The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 300

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New SLMM chief arrives, assumes duties tomorrow
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 31, 2004, 11.00 pm. Major General Trond Furuhovde, the new head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), arrived in Colombo today. He will officially assume duties as the head of the Monitoring Mission tomorrow morning (February 1).

Maj. Gen. Furuhovde was the first Head of SLMM, serving from March 2nd 2002 to March 6th 2003; this is his second round as the SLMM head. He replaces Major Gen. Trigve Tellifson, who came under heavy fire from the several Opposition parties, and President Chandrika Kumaratunga for allegedly favouring the LTTE at many instances. However the new head, Gen. Furuhovde is reportedly a more impartial leader. And has been praised by the President her self at several occasions.
Published: Sat Jan 31 12:07:27 EST 2004

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Sri Lanka to experience power cuts soon?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 31, 2004, 10.15 pm. The public is keeping its fingers crossed, whether the Ministry of Power and Energy would impose power cuts this year, owing to the ongoing drought, which is expected to last at least till mid March, this year.

The Minister in Charge, Karu Jayasuriya this week also called upon the public to help the Power and Energy ministry to bypass this difficult period. The Minister requested all domestic users, commercial establishments and state institutions to cut down their consumption by at least 10%, and if possible generate their own electricity to assist the ongoing 'difficult period' faced by the Ceylon Electricity Board, the country’s main electricity supplier. He also requested all establishments not to light up signboards till the situation returns to normalcy, while also calling upon all establishments not to illuminate neon lights after 10 pm and to reduce the use of air conditioners as much as possible.

The country is presently generating nearly 85% of its power out of thermal power, while the balance is generated out of hydro. During a normal period, the country generates nearly 65% hydro and the balance with thermal, but owing to the ongoing drought tables have turned, also leaving the Ministry with a severe financial crisis running to several billions.
Published: Sat Jan 31 11:21:49 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Living conditions for Muslims in the East has turned bad to worse after the ceasefire agreement – Report
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 31, 2004, 8.56 pm. Muslim civilians living in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka have complained that their problems have increased significantly after the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government in February 2002. This revelation was by the Council of Muslims of Sri Lanka after a fact-finding mission in the province. The council in its report have pointed out that extortions, abductions, and harassment are some of the many problems faced by the innocent Muslim civilians living in the East. The organisation is a non-political umbrella organisation.

“Lack of security to the Muslim in the East is the foremost concern of the people. Muslims live in fear as there are sporadic attacks on them and the number of casualties and loss of lives are day by day in creasing. There is damage to the properties of Muslims and no compensation paid to them. The security situation has worsened specially after the signing of the ceasefire agreement as the law enforcement agencies have become inactive. The police and the armed forces have failed to provide security to the Muslims in this region. In the name of peace, Muslims are subjected to intimidation; loss of lives and damage property. For want of security Muslims may resort to methods of self defence and Muslims invite the immediate attention of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is the signatory to the peace accord and President Chandrika Kumaratunga who is in charge of defence in the country,” the report stated.

The report also has claimed that there is an attempt by the LTTE to eject the Muslims by threat and violence from the highly concentrated area of Muslims in Kinniya. The Council during its fact-finding mission had spoken to the members of the general public living in those areas and religious leaders, and members of other civil organisations in the East.
Published: Sat Jan 31 10:03:26 EST 2004 Back to the top

Prime Minister off to Thailand next month
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 31, 2004, 8.21 pm. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to leave fro Thailand early next month on a three-day official visit... Back to the top

LTTE critical of Govt. handling of peace process, 01 February. The LTTE delegation headed by Political Wing leader S.P. Thamilchelvan criticised the UNF government's handling of the now stalled peace process during his talks with a high powered Norwegian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Jan Peterson... Back to the top

Talk only to LTTE - Anandasangaree tells Sri Lanka . ., January 31. Mr. V. Anandasangaree, the President of the Tamil United Liberation Front met President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday evening and impressed upon her that the Sri Lankan government should talk only to the Liberation Tigers and not simultaneously with any other Tamil group, according to a press note issued by the controversial Jaffna MP Saturday... Back to the top

Talks between Sri Lankan leaders ``collapsing,'' president's spokesman says
Associated Press, Fri January 30, 2004 11:41 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Talks aimed at solving a bitter power dispute between Sri Lanka - 's two rival leaders are collapsing, imperiling a fragile cease-fire with Tamil rebels, a presidential spokesman said Friday... Back to the top

LTTE assures Buddhists of protection
Dawn, KILLINOCHCHI (Sri Lanka), Jan 30. In what was seen as a tactful move to placate the Sinhala Buddhists, the LTTE on Thursday welcomed a delegation of Buddhist monks at their headquarters in Killinochchi... Back to the top

Lanka, Russia ink military pact, January 30, 2004. Colombo, Jan. 30. (PTI): Sri Lanka today entered into a "military-technical cooperation" pact with Russia, officials said... Back to the top

Athurugiriya Safe House raid:State, Udugampola ordered to pay Rs. 4 m compensation
Dailynews, 30 january. The Supreme Court yesterday awarded rupees four million as cost and compensation to five army personnel involved in the Athurugiriya Millennium City Safe House raid... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Covetous eyes on Sri Lanka's strategic jewel, Asia ..., Jan 30, 2004, 17:54. By Ramtanu Maitra After protecting Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) chief and fellow Norwegian Tryggve Tellefsen since October 23, when he was first accused of aiding rebel Tamil Tigers by Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Peoples Alliance (PA) party, Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen finally announced Tellefsen's replacement with General Trond Furuhovde on January 16... Back to the top

Attacks on Sri Lanka churches said well planned, January 30. National Christian Council, the umbrella organization of protestant and Catholic churches in Sri Lanka, Friday said it is “gravely concerned over the continuous stirring up of resentment against Christians and increasing incidence of unchecked violence directed at Christian places of worship”... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: UPFA holds its first public rally in Colombo, January 30, 2004. Jan 30 - In Sri Lanka, the newly formed United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance held its first rally in Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's cricket boss formally charged with helping passport forgery
Associated Press, Fri January 30, 2004 04:49 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's cricket board chief appeared in court Friday charged with violating the country's immigration laws... Back to the top

Norway jurges donors not to halt aid to Sri Lanka, January 30, 2004. Norway has urged donor countries to continue their economic aid to Sri Lanka despite the country's current political instability... Back to the top

LTTE opposes Indo-Lankan defence deal, January 30, 2004. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels have asked New Delhi not to go ahead with a proposed defence cooperation pact with the Colombo government, arguing that it would alter the military balance of power here... Back to the top

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