The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 19, 2000 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 1, NO. 258
 

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CSIS targets charities that fund terrorism
Toronto Star, december 19. GUNS AND MONEY will be on the table this winter when the federal government considers a politically sensitive recommendation to give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service a powerful new weapon to use against international terrorists raising funds here.If the legislation passes, CSIS is expected to send a strong signal by moving quickly against three or four of the worst offenders. At least one is expected to be linked to the Tamil Tigers, a Sri Lanka militia whose alleged Canadian connections made headlines after Finance Minister Paul Martin ignored intelligence warnings not to attend a fundraising dinner. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 21:39:37 EST 2000
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LTTE may find it difficult to raise funds in Canada?  - Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo

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Sri Lanka steps up security for Christmas shopping
123India.com, Dec 19 2000 18:29 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 19 (AFP) - Sri Lanka deployed 2,000 additional police to the capital Colombo as part of security measures during the Christmas shopping season, officials said Tuesday. Police reinforcements were being brought from rural areas amid a buying frenzy prompted by stores offering 24-hour shopping. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 08:40:40 EST 2000

Sri Lankan Govt. tries to coax the Tigers back to the table
IndiaExpress.com, 19th Dec 2000 17.01 IST . Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has told the international community that her Government was prepared for talks with the banned separatist outfit LTTE "if it does not impose any pre-conditions". ''There is a ray of opportunity, more hope for reaching a solution. Our doors are always open for negotiations with the LTTE. But we will not entertain any conditions imposed by the LTTE,'' she told Sri Lanka Development Forum, in Paris, on Monday. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 08:41:23 EST 2000

‘Fractured Paradise- Images of Sri Lanka, to be released soon
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 p.m. Tuesday 19. A new book, by Paul Harris special contributor on insurgency and terrorism for Jane’s Intelligence Review will be out soon. The book titled ‘Fractured Paradise-Images of Sri Lanka is mainly a collection of photos taken by Harris during his many visits to Sri Lanka. It also has nearly ten thousand words in text. Paul Harris who worked as a freelance journalist and a photographer in areas of conflict for more than ten years has a special place for Sri Lanka in his heart. He keeps on coming back to the country and boasts of many friends in Sri Lanka. His last visit to the country was during the recent general elections.

Paul’s book on Sri Lanka has a number of photographs including scenes at the Central Bank bomb blast, Nilaveli beach, aftermath of the bloody attacks by the suicide bombers, war damaged Jaffna, images from Trincomalee, Batticaloa, election campaigning, demonstrations, visit of Prince Charles to Sri Lanka, children, soldiers and politicians.

Paul Harris is the author of more than 30 books including ‘Somebody Else’s War’, and the best selling ‘Cry Bosnia’ a collection of his photos of the war in Bosnia. Harris describes his new book on Sri Lanka as a photo study of a society in crisis. Harris holds a degree in politics and international relations and also the winner of a British press award in the foreign correspondents section, for his work in Bosnia in 1992.
Published: Tue Dec 19 06:26:07 EST 2000


Sri Lankan aid meeting ends today
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 19 December, 2000, 13:20 GMT . Talks between the Sri Lankan president, Chandrika Kumaratunga, and international aid agencies on the economic situation in Sri Lanka and its aid requirements are due to end in Paris later today Tuesday. The repercussions of the civil war with the Tamil Tiger separatists on the country's development plans are said to be the focus of the meeting. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 09:14:31 EST 2000

Ending conflict "first priority", Sri Lanka president tells donors
123India.com, Dec 20 2000 01:04 IST. PARIS, Dec 19 (AFP) - Ending the 17-year civil war in Sri Lanka is the "first and most major priority" for the government in Colombo, President Chandrika Kumaratunga told a two-day international aid conference in Paris that ended Tuesday. Delegates from 24 donor countries and international organisations attended the meeting of World Bank-organised Sri Lanka Development Forum, previously known as the Paris Aid Group, the first since Norway last year began moves to set up talks between the Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil rebels. Kumaratunga, who addressed the forum but did not attend the press conference, told delegates that Colombo was ready to enter negotiations with the LTTE only if they were unconditional. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 18:05:12 EST 2000
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Lanka says doors for peace talks still open  - Times of India (Breaking News)

EU calls for Sri Lanka talks
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 19 December, 2000, 14:11 GMT . The European Union has called on Sri Lanka to enter immediate peace talks with the separatist rebel group, the Tamil Tigers. At a World Bank organised forum for aid donors in Paris, the EU said the costly long-running ethnic war in Sri Lanka was ruining the country's development. President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who was attending the meeting in Paris, said Sri Lanka was ready for talks. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 18:07:53 EST 2000
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EU calls for immediate Sri Lanka peace talks  - MSNBC
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Sri Lanka should improve rights record, enter peace talks: EU  - 123India.com

