The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 14, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 130

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Minister meets LTTE cadres
The Hindu (International), 15-08-2001 . A senior Minister met LTTE cadres in northern Sri Lanka on Monday, the first contact between the Government and the rebel group in many years. ``I met and spoke to LTTE cadres. They were not senior people, they were local leaders, they were all heavily armed and they gave me full protection,'' the Minister for Aviation, Mr. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, told The Hindu. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 19:48:49 EDT 2001
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Nationwide protest campaigns in Lanka
Gulf-News, August 14. Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) yesterday held island-wide protest campaigns calling the People's Alliance (PA) government to step down enabling the formation of a interim government running up to fresh parliamentary elections.The UNP is known to have held talks with some of the PA members including cabinet minister S.B.Dissanayake who has fallen out with President Chandrika Kumaratunga leading to the possibility of the opposition mustering the support of sufficient government members to reach the required 113 members to form a government. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 20:22:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Deadlock continues in Sri Lanka
The Hindu (International), 15-08-2001 . By Nirupama Subramanian COLOMBO, AUG. 14. Sri Lanka's political uncertainty appears set to continue for the time being, with the People's Alliance (PA) Government unable to reach an understanding with any of the Opposition parties and the United National Party (UNP) threatening to intensify its agitation for the reconvening of Parliament. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 19:47:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

'JVP pushing Government to Right'
CDN, 14 tuesday. New Left Front Leader Dr. Wickremabahu Karunaratne said on Monday that only a person who had the courage to tear the present Constitution and burn it could govern the country properly. He was delivering a lecture on the Probationary Government system at the NLF office, Slave Island. Dr. Karunaratne added that the probationary Government could prove to be an balanced solution to the country's present political crisis. He however, pointed out that the JVP version of a probationary Government would never be in the nation's interests. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 15:01:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Opposition plans second protest rally in Colombo
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.20 p.m Tuesday 14 August. The opposition has planned another protest rally in Colombo on the 23rd of this month United National party spokesman and member of parliament Karunasena Kodituwakku said today. He said that the protest rally is organized to press the Peoples Alliance government to restore democracy in the country. The first protest rally organized by the opposition in Colombo last month resulted in the death of two persons.
Published: Tue Aug 14 09:16:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Rs. 5 m for youth development in NE
CDN, 14 tuesday. As a result of a discussion at the Ministry of the Youth Affairs recently, under the patronage of the Youth Affairs Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga with the Governor of the North East Province Asoka Jayawardana and the Secretary of the Provincial Ministry of Education, Cultural, Sports and Youth Affairs K. Parameswaram, the Provincial council allocated Rs. 5 million for the youth development projects in the North East. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 15:07:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Senior PA Ministers say 'No' to JVP proposals
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday August 14. Senior ministers in the ruling Peoples Alliance have rejected the JVP proposals made to President Chandrika Kumaratunge last Friday.

Minister S. B. Dissanayake says the JVP proposal to establish a caretaker government and hold elections within one year should not be accommodated.

The Minister further added that the President should not seek an alliance with an extremist party like the JVP, but should attempt to reach consensus with other political parties in order to address the crisis situation in the country.

Minister Mahinda Wijeysekera has also said that the JVP proposals cannot be accepted, and that the government should not give into conditional demands put forward by the JVP in order that it will support the government on key issues.
Published: Tue Aug 14 01:14:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks British, Israeli help for airport security, Aug 14 2001 17:53 IST. Sri Lanka is seeking help from British and Israeli experts to tighten security at the country's international airport and adjoining airbase where Tamil rebels staged a devastating attack last month, official sources said Tuesday. The British experts arrived here at the weekend to advise the airforce on security at its supersonic aircraft base where separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas destroyed eight aircraft on July 24. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 10:40:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka jets pound rebels in latest air strikes
MSNBC, 14 August 2001. Sri Lanka said on Tuesday its air force had destroyed two Tamil Tiger guerrilla targets in the lastest raids of a prolonged bombing campaign. Israeli-built K'fir aircraft struck at Chempiyanpattu in the northern Jaffna peninsula, hitting a rebel naval base and a communications tower. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 10:52:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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UNP to take disciplinary action against members
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.15 a.m. SLT Tuesday August 14. The United National Party have threatened to take disciplinary action against some of its members who utter contradictory statements to the media on the present situation.

