The Lanka Academic

APRIL 10, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 4

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Government 'jittery over budget vote'
Gulf-News , April 10. The Sri Lankan government appearing to be jittery over opposition moves to defeat the vote on the budget in parliament tomorrow has called all its members in parliament, including the coalition partners, to be present in full strength during the vote, political sources said.Kumaratunga at last week's meeting accused the UNP of offering money to the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) led by Cabinet Minister Arumugam Thondaman which has four members in parliament. The CWC representative denied the allegation, but other political sources did not rule out the possibility of the opposition seeking the CWC's support to defeat the budget.Defeating the budget would force the government to introduce a new budget. More...
Published: Tue Apr 10 21:55:37 EDT 2001
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Plot to topple Chandrika Govt uncovered  - India Abroad
Lanka's ruling coalition faces crucial vote in Parliament  - India Abroad
Opposition boycotts Sri Lanka banquet ahead of key vote  -
Chandrika rallies allies for budget vote  - The Hindu (International)

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The Lanka Academic is delighted to announce its next guest in its series of Q & A sessions: Mr. Erik Solheim, the special facilitator between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Mr. Solheim has had extensive discussions with government leaders including President Kumaratunge as well as the leaders of political parties and entities spanning the spectrum of political views in Sri Lanka. He has also visited the LTTE leader Pirbhakaran during a recent visit to the Vanni and also has had discussions with the LTTE representative in London Mr. Anton Balasingham.

Mr. Solheim will answer your questions within the parameters of his present assignment. Submit your questions for Mr. Solheim between April 2-30, 2001, and check answers here.

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LTTE bombers on mission to assasinate VIPs
Deccan Herald, April 10 . Two female suicide bombers trained at a LTTE training camp, are presently in Colombo on their mission to assassinate VIPs, reports here said.As per information revealed by a female Tiger suicide bomber, Nandani, to the police intelligence during interrogation, the two suicide bombers were among 27 Black Tigers, comprising 17 men and ten women, who passed out recently after receiving training at an LTTE camp in Mutur in Eastern Trincomalee. More...
Published: Tue Apr 10 11:49:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Watch out! 27 suicide bombers on the prowl  - The Island
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Law steps in as rape incidents increase with Tamil women
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 a.m. SLT Tuesday April 10 . The Supreme Court yesterday ordered police to release from their custody a Tamil girl who said in her petition that she had been sexually molested and forced to sign a statement in Sinhala which she did not understand.

The Mannar magistrates court also ordered the release of two Tamil girls on bail who claimed they were raped and tortured after being taken to the Police Special Investigative Unit in Mannar last month. The judge has ordered the arrest of three policemen named by these girls and one naval officer alleged to have been involved in the ugly incident. An identification parade is also to be held where the young women are expected to point out the perpetrators of the crime.

Meanwhile students of the Jaffna University yesterday are reported to have worn black badges and flown black flags as a mark of protest againt the rape and torture of the two women in Mannar.

Today teachers in the north east have organized a black band protest against the alleged assault of Wijikala and Sivamani, the two girls who claim to have been raped and sexually molested after being arrested on March 19, this year by naval and police personnel.
Published: Tue Apr 10 03:05:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Police seek further imprisonment of Sivamani, Wijikala  - TamilNet
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Chelvanayakam privileged to die a natural death — EPRLF Jaffna councillor
The Island, April 10. Those who took up to armed struggle, did not have a clear-cut policy or political maturity. The end result was the destruction of all those who did not toe the line of a particular group or who expressed views against or contrary to that group, branding such people as ‘traitors’. Thus, when freedom of expression is suppressed truths become lies and vice versa, and nobody knows who a traitor and who a martyr is. More...
Published: Mon Apr 9 21:25:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Six security forces personnel die due to mortar fire
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.05 p.m. SLT Tuesday April 10. Two officers and 4 soldiers were killed yesterday in the general area of Nagarkovil in the Jaffna peninsula. The security forces personnel died due to mortar fire by the LTTE. A special communique from the State Media Information Center added that one Tiger was shot dead by an Army sniper also at Nagarkovil yesterday.
Published: Tue Apr 10 03:05:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Jayasuriya equals record with 30 off one over
Yahoo India, Tuesday April 10, 8:26 PM. Sanath Jayasuriya equalled his own one-day world record of 30 runs off an over to inspire a Sri Lanka recovery with Mahela Jayawardene against New Zealand on Tuesday. ayasuriya blasted 107 and Jayawardene stroked 116 as Sri Lanka fought back from losing their first two wickets for one run to make 269 for nine from their 50 overs in the Sharjah triangular series which also features Pakistan. More...
Published: Tue Apr 10 15:18:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Cricket-New Zealand v Sri Lanka scoreboard  - Yahoo India
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Sri Lanka to mark New Year with truce
Times of India, 11 April 2001 . Sri Lanka is expected to announce a four-day truce in its war against Tamil Tiger separatists in the north and east to mark the traditional Sinhalese and Tamil New Year's Day over the weekend.Official sources said military operations are likely to be put on hold from April 13 to 16 during the annual New Year holidays.Sri Lankan air force bombers, however, pounded suspected landing points in the north used by guerrilla boats on Tuesday, the defense ministry said. More...
Published: Tue Apr 10 17:30:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lankan government ready for ceasefire with LTTE  - NDTV/MSNBC
Sri Lanka Set to Implement Holiday Truce  - Nothern Light
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Chinese Company Hands Over Oil Storage Tanks to Sri Lanka
Nothern Light, Tuesday, April 10, 2001 8:39 AM EST . China's Huanqiu Chemical Engineering Corporation on Tuesday handed over six additional storage tanks to Sri Lanka. At a ceremony marking the completion of the oil storage tanks the official Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Chairman Anil Obeysekere said that they are satisfied with the quality of the tanks. The six tanks, each with a capacity of 5,000 cubic meters, were completed in a year at Sapugaskanda, suburb of the capital Colombo. More...
Published: Tue Apr 10 11:05:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka jets bomb Tiger naval targets, Apr 10 2001 13:27 IST. Sri Lankan air force jets Tuesday bombarded suspected boat landing points of Tamil Tiger guerrillas in the island's north, the defence ministry said. The aircraft carried out the attacks at Nagathivanthurai along the Jaffna lagoon and at Muhamalai on the Jaffna peninsula, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Tue Apr 10 08:47:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka air force attacks Tamil Tiger camps  - MSNBC

