The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 259

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A decisive stage in Manickavasagam deportation case?
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, CT 11.30 a.m. Wednesday 20. By Bandula Jayasekara in Toronto The Suresh Manikavasagam case has reached a decisive stage with the Supreme Court of Canada allowing seven lobby groups to intervene in the case. It will decide whether Canada can deport a suspected terrorist to a country where they might be tortured.

National Post reported today that all the groups are expected to argue against the deportation of Manikavasagam alleged by the Canadian intelligence service to be an international leader of the Tamil Tigers, sent to Toronto to raise money for the LTTE. Suresh arrived in Canada in 1990 posing as a refugee. Later the Canadian federal court found him to be a member of the Tamil Tigers and a threat to Canada’s national security. A deportation order was issued in 1997. However Manikavasagam appealed to the Supreme Court on the grounds that Canada cannot deport people if they might be tortured in their country.

In the past when this case had come up the Sri Lankan government is understood to have issued a guarantee to the Canadian government, if deported to Sri Lanka, Manikavasagam will not be tortured and his fundamental rights would be safe guarded. Many Moderate Sri Lankans both Sinhala and Tamil, ‘The Lanka Academic’ spoke to in Toronto is supportive of Suresh Manikavasagam’s deportation to Sri Lanka. They said, “ We like to send a message to the Canadian government that we are law abiding citizens of Canada and not people who like to stay here at any cost”
Published: Wed Dec 20 11:31:50 EST 2000

No Connection Fee! Calls to Sri Lanka, only 39c/m!
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Foreign donors tell Lanka to end war
India Abroad, Dec 20, 2000 18:35 Hrs (IST) . SRI Lanka's foreign donors have urged the government to end the decades-long separatist conflict, reduce poverty and for the first time, have refrained from publicizing the volume of aid they have pledged to Colombo. At the end of a two-day conference of the 24 donor countries and aid agencies in the Sri Lanka Development Forum grouping in Paris, participants said in a statement Wednesday: "A resolution of the ongoing conflict and the need to build efficient institutions and economic infrastructure were the most critical requirements for reducing poverty and improving the lives of all people in Sri Lanka." "All delegates to the forum pointed out the deep linkages between poverty and conflict," said the statement issued by the World Bank, which organizes the conclave.Political analysts noted that the statement avoided mentioning how much aid would be given to Sri Lanka, as previous post-meeting communiqués have done. After the last meeting in May 1998, the World Bank had announced that donors had promised $780 million in development aid. More...
Published: Wed Dec 20 16:38:52 EST 2000
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Paris Forum appeal to Colombo  - The Hindu (International)
Donors ask Sri Lanka to end civil war  - Times of India (Breaking News)

EU endorses Kumaratunga's handling of Lanka crisis
India Abroad, Dec 20, 2000 17:30 Hrs (IST) . RI Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, currently touring France on a private visit, has won a political battle of sorts here in Europe with the European Union (EU) issuing a very positive statement about her government's handling of the ongoing crisis in Sri Lanka. Kumaratunga arrived in Paris Monday for a meeting of the Paris Club of donor countries or the World Bank's International Development Forum, which decides the quantum of aid to be given to the world's developing countries. In a statement issued by the EU presidency, currently held by France, the EU has confirmed its readiness to provide constructive support to the Sri Lankan government and recognized Kumaratunga's efforts to improve human rights in her country. The statement also reiterated that any solution must not breach Sri Lanka's territorial integrity and unity. More...
Published: Wed Dec 20 10:27:13 EST 2000

Sri Lanka fighting kills 14, Dec 20 2000 14:34 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 20 (AFP) - Fresh fighting in Sri Lanka's northeast left at least 14 people killed while security forces unearthed more than 600 anti-personnel mines during a single search, defence officials said Wednesday. Eight members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and and four soldiers were killed in separate clashes while two civilians were gunned down by suspected Tiger rebels, the defence ministry said. More...
Published: Wed Dec 20 10:26:33 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka mounts peace pressure on Tigers  -

Amnesty condemns Nimalarajan killing
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 20 December 1230 GMT. A highly reputed international Human Rights Organisation condemned the murder of jaffna journalist Nimalarajan Myilvaganam in his home two months ago. Ingrid Massage of Amnesty International told The Lanka Academic " We strongly condemn this murder. We are still in a process of gathering information on who is behind this attack". She said that their findings will be published in AI’s annual report.

