The Lanka Academic

APRIL 19, 2000 PST
VOL. 1, NO. 14

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Fighting erupts again.

Government forces and Tiger rebels fought pitched battles along the A9 highway today morning and according to unconfirmed reports both sides suffered heavy casualties.

The LTTE in a news release faxed to the Colombo based media institutions claimed that large number of soldiers were either killed or wounded in action. But, military officials refuted the claim as "cacophony propaganda". The fighting erupted north of Elephant Pass. At the time this article was submitted for online publication fighting was continuing.

Sri Lankan government calls for new development chapter.

Acting Sri Lankan Foreign minister Laksman Kiriella called for a new development chapter which would reconcile in the world economy with imperatives on development, with adequate safe guards against any negative aspects of globalization.

Kiriella made this appeal at the plenary session of the South Summit,which concluded in Havana last week.

Prelates urge Norwegian government to expedite the peace process.

Country's leading prelates urged the Norwegian government to expedite the peace process to bring an end to the on going 17 year old conflict to an end which had caused the lives of over 60,000 people.

The prelates in a letter to the Norwegian Ambassador in Sri Lanka requested his assistance to mediate a consensus between the warring factions immediately, thus it would bring peace to this tear drop shaped Island in the Indian Ocean.

UNP leader in India.

The United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickrmasinghe arrived in India on a Week long tour today.

Wickrmasinghe, during his stay in India will hold talks with the top Indian politicians in an aim to bring the on going conflict in Sri Lanka to end.The UNP sources in Colombo said that Wickrmasinghe is expected to hold talks with several leaders including with the South Indian chief minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a former supporter of the LTTE.

General Election on the cards.

Speculation was rife that the government may hold the General elections in the first week of September this year.

A spokesman for the Election Commissioners department in Colombo said they have been instructed to prepare themselves to hold the General elections, but were unable to confirm as to when the elections would be held. The term of the present Parliament expires in August of this year.

Government sources said there are moves to hold the elections before August but the decision with President Chandrika Kumaratunge who is away on official assignments.

Tamil militant group members on a theft charge.

A Tamil militant group was blamed for robbing a sum of Rupees 100,000 from an orphanage school in Batticaloa on Monday.

It is alleged that the members of the Tamil Militant group, Razik stormed into the Ramakrishna orphanage school in Batticaloa and robbed the cash the money from the safe box after threatening to assassinate the manager of the school.

Razik group members are notorious in the region for extorting cash from the civilians.

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