The Lanka Academic

 
JANUARY 24, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 293

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Safe House Raid- Heads Begin To Roll- Army Officer’s Asked to Go
Ranmali Wijesuriya in Colombo, SLT 10.35 A.M Sunday 25 January. General Lionel Balagalle has given marching orders to several senior Army officers who were involved with and supported the raid of the Army safe house in Athurigiriya. Among them is Major General Ivan Dassanayake who was the Provost Marshal of the Army at the time of the raid. Balagalle has asked him to retire from his post on March 31 this year, three months ahead of his scheduled retirement. According to the Sunday Times Defence Analyst Iqbal Athas, General Balagalle had withdrawn the commissions and dismissed Colonel Parakarama Dissanyake, one time commanding officer of the Military Intelligence Corps, Major Najith Karunaratne, head of military intelligence in the Jaffna Peninsula. Balagalle had taken disciplinary action against the three officers in response to the finding of the Presidential Commission of inquiry in to the safe house raid on a directive by the President.

The Sunday Times report says, another officer Lt.Col. Padmasiri Udugampola will be warned for refusing to testify before the Army court of inquiry that probed matters connected with the raid. He is also to be deprived of any promotions of extensions or services. He is the brother of Policeman Kulasiri Udugampola who carried out the raid on the safe house, which has been described as an act of treachery by the Presidential Commission of inquiry , defence and intelligence circles. Corporal Anura Peiris who had attempted to obtain the address of the safe house is also to be dismissed from service.

The newspaper says that the public is now awaiting to see what action would be taken by the IGP Indra de Silva, if he would name a team to probe the raid by former Superintendent of Police and now Assistant Superintendent of Police, Kulasiri Udugampola.
Published: Sat Jan 24 23:44:08 EST 2004


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Political crisis to be resolved soon
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 24, 2004, 6.444 pm. The ongoing cohabitation crisis between President and Prime Minister may come to an end soon, informed sources told the Lanka Academic today. They claimed that with the resumption of talks between Mano Tittawela and Malik Samarawickrema yesterday, the two had struck several important deals which would led to the untangling of the crisis.

Meanwhile a statement by Mano and Malik is expected to be issued mid next week, stating the consensus the two parties have reached after their series of discussions.

The Mano-Malik committee was appointed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe soon after MS. Kumaratunga took over the Ministries of Defence, Interior and Mass communication in November last year. The aim of the committee was to find a solution to the cohabitation crisis.
Published: Sat Jan 24 07:51:59 EST 2004 Back to the top


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TULF urges both leaders to work towards a solution to the ethnic conflict
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 24, 2004, 5.51 pm. The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Leader V. Anandasangaree today urged President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to shed petty political differences and join hands and resolved the country’s two decade long ethnic crisis.

In a letter to President, the TULF leader appealed to both leaders to continue the peace process irrespective of their party developments. He was referring to the recently signed SLFP-JVP alliance.

Mr. Anandasangaree also urged President Chandrika Kumaratunga to retain Norway as the facilitators. "It is on Your Excellency's invitation that the Norwegian came to Sri Lanka and acted as facilitators in the Peace Process. They worked hard against several odds,” he said. The Norwegians temporarily pulled out of the process November last year due to the ongoing cohabitation crisis between the President and Prime Minister

He added that no peace can be found without the participation of the LTTE and what is acceptable to the LTTE will be acceptable to the Tamils and the Muslims should be given their due place in the negotiations.
Published: Sat Jan 24 06:57:21 EST 2004 Back to the top


Chandrika asks Tamils not to 'mortgage destiny' to LTTE
hindustantimes.com, January 24, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Friday asked Sri Lankan Tamils not to mortgage their destiny to the LTTE but determine it themselves... Back to the top

Political turmoil in Sri Lanka 'casts doubt' on aid flows, donors say
Associated Press, Fri January 23, 2004 07:19 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's bitter political power struggle threatens to derail a fragile peace process and re-ignite a civil war, ``casting doubt'' on the flow of more financial aid, international donors said Friday... Back to the top

