The Lanka Academic

 
APRIL 19, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 13

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Sea battle off Sri Lanka
Yahoo Asia, Friday, April 20 9:31 AM SGT . Sri Lankan navy gunboats were locked in a major confrontation with a flotilla of Tamil rebel craft off the island's north-eastern coast Friday, the defence ministry said. Fast attack craft were attacking boats of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) off the coast of Chalai, where there was a similar battle four days ago, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Thu Apr 19 22:30:37 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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FEATURE-Cultural icon for Sri Lanka's Tamils slowly returns
ABC News, 04/19/2001 9:31 pm ET . A statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning, sits forlornly before the gutted shell of the old Jaffna Library near the centre of the troubled city. Libraries symbolise learning, but a gang of Sinhalese police and thugs who torched the building two decades ago were striking at the heart of Tamil culture in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Thu Apr 19 22:32:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Hidden agenda regarding Colvin - 5 rebels also wounded
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.10 a.m. SLT Thursday April 19. The Defence Ministry today said that five rebel cadre had also been wounded along with the London Sunday Times foreign correspondent Marie Colvin. According to the Lankan government the foreign journalist had overstayed her visa and entered uncleared territory without securing state approval to do so and allegedly had a secret liaison with the LTTE.

Reports today said that government sources suspect that the LTTE deliberately brought the UK based journalist Marie Colvin into an area where it was certain there would be a shoot-out hoping that if Colvin had died it would cause a massive embarrassment to the Lankan government.

A high level committee has apparently been appointed by the government to probe the details of the unfortunate incident. Government sources say that it is clear the Tigers hoped to also gain sympathy with the international community by initiating an issue such as this.

Marie Colvin meanwhile was flown out of Sri Lanka this morning to London for further treatment to her eye and chest where she suffered injuries from the attack.
Published: Thu Apr 19 07:11:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Lanka's opposition puts new hurdle to Norway peace plan
India Abroad, April 19, 2001 15:59 Hrs (IST) . NORWAY'S bid to broker peace in Sri Lanka has come up against a new hurdle with the country's main opposition United National Party (UNP) demanding domestic political reforms in exchange for support for the plan. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is on a visit to Oslo, has said his party will withhold support in the legislature if the government does not establish independent authorities to monitor police, elections, civil service and the judiciary. Analysts see Wickremesinghe on a new tack to link his party's domestic agenda with the internationally backed attempt to open peace talks between Colombo and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "The UNP is obviously clearing the decks for renewing its attempts to bring the government down," said a political analyst. "By tying it up with the Norwegian peace effort, the opposition is clearly putting the government in a tough spot." More...
Published: Thu Apr 19 08:30:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan opposition demands reform  - BBC South Asia

Israel to open out mission in Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.10 p.m. SLT Thursday April 19. The Israel government is to open out a diplomatic mission in Colombo to enable Sri Lankans easier passage to Israel. The Foreign Ministry in Colombo said the Israel mission in Bangkok has so far been overlooking matters in Colombo, but that Sri Lankans wishing to travel to Israel were inconvenienced as a result of there being no mission in Colombo.Sri Lanka opened out a diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv last November after resuming diplomatic ties with Israel following a lapse of of thirty years.
Published: Thu Apr 19 07:11:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Rebels Accuse Sri Lanka Govt Of Wounding US Journalist
Yahoo Asia, Friday, April 20 12:10 AM SGT . Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday accused Sri Lanka's military of deliberately opening fire on U.S. reporter Marie Colvin as she tried to re-enter government areas after an assignment in the rebel-held north. A military spokesman said rebel radio transmissions monitored by the army revealed five guerrillas who accompanied Colvin were also injured. They included the leader of the escort party, Cherian, who was a LTTE intelligence group leader, said spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne. More...
Published: Thu Apr 19 14:30:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Army blamed for journalist attack  - BBC South Asia

