The Lanka Academic

JULY 21, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 106


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US calls for probe on rights abuses in Sri Lanka
AP, july 21. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A top U.S. diplomat urged Sri Lanka on Wednesday to investigate allegations of war crimes during its civil war and to resettle tens of thousands of displaced ethnic Tamils as a means of reconciliation. The United States also backs the United Nations' look into possible war crimes as Sri Lanka's 25-year civil war was ending last year, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake told reporters. Sri Lanka opposes the advisory panel formed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as infringing on its national sovereignty and has vowed not to give the panel members visas to enter the country. More...
Published: Wed Jul 21 15:02:05 EDT 2010

Muralitharan puts India in a spin as Sri Lanka close on famous win
CNN, July 21. The world's leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan is poised to bow out of Test cricket on a glorious high note on Thursday after Sri Lanka took complete control of the opening match against India. The 38-year-old king of spin bowling will retire from the five-day game after the match in Galle, and is on the verge of becoming the first man to claim 800 wickets in Tests. He claimed 5-63 as India collapsed to 276 all out in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings of 520-8 declared, and then moved onto 798 with another victim as the tourists ended day four on 181-5 after being forced to follow on. More...
Published: Wed Jul 21 10:50:13 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Need for political settlement in the Sri Lankan Tamil issue
The Hindu, July 20, 2010. Internally-displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka should be settled again in their original places, R. Sampanthan, leader of the parliamentary group of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of Sri Lanka, said on Tuesday.

"This is the most important demand now in the absence of a political settlement," Mr Sampanthan told reporters after calling on Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence along with four other TNA Members of Parliament.

He was responding to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s observation on the need for finding a political settlement for the Sri Lankan Tamil question.

Welcoming the Chief Minister’s suggestion of sending a special envoy to Sri Lanka for studying the situation in the affected areas, the TNA leader said that if this suggestion fructified, a way could be found More...
Published: Tue Jul 20 10:14:33 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Primate feared extinct photographed in Sri Lanka
The Hindu, July 19, 2010. Researchers in a central Sri Lankan forest have photographed a rare primate that was feared extinct for more than 60 years, the Zoological Society of London said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka press advantage, 20 July, 2010. With wet weather having wiped out the second day's play, Sri Lanka took charge on the third day by piling up 520 for 8 in quick time to press for a win Back to the top

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