The Lanka Academic

 
MARCH 3, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 332

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Sri Lanka s Tamil Tiger Rebels Deny Rift Within Leadership
bloomberg.com, Mar 04 03:12 . Sri Lanka's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam denied there is a rift between commanders in the north and east of the South Asian island nation. The group issued a statement after a reported disagreement between the eastern regional commander, known as Colonel Karuna, and the Liberation Tigers leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, who is based in the north. The rebels control the mainly Tamil north and east of the country. More...
Published: Wed Mar 3 22:13:56 EST 2004
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Major split in LTTE-Karuna pulling out?  - dailymirror.lk
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Sri Lankan Tigers in leadership crisis  - dailytimes.com.pk
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LTTE commander breaks away  - indiatimes.com
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LTTE commander defies order to move troops north  - hindustantimes.com
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Rebel general in Sri Lanka splits from main Tamil Tiger army  - signonsandiego.com
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Sri Lanka Rebel General Splits From Army  - Associated Press
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No differences within LTTE  - hinduonnet.com
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Powerful rebel general in Sri Lanka splits from the main Tamil Tiger army, a senior guerrilla says  - Associated Press
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Rift in LTTE?  - hinduonnet.com

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LTTE's leadership ticks off cadres for election killings
hindustantimes.com, March 3. The LTTE's leadership has ticked off its cadres for killing two opposition election candidates in the eastern district of Batticaloa on Monday, according to reports reaching Colombo. Unconfirmed reports from Batticaloa said that the LTTE Supremo, Velupillai Prabhakaran, had summoned Batticalao district leader Kausalyan to his headquarters in the Wanni, to administer a stern reprimand. The killing of United National Front (UNF) candidate Sundarampillai in a hospital bed had invited a sharp reprimand from the US State Department. Its spokesman Richard Boucher said in Washington on Monday, that that such behavior on the part of the LTTE would not encourage the US Administration to lift the ban on it. More...
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Ranil is a peon compared to President says Mahinda Rajapakse
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 3, 2004, 9.43 pm. Former Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse today reiterated the need for a strong government. Addressing a meeting in the South he pointed out that if there was a strong government under a strong leadership, the LTTE is willing to resume peace talks at any time. “The United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) should be made victorious as they are the only party which could build such a leadership and government,” he claimed.

Mr. Rajapakse said that they had the ability to solve problems through discussions, despite a claim by the United National Party that if the UPFA come to power the country will go back to a war. “The LTTE has already told the president they are willing to hold discussions with a strong leadership from the South, who is powerful. The executive president is powerful,”, he said. And added that the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa said that the Sri Lankan Prime Minister is a mere peon under the Executive President.
Published: Wed Mar 3 10:44:37 EST 2004 Back to the top


Sihala Urumaya member demands for the arrest of LTTE leader Prabhakaran
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 3, 2004, 9.28 pm. The Court of Appeal has ordered the CID and the Inspector General of Police to make necessary submissions in connection to the arrest of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran... Back to the top

Sri Lankan poll watch groups concerned over election violence, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed March 3, 2004 14:48 EST . - - COLOMBO, March 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's independent election monitoring groups on Wednesday expressed their concern over the escalating violence in electioneering in the run up to the April 2 parliamentary poll... Back to the top

I have never supported LTTE s terrorist activities : Vaiko
hinduonnet.com, March 3, 2004. New Delhi, March 3. (PTI): MDMK chief Vaiko today told the Central POTA Review Committee that he has been wrongly charged by the Tamil Nadu government under the tough anti-terrorism law as he did not support any terrorist activities of the banned LTTE in his speech near the temple town of Madurai three months after the Act came into force... Back to the top

EPRLF Says TNA Is Also Responsible for Election Violence
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.00 A.M Wednesday 3 March. EPRLF Candidate from Jaffna T. Sritharan says that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is also responsible for election related violence in the north east... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Top Tamil politician accuses Tiger rebels of intimidation ahead of election
Associated Press, Wed March 3, 2004 04:36 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels are intimidating candidates in the run-up to Sri Lanka - 's parliamentary elections, a lawmaker said Wednesday, following the shooting deaths of an activist and a politician who opposed the guerrillas... Back to the top

US condemns election killing in Sri Lanka, warns Tamil Tigers
brunei-online.com, March 3, 2004. WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Monday condemned the killing of an ethnic Tamil candidate ahead of Sri Lanka's elections next month, and warned Tamil Tiger rebels they were behaving like a terror group... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Carrying Tunes All the Way From Sri Lanka
New York Times ( Registration req'd), march 3. HE recovering addicts and alcoholics settled into the community room at Coney Island Hospital's substance-abuse clinic for a bit of what their counselors call socialization... Back to the top

Tamil candidate shot dead in Sri Lanka (14:00 PST)
hipakistan.com, March 2, 2004. COLOMBO: An electoral candidate was shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka on Monday in in the run up to parliamentary polls in April, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka witnesses second killing as polls campaign progresses
hindustantimes.com, 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

Lanka monks launch campaign
telegraphindia.com, March 3, 2004. Colombo, March 2 (Reuters): Red-robed monks launched their campaign today 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

S.Lanka Monks Begin Poll Campaign with Unity Pledge
reuters.com, 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

Sri Lanka warned against delaying peace talks with rebels
abc.net.au, 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 Lanka President bans beer ads
tamilnet.com, March 3, 2004. Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday banned all beer ads in state media which are under her control, according to a press note from her office Tuesday evening... Back to the top

Sri Lankan elephants desperately need a job
swisspolitics.org, 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

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
oneworld.net, 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

Injured Dilhara blunts Lanka
indiatimes.com, March 3, 2004. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka 's speed bowling attack looks shaky heading into Monday's first Test against Australia with paceman Dilhara Fernando ruled out due to injuries... Back to the top

Hostile reception awaits shame Warne in Sri Lanka
manoramaonline.com, March 3, 2004. Colombo: Australia's Shane Warne is set to face hostile Sri Lankan fans when he returns from a drug-induced ban to take part in next week's Test series, newspapers said on Wednesday... 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

McGrath s Lanka hope
sportal.com.au, March 3, 2004. Glenn McGrath still holds out hope for a recall to the Test side in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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