The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 264

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US Supreme Court moved against ban on Tamil Tigers
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, December 25. THE NEW York based non-profit organisation, Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), has moved to the US Supreme Court seeking a review of the ban on foreign "terrorist" organisations, including the LTTE, in the United States. The LTTE is banned in the US, Sri Lanka and India. Among the plaintiffs with the CCR, are five US based Sri Lankan Tamil organisations and one Dr. Jeyalingam, a Jaffna-born Tamil surgeon who is a naturalised US citizen. One of the attorneys appearing for the CCR is Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, a prominent pro-LTTE activist in the US. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 17:51:55 EST 2000

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Missing bodies found, more Sri Lankan soldiers held
Virtual New York, Monday, 25 December 2000 13:04 (ET). The Sri Lankan police Monday recovered the bodies of eight civilians reported missing from Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula and arrested an army officer and eight soldiers in connection with the killings. The defense ministry said in a statement that the civil police found the bodies with the assistance of the military police from Mirusuvil village in the peninsula. The local magistrate was also present at the time the bodies were recovered. Bodies have been shifted to a local hospital for an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 13:59:43 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Tigers violate own truce: ministry, Dec 25 2000 17:01 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 25 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas Monday violated their unilateral truce within hours of it going into effect in the northern peninsula of Jaffna, the defence ministry here said. A member of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) lobbed a grenade at army soldiers at Kaithady at dawn on Christmas Day, seriously wounding one trooper, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 12:19:35 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka rebels attack troops despite ceasefire  - MSNBC
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Tigers call for international pressure to make Lanka join truce  - India Abroad

Tamil Tigers pledge to hold ceasefire
BBC South Asia, Monday, 25 December, 2000, 19:28 GMT . Tamil Tiger separatists in Sri Lanka say they will continue to observe a one-month unilateral ceasefire even though it has been rejected by the government.The Tigers say they will not carry out any operations until 24 January, but reserve the right to defend themselves. The group appealed to the government to reconsider its position on the ceasefire, and called on the international community to persuade Sri Lanka to change its approach. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 23:06:48 EST 2000
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Europe*Star to Provide Ethnic Programming Distribution Via Satellite From Sri Lanka to Europe
stockhouse, december . Europe*Star, a joint venture between Alcatel Spacecom of France and Loral Space & Communications (NYSE:LOR), has agreed to provide Ku-band satellite capacity for Electroteks, an international telecom carrier and broadcasting company based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to carry ethnic Sri Lankan TV direct from Sri Lanka to Europe.Electroteks is expanding its services beyond Europe to include the Middle East, the United States and Australia. "Europe*Star provides us with the opportunity of realizing our goals," stated B.A.C. Abeywardena, chairman and managing director of Electroteks Network Services (Pte) Limited.With the Europe*Star 1 satellite, our customers in Europe can now receive Sinhalese TV programs directly in their homes through small antennae." More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 20:09:08 EST 2000

Guns fall silent in Sri Lanka
The Hindu NUS, December 25, 2000. Colombo, (UNI): Guns fell silent in north-east Sri Lanka as both the Government and LTTE decided to observe truce on Christmas day today as a goodwill gesture. ``In keeping with military tradition, our guns will be silent today to mark the Christmas, a day of peace and reconciliation. There will be no offensive military action,'' Army spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 23:12:43 EST 2000
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One day ceasefire on Christmas Day in Sri Lanka  -
Christmas truce talk in Sri Lanka even as Norway peace bid hits snags  -
Guns silent in war-torn Sri Lanka  - Virtual New York
Sri Lankan army rules out Christmas offensive  - Yahoo India
Sri Lanka Begins 24-Hour Christmas Truce Against Rebels  - Yahoo India

Sri Lanka arrests five soldiers over civilian disappearances, Dec 25 2000 12:53 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 25 (AFP) - Five soldiers have been arrested in Sri Lanka in connection with investigations into the disappearances of eight people in the northern peninsula of Jaffna, the defence ministry said Monday. Eight civilians who travelled to the village of Mirusuvil were reported missing since December 19 and the authorities were seeking more information from their relatives, the ministry said in a statement. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 03:12:25 EST 2000

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Published: Sun Dec 24 13:15:52 EST 2000

