The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 30, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 115

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Sri Lankan Tamils in U.S. to form group
The Hindu (International), 31-07-2001 . BOSTON, JULY 30. After New York, the Sri Lankan Tamils residing in several States of the United States of America met in a Boston suburb last Saturday and decided to form an international group committed to non-violence as a creed in the struggle for justice and human rights of the suffering Tamils of Sri Lanka. The Janata Party president, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, addressed the gathering. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 17:27:52 EDT 2001


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Government offers to return bodies
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.10 p.m. SLT Monday July 30. The Government for the first time since rebels have died in Colombo, have offered to return the bodies of the Tigers killed in last Tuesday's devastating attack on Sri Lanka's main Air Force base and single international airport at Katunayake.

The bodies are expected to be returned using the offices of the International Committee for the Red Cross in Colombo.

Harsha Gunewardena, spokesman for the ICRC confirmed that the police had requested the ICRC to hand over the bodies back to the LTTE. "We have already notified the LTTE but have not yet received either a positive nor a negative response," he said. The ICRC, he added will make a decision on the matter the moment the LTTE responds.

The military claims it killed over 12 rebel cadre last Tuesday when the Tigers launched a daring pre dawn attack on the airport and air force base.
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:11:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Kumaratunga ready to risk her life to change constitution
Press Trust of India, Monday, July 30, 2001. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said she is ready to even risk her life to change country's constitution amidst opposition to next month's referendum in this regard. "I am prepared to go ahead with the constitutional changes even if that puts my life at risk," Kumaratunga told a referendum campaign rally at Kurunegala. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 11:23:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chandrika to discuss referendum with religious heads
Indiainfo, July 30. : President Chandrika Kumaratunga has invited various religious leaders for a discussion on the proposed referendum for a new Constitution. Discussions are already on with the Opposition and other political parties. Official sources said that the President would seek the opinion of religious leaders on the proposed new Constitution, aimed at ending the ethnic strife in the country. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 12:57:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Maestro Amaradeva delighted of Magsaysay Award
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 30/07/01 1405GMT. Pandith Amaradeva is delighted with the decision of the Magsaysay Foundation to award him this years "Journalism, Literature and Creative Communications Arts" prize. " I am not surprised, but it is an honour not only for me personally, but also for the country and the nation" Maestro W.D. Amaradeva told BBC’s Sandeshaya programme to be broadcast at 1515GMT.

The legendary musician said although he has always been "wedded" to his music and the experiments without expecting any award or a prize, global recognition of his work is encouraging. " I would like to share this with my contemporary musicians and the writers" the Maestro continued. He said he would use the prize money to offer scholarships to poor students through his Amaradeva Foundation.
Published: Mon Jul 30 10:05:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Pandith Amaradeva awarded with prestigious Magsaysay  - Saroj Pathirana in London

Post-Colombo attack, Australia steps up CHOGM vigil
Yahoo, July 30. Australian agencies monitoring security for the October Commonwealth meet have stepped up vigil after the Tamil Tiger attack in Colombo, particularly as the Indian and Sri Lankan representatives are at a high risk. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) would begin on October 6 in Brisbane in which more than 50 heads of former British colonies will participate. The protective services have also been alarmed by a spate of robberies in which small weapons have been stolen. In the latest incident 14 high-powered handguns in Brisbane were stolen. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 16:20:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

West wants foreign security for airport
HT, 31 July 2001. ALMOST AS a pre-condition to withdrawal of their advisories against visiting Sri Lanka, some western powers have suggested that the Bandanaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo be handed over to a reputed foreign company to ensure security of international standards. This was conveyed to leading Sri Lankan tour operators who met western envoys after the LTTE attacked the BIA and Britain,Germany and the United States issued advisories asking their nationals not to visit Sri Lanka in the short term. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 20:15:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan airline hopes to return damaged aircraft to service within a few mont...
Nothern Light, Monday, July 30, 2001 10:31 AM EST . Officials at SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka's national carrier, are hopeful that three of its damaged aircraft will be flying again within a few months, after the rebel attack on Bandaranaike International Airport last week. SriLankan Airlines struggled to meet flight schedules after three of its 12 Airbus aircraft were destroyed and another three damaged in the attack by Tamil Tiger rebels. The airline will reduce long-haul flights to concentrate on passengers travelling to Singapore and Dubai, reported Reuters. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 11:25:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Referendum Violence begins
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.15 p.m. SLT Monday July 30. Incidents of referendum violence have already been reported to the Elections Unit at Police Headquarters. As emotions are stirred and the countdown begins to a referendum on August 21 this year, police headquarters have reported that supporters of the United National Party (UNP)were attacked by some drunken thugs in the Weligama area last night. It has been reported that two UNP supporters were assaulted by the thugs when putting up posters which called for a vote against a new constitution.

