The Lanka Academic

MARCH 24, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 1, NO. 352

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Lankan Govt still to take steps towards peace: Solheim
The Hindustan Times, march 24. THOUGH THE LTTE has been observing a ceasefire for the past three months, Sri Lanka has not taken any steps towards peace, Norwegian peace envoy Eric Solheim has said. "However, I believe that the Chandrika Government will participate in the peace process," Mr Solheim said in an interview to the London-based Tamil radio station, Independent Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) on Thursday, a full transcript of which appeared in the Colombo Tamil daily "Virakesari" today. More...
Published: Sat Mar 24 23:41:48 EST 2001
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India fully backs peace: Solheim  - The Hindu

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Lankan troops destroy LTTE boat
Times of India, 25 March 2001 . Sri Lankan troops destroyed a boat belonging to the LTTE off the Arialai Lagoon in the northern Jaffna peninsula, while three rebels and a soldier were killed in separate incidents in the last two days, a delayed report said on Saturday. Government forces, spotting two rebel boats in the Lagoon, attacked them with 81 mm mortars, destroying one of them on Thursday, the military's situation report said. More...
Published: Sat Mar 24 23:44:03 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka loses international airlines
northernlight, march 24. International airlines have apparently begun withdrawing services to Sri Lanka. Russia's Aeroflot reportedly pulled out of the market on 22 March and is expected to be followed by Martinair at the end of March. AOM French Airlines has already ceased services to Colombo, according to Xinhua News Agency. Kuwait Airlines apparently has plans to reduce the number of flights to Sri Lanka from four to three, and the president of the Travel Agents Association has said that it is now almost impossible to get a seat to Colombo. The travel group has claimed that Sri Lankan Airlines, the national carrier, is responsible for the withdrawal of foreign airlines. More...
Published: Sat Mar 24 13:27:35 EST 2001 Back to the top

Lankan fishermen held in Indian jails illegally: NGO
Times of India, 25 March 2001 . A Non-Government Organisation (NGO) representing Sri Lankan fishermen has accused India of holding about 50 of them in custody in contravention of its own laws and international law. The National Fisheries Solidarity (NFS) said Sri Lankan fishermen were being kept in Indian jails for more than 15 months in violation of the Maritime Zones Act and Art.73 of the United Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which India is a signatory. More...
Published: Sat Mar 24 23:45:07 EST 2001 Back to the top

Weapon stockpile unearthed in Lanka
Hindu, march 24. Sri Lankan police have unearthed a large stockpile of weapons worth Rs 15 million from an arsenal of the LTTE in the northern Jaffna city, a senior police officer has said. The weapons seized included powerful anti-aircraft weapons, explosives, automatic firearms of various types and live ammunition, The Daily Mirror quoting the officer said. More...
Published: Sat Mar 24 13:03:51 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka exports fall sharply, trade gap widens
123India, march 24. Sri Lanka's exports fell sharply in January by 47.4 percent compared to the previous month and by 12.3 percent against the corresponding period last year, the central bank said. Export earnings in January fell to 334.2 million dollars, down from 636.3 million dollars in December and 381.0 million dollars in January 2000, central bank's latest figures showed More...
Published: Sat Mar 24 13:05:43 EST 2001 Back to the top

SAARC Writers Urged to Fight Religious Fanaticism
northernlight, march 24. The third SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Writers Conference opened here Friday with a call for fighting religious fanaticism, ethnic violence, repression on women and terrorism in the region. About 100 poets and writers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and host Bangladesh are attending the conference. More...
Published: Sat Mar 24 13:29:57 EST 2001 Back to the top

Terror suspect goes job hunting
National Post, march 23. A suspected terrorist fundraiser who is fighting his deportation in the Supreme Court of Canada has completed a computer engineering course and is now on the job market, court documents show.Manickavasagan Suresh, who is allegedly linked to the Tamil Tigers terrorist group, scored an average of 90% in Microsoft's certified system engineer program, which qualifies him for work as he prepares for his hearing, according to submissions filed in the Federal Court of Canada.To that end, he asked the court to loosen release conditions requiring him to report once a week to an immigration office. More...
Published: Fri Mar 23 18:26:27 EST 2001 Back to the top

Lankan court summons top official on bribery charge
Times of India (Breaking News), Friday . 23 March 2001 A court asked a top government official on Friday to appear before it after the Bribery and Corruption Commission said he was avoiding questioning over a bribery allegation.The independent commission began investigating Thilan Wijesinghe, chairman of the Board of Investment, after a foreign investor alleged that he demanded money for approving a project.The commission told Colombo Magistrate A. Heiyanthuduwa that Wijesinghe "deliberately ignored their repeated requests" to appear before them.Wijesinghe reports directly to President Chandrika Kumaratunga. He enjoys sweeping powers to overrule city laws, customs rulings and tax department decisions to help foreign investors. More...
Published: Fri Mar 23 15:30:00 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Thilan Wijesinghe files fundamental rights application
CDN, march 24. The Supreme Court yesterday gave time till April 4, 2001 to the Bribery Commission and directed it to ascertain and intimate to court whether it would duly release specimen handwritings of the petitioner to the Examiner of Questioned Documents (EQD) for re-evaluation and clarify the position with regard to the possibility of an arrest of the petitioner till the conclusion of the inquiry when a rights application by Thilan Wijesinghe was taken up before court. More...
Published: Fri Mar 23 18:37:47 EST 2001 Back to the top

