The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 316

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LTTE wants SLMM to monitor election process in the North East province
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 16, 2004, 10.20 pm. LTTE political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvam has given an assurance that his organisation will not obstruct any election related activities in the North and East province nor is his organisation against the holding of elections in the province. However Thamilselvam has advised that the election process held in the North East province should be carried out under the guidance of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. But the Monitoring Mission recently stated that they would not play any role in the election process as their duty is to only monitor the Ceasefire Agreement signed between the United National Front government and the LTTE in February 2002.
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Elections Commissioner issues strict orders to parties and candidates in connection to the use of public and State property
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 16, 2004, 10.03 pm. Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake today gave out strict orders to all candidates, political parties and independent groups to abstain from using moveable and immovable property belonging to the public, to carry out their election campaigns and other deeds in connection to the forthcoming general election scheduled for April 2.

In a strict circular issued today evening, Dissanayake also prohibited all contestants in using any property (movable and immovable) belonging to both state and public corporations. The Elections Commissioner also warned that if any party or candidate is reported to have made use of public or state property for their election campaigns and other activities, he will take necessary action against those liable.
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LTTE flag raised during state ceremony
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.00 P.M Monday 16 February. A member of the LTTE identified as Kannan has raised the LTTE flag at the opening ceremony of a new co-operative building in Kayts yesterday according to the Kayts police. The ceremony has been attended by former Minister for Hindu Cultural affairs T. Maheshwaran, Assistant Government Agent and the Grama Sevaka of the area and along with Hindu priests and members of the public. Hoisting of LTTE flags inside state property and government area is a violation of the ceasefire agreement signed between the Government and the LTTE. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has been informed of the incident.
Published: Mon Feb 16 06:02:29 EST 2004 Back to the top

Shocking! Is Congress patching up with LTTE?
com, February 16, 2004. Has Congress president Sonia Gandhi despatched an emissary to Sri Lanka to meet LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran at a secret location in Killonichi tomorrow? It may sound incredible, but Janata Party president Dr Subramanian Swamy has claimed so... Back to the top

Truce With LTTE “ Security Threat ” , Warn Lanka President ..., February 16, 2004. Colombo, Feb. 16 (NNN): Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s new allies have warned that the ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels threatens security of the Island nation. Back to the top

Sri Lanka constitution key pawn in stalemate
Dawn, February 16, 2004. As Sri Lanka prepares for its third general election in four years, one theme recurs constantly in newspaper front pages and TV newscasts - the constitution... Back to the top

Donor Meeting to be held In Washington Tomorrow
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, 6.45 A.M Monday 16 February. Sri Lankan donor meeting, chaired by the United States, will take place tomorrow (17) at the State Department in Washington at 11.00 A... Back to the top

First Lankan Ambassador to Norway To Assume Duties This Month
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M Monday 16 February. A.A. Jawad, Minister Counselor of the Sri Lankan Embassy in China will assume duties this month as the first Ambassador for Sri Lanka in Norway... Back to the top

World Bank lowers growth forecast for year 2004
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 15, 2004, 11.44 pm. The political instability in the country has paved way for more economic repercussions, following a World Bank revelation that the growth forecast for Sri Lanka has been lowered to 4.0 to 5.0% from an anticipated figure of 7.0 to 8.0% for the year 2004, this has been stated by World Bank resident representative Peter Harold... Back to the top

Kumaratunga sacks Christian affairs minister
com, February11, 2004. Colombo:Sri Lanka's political scene was thrown into further turmoil on Monday with President Chandrika Kumaratunga virtually sacking the Christian Affairs minister for "not taking oath" and withdrawing his security along with that of the 39 junior ministers removed recently... Back to the top

Kumaratunga’s ally rejects truce with Tigers, February 16, 2004. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s faltering peace process was dealt a further blow on Sunday when the Marxist coalition partner of Sri Lanka’s president vowed to scrap a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels if they win April elections... Back to the top

Most Indian tourists want to come back to Sri Lanka-, February 16, 2004. The experience of Indian tourists in Sri Lanka is so good that more than nine out of ten want to come back, says a survey conducted by the Ceylon Tourist Board... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says ``No'' to Australia's 15-a-side practice match proposal
Associated Press, Mon February 16, 2004 06:04 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan cricket board on Monday rejected an Australian proposal to allow its entire 15-man squad play in a practice match ahead of their upcoming five-match limited-overs series A lack of practice is not the only problem the tourists are facing; Sri Lanka - 's one-day captain Marvan Atapattu believes the hot, humid weather conditions could be an issue for them... Back to the top

After fatal road accident, Sri Lanka 's promising spinner stages comeback
Associated Press, Mon February 16, 2004 01:14 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's promising legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi, coming off a suspension after allegedly causing a fatal accident, will likely return to play in upcoming matches against Australia, the Sri Lankan cricket board said Monday... Back to the top

Lanka hopes to turn the tide with turners, February 16, 2004. Colombo: Sri Lanka's One-day captain Marvan Atapattu has sounded a warning to Australia, saying the world champions will find it difficult to cope with turning tracks and hot weather... Back to the top

McGrath ready to resume playing after injury
Yahoo India, Monday February 16, 3:06 PM. SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has recovered from a persistent ankle injury and is hoping to return to international cricket... Back to the top

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