The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 6, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 91

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Tamil women protest against sexual harassment by military and police
Leo de Lile in Colombo. Tamil women protest against sexual harassment of Tamil women by military and police personal during a demonstration at Lipton?s circle in Colombo, on Friday. Identity cards of Tamils are regularly examined at checkpoints and under the Sri Lanka?s present laws, anyone suspected of involvements with Tamil Tiger rebels can be detained up to 18 months without charges. Gang rapes of Tamil women by soldiers and policemen have been reported in the past, mainly in the north and east of the country, where most of the fighting between the government troops and Tamil rebels takes place. Large Picture...

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President Kumaratunge Suspicious of her own Ministers
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 06/07/01 1810GMT. President Chandrika Kumaratunge is suspicious of her own people planning to topple the government with the main opposition United National Party (UNP), a local newspaper claimed. The President has ordered the intelligence services to have round the clock supervision on them , Ravaya, Sinhala weekly said today. One time Presidentís closest ally, Parliamentary Affairs and Samurdhi Minister S.B. Dissanayake, Environment Minister Mahinda Wijesekara, Industrial Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Civil Aviation Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopullai and Agriculture Minister and the Secretary General of Peoplesí Alliance (PA) D.M. Jayaratne are among them, the paper said. According to Ravaya, President is seriously concerned on Minister Dissanayake.

Minister Dissanayake was involved in the conspiracy to topple the government even before the no confidence motion came in to being, President Kumaratunge has disclosed to her current close allies. A leading businessman close to Minister Peiris has acted as the mediator in between Minister Dissanayake and the UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe to create a national government with some PA MPs joining the UNP and later oust the President as the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) with the help of majority members of the party's working committee, Ravaya reveals.

According to Ravaya, many SLFPers want the President to sack Minister Dissanayake strait away; but she has opted to act in a tactical manner. Although Minister Dissanayake is armed with a group of disillusioned MPs, others in the government are on a war path with him over the situation. While there are strong indications that Presidentís former ally will soon lose his portfolio as well as the secretary general position of the SLFP, some still doubt as it may create another crisis not only in the party, but also in the whole political arena.
Published: Fri Jul 6 14:12:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Solheim may liaise only with LTTE
The Hindustan Times, july 6. THE SRI Lankan and Norwegian governments have redefined the basic parameters of the peace process in Sri Lanka. The role of Erik Solheim, earlier designated as Special Envoy and Facilitator, has undergone a qualitative change. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry establishment has gained ascendance over the freelance facilitator, Solheim. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 19:15:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Mahinda Rajapaksa requested to be SLFP Secretary General?
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 06/07/01 1535 GMT. Fisheries Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has been requested to take over as new Secretary General of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), a local radio announced today. But Minister Rajapaksa, in an interview with BBC's Sandeshaya, dismissed the report saying, "The President did not invite me at all to be new Secretary General of the party. Even if she invites, I would not accept it". The analysts in Colombo, however, believe that the party authorities might have approached the minister , but he is reluctant to admit it.

Rumours are spreading over the role of Parliamentary Affairs and Samurdhi Minister S.B. Dissanayake, who won the key post as SLFP's Secretary General after a controversial battle with acting Secretary General, Minister Maithripala Sirisena. President Kumaratunga also supported Minister Dissanayake's nomination, while Prime Minister and Minister Rajapaksa supported Minister Sirisena.

Minister Dissanayake (known as SB), a former close ally of the President, is said to be unhappy over President's secret moves to investigate his wealth and has recently had a strong argument with her, the political sources say. He has also wanted to be the deputy leader of the SLFP, and has lost his faith with the government's move to bring back the President's estranged brother, speaker Anura Bandaranaike to a high post in the PA. However, the analysts do not believe that he will leave PA at this juncture, unless he is offered a much higher position by the UNP.

