The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 315

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Chandrika coming next week
The Hindu, Friday, February 16, 2001. COLOMBO, FEB. 15. The Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, is scheduled to visit India next week for talks with the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, on ``matters of mutual interest'', official sources said. The dates of the visit have not yet been announced yet by the Sri Lankan Government for security reasons. It is expected that the talks between the two leaders will include the progress of the Norwegian initiative to bring the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE for talks. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 15:48:49 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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11 stabbed on train in Sri Lanka
Times of India, 16 February 2001 . Robbers impersonating commuters robbed and stabbed at least 11 people travelling in a train in southern Sri Lanka on Thursday, a railroad official said.The train bound for Badulla, a tea-growing hill country, was passing through lush forests when a group of seven people began threatening other commuters and demanding their money. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 22:38:03 EST 2001

Sri Lanka President asks Britain to ban Tigers, Feb 15 2001 22:10 IST. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Thursday urged Britain to ban Tamil Tiger rebels operating an office in London but said such a restriction would not affect a Norwegian-backed peace process. Kumaratunga said she expected the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to be outlawed under Britain's new anti-terrorism laws which are expected to go into effect shortly."Britain must declare the LTTE as a terrorist organisation because that is what they are," Kumaratunga said in a phone-in interview conducted in Sinhalese."They (Britain) have not told us (about the ban), but we expect them to ban the LTTE. That is the right thing for them to do." More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 12:27:09 EST 2001

Tamil parties ask Britain not to ban LTTE
Times of India, 16 February 2001 . Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka have asked Britain not to proscribe the separatist Tamil Tigers in the interests of peace as a deadline for London's release of a list of outlawed rebel organisations draws near.British high commission officials here said the leaders of nine moderate Tamil parties and one Muslim party had met them on Tuesday and urged that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) be not included in the banned list. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 22:36:12 EST 2001

Sri Lankan president raises hopes of peace
yahoo, february 15. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga said on Thursday her country was now closer to peace that at any time since it plunged into a bitter ethnic conflict 18 years ago. "I can only say that this is the most hopeful situation since the war began," Kumaratunga said in a television interview. "We are ready to enter through the tiny door that has been opened," said Kumaratunga, who earlier this month raised hopes of peace talks by announcing that Tamil rebels had made a "somewhat favourable response" to her invitation to negotiate. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 13:52:38 EST 2001

Norway offers financial assistance to Sri Lanka
Times of India, 16 February 2001 . Norway, which is trying to broker peace between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, pledged 160 million rupees ($1.8 million) on Thursday toward research in Sri Lanka's rural economy and for improving industrial production methods. The head of the visiting Norwegian delegation, junior foreign minister Sigrun Mogedal, signed the grant agreements with industrial development minister Gamini Peiris after they began the annual political consultations on bilateral cooperation, state-run radio said. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 22:37:02 EST 2001

Czech defence minister begins Sri Lanka visit, Feb 15 2001 13:57 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 15 (AFP) - Czech defence minister Vladimir Vetchy Thursday began an official visit to Sri Lanka amid increasing military cooperation between the two countries, officials here said. The Foreign Ministry here said that Vetchy who arrived here late Wednesday will be visiting the island till Saturday. details of the visit were not immediately available. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 09:00:21 EST 2001
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Lanka looks to Czech Republic for more weapons  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Czech to provide more military aid to Sri Lanka  - The Hindu NUS

Sri Lanka gives 100,000 dollars to Indian quake victims, Feb 15 2001 20:17 IST. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Thursday handed over 100,000 dollars and a consignment of clothing and food for the victims of the giant Gujarat earthquake in neighbouring India. Kumaratunga's office in a statement said she handed over the money and relief supplies to the Indian High Commissioner here, Gopal Krishna Gandhi. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 10:56:15 EST 2001

Lankan opposition plans to impeach Chief Justice
Times of India (Breaking News), Thursday, 15 February. Sri Lanka's main opposition on Thursday announced plans to impeach the Chief Justice following a Supreme Court decision to limit the scope of an election petition against President Chandrika Kumaratunga.The United National Party (UNP) said it was sifting "evidence" for a parliamentary resolution to remove Chief Justice Sarath Silva, who ruled that only one out of three counts against Kumaratunga could be taken up in court."We are taking the matter to the People's Court too," UNP assistant leader Gamini Athukorale said adding that they were organising mass demonstrations to pressure President Kumaratunga to quit. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 03:41:24 EST 2001
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Short-lived freedom for Sri Lanka army deserters, Feb 15 2001 20:20 IST. A group of Sri Lankan army deserters who were arrested and sent for fresh training fled again overnight only to be arrested once more, police sources here said Thursday. The army had recently rounded up 83 deserters and sent them to a training camp in northern Mihintale area for a fresh re-orientation course, the sources said. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 10:59:40 EST 2001
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Fishing in the Palk Straits
yahoo, Thursday February 15. CUTTING ACROSS political differences, members of the Tamil Nadu Assembly recently expressed outrage at the killing of two Indian fishermen at Kodiakkarai in Nagapattinam district by the Sri Lankan Navy. It has become a routine affair and one could easily predict the denouement of events. Indian fishermen lose their precious lives in the Palk Straits; the fishermen go on strike in protest; More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 09:17:05 EST 2001