Iranian Minister Says Sri Lanka Could Select Their Own Partners
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 A.M Saturday 24 January. Visiting Finance and Economics Minister of Iran Tahmash Mazaheri said that Sri Lanka could select it's own partners when dealing with other countries... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: the changing face of an embattled nation
canada.com, Saturday, January 24, 2004. Stewart Muir Vancouver Sun; CanWest News Service SRI LANKA - Channa Perera's Aussie bush hat, khaki shorts, and bushy beard sporting an animal bone quickly identify him as an outdoors enthusiast... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Provide Technical Assistance To Improve Tea Production in Iran
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.45 A.M Saturday 24 January. Sri Lanka has agreed to provide technical assistance to Iran to improve the quality of the production of tea in Iran and to offer technical assistance to the tea growers in Iran, Minister of Finance and Economics of Tahmash Mazaheri said today... Back to the top

LTTE trying hard to stall Indo-Lanka defence pact
hindustantimes.com, January 23. The LTTE is trying hard to stall the India-Sri Lanka Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA), which the Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga hopes will be signed by the end of February... Back to the top

Norway to help LTTE get humanitarian aid »
hindustantimes.com, January 23. Norway, which is the official facilitator in the Sri Lankan peace process, is to help the LTTE get a few million dollars in humanitarian aid from Scandinavian countries without any political or administrative strings attached, Hindustan Times learns... Back to the top

Top Sri Lankan minister to brief India on peace process and political crisis
Associated Press, Fri January 23, 2004 10:52 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Sri Lankan minister plans to discuss his country's deepening political crisis and faltering peace efforts with Tamil Tiger rebels when he meets India's foreign minister Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president warns stagnate peace process may erode Tamil rebels' patience
Associated Press, Fri January 23, 2004 11:46 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Friday warned that the Tamil Tiger rebels may soon become impatient with a stagnate peace process to end the country's two-decade civil war and resume hostilities... Back to the top

Know the saga of Indians in Lanka
com, Jan 23. The Indo-Lankans: Their 200-year saga, a book recalling the history of the early settlers of India in Sri Lanka, and written by noted historian and author S Muthiah was formally launched by the Governor P Ramamohan Rao at a function in Chennai Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tamil rebels boycott donor conference in Colombo, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri January 23, 2004 12:03 EST . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -TAMIL sked Sri Lanka - Tamil rebels boycott donor conference in Colombo, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

'Singhalese should reject chauvinist forces'- LTTE
tamilnet.com, January 23. “If the Sinhala people elect racist political leaders at the next election then Tamils might have to decide their own future... Back to the top

Anura Bandaranaike denies secrecy in SLFP-JVP pact
tamilnet.com, January 23. Peoples Alliance parliamentarian Mr.Anura Bandaranaike in a statement issued Friday denied any secrecy in the agreement signed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sinhala Nationalist Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in forming the United Peoples Freedom Alliance ( UPFA ). Back to the top

Sri Lanka Daily Mirror
dailymirror.lk, January 23, 2004. Colombo: Sri Lanka will host the long-awaited Asia Cup limited-overs cricket tournament in July, Cricket Board officials said here today... Back to the top

India News: Now LTTE and JVP are courting India
keralanext.com, january 23. New Delhi, When India deployed troops to Sri Lanka in 1987, the country's two most radical and well-knit groups united to declare that New Delhi had no right to meddle in the country's internal affairs... Back to the top

Lanka to hold Asia Cup cricket in July
indiatimes.com, January 23, 2004. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka will host the long-awaited Asia Cup limited-overs cricket tournament in July, Cricket Board officials said here on Friday Back to the top

Tillakaratne retained as Sri Lankan test captain for Australian tour
Associated Press, Fri January 23, 2004 04:17 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Hashan Tillakaratne has been retained as Sri Lanka - 's test cricket captain for the upcoming Australian tour, a cricket board spokesman said Friday... Back to the top

India News : Tamilnadu Indian Tamil to make movie on Jaffna
newkerala.com, January 23, 2004. Indian Tamil movie producer Manivannan says he wants to make a realistic movie on Sri Lankan Tamils... Back to the top

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