Sri Lanka Shrs End Flat; Investors Sidelined On Holidays
Yahoo India, April 9, 12:29 PM. Sri Lanka shares ended little changed Monday, with select local trades dominating the session, brokers said. More...
Published: Tue Apr 10 08:54:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Released POWs Handed Over to SL Authorities
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 09/04/01 1830 GMT. Four Prisoners-Of-War, three civilians and a soldier, released on Saturday by the Tamil Tigers have been brought to the Government controlled areas from LTTE controlled Vanni this evening. Soldier Upali Somapala, who was arrested on an attack to Janakapura Amy Camp nearly eight years ago, is at present in the Army camp in Vavuniya, Army spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunathne told BBC’s Sandeshaya. The ICRC is planning to hand over the three civilians who are merchant sailors to their families tomorrow.
Published: Mon Apr 9 14:34:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Vanni women stage hartal against rape and torture
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.10 p.m. SLT Monday April 9. Women in uncleared areas in the north are reported to have staged a hartal today as a mark of protest against the rape and torture of two Tamil women allegedly by security forces personnel.

The women are calling for the arrest of officers from the government's police special investigative unit in Mannar where the alleged incident took place.

The two females, Wijikala and Sivamani were taken in by Naval personnel on March 19 this year and allegedly raped and sexually molested by the service personnel including officers attached to the police Special Investigative Unit in Mannar.

The Navy have cateorically denied the allegation while an inquiry has now been initiated to assess the credibility of two conflicting reports on the women by the Mannar District Medical Officer Dr. G. Somasekaram.
Published: Mon Apr 9 03:23:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Major blow to peace bid
Gulf-News , April 9. While Westborg tried to give the impression that all was still well and downplayed the new turn of events, he was forced to concede that the LTTE's categorical statement on their website and to him – the LTTE will not talk unless there is a ceasefire and unless the ban is lifted – released before he touched down in Colombo did not augur well. Kadirgamar in particular finds himself in a bind. It was less than a week ago he confidently told Parliament that he would announce within a month the exact date for peace talks to commence. Westborg's visit to the jungles was to get that date. Now no date has been given and instead a new obstacle has been placed. More...
Published: Mon Apr 9 21:49:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Norwegians to continue with peace efforts  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
Talks with Tigers 'cordial'  - BBC South Asia
LTTE sweetness and light during talks with Oslo  - The Hindustan Times
Norway to hold more talks to discuss rebel demands in Sri Lanka  - Nothern Light