Deputy Leader for the UNP, Gamini Atukorale has threatened stern action on party members who articulate contrary viewpoints to that of the leadership.

Over the weekend some newspapers carried statements from certain UNP MPs who alleged they were being approached by the government to lend their support to a shaky coalition.

Atukorale asserted that the party position on the present crisis is for the President to reconvene Parliament, cancel the referendum and appoint an interim administration from the party that holds a majority in Parliament.
Published: Tue Aug 14 01:14:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka repairs damaged military aircraft
The Hindu NUS, Aug. 14. 11:20 GMT. Sri Lanka has repaired five helicopters and two Israeli-made Kfir jets damaged during a daring attack by an LTTE suicide squad on July 24, an Air Force spokesman said. "We have completed repair work on these aircraft and they are now fully serviceable. Repair work is going on for another six", Wing Commander Ajit Wijesundera said. Apart from the eight aircraft that were destroyed, 13 had suffered varying degrees of damage, mostly in the form of bullet holes. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 07:19:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Share Index fall to record low as market panic after Katunayake attack
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 14/08/01 0940GMT. Sri Lanka's all-share index CSE dropped to a record low of 396.48, down 1.85 percent from Monday's 403.97. Sri Lankan share market which is hurt by earnings fears, is still to be recovered from the July 24 LTTE attack on Katunayake international airport. This is the first time stocks slipped below the 400 level after 1991 when the market was opened to foreign investors.
Published: Tue Aug 14 05:43:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Five Sri Lankan Airline offices to shut down
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday August 14. Five Sri Lankan Airlines offices will be shut down after the airline lost half its fleet when Tamil Tiger rebels destroyed 6 aircraft at the Bandaranaike International Airport last month.

The national carriers five offices in Frankfurt, Stockholm, Rome, Sydney and Dakar will close down.

Meanwhile, a team from the International Civil Aviation Authority is in Colombo at present to assess security arrangements at the BIA following the devastating attack the airport had to suffer on July 24, last month.
Published: Tue Aug 14 01:14:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Aug. 14 (17 :10) Tentative dates fixed for 11th SAARC summit - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, august 14. The 11th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is likely to be held in Nepal's capital of Kathmandu on Dec. 28 to 30, a Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 07:30:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

FOCUS: Marxists offer oxygen to ailing Kumaratunga gov't - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, 14 August 2001. With her People's Alliance (PA) government teetering on the edge of collapse due to a parliamentary minority, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has swallowed her pride to canvass support from a Marxist party that she only recently accused of murdering her husband. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 10:49:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Theft at Sri Lanka police command leaves officer shoeless, Aug 14 2001 13:04 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 14 (AFP) - A senior police officer was left red-faced after his shoes were stolen at a high-security command and control centre, officials said Tuesday. Superintendent Assistant V. Indran had politely left his shoes by the door before entering the high security communications centre, but on his return realised the footwear had been taken. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 05:44:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan chicken farmers in the soup after airport attack, Aug 14 2001 14:53 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 14 (AFP) - Sri Lankan farmers are scrambling to sell eggs and chickens because demand has plummeted due to a fall in the number of foreign tourists visiting the island since Tamils rebels attacked the international airport, officials said Tuesday. The All Island Poultry Farmers Association said egg prices had fallen below the cost of production as tourist hotels drastically scaled down their purchases following the attack on July 24. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 07:15:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

