The Lanka Academic

MAY 10, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 34


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Sri Lankans asylum seekers 'panicked' after stricken boat ran out of food, water, may 11. FIVE Australia-bound asylum-seekers who perished at sea set themselves adrift in a fatal attempt to find a passing ship after their wooden fishing boat ran out of fuel, food and drinking water. As the remaining 59 Sri Lankans from the boat arrived yesterday at Christmas Island after being rescued and the Australian Federal Police began investigating the incident, new details emerged about the tragedy. The master of the vessel that rescued the 59 Sri Lankans, Oleg Chechulin, told The Australian he believed that the passengers aboard the boat had panicked after spending more than 20 days at sea. More...
Published: Mon May 10 22:15:09 EDT 2010

Civil initiative for Lanka reconstruction sought
ENS, may 11. CHENNAI: A Civil initiative to help reconstruction process in Sri Lanka was stressed by a panel of experts at a symposium here on Saturday. Speaking at the symposium ‘Sri Lanka, What Next’ organised by The Sunday Indian, former head of Intelligence of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka, Col Hariharan (retd), said there is a need to evolve a structure where the grassroots could participate in any resettlement. Highlighting the role of the Union government, he said, “India did not use its position effectively to evolve a solution to the Sri Lankan issue.” “India’s strategic advantage in Sri Lanka suffered a huge blow with the defeat of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Even now India can intervene to resolve the issue,” the colonel said. More...
Published: Mon May 10 22:17:38 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Tamil leaders call for day of mourning to mark 'catastrophe' after Sri Lankan war victory
CP, may 11. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Ethnic Tamil leaders called Monday for a day of mourning for civilians killed during Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war, as the government prepared to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its victory over Tamil Tiger rebels. Sri Lanka's conflict ended in May 2009 after a massive military operation against the Tigers in their stronghold in the country's north. According to U.N. documents at least 7,000 civilians were killed in the last five months of the war. An estimated 80,000-100,000 people died during a quarter-century of fighting. More...
Published: Mon May 10 22:13:56 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan defence ministry begins evicting poor in Colombo
WSWS, may 11. Last Saturday, the Sri Lankan defence ministry deployed police and the army to evict 45 families from central Colombo and demolish their houses... Back to the top

Prabhakaran's mother rejects India's offer for conditional visa
ndtv, may 11. Slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Prabhakaran's mother Parvathi Ammal has rejected India's offer for conditional visa to visit Tamil Nadu for for her treatment... Back to the top

LTTE chief's mother can get medical treatment in TN
toi, may 11. CHENNAI: Three weeks after forcing her to return to Malaysia, the Centre has granted permission on humanitarian grounds to Parvathy Ammal, the mother of slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran, to take medical treatment in Tamil Nadu, subject to certain conditions... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu puts 4 conditions before Prabhakaran's ailing mother
dna, may 11. Chennai: Slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran’s mother Parvathi Velupillai has been granted a conditional visa to undergo treatment in Tamil Nadu (TN), chief minister M Karunanidhi told the assembly on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Exports Gain Amid Investor Concern on European Demand
bloomberg, May 10. May 10 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s exports recovered in February amid investor concern that a sovereign-debt crisis in Europe may damp demand for the nation’s tea and rubber... Back to the top

Four Assassins of Ex-Lanka FM Killed During War
outlook, May 10. Four suspected assassins of former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, who was shot dead in 2005, have died during the last phase of the war against LTTE, a court was told... Back to the top

Australia thrash Lanka to enter semis
NDTV, May 10. Cameron White smashed a gutsy 49-ball 85 as a rampaging Australia stormed into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 after trouncing Sri Lanka by 81 runs in their Super Eights match here on Sunday... Back to the top

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