The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 265

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Sri Lanka gears for fresh fighting as Christmas calm ends, Dec 26 2000 11:55 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 26 (AFP) - A relative peace broke out in Sri Lanka's embattled north-east on Christmas day, but a day later government soldiers were bracing for fresh attacks, defence officials here said.Security forces observed Christmas day by holding their fire and the move coincided with a unilateral ceasefire called by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).Even though the guns remained silent across the battlefield, the military police on Christmas day arrested an officer and eight men in connection with the murder of eight civilians in the Jaffna peninsula. More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 02:39:59 EST 2000

No Connection Fee! Calls to Sri Lanka, only 39c/m!
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NCMD, 26 Dec. 2000. Tropical cyclon(TC) 04B, located apporximately 230NM east-northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka has drifted west-northwest 03 knots during the past 6 hours. More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 03:42:23 EST 2000
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Lanka response ‘unfavourable’: TULF
chennaiOnline, december 26. A moderate Tamil party of Sri Lanka has regretted the government’s “unfavourable response” to LTTE’s unilateral ceasefire declaration and urged India to make its “rightful contribution” to the evolution of just and durable peace in the country.The statement said, “the TULF considers it impractical and also irrational to expect a guerrilla force to engage in serious negotiations, while at the same time fighting a fierce war.” More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 21:38:46 EST 2000

Bangladesh air chief to visit Sri Lanka, Dec 26 2000 12:56 IST. COLOMBO,(AFP) - Bangladesh air force chief, Jamal Uddin Ahmed, will visit Sri Lanka from Monday on a week-long tour, the air force here announced Tuesday. The two countries have close cooperation with some of Sri Lankan air force personnel undergoing training in Bangladesh. More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 03:34:43 EST 2000

9 armymen held for killing Tamilians
The Hindu (International), Wednesday, December 27, 2000. COLOMBO, DEC. 26. An officer and eight soldiers have been arrested by the military police for allegedly killing eight Tamil civilians at Chavakachcheri in Jaffna peninsula. All the victims, residents of Mirusuvil, were male. There were two teenagers and a five-year-old among them, and were missing since December 19 in the Mirusivil area.Their bodies, found in a pit in the area, reportedly bore marks of severe beatings and torture. More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 18:40:40 EST 2000
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Nedumaran calls for peace process in Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, Tuesday December 26, 2:03 PM. CHENNAI: Tamil Eelam Liberation Supporters Co-ordination Committee convener P Nedumaran has urged the Indian Government to prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to initiate the peace process. If Chandrika government refused to announce a ceasefire, the Indian government should raise the issue in the United Nations, Nedumaran said in a statement. While the LTTE had announced the ceasefire, the Sri Lankan Government was adamant and not ready to accept it, Nedumaran said and added this has explained who was a ``war-monger.'' More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 18:45:22 EST 2000

Cricket: South Africa scores 230 for 3 against Sri Lanka on first day of Test
NDTV/MSNBC, december 26. In cricket, South Africa have taken charge after the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka. South Africa were at 230 for 3 when bad light ended play, 10.4 overs early. Gary Kirsten is in fine form and remains unbeaten on 112. Kirsten's 11th Test century has put the batsman level with team mate, Daryll Cullinan for the most test hundreds scored by a South African. In an inning, which has already lasted more than five hours, opener Kirsten has faced 210 balls and hit 15 fours. More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 22:13:45 EST 2000
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Relic-find shovels fuel into Buddha boyhood row
Yahoo India, Tuesday December 26, 3:50 AM. Patna, Dec. 25: India and Nepal are locked in a tussle over Gautam Buddha’s legacy with Kathmandu asserting that contrary to Indian claims, young Siddhartha grew up in a village in the Himalayan kingdom. This long-standing dispute between Indian and Nepali archaeologists may soon be settled if the findings at Tilaurakot in Nepal are accepted by international scholars over the claims of Indian specialists.Indian archaeologists, led by K.M. Srivastava, hold that Gautam was born in Lumbini Park but brought up in Pipprahawa village, known during Buddha’s time as Kapilavastu. More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 03:55:13 EST 2000

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

Government contradicts CNN
Island, 26 Dec. 2000. A press release issued by the Minister of Information and the Media Anura Priyadarshana Yapa yesterday states:"The government of Sri Lanka regrets the misrepresentation of the facts on CNN regarding a statement issued by the Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake and the Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in response to the ceasefire offered by the LTTE.It has been reported by the CNN that the Government has rejected the LTTE ceasefire offer. It is totally misleading and inaccurate. More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 02:54:55 EST 2000

Mass grave unearthed in Jaffna
Times of India (Breaking News), 26 Dec. 2000. Investigators dug out bodies of eight Tamil civilians, including a father and his two teen-age sons, from a mass grave in Jaffna seven days after they were held by soldiers for questioning, military officials and Tamil sources said Tuesday.Military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne confirmed the exhumation and said one officer and eight soldiers have been taken into custody pending investigation to ascertain if they were responsible for the deaths."Until we complete our investigation we cannot say if they had any hand in the crime," he said. "The investigation will also ascertain whether any of the service personnel have violated the Army's procedure, particularly with human rights." More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 02:47:22 EST 2000
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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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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

An armed soldier under Christmas lights
Yahoo Photo, 26 Dec. 2000. An armed soldier stands guard under Christmas lights in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Monday night, Dec. 25, 2000. Sri Lankans marked Christmas amid calls for peace on the war-torn island, as the military temporarily suspended its operations against the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. The defense ministry said the military halted its operations Monday out of respect for Christmas, but stressed it was not a truce, which has been requested by the rebels. More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 03:50:01 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan army rules out Christmas offensive  - Yahoo India
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Sri Lanka arrests nine soldiers over civilian killings, Dec 26 2000 10:11 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 26 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's army detained nine of its troops in connection with the murders of eight Tamil civilians in the northern peninsula of Jaffna, the defence ministry here said Tuesday. The eight civilians, all refugees after recent battles between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, had travelled to the village of Mirusuvil and were last seen on December 19, the ministry said. More...
Published: Tue Dec 26 02:41:52 EST 2000
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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

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