The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 19, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 43

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LTTE to help Opposition topple Chandrika Govt if demands are not met
The Hindustan Times, may 20. LTTE WILL help the opposition United National Party (UNP) topple the Chandrika Kumaratunga Government if the latter does not order an indefinite ceasefire, lift the embargoes against the Tamil areas of the north, and de-proscribe the rebel group, Tamil sources have confirmed. The LTTE is putting pressure on the moderate Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) to vote for the motion of no-confidence which the UNP is hoping to table in Parliament in its next session beginning on May 22. Though the motion looks destined to fail, it could be a near thing if a few government MPs cross the floor and some allies make demands which can't be met. More...
Published: Sat May 19 20:51:13 EDT 2001

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Norwegians still hopeful
The Hindu (International), Sunday, May 20, 2001. COLOMBO, MAY 19. Norway today sought to dispel the shadow over peace talks thrown by the LTTE's firm refusal to participate in them until de-proscribed in Sri Lanka and declared the two sides were drawing closer to an agreement on other pre-talks issues. More...
Published: Sat May 19 20:52:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sinhalese and Tamils in Boston trying break barriers
Bandula Jayasekara in Boston, Boston Time 2.20 p.m Saturday May 19. We are not a communal minded association. We refuse to be that. Our objective is to bring all Sri Lankans together said Chitral de Mel, President of The Sri Lankan Association of New England, speaking to ‘The Lanka Academic’ in Boston today. De Mel said that their association has included that even in their constitution. The Sri Lankan Association of New England was formed three years ago. Speaking further De Mel said ‘We do not send money to Sri Lanka to purchase arms. We help only on humanitarian grounds. We have a project in Batticaloa led by one of our Tamil members, to help a deaf school where children have become deaf due to explosions in the war front and in the South we help Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Moratuwa and children of dead and disabled soldiers, that too through the General Denzil Kobbekaduwa trust. Lets not forget that late General Kobbekaduwa earned the respect of Tamils, Muslims and Singhalese alike. The Lanka Academic asked De Mel how successful his association has been in reaching out to both communities. De Mel replied ‘ We have made lots of personal connections. Some were not even talking to each other when we formed the association three years ago. We are not a political setting. We are the people and Tamils and Singhalese in our association don’t undermine each other. Our association is even going to the extent of giving our children an understanding of living together as one. So, I could say that we have made some progress and we are progressing’
Published: Sat May 19 14:15:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Farmer Killed in LTTE Attack
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 19/05/01 1630 GMT

Tamil Tiger rebels have attacked civilians in a remote village in the Anuradhapura district, killing one farmer and wounding several others, security authorities said. According to the Horovpathana police three wounded farmers, from Seruwewa, have been admitted to the Anuradhapura and Horovpathana hospitals.

The police said that the rebels have set fire to the farmersí huts and a tractor while damaging a motorcycle. After an earlier attack by the LTTE, many villagers have already left and only a few are left in Seruwewa.
Published: Sat May 19 12:32:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Peace hopes dim in Lanka, but Norway not disheartened
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Saturday, May 19, 2001. Sri Lanka and the LTTE are close to agreeing on a bilateral truce and easing of economic restrictions on northern Sri Lanka but continue to disagree on other issues related to direct talks, peace facilitator Norway has said. More...
Published: Sat May 19 20:52:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Talks inconclusive, LTTE wants ban lifted  - The Hindu (International)
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Solheim leaves Lanka as peace bid fails  - India Abroad
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Sri Lanka 'close' to truce  - BBC South Asia
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Norwegian envoy leaves Sri Lanka with no peace deal  - 123India.com

Sri Lanka: Latest mediation efforts failed
Norway Post , may 19. Norway's special envoy to Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim, failed in his latest attempts at mediating in the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE guerillas.-The lifting of the ban on the LTTE is a precondition for talks, the guerillas political leader, S.P. Thamilchelvan, said earlier. More...
Published: Sat May 19 10:57:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chinese PM leaves Sri Lanka pledging more aid, trade
123India.com, May 19 2001 10:33 IST. Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji left here Saturday ending a three-day visit during which he offered 5.5 million dollars in development aid to Sri Lanka and pledged to boost economic ties. A joint statement said Zhu offered the sum under an economic cooperation agreement sealed Friday. The money is to be used for development projects in the island. More...
Published: Sat May 19 10:10:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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China Signs Pact To Boost Econ Ties, Trade With Sri Lanka  - Yahoo India
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Zhu wraps-off Lankan visit  - Yahoo India
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China's Zhu leaves Sri Lanka for Thailand  - 123India.com

