The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 272

Happy 2001!
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Mirusuvil suspects identified
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 03 December 1800 GMT. Three army personnel were identified as suspects of killing of eight Tamil civilians in Jaffna peninsula today. In an identification parade held at the Thambasitti magistrate court in Point Pedro seven army soldiers were produced before acting magistrate of Chavakachcheri Subramanium Kandasami. This parade was held to identify suspects from thirteen military men arrested in connection with the murder of eight civilians, including a five year old child. They were allegedly arrested and killed by the Sri Lankan army on the 19th of December. Their bodies were later found in a single grave.

Prashan, a member of the EPDP, talking from Point Pedro told BBC's Sandeshaya program that Ponnadurai Maheshwaran, who identified the suspects hopes to identify one more government security person tomorrow. Maheshwaran managed to escape from the army personnel when they allegedly abducted him with the others who were later killed. Maheshwaran says that he was able to identify six army personnel on the 19th of December before been blindfolded. Six other suspects are to be produced in courts tomorrow for further identification.

Meanwhile, The Lanka Academic learns that Mavai Senadhirajah, TULF MP for Jaffna has written to the President of Sri Lanka claiming that there are several other mass graves in the area. He has requested the President to order immediate excavations.
Published: Wed Jan 3 13:04:27 EST 2001

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Sri Lankan 3-month toll tops 1,000
Virtual New York, Wednesday, 3 January 2001 6:57 (ET). More than 1,000 people have been killed over the past three months in fighting related to the separatist movement in northern Sri Lanka, despite the recent unilateral cease-fire by rebels. Government forces have continued offensives without resistance as the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam hold to the cease-fire they began Dec. 24. The Sri Lankan military has retaken some 55 square miles of territory that the rebels had held since last spring, but the toll has been high. Before the Tigers' cease-fire some 268 soldiers had been killed in action while more than 750 rebels were reported killed from last October through December. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 13:20:22 EST 2001
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Ten LTTE bodies found by military
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.05 p.m. SLT Wednesday January 3. A press release from the special Media Information Centre said today that government troops on a search and cordon operation in the general area of Navatkuli had found ten decomposed bodies of Tiger cadres dressed in battle fatigues. The military add that the LTTE continue to violate its own ceasefire and yesterday fired rounds of mortars at the military's forward defence lines at Kilali, Eluthumadduval and Nunavil west.
Published: Wed Jan 3 04:32:02 EST 2001

Section of Jetavanaramaya slips off in heavy rain
CDN, 04 Jan. 2001. A section of the outer layer of the Jetavanarama Cetiya in Anuradhapura in extent of about 30 square feet below its 'Hatares Kotuwa' had slipped off during the heavy rains which accompanied the cyclone on December 26 and the rubble had fallen on to its salapathala Maluwa.Archaeological officials said collection and seepage of water from the Hatares Kotuwa over a long period may have caused the damage.The slow progress of the Cetiya conservation work was also partly to be blamed for the catastrophe. Although the conservation project was launched nearly 18 years ago only two thirds of the Cetiya had been completed upto date. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 18:54:16 EST 2001

Business News From The Sri Lankan Press Thursday
Yahoo India, 04 Jan. 2001. Private bus operators have refused a 15% increase in bus fares proposed by Sri Lanka's Ministry of Transport, reports the Daily Mirror. Bus operators are asking for a 33% increase in fares, citing profit losses, after the government raised diesel prices several times last year. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 23:30:58 EST 2001

Identification parade for Army suspects at Chavakachcheri
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday January 3. An identification parade of one army officer and six others will take place today at the Chavakachcheri courts in northern Jaffna. The military men are suspected to have been involved in the murder of eight Tamil civilians at Murusuvil north.

Judge A. Premashankar has stated that he has received instructions from Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, to conduct a trial-at bar in determining justice for the horrifying murders.

