The Lanka Academic

APRIL 22, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 16

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Sri Lankan Doctor Cleared of Manslaughter
Saroj Pathirana in London, Saturday 21/04/01 1820 GMT. A Sri Lankan doctor charged for the death of a three-day-old triplet by giving a wrong injection was cleared of all charges by the Liverpool Crown Court yesterday. Sri Lankan born Dr. Kosalakumara Karunarathne, 36, from North Wales, was accused of manslaughter in the death of premature born baby Adam Teare.

Dr. Karunarathne was discharged after the prosecutor David Steer, QC, withdrew the case as "number of difficulties have arisen". Doctor Karunarathne’s counsel successfully applied for the return of his passport, which had been surrendered to the authorities, and the legal charges.

Dr. Kosalakumara said that though he was deeply saddened of the death of baby Adam, it was not his fault that led to baby’s death.
Published: Sat Apr 21 14:22:20 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-Quaint feel to epicentre of Sri Lankan conflict
ABC News, 04/21/2001 9:31 pm ET . The quaint provincial feel of Jaffna city, the epicentre of Sri Lanka's bitter civil war, masks the ethnic seismic fault running under it. The town of about 50,000 in the northern Jaffna peninsula wears all the scars and pockmarks that result from having been occupied by three different armies during the last two decades. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 23:13:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNP mulls new strategy against PA
Gulf-News, APril 20. The main opposition United National Party (UNP) in Sri Lanka are looking at a new strategy to defeat the ruling People's Alliance (PA) government after failing in its attempts to defeat the budget in Parliament last week.The UNP say they are now planning to bring a no confidence motion against the government next month, paving the way for the establishment of a government of national reconciliation. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 22:23:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Heavy shelling in Jaffna
Tamilnet, 22 April 2001. The Sri Lanka Army launched an intense artillery and aerial attack Saturday on the positions of the Liberation Tigers in the southern Jaffna peninsula, sources in Jaffna town said. Heavy artillery and multi-barrelled rocket launchers (MBRLs) targeted LTTE defences in the Eluthumadduval and Pallai areas, they said. Israeli-built jet bombers of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) provided support, they added. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 17:23:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Colvin may lose sight in left eye
The Sunday Times , APril 22. MARIE COLVIN, the award-winning Sunday Times correspondent, has lost almost all sight in her left eye after being wounded by grenade shrapnel last week when government troops fired on her in Sri Lanka, writes Jon Swain. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 20:56:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE may give ceasefire another chance
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Saturday, April 21, 2001. The LTTE has said it may extend its unilateral ceasefire, set to expire next week, but expressed reservations about entering into peace talks with the Sri Lankan government as a banned outfit. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 14:41:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

The shot hit me. Blood poured from my eye
The Sunday Times , APril 22. It was the most difficult decision of my life. I was lying in an open field with a clump of tall weeds on a slight rise for cover. The moon had not yet risen and the night was pitch black. Every five minutes or so a flare, fired from the nearby Sri Lankan army base, seemed to expose every blade of grass. Advancing soldiers intermittently raked the field with automatic weapons fire. They had to be as scared as I was. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 20:59:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka ambushes Pakistan in cricket final
Gulf-News, April 21. The Sri Lankans, through a sparkling all-round display, snapped the winning run of the Pakistan team to lift the glittering ARY Gold Cup in the triangular cricket tournament at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium yesterday.Everything went the right way for the Sri Lankans, including the toss. Pakistan got an early wicket when Jayasuriya, pushing Waqar Younis to short mid on, started off and then hesitated. Kaluwitharana failed to come back, despite Shoaib Malik's return being off target and Waqar juggling with the throw. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 16:45:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka steps up patrols after major sea battle
Times of India, 22 April 2001 . Sri Lanka's Navy has stepped up its patrols following a major sea and air battle with a supply convoy of Tamil Tiger rebels, officials here said on Saturday.Naval craft intensified the already high-level of patrols off the northeastern sea board where Israeli-built Dvora fast attack craft sank four guerrilla cargo boats on Friday.For their part, the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said on Friday night that the Air Force had been carrying out heavy bombardments along the north-eastern coast leaving some 1,000 civilians displaced.The defence ministry denied bombing civilian targets and said the navy captured six rebels after the fight and had evacuated them to a military hospital. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 16:42:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Elephant Pass a Turning Point in Sri Lanka War
Nothern Light, Saturday, April 21, 2001 9:56 AM EST . One year after the Sri Lankan military's most stunning defeat in nearly two decades of fighting Tamil Tiger rebels, the loss of Elephant Pass can be viewed as a major step toward peace talks, analysts said. They said the military debacle, which took place 12 months ago on Sunday, triggered a skyrocketing defense bill the nation could not afford and set off soul-searching on whether the army would ever be capable of ending the ethnic conflict on the battlefield. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 13:58:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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An anniversary Sri Lanka would like to forget  - The Hindu (International)

