The Lanka Academic

 
FEBRUARY 18, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 318

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Anandasangari ready to support LTTE, TNA yet to decide on symbol
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 18, 2004, 11.48 pm. President of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Anandasangari has said that he is ready to lead a campaign at the forthcoming general election in support of LTTE candidates. However he has said that before supporting the LTTE, the present office bearers of the party should resign. He told this during an executive committee meeting held at the party office in Colombo today morning.

Even though some members of the party are currently thinking over Anandasangari’s suggestion, however sources told the Lanka Academic that it was very unlikely that all of the present office bearers would willingly resign from their party posts.

Meanwhile the Tamil National Alliance, which secured 15 seats at the parliamentary general election, is yet to decide their party’s symbol to contest the election on April 2. Even though at the last election they contested under the rising sun symbol, which belongs to the Tamil United Liberation Front, the crisis between the Front’s President Anandasangari and General Secretary R. Sambandan, which has led to a court battle, has prevented them from using the rising sun symbol. The Tamil United Liberation Front, All Ceylon Tamil Congress, Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization and Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front are the constituents of the Tamil National Alliance.
Published: Wed Feb 18 12:56:07 EST 2004


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Small-scale Tamil political party leaders meet LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 18, 2004, 11.28 pm. Former Minister P. Chandrasekaran, Leader of the Upcountry People's Front (UPF) and Mano Ganesan, Leader of the Western Province People's Front (WPPF) today met with the LTTE political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvam at the LTTE Peace Secretariat in Killinochchi.

Tamilselvam requested both the party leaders to extend their support for the Tamil people island wide to agree on the same policy and rally under one banner. The two leaders in reply told Tamilselvan that the entire Tamil people in the island should stand together and face the forthcoming parliamentary election on one policy and maximise the number of minority seats and thereby, through a stronger representation, the national aspiration of the Tamil people could be unambiguously expressed and democratically demonstrated to gain the attention of the international community.
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President plans to start peace talks with LTTE
dailymirror.lk, February 18, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday assured that a future government under her leadership would not push the LTTE back to war as the ground work has already been laid to start talks with the Tigers. Addressing a gathering in Gampaha, the President said her aim was to get the LTTE back into the democratic political mainstream. The ceremony at Bandaranaike Maha Vidyalaya was held by former MP Pandu Bandaranayake to mark the completion of ten years as a Parliamentarian. Charging that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had not been cautious in the way he handled the peace process, the President said unlike the UNP she was already armed with specific plans to handle the vital issue. She however said it was not easy to deal with a terrorist organisation like the LTTE. More...
Published: Wed Feb 18 19:47:59 EST 2004 Back to the top

President warns Ministry Secretaries against any irregular funding in connection to polls
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 18, 2004, 11.21 pm. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has warned all Ministry Secretaries that they would be held personally responsible for any irregular disbursement of public funds under their respective ministries... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Donor Co-Chairs Call for Early Return to Peace Talks
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.30 A.M Wednesday 18 February. The co-chairs of the Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka (the United States, European Union, Japan, and Norway) Yesterday called for the earliest possible resumption of peac talks, which has been suspended since April last year... Back to the top

Nominations open for Sri Lanka's snap polls
brunei-online.com, Feb., 18, 2004, 8:30 EST. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's elections commissioner Tuesday began accepting nominations from candidates hoping to run for parliament in snap elections called by the president for April 2, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's president takes campaign to home town
reuters.com, February 18, 2004. GAMPAHA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Rallying supporters in her home town, Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga blasted her rival prime minister on Wednesday for mishandling a peace bid with the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Ranil goes on air, LTTE to support TNA
indianexpress.com, February 18, 2004, 13:25 EST. COLOMBO, FEBRUARY 17: In his first address to the nation after sacking of his legislature, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today accused his arch rival President Chandrika Kumaratunga of stifling the economic recovery in the country and jeopardising the ceasefire with LTTE rebels Back to the top

Donors unhappy with Sri Lanka
bbc.co.uk, Feb., 18, 2004, 8:20 EST. Countries which pledged aid for Sri Lanka's peace process have said that they are disappointed by the failure of the nation's leaders to work together... Back to the top

