The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 312

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LTTE Must Commit to Strengthen Human Rights- Swiss Government
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M Friday 13 February. The Swiss government has said that the LTTE has a wide ranging commitments to the strengthening of human rights and to the development of a pluralistic society in the North and East of Sri Lanka. The head of the Swiss Department of Federal Affairs, political directorate Ambassador Blaise Godet and the head of political affairs division for human security Ambassador Peter Maurer expressed the views of the Swiss government when they met with the leader of the LTTE's political wing leader, Thamil Selvan early last week in Switzerland.

The discussions focused on the progress of the peace process in Sri Lanka. The Swiss government was pleased that the ceasefire agreement is largely being honored despite the interruptions in the peace talks since April last year. Switzerland supports the peace process in Sri Lanka by contributing to transformation and human rights consolidation programme and providing advice and assistance in the area of federalism, mine clearance, reconstruction and development co-operation projects.
Published: Thu Feb 12 19:38:17 EST 2004

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“No appointments or promotions till end of election”, President tells Charitha Ratwatte
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 11, 2004, 9.14 pm. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today ordered Finance Ministry Secretary Charitha Ratwatte that no appointments or promotions in the Public Service should be made during the ‘interim period’ of February 8 to the conclusion of the General Election to be held in April 2, 2004.

In a letter to Secretary Ratwatte, Ms. Kumaratunga said, any appointments made during the interim period should be cancelled forthwith. However, appointments or promotions made with the approval of the Cabinet or the Public Service Commission during the period will remain effective, till the matter is scrutinized subsequently.

The President warned that the Ministry Secretaries would be held responsible for any irregular promotions or appointments made during the said ‘interim period’. The directive applies to all positions in the cadres of Ministries, Government Departments, State Corporations, Statutory Boards and other State Sector Institutions.
Published: Thu Feb 12 10:21:47 EST 2004 Back to the top

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A committee to watch over the Ceasefire Agreement to be formed shortly
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 12, 2004, 8.51 pm. A special committee to overlook matters concerning the proper implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement will be formed shortly. The committee will comprise Defence Ministry Secretary, the Service Commanders, and a representative of the Peace Secretariat and senior representatives of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission.

This committee will also regularly brief the President and the Prime Minister on all relevant matters. Meanwhile President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday expressed her commitment in maintains the ceasefire agreement signed between the former United National Front government and the LTTE in February 2002. She expressed her commitment to the Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Maj. Gen. Trond Furuhovde, when they met at the President’s house to discuss matters concerning the maintenance and implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement.
Published: Thu Feb 12 10:18:50 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Associated Press, Wed February 11, 2004 13:22 EST . - - Kumaratunga met with head of the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission ( SLMM) retired Norwegian Major General Furuhovde on Wednesday at the President's House... Back to the top

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Sri Lanka crisis could hold up 176 mln dlr World Bank aid, February 11, 2004. COLOMBO : The sacking of Sri Lanka's parliament could hold up at least 176 million dollars in World Bank aid to the island, whose economy is headed for a serious slow down, a bank official has warned... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sackings deepen crisis, fresh panel to review truce, February 11, 2004. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's president sacked junior ministers in a deepening political crisis Wednesday, but named a new panel to review a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels amid fears the country could slip back to war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's president remains silent after sacking the government, February11, 2004. Two days after taking the unprecedented step of dismissing the government, Sri Lanka’s president Chandrika Kumaratunga is yet to make any public statement justifying her actions... Back to the top

Former PA MP joins hands with CWC
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 12, 2004, 8.47 pm. Former People’s Alliance (PA) parliamentarian V. Puthrasigamanee has decided to contest the forthcoming general election under the Ceylon Workers Congress ticket... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's constitutional coup thrusts JVP to political ..., February 11, 2004. Less than a week after Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga dissolved parliament and called fresh elections it is already apparent that the real winner in the political crisis is not the president’s own party—the Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP)—but rather the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), a party based on populist demagogy and rabid appeals to Sinhala chauvinism... Back to the top

Sacking of Ministers Did Not Jeopardize the Peace Process- Presidents Office
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 P.M Thursday 12 February. The Presidential Secretariat Says that there is no basis for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's allegation that the peace process has been jeopardized due to the sacking of three junior ministers by the President... Back to the top

LTTE seeks international aid bypassing Lankan Govt, February 11, 2004. The LTTE Political Wing leader, SP Tamilchelvam, has asked international donors to circumvent the Sri Lankan government and give humanitarian aid directly to the LTTE for urgent use in the war-ravaged North Eastern Province (NEP)... Back to the top

S . Lanka government says poll to cause instability, February11, 2004. COLOMBO, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's cabinet, locked in a power struggle with President Chandrika Kumaratunga, said on Thursday a snap poll called by the president would cause instability and delay a peace process and donor aid... Back to the top

