The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 279

Happy 2001!
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Sri Lanka to resume death penalty to fight crime
MSNBC, Wednesday January 10, 2:22 PM. The government has decided to resume executions after a 24-year moratorium to fight rising levels of crime, a government official said Wednesday.Prison chiefs have been ordered to ready the gallows as 55 prisoners have been sentenced to death in the island nation, the official said on condition of anonymity. No time frame, however, has been set for when executions might start. A moratorium was declared in 1977 and no executions have been carried out since then, though courts have continued to issue death sentences since the punishment remained on the statute books. The president's office said in March 1999 it would resume executions, but none took place.The decision to end the moratorium drew protests from London-based Amnesty International. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 05:56:54 EST 2001
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Amnesty condemns Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka To Apply Death Penalty After 24-Yr Moratorium  - Yahoo India
Amnesty fears executions in Sri Lanka after 24 years  -

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Tamil Tiger mortars kill Sri Lanka soldier, Jan 10 2001 13:55 IST. COLOMBO, Jan 10 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger guerrillas fired mortar bombs at army positions in northern Sri Lanka, killing a soldier and wounding another, the government's Special Media Information Centre (SMIC) said Wednesday. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fired at military defences in Nagarkovil on Monday and Tuesday, the SMIC said. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 05:52:50 EST 2001

JVP brings its protest into Parliament
Island, 11 January 2001. The JVP yesterday brought its protest into Parliament, on the premise that "democracy would at least prevail in Parliament, if not on the streets".What followed was a suspension of sessions for 15 minutes.Wimal Weerawanse, leader of the party‘s group in Parliament proceeded to explain events relating to the attack on its protest by police the previous day."We only sought to protest against the recent price hikes. The prices went up greatly over a short period of time. We sought to present a petition to the President on the prevalent state of affairs, when we were attacked by the Police". By this time all JVP MPs were on their feet holding banners that read: "Reduce price of goods". "End the racketeer economy that burdens the people." More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 22:32:12 EST 2001

Why develop two major ports close to each other, asks NatCog
Island, 11 January 2001. While acknowledging the need for a port development in the south coast, the Nature Conservation Group [NatCog]questions the validity of having two major port developmentsHambantota and Galle] within 124 km of each other. Minister of Ports Development and Development of the South, Ronnie de Mel was recently quoted as saying that Galle would be made a regional port and Hambantota an international port. The group also pointed out that along with the development of the South Colombo Port, there will be three major port developments within a few nautical miles of each other, inconsiderable in shipping terms. They recommend that the Galle port is not expanded and that Hambantota is developed, thereby restricting the damage to one point. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 22:41:10 EST 2001

Swamy apprises Advani of LTTE 'threat' to leaders
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on January 10, 2001. New Delhi, Jan. 10. (PTI): Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy today met Union Home Minister L K Advani and apprised him of the 'threat' to certain political leaders in Tamil Nadu from LTTE. After his meeting, Swamy told reporters that he sought adequate security to those leaders. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 08:58:16 EST 2001

LTTE shelling continues
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on January 10, 2001. Colombo, Jan. 10. (UNI): Even as the Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim arrived in the island on a four-day visit to try to push forward a nascent peace process between the Government and the LTTE, Tamil tiger guerillas continued shelling and mortar fire on Government defence lines in Jaffna, killing one soldier and injuring another. An h Army spokesman said terrorists fired 81 mm mortars on the defences in the Nagarkovil area. Troops retaliated the fire with small arms and mortar fire. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 12:16:23 EST 2001

Norwegin envoy to seek Lanka's reply on LTTE truce offer
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, January 10. THE NORWEGIAN facilitator, Mr Erik Solheim, who is now in Sri Lanka, is expected to urge the Sri Lankan Government to make some conciliatory gestures in response to the LTTE's unilateral declaration of ceasefire. Top-level diplomatic sources told 'The Hindustan Times' that the international community "expects" Colombo to seize the opportunity provided by the LTTE's gesture to move the peace process forward. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 21:27:19 EST 2001

Sri Lanka elephants face jumbo threat as 145 die in last year, Jan 10 2001 13:38 IST. COLOMBO, Jan 10 (AFP) - At least 145 wild elephants have been slaughtered in Sri Lanka last year in an escalating conflict between humans and elephants, a leading wildlife official said here Wednesday. Less than four elephants died of natural causes last year, underscoring the battle over crops, land and water, said wildlife conservation department director A.P.A. Gunasekera. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 05:52:54 EST 2001

