The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 119

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Colombo port dealt crippling blow by war risk surcharges
Gulf-News, August 3. Colombo's main international port suffered a double blow when hefty surcharges were imposed on ships calling at the port following last week's attack at the airport as trade union action crippled work at the port for the second consecutive day.Workers of a main container terminal are protesting against a new work schedule, which is meant to improve efficiency.Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman, Mohan Samarasekara, said authorities have decided to seek the support of experienced workers who have returned from Middle East and retired workers to carry on operations at the Colombo Port. "We will be announcing tonight that experienced workers will be recruited in walk-in interviews," he said. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 23:04:28 EDT 2001
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Sri Lankan goverment wants shipping insurance reduced  - Radio Australia

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Opposition completes first draft of document to impeach President Kumaratunga
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2008 slt 03.08.01. The first draft of the impeachment motion against President Kumaratunga has been finalized by a five member opposition committee. The Committee has circulated the draft to all opposition political parties in Parliament for their consideration. Informed sources say the President is been accused of over ten cases of abuse of power.
Published: Fri Aug 3 10:23:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Workers at Jaya terminal in Colombo port stage strike
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2011 slt 03.08.01. Workers at Jaya terminal in the Colombo port launched a full scale strike today after Port officials refused to accept a recommendation by the Labour Commissioner to defer the new shift system. The workers at Jaya terminal staged a work to rule after the new system was introduced. The Port officials have announced that they have sacked all workers who did not report to work today and have begun hiring new staff. end
Published: Fri Aug 3 10:23:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

GMOA wants 100 per cent salary increase for public servants
The Island, August 4. The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) yesterday called on the government to grant a 100 per cent salary increase to all public servants to help meet the rising cost of living.A GMOA spokesman said that the present salary of a graded doctor inclusive of all allowances is Rs. 17,000. This is equivalent to 372 dollars in 1994 and at present equivalant to 172 dollars. This denotes that the real value of the salary has decreased by 50%. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 23:19:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan govt reimposes restrictions on journalists
NDTV/MSNBC, Friday, August 3, 2001 (Colombo). The Sri Lankan government has re-imposed restrictions on journalists covering the war in the northern areas held by Tamil Tiger rebels. This comes just three months after withdrawing the tough regulations. Journalists travelling to the war front will now be required to get written permission. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 09:26:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

End of the road for Weekend Express
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT Time 7.20 p.m. Friday 3 August. Weekend Express newspaper the English publication of Express Newspapers, publishers of the Tamil daily Virakesari will be closed from tomorrow after its final edition. Management of the newspaper has said that they have made the decision to close down the paper due cost of production, economic conditions and rising cost of raw material. However a senior journalist attached to the newspaper told The Lanka Academic that no prior notice was given to them and the management of the newspaper has shown the road to them. He questioned " The owners say that they will give us six months salary as compensation. But, what can we do with just six months salary?" Weekend Express a popular Saturday newspaper first came to the newsstands in December 1995.
Published: Fri Aug 3 09:10:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's main Indian Tamil party flexes muscles
yahoo, August 3. Tamils of Indian origin in Sri Lanka are once more flexing their political muscles in a bargaining match with President Chandrika Kumaratunga ahead of a controversial referendum. The Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC), the main Indian Tamil party and a key ally of Kumaratunga, said Thursday it was likely to oppose the August 21 referendum to decide if the people want a new constitution. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 12:36:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

