The Lanka Academic

MAY 22, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 46

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No lifting of ban on LTTE: Lanka minister
Times of India, 23 May 2001 . Sri Lanka's Justice Minister Weerakoon has said the government will not consider lifting the ban on the LTTE, a demand the rebels have insisted on for peace talks to commence."The government is not considering lifting the ban at this stage," said the minister on Monday in response to media reports that the government was looking into the possibility of de-proscribing the LTTE. More...
Published: Tue May 22 16:17:32 EDT 2001

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Mr. Vasudeva Nanayakkara began his political career as a student activist in the Lanka Sama Samaja Party in 1958. He was elected to then National Assembly in 1970 as a member of Parliament from Kiriella in the United Front government of the SLFP, LSSP and the Ceylon Communist Party. In 1975 he split from the LSSP of Dr. N.M.Perera, Dr. Colvin R. De Silva et al. to launch the Nava Lanka Sama Samaja Party along with Dr. Vickramabhahu Karunaratne. Although defeated in the general election of 1977 Mr. Nanayakkara was back in parliament in 1989 as a member of the United Socialist Alliance(USA). He rejoined the LSSP and the PA in 1994 and was elected as an MP. in 199, he crossed over to the opposition. In 1982 and 1999, he also contested as a Presidential candidate. To ask a question, click here.

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Sri Lanka investigates fatal helicopter crash
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 23 May, 2001, 00:34 GMT 01:34 UK . The Sri Lankan Government has appointed a retired judge to investigate the cause of a helicopter crash eight months ago which killed a cabinet minister and fourteen other passengers. The former judge, L H G Weerasekara, is to examine the events surrounding the crash which killed the Ports Minister, M H M Ashraff, a month before the country's general election. More...
Published: Tue May 22 21:38:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Troops Kill 16 Tamil Rebels In New Offensive
Yahoo, May 22. Government troops raided suspected Tamil Tiger rebel hideouts in a new offensive in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, killing 16 of them, a government spokesman said Tuesday.The attacks came days after a Norwegian envoy unsuccessfully tried to resume peace talks between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam after a gap of five years. More...
Published: Tue May 22 12:11:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan troops kill 16 Tamil rebels in new offensive  - Press Trust of India

Army claims to have killed 10 Tigers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.45 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 22. The Sri Lanka Army said today that troops operating ahead of the Forward Defence Line in the general area of Muhamalai launched a raid on four rebel bunkers last morning and destroyed 03 of them.

The military says it killed at least 10 rebels while a few more would have received injuries. Four soldiers were wounded in the confrontation.

The Army further says that troops on an ambush confronted a group of terrorists around 6 a.m. last morning in the general area of Averikadu, approximately 3.5 Kms. Southeast of Eluthumadduval.

According to the Army, the rebels had retaliated with mortar and small arms fire. Troops believe four Tigers were either killed or seriously injured.
Published: Tue May 22 07:49:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Tamil rebels killed in fresh attack  - BBC South Asia
Sri Lankan troops kill 12 Tiger rebels in fresh fighting  -

Terrorists welcome - A Commentry
National Post - Canada, May 22. A misguided defence of the rights and privileges of terrorists and spies by Canadian courts is making our country, as well as the rest of the world, a more dangerous place to live. It is time to recognize that Canada's famous welcome mat cannot be extended to the globe's most undesirable people.This week the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the cases of Manickavasagam Suresh and Mansour Ahani. Both men have well-documented pasts as members of terrorist organizations in Sri Lanka and Iran respectively. Extraordinarily, the fact that they have been engaged in global terror campaigns has not been enough to allow the federal government to expel them. More...
Published: Tue May 22 21:45:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket - "Witnesses too scared to give evidence"
Yahoo India, Tuesday May 22, 8:58 PM. The preliminary reports of Sir Paul Condon chief of ICC's anti-corruption unit has revealed "startling allegations of murder, kidnap and threats" to key witnesses in course of a probe into match-fixing scandal, media reported here today.Some key figures remain fearful for their lives and investigators have had to take special precautions when interviewing them, 'The Daily Telegraph', which claims to have seen the 80-page report, reported. More...
Published: Tue May 22 16:55:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Cricket-Matchfixing may have started in England  - Yahoo India

