The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 22, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 138

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Sri Lanka president accuses critical minister of embezzlement, Aug 21 2001 18:46 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's embattled President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday accused a senior minister of financial irregularities and depriving millions of people of their "poor relief" entitlements. Kumaratunga lambasted Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. B. Dissanayake after he had urged the president Monday to confess to her mistakes after her government lost its parliamentary majority in June. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 10:13:42 EDT 2001

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We are proud to present the seventh guest at our online Q&A sessions: Mr. Somawansa Amerasinghe, the leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). With the upcoming referendum in Sri Lanka, the vote of no confidence in the parliament, the reported moves to impeach President Kumaratunga and the pivotal role the JVP is expected to play in all events, Mr. Amerasinghe's political influence is of great significance to future political developments in Sri Lanka. This session has now ended. Answers by Mr. Amerasinghe will appear here.

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Lawmaker remanded to prison for 7 mo. for stripping of woman - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, 22 August. An elected member of a provincial council in Sri Lanka's North Western Province has been remanded to custody until March 26 next year by a high court judge More...
Published: Wed Aug 22 03:23:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

More bloodshed drowns Oslo peace bid in Sri Lanka, Aug 22 2001 11:48 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 22 (AFP) - Escalating Tamil Tiger rebel attacks and air assaults by the Sri Lankan military have compounded Norway's problems as it tries to revive a tottering peace bid. Separatist Tamil Tigers overran a police station in the island's east Tuesday, leaving 15 policemen, two civilians and six rebels dead and prompting security forces to respond with an intense aerial bombing campaign in the north. More...
Published: Wed Aug 22 03:22:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Trade wants Govt. to make peace with LTTE
The Hindu (International), 22-08-2001 . By Nirupama Subramanian COLOMBO, AUG. 21. Sri Lanka's business leaders are saying that the only way to restore international confidence in the country is to talk to the LTTE and find a negotiated settlement to the ethnic conflict. In the last few days, the loudest voices in favour of the peace process have come from the business community. The attack on the airport and the consequent hikes in insurance rates not just on airlines operating to Sri Lanka, but also on shipping lines calling at Colombo Port, have hit business hardest. The business community has been urging the Government and the Opposition, which are at loggerheads, to join hands in this hour of crisis and find a way out. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 18:45:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers power sharing to end political crisis, Aug 21 2001 18:21 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's minority government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday formally invited the main opposition for power-sharing talks in a bid to restore political stability. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake asked opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to begin unity talks in a bid to form a "government of consensus" and end the dragging political crisis. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 09:14:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Ranil invited for talks  - The Hindu
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Sri Lanka mounts air attacks as Tiger attack kills 23, Aug 21 2001 19:33 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger rebels overran a police station in eastern Sri Lanka Tuesday leaving 23 people dead and 29 wounded, defence officials said. The military retaliated with intensified air strikes hours after the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) launched the pre-dawn assault against the Central Camp station in the eastern Ampara district. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 11:21:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tamil Tiger women rebels' attack police camp, 25 killed, 27 wounded  - ABC News
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Jaffna hospital: A casualty of war
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 21 August, 2001, 14:59 GMT 15:59 UK . Doctors in the northern Sri Lankan town of Jaffna say patients are dying because the defence ministry will not allow enough drugs into the area - the scene of two decades of conflict with Tamil rebels. Unlike any other government hospital in Sri Lanka, defence ministry approval is required for all shipments of drugs and medical equipment to Jaffna Hospital - but doctors say they only receive a fraction of what they need. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 19:13:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Two of seven LTTE sympathisers leave for Chennai
The Hindu (Southern States), 22-08-2001 . By Our Staff Reporter VISAKHAPATNAM, AUG. 21. Two of the seven Sri Lankan Tamils and sympathisers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who had been languishing in a police station here after completing their sentence in the MV Yahat case left for Chennai in the early hours of Tuesday. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 21:34:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tourist Indus Plans Campaign For Recovery
Yahoo Singapore, Tuesday August 21, 9:03 PM. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--Sri Lanka's tourism industry is working with international public relations agencies to help the industry recover from last month's rebel attack on the country's international airport, the chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board said Tuesday. "Even multinational PR agencies have offered assistance in creating an alliance that will promote 'Sri Lanka Inc.'," Renton de Alwis told a news conference. De Alwis said the industry plans to offer incentives to Sri Lankans living abroad, including a "Bring a friend home," campaign, to help offset scores of cancellations from tourists. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 22:51:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka optimistic of tiding over economic crisis
TOI, August 21. Sri Lanka's treasury secretary has said that a devastating airport attack by Tamil guerrillas on the country's main airport last month could result in lower economic growth."GDP growth could come in at least one-and-a-half per centage points lower as virtually the whole economy has been hit by the airport attack," P B Jayasundera said on Monday. "But I don't see a serious slippage in the budget More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 19:45:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

14 cops killed at Ampara
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.20 p.m. SLT Tuesday August 21. At least 14 policemen are reported to have been killed at the main Central Camp police station in Ampara last night by Tamil Tiger rebels. Two other civilians serving as home guards were also killed in the attack. Another 15 are reported to have been injured.

The attack took place at around 11 p.m. last night, and the LTTE are reported to have removed weaponry during the raid, which had reportedly been carried out by both male and female cadre of the LTTE. The Tigers are reported to have arrived at the camp in tractors.

