The Lanka Academic

MAY 21, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 45


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Group presents new evidence on abuses in Sri Lanka
AP, May 21. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka An international rights group said Friday it has new evidence that wartime abuses were perpetrated against civilians during the final phase of Sri Lanka's long and bloody civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels. New York-based Human Rights Watch called on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "to promptly establish an international investigation to examine allegations of wartime abuse by both sides to the conflict," it said in a statement. Sri Lanka's civil war ended in May 2009 after the military crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels in their stronghold in the country's north. According to More...
Published: Fri May 21 09:11:15 EDT 2010

Death toll in Sri Lankan floods rises to 26
M&C, May 21. Colombo Six days of heavy rains and floods in Sri Lanka have killed 26 people and displaced more than half a million, officials at the Disaster Management Centre said Friday. Authorities in the mountainous central region declared an official emergency due to the risk of landslides. More...
Published: Fri May 21 09:12:54 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Cricket coming to America this weekend
ESPN, may 22. A historical bat and ball matchup takes place in Florida this weekend. No, it doesn't include the Marlins. They're in Chicago playing the White Sox. Nor is it the Rays. They're in Houston playing the Astros. In fact, it's not even baseball related. It's Sri Lanka against New Zealand, a battle of two powerhouses in international cricket. Yes, cricket, that odd bat and ball sport which Sports Illustrated writer Paul Gallico described, "takes three days to play, in which runs are scored by the dozens and Centuries, and batting stands of one hundred are not uncommon. And the break for tea is considered the most deliciously funny business this side of a comic valentine." Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be the first International Cricket Council teams to play on American soil. It will also be the first time an American audience will get a glimpse at cricket stars like Daniel Vettori, New Zealand's young captain, and Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene. More...
Published: Fri May 21 22:05:56 EDT 2010 Back to the top

LTTE chief wanted to live to fight another day
ENS, may 22. COLOMBO: The LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran died fighting in an islet in the Nanthikadal lagoon on the morning of May 19, 2009... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's detained general pays tribute to war heros
Xinhua, May 21. While the Sri Lankan government has decided to postpone its first ever war victory celebration due to bad weather, former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka who is in military custody paid tribute on Thursday to soldiers and civilians who contributed to the war victory against Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka failed to build on war victory: Fonseka
AFP, May 21. COLOMBO: The detained Sri Lankan general who led soldiers to victory over Tamil Tiger rebels one year ago accused the government Thursday of failing to convert his success into a new era of peace... Back to the top

Beijing tightens its embrace of Sri Lanka
FT, May 21. At Hambantota, a remote fishing town on Sri Lanka's south coast, Chinese engineers dig a channel through the beaches, connecting the Indian Ocean with a vast inland pit, whose soaring concrete walls dwarf the earth-moving equipment working below... Back to the top

Island seeks Bollywood lift
FT, May 21. Sri Lanka is turning to India's Bollywood film industry to help patch up its image a year after its civil war ended, reports Joe Leahy in Mumbai ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's detained ex-army chief denies war crimes
Reuters, may 20. Sri Lanka's detained former army chief on Thursday said there were no war crimes committed under his command but was not aware whether orders came from elsewhere... Back to the top

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