The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 323

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TNA Confident of Victory In Jaffna
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.30 P.M Monday 23 February. Tamil National Alliance Candidate from Jaffna District N. Raviraj Says that the TNA is confident of winning all nine seats in Jaffna and they have the fullest support and backing of the LTTE. Speaking to The Lanka Academic from Jaffna after handing over his nomination Raviraj said " Today is a day our people showed the unity of the Tamils. Thousands gathered at the Kachcheri. We are confident of a victory. We will win all nine seats in Jaffna" Raviraj confirmed that TULF leader Anandasangaree also handed over his nomination as an independent candidate to contest from Jaffna.

The TNA handed over its nominations for Jaffna, Vanni, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara today. The party fielded its candidates under the name of the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) with its election symbol the "House' The legal battle over the leadership of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has forced the TNA to contest the election in the ITAK ticket
Published: Mon Feb 23 04:55:49 EST 2004

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Buddhist monks decision to contest election draws fire
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 22, 2004, 10.35 pm. The Mahanayaka Theras of the Malwatta and the Asgiriya Chapters of the Siyam Maha Nikaya have out rightly disapproved a decision taken by a group of Buddhist monks representing the Jathika Hela Urumaya party to contest the forthcoming general election.

“This is the beginning of a grave calamity to the Buddha Sasana. Therefore for no reason can this be approved. Both the clergy and the laity who are concerned about the Sasana are astonished by this move. They are distressed,” the Mahanayaka Theras stated in a joint statement.

Meanwhile a group of Buddhist monks held a demonstration in front of the Jathika Hela Urumaya Party Leader Thilak Karunaratne’s residence today. The demonstrating Buddhist monks pointed out that the duty of Buddhist monks should be to engage in religious and social services that benefit the common people and not to pursue political ambition.
Published: Mon Feb 23 11:42:23 EST 2004 Back to the top

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TNA fields Muslim candidates to their nominations list
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 23, 2004, 10.09 pm. In a surprise move, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) known as the pro-LTTE political party has nominated several Muslim candidates to their nominations list, in its bid to win Muslim votes from the North East province.

Two Muslim candidates from the Trincomalee and Vanni districts were included in the nomination list, which was handed over to the Elections Commission today morning. The Muslim candidates are: Samiyoor Noor Mohamed Shajani from Vanni and Shahul Hameed from Trincomalee district. Sources said that this was the first time the TNA has fielded Muslim candidates to their list. But added that it was very unlikely that there would be a big impact on the number of votes they get from the Muslim community living in the province, mainly due to the atrocities carried out by the LTTE against the Muslim civilians living in the north and East.
Published: Mon Feb 23 11:16:42 EST 2004 Back to the top

Lanka probes middleman's local business connections
Gulf News, 23-02-2004 . Sri Lanka has begun probing the local business connections of one of its nationals, Buhary Syed Abu Tahir, the middleman who acted for Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr... Back to the top

Hakeem To Contest from Ampara
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.30 A.M Monday 23 February. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauf Hakeem will contest the April electios from the Ampara district leading his party in the SLMC home base... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s troubled Jaffna library opens to students, February 23, 2004 7:30 EST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Jaffna library, a cultural icon for the country's minority Tamil community, quietly reopened to students on Monday, more than two decades after it was gutted in an act of ethnic violence... Back to the top

LTTE not to renegotiate truce
Dawn, COLOMBO, Feb 22. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers are not prepared to renegotiate their ceasefire agreement with the government, local press reports quoted the rebels as saying, on Sunday... Back to the top

Ranil kicks off poll campaign on ceasefire anniversary
Gulf News, February 23, 2004 7:30 EST. Sri Lanka's prime minister kicked off his election campaign yesterday on the second anniversary of a ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels, saying his re-election will bring more peace and prosperity Back to the top

Australians accuse U.S. air authorities of hauling them off flight because of their skin color
Associated Press, Sun February 22, 2004 23:28 EST . EMMA TINKLER - Associated Press Writer - The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported Monday that Abeyaratne and three friends of Sri Lankan background were on a round-the-world trip that took them to the United States, Malaysia, Sri Lanka - and Italy... Back to the top

Monks, Marxists at centre of Sri Lanka election race, February 23, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - After 20 years of war, Sri Lanka kicks off its first election under ceasefire on Tuesday with saffron-robed monks and Marxists among those filing nominations for April's parliamentary vote... Back to the top