Witnesses who found the crudely dug grave at Murusuvil in which the bodies were found will help identify the killers today. The bodies which included a five year old child went missing after they had been arrested by the Army on December 19, 2000. One of the missing who managed to escape the slaughter, had alerted local authorities about the unlawful arrest and is serving as a witness in the murder trial.
Published: Wed Jan 3 04:32:02 EST 2001

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Sri Lanka parties to start peace push
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 3 January, 2001, 14:33 GMT . Eleven moderate Tamil parties in Sri Lanka say they plan to launch a national campaign against the war in the north of the island against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. The Tamil political parties say they will join together with leftist, human rights groups, non-governmental organisations and individuals from all communities in Sri Lanka to forge a national movement against war. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 13:06:59 EST 2001

Troops capture rebel food stock pile
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.15 a.m. SLT Wednesday January 3. Lankan troops, are reported to have captured a massive food stock pile belonging to the rebels in the northern Jaffna Peninsula yesterday. Informed sources said the army had also found 63 anti personnel mines and 10 explosive devices in the Tiger hide-out. The military assert the stocks indicate the rebels were readying for an onslaught on government defence lines.

The LTTE maintain that it is continuing to observe a month long ceasefire which will end on January 24. The government rejected the rebels offer for a month long truce stating that a de-escalation in the military conflict can occur only after negotiations between the two warring factions have begun.

Dr. Jehan Perera, Director at the National Peace Council observes that the LTTE’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire for a month from Christmas eve would have been a great relief to those directly affected by the war. On international human rights day that took place earlier in December, Tamil people marched in Trincomalee with placards, some of which called for “Peace at any cost”. Religious and civic leaders from the north-east urged the government to reciprocate with a ceasefire of its own. But the government was prepared only for a truce on Christmas day. The government’s rejection of the LTTE offer indicates that the time for peace, forgiveness and reconciliation between the two warring parties is not anywhere on the near horizon.
Published: Wed Jan 3 04:32:01 EST 2001

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Lankan troops capture rebels' food stocks  - Times of India
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Lankan army website mum on key debacles
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, January 3. THE JUST launched Sri Lankan Army (SLA) website has blacked out the major debacles suffered by the security forces in 1999 and 2000. After describing the successful "Ranagosa" series of operations in West Wanni between March and June 1999, the account leapfrogs to the success stories of July 2000 and beyond, completely skipping the defeats inflicted by the LTTE's "Unceasing Waves III" (UW III) series of operations. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 18:56:23 EST 2001

UNP lambasts government
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.10 p.m. SLT Thursday December 28. Assistant Leader to the United National Party, Gamini Atukorale in a statement released today said that the people of this country are forced to face severe hardships due to a corrupt and irresponsible government. Atukorale was referring to the recent price hike in fuel in the country and said the government due to its poor economic policies has been forced to increase the price of fuel four times this year.

He added that apart from a natural disaster which hit the island nation forcing thousands out of their homes this week due to a cyclone, the government is totally responsible for the plight of millions of Sri Lankans who can barely afford three meals a day.
Published: Tue Jan 2 23:46:21 EST 2001

Tamils in America protest against LTTE ban
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Thursday December 28. A number of Sri Lankan Tamils protesting against the US ban on the LTTE are pushing for the Americans to lift the ban. Outlawed in 1997, the US deemed the LTTE as a terrorist organization. Sri Lankan Tamils claim this ban is against the US constitution and violates the organizations fundamental rights. Three years ago, The US outlawed 32 organizations, including the LTTE.
Published: Tue Jan 2 23:46:21 EST 2001

