The Lanka Academic

APRIL 1, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 1, NO. 360

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Indians pose as Lankan Tamils for asylum in UK
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, April 1. WITH THE help of Sri Lankan Tamil human smugglers, hundreds of Indians are in the UK posing as "persecuted Sri Lankan Tamils" and seeking asylum there, an informed source in London told the Hindustan Times. Quoting a British immigration official, the source said that as many as 1,500 Tamils from Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry had entered the UK in 2000 masquerading as Sri Lankan Tamils in immediate need of asylum. The asylum seekers from India were mainly blue collar workers looking for jobs. About 10 per cent of them were young women. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 18:16:23 EDT 2001

No Connection Fee! Calls to Sri Lanka, only 39c/m!
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Prabhakaran warns deserters
The Hindu (International), Monday, April 02, 2001. A special LTTE intelligence unit has been detailed for locating the deserters and eliminating them, the Tiger chief told a gathering at a camp near Mallavi, The Island said, quoting sources in northern Vanni. The warning sent the message that the deserters would be killed irrespective of where they settled down in the Government- controlled part of Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 18:15:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Norway stops military supplies to Sri Lanka: report, Apr 01 2001 12:50 IST. COLOMBO, April 1 (AFP) - Norwegian firms have stopped military sales to Sri Lanka following Oslo's involvement as a third party facilitator to broker peace in the island, a press report here said Sunday. The Sri Lankan military was unable to buy the equipment needed to fight the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after Norway began a bid to bring the Colombo government and LTTE rebels to the negotiating table. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 12:29:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cabinet reshuffle before peace talks
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.30 p.m. SLT Sunday April 1. Reliable sources reveal that President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge plans to reshuffle her cabinet of 45 ministers before peace talks with the LTTE are initiated.

Why the President has decided to do this is not clear. However a key government minister is reported to take over the post of Media and Information while the other 44 ministers will be allocated new portfolios. The government at present has in addition to 45 ministers, 35 deputy ministers as well.
Published: Sun Apr 1 11:31:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka's sacked cricket panel hits back
yahoo, april 2. Sri Lanka's sacked cricket board today slammed Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella for dismissing them amid allegations of financial irregularities.The board's former treasurer Trevor Rajaratnam denied he had withheld the annual accounts of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) which is the richest sports body in the country. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 20:31:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Unilever May End 64-Year Presence in Sri Lanka Over Labor Woes
financial News , april 1. Unilever NV, the biggest maker of food and soap, is considering an end to its 64- year-old production operations in Sri Lanka as rising costs and labor action choke growth and cut profits. Unilever Ceylon Ltd., the group's Sri Lanka unit, said it may shut its production facility on the island if the unions keep disrupting its operations with lunchtime protests and threats to strike as they seek higher wages. The company said it would import its products and maintain marketing and distribution operations on the island. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 20:58:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chinese trainer aircraft arrive to boost Sri Lanka force, Apr 01 2001 11:10 IST. Sri Lanka's air force has taken delivery of six Chinese-built K-8 trainer aircraft to boost its strike power against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said Sunday. The aircraft were part of a consignment ordered by the air force after the Tamil Tiger guerrillas launched a major offensive aimed at retaking the northern peninsula of Jaffna from government forces in May. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 13:19:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lanka Air Force takes delivery of Chinese aircraft  - India Abroad

Bamiyan Buddha fragments for sale
Hindu, april 2. Relics of the 2000-year old Bamiyan Buddhas, blown up by Afghanistan's Taliban rulers last month, are now on sale in Pakistan's frontier town of Peshawar. At least ten truck loads of pieces were driven into the tribal areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan last week and dealers were being approached, the Sunday Telegraph said. One of those contacted was Mr. George Bristow, a leading British dealer in artefacts. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 18:23:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Pieces of Bamiayan Buddhas to be brought to Sri Lanka  -

Arrests imminent in Mannar sexual abuse case
CDN, april 2. Mannar Judge M. Ajmeer ordered Mannar prison officials on Thursday to produce two women who were allegedly subjected to sexual violence and are presently remanded in Anuradhapura prison before the Mannar courts. Reports from Mannar say that around 26 men from the Anti-Crime Unit and seven men from the Navy are connected with this incident. The Navymen had allegedly abused one woman inside their truck after arresting them and the Anti Crime Unit men abused the other woman twice. This is confirmed by the report submitted to the judge by Mannar District Medical Officer G. Somasekeram. He said that the complete details of sexual assault are mentioned in his report. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 18:56:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Girl describes bizarre Police torture in SC petition  - TamilNet
Bishop protests Police, Navy rapes and murders  - TamilNet

