The Lanka Academic

MARCH 13, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 4, NO. 342

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No bloodshed due to our internal rifts assures Thamilselvam
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 13, 2004, 6.39 pm. LTTE political wing Leader S.P. Thamilselvam has pointed out that since the LTTE split there have been no reports of deaths. He also reiterated that the internal problems in his organisations will be solved soon and the split between their Leader Prabhakaran and Eastern Province Military Commander Karuna will not harm anyone. Thamilselvam gave this assurance during a news conference in Killinochchi. “The Tiger Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran hopes to settle the problem peacefully,” he claimed.
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Committee appointed to investigate Ven. Soma Thera’s sudden death
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 13, 2004, 6.30 pm. A three member committee has been appointed to inquire into the sudden demise of the Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thera. The Committee was appointed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. She has also requested the three man committee to submit her a report on their findings within three months.

Presidential Secretariat sources told the Lanka Academic that President Kumaratunga decided to appoint the commission following numerous requests by members of the Maha Sangha and several other organisations. The commission will focus special attention as to whether the Ven. Soma Thera had died due to natural causes or otherwise. Retired Supreme Court judge P. Edirisuriya is the chairman of the commission. The other members are specialist Dr. Dilkushi Anula Wijesundara and Prof. Mendis Rohanadeera.
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Karuna sends his loyalists to kill Prabhakaran?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 13, 2004, 5.18 pm. A group of Karuna loyalists has begun a fast unto death, demanding LTTE Leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran to reinstate Karuna Amman as the Military Commander for the Eastern Province.

The group consisting eight youths began their fast unto death at a Hindu kovil in the Batticaloa Town. Meanwhile the Independent Television Network (ITN), which comes under the purview of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, has alleged that several close associates of the LTTE dissident Karuna has gone to Killinochchi in their bid to kill Prabhakaran. “It is reported that they had travelled to Killinochchi along with Ramesh Ram and Kaushalyan to implement a plan to kill Prabhakaran. This group is said to have gone to Killinochchi after several hours of talks with Karuna. Spies and suicide cadres are said to be in the group to kill Prabhakaran,” the ITN in its nightly news bulletin reported.
Published: Sat Mar 13 06:20:08 EST 2004 Back to the top

Hostile foreign forces behind Karuna s revolt: LTTE leader, Sunday, March 14, 200. Colombo, Mar 13 (UNI) A top LTTE leader, formerly a close confidante of the renegade rebel V Muralitharan, has charged ''hostile foreign forces that are keen on subverting the Tamil National struggle'' with exploiting the expelled rebel to weaken the outfit... Back to the top

Premier Wickremesinghe says only he can bring permanent peace
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 13, 2004, 4.55 pm. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared that it is only a government led by him that can achieve permanent peace in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

LTTE leader accused of embezzling funds, March 13, 2004, 1:45PM EST. COLOMBO: A senior leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas has accused a renegade commander of splitting the group because he feared disciplinary action for embezzling Back to the top

LTTE rebel not hopeful of independence
Dawn, COLOMBO, March 13. Renegade Tamil Tiger leader Karuna has said the LTTE would never be able to create a separate state in Sri Lanka's north and east, according to an interview given to an Indian newspaper... Back to the top

MacGill queries Lankan strategy, 14mar04. LEG-SPINNER Stuart MacGill has questioned Sri Lanka's defensive bowling plans and believes they may have to produce a second Muthiah Muralidaran to make them work... Back to the top

Uncertainties in the political situation and the peace process pose a risk-IMF
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.45 A.M Saturday 13 March. IMF Directors have observed that uncertainties in the political situation and the peace process pose a risk to the implementation of essential further reforms in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Rajiv assassination the gravest mistake: Karuna
Hindu, March 12. From the beginning, there have been severe problems between the Jaffna man and the Batticaloa man... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels step up criticism on breakaway leader, 13 Mar 2004 07:29 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers stepped up a war of words on Saturday against a powerful breakaway rebel commander in an internal fight that threatens efforts to end the island's civil war... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers: split benefits some
Dawn, march 14. Sri Lanka's mixed population in the east may finally get a fair share in a settlement of the ethnic conflict as a result of the head-on clash between Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and his main eastern commander , a tussle that has resulted in a split in the rebels' ranks... Back to the top

Former CBI Director to publish book on Rajiv assassination
Hindu, march 12. The former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, D... Back to the top

Sangaree Disappointed With Solheim's Snub
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.40 A.M Saturday 13 March. TULF leader and Independent candidate V. Anandasangaree has expressed his disappointment that the Norwegian Peace Envoy Erik Solheim did not meet with him in Jaffna during his visit to the peninsula... Back to the top

The obstruction to Sri Lanka s evolution, Saturday, March 13, 2004 . CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- The continuous conflict between Sri Lanka's two main leaders has been covered from nearl every angle... Back to the top

LTTE, renegade rebels point gun at each other on bank of a river, Sat. March 13, 2004. Armed rival factions of Tamil Tiger rebels were face-to-face on the banks of a river dividing an area held by a breakaway group, the main guerrilla movement said here yesterday... Back to the top

Kumaratunga's political alliance says it will abolish presidency
Associated Press, Fri March 12, 2004 03:30 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga's political alliance said it will introduce a new constitution that scraps Sri Lanka - 's powerful presidency, if it wins April 2 parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers Plan to Retake Renegade Area
Associated Press, Fri March 12, 2004 13:59 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tiger rebels warned Friday that they plan to retake areas controlled by a renegade commander in the east who broke with the movement and took thousands of fighters with him... Back to the top

Renegade commander has fighters, admits LTTE, March 12, 2004 16:34 IST. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on Friday admitted that the renegade regional commander V Muralitharan had fighters under his command... Back to the top

Karen has a teaching challenge in Sri Lanka, March 12, 2004, 7:30 Am EST. Karen Cornfield from Peebles is currently working on a gap year in Sri Lanka organised by the charity, Project Trust, and she sent us this report on her experiences living and working in the troubled country... Back to the top

Australia Urge Parties to Avoid Election Violence
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.50 P.M Friday 12 March 04. The Australian Government has urged all parties in Sri Lanka to avoid violence and to work to ensure that the April elections are conducted in a free and fair manner... Back to the top

Australians crush Sri Lanka after incredible fight back
org, March 13, 8:05 AM, EST. The Australian cricket team has pulled off a superb come from behind win to comprehensively beat the Sri Lankans in the final day of the first test in Galle today Back to the top

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