Solheim arrival sparks hope
The Hindu (International), Thursday, January 11, 2001. COLOMBO, JAN. 10. The Norwegian special envoy, Mr. Erik Solheim, arrived here today amidst expectations that he would present fresh confidence- building proposals to bridge the gap of mistrust between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE and breathe life back into the peace process. Mr. Solheim, who is here on a four-day visit, is expected to meet the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, other Government leaders and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Ranil Wickremetunge. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 21:26:30 EST 2001
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Solheim in Lanka as govt-LTTE spar over truce  - India Abroad
Sri Lanka Democratic Party Seeks Meeting With Peace Envoy  - Yahoo India
Secrecy surrounds Sri Lanka talks  - BBC South Asia
Norwegian peace envoy arrives in Sri Lanka  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Norwegian peace envoy in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
Norway's Solheim in Sri Lanka to salvage peace bid  -

New Jaffna Mayor takes office
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2230 SLT 09.01.01. V.Ravirajah took office as Jaffna mayor today. The Tamil United Liberation Front appointed Mr.Ravirajah who is a one time deputy Mayor. He is the third mayor to be appointed in the last five years after the first two mayors were assassinated by the LTTE
Published: Tue Jan 9 11:45:57 EST 2001

Cricket: South Africa defeat Sri Lanka by eight wickets
NDTV/MSNBC, Wednesday, 10 January. South Africa beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in what turned out to be a nail biting finish in the third one-day international. Jacques Kallis scored his first one-day international century in 53 matches as South Africa won the first two matches of the series. They now have an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the six-match series.Sri Lanka got off to a good start, taking advantage of some poor fielding by the Proteas. Sri Lankan openers, captain Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana raced to an opening stand of 110. Jayasuriya scored 66 before he was out leg-before to Nicky Boje. Kaluwitharana was next to go as he was bowled by South African captain Shaun Pollock for 83. Marvan Atapattu scored his second half-century on tour, as he finished unbeaten on 51 and Sri Lanka were at 247 for four. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 05:58:00 EST 2001
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Kallis thumps Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia

JVP to launch Island wide protest against rising cost of living
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2234 SLT 09.01.01. The JVP announced today that it would launch an island wide agitation campaign against the rising cost of living in the country. Addressing a news conference in Colombo JVP member of parliament Wimal Weerawansha said the party would also campaign against the privatization plans of the government. The police fired tear gas and baton charged protestors yesterday when over 5000 JVP supporters demonstrated in Pettah.
Published: Tue Jan 9 11:45:57 EST 2001

Solheim has no plans to meet LTTE chief
India Abroad, Jan 10, 2001 2:55 Hrs (IST) . NORWEGIAN Peace Envoy Erik Solheim has no plans to meet Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran when he arrives here Tuesday on a brief visit, a top Embassy official said Tuesday. “Solheim is coming here Tuesday on his routine peace mission. But I can say, he is not going to Wanni this time to meet Prabhakaran,” the official said. During his last visit, Solheim had traveled to Northern Wanni and met Prabhakaran and other LTTE leaders on November 1. During the meeting, Prabhakaran had conveyed his willingness to have negotiations with the Sri Lankan Government to resolve the ethnic issue. On the eve of his visit, speculations was rife that Solheim will undertake a second visit to Wanni this time to meet Prabhakaran to convey to him the government’s stand. “Of course, Mr. Solheim is coming on Wednesday, but he has no plans to meet Prabhakaran this time,” said the official. More...
Published: Tue Jan 9 18:29:07 EST 2001
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Norway envoy to attempt to revive Sri Lanka peace bid  -

Sri Lanka denies economic embargo on Tiger territory, Jan 09 2001 15:33 IST. COLOMBO, Jan 9 (AFP) - Sri Lanka Tuesday denied imposing an economic embargo on the embattled northern and eastern regions and said food, medicines and other essentials were being sent to areas held by Tamil rebels too. The government, in a two-page statement, accused the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of trying to win international sympathy by "underestimating the uninterrupted supplies" sent to the north-east. More...
Published: Tue Jan 9 08:58:51 EST 2001

Policeman, soldier arrested for Sri Lanka bank hold-up, Jan 09 2001 14:09 IST. Sri Lankan police have arrested one of their own men and an army deserter for an armed hold-up of a bank as top brass try to stem a rising wave of crime, officials said Tuesday. The policeman and the deserter were taken into custody following the armed attack on a People's Bank branch in the Battaramulla area of Colombo on Monday, officials said, adding that screams of terrified customers thwarted the robbery.he arrest came amid moves by police Inspector-General Lucky Kodituwakku to discuss ways of combating the rising wave of armed hold-ups and robberies, a police spokesman here said. More...
Published: Tue Jan 9 08:59:31 EST 2001

