The Lanka Academic

 
JUNE 14, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 69

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UNP determined on no-confidence motion
The Hindu (International), Friday, June 15, 2001. Sri Lanka's main Opposition, the United National Party (UNP) will present a no-confidence motion against the Government in Parliament between June 19 and June 22, party officials said. The UNP has said it will also begin a country- wide campaign on June 22 to explain its move to the people and win popular support for it. Denying rumours that it was about to join hands with the ruling People's Alliance (PA) coalition to form a national government, the UNP said in a statement that ``it outrightly rejected'' the idea, which was being promoted by the ruling party members to fend off the impending no-confidence motion. More...
Published: Thu Jun 14 16:52:05 EDT 2001

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SLMC Leader Admits Crisis in The Party
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 14/06/01 1645 GMT. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has called for a special prayer day on Monday the 18th amidst rumours over the strong differences in the party leadership whether to continue the support to the Peoples's Alliance government. Minister of Trade and Muslim affairs Rauff Hakeem, the leader of the SLMC, admitted that the party is facing a severe crisis and called the special prayer meeting to save the party from this crisis. In an interview with BBC's Sandeshaya, Minister Hakeem said that he needed to discuss matters with the President Chandrika Bandaranaike, and he was reluctant to name the culprits in and outside the party. Commenting on the invitation to the UNP by senior ministers to form a national government in order to safeguard the country from "Shylock demands" of the minority parties, Mr. Hakeem said he would rather let the people decide.
Published: Thu Jun 14 12:47:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tamil,LTTE objections to Lankan census brushed aside
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 11.40 PM SLT Thursday June 14, 2001. Census would be conducted in the North East Province as per schedule, despite objections from the Tamils and a chill warning to the field staff by the LTTE.The Director General of Census and Statistics Mr.A.G.W.Nanayakkara said that the operations could not be postponed.

Tamil parties and newspapers have been seeking a postponement of the census in the war-torn North East Province on the grounds that a census there, at this juncture, would be detrimental to the Tamils' interest.With a war on for the last decade and a half,lakhs of Tamils have fled from the North East to other parts of the island and abroad.The census would,therefore,show a very low Tamil population there.This,it is feared,would result in Tamil parliamentary representation dwindling further.

The Tamils are very sore that because of state-sponsored Sinhala colonisation in Trincomalee and Amparai districts, and the massive displacement of Tamils throughout the North East due to the war,the number of Tamil MPs has come down drastically.

The Tamil daily "Virakesari" has pointed out that people living in a particular area,as per the census,will be deemed to belong to that area for administrative and political purposes.This means that the displaced Tamils living outside the North East will be deemed to belong to the place of actual residence and not to the place of original residence in the North East.Likewise, Sinhalese armymen,police and government servants,now living in the North East with their families,would be deemed to belong to the North East,"Virakesari" said.The Tamils fear that as a result of all this,their numerical preponderance and political dominance in their own "Homeland",the North East,would be eroded.

But Mr.Nanayakkara said that the census was not going to brush the phenomenon of displacement under the carpet." We are going to ask about the place of birth,the place of previous residence, and the duration of stay in the place of current residence,which will give a total picture of displacement," he said.While preliminary work is already on,the headcount actually begins on July 17.
Published: Thu Jun 14 13:34:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Nobody to be charged on the basis of the 1983 riots probe
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 10.13 PM SLT Thursday,June 14, 2001 . The Minister for Ethnic Affairs,Mr.Athauda Seneviratne,has said that witch hunting is not the motive behind the decision to set up a commission to probe the 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom."Nobody will be charged or punished," he said.

"The commission's basic task will be to unravel the extent of damage the riots had done to the polity and economy of Sri Lanka and educate the people on the need for ethnic understanding and harmony.The present economic difficulties are due to the war,which in turn is the result of the 1983 riots," Mr.Seneviratne said.Over 500 Tamils were reportedly killed and thousands of dwellings of every description were torched in Colombo and the Hill country.

The minister said that the panel would function like the "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" set up in South Africa after the collapse of Apartheid.It would not be a panel to fix responsibility and recommend punitive action.The idea was not to re-open old wounds and animosities but to build bridges, he said.

