The Lanka Academic

MARCH 31, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 4, NO. 360

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LTTE Wants 140 Cadres Moved to East Soon
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 A.M Thursday 1 April. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has made a request from the Peace Secretariat in Colombo to move 140 LTTE cadres from the North to the East, immediately. The request was made from the Peace Secretariat yesterday. (31st). However, the Peace Secretariat had informed the SLMM that according to the ceasefire agreement signed between the government and the LTTE, LTTE has to give them two weeks notice to process the request.

After the split between LTTE's eastern commander Karuna Amman and its leader Vellupillai Prabhakran several northern cadres have being sent to the east by the LTTE leadership. A senior official of the peace secretariat told The Lanka Academic that LTTE (Karuna) has accused the peace secretariat of aiding and abetting Prabhakaran, saying that the Secretariat had allowed northern cadres to move to the east. He said that the Secretariat have no other option, but to act according to the ceasefire agreement. However, Varathan , spokesman for Karuna Amman said, " The ceasefire agreement clearly states that cadres could be moved, but, it does not say that it could be done in preparation for war. What we see now is a clear military build up by the northern cadres in the Verugal area in the east
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Tamils flee east Sri Lanka, April 01, 2004. TAMIL residents began fleeing this eastern Sri Lankan town overnight as hundreds of troops poured in amid arson attacks and fears of a factional war between Tamil Tiger rebels, residents and police said. A shop owned by an ethnic Tamil from the north of the island was torched overnight following the killing of local politician Rajan Sathyamoorthy on Tuesday, allegedly by Tamil rebels from the north, police said. "Several shops have been torched here," a local police official said. "Tamils who trace their origins to the island's north have begun fleeing after Mr Sathyamoorthy was killed." More...
Published: Wed Mar 31 16:29:31 EST 2004 Back to the top
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LTTE requests Jaffna Tamils not to leave Batticalo . .  -

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Karuna Says No threat to Jaffna Tamils
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.45 P.M Wednesday 31 March. Spokesman for LTTE's rebel eastern commander Karuna Amman, denied reports published today, that they have ordered Jaffna Tamils living in the east to leave. Karuna's spokesman, Varathan said, " There is no truth in any of those reports. We have not asked any one to leave the east." Reports said that Jaffna Tamils living in Batticaloa had received threatening calls asking them to leave, after the killing of Batticaloa's TNA candidate, Rajan Sathyamoorthy last morning. Sathyamoorthy, a close friend of Karuna was shot at point blank range yesterday by unknown gunmen believed to be from the LTTE. Karuna's faction accused the Wanni administration of LTTE leader, Prabhakaran for carrying out the assassination.
Published: Wed Mar 31 06:04:23 EST 2004 Back to the top
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S.Lankan rebels accused of killing election candidate, XINHUA  - Associated Press

POLITICS-SRI LANKA: Tamil Areas on Edge as Voting Day Nears
IPS - Niranjan Fernando , March31. COLOMBO, Mar 31 (IPS) - Tamil voters in the north and eastern parts of Sri Lanka, dominated by the Tamil Tiger rebels, have been receiving flyers highlighting the ''dangers'' ahead if Tiger-backed candidates sweep the Apr... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s shadow play, Thursday, April 01, 2004 . Thursday, April 01, 2004 Sri Lanka has had a long record of election campaign violence with about 70 people being killed in the last elections in 2001... Back to the top

Troops guard tense Sri Lanka town, March 31, 2004, 07:30 EST. Over 1,000 Sri Lankan soldiers have been deployed in the eastern town of Batticaloa amid tension following the Back to the top

Atapattu appointed Sri Lanka Test captain, Thursday, April 1. Sri Lanka has appointed Marvan Atapattu as Test captain to replace Hashan Tillakaratne, who resigned on Sunday after a 3-0 series whitewash by Australia... Back to the top

S.Lankan ruling party confident of winning poll, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed March 31, 2004 14:08 EST . - - COLOMBO, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's ruling party expressed on Wednesday optimism of winning the April 2 snap parliamentary election... Back to the top

Divided politicians and divided rebels: Sri Lanka hopes Friday vote will help bring unity
Associated Press, Wed March 31, 2004 00:57 EST . TIM SULLIVAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) On one side is a bitter, name-calling rivalry between the president and the prime minister... Back to the top

S. Lanka polls watchdog fears lack of fairness in northern poll, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed March 31, 2004 14:05 EST . - - xfdws S.LANKA - -POLLS-WATCHDOG sked S.Lanka - polls watchdog fears lack of fairness in northern poll, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc. 322 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE 2ND FLOOR, NE WASHINGTON, DC 20002 COPYRIGHT 2003 BY WORLDSOURCES, INC., A JOINT VENTURE OF FDCH e-Media, INC. AND WORLD TIMES, INC... Back to the top

Few women in politics in Sri Lanka , despite legacy, 31 Mar 2004 05:09:53 GMT. COLOMBO, March 31 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka is the home of the world's first female prime minister, but a glance at the candidate list for its general election reveals a glaring shortage of women... Back to the top

Wanni Administration Behind Sathyamoorthy's killing- Karuna Faction
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 A.M Wednesday 31 March. Varathan, spokesman for LTTE's rebel eastern commander, Colonel Karuna, says that LTTE's Wanni administration is behind the killing of Batticaloa's Tami National Alliance (TNA) candidate, Rajan Sathyamoorthy... Back to the top

