablaze with medals, greets me like a long-lost friend... Back to the top

Tamils’ transnational elections ‘an experiment in democracy’
Globe and Mail, May 1. With his flyers, TV ads, Facebook page and YouTube video, Sam Sangarasivam has everything he needs for his political campaign, with one key exception: a country to represent... Back to the top

Sri Lanka blocking Tamil development
ens, may 1. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan government’s overwhelming desire to be seen as the mainspring of economic development in the Tamil-speaking northern province is killing local, Tamil entrepreneurship, says Mu­thukrishna Sarva­na­n­than, director of the Point Pedro Institute of Development... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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