The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 20, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 136

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Tamil Tigers overrun police station in Sri Lanka, toll 15, Aug 21 2001 07:50 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (AFP) - Separatist Tamil Tiger rebels overran a police station in eastern Sri Lanka Tuesday and killed at least 15 constables and wounded at least another 10, officials said. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas launched the pre-dawn assault on the Central Camp police station in the Ampara district, defence ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Mon Aug 20 23:26:45 EDT 2001

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Is Sri Lanka into Eelam War IV ?
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 7.43 AM SLT August 21,2001. The pre-dawn storming of the Central Camp of the Sri Lanka Police near 13th.Colony in Amparai district by the LTTE today has raised fears that Eelam War IV may have begun.The unabated hardening of the postures of the government and the LTTE on the issue of war and peace and their belligerence on the ground make one wonder if the peace process has ground to a halt and war has become the main instrument of policy for both the goverment and the LTTE.

In today's attack,about 25 policemen were feared dead though till 7.AM only eight bodies had been counted.The attack was launched by about a 100 LTTE cadres.The camp had about 80 policemen in residence.The attackers took away all the weapons in the camp in six tractors,it is believed.

There has been a steady build up for war in recent months.In a belligerent mode despite several peace overtures by the LTTE,the Sri Lankan government had launched Operation Agni Kheela in Thenmarachchi to the chagrin of the Norwegian peace makers.Agni Kheela failed with the army having to beat a hasty retreat leaving behind 400 dead.Then came the airstrikes on LTTE positions in the north to pre-empt a feared invasion of Jaffna.This drew the displeasure of India and the US who urged the two parties to abjure violence and terrorism.The US warned that violence would beget violence.The LTTE itself warned the Sri Lankan government of grave consequences and said that Colombo would be responsible for the collapse of the peace process.

In an obvious tit for tat,on July 24,the LTTE staged a devastating suicide attack on the Bandaranaike International Airport and the Katunayake airbase,home to the Kfirs and MiG 27s which had earlier struck targets in the north.This only hardened the Sri Lankan government's attitude.In an interview to the August issue of "Business Today" President Chandrika Kumaratunga ruled out the lifting of the ban on the LTTE saying that it would be an "idiotic" move.She also said that the Norwegians had put the peace process "on hold for a few weeks" as a result of the recent developments on the political and terrorism front.
Published: Mon Aug 20 21:41:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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LTTE attackers had come in 6 tractors
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.40 a.m Tuesday August 21. The Police Headquarters in Colombo told The Lanka Academic that the LTTE rebels who attacked the Central camp Police station had arrived in 6 trackers to carry out the early morning attack . A spokesman said that the LTTE had cleared the police station of all arms and ammunitions. Fifteen police personnel have been already admitted to the Ampara hospital.=20
Published: Mon Aug 20 20:41:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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LTTE attacks Central camp in Ampara
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 a.m Tuesday August 21. The Central camp police station in Ampara was attacked by the LTTE at about 12.30 a.m this morning. The reinforcements had reached the camp only at about 4.30 in the morning. Military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told The Lanka Academic that security authorities found 5 dead bodies and suspect that over 15 have been killed in the early morning attack. Brigadier said that the LTTE also attacked an adjoining STF camp. More to follow
Published: Mon Aug 20 20:27:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Minister seeks confession from Sri Lanka president, Aug 20 2001 19:46 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 20 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's beleaguered President Chandrika Kumaratunga Monday came under attack from a senior minister who asked her to "confess" her failures as the government struggled to hold on to power. Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. B. Dissanayake demanded that Kumaratunga publicly admit her "mistakes" in a bid to overcome unprecedented political instability after seven legislators defected from the government in June. More...
Published: Mon Aug 20 11:15:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Protest against the government
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 5.00pm SLT, Aug.20, 2001. Women activists of the People's Center for Democracy and Freedom shout slogans at Liptonís Circus against the government and the President Chandrika Kumaratunga during a picketing campaign, calling on the President to reconvene Parliament and to restore the democratic rights of the people. More...
Published: Mon Aug 20 08:16:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Opposition moves to impeach Sri Lankan president over IMF deal, Aug 20 2001 15:59 IST. Sri Lanka's main opposition Monday moved to impeach President Chandrika Kumaratunga on charges of violating the constitution and cited her deal with the IMF as an abuse of power.The main opposition United National Party (UNP) circulated to other political parties a draft impeachment motion listing nine counts of "intentional violation of the constitution," "misconduct" and "abuse of power." More...
Published: Mon Aug 20 07:15:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Asia Times, August 20. n 1796 the British completed the capture of Ceylon's maritime regions and drove the Dutch out of the country. Initially, the captured region was administered by the British East India Company. Lord Hobart, the governor of Madras, had ordered the troops of the East India Company to undertake the campaign. More...
Published: Mon Aug 20 22:06:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka gov't guarantee helps ease crippling war risk rating
Kyodo News, August 20. London insurers have agreed to downwardly revise crippling war risk insurance surcharges following a Sri Lankan government guarantee to underwrite the first $50 million of damage that may be caused by any rebel attack on Colombo's port, a shipping source said Monday. The source, who heads a large shipping company in Colombo, said the move follows talks in London between a Sri Lankan government delegation led by Ports Minister Ronnie de Mel and officials of the London-based War Risk Rating Committee, whose decisions are binding on all shipowners and operators. More...
Published: Mon Aug 20 22:13:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Damaged SriLankan Airlines aircraft back in service on 1 September
Nothern Light, Monday, August 20, 2001 11:12 AM EST . Aug 20, 2001 (AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) -- One of the SriLankan Airlines aircraft damaged in a recent rebel attack on Bandaranaike International Airport will return to service on 1 September. Four of the airline's fleet of twelve aircraft were destroyed in the attack and a further two were damaged. The return of the Airbus A340 will enable the airline to reintroduce three destinations - Paris, Abu Dhabi and New Delhi - to its route network. In addition, services to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Zurich will be increased. More...
Published: Mon Aug 20 21:04:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Leading India is scary: Ganguly
TOI, August 21. Time is running out for Sourav Ganguly as he faces a critical two-week period that could determine his future as India's cricket captain and as a Test batsman.The successive losses against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka have hurt Ganguly badly, and he knows it. "Leading India is a difficult job," Ganguly said as he prepared for the second Test starting here on Wednesday. "After all, it's the peoples' emotions that determine where you stand. On top one day, rock bottom the next. It's scary..." More...
Published: Mon Aug 20 21:13:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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UNP plans massive protest rally in Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.20 p.m. SLT Monday August 20. The main opposition United National Party (UNP)is planning another massive protest rally in Colombo on Thursday August 23. The rally will be similar to the one held on July 19, 2001, where two persons were killed by police and many others wounded.

