The Lanka Academic

JUNE 5, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 60

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ACTC to table motion on de-proscribing LTTE
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 11.37 AM SLT Tuesday,June 5,2001. The All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) is going to table a motion in the Sri Lankan parliament on wednesday urging the government to lift the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at the earliest. ACTC spokesman and MP Mr.A.Vinayagamoothy said here today that de-proscription would enable the LTTE to enter peace talks with the government as an "equal" and also as the "sole representative" of the Tamil people.

The motion argues that there can be no peace in Sri Lanka unless the LTTE is made a participant in the quest for peace. Mr. A.Vinayagamoothy said that he proposed to ask the Deputy Defense Minister Gen.Anuruddha Ratwatte if he was aware of the fact that the latest report of the Amnesty International had slammed the pro-government armed Tamil groups for violating human rights,sometimes in association with the Security Forces."I will ask the minister if some of these groups are acting as auxiliaries of the Security Forces and if they are,how much is being paid to them per month," the ACTC MP said.

Eleven Tamil parties,including the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), will be meeting here on friday to chalk out a common strategy on the ethnic question." We may go in for a mass agitation to force the government to lift the ban on the LTTE,order a ceasefire and begin peace talks," said Mr.Mavai Senadhirajah,TULF MP.

The TULF had earlier opted out of the Tamil alliance but has now come back." There are still differences between us, but the TULF would like to co-operate with the other parties on the over-riding issue of the peace process and the de-proscription of the LTTE," Mr.Senadhirajah said.
Published: Tue Jun 5 01:45:08 EDT 2001

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Ban on LTTE will not be lifted, says Justice Minister
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 11.40 AM SLT,Tuesday,June 5,2001. The Sri Lankan Justice Minister Mr.Batti Weerakoon today reiterated the government's decision that the ban on the LTTE would not be lifted despite the clamour for de-proscription from the Tamil parties.

"The ban cannot be lifted because the LTTE is a terrorist organisation.If it is to be de-proscribed it has to prove that it is not terrorist by coming for unconditional talks and agreeing to an agenda for peace," Mr.Weerakoon said.

The minister also made it clear that the government cannot consider the LTTE to be the sole representative of the Tamil people."The LTTE has killed other Tamil leaders and terrorised other political forces into submission.Its claim to be the sole representative has no legitimacy," he said.

Asked to comment on the LTTE's argument that it could not participate in peace talks as an "unequal,banned and illegal" organisation and if it did, any settlement arrived at would be illegal and invalid,Mr.Weerakoon said that the question of legality should bother the government and not the LTTE."The LTTE should have no problem when the government is ready to talk with it even while it is banned," the minister said.
Published: Tue Jun 5 01:45:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tigers strike back in Sri Lanka as toll hits 12, Jun 05 2001 18:19 IST. COLOMBO, June 5 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels launched retaliatory attacks in eastern Sri Lanka Tuesday, leaving 10 people dead and 25 wounded, while two others were killed in separate fighting, defence officials said. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) mounted an assault against an army camp at Kahawattamunai a day after elite police commandos destroyed a rebel base killing 16 militants. More...
Published: Tue Jun 5 09:55:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Eleven cops sacked
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.10 p.m. SLT Tuesday June 6. Eleven policemen were indicted today by the Deputy Inspector General for Police for the Western Province Mahinda Balasuriya for not reporting for duty at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.The cops, had allegedly stayed away without prior permission for leave. A sub inspector, four inspectors, four reserve police officers, a woman PC and a home guard are among those who have been given their marching orders by the DIG.
Published: Tue Jun 5 07:18:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

One civilian dead - 14 injured in cross fire
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday June 6. One civilian died and 14 others were wounded when caught in cross fire between the Army and the LTTE in Valachchennai in the Batticaloa district this morning.

Hospital sources in Batticaloa said today that 15 civilians were admitted with gun shot injuries out of which one had succumbed to his injuries. The fighting between the Army and the rebels had begun at around 8.40 a.m. this morning.

The defence ministry later said that 5 troops were killed and 10 more injured in the confrontation between the army and the LTTE at Valachchennai. The military claim that at least 3 rebels were also killed in the incident including a leader for the Batticaloa arm of the LTTE.
Published: Tue Jun 5 07:18:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Hemantha: a surprise star hogs the limelight
gulf-news, June 5. He had the longest name among the cricketers who played in the 27th Bukhatir league, but played one of the quickest innings of the final. Ranasinghe Pattikirikoralalage Aruna Hemantha Wickramaratne, who hogged the limelight with a whirlwind unbeaten knock of 154 in a total of 272 for five to steer Lanka Lions to victory over Emirates Airlines in the final of the 27th Bukhatir league, is one among the finest left-handed batsmen in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Tue Jun 5 21:18:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka advertises for monks
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, June 5. THE SRI Lankan government has postponed a special full moon day ordination of Buddhist monks after only a little over half the number expected answered advertisements calling for applicants. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake last month launched an unprecedented advertising campaign calling for 1,000 candidates to swell the ranks of the Buddhist clergy. More...
Published: Tue Jun 5 16:49:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Few Lankan men answer government advertisement for Buddhist monks  - India Abroad
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JVP offers land to displaced squatters
Island, 6 June 2001. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has offered the displaced squatters demonstrating in front of the UNP head quarters `Sirikotha, an alternative land next to the Wattala Mabola housing scheme, JVP MP Wimal Weerawansa said yesterday. The land was handed over to them yesterday by JVP Gampaha District MP, Vijitha Herath. The squatters had been displaced by the Wattala Pradeshiya Sabha over a week ago. They demonstrated in front of the UNP head quarters with their families till such time as they would receive a favourable answer from the UNP. More...
Published: Tue Jun 5 23:18:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

