The Lanka Academic

MAY 24, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 48

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Connotations on lifting of the ban on the LTTE
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.40 p.m. SLT Thursday May 24. Sri Lanka's Justice Minister Batty Weerakoon asserted this week that the government will not consider lifting the ban on the LTTE. Weerakoon was replying to press speculation that the State was considering removing the existing ban on the Tigers.

Civil society groups and peace organizations have now begun to impress upon the Government that to lift the ban on the LTTE or at least to suspend the order will clear the way for talks. Several ministers however are reported to be unhappy about the prospect of the ban being lifted temporarily or otherwise while hard-line Sinhalese are threatening dire consequences if the Tigers are recognized as equal partners in the peace process.

"If the government is not prepared to listen to the people, we warn in no uncertain terms that it will have to face dire consequences," Thilak Karunaratne, party leader, for the Sihala Urumaya said in a statement.
Published: Thu May 24 05:52:49 EDT 2001

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Opp. parties agree to caretaker govt.
The Island, may 24. Opposition political parties in Parliament on Wednesday worked out the modalities to bring amendments to the constitution to have a caretaker government during elections and for the establishment of an effective Media Commission to control the state media.The parties at the discussion were the UNP, JVP, TULF and the ACTC. More...
Published: Thu May 24 23:16:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan government deny newspaper attack
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 23 May, 2001, 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK . The Sri Lankan government has denied allegations that it was behind the attack on Wednesday on the offices of a Sinhalese-language newspaper Ravaya which has been critical of the government and the judiciary. The media minister , Anura Priyadharshana, said that all papers in Sri Lanka were treated equally. More...
Published: Thu May 24 08:32:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka navy offers amnesty to deserters, May 24 2001 13:55 IST. COLOMBO, May 24 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's navy Thursday offered an amnesty to deserters to rejoin the fold without fear of tough disciplinary action. The four-day amnesty period will start from June 4 and mirrors similar moves by the army which has a bigger problem of desertions amid the conflict with Tamil Tiger guerrillas. More...
Published: Thu May 24 05:52:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Karate Chops Ardor of Molesters
Yahoo, Thursday May 24 9:26 AM ET . Four Sri Lankan men got more than they bargained for when they tried to molest two women in a central Sri Lankan town -- only to find one of their would-be victims was a karate champion, a newspaper said on Thursday.It said two of the men were felled by neat blows ``where men are most vulnerable,'' while the other two bolted. More...
Published: Thu May 24 11:50:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Supreme Court weighs fate of two men facing possible torture if deported
National Post - Canada, may 24. Two suspected terrorists who fear they'll be tortured or worse if returned to their homelands must now await a widely anticipated ruling from Canada's top court. Nine Supreme Court of Canada judges reserved judgment Tuesday in a case that pits national security concerns against the rights of refugees who may face abuse if sent home. At the centre of the case are Manickavasagam Suresh, accused of raising funds for Sri Lankan terrorists, and Mansour Ahani, suspected of being an Iranian assassin. More...
Published: Thu May 24 21:12:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

A Sharjah cricket Test may be on the horizon
gulf-news, may 20. A Test match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium could be a possibility in the near future if one goes by Sri Lankan Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella's willingness to further back the CBFS at a time the 20-year-old organisation is facing severe criticism from different quarters."When we got Test status and we were not in demand worldwide, the CBFS invited us, hence it is our turn to stand by them in difficult times," Kiriella told a press conference yesterday at the CBFS premises. He was talking at the formal announcement of a three-year contract between the Sri Lanka Cricket Board and the CBFS. More...
Published: Thu May 24 21:06:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Army says 14 killed in Trincomalee explosion
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.50 p.m. SLT Thursday May 24. Further to the Situation Report of the Bomb explosion on the Trincomalee - Habarana road which occurred yesterday, the Army say that it is now confirmed that only 14 were killed and 38 were wounded in the incident.

According to the military of the 14 killed 13 are sailors and the other one is a civilian employed in the Navy.

The LTTE, the army says had used a command wire to detonate the bomb which has been hidden in a heap of gravel piled up by the side of the road.

Also in the Trincomalee district at Muttur rebel cadre are reported to have attacked a Police Post at around 1.45 p.m. yesterday.

Police had retaliated enemy fire with the support of the Army. The rebels fled the area and it is believed that one terrorist was killed and at least four were injured in the confrontation.

