The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 273

Happy 2001!
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Military says 3,753 killed in Sri Lanka's civil war last year
MSNBC, january 5. Escalated fighting in Sri Lanka's civil war killed 3,753 people last year, the defense ministry said Thursday, giving a precise yearly casualty figure for the first time in the 17-year-old insurrection by separatist Tamil rebels.The defense ministry said nearly 3,666 of those killed combatants on both sides. It said 87 civilians were killed in the cross fire. The military said the losses among the rebels were twice as many as among its own forces. More...
Published: Thu Jan 4 22:15:17 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka war leaves 4,000 dead in 2000  - MSNBC

No Connection Fee! Calls to Sri Lanka, only 39c/m!
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LTTE shells rain on Lankan positions along southernmost frontline, Jan 4 2001 15:30 IST. Colombo, Jan 4 (UNI) Shells from 60 and 81 mm mortars slammed Sri Lankan positions along the southernmost line facing Elephant Pass as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels stepped up attacks on the army's Eluthumadduval-Muhaamalai-Kilai front. The militants fear an imminent assault by government soldiers on Pallai, the base adjacent to Elephant Pass. More...
Published: Thu Jan 4 08:56:16 EST 2001

Groups ask Kumaratunga to reciprocate ceasefire offer, Jan 4 2001 15:30 IST. Urging the government to reciprocate the ceasefire offer of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), various opinion groups have asked the warring parties to end the 18-year-old ethnic war that has claimed more than 60,000 lives. The Peace Support Group (PSG), made up of 11 intellectuals, has in a joint appeal, called upon the government and the LTTE to immediately start talks with international facilitation and take steps to create a conducive climate for peaceful resolution of the conflict. More...
Published: Thu Jan 4 08:58:19 EST 2001

Lawyer’s killer indentified
Island, 05 Jan. 2001. Police investigating Tuesday’s killing of attorney-at-law D. N. Padmakumara and a member of an underworld gang outside the Avissawella Magistrate’s Court, yesterday identified the person who fired indiscriminately in the direction of the court as an army deserter. Police were able to establish the identity of the gunman following the arrest of a three wheeler driver who drove the deserter and two others to the court.Within 48 hours after the incident, police arrested the three wheeler driver identified as a resident of Kudagama. "He knew the identity of the gunman," a senior police spokesman said adding that they were hopeful of arresting the deserter and his associates soon. More...
Published: Thu Jan 4 22:49:53 EST 2001

South Africa crush Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 4 January, 2001, 15:12 GMT . South Africa completed a crushing victory over Sri Lanka inside three days in the second Test in Cape Town, beating the tourists by an innings and 229 runs to inflict their heaviest Test defeat. Shaun Pollock's side swept up the Sri Lankan second innings after tea to give them a 1-0 lead in the three match series. More...
Published: Thu Jan 4 11:41:08 EST 2001
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Private schools to teach GCE A/L in English from May
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1910 SLT 01.01.01. Some private schools will begin an English medium for GCE A/L students from May this year after the education Ministry approved the establishment of English medium classes. the Education Minister says similar moves would be made Government schools as soon as possible. end
Published: Thu Jan 4 08:15:37 EST 2001

Bus fares increased by 15% from Sunday
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo. 1908 04.01.01

Bus fares have been increased by 15% from Sunday after talks between the Minister of Transport and private bus owners. Private bus owners had earlier demanded a 33% increase following a steep increased in the price of diesel.
Published: Thu Jan 4 08:15:36 EST 2001

Twelve year Sri-Lankan to join Canadian Premier on Trade mission
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, CT 10.00 a.m January 4. by Bandula Jayasekara in Toronto-Keith Pieris a twelve year Sri Lankan CEO of London-Ontario based Cyberteks design will join Canadian Premier Jean Chretian on the Team Canada-2001 tour to China next months, Ottawa Citizen said today in a front page news item.

Keith, son of Sri Lankan born Deepal and Sriya Pieris hopes to drum up business for his 18 month old firm during the trade mission to China. The grade seven student who says "Home work comes first" has decided to skip school to achieve his target during the mission.
Published: Thu Jan 4 10:09:36 EST 2001

Seven rebels killed in Vavuniya
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1559 SLT 04.01.00. Seven rebels have been killed in Omanthe, north of Vavuniya in Military operations. Military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said the rebels were killed continuing operations by the army. The rebels declared an unilateral cease fire on December 24th last year but the Government rejected the move saying troops would continue operations. end
Published: Thu Jan 4 05:07:23 EST 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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Survivor identifies Lankan soldiers in Tamil mass killing  - The Hindustan Times

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

Vaiko wants PM pressure on Lanka
Yahoo India, Thursday January 4, 10:41 AM. Chennai, Jan 3: Marumalarchi DMK general secretary Vaiko today urged the Vajpayee government at the Centre to exert pressure on the Sri Lankan government to respond positively to the unilateral ceasefire announced by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Addressing a media conference here, Vaiko said even after the unilateral ceasefire was announced the Sri Lankan armed forces were continuing their attacks on the Tamils. Within 24 hours of the ceasefire announcement, over 150 Tamils were killed by the armed forces, Vaiko charged. More...
Published: Thu Jan 4 01:20:15 EST 2001

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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Sri Lankan rupee sags on U.S. rate cut
Yahoo India, 04 Jan. 2000. COLOMBO, Jan 4 (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan rupee was beaten down on Thursday by a global rally in the dollar after the Federal Reserve's shock rate cut. Dealers said the rupee was bid at 82.92 to the dollar after trading at 82.82 on Wednesday. Overnight, the Fed cut a key short-term rate by a half percentage point and signaled it was prepared to cut borrowing costs further, if needed, to prevent the world'slargest economy from turning sour. The dollar's strength also prompted the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to drop its rupee/dollar daily band by eight cents to 77.04 to 83.19 on Thursday. More...
Published: Thu Jan 4 01:22:11 EST 2001

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

Cricket-Klusener reaches half century versus Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, 04 Jan. 2001. CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Lance Klusener reached his eighth test 50 on the third day of the second test against Sri Lanka at Newlands. South Africa were on 497 for six 45 minutes into the morning session after resuming at 426 for six. Sri Lanka were dismissed for 95 in their first innings. More...
Published: Thu Jan 4 05:27:50 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

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

SA finally declared at 504/7
Cricinfo, 04 Jan. 2001. South Africa finally declared in Newlands Test after Klusener fails to attain century. Final score SA: 504/7. More...
Published: Thu Jan 4 05:41:36 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka Shares Open Flat; Thin Demand, Low Volume
Yahoo India, 04 Jan. 2001. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--Sri Lankan shares are opening little changed on very thin volume Thursday as there's nothing positive to trigger fresh demand, brokers said. Some market players are still on vacation, contributing to the thin activity, they said. At 0355 GMT (10:55 p.m. EST Wednesday), the All Share Index was down 0.2 point at 446.6, according to brokers. More...
Published: Thu Jan 4 00:31:55 EST 2001

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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