Marxists gain ground in Sri Lanka
Dawn, may 19. Rising living costs and attempts to liberalize Sri Lanka's labour markets have propelled the country's main Marxist group into the forefront of workers' rights, outdoing other more established trade unions. The People's Liberation Front or JVP, is making giant strides in the labour movement even as the government plans wide- ranging labour reforms enabling hire-and-fire policies. Within some two years, the JVP-backed Inter Company Trade Union has penetrated a majority of large and mid-scale businesses in the country, ousting more established trade unions that were comfortably ensconced at the top. It has also grudgingly drawn praise from unions for its militancy-type campaigns to back worker demands. More...
Published: Sat May 19 11:14:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan teachers need English lessons
TOI, may 16. Sri Lanka wants to re-introduce English as a medium of study for senior students to make them more presentable for employment, but a shortage of qualified lecturers has forced them to first teach teachers the language. "We cant find lecturers to teach in English, so it will take us some time to introduce it as a medium of study," said Prof Lakshman Jayatillake of the National Education Commission, which advises the government on Education policy. More...
Published: Sat May 19 11:17:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Mangala comes to Boston to talk on Peace Prospects for Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, Boston Time 1.20 a.m Saturday 19 May. by Bandula Jayasekara in Boston: Sri Lankan High Commissioner to UK, Mangala Moonesinghe will deliver a talk on 'Peace Prospects for Sri Lanka' today at the MIT hall in Boston. Moonesinghe a widely respected diplomat was a member of parliament for 18 years represnting the Mathugama electorate. His proposals for peace was accepted by both the opposition and the then UNP government and a committee was appointed as the Mangala Moonesinghe select committe to look in to the proposals at the time. Moonesinghe who spoke to The Lanka Academic briefly this evening said " Come what may there cannot be room for extremism of any sort when we talk about peace" His talk in Boston is organised by the MIT Sri Lankan Students Association and Sri Lankan Association of New England
Published: Sat May 19 01:43:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Stranded Indian oil rig rescued by Lankan navy
Deccan Herald, 19 May 2001. An Indian oil rig was stranded on the Lankan high seas after it got disconnected from the tugs but was rescued by Sri Lankan Navy vessels, official sources said today. The rig, bound for Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, was about 60 nautical miles away from the coast last night when the ropes connecting it to the tugs snapped in bad weather and workmen failed to connect them again, the sources said. More...
Published: Sat May 19 23:25:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

New worm protests Sri Lankan violence
CNN, may 19. Mawanella is a small town in Sri Lanka. Never heard of it? Thanks to a new worm making the rounds Thursday, it's likely that you'll hear about it soon. More...
Published: Sat May 19 21:20:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Coming to a Computer Near You: A Sri Lankan Worm  - yahoo

Sri Lankan Govt Committee Hopes Emergency Laws Changed
yahoo, may 19. A Sri Lankan government committee on human rights has recommended that President Chandrika Kumaratunga amend the special arrest and detention laws being used to fight Tamil Tiger separatists, the foreign ministry said Friday. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar heads the committee, which comprises government ministers, police and army officers. More...
Published: Sat May 19 10:55:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

China gives Rs.500 mn aid to Lanka
India Abroad, may 19. China has given Sri Lanka Rs.500 million in development aid under the terms of a new bilateral agreement aimed at strengthening economic co-operation between the two countries. Visiting Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji and Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday witnessed the signing of the document, which is expected to boost cooperation in tourism, civil aviation and scientific sectors. More...
Published: Sat May 19 10:12:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Envoy: Sri Lanka, Rebels Near Truce Accord
yahoo, May 18. Sri Lanka and Tamil Tigers fighting to carve a homeland out of the country are close to agreeing on a truce, but issues blocking direct peace talks remained unresolved, Norway said on Friday.A Norwegian embassy statement quoted peace envoy Erik Solheim as saying the two sides ``are close to agreeing upon issues related to a halt in military operations and measures to alleviate the living conditions for the civilian population.'' More...
Published: Fri May 18 16:30:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Solheim returns empty-handed from LTTE territory  - Times of India
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No agreement in talks with Norway envoy: Tamil Tigers  - 123India.com
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Tigers in with Norway envoy insist lifting of ban is key issue  - 123India.com
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Peace process deadlocked as LTTE lays down pre-requisites  - Press Trust of India
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Sri Lanka President Meets Envoy, Hopes of Talks Dim  - Nothern Light

Legal experts say the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice does not violate parliamentary standing orders.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2102 slt 18.05.01. A number of leading legal experts say the impeachment motion against Chief Justice Sarath Silva does not violate parliamentary standing orders, the Ravaya newspaper reported today. The newspaper said these experts reject speculation that Speaker Anura Bandaranaike would reject the motion on the ground that it is sub-judice. end
Published: Fri May 18 11:07:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka, China sign bilateral agreement
India Abroad, May 18, 2001 20:00 Hrs (IST) . SRI Lanka and China on Friday marked the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji by signing a bilateral agreement to strengthen economic cooperation. Zhu and Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga witnessed the signing of the document and the visiting premier later laid the foundation stone for a Rs.450 million international exhibition hall. The exhibition center, a gift by Beijing, will be built on the premises of the Chinese-donated Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo. Zhu and Kumaratunga, who held official talks earlier on Friday, described ties between their countries as excellent and without irritants. More...
Published: Fri May 18 11:30:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

