The Lanka Academic

MARCH 25, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 1, NO. 353

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Lankan peace process steeped in secrecy: Solheim
southern Nexus, march 25. Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim has said that the peace process he is seeking to facilitate in Sri Lanka is mired in secrecy, but claimed that prospects for ending the ethnic fighting are bright. "Neither the Tamils nor the Sinhalese are aware of the state of the ongoing peace process, but certainly not all details can be revealed to the people," he told Independent Broadcasting Corporation, a London-based radio. "We can share only a few details, and in any case cannot reveal anything on our own, but the possibilities for achieving peace exist," he was quoted as telling the radio by Tamil daily Veerakesari. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 15:39:29 EST 2001
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Lankan Govt still to take steps towards peace: Solheim  - The Hindustan Times
India fully backs peace: Solheim  - The Hindu

No Connection Fee! Calls to Sri Lanka, only 39c/m!
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Sri Lanka's top Tiger kids excel in state exams: report, Mar 25 2001 11:43 IST. The children of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebel leader have excelled at a national school exam, a state-run weekly reported Sunday. But the education department has raised questions if they took the test in a jungle lair and, if so, whether they were properly supervised.Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran's son, Charles Anthony, and daughter, Duvaraha, sat for the high school General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) from the rebel-held Kilinochchi district, the Sunday Observer said. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 13:04:16 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Tamil Tiger exam success sparks jibes  - BBC South Asia
Children of Tamil Tiger leader pass exams  - MSNBC
Tiger cubs pass school exam with record results  - India Abroad

Sri Lanka gold robber blessed with spiritual links, Mar 25 2001 19:32 IST. The son of a Sri Lankan government minister has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a post office, officials said Sunday. Prabath Premaratne, the son of the deputy minister for the Buddhist affairs ministry Buddha Sasana, was arrested on Friday night together with one of the minister's police bodyguards, officials said. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 13:08:32 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka hit the ground running
The Times UK, march 24. WHEN England lost the first Test match in Galle a month ago, Nasser Hussain rightly expressed dismay about the “peripheral” events. When they lost the first one-day international after a poor batting performance yesterday, the peripherals almost were the main event. What mattered most to Sri Lankans was that international cricket was being played for the first time in an area where the game had hitherto been confined to rough clearings in the jungle. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 16:00:53 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Jayawardene's unbeaten century puts Lanka at 226  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Sri Lanka cruise to victory  - BBC South Asia

Sri Lankan Day held at Global Village
gulf News, march 25. The Sri Lankan community in Dubai celebrated Sri Lankan Day at the Global Village yesterday with demonstrations of the island's rich cultural heritage. Although Sri Lanka's National Day falls on February 4, the Lankan Community decided to celebrate the event at the Global Village during the shopping festival. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 15:52:00 EST 2001 Back to the top

Police intend questioning another Customs officer
Island, 26 March 2001. Police investigating the killing of Customs Department Preventive Officer, Sujith Priyantha Perera on Saturday (24) by two unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle at Thorana Junction, Kelaniya intend questioning another Customs Officer who had been serving with Sujith Priyantha Perera, police sources said.Investigations have revealed that Sujith Priyantha Perera had given evidence against this Customs Officer at a disciplinary liquiry held against him by the Customs Department. It had also been revealed that Sujith Priyantha Perera had been an efficient Customs Officer and that he had carried out several successful raids. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 22:45:39 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka's Senior Customs Officer Killed  - People's Daily

Sri Lankan troops attack Tamil rebels, five dead, Mar 25 2001 17:44 IST. Sri Lankan troops attacked a group of separatist Tamil Tigers in the northern conflict zone and killed at least five of the rebels, the defence ministry said Sunday. The soldiers attacked about 30 members of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Etawetunuwewa area overnight Saturday, the ministry said. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 13:04:22 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to build Bamiyan Buddha replicas, Mar 25 2001 09:39 IST. Sri Lanka is set to build replicas of the Bamiyan Buddha statues that were destroyed by Afghanistan's Taliban rulers, a Buddhist organisation said Sunday. The private Sri Lanka Maha Bodhi Society said it was seeking public donations to put up replicas of the two Bamiyan statues, which dated back more than 1,500 years. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 13:23:29 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka wants to rebuild Buddhas  - Virtual New York
Appeal for Bamiyan Buddha replicas  - BBC South Asia

ncreasing crime due to lack of screening recruits to the forces — Chairman ADEP
Island, 26 March 2001. The Association of Disabled and Ex-service Personnel (ADEP) last week attributed the increasing number of crimes involving ex-service personnel to a lack of proper administration and discipline within the forces. Chairman of the association, Asoka Dayaratne addressing a press conference said that administration and discipline within the forces must be stringent but an obvious lack of it has led to a deterioration within the forces which has affected the entire society. "There is an obvious lapse in the recruiting procedures. For an example where a man who had committed rape was able to avoid court action against him by joining the forces and serving in the North and East. New recruits are not properly screened beforehand," he said. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 22:48:34 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka president to visit France, Mar 25 2001 10:12 IST. Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga is set to visit Paris this week for talks with French leaders, officials said Sunday. She will hold talks with French President Jacques Chirac on Wednesday and on the same evening meet with Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, the officials said. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 13:30:04 EST 2001 Back to the top

Lankan Tamils disillusioned with TN politicians
Times of India (Breaking News), march 25. Sri Lankan Tamils are disillusioned with the "opportunistic" political leaders of Tamil Nadu, as their avowed support for the group's cause is conveniently forgotten during election time, a Tamil magazine published here has claimed."As leaders make and break alliances, as ideals and friendships are discarded in the opportunistic electoral scene in Tamil Nadu, the problem of the Sri Lankan Tamils has become one of the forgotten causes," Sudar Oli said in its latest edition. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 13:26:06 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to look past war for tourism growth
MSNBC, March 25. Sri Lanka is about to launch an ambitious tourism campaign to try to position the country as a major holiday destination in Asia despite the ethnic conflict, the head of the Ceylon Tourist Board said on Sunday. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 13:26:56 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka worried about prison tension in Jaffna
MSNBC, Sunday, 25 March, 2001, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK . The Sri Lankan military was forced on Sunday to move 14 soldiers held in a northern Jaffna prison after Tamils in the same jail tried to storm the section the solders were in, officials said.The soldiers, including one officer, were in jail on suspicion of involvement in the murder of eight Tamil refugees who were hacked to death in Jaffna peninsula's Mirusuvil in December. More...
Published: Sun Mar 25 13:13:59 EST 2001 Back to the top

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

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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