What goes into the making of a suicide bomber?
The Independent, July 28. I was a block away when the bomb went off. Flocks of birds erupted into the sky from the walls and telephone wires where they'd been dozing. I started walking towards the sound of the blast and heard another rumble followed shortly after by the sirens of ambulances and police cars. Somewhere in my immediate vicinity people had been killed. A bomb in Colombo never simply means damage. This is not a city of telephoned warnings and recognised code words. A bomb in Colombo is designed with one primary aim: to kill and maim as many of the "enemy" as possible. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 11:10:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan trade chamber urges against referendum
MSNBC, Friday, August 3rd 13:34GMT. COLOMBO, Aug. 3 — A leading Sri Lankan business group appealed to the president on Friday to suspend a referendum due later this month as it would be a divisive exercise. ''The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce... wishes to express its grave reservations on the desirability of holding the referendum scheduled for August 21,'' it said in a statement More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 09:31:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Will Chandrika call off referendum?
TOI, 03 August 2001. Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga may call off the referendum if she gets the support of one of the opposition parties, but both her government and the opposition ignored the possibility and engaged in critical deal making, trying to increase their stakes by winning over the smaller player. The Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which is sitting on the fence but calling the shots, on Thursday kept up the suspense on whether it would give the government its crucial support in Parliament. The party said it was offering Kumaratunga a grace period of one year in which she was expected to restore democracy, and if there was no immediate sign of this it would initiate a joint opposition bill to dissolve Parliament as soon as it opens on September 7. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 04:34:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Delhi unhappy with Jaffna bombing?
The Hindu (International), 03-08-2001 . By Nirupama Subramanian Within the broad parameters of its commitment to the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, India appears to be moving away from a hands-off policy on its neighbour in favour of a tough line towards the Kumaratunga Government. The recent indication of this was New Delhi's response to the LTTE attack on the Katunayake air base and the adjoining civilian airport, expressing ``concern and disappointment'' at events and asking the Government and the LTTE to resume talks. This is the first time in at least the last five years that New Delhi has not condemned an act of terrorism in Sri Lanka, opting instead to hold the Government partially responsible for it. Besides the tenor of New Delhi's reactions, there have been other indications that India is exerting more pressure now on the Sri Lankan Government to talk to the LTTE. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 17:40:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Would you like a new constitution for Sri Lanka?
The Lanka Academic, August 2, 2001. Dear readers: Let your opinion about the impending referendum in Sri Lanka be known to other viewers of TLA: Would you like a new constitution for Sri Lanka?
  1. YES
  2. NO
  3. Cannot say YES or NO without seeing the new constitution
Cast your vote here.
Published: Thu Aug 2 20:42:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Karu declines PM’s offer for talks
Island, 03 August 2001. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake on Wednesday invited deputy leader of the UNP Karu Jayasuriya for talks on a proposal for the establishment of a Government of National Reconciliation but Mr. Jayasuriya had declined, saying that the invitation should have been extended to the party and not to any individual. Mr. Jayasuriya when contacted by ‘The Island’ stated "We work as a group and not as individuals. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 06:07:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Overhauls Airport Defense After Attack
Nothern Light, Friday, August 03, 2001 8:43 AM EST . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said Friday it had set up a high-level committee to oversee new security measures at its international airport and an adjoining airbase following last week's devastating guerrilla attack. The committee will include top-ranking officials from the armed forces and the ministries of defense, aviation and tourism. A government statement said a new security plan was discussed for the Bandaranaike International Airport and measures would include stronger perimeter defense, the use of electronic devices and double fencing. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 09:24:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka battles war-risk insurance at port after airport attack
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, August 2 8:59 PM SGT . Sri Lanka said Thursday it was in talks with international underwriters and shippers to bring down war insurance slapped on vessels entering the island after a rebel attack against the main airport. The Ports Authority said it was keen to assure insurance companies as well as shipowners that there was no "war-risk" at Colombo's main seaport which is struggling to retain its position as a regional transshipment hub. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 10:25:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Colombo attack spurs security review at Indian airports
Yahoo India, 03 August 2001. India will thoroughly review its airport security procedures following the Tamil Tiger raid on Sri Lanka's only international airport at Colombo last month, a government minister said Thursday. "The airport is the softest target in our country. The Colombo incident throws up new security challenges that have to be addressed," Civil Aviation Minister Sharad Yadav said. He was speaking at the conclusion of a two-day sensitization program for airport directors, representatives of various ministries and airline officials. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 04:26:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

