The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 306

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Sri Lanka says no cut in Japanese aid, Feb 06 2001 12:45 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 6 (AFP) - Japan has promised there will be no cuts in its aid programme for Sri Lanka, the foreign ministry here said Tuesday. The Japanese government, which is the largest single donor of foreign aid to Sri Lanka, gave the assurance despite a reduction in its overall aid budget during a meeting last week in Colombo between Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and Japan's Asia and Oceania Director General Kunihiko Makita. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 03:38:08 EST 2001

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka is a semi-autonomous body at the apex of the financial sector in Sri Lanka today. The objectives of the Central Bank include the stabilization of domestic monetary values and the preservation of the external stability of the Sri Lankan Rupee. It is the advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka on economic affairs and it is responsible for the implementation of Exchange Control Regulations. On January 23rd, 2001, the Central Bank permitted flee float rates for the Sri Lanka Rupee, leading to a massive 6.62% overnight depreciation of its value. The UNP is seeking the mediation of the Court of Appeal to quash this controversial decision. With this backdrop, we invited the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr. A. S. Jayawardene to be the guest at our current Question and Answer session. Submit your questions for Mr. Jayawardene between February 5-19, 2001, and check answers here.
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S.Lanka orders probe into opposition march attack
MSNBC, 06 February 2001. SRI LANKAN President Chandrika Kumaratunga ordered an inquiry on Monday into an attack on a protest march by the country's main opposition party to denounce last month's flotation of the rupee.Police said a lorry transporting supporters of the United National Party (UNP) was attacked early on Monday by unidentified men in the Molagoda area of the central Kegalle district around 100 km (60 miles) east of the capital.They said the driver of the lorry had been injured in the attack, while the vehicle's tyres were shot at. More...
Published: Mon Feb 5 08:25:45 EST 2001

Sri Lankan group appeals to Canadian premier to ratify UN convention
Bandula Jayasekara in Vancouver, Vancouver Time 1.30 p.m Tuesday 6th February. Canadian Association for a United Sri Lanka (CAUS) has made an appeal to the Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien to immeidately ratify the UN International convention for the suppression of financing of terrorism. In a letter addressed to the premier the group has said that they have not seen any substantive progress on the matter after the letter received from the previous Canadian foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy.

The group has also reminded the premier that Canadian Security Intelligence Services (CSIS) have uncovered evidence to show that some non-profit groups in Canada are fronts for organisations such as the LTTE and how the CSIS analysts describe how money is being channeled from companies and non-profit groups in Canada to LTTE’s weapons purchasing arm in Thailand. The Sri Lankan group appeals to John Chretien to take whatever action necessary to ensure that legislation to combat the financing of international terrorism in Canada is passed without delay, reminding him that ‘Thus by implication, we in Canada by being silent, have become a major part of the problem’.
Published: Tue Feb 6 16:41:14 EST 2001

Lanka sends tea and clothing for quake victims
Times of India, 7 February 2001 . Sri Lanka will send a consignment of tea and clothing to earthquake victims in Gujarat, with a planeload of relief supplies due to leave shortly, officials said.President Chandrika Kumaratunga has offered emergency supplies to Indian High Commissioner Gopalkrishna Gandhi and arrangements are being made to airlift them, they said. "We were told that the people in Gujarat needed warm clothes as they are facing a cold winter. For the same reason, the tea we are sending would also be welcome," an official said. He said details of the quantities were not known yet, but the commodities would be ferried on an Indian Airlines flight that would not be carrying any passengers. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 17:00:13 EST 2001

Susanthika finishes second in Stuttgart
Times of India, 6 February 2001 . Sydney Olympic Games bronze medallist, Susanthika Jayasinghe of Sri Lanka opened her 2001 Grand Prix season in style when she finished second in women's 60m dash at the IAAF International Athletic Meeting in Stuttgart on Sunday.She clocked 7.17 seconds to finish behind Ukraine's Angela Kravchenko (7.09). The third place went to Bulgarian Petya Pendareva (7.18). Jamaican Christopher Williams clocked 6.63 seconds to win the men's 60m event. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 03:51:45 EST 2001

