The Lanka Academic

JUNE 29, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 84


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Sri Lanka denies deal with 'rump Tamil Tigers', june 30. Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has denied reports that the government is forming an "alliance" with the "rump" of the Tamil Tigers. The rebels, known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), were defeated by the army last year after more than two decades of war. Mr Rajapaksa told the BBC that he had recently met a group of "pro-LTTE" diaspora Tamils in Sri Lanka. He said that the talks had passed off successfully. Mr Rajapaksa said that a detained senior LTTE leader had helped to arrange the visit. A diaspora representative has confirmed that the group suddenly got an opportunity to visit Sri Lanka and discuss issues of humanitarian concern. More...
Published: Tue Jun 29 20:01:15 EDT 2010

Lankan CID chief, hotel staff held for Chennai man's murder
toi, june 30. CHENNAI: An Indian national from Chennai, Thennarala Selvaraja (24), who went to Colombo earlier this month to work as a chef, was murdered over the weekend and his body thrown into the sea. Acting on a tip-off, the Colombo police arrested Chandana Pushpalal Silva, chief inspector of investigation department (CID), and Mariyana-yagam Leslie Rajkumar, manager of the Big Banana restaurant in Wellawatte, in connection with the murder. More...
Published: Tue Jun 29 20:03:00 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Ex-presidential security chief jailed in Sri Lanka
Siffy, june 30. A former presidential security chief was jailed Tuesday for four years on a conviction of threatening a fellow police officer during an election rally nine years ago, a court official said. Nihal Karunaratne, a former police deputy inspector general, was an influential figure during the 1994-2004 presidency of Chandrika Kumaratunga. More...
Published: Tue Jun 29 20:06:08 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Tigers lurk in the shadows after 14 months of peace
gulfnews, june 30. Elephant Pass: The military checkpoint here is sponsored by the Colonial Group, pipe and steel manufacturers based in Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President Visits Ukraine
Eurasia Review, June 30. President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for Ukraine today (29 June) for an official visit on an invitation by the President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich... Back to the top

Honorary Degree for Human Rights Activist Radhika Coomaraswamy
Univ of Ulster, June 30. Radhika Coomaraswamy is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka proposes heavy defence budget despite end of civil war
AP, June 29. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka has retained much of its heavy defence budget this year more than a year after ending the country's civil war, the government said Tuesday... Back to the top

IMF Approves 3rd Tranche of $2.6 Billion Sri Lanka Loan, June 29. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday it had approved the disbursement of the delayed third tranche of a $2.6 billion loan to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

China and India competing over Sri Lanka
Japan Times, June 29. LONDON — The recent visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to New Delhi appeared successful... Back to the top

Religion brings MP, Sri Lanka together
IE, June 29. Sri Lanka and Madhya Pradesh have found common ground in religion... Back to the top

Sri Lanka May Focus on Reducing Budget Gap After Civil War Ends
bloomberg, June 29. June 29 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka’s budget will aim to cut the fiscal deficit and provide incentives for investments, Deputy Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama said, as the island nation seeks faster growth after the end of a 26-year civil war... Back to the top

Blasphemy trial of author to resume
Daily News, June 29. THE blasphemy trial of a Bahrain author resumes in a Sri Lankan court tomorrow... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Wartime Abuses, 28 June 2010. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, both famous and infamous for his government’s May 2009 military victory over the 25-year Tamil Tiger insurgency, was in India earlier this month... Back to the top

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