JVP ready for conditional support to Chandrika
Indiainfo, 03 August 2001. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which is emerging as a third force in Sri Lankan politics, is ready to give ‘conditional’ support to the government for one year if President Chandrika Kumaratunga agreed to certain conditions, including cancellation of referendum and re-summoning of Parliament. In what seems to be a ‘face-saving’ formula for Kumaratunga, the leftist JVP asked her to form a ‘probationary’ government for a limited period so that the five independent commissions could be established and measures for the further democratisation of the system put in place. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 05:58:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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JVP to support PA if referendum is called off  - TamilNet

Lankan army gears up for offensive against LTTE
NDTV/MSNBC, Thursday, August 2, 2001 (Colombo). The Sri Lankan army is gearing up for another offensive against the LTTE. Eighteen-year-old Sinhalese recruits of the Sri Lankan army are undergoing rigorous military training in an army base camp for this purpose. The Sri Lankan army has been suffering humiliating setbacks on its offensives against the Tamil tigers. In its last operation, Agni Keela in April this year, the army lost nearly 500 of its soldiers in a span of two days. Last week the LTTE struck at the heart of Sri Lanka's air power in Colombo. The army now agrees that the rebels have adopted new strategies of controlling people rather than gaining in territorial strength. Brig Sanath Karunathayke, Defence Spokesperson, informed, "The ground has significant tactical advantages towards huge operations. None of the parties would try to hold the ground but certainly we have to hold the population." The army has to adopt new techniques to combat the lethal attacks of the young motivated suicide squads who are excellent in intelligence gathering. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 17:33:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Christian-Buddhist conflict in Sri Lanka
Virtual New York, Thursday, 2 August 2001 20:43 (ET). War-torn Sri Lanka is now sliding into a religious conflict, Christian and Buddhist sources told United Press International Thursday. "The persecution of Christians is on the increase there," said Terry Madison, president of Open Doors, an organization giving "support for the suffering church worldwide," according to its mission statement. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 22:11:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka and Madagascar set up diplomatic ties
MSNBC, Friday, Aug 3rd 9:40GMT. COLOMBO, Aug. 3 — Sri Lankan and Madagascar have decided to establish diplomatic relations, a government news release said on Friday. The agreement went into effect on July 27 after an exchange of letters between foreign ministers. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 05:35:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Judgement on referendum set for Aug. 10
TamilNet, August 3. The arguments for and against the cancellation of the referendum were heard by for the third day by the Sri Lanka's Appeal Court Thursday. The court said that judgment will be given on 10 August. Thirteen cases seeking writ of certiorari quashing the Sri Lankan President's order to hold the referendum on the need for a new constitution and writ of prohibition banning the Elections Commissioner from holding it were filed in the Court of Appeal by the United National Party, the Marxist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna, the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation and several Non governmental Organisations, public interest groups and individuals. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 21:44:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

