The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 26, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 50

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Jaffna
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 8.20pm SLT, May 26, 2001. Tamil women walk past the heavily guarded Navy checkpoint as newly installed electricity poles stand out against the sky to Karainagar, in northern Jaffna Peninsula. The government is laying the groundwork to resume power supply to Karainagar, interrupted due to the conflict between government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, fighting since 1983 for a separate Tamil homeland in the north and east. In the meantime, the peace plan which Norway is trying to bring the two sides to the negotiation table suffered a major blow on Friday when President Chandrika Kumaratunga decided not to lift the ban on the LTTE despite heavy pressure from western countries to start peace talks to end the 17 year old ethnic crisis. The LTTE has demanded the lifting of the ban as a pre condition to starting talks. Both LTTE and the Sri Lankan government has come under increasing pressure from western countries to start the peace talks with Norwegian mediation More...
Published: Sat May 26 10:20:26 EDT 2001

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Back to the 1980's
The Lanka Academic , May 27. I felt a strong sense of déjà vu as I watched on TV, last week's demonstration of University students against the 'Private Universities Act'. (The government has denied any intention to privatize tertiary education; but given the PA's record its denials carry very little conviction). Watching, I remembered another time, a similar issue: mid 1980's; and the struggle against the North Colombo Medical College (NCMC), the first step of an abortive attempt by the Jayawardene regime to partially privatize tertiary education. That struggle helped the JVP to monopolise the university student movement (until the mid eighties the JVP's student wing, Samajavadhi Shishya Sangamaya, was merely one of several competing student unions). That struggle also made a critical contribution to the second JVP insurgency, providing it with 'tried and tested' cadres, an effective front organization with plausible - or implausible - deniability (the Inter University Students Federation - IUSF), useful cross connections (such as with the health sector) and semi-liberated zones in a number of major cities. More...
Published: Sat May 26 21:48:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka rejects lifting Tiger ban ahead of talks
123India.com, May 26 2001 18:13 IST. Sri Lanka Saturday "categorically" rejected a key Tamil rebel demand to lift a ban on them before entering Norwegian-backed talks and accused the guerrillas of trying to scuttle the peace process. The government in a six-page statement that the lifting or the suspension of the proscription of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelamwill not be done as a "pre-requisite" or a "pre-condition" for talks. More...
Published: Sat May 26 12:43:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top
Related News Stories
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‘Lankan Govt not to lift ban on LTTE’  - The Hindustan Times
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Tamil Tiger ban 'must stay'  - BBC South Asia
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Sri Lanka rejects LTTE demand for lifting ban  - Press Trust of India

Sri Lanka gays going great guns abroad, but battle remains at home
Yahoo Asia, Sunday, May 27 9:22 AM SGT . Sri Lanka's gay activists have won an international award for quiet diplomacy, but the group is under pressure from younger members to take firmer action to have homosexuality decriminalised at home. The main gay rights group here, Companions on a Journey, and its women's support group received recognition from the San Francisco-based International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) for their work since 1995. More...
Published: Sat May 26 22:21:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cabinet decides: No Private Universities
CDN, 26 May. The Cabinet of Ministers on Thursday decided not to have private universities in Sri Lanka, Minister of Higher Education and Information Technology Indika Gunawardena told the Daily News yesterday. The Cabinet has also decided that all universities will continue to remain under the aegis of the state further to the Minister's Memorandum to the Cabinet. It was also decided at the Cabinet meeting that the Government would also not enact new legislation or amend the Universities' Act.The Minister stressed that the Government's position on this matter was very firm and said that it was absolutely unfair for the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna sponsored trade unions to conduct agitational campaigns and also mislead the university student population. Meanwhile, the Minister had assured More...
Published: Sat May 26 10:54:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Government decide not to lift the ban on the LTTE
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1925 slt 25.05.01. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has decided not to lift the ban on the LTTE despite heavy pressure from western countries to start peace talks to end the 18 year old ethnic crisis. The decision was taken after a series of consultations with cabinet members and senior party members. However government's strategy of keeping the decision under wraps for a month to allow Norwegian peace envoy Eric Solheim maneuvering space, back fired when a number of ministers made statements to the local and foreign press. The LTTE has demanded the lifting of the ban as a pre condition to starting talks. Both LTTE and the Sri Lankan government has come under increasing pressure from western countries and India to start the peace talks with Norwegian mediation. end
Published: Fri May 25 09:33:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka rules out lifting ban on Tamil Tigers
India Abroad, May 25. SRI Lanka has ruled out revoking its ban on the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a key rebel demand that has clouded Norway's bid to open early peace talks. he ban was imposed in 1998 after the bombing of the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth. The state-run Daily News newspaper said Friday that it "reliably understands that there will be no lifting of the ban on the LTTE in any form", ending speculation that Colombo might take the step to persuade the guerrilla group to participate in peace negotiations. More...
