The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 275

2004: TLA wishes you a very Happy New Year!
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Keep your hands off Sri Lanka, JVP warns USA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 6, 2003, 11.17 pm. The third most powerful political party in Sri Lanka’ parliament has demanded the United States not to interfere in the country’s internal matters. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has also condemned with disgust the attempt by US to tamper in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka.

The party was referring to a recent statement made by USA deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage’s warning that a political power struggle should not be tolerated in Sri Lanka.

The party said that the internal affairs of a country should be decided by the people of that country and not according to the whims and fancies of world powers. “People of this country should elect their rulers not according to the whim and fancy of the USA or any other country but in accordance to their own conscience,” the party stressed.

It also accused the government of getting ‘foreign bandits’ to intimidate the people and threaten them and continue with their immoral programme of dividing and selling the country.
Published: Tue Jan 6 12:28:03 EST 2004

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LTTE constructing a monument in Jaffna
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 6, 2004, 9.22 pm. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has received complaints from the army that the LTTE is constructing a monument in Palali (Jaffna Peninsula) in memory of their dead cadres.

The Monitoring Mission has however assured the security forces that they would take up the matter with the LTTE. The army has also made a complaint in this regard to the Valvettithurai police station.

The construction of the monument is reported to be a ceasefire violation.

Meanwhile the army also reported that a female LTTE cadre, who escaped LTTE detention, surrendered to the Akkaraipattu police, seeking police protection.

According to the escapee, she was kidnapped by two unidentified LTTE women near Kaiwanchikudy on December 11, 2002 and was trained at Kadumbimalai LTTE camp before she finally ran away from LTTE. The incident has been brought to the notice of the Monitors.
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Milinda Hold Discussions With Patten
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.55 P.M Tuesday 6 January. Milinda Moragoda, Minister for Economic Reforms, Science and Technology held discussions yesterday in Brussels with Christopher Patten, Commissioner for External Relations of the European Commission. Moragoda's spokesman said that the meeting in Brussels was a part of the process of individual consultations the Minister is conducting with the Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Conference on the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Sri Lanka.

The Spokesman said Moragoda and Patten discussed the continued role of the Co-Chairs, pursuant to the commitments entered into at the Tokyo Conference. Moragoda visited Washington and Oslo before arriving in Brussels to meet Patten. Moragoda is expected brief Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe on the discussions he had with the Co-Chairs on his arrival in the island early tomorrow.
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Road to India is via Lanka: Lord Paul, JANUARY 6, 2004. NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul on Tuesday asked British companies to explore commercial opportunities in the Indian market through Sri Lanka taking advantage of the free trade agreement between the two South Asian neighbours... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says it is ready to scan visitors for SARS if WHO advises
Associated Press, Tue January 6, 2004 00:20 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government said Tuesday it was ready to screen passengers for SARS-related symptoms and will await advise from the World Health Organization... Back to the top

Sri Lankans Divided on The Peace Process- Survey
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.15 A.M Tuesday 6 January. The final report of the survey carried out by the Social Indicator says Sri Lankans are divided about the peace process and on how far they are willing to compromise for the sake of peace and they are divided regarding their readiness to present a peace agreement they consider to be unfair... Back to the top

‘ Saw Tamils ’ plight in Jaffna ’ says top Buddhist p . ., January 05. “I saw today that the Tamils of Jaffna face difficulties due to the war... Back to the top

Top trio sets sights on Sri Lanka tour, January 7, 2004. While Steve Waugh is retiring, the experienced hands of Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Darren Lehmann could be available for the tour of Sri Lanka next month... Back to the top

Swamy, calls for caution on LTTE to Fernandes, January 06, 2004, 15:35 EST. New Delhi, Jan 6 (UNI) Janata Party President Subramaniam Swamy today requested Defence Minister George Fernandes to consider establishing a cantonment base in Colombo with two divisions of the army and three Squadrons of the Indian Air Force (IAF) before responding favourably to Sri Lanka's request for assistance to meet the LTTE threat to the Island's integrity'... Back to the top

Palali Air Base- Air Force Waiting For Green Light From India
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 A.M Tuesday 6 January. Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshall Donald Perera says the renovation work of the Palali airbase will commence no sooner the approval from the Indian High Commission is received... Back to the top

Dominican authorities rule out terrorism in case of two Sri Lankan men detained aboard flight from France
Associated Press, Tue January 6, 2004 12:59 EST . PETER PRENGAMAN - Associated Press Writer - The two would then likely be repatriated to Sri Lanka - , Cruz said... Back to the top

Tamil minister in Sri Lanka asks Washington to lift ban on Tamil Tigers
Associated Press, Mon January 5, 2004 12:05 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An ethnic-Tamil Cabinet minister in Sri Lanka - made a personal appeal to the U... Back to the top

US Coast Guard Team Visits Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 P.M Monday 5 January. A joint team from the United States Coast Guard and the Defence Security Cooperation Agency is currently in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

SAARC countries must show concern for India's security: Lanka, January 5. International Affairs Advisor to Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and a former Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, has said that the countries of South Asia must show concern for India's security... Back to the top

HPCL set to buying 100 retail outlets in Lanka, January 06, 6:20 EST. MUMBAI: HPCL is set to acquire 100 retail outlets of Sri Lanka 's Ceylon Petroleum Corporation for $100 million Back to the top

UK firms can profit by Indo-Lankan pact: Paul, January 06, 6:20 EST. Colombo, Jan. 6. (PTI): Leading UK-based NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul today asked British companies to explore commercial opportunities in the Indian market through Sri Lanka taking advantage of the free trade agreement between the two South Asian neighbours... Back to the top

Swraj Paul opens talks with Sri Lankan leaders, January 5. Britain's business ambassador and leading NRI Lord Swraj Paul on Monday opened talks with Sri Lankan leaders on increasing bilateral trade and assessing the island's political situation, officials said... Back to the top

World News : Sri Lanka Sri Lankan differences will not mar ..., Jan 4. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga said Sunday that her differences with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would not mar the country's peace prospects with Tamil guerrillas... Back to the top

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