The Lanka Academic

MAY 2, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 26


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Sri Lanka to hold Victory Parade on May 18 every year
HT, May 2. Sri Lankan troops will march down Colombo's historic Galle Face promenade every year on May 18 to mark the military victory over the Tamil Tigers, whose top leadership was wiped out killed on that day in 2009.

The government will hold the 'Victory Parade' on May 18 every year to mark Sri Lanka's victory over LTTE, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said after the ceremonial opening of a monument erected at Elephant Pass in memory of the war heroes. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 2 22:31:07 EDT 2010

Nearly 50,000 widows in the east
BBC, May 2. The Government of Sri Lanka says that around 50,000 widows are living in the eastern province alone.

Deputy Minister for Women and Child welfare MLAM Hizbullah told the BBC Tamil Service that nearly forty percent of those were widowed as a result of the decades-long war between the government forces and the LTTE.

Many of these widows are less than 40 years of age according to the statistical survey done by the government says the minister. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun May 2 14:22:29 EDT 2010 Back to the top

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 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's myth of free education and its quality
LBO, May 3. May 03, 2010 (LBO) - After the release of the results of every major public examination, a spontaneous debate takes place in the country regarding the deteriorating quality of the students sitting for the examinations... Back to the top

Thousands of Tamils turn out to “transnational” election
star, May 2. Thousands of Tamil poured into polling stations across the GTA Sunday to elect members for their first transnational government, despite calls from numerous Tamil organizations to boycott the election... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seek to avoid early exit
cricinfo, May 3. With Afghanistan, Ireland and Bangladesh unable to produce an upset in their opening World Twenty20 matches it is now down to Zimbabwe to shake up the established order... Back to the top

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... 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)... 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

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