The Lanka Academic

MAY 1, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 26

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DMK-Congress tie-up and LTTE, SUNDAY, MAY 02, 2004 . TIRUCHENGODE: IK Gujral could be justifiably upset over this constituency: His brief stint at South Block ended when Congress, jumping at the JainCommission's interim report on Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, withdrew support to the UF government by branding DMK guilty. Eight years later, Subbulakshmi Jagdeesan is the DMK candidate for Tiruchengode, sandwiched between Salem and Gobichettipalayam both being contested by alliance partner Congress. Jagdeesan is special, not because she seeks votes for Sonia Gandhi. She was a TADA detenue for 10 months accused of helping TELO leader Padmanabha's assassins. More...
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LTTE to announce its future plans on resuming peace talks next week?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 1, 2004, 4.59 p.m.. The LTTE may announce its ‘future plans’ on resuming peace talks with the new Government on Monday, sources said. Necessary documentation and activities in this regard is in the process of finalisation by the Tiger Organisation’s top-notch members. According to reports, the LTTE desires to direct the government’s attention to several matters before the revival of the peace talks. Earlier, the LTTE Political Wing Leader S.P. Thamilselvam announced that his organisation was willing to resume peace talks with the newly elected United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government.
Published: Sat May 1 07:00:20 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Another General Election this year?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 1, 2004, 4.26 p.m.. Sri Lanka’s main Opposition United National Party, has intimated a possibility of yet another General Election end of this year. According to reports, the party is expecting another Parliamentary Election, in another six months time. The main reason for yet another poll has been attributed to the newly elected United Peoples Freedom Alliance, which is a minority government, and seven seats short of a working majority in Parliament.

The Government also failed to secure the most important post of Speaker, which was won by Opposition Candidate and former Minister W.J.M. Lokubandara, on the 22nd of last month. The election for the Speaker post was held at the inaugural sessions of the 13th Parliament.

Meanwhile the United National Party, which secured 82 seats at the April 2, General Election, has discussed ways and means of revamping their party. The party’s weaknesses were deeply analysed at a recent party meeting. The Alliance government secured only 106 seats in the 225-member legislature.
Published: Sat May 1 06:27:38 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Norway's deputy foreign minister arrives in Sri Lanka on peace mission
Associated Press, Sat May 1, 2004 01:27 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norway's deputy foreign minister arrived in Sri Lanka - Saturday to launch efforts aimed at reviving stalled peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka logs 5.9% growth, faces crossroads, May 02. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s economy grew by a better-than-expected 5.9 percent last year, up from 4.0 percent in 2002, thanks to a truce with Tamil rebels and international backing for peace efforts but the country is now “at a crossroads” in its development, the central bank said Friday... Back to the top

Former U.S. Embassy Employees in Colombo Plead Guilty to Visa Fraud
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.20 A.M Saturday 1 May. Following a two-year multi-agency investigation led by the U... Back to the top

UPFA will not accept JHU as an ally-Anura Bandaranaike, April 29, 2004 . Mr.Anura Bandaranaike, Minister of Investment Promotion and Tourism in the United People's Freedom Alliance government of Sri Lanka, said Thursday that the UPFA would not form a coalition with the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), saying that his party could not accept the JHU's policies, according to media sources. Back to the top

Lanka s bank warns of recession, April 30, 2004, 11:30PM 2004 EST. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's central bank yesterday forecast an economic slowdown this year after 5.9 per cent growth in 2003 and warned of a recession unless the new government pursues peace with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Curfew still imposed in central Sri Lanka after ethnic clashes
Associated Press, