The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 256

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Children Cultured in War and Kindled in Hatred: A report from the "uncleared areas of Sri Lanka"
The Lanka Academic, December 17. For it's part the LTTE has started to beat the war drums in the ears of children at a very tender age as revealed by a young mother at the Piramanakulam line recently .She had a story to narrate and handed over photographs to prove her point. She lamented that Prabhakaran and the LTTE have put her child and other little children's mind on the path of war. She revealed that innocent children have no choice but to join the war effort of the LTTE and beat war drums even from their infancy. More...
Published: Sun Dec 17 14:03:31 EST 2000

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Four Ministers and Key Officials in Paris for Crucial meeting
Saroj Pathirana in London, Sunday 17 December 1700 GMT. Four Sri Lankan ministers and two key officials, apart from the President Chandrika Kumaratunga, are now in Paris, The Lanka Academic learns. While Urban Development minister Mangala Samaraweera, Higher Education minister Indika Gunawardhana, and deputy Finance ministers prof. G.L. Pieris and S.B. Dissanayake are preparing for Monday’s crucial meeting with Sri Lanka’s donor countries, they are assisted by Central Bank governor W.S. Jayawardhana and P.B. Jayasundara, secretary to the ministry of finance.
Published: Sun Dec 17 12:02:50 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan ministers appoint wives, husbands as secretaries
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, December 17. MANY OF the 44 Cabinet ministers in Sri Lanka have unabashedly appointed their wives, husbands, cousins, brothers, sisters and even brothers in law as their private secretaries (PSs), The Sunday Leader reported on Sunday. The coveted post of PS to Minister carries monthly take home pay of Rs 20,000 and other attractive perks besides enormous clout. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, himself leads the troop, having appointed his wife Kusum as his PS in the Ministry of Plantations, a portfolio he holds. Pavithra Wanniarachchi Minister for Plan Implementation has made her husband, Kanchana Jayaratne, her PS. Labour Minister Alavi Mowlana's PS is his son Naqueeb. Minister of Ports Development Ronnie de Mel has made his wife Mallika his PS. Shiranthi Rajapakse is one of the co-ordinating secretaries of her fisheries Minister husband, Mahinda Rajapakse. More...
Published: Sun Dec 17 17:39:22 EST 2000

Singapore Polytechnic students refurbish PCs for use in a Sri Lankan University
Yahoo Asia, Monday, December 18 12:10 AM SGT . Crossing national boundaries using the language of Information Technology is what the Singapore Polytechnic is doing in a project.The Polytechnic has responded to a call for recycled personal computers from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. It is working with the National Youth Achievement Award Council on the project.he 100 computers will soon add to the pool of five PCs that 1,200 Sri Lankan medical students now have to share.About 80 polytechnic students volunteered to come back for a week during their holidays to refurbish the PCs contributed by the school so that they will be in good working condition before being shipped over. More...
Published: Sun Dec 17 17:45:49 EST 2000

Oslo peace bid hits snag as Sri Lanka fighting escalates, Dec 17 2000 13:32 IST. COLOMBO,AFP)-Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels ruled out entering Norwegian-backed peace talks until the government declares a ceasefire as officials Sunday reported another bloody day of clashes.In a statement sent from their London office, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)insisted on a process of "de-escalation" or effective ceasefire, and said genuine peace talks could not be held "underconditions of war, violence and hostility."The defence ministry said government forces were Sunday consolidating areas wrestled from rebel control after they launched a fresh offensive against the LTTE in Jaffna.The ministry said 12 government troopers and 26 rebels were killed were killed in Saturday's clashes. More...
Published: Sun Dec 17 05:04:53 EST 2000
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Peace bid hits snag as Lankan fighting escalates  -
Norway peace move faces deadlock as Sri Lanka violence kills 54  -
Rebels seek international pressure on Sri Lanka  - Yahoo India
Sri Lanka Tigers say no talks amid war  -
Lanka ready for immediate talks with Tigers  - Times of India
Sri Lanka rules out ceasefire  - The Hindu NUS
S.Lanka still waiting for reply from Tigers on talks  - ABC News
Government trying to scuttle peace process, alleges LTTE  - The Hindu (International)
Confidence-building steps no substitute for talks: Kadirgamar  - The Hindu
‘Negotiations with LTTE only after talks’  - India Abroad
Sri Lankan rebels appeal for ceasefire, talks  -

Letter of Protest from Election Monitors.
LAcNet Election Page, December 17. As international monitors of election violence during the October Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, we wish to express our deep concern at the re-appointment of General Ratwatte as Deputy Defence Minister. We understand that, on 30 November 2000, General Anuruddha Ratwatte took oaths as Deputy Minister of Defence in addition to the post of Minister for Power and Energy, which he was granted after winning the People’s Alliance seat for Patha Dumbara, Kandy District. The re-appointment comes no more than two months after President Kumaratunga’s commendable pledge that those engaged in election violence had no place in her government: More...
Published: Sun Dec 17 14:12:48 EST 2000

Army captures fresh areas in Jaffna
ChennaiOnline, december 17. The Sri Lankan army captured fresh areas in Madduvil North and Nunavil in Jaffna from the control of the LTTE and killed several, including two LTTE leaders, in an operation launched early yesterday morning.Two LTTE leaders, Rajkumar and Kowlan, were among those killed in the operation. Approximately, 11 sq km area encompassing Madduvil and Nunavil, including three km of the A9 Highway linking Chavakachchery and Kaithady, was taken over by the army. More...
Published: Sun Dec 17 14:00:09 EST 2000

Hayleys of Sri Lanka looks Indiawards for IT expertise
financial express, decmeber . The island nation of Sri Lanka will soon be put on the Indian software export destination map as several Sri Lankan firms seem to have realised the importance of information technology to better their businesses. A large Sri Lankan conglomerate that recently woke up to the IT requirement is the Colombo-based Rs 1000 crore Hayleys Ltd. As a maiden initiative in building up a large IT-core team, Hayleys has recently identified over 2,000 of its executives, from its total strength of over 40,000, for IT training. According to official sources in the company, these 2,000 plus executives would be sent to IT training institutes to pick up technical expertise. More...
Published: Sun Dec 17 14:35:23 EST 2000

ANALYSIS-Bomb-scarred president Sri Lanka's best peace bet
ABC News, 12/17/2000 06:35:00 ET. COLOMBO, Dec 17 (Reuters) - In the year since her brush with a Tamil suicide bomber, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga appears to have stumbled towards her destiny as peacemaker, a role she said fate had let her live to fulfil. But analysts on Sunday said the snail-paced progress had as much to do with circumstance -- wrought by 12 months of military and political setback -- as with destiny. "We are now closer to peace talks than we were last year, but that is the result of a combination of factors not just the president"s initiative," political analyst Kethesh Loganathan said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 17 13:44:10 EST 2000

South Africa thrash Sri Lanka
Times of India (Breaking News), 17 December 2000 . South Africa: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 95 runs on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the six-match limited overs series.Neil McKenzie, dropped on 35, hit an unbeaten 120 providing the platform for Jonty Rhodes and Mark Boucher to hammer quick half-centuries and steer the home team to 302 for seven wickets More...
Published: Sun Dec 17 13:39:11 EST 2000
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Cricket-Sri Lanka struggle in second one-dayer  - Yahoo India
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Sri Lanka Troops Wrest Rebel Land
Yahoo, December 16 . Sri Lankan government troops captured rebel-controlled territory Saturday in an offensive in the northern Jaffna Peninsula that left at least 38 dead and 66 wounded, a defense ministry spokesman said.The new assault came after efforts to bring the government and Tamil Tiger rebels back into negotiations stalled. The government said last week it would not scale back fighting as a precondition for talks as the rebels demand. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 15:11:33 EST 2000
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Lankan troops launch operation against Tigers  - Times of India (Breaking News)
38 killed as Lanka troops launch fresh offensive  - Times of India
Sri Lanka Army, Rebels Suffer Losses  - ABC News
Sri Lanka troops capture territory held by Tamil Tiger rebels  - ABC News
Lankan army captures key route; 38 killed  - India Abroad
Deadly fighting grips Lanka, toll 14  -
Lanka troops launch fresh offensive, 14 killed  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Sri Lankan Army claims gaining areas  - The Hindu NUS
Lankan Army launches ‘Operation Kinihara'  - India Abroad
Sri Lanka troops take key road after heavy fighting  -
Sri Lanka says launches offensive in Jaffna  - ABC News
Sri Lanka fighting toll hits 14  -
Heavy fighting grips Sri Lanka, toll 14  -

Colombo against foreign interference
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on December 16, 2000. Colombo, Dec. 16. (UNI): Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has said the Government does not want any foreign country to interfere in the domestic affairs of the country, particularly the ethnic crisis. "This problem is ours. It has to be settled by us and not by others," he said while delivering the keynote address at a seminar here yesterday. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 15:20:47 EST 2000