Published: Fri May 25 08:24:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top
Related News Stories
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Lanka rules out ending ban on LTTE to open talks: report  - Press Trust of India
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Sri Lanka not to lift ban on LTTE  - India Abroad
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Peace hopes dim as Sri Lanka rules out ending Tiger ban  - 123India.com
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Sri Lanka rules out ending ban on Tamil Tigers to open talks: report  - 123India.com

Sri Lanka opposition moves to oust chief justice
Yahoo India, Friday May 25, 5:13 PM. Sri Lanka's main opposition party on Friday took the first step in its bid to impeach the country's chief justice and set the stage for a major test of the ruling coalition's tenuous parliamentary majority.Lawyers said the country's constitution provided for the removal of the chief justice by a simple majority in parliament which neither the UNP nor President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Peoples Alliance (PA) can muster on its own. More...
Published: Fri May 25 17:16:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka To Make New Laws To Check Computer Hacking
Yahoo India, Friday May 25, 12:43 PM. The Ministry of Justice Friday said it is pushing for new laws that will punish people involved in computer-related offenses. "New legislation has been drafted taking into account the experience of computer-related law now in operation in other countries," the ministry said in a statement. More...
Published: Sat May 26 12:48:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS: Govt Eyes Possible Second Intl Airport
Yahoo India, may 25. Minister of Aviation and Airport Development Jeyaraj Fernandopulle has said that the government is in the process of finalizing a study on the possibility of setting up a second international airport, reports the Daily News. He said a committee conducting the study has already identified three areas in the south of the country. More...
Published: Sat May 26 12:49:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNESCO mulls day of mourning for Bamiyan Buddha statues
Yahoo India, Friday May 25, 11:00 AM. The United Nations cultural agency UNESCO said on Friday it was considering declaring an international day of mourning to mark the destruction of two giant statues of Buddha by Afghanistan's Taliban rulers. A Sri Lankan Buddhist group wrote to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan asking that the world body proclaim a day of mourning to mark the date when the Taliban blew up the Buddhas, hewn into cliffs in the Bamiyan Province. More...
Published: Sat May 26 12:50:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Public donations enable cancer sufferer to begin treatment
gulf-news, may 25. A 29-year-old waiter suffering from cancer left for India early this morning just 10 days after a public appeal was launched to raise money for his treatment. William Saman Devapriya, an employee of the Dubai Marine Beach and Spa Resort in Jumeirah, left with his 23-year-old wife Yamuna to begin the specialist treatment he never thought he'd receive.Those wishing to contribute to Devapriya's fund can deposit money in a special account set up and handled by the resort's Human Resources Department at the Commercial Bank of Dubai. Cash can be given in the name of William Walter Saman Devapriya, number 020300376631, or can be paid directly to the Guest Relations section at the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, where a receipt and proof of deposit will be issued. More...
Published: Fri May 25 23:29:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNP signs impeachment motion against the Chief Justice
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1755 slt 25.05.01. After a two and half hour heated debate the United National Party today decided to move a motion in parliament to impeach Chief Justice Sarath Silva. The Party decided that all 88 members of parliament of the UNP should sign the document. 78 MPs who were present immediately signed the impeachment motion. The JVP has also said that its ten members in parliament would also support the motion. The Motion accuse the Chief Justice of moral turpitude and interfering with the judicial process .Once the motion is tabled with a minimum of 75 signatures, the speaker has to appoint a committee to inquire into the allegations. If the committee recommends the impeachment of the Chief Justice, parliament has to pass the committee recommendation with a simple majority.
Published: Fri May 25 08:12:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Appeal Court rejects interim relief in the challenge to the dissolution of the cricket board.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1800 slt 25.05.01. The Court of Appeal today rejected an application asking for interim relief in the case challenging the dissolution of the cricket board. EX officials of the board has challenged the dissolution saying it is illegal. The Court refuse interim relief asking the dissolution to be set aside and to fix a date for fresh elections. Last week the ex officials of the board won an injunction preventing the Interim Committee appointed by the Sports Minister from operating the bank accounts of the board.
