The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 290

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India, Lanka may ask Britain to cut LTTE funding
yahoo, january 21. India and Sri Lanka may press for investigation into funding for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after a new act of Parliament that gives the British government additional powers to combat Britain-born terrorism comes into force next month. Alarm over support to the LTTE from Britain is rising with the rising number of Sri Lankan Tamils being accepted in the country for settlement. From 1989 to 1999, as many as 19,740 Sri Lankans were accepted in Britain for settlement, a spokesman for the Home Office told IANS, adding an overwhelming majority of these are Tamils. More...
Published: Sun Jan 21 19:37:09 EST 2001

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Lanka putting pressure on Britain to ban LTTE
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, January 21. WHILE BRITAIN is busy having the necessary consultations and investigations before taking a decision on banning the LTTE under the new Anti-Terrorism Act 2000, the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE are straining every nerve to influence that decision. The popular notion here is that the UK will take a decision one way or the other in February. Going a step further, a London based Tamil source quoted a Foreign Office insider as saying that the government planned to release the list of banned organisations on February 18 and that the LTTE could well be in the list. Non - LTTE Tamil party leaders who lobbied with the British High Commissioner against the ban, said that the British seemed keen on banning the LTTE. "The US and even Europe seems to be in favour of the ban, and UK generally follows the US in world affairs," a Tamil leader said. More...
Published: Sun Jan 21 19:24:31 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka urges Britain to outlaw Tamil Tigers  - MSNBC
Lanka asks UK to ban LTTE  - The Hindustan Times
Sri Lanka tells Britain to ban Tigers  - BBC South Asia
'Not banning LTTE may strain Britain-Lanka ties'  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Sri Lanka mounts pressure on Britain to ban Tigers  -

Sri Lanka meeting to show merging of new, old media
Yahoo India, january 21. Sri Lanka is showing off the merging of a radio station and the Internet to give the poor and illiterate access to the Web at a meeting on integrating old and new media that began on Sunday. The weeklong meeting is sponsored by UNESCO, the United Nation's cultural body, in the hill resort of Kothmale.A local radio station is using UNESCO-donated equipment in a so-called telecentre to use the Internet to find information its listeners normally would not have the means to search for. More...
Published: Sun Jan 21 13:59:05 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka initiative merges old and new media  - Yahoo India
Sri Lankan funeral parlour gets lift from Internet  -

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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Norwegian envoy to make another attempt at breaking deadlock in Lankan peace talks  -

Sri Lankan President Decides to Probe Death of Former Minister
Peoples Daily, January 22. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has decided to appoint a commission to investigate the death of former ports minister and leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) M.H.M. Ashraff who died in a helicopter crash last September, the official Daily News said on Saturday. More...
Published: Sun Jan 21 19:57:11 EST 2001

Cricket-Sri Lanka restore some pride in third test
Yahoo India, january 21. Sri Lanka finally restored some pride to their battered reputation on the second afternoon of the third test against South Africa when they reached 184 for three in their follow-on innings having been humbled for a miserable total of just 119 first time around.Replying to South Africa's commanding total of 378, the Islanders were forced to follow on a massive 259 runs behind. More...
Published: Sun Jan 21 15:44:10 EST 2001
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Cricket: Lankans fight to avoid innings defeat against S. Africa  - NDTV/MSNBC
Sri Lanka face defeat in Test  - Yahoo India

Players 'got sex to fix games'
The Age, 22 January 2001. International cricket's corruption scandal deepened last night with new claims that top players had thrown matches in return for sex with Australian prostitutes.According to a former Pakistan Test player, the women were used by illegal bookmakers to entice some of the world's best-known players, including Test captains, to throw games or to reward them for playing poorly.The deals were apparently stitched together in hotels, such as the Sheraton in Sydney, a restaurant in the city's red light district and a McDonald's in Melbourne.The player making the allegations, Qasim Omar, has provided a list of 23 sex workers for the investigating team, which is led by the former Scotland Yard chief Sir Paul Condon. More...
Published: Sun Jan 21 20:45:36 EST 2001

Sri Lankan pair face probe
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 21 January, 2001, 10:13 GMT . A report in Sri Lanka's Sunday Observer newspaper said members of the ICC's anti-corruption unit were due to arrive in Colombo on 20 February to question the pair. It added that Sri Lankan investigator, Desmond Fernando, had unearthed new evidence not contained in the original Indian Central Bureau of Investigations report. More...
Published: Sun Jan 21 07:09:48 EST 2001
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ICC panel to question De Silva, Ranatunga  - Times of India (Breaking News)

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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Sri Lankan rebel warning over truce  - BBC South Asia

Sri Lankan army not to stop anti-LTTE operations, 21 January 2001. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan army today said it will not stop operations against the LTTE despite its warning of an all-out war against the security forces if the government does not respond to the ceasefire offer.Making light of the LTTE's warning, military spokesman Sanath Karunartne said, ''the army is not bothered whether they (LTTE) extend their ceasefire period or calls it off''. He described the LTTE ceasefire as ''bogus and meaningless'' saying the LTTE had violated the ceasefire more than 50 times since they announced it in December. More...
Published: Sun Jan 21 07:14:07 EST 2001

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

Cricket-Sri Lanka struggling at 30-3 against South Africa
Yahoo India, 21 January 2001. Sri Lanka have made a disastrous start to their first innings on the second day of the third test against South Africa. After 11 overs, the visitors were reeling on 30 for three after South Africa, resuming on 375 for nine, had been bowled out for 378, just 10 balls into the morning session on Sunday.In the fifth over of the Sri Lankan reply, Marvan Atapattu, on three, played a ball from Allan Donald out into the covers and was easily run out after a good throw from Herschelle Gibbs. More...
Published: Sun Jan 21 07:20:01 EST 2001
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Pollock, McKenzie hit centuries  - Yahoo India

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

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

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

Docu diet unlimited
The Hindu (Southern States), Monday, January 22, 2001. Barkha is a middle class girl. Shiv, a Sri Lankan, is a paying guest with her family. Love blooms. Barkha is pregnant and they decide to get married. Shiv wants her to meet his parents and she sets off with loads of gifts for them. At the airport, he hands her one more packet. She boards the flight and the plane explodes minutes after take-off. These are two telling tales - `Yeh woh shahar to nahin' and `Barkha' - captured on celluloid by students of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, that will be screened in Hyderabad in the festival of documentaries and short fiction films being organised by the Hyderabad Film Society from January 25 to 31. More...
Published: Sun Jan 21 15:42:54 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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