Mr.Seneviratne denied that the commission was being set up to browbeat the opposition United National Party (UNP) and force it to abandon the bid to table a no-confidence motion against the government.

The minister said that President Chandrika Kumaratunga had held discussions on the commission with some ministers and legal experts.And since the Tamil parties in parliament wanted a meeting to discuss the terms of reference and the membership of the panel,he planned to hold a meeting with them next week.The panel is likely to go into the question of giving compensation to the victims of the riots.The Deputy Minister of Ethnic Affairs K.Ganeshamoorthy said compensation was of critical importance.

The composition of the commission had not been finalised yet,but it was likely to be a three man panel of persons who had served in the higher judiciary.They would be drawn from the Tamil,Sinhala and Muslim communities.Mr.Seneviratne expected the gazette notification and the Presidential announcement by month end.
Published: Thu Jun 14 12:06:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top


President to supervise development projects
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1313 slt 14.06.01. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is to take over supervision of development projects. The Presidential Secretariat in a statement said the presence of the Minister, the Deputy Minister and the Secretary to the Ministry is compulsory at meeting to assess the implementation of programmes. The statement said the president would not hesitate to take action against those who have not carried out their work. The Presidential secretariat said the meetings to review development projects are aimed at minimizing wastage and corruption.
Published: Thu Jun 14 03:35:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Research on natural pest control by Sri Lankan company honoured internationally
Island, 15 June 2001. At the international workshop on "Practice Oriented Results on use of Plant Extracts and Pheromones in Integrated Pest Management" held recently in Cairo, Egypt, Serendib Natural Products Ltd., Colombo was awarded the certificate for the best presentation on research at the Workshop. More...
Published: Thu Jun 14 23:47:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka mob attack probe hears evidence
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 14 June, 2001, 07:49 GMT 08:49 UK . The commander of a training camp in Sri Lanka, where 29 Tamil youths were killed in a mob attack last year, has told the official inquiry that local police stood by and watched without making any attempt to intervene. The camp commander, Captain Abeyaratne, said the police were armed with rifles, while the mob had only swords and clubs. But the inquiry chairman refused to allow lawyers to ask him to name publicly the policemen involved. The killings occurred at Bindunuwewe, a show-case camp set up to give vocational training to former Tamil rebels who had surrendered to the Sri Lankan Government. More...
Published: Thu Jun 14 05:19:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees battle for survival in southern India
123India.com, Jun 14 2001 11:11 IST. In a former rice warehouse in southern India, more than 120 refugees from one of the world's bloodiest and longest-running civil wars wage a grim struggle against disease and desperation. Lutus Kumar, a 34-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil, is among 35 families who live inside rooms partitioned by ragged clothes and held together by logs in the industrial town of Hosur in Tamil Nadu state. More...
Published: Thu Jun 14 05:22:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Feasibility report on Uva University ready
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1320 slt 14.06.01. The feasibility report on the proposed new university in Uva is to be handed over the Minister of Higher Education Tomorrow. The report prepared by a committee headed by Post and Telecommunications Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva include suggestions as to where the various faculties are to be constructed. The University is expected to cost 100 million rupees. end
Published: Thu Jun 14 03:35:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