Interview with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister on talks with LTTE
NDTV/MSNBC, 20 Dec. 2000. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Laxman Kadirgamar has said that his government is ready to sit across the table with the LTTE. Speaking to NDTV special correspondent, Maya Mirchandani, Mr. Kadirgamar said that while the Norwegians were instrumental in bringing both sides to the table, they would not actually mediate the talks. Not even India will play that role. Excerpts: NDTV: What is the role that the Norwegians are playing? Kadirgamar: Please remember at all times that the Norwegians are not mediators, merely facilitators. We made it very clear that they have absolutely no mandate from us to mediate. Their job to bring the two parties together is a logistical one. But mediation and laying down terms and conditions is completely out. NDTV: What is the status on talks right now? Kadirgamar: It is very likely that talks will start. I don't know when. A lot of spadework will have to be done. Preliminary and logistical arrangements will also have to be made. NDTV: Will the Sri Lanka government call for a ceasefire? More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 22:21:35 EST 2000

LTTE attacks Lankan security camp
ExpressIndia.com, Tuesday, December 19, 2000. COLOMBO: LTTE rebels attacked a Sri Lankan security camp in eastern Batticaloa early Tuesday, killing a naval sailor and injuring three soldiers. LTTE casualties in the attack were not known, defence spokesman said. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 03:47:11 EST 2000
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LTTE attack kills Naval sailor, injures 3 in Batticaloa  - 123India.com
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Attack on Batticaloa military base - SLAF destroys Tiger bunkers  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo

Development partners are expected to announce their aid to Sri Lanka today
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.20 p.m. SLT Tuesday December 19. Eight aid giving countries will today inform the aid development forum for Sri Lanka their financial commitment to the island nation. The 14 countries began discussions today in Paris and are expected to announce their commitment later in the day.

Lanka's Central Bank Governor, A. S. Jayawardena, was reported on state radio today as saying that donor countries have already expressed their unequivocal support for Sri Lanka's socio-economic drive.
Published: Tue Dec 19 03:41:53 EST 2000


Sri Lanka Crt Wants Fedl Probe Into Assassination Attempt
Yahoo India, December 19. COLOMBO (AP)--A judge has asked the government to call a federal investigation into last year's failed assassination attempt on President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and criticized police for their slow progress in solving the crime. Colombo District Judge G.J. Kulatilake gave his order Monday, suggesting a federal investigator be appointed to look into the Dec. 18, 1999 attempt to kill the president. Kumaratunga escaped the suspected Tamil rebel attempt, but was blinded in her right eye in the blast triggered by a suicide bomber at an election rally in Colombo. A total of 26 people were killed and 106 wounded in the blast. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 08:44:29 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan judge slams local police  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo

Lanka judge for Jain Commission-style assassination probe
India Abroad, Dec 19, 2000 15:15 Hrs (IST) . Sri Lankan judge has called for the setting up of a special commission to probe the Tamil Tiger rebel assassination bid on President Chandrika Kumaratunga last year, blaming the police for dragging its feet over concluding the investigation. On Tuesday, the state-run Daily News quoted Colombo's chief magistrate G.D. Kulatilake as saying that "the need has arisen to establish a commission to probe this crime on the lines of the Jain Commission in India." Kulatilake was referring to The Jain Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice M.C. Jain, a former chief justice of the Delhi High Court. The commission was appointed by a Government of India notification on August 23, 1991, to probe the assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at Sriperumbudur, 40 km from Chennai, on May 21, 1991. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 06:22:29 EST 2000
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Judge slams police over Sri Lanka assassination probe  - 123India.com

Lankan troops kill 3 rebel explosive experts
Times of India, 19 December 2000 . Government troops killed 26 Tamil Tiger rebels, including three explosive experts, in a new military offensive in the north, the defense ministry said Monday.Among the dead were three rebels who served as explosive experts in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. There was no independent confirmation of the military's claim, as both the rebels and the government discourage journalists from visiting the war front. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 17:22:32 EST 2000
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Explosive experts among 26 rebels killed in Lanka  - HT

Tamil Tigers suffer heavy losses - military G
The Times, UK, Monday, 18 December. Government troops killed 26 Tamil Tiger rebels in a fresh offensive in the north of the island nation, the Defence Ministry said today. The Sri Lankan military also lost 12 men in the fighting at the weekend, a spokesman said. Troops, supported by armour and artillery, attacked rebel positions in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, forcing the guerrillas to retreat, he said. There was no independent confirmation of the military’s claim, as both the rebels and the government discourage journalists from visiting the conflict. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 04:37:13 EST 2000

