The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 302

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Sri Lanka junior health minister arrested on murder charge, Feb 02 2001 11:56 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 2 (UNI) Sri Lanka's deputy health minister Janaka Bandara Thennakoon was arrested in connection with a double murder during parliamentary elections, police said Friday. Thennakoon's arrest was ordered by court following a petition from the main opposition United National Party (UNP) activists that police failed to investigate the two murders committed on the day of polling on October 10. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 04:01:14 EST 2001
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Sri Lankan Minister held for murder  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lankan minister arrested on murder charges  - Times of India (Breaking News)

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Home Ministry processing ban demand
The Hindu (Southern States), Saturday, February 03, 2001. CHENNAI, FEB. 2. The Union Home Ministry is reported to be already processing Tamil Nadu's recommendation for banning the TNLA and TNRT. Based on the detailed response provided to the Ministry by the State Government and its agencies, a case is now being made out for clamping a ban on these two organisations, known to be linked to the LTTE. Central and State police agencies have worked in close coordination to fill in the gaps and provide both a background and the evidence to back up the demand for a ban. A decision is expected by March. Basically, it will be a political weapon for the ruling DMK to demonstrate its commitment to come down on `anti- national and secessionist forces' working in Tamil Nadu. This becomes a live issue in the coming elections as the AIADMK-led front has already launched a campaign against the DMK for ``encouraging these forces and giving a fillip to Tamil extremism''. According to police sources, the TNRT does not exist anymore as an organisation, but consists only of a few individuals, who are holed up in the jungles under the patronage of the forest brigand Veerappan. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 21:56:11 EST 2001

Sri Lanka opposition brace for bee attacks, Feb 02 2001 13:28 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition Friday said it was preparing a defence against bee stings following reports that government supporters were planning to release bee hives during a mass rally. The United National Party (UNP) said it would use insect repellent to protect against any attacks that may be planned by President Chandrika Kumaratunga's supporters during a protest rally Sunday. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 03:59:56 EST 2001
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Colombo opposition prepares for bee attacks  - BBC South Asia
Lanka Oppn braces for bee attacks  - Times of India (Breaking News)

MLAs urge Centre to retrieve Katchathivu
The Hindu (Southern States), Saturday, February 03, 2001. CHENNAI, FEB. 2. Cutting across party divide, several MLAs in the Assembly today, expressed outrage at the killing of two fishermen in Nagapattinam by the Sri Lankan Navy recently and urged the Centre to retrieve Katchathivu and clamp down economic sanctions on Sri Lanka. Deploring the Sri Lankan Navy firing on two fishing boats on January 29 killing two fishermen and injuring five others, the MLAs, belonging to all parties, charged that India's decision to ``surrender'' Katchathivu to Sri Lanka was responsible for the ``Lankan Navy's highhandedness.'' More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 21:56:43 EST 2001

TV blackout fear for Tests
BBC, february 2. Television coverage of England's Test series in Sri Lanka is in doubt because of a row over the non-payment of a bank guarantee by the rights holders. The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka awarded the rights to sports agency WSG Nimbus in a 29m deal. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 23:16:12 EST 2001

Sri Lanka puts off local polls, Feb 02 2001 12:47 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 2 (AFP) - The Sri Lankan government Friday announced plans to indefinitely postpone local council elections that were due to be held by June this year, officials said. Officials said a government panel had recommended the move to allow a change to the electoral system. The panel wanted a first-past-the-post instead of the existing proportional representation system, officials said. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 04:00:22 EST 2001
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Lanka puts off civic polls  - Yahoo India
Sri Lanka set to postpone local council polls  - Yahoo
Sri Lanka postpones local polls  - BBC South Asia

Cricket: England's arrival raises few questions from Colombo
The Times, february 2. AN EVENING jog along the promenade at the Galle Face Green in Colombo by a few English cricketers trying to shake the jet lag out of their legs barely caused a stir among the courting couples and pineapple sellers. Even the bored soldiers behind the razor wire at the checkpoints could not raise a salute for the indefatigable Alec Stewart as he prepared for his fifteenth, and possibly last, Test tour. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 22:58:34 EST 2001

12 LTTE rebels killed
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on February 2, 2001. Twelve LTTE rebels, including three women cadres, were killed in three different clashes in war-torn northern Sri Lanka since last evening, the Government said today. Government troops ambushed a group of rebels at Jayasinghepura in Weli Oya yesterday, killing six rebels, an official statement said, adding the LTTE retaliated with mortar and small arms fire, but there was no casualty among the security forces. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 14:00:25 EST 2001

Bookies held
Yahoo India, february 1. Chandigarh police today claimed to have busted a gang of bookies allegedly involved in betting on yesterday's one-day international cricket match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka with the arrest of six persons. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 21:57:50 EST 2001

