The Lanka Academic

 
APRIL 18, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 12

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LTTE to extend cease fire
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday April 18. According to LTTE chief spokesman Anton Balasingham the LTTE is prepared to extend its unilateral cease-fire in force since December 14, 2000.The government however has refused to extend its five day truce which it initiated over the recent Sinhala and Tamil New Year. The military maintains that the LTTE mounted attacks on the army's forward defence lines during this period. and also states that the five day truce was not a ceasefire but only a break in planned offensives into LTTE controlled areas.

Anton Balasingham in an interview with the Tamil Guardian says that Norway should play a more participatory role in future negotiations between the Lankan government and the LTTE and not limit its mediatory efforts only to bringing the two warring factions together.Balasingham has criticized the Lankan government's position which stipulated that Norway should relegate its role only to facilitating peace talks between the Tigers and the Government. Norway, the Lankan Government states, will not be directly involved in peace talks.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe recently met with Norwegian representatives including Norway's special peace envoy Eric Solheim. Wickramasinghe has reportedly stressed that in finding a lasting solution to the country's conflict the interests of all minority communities should be taken into account.The Opposition leader had further reiterated that the UNP fully supports negotiations between the government and the LTTE. Wickramasinghe had also intimated that future peace talks should be facilitated after seeking the support and advice of the Indian government on the ongoing peace process.
Published: Wed Apr 18 11:32:21 EDT 2001

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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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No new pre-conditions for talks: LTTE
Deccan Herald, April 18. Anton Balasingham, the LTTE?s chief negotiator has said that the LTTE is 'very serious' about peace talks and denied stipulating new pre-conditions for negotiations such as lifting of the governments ban on them or a permanent ceasefire. In an interview to the 'Tamil Guardian' published in London, he indicated that the LTTE is willing to extend the ceasefire from April 24 to provide ample time for Norwegian peace efforts. ''I would say the LTTE is deadly serious about peace talks. It is for that reason we want to remove all obstacles in the path of peace and to establish a stable foundation for negotiations. The ceasefire is a pre-requisite step to build a cordial atmosphere of mutual trust essential for the warring parties to enter into a peace process, Mr Balasingham said. More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 17:00:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Prices of all essential commodities to rise
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.25 p.m. SLT Wednesday April 18. Prices of all essential commodities including vegetables and dry rations are expected to rise over the next few days as the price of diesel once again was increased by Rs. 3 bringing the price of one liter of diesel to Rs. 27.50/-.

Lorry and bus operators say they have suffered a loss of 7.5% during the last two months after fuel prices were increased twice since December 2000.

Prices have increased not only in diesel but also in electricity, water the defence levy and bank interest rates have risen considerably since December last year.
Published: Wed Apr 18 11:32:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Buddhist Mahanayakas criticise Sihala Urumaya
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 18/04/01 1100 GMT. Mahanayaka theros from all major chapters strongly criticised the conduct of Sihala Urumaya party supporters over attacking a Buddhist monk last week. "If somebody thinks monks should not be involved in creative art, how can they advocate that the same monk to politically support them; Political activism is also against Buddhism" Most Ven. Weveldeniye Medhalankara, Mahanayaka of the Ramanna Nikaya, said in an interview with BBC?s Sandeshaya.

A group of Sihala Urumaya activists have attacked Mahakunumulle Vijitha thero, while shooting his short feature titled " Uncompleted Tale". Vijitha thero has identified the attackers, nearly 300 Colombo University students, as Sihala Urumaya supporters and some of them have even contested the last general election.

Although monks directing films cannot be accepted according to the Buddhism, harming a monk by the so-called Buddhists is not the correct way to prevent such activities , said Most Ven. Madihe Pannaseeha, Mahanayaka of the Amarapura Nikaya.

According to Most Ven. Professor Varakave Dhammaloka, secretary of the Asgiriya Nikaya, all Buddhists should condemn this attack as every individual, including Buddhist monks are entitled to their right of expression via their selected methods of expression. As Buddhist monks are renowned for creative art, such as Kavsilumina, Guttilaya, etc. a monk directing a film cannot be questioned, said Batapola Nanda thero.