The government to re consider the route for Kandy-Colombo highway
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1315 slt 14.06.01. Highways Minister A.M. Fawzi said today that he would re consider the route of the proposed Kandy-Colombo highway if it affects a large number of people. The statement came after a series of protests by people who claim the proposed route would destroy their homes and businesses. The Protestors say the government should consider building the road through less populated areas. The Minister said he was in the process of collecting date. " We would change the route even if the costs go up, if it the highway affects too many people" the Minister said.
Published: Thu Jun 14 03:35:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka PM backs Kumaratunga on peace drive
123India.com, Jun 14 2001 17:40 IST. COLOMBO, June 14 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Thursday rejected speculation that he was at odds with the president over Norway's attempts to broker peace on the island. The premier's office said in a statement that there were no differences of opinions or approaches on resolving the island's drawn out Tamil separatist conflict with the help of Norway's support. More...
Published: Thu Jun 14 09:30:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ports Authority Chairman requests Rs. 50,000 salary hike
Island, 14 June. The Chairman, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Admiral Mohan Samarasekera has made a request to the Secretary, Ministry of Port Development and Development of the South, D. M. P. B. Dassanayake to increase his salary and those of his two Managing Directors by Rs. 50,000 by letter dated May 18. However, he refused a salary increase of Rs. 4,000 requested by 26 trade unions of the port at a meeting held on the same date.He is already paid Rs. 30,000 as his basic salary. The Ports Authority is also spending Rs. 1,080,000 as the annual lease for his Barnes Place bungalow More...
Published: Thu Jun 14 08:10:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Hiru FM Owner Misguided own Staff- Sunrise Radio
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 14/06/01 1120 GMT. Journalists were made to believe they could interview the owner, as they thought that the Licence holder is the Radio and not Avtar Lit, says Sunrise Radio reacting to the ruling by UKís Radio Authority (RA) which fined the station £10,000. Londonís Sunrise Radio, whose owner Dr. Avtar Lit is also the co owner of Sri Lankaís new FM stations including Hiru and Suriyan FM, is one of the major community radio stations in Britain. The overseeing body for British Commercial Radio, the RA, ruled that the de facto licensee of the station is Mr. Lit and not the station. The stationís decision to carry out an interview with Dr.Lit, who contested the recent general election for the Ealing Southall electorate as an independent candidate, is a violation of broadcasting regulations, the RA said.

An statement issued by its News Editor Rahul Pathak accepts the ruling by the RA saying "Sunrise Radio understands any breach of the Broadcasting Act is a serious matter. However in this situation," Mr. Pathak says, "the Radio Authority was made aware that the station genuinely believed Sunrise Radio Ltd. And not him personally the licensee".
Published: Thu Jun 14 07:19:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lanka president cracks the whip on minister
123India.com, Jun 14 2001 16:28 IST. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga warned her cabinet ministers Thursday not to make excuses for delaying development projects and vowed to keep a closer tab on them. President Kumaratunga's office, in a two-page statement, said she had initiated a system to monitor the progress of state development schemes and release money to ensure there was no wastage and minimise corruption. More...
Published: Thu Jun 14 07:56:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Develop Handicrafts, Cottage Industries
Nothern Light, Thursday, June 13, 2001 11:50 PM EST . Sri Lanka is to launch an islandwide national program to safeguard and develop the country's traditional handicrafts and cottage industries. The Ministry of Rural Industrial Development announced Wednesday that a sum of 237 million rupees will be spent to set up fully fledged craft townships at 14 selected locations. More...
Published: Thu Jun 14 05:24:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNP not for a Sinhala hegemonistic "National Government"
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 10.56 PM SLT Wednesday June 13, 2001. The opposition United National Party (UNP) will not be part of a "National Government" formed only with an intention to keep the parties of the minorities at bay,sources in the UNP say.

The party's leader, Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe,told emissaries from the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) who had approached him with the idea of forming a national government, that the UNP could not be part of a government based on Sinhala hegemonism and the sidelining of the minorities.In fact, he is on record saying that the UNP will join a national government only if all parties, including those of the minority communities,are part of it.

The UNP's refusal to prop up a "Sinhala hegemonistic" government is understandable given the fact that its following among the Tamils and the Muslims is greater in comparison with the ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) headed by the SLFP.A survey conducted in April by the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung found that while a majority of Tamils and Muslims supported the UNP,only 31% of the Sinhalese did so.The PA, on the other hand,drew its support mostly from the Sinhalese.All the Tamil outfits in parliament,barring the Eelam Peoples' Democratic Party (EPDP),are backing the UNP's bid to move a "no trust" motion against the government.

Another reason for the UNP's not wanting to be part of a national government which does not include all parties is that such an arrangement will confer the mantle of the "official opposition" on the radical and Maoist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).The role of the "opposition" will enable the JVP to become the sole beneficiary of any public disillusionment with the "National Government".In the process,the politics of opposition will get radicalised.And that will be to the detriment of the mainstream parties.
Published: Wed Jun 13 12:50:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top


