The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 254

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Sri Lanka resumes fresh anti-Tiger drive, Dec 16 2000 08:59 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 16 (AFP) - Heavily armed Sri Lankan troops mounted a fresh offensive against Tamil Tiger guerrillas in the northern peninsula of Jaffna Saturday, the defence ministry here said. Troops advanced towards Kaithady which is held by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), defence ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said.In the initial offensive, the government claimed to have killed 31 Tiger rebels for the loss of 12 soldiers. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 23:57:38 EST 2000

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South Africa beat Sri Lanka in tour opener
Times of India (Breaking News), 16 December 2000. Man of the match Jonty Rhodes hit an unbeaten 61 and Gary Kirsten 58 as South Africa beat Sri Lanka on Friday by four wickets with 16 balls to spare in the first one-day international in Port Elizabeth.The visitors - batting first after winning the toss - were bowled out for 221 in an unconvincing knock saved only by Kumar Sangakkara (84) and Romesh Kaluwitharana (55). More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 23:59:36 EST 2000

Ministers unaware of plans for talks with LTTE
The Hindu (International), Saturday, December 16, 2000. The Junior Defence Minister, Mr. Anuruddha Ratwatte, raised the issue in a meeting held after the Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, on Tuesday announced the decision to open unconditional negotiations with the Tigers before discussing it in the Cabinet, the Island newspaper said. Another privately- owned newspaper, the Daily Mirror, said Mr. Ratwatte was backed by several Cabinet colleagues. The Mirror said Mr. Ratwatte challenged the Prime Minister, Mr. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, to deny that he was also unaware of the peace moves until the media carried reports of the plans announced by the Foreign Minister. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 15:45:56 EST 2000
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India expresses concern over Lankan firing on its fishermen
Yahoo India, Friday December 15, 10:50 PM. New Delhi, Dec 15 (PTI) India Friday expressed concern at firing on its fishermen by Sri Lankan patrolling teams and asked Colombo to ensure that such incidents were avoided. This was conveyed by Indian External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh during a meeting with visiting Sri Lankan Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. The Sri Lankan Minister made a courtesy call on Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The two foreign ministers discussed the problems of fishermen from both countries and highlighted the humanitarian aspect of the problem faced by the poor people for whom fishing was the only means of living. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 15:51:42 EST 2000

Search underway for gold buried in Jaffna minefields, Dec 15 2000 14:10 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 15 (AFP) - A government operation has begun to help residents of Sri Lanka's war-torn Jaffna peninsula recover valuables buried for safekeeping, defence officials said Friday. More than 120 grams (4.2 ounces) of gold was found by two Tamil residents in Sarasali after security forces cleared the area of mines on Tuesday, according to a statement. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 08:46:41 EST 2000

Alliance calls for ban on fundraising for terrorist groups
NationalPost, december 14. The Official Opposition is calling for government action against terrorist fundraising after Canada's intelligence service reported that front organizations for Tamil Tigers are channelling up to $2-million a year to the Sri Lankan guerrilla group.While Canada plays peacemaker on the international stage, front groups are working within the country to finance political violence, he said. "Here we are basically turning a blind eye to this sort of behaviour, and I think it's time to put our money where our mouth is and pass a law. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 12:18:26 EST 2000

Court of Appeal releases Screen actor charged with rape.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1550SLT 15.12.00. Kamal Adararachchi famous film actor was today found not guilty of charges of rape by the Appeal Court. He was earlier convicted by high court for allegedly raping a 18 year old girl.
Published: Fri Dec 15 04:50:18 EST 2000

Sri Lanka suffer late collapse
BBC South Asia, Friday, 15 December, 2000, 16:22 GMT . A late rash of wickets put South Africa in the driving seat in the first one day international against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka were all out for 221 runs in the final over in Port Elizabeth. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 12:40:40 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan FM to visit Nepal to restart SAARC summit plans, Dec 15 2000 22:06 IST. KATHMANDU, Dec 15 (AFP) - Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakhsman Kadirgamar is due to arrive in Nepal Sunday on a two-day visit for dicussions on the delayed regional summit of South Asian nations, state-run radio reported. Kadirgamar is coming here at the invitation of Nepalese Foreign Minister Chakra Prasad Bastola who is looking to push ahead with plans for convening the long delayed SAARC summit, which was scheduled to be held in Kathmandu in November 1999. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 12:41:50 EST 2000