Tigers threaten to attack Colombo if truce not reciprocated
India Abroad, March 23, 2001 11:30 Hrs (IST) . Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have hinted strongly that they could resume attacks on the island's capital and outside of the Jaffna peninsula if the government keeps up military action against them.The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) announced an extension of the unilateral ceasefire by another month while issuing a stern reminder that Colombo was "relatively peaceful" because of the rebels' restraint. It is because of our strict observance of the ceasefire there is relative peace and stability in the capital and in the Sinhala south," the LTTE said in a statement. More...
Published: Fri Mar 23 08:59:33 EST 2001 Back to the top

Lanka spinner Muralitharan suspended for dissent
Times of India (Breaking News), march 24. Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, man-of-the-match in Friday's opening limited overs game against England, was fined 65 percent of his match fee and given a suspended sentence for showing dissent at an umpiring decision, a newspaper said Saturday. More...
Published: Sat Mar 24 12:57:30 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka trooper, Tiger killed in battle for gun, Mar 23 2001 15:30 IST. A suspected Tamil Tiger rebel grabbed the gun of an army soldier and shot him dead only to be gunned down by another trooper in eastern Sri Lanka Friday, officials said. Two soldiers had arrested the man and were taking him to the Kiran army camp when he grabbed the gun and shot dead one soldier, military spokesman brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Fri Mar 23 09:01:17 EST 2001 Back to the top

Tigers take farmers hostage a day after truce extension in Sri Lanka, Mar 23 2001 13:31 IST. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels abducted at least 10 farmers in eastern Sri Lanka Friday, a day after extending their unilateral truce by a further month, police said. Gunmen of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ambushed the farmers who were travelling on a tractor trailer in the Potuvil area, police said adding that an investigation was underway. More...
Published: Fri Mar 23 09:01:57 EST 2001 Back to the top
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LTTE takes 10 farmers hostage after extending truce  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Cong. to campaign for PMK
The Hindu, Saturday, March 24, 2001. CHENNAI, MARCH 23. Dumping its ``concerns and reservations'' over the pro-LTTE Paattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), the Tamil Nadu unit of the Congress today declared that it would ``whole-heartedly'' work for the victory of PMK candidates in the coming Assembly elections in the State. The Tamil Nadu Congress president, Mr. E.V.K.S. Elangovan, who till recently was demanding a ban on the PMK for its ``brazen support'' to the LTTE, told presspersons here, ``We will share a platform with PMK leaders and whole-heartedly work for the victory of their candidates.'' More...
Published: Fri Mar 23 15:55:36 EST 2001 Back to the top

Mass recruitment in Sri Lanka for Singapore jobs, Mar 23 2001 15:40 IST. Singapore job agents carried out a mass recruitment drive in Sri Lanka for housemaids and have entered into a deal with local counterparts to increase co-operation, officials here said Friday. More than 100 women were recruited on Thursday as housemaids to work in Singaporean homes, a spokesman for Sri Lanka's Foreign Employment Bureau, L. K. Rahunage, said. More...
Published: Fri Mar 23 09:02:35 EST 2001 Back to the top

Prove Presidential Palace costs Rs. 46,487 per sq. foot, Iíll quit, says Mangala
Island, march 24. Mangala Samaraweera Minister of Urban Development Construction and Public Utilities yesterday told Parliament he would resign from his post if the opposition, which has launched a virulent campaign against the construction of the proposed. Presidentís official residential complex in Kotte proved that the complex costs the government Rs. 46,487 per square foot. More...
Published: Fri Mar 23 20:06:40 EST 2001 Back to the top

Asian Bank programme for Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Friday, 23 March, 2001, 14:45 GMT . The Asian Development Bank says aid donors will have a major role to play when Sri Lanka's civil war finally ends, as massive assistance will be required. Bank officials said that planning for a post-war Europe had begun two years before the Second World War ended, so now was the time to begin work on Sri Lanka, even though there seemed to be no end in sight yet. More...
Published: Fri Mar 23 10:39:26 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka cruise to win
BBC South Asia, Friday, 23 March, 2001, 11:51 GMT . A partnership of 70 between Marvan Atapattu and Russel Arnold took Sri Lanka to a five-wicket victory in the opening one-dayer at Dambulla on Friday. More...
Published: Fri Mar 23 08:59:20 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Lankan spinners dismiss England for 143  - Times of India (Breaking News)

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