The Lanka Academic

 
FEBRUARY 19, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 4, NO. 319

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USAID Supports Peace Casting
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.30 A.M Friday 20 February. United States Agency for Development Aid (USAID) has come forward to support peace casting by supporting a thirteen-episode peace tele-drama titled ' Mae Paren Enna' (Take this road) which is been shown on Rupavahini. The international launch of the teledrama will be held today under the patronage of the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jeffrey Lunstead. He will deliver the opening address. The drama series reflects the hopes and aspirations of all communities in Sri Lanka and highlights the cost of conflict on fragile community relations in the island. The tele-drama has been produced by Young Asia Television.
Published: Thu Feb 19 21:36:32 EST 2004

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WFP Says , Terrorists Recruit From The Poor And Hungry
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.00 A.M Friday 20 February. World Food Program Executive Director James Morris says if people do not know where their next meal is coming from , they become easy targets for those who recruit for terrorist groups. According to a WFP release Morris has called for increased international food aid as one of the most effective ways to alleviate poverty and hunger that can breed terrorism and conflict. He has pointed out that in a climate of perpetual hunger, young people lose faith in the future. Morris says "With global terrorism and conflict overshadowing the early 21st century, new strategies for aid, especially food aid, must be formulated to redress the inequalities, which are often at the root of much of the developing world's disaffection with the West. He has cited school feeding programs which, by giving poor children a good education and a nutritious diet, combat the poverty and ignorance from which extremism flourishes. According to the WFP for around [19 cents] a day, they could provide a child lunch in schools and hope for the future. "Food aid can also be a strong incentive for soldiers to demobilize once peace returns to conflict-stricken countries, Morris said.
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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 Back to the top


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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Poll Commissioner undecided on holding polls in LTTE areas
deepikaglobal.com, February 19, 2004. Colombo, Feb 19 (UNI) Despite the commencement of nominations, Sri Lanka's Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake said today that he was undecided whether to hold the forthcoming general election in the LTTE-held areas in the North-East, where over 300,000 voters are living... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's election commissioner announces tough measures to ensure fair election
Associated Press, Thu February 19, 2004 11:23 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's election commissioner said Thursday that he would order people to cast their votes for a second time if there was evidence of vote rigging, ballot stuffing or other incidents to prevent fair national elections on April 2... Back to the top

Chandrika pledges not to provoke LTTE
hinduonnet.com, February 19, 2004. Colombo, Feb.19. The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has reportedly asserted that a future government under her leadership "will not in any way incite or provoke the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to another war", but "encourage" the rebels to take the democratic path... Back to the top

We will continue to pursue peace: Chandrika
hinduonnet.com, February 19, 2004 8:00 EST. Colombo, Feb. 19. The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has reportedly asserted that a future government under her leadership ``will not in any way incite or provoke the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to another war’’, but ``encourage’’ the rebels to take the democratic path... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sees higher Tamil turnout in April poll
alertnet.org, February 19, 2004. COLOMBO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan government will do its best to ensure that Tamil voters in the north and east of the island will be able to vote in the April 2 election, the first poll in two decades that will be held under a ceasefire... Back to the top

Donors tell Sri Lanka to cool election rhetoric
brunei-online.com, February 19, 2004. WASHINGTON (AFP) - Major aid donors to Sri Lanka Tuesday 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

Sri Lanka Parties Scurry as Monks Take Poll Plunge
oneworld.net, 19 February 2004. The decision by Sri Lanka's leading Buddhist monks' organization, the Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya (JSS), to contest the April 2 general election is being seen as a clear threat to the prospects of mainstream parties in a country that has a 70 per cent Buddhist majority... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels free eight child recruits in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu February 19, 2004 09:30 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels have released eight child soldiers to a transit home to help reintegrate them into society, an official of the U... Back to the top

Marxist JVP allays fears of Sri Lankan private sector
hindustantimes.com, February 19, 2004 8:00 EST. The radical-Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which may be in government if the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins the April 2 parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka, has assured the island's influential private sector that it has learnt lessons from its past and will not cripple the sector, as generally feared... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's opposition for free enterprise
Dawn, COLOMBO, Feb 18. Leaders of Sri Lanka's new opposition alliance, in a bid to allay fears of the business community, have assured the private sector would be allowed to play a vibrant role under a future government... Back to the top

Eduardo Faleiro denies meeting LTTE leaders in Jaffna
hindustantimes.com, February 19, 2004 8:00 EST. Former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, Eduardo Faleiro on Thursday scotched reports that he met the LTTE during his two-day visit to the northern Sri Lankan district of Jaffna earlier this week... Back to the top

Hung parliament likely in Sri Lanka - Reuters poll
deepikaglobal.com, February 19, 2004 8:00 EST. COLOMBO, Feb 19 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's general elections on April 2 are likely to produce a hung parliament, with no party winning a clear majority and a Tamil group holding the balance of power, according to a Reuters poll of 12 financial institutions... 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

Socialist Equality Party condemns Sri Lankan president's ...
wsws.org, february 19, 2004. The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) strongly condemns the arbitrary and anti-democratic decision of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on February 7 to dissolve parliament and sack the United National Front (UNF) coalition government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe... 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

Cricket: Sri Lanka plan slow torture for Aussie batsmen
channelnewsasia.com, February 19, 2004. DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka : Sri Lanka hope to silence Australia's devastating batting line-up with a pack of spinners in the five-match one-day series beginning here... 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

Lehmann, Warne bid for Lanka
theage.com.au, February 19, 2004. Darren Lehmann had dispelled any doubts about his fitness on the eve of today's Test squad announcement with his defiant innings against New South Wales yesterday, national selector David Boon said last night... Back to the top

Sri Lanka names four spinners to test Australia's world-beater status
Associated Press, Wed February 18, 2004 23:32 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Australia will face the brunt of a formidable Sri Lankan spin attack Friday when it takes the field for the first of five limited-over matches on a slow, turning wicket... 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

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

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

Sri Lanka names four spinners to test Australia's world-beater status
Associated Press, Thu February 19, 2004 03:50 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Australia will face the brunt of a formidable Sri Lankan spin attack Friday when it takes the field for the first of five limited-over matches on a slow, turning wicket... 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

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