The far-right Sihala Urumaya, which claims to represent the Sinhala heritage, is yet to comment or condemn the attack. Sihala Urumaya is also accused of violently attacking its own senior leaders, including professor A.D.V.S. Indrarathne when he nominated ex-chairman S.L Gunasekara for the party?s single parliamentary seat.
Published: Wed Apr 18 07:13:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lankan opposition demands reform
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 18 April, 2001, 14:49 GMT 15:49 UK. Sri Lanka's main opposition party says it will support a peace initiative if the government agrees to carry out significant democratic reforms.The United National Party has urged the government to set up independent commissions to run the police, civil service, elections and the judiciary. Norway is behind moves to end the country's civil war in the north and east of the island. More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 11:21:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

INTERVIEW:Sri Lanka Eyes Renewable Energy To Meet Demand
Yahoo India, Wednesday April 18, 3:46 PM. Sri Lanka is strongly looking toward investing in renewable energy projects in a bid to meet rising demand for electricity and ease dependance on costly thermal power generation, the Ceylon Electricity Board chairman said Wednesday.K.L. Ariyananda told Dow Jones Newswires: "We are strongly considering renewable energy as a viable alternative for hydro power generation." More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 20:47:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

WORLD BANK: Sri Lanka -- World Bank supports improved land titling in Sri Lanka
Nothern Light, Wednesday, April 18, 2001 12:08 PM EST . The World Bank today announced a US$5 million credit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for the Land Titling and Related Services Project, which will help to address problems relating to the land administration system*. The project will develop the institutional framework and capacity for a new land titling system. More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 15:04:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Doctor Charged with Manslaughter
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 18/04/01 1630 GMT. A Sri Lankan doctor allegedly was responsible for the death of a three-day-old triplet by giving the baby a wrong injection, a court heard yesterday. The doctor is accused of manslaughter in the death of premature born baby Adam Teare, but he has denied the charges. Despite being premature Baby Adam was healthy but needed medication to help him breathe. Reports however suggest that minutes after the doctor attended to baby Adam, he turned pale and grey around the lips. The hearing continues at the Liverpool Crown Court.
Published: Wed Apr 18 12:27:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Bo Derek says Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful countries in the world
Bandula Jayasekara in New York:, NY time 1.50 p.m Wednesday 18th April. Hollywood actress Bo Derek showered praise on Sri Lanka and described the island as one of the most beautiful places she had ever visited. Bo, hailed as one of the most beautiful women in the world told "The Lanka Academic Sri Lanka is a beautiful country. People in Sri Lanka are very kind. Kandy is my favourite place and is very, very beautiful." She said that Udawattekele in Kandy is a serene jungle. Bo Derek had been to Sri Lanka twice in the eighties to film Tarzan the ape man in Kandy and Ghosts can?t do it starring Anthony Quinn. Udawattekele in Kandy was used as the jungle where Tarzan lived. When "The Lanka Academic" questioned Derek if she would like to visit Sri Lanka again, She replied ? Yes. I would like to go back and even do another movie in Sri Lanka. I have no problem of traveling unlike other actors and actresses in Hollywood?

Bo Derek campaigned actively for the election of American President George Bush last year. She visited over 30 cities during his election campaign supporting mainly his education and health policies. When ?The Lanka Academic? asked Bo if the American President offered her any position, She said, ? I have done my part. I don?t expect anything more. He is elected and I am finished?
Published: Wed Apr 18 12:54:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Media watchdog worried Government may impose Additional Restrictions on Foreign Correspondents
Dharisha Bastians in Colombo, 17:30 SLT Wednesday April 18. International Media watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists, is extremely troubled by government statements, that the injuries to US journalist Marie Colvin during a military confrontation last Monday, may lead to further access restrictions for foreign correspondents based in the country. CPJ executive director Ann Cooper, in a statement released today, said that the government already prevents reporters from gaining access to the war zone and added that experienced journalists, do not need additional bureaucratic restrictions, to keep them from doing their job. The statement went on to say that "the administration urgently needs to work with journalists, to develop a system, allowing local and international media regular access to all parts of the country, since expanding press coverage of the war is crucial to any efforts to resolve the crisis peacefully." The statement also said that the CPJ was concerned about the injuries suffered by Colvin and added it was grateful that the authorities took prompt action, to ensure that she received proper medical care. Ms Colvin, who was caught in a skirmish between rebel forces and government troops, received four shrapnel wounds in her head, chest, and arms and is presently recovering at a private hospital in Colombo.

