The Lanka Academic

JUNE 14, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 69


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Must give Sri Lanka another chance: US
Rediff, June 15. The US and India are in sync with their foreign policy toward Sri Lanka , particularly over the repatriation of the remaining 40,000 plus internally displaced persons after the government's victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the Tamil-populated northern province, said Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Robert O Blake.

In an interview with, Blake, the Obama administration's pointman for the subcontinent, said, "The US and India have a very similar view of the situation in Sri Lanka and the steps that need to be taken.

"We have worked very closely throughout the last several years on the situation in Sri Lanka, and again we have a real convergence of view on how that situation has evolved," he said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 14 21:45:27 EDT 2010

PM tells MK about Rajapaksa’s promise
ENS, June 15. CHENNAI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told Chief Minister M Karunanidhi that Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured India that the 47,000 Tamils still in transit camps will be resettled by the end of this year.

In his reply to Karunanidhi’s letter dated June 5 regarding the rehabilitation of Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister said he had raised the matter with the Sri Lankan President during his visit to New Delhi last week. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 14 22:41:39 EDT 2010 Back to the top

UN political chief heads to Sri Lanka for talks on reconciliation and rights
UN Newas Center, June 14, 2010. 14 June 2010 – The top United Nations political official is heading tonight to Sri Lanka as part of the world body’s continuing efforts to assist authorities in the South Asian island nation tackle key challenges in the wake of last year’s end to the long-running civil war.

B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, is scheduled to hold talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, other senior Government officials, opposition and minority party representatives, Tamil leaders, media representatives and civil society groups during the two-day visit.

Mr. Pascoe is also expected to meet with UN Resident Coordinator Neil Buhne and the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told journalists today.

The visit will focus on political reconciliation, human rights and the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs), in line with a joint statement made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mr. Rajapaksa when the UN chief visited Sri Lanka in May last year.

The UN is also setting up a panel of experts as part of an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law following last year’s end to the civil war between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 14 17:03:36 EDT 2010 Back to the top

India asks Sri Lanka to devolve power to Tamils
IANS, June 14. Chennai, June 14 (IANS) India has asked Sri Lanka to devolve power to the Tamil minority in that country in a bid for reconciliation among various communities at the end of the decades-long civil war, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M... Back to the top

Release' Vanni doctor - court
BBC, June 15. A court in Sri Lanka has ordered the police to release one of the five doctors accused of collaborating with the Tamil Tigers if no evidence is found against him... Back to the top

Japan to send Akashi to Sri Lanka to push for swift reconciliation
kyodo, june 14. Japan is sending a special envoy to Sri Lanka this week to push for swift reconciliation and lasting peace as the island emerges from decades of ethnic bloodshed, the Japanese Embassy said Monday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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

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