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Published: Fri Jul 6 11:38:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Samurdhi minister to make dramatic move
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1253 slt 06.07.01. Samurdhi minister and SLFP General Secretary S.B.Dissanayake is expected to make a dramatic move today, according sources close to him.The Minister is spear heading a group within the ruling People's Alliance which wants to form a government with the UNP. " He is ready to make his move. It might happen today" the source said.
Published: Fri Jul 6 03:15:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

We will resign if PA joins UNP- Batty Weerakoon
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 06/07/01 0750 GMT. The Lanka Samasamaja Party (LSSP) and the Communist Party (CP) will resign from the government, if the government joins with the main rival United National Party to form a government of "National Unity" Justice minister Batty Weerakoon said. Speaking with BBC's Sandeshaya, Minister Weerakoon, the leader of the LSSP, said that although the Prime Minister can make his personal comments, he is not allowed to make any official statement without consulting the executive board of the People's Alliance (PA). Mr. Weerakoon was commenting on Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake's offer of resignation to give a way for Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe. Addressing the nation via state television and radio, the PM has admitted that it will be difficult for the PA to run the government, due to current political turmoil.

The LSSP and CP had, in a joint statement, earlier also protested the concept of "National Government", which will sideline the minority parties in the coalition.

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Published: Fri Jul 6 03:52:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's ruling party delays no-trust vote again
Times of India (Breaking News), July 6. Sri Lanka's shaky ruling coalition on Friday again staved off a make-or-break vote in parliament by resisting an early date for an opposition-led ouster move, officials said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance refused to agree on an early date to debate a no-confidence motion against her government, which lost its parliamentary majority June 20. The Opposition hit back by submitting another resolution seeking to establish that its ranks now have a majority in the 225-member assembly. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 08:07:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Complete hartal in the Tamil-Muslim areas of North East
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 3.18 PM SLT Friday July 6, 2001. Sri Lanka's North East populated by Tamils and Muslims today observed a complete "hartal" or general strike to protest against alleged human rights violations by the Security Forces.The strike call was given by eleven Tamil parties after a married Tamil women was raped at a security forces' checkpoint in Maradana in Colombo recently.

Life in the Jaffna peninsula came to a complete standstill with shops, schools,and private organisations all downing their shutters.Attendance was thin in government offices and transport did not ply, sources there said. "The response was 100% in Batticaloa and Amparai," said a resident of Batticaloa."Even Muslims joined the shut down," he added.

There is a wave of anger among the Muslims also,after the police did not come to the aid of the Muslims when they were attacked by politically connected Sinhala hoodlums in Mawanella in the Central provinces some time back.Eastern Muslims are backing the breakaway faction of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Mr.Rauf Hakeem because he is pressing for strong action against minister Mahipala Herath,whose men allegedly created the trouble in Mawanella.The Muslim support for the Tamil organised bandh is said to be a reflection of Mr.Hakeem's belligerent stance on the ethnic issue as opposed to his rival minister Mrs.Ferial Ashraff's soft,pro-government line.

In ethnically mixed Trincomalee district too,the shut down was total,with even Sinhala shops downing shutters.Schools did not function,residents said.

In the Up-Country areas populated by Indian Origin Tamil tea garden workers,people joined a one hour prayer meeting in various places in a silent protest against human rights violations.In Colombo, the eleven Tamil parties which had called for the hartal, held a demonstration in the centre of the city.

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Published: Fri Jul 6 05:19:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Chandrika says Indo-Pak summit will revive SAARC
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 5.05 PM SLT Friday July 6,2001. President Mrs.Chandrika Kumaratunga,who is also Chairperson of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC),has said that she is "confident" that the forthcoming summit meeting between the Indian Prime Minister Mr.Atal Behari Vajpayee and the Pakistani President Gen.Pervez Musharraf, will give a fresh impetus to regional cooperation under the SAARC framework.

In a message to the two leaders today, Mrs.Kumaratunga said that regional cooperation under the SAARC framework," will be of immense benefit to all the countries and peoples of the region."

Describing the summit as "historic and momentous",the Sri Lankan President said that the meeting was welcomed particularly by the people of South Asia as a positive step towards reconciliation and resolving the longstanding issues between India and Pakistan.