Sri Lankan Airlines seeks more destinations in India
Times of India (Breaking News), april 21. Sri Lankan Airlines, which now operates 29 flights out of five points in India, has asked India to allow it to operate from three more destinations and enhance the seat capacity. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 16:32:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Betting racket on Pak-Sri Lanka match busted
Yahoo India, april 21. Delhi police have apprehended three persons on the charge of running a betting racket on Pakistan-Sri Lanka final match of ARY Trophy in Sharjah Friday night. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 16:33:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

IMF approves $253 mn for Lanka
Times of India, 22 April 2001 . The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday approved a 14-month stand-by credit for about $253 million for Sri Lanka to support the government's economic program for 2001-02.The decision will enable Sri Lanka to draw about $131 million from the IMF immediately. More...
Published: Sat Apr 21 16:36:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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IMF Grants $253M Standby Credit To Sri Lanka  - Yahoo Asia

Free Media Movement on Marie Colvin Incident
Gulf-News, April 20. A key media body in Sri Lanka has accused the government of using the incident of an U.S. born journalist being caught in the crossfire between rebels and security forces in the north to scare journalists from reporting events in rebel-held areas.The FMM in a strongly worded statement charged that the Sri Lankan government was 'rubbing salt on the wounds' by trying to say that Colvin was 'carrying out a secret mission on behalf of the rebels'. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 22:28:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Marie Colvin has poisoned the well for other journalists covering the war in Lanka- Paul Harris
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, NY Time 12.50 p.m Friday 20 April. Paul Harris, respected defense analyst of the Jane's Defense Review said in the "London Herald" yesterday that "London Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin's recent incident in the Sri Lankan war front would make things difficult for journalists wanting to cover the war in Lanka in future. Harris said, "The flouting of visa requirements in a third world country is a foolish bravado. Ok you can often buy your way out of trouble but it is still unwise. The fact that she (Colvin) was abandoned by her "hosts" as they came under fire, would suggest that those experienced in the ways of the war in Sri Lanka that she had probably been "set up". Her death at the hands of government troops would have attracted serious bad publicity to the Sri Lankan government. Her modus operandi was , at best, naïve. To approach a military forward defense line in the company of a group of rebels was not so brave so much as fool hardy?

Harris a frequent visitor to Sri Lanka and the author of the upcoming book on the war in Sri Lanka ?Fractured Paradise? laments ? The worst thing about Colvin?s adventure in Sri Lanka is that she has poisoned the well for those of us who worked painstakingly for many years. Sri Lanka has always been a very difficult story to cover with government-imposed visa and movement restrictions. Journalists will now find it even harder to get permission to cover the story.?
Published: Fri Apr 20 12:57:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Tamil Rebels Set Up Journalist to Tarnish Govt Image: Newspaper  - Peoples Daily - China