Japan May Cancel Fincl Assistance To Sri Lanka Pwr Plant
Yahoo India, February 2. Japanese donors have warned that they will withdraw financial assistance for a coal-fired power plant because of a two-year delay caused by opposition from the Catholic church, an official said Friday. "We cannot keep these Japanese donors waiting any longer, and the project must begin by the end of 2001," said Arjun Deraniyagala, chairman of the state-owned Ceylon Electricity Board of the threat from Japanese donors. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 11:28:38 EST 2001

Dispute could pull plug on coverage of first Test
The times UK, Friday, 2 February. VIEWERS in the UK hoping to see the Test series between Sri Lanka and England on television face an anxious wait to see whether any pictures will be transmitted. Coverage is threatened by a legal dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) and the sports agency, WSG Nimbus, which was to have produced the coverage. Channel 4 highlights are similarly dependent on an eleventh-hour resolution of the disagreement. On Tuesday, the BCCSL filed an application in the High Court and was granted an interim enjoining order against WSG Nimbus by a commercial High Court judge but the case will not be heard until February 13. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 04:07:01 EST 2001

President orders elephant corridor to be turned into sanctuary
The Island, Thursday February 1, 2001 20:00 PST . Director, Department of Wildlife Conservation(DWLC), A. P. Gunesekera said on Thrsday that the President had issued instructions to the DWLC to make the elephant corridor in Karuwalagaswewa in the Puttalam district into a wildlife sanctuary with immediate effect. This was initially the site chosen by the Board of Investment(BOI) for a cashew plantation. "The President decided that the cashew plantation could be moved to another part of the country, while it would be difficult to move the elephant corridor," he said. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 01:03:50 EST 2001

Sri Lanka rupee opens steady, dollar supply up
Yahoo India, Friday, 2 February. Exporters liquidated their dollars on Friday to keep the Sri Lankan rupee steady in early trade, dealers said. "At the moment supply has outstripped demand for dollars," said a dealer at a foreign bank as the rupee traded where it closed on Thursday at 89.40 to the dollar. "The fact that the central bank has indicated it is happy with these levels is also giving the market direction," he said. The central bank said on Wednesday the rupee's current level of between 89 and 90 to the dollar reflected the currency's real value and ruled out intervention. President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who is also finance minister, said earlier the bank would intervene if the rupee touched the 100 mark as speculators tested the local currency soon after it was floated last week to avoid a balance of payments crisis. To lift the rupee off record lows the central bank prohibited commercial banks from holding excessive carry forward dollar positions and tightened controls on exporters. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 04:02:50 EST 2001

India in lead
Yahoo India, february 2. India and Sri Lanka were poised to make their third successive finals of the SAARC golf championship as the opening day's fare produced modest rounds at the Delhi Golf Club here on Friday. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 21:58:46 EST 2001

Rumours of tremors
The Hindu, Friday, February 02, 2001. COLOMBO, FEB. 1. Rumours of a mild quake in Sri Lanka gained strength after the State-run Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) announced today that a government scientist had felt a series of tremors in an upmarket neighbourhood of the capital on Wednesday evening. The SLBC's evening news bulletin said employees of a government retail outlet in the area confirmed this, but added that the Meteorological Department had no such information. More...
Published: Thu Feb 1 15:28:47 EST 2001

Business News From The Sri Lankan Press Friday
Yahoo India, Thursday February 1, 2001 21:36 PST. Japan has warned Sri Lanka it will withdraw the $300 million it has pledged for a controversial coal-power project if the work on the proposed project doesn't commence soon, reports the Daily Mirror. The government has shelved the project for several months due to protests by social and envoironmental groups. The Joint Council of Trade Unions (JCTU), an umbrella organization of 22 trade unions, will meet with President Chandrika Kumaratunga later in the day to discuss several issues, says the Daily News. The discussion will focus on the rising cost of living. The JCTU has over 1 million members. More...
Published: Fri Feb 2 00:38:06 EST 2001

Chandrika asks supporters to spare opposition rally
Times of India, 2 February 2001 . Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga has asked her supporters not to disrupt an opposition rally to protest against rising living costs, ruling party officials said on Thursday. The opposition UNP has said that the ruling party was planning to unleash bees to disrupt the rally that is due to be launched from the central town of Kandy, some 112 kilometres (72 miles) northeast of the capital. More...
Published: Thu Feb 1 15:31:30 EST 2001
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President Kumaratunga asks her MPs not to attack opposition procession  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