Sri Lanka take unbeatable 3-0 lead in one-day series against NZ
Yahoo India, February 6. New Zealand's much maligned cricketers invited more scorn as they once again succumbed to Sri Lanka's superior skills here at Eden Park Tuesday.The Sri Lankans easily surpassed New Zealand's score of 181 all out in 45.4 overs, reaching their target with nine wickets to spare in just 29.5 overs. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 15:00:26 EST 2001
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Cricket: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand to take 3-0 lead  - NDTV/MSNBC
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'Big brother' Ranatunga watches and bides his time
Guardian, february 5. As England plot the completion of a triumphant winter with victory in Sri Lanka, the temptation to turn their attention to a famous old foe lurking in the shadows will be almost irresistible. Arjuna Ranatunga, the most influential figure in Sri Lanka's cricket history, has retired to popular acclaim, and every shift of sporting fortune will influence his fate. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 10:24:41 EST 2001

World Test title on the way By ROBERT CRADDOCK
Herald Sun, 07 February 2001. INTERNATIONAL cricket officials are set to this week approve a Test match world championship, adding a fascinating dimension to the game.The championship, likely to get the go-ahead at the International Cricket Council meeting in Melbourne, will take the form of a ratings system, much like tennis and golf,where the Test teams are ranked from one to 10 on a ladder updated after every Testseries.The world championship is expected to be approved on the back of a 10-year plan for world cricket where each nation is programmed to play every other nation home and away over a five-year period. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 20:47:28 EST 2001

Lost Sri Lankans to leave Kazakhstan mid-February, Feb 06 2001 18:23 IST. ALMATY, Feb 6 (AFP) - A group of Sri Lankans are soon to leave Kazakhstan for home after an arduous journey in which they were duped by middlemen into believing they were in Germany, officials said Tuesday. The 24 Sri Lankans are to leave this Central Asian state voluntarily on February 17, said Michael Tschantz, chief Kazakh representative of the International Organisation for Migration. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 09:59:23 EST 2001

Minister orders inquiry into missing Health Ministry vehicles
Times of India, 6 February 2001 . Health Minister John Seneviratne has ordered an inquiry into a number of Health Ministry vehicles that have gone missing.The minister told "The Island" that he had held discussions with the relevant officials and requested them to identify the number of vehicles that are gone missing.The Minister said that he has also appointed a special unit of officials to inspect the shortcomings of hospitals that are under the central government as well as in other base hospitals that come under provincial councils. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 03:44:50 EST 2001

27 Sri Lankan refugees arrive
Yahoo, Tuesday, 6 February. A batch of 27 Sri Lankan refugees arrived at Arichalmunai in Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram district in three boats from different parts of Jaffna, official sources said Tuesday. They said that among the refugees was a 26-year-old man, who had suffered extensive leg injuries in the conflict between militants and the Sri Lankan army two months ago. All the three boats which ferried the refugees had gone back, the sources said. The refugees' arrival Monday caught the police by surprise, as they had maintained that coastal patrolling and security in the Palk Straits had been intensified during the last one week in view of the consecration of the temple in Rameswaram. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 10:00:59 EST 2001

Mahinda Rajapakse appeals to Sri Lankan/Americans
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, LA Time 1.35 p.m Monday 5th February. by Bandula Jayasekara in Los Angeles:Minister Mahinda Rajapakse appealed to all Sri Lankans living in America not to forget their motherland but to rally round the country and contribute their might. Rajapakse made this appeal at the Independence day celebrations held at Woodley Park in Los Angeles yesterday, where he was the chief guest.