On a subsequent search police had apprehended two bullock carts which were in the vicinity and recovered 01 x T56 Magazine with 14 x rounds of ammunition in one of them.

The army further states that in the Jaffna peninsula one soldier was killed and two were injured due to the explosion of a terrorist Improvised Explosive Device whilst on a route clearing patrol conducted in the general area of Muhamalai around 12.30 pm on 22 May.
Published: Thu May 24 05:52:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

15 persons missing in Vavuniya
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.10 p.m. SLT Thursday May 24. The Human Rights Commission in Vavuniya today charged that 15 persons arrested by the Army two weeks ago have since gone missing.

Parents and relatives of the 15 individuals maintain that their near and dear were taken in for questioning by the Army this month but have since disappeared without a trace.

The HRC asserts that recently, more and more cases of persons gone missing are being reported in the country's north.
Published: Thu May 24 05:52:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS: Govt Warns Pvt Telephone Operators
Yahoo India, May 24. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--The government has warned all private telephone and data operators of tough punishment if they are found guilty of bypassing proper regulations when making international telephone calls, reports the Daily Mirror. The report said President Chandrika Kumaratunga has ordered the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to keep a close watch on all private operators and take legal action against offenders. Sri Lanka Telecom, which is 35% owned by Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (NTT), holds a monopoly on local and international calls until 2002 and charges an interconnection fee from all private telephone and data operators. Most private operators have criticized the system saying it is an unfair practice More...
Published: Thu May 24 18:08:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka printers in battle to stop exodus to India, Indonesia
Yahoo Asia, 24 May. Sri Lanka's printers Thursday asked the government to lift taxes on paper imports because they are losing most of the domestic book publishing business to cheaper presses in India and Indonesia.The Sri Lanka Association of Printers (SLPA) said a government decision not to levy customs duty on books but slap a 24 percent tax on paper imports had led to publishers getting their books printed abroad."About 80 percent of the local books, including books like 'Birds of Sri Lanka, Elephants of Sri Lanka', are all printed in India and Indonesia," SLPA president Sathis Abeywickrama said.He said the SLPA was lobbying the government to allow the local printing industry to import duty free the paper required for book publishing. Otherwise, the country would lose foreign exchange, he said. More...
Published: Thu May 24 07:13:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

French journalists call for investigation into smoke bomb attack on Lankan newspaper offices
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Thursday May 24. The French based Reporters Sans Frontiers in a letter to media minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa today has called for a full investigation into the smoke bomb attack on the independent Sinhala weekly, the Ravaya newspaper and another independent Tamil weekly.

The incidents took place last evening when smoke bombs were thrown at the publishing house of the Ravaya newspaper owned by journalist and Editor in Chief Victor Ivan, and at the publishing house of an independent Tamil weekly.
Published: Thu May 24 05:52:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Media rights group urges probe into Sri Lanka newspaper attack, May 24 2001 10:11 IST. The Paris-based media rights group, Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Border), urged Sri Lanka's government Thursday to investigate a smoke bomb attack on two independent newspapers. RSF general secretary Robert Menard wrote to Sri Lanka's media minister, Anura Yapa, calling for a probe into Wednesday's attack on the offices of the Sinhalese-language, Ravaya, and Tamil Athavan weekly newspapers. "If the culprits of this attack and their motives are not identified quickly, the journalists of these two independent weeklies will work with the fear of new reprisals," Menard said in his letter. More...
Published: Thu May 24 01:40:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Government expected to announce the lifting of the ban on LTTE
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1900 slt 23.05.01. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is expected to announce the temprorary lifting of the ban on the LTTE later this week, after a series of consultations with the cabinet and senior members of her party. The LTTE has demanded the lifting of the ban as a pre-condition to begin talks. The rebels demanded three pre consitiosns- the lifting of the ban on goods to rebel held areas, a cease fire, and the lifting of the proscription.The government orginally refused all pre-conditions saying it will only consider these demands once peace talks begin. However last week the government agreed to a cease fire. The LTTE however insist that all three conditions must be met for talks to begin. Norwegian peace envoy Eric Solheim has been shuttling between the LTTE and President KUmaratunaga in a bid to finalise an agreement to begin peace talks.
Published: Wed May 23 09:27:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sinhalese Urge Sri Lanka Govt Not To Lift Ban On Tigers
Yahoo India, Wednesday May 23, 5:09 PM. Sinhalese nationalists Wednesday warned that the government will have to face "dire consequences" if it lifts a ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a key rebel precondition to peace talks. "If the government is not prepared to listen to the people, we warn in no uncertain terms that it will have to face dire consequences," Thilak Karunaratne, party leader, said in a statement. More...
Published: Wed May 23 15:49:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lanka may lift ban on LTTE to keep alive peace process  - The Hindustan Times

