The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 266

Happy 2001!
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500,000 homeless after cyclone havoc in Sri Lanka, death toll five, Dec 27 2000 19:11 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 27 (AFP) - About half a million people were homeless and five killed as a cyclone swept through Sri Lanka compounding monsoon flood havoc for the second time in five weeks, officials said Wednesday. The cyclone which struck the north-eastern port district of Trincomalee on Tuesday exited the island early Wednesday leaving a trail of massive destruction in the region, the social service ministry said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga, currently visiting Europe, expressed sympathy for the victims, her office said in a statement adding that she was closely following the relief operations. More...
Published: Wed Dec 27 11:16:47 EST 2000
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Colombo orders UN representative to quit
India Abroad, Dec 27, 2000 15:10 Hrs (IST) . THE government has accused the top United Nations representative in Colombo of "unwarranted interference in Sri Lanka's internal affairs" and asked him to leave, press reports said Wednesday. The Daily Mirror , quoting foreign ministry sources, said the government would stop short of declaring the UN diplomat, Peter Witham, a Briton, persona non grata but was instead asking the UN to recall him. The UN official first came under fire for a plan to set up a refugee camp for Tamils in the UN office compound in Colombo when Tamil Tigers made a bloody bid to take over the northern Jaffna town from government troops in May. Some Tamils feared a communal backlash might have ensued in Colombo in the wake of the fierce fighting. More...
Published: Wed Dec 27 08:33:55 EST 2000
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Child soldiers: growing up without a childhood
CDN, 28 Dec. 2000. Sri Lanka's Army is gaining ground after suffering a string of defeats at the hands of Tiger rebels, but the territorial bounty is coming at a high price (for the Tigers), with 31 child soldiers killed in just one weekend. A commando-style operation by the Sri Lankan military Saturday saw the Tigers losing at least 18 combatants. The Army says 14 of them were young girls. On the previous day, the military claimed that they had killed 142 Tigers and recovered 51 bodies - 17 of whom were Tiger boys and girls deployed on the frontlines to defend against a military onslaught. More...
Published: Wed Dec 27 18:53:39 EST 2000
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Lankan Tamil party demands probe on dead refugees
Yahoo India, Wednesday December 27, 2:41 PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's main moderate Tamil party called on Wednesday for an impartial presidential inquiry into the brutal killings of eight Tamil refugees in the country's northern Jaffna peninsula. The military is suspected of carrying out the killings earlier this month. News of the murders broke days after international human rights watchdog Amnesty International accused the Sri Lankan navy of extrajudicial killings of civilians in the country's east. More...
Published: Wed Dec 27 08:40:59 EST 2000
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Massacre victims died of stab wounds - Medical Officer  - Tamilnet
Mass grave unearthed in Jaffna  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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Sri Lanka soldiers identified after civilian killings  -
Tamil Mass Grave Found in Sri Lanka  - Yahoo
9 armymen held for killing Tamilians  - The Hindu (International)
Lanka arrests more soldiers over refugee killings  - The Hindustan Times
Nine soldiers held for deaths of eight Tamils  - India Abroad

Sri Lanka raises fuel prices by 14 percent
123India, December 27. Sri Lanka Wednesday raised the price of diesel and kerosene oil by up to 14 percent in the second increase in as many months, officials said. Kerosene oil used mainly for lamps and cooking stoves was raised from 17.40 rupees (21 US cents) per litre to 18.40 rupees while diesel commonly used for public transport was raised from 21.50 rupees (26 cents) to 24.50 rupees. More...
Published: Wed Dec 27 12:16:07 EST 2000

South Africa pile big total; Lanka struggle
Yahoo India, december 27. DURBAN, DECEMBER 27: Sri Lanka, who were plunged into trouble at nine for two, recovered through a 53 run third wicket partnership between Kumar Sangakkara (25) and Mahela Jaywardene (31) to end the day at 62-2 in reply to South Africas first innings of 420 in the final session on the second day of the first Test on Wednesday. Marvan Atapattu was run out for nought by Makhaya Ntinisdirect hit at the strikers end from mid-on in the second over without a run on the board. In the fourth over, captain Sanath Jayasuriya cut a pacydelivery from fast bowler Mfuneko Ngam to Neil McKenzie at point, and also departed without scoring.Earlier, fast bowler Dilhara Fernando captured five for 98,his maiden five-wicket haul, and off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan took five for 122, lifting his overall Test tally to 296 wickets. More...
Published: Wed Dec 27 15:48:28 EST 2000
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Cricket: South Africa scores 230 for 3 against Sri Lanka on first day of Test  - NDTV/MSNBC
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Fighting continues in Lanka despite rebel truce
Times of India, 28 December 2000 . Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortar shells at government troops in the northern Jaffna Peninsula on Wednesday killing two soldiers, despite pledging to abide by a month-long unilateral cease-fire, a military spokesman said.The government said the offer was a ploy by the separatists to buy time and reorganise their positions in the embattled northeast. Brig. Karunaratne could not immediately say whether troops had retaliated but said the rebel mortar attack had not been provoked by the Army. More...
Published: Wed Dec 27 16:02:49 EST 2000
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2001: Peace Odyssey for Sri Lanka wishes sci-fi guru Clarke, Dec 27 2000 14:47 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 27 (AFP) - Sci-fi guru Arthur C. Clarke who authored "2001: a space odyssey" wished for lasting peace in his adopted home Sri Lanka in a message marking the "real beginning of the third millennium." Clarke, who turned 83 this month, said if he could have "one more wish" it would be to see an end to the bloodshed in Sri Lanka where more than 60,000 people are reported to have died in two decades of bitter fighting. More...
Published: Wed Dec 27 08:41:57 EST 2000

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

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

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

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

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

Caltex Lanka sets third interim dividend
Yahoo India, 27 Dec. 2000. COLOMBO, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Caltex Lubricants Lanka Ltd is to pay a third interim cash dividend of 4.15 rupees per share from calendar 2000 earnings, the Colombo Stock Exchange said on Wednesday. More...
Published: Wed Dec 27 01:25:51 EST 2000

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