The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 289

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Solheim to continue efforts on peace talks
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on January 20, 2001. Colombo, Jan. 20. (UNI): Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim is expected to be in the Island tomorrow to make yet another attempt to convince the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to start peace talks, instead of flexing their muscles. Diplomatic and informed sources said Solheim would convey to the Government the LTTE's stand that the terrorist organisation would not extend the unilateral ceasefire beyond January 24 if the Lankan Army continues to intensify its military aggression in the northern Jaffna pensinsula. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 17:42:43 EST 2001
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Lost Sri Lankans want to return
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 20 January, 2001, 00:04 GMT . Twenty-four Sri Lankans, who were abandoned by smugglers in freezing conditions in Kazakhstan, have said they want to return to Sri Lanka. They were found, suffering from exposure, after spending several days wandering across the Kazakh steppe in sub-zero temperatures. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 10:10:46 EST 2001

No truce extension if govt keeps up military campaign: LTTE
India Abroad, Jan 19, 2001 20:55 Hrs (IST) . RI LANKA'S Tamil separatists have said they will not extend a unilateral truce beyond next week and vowed to push back any fresh offensives by the armed forces. Anton Balasingham, a top leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), told a Jaffna newspaper that the rebels, who he said had willingly given up the ground taken in the war for the sake of peace in the recent offensives by the armed forces, would "hit back" if the government launched more campaigns to grab rebel-held territory in the northern Jaffna peninsula. "As we withdrew from some areas which were difficult for us to hold, the government seems to have thought that we are weakened. We are still strong. Our cadres withdrawn from those areas are now concentrating in the areas close to Elephant Pass," the senior rebel leader told the Tamil-language Uthayan newspaper from London. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 05:12:11 EST 2001
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Lanka to step up diplomatic drive
Gulf News, January 20. The Sri Lankan government is to step up their diplomatic offensive on its old masters - Britain to have the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) rebel organisation banned in that country. Britain's Labour government last year passed the Terrorism Act 2000 in a bid to fall in line with two United Nations Conventions on global terrorism.The Act seeks to outlaw in the United Kingdom any terrorist organisation that is using violent methods to achieve its political objectives. One of the features of the law is that any organisation that uses violence in a country outside the United kingdom is deemed to commit an offence in the UK. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 17:50:11 EST 2001

Sri Lanka to Set up Committee on Electoral Reforms
Peoples Daily, January 20. Sri Lanka is to set up a parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms following the approval of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's proposal put forward by the Executive Committee of the ruling People's Alliance (PA) party, the official Daily News said on Friday. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 17:55:15 EST 2001

Posters on Kittu at Mandapam camp
ChennaiOnline, January 20. Posters paying tributes to the late Kittu, a top leader of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), were seen at the Mandapam refugee camp here, on January 16, the last day of the Pongal festival. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 22:24:23 EST 2001

Pollock, McKenzie hit centuries
Yahoo India, january 20. Powered by centuries by captain Shaun Pollock (111) and Neil McKenzie (106) South Africa finished the first day of the third Test at 375 for nine against Sri Lanka here on Saturday.Sri Lanka had made a good start to the Test, grabbing two wickets in the first six overs after captain Sanath Jayasuriya had won the toss and chosen to field first. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 17:45:08 EST 2001

New security measures turn Sri Lanka's plantation areas into a virtual war zone
WSWS, January 19. Over the last two months the Peoples Alliance (PA) government in Sri Lanka has sharply escalated security measures in the central hills district of Nuwara Eliya where more than 200,000 Tamil-speaking tea plantation workers live. New army camps are being established along with registration and other security checks that are virtually identical to those in force in the war zones in the North and East. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 17:41:47 EST 2001

Sri Lankan Army Hands Over 21 More Tamil Rebel Bodies to ICRC
People's Daily, January 19. Sri Lankan army handed over another 21 bodies of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels who were killed in the latest military operations in the northern Jaffna peninsula to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday evening. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 17:57:26 EST 2001

Lankan court orders compensation to torture victim
Times of India, 21 January 2001 . Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ordered the government to pay compensation to a man who was tortured in state custody, a newspaper reported on Saturday.A three-judge bench on Friday instructed the Commissioner General of Prisons to submit a report on the incident in October 1999 when P K Liyanarachchi, 20, was allegedly stripped and assaulted with clubs and a leather belt by guards, first at a remand prison in Embilipitiya and later at a jail in Tangalle. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 16:04:32 EST 2001

