The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 12, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 128

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Chandrika govt to survive with JVP support
The Hindustan Times, august 11. THE RULING Peoples' Alliance (PA) and the Maoist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) are on the verge of entering into a marriage of convenience to keep the government afloat atleast for year in the face of a threat to its survival from the United National Party (UNP) led opposition. More...
Published: Sat Aug 11 20:22:58 EDT 2001
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JVP holds talks with Chandrika  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lankan Leftist Party Offers to Form Interim Govt  - People's Daily
JVP may strike deal with Kumaratunga  - NDTV/MSNBC
Sri Lanka Marxists say closer to deal with govt  - MSNBC
Marxists offer life-line to Sri Lanka President  -
PA-JVP deal upsets opposition plans  - The Island

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FMM Condemns UNP threats to journalists
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 11/08/01 1225GMT

The Free Media Movement (FMM) strongly condemned the recent threats against journalists by two Members of Parliament of United National Party (UNP). Deepthi Bogollagama, wife of Kurunegala district UNP MP Rohitha Bogollagama, has phoned and threatened the editor of Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunga over an article critical of her husband, the FMM says. According to FMM, Mrs. Bogollagama plays a key role in the political life of Mr. Bogollagama.

In another dramatic incident Gampaha district UNP MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene has made threats against S. Manoranjan, who is in charge of news in the government owned state television and other media institutions. Dr. Jayawardene phoned Mr. Manoranjan and demanded to know what right he had to criticise a member of parliament after a radio programme critical of his recent visit to Wanni.

"The FMM does not for a moment condone the relentless unfair attack on Mr. Jayawardene, accusing him of being an LTTE spy by the state media. When FMM contacted Mr. Jayawardene to clarify the allegations made against him, he demanded in an aggressive manner to refer the allegations to him in writing. His aggressive response not only indicates his culpability but also the arrogance of a man who believes that his party is about to capture state power." The statement signed by Sunanda Deshapriya, convenor and Waruna Karunathilaka, Secretary, stated.

These are yet another warning that the main opposition United National Party's stated commitment to media freedom and democratic reforms may be just a political gimmick to come to power, the FMM says.

" If this type of behaviour is not nipped in the bud, other members of the UNP will also see this as the accepted policy of the party. The FMM strongly urges UNP leader Mr. Ranil Wickremesighe to take immediate action against these two MPs, if the people are to believe that the stated commitment of his party to media freedom and democratic reforms is genuine."
Published: Sat Aug 11 08:26:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Government will not charge tax from NRFC accounts
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT Time 8. 30 p.m Saturday 11 August. The government of Sri Lanka has no plans to charge tax from Non Resident Foreign Currency accounts or make things difficult for NRFC account holders a statement issued by the ministry of finance said today. The statement added that interested parties have begun to spread malicious rumours to the effect and advised the all NRFC account holders and the public not to believe these rumours
Published: Sat Aug 11 10:30:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Create conditions for peace talks- NPC
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 11/08/01 1650GMT

The National Peace Council (NPC) urged the political parties and civil society to demand a locally and internationally monitored truce between the government and LTTE and create the conditions for peace talks. In a statement issued by the media director, the NPC requested the parties to demonstrate the same motivation to supporting a peace process as they did to oppose the referendum.

"The defusing of the political crisis regarding the referendum may give more time to the political parties to find a way out of the present confrontation that has pitted the President against Parliament. We call on the political parties to be similarly alive to the ethnic conflict and to the people's desire for it to end, so that they may live without fear and with a growing economy." The NPC said.
Published: Sat Aug 11 12:48:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka: The untold story Chapter 1: The first teardrops
Asia Times, 12 August 2001. Sri Lanka was once called the Island Paradise. But in modern times, for the past nearly 30 years it has been plagued by bloody ethnic conflict that has claimed thousands of lives, despite continued peace efforts. The conflict has reached a stage where ethnocentricity and religious chauvinism, two disturbing elements, are poised to take center stage in the Sri Lankan political arena. More...
Published: Sat Aug 11 23:49:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Military asks civilians to move out of rebel-controlled areas in Sri Lanka
MSNBC, Colombo, Aug. 11 (PTI). The Sri Lankan military on Saturday distributed leaflets asking civilians to move out of rebel-held areas ahead of a planned air bombing of guerrilla camps. The military didn't say when the attack would begin. More...
Published: Sat Aug 11 13:26:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Civilians Asked to Move in Sri Lanka  - Nothern Light