Embattled Sri Lanka marks Christmas with call for peace, Dec 25 2000 10:06 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 25 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga marked Christmas with a call for peace and unity in her embattled nation where a Norwegian-backed peace process has reached an impasse. In a Christmas message President Kumaratunga said the country had reached a decisive stage in its quest for peace and that her government was deeply committed to achieving "the noble ideals of Christ." More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 01:21:57 EST 2000

LTTE firm on ceasefire despite govt rejection
NDTV/MSNBC, December 25 . In Sri Lanka, the LTTE has announced that it will stick to its month long unilateral ceasefire plans. The LTTE decided to go ahead with the ceasefire despite the Lankan government's refusal to reciprocate. The announcement was made by the LTTE on Sunday night over its clandestine Voice of Tigers radio station. The ceasefire will extend through the New Year and Pongal in mid-January. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 01:23:05 EST 2000

Cricket - Sri Lanka Tops In 2000
Yahoo India, December 25. Sri Lanka, who won 16 of 21 one day internationals in 2000, finished top in rating with a success percentage of 76.19. The Islanders finished ninth in last year's rating.Pakistan who finished top last year, came fifth in this year's rating with a success percentage of 48.78. Pakistan has won 20 of 41 one day internationals played this year. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 12:25:51 EST 2000

FTA between India, Lanka to facilitate bilateral trade: CII
Yahoo India, december 25. The free trade agreement (FTA) between India and Sri Lanka would further facilitate investment and expand bilateral trade between the two countries. This was stated by Arun Bharat Ram, president, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), on his return from the high-level CEO s mission to Sri Lanka during December 21-22. The CII chief said that Sri Lanka was growing at a fast pace as a major export market for Indian goods. India s exports to Sri Lanka have increased from 430 million in 1997-98 to 520 million in 1999-2000. Imports from Sri Lanka had also increased from 27 million to 46 million during the same period, he added. he FTA, according to Bharat Ram, would provide a greater momentum to this growth. CII and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) have been working together for the last several years to promote such closer cooperation between the two countries, he added. Bharat Ram was accompanied by Subodh Bhargava, past president of CII, Tarun Das, director-general, CII and others. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 12:22:19 EST 2000

Indian fishermen made to fish for Lankan Navy
Times of India (Breaking News), 25 December 2000 . Sixteen fishermen of Rameswaram coast, who were reported missing since December 20, returned Sunday after they were forced to do fishing for the Sri Lankan Navy, official sources said here Monday.While the first batch was nabbed by the Sri Lankan Navy near Kachathivu, the second batch was taken into custody near Talaimannar. The boat operators alleged that they were asked to fish for the Sri Lankan navalmen. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 03:13:48 EST 2000

Bloodbath of child Tigers in Army attack
Yahoo India, Sunday December 24, 2:35 AM. Sri Lankan troops shot dead more than a dozen child soldiers during a commando-style operation in the Jaffna peninsula, while seven rebels were captured alive, the defence ministry said on Sunday.We had a bait for the Tigers at Navatkuli,? ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. ?They swallowed it, and we got them. There were no civilians in the area, and it is clear the Tigers had deployed child soldiers.? More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 17:09:06 EST 2000

Sri Lanka rejects Tiger truce, Norway bid stalled
Yahoo India, Sunday December 24, 3:30 PM. Colombo, Dec 24 (PTI) Sri Lanka has rejected reciprocating a unilateral ceasefire offered by Tamil Tiger guerrillas in a bid to kick-start Norway-backed peace process. Sri Lankan government ended days of speculation by flatly rejecting ceasefire as called by LTTE to revive peace process. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanakaye said military action against the LTTE will be kept up till they agree to honestly engage in peace negotiations with the government. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 14:27:59 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka government rejects rebel ceasefire  - BBC South Asia
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Sri Lanka troops kill child soldiers, take POWs  -
Norway peace bid hits truce deadlock, child soldiers killed  -

Sri Lanka snubs rebel truce, Sunday, December 24, 2000. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Sunday rejected a unilateral ceasefire by Tamil Tiger rebels and said military operations would continue until peace talks begin. "The government considers a ceasefire as a consequent step that would arise when negotiations proceed to the mutual satisfaction of both sides," said a statement from the Presidential Secretariat. "The government of Sri Lanka repeats its call to the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) to engage honestly in this opportunity for peace. Until then, military operations will continue," the statement said. The LTTE, which is fighting for a separate state for minority Tamils in the country's north and east, said on Thursday it would unilaterally "cease hostile military actions" for one month beginning midnight on Sunday. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 14:21:50 EST 2000
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Lankan Govt rejects LTTE ceasefire offer  - India Abroad