Lankan Opposition calls for consensus on talks with LTTE
Deccan Herald, April 9. Even as Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo Jon Westborg briefed President Chandrika Kumaratunga on his talks with the LTTE leadership in Wanni, the opposition United National Party (UNP) has called for a national consensus on the outcome of peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tigers.nited National Party said whatever agreement is reached between the government and the LTTE, it should have a national consensus, failing which it would not be a durable solution.On the latest hurdles put by the Tigers on the prospects of peace talks, UNPs media spokesman Karunasena Koditawakku said he is yet to see a formal statement to that effect from the LTTE. Meanwhile, Sihala Urumaya (SU), a hardcore party of the Sinhalese, said it would start a campaign against the peace talks between the government and LTTE from April 25. More...
Published: Mon Apr 9 12:23:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan police on rape charge
BBC South Asia, Monday, 9 April, 2001, 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK . A judge in Sri Lanka has ordered the arrest of four members of the security forces allegedly involved in the gang rape of two young Tamil women. The women, who were arrested on the northern island of Mannar on suspicion of having links with Tamil Tiger rebels, were released on bail after having spent three weeks in detention. More...
Published: Mon Apr 9 08:25:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Peace Performance in Colombo
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 09/04/01 1830 GMT. Sri Lanka Action Committee for Human Rights today organised a concert called "Peace and Life instead Famine and Annihilation" opposite Fort Railway Station. While many artistes including leader of the "Sadhu Janarava" campaign Jayathilaka Bandara were performing, a demonstration was attended by Keeranthidiye Pannasekara Thero and Fr. Jude Lal.
Published: Mon Apr 9 14:34:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

City battles takeover of Sri Lanka landmark, Apr 09 2001 14:03 IST. The Mayor of Colombo Monday launched a battle to save a historic park in the Sri Lankan capital, which the central government has taken over and plans to develop. Mayor Omar Kamil said he had secured bipartisan support to unanimously oppose the takeover of the 22-hectare (55-acre) Vihara Maha Devi park, formerly known as Queen Victoria park. More...
Published: Mon Apr 9 08:29:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tens of thousands of jobs to go under IMF-World Bank restructuring plans
WSWS, April 9. The Sri Lankan government, under pressure from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), is preparing to implement a major restructuring program that will wipe out tens of thousands of jobs at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and in the country's financial sector. The measures will also drastically erode the working conditions of the remaining workforce. More...
Published: Mon Apr 9 09:42:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Labour minister says LTTE demands not suitable
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Monday April 9. Labour Minister Alavi Moulana speaking on the current demands of the LTTE said they are not suitable in the present atmosphere leading up to peace talks.

The LTTE on Friday April 6, told Norwegian Ambassador Jon Westborg that if peace talks are to commence with the Lankan Government the local ban on the Tigers and an economic embargo to LTTE controlled areas in the northeast must be lifted.

Moulana reiterates that such measures could be adopted only after negotiations are satisfactorily underway and not before.
Published: Mon Apr 9 03:23:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Parliament serves notice on Sri Lankan Airlines Chief
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.15 a.m. SLT Monday April 9. A special parliamentary committee has served notice on Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman S. K. Wickremasinghe based on a petition which has been submitted by an Accountant working for the airline.

The petition maintains that Mr. Wickremasinghe's appointment as Chairman to Sri Lankan Airlines is questionable and that his previous managerial committments have not been credible. In this context his appointment as Chairman to the national airlines is also dubious the petitioner states.
Published: Mon Apr 9 03:23:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Pres Meets Top Aides To Discuss Rebels' Demands
Yahoo Asia, Monday, April 9 1:33 PM SGT . The government is discussing the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) demand with an open mind, said a government official close to Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, one of the main architects of the peace strategy. But this is a very tricky issue, said the official on condition that he shouldn't be identified by name. More...
Published: Mon Apr 9 08:22:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka cool to rebel demands as Norway peace bid stalls, Apr 09 2001 17:41 IST. Norway's attempts to broker peace in Sri Lanka appeared bogged down Monday as the government remained cool to fresh rebel demands that a ban on them be lifted and a truce reciprocated. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said the government must meet the demands before they will enter peace talks. More...
Published: Mon Apr 9 09:34:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Kaluwitharana bereave
Hindu, APril 9. Sri Lankan opening batsman Ramesh Kaluwitharana has returned to the island nation from Sharjah to attend the funeral of his mother, who passed away here today.Kaluwitharana will rejoin the squad tomorrow after performing the last rites. Sri Lanka is taking part in a three-nation cricket tournament at Sharjah. The other teams are Pakistan and New Zealand. More...
Published: Mon Apr 9 10:30:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-New Zealand aim to turn on the heat
Yahoo India, Monday April 9, 3:25 PM. The weather is too hot for the hastily-assembled New Zealand team, but they are still confident of turning their own heat on Sri Lanka in the Sharjah triangular series on Tuesday. "The players are a little bit tired after the flight especially those who came in later via Melbourne. Most of the team arrived from Singapore," team manager Ross Dykes told Reuters. More...
Published: Tue Apr 10 09:15:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Inquirer into allegations of corruption at SLT removed
The Island, April 10. The All Ceylon Telecom Services Union (ACTSU) yesterday alleged that an investigation inspector who was unearthing corruption within Sri Lanka Telecom was removed from his services due to pressures brought upon the management by 'corruptive elements'. More...
Published: Mon Apr 9 21:28:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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