The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 279

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Sri Lanka reeling from death link, 11/01/2004. Sri Lanka may seem far away now that England's series there, with its strange goings-on, has finished. But the island's tangled cricket politics, culminating in a man being shot dead two days ago, are coming ever closer. Two investigators from the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit flew to Sri Lanka on Thursday to conduct an independent inquiry into the money found in the hotel room of the Sri Lankan batsman Marvan Atapattu last month after the Kandy Test, which ended in a draw after Sri Lanka had posted unnecessarily defensive fields on the final day. While they are there, the ACSU investigators will have plenty else to examine. Sri Lanka's cricket is dominated by three key figures. Two of them are former players: Aravinda de Silva, the chairman of selectors, and Duleep Mendis, the chief executive of the Sri Lankan Board. De Silva was one of two Sri Lankans to be mentioned in the report into match-fixing by India's Central Bureau of Investigation, in which the Indian bookmaker Mukesh Gupte testified that he had paid de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga for fixing the Lucknow Test of 1994. A subsequent judicial inquiry in Sri Lanka exonerated them on the grounds that Gupte's evidence was 'inadequate and untested'. More...
Published: Sat Jan 10 21:45:01 EST 2004

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Ceasefire continues despite stalled peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 10, 2004, 10.17 pm. Despite the stalled peace process, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission today announced that the Ceasefire Agreement signed between the UNF Government and the LTTE in February 2001 was intact, and there has been no change in the ceasefire monitoring procedure.

The Monitoring Mission also assured that the monitors continued their activities despite the political impasse between the two leaders in the South.

Meanwhile the United National Front government has once again called upon President Chandrika Kumaratunga to hand over the necessary powers to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe so that he could continue the peace process. The government also claimed that they were not interested in the three ministries taken over by Ms. Kumaratunga in November last year, but merely needed ‘certain powers’ so that they could continue the process without any obstacle. The government made this announcement yesterday in Parliament.
Published: Sat Jan 10 11:31:15 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Underworld leader’s murder takes a new turn, suspect’s statement false
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 10, 2004, 10.22 pm. The Colombo Crime Division today began to investigate the authenticity of the statements given to them by the gunmen who killed underworld gang leader Dhammika Amarasinghe yesterday. The suspect has also been remanded till January 23.

According to police sources, even though the suspect has claimed that he had murdered the underworld leader merely to take revenge of another murder, reportedly carried out by Dhammika Amarasinghe, the sources point out that the murder might even have some connection with the victim’s ongoing case, which also involves Sri Lanka Cricket and Telecom Chief Thilanga Sumathipala. A very senior police official is reported to have claimed that the gunmen’s claim is false.

The police said that four armed prison officials and four police officers had been deployed for the protection of the suspect, when the murder took pace. Police are also investigating as to how the killing took place, when such a security measure had been provided to the suspect.
Published: Sat Jan 10 11:27:59 EST 2004 Back to the top

Provincial Council elections in May
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 10, 2004, 6.13 pm . All Provincial Councils will be dissolved this month, and elections are expected to be in May, sources told the Lanka Academic... Back to the top

Key witness shot dead in court
Cricinfo, January 8, 2004. In the latest twist to the ongoing passport fraud affair in Sri Lanka, Dammika Amarasinghe, the central figure in the scandal involving Thilanga Sumathipala, the president of the Sri Lanka cricket board, was shot dead inside the court buildings on Friday morning by an assassin... Back to the top

TN fishermen demand license to fish in Lankan waters, January 9 . Fishermen from Tamil Nadu will insist on getting licenses to fish in Sri Lankan waters when they meet officials of the State and Centre governments in Chennai on Monday, according to an informed source in Ramanathapuram... Back to the top

Power politics may cost Sri Lanka a hefty price
Associated Press, Fri January 9, 2004 08:22 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A bitter power struggle between Sri Lanka - 's president and prime minister is threatening the island's economy and billions of dollars in aid, a government spokesman said Friday... Back to the top

Ranil still keen of truce with LTTE, January 09, 2004, 06:20 EST. Colombo, Jan. 9. (PTI): The Sri Lankan Government today ruled out abrogating the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE although Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has asked President Chandrika Kumaratinga to renegotiate a deal with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

S . Lanka govt tells president to review rebel truce, January 09, 2004, 06:20 EST. COLOMBO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan government upped the stakes on Friday in a battle with the island's president that risks efforts to end 20 years of civil war, telling her to redo a ceasefire with Tamil rebels or give up control of security Back to the top

Japan to review Lanka's crisis to decide on aid release, January 9, 2004. Colombo, Jan 9 (UNI) Amidst mounting international pressure on both Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to resolve their political bickering, Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi is scheduled to arrive here on January 19 for a review meeting regarding the peace process... Back to the top

JVP calls for Lankan PM's resignation
Dawn, COLOMBO, Jan 8. An opposition leader in Sri Lanka teamed up with the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna party (JVP) on Thursday to criticize Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's statement that he would call off the ceasefire with the LTTE unless President Kumaratunga hands him back the three ministries she took over in November... Back to the top

Kumaratunga shirks peace talks, January 8, 2003. COLOMBO, Jan. 8. — President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunga today refused to take over Sri Lanka’s fragile peace process after her political rival, the prime minister, said he was unable to continue talks with Tamil rebels after losing control over the defence ministry... Back to the top

Power talks with Ranil on: Kumaratunga, January 09, 2004, 06:20 EST. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said talks between her and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe on sharing power have not broken down and would continue... Back to the top

World News : Sri Lanka Sri Lankans reel under price rise in new ..., January 8, 2004. THE Rotary Chess Education Initiative, an international project set up in the borough, is sponsoring a major chess competition in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka hopes to have 600,000 tourists this year, but still depends on peace and political stability
Associated Press, Fri January 9, 2004 09:07 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - is hoping to see tourist arrivals hit 600,000 this year, but needs peace and political stability to achieve that target, a senior official said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka extends deadline for bids to retail fuel, January 8, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka extended a deadline for a second time on Thursday for companies to finalise their bids to become the island's third fuel retailer, the government's privatisation agency said Back to the top

Borough chess project a hit in Sri Lanka, January 8, 2004. THE Rotary Chess Education Initiative, an international project set up in the borough, is sponsoring a major chess competition in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Cambridge B'band Wins Sri Lanka Order, January 8, 2004. CAMBRIDGE, U.K. -- MTT Network, the Sri Lankan major operator of local access, international telephony and broadband services, has placed an expansion order for three additional Cambridge Broadband 3.5GHz VectaStar fixed wireless access base stations... Back to the top

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