Court to decide on protection from torture
The National Post, May 22. In a pair of cases to be heard today, the Supreme Court will be the final arbiter on whether the federal government can deport refugees to countries that impose beatings, electric shock and death on their citizens.At issue is whether two Toronto men in their mid-30s -- Manickavasagam Suresh of Sri Lanka and Mansour Ahani of Iran -- have the constitutional right to remain in Canada, despite being classified as security threats. The two men have been fighting their deportation for years in Canada's courts.Mr. Suresh is accused of being a leader and fundraiser for the Tamil Tigers, a terrorist group that federal officials allege is responsible for the death of more than 50,000 civilians. More...
Published: Tue May 22 21:58:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Photo: CHRONOLOGY-Cricket-International match-fixing scandal
Yahoo India, Tuesday May 22, 4:32 PM. File photo of cricketers named in a Central Bureau of Investigation report into match faxing. (From top row left to right) Sri Lanka's Ajuna Ranatunga, Pakistan's Salim Malik, Sri Lanka's Aravinda d'Silva, South Africa's Hansie Cronje, New Zealand's Martin Crowe, Australia's Mark Waugh, England's Alec Stewart, West Indies' Brian Lara. More...
Published: Tue May 22 16:58:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Canada's deportation law for terrorist's challenged
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday May 22. Canada's strict laws to deport refugees perceived to have links with terrorist groups today comes under fire when two men, one a Tamil from Sri Lanka and a member of the LTTE and the other a Syrian national also a member of a rebel group will challenge the Canadian law on deportation.

The two men will appeal against this piece of legislation on humanitarian grounds asserting that if deported back to their countries of birth they face torture at the hands of State forces.

The court case will bring into question the viability of Canadian law in this respect and if the argument is won, questions will arise if Canada will in the future be forced to harbour terrorists.
Published: Tue May 22 07:49:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Executive Presidency to be abolished: Samaraweera, May 22 2001 14:25 IST. Colombo, May 22 (UNI) The Executive Presidency will be abolished after three years when the incumbent President will revert to the post of Executive Prime Minister, a senior government minister said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga will contest elections to the post of Prime Minister at the end of her tenth year as Executive President in 2004,the State-run 'The Daily News' quoted Urban Development Minister Mangala Samaraweera. More...
Published: Tue May 22 06:10:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Adidas To Open First Store In Sri Lanka Wed
Yahoo India, Tuesday May 22, 5:33 PM. Frankfurt-and-Paris-listed sports goods manufacturer Adidas will open its first store in Sri Lanka Wednesday, company officials said Tuesday."We consider Sri Lanka a truly sporting nation and therefore an important market for a brand like Adidas," Tarun Kunzru, head of Adidas South Asia, told a news conference. More...
Published: Tue May 22 16:36:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Major Hurdles Still in Way of Sri Lankan Peace Process
Peoples Daily, May 22. Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim concluded on Saturday his fresh effort to push for talks between the Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels without any breakthrough made and the major hurdles are still in the way of peace process in the war-torn country. More...
Published: Tue May 22 12:15:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Solheim consults US on Lankan peace efforts
Times of India, 23 May 2001 . Norway's attempts to broker peace in Sri Lanka have shifted to a higher level with Oslo's peace envoy travelling to Washington for talks with US officials, diplomatic sources said Tuesday."With Mr Solheim in Washington, they will of course discuss the Sri Lankan peace process as well," embassy spokesman Tomas Stangeland said. "From here, we do not know the exact agenda, but Sri Lanka will figure in talks." More...
Published: Tue May 22 16:35:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Stakes raised in Sri Lanka peace bid with US talks  - 123India

