The Lanka Academic

 
JANUARY 2, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 271

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Youth escapes from ‘Tiger clutch’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 2, 2004, 10.56 pm. Three youths who were abducted by the LTTE and underwent two and a half months of rigorous arms training have escaped from a LTTE camp in Thoppiagala, Southeast of Polonnaruwa, army said.

The three Tamil youths hailing from Batticaloa surrendered to the Kandegama police on December 31. They were reportedly kidnapped by a group of 17 Tiger cadres two and a half months back while on their way to a religious ceremony.

According to these escapees, they were detained in an LTTE camp where another 104 youths are receiving LTTE arms training. Two of the escaped youths are in their teens while the other is 20 years old. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has been informed about the incident.
Published: Fri Jan 2 12:01:56 EST 2004


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India News : Sri Lanka India offers funds to upgrade Sri Lankan ...
newkerala.com, Jan 2. The Indian government has offered to provide Rs.500 million to Sri Lanka to upgrade an air base in the northern Jaffna peninsula, the official Daily News said Friday. The Indian government pledged the assistance during Army Commander Lieutenant General Lionel Balagalle's visit to India last month, Xinhua reported. The upgrading of the Palaly air base has been seen as a prime need by Sri Lankan defence authorities owing to its dilapidated state, with gaping holes in several areas in the landing strip. More...
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President asks police to work with dedication
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 2, 2003, 10.53 pm. President Chandrika Kumaratunga vowed today that crime in the country will be eradicated under an ‘action plan to fight crime’. Addressing senior police officers in Colombo today, the President also said that this plan would be first implemented in the Western province and thereafter taken to the other provinces in the country.

Ms. Kumaratunga also called upon all police officers, to dedicate themselves to serve the people and rise above personnel consideration. The President added that the country cannot fight crime, until all senior and junior police officers commit themselves to their duty.
Published: Fri Jan 2 11:58:59 EST 2004 Back to the top


SRI LANKA : HOPE ON EVERY HORIZON
timesonline.co.uk, January 3. The beaches are still empty but stylish hotels are opening apace... Back to the top

Former Diplomats Say FM Is Trying To Pass The Buck
Ranmali Wijesuriya in Colombo, SLT 7.50 A.M Friday 2 January. Former Diplomats say that foreign minister Tyrone Fernando and his spokesperson is making an attempt to cover up his mistakes and trying to pass the buck... Back to the top

Call To Safeguard the Life of Anandasangaree
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.45 A.M Friday 2 January. The Forum for regaining democracy for Tamil speaking people had appealed to all human rights activists and organizations to safeguard the life of TULF leader V... Back to the top

Plans to formulate an Interim Constitution covering the entire country
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 1, 2004, 11.10 pm. Sri Lanka’s main Muslim party today announced plans of formulating a comprehensive interim constitution covering the entire country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka lost a lot in financial assistance due to President’s actions
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 1, 2004, 10.45 pm . Peiris today reiterated that the present political and economic crisis erupted after President Chandrika Kumaratunga took over the ministries of Defence, Mass Communication and interior in early November last year... Back to the top

Colombo in bid to lift aid freeze
gulf-daily-news.com, January 2, 9:00 EST. Sri Lanka has opened talks with peace broker Norway to help resume the flow of millions of dollars in foreign aid suspended due to the power struggle here, a government spokesman said yesterday... Back to the top

Lankan Muslims' proposal puts spokes in LTTE wheel
hindustantimes.com, January 2, 9:00 EST. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem's suggestion that Sri Lankans go in for an Interim Constitution for the entire country rather than give an Interim Administration only for the Tamil-dominated North-Eastern Province (NEP), has put spokes in the LTTE's wheel... Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt says president's tenure to end in 2005
People's Daily, January 1, 2004, 22:00. The Sri Lankan government said on Thursday, Jan. 1, that President Chandrika Kumaratunga's term of office will come to an end in December 2005 as the Sri Lankan people voted in her favor on the basis of a six-year term in the presidential elections in December 1999. Back to the top

Sri Lanka urges Norway to help resume aid
dailytimes.com.pk, January 1, 2004, 10:15 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has opened talks with peace broker Norway to help resume the flow of millions of dollars in foreign aid suspended due to the power struggle here, a government spokesman said on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka starts informal talks with Norwegians to help resume peace talks
Associated Press, Thu January 1, 2004 02:12 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government said Thursday it has started informal talks with a Norwegian envoy so that stalled peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels can resume and the country get some of the US$4.5 billion pledged by donor countries... Back to the top

LEAD: India hopes to create SAARC Economic Union by 2015+
Associated Press, Fri January 2, 2004 15:11 EST . - - SAARC groups Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Background and facts on the SAARC forum
Associated Press, Fri January 2, 2004 03:10 EST . - - MEMBERS: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka - , Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan... Back to the top

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