The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 269

Happy 2001!
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Sri Lanka army 'retakes key bridge'
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 30 December, 2000, 14:26 GMT . We have captured the Navatkuli bridge, and there was very little resistance Military spokesman Sanath Karunaratne Military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said the operation to retake Navatkuli bridge - which controls access to the peninsula's second largest town, Chavakachcheri - had met with scant resistance. The rebels, he said, had simply abandoned their positions and fled when troops backed by tanks, aircraft and navy gunboats attacked at dawn. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 12:32:40 EST 2000
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Full Story >>  - India Abroad
Lankan troops capture key bridge in major offensive  - The Hindustan Times
Sri Lanka army 'takes key bridge'  - BBC South Asia
Army captures key Jaffna bridge  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka takes key bridge in major anti-Tiger drive  -
Sri Lanka opens key highway in major anti-Tiger drive  -
Sri Lanka mounts anti-Tiger drive  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka troops take key bridge in major offensive  -

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MPs cartwheel before cars
The Island, December 31. Gas prices rose by Rs. 39 increasing the price of a 12.5 kg cylinder to Rs. 509. Paying more for diesel will push bus and train fares by 35 per cent effective tomorrow. The government on the other hand is going ahead building new palaces for the President and the Speaker which will cost billions. Kumaratunga has already moved into the President’s House located in a high security zone. This building has enough space.Government expenditure to maintain Members of Parliament, the President and the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition now seem to guzzle a pile of tax money. The JVP MPs who pledged never to draw any additional allowances other than the salary have so far enjoyed those allowances paid along with their salaries. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 20:19:15 EST 2000

ASPs go to Supreme Court about their promotions
Island, 31 Dec. 2000. Fourteen Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) complained to the Supreme Court last week about the recent promotions given to 37 police officers, to the rank of Superintendents of Police grade II.The petitioners had alleged that officers who had been issued letters of warning for perpetrating offences and who had also been parties to pending fundamental rights applications, had secured their promotions. The failure to promote the petitioners constitute unequal treatment and is discriminatory and unreasonable given the numerous qualifications possessed by the petitioners.The petitioners are R. W. M. Swarnesinghe, K. E. L. Perera, H. A. M. G. Seneviratne, J. B. Wegodapola, J. L. Kaluarachchi, N. D. S. Perera, L. Noel Francis, M. C. Fernando, A. B. M. Perera, R. M. A. D. P. K. Rajakaruna, Lucky Bandara, T. B. Munidasa, L. G. Kularatne and K. R. Wimalasena. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 20:55:58 EST 2000

Sri Lanka troops in new attack on Tamil rebels
MSNBC, december 30. Government troops launched a new assault against Tamil rebels Saturday, disregarding a temporary rebel cease-fire and recapturing a strategic bridge on the Jaffna peninsula, a main battlefield in Sri Lanka's 17-year-old civil war. The bridge, which the spokesman said was badly damaged, is one of five entry points to the government-held city of Jaffna. Government troops captured another key bridge last week. The Tamil rebels had seized both bridges in May. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 14:21:18 EST 2000

Tamil parties appeal for acceptng LTTE ceasefire, Saturday,December30,2000. COLOMBO: Eleven Tamil political parties have decided to make a joint appeal to the international community to pressurise the Sri Lankan government to accept the LTTE's unilateral ceasefire offer. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by representatives of TULF, PLOTE, ACTE, CWC (alternative group) and TELCO here yesterday. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 14:11:09 EST 2000

Tamil parties urge India, US pressure on govt
Yahoo India, Sunday December 31, 2:21 AM. COLOMBO, DEC 30: Ten moderate Tamil parties in a joint statement have urged India, the United States and other countries to put pressure on the Sri Lankan government to accept the unilateral ceasefire announced by rebels. ``The US, Britain, India, members of the European Union and other countries interested in solving the conflict in Sri Lanka should exert pressure on the Lankan Government to bring an end to the war,'' said leaders of the 10 parties who met here yesterday. The rebels, fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the North and east, announced a month-long ceasefire beginning Sunday. But the government rejected the truce. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 17:19:00 EST 2000

Muralitharan first Sri Lankan to join 300 club
Yahoo India, december 30. DURBAN, DEC 30: Muttiah Muralitharan became the first Sri Lankan to take 300 wickets in Tests when Shaun Pollock was caught at silly point for 11. Fast bowler Pollock, the South African captain, reached 200 wickets on Thursday. Muralitharan, playing in his 58th Test, reached 300 wickets faster than any other bowler except for former Australian pace great Dennis Lillee, who made it in 55 matches. He is the fastest spin bowler to reach the milestone, and the 17th cricketer to do so. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 19:06:03 EST 2000

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

Army offensive against LTTE continues
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on December 30, 2000. Colombo, Dec. 30 (PTI): The Sri Lankan Army today continued its offensive against the LTTE in northern Jaffna and recaptured a strategic bridge despite unilateral declaration of a ceasefire by the rebels. Army spokesman brigadier Sanat Karunaratne said troops mounted a major offensive this morning on LTTE defences at Navatkuli bridge about 20 km from Jaffna town and captured it. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 12:42:37 EST 2000
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Key bridge, territory wrested from Tamil rebels  - The Hindu NUS
Lankan troops capture key bridge in Jaffna  - India Abroad
Sri Lanka takes bridge in first push since truce  - Yahoo

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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Resort raid: Sri Lanka hunts for Army deserters  - The Hindu (International)
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  -

A Norwegian Embassy press release states:
The Island, december 30. "In a front-page article on 25th December 2000, ‘The Island’ quotes from and comments on an e-mail information related to an alleged Norwegian position on the conflict in Sri Lanka. The e-mail information refers to an interview by our special envoy Erik Solheim to the Indian State Television. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 01:37:04 EST 2000

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

Foreign aid: No more on a platter?
The Island, december 30. The message was crystal clear. The Regional Vice-President of the World Bank, Ms. Micko Nishmizu spelt it out in terse language in her opening address to the Parisd-based Development Forum's session devoted to Sri Lanka. The presence of haut personalite from Sri Lanka did not compel her to think of any moderation. In fact, that very presence seems to have made the language, tone and content even harsher though couched in verbiage here and there. The Forum had decided it should make full use of the rare opportunity presented to it, to show where things had gone wrong and to send a clear message to the Sri Lankan government. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 01:41:33 EST 2000

Premadasa delayed IPKF’s Lanka departure
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: Sat Dec 30 12:53:46 EST 2000
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Premadasa delayed IPKF’s departure from Sri Lanka  - The Hindustan Times

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

Sri Lankans secure draw
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 30 December, 2000, 15:50 GMT . Sri Lanka's batsmen fought a successful battle to avoid defeat on the final day at Kingsmead after teammate Mutthiah Muralitharan reached 300 wickets in Test cricket. The players shook hands on a draw when the umpires decided the light was too bad for play to continue with eight overs left and South Africa's spinners trying to collect the four wickets needed for victory. More...
Published: Sat Dec 30 20:44:46 EST 2000
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Muralitharan claims 300th test wicket  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lanka hang on grimly  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lankans hang on for draw  - BBC South Asia
Lankans hang on for draw  - BBC South Asia
South African victory hopes hit as rain washes out play  - Yahoo India
Cricket-Rain delays South Africa v Sri Lanka fourth day  - Yahoo India

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