The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 329

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UNP Candidate Shot Dead in Mattakalappu
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 A.M Monday 1 March. A UNP candidate Sunderampillai was killed by two unknown gunmen at about 5.45 in the morning today. He was killed by the gunmen while he was warded at the Mattakalappu general hospital. Sunderampillai was warded at the hospital since yesterday after he was shot and injured by unknown gunmen, while he was at his residence.

Sundarampillai of Arayampath handed over nominations to contest from the UNP ticket ignoring the warning issued by several organizations, including Mattakalappu Makkal Perumandram, Federation of People Organisations. These organizations warned Tamils not to contest from Sinhala parties. However, eight Tamil candidates including Sunderampillai filed nominations from the UNP to contest the election. No further details are available.
Published: Sun Feb 29 22:15:08 EST 2004

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“Honour the Priesthood, don’t contest the election” Mahanayaka tells Buddhist monks
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 29, 2004, 11.58 pm. The Mahanayaka of the Ramanya Nikaya, the Most Venerable Vevaldeniye Medalankara Thera today called upon all Buddhist priests who are scheduled to contest the forthcoming election to “Honour the Noble Priesthood”, while strongly disapproving the decision their decision to contest the general election.

In a statement today, the Most Venerable told the Buddhist priests, “Buddhist priests do not have a role to play in party politics and by doing so it will bring about the destruction of the Buddha Sasana.” The Most Venerable also stressed that the people will be divided when the number of political parties increase and that it will further divide the Buddha Sasana which is already divided on party lines. “Buddhist priest have been respected through out the world for many centuries, and such decision may lead to the tarnishing of this noble priesthood,” the Venerable stated.
Published: Sun Feb 29 13:06:05 EST 2004 Back to the top

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SLMC begins its election campaign
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 29, 2004, 11.52 pm. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has kicked off its grand inaugural election rally in Sammanthurai (of the Ampara District) late evening today. The meeting started approximately at around 8.00 p.m.

SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem and many other party candidates are expected to address today’s meeting. The meeting will go on till dawn. The SLMC will centre its election propaganda on the demands for a separate independent Muslim delegation at the future peace talks, and the need for self rule in Muslim dominated areas in the North East province, in the event of the setting up of an Interim Administration, which will be governed by the LTTE.
Published: Sun Feb 29 12:52:58 EST 2004 Back to the top

TNA launches its election manifesto
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 29, 2004, 11.47 pm. The Tamil National Alliance today launched its manifesto to the masses during an election rally in Northern Vavuniya... Back to the top

SLMM Chief meets LTTE’s Thamilselvan in Killinochchi
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 28, 2004, 9.44 pm. Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Head, Major General Trond Furuhovde today stressed the need for upholding the integrity of the Ceasefire Agreement signed between the United National Front Government and the LTTE in February 2002... Back to the top

Election violence escalates, Human Rights Commission expresses concern
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 28, 2004, 9.42 pm. As incidents related to election violence passed the 120 mark, the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (SLHRC) voiced concern over the increasing number of election related violence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opens trade centre in Chennai, March 1, 2004 . The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB) has setup a trade centre in Chennai at a cost of Rs 1.7 crore to showcase Sri Lankan industry and commerce in India... Back to the top

Sri Lankan prime minister passively accepts his dismissal, 28 February 2004. For anyone who believed that Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would challenge the undemocratic dismissal of his government by President Chandrika Kumaratunga on February 7, his performance last Sunday would have been a disappointment... Back to the top

Consolation win for Sri Lanka in final one-day match, Australia takes series 3-2
Associated Press, Sun February 29, 2004 06:58 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - took a morale-boosting three-wicket win over Australia on Sunday in their fifth and final one-day International at Sinhalese Sports Club ground... Back to the top

Rivalry threatens Sri Lankan ceasefire, February 28. There are growing fears that the recent political turmoil in Sri Lanka will seriously hamper the internationally supported effort to end the two decades of ethnic strife between the majority Buddhist Sinhalese and the minority Hindu Tamils... Back to the top

Australia wins toss and decides to bat first in fifth limited-overs match against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat February 28, 2004 23:09 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Australian skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat first in the fifth and final limited-overs match against Sri Lanka - on Sunday... Back to the top

HL:Man who kidnapped cousin for marriage proposal gets 23 months house arrest
Associated Press, Fri February 27, 2004 21:59 EST . - - But he discounted submissions by Nadarajah's lawyer Matt McGarvey that it was a common, albeit frowned upon, practice in Nadarajah's homeland of Sri Lanka - for a man to take a woman against her will to convince her to marry him... Back to the top

Ranil accused of warmongering, 28 February. Battle lines were drawn in Sri Lanka's election campaign yesterday, with the opposition accusing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of warmongering and the Tamil Tiger rebels endorsing a possible kingmaker party... Back to the top

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