Favourites Pakistan fear Sri Lankan backlash in Sharjah final
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, April 19 7:32 PM SGT . SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, April 19 (AFP) - Pakistani captain Waqar Younis is wary of a Sri Lankan resurgence when the two Asian giants clash in the final of the Sharjah tri-series here on Friday. With four league wins in a row, Pakistan are the overwhelming favourites against their struggling rivals who lost three games, including an embarrassing defeat by outsiders New Zealand on Tuesday. Waqar, however, cautioned his team against taking victory for granted in the day-night final before an expected full house at the Sharjah cricket stadium. "What happened in the league does not count, one-day cricket is all about playing well in those seven hours," Waqar said. "We are very confident about the final, but Sri Lanka are a good side and will fancy their chances. We have to be on our toes all the time." More...
Published: Thu Apr 19 08:35:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Appeal over BBC journalist killing
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 19 April, 2001, 14:48 GMT 15:48 UK . The human rights group, Reporters Without Borders, has written to the Sri Lankan President urging her to do more to bring to justice the killers of BBC reporter Nimalarajan Mylvaganam. Mylvaganam was shot dead at his home in the northern city of Jaffna six months ago - no-one has yet been charged. The organisation lists a number of leads which it says the police seem to have ignored. Among these are the discovery of a bicycle near the scene of the crime which is said to belong to the pro-government Tamil party, the Eelam People's Democratic Party, which Mylvaganam had criticised in his reports on alleged election fraud. More...
Published: Thu Apr 19 11:17:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka criticised over journalist murder probe  - MSNBC

CMC to file petition against state minister
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Thursday April 19. The Colombo Municipal Council today filed a petition in Colombo's Court of Appeal against Urban Development Minister Mangala Samaraweera. The petition is attempting to stop the minister from acquiring the Vihara Maha Devi park for the Urban Development Authority.

Mayor, Omar Kamil, says that the minister has no right to acquire the 55 acre park which is a well known landmark in Colombo. The Mayor, who is a member of the main opposition United National Party asserts that the minister's directive was made without necessary consultation with the CMC and other concerned organizations.
Published: Thu Apr 19 07:11:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Media rights watchdog criticizes investigation into Nimalarajan murder
Dharisha Bastians in Colombo, 19:05 SLT Thursday April 19. Paris Based media watchdog, Reporters Sans Frontiers, has criticized the investigation into the murder of Jaffna based journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, and calls on President Chandrika Kumaratunge to do everything in her power to ensure an impartial and speedy inquiry takes place.Highlighting several shortcomings in the police investigation, the RSF in a letter to President Kumaratunge said it was deeply concerned about the Sri Lankan government's "apparent unwillingness to shed light on the murder. " The letter added that the organization was also worried about statements made by government officials implicating the LTTE in the murder, in what it calls an attempt to lessen the seriousness of the crime. The organisation, which advocated an impartial and independent inquiry, also volunteered to be part of an international investigation into the killing. Nimalarajan, who was a correspondent for several local and foreign media organisations in Jaffna, including the BBC, was killed in his home, on night of 19th of October last year. Inspector General of Police, Lucky Kodituwakku, handed the investigation of the murder over to the Criminal Investigation Department yesterday.
Published: Thu Apr 19 09:07:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan's found wandering in Australia's outback
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Thursday April 19. Twenty four Sri Lankans were found wandering in northern Australia early this week after having illegally entered the country. The Sri Lankans had been without food and water for three days when local authorities in a coastal town, 800 miles north of Perth, found the Lankan immigrants.

The Sri Lankans are reported to have paid human smugglers USD 2000 for the boat journey to northern Australia. Authorities say the Lankans would soon have collapsed from the lack of food and water and are lucky to have survived the rough outback of Australia. Locals in the area had spotted the immigrants and reported them to the northern Australian police. Customs officials say they have already begun investigations to find how the Lankans had been dumped in the inhospitable region in Australia's northern outback.
Published: Thu Apr 19 07:11:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan boat people had no food, water for three days, police say  - 123India
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Wounded American journalist leaves Sri Lanka
ABC News, 04/19/2001 2:06 am ET . COLOMBO, April 19 (Reuters) - American journalist Marie Colvin was flown out of Sri Lanka on Thursday after doctors said she had recovered enough from wounds sustained during an unauthorised crossing of battle lines in the country's north. Colvin, 44, boarded a SriLankan Airlines flight for London where she works as a correspondent for the Sunday Times newspaper and U.S. diplomats said the United States could be her ultimate destination. More...
Published: Thu Apr 19 03:15:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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U.S. Journalist Leaves Sri Lanka For Medical Treatment  - Yahoo Asia
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Sri Lanka Unlikely To Indict Wounded American Journalist  - Yahoo Asia
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Wounded reporter may lose her sight  - The Daily Telegraph
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Sri Lanka unlikely to prosecute US scribe  - Times of India
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US journalist wounded in Sri Lanka had a lucky escape: diplomats  - Yahoo Asia
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Reporter's terror as shrapnel hit her  - The Times
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Sunday Times correspondent 's condition stable  - 123India.com