"We, in Sri Lanka,have traditionally enjoyed close friendshp and cooperation with both India and Pakistan.For this reason,we are particularly happy at the resumption of dialogue and hope very much that progress at the forthcoming summit will contribute to achieving lasting peace and security in the sub-continent," Mrs.Kumaratunga said.
Published: Fri Jul 6 07:15:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Speaker rejects UNP move in parliament to claim majority
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1256 slt 06.07.01. Speaker Anura Bandaranaike today rejected a move by the UNP to claim that the opposition has majority in the house. W.J.M. Lokubandara moved a motion in the house today asking that all parliamentary committees be reconstituted since the majority of parliamentarians are on the Opposition. However Fisheries Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa objected saying due notice has not been given for the motion. Parliament had to be adjourned for about five minutes when the two sides argued the issue. Later the speaker held with the government and said notice had to be given for such a motion.
Published: Fri Jul 6 03:15:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Strikes Wage Deal With Port Workers
yahoo , july 6. Sri Lanka has struck a wage deal with union leaders who had threatened to lead a strike of some 3,000 employees at the country's main Colombo port, officials said Friday. "The ports ministry agreed to increase the interim allowance of 750 Sri Lanka rupees ($1=LKR90.50) granted to workers this year to a permanent salary hike of LKR2,000," Daya Wijesekera, senior assistant secretary of the ministry, told Dow Jones Newswires. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 10:37:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Sees Few Chances To Lift Power Cuts
yahoo, July 6. With only intermittent rains over the past few days, Sri Lanka's state-run Ceylon Electricity Board has little chance of lifting the daily power cuts imposed this week, power ministry officials said Friday. The electricity board began 90-minute power outages from July 2 to conserve electricity amid falling water levels at reservoirs. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 10:36:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

15 Lankan refugees rescued off Rameswaram
Times of India (Breaking News), 6 July 2001. Nearly 15 Sri Lankan refugees, who were stranded in extreme temperatures in one of the islets off Rameswaram coast, have been rescued by revenue officials and brought to the Mandapam camp in Ramanathapuram district, officials said on Friday. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 10:33:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Party leaders to meet on July 12th to fix date for no confidence motion
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1248 slt 06.07.01. Leaders of political parties today decided to hold parliamentary sittings on the 18th and 19th of July and meet on 12th July to fix a date for the no confidence motion tabled in the house by three opposition parties. The discussion on whether to hold parliamentary sittings arose since the nation census is to be held on the 17th. Opposition sources said 115 opposition M.Ps would submit a letter to Speaker Anura Bandaranaike asking the debate on the motion to be debated at the next sitting of parliament
Published: Fri Jul 6 03:15:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sporadic strikes held to protest Sri Lanka rape
MSNBC, 6 July. Several areas of Sri Lanka were closed for business on Friday as sporadic strikes were staged following the recent alleged gang rape of a woman from the Tamil minority by three policemen.Shops in coastal areas in the east and in the northern Jaffna peninsula were closed as Tamil political groups and unions called a ''hartal,'' or work stoppage, to protest the alleged attack on the woman at a checkpoint in Colombo last month. Three policemen have been arrested in the case.''In Batticaloa District, all the shops were closed and there is no transportation and no civilians on the street,'' said one official from the area.Police and military personnel guard checkpoints throughout Colombo to thwart suicide bombers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a rebel group fighting since 1983 for a separate Tamil state in the country's north and east.The rebels use women suicide bombers to target politicians and other officials, but rights groups say Tamil civilians are frequently harassed at checkpoints, where they can be taken into custody for not having proper identification. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 05:19:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka ruling party again delays no-trust vote
123India, 06 July 2001. Sri Lanka's shaky ruling coalition Friday again staved off a make-or-break vote in parliament by resisting an early date for an opposition-led ouster move, officials said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance refused to agree on an early date to debate a no-confidence motion against her government, which lost its parliamentary majority June 20.The opposition hit back by submitting another resolution seeking to establish that its ranks now have a majority in the 225-member assembly. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 04:31:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka doctors get the runs after reunion
123India.com, Jul 06 2001 10:59 IST. COLOMBO, July 6 (AFP) - Sri Lankan doctors suffered diarrhoea, chest pains and headaches after a buffet dinner at their annual reunion, sending most of them to the hospital, officials said Friday. Nearly 200 doctors attended the Government Medical Officers' Association meeting at a de luxe international conference hall here last Saturday, and more than two thirds of them had to be treated for food poisoning. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 04:02:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan anti-terrorism laws still need MPs' vote: experts
123India.com, Jul 05 2001 19:48 IST. COLOMBO, July 5 (AFP) - The call on security forces to maintain public order in Sri Lanka following the end of emergency rule Thursday will still require parliamentary approval, legal experts said. Lawyers said the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the Public Security Ordinance would also require parliamentary ratification, although unlike the emergency laws they need not go before the legislature every month. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 12:06:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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PSO and PTA invoked to ban LTTE and beef up security
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 5.25 PM SLT Thursday July 5, 2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today re-imposed the ban on the LTTE,declared every district in the island as a security area,mobilised the armed forces to maintain law and order and acquired powers to restrict the movement and supply of goods and services, by invoking the Public Security Ordinance (PSO) and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Now, the ban on the LTTE need not be ratified by parliament because it has been imposed under the PTA, an act already passed by parliament.The government has also doubly fortified itself by saying that the action taken cannot be questioned in a court of law.

