The Lanka Academic

JUNE 13, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 68


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India wary of China’s increasing role in Lanka
Tribune, June 14. The growing influence of China in Sri Lanka, which may upset New Delhi’s geo-political interests in South Asia, appears to have compelled the South Block weigh the pros and cons of removing restrictions on arms sales to the island nation.

Official sources said the enhancement of defence ties between India and Sri Lanka figured in talks between the two sides during the recent visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to New Delhi.

“Both leaders agreed to promote dialogue on security and defence issues of relevance to their bilateral relationship, and enhance high-level military exchanges and training of military personnel as well as impart additional training in Indian institutions for the newly recruited police personnel. They agreed to institute an annual defence dialogue between the two governments,” a joint statement issued by India and Sri Lanka at the end of Rajapaksa’s visit said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 13 22:05:25 EDT 2010

TN cops form special teams to probe railway track explosion
TOI, June 14. VILLUPURAM: Special police teams have been formed to probe the blast that ripped off a portion of rail track in the wee hours of Saturday in Villupuram district in north Tamil Nadu. The state 'Q' branch police, which deals with extremist organizations, will also help in the investigations.

Villupuram Superintendent of Police P Pakalavan told TOI, "We have constituted five special teams and have begun detailed investigations. We have not made any arrests so far. We are probing all angles." More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 13 22:06:13 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Mass wedding for ex-LTTE cadres
PTI, June 14. Fifty-three former LTTE combatants tied the nuptial knot in a mass wedding ceremony attended in Vavuniya on Sunday. The Sri Lankan military had made arrangements for the ceremony. Hindu and Christian priests conducted the rituals. Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Brig Sundantha Ranasinghe, who has under his care 9000 former LTTE cadres, was took the initiative for holding the mass wedding. More...
Published: Sun Jun 13 22:07:04 EDT 2010 Back to the top

India will watch Lanka Tamil steps
Asian Age, June 14. It is a happy augury that the recent visit of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse to New Delhi — his first since the comprehensive military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May last year followed by impressive wins for Mr Rajapakse’s party in the Parliament election and his personal triumph for the presidency last January — covered the widest possible area of cooperation that can be thought of between two countries that have enjoyed a friendship for millennia that rests on a shared ethos and a common system of spiritual as well as modern political values underpinned by democracy... Back to the top

UN agency assists Sri Lanka to create jobs for war widows
ISIRA, June 14. The United Nations Industrial development Organization (UNIDO) said today it was helping the Sri Lankan Government to provide jobs to an estimated 40,000 widows in the island country’s northern and eastern regions, which bore the brunt of nearly three decades of civil war... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Lanka cracks down on ‘indecent’ adverts
gulftimes, June 13. Police in Sri Lanka are on a sort of ‘cleaning spree’ of billboards they call ‘obscene advertising’ - including racy images of women... Back to the top

Strong earthquake of 7.7 magnitude hits Indian Ocean, tsunami warning issued
Xinhua, June 13. A strong earthquake measuring 7.7 magnitude on the Richter scale hit near Nicobar Islands, India early Sunday local time, the United States Geological Survey reported, and a tsunami warning was issued for all areas of the Indian Ocean by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC)... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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

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