No call to cancel referendum on Lanka statute
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, August 2 . THE SRI Lankan Justice Minister Batty Weerakoon has denied that there are moves to cancel or postpone the August 21 referendum on the need for a new constitution in the face of widespread opposition to it. “The opposition to the referendum is, in fact, waning. Now both the ruling and opposition parties are deeply involved in campaigning at the grass roots level," Weerakoon said on Thursday. "The opposition parties led by the United National Party first said that they would take the matter to the streets. After the street demonstrations fizzled out, they approached the judiciary. But this too will fail because, as per Article 86 of the constitution, the President can call for a referendum on any question of national importance," he said. HT Correspondent Colombo More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 17:29:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: The Tigers' Test offensive - An Editorial
Asia Times, August 2. Sri Lanka suspended 11 airmen on Thursday over a breach of security that led to the devastating guerrilla attack last week on the country's only international airport and an adjoining air force base. In the attack, a Tamil Tiger suicide squad destroyed hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial craft and most of the Sri Lankan air force's military aircraft. A high-ranking air force team is still trying to determine how the attackers penetrated the 800-acre complex ringed by barricades, roadblocks, minefields and guarded by more than 1,000 troops. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 14:53:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Panel to oversee Lankan airports’ security
indiainfo, August 2. A high-powered Committee has been set up to recommend measures to ensure security at the Bandaranaike international airport and other civilian airports in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks.The committee will be headed by Defence Secretary Chandrananda de Silva, a government spokesman said.In a pre-dawn attack on July 24, the Tamil Tigers had destroyed eight military aircraft and six passenger aircraft at the Air Force base and the adjacent Bandaranailke International airport. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 14:39:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sinhalese monk raises Tamil orphans
Asia Times, Thursday, August 2, 2001 13:24 GMT. ATAMBAGASKANDA, Sri Lanka - Atambagaskada, a frontier village just two kilometers from the army's defenses in Sri Lanka's northern Wanni region, is home to 37 people, including six monks. Here, Atambagaskada Kalyanatissa Thero, a 32-year old Sinhalese Buddhist monk, provides shelter, food and care to Tamil children orphaned by the war. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 09:19:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Over 700 employees at Sri Lankan Airlines asked to leave
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.40 p.m. SLT Thursday August 2. Seven hundred and eleven employees at Sri Lankan Airlines were given twenty four hours notice to clear their desks and leave on Monday July 30, 2001.

The financially embattled national carrier, was dealt a devastating blow on Tuesday July 24, last month, when Tamil Tiger rebels completely destroyed three airbus aircraft and damaged another three. The company is now left with only 6 aircraft to operate to international destinations.

Over 700 staffers who had chosen to take a Voluntary Severance Scheme (VSS) the airline had offered as a cost cutting measure before the attack on its aircraft that fateful Tuesday, expected to resign only at the end of this year.

However, the management at Sri Lankan Airlines, led by its partners from Emirates Airlines, took a lightening decision to get rid off the 711 persons who had accepted the offer, by August 1, 2001, claiming the local airline can save up to Rs. 14 million if these individuals leave now and not later.

The management decision was made three days after the local carrier lost 6 of its aircraft from a fleet of 12, when the LTTE targeted the Bandaranaike International Airport and the Sri Lanka Air Force Base at Katunayake.

The Sri Lankan Airlines management has planned to now offer a second VSS scheme for all its staff including inflight crew, who will be encouraged to take the package and leave. The airline has over 700 members who are part of its cabin crew. Only the airlines 196 pilots and engineers are barred from accepting the scheme.

Sunil Dissanayake, Human Resources Manager at Sri Lankan Airlines told Lacnet that the airline would not be re-trenching staff. "All we are doing is to launch another VSS scheme as part of a business operating decision."

Dissanayake reiterated that the airline is top heavy with employees. He added however Sri Lankan Airlines is forced into making the second offer as a result of what happened on Tuesday July 24, 2001.

172 junior cabin crew members have already been taken out off inflight and told to work on ground until the carrier can pull itself out of the present crisis.

Since the incident on Tuesday July 24, over 170 other cabin crew members have been kicking their heels at base, as the airline struggles to maintain shaky flight schedules with only 6 aircraft.
Published: Thu Aug 2 06:59:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fractured Paradise launched in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo. British photojournalist Paul Harris launched his book Fractured Paradise at the Galle Face hotel this evening. He presented the first copy of his book to Bradman Weerakoon former advisor on International Relations to two Sri Lankan presidents. In his latest book Harris, who is the author of over 30 books on areas of conflict notably the book Cry Bosnia weeps for Lanka, truly describing the island as a fractured paradise now. His pictures are bloody but newsy and tell the world the agony of Lanka. Many of the pictures in his photo book are far removed from those found in the conventional photo books, ranging from the bloody attacks by suicide bombers and war-damaged Jaffna to images from the Eastern province and even election campaigns. Paul Harris is a specialist contributor on insurgency and terrorism for Jane's Intelligence Review. He has made eighteen visits to Sri Lanka before the publication of this book. Speaking at his book launch Harris said that Sri Lanka is facing its sternest test now and is set to face the ultimate test whether it will survive as a sovereign state. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 13:24:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