SLanka's Environment Group Tells US Not to Dump Untested GM Food
Nothern Light, Thursday, May 24, 2001 12:03 AM EST . Sri Lanka's Environmental Foundation Limited (EFL) told the United States not to dump untested genetically modified food in the country in a strongly worded letter to U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday, The Island newspaper reported Thursday. Sri Lanka banned the import, storage and sale of genetically modified food from May 1. More...
Published: Thu May 24 01:42:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

ICC Chief accepts that world body bungled over match-fixing claims
Yahoo India, 24 May 2001. Giving the impression that they preferred the image of the old school tie as well as clinging to the myth the annual meeting at Lord’s in June was still a bun fight for old pals, the International Cricket Council offered little more than an official ‘Tut . . . tut’ in their initial reaction to the damning widespread corruption report within the game when it was released in London today. Confirming its role as that of a dinosaur which has lost its teeth and with the backbone of an amoeba, the ICC plan to officially react on June 18 to the seventy-seven page first report prepared by the anti-corruption unit which the ICC set up last year to investigate the bookmaking malaise and other fraudulent aspects which for more than thirty years were ignored by the world’s so-called governing body. More...
Published: Thu May 24 02:41:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Peace groups want ban on LTTE to go
The Hindu (International), Thursday, May 24, 2001. Civil society groups and peace organisations in Sri Lanka are mounting pressure on the Government to lift the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or at least suspend it in order to clear the way for talks, even as the Cabinet is reported to be split on the issue and hardline Sinhalese are demanding that there must be no caving-in. The LTTE told Norway, official facilitator for the peace process, last week that it would not participate in talks till the ban imposed on it by Colombo in 1998 was revoked. More...
Published: Wed May 23 20:58:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka navy bus blast kills 17, May 23 2001 17:20 IST. COLOMBO, May 23 (AFP) - Suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas blew up a navy bus in northeastern Sri Lanka Wednesday, killing 17 sailors and wounding several more, the defence ministry said. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels ambushed the bus by exploding a landmine as it passed the village of Thampalagamam in the port district of Trincomalee, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Wed May 23 08:32:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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17 navy men killed in landmine blast near Trincomalee  - Press Trust of India
13 killed, 31 navy men injured in landmine blast near lanka  - Press Trust of India
15 people die in landmine blast in Lanka  - India Abroad
Ten naval personnel killed, 17 injured in explosion in Colombo  -

Bomb Attack on Ravaya Office
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 23/05/01 1015 GMT. A smoke bomb has exploded inside the Ravaya newspaper compound at Maharagama this afternoon. "Around 1330 SLT, unidentified people lobbed a smoke bomb and ran away" member of Ravaya Editorial Jayasiri Jayasekara said. He said the device is not freely available in the market and is normally used by Government forces.

The newspaper has been campaigning against the conduct of the Chief Justice Sarath N Silva since his appointment by the President. An impeachment motion against him is to be tabled tomorrow. The contents of this impeachment motion was published in full in last two weeks’ Ravaya.

Ravaya Editor Victor Ivan who is also the convenor of the Free Media (FMM) has been instrumental in convening a pro-opposition democratic alliance calling for reforms in the constitution. He and a member of the Ravaya director board Waruna Karunathilaka were widely accused by the Government controlled media as UNP supporters. The Ravaya newspaper carried several articles calling for the reform of the UNP suggesting that Ranil Wickramasinghe should step down as its leader.
Published: Wed May 23 06:18:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Fire bomb thrown at Ravaya office  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo
Smoke bomb attack on Sri Lanka newspaper office  -
Grenade Explodes In Newspaper Office In Sri Lanka  - Yahoo India