JVP holds the key to Lanka political crisis
Gulf-News, August 13. The Marxist JVP (People's Liberation Front) has drawn the central attraction of the political crisis in Sri Lanka with the two main parties heavily focussing on them as backstage talks, political manoeuvring , and bargaining continued leaving the country in uncertainty.The JVP with 10 seats in Parliament and holding the power to break or make the government were keeping both, the ruling People's Alliance (PA) and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) in hope and continued their talks with both sides last week and are due to have more discussions in the coming week. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 21:49:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-India struggle to 163-5 at close on first day
Yahoo India, 14 August 2001. India were 163 for five wickets in their first innings at the close of the opening day of the first test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. India first innings More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 10:43:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Ex-Lankan cricket chief fears arrest
Gulf-News, August 12. Former Sri Lankan Cricket Board president Thilanga Sumathipala has asked courts here for anticipatory bail fearing government moves to have him arrested on grounds of criminal misappropriation of funds. Sumathipala, whose family are well-known bookmakers here also run a local language (Sinhala)newspaper. His lawyers fear that the government is preparing to have him arrested because of his links to former sports minister S. B. Dissanayake who is a front-line politician of the ruling party, but presently having sharp differences with President Chandrika Kumaratunga.Political observers have monitored secret talks between Dissanayake and main opposition United National Party leaders, and speculation is rife that Dissanayake may cross-over with some of his allies. Such a move would undoubtedly bring the Kumaratunga administration, already crippled, to the ground. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 21:46:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Chandrika under pressure to resign, Aug 13 2001 18:00 IST. Colombo, Aug 13 (UNI) Pressure is mounting on Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga to resign and pave the way for an interim government even as she reiterated that Parliament would be reconvened on September seven as scheduled. The United Nationalist Party (UNP) and other opposition parties are demanding the resignation of the minority government to pave way for an interim government to establish the five independent commissions, including police, election and judiciary. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 09:36:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Canberra names terror risks on Web
The Age, August 13. A Federal Government website has identified the leaders of India and Sri Lanka as being at risk of terrorist attacks during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Brisbane.The Indian Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, are among 46 of the 52 eligible Commonwealth leaders who have so far indicated they intend to attend CHOGM in early October. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 20:46:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tamil Canadians embrace technology to power their future
Toronto Star, august 13. It has been 15 years since 155 Tamil boat people arrived off the coast of Newfoundland, escaping the violence of Sri Lanka's civil war.Yesterday, the day after the anniversary of their arrival, about 700 Tamil Canadians attended the first-ever Tamil Hi-Tech Expo, an exhibition organizers hope will become an annual showcase of Tamil entrepreneurship. More...
Published: Tue Aug 14 00:08:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka braces for economic crunch, post Tiger attack
The Pioneer, August 14. Sri Lanka is bracing itself for an economic crunch after a "high war-risk" branding by insurers forced hotels to close, export commodity prices to drop, aircraft and ships to detour and put thousands out of work. When Tamil Tiger suicide bombers struck at Colombo airport last month, they showed just how easily they could infiltrate a high-security military facility, cripple a national airline and drive away droves of holidaymakers. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 14:14:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Police detain 146 around Colombo Intl airport
South Nexus, COLOMBO, Aug 14. Police have detained 146 people, mostly minority ethnic Tamils, from the vicinity of Colombo's international airport that was attacked by Tamil rebels last month, a police officer said on Monday. Eleven women were among those detained in the Negombo area, said Daya Jayasundara, the area police chief. Special police units, aided by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department, searched nearly 800 homes and questioned 250 people. During screening, 146 of them couldn't explain why they were staying in the district, Jayasundara said. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 14:11:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Anti-Govt. demonstrations in 70 towns
TamilNet, August 14. Demonstrations were held in seventy towns throughout the island Monday demanding the resignation of the People's Alliance government and "the installation of an interim government to bring in democratic reforms." The People's Movement for Democracy organized these demonstrations at Galle, Kandy, Ratnapura, Matale, Polonnaruwa, Kurunagala, Kadawatte, and other important towns. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 18:29:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Air travel in Lanka faces rough weather
TOI, August 14. Getting a flight out of Colombo is like winning the last price in a lottery – your chances are minimal and even if you are lucky enough what you get is not the best.After Tamil Tiger rebels bombed Sri Lanka's only international airport on July 24, travelling out of the country has become a little bit of a nightmare, not because people are traumatised by fear but more due to the ordeal of getting a ticket. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 18:20:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Many tourist hotels face closure in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 p.m Monday 13 August. Tourists Association of Sri Lanka says that if the current situation in the island continues about 25 of the 140 hotels under the Association might have to close, unless the government come forward to help them out. Swanee hotel in Beruwela, Sea Sands hotel, Bentota, Coral Gardens hotel, Hikkaduwa and Habarana Village in Habarana of the giant John Keells group, are currently on the verge of closure. Number of small hotels too are facing difficulties and have already closed down. Hotel industry sources reveal that almost 70% of tourist reservations have been cancelled resulting in a loss of over 1.5 billion rupees for the tourism industry. Political uncertainty and the postponed referendum has created a great setback for the Sri Lankan tourist industry despite the industry's efforts to get back on track after the LTTE attack in Katunayake.
Published: Mon Aug 13 09:03:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Aid call for Sri Lanka drought
BBC South Asia, Monday, 13 August, 2001, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK . The Red Cross said 300,000 people were facing shortages and ill-health in the worst drought in the region in fifty years. It plans to provide enough food for more than six thousand families to survive for six months. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 09:37:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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CID hands over report on airport attack to IGP
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.20 p.m. SLT Monday August 13. The Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Punya de Silva, this morning handed over a special report on the attack on the Bandaranaike International Airport and Sri Lanka Air Force Base at Katunayake to Police Chief, Lucky Kodituwakku.