No Academy awards
Yahoo India, Friday August 3, 11:46 AM. IF the National Cricket Academy and the five zonal academies are supposed to be the yardstick of talent, it does not reflect on the Indian team picked yesterday for the three-Test series in Sri Lanka. For, not one trainee has made it on Chandu Borde’s Test roster. More...
Published: Fri Aug 3 05:33:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Prasanna Vithanage to offer compensation to a talented artist
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 02/08/01 1305GMT. Director of the banned Sinhala film, "Pura Handa Kaluwara" (Death on a Full Moon Day) Prasanna Vithanage was delighted with the Supreme Court verdict to release the film for distribution and pay him a compensation. Supreme Court today ordered minister Sarath Amunugama to pay Rs. 50,000 from his own pocket to the director. "I will offer this Rs. 50,000 to any artist who is revealing the reality of war or to anyone who has been persecuted in the process " Mr. Vithanage told BBC’s Sandeshaya to be broadcast at 1515GMT.

" This is not my personal victory. This victory belongs to all Sri Lankan artistes. On the other hand this is a victory against censorship on war which destroys the whole society" he went on. "This judgement shows that revealing the real face of the war is a justifiable act and that the masses have a right to get the true picture"

The state was also ordered to pay Rs.500,000 in compensation. Director Vithanage said he will make use of this compensation to make arrangements for the distribution of international award winning Pura Handa Kaluwara.
Published: Thu Aug 2 09:08:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Commission to probe Lanka airport attack
NDTV/MSNBC, Thursday, August 2, 2001 8:31 GMT. Sri Lanka has appointed a three-member Presidential Commission to probe the LTTE's daring attack on the country's only international airport and the military base here on July 24, a government spokesman said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has named Justice D Jayawickrama, retired President of the Court of Appeal, to head the panel, which will also include retired Air Force Commander Paddy Mendis and a third member who is yet to be named. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 04:27:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka lifts ban on anti-war movie
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 2 August, 2001, 11:07 GMT 12:07 UK . Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has lifted a ban on an award-winning film that the state claimed could undermine army morale. A government minister used emergency regulations last year to ban Death on a Full Moon Day on the grounds that its scenes of corruption could hurt troop morale in Sri Lanka's 18-year ethnic war. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 08:21:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka working to re-open container terminal
MSNBC, Thursday, 2nd Aug, 14:33 GMT. Sri Lankan port officials said on Thursday they would hire new hands to restore operations at the main container terminal, which has been crippled by union action. About 1,500 workers at the Colombo port's Jaye Container Terminal went on sick leave on Wednesday demanding the scrapping of a new shift system. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 10:29:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

South Asian diplomats to meet in Colombo after two-month delay, Aug 02 2001 17:44 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 2 (AFP) - A meeting of top South Asian diplomats which was put off in June as a sign of respect for the slain king of Nepal is scheduled to open here next week, Sri Lanka's foreign ministry said Thursday. The foreign secretaries meeting of the seven-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) will open on August 9, the ministry said. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 11:24:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Snap polls sought to end Sri Lanka political crisis
123India, August 2. An opposition party in Sri Lanka called Thursday for snap parliamentary elections to end the country's political crisis and restore stability. The Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, said it was proposing the opposition jointly petition parliament for an early dissolution and a snap election.According to the constitution the president cannot dissolve the assembly until at least one year after the last general election, or October 10, but parliament can call for an earlier election. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 02:58:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Worst crisis since July ‘83 - Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
The Island, 02 August 2001. Consequent to the terrorist attack on the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake and civilian aircraft, which destroyed half the fleet of SriLankan Airlines, the tourism sector in particular and the private sector in general, face the worst crisis since the Black July 1983 communal riots, says Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Chairman Chandra Jayaratne in a letter to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. "This event has the potential to trigger a financial crisis in an economy already strained by the cost of the North-East war, increase in fuel prices and the already acute and growing shortage of electricity," he adds. "We are joined specifically in this appeal by the following Affiliated Associations of the Chamber, with direct interests in the tourism industry; namely Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka, Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators," Jayaratne further says. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 04:04:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka suspends 11 officers after airport bombings, Aug 02 2001 09:14 IST. Sri Lanka suspended 11 airforce officers responsible for guarding the country's only international airport and the military base for supersonic aircraft after rebel attacks on both, officials said Thursday.The men had earlier this week been transferred out of their posts and the suspension orders were issued Wednesday as two investigations got underway, a defence ministry spokesman said. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 00:18:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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(UTHR(J)) establishes it's own website - Press Release
The Lanka Academic, August 2. The Lanka Academic is pleased to announce the new website established by the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) (UTHR(J))

