The Lanka Academic

JUNE 8, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 63


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India to seek Rajapaksa's word on devolution
Hindu, June 9. NEW DELHI: India will look for a reassurance from Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa on “genuine” devolution of power to the provinces as a step towards solving the ethnic problem. Mr. Rajapaksa, who arrived here on Tuesday on a four-day visit, will hold delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday. He has unveiled plans to set up an Upper House that will ensure all-round representation, but India feels this step would amount to only decentralisation. Provinces should be the unit of devolution, and Sri Lanka must activate the provision of a Finance Commission in the 13th Amendment to ensure they are financially viable. More...
Published: Tue Jun 8 19:18:27 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka maintains defence spending
afp, june 8. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday proposed maintaining defence spending at nearly the same level as in the final year of its massive military offensive against the Tamil Tiger separatists. Figures presented to parliament showed that the government had allocated 201 billion rupees (1.8 billion dollars) on defence for 2010, down marginally from an estimated 210 billion spent in 2009. More...
Published: Tue Jun 8 11:40:24 EDT 2010 Back to the top

IIFA: The award goes to mismanagement
HT, June 9. ndia’s soft power was on display in Colombo this last weekend. And it wasn’t all pretty and mushy. The stardust of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards might be settling down but not before leaving behind an angry trail of questions here. Sections of the government, the local media and opposition politicians are fuming over the expenditure incurred by Sri Lanka for the event — some 1 billion LKR — and the treatment some of them got in the hands of the Indian organisers. An information department official scoffed at the mismanagement. Then I told him that it took me little more than eight hours to get the all-important event accreditation. (I am a Colombo-based Indian reporter working for a fairly well known English newspaper.) More...
Published: Tue Jun 8 19:14:28 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka PM says Tamil rebels re-emerging
afp, june 8. COLOMBO (AFP) – Tamil Tiger rebels are re-emerging a year after their defeat, Sri Lanka's prime minister said Tuesday, despite the once-powerful guerrilla force launching no attacks... Back to the top

'We have settled 80 percent of the displaced people'
rediff, june 8. Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris, who visited Washington, DC last month, feels the tensions that existed in the United States and Sri Lanka during the height of the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, when Colombo refused to acquiesce to a ceasefire, have been repaired... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, UN duel over wartime investigations
CSM, June 8. Bangkok, Thailand – One year after Sri Lanka’s decisive victory over Tamil insurgents, controversy still swirls over the bloody end to the 26-year civil war... Back to the top

Discuss this storyesident's office said in a statement. Sri Lanka president meets Tamil political leaders
AP, June 8. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka's president met ethnic Tamil leaders on Monday and promised a political solution to a protracted ethnic conflict for the first time since his forces ended the country's 25-year civil war last year... Back to the top

Rajapaksa to brief India on resettlement
Hindu, June 8. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa leaves on a three-day official visit to India on Tuesday for detailed discussions with his interlocutors in New Delhi on the post-war political situation in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka threatens to execute General Sarath Fonseka
BBC News, June 07, 2010. The Sri Lankan government has threatened to execute Sarath Fonseka, the army commander who delivered victory over the Tamil Tigers, if he continues to suggest top officials may have ordered war crimes during the final hours of the Tamil war... Back to the top

ICC says Sri Lanka World Cup venues on track
afp, June 8. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's new venues for next year's World Cup are on track but the refurbishment of an existing stadium is behind schedule, the International Cricket Council said on Monday... Back to the top

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