The CID report, police sources said, holds valuable information on the investigation the police sleuths conducted after the devastating attack on the airport and air force base on July 24, last month. The investigation was concluded on Friday August 10, 2001.
Published: Mon Aug 13 07:15:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan human traffickers to face sentence in Australia
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 p.m. Monday 13 August. Nine Sri Lankan crew members of a boat, used to take twenty four Sri Lankans to Australia illegally in April this year, have pleaded guilty to the charge and have been found guilty of trafficking in illegal immigrants to the country. The Lanka Academic sources reveal that they will be sentenced on the 24th of August this year. It is the first time that Sri Lankans are to be sentenced for this offence in Australia. The Australian Migration Act provides for a penalty of "imprisonment for 20 years, or an Australian $220,000 fine, or both" for anyone found guilty of trafficking in illegal immigrants to the country. On July 29 this year another boat carrying an estimated 54 illegal immigrants to Australia had to turn back after experiencing rough weather few miles off the coast of Negambo. Reports said that the Negambo police arrested two persons from Kalmunai who were trying to get on the boat and also took into custody the owner/captain of the boat. The other passengers had managed to escape.

The Lanka Academic sources reveal that most of the illegal immigrants are lied to by the human traffickers =96 that they can find employment in Australia and the Australian government would provide them with aid and other facilities. In Sri Lanka, most people who try to go illegally to Australia and other countries either pawn all their valuables or mortgage their homes and get into debt to find the exorbitant fees charged by these human traffickers. They are lied to about their chances of finding employment. These people are left on dangerous reefs, small isolated islands, as the human traffickers do not like to go close to the respective countries due to the fear that they may be found and arrested. Our sources reveal that Patrols off the Australian coast have been increased and illegal immigrants are more likely to be caught than before. Human traffickers use boats that are not seaworthy with bad engines to smuggle people in rough seas. Many have died when these boats have capsized in rough seas.
Published: Mon Aug 13 07:57:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Army says SLAF destroyes Tiger bases
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.20 p.m. SLT Monday August 13. The Army said that an LTTE base at Sorampattu in the Jaffna Peninsula was destroyed today at around 1.45 p.m. by Sri Lanka Air Force fighter crafts. The jets are reported to have bombed the Tiger base at Sorampattu, which is situated about 7 Kms. North West of Elephant Pass.

According to the SLAF, the LTTE base had been completely destroyed together with stores of bullets. The SLAF is not sure if there were any Tiger casualties.

Meanwhile, another LTTE base close to the Jim Kelly training base in Thoppigala, about 35 Kms west of Batticaloa also came under aerial bombardment on Saturday, Aug. 11 around 1.30 p. m.