Monthly transport allowance of Rs 10,000 to 93 new MPs until issue of car permits
Island, Tuesday, 9 january. The government is to provide a transport allowance of Rs. 10,000 to all 93 new parliamentarians with effect from this month.Political sources said that this allowance will cost the government an additional Rs. 1 million a month.The allowance has been granted as a temporary measure till the new MPs are given permits to import brand new luxury vehicles. A senior government Minister said yesterday that the allowance had to be given since MP’s had not yet submitted their requirements to the Ministry of Samurdhi,Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs More...
Published: Tue Jan 9 03:49:36 EST 2001

Sri Lanka Metropolitan,Suntel Launch Video Conferencing
Yahoo India, january 10. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--Sri Lanka's Metropolitan Communications Group and Suntel Lanka Ltd. announced Wednesday the launch of the country's first video multi-conferencing system. The two companies have made a joint investment of 15 million Sri Lankan rupees (US 1=LKR83.30) in the new system, Anil Gunawardena, assistant general manager for Metropolitan, said at a news conference. He said the state-of-the-art system allows multiple conferencing with the use of different Internet tools and added the new system will greatly benefit the country's business community. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 09:02:03 EST 2001

Kallis takes injury-hit South Africa to victory
Yahoo India, january 9. PAARL, South Africa, Jan 9 (AFP) - Jacques Kallis hit an unbeaten century as South Africa overcame an alarming injury list and gained their eighth successive limited overs win when they beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the third international at Boland Park here on Tuesday. The win achieved with seven balls to spare - in which Herschelle Gibbs made only one to add to his duck in the second Test last week on his recall after serving a six month ban for his part in the Hansie Cronje matchfixing scandal - gave the home side a 3-0 lead in the six match series. More...
Published: Tue Jan 9 18:27:57 EST 2001
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Cricket-Sri Lanka make solid start against South Africa  - Yahoo India
Cricket-Sri Lanka win toss and bat against South Africa  - Yahoo India

Sri Lanka's development bank seeks commercial arm
Yahoo India, january 10. COLOMBO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The National Development Bank of Sri Lanka said on Wednesday it was investigating several options for expanding into commercial banking. NDB, whose foremost business is development banking, said in a letter to the Colombo Stock Exchange that acquiring a controlling stake in a commercial bank was one option being looked at closely. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 09:02:36 EST 2001

LTTE not interested in peace: Chandrika
The Hindu (International), Wednesday, January 10, 2001. COLOMBO, JAN. 9. In a hard-hitting speech which indicated that the chasm between her government and the LTTE was growing, not lessening, the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, said the separatist group was not interested in finding a solution to the island's ethnic conflict. The speech, made to the Tamil people of the north through a satellite link-up with Jaffna on Monday night, came ahead of a visit here by the Norwegian peace envoy, Mr. Erik Solheim, to work a way out of the impasse in the peace process. More...
Published: Tue Jan 9 18:33:03 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka ready for ceasefire if LTTE agrees to talk  -
Kumaratunga on Sri Lanka peace  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lanka Govt May Consider Rebel Cease-Fire Demand  - Yahoo India

Sri Lankan army recovers explosives enough to blow high-rise buildings
MSNBC, January 8. The Sri Lankan army has recovered 675 pounds of high explosives in a northern city, enough to blow up 10 large buildings, a top government spokesman said Monday. The explosives, packed in 10 bags, were found Sunday hidden in a private residential garden near the city of Vavuniya, 130 miles north of Colombo, said the spokesman, Ariya Rubasinghe. Vavuniya is the last government-held town before the northern war frontier in this civil war-wracked nation. More...
Published: Tue Jan 9 00:18:20 EST 2001

Sri Lanka offers conditional truce to Tigers, vows reforms
Yahoo, Tuesday, January 9 3:30 PM SGT . President Chandrika Kumaratunga has accused Tamil rebels of refusing to enter Norwegian-backed political talks and vowed to press ahead with a controversial peace plan, a state-run daily said Tuesday. Kumaratunga, in an address to residents of Jaffna, the heartland of the Tamil separatist campaign, offered a conditional truce but expressed doub that the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) would respond to it. More...
Published: Tue Jan 9 10:56:53 EST 2001
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No truce until rebels agree for talks: Sri Lanka  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lanka says no truce until rebels agree to talk  - MSNBC

INTERVIEW-Fitch asks funds to lift Colombo markets
Yahoo India, january 10. COLOMBO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Credit rating agency Fitch said on Wednesday the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and long-term funds should inject money into Sri Lanka's capital markets to ignite activity and help bridge a mismatch of lending to key sectors. "Local plantation companies and other key areas of long-term investment, like infrastructure, are dependent on banks which are not maturity matched," Fitch's senior local representative, Ravi Abeysuriya, told Reuters in an interview. More...
Published: Wed Jan 10 09:01:26 EST 2001

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