Journalists are required to apply for official permission to visit conflict areas, but such permission is almost never granted. Colvin is one of only a few foreign correspondents, who have managed to reach rebel-held territory in recent years. The Government Information Department in a statement released yesterday alleged that Colvin had her own secret agenda with the LTTE, since she had over stayed her visa, and cautioned foreign missions to be "prudent" in making recommendations for the issue of visas to foreign correspondents.
Published: Wed Apr 18 07:27:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lanka Opposition Wants Indian Role in Peace Bid
yahoo, April 18. Sri Lanka's main opposition party called on Wednesday for neighboring India to play a role in a peace initiative to end the country's 18-year ethnic war.Local media and diplomats have said India -- the regional power -- did not favor the Norwegian-brokered initiative which could to lead to direct talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels. More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 09:17:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Marie Colvin incident highlights restrictions on media
The Hindu (International), Thursday, April 19, 2001. COLOMBO, APRIL 18. The Marie Colvin incident has brought attention to the tough restrictions placed on media coverage of the conflict in Sri Lanka by the Kumaratunga Government that came to power in 1994 promising freedom of the press. The award-winning journalist of the British newspaper, The Sunday Times, was wounded in a gun battle between security forces and the LTTE while clandestinely trying to cross back into Government-controlled territory in northern Sri Lanka after spending nearly two weeks in rebel-held Vanni. More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 19:18:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Wounded reporter may lose her sight
The Daily Telegraph, 18 April 2001. DOCTORS in Sri Lanka are fighting to save the sight of an award-winning British-based journalist who was wounded in fighting between government troops and suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas.Marie Colvin, 44, an American-born foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times, could be blinded in her left eye after being hit by shrapnel, doctors fear. More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 11:05:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Solheim to seek the release of POWs
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.30 p.m. SLT Tuesday April 17. Norwegian peace envoy Eric Solheim has promised parents of military personnel missing in action that he will negotiate both with the Lankan government and the LTTE to release all POWs as soon as possible. Solheim made this solemn pledge to N. Nanayakkara, Chairman of the Association for parents of military personnel missing in action.
Published: Tue Apr 17 11:22:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Unlikely To Indict Wounded American Journalist
Yahoo Asia, Wednesday, April 18 2:57 PM SGT . COLOMBO (AP)--The government Wednesday said it is unlikely to prosecute an American journalist who overstayed her visa, traveled to a war zone without mandatory permission and interacted with a banned rebel organization. Indeed there have been violations, but it is most unlikely that we will prosecute her, top government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said about Marie Colvin, 44 years old, a native of Oyster Bay, New York. Colvin, an award-winning reporter with Britain's Sunday Times, sustained shrapnel wounds to her head, chest and arm while trying to enter a government-held town Monday after spending two weeks in rebel-held areas in the northern war zone. More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 04:58:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Slams Wounded American Journalist  - Nothern Light
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Sri Lanka Accuses Wounded Journalist Of Breaking Law  - Yahoo Asia
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Diplomats visit US journalist wounded in Sri Lanka gun battle  - 123India.com

U.S. media watchdog wants Sri Lanka to open war zone
MSNBC, Wednesday, April 18 2:57 PM SGT . COLOMBO, April 18 — The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday urged Sri Lanka to open its war zone to the media after an American reporter was wounded during an unauthorised crossing of battle lines in the country's north. Marie Colvin, a correspondent for London's Sunday Times, suffered shrapnel wounds on Tuesday during a pre-dawn skirmish between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Vavuniya. ''(Sri Lanka) urgently needs to work with journalists to develop a system allowing local and international media regular access to all parts of the country,'' the committee said in a statement. More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 05:53:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Muslims return slowly to war-torn Jaffna
ABC News, 04/18/2001 1:54 am ET . JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, April 18 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Muslims, caught up in a war between the island's two main ethnic groups, have formed a tiny beachhead in troubled northern Jaffna after being run out of the area a decade ago. Several of the returnees said on Wednesday they were happier running businesses among their Tamil neighbours in Jaffna city than depending on aid handouts in refugee camps. About 40 have returned in the last several years from the 15,000 who were given two hours to leave the city in October 1990 by tamil fighting for a separate homeland in the north and east of Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 03:15:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Bride and Gloom
BBC, April 17. Sri Lankan women run short of Men. More... [Watch]
Published: Tue Apr 17 20:38:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