Major donors to Lanka warn candidates to cool poll rhetoric
manoramaonline.com, February 18, 2004. Washington: Major aid donors to Sri Lanka warned the government and opposition to keep their rivalry in check in the run-up to national polls in April to avoid further damaging a peace drive with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Japan plans to monitor Sri Lanka parliamentary polls
hindustantimes.com, Feb 18, 2004, 13:20 EST. Japan on Wednesday asked Sri Lanka's political parties to ensure a violence-free election and said it was planning to send a team to monitor the polls due to be held on April 2... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Marxist chief apologises for past violence
Yahoo India, Feb., 18, 2004, 8:30 EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist JVP party apologised for the first time on Tuesday for past bloodshed caused by his party, in a surprise gesture as the JVP bids for power in general elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's powerful Buddhist clergy vow to be a formidable political force in forthcoming poll
Associated Press, Wed February 18, 2004 08:38 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A group of Buddhist monks said Wednesday they plan to contest upcoming general elections, vowing to become a major political force to protect Buddhism which is in ``grave danger... Back to the top

U.S.,EU,Japan and Norway meet to review peace process
Associated Press, Tue February 17, 2004 14:32 EST . - - WASHINGTON (AP) The United States is meeting with representatives of the European Union, Japan and Norway to review the peace process in Sri Lanka - , State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka name final squad for one - day series
cricmania.com, Feb., 18, 2004, 8:20 EST. DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's selectors finalised their 15-man squad for the first two one-dayers against Australia on Wednesday, making two changes to the squad picked against England last November... Back to the top

Seamer Zoysa set to return after 19-month international exile
Associated Press, Wed February 18, 2004 06:52 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Left-arm seam bowler Nuwan Zoysa will look to reclaim his place on the Sri Lankan team after 19-months with selection in a 15-member squad for Friday's limited-over series opener against Australia in Dambulla... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says it can handle it
bordermail.com.au, February 18, 2004. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan captain Hashan Tillekeratne has encouraged Australia to try its best sledging during the coming Test and one-day cricket series... Back to the top

Late bloomer Saman Jayantha in Lanka squad
dailymirror.lk, February 18, 2004. into a 15-member squad for the first and second one-day cricket internationals against Australia scheduled to be played on Friday and Sunday at Dambulla... Back to the top

Lanka not like India or Pakistan'
mid-day.com, February 18, 2004. Sydney: Australian vice-captain has contrasted the relaxed atmosphere of Sri Lanka with the ‘‘fanatical’’ interest in the game in India and Pakistan... Back to the top

S . Lanka Marxist chief apologises for past violence
alertnet.org, February 17, 2004. COLOMBO, Feb 17 (Reuters) - The leader of Sri Lanka's Marxist JVP party apologised for the first time on Tuesday for past bloodshed caused by his party, in a surprise gesture as the JVP bids for power in general elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka donors say aid should keep flowing
alertnet.org, Feb., 18, 2004, 8:20 EST. WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Leading donors said aid should keep flowing to Sri Lanka despite a stalled peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels and a political feud that has paralysed the government and led to the president calling snap elections... Back to the top

SLFP-JVP invite private sector to make a better Sri Lanka for all
dailymirror.lk, Feb., 18, 2004, 8:20 EST. Outlines its progressive policies to boost socio-economic growth at its first ever public event with business and professional leaders The SLFP and JVP-led United Freedom Alliance Front yesterday invited the country's private sector to work in unison and partnership to achieve a common goal to create a better Sri Lanka for all... Back to the top

India News: Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka begin protest fast
keralanext.com, February 18, 2004. Chennai, Some 82 Indian fishermen, arrested while fishing in Sri Lankan waters, have begun an indefinite protest fast in the LTTE stronghold of Jaffna in northeast Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Conflict and Peace Analyst says Peace Process Is Flawed -
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 A.M Wednesday 18 February. Head of Conflict and Peace Analysis, of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, Kethesh Logananthan says the government’s peace process is flawed and one should re-look at the process... Back to the top

Sri Lankan girl sedated , restrained for flight - report
stuff.co.nz, Feb., 18, 2004, 8:20 EST. DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's selectors finalised their 15-man squad for the first two one-dayers against Australia on Wednesday, making two changes to the squad picked against England last November... Back to the top

President appointed as Leader of UPFA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 17, 2004, 11.36 pm. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has been appointed as the leader of the SLFP-JVP’s United People’s Freedom Alliance... Back to the top

S . Lanka PM says poll call undemocratic , dangerous
alertnet.org, 17 Feb 2004 15:18:04 GMT. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's dissolution of parliament and call for snap elections were undemocratic and a threat to the ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels, the prime minister said on Tuesday... Back to the top

SLMC-UNP likely to sign MOU soon
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 17, 2004, 11.25 pm. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the country’s main Muslim political party, is expected to sign a Memorandum of Understating with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party before mid March... Back to the top