Sri Lanka jets pound Tiger base, Aug 11 2001 11:07 IST. Sri Lankan air force jets bombed and destroyed a Tamil rebel base as eight people were killed in clashes elsewhere, the defence ministry said Saturday.Israeli-built jets attacked a base of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Soranpattu on Friday, the ministry said in a statement. More...
Published: Sat Aug 11 02:19:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Attack on LTTE bases continues  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lanka pounds rebels as eight killed in clashes  - Yahoo India

Sinhala Commission presents its final report
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.30 a.m Saturday 11 August. The Sinhala Commission established by the National Joint Commission presented its final report to the Maha Sangha yesterday. The Commission has made several special recommendations which include the repealing of the grant of citizenship to stateless persons (special provisions) act no 39 of 1988 and to cancel the citizenship of those who received their citizenship by the process of an affidavit. The commission report also recommend the removal from the list of the names of those who received their citizenship by the process of an affidavit and to give no more citizenship under the affidavit system. The report also urge the government to place all foreign funded NGOs on a special register and have their activities regularly monitored by a special commission. It has also recommended to make Sri Lankan history a compulsory subject in all schools , local and international. Editor's Note Comments and feed back on the above article may be submitted by using the Letters to the Editor feature on the frontpage.
Published: Fri Aug 10 22:32:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka suspends three players
Yahoo India, august 11. Sri Lankan officials on Friday suspended and sent home three team members accused of shoplifting and drinking at the Athletics World Championships.Two of the athletes were arrested in Edmonton for shoplifting but were later released after intervention by Sri Lankan team manager Palitha Fernando. More...
Published: Sat Aug 11 20:21:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Darsha finishes third in 200 m. semis  - CDN
Sri Lankan athletes caught shoplifting, drinking  - Nando

No shift in Sri Lanka policy: India
The Hindu (International), 11-08-2001 . India said today that there was no shift in its Sri Lanka policy, and that it had always stood for a resolution of the island's ethnic conflict through political processes. Responding to a question on why New Delhi had not ``condemned'' the LTTE attack on Colombo airport last month, Ms. Iyer said India ``was opposed to violence and terrorism''. Editor's Note Comments and feed back on the above article may be submitted by using the Letters to the Editor feature on the frontpage. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 17:01:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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India denies shift in stand over Lanka  - Press Trust of India

President asks for more time consider JVP demands for provisional government
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1812 slt 10.08.01. President Kumaratunga today asked for more time to consult other parties in her government on the JVP proposals for an independent commission to run the state media, reduce to cabinet to 20 and hold elections under a caretaker government. After two hours of talks the President said she would respond in writing to the JVP proposals. The JVP has said it would give support in parliament to the ruling alliance for one year if the government cancelled the referendum and re summoned parliament. The JVP says the government must then implement immediately the proposals to establish five independent commissions for the judiciary, elections,the Police , the administrative service and the state media. The JVP also wants to abolish the executive presidency.
Published: Fri Aug 10 08:28:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Pro-Tamil Website denies French rebuff to LTTE
indiainfo, August 11. France has not denied entry to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) spokesman Anton Balasingham, as claimed in Sri Lankan state media two days ago, a pro-Tamil Website has said."We have not banned any particular person or member of any particular organisation from entering France," quoted French foreign ministry officials as saying. More...
Published: Sat Aug 11 13:51:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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France refutes visa denial claim  - Tamilnet

Appeal court postpone judgment on legality of the referendum to September 11th
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1817 slt 10.08.01. Appeal Court Judge Justice Gamini Amaratunga today postponed judgments on 15 cases filed challenging the legality of the referendum. He said the judgment would be announced on September 11th

Published: Fri Aug 10 08:28:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