Rajapakse further said that he has mooted a programme for young Sri Lankan/Americans to do internships in Sri Lanka where the Sri Lankan/ Americans could help their motherland.
Published: Mon Feb 5 16:35:43 EST 2001

Sri Lanka clinch series win
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 6 February, 2001, 03:05 GMT . Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya hit a swashbuckling century as his team beat New Zealand by nine wickets on Tuesday to clinch the one-day series. Sri Lanka won the rain-affected third one-day international in less than 30 overs to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead.Openers Jayasuriya and Marvan Attapattu dominated the New Zealand attack in their opening stand of 158 as the tourists made light work of the 181 run target. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 05:05:13 EST 2001
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Tigers forcing older civilians to take up arms: report, Feb 05 2001 18:55 IST. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are forcibly drafting civilians in areas under their control into their service, the government said in a statement Monday. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are giving weapons training to some 1,500 businessmen they have forced into service, despite their unilateral truce, government information director Ariya Rubasinghe said."The LTTE has declared a unilateral ceasefire to create conditions conducive for them to recruit more people," Rubasinghe said. "They are also trying to avoid being banned in Britain." More...
Published: Mon Feb 5 09:19:24 EST 2001

"Pura Handa Kaluwara" Ban Continued
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 06 February 1230 GMT. Sri Lankan supreme court today postponed hearing the appeal made by international award winning film director Prasanna Vithanage against banning of his film Pura Handa Kaluwara by Sri Lankan authorities. Pura Handa Kaluwara (Death on a Full Moon Day) which won the prestigious Golden Unicorn Grand Prix award in 1999 Ameins film festival was "defered" by minister Sarath Amunugama saying it will affect the morale of Sri Lankan soldiers fighting LTTE rebels in the North and East. As Public Performance Board comes under Ministry of Defence, Minister Amunugama does not have any legal authority over stopping a public performance of a film, counsellor Upul Jayasuriya, who appeared for Mr. Vithanage, told The Lanka Academic. The case has been adjourned to 28th of May. The Lanka Academic also learns that the Government is seeking an out of court settlement.

The film has been since shown in many European countries despite the ban in Sri Lanka and hundreds of expatriates of both the Sinhala and Tamil communities gathered for all these screenings. Pura Handa and Prasanna’s another award wining film Anantha Ratriya (Dark Night of the Soul) are due to be screened on Sunday the 25th of February in London.
Published: Mon Feb 5 07:37:54 EST 2001

Domestic problems prod Lanka, Tigers to open talks
Times of India, 6 February 2001 . Norway may have redoubled efforts to prod Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tiger separatists towards the negotiating table, but peace may not be the compelling reason for the antagonists to sit down for talks. While the cash-strapped government is forced to shift its focus from the battle to the economic front, the rebels are worried about new British laws which will outlaw the group and effectively halt their London-based fund-raising and propaganda activities. Norway's peace broker Erik Solheim left Colombo after meeting with President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week, saying that his discussions with the two sides "had almost reached the end of the initial stage." More...
Published: Mon Feb 5 17:21:37 EST 2001

President restrict the use of electricity under the public security ordinance
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1340 SLT 05.02.02. President Kumaratunga has promulgated sections of the Public Security act placing restrictions on the use of electricity. The use of Air Conditioners, sign boards, flood lights using the nations grid have been banned. Extra lights and air conditioners can only be run on generators. The ban came as the Ceylon Electricity Board warned of power cuts due the failure of the monsoon rains in the hydra catchment area. The electricity connections of violators of the ban would be disconnected without prior warning. end
Published: Mon Feb 5 02:49:25 EST 2001
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Cricinfo, 6 February 2001. Sanath Jayasuriya came within an ace of scoring the fastest century in a One-Day International at Eden Park today as he led his side to a superb nine-wicketwin over New Zealand in the National Bank series. He took 76 balls, one ball fewer than Chris Cairns at Jade Stadium two years against India. New Zealand was on the receiving end of a superb innings which included 10 fours and six sixes. He made a mockery of New Zealand's earlier struggle to score 181 in the 47 overs available after rain delayed the start of play. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 00:20:35 EST 2001
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Concern over fishermen killing
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, February 06, 2001. India has conveyed its concern to Sri Lanka at the killing of two Tamil Nadu fishermen allegedly by its Navy on January 29. The Indian High Commissioner here, Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, met the Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, on Sunday, to express New Delhi's concern at the incident. He also met officials of the Ministry of Defence. The incident has been widely condemned by politicians in Tamil Nadu. It has been alleged that the two fishermen were shot by the Sri Lankan Navy using RPGs. Three other fishermen in the boat sustained injuries. The incident allegedly took place in Indian waters, at Kodikkarai, off Nagapattinam. The MDMK leader and MP, Mr. Vaiko, submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister, Mr A. B. Vajpayee, when he was in Chennai on February 1, demanding that the Government take action to prevent such incidents. More...
Published: Mon Feb 5 17:19:14 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka gifts eyes to mark freedom day, Feb 05 2001 10:34 IST. Sri Lanka gifted eyes to restore the sight of blind in Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand as part of celebrations to mark the island's 53rd anniversary of independence from Britain, officials said Monday. Sri Lanka's eye donation society sent the corneas that were implanted in patients on Sunday to coincide with the independence anniversary, Rajendra Athukorale, the president of the eye donation society said."We also donated four eyes to Sri Lankan patients," Athukorale said. More...
Published: Mon Feb 5 03:09:46 EST 2001