Solheim visit brightens prospect of Lanka-LTTE talks
Times of India, 2 February 2001 . The arrival of Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim here has brightened prospects for peace talks, if not peace, between the Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tiger separatists, according to analysts.Solheim arrived on Wednesday on yet another of his trademark shuttles, this time only a little over two weeks after his January 12 visit amid a slight thawing of tensions between the two antagonists. More...
Published: Thu Feb 1 15:32:14 EST 2001
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Solheim visit sparks speculation  - The Hindu (International)
Norwegian peace envoy hold crucial talks with President and Opposition Leader.  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

Local paedophile on the run
CDN, 02 February 2001. Two police teams have been deployed in Badulla and Galle to track down a local paedophile who had sexually abused school children on the guise of conducting teledrama workshops in several parts of the country. Police said the suspect's escapedes came to light during investigations into a complaint regarding the sexual abuse of 10 schoolchildren in Wellawaya. The 38 year old suspect, said to be a resident of Galle had lured these children into immoral acts on theguise of conducting teledrama workshops. The suspect who had posed off as a teledrama producer had vanished from the area sensing that police was now trailing him. More...
Published: Thu Feb 1 22:56:22 EST 2001

British charity steps up security after bombed attack, Feb 01 2001 20:29 IST. A British non-governmental agency Thursday announced it was stepping up security for its main office in Sri lanka Thursday, a day after it was bombed by unidentified attackers. Oxfam in a statement said it had no knowledge of an organisation calling itself the national Front Against Tigers which contacted local media to claim the attack. More...
Published: Thu Feb 1 10:46:03 EST 2001
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Oxfam steps up security in Sri Lanka after attack  - MSNBC
Office of British charity bombed in Lanka  - The Hindu NUS

Sri Lanka Troops Repulse Rebel Attack In Jaffna
Yahoo India, February 1. Sri Lankan troops killed four Tamil Tiger rebels attempting to breach a defense line on the northern Jaffna Peninsula, a government spokesman said Thursday. Wednesday's shooting was at the Karativu defense line, about 290 kilometers north of Colombo, spokesman U. Gajaman said. He added that troops shot and killed three other militants Wednesday at Muhamalai, 15 kilometers further northeast. More...
Published: Thu Feb 1 15:33:12 EST 2001
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Troops repulse rebel attack in northern Sri Lanka  - Times of India

Solheim begins talks afresh
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on February 1, 2001. Colombo, Feb. 1. (UNI): Norway's special envoy Erik Solheim today began fresh talks with Sri Lankan leaders amid hopes of ending a deadlock in the fragile peace process, diplomatic sources here said. Solheim who arrived here yesterday had a meeting with main Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today and was due to meet with President Chandrika Kumaratunga, sources said. More...
Published: Thu Feb 1 08:49:46 EST 2001
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Solheim meets Sri Lankan leaders  - BBC South Asia

NFAT claims reposnisbility for Wednesday Lanka attack
Yahoo India, February 1. The National Front Against Tigers (NFAT) Sri Lanka has claimed the responsibility for Wednesday's attck on British charity office in Colombo. The attack at Oxfam's office was carried during the wee hours.NFAT is considered as a Sinhalese extremist group The NFAT surfaced early last year when it claimed responsibility for the assassination of a hardline Tamil politician, though fficials and Sinhala nationalists dismissed that claim as "hoax". More...
Published: Thu Feb 1 10:47:27 EST 2001

Forex crisis pushing Sri Lanka to Norway peace talks, Feb 01 2001 11:58 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 1 (AFP) - A major economic crisis may encourage Sri Lanka to break an impasse in the Norwegian-backed peace process and enter talks with Tamil Tiger separatists, diplomatic sources here said Thursday. Peace hopes were also raised when Norway's Erik Solheim arrived here Wednesday on his latest mission to try to bring Colombo and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the negotiating table. More...
Published: Thu Feb 1 03:45:35 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka Rupee Unch Late;Dollar Pft-Taking Boosts LKR  - Yahoo India
Norwegian peace envoy arrives in Lanka  - Times of India

Cricket-England to stick to winning plan in Sri Lanka
yahoo, february 1. England captain Nasser Hussain said on Thursday his side would keep to the same strategy that brought them their first series win in Pakistan on their tour of Sri Lanka. ``We had a certain specific plan in Pakistan and the conditions are not much different here, so we are not going to start all over again,'' Hussain said in Colombo. More...
Published: Thu Feb 1 12:02:38 EST 2001

Fake notes seized from Sri Lankans
ChennaiOnline, february 1. The police recovered counterfeit currency in the denomination of Rs 100 and Rs 1,000 from two Sri Lankan nationals here yesterday. Police suspect that the notes might have been printed in Pakistan for circulation in India. According to the police, M S Bowmi (38), son of Mohammed Zakaria, and Mohammed Kiyas, both hailing from Sri Lanka, produced two 100-rupee notes at Sakthi Wines in Seven Wells last night and asked for liquor. More...
Published: Thu Feb 1 08:55:36 EST 2001

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