'Caste on agenda for Durban meet'
Yahoo India, Sunday August 12, 12:00 AM. The report of Mr. Rajendra Kalidas Wimala Goonsekere (of Sri Lanka) gave a detailed picture of the discrimination based on descent and occupation and helped the committee reconsider its decision. Mr. Divakar and Mr. Tarakam hoped the efforts would fructify in bringing a resolution at the end of the conference enlisting caste as racial discrimination and in bringing necessary corrective measures. More...
Published: Sat Aug 11 17:19:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Uthayam, August 10. Barbarism against freedom of expression has struck again in Sydney. This time, more than 400 copies of Uthayam have been removed from our distribution points and destroyed. Uthayam has identified the connections of the culprits who sadly belong to our community. Different options to deal with the situation are currently under consideration. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 16:53:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Political, economic woes weigh down Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, august 10. Growing political turmoil in Sri Lanka is in danger of deepening an economic crisis and further sidelining efforts to end a bitter ethnic war. "There is no political leadership to speak of at all," one diplomat said. "The economy is going nowhere. The social fabric is tearing apart. Where are they going?" The government, business and public are struggling to come to grips with last month's shock Tamil rebel attack on the country's sole international airport and an air force base that destroyed a dozen aircraft and ruined the island's tourism image. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 08:46:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

No British tourists until further notice
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 10/08/01 1315GMT. British High Commission in Colombo today warned UK holidaymakers against non-essential travel to Sri Lanka until further notice. In itís latest travel advice sent to UK citizens,the High Commission says although the Katunayake airport has been re-opened after the suicide bomb attack on July 24, "the possibility of terrorist activity and political disturbances remains high. We recommend that for the time being transit passengers consider alternative transit routes where possible". It strongly warns holidaymakers to postpone their visits to Sri Lanka until the situation improves.

The High Commission warns the possible tourists to be cautious of sexual assaults, too. "Recently there has been a small increase in sexual assaults. Women visitors, in particular, should take sensible precautions when travelling alone and be wary of befriending strangers".
Published: Fri Aug 10 09:21:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

German housewife orders bicycle from Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.15 p.m Friday 10 August. A housewife in Dusseldorf in Germany has ordered a bicycle through the website of Singer Sri Lanka thus creating history for the company. A spokesman of the company had told the Daily Mirror newspaper that the German housewife had placed an order for a standard style bicycle which is assembled and marketed locally. She had already sent an advance payment and the company is making arrangements to airfreight the bicycle. Spokesman for Singer has added that this transaction involving an overseas customer is probably the first of its kind in the local consumer durable business.
Published: Fri Aug 10 08:04:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka recall Tillekaratne, drop De Silva for first Test against India
Yahoo India, august 11. Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Saturday included seasoned left-hander Hashan Tillekaratne in a 16-man squad for next week's first Test against India.The 34-year-old middle-order batsman, kept out of the side for two years, fought his way back with a string of high scores in domestic cricket More...
Published: Sat Aug 11 03:27:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SAARC Foreign Secretaries Meeting Ends in Sri Lanka
Nothern Light, Friday, August 10, 2001 1:30 PM EST . The two-day Foreign Secretaries Meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) concluded here Friday which has decided to hold the next summit meeting in December this year. Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary G. Wijesiri said there was full agreement on the need for early resumption of the summit process of SAARC. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 14:39:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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South Asian diplomats agree to revive summit  -

Dangerous wicket brings early end to India's Sri Lanka warm-up match
Yahoo Singapore, august 10. A dangerous wicket forced play to be called off after just one over on the third and final day of India's tour match against Sri Lanka Board.India declared their first innings closed at the overnight total of 281-5 after facing a testing over from fast bowler Dinusha Fernando on Friday. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 14:36:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Leader May Leave Office
Nothern Light, Friday, August 10, 2001 12:59 PM EDT . President Chandrika Kumaratunga is ready to leave office in 30 days if the opposition agrees to cooperate on a solution to Sri Lanka's political and economic crisis, the government said Friday. Kumaratunga's government plunged into crisis after she fired a Muslim minister from her Cabinet in July. The minister defected with six lawmakers, reducing the governing coalition to a minority in parliament. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 14:38:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan president says she's ready to step down if opposition cooperates  - MSNBC
Chandrika offers power-sharing to end deadlock  - Dawn
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Kumaratunga offers to quit, if parties agree on end to impasse  - Press Trust of India

