The Lanka Academic

 
APRIL 16, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 10

Headline Summary
F R E E      C L A S S I F I E D S
T  O  P      H  E  A  D  L  I  N  E
Sri Lanka truce in tatters amid heavy sea battle
123India.com, Apr 16 2001 07:11 IST. Navy gun boats and Tamil rebel craft were locked in a heavy exchange of fire off Sri Lanka's northern coast Monday despite a truce by both sides, officials said.The pre-dawn sea battle erupted off the coast of Chalai when the navy detected a flotilla of boats of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), defence ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 22:25:16 EDT 2001
Related News Stories
·
Sri Lankan navy battles rebels  - Virtual New York

No Connection Fee! Calls to Sri Lanka, only 39c/m!
ASK ERIK SOLHEIM!
--Photo: Aftenposten--
THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS 1-34 NOW AVAILABLE. We expect the 2nd batch of answers after this weekend, April 14-15, 2001.

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.

O  T  H  E  R      H  E  A  D  L  I  N  E  S
'LTTE ready to settle for autonomous homeland'
Times of India (Breaking News), april 15. The LTTE is ready to settle for an autonomous homeland rather than continue fighting for an independent state in northern Sri Lanka, news reports here said on Sunday. The Sunday Times quoted LTTE chief V Prabhakaran's deputy Thamilthevlan as saying, "there must be a political solution" to the long drawn ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 11:44:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top
Related News Stories
·
LTTE ready to settle for autonomous homeland  - Deccan Herald

Fighting Tigers talk of peace deal
Sunday Times ( UK ), April 15. CONCILIATORY words do not come easy to Thamilthevlan, the second in command of the Tamil Tigers. His walking stick is a legacy of the three times he was shot in battle since joining the founding ranks of one of the most ruthless guerrilla movements in the world."There must be a political solution," Thamilthevlan told The Sunday Times last week. "The name is immaterial. Federation, confederation, northeast council, autonomous region, we can accept any of these solutions as long as we are guaranteed our equal rights, our dignity and justice. We don't want a lifestyle decided by Buddhist monks in Colombo." More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 13:29:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Indian man dies after fire aboard Sri Lankan plane
123India.com, Apr 16 2001 11:27 IST. An Indian passenger who was injured while trying to escape a fire aboard a Sri Lankan Airlines plane has died in hospital, diplomats said Monday.Kattula Sammiah, 28, was among four passengers who were hurt while trying to flee the Sri Lankan Airlines Airbus A330 which aborted take off when the cabin filled with smoke on Wednesday. More...
Published: Mon Apr 16 03:31:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fuel prices up again
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2045 slt 15.04.01. The Government announced today that diesel and kerosine prices would increase from mid night. Diesel would go up by three rupees and kerosine by one rupee and ninety cents. The diesel price would further aggravate the rapidly rising cost of living with transportation costs going up end
Published: Sun Apr 15 10:51:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Judicial process impaired, scant justice- Bishops
TamilNet, april 15. A statement signed by Bishop Owald Gomis, the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka, and Bishop Malcolm Ranjith, the Secretary, was issued to the press Sunday. We, the Catholic Bishops of Sri Lanka, have been watching with dismay, for some time, the moral decadence and break down of law and order in our land. A culture of violence has been escalating with each successive government for the past two decades and more. Now it has become the order of the day. Ordinary citizens who are suffering have scant hope of obtaining even elementary justice at the hands of the traditional guardians of law and order. People have the perception that the judicial process too has been impaired. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 14:41:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

The price of an innocent smile
Yahoo India, 16 April 2001. Long years of ethnic conflict can poison the minds of children anywhere. Rasheeda Bhagat describes the work of voluntary groups in Sri Lanka that are striving to provide the right antidote. We do not have toys to play with... so we make a gun out of some sticks... and that is how we play. I can dismantle my father's T-56. Sometimes my father tells me to clean his gun. Now I am quite skilled at dismantling and reassembling the gun. My main ambition is to join the army." These words, uttered by a 14-year-old child, have been reproduced in the latest study done by the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka on the economic, social and human cost of the war in Sri Lanka. The child remains nameless in the report but the words could have been uttered by a child on either side of the ethnic divide in Sri Lanka... the child of a soldier from the Sri Lankan army or a child of a Tamil rebel. We have to remember that there are two undefeated armies in Sri Lanka. But what hits you most is a childhood lost under the shadow of the gun. The NPC study estimates that the number of children, including boy and girl combatants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), orphans and those traumatised and displaced by the war would total around 2,00,000. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 20:02:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Peace in Sri Lanka still a far cry
The Independent - Bangladesh, april 13. Things are not that much bright in Sri Lanka. According to political analysts peace is still a far cry in the country. Even then Sri Lanka eased sanctions on areas held by Tamil Tiger rebels in a key concession aimed at boosting Norway’s bid to broker an end to the island’s bloody ethnic conflict.The government removed more than 25 commodities from a list of banned items that could not be taken to uncleared’ areas. The vast Wanni region of Sri Lanka is known as uncleared’ and held by Tamil Tigers. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 13:45:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Drop in Sri Lanka Violence May Signal Move Toward Talks
IHT, april 13. The level of violence in the 17-year ethnic conflict between the Sri Lankan government and separatist rebels has dropped precipitously in the last three months, and there are signs that the warring parties are slowly moving toward resuming the peace talks that broke off six years ago. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 13:52:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Government declares a ten day amnesty period for army deserters
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2041 slt 15.04.01. The Government today declared yet another ten day amnesty period for army deserters to return without facing harsh punishment. The Government said those who returned would be treated leniently. The Army says there are over 10.000 deserters but a majority of them were those categorized as absent without leave.
Published: Sun Apr 15 10:51:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

