The Lanka Academic

JUNE 23, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 78


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Blast wounds nine in Sri Lanka capital
afp, june 24. COLOMBO — An explosion ripped through a commercial area of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo on Thursday, wounding at least nine people, police said.

The blast in the Pettah area was believed to have been caused by a hand grenade or an improvised explosive device, a police official said, adding that an investigation was under way.

It was the first blast in the centre of the city since government forces defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in May last year, but there was no immediate evidence to link it to Tamil rebels, police said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 23 21:35:38 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka rejects UN's war crime advisory panel
Reuters, June 23. COLOMBO, June 23 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Wednesday blasted the U.N. secretary-general's appointment of a panel to advise him on war crimes at the end of a quarter-century separatist war as a violation of sovereignty prejudicial to its own probe. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday named a three-member panel chaired by Indonesia's former attorney general, Marzuki Darusman, to advise him whether war crimes were committed in the final months of Sri Lanka's war last year. More...
Published: Wed Jun 23 09:05:29 EDT 2010 Back to the top

In Sri Lanka, war victor may be a loser
New Straight Times, june 24. SRI Lanka has entered the world record books in spheres that range from politics to sport. It produced the world's first woman prime minister and the highest wicket-taker in international cricket.

Now a small section of the international community wants to impose an unusual record on the island nation. For the first time since World War 2, the victor in war is to be chastised for alleged war crimes and other offences.

A year ago, Sri Lanka militarily defeated the Tamil separatist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, arguably the world's most ruthless and sophisticated terrorist organisation, which these same countries had banned as a foreign terrorist group.

Sri Lanka brought to an end a 30-year war in which thousands of civilians, including women and children, were mercilessly and indiscriminately killed by LTTE bombers and with explosives planted in trains, buses, buildings and on themselves. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jun 23 21:48:36 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Women in power: Gillard joins burgeoning club
yahoo, june 24. Julia Gillard made history today as she became Australia's first female Prime Minister, joining a roll call of female world leaders that stretches back 50 years... Back to the top

Lankan visa unlikely for UN probe panel
HT, June 24. Sri Lanka has lashed out at the United Nations secretary general’s rare decision to appoint a three-member panel to look into alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka as the 26-year-old civil unrest came to an end in May last year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka criticises UN human rights inquiry appointment
Australia Net, June 23. A United Nations panel appointed to investigate human rights violations in the final months of Sri Lanka's civil war is running into top level local opposition... Back to the top

UN's Ban names advisory panel on Sri Lanka war
Reuters, June 22. UNITED NATIONS, June 22 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General on Tuesday announced the formation of a three-member panel to advise him on whether war crimes were committed in Sri Lanka during the final months of its war against Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

A whiff of fresh air in ties with Sri Lanka
Gulf Times, June 23. Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse’s recent visit to India, his first since the comprehensive military defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in May last year followed by his own stupendous victory in both the presidential and parliamentary elections, marked the changed contours of the nations’ bilateral ties and provided both sides the opportunity to signal a readiness to take the relationship to a new level... Back to the top

Former female rebels employed in Sri Lankan capital
Xinhua, June 23. The Sri Lankan government said 400 former female Tamil Tiger rebels began to work in Colombo's garment factories on Tuesday after completing their rehabilitation... Back to the top

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