ISRAEL EMBASSY IN COLOMBO SOON
AsianAge, June 14. The Israeli governmentís interest in looking after Israeli matters in Sri Lanka could possibly lead to the establishment of an embassy in Colombo.However, Sri Lankans currently face difficulty in obtaining visas for travel to Israel as they have to go through the Israeli mission based in Thailand More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 22:07:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka readies to face new tiger weapon
Asian Age, 14 June 2001. Sri Lankaís military said on Wednesday that Tamil Tiger insurgents have acquired new anti-aircraft missiles and ordered its pilots to take maximum precaution against a rebel attack similar to one last week. A missile fired by the rebels in northwestern Sri Lanka missed hitting an Air Force AN-32 aircraft carrying 50 soldiers on June 7, causing new concern for the military. The plane was ferrying soldiers and cargo to the northern Jaffna peninsula from the central city of Anuradhapura. The pilots of all aircraft, including the AN-32s, have been told to ascend rapidly and fly high while overflying areas under control of the liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a high ranking source in the defence ministry said on Wednesday. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 19:54:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Plea to lift ban on LTTE
Hindu, June 14. . A plea to the Sri Lankan and Indian Governments to revoke the ban on the LTTE has been made by the Human Rights - Tamil Nadu Initiative to facilitate further advance in the peace talks between the warring sides in the island nation. The Initiative said the year-long efforts to bring peace between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Government had got full support from European nations and half-hearted support from the U.S. and India. The Norwegian envoy, Mr. Erik Solheim, whose efforts led to progress in the peace initiatives, had been needlessly sidelined, the forum said. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 22:20:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition rejects unity government offer
123India.com, Jun 13 2001 16:41 IST. Sri Lanka's main opposition Wednesday rejected an offer by the shaky ruling coalition to form a national unity government amid a deepening political crisis in the country. The United National Party (UNP) said it was against the proposal made by a senior government minister on Monday and published by state-run media Tuesday to establish a government of national unity. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 08:14:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Suspected LTTE activists held
NewIndPress, June 14. Two suspected LTTE activists from Jaffna have been nabbed with fake passports by emigration officers of Kochi international airport after the former were deported from Dubai, on Tuesday. Nagarajan and Malathy (names as found in the passports) had left for Dubai last Sunday by an Air-India flight, along with a travel agent Adam Mohamed Hajmi. They were destined for Paris More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 23:01:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sir Don damned Hair for calling Murali a chucker
Times of India, June 14. Possibly for the first time, Sir Donald Bradman's feelings on the controversial episode about umpire Darrel Hair calling Sri Lankan off-spinner Muthiah Muralitharan for chucking have been published. Hair and Muralitharan made headlines when the ex-policeman for the first time no-balled the Lankan on December 26, 1995 in a Test match at Melbourne."I believe Hair's action - in one over - took the development of world cricket back by ten years. For me, this was the worst example of umpiring that I have witnessed, and against everything the game stands for. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 17:07:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

President directs police to initiate opinion poll on peace talks
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday June 13. Police sources today revealed that President Chandrika Kumaratunge has directed special police intelligence units to begin conducting an opinion poll with the masses, gathering views on the proposed peace talks with the LTTE and the setting up of a separate administrative district for the Muslims in Kalmunai.

The presidential directive followed after the head of state apparently realized that opinions now being voiced on the two issues are from interested factions and not from the general public.

However, other sources now claim, that even the cops are not doing it right. Instead, the sleuths are calling for views from close associates and not from the man on the street.
Published: Wed Jun 13 01:10:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Fr. Aba murder probe leads to another killing
Island, 14 June 2001. Investigators probing the killing of Rev. Fr. Aba Costa have bared another murder which had been committed in 1996. On information received the CID investigators have arrested two men who were responsible for the murder of an astrologer in Kurana, Negombo that year. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 22:46:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

High Commission officials visit fishermen again
The Hindu (International), Thursday, June 14, 2001. Two senior officials in the Indian High Commission flew to Jaffna today and met the 50 Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lankan waters since April. The fishermen were produced before the Jaffna District Magistrate today for the extension of their remand. They are yet to be charged. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 19:57:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Probe Riot That Sparked Ethnic War
yahoo, june 13. Sri Lanka said on Wednesday it planned to set up a commission to probe an anti-Tamil riot in 1983 that plunged the country into all-out ethnic war.The probe will be modeled on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission which had the power to grant amnesties for apartheid-era abuses, Ethnic Affairs Minister Athauda Seneviratne told Reuters. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 08:55:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Hatton National buys J P Morgan's stake
Asian Age, 14 June 2001. Sri Lanka's Hatton National Bank Ltd. (HNB) said today it has taken full control of two local joint ventures with J P Morgan Chase & Co., due to the US Finance Company's decision to exit the country. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 20:04:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Special committee to probe 1983 anti-Tamil riots
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Wednesday June 13. The government is to appoint a special committee to probe the root causes of the July 1983 anti Tamil riots which marked the beginning of the 18-year-old conflict in Sri Lanka.