13 killed as LTTE steps up attacks in Vavuniya
Times of India (Breaking News), 18 May 2001 . Thirteen Sri Lankan securitymen were killed in three different attacks LTTE in northern part of the island on Friday, as Norwegian peace envoys return to Vavuniya after a meeting with LTTE representatives, officials said. More...
Published: Fri May 18 12:22:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Deadly blast in Sri Lanka on Norway envoy's route  - 123India.com

3000 national identity cards airlifted to Jaffna
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2100 slt 18.05.01. 3000 national identity cards were airlifted to Jaffna today. The ID cards will be distributed to its owners in Jaffna tomorrow.
Published: Fri May 18 11:07:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Railway Department to reject 200 million rupee consignment of railway sleepers from Australia
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2055 slt 18.05.2001. The Railway department is to reject a consignment of railway sleepers worth 200 million rupees imported from Australia. Railway engineers say only 15% of the low quality sleepers can be used. The Minister for Transport Dinesh Gunewardene inspected the consignment today. The department says it has only paid 28 million rupees to the Australian company and another seven million rupees for shipping.
Published: Fri May 18 11:07:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chinese Premier Meets Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker
Nothern Light, Friday, May 18, 2001 11:44 AM EST . Visiting Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji Friday told Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Anura Bandaranaike that he hopes legislative organizations of the two countries will increase contacts and exchanges to contribute to the deepening of mutual understanding and friendship between their two countries and peoples. More...
Published: Fri May 18 12:20:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Inter Ministerial Human Rights Committee recommend changes to the Prevention of Terrorism act.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2058 slt 18.05.01. The Inter Ministerial Human Rights Committee has recommended to the government changes to the prevention of terrorism act. The Committee chaired by Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has recommended that those detained under the act must be produced in court with 14 days. Now they can be held for three months. The Committee also reported to have recommended that the place of detention has to be informed to the next of kin.
Published: Fri May 18 11:07:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Deadly blasts in Sri Lanka as Norway bid stalls
123India.com, May 18 2001 17:15 IST. COLOMBO, May 18 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger guerrillas escalated attacks against government forces Friday, killing up to 12 troopers as Norway failed to secure an agreement on peace talks, official sources said. They said that the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ambushed a police commando jeep in the island of Mannar, seriously wounding two men. They also said there were three land mine attacks in the district of Vavuniya, leaving at least 12 security personnel dead and 12 others wounded. More...
Published: Fri May 18 08:12:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka violence escalates as Norway peace bid is deadlocked  - 123India.com
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Lanka peace efforts suffer setback  - Press Trust of India

Tamil Tigers say no peace talks if ban remains
123India.com, May 18 2001 11:45 IST. Hopes for early peace talks in Sri Lanka looked to be fading on Friday after Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate homeland said they would not take part in peace talks until they won legal recognition from the government. The demand followed a meeting between representatives of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and a Norwegian envoy, and follow comments by President Chandrika Kumaratunga that there was hope for efforts to end two decades of ethnic fighting. "The removal of the proscription of the Liberation Tigers is an essential prerequisite for talks," S.P. Thamilchelvan, head of LTTE's political wing, was quoted as saying by tamilnet.com during talks with Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim on Thursday night. Solheim met the guerrillas in a rebel-held region of northern Sri Lanka after talks earlier this week with Kumaratunga, who expressed optimism about the outcome at a state banquet in honour of visiting Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji. "Today there is a glimmer of hope that we might soon witness the dawn of peace," she said. Solheim was to meet with Thamilchelvan again on Friday. More...
Published: Fri May 18 03:16:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tamil Tigers Dig in on Conditions for Peace Talks  - ABC News
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Tamil Tigers Dig in on Conditions for Peace Talks  - Nothern Light

Mawanella' virus on the rounds, can 'destroy your comp'
TheNewsPaper, May 18 . Mawanella is generated with the VBSWG virus toolkit. It spreads using Microsoft Outlook and sends messages with a subject 'Mawanella' and a body "Mawanella is one of Sri Lanka's Muslim villages; A brutal incident happened here. Two Muslim mosques, 100 shops are burnt. I hate this incident, What about you? I can destroy your computer. I didn't do that because I am a peace-loving citizen." More...
Published: Fri May 18 14:03:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Kaspersky Labs: Sri Lankan Patriots enter the fray of virus writing  - Nothern Light
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Warning on new worm virus - Mawanella.vbs  - The Age
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Sri Lankan Taps Argentinean Virus Kit To Cause Problems  - Yahoo India

