The Lanka Academic

MAY 30, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 54

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Solheim bid to revive Lanka peace talks
Times of India, 31 May 2001 . Norway's special envoy Erik Solheim is heading to London for discussions with the LTTE's chief negotiator Anton Balasingham early next week in a bid to revive the Lanka peace process.Solheim's aim in the latest round of meetings will be to break the current deadlock and push both parties to sign an agreement on certain confidence building measures that would lead to peace talks More...
Published: Wed May 30 17:52:57 EDT 2001

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CID hand over report on killing of Jaffna journalist
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday May 30. The Criminal Investigations Department today handed over a report to the Jaffna magistrate after concluding an investigation into the killing of Jaffna based journalist M. Nimalarajan last year.

Nimalarajan was gunned down at his home in the heart of Jaffna, during a military imposed curfew. The finger of guilt has been pointed at members of a Tamil political party affiliated to the ruling Peoples Alliance.

The Army Commander Gen. Lionel Balagalle has reiterated that Nimalarajan was an agent for the LTTE. The Army chief however has not named the Tamil correspondent's assassins.
Published: Wed May 30 11:16:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Government removes military censorship
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9 p.m. SLT Wednesday May 30. The Government today removed the military censorship on war related news. The strict regulations which gagged the press was first enforced in 1998 under Emergency Regulations 1.

Iqbal Athas, defence correspondent for The Sunday Times reiterated that the regulation was futile and did more damage than good to the government in the long run. He added that no media organization or journalist has ever been guilty of reporting against the national security interest and in that context the censorship was senseless and counter productive.
Published: Wed May 30 11:16:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Lanka removes controls on media  - Times of India
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Chandrika plans consitiutional moves to end ethnic conflict
Deccan Herald, May 30 . President Chandrika Kumratunga has taken a fresh initiative to work out a new constitution aimed at providing a political solution to the ethnic conflict as the possiblity of immediate peace talks between the government and LTTE appears to be diminishing.The President recently chaired a meting where she briefed her colleagues on fresh initiatives for a unilateral political solution because of last weekts setback in the process towards talks with the LTTE, according to Lankan media reports said. More...
Published: Wed May 30 15:21:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says War Preventing Lower Interest Rate Regime
Yahoo India, Wednesday May 30, 7:21 PM. The Sri Lankan secretary to the treasury said Wednesday that the heavy cost to the government of fighting the protracted war against the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels was preventing it from effecting a lower interest rate regime. "Unless the budget deficit is at around 5% of gross domestic product, we can't reduce interest rates," P.B. Jayasundera said at a seminar entitled "Budget 2001 and Future Directions." More...
Published: Wed May 30 18:00:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Amorous Monkey Business Outrages Town
Yahoo, May 30. A sex-crazed male monkey has caused an uproar in a central Sri Lankan town, stalking and attacking girls in public and flirting outrageously with cats and dogs, a newspaper said on Wednesday.The monkey has roused the anger of residents of Kundasale by following young women around the town, jumping on them without warning and clinging tenaciously until it was chased away with sticks and stones, the Daily News reported. More...
Published: Wed May 30 14:05:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

The government lifts censorship
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1704 slt 30.05.01. The Government today lifted the censorship imposed on military operations in the north and east of the country. No reason was given for the lifting but local and international freedom of expression groups have criticised the government for imposing the censorship. end
Published: Wed May 30 07:11:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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AI slams human rights abuses in Sri Lanka
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.30 p.m. SLT Wednesday May 30. The International human rights watch dog Amnesty international said in its annual report released today that paramilitary groups operating in Sri Lanka continued to commit gross violations of human rights.

The London watchdog reported that perpetrators of human rights violations were acting with immunity.

The report also said the LTTE are recruiting child soldiers to help fight in their guerilla war against the Lankan government. AI notes that the Tigers have recruited children as young as 10 to help sustain their battle.

Excerpts from the report says, "renewed fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) overshadowed other developments and generated serious abuses. Intensified battles for control of key territory in the northern part of the island claimed scores of civilian lives and displaced some 250,000 people, bringing the estimated number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) nationwide to more than one million. Emergency government powers, in place almost continuously since 1983 and enhanced from May to September by additional regulations, granted broad powers to security personnel to arrest and detain suspects, restricted freedom of association, and authorized media censorship."