Home of Sri Lanka opposition supporter burnt down
MSNBC, february 14. Gunmen in Sri Lanka burnt down the home of an opposition supporter accused of poking fun at an eye injury sustained by President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a 1999 suicide bomb attack, a politician said on Wednesday.The target of the Tuesday night attack, H.H.A. Kamala, was lambasted in the official media after dressing up like Kumaratunga during a demonstration last week, complete with a patch over her right eye. More...
Published: Wed Feb 14 09:04:31 EST 2001
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UNP activist's home torched 'for mocking at Kumaratunga'  -
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Sri Lanka Board bounce back after Giles injury blow
Yahoo India, February 15, 8:33 PM. England's fears of what might happen in the absence of key spinner Ashley Giles were confirmed when the Board President's XI recovered from losing half the side for 84 on the first day of the four-day match here on Thursday. Sri Lanka went on to make 253 all out while England finished the day on 17 without loss. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 11:35:17 EST 2001
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England dismiss Sri Lanka President's XI for 253  - Yahoo India

Committing atrocities 'natural' - Balasingham
CDN, Wednesday, 14 February. Committing atrocities in a war situation was natural, the LTTE's London-based theoretician Anton Balasingham has told a Tamil weekly recently. "In a war situation, the protagonists commit atrocities and that is natural," Balasingham said. He has also reportedly asked Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim as to how Britain could contemplate labelling the LTTE as a 'terrorist organisation' and banning when it was "fighting for the liberation of Tamils". More...
Published: Wed Feb 14 03:43:30 EST 2001

Sri Lanka president slams official waste, graft
MSNBC, Feb 14 2001 12:47 IST. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga blamed inefficiency and corruption in the civil service for eating up 40 percent of the war-torn country's development budget, state media reported on Wednesday.''Over 40 percent of the funds allocated for development are consumed in wastage, inefficiency and corruption by the public sector,'' the state-owned Daily News quoted Kumaratunga as telling a meeting of senior public sector officials on Tuesday. Kumaratunga also said senior civil servants should be paid much higher salaries ''but this could not be done not only due to the war, but also due to the inefficiency of cabinet ministers.'' The government is under growing pressure to raise salaries of public servants amid strong opposition protests about the cost of living which has begun to soar since the rupee was floated last month. More...
Published: Wed Feb 14 03:36:27 EST 2001
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Sri Lanka President slams ministers, officials for corruption  -

Five killed as Sri Lanka troops attack Tiger reinforcements, Feb 14 2001 11:26 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 14 (AFP) - Government forces ambushed a wave of Tamil Tiger guerrillas moving from eastern Sri lanka to the island's embattled north, killing at least three, the defence ministry said. Troops attacked an estimated 80 to 100 members of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the district of Trincomalee overnight, military spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said.He said two government soldiers were killed and another wounded in the fire fight. Troops later recovered grenades, automatic weapons and medical supplies from the area, Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Wed Feb 14 01:32:46 EST 2001

Sri Lanka's injured pride questioned
The Times, february 13. THE opinion of ICC delegates that Test cricket has lost ground to one-day internationals in the public perception is hardly one that can be denied in Sri Lanka. They still expect the traditional schools match, Royal College v St Thomasís, in the first three days of March, to attract more Sri Lankan spectators than the Test in Colombo that will decide the series with England later in the month, but they are confident of full houses for the one-day games. More...
Published: Wed Feb 14 23:40:29 EST 2001

Inscriptions reveal ancient trade links with Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, February 14. Recent excavations carried out in some ancient towns of the district have revealed existence of trade links between the region ruled by the Cholas and Sri Lanka as early as eight century A.D, according to a Tamil Nadu archaelogy department official.Inscriptions showing the trade links were found in Deva Nagari script on a stone excavated recently at Kaliyampatti village near Musiri, an ancient port town, Director of Archaelogy A. Abdul Majid told a seminar on 'Facets of hisotry' at a local college here on Monday. More...
Published: Wed Feb 14 09:01:45 EST 2001

Malaysian Firms Eye Sri Lanka as Gateway Into Indian Market
Yahoo India, February 14. Malaysian companies are taking advantage of an Indo-Sri Lanka free trade deal to launch a major drive into Indian markets, official sources said.The sources said that by locating factories in Sri Lanka, foreign investors from Malaysia and other countries are able to service the giant Indian market by making use of general concessions that are available under the trade agreement between Sri Lanka and India. More...
Published: Wed Feb 14 09:02:33 EST 2001

Sri Lanka Tea, Rubber Unions, Govt To Discuss Wages Thu
Yahoo India, February 15. Several Sri Lankan government ministers will hold a crucial meeting with trade union officials Thursday to discuss tea and rubber plantation workers' demand for increased wages, union sources said. Several hundred thousand tea and rubber workers are demanding a 400 Sri Lankan rupee (US$1=LKR86.15) monthly allowance that the government approved for other public sector employees last year. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 09:21:46 EST 2001

Sledging: Boon or bane?
Yahoo India, February 15. I CAN?T make heads or tails of the demands of the captains of the test playing countries that there should be a greater equality in earnings between the rich teams and the poor teams. Of course there should be greater equality in the earning between the rich and the poor team. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 09:23:27 EST 2001

SRI LANKA PRESS: Belgium To Boost Sri Lanka Trade Ties
Yahoo India, February 15, 8:48 AM. Belgium will send a trade delegation to Sri Lanka next month to explore new investment opportunities, reports the Daily News. It added that the delegation will represent 10 leading Belgium companies, mainly from sectors such as port development, information technology and power. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 11:43:03 EST 2001

Sri Lanka Govt Temporarily Halts Telecom IPO Plans-Report
Yahoo India, February 15, 9:16 AM25. The Sri Lankan government has temporarily halted a planned initial public offering of shares of Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd., a local newspaper reported Thursday. The report quoted government officials saying that weak telecommunications stock prices globally and continued losses suffered by Sri Lanka Telecom have prompted the latest move. However, it didn't say when the issue will be launched. More...
Published: Thu Feb 15 11:44:13 EST 2001

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