Meanwhile, according to the police, a group of JVP supporters were also attacked in Thambuttegama. The JVP are also calling on the masses to vote against the bringing in of a new constitution.
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:11:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Fighting intensifies in the North
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1 p.m. SLT Monday July 30. As fighting intensified in the northern peninsula between security forces and Tiger rebels this weekend, the army reported today that troops on a patrol in the general area West of Irani-iiuppaikkulam, about 14 Kms north west of Vavuniya were ambushed by rebels around 5 P.M last evening.

Reinforcements had been rushed from the defence line and cleared the area. A fire fight went on for a few minutes after which the army claims the rebels fled the area. Two soldiers were killed in the confrontation.

The military meanwhile say that troops have killed upto five rebel cadre yesterday in two different confrontations in the northern peninsula.
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:11:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lanka Buddhists battle Christian conversions
123India, 30 July 2001. Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist clergy Monday called for laws to ban Christian conversions spreading in poverty-stricken rural villages and vowed collective action against the practice. The monks, led by high priest of the Agririya chapter Udagama Buddharakkita, adopted an 11-point plan to fight proselytisers active in several districts of the island. "We call on the authorities to immediately bring legislation to prevent the conversions taking place under the cover of helping rural communities to improve their economic standards," the monks said in a statement. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 08:36:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Inter university students protest against the referendum
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Monday July 30. The Inter University Students Federation plan to begin an island-wide campaign against the holding of the referendum on August 21 this year.

The students maintain that it is a gross misuse of public funds and totally unjustified to spend some 600 million rupees in order to ascertain a vague answer to an equally vague question.

The students plan to hold their first demonstration tomorrow in front of the Fort Railway Station. They claim that thereafter, on August 6 and 7, the students plan to carry out demonstrations around the country in protest against the holding of the referendum.
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:11:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lanka offers cash discounts to woo tourists after airport attack
123India.com, Jul 30 2001 15:27 IST. Sri Lanka has begun offering 15 percent discounts to holiday-makers in a bid to woo back tourists scared off by last week's rebel attack on the country's only international airport, officials said Monday. The Ceylon Tourist Board said all visitors to the island were being given coupons that would entitle them to cash discounts on all food and beverage charges in hotels. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:13:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan govt terminates peace talks with LTTE
TOI, 30 July 2001. The Sri Lankan government on Monday ended moves toward peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, saying it will not lift a ban on the separatist group after last week's devastating attack near Colombo. "It is totally out of question," Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was quoted as saying by the state-run Daily News on the issue of lifting a ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Lifting of the ban, imposed after the rebels attacked this Buddhist majority island country's main shrine in 1998, is the main precondition of the rebels to enter peace talks. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 08:24:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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'Airport attack rules out de-proscription of LTTE'  - The Hindu NUS
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Sri Lanka says ban on Tamil Tigers to stay  - 123India.com
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Sri Lanka rules out lifting ban on LTTE  - NDTV/MSNBC