Some policemen have gone missing after the attack. Sources say that at least two bodies of LTTE cadre have also been recovered. Military Spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said today that intercepted radio transmission of the LTTE had reportedly claimed it had lost 6 Tigers in the attack while another 12 had been wounded.

The police station is situated about 35 kilometers from Batticaloa. Commandos from the elite Special Task Force who rushed to the rescue of the besieged cops had battled the Tigers four about two hours before succeeding in securing the area.

The Sri Lanka Air Force are reported to have begun intensive air strikes on rebel targets following the attack on the eastern police station.
Published: Tue Aug 21 07:07:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Israel cargo planes fly into Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.10 p.m. SLT Tuesday August 21. Israeli owned cargo aircraft will begin flying into Colombo after international airlines scaled down their flights to Sri Lanka following an attack by the LTTE on the country's single international airport. The Israeli planes contain a cargo capacity of 400 tonnes.

Secretary to the Aviation Ministry, W. P. S. Jayawardena today said that the Israel planes had been granted permission by the government to fly into Colombo. He added that the State would now liberalize air cargo into the country after leading international carriers reduced their flights to the island last month.

Sri Lanka's economy has been severely hit after the airport attack, when insurance underwriters slapped heavy war risk premiums on aircraft and ships calling at Colombo.

At present, a government delegation is in London trying desperately to convince Lloyds Insurance to reduce its risk ratings on aircraft and ships arriving in Sri Lanka.

International airlines like Cathy Pacific stopped flights into Sri Lanka following the attack on Colombo's airport, while other airlines have scaled down their flights into the country.
Published: Tue Aug 21 07:07:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Israel's El Al begins cargo flights to embattled Sri Lanka  -

LTTE fled without achieving its objective,says army
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 11.15 AM SLT Tuesday August 21,2001. The LTTE had fled from the battle at the Central Police Camp in Amparai today without achieving its objectives, the Sri Lankan army contends.

Denying reports that the armoury had been looted,a military source said that the armoury was intact and that this was very significant.The LTTE had fled the scene at 2 am, a good two and a half hours before the Special Task Force (STF) reinforcements reached the spot.If the going was good, the attackers would not have left so early, while it was still very dark and when they were only seven kilometres from their bases.In the eastern coast,first light is at 6 am. Either they suffered heavy casualties or there were leadership problems,the army feels.
Published: Tue Aug 21 01:21:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka banks on lenders as growth forecasts nose dive, Aug 21 2001 15:23 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (AFP) - Sri Lanka announced Tuesday it would seek international loans as the government admitted a sharp economic slowdown following the Tamil rebel attack against the country's only international airport. Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera said the country's economic growth rate this year was expected to come down to about 3.0 percent from the originally projected 4.5 percent. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 06:20:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Three ministers demonstrate loyalty to Chandrika, one revolts
Press Trust of India, Tuesday, August 21, 2001. In an expression of solidarity, three cabinet ministers have handed over their undated resignation letters to Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga but a senior lawmaker raised a banner of revolt by questioning a probe into his ministry's financial dealings. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 11:23:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Three more ministers tender 'undated' resignation  -

Sri Lanka orders air attacks after rebel attack on police, Aug 21 2001 12:37 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (AFP) - Sri Lankan air force jets pounded suspected Tamil Tiger positions in the island's north Tuesday, hours after the rebels overran a police station in the east leaving 22 people dead. The defence ministry said that four Israeli-built Kfir jets attacked positions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Pallai in the northern peninsula of Jaffna. The air force had been carrying out regular air attacks since last month, but Tuesday's strike was the first involving four aircraft. In the past, the bombing sorties were carried out by two jets at a time. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 05:16:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers $50m security on port
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, 21st August 10:01 GMT. Insurance companies are considering a sharp reduction in the high `war risk' surcharge imposed on shipping lines operating to Sri Lanka after a Government offer of a $50m guarantee on the Colombo port, press reports here said. The state-run Daily News said the entire surcharge would be removed within two weeks following guarantees by the Government, but this report could not be immediately confirmed. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 05:52:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Central Bank Relaxes Foreign Exchange Curbs
Nothern Light, Tuesday, August 21, 2001 12:11 AM EST . COLOMBO, Aug 21, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sri Lanka's Central Bank announced Monday the relaxation of several restrictions on foreign exchange transactions through commercial banks imposed in January, the official Daily News reported on Tuesday. Additional Director of Economic Research of the Central Bank D.S. Wijesinghe was quoted by the paper as saying that the restrictions were no longer needed as the foreign exchange market has continued to be stable and participants have generally operated with prudence. He explained that importers used to act on deferred payments which they used to settle bills in advance and this created difficulties for banks and foreign exchange markets. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 03:25:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka plan to break India with pace again in second Test
Yahoo India, Tuesday August 21, 2:10 PM. Sri Lanka hope to overcome the jinx of Kandy by unleashing another pace assault on India in the second Test starting here on Wednesday. The emphatic 10-wicket romp in the first Test at Galle suggests that only a remarkable turnabout by the injury-ravaged Indians, or the unsettled weather, could prevent Sri Lanka from taking a decisive 2-0 lead in the series. More...
Published: Tue Aug 21 05:55:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Indians go into second Test with their backs against wall  - Yahoo India
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