The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 284

Happy 2001!
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Peace envoy to meet Lankan Tiger rebels in London
Times of India, 15 January 2001 . A Norwegian peace envoy will return to Sri Lanka next week after holding talks in London with a top Tamil Tiger rebel leader, a state-owned newspaper said Sunday.Next week, Solheim will meet Anton Balasingham, theoretician and chief negotiator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.Solheim is expected to tell Balasingham the results of his discussions with government representatives, said the Sunday Observer, a state-run English language newspaper. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 17:28:02 EST 2001

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Fearing armed onslaught LTTE now mounts peace offensive
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, January 14. P K Balachanddran: UNABLE TO face the onslaught of the Sri Lankan armed forces on the ground and the air, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is vigorously fighting the enemy on the peace plane. After declaring a month long unilateral ceasefire, the LTTE instigated the students of Jaffna university to launch a pro-ceasefire movement which is to culminate in a mass rally in Jaffna on January 17. It also got Tamil citizens' groups in the East to press the government to accept a ceasefire. In Colombo, it got the non-LTTE Tamil parties to lobby with foreign missions in Colombo on this issue. And according to The Sunday Times today, the LTTE is diligently collecting information on the human rights violations and the destruction to property and life inflicted by the Security Forces (SF) even as the LTTE has been observing a unilateral ceasefire. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 17:30:51 EST 2001

Moderate Tamil group wants to meet Vajpayee
Gulf News, January 14. A group of moderate Tamil politicians in Sri Lanka have sought an appointment with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to discuss the plight of the Tamil people in view of the ongoing war. A deputation comprising representatives of several moderate Tamil political parties met the Indian High Commissioner Gopalakrishna Gandhi to seek a meeting with the Indian premier. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 22:05:33 EST 2001

Sri Lankan govt rules out immediate ceasefire
NDTV/MSNBC, Jan 14 2001 13:34 IST. The Sri Lankan government has done some plain speaking with Eric Solheim, the Norwegian peace envoy. During meetings with President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Mr. Solheim has been told that the government is not ready for an immediate ceasefire, although it is ready for talks without conditions. The Norwegian has now left for London where he will consult with LTTE leaders before returning to Sri Lanka. Sunday Observer has reported that the government is now waiting for a reaction from the LTTE through Mr. Solheim, when he returns in the third week of January. Only then will they decide on a response to the LTTE's December ceasefire offer. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 15:19:38 EST 2001
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Chandrika orders inquiry into abduction, arrest of journalist
Gulf News, january 14. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga responding to an Amnesty International request has ordered the Inspector General of Police to hold an immediate and impartial inquiry into the alleged abduction and illegal arrest of a journalist of a Sinhala language newspaper.Priyantha who was hospitalised for five days thereafter, allegedly identified ASP Sumith de Silva of the CID as a member of the group of abductors. On a presidential directive, an inquiry was held in this connection by ASP G.R. Jayawardhane of the CID, IP R.A. Karunaratne and others. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 22:08:28 EST 2001

One spectator killed as car skids off the track, Jan 15 2001 15:00 IST. Colombo, Jan 15 (UNI) A thirteen-year old boy was killed instantaneously and ten people were injured when the modified Austin Mini, a participant in a car race held at Ratnapura about 100 km from here, skidded off the road and crashed into spectators. There was pandemonium after the incident Sunday. Angry spectators attacked the participating cars with stones and iron poles which they had removed from the barriers. More...
Published: Mon Jan 15 06:17:14 EST 2001
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Lanka braces for showdown with UK over Tiger ban
Times of India, 15 January 2001 . Sri Lanka was gearing for a showdown with its former colonial master, Britain, over the banning of Tamil separatist guerrillas operating an office in London, top diplomats said on Sunday.Sri Lanka is hoping the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will be included in a list of organisations to be outlawed in line with new anti-terrorism legislation in Britain early next month. "What we are telling Britain is simple. Apply your law. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 17:34:37 EST 2001
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Stand up for your rights: a call from Pera. lecturers
Sunday Times, January 14. The Peradeniya Medical Faculty Teachers' Association has expressed deep concern about recent events leading to the continuous deterioration of democracy, the law and order situation and increased violence.The association among other issues has condemned the recent election malpractices, re-appointment of Anuruddha Ratwatte as Deputy Defence Minister and the arbitrary transfer of Central Province Deputy Inspector General Sirisena Herath. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 14:53:04 EST 2001

Cricket-South Africa canter to victory over Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, january 14. A superb 79 by opener Herschelle Gibbs carried South Africa to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their fifth one-day international on Sunday. Chasing 207 for victory, South Africa romped home in just 42 overs, recording their 10th victory on the trot to equal the best run of wins by the country's national team, set in the 1995-96 season. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 14:44:35 EST 2001

Sri Lanka, US extradition treaty goes into effect, Jan 14 2001 13:34 IST. COLOMBO, Jan 14 (AFP) - An extradition treaty between Sri Lanka and the United States has formally gone into effect, replacing a colonial-era arrangement, the foreign ministery here said Sunday. The documents relating to the ratification of the treaty were exchanged in Washington on Friday, the ministry said. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 07:17:29 EST 2001

Sri Lanka urges piggy bank raids to end coin crisis, Jan 14 2001 10:45 IST. Sri Lanka's Central Bank has called for nation-wide emptying of piggy banks and tills in a bid to avert a major shortage of coins, officials said Sunday. Large amounts of coins were stuck in tills causing problems for shop-keepers and service providers in giving change to customers, bank officials said. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 01:16:59 EST 2001

Sri Lanka's love-hate relations killing elephants, Jan 14 2001 09:58 IST. Elephants are considered sacred in Sri Lanka, as only they can carry Buddhist relics during pageants, yet at the same time many of the island's jumbos continue to meet violent deaths. Official figures showed 145 wild elephants were slaughtered last year, with only a small number of elephants having the luxury of living a full life and dying a natural death, top wildlife official A. P. A. Gunasekara said. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 00:26:15 EST 2001

Sri Lankan Rebels Ask Britain Not to Ban Them
Xinhua, January 13. Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels have asked the British government not to list the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a foreign terrorist organization weeks before Britain's anti-terrorism legislation comes into force, The Island newspaper reported on Saturday. LTTE theoretician and political advisor Balasingham made his request via the LTTE-owned English language newspaper Tamil Guardian published in Britain, Canada and South Africa. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 00:47:33 EST 2001

Sri Lanka's Telephone Rates to Go Up from May
Xinhua, january 11. Telephone rates in Sri Lanka will increase by 15 percent from May this year, a senior official of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) said on Friday. The rate hike comes as an annual revenue balance feature in the contract between SLT and Japan's Nippon Telecom Corporation, he said. SLT gets revenue from domestic and international telephone services. Annually these revenues are balanced. Revenue from international telecommunication services are decreasing as they are not phased. Accordingly the domestic charges have to be increased, he said. More...
Published: Sun Jan 14 00:50:50 EST 2001

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