"The LTTE was implicated in a series of suicide bombings that killed and injured hundreds of civilians. It continued to recruit and deploy child soldiers and to physically attack and intimidate critics in the Tamil community."

"Although the government continued to press for constitutional changes aimed at a political resolution to the conflict, it failed to secure necessary parliamentary support. Political violence outside the war-zones increased in the run-up to parliamentary elections in October."

"The LTTE committed numerous and gross abuses. Bombings of public places in the north and east, and suicide bombings in Colombo on December 18, 1999, January 5, 2000, March 10, June 7, September 15, and October 19 killed more than one hundred civilians and injured many more. Beginning in April, the LTTE engaged in increasingly aggressive recruitment drives in the Vanni, including recruitment of children as young as ten years old for combat. Schools and IDP camps were common targets for such drives. A July report by the Colombo-based University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) provided information on fifteen children recruited since April 1999, nine of whom had been killed in the fighting within a year of their recruitment. The LTTE imposed restrictions on civilians wishing to leave areas it controlled and forced all villagers in some areas to join its civilian defense units. LTTE attacks and intimidation against what it referred to as "quislings" within the Tamil community had a chilling effect on dissent. Particularly at risk were members of Tamil political parties holding positions in local government. Between January and May, three members of local administrative councils in Jaffna were killed by unidentified gunmen. The LTTE held a number of political prisoners and prisoners of war, but access to detainees and details of confinement were unavailable. On February 28, the LTTE released four soldiers they had captured more than six years earlier."

"Freedom of the press was also under attack by the government. Intensified press censorship and denial of independent access to conflict areas frustrated accurate war reporting and civilian access to vital security information. On May 3, as the LTTE pushed towards Jaffna, the government issued new emergency regulations banning live television and radio coverage of the war, requiring government approval before such news could be transmitted outside the country, and empowering the authorities to detain journalists, block the distribution of newspapers,seize property, and shut down printing presses. On June 5, the government relaxed restrictions on the foreign media, but those relating to the local press remained in place."

"With renewed fighting taking center stage, there was little progress in obtaining justice for past human rights abuses although the identities of many perpetrators were known. Examples included the stalled "Bolgoda Lake" case, in which Special Task Force commandos were believed responsible for the 1995 murder of twenty-three Tamil youths; an army massacre of more than 180 villagers near Batticaloa in September 1990; and the 1980s crackdown on members of the left-wing insurgent group Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) which resulted in tens of thousands of people being extrajudicially executed or "disappeared" by the authorities. On July 18, 2000, however, a court ordered retired Major General Ananda Weerasekera and two subordinates to stand trial on charges of murder and abduction. This was the first time that a high-ranking military officer had been ordered to stand trial in connection with the JVP "disappearances."
Published: Wed May 30 09:33:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Buddhist clergy stage Satyagraha in Pettah
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday May 30. Over 200 Buddhist monks staged a satyagraha today against the alleged assault on Buddhist monks last week who took part in a protests against the privatization of tertiary education.

The Buddhist monks say that police had assaulted the monks who had protested peacefully together with university students from the Kelaniya university last week.

The monks today staged a satyagraha in front of the Bodhi Raja Viharaya in Pettah. Monks from all parts of the island participated.

A petition demanding immediate action against the police was signed by all the monks and faxed to Premier Rathnasiri Wickramanayake this morning.
Published: Wed May 30 09:33:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan minister supports Indo-Pak dialogue
Times of India (Breaking News), Wednesday . 30 May 2001

Sri Lankan minister for fisheries Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday supported Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's move to invite Pakistani military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf for talks and backed India's candidature for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. "I fully welcome the initiation of dialogue process at the highest level between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue. The issue must be solved mutually under the Lahore declaration and Simla agreement," Rajapaksa, on a visit here, said. More...
Published: Wed May 30 13:41:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan House panel for cricket fraud
Yahoo India, 31 May 2001. For the first time in Sri Lanka's parliamentary history a House committee is being appointed to probe alleged malpractices in a sports body. The state-run 'Daily News', said, Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Anura Bandaranaike is expected to appoint the select committee to probe the charges into the corruption and fraud against former executive committee members of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board and empower it to make recommendations for appropriate punishment next week. More...
Published: Wed May 30 19:04:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Over 100 anti personnel mines found in Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.45 p.m. SLT Wednesday May 30. According to the Sri Lanka Army, sixty eight Anti Personnel Mines were recovered by the Engineer troops on a clearing operation conducted in the general area of Navanthurai which is about 2.5 Kms. North of Jaffna town yesterday.