British journalist shot in Vavuniya
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Tuesday April 17, 2001. Mary Collins, a journalist from The Sunday Times, London was injured yesterday at around 10 p.m. when attempting to cross military forward defence lines in Sri Lanka?s northern peninsula. Collins had secretly crossed over to Tiger territory in the Island nations embattled war zone and together with a group of LTTE cadre was attempting to cross the military?s forward defence lines at Parayanakulam, situated approximately 5.5 kilometers on the Madhu road in northern Vavuniya.

Speaking at military headquarters today, Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told "The Lanka Academic" that troops had opened fire after detecting LTTE cadres. The Tigers, Karunaratne said had thrown grenades at the military listening-post and the troops had retaliated with small arms and artillery fire. The LTTE had dispersed from the area and a subsequent search the military found a foreign woman lying on the ground with injuries to her eye. She was evacuated to the field hospital in Vavuniya, moved thereafter to the general hospital at Anuradhapura and finally airlifted to Colombo's eye hospital.

Collins is at present undergoing treatment to her left eye at Colombo's national eye hospital. The military maintain that Collins did not have permission to enter rebel territory in Sri Lanka?s war stricken north where the government has maintained a strict censorship on all war related news both to foreign and local journalists.
Published: Tue Apr 17 11:22:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Medical staff examine Marie Colvin in Colombo's eye hospital  - Yahoo/AP Photo

Marie Colvin injured in Sri Lanka
The Times , April 18. Marie Colvin, the award-winning Sunday Times foreign correspondent who was wounded during fighting between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces in Sri Lanka, has undergone exploratory surgery at a hospital in Colombo, the capital. She is said to be in good spirits despite a shrapnel injury to her left eye. More...
Published: Tue Apr 17 20:45:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

BJP focus on Sri Lankan issue
The Hindu (Southern States), Wednesday, April 18, 2001. The BJP State unit will urge the Union Government to intervene in the Sri Lankan issue for a solution that is acceptable to all Sri Lankan Tamils and will ensure peace in the island. Till such a peaceful settlement is arrived at and the Island Tamils are able to return to Sri Lanka, the BJP will continue to emphasise the need to provide humanitarian treatment of the refugees in India. More...
Published: Tue Apr 17 16:00:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE to appeal against UK ban
Tamilnet, April 17. The Liberation Tigers are preparing to appeal against their proscription under Britain's Terrorism Act and were putting together a legal team for this purpose, Tamil media sources said Tuesday, quoting the LTTE's chief negotiator, Anton Balasingham. "We are already in consultation with eminent lawyers in the field of terrorist legislation and we are advised to apply to the Home Secretary for de-proscription," More...
Published: Tue Apr 17 13:11:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Promoting Lankan tourism industry
123India.com, Apr 17 2001 15:37 IST. Colombo, Apr 17 (UNI) Tourism and Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella will lead a top-level delegation to India this week to promote Sri Lankan tourism industry. The Sri lankan tourism promotional campaign, starting from tomorrow in Mumbai, would include a travel mart, destination promotion, media conference and several road shows. More...
Published: Tue Apr 17 08:53:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS:Sri Lanka Tea Officials To Visit Pakistan
Yahoo Asia, Wednesday, April 18 12:58 PM SGT . A delegation comprising top officials from Sri Lanka's Tea Board will visit Pakistan next week to expedite a proposed free trade agreement, the Daily News reports. More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 03:16:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS: Intl Roadshow For Fledgling IT Sector
Yahoo Asia, Wednesday, April 18 1:01 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's Industrial Development Ministry is leading a roadshow in Europe and the U.S. to woo foreign investments to the country's fledgling software development sector, the Daily Mirror reports. The promotion program, in the U.K., Sweden, Denmark and the U.S., will also seek to develop information technology education in the island nation, the newspaper said. More...
Published: Wed Apr 18 03:18:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