Government had to resort to the PSO and the PTA because the State of Emergency,under which it was tackling LTTE terrorism,had lapsed and the Peoples' Alliance government had no parliamentary majority to get it ratified again.Earlier,the ban on the LTTE and other restrictive security measures were subject to ratification by parliament every month because the Emergency Regulations themselves had to be ratified by parliament every month.Now government need not go to parliament every month because the PSO and PTA had already been passed by parliament.

The President has invoked the appropriate sections of the PSO to declare a virtual Emergency.They give the government powers to deploy the armed forces throughout the country and restrict and regulate the movement of strategic goods and services so necessary to fight terrorism.
Published: Thu Jul 5 07:26:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Emergency lapses but fresh proclamation on the cards
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 3.18 PM SLT Thursday July 5, 2001. Emergency lapsed in Sri Lanka on wednesday because there was no proclamation extending it till the evening of wednesday,officials said.However, political circles expect a fresh proclamation to be issued shortly because government is hell bent on having the Emergency Regulations, to be able to tackle the LTTE.

As per law,a proclamation of Emergency has to be ratified by parliament within ten days.A fresh proclamation is expected between July 6 and 9th.The 11 or 14 extra days the ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) will get as a result of this "lapse" are expected to be used to garner support in parliament for the motion extending the Emergency.

Government is working particularly on the seven MPs of the breakaway Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Mr.Rauf Hakeem.

Grapevine has it that the ruling party's emissaries,including ministers,have met SLMC leaders and MPs.A rebel SLMC MP told this correspondent that the faction had adopted a "wait and see" approach."Let them make a credible offer and we will consider it," he said. He further said that both Mr.Rauf Hakeem and Mrs.Ferial Ashraff were basically fighting for the rights of the Muslims and the minorities, but in different ways.While Mrs.Ashraff was doing it from within the government,Mr.Hakeem was doing it from outside, he said."If Mrs.Ashraff is able to coax President Chandrika Kumaratunga to meet some of the basic demands of the Muslims we could consider going back," the MP said.
Published: Thu Jul 5 05:17:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka Minister/Stoned -2: Supported President
yahoo, jul 4. Sri Lanka's first Muslim woman Cabinet minister was stoned Thursday by members of a rival party while she was on her way to a meeting in the country's eastern town of Ampara, police and witnesses said. Fariel Ashraff escaped unhurt, but four of her supporters received injuries in the attack, said the witnesses who declined to be named. Ampara is located city 200 kilometers east of Colombo and is a Muslim majority area. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 12:34:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Rajiv Gandhi murder: CBI seeks Prabhakaran aide
IndiaInfo, July 4 . India has launched a massive international hunt for a key aide of Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, who allegedly financed the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.KP is one of the few LTTE leaders who report directly to Prabhakaran. KP, who was once based in India and had set up safe houses for the LTTE in the country, is known to be the group's de facto banker. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 14:36:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Students Protest Sri Lanka Army's Arrest Of Tamil Student
yahoo, july 4 . Students at Sri Lanka's Jaffna University walked out of their classes Thursday to protest the arrest and alleged torture of a fellow Tamil student by the army earlier this week. Over 1,500 students, almost all of them belonging to Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamil minority, left their classes and gathered at the university's main gate asking the army to free Krishnasway Thiviyan, who was arrested by the army Monday. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 12:35:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE marks suicide anniversary
Indian Express, July 5. he Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday marked the 14th anniversary of their first suicide bombing with religious services for 217 "black tigers".The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said a total of 217 suicide bombers, known as "black tigers", had died while carrying out attacks in the past 14 years. 59 of them were women. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 12:37:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka ends state of emergency
123India.com, Jul 05 2001 15:37 IST. COLOMBO, July 5 (AFP) - Sri Lanka Thursday ended a state of emergency that gave sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects, the information department said. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 08:13:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Jay-walking jumbo killed by truck in Sri Lanka
123India.com, Jul 05 2001 17:23 IST. COLOMBO, July 5 (AFP) - A jay-walking teenage elephant was killed in a road accident in northeastern Sri Lanka, local officials said Thursday. The 15-year-old jumbo was knocked down by a truck when it tried to cross the road that runs through a teak forest in the Habarana area on Tuesday night, a local wildlife official said. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 08:12:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