Sri Lanka-Nepal talks on SAARC summit
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 17 December, 2000, 12:47 GMT . The Sri Lankan foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, is in Nepal for talks with Nepalese ministers about reviving the stalled summit meeting of the seven-nation regional grouping, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC. More...
Published: Sun Dec 17 21:26:33 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan govt. urged to negotiate solution to the ethnic conflict., Dec 16 2000 11:00 IST. Colombo, Dec 16 (UNI) Ten leading Sri Lankan human rights activists have urged the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to seize the opportunity provided by international facilitation to negotiate a just and durable solution to the island nation's ethnic conflict. In a joint statement, they said though both LTTE and the government have been sending mixed signals to each other and the international community concerning a possible peace process, the broad contours of negotiating positions enumerated by both parties lend themselves to some optimism. Signatories included Ms Sunila Abeyasekera, Dr Radhika Coomraswamy, Dr Jehn Perera and Mr Rohan Edrisinha. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 03:17:11 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka warns Britain to ban Tamil Tigers
Yahoo India, Saturday December 16, 5:36 PM. Sri Lanka on Saturday warned Britain to outlaw Tamil Tiger groups operating from the country or risk a worsening in relations. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said that after new anti-terrorism legislation takes effect next year, Britain would no longer be able to argue that it had no law to ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), whose international offices are in London. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 15:27:55 EST 2000

Sri Lanka raps UK Minister
The Hindustan Times, Colombo December 16. Sri Lanka cannot agree to give the minority Tamils the right to "self-determination" partly because the grant of such a right to a group here will adversely affect the stability of states in the South Asian region, including India, says the Lankan Foreign Minister, Mr.Lakshman Kadirgamar. In an interview to the state owned Daily News which appeared on Saturday, Mr. Kadirgamar castigated the British Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Peter Hain, for suggesting that the minority Tamils be given the right to self-determination albeit within a united Sri Lanka. "We must remember that there are constitutional arrangements which already exist in the region. India, for instance is a Federal Union and there is no question of self-determination for any of the Indian states. And I do not see any reason whatsoever why we should confer on any group of persons in Sri Lanka, on any minority, the right to self determination in the sense of including the right to secession. Statements of that kind disturb the situation in the region. They create needless problem for us," Mr. Kadirgamar said. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 20:08:19 EST 2000

Pondicherry minister-LTTE nexus details with Centre
Times of India (Breaking News), 16 December 2000. Pondicherry Chief Minister P Shanmugham on Saturday said he had sent allegations of links between a minister of his Cabinet and the LTTE to the Centre for further action. It was now left to the Centre and the police to take any action on the allegations made by PWD Minister Kannan, he told reporters here. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 15:08:58 EST 2000
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Centre has to take action: Pondy CM  - The Hindu NUS

No SAARC summit possible, Lanka agrees with India
India Abroad, Dec 16, 2000 19:55 Hrs (IST) . NO summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is possible in the near future given the present state of relations between India and Pakistan, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said Saturday."Reality has to be met square and fair," Kadirgmar said in response to questions at a press conference organized by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of South Asia. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 15:05:52 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan minister stresses cabinet united over peace bid, Dec 16 2000 10:38 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 16 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's cabinet is committed to a Norwegian-backed bid to start talks with Tamil Tiger separatists, and rumours that it is divided over the moves are unfounded, a state-run daily quoted a minister as saying Saturday. The Daily News quoted Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa as saying that ministers were agreed on the peace process and there were no differences of opinion among them. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 03:17:39 EST 2000
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Cricket: South Africa beat Sri Lanka in one-day international
NDTV/MSNBC, Saturday, 16 December, 2000, 03:38 GMT . South Africa beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in the first one-day international in Port Elizabeth. Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 221. Kumar Sangakkara made 84 and Romesh Kaluwitharana scored 55. None of the Sri Lankan bowlers, including key off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who took the key wicket of opener Kirsten, were effective. The ease of South Africa's win was underlined when Rhodes hit Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya for a four in the 40th over, South Africa's first boundary in almost 20 overs. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 00:04:30 EST 2000

India supports Sri Lanka peace talks
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 16 December, 2000, 03:38 GMT . India says it supports a negotiated political settlement in Sri Lanka. The statement coincided with the visit of the Sri Lankan foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, who met his Indian counterpart, Jaswant Singh, in Delhi. The Norwegian peace broker, Eric Solheim, had said during his recent visit to Delhi that India can play a major role in negotiating a peace settlement in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sat Dec 16 00:05:39 EST 2000

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