The Lanka Academic

MARCH 2, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 4, NO. 331

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Political Assassinations Will Exert a Chilling Deterrent Effect on Right of Parties
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.25 A.M Wednesday 3 March. PAFFREL (Peoples Action For Free and Fair Elections) Say that political assassinations in the North and the East will exert a chilling deterrent effect on the right of the political parties to campaign in the North east and of the people to choose their selected representatives at free and fair elections. In a statement issued today PAFFREL say the killings in Batticaloa and Valachchenai have occurred in the context of a campaign being carried out by groups in the north east that Tamil candidates who do not belong to the parties comprising the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) are traitors to the Tamil cause.

The organization say that they have received complaints from political parties that they are finding it difficult and impossible to conduct their election campaigns in parts of the north east due to a general climate of intimidation and intolerance. PAFFREL call on the government and the LTTE the two parties with major security capacities o ensure that the environment in the north east is conducive to a free and fair poll.
Published: Tue Mar 2 23:30:30 EST 2004

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LTTE Trying To Annihilate Political Opponents- EPDP
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8. 40 P.M Tuesday 2 March. Leader of the EPDP Douglas Devananda says that the LTTE is trying to annihilate political opponents and trying to achieve its fascist goals to try and gain status as the sole representative of the Tamil people before the elections. In a letter to the Commissioner of Elections Devananda warned that if necessary action is not taken before the elections the LTTE would increase its activities and disrupt the elections in the North/East of Sri Lanka. Devananda said that the EPDP member shot dead last night was a full time member actively involved in the election campaign of the EPDP for the April elections. He said that Ponniah Yogendran was under severe threat from the LTTE before he was killed.
Published: Tue Mar 2 09:47:05 EST 2004 Back to the top
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EPDP Member Shot Dead
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.20 P.M Tuesday 2 March. A member of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) has been shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Valachenai yesterday night around 9.45 p.m. The victim Ponnaiah Yogendran has been gunned down at his wife’s residence once used by Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) as their office. Valachchenai Police are conducting investigations. This is the second political killing in the East after the nominations for April elections were closed. The Lanka Academic sources in Valachenai say that it is still not known if the LTTE was behind the killing of the EPDP member.

Yesterday the United States condemened the killing of the UNP candidate, Sinnathamby Sunderaampillai by two unknown gunmen. State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher said "Although no one has claimed responsibility for the crime, we note recent statements by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam that were clearly intended to discourage Tamil candidates of whom they did not approve. The United States calls on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to renounce terrorism and cease terrorist acts, including political assassination, and to comply with the terms of the ceasefire agreement they signed."
Published: Tue Mar 2 07:37:35 EST 2004 Back to the top

US Condemns Killing Of Candidate in Sri Lanka- Says LTTE Must Renounce Terrorism
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 A.M Tuesday 2 March. The United States has condemned the killing of UNP candidate, Sinnathamby Sunderaampillai by two unknown gunmen yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka witnesses second killing as polls campaign progresses, 02/03/2004. Gunmen have shot dead a political activist in eastern Sri Lanka in a second killing believed to be related to next month's elections, police said on Tuesday... Back to the top

Buddhists monk about with Sri Lankan politics, March 2, 2004. Kelaniya, Sri Lanka - Buddhist monks launched their formal drive for Sri Lanka's parliament from a historic temple town on Tuesday with a vow to cleanse politics and restore "ultimate peace"... Back to the top

S.Lanka Monks Begin Poll Campaign with Unity Pledge, Mar 2, 2004 01:14 AM ET. Red-robed monks launched their campaign Tuesday for Sri Lanka's approaching election with offerings to Buddha and a pledge to keep the country united in the face of demands to devolve powers to Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

SLMC Leader Hakeem says there is no room for TNA in the UNF
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 1, 2004, 10.52 pm. A vital Muslim constituent of the former ruling United National Front (UNF) government has sent out warning signals to UNF Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe threatening to pull out their support if the LTTE represented Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is allowed to support the Wickremesinghe led party... Back to the top

Sri Lanka warned against delaying peace talks with rebels, March 2, 2004. A Tamil political grouping says it will declare independence from Sri Lanka unless the government that comes to power after elections in April revives peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan elephants desperately need a job, 02.03.2004 - 06:15. Elephant polo is a slow game at the best of times, and especially so in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

MatchPoint scores with Spicy Lanka
com, march 2. Even the Tigers fighting in Sri Lanka would let go off their booming guns and prefer to sit across the table to have a slice of 'Spicy Lanka', a festival on the cuisine of the island nation that is on at MatchPoint in Taj Coromandel, Chennai... Back to the top

Anandasangaree lashes out at his colleagues
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 1, 2004, 10.51 pm. Tamil United Liberation Front Leader V. Anandasangaree’s has severely criticised several of his senior colleagues for accepting the LTTE as the sole representatives of the Tamil community in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Anti-rebel Tamil political activist killed in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue March 2, 2004 04:57 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Tamil political activist who actively opposed Tamil Tiger separatist rebels was fatally shot in eastern Sri Lanka - , officials said Tuesday, the second killing believed to be related to next month's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Violence Threat Looms over Sri Lanka Polls, March 02, 2004, 7:30 EST. COLOMBO, Mar 2 (OneWorld) - Barely six days after the closing of nominations for the April 2 polls in Sri Lanka, more than 158 major election-related clashes were registered, amid threats by Tamil rebels, indicating a violence-ridden campaign that is likely to scare away voters in the coming weeks... Back to the top