Minister for Ethnic Affairs, Athauda Seneviratne says that the idea is to find out the causes for the riots, pay compensation to the victims and prevent a similar situation from taking place again.

It has not yet been decided if a retired judge will head the committee. If the committee is appointed it will be the first time that such an initiative has been mooted as the 1983 riots was never probed by the State.

Varying statistics allege that 500 to 10,000 Tamils were massacred during the week long rioting.
Published: Wed Jun 13 01:10:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Rise in Visa fees to US
CDN, June 13. The American Embassy announced yesterday that it would raise its visa fees for Sri Lankans travelling to the United States in response to similar visa fee increases imposed by the Sri Lankan Government on American travelers. As of June 15, most Sri Lankan travelers will be required to pay an issuance fee of $ 190, in addition to the current $ 45 processing fee, in order to receive their visas. This fee increase is a reciprocal action taken after recent visa fee increases imposed by the Sri Lankan Government on most foreign travellers, including Americans, staying more than 30 days in Sri Lanka. Most governments around the world follow a practice of reciprocity in regard to visa fees and other matters. The new Sri Lankan visa fee schedule calls for a Rs. 20,000 fee for stays up to 12 months. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 12:17:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

ICRC holds war surgery seminar in Sri Lanka
123India.com, Jun 13 2001 10:32 IST. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is set to hold a two-day seminar in Sri Lanka on war surgery and the treatment of casualties, the organisation said Wednesday. The ICRC said the seminar, to be attended by some 100 local doctors and surgeons, will focus on deciding the order of treatment of victims, amputations and the management of the war wounded. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 05:01:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Catholic Bishop Group Denies Statement on Peace
Nothern Light, Wednesday, June 13, 2001 12:24 AM EST . The Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka denied on Tuesday that the statement made by two bishops, who are currently on a European tour, in London, on the country's 18-year ethnic crisis were their views, The Island newspaper said on Wednesday. President of the organization Bishop Oswald Gomis said that they had been trying to get a verification from the two bishops who are currently on a Europe but have been unsuccessful in contacting them. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 05:04:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Strife endangers Sri Lanka elephants
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 13 June, 2001, 15:08 GMT 16:08 UK . The Sri Lankan president has set up a committee to look into the growing number of conflicts between humans and elephants, displaced from their traditional jungle habitat by the country's civil war. Villagers who are harassed by wild elephants have been told to report to their local police stations immediately, rather than take the law into their own hands. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 13:05:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Plans Radical Revamp of National Parks
Nothern Light, Wednesday, June 13, 2001 6:28 AM EST . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka, with one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, announced plans on Wednesday to radically reorganize its national parks and zoos to help protect wildlife, particularly elephants. A government statement also said the Wildlife Department and Zoological Gardens had been brought under the control of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 08:11:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka to play in 3 nation one-day series in England
Times of India (Breaking News), 13 June 2001. Sri Lanka will take part in a three nation one-day series during India's tour of England next year where the Indians are scheduled to go for a Test series, the Sri Lankan cricket board confirmed on Wednesday. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 05:06:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Bandaranaike cancels UK visit
Gulf news, 13 June 2001. Speaker Anura Bandaranaike has cancelled a visit to the UK in view of the current developments in Sri Lanka over the issue of moves to impeach the Chief Justice and a subsequent Supreme Court ruling related to the matter. Bandaranaike told Gulf News that he called off the London visit as he is expected to give a ruling about the Supreme Court injunction order which prevents him appointing a Parliamentary Select Committee to probe the Chief Justice impeachment motion.Bandaranaike was due to leave on Saturday for a Common-wealth Parliamentary Union conference on June 11. More...
Published: Wed Jun 13 00:29:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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