The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 306

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SLFP-JVP alliance accepted by Elections Commissioner
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 6, 2004, 11.39 pm. Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake today accepted the newly formed United People’s Freedom Alliance as a new political party, the alliance is more famously known as the Sri Lanka freedom Party-Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna alliance.

The symbol of the alliance is the butterfly. Kalutara District JVP Parliamentarian Nandana Gunatilake has been named as the President of the Alliance while Colombo District SLFP Parliamentarian Susil Premajayantha has been chosen as the secretary. The executive committee is scheduled to nominate the list of the office bearers before the end of this month. The SLFP-JVP Alliance agreement was sealed on January 20, 2004.
Published: Fri Feb 6 12:46:24 EST 2004

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President calls upon masses to rise against injustice
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 6, 2004, 11.38 pm. While indicating that ‘passive acceptance’ was the main reason for the country’s downfall, President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga today called upon the masses to rally and rise up with self-dignity against any injustice. She also urged the public not to silently accept all those bestowed to them by the United Front Government and to fight against anything they thought was an unfair deal.

Ms. Kumaratunga was addressing a ceremony to hand over certificates to members of the community organisation of Gampaha. She also said that the government should meet all requirements of the people, and if they failed in this duty the people must rise against the government.
Published: Fri Feb 6 12:44:19 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Chandrika's party hints at snap poll
Gulf News, February 6. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party yesterday dropped a strong signal that her party was preparing for a snap parliamentary election. The party cautioned public sector officials not to help ruling party ministers to cover up allegations of corruption by removing vital documents from state institutions ahead of a possible change of the government. President Kumaratunga's party spokesman Mangala Samaraweera in a statement issued on behalf of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said that amidst 'signals for a change of a government' some of the ministers were making use of their close associates to remove important files and documents. Samaraweera has been closely working with the Marxist JVP (People's Liberation Front) to form the alliance between the two parties. More...
Published: Fri Feb 6 01:20:53 EST 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lankans look to the stars for polls date, Saturday 7 February 2004. COLOMBO: Will she or won't she? For weeks now, Sri Lankans have wondered whether President Chandrika Kumaratunga will call snap elections... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels call off key meeting with Sri Lankan security forces
Associated Press, Fri February 6, 2004 06:49 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels canceled a key meeting with Sri Lankan security forces Friday aimed at reviewing the island's fragile cease-fire, a truce monitor said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan railway workers end 11-day strike
Associated Press, Fri February 6, 2004 10:37 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan railway workers ended an 11-day strike on Friday after government ministers intervened to settle a dispute over reforms introduced to the state-owned railroad... Back to the top

Solheim Says No Change in Norways Commitment to Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M Friday 6 February. Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim says Norway's commitment to peace in Sri Lanka has not shaken at all and but, it has further strengthened because all the parties concerned in Sri Lanka too have reiterated the need for a peaceful political solution... Back to the top

Report: Sri Lanka oldest woman dies aged 116
Associated Press, Fri February 6, 2004 03:23 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A 116-year-old woman has died in Sri Lanka - , a professor and state media said Friday... Back to the top

US Must Prohibit Its Citizens From Offering Material Support To LTTE - Washington Times
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.25 A.M Friday 6 February. The Washington Times says although the Tamil Tigers do not directly threaten Americans, the United States must prohibit its citizens from offering them material support to obtain reciprocal counter terrorism cooperation from Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Tamil national unity forum launched in Colombo, February 05, 2004 17:46 . “The greatest challenge before the Tamil people today is the coming together of Sinhala chauvinist forces bent on denying our rights... Back to the top

LTTE urges international intervention to solve humanitarian issues
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 5, 2004, 11.58 pm. LTTE political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvam today called upon the international community to meaningfully intervene and address the urgent humanitarian problems faced by the civilians living in the North East province, the LTTE peace secretariat said... Back to the top

Sihala Urumaya extends conditional support to the SLFP-JVP alliance
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 5, 2004, 11.31 pm. The Sihala Urumaya today said that they are ready to support the newly formed Sri Lanka Freedom Party-Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna alliance only if the alliance pledges to safeguard the motherland... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president's party overwhelmingly for a snap poll, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu February 5, 2004 13:56 EST . - - COLOMBO, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - Freedom Party (SLFP), the dominant party in the opposition, has called for its leader President Chandrika Kumaratunga to order a snap parliamentary election, party sources said Thursday. The SLFP's legislators and its electoral organizers met for a one day parley here to assess the current political setup in the country after the party joining the main leftist party the JVP or People's Liberation Front to form a political alliance last month against the incumbent Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe... Back to the top

LTTE forcibly recruiting Tamil youths from estate sector
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 5, 2004, 11.10 pm. The LTTE is currently carrying out a programme to forcibly recruit Tamil youths from estate sector, such as from Nuwara Eliya and Kandy, Hatton, Thalawakelle and other Tamil populated estate areas situated in the central parts of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

President extends sympathy to all affected in Hajj tragedy
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 5, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunge has sent a message of condolence to king Fahad of Saudi Arabia following the tragic loss of lives during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca... Back to the top

Anti-Christian 'nationalism' creates debilitating fissures in Lankan society
Hindustan Times, February 4. No right thinking person will dispute that a revival of the extremely rich Sinhala-Buddhist culture will rekindle in Sri Lankans a sense of pride in their country at a time when this is wearing thin... Back to the top

Cargo plane crash shuts Sri Lanka airport for 10 hours, 5th-6th Feb 2004. Sri Lanka's only international airport in Colombo reopened Thursday after a near 10-hour closure following a cargo plane crash that damaged runway lights, an airport official said... Back to the top

Muslims seek jobs in Lankan police
Dawn, COLOMBO, Feb 4. The Council of Muslims, a body with a base in eastern Sri Lanka, has urged the President and the Prime Minister to immediately recruit 2000 Muslims from the East to the police force on an "urgent and priority" basis in order to provide security to the Muslims, and put a stop to the ethnic cleansing process carried out by the LTTE... Back to the top

S . Lanka truce healthy despite halt in peace talks, 05 Feb 2004 09:42:37 GMT. By Lindsay Beck COLOMBO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's truce with Tamil Tiger rebels remains strong despite a feud paralysing Sri Lanka's government and a 10-month absence of peace talks, the new head of the truce monitors said on Thurdsay... Back to the top

Tamils mourn Lanka freedom, president vows no more war, February 5, 2004. Sri Lanka's minority Tamils protested the island's independence anniversary by holding a day of mourning Wednesday, as President Chandrika Kumaratunga vowed there would be no return to war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka grants amnesty to more than 2,000 prisoners
Associated Press, Thu February 5, 2004 02:18 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) More than 2,000 prisoners have been granted amnesty to mark Sri Lanka - 's 56th independence anniversary celebrations, a senior official said Thursday... Back to the top

Akashi calls for continued peace-building efforts in Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Thu February 5, 2004 03:25 EST . - - TOKYO, Feb. 5 (Kyodo) Yasushi Akashi, Japan's special envoy on the Sri Lankan peace process, urged the international community Thursday to continue peace-building efforts in countries at risk of further conflict, such as Sri Lanka - , but cautioned that such processes will take time. ''Probably it will take three to four, or five more years before durable peace (in Sri Lanka - ) can be found by way of Constitution amendment,'' Akashi, former U... Back to the top

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