India and Pakistan back talks
BBC South Asia, Friday, 10 August, 2001, 13:53 GMT 14:53 UK . India and Pakistan say they are still committed to the process of dialogue started with the summit between their two leaders in Agra last month. The comment came after a bilateral discussion between the Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries on the sidelines of a South Asian regional forum meeting in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 11:46:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

India, Pakistan display bonhomie, vow to carry on talks, build trust, Aug 10 2001 17:28 IST. India and Pakistan Friday discussed nuclear tensions and vowed to build "trust and confidence" in their first talks since the Agra summit failed to end a deadlock over the thorny issue of Kashmir. The foreign secretaries of the two South Asian countries described their 75-minute closed-door talks as "friendly and very useful" in building on the process begun at the summit in the Indian city of Agra. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 08:38:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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India and Pakistan secretaries meet  - BBC South Asia
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Sachin not to play in Sri Lanka series
Yahoo India, august 10. Sachin Tendulkar has pulled out of the three-match test series in Sri Lanka, after a scan showed the hairline fracture on his right toe had not healed completely, reports CNBC India. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 08:41:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Dravid looks ahead confidently  - Yahoo India

Sri Lanka opposition cool to power-sharing offer, Aug 10 2001 10:10 IST. Sri Lanka's opposition Friday reacted coolly to a power-sharing offer by beleaguered President Chandrika Kumaratunga aimed at restoring political stability and ending the Tamil separatist war.The main opposition United National Party said Kumaratunga, who shut down parliament after her government lost its majority in June, must first prove her "genuineness and sincerity" before making offers. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 01:15:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan opposition cool to power-sharing offer  -

India to host South Asia meet ahead of WTO, Aug 10 2001 16:01 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 10 (AFP) - India Friday announced it would host a meeting of South Asian commerce and trade ministers in a bid to formulate a regional position for negotiations at the World Trade Organisation meeting in November. The foreign secretaries of the seven-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) who ended a two-day meeting here Friday agreed to a meeting of their commerce ministers on August 23, diplomats said. Commerce secretaries will meet a day earlier. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 07:20:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Kumaratunga ready to relinquish office in 30 days, Aug 10 2001 12:50 IST. Colombo, Aug 10 (UNI) Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday offered to give up her post in 30 days and summon Parliament if all political parties arrived at a workable solution to save the country from turmoil and instability. First time after Parliament was prorouged last month, the More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 04:18:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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S.Lankan President to Give Up Office If Consensus Possible  - Nothern Light

India, Pakistan set for key meeting, Aug 10 2001 11:08 IST. India and Pakistan were Friday due to hold their first high-level meeting since last month's summit of their leaders failed to make a breakthrough in their acrimonious relationship over disputed Kashmir. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 02:24:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up battle against war-risk insurance, Aug 10 2001 09:41 IST. Sri Lanka is to open talks with international underwriters in a bid to lower the prohibitive war-risk insurance premiums slapped on ships and aircraft entering the island, officials said Friday.Ports Minister Ronnie de Mel said he was leading a delegation to London next week to try to persuade the War-Risk Committee of Lloyds to review its decision to hike premiums, which he said was threatening to cripple Sri Lanka's overseas trade. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 01:16:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka probe seeks truth from Tamil diaspora
Yahoo India, august 10. Sri Lanka has asked Tamil refugees scattered around the world to testify before a commission probing the bloody race riots that sparked the country's 18-year ethnic war. The probe, modelled in part on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, is calling for "representations and evidence" about racial violence in the early 1980s, particularly the anti-Tamil riots of July 1983. Editor's Note Comments and feed back on the above article may be submitted by using the Letters to the Editor feature on the frontpage. More...
Published: Fri Aug 10 01:19:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lanka probing origin of Tamil war  - ChennaiOnline

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