The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 268

Happy 2001!
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Sri Lankan president returns after month in Europe
Virtual New York, Friday, 29 December 2000 2:04 (ET). Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga returned home after spending more than a month in Europe, amid uncertainty over the Norwegian-brokered peace initiative designed to end the ongoing ethnic conflict in her country. Government sources said that a meeting of the council of ministers has been summoned on January 3 to discuss the current political and economic situation of the country. The government was extremely concerned about the sliding value of the rupee against the dollar and the international pressure mounting on it to declare a cease-fire in response to an appeal by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. More...
Published: Fri Dec 29 09:25:35 EST 2000

No Connection Fee! Calls to Sri Lanka, only 39c/m!
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Sri Lanka arrests four over killing of German hotel owner, Dec 29 2000 17:07 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 29 (AFP) - Police arrested four men following the killing of a German man and the rape of a German woman at a hotel in southern Sri Lanka as the tourism ministry Friday expressed concern over the attack. The four were detained after an investigation into Thursday's attack when a gang of eight to 10 armed men stormed the hotel run by the German man who was shot dead, police said.The guards at the Darwin beach hotel were tied up by the attackers who broke in just after midnight and tried to rob the hotel and its guests, mainly German tourists, police said. More...
Published: Fri Dec 29 08:54:43 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan police arrest two suspects in attack on foreign tourists  - MSNBC
2 Arrested For Attack On Foreign Tourists In Sri Lanka  - Yahoo India
Lanka hunts army deserters after resort raid  -
Tourists attacked in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
Gunmen kill German hotel owner, rape German woman in Sri Lanka  -
Gunmen kill German hotel-owner, rape woman  -

Norway:Our role is that of negotiator in Lanka crisis
Yahoo India, Saturday December 30, 1:53 AM. Norway has reiterated its stand that it will only play the role of a negotiator and not that of a ?solution finder? in the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict. Norway?s deputy minister of foreign affairs Raymond Johansen stated on Thursday that ?Norway has not and will not impose itself on any of the parties, neither the Sri Lankan government nor the LTTE.? More...
Published: Fri Dec 29 18:51:50 EST 2000
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Norway says Tamil aspirations must be met in Lanka  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Sri Lankan troops, Tigers trade fire despite truce, Dec 29 2000 17:20 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 29 (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels were locked in a long-range artillery duel despite a unilateral ceasefire called by the separatists, the defence ministry said Friday. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were firing 81mm mortar bombs at army positions in the embattled Jaffna peninsula, the defence ministry said in a statement.The defence ministry spokesman said the mortar attacks by the rebels were a clear violation of the rebels' own truce. There was no immediate reaction from the Tamil Tigers. More...
Published: Fri Dec 29 08:54:37 EST 2000
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More clashes in Sri Lanka despite rebel ceasefire  - Yahoo India

Premadasa delayed IPKF’s departure from Sri Lanka
The Hindustan Times, Colombo December.29. PRESIDENT RANASINGHE Premadasa, who is widely believed to have 'kicked' the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) out of the island country ten years ago, had actually delayed its departure by months. Premadasa's attempts to win over Prime Minister V P Singh, supposedly friendlier than his predecessor Rajiv Gandhi, to hasten the departure of the troops, also failed miserably, because the 100,000-man IPKF left only when it wanted to, says Mr Kalyananda Godage, who was Sri Lanka's Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi during those tense years. More...
Published: Fri Dec 29 18:49:58 EST 2000

Michel Ondaatjee Globe & Mail man of the year
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, CT 2.15 p.m. December 29. Bandula Jayasekara in Toronto: One of Canada’s leading national newspapers, Globe & mail has selected Sri Lankan born author Michel Ondaatjee as one its men of the year along with broadcaster Mark Starowicz. The year brought four prizes to Ondaatjee’s latest novel ‘Anil’s Ghost’ The Kiryama Pacific Rim Book prize, Canada’s Giller prize, France’s Prix Medicis and the Governor General’s award.

Anil’s Ghost is Ondaatjee’s first novel on Sri Lanka. This Saturday will also mark 38 weeks for Anil’s Ghost on the Globe and Mail best seller list.
Published: Fri Dec 29 14:26:17 EST 2000

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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Debris hamper relief work in cyclone-hit Lanka  - Yahoo
500,000 Flee Sri Lanka Cyclone  - Yahoo

Sri Lankan monks celebrate as cyclone spares Buddha's tree, 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  -
World's oldest tree spared cyclone in Sri Lanka  -

Lanka raises domestic gas prices, 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, 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

Child soldiers caught between Tigers and troops in Lanka, Thursday,December28,2000. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's army is gaining ground after suffering a string of debacles at the hands of Tiger rebels, but the territorial bounty is coming at a high price, with 31 child soldiers killed in just one weekend. A commando-style operation by the Sri Lankan military Saturday saw the Tamil 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 Tiger rebels and recovered 51 bodies -- 17 of whom were Tiger boys and girls deployed on the frontlines to defend against a military onslaught. More...
Published: Thu Dec 28 13:03:07 EST 2000

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

South African victory hopes hit as rain washes out play
Yahoo India, december 29. The fourth day of the first Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka was rained out at Kingsmead here on Friday. South Africa were due to resume at 47 for one in their second innings, an overall lead of 251.With two days to go they were in an excellent position to win but with only one day left the prospects of a result have been drastically reduced. More...
Published: Fri Dec 29 13:28:42 EST 2000
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Cricket-Rain delays South Africa v Sri Lanka fourth day  - Yahoo India
Cricket: Sri Lanka collapse for 216 against South Africa  - NDTV/MSNBC
Pollock takes 200th wicket as Lanka reach 216  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Sri Lanka 187 for 5  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lankan pair hold firm  - BBC South Asia

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