Powerful Buddhist monks plunge into Sri Lanka 's election race
Associated Press, Tue March 2, 2004 02:15 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - KELANIYA, Sri Lanka - (AP) More than 250 monks from the powerful Buddhist clergy plunged into Sri Lanka - 's political fray Tuesday, formally launching their campaign as candidates in next month's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's tangled politics and peace
Yahoo, March 02, 2004, 7:30 EST. The electoral alliance of January 20 between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) - the two largest parties in Sri Lanka's present parliamentary opposition, both with their support bases mainly in the Sinhalese segment of the electorate - has been subject to intense analysis and debate, producing a wide diversity of mutually irreconcilable views on its possible impact on the country's prospects for peace, stability and progress... Back to the top

Ranil dares Chandrika over strategy
Gulf News, March 02, 2004, 7:30 EST. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called his arch rival President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her newly formed alliance to declare its stand on how it plans to continue with the peace process and the ceasefire agreement with Tamil guerrillas... Back to the top

End to LTTE ban sought
Dawn, COLOMBO, March 1. A moderate Tamil political party alliance, backed by the Tamil Tigers, on Monday sought lifting of the ban on the Tigers imposed by several countries... Back to the top

JVP Leader Slams Devolution, Criticises India
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.55 A.M Tuesday 2 March. JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe has categorically rejected devolution and has reiterated his party's opposition to the 13th amendment and has criticized India's support for devolution... Back to the top

TNA s election manifesto claims LTTE as sole representatives, March 01, 2004, 16:00 EST . Two years after a ceasefire was declared in Sri Lanka, the Swiss government is facing calls to boost its peace efforts in the country... Back to the top

Tamil party lines up behind rebels in S.Lanka vote, 01 Mar 2004 14:32. A Tamil party that could hold the balance of power after Sri Lanka's elections next month issued a manifesto on Monday that echoed the Tamil Tiger rebels, including their call for a separate state if peace talks fail... Back to the top

Voting in LTTE-controlled areas: An opportunity for statesmanship, March 1, 2004. The forthcoming general election on April 2 is not one that the vast majority of people wanted... Back to the top

Swiss aim to promote peace in Sri Lanka, March 01, 2004, 16:00 EST . Two years after a ceasefire was declared in Sri Lanka, the Swiss government is facing calls to boost its peace efforts in the country... Back to the top

REGION: Buddhist monks plunge into Sri Lankan politics, March 1, 2004. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Buddhist clergy has advised kings and presidents for centuries, but its decision to field candidates in April’s parliamentary vote is causing consternation among politicians and officials... Back to the top

No polling in LTTE-occupied areas, March 1, 2004. Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayaka has ruled out the possibility of conducting elections in the LTTE controlled areas at the general elections on April 2... Back to the top

Scandinavian monitors rule out Sri Lanka election supervision
com, March 1, 2004. Scandinavian monitors of a truce between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have ruled out any involvement in overseeing national elections in guerrilla-held territory... Back to the top

Vote for a peace party, says LTTE, March 1, 2004. The LTTE has urged the majority Sinhala people to express their solidarity and support to the political forces which recognise the legitimate rights and aspirations of the Tamil people, Former Minister T... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Put human rights first during elections, March 1, 2004. In the run up to parliamentary elections called for 2 April, Amnesty International is urging political parties and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to instruct their members not to assassinate political opponents or their supporters, or carry out other violent attacks on party activists and election monitors during the election period... Back to the top

Talks with LTTE sans conditions could lead to war - PM, March 1, 2004. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that UPFA's decision to enter into talks with the LTTE without any conditions will lead the country to another war bloodier that what began in 1994... Back to the top

Lanka gets Rs. 1.3 b grant from Japan, March 1, 2004. Finance Ministry said yesterday that the Government of Japan has provided a grant of Japanese Yen 1,500 million (approximately Rs... Back to the top

Air Sahara ’ s flight to Colombo on April
com, March 1, 2004. Air Sahara's plans to take its wings overseas is set to take off with the launch of commercial flights on the Chennai-Colombo-Chennai sector on April 7... Back to the top

Shane Warne returns to Australian team after 12-month ban, Ponting, Katich, Lehman score centuries
Associated Press, Tue March 2, 2004 07:47 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Ricky Ponting, Darren Lehman and Simon Katich each scored centuries in a three-day warm-up match against the Sri Lankan President's 11 Tuesday, while leg-spinner Shane Warne returned to the Australian lineup for the first time since completing a 12-month suspension for failing a doping test... Back to the top

Zoysa unlikely hero for Sri Lanka, March 1, 2004. Sri Lanka found an unlikely hero in Nuwan Zoysa on their way to a consolation three-wicket victory over an under-strength Australia in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday... Back to the top

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