Cullinan smashes record ton
Yahoo India, 04 Jan. 2001. Daryll Cullinan hit a South African record 12th Test century to ensure his team's total domination against Sri Lanka in the second Test at Newlands on Wednesday. Cullinan scored 112 to lift South Africa from the overnight 130 for two to 426 for six at the end of second day, in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings of 95. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 18:59:52 EST 2001
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Ship carrying Tamil patients sails for Jaffna
Times of India (Breaking News), january 3. A ship carrying Tamil patients who received specialised medical care in Colombo set sail for Jaffna after the government and Tamil rebels guaranteed its safety, the International Committee of Red Cross said on Wednesday."Jaya Gold set sail on Tuesday carrying 15 former patients back to their homes," ICRC spokesman Harsha Gunawardene said. The ship will bring back seriously sick patients from Jaffna to Colombo for treatment, he said. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 10:23:55 EST 2001
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Arrest in Sri Lanka lawyer shooting
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 3 January, 2001, 18:39 GMT . Police in Sri Lanka say they have detained a man in connection with the killing of a lawyer at a court in Avissawella town on Tuesday. The man is the driver of a three-wheeler allegedly involved in the attack. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 14:16:56 EST 2001
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Sri Lankans 'victims of refugee con'
Independednt, UK, Wednesday, 03 January. Twenty-four Sri Lankan refugees have been found wandering across the ice-bound steppes of northern Kazakhstan apparently believing they were in Germany. They were carrying the body of a 20-year-old man who had died of the cold. One of the men told Kazakh police that a "businessman" had promised to smuggle them into Germany. They were flown from Sri Lanka to Dubai, and from there to Omsk, in Siberia, near the border with Kazakhstan. Reports say the men were kept locked in a house in Omsk for 20 days, then put on a truck and told they were being driven to Germany. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 03:31:11 EST 2001

Over 1,000 killed in Sri Lankan fighting in past three months, Jan 03 2001 12:09 IST. COLOMBO, Jan 3 (AFP) - A total of 1,045 Tamil Tiger rebels and troops have died in a series of offensives in the northern Jaffna peninsula over the past three months, the army has revealed. Figures published in the state-run Daily News on Wednesday said 777 rebels were killed and 268 soldiers had died in military operations launched by the army since October. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 03:25:17 EST 2001

Army Commander congratulates field commanders for successful operations
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1616SLT 02.01.01. Sri Lankan Army Commander General Lionel Balagalla today congratulated the field commanders for successfully completing operations in the Jaffna Peninsula. The Commander said the army now has complete control of the Jaffna Peninsula, north of Kilali and Nagar Kovil. The Army captured the last points of the A-9 highway on December 31st at the end of phase six of an operation launched four months ago.
Published: Tue Jan 2 05:39:50 EST 2001

Lanka govt ready to consider LTTE offer
India Abroad, Jan 3, 2001 5:20 Hrs (IST) . THE Sri Lankan Government is prepared to consider the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam’s (LTTE) ceasefire offer and lessening of military action only if the Tamil Tigers agree to genuine negotiations to evolve a solution to the ethnic crisis, Deputy Defense Minister Anurudhha Ratwatte said. “The Government did not respond positively to the LTTE’s 'deceitful' ceasefire, considering their record during the past 17 years,” Gen Ratwatte told the official Daily News on January 1. He said the only way of bringing the LTTE to the negotiating table to search for a fair solution to the ethnic problem was to “weaken them militarily.” “The LTTE tried to strengthen their weak military power by declaring a ‘deceitful ceasefire’ to de-escalate the security force's successful military offensive against them in the Jaffna peninsula. But the government was not going to respond to it positively,” he asserted. More...
Published: Tue Jan 2 23:42:30 EST 2001
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4000 Child Abuse Complaints Annually - Chairman, N.C.P.A.
CDN, 03 Jan 2001. An average of 4000 complaints of child abuse are reported annually to the Child Protection Authority (NCPA), Chairman, NCPA, Prof.Harendra De Silva told the `Daily News' yesterday. He said that in a number of instances there had been collusion between the offenders and the authorities to cover up gravecrime such as of rape, torture and other forms of child cruelty. More...
Published: Tue Jan 2 19:00:27 EST 2001

Rear Admiral Daya Sadagiri takes over as Navy Commander
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1630 SLT 02.01.01. Rear Admiral Daya Sadagiri took over as the 14th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy today. Admiral Sadagiri has served in Navy for over 30 years, the longest serving officer to command the force.

