The Lanka Academic

VOL. 1, NO. 316

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Thieves steal gold at holiest Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka, Feb 16 2001 14:45 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 16 (AFP) - Gold jewellery offered by worshippers has been stolen from one of Buddhism's holiest shrines near the Sri Lankan capital, police said Friday. Police were investigating the theft at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara which is believed to be one of three places visited by the Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. More...
Published: Fri Feb 16 09:48:49 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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Chandrika visit from Feb. 22
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on February 16, 2001. New Delhi, Feb. 16 (PTI): Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga will undertake a three-day official visit to India from February 22 to further consolidate bilateral ties in diverse areas, it was officially announced today. The visit, the first to India by Kumaratunga after the recent general elections in Sri Lanka, is part of regular exchanges at the highest level, an External Affairs Ministry spokesman told reporters. More...
Published: Fri Feb 16 23:37:08 EST 2001
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Chandrika coming next week  - The Hindu

Inter-faith team to meet LTTE leaders
yahoo, february 17. A THIRTY-MEMBER inter-faith group comprising Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic priests, is leaving for Wanni on Sunday to meet LTTE leaders Thamilchelvan and Karikalan, the state-owned Tamil daily Dinakaran has said. The visit, which has been permitted by both the LTTE and Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence, will be taking place at a critical juncture in the ethnic conflict, when the Norwegian peace initiative is beginning to show signs of progress. Earlier, the Catholic Bishops of Jaffna and Mannar, Rev Thomas Savundarnayagam and Rev Rayappu Joseph, had gone to Wanni and met Thamilchelvan to get the inter-faith visit cleared. A section of the Sri Lankan Catholic Church and a section of the Buddhist clergy have been trying hard for sometime to get the government and the LTTE to talk about cessation of hostilities and a constitutional settlement to the ethnic question. More...
Published: Fri Feb 16 16:15:47 EST 2001

Tamils campaign against UK Tiger ban
BBC South Asia, Friday, 16 February, 2001, 19:20 GMT . Students in northern Jaffna have collected more than 50,000 signatures on a petition asking Britain not to ban the rebels, whose international secretariat is in London. There have also been demonstrations against a ban in rebel-controlled areas in eastern Batticaloa district.Sinhalese nationalists in Colombo say they plan to hand over their own petition with a million signatures to the British High Commission on Monday urging London to enforce the ban. More...
Published: Fri Feb 16 18:08:16 EST 2001

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

Indonesian hajj flight makes emergency landing in Sri Lanka, Feb 16 2001 12:30 IST. COLOMBO, Feb 16 (AFP) - An Indonesian Airbus A-330 carrying pilgrims to the hajj made an emergency landing at Sri Lanka's only international airport after reporting engine trouble, local officials said Friday. The aircraft carrying some 310 people on the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca landed safely at Bandaranaike International Airport late Thursday after the pilots shut down an engine, officials said. More...
Published: Fri Feb 16 03:37:34 EST 2001
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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
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Lanka renews call to Britain to ban LTTE  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Kumaratunga asks Britain to ban LTTE  - NDTV/MSNBC
Lankan President asks Britain to ban Tigers  - Times of India

Sri Lanka seeks closer cooperation with Czech republic, Feb 16 2001 18:40 IST. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga held talks with visiting Czech Defence Minister Vladimir Vetchy and both called for greater military and trade cooperation, the government here said Friday. The Czech minister arrived here on Wednesday and held the meeting with Kumaratunga on Thursday, her office said in a statement. More...
Published: Fri Feb 16 09:48:30 EST 2001
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Lanka will get Czech military aid  -
Czech Republic offers to train Lankan soldiers  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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
Czech defence minister begins Sri Lanka visit  -

Spinner Muralitharan undergoes tests
Independent, UK, Friday, 16 February. Sri Lanka's top off–spinner Muthiah Muralitharan, who hurt himself in New Zealand, went for a thorough medical check today hours after the team returned to Colombo from its tour of South Africa and New Zealand. "We can't say anything at the moment if he will be fit to play against England. He is going through lots of medical checks and specialist care," Sri Lankan cricket board spokesman Chandrishan Perera said. "The doctors are doing their best, but as you know, an injury in the groin means more rest. The more you rest, the better you get," Perera said when asked if the off–spinner will be fit to play in the first test against England starting February 22. Muralitharan was, however, greeted by news that he leads the list for CEAT international cricketer of the year 2000–01. More...
Published: Fri Feb 16 03:56:46 EST 2001

Pakistan, Sri Lanka discuss SAARC, Feb 16 2001 19:25 IST. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar met Pakistani military ruler General Pervez Musharraf here Friday to discuss efforts to revive the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), officials said. SAARC, formed in 1985, failed to hold a summit in November 1999 amid worsening relations between key members India and Pakistan in the wake of their tit-for-tat nuclear tests and the military takeover here. More...
Published: Fri Feb 16 09:53:07 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

Cricket-Atherton anchors England against Lanka Board President's XI
Yahoo India, February 16. Michael Atherton anchored England with an unbeaten 74 before rain halted their progress against a Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI on Friday.England had extended their overnight 17 without loss to 174 for two when a thunderstorm shortly before tea prevented any more play on the second day of the four-day game. More...
Published: Fri Feb 16 09:51:57 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

South Asian economic talks
BBC South Asia, Friday, 16 February, 2001, 12:41 GMT . rade and economic ministers from Bangladesh, India, Burma, Sri Lanka and Thailand have stressed the importance of co-operation in the face of globalisation at the first meeting of their group, BIMST-EC, in Rangoon. More...
Published: Fri Feb 16 09:50:27 EST 2001

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
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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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Sri Lanka army deserters flee again  -

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

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

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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