A news release by the Sri Lanka Army today said that Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir jets took on these targets but that casualties among the terrorists are not yet known.
Published: Mon Aug 13 07:15:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Tigers steal fishing equipment
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.10 p.m. SLT Monday August 13. Radio reports today said that the LTTE had stolen fishing equipment valued at over Rs. 700,000 and belonging to a Chinese businessman in northern Eravur.

The stolen equipment included two boats, two engines and other fishing tackle.

A tractor belonging to a farmer was also reportedly stolen by the Tigers in the area of Muttur.
Published: Mon Aug 13 07:15:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ousted BCCSL chief plans a comeback
Yahoo India, 14 August 2001. Ousted president Thilanga Sumathipala is plotting to stage a comeback as the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) chief. Jayanta Dharmadasa, too, is working overtime to ensure he gets the post once occupied by elder brother Upali. Both these ambitious men, though, have to wait. After all, one of them can only get the presidency after the government decides to hold elections. At the moment, the BCCSL is being run by a five-member Interim Committee appointed by Sri Lankan sports (and tourism) minister Lakshman Kiriella. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 19:14:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka's aboriginals give up hunting, Aug 13 2001 12:10 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 13 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's indigenous aboriginal community, the Veddhas, have decided to stop hunting and instead rear cattle, a press report said Monday. The Veddha community, led by Uruvarige Wanniela Atto, agreed last week to stop their traditional practice of hunting boar, deer and other wild animals to become livestock farmers instead, the Sinhalese language Divaina newspaper said. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 04:08:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Rare greentop for first Test makes rivals see red
Yahoo India, 13 August 2001. The unusual sight of a grassy, hard wicket left rivals India and Sri Lanka biting their nails ahead of the first cricket Test starting here on Tuesday. In the Indian sub-continent where the slow, barren tracks have usually had fast bowlers fuming, the greentop at the Galle international stadium provided a pleasant surprise. The batsmen, however, were far from amused. "I have never seen so much grass on this wicket," said Sanath Jayasuriya, the Sri Lankan captain and opening batsman. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 08:11:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan hi-tech exam cheat arrested, Aug 13 2001 12:45 IST. A Sri Lankan student who used a mobile phone strapped to his body to cheat in an exam has been arrested, police said Monday. The high-school student was handed over to the police after examiners found a mobile phone under bandages on his arm, with a hands-free microphone pinned under his shirt collar and an earphone in his hand. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 04:57:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Corr: Pakistan Keen to Sign Trade Agreement With Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, 13 August 2001. The Pakistani government has been negotiating a preferential trade agreement with Sri Lanka since a similar agreement was signed between Sri Lanka and India in 1998. The agreement would benefit Pakistan more than Sri Lanka as its exports to the country are almost three times the imports. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 05:09:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-ICC target Sharjah in battle against match-fixing
Yahoo India, 13 August 2001. Officials from the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit will meet organisers of the Sharjah tournament to combat potential match-fixing at this year's tournament. The ICC said they would hold talks with officials from the Cricketers Benefit Fund Series, which organises the one-day event, this week. They will discuss how to improve security and protect players and umpires from illegal bookmakers trying to rig results. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 08:12:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

France denies barring six Sri Lankan Tamil rebels
Yahoo India, 13 August 2001. France on Monday denied a claim by the Sri Lankan government that six members of the Tamil Tiger guerrilla movement had been prohibited from entering French territory. A Sri Lankan government statement said last week that Paris had banned six "hard-core cadres" of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), including Anton Balasingham, the rebels' main theoretician and negotiator. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 05:01:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Nothern Light, Monday, August 13, 2001 5:42 AM EST . The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has received a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) toward the cost of the Skills Development Project, it is intended that part of the loan proceeds be applied to eligible payments under the contract for which this invitation of bids is issued. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 08:10:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-India, Sri Lanka look to pacemen in Galle test
Yahoo India, 14 August 2001. India and Sri Lanka hope their fast bowlers will set the tone on a grassy pitch for the first game of a three-test series which starts on Tuesday. "We haven't seen one like this in Sri Lanka. It looks like a decision pitch," Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya told reporters after inspecting the playing surface. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 11:06:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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