The Lanka Academic

JUNE 27, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 82


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'India's views matter, don't care about the world'
TOI, June 27. Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently spoke to TOI in an exclusive interview about India and its concerns, his troubled ties with the internationacommunity, especially the United Nations, and the constitutionachanges he proposed. Rajapaksa presented the post-war rehabilitation of Tamil refugees as one that was actually unbelievably fast rather than the tardy exercise the world says it is. "We have sent back most people to their homes, about 80-90%," he said. In the course of a two-hour-long conversation with K Venkataramanan at his Temple Trees residence in Colombo, he also hinted at giving himself an opportunity for more terms in office by amending the present Constitution which limits a president's tenure to two terms. Rajapaksa described the incarceration of his political rival, ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka, as something that was not of concern to him as it was a judicial matter, and spoke candidly about his support for an ethnically mixed population in the north, where traditionally Tamils constitute an overwhelming majority and his belief that Tamils and Muslims should choose to be part of a national parties instead of limiting themselves to regional or communal identities. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 27 21:16:22 EDT 2010

Norway says surrendering rebels killed in Sri Lanka
afp, June 27. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s former peace broker Norway arranged the surrender of leading Tamil Tiger rebels who were later found shot dead, according to international development minister Erik Solheim.

Solheim, who was a key figure in Norway’s failed attempt to broker peace in the Indian Ocean Island, said he tried to arrange an orderly end to the bloodshed last year but failed.

“I told them (the rebels) if they wished to surrender, they would have to raise white flags and give themselves up,” Solheim told Sri Lankan journalists visiting Oslo, the Sunday Times newspaper of Colombo reported. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 27 21:14:28 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Insist SL to settle Tamil issue: Karuna to Centre
PTI, june 27. Coimbatore, Jun 27 (PTI) DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said Tamils in Sri Lanka were put to "untold sufferings" and urged the Centre to insist on the island nation to settle "once and for all" the problem faced by them in that country.

"Tamils in Sri Lanka are put to untold sufferings...they are unable to return home. They are still kept in camps. Those who were sent back to their homes have not yet been provided sufficient safety as promised," he said at the concluding session of the World Classical Tamil Conference here. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Jun 27 12:56:59 EDT 2010 Back to the top

On battlefields of Jaffna, a new roar: cricket
IE, june 27. The ruins of a once majestic fort built by the Dutch may be a testimonial to the three decades of civil war that this region has seen, but Jaffna now is on the path of rebuilding... Back to the top

Indian navy chief in lanka, may visit IPKF memorial
HT, june 27. In the first such high-profile visit since 2004, Indian navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma arrived in Colombo on Sunday for five-day official tour... Back to the top

Howard looks to do some number crunching as ICC vote looms
SMH, June 27. JOHN HOWARD'S nomination for the ICC vice-presidency will be settled by Wednesday, with the 10 member nations to decide whether the former Australian prime minister is the first regional candidate to be rejected for the job by the board... Back to the top

Tamils should have autonomous state within united Lanka: CPIM
IE, June 27. CPI-M Parliamentary Party leader Sitaram Yechury has said that Sri Lankan Tamils should have an autonomous state within a united Sri Lanka... Back to the top

India, Lanka to set up Buddhist varsity near Sanchi
HT, June 27. India and Sri Lanka will jointly set up the first international Buddhist University near Sanchi to boost cultural and educational ties... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Cricket halts foreign league
AFP, June 27. Sri Lanka Cricket on Sunday barred its players from participating in overseas domestic leagues including Australia's Big Bash until the World Cup next year... Back to the top

Tamil conference: Lankan speakers feel ignored
ENS, June 25. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speakers, who are the second largest linguistic group in the island nation, feel ignored by the organisers of the World Classical Tamil Conference now on at Coimbatore... Back to the top

A recollection on world Tamil meets
Hindu, june 27. The idea of forming the International Association of Tamil Research (IATR) took shape when most of the Tamil scholars attended the South Asian Linguistic Conference held in New Delhi... Back to the top

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