The Lanka Academic

JULY 4, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 89


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No political plans for KP: Colombo
Hindu, July 5. Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has denied reports in a section of the media that the government is planning to install former the LTTE leader, K. Pathnathan (KP), who is under detention, as the Chief Minister of the Northern Province. In an interview to the state-run English weekly, Sunday Observer, Mr. Rajapaksa, who is the younger brother of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, however, confirmed that the government was working with KP in a “strategic manner” to mobilise the support of the Tamil diaspora. A few days ago KP had organised a meeting of eight former leaders of the LTTE, based in different parts of the world, with the Sri Lankan authorities and pledged their support for the efforts of the government in the re-settlement of war displaced Tamil civilians and reconstruction in the war ravaged Northern and Eastern Provinces. More...
Published: Sun Jul 4 21:58:02 EDT 2010

China now exports its convicts
Japan Times , July 5. Relieving pressure on overcrowded national prisons by employing convicts as laborers at Chinese-run projects in the developing world is a novel strategy China has adopted — an approach that is certain to create new backlashes against Chinese businesses overseas, besides highlighting the country's egregious human-rights record. In addition to being the world's biggest executioner, China has one of the largest prison populations in the world. The 2009 "World Prison Population List" compiled by the International Center for Prison Studies at King's College, London, put the total number of inmates in Chinese jails at 1.57 million. More...
Published: Sun Jul 4 22:11:38 EDT 2010 Back to the top

After EU's concession withdrawal, U.S. to review sops for Sri Lanka
Hindi, July 5. Close on the heels of the European Union's decision to withdraw preferential tariff concessions to Sri Lanka's apparel industry, the United States has announced that it will review workers rights related trade concessions granted to the island nation under its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). The EU's decision could result in loss of $150 million and is based on its report about the perceived failure of Sri Lanka to conform to international conventions on human rights. The U.S. move is based on a petition seeking review of trade tariff concessions linked to workers rights. More...
Published: Sun Jul 4 22:01:35 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Ranjith says textbooks defame the Church
cathNews, July 5. The Archbishop of Colombo has told Sri Lanka’s Education Minister that several current history and geography textbooks contain defamatory remarks against the Pope, Catholics and the Church... Back to the top

Sri Lanka may lose US$500mn in exports with GSP+ end: report
LBO, July 5. July 04, 2010 (LBO) - Sri Lanka may lose around 500 million US dollars in apparel exports a year, due to the end of trade concessions from the European Union from August, a media report quoting an industry official said... Back to the top

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