India launches first electric car on its polluted roads
Yahoo India, Monday June 4, 6:13 PM. An Indian firm launched the country's first electric car Monday, saying it was cheaper than conventional vehicles and would reduce emissions on the country's polluted roads. The small, two-seater car costs just 40 paise (less than one cent) per kilometre to run, which is up to six times less expensive than a normal car, according to the manufacturers.yers from Britain, Japan, Israel, Norway and Sri Lanka had already shown interest in the car, he said. More...
Published: Tue Jun 5 09:38:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Airport expressway and the RDA
Island, 6 June 2001. People of this country have heard of the Airport expressway for many years but nothing has materialized. The Japanese proposed a well planned route to the airport that runs east of the airport so that it could be continued further at a later stage to become a part of the national grid of highways. I have been told that the Japanese were going to fund it and that the RDA rejected this route saying that it will affect people living along that corridor. People are in the dark as to what exactly happened. It is up to parliament to get to the bottom of this. More...
Published: Tue Jun 5 23:23:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka arrests more Indian fishermen, Jun 05 2001 17:14 IST. COLOMBO, June 5 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's navy has arrested eight more Indian fishermen as part of a crackdown against foreigners poaching in the island's territorial waters, defence officials said Tuesday. The Indian fishermen were taken into custody and their two trawlers were confiscated on Sunday off the small islet of Eluvaitivu in northern Sri Lanka, officials said. More...
Published: Tue Jun 5 08:27:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Eight more Indian fishermen held by Sri Lankan Navy  - India Abroad

Diversities and linkages in Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, 6 June 2001. The People of India Project, the ongoing research programme of the Anthropological Survey of India, attempts to provide the cultural profile of all communities in India, the impact of change, and linkages and diversities among them. One interesting conclusion needs specific mention. Communities, cutting across religions, share a many cultural traits. The diversities in Sri Lanka are well known. According to the last census held in 1981, the Sinhalese formed 74.0 per cent of the population, the Sri Lankan Tamils 12.6 per cent, the Indian Tamils 5.5 per cent, Muslims 7.1 per cent and others 0.6 per cent. There is an overlapping of ethnicity and religious affiliation. More...
Published: Tue Jun 5 19:59:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Gyanendra Crowned New King As Nepal Stories Vary
ABC, 4 June 2001. Prince Gyanendra took the throne as Nepal's new king on Monday, three days after his nephew allegedly killed most of the royal family, then turned a gun on himself. Hours later, police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters gathered near the royal palace to mourn the deaths. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the violence. The nephew, King Dipendra, had technically been the king since the palace shooting spree. Dipendra, who allegedly turned a gun on himself, died early Monday morning. More...
Published: Mon Jun 4 04:36:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lanka declares a day of mourning for Nepal's monarch  - India Abroad
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Attorney finds misplaced passport of Anagarika Dharmapala
Island, 5 June. The passport of freedom fighter Anagarika Dharmapala which was misplaced over the years was recently found and handed over to the Mahabodhi Society on Saturday by a lawyer M. C. Jayaratne.Jayaratne had found the passport of Anagarika Dharmapala who was in the forefront of the Buddhist and nationalist resurgence in the early 20th century, while frisking through old files in preparation for a court case. The passport of much historical value was handed over to the President of the Mahabodhi Society, Banagala Upatissa thera.The passport issued by the British Empire in 1925 records the final tour of Anagarika Dharmapala to the west covering Switzerland, Germany, Venice, France and America. It carries the original signature and a photograph of a middle aged Anagarika Dharmapala and records his height at 5 feet 9 inches. More...
Published: Tue Jun 5 04:11:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

India and Sri Lanka to grant amnesty for fishermen
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.15 p.m. SLT Monday June 5. The Indian government has responded favourably to a proposal by Sri Lanka to grant a general amnesty for fishermen being held in both countries.

Fisheries Minister Mahinda Rajapakse who returned from a trip to New Delhi today said that 62 Sri Lankan fishermen are being held in India while 39 Indian fishermen are detained in prisons in Jaffna.

The fishermen have been arrested and detained for poaching into territorial waters of each country.

Navy commander for the North, Upali Ranaweera said that poaching by Indian fishermen was one of the most difficult tasks the Navy faced as it was hard to differentiate between genuine fishing trawlers and boats used by the LTTE.