Sri Lanka to rescue cash-crisis hit cricket board
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, May 22 4:14 PM SGT . Sri Lanka Tuesday offered financial assistance to its crisis-ridden cricket board, whose problems have escalated with the suspension of its bank accounts pending a legal challenge to an interim management team. More...
Published: Tue May 22 06:16:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Eighteen asylum seekers arrested in Britain
Island, 22 May. Eighteen Tamil refugees who sought asylum in Britain were arrested and detained on May 19 after the denial of their refugee claims, Eelam Nation (Internet) reported yesterday. The detainment comes with British Home Secretary Jack Straw’s announcement that Britain would introduce a cap on the number of refugees allowed to settle in the country as part of a government clampdown. Eelam Nation said that the asylum seekers were advised by the British authorities to hire legal experts in the country if they wanted to express their opinion against the British decision. These arrests have been made after their appeals had come to an end. More...
Published: Tue May 22 03:43:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Maersk-Sealand Eyes Opportunity In Colombo Port Expansion
Yahoo India, Tuesday May 22, 3:11 PM. Danish container shipping line Maersk-Sealand is watching for a possible opportunity to invest in Colombo port's south harbor expansion project, its local agent said Tuesday. "Maersk-Sealand is interested to see the developments in government plans to invite private sector participation in the south harbor project," W.T. Ellawala, chairman of Maersk Lanka, told Dow Jones Newswires. More...
Published: Tue May 22 16:54:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka reverses reforms after opposition threat, May 21 2001 19:07 IST. COLOMBO, May 21 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's ruling party decided to reverse a controversial move to introduce local government election reforms following opposition from its own ranks, a minister said Monday. Local government minister Nandimitra Ekanayake said the government would not introduce a resolution to make changes to the election system as a ruling coalition partner and the entire opposition had been against the idea. More...
Published: Mon May 21 11:02:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

On trial: right to deport terrorists
National Post - Canada, May 21. Mansour Ahani is an Iranian secret agent, trained in the macabre art of political assassination. Manickavasagam Suresh is a high-ranking leader of the Tamil Tigers, a Sri Lankan terrorist group responsible for more than 50,000 deaths.Both were operating covertly in Toronto until they were caught and ordered to leave Canada. But both have refused to go, arguing in a series of protracted court appeals they might be tortured by their governments if sent home. More...
Published: Mon May 21 21:09:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka May Lift Ban On Tamil Rebels For Fixed Period
123India, May 21. The government may temporarily lift a ban on Tamil Tiger rebels to allow Norwegian-brokered peace talks to take off, a senior government official said Monday.Analysts say Kumaratunga has little choice but to lift the ban for a fixed period if she wants the Norwegian-backed peace talks to begin. More...
Published: Mon May 21 08:56:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Ban on LTTE may be lifted temporarily  - The Hindustan Times

Refugees' case has developed into showdown of ideologies
The National Post, May 21. Canada's ability to expel refugees with links to terrorist groups comes under sprawling legal attack tomorrow by two men fighting deportation to countries where they fear torture.Manickavasagam Suresh, fundraiser for a violent Tamil independence group in Sri Lanka, and Mansour Ahani, a trained Iranian assassin, will ask the Supreme Court to allow them to remain in Canada on the grounds that the national security-based scheme for expelling refugees is a violation of human rights. More...
Published: Mon May 21 21:05:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Seeks Consultants To Study Hambantota Port Proj
Yahoo India, Monday May 21, 4:38 PM. Sri Lanka Monday invited applications from consultancy firms to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed port project in the island nation's southern Hambantota district. The Ministry of Ports and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority said in a joint statement the consultants will be required to carry out a pre-feasibility study that will lead to more extensive work on the technical, financial, social and environmental viability of the project. More...
Published: Mon May 21 21:24:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

This game is inherently corrupt
Yahoo India, Tuesday May 22, 12:00 AM. Although there have been enough leaks from the preliminary report of the International Cricket Council's Anti- Corruption Unit to suggest that there will be no major revelations when it is published on Wednesday (May 23) morning there is an aspect in its detail that is causing the game's inner circle to hold its breath. More...
Published: Mon May 21 21:14:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Last stand against terrorism
The National Post, May 21. Mansour Ahani is an Iranian secret agent, trained in the macabre art of political assassination. Manickavasagam Suresh is a high-ranking leader of the Tamil Tigers, a Sri Lankan terrorist group responsible for more than 50,000 deaths.Both were operating covertly in Toronto until they were caught and ordered to leave Canada. But both have refused to go, arguing in a series of protracted court appeals they might be tortured by their governments if sent home. More...
Published: Mon May 21 21:03:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