Lanka's foreign minister meets with Nepalese Premier
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.10 p.m. SLT Monday December 18. Sri Lanka's visiting foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar met with the Nepalese Premier today and discussed bi-lateral issues including the next SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Kathmandu.
Published: Mon Dec 18 07:11:42 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan foreign minister holds talks with Nepalese prime minister  - 123India.com

Sri Lankan aid meeting in Paris
BBC South Asia, Monday, 18 December, 2000, 09:39 GMT . The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, is in Paris at the start of a meeting of aid agencies on the economic situation in Sri Lanka brought about by the civil war with Tamil Tiger separatists. A World Bank statement said the government's economic policy, and its framework for rehabilitation and reconciliation are likely to be the focus of the two-day development forum. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 10:35:01 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka development forum gets underway in Paris today  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo

Three new firms to enter Sri Lanka LPG market
Yahoo India, 19 Dec. 2000. COLOMBO, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Board of Investment said on Tuesday it had approved three firms to compete in the country's newly liberalised market for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The board said the firms are Caltex subsidiary Caltex Ceylon Ltd, Sri Lankan auto gas retailer Laugfs Lanka Gas (Pvt) Ltd and Mundogas S.A. It said Mundogas would invest 650 million rupees ($7.9 million), Caltex would invest 670 million rupees ($8.1 million) and Laugfs would invest 725 million($8.8 million). More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 01:41:12 EST 2000

Lankan expatriates remit record money back home
Times of India, 19 December 2000 . Sri Lankan expatriates, mainly house maids, sent home a record Rs 62.46 billion ($780 million) during the first nine months of this year, registering a 14 percent increase over the same period last year, the Foreign Employment Bureau said Monday.The bureau said that as many as 119,487 Sri Lankans sought foreign employment this year, adding to the existing number of 1.5 million who are employed abroad. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 16:07:43 EST 2000

Prospects for SAARC summit bleak
Yahoo India, Tuesday December 19, 12:00 AM. NEW DELHI\. A SAARC summit in the near future is not on the cards. There is little doubt about it, given New Delhi's tough line, but the lingering hope of second thoughts on its part vanished when Sri Lanka's latest bid to resolve the deadlock failed to work. Revival of the summit process was one of the two major subjects of discussion between the Sri Lanka Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, and his Indian counterpart, Mr. Jaswant Singh, during his visit last week. Sri Lanka, which had hosted the last summit in Colombo in July 1998, and in that capacity was the chairman of the grouping since then, was keen to pass on this responsibility to Nepal, the next host. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 17:36:43 EST 2000
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Early resumption of SAARC unlikely  - India Abroad

No deadline set to nab Veerappan: Krishna
The Hindu (Southern States), Tuesday, December 19, 2000. CHENNAI, The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. S. M. Krishna, today said that the forest brigand, Veerappan and his Tamil extremist associates were still in the jungles and had not fled to Jaffna.``We have enough reasons to believe he (Veerappan) would not have gone to Jaffna'', Mr. Krishna told the media, when he visited the State Congress(I) office today. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 17:38:12 EST 2000

Immigrants in Greek prison stitch their mouths in protest
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Monday December 18. Thirteen immigrants in a prison near Athens yesterday sewed their lips in protest as they continue to be held by Greek authorities despite their deportation orders having expired. The 13 consist of Sri Lankan's, Pakistani's and Bangladeshi's who say their detention is unfair and that they should be released if the authorities cannot ensure that they are deported back to their mother-land. The prisoners are reportedly being backed in the protest by some 200 other detainees, while five of the thirteen who had stitched their mouths had to be rushed to hospital today to receive urgent medical attention.
Published: Mon Dec 18 07:11:41 EST 2000

Night curfew to be lifted in Jaffna for Christmas and New Year
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Monday December 18. The night curfew in Jaffna will be lifted on December 24, and 31 to allow the large number of Christians in the area to carry out religious observances. The curfew which is usually in force daily between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. will not be enforced on these days, a statement from the Palaly military base said.
Published: Mon Dec 18 07:11:41 EST 2000

Docs at Batticaloa Teaching Hospital threaten union action
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 a.m. SLT Monday December 18. Doctors at the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital have threatened trade union action if their demands for proper security and resident facilities are not met. The doctors say that despite a letter to this effect sent recently to medical authorities in Colombo, the doctors are being treated with the same dis-regard they have undergone since they continue to be forced into taking up internship postings in high risk areas.