Waugh to face anti-corruption panel
Yahoo India, 6 February 2001. Australian Test player Mark Waugh will be questioned by the International Cricket Council on Saturday over an Indian bookmaker's allegations he was paid 20,000 US dollars. The Australian Cricket Board said Tuesday its special investigator Greg Melick and representatives of the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit would interview the player in Melbourne on Saturday.In the Indian police report, Gupta, who sometimes uses the alias "John", alleged he paid Waugh 20,000 US dollars for weather, pitch and team information sometime around 1992-93. Waugh, 35, has admitted he was paid 4,000 US by a bookie known to him as "John" in Sri Lanka in 1994 for pitch and weather information. More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 00:14:48 EST 2001
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Is FDI the real panacea for LDCs?
Yahoo India, 6 February 2001. For less developed countries short of capital, multinational companies are seen as bringing in funds and technology. But an UNCTAD report implies that MNC funds merely increase the totality of investments in the host country. Less developed countries must suitably calibrate their FDI policies taking a leaf out of Chile's approach.There are lessons for India's policy-makers and advisers too, says Arun Ghosh. More...
Published: Mon Feb 5 17:26:57 EST 2001

Trescothick hundred saves England embarassment
Cricinfo, 06 February 2001. England's claim that they hold no fear of Sri Lanka's spinners was looking decidedly hollow tonight after an unconvincing batting display by the English middle order against a BCCSL Colts XI at De Soysa International Stadium, Moratuwa. Indeed, this was supposed to have been a gentle warm-up against a youthful Sri Lankan team, but the spinners, two of whom have never played first class cricket, ran through England's middle order and eventually bowled them out for 252. More...
Published: Mon Feb 5 08:01:43 EST 2001

Wasim Akram appeals to Indian fans
Yahoo India, 6 February 2001. Famous Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram on Tuesday urged Indian cricket fans to put pressure on New Delhi to allow matches between Pakistan and India and to keep the sport above politics. ``I call on the Indian fans to urge their Government to change its anti-cricket stance and revive Pakistan-India cricket, just for the love of the game,'' Akram told AFP. The former Pakistani captain was reacting to the cancellation of tri-nation cricket series in Sharjah to raise funds for quake victims in Gujarat. More...
Published: Mon Feb 5 17:28:38 EST 2001

CricInfo bungle leaves ECB red-faced
Age-Pavilion, 5 February 2001. Embarrassingly candid assessments of England's Test cricket squad have been hastily removed from the official England website after they were included in press handouts by the Sri Lankan cricket board. The pen pictures, provided by Internet firm Cricinfo under a contract which expires next month, were removed overnight and replaced with more upbeat profiles after hurried calls between Colombo and London following the official welcome for the England tourists in the Sri Lankan capital. The team's press officer had sent his own thumbnail sketches of the players to the Sri Lankan board for official publications, but officials in Colombo ditched them in favor of the more "entertaining" profiles found on the Internet. More...
Published: Mon Feb 5 05:37:22 EST 2001

Sri Lanka Shrs End Flat; Foreign One-Off Trades Dominate
Yahoo India, 7ht-Tuesday Feb 01. Sri Lanka Shrs End Flat; Foreign One-Off Trades Dominate More...
Published: Tue Feb 6 10:47:33 EST 2001

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