On information received, troops operating in the general area of Chavakachcheri had also conducted a clearing operation yesterday and recovered 32 Anti Personnel Mines hidden in an abandoned house. All the APMs were later destroyed by Army engineers.
Published: Wed May 30 09:33:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Rampant rights abuses with impunity in Sri Lanka: Amnesty, May 30 2001 16:32 IST. Paramilitaries and vigilantes are becoming more active in Sri Lanka where civilians are increasingly becoming victims of "gross human rights abuses," Amnesty International said Wednesday. In its annual report for 2000, the London-based human rights watchdog said the perpetrators of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka were generally acting with impunity, while those victims who sought legal redress received death threats. More...
Published: Wed May 30 09:05:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Kumaratunga confident about her govt's survival
Times of India (Breaking News), Wednesday, 30 May 2001 11:20 GMT. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has made light of the opposition threat to unseat her regime through a no-confidence motion in parliament saying that no parliamentarian from the ruling People's Alliance would cross over to the other side. "No one in my government is willing to join a disunited group that lacks proper leadership and has lost successive elections," she told state-run television Rupavahini on Tuesday night. More...
Published: Wed May 30 07:22:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka blows hot and cold as Norway peace bid stalls, May 30 2001 13:47 IST. COLOMBO, May 30 (AFP) - President Chandrika Kumaratunga's invitation to Tamil rebels to enter into talks has shown she is still committed to a Norwegian peace bid despite conflicting signals from her own government, diplomats said Wednesday. Norway's stalled attempts to broker peace in Sri Lanka received a lift when Kumaratunga invited the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to join negotiations during an interview with state television on Tuesday night. More...
Published: Wed May 30 05:19:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lankan parliament to probe cricket corruption
Times of India (Breaking News), Wednesday , 30 May 2001 11:01 GMT. COLOMBO: In an unprecedented move, the speaker of the Sri Lankan parliament is expected to appoint a committee to investigate alleged corruption by the country's sacked cricket board, a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday. More...
Published: Wed May 30 07:16:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankans found in Kazakhstan
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 30 May, 2001, 08:20 GMT 09:20 UK . Customs officials in northern Kazakhstan say they have detained 24 Sri Lankans on the country's border with Russia. The group said they had been dumped there by human traffickers who told them they were in Europe. More...
Published: Wed May 30 05:21:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

PLOTE member shot dead in Lanka
Press Trust of India, Wednesday, May 30, 2001. A member of the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) has been shot dead by unknown gunmen in north-western Sri Lanka, police said. Vasan, alias Tamil Vasan, 35, was returning home with his wife from the PLOTE camp Tuesday night at Mannar town when two men approached them and opened fire, reports reaching the capital said. More...
Published: Wed May 30 05:25:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan president invites Tigers to talk, May 29 2001 18:38 IST. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday invited the Tamil Tigers to enter Norwegian-backed peace talks, a day after the guerrillas insisted that a ban on them be lifted first. In an interview with state television, Kumaratunga said she was asking the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to stop fighting and enter negotiations. More...
Published: Tue May 29 10:40:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lankan minister demands panel on 1983 riots
Deccan Herald, May 29 . A Sri Lankan Minister has demanded the appointment of an inquiry body on the lines of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa to probe the July 1983 which kiled hundreds of Tamils in Colombo and other parts of the country. Deputy Minister for Ethnic Affairs K S Ganeshamoorthy has written to President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Parliament Speaker Anura Bandaranaike asking for a commission to "establish the truth behind the organised pogrom of July 1983 against Tamils.We have a right to know the truth and are not seeking revenge," he said. More...
Published: Tue May 29 16:10:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Crack Down on Illicit Gem Miners
Nothern Light, Wednesday, May 30, 2001 12:08 AM EST . COLOMBO,(Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sri Lanka is to take stern action against those who engage in illicit gem mining, according to a senior official of the national gem and jewelry authority. Regulations will be enforced strictly to raid illicit gem mining and to take legal action against offenders. Illicit gem mining causes immense damage to the environment, forests, wild life, human settlements, irrigation and highways. More...
Published: Wed May 30 05:23:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Govt: Delays Comment On Rebels' Peace Threat
yahoo, May 29. The Sri Lankan government said Tuesday that it was too early to comment on the Tamil Tiger rebels' threat of no peace talks until a ban on the group is lifted."We've just got the statement and we feel it is too early to comment," Chief Government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said. He was reacting to a rebel statement Monday that said the group wouldn't join a Norwegian-brokered peace plan until Colombo lifts its ban on the rebels imposed in 1998. More...
Published: Tue May 29 12:19:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNP, JVP protest against special district for Muslims
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.30 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 29. Both the UNP and the JVP have launched a protest against a government decision to allocate a special district for the Muslims. Reports indicate that President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge has agreed to allocate Kalmunai in the Ampara district as a special electorate for the Muslim Community.