Sri Lanka releases four Indian fishermen
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on January 20, 2001. Colombo, Jan. 20. (UNI): Four Indian fishermen from the southern States who were taken into custody by Sri Lankan police in Thalaimannar last month, have been released. They are expected to be repatriated shortly by the Indian High Commission. Saminathan Ramai, Sebamalapichchai Francis, Munisasamy Veluchamy and Mookan Alagan were fishing when their trawler washed ashore on December 26 last due to bad weather. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 17:43:02 EST 2001

Journalists protest no progress in Nimalarajan investigation
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 19 January 1825 GMT. Free Media Movement (FMM) and Jaffna Journalists Association today launched a poster campaign against the PA government for not taking sufficient steps to investigate the assassination of Jaffna journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan. Meanwhile, his parents, journalists and friends gathered at Hindu College in Rathmalana, where Nimalarajan had attended school , to offer "Dana" to residing students.

Ravaya journalist Jayasiri Jayasekara, a member of the FMM, told BBC's Sandeshaya that the students of Hindu College have organised a modest but emotional tribute to the slain journalist. He further added that although President Chandrika Kumaratunga herself ordered an inquiry in to the assasination, suspects are yet to be arrested no progress has been made in the investigations.

Nimalarajan was shot and grenades hurled in to his house injuring his parents and eleven year old nephew on October the 19th, the very same day Sri Lanka's new cabinet of 46 members was sworn in.
Published: Fri Jan 19 13:24:51 EST 2001

Photo: Sri Lanka rebels may return to all-out war-report
Yahoo India, January 17. Sri Lankan soldiers armed with light machine guns and rockets advance government towards the rebel-held Elephant Pass isthmus that connects the northern Jaffna peninsula to the mainland January 17 More...
Published: Fri Jan 19 09:49:47 EST 2001
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Presidential Commission to probe Ashraff's death
CDN, 20 January 2001. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has decided to appoint a Commission to inquire into the deaths of Minister M.H.M. Ashraff and 11 others in a helicopter crash, last year.Supreme Court Judge L.H.E. Weerasekera is expected to head the probe. This move follows a discussion the President had with Internal and International Trade and Commerce, Shipping Development and Muslim Religious Affairs Minister Rauff Hakeem on Tuesday.The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress which suspects a conspiracy behind the crash, had earlier appealed to President Kumaratunga to appoint a commission to probe the tragedy. More...
Published: Fri Jan 19 18:47:32 EST 2001

India swamps Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, january 20. India warmed up to the limited challenge in the third Asian Schools hockey tournament with a 12-0 triumph over Sri Lanka at the Punjab Agricultural University ground here on Friday. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 17:46:02 EST 2001

Cop on emigration duty suspended
Yahoo India, january 20. Sub-inspector V S Babu cleared the passenger Gurumurthi, hailing from Jaffna in Sri Lanka, when he reported at the emigration counter with a forged passport of one Mohammed Ismail Abdul Malik. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 17:44:15 EST 2001

Lanka govt asks LTTE for peace proposals
Times of India, 19 January 2001 . The government on Thursday said it was willing to resume peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels provided the guerrillas came up with a "substantial proposal" to end the country's 17-year-old civil war.The government offer came as the army captured a Tamil Tiger rebel armory after killing six guards in a fresh offensive to retake a strategic land corridor in the north, the military said. "This country needs peace and this government wants peace, but the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) must come up with a substantial proposal to end the war," Media Minister Priyadarshini Yapa told reporters in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital. More...
Published: Fri Jan 19 03:49:51 EST 2001

Tamil Parties Criticize Sri Lanka Over Peace Effort
Yahoo India, January 19. Moderate Tamil parties Friday said they had lost faith in the government following its refusal to respond to a unilateral cease-fire offer by Tamil Tiger rebels. "We doubt that the Sri Lankan government really wants to bring about peace," said a group of seven Tamil political parties and Tamil organizations. More...
Published: Fri Jan 19 09:51:50 EST 2001