Published: Fri May 25 08:12:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tourist Board to carry out promotional campaign in the US
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, New York Time 10.30 p.m Friday 25 May. Sri Lanka Tourist Boards honorary director in the USA, Dillan Ariyawansa told The Lanka Academic today that the Sri Lanka Tourist Board has drawn up plans to carry out an aggressive promotional campaign in the USA in the coming months. He said the new promotional programme was discussed with the new chairman of the Tourist Board Renton de Alwis at a meeting held in Colombo early this month when the Sri Lanka Tourist Board representative from worldwide met to discuss the medium term marketing strategy for Sri Lankan tourism. According to Ariyawansa the first promotional project in the USA will be an essay competition on Sri Lanka conducted in ten American schools followed by a seven state road show in Detroit, Florida, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago. Which begins in September this year. Ariyawansa added ‘ We will also invite some of Americas best travel writers to visit Sri Lanka and arrange special visits of world renowned American nationals to Sri Lanka. Americans are beginning to get more and more interested on our country and we want to be active in the future even though budgetary constraints hampered our programmes in the past. Country’s promotional events in the USA are to be jointly sponsored and organized by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board and the national career Sri Lankan airlines. Sri Lanka has seen a 40.4% increase in the arrival of American tourists to the island as at March this year.
Published: Fri May 25 22:34:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Buddhist Sri Lanka advertises for monks
India Abroad, 25 may. SRI Lanka's Buddhist clergy picks monks through a stringent criteria, but fewer applicants and abandoned temples in the island's war zones have prodded the government to summon the faithful through advertisements. The island has an enduring image of saffron-robed, shaven-headed Buddhist monks, begging bowls in hand, standing in front of stark white temples. But the picture could be shattered with only a small proportion of the 70 percent Buddhist population in the clergy.With only an estimated 39,000 monks here, concern is growing over the dwindling numbers in a country known as the fount of orthodox Theravada Buddhism. Top echelons of high priests still hold sway, influencing politics and national life, but few feel they have a vocation in the lower ranks. More...
Published: Fri May 25 05:06:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka May Couple Fixed-Line,Intl Licenses
Yahoo India, 26 May 2001. Sri Lanka's Director General of Telecommunications Friday said the island nation could ease its unmet telephone demand if it couples plans to offer fixed-line operator and international gateway licenses. "It is a big investment to offer telephones in areas outside of the capital, so the international license should be used as an incentive for the new fixed-line operator," R.D. Somasiri told Dow Jones Newswires. More...
Published: Fri May 25 22:12:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Drafts New Laws To Crack Down On Computer Crime
Yahoo India, Friday May 25, 11:30 AM. Sri Lanka's Ministry of Justice said Friday it is pushing to enact new legislation to punish people involved in computer-related offenses. "New legislation has been drafted taking into account the experience of computer-related law now in operation in other countries," the ministry said in a statement. More...
Published: Fri May 25 08:40:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNESCO to mourn destruction of Buuddha statues
Yahoo India, Friday May 25, 12:00 AM. UNESCO said on Friday that is considering o declare an international day to mourn the destruction fghanistan's two giant Buddha statues in the Bamiyan province. Sri Lankan Buddhist group wrote to U.N. Secretary-General ofi Annan urging the world body to proclaim a day of mourning to ark the destruction of Buddha statues by Taleban regime. More...
Published: Fri May 25 08:40:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Indian investigators ask govt. for details on US $1.5m payment for Lankan cricket administrators
Island, 25 May 2001. The government on Wednesday directed the Foreign Ministry to get details from the Directorate of Law Enforcement in India [DLEI] following a report submitted yesterday that some Sri Lankan cricket administrators have been bribed in January by an international television firm to obtain TV rights, highly placed government sources disclosed yesterday. The DLEI and the Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI] of India which conducted investigations into allegations of match fixing, bribery and corruption has in the report stated that a deal of US dollars 1.5 million had been struck between the two parties and a part of it had been paid to the Sri Lankan cricket administrators mentioned in the report and the balance payment to follow in the future. More...
Published: Fri May 25 01:38:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS:Govt Body,Mobil Unit In Distribution Deal
Yahoo India, Friday May 25 2001. Sri Lanka's Cooperative Wholesale Establishment, a government procurement agency, has struck a partnership with Mobil Lanka to distribute its lubricant products in the country, reports the Daily News. Mobil Lanka is a unit of Exxon Mobil (XOM). More...
Published: Fri May 25 01:24:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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