The Lanka Academic

 
FEBRUARY 20, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 320

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Sri Lanka 's top Muslim party splits ahead Parliament election
Associated Press, Fri February 20, 2004 10:15 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's main Muslim party split in two Friday, with breakaway members accusing their former leader of compromising Muslim interests in government peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels. Muslims comprise 1.3 million of Sri Lanka - 's population of 18.6 million and live mostly in the country's northeast. The 3.2 million minority Tamils are mostly Hindus.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga dissolved Parliament earlier this month and called for snap polls more than three years ahead of schedule amid a bitter power struggle with Wickremesinghe.

The two leaders have disagreed over how to run the peace talks with the rebels. A two-year-old cease-fire ended 19 years of fighting that left about 65,000 people dead.
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New Zealand Cabinet minister resigns over Sri Lankan teenager deportation row
Associated Press, Fri February 20, 2004 02:24 EST . The document included handwritten notes by the lawyer of the deportee, a teenage girl who had sought refuge in New Zealand claiming that she had been sexually abused by a family member in Sri Lanka .They included details of the lawyer's strategy to keep the girl in the country after an immigration court had turned down her final appeal for asylum status.The girl and her grandmother were expelled from New Zealand on Feb. 13.Dalziel leaked a copy of the report to TV3 after she was apparently angered by the lawyer's notes. The minister accused the lawyer of running a public campaign of misinformation to prevent deportation of the girl. Dalziel also was stripped of her posts as minister of commerce and senior citizens and as associate minister of justice and education. An investigation is underway into how Dalziel obtained the document, which was reportedly found in a room at an immigration detention center where the girl had been detained prior to her expulsion. Dalziel, who been regarded as a top performer in Clark's Cabinet, later said she was reviewing her future but expected to stay in parliament as a legislator for the government Labour Party.
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US Ambassador Says Political Parties Must Remain Committed to the Peace Process
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.15 P.M Friday 20 February. US Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead says it is vital that the political parties remain committed to the peace process during the election campaign. He also said that although the peace pecae negotations are suspended . the peace process goes on everyday with de-mining and reconcilation activities. Lunstead was speaking at the launch of a teledrama series titled 'Take This Road' funded by the US Agency for International Development, (USAID), and implemented by the Academy of Educational Development, a US based non-governmental organization. The Ambassador also said "One of the most important aspects of "Take This Road" is that it brings the perspectives of different groups of Sri Lankans - Muslim, Tamil and Sinhala - to a wide, diverse audience. This tele-drama helps people all over Sri Lanka to understand each other in a dynamic and accessible way - through the stories of their daily lives." USAID/Sri Lanka works to improve democratic institutions and processes, promotes respect for human rights, and enhances economic growth and financial stability through market-oriented reforms.
Published: Fri Feb 20 01:16:57 EST 2004 Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Kumaratunga tries to justify her anti-democratic actions
wsws.org, 20 February 2004. Last Sunday Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga made her first public statements over her decision to dissolve parliament and sack the government—more than a week after her unprecedented action... Back to the top

IOC to invest $100 million in Sri Lanka
rediff.com, February 20, 2004 15:29 IST. Public sector oil giant Indian Oil Corporation is investing $100 million in its Sri Lankan subsidiary Lanka IOC Ltd during 2004-05 as part of its retail foray in the island country... Back to the top

Indian Oil to invest 100 M dollars in Sri Lanka
deepikaglobal.com, Feb 20, 2004, 17:00 EST. Bangalore, Feb 20 (UNI) The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will invest Rs 100 million Dollars in its Sri Lankan subsidiary in 2004-05 besides operationalising its Mauritius Aviation Turbine fuel complex from March one... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Muslim dissent group joins opposition for snap polls, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri February 20, 2004 13:05 EST . - - COLOMBO, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The dissident group of the Sri Lanka - Muslim Congress (SLMC), the main political party for the minority Muslim community, decided on Friday to join the main opposition led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to contest the forthcoming parliamentary elections, officials said. The SLMC has been faction-ridden for well over a year with dissident leader A... Back to the top

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... 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

We will encourage LTTE to take the democratic path: Chandrika
hinduonnet.com, February 20, 2004. COLOMBO, FEB. 20. 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 would "encourage" them to take the democratic path... 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

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

Ponting warns Sri Lanka over dry pitches
reuters.com, February 20, 2004. DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Australian captain Ricky Ponting warned Sri Lanka that a policy of preparing dry, spin-friendly pitches could backfire on the hosts in the current five-match one-day series... Back to the top

Hogg spins win over Sri Lanka
abc.net.au, February 20, 2004. Spinner Brad Hogg has grabbed a career-best 5-41 as Australia capped a superb all-round performance with an 84-run victory over Sri Lanka in the opening one-day international in Dambulla... Back to the top

Jayasuriya set to become most capped Sri Lankan cricketer
Associated Press, Fri February 20, 2004 00:25 EST . - - DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Hard-hitting batsman, Sanath Jayasuriya, is set to become Sri Lanka - 's most-capped one-day international representative Friday when he takes the field against Australia in their limited-overs series opener... Back to the top

Australia ’ s Sri Lanka tour gets underway today
dailytimes.com.pk, February 20, 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 on Friday (today)... Back to the top

‘ Sri Lanka will come on top ’ - Arjuna
dailymirror.lk, February 20, 2004. Sri Lanka's battle hardened veteran Arjuna Ranatunga, once the most recognisable sporting icon of the country who rode like a colossus in the international cricket field, is today in retirement from the game... 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

Dambulla pitch may favor batsmen
Associated Press, Fri February 20, 2004 00:00 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan one-day skipper Marvan Atapattu says the Dambulla wicket has switched from being bowler-friendly, and could favor the batsmen in the Australia-Sri Lanka - limited-over series opener later Friday... Back to the top

Warne back in Australian test side for Sri Lankan tour
Associated Press, Thu February 19, 2004 23:58 EST . - - He will have a chance to go head-to-head with Sri Lanka - 's Muttiah Muralitharan, who has 485 career wickets, in the race to the 500-wicket mark... 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

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