UNP Spokesman, Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku said he hopes that there would not be a repetition of such violence this time around, but added the opposition political party is yet determined to go ahead with the protest march.

The UNP have already begun canvassing supporters for the march in towns around the city.

Deputy Leader for the UNP, Gamini Atukorale said that the march will be held even if the police attempted to stop the protestors.

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe addressing a gathering last Saturday called for President Chandrika Kumaratunge to step down, in the face of the growing crisis situation in the country. Wickremasinghe added that Kumaratunge should resign "since she has lost her majority in Parliament and many people have rejected her leadership."

Meanwhile, the People's Center for Democracy and Freedom in the Country is to hold a mass picketing campaign this afternoon at Lipton's Circus - Colombo, calling on the President to reconvene Parliament and to restore the democratic rights of the people.
Published: Mon Aug 20 03:27:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Minister requests Maha Nayake Thera to intervene in the present political crisis
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Monday August 20. Fisheries Minister, Mahinda Rajapakse, today appealed to the Ven. Rambukwelle Vipassi Maha Thera, of the Malwatte Mahanayake Chapter to intervene in the present political crisis and persuade all political leaders to come together.

Rajapakse had requested the prelate to talk to all political leaders and convince them of the urgent need to unite at this stage in order to resolve the crisis situation in the country.

The prelate however is reported to have complained to the government minister, that his repeated requests to the leaders of Sri Lanka's political parties to unite, have not been heeded but fallen on deaf ears.
Published: Mon Aug 20 03:27:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Several ministers refuse to give resignations
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Monday August 20. Several senior ministers have refused to follow the footsteps of their deputies and submit undated letters of resignation to President Chandrika Kumaratunge.

Ministers, S. B. Dissanayake, Mahinda Rajapakse, Nandamithra Ekanayake, Mahinda Wijeysekera, Prof. G. L. Peiris, D. M. Jayaratne and Arumugam Thondaman have said they will not submit undated letters of resignation to the Head of State, as did 28 deputy ministers, last week.

The President apparently called for the undated letters of resignation from her parliamentarians in order to avoid possible crossovers, as the political quagmire deepens.

Deputy Minister, Dallas Allahapperuma has however refused to submit his letter of resignation to the President saying he will do so only if the people in his southern electorate - Matara, call for him to leave his post.

Meanwhile, sources say that five cabinet ministers close to the president, in a show of solidarity, have already submitted undated letters of resignation to Kumaratunge.
Published: Mon Aug 20 03:27:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Jaffna university students seek international intervention
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9 a.m. SLT Monday August 20. The Jaffna University Students Union has appealed to the international community to intervene and stop an escalation of the conflict in the north and east.