Dear friends:

The University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) (UTHR(J)) was formed in 1988 at the University of Jaffna, as part of the national organisation University Teachers for Human Rights. Its public activities as a constituent part of university life came to a standstill following the murder of Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, a key founding member, on 21st September 1989. During the course of 1990 the others who identified openly with the UTHR(J) were forced to leave Jaffna. It continues to function as an organisation upholding the founding spirit of the UTHR(J) with it original aims:

To challenge the external and internal terror engulfing the Tamil community as a whole through making the perpetrators accountable, and to create space for humanising the social & political spheres relating to the life of our community.

So far it has published 13 reports, 12 special reports, 25 bulletins and 3 briefings. Most of these materials are now accessible at the website UTHR

The site is in the preliminary stage and we hope to improve it to have additional materials related to human rights and ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

The UTHR(J) is not at present functioning in the University of Jaffna in the manner it did in its early life for reasons well understood.

Please see whether you could give a link to our site.

Thanking you,
Published: Thu Aug 2 01:37:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Right of Reply. A letter from Emirates Airlines with referance to "STRANDED IN DUBAI AND RIPPED BY EMIRATES "
The Lanka Academic, August 1. With regard to the report in the Lanka Academic, Emirates wishes to state that the passengers who were left stranded in Dubai were not Emirates passengers.

While we sympathise with them, these passengers had been flown into Dubai by other carriers and were their responsibility.

All Emirates passengers who arrived in Dubai and could not fly to Colombo, were taken care of by Emirates until services resumed to Colombo.

Kendall Hopman CEO VYA Public Relations (Pvt) Ltd. 3-3A De Vos Avenue, Colombo 4.
Published: Thu Aug 2 01:51:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tamils given a place to call home
Asia Times , August 1. The first batch of 212 Tamil families, consisting of 1,415 men, women and children, has been settled in new homes in northern Sri Lanka under a government project to relocate people displaced two decades of civil war. It costs the government 150,000 rupees (US$1,700) to relocate each family, mainly in the Tharanikulam, Sundarapuram and Maravankulam districts in the Vavuniya division. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 00:11:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Crippling insurance surcharge deals blow to Sri Lanka air services
Gulf-News, August 1. Gulf airlines may lose close to Dh12.5 million a week as a result of an insurance surcharge of up to Dh422,050 ($115,000) per flight to Sri Lanka's Sirimavo Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, industry sources said yesterday.The six GCC carriers - Saudi Arabian, Kuwait Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, Oman Air and Emirates - together with SriLankan Airlines, currently have a total of 30 flights to Colombo every week.SriLankan is 40 per cent owned by Emirates. The Dubai carrier also has management control. Analysts said the two options available would be to either raise fares or reshuffle destinations, or both. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 00:08:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