Kenya-Sri Lanka Good Relations Hailed
Nothern Light, Wednesday, May 23, 2001 2:19 PM EST . Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi said here on Wednesday that relations between Kenya and Sri Lanka date back to Kenya's pre-independence days when Sri Lanka was supportive of the country's liberation struggle. Moi made the remarks when receiving credentials from the incoming Sri Lanka High Commissioner to Kenya Habeeb Mohammed Farook More...
Published: Wed May 23 21:02:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

CWE facing liquidity crisis
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1910 slt 23.05.01. The Ceylon Wholesale Establishment, the main importer of food, is facing a liquidity crisis after the treasury failed to pay the establishment 2.6 billion rupees. The TNL TV news said that, after emergency discussions last week with treasury officials, the CWE was promised an immediate cash injection of 165 million rupees. However the treasury has failed to come up with the money.
Published: Wed May 23 09:27:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket fans shocked by corruption report
Yahoo India, Wednesday May 23, 6:18 PM. Cricket fans have expressed shock at the widespread corruption uncovered in Sir Paul Condon's matchfixing inquiry into the game. "I hope they've done more than scratch at the surface," said Paul Butterworth, 26, a sales manager. "The investigation had better lead to some big changes or cricket will go the same way as boxing." More...
Published: Wed May 23 15:51:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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The ICC corruption report in full  - Age
Cricketers easy target for cash lure  - Yahoo India

Sri Lankan Coming to Terms with Gays-Group
ABC News, 05/23/2001 10:50 am ET . Prejudice runs deep but prudish Sri Lanka is slowly coming to terms with homosexual behavior, the country's tiny gay rights movement said on Wednesday. "We've come a long way. We are proud to say that we've come through a horrible, inhuman, indecent, vicious period," said Sherman de Rose, executive director of Companions on a Journey. More...
Published: Wed May 23 15:50:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka gay group denounces attacks  - BBC South Asia

SRI LANKA PRESS:Colombo Port Workers Plan Protest Wed
Yahoo India, Wednesday May 23, 9:06 AM. Workers of Sri Lanka's main Colombo port are planning a lunchtime protest Wednesday to demand a wage increase, the Daily Mirror reports. More...
Published: Wed May 23 16:10:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Port workers launch campaign for salary increase  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

Lankan situation not completely hopeless: Solhiem
India Abroad, 23 May. NORWAY'S special envoy for Sri Lanka Erik Solheim says his peace efforts in the island has not fallen apart and that while the situation is "extremely difficult" it is "not hopeless".This was the message he had conveyed during his meetings here with US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and other senior administration officials, Solheim told India Abroad News Service. Solheim also met with South Asia experts of an inter-agency panel drawn from the State Department, Pentagon and the National Security Council, several US lawmakers and their staff, including members of the Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka. Solheim left Sri Lanka last week after failing to bring Colombo and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the negotiating table and witnessing a fresh surge of rebel violence. More...
Published: Wed May 23 08:39:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Customs Officer's murder Interpol alert for arrest of Anura Weerawansa
CDN, 23 May. An Interpol alert has gone out for the arrest of Customs Officer Anura Weerwansa, the principal suspect in the murder of Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Sujith Prasanna Perera. The Sri Lanka branch of the International Criminal Police Organisation has sought the assistance of the headquarters in France, in tracking down the wanted man who has slipped out of the island. The Gampaha Police and the CID teams investigating the killing earlier questioned three Customs Officers who had allegedly assisted Anura Weerawansa to escape. Police believe that Weerawansa had obtained the assistance of a boatman to escape from the country. Several Customs Officers who were in India recently had seen Weerawansa there, the Police said. More...
Published: Wed May 23 04:39:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan specialist disputes US coroner's ‘hair dye death’ verdict
India Abroad, 23 May. Sri Lankan allergy specialist is up in arms against the verdict given by a US county coroner that blamed an Indian-made hair dye for the recent death of a popular singer, Malini Bulathsinghala. Mahinda de Silva, a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said, "The chances of sudden death from dyeing your hair are the same as winning the New York Lotto, which is about a billion to one." De Silva has suggested that the singer died of a heart attack. "A severe coronary episode could have produced all the symptoms including the symptoms of acute asthma which Bulathsinghala manifested." Bulathsinghala, 51, died in the United States in March just as she concluded a concert tour organized by Sri Lankan residents in the US. The autopsy held in Los Angeles (LA) by the county coroner found she had died of "acute bronchial asthma" probably caused, the report said, by an allergic reaction to "Eagle's Black Henna Powder", an Indian-made product supposedly used by the singer for several years. More...
Published: Wed May 23 08:40:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tigers blast navy bus, toll hits 15, May 23 2001 11:57 IST. COLOMBO, May 23 (AFP) - Suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas blew up a navy bus in northeastern Sri Lanka Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than a dozen others, officials here said. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas ambushed the bus by exploding a landmine as it passed the village of Thampalagamam in the port district of Trincomalee, officials said. More...
Published: Wed May 23 08:34:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Fifteen dead after Sri Lanka navy bus blast blamed on Tigers  -
Navy bus ambushed in Sri Lanka  -