Indian police detain Tamil nationalist leader
Yahoo India, Friday December 15, 4:10 PM. MADRAS (Reuters) - Police in Tamil Nadu state detained a Tamil nationalist leader, P. Nedumaran, and a dozen others on Friday as they staged a protest opposing the deportation of a Sri Lankan Tamil politician. Nedumaran, known as a sympathiser of Sri Lanka's rebel Tamil Tigers, was protesting Indian authorities' decision to deport Tamil Eelam Liberation Front leader M.K. Eelaventhan. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 11:07:52 EST 2000

Cricket-International cricketers to be investigated - Condon
Yahoo India, Friday December 15, 4:34 PM. International cricketers named in an Indian police report into match-fixing will be interviewed in the light of new evidence submitted to International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption chief Paul Condon. Condon, the head of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit, told a news conference on Friday he had met officials from the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) during a visit to India last week along with special investigators from the cricket boards of Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 11:08:51 EST 2000

Prabhakaran extradition approach not to impede peace in Lanka
The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Dec 15. India today said its approach on the issue of extradition of LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran was neither to impede peace and reconstruction in Sri Lanka nor did it suggest any change in Government's policy. "Our approach is neither to impede peace and reconstruction in Sri Lanka nor does it suggest any change in Government of India's policy, " a foreign office spokesman told reporters in response to questions. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 10:52:16 EST 2000

UPDATE 1-Top Sri Lanka banks in tie-up talks
Yahoo India, December 15. (Updates with analysts' comments) COLOMBO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Two of Sri Lanka's biggest financial institutions, DFCC Bank and Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd , are in talks on a tie-up to form the island's largest financial services group. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 08:52:46 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka's stand a positive step to commence negotiations - Norwegian spokesman
CDN, 15 December 2000. The Norwegian Government has expressed its satisfaction over Sri Lanka's stand on having talks with the LTTE.Referring to Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar's statement on Tuesday regarding the talks, the Spokesman of the Norwegian mission in Colombo Tomas Stangeland told the Daily News that the Oslo Government considers it as a positive step to commence political negotiations.Minister Kadirgamar announced on Tuesday that the Sri Lankan Government was ready to commence political talks forthwith the LTTE while fighting is on. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 00:30:11 EST 2000

India ease past Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Friday, 15 December, 2000, 07:01 GMT . India notched up a comfortable victory over Sri Lanka in the Women's World Cup on Friday, thanks to a century partnership from Chanderkanta Kaul and Anjum Chopra. The 151-run stand ultimately proved the difference between the sides, with India ultimately wrapping up an easy win. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 11:11:02 EST 2000
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Lanka and Tigers play tug-of-words with peace
India Abroad, Dec 14, 2000 16:25 Hrs (IST) . PEACE prospects for war-torn Sri Lanka has become a tug-of-words between the government and Tamil Tiger separatists, despite both sides announcing that they are all set to negotiate immediately. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, responding to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's peace moves, has said the time was ripe for a dialogue, but emphasized that the government would not compromise on a rebel demand to de-escalate hostilities. "Both the Tigers and the government are playing a ping-pong game. Each one is lobbing the ball into the other's side and there seems to be no end to it," a diplomat said. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 23:10:42 EST 2000

SLMC leadership battle put on hold
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.05 p.m. SLT Thursday December 14. A leadership battle for the top post of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has been put off till February 11, 2001, on which day the party will host its annual party conference and take a vote to choose one leader for its party. The decision to stall making a choice this week, was made last night by executive committee members of the SLMC who met to discuss the tussle. Choosing a leader has been put off till next February, since Ferial Ashraff who shares the leadership of the party with Rauf Hakeem is still in mourning after the tragic death of her husband and can only appear in public by January 2001.
Published: Thu Dec 14 08:12:31 EST 2000

32 refugees and five fishermen held
yahoo, decmber 14. ndian Police arrested 32 refugees and five fishermen at Kuravanthoppu in Ramanathapuram district on Wednesday while they were trying to escape to Sri Lanka. The refugees, who were lodged in the Mandapam and Thiruvannamalai refugee camps, were trying to go back to Sri Lanka without informing the officials when they were nabbed along with the fishermen who had offered to ferry them in their country boats, police sources said. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 19:20:31 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan nabbed in Oslo
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.00 p.m Friday 15. A Sri Lankan national arriving from India has been nabbed with a consignment of heroine , "The Lanka Academic" sources in Oslo revealed today. The heroine having an open market value of over 3 million Norwegian kroners had been concealed in a suitcase when the man was apprehended at the airport in Gardamone, Oslo. Sources in Oslo say that the detection of the suspect is likely to raise eyebrows among the authorities in Norway as to whether action is long over due regarding the alleged drug trafficking by certain rebel front organizations in Norway. The Sri Lankan national is in custody pending investigations. The Norwegian drug enforcement officers and the Norwegian police are conducting further investigations.
Published: Fri Dec 15 07:43:47 EST 2000

