The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 17, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 133


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Sri Lanka defends war conduct, slams rebel "human shields" - Reuters, 2010-08-17 18:02:20 EST. COLOMBO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Tuesday the army did all it could to avoid civilian casualties during the war with Tamil rebels and blamed the United Nations for failing to halt the rebels' use of civilians as human shields.Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who led the army to victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last year, justified the troops' conduct in the final days of the fighting. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 17 12:35:58 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka opposition protests court martial of former army chief - Earthtimes, 2010-08-17 17:16:10 EST. olombo Opposition parties staged a protest inside Sri Lanka's parliament against the court martial of former army commander Sarath Fonseka, who defeated separatist Tamil rebels last year. Parliament met for the first time since a three-member tribunal of military officers ruled Friday to dishonourably discharge Fonseka. "Shame, shame," and "War hero sentenced as terrorists get pardoned," were among the slogans chanted by the United National Party and Democratic National Alliance legislators. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Aug 17 12:36:49 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka May Not Tap IMF Funds Immediately on Reserves, Amunugama Says - Bloomberg, 2010-08-17 13:34:28 EST. Sri Lanka may not tap loans from the International Monetary Fund immediately as foreign-exchange reserves ... More...
Published: Tue Aug 17 08:46:06 EDT 2010 Back to the top

US military in Sri Lanka on training mission - Sify, 2010-08-16 18:35:36 EST. More than 40 US service members are here on a six-day medical and engineering training mission with the Sri Lankan government and medical representatives from the Maldives and Mongolia... Back to the top

SLC launches internal probe into no-ball incident
The Hindu, 2010-08-17 22:36:00 EST. The contests between India and Sri Lanka have, by and large, been played in excellent spirit... Back to the top

Rebuilding of Sri Lanka - The Hindu, 2010-08-16 23:22:25 EST. WSince the end of the military operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam more than a year ago, the Sri Lanka watchers have been preoccupied with the question of how the government plans to go about the task of reconciliation between the majority and minority communities... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks deal to share intelligence on migrants - Globe and Mail, 2010-08-17 06:11:18 EST. Sri Lanka is urging Canada to share more of its intelligence if it is serious about tackling what both countries have warned could be a human smuggling operation with ties to the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka apologise to India for Randiv's no-ball - Yahoo! Eurosport UK, 2010-08-17 12:41:21 EST. Sri Lanka Cricket has apologised to India opener Virender Sehwag after he was denied a century by Suraj Randiv's no-ball in their tri-nations one-dayer at ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka vets go on strike over elephants - AFP, 2010-08-17 12:15:50 EST. Sri Lanka's elephant population has dwindled to about 4000 from about 12000 estimated in 1900, according to wildlife department director general Ananda ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wildlife vets on strike - BBC News, 2010-08-17 08:43:12 EST. Sri Lanka's wildlife veterinary surgeons have gone on strike in protest at what they say is the government's failure to manage a serious conflict between wild elephants and humans... Back to the top

Sril Lanka Cricket apologise after no-ball controversy with India - The Guardian, 2010-08-17 15:06:29 EST. Sri Lanka Cricket has apologised to India opener Virender Sehwag after he was denied a century by Suraj Randiv's no-ball in their tri-nations one-dayer at ... Back to the top

Yuvraj shows signs of recovery from dengue
The Hindu, 2010-08-16 23:31:00 EST. Yuvraj Singh appears to be making a speedy recovery from a bout of dengue... Back to the top

Smugglers may have made more than $20-million from Tamil Ship
NP, Aug 15. ICTORIA The human smugglers behind the MV Sun Sea may have pocketed more than $20-million for ferrying a shipload of Sri Lankan migrants to the British Columbia coast last week... Back to the top

Canada to choke off Tamil diaspora, LTTE financial connections - Sify, 2010-08-16 16:37:46 EST. The Canadian Government has indicated financial links between the country's Tamil diaspora and the alleged human traffickers (LTTE) who helped the Tamil ... Back to the top

New China-made port in Lanka could have been Indian project
The Hindustan Times, 2010-08-16 12:31:02 EST. As President Mahinda Rajapaksa turned the wheel on Sunday to release the first gush of seawater inside the Hambantota port, India might have rued a missed chance... Back to the top

No compromising Sri Lanka sovereignty for trade concessions - People's Daily Online, 2010-08-16 13:27:13 EST. In February, the EU gave Sri Lanka six months to improve its Human Rights and Labour Rights regime... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's image is suffering - GulfNews, 2010-08-15 19:01:45 EST. Days after setting up an internal commission to check into alleged human-rights abuses during the armed conflict against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse orchestrated a dishonourable discharge of his former general Sarath Fonseka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Bowled Out For 170 By India In ODI - WCCO, 2010-08-16 17:03:59 EST. DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (AP) ― India bowled out Sri Lanka for 170 in just 46 overs of Monday's third tri-series one-day international... Back to the top

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