Lankan crisis Dissolution of parliament comes at the wrong time, February 11, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga couldn’t have chosen a worse possible time to upset the apple cart by dissolving Sri Lanka’s parliament... Back to the top

Top USAID Official Visits Jaffna
Ranmali Wijesuriya in Colombo, SLT 6.30 P.M Thursday 12 February. Mark S. Ward, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Asia and Near East Bureau, US Agency for International Development (USAID), visited Jaffna today and to see several USAID projects providing development assistance to the people of Jaffna... Back to the top

You Are Seriously Jeopardizing the Peace Process- PM to President
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.30 P.M Thursday 12 February. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinge says that actions of the President is seriously jeopardizing the peace process and the abolition of certain ministries would create serious difficulties in carrying forward the basic elements of the peace process... Back to the top

Former PA MP Cross Over to UNP
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.55 P.M Thursday 12 February. A former People Alliance Member of Parliament from the Gampaha district Athula Nimalsiri Jayasinghe crossed over to the UNP this morning and obtained membership from Prime Minister and Party Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe... Back to the top

LTTE military leader says his organisation will not disrupt any election activities
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 11, 2004, 11.35 pm. LTTE military wing leader Karuna has assured that they would not hinder or disrupt any activities related to the impending general elections scheduled for April 2, and the Ampara local government elections scheduled for February 21... Back to the top

Sri Lanka moves 'hampering peace', February 11, 2004. President Kumaratunga's dismissal of 39 junior ministers will hit Sri Lanka's peace process, the prime minister says... Back to the top

CWC pledges support to UNP
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 11, 2004, 11.16 pm. The country’s estate sector Tamil political party, namely the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), which helped the United National Party (UNP) form a government in 2001, has once again pledged its support to the UNP... Back to the top

Sri Lanka PM condemns sacking of junior ministers, February11, 2004. Sri Lanka's prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, says the president's sacking of 39 non-cabinet ministers has seriously jeopardised the peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s first ever designer perfume launched
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 11, 2004, 11.14 pm. ‘Odel unlimited’, undoubtedly Colombo’s most popular and plush retail store, today evening launched the country’s first ever designer wear fragrance for women... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president fires 39 officials as crisis deepens
Associated Press, Wed February 11, 2004 10:05 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president fired 39 ministers and deputy ministers from the caretaker government headed by her rival Wednesday, worsening the island's political crisis... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president proposes peace committee on cease-fire
Associated Press, Wed February 11, 2004 11:02 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president proposed Wednesday that a high-level committee be established to discuss a cease-fire agreed between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to end nearly two decades of civil war, a presidential statement said... Back to the top

Current situation does not allow me to contribute to the progress of SL- Milinda
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.10 P.M Wednesday 11 February. Milinda Moragoda says he resigned from the cabinet because he did not think the current political situation in the country does not allow him to contribute to the progress of the country... Back to the top

LTTE indicates willingness to talk to SLFP-JVP govt if it is ' ..., February 11. The LTTE has said that it will talk to any Sri Lankan government which has "clear authority and power", thereby indicating that it will not mind negotiating with a Sri Lanka Freedom Party-Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna government if the latter has strong support in the parliament to be elected on April 2... Back to the top

Ponting leads the way to Sri Lanka, February 11, 2004. THE day after being honoured for the best 12 months of his cricketing career, Ricky Ponting will leave for one of his most important tours... Back to the top

Warne gunning for Lanka tour, February 11, 2004. No sooner than making a brilliant comeback from a one-year drug suspension spin wizard Shane Warne announced he was pushing for selection for the upcoming Sri Lankan tour... Back to the top

McGrath doubtful for Sri Lanka tour, February 11, 2004. Glenn McGrath appears to have lost his battle to be fit for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Indian Tamil party to back Lankan PM in polls, February 11. The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), which is the premier party of Indian Origin Tamils in Sri Lanka, has decided to support the United National Front (UNF) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the April 2 elections to the Sri Lankan parliament... Back to the top

Milinda Resigns from Cabinet
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 P.M Wednesday 11 February. Minister for Economic Reforms and Technology , Milinda Moragoda resigned from the cabinet today... Back to the top

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Aides defend Chandrika action
Gulf News, February 11, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's loyalists are making a strong effort to defend the action taken by the President over the weekend to dissolve Parliament despite Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Front (UNF) continuing to hold the majority in the legislature... Back to the top

Seven Seas wins Lanka deal, February 11, 2004. The Dubai-based Seven Seas Computers has won a deal to deploy its hotel management system at Sri Lanka's Connaissance Holdings, a publicly listed hotel group... Back to the top

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