The Lanka Academic

JULY 11, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 96


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India will work with TNA: PM
IANS, July 11. COLOMBO: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told a delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that India has decided to work with it to find solutions to the short term and long term problems faced by the Tamils of the island nation.

This was revealed by TNA MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, who was a member of the delegation which met the Indian PM in New Delhi on Thursday.

Sumanthiran told the Express that Singh went on to ask the TNA to work with other Tamil parties so that a joint Tamil view could be presented to the Sri Lankan government on various issues. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jul 10 18:16:24 EDT 2010

Sri Lankan president, opposition leader discuss constitutional reform
Xinhua, july 11. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his rival opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe met here Saturday for talks on the island's constitutional reform, officials said. "I met President Rajapaksa this morning to discuss constitutional reforms. I told him that my party would support any change that would be people oriented," Wickremesinghe, who is the leader of the United National Party (UNP), told reporters. More...
Published: Sun Jul 11 00:09:18 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Minister ends fast
Hindu, July 10. COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister who was on a fast unto death outside the United Nations office ended his protest after President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited him.

Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa went on fast on Thursday demanding scrapping of a three-member panel of experts appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to advice him on alleged human rights violations during the war between Sri Lankan forces and the LTTE.

Mr. Rajapaksa also rejected Mr. Weeawansa's resignation and is believed to have advised him to call off the protest. After Mr. Weerawansa accepted a glass of water from the President, he was taken to hospital. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Jul 10 16:42:18 EDT 2010 Back to the top

TNA objects to Chinese fishing in Nanthikadal
ENS, july 11. COLOMBO: Vino Noharaathalingam, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP for the north Sri Lankan Tamil-speaking region of Wanni, has expressed opposition to a reported plan to give China fishing rights in the Nanthikadal lagoon in Mullaitivu district, where the Liberation Tamil Tigers Eelam leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was killed in May 2009... Back to the top

US "dismayed" at treatment to UN official in Sri Lanka
pti, july 11. Washington: The US on Saturday said it was "deeply dismayed" at the treatment meted out to a top UN official in Sri Lanka and asked the Rajapaksa government to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of UN personnel and premises there... Back to the top

Muttiah Muralitharan is not a chucker - Warne
IC, July 11. Speaking to Australia's Herald Sun, Warne said that he always thought Muralitharan's action was legitimate and it was unfortunate that the world record holder's bowling action has been "been dogged by drama... Back to the top

Ban urges Sri Lanka to 'normalize conditions' at UN compound
afp, July 10. UNITED NATIONS UN chief Ban Ki-moon Friday called Friday on Sri Lanka to "normalize conditions" around the UN office in Colombo after days of angry demonstrations over a UN war crimes panel... Back to the top

Sri Lankans scared of holding hands in public
IANS, July 10. Young couples in Sri Lanka are now afraid to even hold hands or kiss in public after police rounded up over 300 people for 'indecent behaviour'... Back to the top

Sri Lanka disappointed over UNDP regional center's closing
Xinhua, July 10. The Sri Lankan government said on Friday that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's decision to close the UNDP Regional Center in Colombo is disappointing, but it will continue to be engaged with the United Nations system... Back to the top

Embassies angry after Sri Lanka protest blocks UN
BBC, July 10. Embassies in Sri Lanka have expressed dismay over an "intimidating" protest which has blockaded the United Nations compound in the capital... Back to the top

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