Tamils do not condone LTTE violence - Bishop of Jaffna
CDN, April 21. Although the LTTE identified itself with the Tamils and fought for the rights of Tamil people, the Tamils do not condone its recourse to violence, said Bishop of Jaffna, Rt. Rev. Thomas Saundranayagam in a dialogue with a group of visiting Colombo based journalists at the Bishop's House, Jaffna on Thursday.Bishop Saundranayagam said the people of Jaffna were undergoing great hardships under security forces administration and added that from the inception the media had failed to create an awareness among the people of the South about the infringement of the rights of Tamils and the injustices caused to them. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 22:13:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Where's the bus? ask illegal Sri Lankans, April 20. Asylum seekers found wandering through thick scrub on a property in Western Australia wanted to get to Melbourne or Sydney so they could find work.The men had paid an average of about $4,000 each to a people-smuggling broker for their passage from Sri Lanka via Indonesia."I could understand their broken English, and they believe there was work available in Melbourne, so they wanted to know which way they should go to get a bus there," said the technician, who requested anonymity."They also wanted to know how much it would cost, and said they could afford to pay because they had plenty of Australian dollars. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 21:38:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankans may have been dumped  - The Courier Mail

News is the first casualty
The Herald, April 20. Her newspaper trumpeted last Sunday that she was the first journalist to work behind the lines of the rebel Tamil Tigers since 1995. A sub-editor's little mistake, I assume. I have been 15 times to Sri Lanka in the past six years. I've never met Colvin there but I do know she is by no means the first journalist to cross the lines in the past six years. Local journalists do it from time to time, without getting into difficulty but at considerable personal risk. Colvin swallowed the Tiger line, judging from her article in last Sunday's paper. It tells the reader: "The LTTE [Tamil Tigers] emerged in 1983, when Sinhalese mobs turned on the Tamils, slaughtering hundreds with machetes." I am afraid her explanation of the genesis of the conflict is quite at variance with the historical record: More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 13:51:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Eradication poverty is the biggest challenge Sri Lanka face today- Minister Mahinda Wijesekara
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, NY Time 12.00 p.m Friday 20 April. Eradication of poverty is the biggest challenge we face today. To solve the growing problem of unemployment and poverty during the past few decades we have transformed the Sri Lankan economy from a traditional agricultural based rural economy to a more diversified commercialized economy? Minister of Forestry and Environment Mahinda Wijesekara told the United Nations, 9th Session of Commission on sustainable development yesterday. Addressing the commission, the minister said that these development programmes contributed to degradation and depletion of natural resources, land degradation, and deforestation, air and water pollution and loss of biodiversity and the government of Sri Lanka have introduced a comprehensive legislative framework including an environmental impact assessment and also the participation of the civil society to address the environmental problems. Wijesekara said as a responsible government the Sri Lankan government considers providing basic human needs of the people such as water, electricity, sanitation, housing and employment as equally important. He told the Session of the Commission that about 50% of the households in Sri Lanka do not have electricity and the situation of water and sanitation is also in similar magnitude. Wijeskara questioned, as to what extent could the Sri Lankan government compromise the provision of these basic needs with environmental conservation.

The UN session of the commission of Sustainable development is being held 10 years after the Earth Summit in, Brazil in 1992 to check out the progress achieved after the summit by member countries.
Published: Fri Apr 20 12:01:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Prabakaran recalls LTTE Theoretician to the Wanni
Dharisha Bastians in Colombo, 18:05 SLT Friday April 20. LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham has been recalled from his home in London, to the new LTTE headquarters in the Wanni, after the British parliament banned the organization last month. According to sources in the Wanni, rebel leader Velupillai Prabahkaran had instructed the leader of the political wing, Tamilchelvam, to make all necessary arrangements to bring Balasingham back to the island. The sources said, Mr Balasingham was being recalled because fund raising activity was no longer allowed within the United Kingdom, and those engaging in these activities secretly, face the risk of arrest by British authorities. Soon after the proscription of the LTTE was made official however, British authorities made a public statement, granting Balasingham permission to remain in London.
Published: Fri Apr 20 08:06:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 77 runs in Sharjah final
Yahoo India, Friday April 20, 9:23 PM. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 77 runs in the final of the Sharjah one-day triangular series on Friday. Scores: Sri Lanka 297-7 in 50 overs. Pakistan 220 all out 41.4 overs. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 16:35:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Spirit of youth to clash with experience  - Gulf-News
Sri Lanka win Sharjah final as Pakistan slip on last hurdle  - Yahoo Asia
Cricket-Sri Lanka punish Pakistan fielding errors  - Yahoo India
Cricket-Sri Lanka need drastic improvement in Sharjah final  - Yahoo India
Sri Lanka Wins Sharjah !! SL 297/7 Pakistan 220/10  - Cricinfo