Sun spots, which you can see, could affect telecom services
Island, 02 April 2001. A gigantic dark sunspot about 13 times bigger than the surface area of the earth is now visible to the naked eye towards the westward edge of the sun giving awesome view. Dr. Chandana Jayaratne, Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Colombo said that though this is a very rare opportunity one should not look at the sun directly as it will damage the eyes. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 20:00:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ten LTTE cadres killed in Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.25 p.m. SLT Sunday April 1. The Special Media Information Center said today that government troops had killed ten LTTE cadres yesterday. Seven, had been gunned down by the Sri Lanka Air Force when fighter jets straffed Tiger bases at Nagarkovil in the Jaffna Peninsula. Three more were killed in a separate incident at Kilali when Armed troops had fired at a LTTE bunker.
Published: Sun Apr 1 11:31:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

11 dead in Kurunegala bomb blast
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 p.m. SLT Sunday April 1. Eleven people were killed and 120 injured when a hand grenade was thrown into a crowd at a musical show held at Kurunegala last evening.

The explosion occured at around 1.10 a.m. today. Police in Kurunegala say that they believe the attack was initiated by two rival gangs from a village in Kurunegala. Many people had been wounded in the ensuing stampede as the massive crowd panicked when the explosion occured.

Eight critically injured persons have been rushed to the Colombo National Hospital for treatment while four are in the Intensive Care Unit.

The musical show was organised by a private radio and TV Station - 'Sirasa FM.' The organizers say that none of the performing artists were injured in the attack.

The police claim that they checked every individual who entered the public grounds to watch the show.

The musical shows have become a popular feature around the Island as local and sometimes Indian artists perform to hundreds of people from different districts.

A nominal fee is charged and hundreds gather inside a public or school ground, to watch popular artists perform.
Published: Sun Apr 1 11:31:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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11 killed in Lanka explosion; Mumbai singers escape unhurt  - The Hindustan Times

Lanka tempts the Indian affluent, cricket fans
India Abroad, April 01, 2001 16:15 Hrs (IST) . CENTURIES after the Chola and Pandya rulers descended on Sri Lanka uninvited, the island is trying to attract an invasion of another sort from across the Palk Strait - by wealthy Indians in a holiday mood. The Ceylon Tourist Board (CTB) will make a big splash in April to plug the island's charms, beginning first in Mumbai and New Delhi, said Charmarie Maelge, the board's marketing director. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 13:20:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Death toll rises to 12 in Kurunegala explosion
Dharisha Bastians in Colombo, 10:10 AM SLT Sunday April 01 . 12 people were confirmed dead and 120 others injured when a bomb exploded at Kurunegala this morning, according to latest police reports. The death toll had risen by 05 since the first reports were released this morning, Kurunegala police said. 02 persons who were transferred to the Colombo National Hospital for treatment succumbed to their injuries a short while ago. 10 bodies are reported to be lying at the Kurunegala Base hospital. The explosion took place at a musical evening at the Maligapitiya grounds at 1:15 AM today. Police believe the explosion occured after clashes broke out between rival groups in the area. No persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, but investigations are continuing. The musical evening which was organised by a sinhala-language radio station to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, featured Indian and local artists.
Published: Sat Mar 31 23:25:01 EST 2001 Back to the top

Ten dead, 200 injured in grenade explosion
Isalnd, 02 April 2001. Ten spectators were killed and 200 others injured in a hand-grenade explosion that occurred at the "Sri Swarna Wasanthaya" musical show held at Maligapitiya, Kurunegala on Saturday night, Kurunegala police said.Police said the attack was the result of a private dispute between two gangs at Samanpura and Malkaduwawa. People were trampled due to the vast crowd running amok, SSP Kurunegala Ravi Wijegunawardane said. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 19:34:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Seven Dead, 200 Wounded in Sri Lanka Concert Blast  - Nothern Light
Sri Lanka carnival ends in tragedy  -
Blast hits Sri Lanka concert  - BBC South Asia
Blast hits Sri Lanka concert, many casualties-police  - MSNBC