Published: Tue Jan 2 05:39:51 EST 2001

South Africa on top after deadly Pollock demolishes Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, january 2. CAPE TOWN, Jan 2 (AFP) - A devastating six-wicket salvo from South African skipper Shaun Pollock left his team in a commanding position against Sri Lanka on the first day of the second Test at Newlands Tuesday. South Africa surged into a first innings lead before the close of play, scoring 130 for two, after Pollock took six for 30 as Sri Lanka crashed to 95 all out. More...
Published: Tue Jan 2 13:22:21 EST 2001
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General Ratwatta vows to continue the war against Tamil rebels
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1625 SLT 02.01.01. The Deputy Minister of defence General Anurudha Ratwatta said today that the LTTE was forced into a "defeatful" unilateral cease fire to try to gain breathing space due to recent military setbacks. In a New year message the Minister said the Armed Forces Would continue the war to defeat terrorism.He said the LTTE would only agree to peace talks if military pressure is continued.
Published: Tue Jan 2 05:39:51 EST 2001

Sri Lanka's hi-tech offensive
Yahoo, Tuesday, 2 January. The Sri Lankan army has taken its battle against Tamil Tiger rebels one stage further, opening up a new front in cyber space. The military has launched its own website, at, to carry its account of the fighting in the north of the island.But this high-tech advance seems to have hit teething troubles. Part of the information offensive A statement from the Sri Lankan army says the new website is an historic step by one of the most combat-experienced battle-hardened armies in the world. More...
Published: Tue Jan 2 04:40:49 EST 2001
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Marxist women protest in Colombo
TN, 02 Jan. 2001. A mass protest against the rising cost of living in Sri Lanka was led Tuesday in downtown Colombo by the women's wing of the radical Marxist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP - People's Liberation Front). Hundreds of women carrying placards and shouting slogans gathered in front of the city's main railway station in Fort, Colombo's bustling business hub from 4 p.m. this afternoon for the protest. The cost of living in the island shot up when the cash strapped Sri Lankan government devalued the rupee and hiked up fuel prices last month in addition to taxes and heavy borrowing to finance a massive war budget. A woman MP, a Muslim who is a senior cadre of the JVP, led the protest. She said that the JVP's call to workers and women who were most affected by the rising cost of living to rally round the party to oppose the capitalist exploitation had had a very good response and that her party would continue to the protests in all parts of the country. More...
Published: Tue Jan 2 17:58:09 EST 2001

Sri Lankan army may advance towards Elephant Pass
The Hindu (International), Wednesday, January 03, 2001. COLOMBO, JAN. 2.After regaining most parts of Jaffna it lost to the LTTE in May last, the Sri Lankan Army may now be setting its sights on the strategic neck of the peninsula, control over which will place it in command of the entire region. The Army now controls all areas north of the neck, on a curved line joining Kilali, Eluthumadduval and Nagarkovil. Immediately south lies Pallai, and beyond that the strategic Elephant Pass base; both are controlled by the LTTE.Military analysts believe that the Army's next move will be to advance towards Pallai, and perhaps the LTTE thinks of that too. ``That could explain why the LTTE did not offer any resistance to the military in the last few operations. They may be concentrating on fortifying Pallai,'' said Mr. Iqbal Athas, Sri Lanka-based writer for Jane's Defense Weekly. More...
Published: Tue Jan 2 17:31:01 EST 2001

Sri Lanka army chief vows to wipe out terrorism, Tuesday, 2 January. COLOMBO, Jan 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's army chief Lionel Balagalle has vowed to "eradicate terrorism" in the New Year as his troops consolidated their forces in areas newly captured from Tamil Tiger rebels, a state-run newspaper said Tuesday. The army chief in a message to his 120,000 strong force said the "road to peace" will be opened by defeating the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas in the island's northeast. More...
Published: Tue Jan 2 04:39:31 EST 2001