SLMC and the newly formed Muslim National Alliance seals agreement with UNP and UPFA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 22, 2004, 11.33 pm. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress today evening extended their support to the United National Party at the forthcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for April 2... Back to the top

Sri Lanka marks truce anniversary as fear of war returns, February 23, 2004 7:30 EST. COLOMBO, Feb 23 (AFP) -- Sri Lanka marks Monday the second anniversary of a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels, but the fragile peace process is eclipsed by growing threats of violence ahead of an election which many fear would be marked by attacks... Back to the top

LTTE rejects renegotiating current truce pact, Feb 22 . Colombo, (UNI) With the internationally-monitored ceasefire agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels having completed two years, the rebels have said that they are not prepared to renegotiate the existing truce agreement even after April 2 general elections... Back to the top

Srilankan Airlines expands wings to Hyd, February 19, 2004 8:00 EST. Taking advantage of the open skies policy of the Indian Government SriLankan Airlines’ announced the commencement of weekly flights to Hyderabad... Back to the top

Govt makes an exception, lets private airlines fly to Colombo, February 23, 2004 15:55 EST. NEW DELHI: Security concerns may have grounded the recent proposal to let private domestic airlines to operate abroad, but that has not stopped the Civil Aviation Ministry from letting these carriers fly to Colombo on the basis of an earlier approval of the Cabinet... Back to the top

India s private airlines to fly to Sri Lanka, February 23, 2004 7:30 EST. NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's private airlines can begin flying to neighbouring Sri Lanka under a new policy, the civil aviation minister said on Monday, breaking a decades-old monopoly of state-owned carriers over international routes... Back to the top

Sri Lanka marks truce anniversary as fear of war rises, 2004-02-23 . Sri Lanka marks today the second anniversary of a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels, but the fragile peace process is eclipsed by growing threats of violence ahead of an election which many fear would be marked by attacks... Back to the top

Kumaratunga, JVP tie-up to deepen Lanka divisions, Feb 22. Colombo Feb 22: The alliance between Sri Lanka’s President and a Marxist nationalist party looks set to deepen divisions in the country ahead of an April 2 general election, analysts say... Back to the top

Greens support call to bring Sri Lanka girl back, 22 February, 2004. Green MP Keith Locke says the government should show some compassion and allow the Sri Lankan girl deported last week back into New Zealand... Back to the top

22 Tamil fishermen return from Sri Lanka, February 22. Rameswaram (TN), :Twenty two Tamil fishermen, who were forcibly taken to Sri Lanka by the Island's fishermen recently, returned to Rameswaram on Sunday, officials sources said... Back to the top

Passengers who misbehaved pay Dh 50000 to Air Lanka, 23 February 2004 . Ten French nationals have paid Dh 50,000 to Sri Lankan Airlines so that the airline drops a civil suit against them for their actions on a Sri Lankan airlines flight from Paris to Colombo, their lawyer Hussein Al Jaziri confirmed on Sunday... Back to the top

Officials postpone inquiry against Australian cricketers charged with dissent
Associated Press, Mon February 23, 2004 06:45 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Officials on Monday postponed a disciplinary inquiry against two Australian cricketers on dissent charges following an umpire's decision in their second one-day international against Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka edges home in thriller, February 23, 2004. SRI LANKA survived a controversial umpiring decision to beat Australia by one run in the second one-day international cricket match at Dambulla Stadium yesterday, levelling the five-match series at 1-1... Back to the top

Vaas holds nerve as Sri Lanka level series, February 23, 2004. Dambulla, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka pulled off a thrilling one-run victory over world champions Australia in the second one-day international on Sunday after Chaminda Vaas kept his nerve in the final over... Back to the top

Windies paceman wrecks Lankans, February 23, 2004. WEST Indies beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs, while India lost to South Africa by three runs today in their first super league matches at the Under-19 cricket World Cup... Back to the top

Lanka Ravi beats Russian GM, February 23, 2004. Grandmaster norm holder Lanka Ravi inched closer to his second norm after defeating GM Evgeny Pigusov of Russia in a fifth round match in Group 'A' in the Aeroflot International Open Chess tournament now underway in Moscow... Back to the top

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