Temporary withdrawal of ban on LTTE likely
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Wednesday, May 23, 2001. Sri Lanka may lift the ban on the LTTE as a temporary measure to keep the fragile peace process alive amidst indications that de-proscription of the rebel group is fraught with political difficulties for the government, media reports said. More...
Published: Wed May 23 08:35:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Indian lubricants enter Sri Lanka market, May 23 2001 17:26 IST. COLOMBO, May 23 (AFP) - India has entered Sri Lanka's lubricant market following the partial de-regulation of the island's petroleum distribution system, the Indian High Commission (embassy) here said Wednesday. The Indian Oil Corporation signed an agreement with Sri Lanka's David Peiris Motor Company to sell its SERVO brand lubricants, the high commission said in a statement. More...
Published: Wed May 23 08:41:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Muslims demand Sri Lanka talks role
Yahoo, 23 Wednesday. An influential Muslim party in Sri Lanka has asked that it be part of any peace process in the country involving the government and Tamil rebels. The Sri Lankan Muslim Congress (SLMC) made the demand after talks with Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim in Colombo. "Any settlement reached will not be seen as legitimate if the Muslims are not involved in the negotiations," according to SLMC leader and Trade Minister Rauf Hakeem. Mr Solheim held talks with the Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Tuesday in his latest attempt to start a dialogue between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels. Mr Hakeem said he fully supported the Norwegian peace initiative - but wanted to make sure his party was involved in any negotiations to end the long-running civil war. More...
Published: Wed May 23 04:14:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket corruption still a threat
Age, 23 May 2001. Corruption in international cricket continues to happen and remains "a real threat", the International Cricket Council's official report on match-fixing warned this afternoon (Australian time). Cricket corruption stretches back decades, with evidence of players throwing matches in the 1970s, an International Cricket Council report has found. The report also admits corruption is likely to continue in the future with the practice reduced to "an absolute minimum" by the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. More...
Published: Wed May 23 04:48:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Match-fixing may have started in England
Yahoo India, 23 Wednesday. Cricket match-fixing, the biggest scandal to hit the summer sport of the British Commonwealth, may have started in the country that invented the game. An advance copy of a report by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption unit obtained by the Daily Telegraph says match-fixing may have begun in England in the 1970s. The report, compiled by former London metropolitan police chief Paul Condon, will be posted on the internet on Wednesday. "It has been suggested to me that the seeds of corruption in cricket were sown in the 1970s when county and club matches in domestic tournaments in England and other countries were allegedly fixed by teams to secure points and league positions," Condon is quoted as saying. Three former international captains, Hansie Cronje (South Africa), Mohammad Azharuddin (India) and Salim Malik (Pakistan) have been banned for life since Cronje admitted last year he had sold information for money. More...
Published: Wed May 23 04:17:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sports Ministry prepared to help cash crisis
Cricinfo, 23 May. The Sri Lankan Sports Ministry has reacted to the news that Thilanga Sumathipala had successful frozen the bank accounts of the Cricket Board by promising to fund the board from it's own coffers. Dr Prathap Ramanujan, the Sports Ministry Secretary and a member of the Interim Committee, told the Daily Mirror that the Ministry would finance the Cricket Board if the court ruling secured yesterday prevented the Interim Committee from accessing the accounts. He admitted that it would be a burden but was confidence that the necessary funding could be found. The Interim Committee, headed by Vijaya Malalsekera, met last night to discuss the developments. No formal statement was offered to the media, but Asantha de Mel denied that High Courts decision would be a hindrance in an interview with the Daily Mirror. More...
Published: Wed May 23 04:46:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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