Confidence persists in Sri Lanka, March 31, 2004, 11:25 AM EST. Political uncertainty leaves many foreign investors unruffled COLOMBO Telekom Malaysia, the largest telephone company in Southeast Asia, invested $90 million in Sri Lanka last year to expand the island's biggest mobile phone network... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president blasts Tamil rebels as campaigns end for Friday vote
Associated Press, Tue March 30, 2004 12:16 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - KULIYAPITIYA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Toughening her stand against Tamil Tiger rebels, Sri Lanka - 's president on Tuesday wound up campaigning ahead of parliamentary elections by blaming the Tigers for a series of recent political killings... Back to the top

Neither UNF nor UPFA alone can find a solution to the ethnic problem - UTHR
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 30, 2004,. 11.50 pm. The University Teachers for Human Rights (UTHR) issuing a statement today declared that for the first time in history the LTTE is been challenged as never before... Back to the top

Police ordered to shoot at anyone involved in illegal activities on Friday
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 30, 2004, 11.18 pm. The police have been given strict instructions to shoot at any person involved in election violence at polling centres on Friday... Back to the top

TNA and LTTE condemns Batticaloa candidate murder
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 30, 2004, 10.59 pm. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the LTTE today strongly condemned the assassination of TNA Batticaloa District Candidate Rajan Sathiyamoorthy, who was also a close confidant of LTTE rebel Leader Karuna Amman... Back to the top

LTTE split to intensify after elections?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, March 30, 2004, 11.06 pm. Tamil sources have warned that the LTTE split may take a turn for the worst after the April 2, General Election... Back to the top

Voters from Uncleared Killinochchi to Travel to Cleared Areas
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8. 30 P.M Tuesday 30 March. Voters from uncleared area of Kilinochchi district and party Maruthankerny A... Back to the top

Tamil candidate for Sri Lanka's Parliament slain in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press , March 30. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday stormed the home of a Tamil parliamentary candidate who was allied to a renegade rebel leader, killing him and one of his relatives, police said... Back to the top

Tamil National Alliance candidate Mr. Rajan Sathyamurthy Killed , March 30. Batticaloa district Tamil National Alliance candidate Mr. Rajan Sathyamurthy was shot and killed inside his house on Thirumalai Street in Thandavan at 8:45 am on Tuesday, March 30, 2004... Back to the top

Chandrika will urge Tamil Tigers to let other parties take part in negotiations
Gulf News, March 30. Colombo: President Chandrika Kumaratunga has declared that she would try to convince the Tamil guerrillas to agree to accommodate other political parties during proposed negotiations aimed at ending the Tamil minority ethnic conflict... Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka poll campaign goes hi-tech, March 30, 2004, 11:20 EST. Colombo, Mar 30 (IANS) : Deprived of the right to plaster public places with posters, Sri Lanka's politicians have turned tech-savvy in their campaign for the April 2 parliamentary polls, reports OneWorld... Back to the top

Japanese election observers arrive to monitor Sri Lanka 's elections
Associated Press, Tue March 30, 2004 00:31 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A 10-member Japanese election observer team arrived Tuesday in Colombo to help monitor this week's Sri Lanka - 's parliamentary elections, which have been marked by violence and fears of vote-rigging... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president: a terror survivor who wants peace on her terms
Associated Press, Tue March 30, 2004 02:26 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga knows the toll that terror can take... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's prime minister fights snap election in his bid for peace
Associated Press, Tue March 30, 2004 02:28 EST . DILIP GANGULY - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Soft-spoken Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a tough election battle against rivals from the party of Sri Lanka - 's powerful president is campaigning on his pledge to restore tranquility to this war-scarred tropical island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Poll Campaign Goes High-Tech, march 30. COLOMBO, Mar 29 (OneWorld) - Deprived of the right to plaster public places with promotional posters, Sri Lanka's politicians have turned tech-savvy in their campaign for the April 2 parliamentary polls, inundating citizens with Short Message Services (SMSes) and electronic mails extolling their virtues... Back to the top

Cracks appear in Tamil Tigers' power
Reuters, March 30. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - A splash of motor oil on a monument honouring a Tamil Tiger martyr is a rare sign of dissent in northern Sri Lanka, where the rebels have run things for two decades... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to send Muralitharan to Australia for assessment, March 31, 2004, 07:30 EST. Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket governing body has decided to send controversial off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to Australia for expert assessment after he was reported for a suspect bowling action... Back to the top

Ranatunga sees conspiracy against Murali, March 30, 2004, 8:00 AM EST. Colombo: Sri Lanka's former captain Arjuna Ranatunga has lashed out at the International Cricket Council (ICC) for bringing Muttiah Muralitharan's action under scrutiny once again... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's controversial cricket chief steps down
Associated Press, Wed March 31, 2004 10:05 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's cricket chief, accused of violating immigration laws, stepped down Wednesday ahead of an annual general meeting at which the sports body elected new officers... Back to the top

ICC president rejects claims of bias over Murali bowling action
Associated Press, Tue March 30, 2004 08:33 EST . - - Muralitharan was reported on Sunday after Australia won its test series in Sri Lanka - 3-0... Back to the top

Ahsan upsets Lankan Kumara in badminton, March 31, 2004, 07:30 EST. ISLAMABAD: Pakistanís Ahsan Qamar thrashed Sri Lankan Kumara 17-14, 15-4 in menís badminton event of the SAF Games at the Rondham Hall on Tuesday... Back to the top

Saudi Arabia beats Sri Lanka 1-0
Associated Press, Wed March 31, 2004 10:49 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Striker Ebrahim Sowed scored the sole goal Wednesday in Saudi Arabia's 1-0 win over Sri Lanka - in an Asian qualifying match for the 2006 World Cup... Back to the top

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