The Lanka Academic

VOL. 11, NO. 231


Express your opinions, meet others at the TLA Forum!
2010 General Election Results
Headline Summary
F R E E      C L A S S I F I E D S
T  O  P      H  E  A  D  L  I  N  E
India ups Lanka aid to offset China presence - Times of India, 2010-11-24 04:51:46 EST. NEW DELHI: Days after Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa opened the Chinese-built port in Hambantota for business, India will be opening its consulate in the southern Lankan city. Foreign minister S M Krishna will be in Sri Lanka over the weekend to do a couple of things — open consulates not just in Hambantota but in Jaffna as well — and send a message that with India's expanding presence in the island nation, it's not playing second fiddle to the Chinese. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 23 19:13:45 EST 2010

Krishna to push for devolution of powers during Lanka visit - Indian Express, 2010-11-24 05:03:16 EST. With External Affairs Minister S M Krishna’s upcoming five-day visit to Sri Lanka starting on Thursday, India will be pushing for meaningful devolution of political powers in the island country, even as New Delhi still considers the Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE) to be a “real threat”.

Government sources said that there is still a real threat from the LTTE forces — an assessment that was done by the Indian government agencies internally. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 23 19:12:54 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan refugee acceptance rate plummets after migrant ship docks - Vancouver Sun, 2010-11-24 05:11:40 EST. VANCOUVER — Canada's acceptance of refugee claims from Sri Lanka plummeted in September, the month following the arrival of a boatload of 492 Tamil migrants, new immigration data show.

A lawyer for the Canadian Tamil Congress, an advocacy group based in Toronto, said Tuesday that while he didn't want to jump to conclusions, the drop could be a response to the "hysteria" that accompanied the migrants' arrival.

"I would like to think it's an anomaly. I do think the arrival of the boats has caused a bit of a sense of unease for a lot of different individuals and groups," Gary Anandasangaree said. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Nov 23 20:45:16 EST 2010 Back to the top

India fears revival of LTTE, extends ban - Deccan Herald, 2010-11-23 18:35:55 EST. India has extended its ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as it fears the revival of the outlawed group, a senior official said here Tuesday... Back to the top

HC allows statue of youth who killed self over Lanka issue - Times of India, 2010-11-24 06:12:36 EST. CHENNAI: Noting that the government cannot put fetters on a citizen's right to make use of his own land in any manner without causing hindrance to anyone, the Madras high court permitted erection of a bust-size statue of K Muthukumar, who committed self-immolation in Chennai last year protesting the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

S Lanka investigates 'mass grave' - BBC News, 2010-11-23 15:49:03 EST. Sri Lanka has sent forensic experts to investigate reports of a mass grave of government troops in the north-east... Back to the top

India continue to lead ICC Test rankings - Times of India, 2010-11-23 20:13:00 EST. DUBAI: India maintained their supremacy at the top of ICC rankings for Test teams after winning the three-Test series against New Zealand 1-0, while South Africa and Sri Lanka remained static on second and third position respectively... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Postwar Boom Misses Investors Wary of Corruption - Bloomberg, 2010-11-23 07:31:46 EST. With a postcard view of white sand and fishermen drawing in nets from the morning catch, the Chaaya Blu Hotel could be mistaken for a resort in Bali or Phuket... Back to the top

90-member Cabinet in Sri Lanka
The Hindu, 2010-11-23 08:08:00 EST. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday unveiled a 90-member Cabinet... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Plans Company Tax Cuts, Aiming to Fuel Postwar Growth - BusinessWeek, 2010-11-22 15:30:56 EST. Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka plans to cut corporate taxes and adopt an inflation target for its central bank, aiming to bolster growth and anchor price expectations in the South Asian economy emerging from a 26-year civil war. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, unveiling the 2011 budget in Colombo today, announced plans to lower the value added tax for banks to 12 percent from 20 percent, reduce the levy on construction companies to 12 percent and offer breaks to tea and rubber companies... Back to the top

Top Indian officials to visit Sri Lanka - Livemint, 2010-11-24 00:43:26 EST. Top Indian officials will visit Sri Lanka in the next few weeks to give fresh impetus to political and economic ties, a decade after implementing a pact ... Back to the top

Inside Gaming: Gambling Legalized in Sri Lanka, Cake's New License, and Much More -, 2010-11-23 21:37:42 EST. The Asian island state of Sri Lanka, which has had an ailing tourism industry contributed to 25 years of civil war, passed a landmark bill legalizing ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's first full post-war budget
Reuters, Nov 22. Government targets 2011 fiscal deficit of 6.8 percent, down from 8 percent in 2010... Back to the top

Sentencing postponed in 'attempted honour killing' - Vancouver Sun, 2010-11-23 21:25:09 EST. Selladurai, a native of Sri Lanka, pleaded guilty last month to three counts of aggravated assault in the June 2007 incident, during which he drove his van ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Eases Currency Controls in Postwar Stimulus - Bloomberg, 2010-11-23 14:21:59 EST. Sri Lanka is easing foreign-exchange controls as the South Asian island seeks to ... Back to the top

N. Ram interviews Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa - full text.
The Hindu, 2010-11-23 05:36:00 EST. Sri Lanka is now one country, my aim is to see whole nation gets all benefits: President Rajapaksa Back to the top

S Lanka investigates 'mass grave' - BBC News, 2010-11-23 15:49:03 EST. Sri Lanka has sent forensic experts to investigate reports of a mass grave of government troops in the north-east... Back to the top

India fears revival of LTTE, extends ban - Deccan Herald, 2010-11-23 18:35:55 EST. There are apprehensions about the revival of the LTTE, he said a couple of days before External Affairs Minister SM Krishna goes to Sri Lanka for ... Back to the top

Jordan agency dismisses report of maid abuse - Washington Post, 2010-11-22 16:51:24 EST. AMMAN, Jordan -- A Jordanian recruitment agency has dismissed a report alleging abuse of a Sri Lankan domestic worker... Back to the top

Lanka launches mobile consular services to help refugees in TN - Times of India, 2010-11-23 04:33:21 EST. The Deputy High Commission of Sri Lanka in Chennai, in collaboration with the rehabilitation department of Tamil Nadu, has initiated a mobile service in order to provide consular assistance to Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Suspected War Criminal Lands Job at United Nations - Fox News, 2010-11-21 22:58:12 EST. A suspected war criminal who allegedly played a key role in the slaughter of 40,000 civilians in Sri Lanka has landed a cushy job at the United Nations -- with full diplomatic immunity... Back to the top

S.Lankan president expands cabinet ahead of budget - AFP, 2010-11-22 12:45:00 EST. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka's president expanded his cabinet on Monday, retaining key positions for himself while adding 12 new ministers ahead of the presentation of the first budget of his second term, officials said... Back to the top

Desi Journalist abused, thrown out of pro-Eelam meeting in NJ - South Asia Mail, 2010-11-22 12:01:25 EST. A veteran Indian-American journalist was forcibly thrown out of a pro-Eelam meeting organized by Association of Tamils of Sri Lanka in the USA and Ilankai ... Back to the top

© Copyright 2000-2005 Lanka Academic Network.