The Lanka Academic

JULY 19, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 104


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Suspected Tamil Tigers headed for Canada
Toronto Sun, july 20. OTTAWA - A ship believed to be carrying 200 Sri Lankan nationals, some of them suspected members of the terrorist Tamil Tigers, could be headed for Canadian shores. If the ship does reach Canada it is expected that those on board would attempt to claim refugee status. Officials with the foreign affairs department in Ottawa say they are monitoring the situation which they believe to be a case of human smuggling. “Those responsible for migrant smuggling will be pursued, investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of Canadian law and in accordance with the provisions of international Conventions and Protocols,” said Melissa Lantsman, a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon. More...
Published: Mon Jul 19 22:13:48 EDT 2010

Assistant Secretary Robert O. Blake, Jr. Travels to Sri Lanka and the Maldives
US State Department, July 20. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake, Jr. will travel to Colombo, Sri Lanka July 21 and Male, Maldives July 22. This is his first visit to the Maldives as Assistant Secretary. In Sri Lanka, Assistant Secretary Blake will have consultations with the Sri Lankan government, political parties, business leaders and civil society. More...
Published: Mon Jul 19 22:14:41 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Murali invites Indian doctor to witness his swansong Test
UNI, july 20. Galle, Sri Lanka, Jul 19 (UNI) World's highest wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan, who is going to retire after the ongoing Galle Test, has invited the Indian doctor Mandeep Singh Dhillon to attend his farewell match. Dhillon is an orthopaedic surgeon and was with the Sri Lankan team as its medical consultant. He helped Murali to clear his controversial bowling action, and is among the several close friends whom the Sri Lankan spin wizard has invited to attend the special ceremony marking the end of his two decades long Test career on the final day of the Galle Test More...
Published: Mon Jul 19 22:16:35 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Interpol notices for two LTTE leaders
HT, July 19. Documents recovered from a former LTTE base in the jungles of Northern Sri Lanka have revealed important information about its intricate international network... Back to the top

Why Murali chose to retire at Galle
toi, july 20. Jayananda Warnaweera has seen it all. He's played Test cricket from 1986 to 1994, admired the young potential in ex-teammate Muttiah Muralitharan, been at the receiving end of a young Sachin Tendulkar, raised the Galle stadium from scratch only to see it wrecked by the tsunami, then put it all back together again... Back to the top

Charity's status revoked over aid to Tamil Tigers
ontreal Gazzatte, July 18. OTTAWA — The Canadian Revenue Agency said Saturday it has revoked the charitable status of the Tamil (Sri Lanka) Refugee-Aid Society of Ottawa because it supports the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a group which Canada and the United Nations views as a terrorist organization... Back to the top

Karunanidhi asks Centre to assess situation in Sri Lanka
Hindu, july 18. CHENNAI: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has suggested that the Union government, through diplomatic sources or a special envoy, assess the situation in the affected areas in Sri Lanka and the progress of rehabilitation measures undertaken by the Sri Lankan government for internally displaced Tamils... Back to the top

Arsonists attack village in Ampara
BBC Sinhala, July 18, 2010. Residents of a village in the Ampara district have fled their homes after an unidentified group, armed with weapons, assaulted the villagers and burnt telephones on Saturday night... Back to the top

Found: Sri Lankan primate thought to be extinct for 60 years
guardian, July 18. A mysterious primate driven to the brink of extinction by Britain's taste for tea has been photographed for the first time... Back to the top

National Security Act slapped on Seeman
IE, July 18. CHENNAI: Film director and Naam Thamizhar president Seeman was arrested on Friday under the National Security Act (NSA) on charges of making inflammatory speeches at a meeting held here recently... Back to the top

Canada prepared to prosecute those behind B.C.-bound 'people-smuggling' ship
vancouver sun, July 18. News that another Thai cargo ship, this time carrying more than 200 illegal Sri Lankan migrants, is headed for Canada is raising concerns within Toronto's tight-knit Tamil community... Back to the top

Prabhakaran was not our enemy: Chidambaram
Indo Link, July 18, 2010. Virudhunagar(TN), Jul 18 (PTI) Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has said slain LTTE leader V Prabhakaran would have been "Mudisooda Mannan" (uncrowned monarch) of the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka had he accepted the 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan agreement as requested by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi... Back to the top

India's Bharti objects to SL mobile phone prices
afp, july 18. Colombo, Jul 18 (AFP) India's Bharti Airtel has petitioned Sri Lanka's Supreme Court to stop a new minimum mobile phone price plan announced by the telecom regulator, an official said today... Back to the top

Test Cricket: Sri Lanka 256/2 on first day
The Economic Times, July 18, 2010. GALLE: Electing to bat, Sri Lanka were 256 for two at stumps on the opening day of the first cricket Test against India here today... Back to the top

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