The Lanka Academic

JUNE 16, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 71


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Sri Lankan doctor reveals abuse cases
Catnews, june 17. A doctor in Sri Lanka has revealed that six girls below the age of 10 have been brought to his hospital recently, all of them raped by their fathers.

He said that no family’s home in the country can be considered safe from child abuse, reports.

Doctor H.M.P. Herath made the revelation to a conference on child abuse, sexual harassment and drug abuse, in Marawila, Sri Lanka on June 15.

Parish priest Father Felix Colombage told the conference that “drugs, alcohol and people forsaking their responsibilities and religions are piling sin upon sin.” More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 16 21:20:55 EDT 2010

Tamil diaspora keeps 'Eelam' dreams alive
Asia Times, June 17. Amid media reports indicating that Tamil organizations made up of diaspora in different countries are still making desperate attempts to keep alive the concept of "Tamil Eelam", suspected pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) elements, for the first time since the military defeat of the LTTE in Sri Lanka in May 2009, allegedly executed a terrorist attack in neighboring India.

On the morning of June 12, suspected LTTE cadres blasted railway tracks at the Perani railway station in Villupuram district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Passengers of the approaching Tiruchirapalli-Chennai Rockfort express escaped unhurt because the driver applied the emergency brakes in time on hearing a loud explosion. Leaflets condemning the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to India (June 8-11) were found at the incident site, police said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 16 21:25:58 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Rajapaksa for ever? Sri Lankan ruling party wants presidential limit lifted
National, June 17. COLOMBO // Sri Lanka’s ruling majority is planning to push forward constitutional amendments that would allow for unlimited presidential terms, sparking an outcry from opposition groups and left-leaning members of its own coalition.

Debate is growing over plans by the president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party-led coalition to bring in amendments that would allow Mr Rajapaksa to run for an unprecedented third term in 2016. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 16 21:23:42 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Japan urges world not to dictate to post-war Sri Lanka
Reuters, June 16. COLOMBO (Reuters) – Japan on Wednesday urged the world not to dictate to Sri Lanka amid post-war reconciliation efforts and renewed calls from the West for a probe into possible war crimes... Back to the top

New Tamil arrests in Netherlands
RNL, june 17. The Dutch authorities have again arrested a number of Tamils as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) movement in the Netherlands... Back to the top

Great Expectations: Sri Lanka's Post-Conflict Economic Boom Attracts Global Media Coverage, Higher GDP and Sovereign Ratings Expected
PRnews, June 16. WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sri Lanka's economic resurgence over the past year continues, according to international media coverage... Back to the top

Top UN official to take stock of human rights in Lanka
IE, June 16. A top UN official will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow to take stock of the political reconciliation process and human rights situation in the country, amid a row over Colombo's rights record, particularly during the last phase of the ethnic conflict last May... Back to the top

After roaming oceans and continents, Sri Lankan Tamils find home in Oakland
Oakland News, June 16. OAKLAND — They were jailed in Indonesia, stranded in Romania and rescued by Australia off the coast of Sumatra, all in the last eight months... Back to the top

LTTE cadres among foreign militants using Malaysia as base: Malaysia
DNA, June 16. Kuala Lumpur: Foreign militants, including remnants of the Tamil Tigers, are using Malaysia as their operational base and for recruiting new activists, a top minister said today... Back to the top

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White House officials meet Sri Lankan president
Reuters, June 15. COLOMBO, June 15 (Reuters) - Two White House officials met Sri Lanka's president on Tuesday, part of a series of diplomatic visits this week amid renewed heat on the island nation to probe possible rights violations at the end of its civil war last year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka challenges war crimes allegations
afp, June 15. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's top defence official challenged international rights groups Tuesday to produce evidence of war crimes allegedly committed in the final months of the country's civil war... Back to the top

Resolving Sri Lanka's conflicts in class
Guardian, June 16. An education project funded by the German government is trying to help communities divided by civil war to express mutual respect and understanding in a new language... Back to the top

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