The Lanka Academic

MARCH 26, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 1, NO. 354

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BOI Chairman quit amidst corruption allegations
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1207 SLT 26.03.01 1207. Bureau of Investment (BOI) Chairman Thilan Wijesinghe submitted his resignation today after a long running corruption scandal came to ahead.President Kumaratunga forced Wijesinghe to resign After the Independent Bribery and Corruption Commission instituted proceedings in the Magistrate's Court after a year long investigation. Leading Businessman Mano Selvanathan has been asked by the President to take over the BOI. However there was no confirmation whether Selvanathan has agreed to take up the post end
Published: Mon Mar 26 01:18:31 EST 2001
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Official resigns amid corruption allegations  - BBC South Asia
S.Lanka investment chief quits over bribery charge  - MSNBC
Kumaratunga asks top official to go  - India Abroad

No Connection Fee! Calls to Sri Lanka, only 39c/m!
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Viagra to raise Sri Lanka troop morale, Mar 27 2001 07:49 IST. A year after Sri Lankan troops bought multi-barrel rockets and swing-wing jets to resist a massive offensive by Tamil rebels another key "weapon" is being inducted to fight a different battle. The latest acquisition by the medical corps has the potential to raise morale to new heights in an army where nearly a tenth of troops have been wounded while battling separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the north-east. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 22:36:21 EST 2001 Back to the top

Destroyed Buddha statues shown off
MSNBC, march 26. Ignoring worldwide criticism by Muslims, Buddhists and art lovers, Taliban officials showed off their destruction of two ancient statues on Monday by taking foreigners to the Bamiyan mountainside where the relics were blasted apart.ALL THAT REMAINED of the two towering sandstone statues of Buddha that had been carved in the mountainside in the 3rd and 5th centuries was chunks of rubble. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 13:58:42 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka to build Bamiyan Buddha replicas  -
Sri Lanka wants to rebuild Buddhas  - Virtual New York
Appeal for Bamiyan Buddha replicas  - BBC South Asia
Taliban officials show demolished statues to foreigners  - nando times

Cricket boss sacked
BBC South Asia, Monday, 26 March, 2001, 14:31 GMT 15:31 UK . The Sri Lankan cricket authorities have sacked their chief executive, Dhammika Ranatunga, after a four-month investigation into a number of allegations against him.His job has been given to a former national team captain, Anura Thennakon.The Sri Lankan cricket board said there were five main charges against Mr Ranatunga but declined to give details.Mr Ranatunga was suspended in November; correspondents say one of the reasons was the way he challenged a cricket television deal, and his involvement in the construction of the new ground at Dambulla in central Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 10:19:01 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Ranatunga sacked as cricket CEO  - Yahoo India
Ranatunga row rumbles on  - BBC South Asia

Sri Lanka steps up air strikes against Tamil Tigers, Mar 26 2001 14:23 IST. Airforce jets bombed suspected Tamil Tiger positions in northern Sri Lanka as ground troops killed at least six rebels in other clashes, defence officials here said Monday. Aircraft pounded the Pooneryn area just south of the Jaffna peninsula on Sunday, officials said adding that the raid was carried out following reports of a rebel build-up. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 10:19:23 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan troops attack Tamil rebels, five dead  -
War to continue until LTTE negotiates: Kumaratunga  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Migrants from Sri Lanka, Ecuador detained
Times of India (Breaking News), march 27. Nine Sri Lankans and 231 Ecuadorans captured in international waters by the US coast guard are being detained in Guatemala, its immigration officials have said. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 20:29:41 EST 2001 Back to the top

Court injunction against Cricket Board elections
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1715 SLT 26.03.01. The Colombo District court today granted an injunction against the holding of the Annual General Meeting of the Cricket Board on March 31st. The Injunction was issued after a group opposition the current Board President Thilanga Sumathipala said the AGM was not been held as per the constitution of the board. A spokesman for Board President said the Board would appeal against the injunction tomorrow.
Published: Mon Mar 26 08:26:11 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

A special ward at Colombo National Hospital for ill artists.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo. The Deputy Minister of Culture told Parliament today that a special ward would be allocated for treatment of artists who fall ill. He said he has seen artist who serve the nation not getting proper treatment in hospitals. The Deputy Minister was speaking at the Committee stage of the budget debate. end
Published: Mon Mar 26 08:26:11 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to protest to India against illegal fishing
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1907 SLT 26.03.01. Fisheries Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is to protest to the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo against illegal fishing in Sri Lankan waters by Indian fishermen. The Minister said he will be meeting the Indian High Commissioner next week to brief him on the large scale violation of Sri Lankan waters. The Minister said hundreds of Indian trawlers cross over to Sri Lanka's northern waters and fish illegally. Sri Lankan fishermen a banned from deep sea fighting in the North due to security considerations.
Published: Mon Mar 26 08:26:10 EST 2001 Back to the top

LTTE peace talks high on Kumaratunga's French agenda
India Abroad, March 26, 2001 13:15 Hrs (IST) . LACK of progress in peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and rebel Tamil Tigers is expected to figure high on the list of topics for discussion when Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga meets her French counterpart Jacques Chirac Wednesday. Kumaratunga arrives here Tuesday, accompanied by a high level delegation, for a three-day official visit to France. She will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Lakshman Kadirgamar. On Wednesday, President Chirac will host an official lunch in honor of the Lankan president. The lunch will be preceded by a meeting of the two leaders. At the meeting, Chirac is likely to stress the importance of renewing negotiations with the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam (LTTE), fighting for independence in the island's northeastern region. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 04:39:19 EST 2001 Back to the top
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War to continue till LTTE negotiates: Chandrika  - The Hindustan Times
Sri Lanka president to visit France  -

