The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 19, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 135


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Sri Lanka war hero braced for jail term - AFP, 2010-08-19 21:30:52 EST. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka said Thursday he expects the government to put him behind bars to end his political career after a court martial convicted him.

Fonseka, who led troops to victory in the island's 37-year ethnic conflict last year, said the government was seeking revenge for his decision to stand against the president at January polls. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Aug 19 22:41:47 EDT 2010

Canadians want migrants deported, survey finds -, 2010-08-19 22:44:19 EST. More than half of Canadians believe a ship carrying 492 Tamil migrants that landed on B.C. shores last week should have been sent back to Sri Lanka, according to a survey released Thursday by Angus Reid Public Opinion.

The study, which sampled more than 1,000 Canadians, found 63 per cent of respondents felt the ship should have been turned back before it reached Canada. More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Aug 19 22:39:23 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Ex-army chief calls Sri Lanka a 'dictatorship' - The Associated Press, 2010-08-19 17:50:56 EST. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's ex-army chief called the government a "total dictatorship" and said Thursday that he will appeal his recent conviction by a military court, which he described as a political vendetta.

Former Gen. Sarath Fonseka said the inquiry on charges he was involved in politics while still in the military was launched to persecute him for daring to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the presidential election earlier this year.

He criticized the Rajapaksa regime for harassing political opponents, saying a "lawlessness" prevails in the country while "a total dictatorship is going on." More...Discuss this story
Published: Thu Aug 19 13:08:54 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's post-war recovery: Rebuilding, but at a cost - The Economist, 2010-08-19 20:26:15 EST. WEARING a crisp blue shirt, Kumaraswamy Nageswaran gestures dejectedly to a towering fence that keeps him from his village and his three acres of farmland on the Trincomalee coast... Back to the top

Captain of Sun Sea has links to Tigers: Newspaper - The Province, 2010-08-19 12:00:14 EST. Although Canadian authorities are concerned some of the recently arrived migrants might be members of the Tamil Tigers, a terrorist group outlawed in Canada, Ottawa has been tight-lipped about any evidence it might have for this claim... Back to the top

India helping Tamils in Lanka: Nirupama assures Karunanidhi - Indian Express, 2010-08-19 00:48:37 EST. With its key ally DMK mounting pressure on the Centre to monitor the progress in rehabilitation of internally-displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka, New Delhi will soon send a senior official to the island nation to assess the situation on the ground... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Opposition Up In Arms Against Fonseka's Court Martial
AHN, August 18, 2010. Colombo, Sri Lanka (AHN) - Opposition parties in Sri Lanka Wednesday were up in the arms against the court martial of former Army chief Sarath Fonseka, who played a key role in crushing the Tamil rebels last year, thus ending a two decades-long ethnic conflict in the island country... Back to the top

“Majority of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees reluctant to go back”
The Hindu, 2010-08-19 04:14:00 EST. A majority of the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, who have been in India for a decade or more, are reluctant to go back to their nation, according to M... Back to the top

Mahindra to expand business in Sri Lanka
The Hindu, 2010-08-19 06:05:00 EST. The Mahindra group is all set to expand its business in Sri Lanka by venturing into hospitality and finance... Back to the top

Lanka cricketers are punished - Asian Age, 2010-08-19 04:46:17 EST. The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has handed a one-match suspension to off-spinner Suraj Randiv for deliberately bowling a no-ball to Virender Sehwag that denied the opener a century in the triseries league game here on Monday... Back to the top

Roofing sheets given to Sri Lanka
The Hindu, 2010-08-19 04:17:00 EST. High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha on Wednesday handed over the first lot of the third consignment of galvanised corrugated roofing sheets to Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Devel... Back to the top

Central official to visit Sri Lanka - The Hindu, 2010-08-19 02:06:13 EST. CHENNAI: A senior official of the Union government will visit conflict-ridden areas of Sri Lanka early next month to assess development needs of the areas, ... Back to the top

Fighting LTTE on Playstation - Hindustan Times, 2010-08-18 22:42:10 EST. Sri Lanka has led a sustained campaign that the LTTE had used displaced Tamil civilians as a human shield and shot at those who tried to escape to the ... Back to the top

India to continue aid to Lanka in former war areas
The Hindustan Times, 2010-08-18 12:44:26 EST. India will continue to assist Sri Lanka in demining in the former war areas in northern Sri Lanka for another year... Back to the top

Concerned Delhi watchful about China's developments in Indian Ocean region ... - Sify, 2010-08-18 17:34:16 EST. As regards developments related to the first phase of the construction of the Hambatota Port in Sri Lanka, Shanthie Mariet D'Souza , a visiting research ... Back to the top

Confusion over LTTE and civilian casualties: Lanka Defence Secretary tells ... - Oneindia, 2010-08-18 13:06:15 EST. If the military suffered, you can imagine the number of LTTE casualties... Back to the top

In memory of the peacekeepers
The Hindustan Times, 2010-08-17 19:30:53 EST. As the commanding officer of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF), Lieutenant General Amarjeet Singh Kalkat was the last to leave Sri Lanka’s shores on March 24, 1990... Back to the top

Lankans must look past Randiv
The Hindustan Times, 2010-08-18 18:02:27 EST. Sri Lanka suddenly find themselves in the midst of a debate, which could have been avoided... Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka's Randiv gets one-match ban for no-ball gaffe - One News Page, 2010-08-18 19:53:08 EST. COLOMBO, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka bowler Suraj Randiv has been suspended for one match and forfeited his fees after a controversial no-ball incident in ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bourse hits new record on stock split hopes - Economic Times, 2010-08-18 11:53:02 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's benchmark share index surged more than two percent to a new record in the first 40 minutes of trade on Wednesday, as investors snapped ... Back to the top

Six LTTE sympathisers convicted - Times of India, 2010-08-18 01:33:34 EST. CHENNAI: The assistant sessions court in Tambaram on Tuesday convicted six LTTE sympathisers and sentenced them to one year imprisonment in a case registered against them by the Q Branch police in 2007... Back to the top

Key evidence at Sri Lanka panel
BBC South Asia, 2010-08-17 16:48:31 EST. The Sri Lankan defence secretary says that he believes more than 6,000 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in the final stages of the war... Back to the top

Fear of defeat led to no-ball: Sehwag
The Hindu, 2010-08-18 19:35:00 EST. In an apparent taunt to Sri Lankan players who denied him a century in a controversial tri-series match at Dambulla, Indian opener Virender Sehwag on Wednesday suggested that the fear of defeat mi... Back to the top

Sri Lanka investigates no-ball, as skipper comes under cloud - Daily News & Analysis, 2010-08-17 23:31:44 EST. It was probably one of the most bizarre moments in sports. India at 170, needing one run to win against Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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