After the death of one doctor from this hospital two weeks ago, almost all doctors working in strife torn areas pulled out and returned to Colombo. They maintain that apart from a lack of security for those serving in these areas, local doctors are treated badly and not even paid their due allowances for tending to the sick in the war zone.

The resident facilities afforded to docs in the north and east is also in a deplorable state and the young interns are expected to survive for a year at least under trying conditions before they are posted elsewhere.
Published: Mon Dec 18 07:11:39 EST 2000


ICRC to carry 13 metric tons of medicine to the north today
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9 a.m. SLT Monday December 18. The International Committee of the Red Cross will carry 13 metric tons of medicine to Jaffna today. The medical items will be shipped on the ICRC escorted vessel the 'Jaya Gold' which is scheduled to leave from Trincomalee this afternoon. The ICRC will also take over 2000 mailbags on the same trip to the strife torn northern city, Jaffna.
Published: Mon Dec 18 07:11:38 EST 2000

UK to stop refugees entering via Eurostar
CDN, Monday, 18 December. Britain's battle to block illegal immigrants commonly known as 'economic refugees' from countries like Sri Lanka and many other parts of the world will soon be shifted to the other side of the English channel-Calais. This move by the Home Office is designed to halt asylum seekers entering Britain using the channel tunnel train 'Eurostar'. A Home Office spokesman told the Daily News that it is estimated that over 9,000 illegal immigrants will use Eurostar in the year 2001. From early next year teams from the British Immigration Service will check travellers on Eurostar trains at the stop prior to the train entering Britain via the tunnel that runs under the sea. They will have powers to detain any suspect and refuse entry into the Britain even though they may have obtained British visas at the point of origin. Officials have detected that asylum seekers who board the Eurostar in Paris More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 04:33:13 EST 2000

Chandrika –Prabhakaran meeting to sign peace deal after talks; Possible only if LTTE leader comes out of his Wanni hide-out–Kadirgamar
Island, Monday, 18 December. NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar says a meeting between President Chandrika Kumaratunge and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supremo Velupillai Prabhakar is possible only to sign a peace agreement after it is hammered out through negotiations."We cannot let the president meet the LTTE leader now," he told me during a lunch hosted in his honour by the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) of South Asia at the Taj Palace Hotel here today. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 04:29:06 EST 2000

Bomb-scarred President Lanka?s best bet
Yahoo India, Sunday December 17, 3:35 AM. 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. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 04:23:17 EST 2000

Lanka to set up new anti-Tiger force
Times of India, 19 December 2000 . Sri Lanka is setting up a new force to fight Tamil Tiger terrorism and eradicate the separatist war within three years, a state-run daily said on Monday. The Dinamina Sinhalese language daily quoting Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said here that the new force will be set up with the objective of protecting the country's territorial integrity. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 16:06:31 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka to build new volunteer force to fight Tigers  - 123India.com

Sri Lanka President marks near-death anniversary with aid meet
123India.com, Dec 18 2000 13:07 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 18 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga marked the first anniversary of her narrow brush with death Monday with calls for international support for her controversial peace drive, officials said. Kumaratunga will be at a two-day aid meeting opening in Paris Monday, Sri Lanka's information department director Ariya Rubasinghe said adding that donors were expected to make aid pledges on Tuesday. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 04:19:50 EST 2000

Astrologers tell India to beware its neighbours
Yahoo India, Monday December 18, 11:46 AM. GUWAHATI, India, Dec 18 (AFP) - A convention of South Asian astrologers and Hindu sages has warned India not to get "over-friendly" with its regional rivals, Pakistan and China. At least 500 well-known astrologers and sages from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka gathered in the Assam state capital Guwahati at the weekend for the 40th International Jyotish Maha Sammelan (International Astrologers Meet) to discuss issues ranging from war and peace to the relevance of mysticism. More...
Published: Mon Dec 18 04:22:33 EST 2000

Cricket Interview - India, Pak and Lanka should help us, says B'desh's first centurion Aminul Islam
Yahoo India, December 19. Aminul Islam, the first Bangladeshi player to score a Test hundred wants cricket powers Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka to assist his country in establishing itself as a strong Test playing cricket nation.Islam who earned the honour of scoring Bangladesh's first Test hundred in its maiden Test against India last month in Dhaka, told "Narad Online" he had no doubt that their was enough passion and love for the game and talent in his country to ensure Bangladesh justified its inclusion as the 10th Test playing nation. More...
Published: Tue Dec 19 20:01:10 EST 2000

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