President will return to Parliament as Executive Prime Minister in 2004 - Mangala
CDN, 22 May 2001. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will revert to the post of Executive Prime Minister at the end of the tenth year as Executive President, which will be in 2004, Minister of Urban Development, Construction and Public Utilities Mangala Samaraweera said Saturday. More...
Published: Mon May 21 20:56:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Three people injured in mine blast at Trinco
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.10 p.m. SLT Monday May 21. Three people were wounded, one seriously, when a mine hidden in a desk draw exploded at the Trincomalee Kachcheri.The incident took place at around 4.30 p.m. this evening at the Rehabilitation Branch in the Kachcheri which is situated at Fort Frederick.
Published: Mon May 21 07:08:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Concern in Sri Lanka over Indian n-plant
The Hindu (International), Monday, May 21, 2001. ``It is likely to have a serious impact on Sri Lanka in case of a mishap,'' the Sunday Times newspaper said in a report on the 2000 MW power plant coming up with a Russian nuclear reactor. Mr. Hemantha Withanage of the Environmental Foundation warned of ``serious consequences'' in case of a mishap. ``A possible terrorist attack or an explosion can cause a devastating impact on Sri Lanka,'' he said. More...
Published: Mon May 21 12:38:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

IOC to market Servo in Lanka
Yahoo India, 22 May 2001. Indian Oil Corporation will market its Servo brand of lubricants in Sri Lanka as part of an agreement signed with David Pieris Motor Company Ltd, a leading auto distributor in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Mon May 21 23:01:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lankan court blocks board's bank accounts
Yahoo, May 21. Sri Lankan cricket was in financial limbo on Monday after a court issued an order preventing the newly appointed interim administration from operating the cricket board's bank accounts. ``If they want money to the run the board now, the sports minister (Lakshman Kiriella) will have to make interim arrangements,'' said Sumathipala. More...
Published: Mon May 21 11:30:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Army says civilians are being targeted by the LTTE
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.45 p.m. SLT Monday Many 21. According to a report on the war by the Sri Lanka Army, attacks on civilians by the LTTE are on the increase in the East.The military says that reports confirm that the LTTE have fired upon farmers attending to their paddy fields in Mantottama in the Ampara district last morning.One civilian was killed and two civilians by the names of P.M. Wijetunga and P.K.M. Appuhami of Mahanagapura were injured due to rebel fire.The Army claims, that the rebels had taken a shot gun belonging to a person called Wasantha Kumara Dahanayake. One civilian, has also gone missing. At Polonnaruwa, a group of about ten LTTE cadre are reported to have entered Thambara village, approximately 10 Kms. north of Polonnaruwa town at around 10 p.m. yesterday, May 20, and had demanded a sum of Rs 500,000/=. The military says that the villagers had refused to pay.

Thambara is a small Muslim village in the Polonnaruwa District. The LTTE are reported to have broken open a few shops and taken away some goods.On information given by a civilian from an adjoining village, troops were rushed to the area. But by then the LTTE had fled the area. The military say that investigations into the incident are in progress.
Published: Mon May 21 07:08:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Britain to deport illegal Tamil nationals
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Monday May 21. Britain is to deport 18 Tamil nationals who have been unsuccessful in seeking political asylum in the UK.

Other reports indicate that both Norway and Germany too have already deported Sri Lankans who were found to have illegally entered the country and whose claims of political persecution were not genuine.