Lankan navy inflicts heavy damage on LTTE
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, April 20. THE SRI Lankan navy and air force destroyed five LTTE boats and damaged three others in a major engagement 32 nautical miles north east of Mullaitivu on the eastern coast this morning. Lt. Com. Pushpakumara Bamunuge of the naval headquarters told Hindustan Times that at 3.50 am two naval Fast Attack Craft (FAC), which were on offensive patrol spotted 10 or 15 LTTE supply boats and engaged them. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 16:44:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka mounts heavy air, sea attacks against Tiger convoy  - Yahoo Asia
Tigers suffer sea 'defeat'  - BBC South Asia
Lanka mounts sea, air attacks against LTTE  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Sri Lankan Navy Attacks Tamil Rebel Boats;Some Casualties  - Yahoo Asia
Sri Lankan navy, rebels clash in second sea battle  -

Bk Of Ceylon:Restructure Not Precursor To Privatization
Yahoo Asia, Friday, April 20 4:08 PM SGT . The restructuring of the state-owned Bank of Ceylon (P.CEY), Sri Lanka's biggest commercial bank, will help ease the country's soaring interest rates in the medium term, its general manager said Friday. General Manager Sarath de Silva told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview that the restructuring wasn't a precursor to privatization. It is part of the overall plan to reform the financial sector and aimed at gearing the bank to compete more effectively, he said. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 16:46:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan soldiers held for assaulting policeman
MSNBC, Friday, April 20 6:49 PM SGT . COLOMBO, April 20 - A group of Sri Lankan soldiers have been taken into custody for beating up a policeman after an argument at a checkpoint in the country's war zone, military officials said on Friday. Military police arrested a major and detained 12 soldiers for questioning over an assault on Inspector W.P.J. Senadheera, officer in charge of the northeastern Pulmoddai police station, said military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 08:19:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fitch Says Sri Lanka Pvt Bank Provisions Inadequate
Yahoo Asia, Friday, April 20 8:51 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's private commercial banks are inadequately cushioned against defaulting loans, officials of rating agency Fitch said Friday. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 22:08:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

IG 'clean chit' to Sammaiah surprises Passport Officer
The Hindu (Southern States), Saturday, April 21, 2001. Mr. M. Sevala Naik, Passport Officer, Regional Passport Office, Hyderabad, has expressed surprise that the intelligence report furnished by the office of IG (Intelligence) has given a clear report about the surrendered naxalite, Kattula Sammaiah, who died in Colombo, in spite of the latter's involvement in several criminal cases, including the murder of DIG K.S. Vyas. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 16:31:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS:Govt To Open Up Canal Networks For Invest
Yahoo Asia, Friday, April 20 11:14 AM SGT . The government plans to open up Colombo city's canal networks for private investments, in a bid to make them more enterprising, the Daily Mirror reports. It added that the government aims to develop the canals to promote leisure and aqua sports activities. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 00:30:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Journalist Hit By Grenade
Newsday, April 20. When Rosemarie Colvin took a telephone call from a reporter last night at her East Norwich home, she thought she was about to be congratulated on her daughter's winning Best Foreign Correspondent in the British Press Awards two weeks ago."In our family, we say that whenever Marie is going to a country,they should evacuate, because something terrible is going to happen," Rosemarie Colvin said.According to an Associated Press report, Marie Colvin was caught Monday in a skirmish near the town of Vavuniya.Rosemarie Colvin said Marie's editor, Sean Ryan, reported that Marie had gotten an interview with a rebel leader who had not talked to the press in eight years and was returning with a new proposal. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 10:25:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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LTTE holds Army responsible for journalist's injury  - Press Trust of India

Sri Lanka Shrs Flat Early; Foreign Selling In Dockyard
Yahoo Asia, Friday, April 20 12:30 PM SGT . Sri Lanka shares are little changed early Friday, but a single foreign sale in shipbuilding company Colombo Dockyard is boosting early volume, brokers said. Otherwise, overall activity continues to be very thin amid a lack of a clear direction. More...
Published: Fri Apr 20 02:38:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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