The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 274

Happy 2001!
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Photo: Sri Lanka says wants firm proposals from rebels
Yahoo India, Friday January 5, 6:21 PM. Sri Lanka says wants firm proposals from rebels - A Sri Lankan military tank patrols during recent fighting with Tamil rebels in the country's northern Jaffna peninsula on December 31,2000. REUTERS/HO More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 20:16:41 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka says wants firm proposals from rebels  - Yahoo India

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Sri Lankan war claims 4,000 lives
BBC South Asia, Friday, 5 January, 2001, 18:46 GMT . The Sri Lankan military says nearly 4,000 people were killed and thousands more wounded in the last year of fighting against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north of the country. Military analysts say this casualty figure is high, especially for a year which was dominated by small-scale operations on the battlefield. More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 20:10:33 EST 2001

Ranatunga hits out
BBC South Asia, Friday, 5 January, 2001, 06:53 GMT . Ranatunga is upset that the Board refused to call up an additional fast bowler ahead of the match in Cape Town, which Sri Lanka lost by an innings and 229 runs. "I find it difficult to understand that the Board has turned down a request for an additional fast bowler," he said. Ranatunga also attacked board officials for living in luxury while the players received a paltry fee. "Board officials who go on tour and stay in air conditioned rooms are entitled to an allowance of 350 dollars for a day while players get just 50 dollars," he said. More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 08:58:58 EST 2001
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South Africa crush Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia

Sri Lankan Govt. reiterates position on ceasefire
The Hindu (International), Saturday, January 06, 2001. COLOMBO, JAN. 5. Despite growing pressure to respond to the LTTE's unilateral ceasefire, the Sri Lankan Government today reiterated its position that it would consider a ceasefire only after peace talks with the group began. The Media Minister and Cabinet spokesman, Mr. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, said the Government was not interested in a ``temporary'' ceasefire, but a permanent solution to the ethnic problem. More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 18:26:24 EST 2001
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Pressure mounting on Govt. to respond to LTTE ceasefire  - The Hindu (International)
Sri Lanka says wants firm proposals from rebels  - MSNBC

Cricket-Day off for defeated Sri Lankans
Yahoo India, january 5. - Sri Lanka was given the day off on Friday despite their crushing innings and 229 runs second test defeat by South Africa 24 hours earlier. The three-day thrashing was Sri Lanka's heaviest ever but South Africa's most emphatic, surpassing the innings and 219 runs victory against Zimbabwe in Harare in 1999.Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was among those who took the chance to head down to Cape Town's waterfront to do some shopping.In spite of the woeful display by his team he was determined to remain positive about the rest of the tour. "Of course we were all really disappointed yesterday when we got back in the dressing room," Muralitharan said More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 10:46:13 EST 2001
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SA finally declared at 504/7  - Cricinfo
Cricket: Innings defeat for Sri Lanka in 2nd Test against South Africa  - NDTV/MSNBC
South Africa inflict heaviest defeat in Sri Lankan cricket history  - Yahoo India

Labour Party reveals Ondaatje's new political stripes
National Post , January 5. Christopher Ondaatje, a former Canadian billionaire businessman, modern day explorer and elder brother to novelist Michael Ondaatje, was revealed yesterday to be a surprise, secret, multi-million-dollar donor to Britain's ruling Labour Party.The son of a tea plantation owner in Sri Lanka, then known as the British colony of Ceylon, Mr. Ondaatje was educated in Britain and emigrated to Canada in 1956 at the age of 23.When he arrived in Canada, he had just $13 in his pocket, but over the years forged a successful career in banking, finance and publishing. He founded the publishing firm Pagurian Press Ltd. in Toronto with an investment of $3,000. Twenty years later, when he sold the company, then known as the Pagurian Corporation Ltd., it had assets of more than $1-billion. More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 21:41:51 EST 2001

US role urged in Sri Lanka peace process
Times of India, 6 January 2001 . As Tamil parties sought a United States role in resolving Sri Lanka's 17-year civil war, peace activists on Friday, urged the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to go beyond "public posturing" and rhetoric and start peace talks. Tomorrow, leaders of an alliance of 10 Tamil political parties were set to meet with U.S. Ambassador Ashley Wills, urging an active role by Washington in persuading the Sri Lankan government to accept a unilateral cease-fire by LTTE. More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 14:20:01 EST 2001