Colombo releases Tamil fishermen held last month
Times of India (Breaking News), 20 January 2001. Sri Lankan authorities have ordered the release of four Tamil Nadu fishermen, whose trawler had been washed ashore at Talaimannar due to bad weather last month, and will be repatriated to India shortly by the Indian High Commission here."With their departure, there will be no Indian fishermen in custody in Sri Lanka," the foreign ministry said in a statement here. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 03:16:51 EST 2001

EWTN, Januray 18. An urgent call to accelerate the peace process to end the country's ethnic war was made this week by Bishops in Sri Lanka. In a recent pastoral letter dated January 13, the Catholic Bishops' Conference in Sri Lanka appealed to the leaders to make "every effort without delay to end the ascending spiral of war and violence plaguing our country." More...
Published: Fri Jan 19 10:12:04 EST 2001

Kazakhs to deport Sri Lankans after frozen ordeal
MSNBC, january 19. Twenty-four Sri Lankans who thought they had reached Germany but were found freezing on the Kazakh steppe will all be deported, the International Organisation for Migration said on Friday. The group, all men aged 20 to 39, was detained by authorities in the vast central Asian state in late December after spending four days wandering across the barren plain in mid-winter temperatures. Another man had frozen to death and all were suffering from exposure. More...
Published: Fri Jan 19 09:53:22 EST 2001

Rate Hike Threatens Sri Lanka Economy, Leaves Rupee Limp
Yahoo India, January 19. A hike in Sri Lanka's key interest rates this week isn't helping to shore up the flagging rupee as intended, but the higher rates are threatening to weaken the economy instead, market observers say. With no quick solution in sight, what the government needs to do, they add, is to address key problems in the economy - bolstering the country's reserves, cutting its budget deficit, and spurring exports. More...
Published: Fri Jan 19 09:51:08 EST 2001

Troops kill Tamil Tigers guarding ammunitions Offensive goes on against rebel fighters
Independent, UK, Friday, 18 january. Government troops captured a Tamil Tiger rebel armory after killing six guards in their ongoing offensive to retake a strategic land corridor in the north, military officials said. "Ground forces shot the terrorists, killing all six of them and found that they were guarding an armory," military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said. Several dozen T–56 rifles, hand grenades, rocket propelled grenades and mortars were found, he said. The seizure took place on the third day of the military's operation to recapture the strategic Elephant Pass, which connects the Tamil–majority northern Jaffna Peninsula with the Sinhalese–dominated southern mainland. More...
Published: Fri Jan 19 04:23:42 EST 2001

Tigers 'must offer peace plan'
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 18 January, 2001, 20:26 GMT . "Even today my government is ready to halt the war, but then there has to be a genuine desire on the part of the LTTE to do so Priyadarshini Yapa Media Minister Priyadarshini Yapa told journalists in Colombo that the government was ready to halt military operations, but there had to be a genuine desire on the part of the Tigers to do so. On Wednesday, the army launched a major new assault against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north of the country targeting the strategically vital Elephant Pass. More...
Published: Fri Jan 19 01:02:31 EST 2001

White Lightning ready to have big bite after stomach strain
Yahoo India, 20 January 2001. South Africa’s leading wicket-taker Allan Donald returns for the third Test against Sri Lanka at Centurion on Saturday but admits that his preparation has not been ideal after recovering from a stomach strain. Donald, who has missed three Tests, replaces young pace sensation Mfuneko Ngam who has a stress fracture of the leg. “After a month off, it’s very hard coming back and two one-dayers, where you don’t even bowl your full complement of overs, is not great preparation. It would have been ideal to have a four-day game,” said Donald. Donald’s only recent action has come in the fifth and sixth one-day internationals against Sri Lanka earlier this week. He likened his current situation to the first Test against England at the Wanderers in 1999, where he returned from injury and was “not in great shape”. More...
Published: Fri Jan 19 18:11:25 EST 2001

IndusInd and Lankan bank ink alliance
Yahoo India, 20 January 2001. IndusInd Bank has entered into a strategic alliance with Sri Lanka-based National Mercantile Bank. The memorandum of understanding was signed on January 15.The principal objective of National Mercantile Bank is to become the preferred bank for Sri Lankan individuals and companies seeking to do business with India, said a release issued by IndusInd Bank. "The strategic alliance will provide an opportunity to both banks to share each other's banking experience and help achieve greater heights in financing trade between the two countries," said the release. More...
Published: Sat Jan 20 03:20:53 EST 2001

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