The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 261

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Sri Lanka offensive after ceasefire call
BBC South Asia, Friday, 22 December, 2000, 08:43 GMT . The Sri Lankan military says it has begun a new offensive against Tamil Tiger guerillas --- less than twenty-four hours after the separatist group offered a unilateral cease-fire. A defence ministry spokesman said government forces had broken out of their defensive positions, and were advancing on the northern Jaffna peninsula, where the Tamil Tigers have been fighting for a separate homeland. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 07:25:07 EST 2000
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Heavy Sri Lanka fighting kills 76 amid Tiger truce offer, Dec 22 2000 19:16 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 22 (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops launched a massive land, sea and air offensive against Tamil separatists, leaving at least 76 dead in total, hours after the rebels had offered a Christmas truce to open peace talks, officials said. Heavily armed soldiers backed by tanks, aircraft and navy gun boats mounted the onslaught at dawn and captured about 35 square kilometres (21 square miles) from Tiger rebels on the Jaffna peninsula, the defence ministry said. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 10:51:18 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka fighting kills 52  -
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Lanka launches offensive despite rebel ceasefire  - The Hindustan Times
Sri Lanka attacks despite Tiger 'truce'  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka troops mount fresh offensive  -
Sri Lanka mounts fresh offensive as Tigers offer truce  -
Army launch operation in Jaffna  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

Sri Lankan troops ignore Tamil cease-fire offer, launch offensive
MSNBC, december 22. Government forces brushed off a Tamil rebel cease-fire offer and launched a massive offensive that left 76 people dead Friday in northern Sri Lanka. The military captured a strategic bridge and killed 51 rebels, military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said. He said 24 soldiers and one officer were killed, and 47 soldiers were wounded. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 20:28:54 EST 2000
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Military launches attack on Jaffna  - The Hindu
LTTE declares ceasefire  - The Hindustan Times
Full Story >>  - India Abroad
Tigers offer month-long ceasefire  -
Sri Lanka attacks before Tiger 'truce'  - BBC South Asia
Tamil Tigers declare month-long truce  - India Abroad
Tamil Tigers declare ceasefire  - BBC South Asia
Tigers offer Sri Lanka "festive" truce to revive peace bid  -
Tamil Tigers say truce is a gesture of goodwill  - MSNBC
Sri Lanka rebels declare ceasefire  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka considering Tiger truce offer  -
Tigers offer truce to revive Oslo peace bid  -

An ailing economy, but few are complaining
The Hindu (International), Saturday, December 23, 2000. COLOMBO, DEC. 22. Sri Lanka's economy is ailing, so everyone is wearing sackcloth and ashes and is on a diet of bread and water, right? Wrong. For sheer living it up, the Sri Lankan capital takes the cake. The rupee has tumbled against the dollar, prices are high, but if the cost of living is pinching anyone, they do not live here perhaps. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 20:25:29 EST 2000

Lanka under pressure to respond to Tiger truce
India Abroad, Dec 22, 2000 16:30 Hrs (IST) . INTERNATIONAL pressure began to mount on Sri Lanka Friday to reciprocate a unilateral truce announced by Tamil Tiger separatists even as the military launched a fresh offensive against the rebels in the northern Jaffna peninsula. British junior foreign minister Peter Hain urged Colombo to "follow suit and seize the opportunity offered by this initiative," a day after the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they would observe a one-month ceasefire beginning Sunday to help set peace talks in motion. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 20:30:05 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan Govt Urged To Start Peace Talks With Rebels  - Yahoo India

Britain asks Sri Lanka to reciprocate Tiger truce, Dec 22 2000 10:32 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 22 (AFP) - Britain Friday welcomed a unilateral Christmas ceasefire offered by Tamil Tiger rebels and asked the Sri Lankan government to reciprocate and pave the way for peace negotiations. Britain's junior foreign minister Peter Hain said in a statement sent here that he welcomed Thursday's announcment by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas that they would observe a month-long truce. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 01:24:49 EST 2000

Has the fizz started to run out?
Yahoo India, december 22. WITH SRI Lanka beaten in the first two one-dayers against South Africa, many are asking as to whether the fizz has started to run out. That is how quickly people tend to forget how a team has performed before. While it was only two matches ago that Sri Lanka was said to be at peak of its form and was expected to play out of its skin in South Africa, and it is far too early to make any unfavourable predictions, one also tends to believe that it needs to quickly assess its shortcomings, and eradicate any negative thoughts, if these have already entered the minds of the Lankans. More...
Published: Fri Dec 22 20:27:32 EST 2000

LTTE declares an unilateral cease fire for one month.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1750 SLT 21.12.00. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam today announced an unilateral cease fire for one month amidst a deadlock in efforts to start peace talks. " the cease fire would come into effect from midnight of December 24th" a statement issued by LTTE's international secretariat in London said. The statement said the LTTE would extend the cease fire if the government reciprocate the move. The LTTE said it was declaring the cease fire to facilitate peace talks with the Sri Lankan Government. Yesterday Norwegian government said the talks would be delayed because of differences between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE.The LTTE has demanded de-escalation of the conflict before talks can begin while the government has refused saying deescalation should be discussed parallel to political talks to end the 18 year old war. end
Published: Thu Dec 21 07:04:08 EST 2000

Army unhappy about public response
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, CT 10.00 a.m.Thursday December 21. by Bandula Jayasekara in Toronto: Sri Lanka army is unhappy with the response it received from the public despite their aggressive recruitment drive launched in October. A senior military official told ‘The Lanka Academic’ last night. He said, “ We cannot be happy about the response we received for our recruitment drive. May be they are the real indicators of public opinion”