StarLink Bio-Corn Found in White Corn Products
yahoo, July 5. StarLink corn, the genetically modified yellow variety whose presence in food products last fall resulted in widespread recalls, has been found for the first time in a white corn product.``Millions of people may have thought they were avoiding eating StarLink corn by eating white corn. So now we see it's contaminated too,'' he said.He noted the continuing spread of StarLink into human food products had already prompted some countries like Sri Lanka to ban any use of the biotech corn. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 09:10:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top

India, US statements cause resentment in Lanka
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Thursday, July 05, 2001. Stung by apparent criticism from India and the United States about its air attacks on LTTE positions in the Jaffna peninsula, Sri Lanka on Thursday stoutly defended the bombings, saying it will not be deterred by what its political opponents and other governments might say. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 10:13:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

We will win no-trust vote, says Lanka opposition
Asian Age, 05 July 2001. Sri Lankaís main Opposition party on Thursday said it had secured enough defections from the ruling coalition to win a no confidence vote next month. Several members of the ruling Peoplesí Alliance, which lost its majority in Parliament last week after the defection of a key ally, had agreed to vote with the Opposition, a spokesman for the United National Party said. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 03:40:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Court suspends enjoining order, Ferial to function as NUA leader
Island, 5 July. The court yesterday suspended the enjoining order issued on June 28 restraining Ferial Ashraff from functioning as the leader of the National Unity Alliance (NUA).The restraining order was issued by court last week following an application made by the SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem.Following yesterday’s order Messrs. M. L. A. M. Hisbullah and Asitha Perera will now function in their earlier posts in the NUA.Mrs. Ashraff addressing the media last evening reiterated that she would now re-commence to function as the leader of the NUA and none could now challenge.The highcommand of the NUA has taken a decision to request the minister to take back the cabinet portfolio and other members of the NUA to function in their positions. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 04:05:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Stringent visa regulations for Indian, Sri Lankan students
ndtv/msnbc, 05 July 2001. Students from India, Pakistan, China and Sri Lanka, coming to study in Australia, face tougher tests under the new visa regulations of the country. "The regulations are to crackdown on visa scams. The new package of reform merely lays down in more transparent terms the conditions required for securing a student visa," an Immigration Ministry spokeswoman said. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 05:49:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ferial to sack Hakeem today in Ampara
Island, 5 July. National Unity Alliance leader, Ferial Ashraff, will sack Rauff Hakeem from the politburo and high command of the party at a delegates’ conference in Ampara today, informed political sources said. The move comes just two days after district courts lifted an enjoining order obtained by the Hakeem faction, restraining Ferial from functioning as NUA leader.Ferial left yesterday for Ampara where she is to chair the party delegates’ meetings, comprising such members as district organisers, at the Ampara Town Hall. She is expected back for the crucial Emergency vote tomorrow. "The NUA high command will decide on the new office bearers and it will be approved by the delegates, as is provided for in the party’s constitution," she confirmed to ‘The Island’ before her departure for Ampara.Asked whether she will expel Hakeem as NUA general secretary, Ferial pointed that the former had last week made himself leader of the party and appointed another general secretary. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 04:03:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka in fresh offensive as Tigers mark suicide anniversary
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, July 5 3:05 PM SGT . Sri Lanka army commandos killed 12 Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday as the guerrillas marked the 14th anniversary of their first suicide bombing, officials said. A commando unit moved nine kilometres (6 miles) into territory held by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Wanni area to stage the surprise assault, officials said. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 05:07:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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US Pacific commander to visit Sri Lanka