Solheim lauds India’s role in Lankan peace process
The Hindustan Times, Colombo January 5. THE NORWEGIAN facilitator, Mr.Erik Solheim, has lauded India's support for the on-going peace process in Sri Lanka. "India is very helpful. We are also keeping India informed about developments in the peace process. India's role will be very welcome as we proceed further," Mr Solheim told the London based Tamil Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) in a special interview on Thursday. More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 18:32:52 EST 2001

LTTE plagued with desertions, low morale, indiscipline
The News Today, January 03. The supreme command of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is reportedly in hardship with continuous desertions leading to low morale and rampant indiscipline among its cadre. In the face of tidal offensives by the government troops, the LTTE has received yet another severe blow as senior leaders like Marshall and Kandappan have quit the group with all their belongings, according to monitored transmissions of the rebel group's clandestine radio. More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 09:03:42 EST 2001

20,000 Tiger rebels killed in Sri Lanka's 15-year ethnic conflict, Jan 05 2001 19:01 IST. Sri Lanka's army on Friday said about 20,000 Tamil Tiger rebels had been killed in armed conflict with government troops during the 15-year-old separatist campaign by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE). Army spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told a media briefing that Tiger radio transmissions have admitted that 16,333 rebels were killed in the ethnic conflict. More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 09:56:47 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka war leaves 4,000 dead in 2000  - MSNBC
Military says 3,753 killed in Sri Lanka's civil war last year  - MSNBC

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

Govt. refutes TMC leader's charge
The Hindu (Southern States), Saturday, January 06, 2001. CHENNAI, JAN. 5. The Tamil Nadu Government today refuted the senior TMC leader and former Union Minister, Mr. S.R. Balasubramanian's charge that the State had failed to redress the just grievances of plantation workers in the Nilgiris repatriated from Sri Lanka. Mr. Balasubramanian's bid to link the rehabilitation package for Tamil expatriates from Sri Lanka with the norms to be fulfilled under the Factories Act was totally untenable, an official statement here tonight said, adding that workers employed by the State-owned TANTEA were getting all the benefits under the labour laws applicable to them. More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 18:27:00 EST 2001

Bomb hurled in robbery bid: 2 held after chase
The Hindu (Southern States), Friday, January 05, 2001. PATTUKOTTAI JAN. 4. Two persons including a Sri Lankan Tamil, who made an abortive attempt to rob money from two officials of Thanjavur Central Co-operative Bank branch here by hurling a country bomb, were arrested by police after a hot chase today. The arrested persons were Nadesa Aiyyah (35), son of Chinnaiyah Thevar, Sri Lankan Tamil, who was in the refugee camp near Tiruchi earlier and Senthil Kumar (24), son of Thyagarajan of Dindigul. More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 14:19:17 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

Sri Lanka rupee slips to record low
Yahoo India, 5 Jan 2001. COLOMBO, Jan 5 (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan rupee slipped to 83 to the dollar for the first time on Friday as the central bank dropped the local currency's daily limit further due to the greenback's strength overseas. The rupee found some respite over the holidays, but ended the last year down 16 percent after trading frequently at record lows amid hefty import demand. More...
Published: Fri Jan 5 01:40:46 EST 2001

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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Tamil rebels killed in Sri Lanka  - Yahoo
Seven Sri Lankan Tamil rebels killed in heavy fighting  -

Survivor identifies Lankan soldiers in Tamil mass killing
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, January 4. A SURVIVOR of a mass killing of Tamil civilians identified three Sri Lankan soldiers as the alleged murderers, said a local journalist who attended the courtroom identification parade. Ponnuthurai Maheswaran, the lone survivor of the December 19 killings of eight people, picked out the three accused - two soldiers and an officer - in a court in the northern city of Jaffna on Wednesday, said a journalist who asked not to be named. More...
Published: Thu Jan 4 04:26:27 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 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

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

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