Early resumption of SAARC unlikely
India Abroad, Dec 18, 2000 16:45 Hrs (IST) . SRI Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has ruled out the possibility of the 11th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit taking place in the immediate future, but expressed hope for an early resumption of the summit. The SAARC comprising India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives has not met at a summit level since November 1999, when its 11th meeting to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal was postponed under pressure from India. New Delhi had then expressed opposition to Pakistan's participation after a military coup in that country in October of that year. More...
Published: Mon Dec 25 01:22:00 EST 2000

Norway peace bid hits new impasse with truce deadlock, Dec 24 2000 11:09 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 24 (AFP) - Norway's attempts to broker peace in Sri Lanka hit a new snag Sunday as the Colombo government rejected calls from Tamil Tiger rebels and Britain to reciprocate a Christmas truce offered by the guerrillas. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanakaye refused the rebel truce and said military action against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would be maintained until they agreed to "honestly" engage in talks. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:25:36 EST 2000
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TULF urges Norway mediation as Lanka rejects Tiger truce  - India Abroad
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Vaiko wants Colombo to halt offensive
The Hindu (Southern States), Monday, December 25, 2000. CHENNAI, DEC. 24. The MDMK general secretary and M.P., Mr. Vaiko has urged the Sri Lankan Government to immediately stop its military offensive, respecting the peace sentiments associated with Christmas, the coming New Year and the Tamils' harvest festival of 'Pongal' in January. Colombo should give up the military option if the Norwegian Government's peace initiative to help resolve the protracted ethnic crisis in the island-republic was to bear fruit, Mr. Vaiko said in a statement here. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 17:07:58 EST 2000

Govt. must rethink position, says pro-talks lobby
The Hindu (International), Monday, December 25, 2000. COLOMBO, DEC. 24. Sri Lanka's hesitant peace process seemed to have hit another speed- bump with the Government decision not to reciprocate the LTTE's unilateral month-long ceasefire which is to take effect from midnight today. As the prospect of more fighting loomed once again, political parties and organisations that favour early peace talks between the two sides said the Government must ``re-think'' its position and called for a more vigorous role by third parties to bring them to the negotiating table. The Government on Saturday said a ceasefire could be a ``consequent step'' that would arise when negotiations progressed to the ``mutual satisfaction'' of both sides. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 17:07:32 EST 2000

'Lanka a major export market'
Yahoo India, december 24. By Our Bureau, NEW DELHI, Dec. 24 THE free trade agreement between India and Sri Lanka would further facilitate investment and expand bilateral trade between the two countries, the President of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr Arun Bharat Ram, said on Saturday. A CII statement, issued after the return of Mr Arun Bharat Ram from a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, states that the island nation is a major export market for Indian goods in South Asia. India's exports to Sri Lanka have increased from 430 million during 1997-98 to 520 million during 1999-2000 while imports from Sri Lanka have also increased from 27 million to 46 million. ``The free trade agreement will provide a greater momentum to this growth,'' he said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 17:09:51 EST 2000

'Child soldiers' die in Sri Lanka battle
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 24 December, 2000, 14:09 GMT . At least 12 child rebel soldiers have been shot dead by Sri Lankan forces in an offensive in the Jaffna peninsula, say government officials. The heavy clashes came after the government rejected the offer of a ceasefire by Tamil Tiger rebels, which is due to come into effect at midnight on Sunday. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 14:27:21 EST 2000
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Cricket-Muralitharan looks to join "300 Club"
Yahoo India, december 24. Sri Lankan master off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan seeks to join test cricket's "300 Club" in the first test with South Africa starting on Tuesday. Muralitharan has taken 291 wickets in 57 tests and if he captures his 300th scalp in this series he will have done so in fewer matches than any other bowler except for Australia's Dennis Lillee, who reached 300 wickets in his 55th test. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 14:25:30 EST 2000

LTTE rejects peace talks without ceasefire
India Abroad, Dec 17, 2000 14:10 Hrs (IST) . SRI Lanka's Tamil Tiger separatists rejected opening peace talks with the government without a ceasefire in place, even as the rebels faced a new military offensive in the northern Jaffna peninsula over the weekend. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in a statement sent from its London secretariat, urged foreign intervention to persuade Colombo to agree to a de- escalation of hostilities before negotiations. Accusing the government of carrying on with the military-campaign to placate warmongers among the island nation's Sinhala majority community, the LTTE said it "called upon the international community to use its good offices to persuade the Sri Lankan government to abandon its hard-line militaristic approach and seek a negotiated political settlement in a climate of peace and goodwill." More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:26:16 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan military wary of LTTE offer  - The Hindu (International)