LTTE blast kills five near school
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on December 14, 2000. Colombo, Dec. 14. (PTI): At least five people, including three policemen, were killed today when LTTE guerillas set off a powerful Claymore mine near a school in eastern Sri Lanka, the Defence Ministry said. The blast came as police were moving into the Kalai Maha Vidyalaya in Eravur to provide security for students writing the GCE (O/L) Examination, the Ministry said in a statement. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 10:20:27 EST 2000
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Probe Kannan's charge: BJP
yahoo, decmeber 14. The general secretary of the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP, Mr. L. Ganesan, today appealed to the Pondicherry Chief Minister, Mr. P. Shanmugham, to order a thorough probe into the allegations made by former PWD Minister, Mr. Kannan. It may be recalled that Mr. Kannan had accused the Cooperative Minister, Mr. Theni C. Jayakumar, of having links with the LTTE. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 19:23:18 EST 2000
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S.Lanka's DFCC Bank,Commercial Bank plan to tie-up
Yahoo Asia, 15 December 2000. COLOMBO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Two of Sri Lanka's biggest financial institutions, DFCC Bank and Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd , have announced plans that could result in the creation of a larger financial services group. The two said in a statement late on Thursday they were having discussions to set up an institutional structure which will allow the two banks to significantly benefit from synergies and lay the foundation for a larger and stronger financial services group." More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 00:27:56 EST 2000

Time to take stock
Deccan Herald, decmebr 14. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have warned that any moves to ban their organisation would be counter productive. They have further said that if Britain introduced the anti-terrorism bill it would strengthen its cadre further and become more ruthless than ever. The organisation has told Britain and other countries that simply banning them would have no meaningful impact and would only become counter productive. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 19:31:41 EST 2000

Red Cross to help doctors in Lanka's war zone
Times of India, 15 December 2000 . The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday said it will ask Tamil Tiger rebels to avoid attacking vehicles carrying doctors in the embattled northeast."The ICRC is willing to inform the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) not to attack vehicles carrying doctors if these are clearly identifiable and are marked with the red cross," ICRC Spokesman Harsha Gunewardene told The Associated Press. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 19:14:59 EST 2000

UNP queries Chandrika's sojourn in west
tamilnet, decemebr 14. Sri Lanka's main opposition, The United National Party (UNP) Thursday challenged President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge to reveal what she did during her long stay in Europe. "What is hilarious or incomprehensible rather is that the president is out of the country while the country is facing misfortune from all fronts", the party said in a press communiqué issued by its Assistant Leader of the UNP Mr.Gamini Atukorale. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 19:33:42 EST 2000

Visa rules to 4 countries may be relaxed
yahoo-Hindu, december 14. Visa regulations to Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh may soon be relaxed for tourists and businessmen, a senior official of the External Affairs Ministry indicated here on Tuesday. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 19:18:54 EST 2000

Thamil Chelvam reiterates commitment to peace
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.15 a.m. SLT Thursday December 14. The LTTE's political wing leader, Thamil Chelvam speaking from a jungle hide-out in the Wanni yesterday, said that the rebel organization was committed to finding a negotiated solution to the present conflict.

Chelvam however had noted with disappointment the lack of a clear cut policy on the part of the government to initiate a fruitful dialogue.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, in an interview with the Daily News today has blasted British junior minister Peter Hain, for his comments made last month in Colombo which asserted that the international community supported the right to self determination for the country's Tamil community as well as for the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

In his interview with the state run newspaper, Kadirgamar said that he took strong objection to the statement made by Hain, "because self-determination could very well mean the right to cessation. The State of Sri Lanka cannot under any circumstances whatsoever, contemplate the possibility of a right of cessation."

Kadirgamar further states that he cannot welcome statements made by people from outside the country even though they came from friendly nations. He said many of their views are based on academic remedies which do not necessarily relate to Sri Lanka. The Foreign Minister adds that he intends taking the matter up with the British government.