On Sunday May 27, hundreds of villagers in Kalmunai from the Sinhalese and Tamil communities protested against the presidential decision.

The protests were organized by United National Party MP's for Kalmunai and members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.
Published: Tue May 29 08:31:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Arjuna and Aravinda Should be Banned for Life if Guilty- Ex Manager
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 29/05/01 2035 GMT. Sri Lanka's ex-Test Captain Arjuna Ranatunge and his ex-deputy Aravinda De Silva should be given a lifetime ban if found guilty of match fixing, a senior cricket official said. I can not verify these allegations. But I can recall that there is a saying “ No Smoke without a Fire. Apparently Sanath Jayasuriya has also been approached by bookmaker Gupta and Sanath has correctly refused to accept bribes said ex-Sri Lankan player and a manager Stanley Jayasinghe.

He was commenting on the recent report on the corruption in Cricket by the director of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Sir Paul Condon. The report concludes with 24 recommendations including offering players more opportunities in administration, introducing a full time security manager for every ICC member country, maintaining proper audits in TV deals, etc.

In an interview with BBC's Sandeshaya, Mr. Jayasinghe maintained a view that corruption may not be eradicated only with setting up new regulations. "There is a big role for the players. In our times we didn't play for money. Nowadays not only the money destroy the game, but the discipline seems to be not in place also " ex-manager said referring to the incident of the alleged assault on Sidath Wettimuny by Hashan Thilakararatne after Hashan was dropped out of the SL team.

Arjuna and Aravinda were among the high-profile cricketers named in the report published by India's Central Investigation Bureau on match fixing, last year.
Published: Tue May 29 16:40:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Three more civilians caught in cross fire
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3. 10 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 29. Three civilians were shot and wounded in Ampara last morning after being caught in cross fire between the Tigers and Lankan troops. The three, one male and two females are believed to be from the same family.

The incident, according to the State sponsored Special Media Information Center, took place at Pottuvil in the Ampara district. The injured were rushed to the Pottuvil hospital for treatment.
Published: Tue May 29 08:31:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricketers get a home at last
CDN, 30 May 2001. Sri Lanka cricketers will receive a big boost before the next World Cup with the Premadasa International Stadium being redeveloped into a complete 'home' for the national poolists with a 40-room hostel for cricketers and 16-fast practice tracks. The new project, which would have all facilities for national cricketers under one roof, is the brainchild of the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Lakshman Kiriella. Besides the 16 fast practice wickets and 40-room hostel, there will also be lecture rooms, gymnasium, dining hall and other necessary facilities. More...
Published: Tue May 29 21:22:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Minister Rajapakse refuses to hand back Katchetivu
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.30 a.m. SLT Tuesday May 29. Minister Mahinda Rajapake on an official visit to India has said that Sri Lanka will not hand back the island of Katchetivu which he said is an integral part of Sri Lanka.