The military official also said “But, still many posters are appearing on walls saying that everyone wants war. I just cannot understand that” The Sri Lankan army launched an aggressive recruitment drive to recruit ten thousand soldiers to the army. Commander of the army General Lionel Balagalle appealed to the youth of the country at the time to join hands to bring the war to an end.
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:06:33 EST 2000

LTTE leader pleads against deportation
India Abroad, Dec 21, 2000 19:40 Hrs (IST) . DESPITE five years of legal wrangling and the serving of deportation orders by Canada's Federal Court of Appeal, Manickavasagam Suresh, alleged to be Tamil Tiger leader, is still in the country pleading against his deportation. Suresh has now appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada against the deportation order on the ground that he would be tortured in Sri Lanka. Canada, he said, cannot deport people if they might be tortured back in their home countries. Canada's intelligence service has alleged that Suresh is an international leader of Tamil Tigers or the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sent to Canada to raise money. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:26:26 EST 2000

Cycling UNP parliamentarians becomes a laughing stock
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, CT 11 a.m. Thursday 21 December. UNP parliamentarians cycled to parliament to protest against the rising cost of fuel.The UNP members cycled to the parliament with their luxury cars and bodyguards behind them. The Daily Mirror had carried a photograph of a struggling UNP Member of Parliament H.G.P. Nelson making a desperate attempt to get on top of a cycle.

One person said “ They just drove away in their luxury cars having sent the cycles in a pickup truck. This is not what we want. We want our politician’s government or opposition to set an example.
Published: Thu Dec 21 11:10:30 EST 2000

Domino's Pizza To Start Operations In Sri Lanka Fri
Yahoo India, december 21. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--International fast-food chain Domino's Pizza Inc. (X.DPI) will start operations in Sri Lanka Friday, an official said Thursday. Domino's has struck a partnership with Sri Lanka's Cargills Ltd. in a bid to set up and expand its operations in the island nation. A spokesman for Cargills said the company will initially invest around 120 million Sri Lankan rupees (US =LKR82.82) in the new venture. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:39:57 EST 2000

Amnesty flays torture, killings of Tamils in Lanka
Times of India (Breaking News), 21 December . Amnesty International said on Thursday it was concerned about young Tamil men being tortured and then killed allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy in a remote eastern town. Two Tamil men were picked up by personnel of the Sri Lankan Navy in the coastal town of Nilaveli on December 13 and a day later their bodies were found, the London-based group said in a statement made available in Colombo. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:33:47 EST 2000

Bringing home comfort to the city slums where monsoon season means misery
Independent, UK, Thursday, 21 December. When the Chinese government extended the hand of friendship to Sri Lanka in the 1970s and offered to build an international conference centre in the middle of Colombo, there was only one problem: the chosen site was already fully occupied. So the working-class community living there was scooped up and deposited on the city's northern fringes, between the coast and the river Kelani. The conference hall was duly built, and in 1976 a summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement was held there. And without apparent irony, Colombo's newest slum became known as Summit-pura, Summit Town. In 25 years Summit-pura has grown up. Colombo's slums are not the sprawling, anarchic disaster zones encountered in other parts of the subcontinent. The tiny houses are lined up neatly either side of narrow paths flanked by open drains. There are stand-pipes and common latrines. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 04:09:35 EST 2000

Donors use aid to pressure Lanka on rights record: UNP
India Abroad, Dec 21, 2000 22:40 Hrs (IST) . SRI LANKA'S main opposition said Thursday that the country's donor community has used foreign aid as a weapon to pressure the Kumaratunga government to improve its poor human rights record and strengthen democracy. For the first time, a meeting of Sri Lanka's aid donors ended in Paris this week without the group announcing the amount of financial assistance that will be given to the island. Main opposition United National Party (UNP) legislators told reporters the aid group, known as the Sri Lanka Development Forum, had also wanted the government to ensure that democracy was strengthened with the establishment of independent commissions to run the police, public service and the judiciary. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 15:45:03 EST 2000
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No putting off of local polls, voting rights for Sri Lankans working abroad, assures Minister Jayaratne
Island, Thursday, 21 December. The Executive Committee of the Peoples Alliance has decided that the forthcoming local government polls would be held on time and the government was considering granting voting rights to over 600,000 Sri Lankans who had migrated abroad for employment, said PA General Secretary Minister D. M. Jayaratne yesterday.Minister Jayaratne who said it was decided that the forthcoming local government polls would be held under the present proportional representation system and the government would not delay the polls 'by even a day'.He denied reports that the PA would go ahead and back the election of the Basnayake Nilame of the Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya as a stepping stone to secure the Kataragama and other forthcoming local government polls for the PA. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 04:27:14 EST 2000

Battles in Sri Lanka's northeast leave 20 dead
Times of India (Breaking News), 21 December . Sri Lanka: Tamil Tiger rebels and troops fought heated battles in the northeast on Thursday leaving at least 20 dead and five injured, a military spokesman said. Rebels fired mortars at a naval camp in Trincomalee town killing five naval personnel and injuring three, said Brig. Sanath Karunaratne.The attack was launched on a base situated about five kilometres (three miles) north of Trincomalee, causing naval forces at the camp to retaliate, he said. No details were immediately available of rebel casualties More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 10:31:27 EST 2000
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A bonanza for re-elected MPs in Lanka
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, December 20. Re-elected members of the Sri Lankan Parliament will be getting a third chance to import duty free a luxury car worth several thousand US dollars with state funding. Till the end of the last parliament, every MP got two chances to import a vehicle worth US $ 25,500 duty free with government funds. Now, the Kumaratunga Government has allowed MPs who have completed 10 years, a third chance to import such a vehicle. More...
Published: Thu Dec 21 03:55:17 EST 2000

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