ICC team begins investigation
Yahoo India, 16 April 2001. SHARJAH, APRIL 15. International Cricket Council's investigators, Jeff Rees and Bob Smalley have begun their investigation into allegations of rampant match-fixing and betting practices here at one of cricket's most popular venues.However, a Cricketers' Benefit Fund Series (CBFS) spokesman said there has been no contact between them and the ICC investigators and added that their presence during the tri-nation tournament is ``largely coincidental. ``If they wish to take advantage of the fact that certain players and managers are present that is their privilege,'' the spokesman said.So far Rees and Smalley have met New Zealand manager Ross Dykes. They are expected to talk to the managers of the other two teams, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participating in the on-going tri-series as also some players, among them being Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 20:09:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

ICC team begins investigation
Yahoo India, 16 April 2001. SHARJAH, APRIL 15. International Cricket Council's investigators, Jeff Rees and Bob Smalley have begun their investigation into allegations of rampant match-fixing and betting practices here at one of cricket's most popular venues.However, a Cricketers' Benefit Fund Series (CBFS) spokesman said there has been no contact between them and the ICC investigators and added that their presence during the tri-nation tournament is ``largely coincidental. ``If they wish to take advantage of the fact that certain players and managers are present that is their privilege,'' the spokesman said.So far Rees and Smalley have met New Zealand manager Ross Dykes. They are expected to talk to the managers of the other two teams, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participating in the on-going tri-series as also some players, among them being Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 20:09:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Mortar bombs, guns shatter Sri Lanka New Year truce
123India.com, Apr 15 2001 13:44 IST. COLOMBO, April 15 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortar bombs and small arms at Sri Lankan troops who refrained from retaliating because of their unilateral New Year truce, the defence ministry here said Sunday.The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fired 60mm and 81 mm mortars at army positions in Muhamalai and Nagarkovil Saturday, the dawn of the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year, the ministry said. "Troops observed the situation very carefully but did not retaliate," the ministry statement said. "No casualties to own troops." More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 05:21:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

It's flying time for VIPs
Sunday Times, 15 April 2001. Both, President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe along with host of other government and opposition politicians left the country on Thursday, for official or private visits. They were due to spend the national New Year holidays away. While President Kumaratunga left for London on a private visit Mr Wickremesinghe accompanied by his wife Maithri has left for Oslo for about one week, at the invitation of the Norwegian Government.Minister and CWC leader Mr. Arumugam Thondaman on Thursday flew to Bangladesh and India for a SAARC trade conference and Education Minister Susil Premajayanth has left for the United States on an official visit. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 06:09:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka gets Czech arms supplies
123India.com, Apr 15 2001 09:56 IST. COLOMBO, April 15 (AFP) - Sri Lankan security forces were set to receive a consignment of multi-barrel rocket launchers and tanks from the Czech Republic to boost the fire power against Tamil rebels, a report said Sunday.The military will receive eight 120mm RM-70 type multi-barrel rocket launchers, 25 T-55 tanks, six tank recovery vehicles, six tank transporters and three mobile workshops, the Sunday Island said. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 01:14:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka pressured to extend cease-fire
Virtual New York, 15 April 2001. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 15 (UPI) - Pressure mounted Sunday on the Sri Lankan government to extend the four-day-long cease-fire announced to mark the New Year in the country. Political parties and peace activists have urged the government to continue the cease-fire and create an environment to hold Norwegian backed peace talks with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to resolve the ethnic conflict. For the first time in the history of the ethnic conflict the government released 10 Tamil Tiger guerrillas from prison to mark the New Year. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 05:43:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka heralds New Year with casualties
123India.com, Apr 15 2001 11:15 IST. COLOMBO, April 15 (AFP) - At least five people were killed and 765 injured during Sri Lanka's traditional New Year-related drink-driving incidents and brawls, doctors at the National Hospital said Sunday. The bodies of five people who were killed in clashes and accidents were at the hospital, a spokesman said, adding 765 people were brought in since Saturday. Advertisement ' + ' ' + ' '; document.writeln(strbanner); //--> The bodies of five people who were killed in clashes and accidents were at the hospital, a spokesman said, adding 765 people were brought in since Saturday. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 05:17:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Army Declares New Amnesty For Deserters
Yahoo Asia, Sunday, April 15 2:41 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's top military commander Sunday offered amnesty to nearly 15,000 deserters to bolster the army's numerical strength in its fight against Tamil Tiger separatists. In newspaper advertisements, Lt. Gen. Lionel Balagalle said army deserters who rejoin service will face minimum punishment. Balagalle said 4,544 such deserters took advantage of a similar amnesty offered last year. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 05:37:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Officer fired on sex charge
Sunday Times, 15 April 2001. The services of an Army Major General, at the centre of an alleged sex scandal, were terminated on Friday. The move is said to follow a directive from the Ministry of Defence. The Major General in question is alleged to have made improper suggestions to a married lady in Kiribathgoda. A CID investigation into the matter was called after he denied allegations and said he had only met with an accident. The CID is learnt to have reported that he could be indicted for sexual harassment and added that there was no evidence to confirm claims that the Major General met with an accident. More...
Published: Sun Apr 15 06:06:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

© Copyright 2000, Lanka Academic Network.