The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 28, 2000 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 1, NO. 267
 

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Accelerated rehabilitation process in cyclone-hit areas
CDN, 29 Dec. 2000. Life in the cyclone-hit East Coast, northcentral and northwestern areas is slowly returning to normal, with public and Non-Governmental agencies working round the clock to restore normal services and ensure the welfare of the 500,000 victims. Tropical Cyclone 4B, the biggest to hit Sri Lanka since 1978, devastated several districts, destroying thousands of houses, paddylands and livestock and marooning nearly 75,000 families. More...
Published: Thu Dec 28 22:10:26 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan monks celebrate as cyclone spares Buddha's tree
123India.com, Dec 28 2000 14:27 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 28 (AFP) - Monks have been offering prayers around the clock after a 2,300-year-old banyan tree, one of the world's holiest Buddhist relics, survived a cyclone that left a trail of death and destruction across Sri Lanka. The shaven-headed monks, clothed in saffron robes, chanted stanzas and sought divine blessings in ceremonies Thursday after the Sri Maha Bodhi's victory over the screaming winds and lashing rain.The historic tree was battered by winds of 150 to 180 kilometres (93 to 112 miles) an hour when the cyclone hit northern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, but it was unscathed.But hundreds of other palms were uprooted across the island's northern and eastern regions and the branches of two other nearby banyans were split. Removing those branches of the two banyan trees involved an elaborate ritual. More...
Published: Thu Dec 28 05:32:13 EST 2000
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Monks celebrate as cyclone spares sacred Buddha's tree  - 123India.com
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World's oldest tree spared cyclone in Sri Lanka  - 123India.com

Tourists attacked in Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 28 December, 2000, 11:08 GMT . Police said at least 10 armed men raided the Darwin beach hotel, which is located some 150km south-east of the capital Colombo. Reports say the men tied up several tourists and security guards at the resort, holding them hostage for several hours. More...
Published: Thu Dec 28 13:01:36 EST 2000
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Tourists attacked in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
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Gunmen kill German hotel owner, rape German woman in Sri Lanka  - 123India.com
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Gunmen kill German hotel-owner, rape woman  - 123India.com

Lanka raises domestic gas prices
123India.com, Dec 28 2000 14:50 IST. Colombo, Dec 28 (UNI) Sri Lanka Wednesday hiked the prices of diesel and kerosene by 14 per cent while the LPG hike was 8.5 per cent, the second raise in the last two months. The diesel prices have gone up to Rs 24.50 from Rs 21.50 per litre while that of kerosene was raised from Rs 17.40 per litre to Rs 18.40. Super diesel was upped by 11.9 per cent to Rs 29.80 a litre. More...
Published: Thu Dec 28 05:21:59 EST 2000

War costs for Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 30 May, 2000, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK . The beach at Mount Lavinia hotel just south of Colombo boasts a wide expanse of sand and fringe of palm trees. It is also completely deserted.It is usually low season at this time of year - but fighting in the north means this year has been particularly badly hit.Hotels have become used to business being disrupted by the continuing conflict, but since this latest fighting began more than a month ago there have been even more cancellations. Some tourists are delighted to be here - but others like Martin Burghardte are not very confident. "I can say I am a little bit afraid that it escalates and then the whole things comes to Colombo too." His British friend, James Eggstone, on the other hand, is a regular visitor. More...
Published: Thu Dec 28 07:44:05 EST 2000

Sri Lankans in steppe horror
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 28 December, 2000, 22:50 GMT . Police in northern Kazakhstan say they have detained 24 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers wandering across its snow-covered steppes. They were suffering from exposure and carrying the body of a colleague who had died of cold.One of the detainees told the authorities the group had been trying to emigrate to Germany. He reportedly said that a businessman had promised to take them to Europe via the United Arab Emirates, and Russia. More...
Published: Thu Dec 28 18:41:00 EST 2000

soldiers were arrested in connection with the murder of the civilains
123India.com, Dec 28 2000 14:50 IST. Colombo, Dec 28 (UNI) The bodies of eight Tamil civilians allegedly abducted, killed and buried by Sri Lankan security forces in Mirusuvil in Northern Jaffna contained deep stab wounds around their necks, the autopsy report has revealed. Eight bodies, some of them decapitated, were recovered from a covered pit at Mirusuvil on Christmas Day. Three of the victims, including a five-year old, were from the same family. The victims were said to be civilains who ventured to visit their abandoned houses at Mirusuvil after obtaining permission from the security forces on December 19. More...
Published: Thu Dec 28 05:25:10 EST 2000
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Killing of Tamil civilians blot on Lankan army's rights record  - India Abroad
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Killing of Tamil civilians blot on Lankan army's rights record  - India Abroad
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Massacre victims died of stab wounds - Medical Officer  - Tamilnet
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Sri Lanka soldiers identified after civilian killings  - 123India.com
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Lankan Tamil party demands probe on dead refugees  - Yahoo India

500,000 homeless after cyclone havoc in Sri Lanka, death toll five
123India.com, 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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Cyclone leaves hundreds of thousands homeless in Sri Lanka  - Virtual New York
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75,000 homeless, five killed in Sri Lankan cyclone havoc  - 123India.com
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Child killed as cyclone, floods hit Sri Lanka  - 123India.com

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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Sri Lanka seeks removal of top UN diplomat: report  - 123India.com

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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Child soldiers caught between Tigers and troops in Lanka  - ExpressIndia.com
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CHILDREN CULTURED IN WAR AND KINDLED IN HATRED  - The Lanka Academic
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Child soldiers caught between Tigers and troops in Sri Lanka  - 123India.com

PMK seeks Centre's intervention in Sri Lanka
Times of India (Breaking News), 28 Dec. 2000. The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) has sought Centre's intervention in bringing both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to the negotiating table to find an amicable solution to the ethnic strife in the island nation. Addressing the political conference of the party here on Wednesday night, party founder S Ramdoss said the recent rejection of LTTE's offer of ceasefire by the Lankan government had once again proved that it was not interested in bringing about a negotiated settlment to the issue. More...
Published: Thu Dec 28 03:24:21 EST 2000

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

Cricket: Sri Lanka collapse for 216 against South Africa
NDTV/MSNBC, Thursday December 28, 3:29 PM. Sri Lanka lost a few quick wickets post lunch, recovered a bit, but lost its way again against South Africa on the third day. The visitors' lower order crumbled against the South African attack even as Shaun Pollock became only the second South African bowler to capture 200 wickets in test cricket. South Africa now has a comprehensive lead of 204 runs as it begins its second innings More...
Published: Thu Dec 28 18:51:16 EST 2000
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Pollock takes 200th wicket as Lanka reach 216  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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Sri Lankan pair hold firm  - BBC South Asia
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South Africa pile big total; Lanka struggle  - Yahoo India
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Sri Lanka face uphill task  - BBC South Asia
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Photo: Cricket-Fernando and Muralitharan take five wickets each  - Yahoo India
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Cricket-Kirsten hits 180 against Sri Lanka  - Yahoo India

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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Tiger truce in tatters, Sri Lanka gears for more fighting  - 123India.com

2001: Peace Odyssey for Sri Lanka wishes sci-fi guru Clarke
123India.com, 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

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