FEER(8/9): Editorial - Smugness And The Sri Lanka Airport Attack
Yahoo Singapore, August 1. THE ATTACK on Sri Lanka's only international airport is instructive of both the danger that arises from smugness and of how misguided are the foreign supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The airport and its adjoining airbase were supposedly highly secure. The road between Colombo and the airport is lined with military checkpoints, and there's often a queue at the airport entrance as each vehicle is searched and its undercarriage examined. And not only do they X-ray bags at this airport, but the contents of hand luggage are poked at with a stick, then each bag is signed off with an old-fashioned chalk mark. So how did the Tigers penetrate this security, even possibly picnicking nearby before their strike? More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 00:05:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

India beat New Zealand by seven wickets
Yahoo India, Thursday August 2, 2:45 PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - India beat New Zealand by seven wickets on Thursday in the last round-robin one-day match of a traingular tournament also involving Sri Lanka. Scores: Sri Lanka 264-7 in 50 overs (Nathan Astle 108, Stephen Fleming 66; Ashish Nehra 3-30); India 267-3 in 45.4 overs (Virender Sehwag 100, Saurav Ganguly 64, Rahul Dravid 57 not out). More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 08:23:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Ganguly fined for verbal outburst  - Yahoo India
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Cricket-Tendulkar included in squad for Sri Lanka tests
Yahoo India, 02 August 2001. Injured batsman Sachin Tendulkar was named in the Indian squad on Thursday for a test series in Sri Lanka starting later this month. Tendulkar is recovering from a hairline fracture in his right foot and his availability for the series will be known on August 10 after he undergoes a bone scan. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 06:14:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tamils reject referendum on constitution
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, August 2 9:50 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's faction-ridden minority Tamil parties united Thursday to oppose a plan by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to hold a referendum on a new constitution after shutting down parliament. The moderate Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), one of the 11 parties united against the plan, said it was opposed to the August 21 plebiscite as Kumaratunga had failed to spell out the form and the shape of the statute to be adopted. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 10:24:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Maldives says Sri Lanka attack won't hurt tourism
MSNBC, Thursday, 2nd Aug 14:35 GMT. The Maldives expects to reach its target of 500,000 tourists this year despite the interruption of flights from Sri Lanka following the rebel attack on Colombo's international airport last week, officials said on Thursday. While there have been some cancellations, arrivals were expected to increase later in the year as more charter and scheduled flights begin to operate from Europe, they said. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 10:31:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Telecom/Fitch Lanka -3: Cash Flows Stable
Yahoo Singapore, 02 August 2001. Fitch Ratings Lanka Ltd. Thursday said it is maintaining its AA+ rating on Sri Lanka Telecom's five-year debentures. Fitch Lanka, which put the ratings on ratings watch in March, said in a statement: "Continued rating watch or a rating action is not deemed necessary at this stage." More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 06:20:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka/Ctrl Bk/Rates/Inflation -3: Gave Prior Signal
Yahoo Singapore, Thursday August 2, 12:12 PM . COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--The one-percentage-point cut in the overnight repurchase rate and reverse repurchase rate Thursday follows a recent drop in point-to-point inflation, a senior official at Sri Lanka's central bank said. "The decline in point-to-point inflation advocates an interest rate cut. We had indicated that we will take necessary steps (on rates) according to inflation," D.S. Wijesinghe, additional director of the bank's economic research department, told Dow Jones Newswires. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 04:42:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tri-Series: Do or die for India today
Yahoo India, 02 August 2001. It is not impossible. But it does seem improbable," Navjot Singh Sidhu said about India's chances of qualifying for the final after three consecutive losses in the Coca-Cola triangular series. The Indian team has taken up the challenge. With their backs to the wall, needing to win three matches in a row to qualify for the final, India pulled off two back-to-back victories - the second being an inspired comeback after a precarious 38 for 4 against Sri Lanka yesterday. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 03:20:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

India pick injured Tendulkar, veteran Prasad for Sri Lanka Tests
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, August 2 7:33 PM SGT . India's cricket selectors on Thursday named injured superstar Sachin Tendulkar and veteran seamer Venkatesh Prasad in a 16-man squad for the upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Thu Aug 2 08:23:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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