Sri Lanka lack form ahead of South Africa Test
Yahoo India, december 24. DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 24 (AFP) - Sri Lanka go into the first of three Tests against South Africa at Kingsmead Tuesday with several of their key players lacking form. Only Mahela Jayawardene of the touring teams batsmen has been a consistent scorer and the tourists will face a searching examination from South Africas fast bowlers on a pitch which usually offers plenty of pace and bounce. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 14:30:40 EST 2000

MDMK decries Lankan Army operations
Yahoo India, Saturday December 23, 11:11 AM. Chennai, Dec 24 (PTI) The continuation of the Sri Lankan Army's offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) even after the Tiger rebels announced a ceasefire had "exposed the true colours" of the island government, MDMK general secretary Vaiko has said. In a statement here on Saturday, Vaiko, whose party is one of the constituents of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in India, said Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga should immediately stop army operations as Christmas, New Year's Day and the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal were round the corner. He likened the continuance of military operations by the Sri Lankan forces even after the LTTE's ceasefire offer to the attack by the Kashmiri militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba on the Red Fort on Friday despite the federal government's extending its ceasefire in Kashmir. "Both are condemnable," he said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:27:16 EST 2000
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India, Sri Lanka to enhance bilateral trade
Yahoo India, Saturday December 23, 11:11 AM. New Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI) India and Sri Lanka have agreed to enhance bilateral trade and investments between the countries espacially in the areas of Information Technology (IT) and tourism. Joint Economic Council comprising CII delegation members and Ceylon Chambers of Commerce on Saturday discussed issues to promote mutual trade between the two countries in areas of IT, Tourism, trade fairs and seminars, a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) release said. "The Free Trade Agreement between India and Sri Lanka would further facilitate investment and exapand bilateral trade between the two countries," CII President Arun Bharat Ram said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:27:33 EST 2000

Vaiko equates Lashkar, Lankan army
chennaionline, december 24. Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko today likened the Lashkar-e-Toiba’s attack inside the Red Fort to the Sri Lankan government’s military operations against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) even after the Tamil organisation declared an unconditional ceasefire. In a statement here, Vaiko said the killing of three soldiers inside the Red Fort by Lashkar militants even after the Centre extended the ceasefire in Kashmir by a month, was akin to the Sri Lankan forces violating the ceasefire. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:43:44 EST 2000

Lanka may accept conditional truce
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, December 23. PLACED IN a cleft stick by the LTTE's unilateral declaration of a month long ceasefire from the midnight of December 24, and given the international pressure to respond positively, the Sri Lankan Government is likely to accept, what could be described as, a "conditional ceasefire". Sources say the government is likely to insist that during the ceasefire the LTTE comes for talks on the "core political issues" of ethnic conflict, namely, the various questions relating to a new constitutional framework and the devolution of power to the Tamil minority within a united Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:36:39 EST 2000

Lankan troops dig in after deadly battle kills 76, Saturday, December 23, 2000. COLOMBO: Hundreds of Sri Lankan troops were clearing mines Saturday, a day after capturing a large area from Tamil Tiger rebels following a heavy land, sea and air attack that killed 76 on both sides, officials said. Government forces uncovered eight anti-tank mines, automatic assault rifles and ammunition left behind by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), military spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:40:59 EST 2000

Owner of boat used for smuggling held
Yahoo India, Saturday December 23, 1:51 PM. RAMESWARAM: Araikasu, owner of a boat said to have been used for smuggling contraband to Tamil militants, was arrested and the boat confiscated by the police on Thursday. According to the police, Moorthi, a fishermen from Rameswaram, was rescued by the Sri Lankan Navy while he was in distress in mid-sea. He had told the Lankan Navy men that he had been pushed off a fishing boat by other fishermen. This was conveyed to the Indian mission in Colombo. Inquiries by officials of the Department of Fisheries here revealed that Moorthi had gone in a boat belonging to Araikasu of Cherankottai along with five others. Moorthi was also said to be engaged in smuggling contraband for the Tamil militants in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sun Dec 24 01:37:15 EST 2000

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