Rupavahini laments Prime Minister’s decision to boycott their channel during address to the nation
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 17, 2004, 11.59 pm. State television ‘Rupavahini’ today disapproved Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s decision to use only private media institutions to deliver his ‘address to the nation’, Premier Wickremesinghe is alleged to have boycotted the state television because it comes under President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s purview and due state media institutions reportedly being very biased when disseminating information to the public... Back to the top

LTTE may emerge as kingmakers in poll
com, 17 February , 2. Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels said Tuesday they would throw their weight behind a moderate Tamil party in forthcoming elections, a move analysts say could turn them into kingmakers in the polls... Back to the top

LTTE asks Tamils to vote only for TNA
deepikaglobal.com, Feb. 17, 2004 EST 16:30. Colombo, Feb 17 (UNI) The Tamil Tiger rebels, who are not directly fielding any candidates in the coming general elections on April 2, today said the Tamils should cast their votes only for the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which enjoys LTTE's full backing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Daily Mirror
dailymirror.lk, February 17, 2004. PM accuses CBK of ‘kicking’ the people Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in an address to the nation last night accused President Chandrika Kumaratunga of kicking the mandate of the people by dissolving parliament without consulting the government which had a clear majority... Back to the top

Media watchdog criticizes Sri Lanka 's president for canceling license of independent TV station
Associated Press, Tue February 17, 2004 09:34 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An international media watchdog Tuesday criticized Sri Lanka - 's government for canceling an operating license for a new television station ahead of parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Chandrika's action has stifled economic recovery: Ranil
hinduonnet.com, February 17, 2004. Colombo, Feb. 17 (PTI): In his first address to the nation after sacking of his legislature, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, today accused his arch rival, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, of stifling the economic recovery in the country and jeopardising the ceasefire with LTTE rebels. "The President's action (of sacking the legislature on February 7) has jeopardised the ceasefire agreement," Wickremesinghe said in his speech over privately-owned television stations... Back to the top

Mending Children s Hearts in Sri Lanka
oneworld.net, 17 February 2004. A unique private foundation is saving the lives of poor children with congenital heart disease in Sri Lanka, where the treatment cost is thrice the national per capita income and a three-year wait is par... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cabinet says opposition win may hurt peace
reuters.com, 17 Feb 2004 09:51. A two-year-old ceasefire between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels will be in danger if the opposition comes to power in April 2 elections, the ruling party said on Tuesday... Back to the top

Political parties register their candidates for upcoming parliamentary elections
Associated Press, Tue February 17, 2004 04:50 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Political parties in Sri Lanka - started nominating candidates Tuesday for April 2 parliamentary elections, while a major Tamil alliance discussed poll strategy with Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger say they'll play "major role" in Sri Lanka 's coming election
Associated Press, Tue February 17, 2004 09:18 EST . JOE ARIYARATNAM-Associated Press Writer-KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels said Tuesday they will for the first time play a ``major role'' in the country's parliamentary elections, as political parties began nominating candidates for the April 2 poll... Back to the top

U-19 Cricket World Cup: England, Pakistan, B'desh Sri Lanka Win ...
net, Feb., 18, 2004, 8:30 EST. DHAKA (Bangladesh): England defeated Uganda by a huge 213 runs in its second league match of Under-19 Cricket World Cup in southeastern Chittagong city on Tuesday... Back to the top

Old murder makes waves in Sri Lanka campaign
reuters.com, 17 Feb 2004 05:54 . Posters asking who was responsible for the murder of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's husband 16 years ago were plastered across Colombo on Monday, raising the temperature ahead of general elections... Back to the top

Faleiro denies major role in Lanka talks
Gulf News, 17-02-2004 . Former minister of state for external affairs Eduardo Faleiro (Congress) is at present in Colombo enroute to Jaffna in the north of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Lankan president sacks Christian affairs minister
brunei-online.com, February 17, 2004. Sri Lanka's president has sacked the Christian affairs minister and withdrawn security for 39 junior ministers who were fired last week, police said Monday as the country's political crisis continues to deepen... Back to the top

Chandrika aims for 'clear mandate'
Gulf News, February 17, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has declared that she was seeking a clear mandate from the people in the forthcoming Parliamentary elections to initiate discussions with the Tamil guerrillas and the relevant parties to find a political solution through negotiations... Back to the top

Australia cricket team leaves for Dambulla for one-day series
Associated Press, Wed February 18, 2004 00:44 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Australian cricket team left Wednesday for the ancient Sri Lankan town of Dambulla to contest the first of its five match one-day series... Back to the top

LTTE refuses to contest Sri Lanka elections
hipakistan.com, February 17, 2004. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels have ruled out contest for parliament but are vetting minority Tamil candidates who could emerge kingmakers at the April elections, Tamil politicians said here on Monday... Back to the top

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