The Lanka Academic

JUNE 12, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 67


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Passenger train narrowly escapes disaster after track blast in S India, June 12. NEW DELHI, June 12 (Xinhua) -- A passenger train narrowly escaped derailment at wee hours Saturday morning in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu as a section of railway track was blown up with improvised explosive device, said police. "Passengers of the Tiruchirapalli-Chennai Rockfort Express, which was coming from the town of Trichy, had a narrow escape after a three-feet-deep crater, possibly caused by a bomb blast, was spotted at 02:30 a.m.. The train driver was alerted and he applied emergency brakes to bring the train to a halt," said a police official in the Tamil Nadu capital Chennai. More...
Published: Sat Jun 12 11:38:48 EDT 2010

India hopeful of permanent solution to Lankan ethnic strike: Chidambaram
Hindu, June 12. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday expressed hope that the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka will be resolved permanently with “positive signals” coming from the Rajapaksa government on resettlement of displaced Tamils with equal rights. He said the Centre had asked the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his recent visit to India to send back the remaining 57,000 Tamils, who were now in camps, to their homes. Mr. Rajapaksa has assured that they would be sent back in another three to six months, he said at a function here. More...
Published: Sat Jun 12 11:53:56 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Eelam dreams only hurting Tamils
IANS, June 12. New Delhi: A Sri Lankan Tamil minister who accompanied President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India says the Tamil diaspora's refusal to give up the Tamil Eelam dream is only hurting his community. Expatriate Tamils in Western countries who continued to be loyal to the goal of forming an independent state were no way serving the mass of Tamils in Sri Lanka, said cabinet minister Douglas Devananda. "The fact is there is going to be no Tamil Eelam, now or ever," the minister for traditional industries and small enterprises development told IANS in an exclusive interview. "It remained a dream even when LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran was alive. Today it is like dreaming about a dream. More...
Published: Sat Jun 12 11:34:36 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Minister Seeks Steps to Curb Pro-LTTE Groups in TN
Sify, June 12. Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy today sought immediate legal steps to curb activities of political groups that were supporting the banned LTTE here and in Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Committed to Lanka's economic development: China
PTI, June 12. Colombo, Jun 12 (PTI) Expressing its commitment to Sri Lanka's economic development, China today assured the country of all assistance in key infrastructure and socio-cultural projects in the post-LTTE era... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu: Blast on railway track, accident averted
NDTV, June 12. It was a narrow escape for passengers of Rockfort Express after the railway track was found cut near Perani railway station of Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gaining from both India and China, Jun 12. India and China have a handful of outstanding issues to resolve but the two countries seem united on one common cause – Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Rajapaksa family tighten their grip on reins of Government
TOL, June 12. The Rajapaksa family tightened its grip on Sri Lanka yesterday when the Government approved lifting a two-term limit on the Presidency to allow the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa, to run for office again in 2016... Back to the top

General for political solution to Tamil strife
gulftimes, june 12. Sri Lanka’s army chief yesterday called for a political settlement to the island’s decades-long ethnic strife, a year after the Tamil Tiger rebels were defeated in a major military offensive... Back to the top

Further hearing on plea regarding Devananda
ens, June 12. CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Friday posted a writ plea that sought direction to the State and the Centre to take steps to arrest Sri Lankan Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development Douglas Devananda for further hearing on Monday... Back to the top

HC to hear plea on Lankan minister's arrest on Monday
TOI, june 12. CHENNAI: Even as the Chennai police commissioner told reporters here that the Delhi police had been informed that Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda was a proclaimed offender and that Delhi’s response was still awaited, the Madras high court adjourned to Monday a PIL seeking the minister’s arrest... Back to the top

Chaminda Vaas brings respite for Northamptonshire Steelbacks
TOL, June 12. A decision to open with Chaminda Vaas bore the look of desperation last night... Back to the top

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