Sir Arthur does Sri Lanka proud
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, NY Time 9.45 a.m Monday 26 March. Space Guru Sir Arthur C. Clarke who has made Sri Lanka his home did the country proud last night at the Oscars held at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles.He spread the name of the country and its capital Colombo to millions of viewers around the world. Much respected Hollywood actor and twice Oscar winner Tom Hanks who introduced Sir Arthur connected him via satellite and invited him to read out the names of the nominees for the best adopted screenplay and announce the name of the winner. Tom Hanks said that Sir Arthur lives in Colombo , Sri Lanka as the satellite pictures showed a backdrop of city's landscape.

Sir Arthur C. Clarke told millions of viewers that he lives in Colombo Sri Lanka giving the war torn country much desired publicity. Even though mega movies such as Indiana Jones directed by Steven Spielberg had been shot on location in Sri Lanka, most Americans have a poor knowledge of the country and Hollywood producers and film stars are reluctant to visit the island considering the security situation in the island.
Published: Mon Mar 26 09:56:02 EST 2001 Back to the top

Tamil prisoners, soldiers clash in Jaffna jail
Times of India (Breaking News), Monday, 26 March 2001 . COLOMBO: Nineteen soldiers detained in a prison in Sri Lanka's northern city of Jaffna were shifted to another jail after Tamil prisoners clashed with them on Sunday, official sources said here. Security forces had to intervene to prevent a possible revenge attack by Tamil prisoners on the imprisoned soldiers who included eight army personnel accused on involvement in the slaying of eight Tamils at Mirusuvil in the Jaffna peninsula last December. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 08:13:25 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Clash averted in Jaffna prison  - The Hindu (International)
Sri Lanka worried about prison tension in Jaffna  - MSNBC

Asian Nations All But Clear The Way For Annan Reelection
Yahoo India, 27 March 2001. UNITED NATIONS (AP)--Asian nations all but cleared the way Monday for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's election to a second term. They unanimously praised Annan's "exemplary leadership" at a meeting Monday, said Pakistan's U.N. Ambassador Shamshad Ahmad, the current chairman of the Asian Group. Even though the Asians stopped short of endorsing Annan for a second term, they virtually ruled out fielding a candidate to challenge him, Ahmad said.Asians mentioned in U.N. circles as possible candidates include Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga, former Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the country's U.N. Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, and Singapore's U.N. Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani and former ambassador Tommy Koh. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 21:25:20 EST 2001 Back to the top

Umpires strike back
Yahoo India, 27 March 2001. Lord's Cricket Ground is a long way from the cauldron of Colombo but it was here that officials Wednesday took the first step in responding to concerns about declining standards of umpiring. Britain's Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers (ACUS), together with cricket law maker MCC and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has produced a new training video, 'The Laws of Cricket - 2000 Code', which aims to aid umpires in their understanding and application of the sport's complex rulebook. The video, shot in Barbados, features West Indies great Garfield Sobers. "Since I stopped playing the game has changed. It's very noticeable the appealing of players, even to people who haven't played the game," the legendary all-rounder said. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 21:28:40 EST 2001 Back to the top

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 Back to the top

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

The men in white coats need a better deal
Yahoo India, 27 March 2001. PUNE, MARCH 26. It's time the International Cricket Council (ICC) speedily responds to the umpiring-related incidents in the three Test series between England-Sri Lanka and Australia-India. England appeared to be more affected by some of the decisions handed out by the ICC Panel umpires, one of whom was also a home umpire. England lost the first Test in Galle and had a genuine reason for grouse. The second and third Tests between these two countries, which England won to take the series 2-1 were also not incident or rancour free. The whole cricketing world was witness to the spectacle of Sri Lanka's skipper Sanath Jayasuriya, throwing up tantrums and flinging his helmet when given out caught `off the bounce' in Kandy. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 21:22:57 EST 2001 Back to the top

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
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Lanka minister's son held in gold smuggling case  - Times of India

A global smoking battle
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 2 August, 2000, 11:20 GMT 12:20 UK. Anti-smoking drives in many Western countries have paid dividends - only this week, figures released in the UK showed lung cancer deaths down by a half, mainly due to people giving up. However, for everyone that gives up, there appear to be a more potential customers for the tobacco firms. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 08:47:01 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka gain one-day revenge
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 25 March, 2001, 16:35 GMT . Click here for scorecard Sri Lanka claimed victory over England in the one-day series thanks to an emphatic win in the second match in Colombo by 66 runs. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 08:53:17 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka hit the ground running  - The Times UK
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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

Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers Top Leader Makes Public Appearance
Yahoo India, March 21,. Vellupillai Prabhakaran, the secretive leader of Tamil Tiger rebels, made a rare public appearance in a northern town to attend a ceremony of his administration, a pro-rebel Web site reported Wednesday.The rebels run a parallel administration in the areas under their control with a separate police and judicial system.Prabhakaran, a school dropout, runs the LTTE with absolute power which he never delegates to others. More...
Published: Mon Mar 26 21:26:12 EST 2001 Back to the top

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

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

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