Minister Rajapakse added meanwhile that both India and Sri Lanka plan to set up a committee to look into the problems of fishermen from both countries. Representatives from both nations will be chosen to sit on this committee, he said.
Published: Mon Jun 4 09:09:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

STF raid Tiger hideouts in the East
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Monday June 5. The Defence Ministry said today that commandos from the Special Task Force had attacked rebel hideouts in the Batticaloa jungles and killed at least 16 Tiger cadres. The STF says it has recovered at least 13 of the rebel bodies.

Meanwhile, official reports also said today that commandos of the elite Special Task Force (STF) last night had raided more LTTE hide-outs in the Eastern jungles killing at least 13 Tigers.

From this attack STF commandos said that seven rebel bodies had been recovered. No casualties on the side of the commandos was reported.
Published: Mon Jun 4 09:09:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka, India to Form Committee for Inquiry of Fishermen Issue
Nothern Light, Monday, June 04, 2001 12:48 PM EST . Sri Lanka and India have agreed to set up a special committee to look into the problems of fishermen who are currently in custody in the two countries, a government minister said on Monday. Sri Lanka's Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic resources Development Mahinda Rajapakse, who returned from a visit to India on Monday, said the committee will comprise fisheries officials from Madras, an Indian city and Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. The decision to establish the committee was made following his discussions with Indian agricultural minister and other officials, he added. More...
Published: Mon Jun 4 14:00:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Distress of war also mothers invention
Tamilnet, 5 June 2001. A Palmyrah leaf cutter, a new device invented by a fifteen-year-old girl from Mannar district won the first place in the new invention competition held among students in the northeast province. "The distress caused by war activates human minds to explore new devices to overcome the difficulties in the day to day life; and in the process new inventions are made", said Mr.M.Selvin Irenius, Provincial Director of Industries delivering keynote address at the award distribution event held Monday at Trincomalee St.Mary's College Monday. More...
Published: Tue Jun 5 00:07:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Growing rift imperils Sri Lanka coalition
Indian Express, June 3. A RIFT in Sri Lankas ruling coalition widened on Sunday over a pledge which a key Muslim ally said President Chandrika Kumaratunga had made ahead of a possible parliamentary confidence vote later this month.The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), which holds the balance of power in the hung Parliament, said Kumaratunga had back-pedalled on a promise to create a separate administrative district for minority Muslims in the countrys east. More...
Published: Mon Jun 4 14:05:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Help free our fishermen, Jayalalitha tells Wickremesinghe
Hindu, June 5. . The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalitha, today urged the Leader of the Opposition in Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, to take up with his Government the issue of ill- treatment of Indian fishermen taken into custody by the Sri Lankan Navy. During a meeting with Mr. Wickremesinghe at the secretariat, Ms. Jayalalitha impressed upon him the need to immediately set free the fishermen who had strayed into Sri Lankan waters by accident. More...
Published: Mon Jun 4 20:04:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka commandos kill 15 rebels in jungle attack, Jun 04 2001 13:26 IST. Elite police commandos raided a jungle hideout of separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas in eastern Sri Lanka Monday, killing at least 15 rebels, official sources said. The Special Task Force (STF) commandos launched the attack in the jungles of Kanjikudichchiaru overnight, the sources said. More...
Published: Mon Jun 4 04:19:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan Attorney General stalls on bail application for Tamil detainees
WSWS, Jun 4. The office of the Sri Lankan Attorney General has so far refused to grant the ba il applications of six young Tamil plantation workers held for more than thr ee years under the country's repressive Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) legisl ation. The six have not been convicted of any crime. Their trial has been repeat edly delayed. On the last occasion in February, it was postponed for another 11 months until January 16 More...
Published: Mon Jun 4 14:02:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Wickremesinghe to support Sri Lankan government
Press Trust of India, Chennai,Monday, June 04, 2001. Opposition leader in Sri Lankan Parliament and UNP President Ranil Wickremesinghe today said his party would support any efforts by the Sri Lankan government to bring peace in strife-torn north and eastern provinces of the island republic. More...
Published: Mon Jun 4 07:49:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka steps up patrols to check Tiger arms smuggling: report
Yahoo Asia, Sunday, June 3 5:52 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's navy has stepped up patrols off the island's north-eastern coast to prevent separatist Tamil Tiger rebels smuggling in arms, a press report here said Sunday. The navy's newly acquired advanced offshore patrol vessel bought from India and another Fast Missile Vessel bought from Israel have been inducted into the patrolling operations since a week ago, the Sunday Times newspaper said. More...
Published: Mon Jun 4 07:50:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan teenager on murder charge in London
Island, 4 June. A nineteen year old Sri Lankan has been charged in the Old Bailey Court London with the murder of a fellow Sri Lankan described as a gangster.The "Enfield Independent" published in London said last week that Ruben Thanavalisingham, of Moree Way, was charged with the murder of Manokumar Kumar, 31, after the latter bled to death when his right arm was virtually severed in an attack at his Edmonton home.The prosecution allege that Thanavalisingham killed the victim after they fell out over the profits of a credit card swindle.It was claimed that the pair were part of the notorious Tamil Tiger gang making huge sums of money from using stolen or cloned credit cards to buy goods at petrol stations run by fellow Sri Lankans. More...
Published: Mon Jun 4 03:56:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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