Norway last week deported 5 Tamils while Germany deported two.
Published: Mon May 21 07:08:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

British could prod the LTTE to the negotiating table -Mangala
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, New York Time 9.50 a.m Monday 21 May. Mangala Moonesinghe, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to London said the British government is fully supportive of the peace process and will help the Norwegian lead peace process in Sri Lanka in everyway they could. If asked, the British would even prod the LTTE to come down to the negotiating table. They would do it. There is no doubt about it. Speaking to "The Lanka Academic" Moonesinghe said that the British would never again allow its soil to be used for terrorism. All the British agencies are well aware of the LTTE's activities. Terrorism act 2000 has seriously curtailed their activities. High Commissioner Moonesinghe added, "By proscribing the LTTE ,UK has indicated their seriousness " They will prosecute if it the ban is violated at any time.? Referring to LTTE?s activities in Canada Moonesinghe said ?I understand that Canada is also preparing legislation to proscribe the LTTE on similar lines as the British?
Published: Mon May 21 10:01:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan rethink on ship order from India
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, May 22, 2001. COLOMBO, MAY 21. Sri Lanka is under pressure from sections of its Navy to cancel an order for a second off-shore patrol vessel (OPV) from India as the one bought last year is proving to be a ``white elephant'', defence sources said. Sri Lanka bought a Sukhanya class OPV from India last year at a cost of about $20 million to bolster its capability to police the island's eastern waters, main entry point for arms- bearing ships of the LTTE. More...
Published: Mon May 21 18:37:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

New Hope For Cancer
Time, 21 May 2001. By February of last year, Victoria Reiter, 63, figured she had only a few months to live. A writer and translator living in Manhattan, she was suffering from chronic myeloid leukemia, an especially deadly form of blood cancer.Reiter had spent most of 1999 in bed, too sick to read, to walk, to do much of anything — although she had managed to put together lists dividing her possessions between her two daughters. Then she went on an experimental drug called Gleevec, and within weeks everything changed. More...
Published: Mon May 21 08:06:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sigiriya the first Playboy mansion says Time
Island, 21 May 2001. Sri Lankans have outdone Playboy don Hugh Hefner by centuries in building "the first playboy mansion" atop the Sigiriya rock fortress complete with bunnies (the number would have sent Hefner raving) where high living and enticing the senses was the order of the day, according to the "Time" magazine of May 21. More...
Published: Mon May 21 02:10:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Mediators say truce edging closer in Sri Lanka
Yahoo, 21 May 2001. Norwegian mediators in the Sri Lankan civil war say the two sides are edging closer to agreeing on a truce. But as south Asia correspondent Jonathan Harley reports, peace talks are still some time off. In a brief statement, the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo said the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tigers were close to agreeing on how to improve living conditions for civilians in rebel territory. More...
Published: Mon May 21 06:56:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka environmentalists express concern over Kundankulam atomic power plant
123India, May 21. The environmentalists in Sri Lanka have expressed concern over the Kundankulam atomic power plant project coming up in the southern tip of Tamil Nadu, saying it was likely to have a ''serious impact'' on the island nation in case of a mishap.Environmental Foundation Executive Director Hemanatha Withanage said no 100 percent security could be ensured with an atomic power plant and warned of serious consequences in case of a mishap. More...
Published: Mon May 21 08:57:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to help India, Pakistan break ice, May 21 2001 14:55 IST. Sri Lanka is to host a gathering of top South Asian diplomats which will provide a neutral setting for arch rivals India and Pakistan to break the ice and revive a tottering regional grouping, diplomats said Monday. More...
Published: Mon May 21 06:53:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Talking to Computers
Scientific American, 22 May 2001. A keyboard, monitor and mouse are now standard devices on every personal computer, but that may change—somewhat—in the near future. A short black line blinks in front of you on the screen. One hand rests on a keyboard, the other on a mouse. You stand poised to scroll, reload, double click—perhaps to open a spreadsheet or the newest installment of Tomb Raider. So ubiquitous are the computer monitor, keyboard and mouse that hardly a person alive in the industrialized world cannot relate to that setup. And yet a host of new technologies that promise to make personal computing even easier—among them voice recognition, handwriting recognition and touch screens—are emerging. More...
Published: Mon May 21 23:38:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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