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JULY 28, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 113


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Looking back at the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord
The Hindu, 2010-07-29 03:58:00 EST. It is 23 years since the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement was signed on July 29, 1987. The agreement is popularly referred to as the Rajiv-Jayewardene Accord, after its architects — Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and President J.R. Jayewardene.

Unfortunately, the event is today remembered only for its unpleasant fallout after India unwittingly got entangled in a counter-insurgency war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from 1987 to 1990. After sacrificing the lives of over 1,200 of its soldiers, India felt cheated when President Ranasinghe Premadasa joined hands with the LTTE to send the Indian troops out of Sri Lanka before they had completed their job.

But India had an even worse experience after the troops were pulled out: in 1991, an LTTE suicide-bomber killed Rajiv Gandhi at the venue of a public meeting near Chennai. The killing, masterminded by LTTE chief V. Prabakaran, had more than a symbolic impact. It ended the popular support Tamil militants had enjoyed in Tamil Nadu. India scaled down its active involvement in Sri Lanka, and adopted a passive approach to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue. Prabakaran's strategic blunder ultimately cost him his life: Sri Lanka, helped by India, crushed the LTTE in the fourth round of the war in 2009. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 28 21:41:39 EDT 2010

15 Sri Lankan fishermen apprehended
The Hindu, 2010-07-29 05:44:00 EST. Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Veera' of Tuticorin Station apprehended three Sri Lankan fishing boats and a crew of 15 fishermen on Wednesday on charges of illegal fishing in Indian waters.... More...
Published: Wed Jul 28 21:41:49 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Thousands of displaced Tamils still in camps
The Hindustan Times, 2010-07-28 13:37:22 EST. More than 35000 internally displaced Tamils continue to be in camps in northern Sri Lanka amid a cash crunch faced by a top aid agency for their welfare. More...
Published: Wed Jul 28 17:34:20 EDT 2010 Back to the top
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85 p.c. war-displaced resettled: Colombo  - The Hindu

Bedi was an ordinary bowler, says Murali
The Hindu, 2010-07-28 20:22:00 EST. Retired spin great Muttiah Muralitharan on Wednesday lashed out at his long-time detractor Bishen Singh Bedi, calling the former Indian captain a controversy monger and an ordinary bowler who would have been hammered by any batsman if he was playing now... Back to the top

Day-night Tests won't work: Muralitharan - Hindustan Times, 2010-07-28 23:02:34 EST. It's all about Sri Lanka. I am a Sri Lankan and want to be known only as a Sri Lankan," Murali said... Back to the top

India doesn't look like a number one team: Waugh -, 2010-07-28 19:11:29 EST. New Delhi: India is currently struggling against Sri Lanka and does not look like they are the number one Test team in the world, reckons former Australian skipper Steve Waugh... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition man in self-immolation - Global Times, 2010-07-27 10:09:51 EST. 60-year-old activist of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has died in self-immolation, party and medical officials said here Tuesday... Back to the top

Sangakkara failed to check ICC site for the FTP details - Island Cricket (blog), 2010-07-29 01:22:57 EST. So many comments about greatness and any variety of adjectives being typed out, spoken and for Sri Lanka's sporting icon like no other, still offering that ... Back to the top

Kingdom to help the disabled in Sri Lanka - Arab News, 2010-07-28 01:06:25 EST. RIYADH: The Kingdom is to consider providing an endowment for a nongovernmental organization that looks after handicapped children in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Global Insider: India-Sri Lanka Relations - World Politics Review, 2010-07-27 21:07:34 EST. India's chief of naval staff called for increased bilateral cooperation with Sri Lanka during a visit to the country late last month... Back to the top

Sehwag's unbeaten 64 leads India's strong reply to Sri Lanka's 642-4 - The Canadian Press, 2010-07-27 16:30:13 EST. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Virender Sehwag hit a brisk unbeaten half-century as India started a strong reply to Sri Lanka's 642-4, mainly inspired by Kumar Sangakkara's double-century Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka post massive 642; India need 425 to avoid follow on - Hindustan Times, 2010-07-27 15:01:51 EST. Mahela Jayawardene registered his 28th century as Sri Lanka continued to dominate against a toothless Indian bowling attack to pile up an imposing 587 for ... Back to the top

Muralitharan slams Bedi, calls him controversy monger - Hindustan Times, 2010-07-28 14:14:56 EST. The Sri Lanka Cricket... Retired spin great Muttiah Muralitharan on Wednesday lashed out at his long-time detractor Bishen Singh Bedi, calling the former ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka spinners stifle India in second test - Reuters Africa, 2010-07-28 14:36:38 EST. (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's spinners grabbed four wickets to stifle India's chances of rescuing the second test on Wednesday... Back to the top

SSC continues to feed Sri Lanka's run machines - Hindustan Times, 2010-07-27 22:12:45 EST. Such is the record that not many would feel that the The two run-machines of Sri Lanka, on their way to taking their team to safety on the second day of ... Back to the top

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