Nimalarajan was shot and grenades thrown to his home on 19th of October, hours after the newly appointed cabinet ministers, including Northern Development minister Douglas Devananda, sworn in. His parents and eleven year old nephew were also attacked and stabbed. Colombo journalists say as there are no progress in the investigations, police spokesmen including SSP Rienzie Perera, are reluctant to comment.

The Nimalarajan Foundation was launched in London last month by a group of human rights and media organisations. International award winning film director Prasanna Vithanage delivered the memorial speech on Media and the War. "I see the Sri Lankan media portraying the war more like a game than a tragedy. The main crux of the reporting revolved around the number of soldiers or rebels dead, read out like a scorecard of some sinister ball game. They always reported saying that the government is gaining an upper hand. As a lasting result of this irresponsible behaviour of the Sinhala media of the south, the war became a distant experience conducted by a distant group of people on our behalf." he said.

"The country needs journalists who are brave enough to report what they see, regardless of the present hypocrisy. If this does not happen in the North, as well as in the South, I do not see a future for Sri Lanka" Mr. Vithanage further added.
Published: Wed Dec 20 07:42:20 EST 2000

ADB approves $78 m loan for Sri Lankan project
Times of India, 21 December 2000 . The Asia Development Bank (ADB) said ON Wednesday it had approved a $78 million financial package for the construction of Sri Lanka's largest private power project. The Manila-based bank said in a statement that the package would comprise an ADB loan for $26 million as well as a loan for $52 million from a syndicate of commercial banks under ADB's so-called partial risk guarantee scheme. More...
Published: Wed Dec 20 16:49:47 EST 2000

Sri Lankan militants lodged in special camp
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on December 20, 2000. Madurai,(PTI): Six Sri Lankan militants, who sneaked into India through the southern coast of Ramanathapuram district recently, were lodged in a special camp after interrogation, police said today. Following the incident, vigil in the coastal areas, especially in Ramanathapuram, had been tightened, official sources here said. According to a `Q' Branch police official, timely action by the police led to the identification of these Sri Lankans as belonging to the militant group. More...
Published: Wed Dec 20 16:45:55 EST 2000

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

Sri Lanka steps up security for Christmas shopping, 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

Sabre-rattling may hamper Lankan peace process, says facilitator Norway
The Hindustan Times, Colombo December 19. Norway, which is trying to facilitate peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and LTTE, has said that the belligerent statements now being made by the two warring parties may hamper the peace process. "The statements show that there is a gap between the positions, which may prevent the parties from moving into a process which may lead to direct talks in the near future. More...
Published: Wed Dec 20 03:54:04 EST 2000

Sri Lanka lawmakers ride bicycles to protest price rise, Dec 20 2000 10:11 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 20 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition lawmakers rode bicycles to the tightly-guarded national parliament Wednesday in a show of protest against rising oil prices and cost of living. Thirteen United National Party (UNP) MPs took part in the demonstration while their bodyguards followed closely in four-wheel drive vehicles. More...
Published: Wed Dec 20 03:53:46 EST 2000

Sri Lankan Govt. tries to coax the Tigers back to the table, 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
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‘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, 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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Donor Nations Urge Sri Lanka To End War, Speed Up Reforms  - Yahoo India
Sri Lanka ready for concessions to rebels-state media  - Yahoo
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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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, 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  -
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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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

Consolation win for India
Yahoo India, 21 December 2000. NEW DELHI. India scored a consolation win over Sri Lanka, which was just one of many things that went on expected lines, on the last day of the league phase, in the Asian junior women's basketball championship at the NDMC Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday. The Asia Development Bank (ADB) said ON Wednesday.India 94 (Poonam Singh 29, Sofi Sam 20, Divya Singh 11) bt Sri Lanka 59 (M.A.K. Kumari 17, D.S.Dilrukshi 12); More...
Published: Wed Dec 20 16:54:12 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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