123India.com, Jul 05 2001 11:28 IST. The commander of the US Pacific fleet is due to visit Sri Lanka next week for talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and military leaders, a press report said Thursday. Admiral Dennis P. Blair will be the first Commander-in-chief of the Pacific fleet to visit Sri Lanka, the Island newspaper said, adding he will hold several rounds of talks with the military top brass. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 03:00:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE camp razed, 12 killed
The Hindustan Times, 05 July 2001. SRI LANKAN troops attacked a Tamil rebel camp at dawn Thursday, killing at least 12 rebels in a surprise assault, a military spokesman said. Five government soldiers were also wounded in the attack that took place near Mannar, 208 km north of Colombo, said spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne. Mannar town is under government control, but the rebels from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam control areas around the town. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 03:12:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Pachyderm paper makes a statement
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 5 July, 2001, 13:45 GMT 14:45 UK . The next time you are in the Sri Lankan capital and you receive an invitation to cocktails, watch out. Your embossed card may just be published on paper made out of elephant dung. A company in the island nation is now finding new ways to recycle elephant waste, turning it into a moneyspinner and a great conversation starter. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 10:51:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Pro Govt demos in Colombo as no-confidence motion stalled
Asian Age, 05 July 2001. Approximately 50,000 government supporters marched through Sri Lanka's capital and blocked rush hour traffic today, accusing the political opposition of favouring Tamil guerrillas. In another part of the city, leaders from top opposition parties and the governing peoples alliance coalition met for two and half hours but failed to decide dates for debating and voting on a no-confidence motion that the opposition plans to bring in the house. Tens of thousands of supporters wound through Colombo's main thoroughfares during the morning rush hour, waving placards and shouting slogans as they forced traffic to come to a halt in several places. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 03:31:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka slams US, India over air raid concern
123India.com, Jul 05 2001 11:08 IST. Sri Lanka's nationalist parties and newspapers Thursday criticised the United States and India for expressing "concern" over renewed air attacks against Tamil separatists. The National Joint Committee, which comprises over 40 hardline nationalistic groups, condemned both Washington and New Delhi for their reactions to the weekend bombings directed against Tamil Tiger rebels in the north of the island. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 03:01:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

PLOTE accused of training children in arms
NDTV/MSNBC, 05 July 2001. Amnesty International has accused the Peoples Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) of committing human rights abuses in northern Sri Lanka and training children in arms in its camp. In a letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the organization asked her to rein in PLOTE, which it alleged, was being paid and armed by the government. Fifteen children, who were allegedly being trained by PLOTE at its "Lucky House" camp, have been transferred to an unknown PLOTE camp, the human rights watchdog said and urged the government to locate the children and return them to their families. More...
Published: Thu Jul 5 03:08:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE banned as Tamil groups fret
chennaionline, july 6. Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka today flayed the government for banning the LTTE afresh after its earlier proscription under Emergency Regulations lapsed on Wednesday.“The promptness of the move is a clear signal to the Tamil people that this government is not interested at all in solving their problem. Proscribing the Tigers again in this manner is equal to dismissing the concerns of the Tamil people,” an alliance of 10 Tamil parties said in a statement to pro-LTTE website TamilNet. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 15:57:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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