The students reiterate that since the LTTE attack on Colombo's main air force base and international airport at Katunayake last month, the Sri Lanka Air Force have stepped up aerial bombing on selected LTTE targets in the north and east.

The students say that as a result, the security of civilians in the war torn areas has been severely threatened and their daily activities hampered.
Published: Mon Aug 20 03:27:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

War-risk insurance hits Buddhist pilgrims in India, Aug 20 2001 11:48 IST. Some 3,000 Sri Lankan Buddhists who are on a pilgrimage to India cannot afford to fly home because airlines are demanding a 40 dollar war-risk insurance surcharge, a state-run daily newspaper said Monday.The pilgrims left the island before the July 24 Tamil rebel attack against the island's international airport and were due to return this week. More...
Published: Mon Aug 20 07:13:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ukraine air day stunt brought down Sri Lanka jet
MSNBC, August 20. A Ukrainian pilot whose jet fighter crashed last week near Sri Lanka's only international airport had been performing aerobatics to celebrate his country's Aviation Day, air force officials said on Monday. More...
Published: Mon Aug 20 07:23:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Chandrika rules out dissolution of parliament
The Hindustan Times, August 19. PRESIDENT CHANDRIKA Kumaratunga has ruled out the dissolution of parliament to resolve the political crisis in Sri Lanka. Speaking to Business Today magazine on Saturday, she said: "Why should we? ....We have won a presidential election one and a half years ago, quite clear with a clear mandate. We have won a general election with a clear mandate. We don't need to dissolve parliament." More...
Published: Sun Aug 19 19:14:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka resignations trigger another crisis, Aug 19 2001 14:30 IST. Sri Lanka's beleaguered government came under more pressure Sunday as the opposition demanded that 28 junior ministers who have submitted undated letters of resignation should step down immediately More...
Published: Sun Aug 19 12:57:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Rescuing Sri Lankan heritage from ashes
NYT-OCRegister, August 19. Sri Lanka On a fateful night 20 years ago, Sinhalese police rampaged through this town's public library, one of the great repositories of the Tamil people's history and culture, and committed an act of ethnic vandalism that helped set this country on a path to civil war. They stormed into the grand public rooms of one of South Asia's finest libraries and set 97,000 volumes ablaze. More...
Published: Sun Aug 19 13:22:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Much depends on what destiny has for you: Dilhara Fernando
Yahoo India, August 19. Off the field, tall and muscular Dilhara Fernando is a devout Roman Catholic. On it, he is determined to knock the batsman’s head off. Meet Sri Lanka (and Asia’s) newest fast bowling sensation.That Fernando, 22, would be more than a handful was evident during the recent tri-series itself. Yet, just how menacing he can be was actually felt when he tore into the Indian middle order with the second new ball, in innings No.1 of the first Test that ended in a shade over three days. More...
Published: Sun Aug 19 19:17:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

RCMP probing 'Jihad' web sites
The National Post, August 19. The RCMP has launched investigations into two Canadian-registered Internet sites following complaints they are being used by Islamic terrorists for recruiting and the promotion of violence.Police began probing the sites, registered in Ontario and Quebec, after the human rights group B'nai Brith approached the RCMP and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service with concerns. More...
Published: Sun Aug 19 14:05:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fresh fighting in Sri Lanka kills eight, Aug 19 2001 14:07 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 19 (AFP) - At least seven Tamil Tiger rebels and a government soldier were killed in fresh fighting in Sri Lanka's embattled northeast, the defence ministry said Sunday. More...
Published: Sun Aug 19 13:00:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top

The Lanka Academic, August 19. The majority of Sri Lankans do not need to read the business pages in the newspapers or to study Central Bank statistics to know that the economy is rapidly heading downhill. They know it from their day to day experiences, from the way their cost living is going up and living standards are going down; they know it from the way it affects their future prospects and those of their children. More...
Published: Sun Aug 19 01:38:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka train crash toll rises to 14, Aug 19 2001 11:58 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 19 (AFP) - The death toll in a train derailment in northwestern Sri Lanka rose to 14 Sunday when a wounded passenger died in hospital, police said More...
Published: Sun Aug 19 03:52:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

My best N-Day present
The Electric New Paper, August 19. FOR about two weeks recently, I waited for an important letter which could change my life forever.And when the letter arrived, I surmised, from the thickness of it, that it was good news. I was not disappointed. It was the approval letter of my application for citizenship. I was now a Singaporean. Finally!I rushed home to tell the good news to my parents and wife.I called my close friends and colleagues here, my brothers in Sri Lanka and relatives in London, Canada and France to inform them. More...
Published: Sun Aug 19 02:24:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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