The island in the Palk Strait, has become a focus for dispute after the Governor for Tamil Nadu said that the island should be handed over to India. Rajapakse says that under no condition will this be done given that the small island is even now recognized by the United Nations and the international community as being an integral part of Sri Lanka.
Published: Tue May 29 08:31:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan PM hints Norway should give up peace bid, May 29 2001 16:28 IST. COLOMBO, May 29 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister has hinted Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim should admit his failure to broker unconditional talks with Tamil rebels and quit, a report said Tuesday. Premier Ratnasiri Wickremanayake on Satutrday mysteriously asked reporters to carry a quote from an unidentified third person criticizing Solheim for raising the stakes in the Sri Lankan conflict by meeting with US authorities. More...
Published: Tue May 29 08:00:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan?s in New York to honour Vajira
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, NY Time 9.15 a.m. Tuesday 29 May. National Women?s Dance Troupe of Sri Lanka formed in New York will pay tribute to Kalasoori Vajira, Lanka?s pioneer of women?s dance with a special Guru Pooja on Saturday June 2 at the Williamson theatre in Staten Island. Vajira one of Sri Lanka?s living legends has contributed immensely to the Kandyan Dance Theater and ballet for more than half a century along with her husband Chitrasena. Tanya de Silva a former pupil and a teacher of the Chitrasena -Vajira school of dance in Sri Lanka and a founder of the National women?s dance troupe in New York told ? The Lanka Academic? that they had waited for a long time to honour their guru and Sri Lanka?s legendary dancer and the Sri Lankan?s in New York are extremely happy that they got an opportunity to do so after such a long time. Vajira and Chitrasena?s daughter Upeka a dancer of great repute too will join the National women?s dance troupe to pay tribute to her world-renowned dancer/mother. United Nations Under-Secretary-General for disarmament affairs Jayantha Dhanapala will deliver a special talk on sixty nine-year old Vajira?s contributions to Sri Lankan dance before the commencement of the Guru Pooja.
Published: Tue May 29 09:20:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Seven remanded for attacking Chinese workers, May 29 2001 16:59 IST. COLOMBO, May 29 (AFP) - A Sri Lankan magistrate has remanded in custody seven men who allegedly beat up Chinese workers employed at a housing construction project near the capital, police said Tuesday. Police Chief Inspector E. S. Dayaratne said five members of the gang who were arrested Monday were remanded for two weeks pending further investigations into the assault on Sunday. More...
Published: Tue May 29 09:00:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Japan gives 7.6 million dollars for Sri Lanka roads, May 29 2001 17:56 IST. COLOMBO, May 29 (AFP) - Japan has given 7.6 million dollars to build roads for impoverished farming communities in north-central Sri Lanka, the Japanese embassy said Tuesday. Isolated areas in the Dambulla region would benefit from the project, which will almost halve the distance that locals now have to travel to the nearest market, the embassy said in a statement. More...
Published: Tue May 29 09:10:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fresh Sri Lanka violence kills nine, May 29 2001 13:17 IST. At least eight Tamil Tiger rebels and a civilian were killed in fresh fighting in Sri Lanka's embattled north, the defence ministry here said Tuesday. Three members of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelamwere shot dead by troops in the northern peninsula of Jaffna on Monday, the ministry said in a statement. More...
Published: Tue May 29 04:17:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Nothern Light, Tuesday, May 29, 2001 6:38 AM EST . The proposed Project will assist the Government to realize the potential of Colombo Port to become a major internationally competitive port in South Asia by (i) expanding private sector participation in the port sector; (ii) commercializing public sector operations and thereby improving efficiency; (iii) adopting a strategic approach to enlarging Colombo Port and maximizing private sector funding. More...
Published: Tue May 29 09:09:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Severe shortage of lecturers in varsities
Island, 29 May. A shortage of about 600 lecturers exists in Universities, the Society of University Lecturers said yesterday. A spokesman for the Society said that situations in the Medical Faculties of Ruhuna and Peradeniya as well as the Engineering Faculty of Peradeniya had aggravated due to the shortage of lecturers. " The students following classes in the Medical Faculty of Sri Jayawardenapura are seriously inconvenienced due to the absence of a professor for the faculty for a long time. Another shortcoming due to the shortage of lecturers is the inability to release examination results at once causing frustration among students" the spokesman said. More...
Published: Tue May 29 07:50:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tigers say ban threatens peace
BBC News, 29.05.2001. The rebel Tamil Tigers have blamed the Sri Lankan Government for blocking peace efforts by refusing to lift a ban on the organisation. More...
Published: Tue May 29 05:49:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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