Chinese PM lays foundation for Sri Lanka centre
123India.com, May 18 2001 17:30 IST. COLOMBO, May 18 (AFP) - Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji took part in the ground breaking ceremony for an international exhibition centre here Friday, the second day of his three-day official visit, officials said. The visiting premier took part in the ceremony shortly after witnessing the signing of a bilateral economic cooperation agreement between the two countries at President Chandrika Kumaratunga's office. Zhu in a banquet speech Thursday said that the relations between the two countries were symbolised by an elephant President Kumaratunga's late mother Sirima Bandaranaike had gifted when she was prime minister in 1972. More...
Published: Fri May 18 08:14:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Chinese Premier Holds Talks With Sri Lankan President  - Nothern Light

Indian oil rig stranded on Lankan waters rescued by Navy
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Friday, May 18, 2001. An Indian oil rig was stranded on the Lankan high seas after it got disconnected from the tugs but was rescued by Sri Lankan Navy vessels, official sources said today. The rig, bound for Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, was about 60 nautical miles away from the coast Thursday night when the ropes connecting it to the tugs snapped in bad weather and workmen failed to connect them again, the sources said. More...
Published: Fri May 18 08:04:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Hayleys Sets 20% Stock Dividend >P.HAY
Yahoo India, Friday May 18, 9:31 AM. Hayleys Ltd. (P.HAY) of Sri Lanka announced a 20% final stock dividend for the financial year ended March 31, the Colombo Stock Exchange said Friday. More...
Published: Sat May 19 10:18:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Police website lists 11 most wanted criminals
gulf-news, May 18. Dubai Police have placed their 11 most wanted suspects on the Internet in the hope people around the world will help trace them. The 10 men and a woman are being sought in connection with crimes ranging from murder to fraud.Tissa Mark Enos, a 42-year-old Sri Lankan, is wanted for the murders of Dikar Tabal Mody and her daughter Warna Komari, who were killed on July, 24, 1996. He is believed to have fled to Sri Lanka.Roh Liyange, 30, is wanted for the murder of fellow Sri Lankan Roger Van Rooyen, whose body was discovered in the bath in his flat last year. The 41-year-old had a broken neck and had been dead for two days. More...
Published: Fri May 18 10:37:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS: US Selco Opens Colombo Office
Yahoo India, Friday May 18, 8:49 AM. Solar Electric Light Co., or Selco, of the U.S. Thursday opened an office in Colombo after acquiring a 97% stake in Sri Lanka's RESCO Asia Ltd., the Daily Mirror reports Friday More...
Published: Fri May 18 16:32:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Police use force against protesting Lankan students
Times of India, 18 May 2001 . Police baton charged and tear-gassed thousands of students on Thursday who were protesting against alleged government plans to privatise university education.All Sri Lanka's universities are state run and private sector colleges are permitted to offer only foreign degrees. For nearly 50 years Sri Lanka has had free-education and students fear opening private sector universities would result in less recognised degrees from the state sector, which will cater to the less privileged. More...
Published: Fri May 18 00:29:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan tourism eyes Indian cricket fans
Times of India, 18 May 2001 . After success with the British, Sri Lanka is planning to offer reduced airfares and attractive tour packages to lure cricket crazy Indians when their team visits the country in July."We are expecting Sri Lankan airlines to reduce rates for Indian tourist who visit during the time of the cricket tour," said Madhubani Perera, assistant marketing manager of the Ceylon Tourist Board. More...
Published: Fri May 18 00:30:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Effusive welcome for Zhu in Sri Lanka
The Hindu (International), Friday, May 18, 2001. The Chinese Premier, Mr. Zhu Rongji, arrived here today on a four-day official visit, penultimate leg of his five-nation tour of the region. The national press went hyperbolic in its welcome to Mr. Zhu, with the daily Island describing China as an ``all-weather friend'' that had stood by Sri Lanka through half a century of good times and bad. While Sri Lanka had ``no other option'' but to be on good terms with ``big brother'' India, it also had a ``time-trusted'' friend across the Himalayas, the paper said. More...
Published: Fri May 18 00:27:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Indian diplomats meet fishermen arrested in Lanka
India Abroad, May 18, 2001 11:00 Hrs (IST) . TWO Indian diplomats have visited 39 Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan navy for poaching in the island nation's waters, to reassure them and see to their welfare, officials said. Deputy Indian High Commissioner S. Tripathi and Defense Advisor Gopi Nath traveled to the northern peninsula of Jaffna and told the fishermen they would be given whatever help they needed. The diplomats also asked the police and authorities at the Jaffna prison to treat the fishermen well. More...
Published: Fri May 18 03:31:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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