19 Men Detained In Probe Of Sri Lanka Airport Attack
Yahoo Singapore, 30 July 2001. Police and air force investigators have detained 19 men for questioning about the Tamil rebel attack on Sri Lanka's only international airport and adjoining air base, officials said Monday. Nine Tamil civilians were detained during overnight raids, adding to the seven minority men taken into custody last week, a policeman at the Wennappuwa police station, near the airport, said on condition of anonymity. The air force detained another air man overnight. The air force is now holding three air force men - all members of the Sinhalese majority - who were on guard duty when the Katunayake air base and the airport were attacked July 24. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 04:41:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Prabhakaran, brain behind Lankan airport attack
Indiainfo, July 29. The Bandaranaike International airport attack was conceptualised by Liberation Tigers Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran and the blue print for the attack and training programme for the operation was prepared by him in association with LTTE Intelligence Chief Pottu Amman and two others.The greatest success, however, was when Pottu Amman's intelligence bureau succeeded in purchasing maps and blue prints from middle raking air force officers for a hefty amount. The Tigers also converted a few airmen stationed at Katunayake into 'moles' through financial incentives. At least two suspected airmen are now under arrest for alleged collaboration with the LTTE. Significantly, none of these airmen or Air Force officers are Tamils. More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 20:07:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan Tamil Oppn to back Constitutional change
Indiainfo, July 29. Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka have decided to support a new Constitution that will allow them to run their own administration and guarantee equal rights.The minority parties, which campaigned for a "no" vote at the August 21 referendum on the proposed Constitutional changes, will vote with the ruling Peoples Alliance (PA) if a new draft statute that guarantees equal rights to all people is introduced. More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 20:10:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka hope to seal final berth
NDTV/MSNBC, Monday, July 30, 2001 . Stung by a comprehensive defeat to India, Sri Lanka would aim to seal their berth in the final when they take on New Zealand in a league encounter of the triangular one-day series here tomorrow. India's first win in the series, a seven-wicket defeat of Sri Lanka, has opened up the tournament and Sri Lanka and New Zealand cannot take their place in the final for granted. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 09:20:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka fears tourism slump
BBC South Asia, Monday, 30 July, 2001, 12:49 GMT 13:49 UK . Officials fear the images of foreign tourists scurrying for cover amid burning aircraft on the airport tarmac could scare away western visitors. No tourist was killed in the attack but half of the total fleet of the country's flag carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, was damaged or destroyed. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 08:18:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan tourism could be cut in half  - MSNBC

LTTE 'leopards' led the operation: report
The Hindu (International), 30-07-2001 . The LTTE attack on the Katunayake airbase and the adjoining Bandaranaike International Airport was carried out after nearly a year of elaborate planning and intelligence gathering, a newspaper has reported.The newspaper claimed that 21 cadres - led by a senior cadre named Amman - were involved. One of the cadres is said to have had a pilot's licence, while another was an aeronautical engineer. While 14 cadres were killed in the operation, five of them by blasting themselves, seven escaped, including a videographer, who recorded the entire operation on his camera. More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 17:35:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE targets bombed,tourism pays the price
TOI, July 29. The Sri Lankan air force bombed a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel base in the island's north, the defence ministry here said Sunday.The bombing sortie was carried out against a base of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the coastal area of Chalai on Saturday afternoon, the ministry said in a statement.Meanwhile, thousands of cancellations by tourists and suspension of flights to Sri Lanka by charter companies will ignite a fierce price war among hoteliers, industry sources said. Large travel agencies say they have lost planeloads of tourists who were set to arrive in the next few weeks. More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 20:25:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lankan air force jets bomb Tamil Tigers  - Deccan Herald

Sri Lanka Tourist Bd Says Security Tightened At Resorts
Yahoo Singapore, 30 July 2001. Sri Lanka's Tourist Board Monday said security has been beefed up at all resorts across the country following a Tamil Tiger rebel attack on the nation's only international airport last week. "Security arrangements have been tightened at all tourist resorts," the board said in a statement. It also said the airport has resumed normal operations. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 04:44:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE escaped three chances of detection before airbase attack
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Sunday, July 29, 2001. The LTTE suicide squad which attacked the Katunayake military airbase on Tuesday destroying over a dozen aircraft escaped three clear chances of detection while trekking into the air force installation, media reports said today. The squad escaped three clear chances of detection while trekking a few miles close to and within the sprawling 700-acre air force installation, which they had entered by cutting the fencing under the cover of darkness, on Monday night, defence analyst of Jane's Defence News, Iqbal Athas, said in a graphic account of the operation. More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 10:59:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan among winners of Magsaysay awards
Yahoo India, Monday July 30, 11:31 AM. MANILA (Reuters) - A Chinese agricultural scientist and a government official are among the seven winners of the 2001 Ramon Magsaysay Awards for excellence, the award foundation said on Monday. ....-- for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communications Arts: K.W.D. Amaradeva of Sri Lanka, "who has wedded the poetry of his native Sinhalese culture to Buddhist chants, North Indian ragas and Christian hymns". More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:28:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Major shake-up, clean-up after Tiger bombings at Sri Lanka airport
Yahoo Asia, Sunday, July 29 8:00 PM SGT . Heads have rolled at Sri Lanka's key military airbase following an attack by Tamil rebels that destroyed or damaged 24 military and civilian aircraft, officials said Sunday. Two senior air force officers were removed from their posts at the Katunayake base, the home of the island's supersonic aircraft fleet, as a probe into Tuesday's rebel attack in Colombo was underway, officials said. More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 10:57:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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2 Lankan Air Force officers ‘removed’  - Deccan Herald