Sri Lankan Government to consider LTTE's ceasefire offer, Jan 2 2001 12:10 IST. COLOMBO, Jan 2 (UNI) THE Sri Lankan Government is prepared to consider the LTTE’s ceasefire offer and lessening of military action only if the Tamil Tigers agree to genuine negotiations to evolve a solution to the ethnic crisis, Deputy Defence Minister Anurudhha Ratwatte said. ''The Government did not respond postively to the LTTE’s More...
Published: Tue Jan 2 04:39:04 EST 2001

Gunmen kill German tourist hotel owner and rape woman
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.10 p.m. SLT Thursday December 28. Ten gunmen today stormed 'Darwin Beach Hotel' at Hungama in the Hambantota district and shot dead its owner, a German national and raped one woman tourist. Police who are conducting investigations have not yet had a breakthrough and the killers have escaped.

The security guards at the gate had been trussed up by the gunmen who then carried out their carnage. It is not yet clear if the motive was robbery.
Published: Tue Jan 2 23:46:21 EST 2001

Military say LTTE violates ceasefire
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.55 p.m. SLT Thursday December 28. The military said today that the LTTE have in over ten instances violated its own unilateral cease-fire. The rebel force declared a truce on December 24, 2000 requesting the government to comply and observe the good-will measure which the Tigers say would help lay the ground work for future negotiations. While the government appears to have not accepted the offer, the military said today the LTTE continue to carry out offensives against government troops, despite its claim that it is observing a cease-fire.

On Dec 25 at 1.10 a.m. the LTTE had fired six mortars towards the Forward Defence Line in Nunavil West. Again on Dec 25 at 4.30 a.m. within the general area of Kaithady the LTTE lobbed a hand grenade and one soldier received injuries.

On Dec. 26 at 6.50 a.m. in the general area of Kaithady the LTTE again lobbed a hand grenade and one soldier received injuries. Also on Dec. 26 at 10.30 a.m. at Nunavil West the LTTE fired one 81mm mortar bomb. On Dec. 26 at 11.30 a.m. in the genera area of Kilali, troops on an observation post saw three cadres of the LTTE moving towards the military's Forward Defence Lines. The soldiers engaged them in fire and killed 2 rebels and wounded one. One soldier was also wounded in the incident. Troops had recovered one T56 weapon, one T56 magazine, one hand grenade, one helmet, one pouch and one dog tag bearing no. 0299. Again on Dec. 26 at 7.55 p.m. at Eluthumadduval South, the LTTE fired 60mm and 80 mm mortars and small arms. There were no casualties. Again on Dec. 26, 8.10 p.m. at Jaffna, one soldier was killed and another was wounded due to a confrontation with a group of rebels. On Dec. 26 , between 8.15 p.m. to 9.25 p.m. at Maduvil

the LTTE fired two 81mm mortars. Around the same time on Dec. 26 at 8.15 p.m. at Eluthumadduval South, a soldier who was deployed in a strong point was killed due to LTTE fire.

On Dec 27 at 1.30 p.m. at Kaithady the LTTE fired a couple of small arms rounds towards the Forward Defence Lines.
Published: Tue Jan 2 23:46:21 EST 2001

Cricket-Cullinan spearheads South Africa at kind Newlands
Yahoo India, january 3. A record 12th test century from Daryll Cullinan at a ground that has been kind to him, helped South Africa to a commanding 426 for six at the close of the second day of the second test against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 14:20:59 EST 2001
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Tri-nation series called off
Yahoo India, 3 Jan 2001. ISLAMABAD, JAN.3.A tri-nation cricket series in Malaysia has been called off by the organisers after India's refusal to play against Pakistan. The proposed series which would have also featured Sri Lanka was to start from January 28. More...
Published: Wed Jan 3 17:02:41 EST 2001

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