US steps up military training for Sri Lankan troops, Apr 01 2001 13:06 IST. COLOMBO, April 1 (AFP) - The United States has stepped up military training for Sri Lankan security forces who are locked in combat with separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas, a press report here said Sunday. The US navy conducted a Joint Combined Exercise last month at a location in the south of the island and talks were underway for another similar program, the Sunday Times newspaper said. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 06:09:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Most durable theatre performers - a Guiness world record
Sunday Observer, April 1. On first March news flashed on the internet that theatre artistes Terrence and Malini Ranasinghe a husband and wife duo who took on the leading roles in "Sinhabahu" Dr. E.R. Saratchandra's operatic drama have entered the Guiness Book of World Records as the worlds most durable theatre performers. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 00:03:51 EST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels hold truce -- but recruit kids, Apr 01 2001 06:59 IST. Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels have been credited with largely honouring their unilateral truce and halting suicide bombings, but are once again under attack for recruiting child soldiers. Attacks by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have decreased markedly since the group declared its truce on Christmas Eve, but they have used the lull in fighting to start an enlistment drive. More...
Published: Sat Mar 31 22:49:57 EST 2001 Back to the top

More Air Raids in Nagarkovil
Dharisha Bastians in Colombo, 13:20 SLT Saturday March 31. The Sri Lanka Air Force attacked a suspected rebel target in Nagarkovil in the Jaffna Peninsular this morning. Israeli built Kfir jets attacked the target around 10 AM today, military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said. He added that the air force believes 7 rebels were killed in the attack. Intermittent air attacks are being launched on suspected rebel targets in the Nagarkovil area from where the LTTE are presently attacking military positions with mortars.
Published: Sat Mar 31 02:23:35 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan air force bombs rebel defences, seven rebels killed  - Press Trust of India
Sri Lanka jets pound Tiger targets, seven killed: military  -

Inmate found murdered in Negombo Prison
Dharisha Bastians in Colombo, 13:20 SLT Saturday March 31. An inmate at the Negombo prison has been allegedly murdered, following a baton assault. Ujitha Thushan, who was taken to the Ragama hospital on the 26th of March, after being found unconscious in the prison premises, died upon admission. Judicial Medical Officers who conducted the post mortem, have found evidence to prove that the prisoner was murdered after being assaulted with a baton. The Negombo magistrate today ordered the arrest of all suspects involved in the alleged murder of the prisoner. The victim was imprisoned on the 24th of March after being charged with the distillery of illicit liqour.
Published: Sat Mar 31 02:23:34 EST 2001 Back to the top

Amnesty International concerned for Sri Lanka child soldiers, Mar 31 2001 09:10 IST. Human rights group Amnesty International expressed concern Saturday for the safety of three boys believed recruited as child soldiers by separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka. The London-based watchdog said Chandrasekaran Udayakumar, 8, Ravichandran Prathishan, 12, and another unidentified child were thought to have been taken by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Sat Mar 31 00:20:23 EST 2001 Back to the top
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Amnesty concerned at LTTE's child soldiers  - India Abroad

India cricketers barred from Sharjah
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 1 April, 2001, 13:38 GMT 14:38 UK . The Indian government has barred the national cricket team from playing at what it calls non-regular venues for the next three years. The ban will prevent the team from playing at a forthcoming tournament in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 13:29:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tendulkar crosses 10,000 run mark in one-dayers  - Yahoo India

Four years in jail, convicted of nothing
Dallas Morning News , april 1. Thavarajah, a farmer who says he was beaten and jailed during civil turmoil in his native country of Sri Lanka, was hoping to reunite with family members in Canada when his plane stopped in New York nearly four years ago.U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service officers apprehended him on that day in May 1997, and Thavarajah has been locked in an American jail ever since. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 13:44:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cong. 'open' to sharing power with PMK
The Hindu, Monday, April 02, 2001. The Pondicherry unit of the Congress appears to be relenting on the question of sharing power with the pro-LTTE PMK in the Union Territory. ``We have an open mind on alliance and power-sharing. But the Congress high command will take a final decision,'' the Pondicherry Congress president, Mr. V. Narayanasamy, told The Hindu today. More...
Published: Sun Apr 1 18:15:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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