5 Indian trainees 'disappear'
Yahoo India, 20 April 2001. Five Indian players from a Mangalore-based cricket academy have reportedly `disappeared' after they landed in Adelaide, Australia. The players-Faizi, Sebi, Biju M.A., Joephi K.V. and Thomas-have been missing since March 25, the day they landed in Adelaide. These five went to Australia for a two-week coaching stint with the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy based in Adelaide.`We have no information about their whereabouts. But we know for sure that they landed in Adelaide,'' Mr P.V. Mohan, the convenor of the Karavali Cricket Clinic, told. ``I went to Kochi to finalise a cricket tour to Sri Lanka as touring Australia is now expensive, but these boys insisted on going to Australia despite the heavy cost,'' he said. More...
Published: Thu Apr 19 18:45:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SriLankan Airlines plane lands with one engine
ABC News, 04/19/2001 1:38 am ET . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) A SriLankan Airlines Airbus A-330 aircraft made an emergency landing after an engine malfunctioned midair, officials said Thursday. The flight from the Maldives made an emergency landing Wednesday after one of its two engines had to be shut down, said Manuela Motha, a spokeswoman for SriLankan, the national carrier. More...
Published: Thu Apr 19 08:31:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan Plane Forced To Land  - Nothern Light

Mystery shrouds investigators' presence
Yahoo India, 20 April 2001. Mystery continues to surround the agenda of the two International Cricket Council's (ICC) investigators now in Sharjah with the details of their investigations still kept under the wraps. According to a recent ICC press release, the two ICC investigators Jeef Rees and Bob Smalley are in Sharjah, as part of the on-going investigation in match-fixing and betting in cricket. The two ICC investigators, connected with the Sir Paul Condon-led anti-corruption unit, have created a suspense with their mysterious presence in Sharjah, The Gulf News reported. More...
Published: Thu Apr 19 18:48:24 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
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U.S. media watchdog wants Sri Lanka to open war zone  - MSNBC
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Media Grp Urges Sri Lanka To Let Reporters Into War Zone  - Yahoo Asia

Bring Nimalarajan Killers to the Justice- RSF Writes to the President
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 19/04/01 1100 GMT. Paris based media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has strongly criticised the way Sri Lankan government handles the so-called investigation on the murder of BBC journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan. In a statement to the President Chandrika Bandaranaika Kumaratunga, the RSF says it is deeply concerned as it appears that the police has not yet interrogated the military personnel in charge of the area where the journalist lived. They urge the government not to let the murderers to remain unpunished.

Journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, one of the rare independent journalists to inform both the local and international media on war and political developments in Jaffna, was shot dead at his home on the 19th 0f October 2000. The RSF regrets that, exactly six months after Nimalarajan’s murder, the investigation has been stalled. "As a press freedom organisation, we wish to express our deepest concern at the serious shortcomings of the police investigation and at the Sri Lankan government’s apparent unwillingness to shed light on the case" the statement signed by RSF General Secretary Robert Ménard states.

The RSF strongly believes that there is a link between Nimalarajan’s brave coverage of the intimidation, violence and fraud in the Jaffna District general election campaign and the government’s coalition partner EPDP. "In most of the articles which RSF has been able to consult, the journalist had implicated the pro-governmental Eelam Peoples’ Democratic Party (EPDP), which we understand exercises considerable official and unofficial control in the area. It is noteworthy that the journalist was killed on the very evening of the appointment of the EPDP leader as Minister for Northern Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Tamil Affairs. A number of organisations and individuals have confirmed that the EPDP had engaged in violence and abuse of government funds during the election campaign."

According to the RSF, a few days before his death, Nimalarajan had informed friends that he had received death threats as a consequence of his work, in particular following an article published in Athavan which implicated the EPDP.
Published: Thu Apr 19 07:01:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top


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 Back to the top

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LTTE may decide to extend ceasefire  - The Pioneer
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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


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


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

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

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

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

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