The Head of the European Union in Colombo, Mr. Usitalo today said that he welcomed recent comments made by both warring factions in the conflict which have said they are ready to begin negotiations which may lead to a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Usitalo has pointed out that while the comments made by both President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge and Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar naturally differ in content, it still proves that positive measures are underway to begin finding a peace resolution. He adds that he fully agrees with the Foreign Minister who commented on Tuesday this week that it is now time to go beyond mere rhetoric and initiate a practical process which would facilitate negotiations.
Published: Thu Dec 14 08:12:30 EST 2000

EU decides to lift all quotas for SL textiles
ISland, Thursday, 14 December. Sri Lanka’s garment exports to the European Union (EU) would be significantly boosted from next year, as the EU has decided to lift all quotas for the textile and apparel exports from Sri Lanka to it.Minister of Industrial Development, Constitutional Affairs and Deputy Minister of Finance, Professor. G. L. Peiris, described this development as "a major breakthrough in negotiations for the local apparel industry with the EU." He told a press conference yesterday that Sri Lanka and the EU had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on December 5th which will, "suspend by January 2001 all quantitative restrictions currently in place with respect to the import of textiles and clothing from Sri Lanka." More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 06:03:45 EST 2000

UK minister's pro-Tamil remarks upset Lanka
Times of India, 15 December 2000 . Sri Lanka's hackles have been raised by a statement made by British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Peter Hain that the international community would support "the principle of self-determination" for the island's Tamil minority.Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, chiding Hain for his remarks made during his late November visit to Colombo, was quoted in the state-run Daily News as saying that he took "strong exception" to the comment. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 19:13:46 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka blast kills five
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 14 December, 2000, 13:01 GMT . At least five people, including three policemen, have been killed in a bomb attack near a school in eastern Sri Lanka, which military authorities say was carried out by the Tamil Tiger rebels. The blast comes against a background of moves towards peace negotiations between the government and the Tamil Tigers. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 11:26:26 EST 2000
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Lankan Foreign Minister meets Jaswant Singh
NDTV/MSNBC, December 15 . Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar is on an official visit to India. He met with the Minister of External Affairs Jaswant Singh today. Mr. Kadirgamar's visit comes at a time when the Norwegian team, led by Erik Solheim, has stepped up efforts to bring the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government to the negotiating table. It is understood that these developments were discussed between the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister and his Indian counterpart. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 08:50:14 EST 2000
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Sri Lankans seek away win
Yahoo Asia, December 14. Sri Lanka will be seeking to show they can win away from Asia when they take on South Africa in the first of six limited overs internationals at St Georges Park Friday."Its time for the whole team to show people, not just in Sri Lanka, but all round the world, that we have got what it takes to go abroad, adapt quickly to alien conditions and win," said Sri Lankan coach Dav Whatmore at the start of the tour. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 11:21:19 EST 2000

National Hospital SICU temporarily closed
CDN, 14 December 2000. New patients are not being admitted to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at the Colombo National Hospital as a protective measure to prevent the spread of an infection identified at this unit to other parts of the hospital. Refuting news items which appeared on certain newspapers (not of the Lake House Group), Hospital Director Dr. Hector Weerasinghe yesterday told the Daily News this was not a deadly infection but it is normally found in 25-30 per cent of the people."One death was reported in the unit after this infection was identified. So far, it has not yet been confirmed whether this death was due to this particular infection," he said. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 00:04:04 EST 2000

Sri Lankans tie in tour match
Crickinfo, 13 December 2000. Sri Lanka's one-day tour match against Eastern Province ended in a tie Wednesday when last man Pramodya wickramasinghe was run out off the last ball at the PPC Oval near Port Elizabeth.What had looked likely to be an easy win for the tourists turned into a desperate scramble, with three wickets falling in the last over, bowled by South Africa A seamer Garnett Kruger, who finished with three for 23 off ten overs.With Sri Lanka needing five to overhaul Eastern Province's total of 220 for seven, Kruger bowled Tillekeratne Dilshan with the first delivery of the final over. More...
Published: Thu Dec 14 01:45:19 EST 2000

Sri Lanka rupee slides to record low close
Yahoo India, December 15. COLOMBO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan rupee closed on Friday at a record low of 82.70 to the dollar after moving in tandem with call money rates, dealers said. They said the rupee fell to 82.80, but recovered on profit taking to end just below its previous record of low of 82.65, which it hit on Monday after an effective devaluation in the rupee. More...
Published: Fri Dec 15 08:48:59 EST 2000

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