The Lanka Academic

 
FEBRUARY 2, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 4, NO. 302

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Crisis dampens Lanka's economic hopes
gulf-daily-news.com, 2 February 2004 . Sri Lanka was aiming to be Asia's new economic tiger after sealing a truce with Tamil rebels, but a deepening political crisis is pushing the country into economic trouble as the flow of foreign aid slows down, economists warn.The island's private sector united last week to urge the president and the prime minister, who are from rival parties, to end their power struggle, revive a peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels and get the economy back on track.The Joint Business Forum comprising key figures from industry and trade said the political rivalry which came to head when President Chandrika Kumaratunga sacked three ministers on November 4 was undermining economic growth. More...
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The BBC Perceived As an Ally of the LTTE
aljazeerah.info, Feb2 ,2004 . John Pilger in his column in the New Statesman (8th December.2003) ‘’The John Pilger in his column in the New Statesman (8th December.2003) ‘’The BBC and Iraq: Myth and Reality’’ leaves no doubt in the mind of the reader that the BBC is continuing the policy of the first Director general John Reith ‘recorded in his diaries ‘’ that impartiality was a principle to be suspended whenever the established order and its consensus were threatened.’’ It is indeed ironic that in the1920 s at the beginning of this broadcasting initiative Reid had a vision of an independent impartial broadcasting service unlike the system existing in the USSR at the time controlled by the state and that in the John Pilger in his column in the New Statesman (8th December.2003) ‘’The BBC and Iraq: Myth and Reality’’ leaves no doubt in the mind of the reader that the BBC is continuing the policy of the first Director general John Reith ‘recorded in his diaries ‘’ that impartiality was a principle to be suspended whenever the established order and its consensus were threatened.’’ It is indeed ironic that in the1920 s at the beginning of this broadcasting initiative Reid had a vision of an independent impartial broadcasting service unlike the system existing in the USSR at the time controlled by the state and that in the USA driven and protected by the commercial world. More...
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Sri Lankan PM denies breakdown of consensus talks, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon February 2, 2004 12:01 EST . - - The news of the committee resuming its work has thawed speculation that Kumaratunga may dissolve parliament and opt for a snap parliamentary election. Her Sri Lanka - Freedom Party entered a political alliance with the main leftist party the JVP or People's Liberation Front last month. The former rebel group has brought pressure on Kumaratunga to call fresh elections four years ahead of schedule by dissolving the Parliament. The new political alliance called United People's Freedom Alliance has been broadened with four more political parties joining in on Monday.

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Sri Lankan opposition alliance broadened, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon February 2, 2004 11:58 EST . - - Leaders of the three socialist parties - Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, Sri Lanka - Mahajana Party and Desha Vimukthi Janatha Party and one Muslim party National Unity Alliance attended the signing ceremony in Colombo on Monday... Back to the top

Reprieve for Sri Lankan girl
nzoom.com, Feb 02, 2004. One of the lawyers for a Sri Lankan girl facing deportation says she has been assured the teenager will not be leaving on Monday... Back to the top

Lanka unity talks to resume tomorrow
hinduonnet.com, Monday, February 2, 2004 : 1930 Hrs. Colombo, Feb. 2. (PTI): The stalled talks to end the political power struggle between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will resume tomorrow, officials on both sides said today... Back to the top

Lanka stars in US-Japan talks
dailymirror.lk, February 2, 2004. Sri Lanka, its political conflict and the peace process are expected to figure prominently during the Japan-US talks beginning this week in Tokyo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition calls for early polls
reuters.com, Februaray 2, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party, which sits in opposition in parliament, and allied groups called on Monday for early polls to end a stalemate in government and begin renewed talks with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Does Sri Lanka's Signature Campaign Have Tiger Stamp?
oneworld.net, 02 February 2004. Champika Liyanaarachchi OneWorld South Asia COLOMBO, (OneWorld) - Amid suspicion that it is a rebel-backed drive, students in the northern city of Jaffna are launching a signature campaign on February 4 - Sri Lanka's Independence day - with a slew of controversial demands to the international community, including one to lift the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

LTTE hands over ten youths to transit camp
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 1, 2004, 10.02 pm. The LTTE peace secretariat today claimed that their organisation had handed over ten youths to the transit centre, which is organised and managed by UNICEF and Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation, after they learnt that these youths were under aged children eager to join their organisation... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president seeks dialogue with Tamil rebels on truce ...
xinhuanet.com, 01 February. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has proposed direct dialogue with the Tamil Tiger rebels to ensure the smooth continuation of the ongoing ceasefire agreement amid current political crisis in the country, the SundayTimes said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka PM due next Monday
com, February 2, 2004. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will make an official three-day visit to Thailand starting next Monday, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai said yesterday... Back to the top

Just six months of working together can change Sri Lanka's ...
dailymirror.lk, February 2, 2004. The important members of the international donor community, such as Japan's special envoy to the peace process, Yasushi Akashi, have come and gone... Back to the top

LTTE keen on peace
dailymirror.lk, February 2, 2004. The LTTE has expressed a keen interest in taking forward the peace process in a bid to provide "urgent humanitarian assistance" to their people, said a press release... Back to the top

India News: Time India took interest in Sri Lanka: Kadirgamar (INTERVIEW)
Keralnext.com, 01 February. New Delhi, Sri Lanka's fragile peace process has reached a "dead end" and it is time India took a keen interest in the island nation's affairs, says Lakshman Kadirgamar, senior advisor to President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

View from Colombo: Pramuka paints banking system in poor light
gulf-news.com, February 2,2004. The 16-month-long desperate struggle of depositors of Pramuka Savings and Development Bank, which suspended operations on October 25, 2002, and whose licence was cancelled on December 19 the same year, yielded fruit when the Central Bank of Sri Lanka last week decided not to liquidate but to permit it to resume business conditionally... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's detained cricket board president won't run for re-election
Associated Press, Sun February 1, 2004 08:25 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's cricket board chief, accused of violating immigration laws and helping an alleged gangster, will not run for another term as the board's president next month, an official said Sunday... Back to the top

Atapattu waits to breath fire _ Sri Lankan style
Associated Press, Sun February 1, 2004 05:31 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's one-day skipper Marvan Atapattu is waiting to meet the aggressive Australians ``fire with fire'' when the Aussies tour the island later this month... Back to the top

Defending champion South Korea swamps Sri Lanka, China downs ...
utusan.com.my, February 2, 2004. NEW DELHI Feb 1 - Defending champion South Korea started its campaign at the fifth Women's Asia Cup with a resounding 15-0 victory Sunday over field hockey minnow Sri Lanka Back to the top

Two Indian oil firms submit bids for Sri Lanka petrol stations
reuters.com, February 2, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Four oil companies, including two Indian firms and China's Sinopec Corp, have submitted bids to take over 100 petrol stations in Sri Lanka, the government's privatisation agency said on Monday... Back to the top

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