The Lanka Academic

JUNE 10, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 65


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Sri Lanka plans Constitutional reform
Hindu, June 11. The Sri Lankan Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne has approved a proposal for “important amendments” to the 1978 Constitution dealing with presidency, procedure and powers of Parliament and the establishment of provincial councils.

Acting Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena hinted at a news conference here of a provision for an Upper Chamber of the House and the President would be made directly accountable to Parliament.

The proposal assumes significance as there is consensus among political parties that the 1978 Constitution, introduced by the then President, J.R. Jayawardene, has aggravated the ethnic strife. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 10 20:10:41 EDT 2010

Tigers gone, India, Lanka on new page
HT, June 11. With the war against the dreaded LTTE over and the Tamil Tigers gone, Indians and Sri Lankans are on a new page to improve quality of life.

Indians will soon be teaching English and Information Technology on a wide scale under Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s new initiative to empower the island’s youth. Colombo University will set up a centre for Indian studies. Other universities in the two countries will launch outreach programmes.

Called “India-Sri Lanka Knowledge Initiative”, the programme will see Sri Lankans get scholarships to study in India, while Indians move to the island nation to help its educational bodies. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 10 20:07:42 EDT 2010 Back to the top

India-Lanka ferry services to be re-established
ENS, June 11. NEW DELHI: Taking a step back in time, India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday agreed to reestablish ferry services between them. Ferry links were cut off as Sri Lanka got embroiled in its long war with the Liberation Tigers of Tami Eelam. Instead of peacetime travel, Tamil refugees made dangerous crossings of the Palk Strait. But the talk about resuming the boat services revived after the war ended a year back. It even figured at a meeting of SAARC transport ministers. In the joint declaration adopted after a meeting between visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the two sides agreed to restore the "traditional links'' by resuming ferry services between Colombo and Tuticorin and Talaimannar and Rameswaram. India has also agreed to help restore rail links in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Thu Jun 10 20:04:23 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan police arrest couples for kissing
Independent, June 11. The beautiful island of Sri Lanka, for many years a choice destination for honeymooners and other seekers of romance, appears to have grown weary of affection, at least of the domestic variety... Back to the top

Chennai cops pass on Douglas Devananda file to Delhi
toi, June 11. CHENNAI: A day after TOI reported the "proclaimed offender" status of Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda, who is visiting India as part of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's delegation, the Chennai police confirmed the details of the case to their counterparts and passed on details of criminal cases pending against him in Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Congress, DMK 'on same page' on Lankan Tamils
ENS, June 11. NEW DELHI: With emotions running high in Tamil Nadu over the fate of thousands of displaced Tamils by the civil war in Sri Lanka, the Congress on Wednesday said that proper political autonomy should be granted to the aggrieved displaced population... Back to the top

We'll strive for settlement acceptable to all: Rajapaksa
Hindu, June 10. NEW DELHI: India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday decided to extend their ties to areas such as defence, space and energy security besides strengthening the existing bonds through restoration of transport links, setting up additional consulates and initiating cooperation in the power sector... Back to the top

Minister in Rajapakasa team is a proclaimed offender in India
TOI, June 10. CHENNAI: Accompanying Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa on his India visit is a tall, well-built, bearded, bespectacled man... Back to the top

India, Sri Lanka consider energy cooperation
Hindu, June 10. NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has proposed discussions on establishing a joint information mechanism on the possibility of oil and gasfields straddling the India-Sri Lanka maritime boundary... Back to the top

India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan much less peaceful
IANS, June 10. WASHINGTON: India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan experienced the greatest loss of peacefulness with South Asia's increased involvement in conflicts, rise in deaths from internal conflict and human rights abuses, according to a new survey... Back to the top

India to build 50k homes for displaced SL Tamils
toi, June 10. NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday announced major sops for Sri Lanka, including a programme to construct 50,000 houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the northern and eastern provinces... Back to the top

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