Cricket-Fit-again Fleming to lead Kiwis against Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, Monday July 30, 1:14 PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming will return against Sri Lanka on Tuesday after missing two games of the triangular series also involving India with food poisoning. Craig McMillan led the Kiwis to victory over India but the team lost to Sri Lanka in their last match on Thursday. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 07:07:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

They are not shell-shocked, the bands are still playing
Hindu, July 29. Did someone say religion is the opiate of the masses? In Sri Lanka, make that cricket. As hosts Sri Lanka played India for the second time in the current one-day triangular cricket series, there was no evidence to show that only four days ago, the country had been plunged into yet another crisis with the LTTE attack on the Katunayake airbase and the adjoining Bandaranaike International Airport. India did go on to win the match by seven wickets and that seemed to evoke more disappointment than was seen on Sri Lankan faces on the day of the attack, when except for a thinning out of traffic on the airport road, everything else was as it usually is. In the capital, the streets were crowded, parking was at a premium, the shops, restaurants and casinos were full. More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 02:43:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tamil Tiger suicide bomber killed
BBC South Asia, Monday, 30 July, 2001, 08:52 GMT 09:52 UK . Military officials in Sri Lanka say a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber has been killed after he accidentally set off explosives strapped to his body.The officials say a suspected accomplice also died in the blast. The accident occured not far from the Sri Lankan naval base at Mannar, in the northwest of the country. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:12:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka suicide bombers killed accidentally  - 123India.com

Bombed Sri Lanka base sacks staff
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 29 July, 2001, 09:16 GMT 10:16 UK . The commander of the Katunayake airforce facility, which was also targeted in the attack, and another officer responsible for the base's security have been stripped of their positions, according to the French news agency AFP. Eight military aircraft were destroyed at the air base, and another six passenger planes put out of action at Bandaranaike International Airport during Tuesday's attack. More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 08:25:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka airforce bombs Tiger targets
123India.com, Jul 29 2001 13:17 IST. COLOMBO, July 29 (AFP) - The Sri Lankan airforce bombed a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel base in the island's north, the defence ministry here said Sunday. The bombing sortie was carried out against a base of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the coastal area of Chalai on Saturday afternoon, the ministry said in a statement. More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 08:22:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka renews hopeless war
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 29 July, 2001, 02:06 GMT 03:06 UK . It began with a phone call at four in the morning saying local residents near the airport had heard gunshots. I reluctantly dragged myself out of bed thinking it must be some drunken brawl involving army deserters or drug dealers. More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 08:33:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka tightens security at tourist resorts
MSNBC, Jul 29 2001 11:08 IST. Sri Lanka tightened security at all tourist resorts after a devastating suicide attack by Tamil Tiger guerrillas on the country's only international airport, the tourist board said on Sunday.The rebels sent tourists scrambling for cover on Tuesday when they blitzed through the Bandaranaike International Airport and left commercial airliners ablaze on the tarmac. More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 03:10:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top

THE NORTH AND THE SOUTH - A Commentary
The Lanka Academic , July 29. Now that Mr. Prabhakaran has spoken in his own inimitable manner, it is once again the time to take into account the interrelationship between the North and the South. In the last few weeks we forgot the nature and in fact the very existence of the LTTE, so intent were we on the rapidly unfolding Southern political drama (and of course the cricket matches). More...
Published: Sun Jul 29 00:45:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Match-fixing claims almost forced Warne to quit
Yahoo India, Monday July 30, 12:30 PM . LONDON (Reuters) - Shane Warne was on the verge of quitting cricket following fresh accusations of match-fixing on the eve of Australia's World Cup triumph in 1999, he said in a British newspaper on Monday. The leg-spinner says in his new autobiography, serialised in the Daily Mail this week, that he told skipper Steve Waugh he was considering retirement after the final against Pakistan at Lords. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:29:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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