New Zealand stun Sri Lanka, but bow out of Sharjah tri-series
Yahoo Asia, April 18 2:54 AM SGT . Matthew Sinclair and Kyle Mills fashioned New Zealand's remarkable 79-run win over Sri Lanka on Tuesday, but failed to lift the Black Caps into the Sharjah tri-series final. inclair carried his bat for an unbeaten 118, his second century in the tournament, to steer the Kiwis to 248-6 from 50 overs after they were sent to bat in the last league match. Mills then ripped through the top order with a three-wicket burst and picked up a spectacular catch at long-on as the lethargic Sri Lankans were restricted to 169-8. More...
Published: Tue Apr 17 15:59:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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27 illegal emigrants held
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, April 17, 2001. COLOMBO, APRIL 16. Sri Lankan police busted a large-scale international human smuggling racket when a trawler heading for Italy with 123 persons returned to the Negombo coast after it collided with an Indian vessel on the high seas. Police investigation revealed that the trawler ``New Kumari 3'' carrying 123 Sri Lankan emigrants left the Negombo lagoon on April 5. Each person had paid between Rs. one and four lakhs to a job agent for their illegal passage to Italy. On April 9, an Indian vessel collided with the trawler. After the collision, water began to seep into the trawler and at the insistence of the passengers the crew had to turn back, and reached Negombo on the night of April 13. Police on a tip-off, rushed to the spot and arrested 27 emigrants, most of whom were from the northeast. More...
Published: Tue Apr 17 06:07:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Battle-scarred Jaffna bustles, but yearns for peace
MSNBC, Tuesday, 17 April, 2001, 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK . JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, April 17 — Life in Sri Lanka's northern city of Jaffna appears to have returned to normal, with markets and jewellery shops full of goods and the city's only theatre showing a Tamil-language movie from India. More...
Published: Tue Apr 17 07:41:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Sobers disgusted by cricket's unappealing side
Yahoo India, Tuesday April 17, 7:13 PM. Sir Garfield Sobers says he is sickened by the constant appealing for wickets which is prevalent in the modern game. "I was one of those people that if I thought I hit a ball and knew I hit it then I would have felt I was cheating (to stay at the crease)," he said. "I don't care what anybody says, you know when you hit it. You can feel it. And if you know, you should walk. You shouldn't just stand out there and make it difficult for the umpire." More...
Published: Tue Apr 17 16:04:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels blame navy for sparking sea battle
MSNBC, Tuesday, 17th April. COLOMBO, April 17 — Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday blamed the country's navy for provoking a fierce sea battle that shattered a holiday truce. The government said earlier the rebels had fired the first shots in Monday's pre-dawn battle pitting a rebel supply convoy against navy gunboats off Sri Lanka's northeastern coast. Two rebels were killed and seven sailors wounded in the battle that raged for two hours despite the ceasefires. The government ceasefire, which began five days ago to mark last week's Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, expired at 6 a.m. (0100 GMT) on Tuesday. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) declared a unilateral ceasefire four months ago to push forward a Norwegian-brokered initiative to end the 18-year conflict that has killed an estimated 64,000 people. More...
Published: Tue Apr 17 07:40:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

No confirmed reports of ISI links with LTTE: Minister
Times of India (Breaking News), Tuesday . There are no confirmed reports of ISI links with LTTE, minister of state for home Vidyasagar Rao informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. More...
Published: Tue Apr 17 10:10:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE training Assam militants
Times of India (Breaking News), 17 April 2001. GUWAHATI: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are training a militant group in Assam on building and laying landmines, G.M. Srivastava, police chief in Assam, said on Sunday. "We have been receiving intelligence reports that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are training rebels of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in handling or even making explosive devices," Srivastava said. More...
Published: Tue Apr 17 04:26:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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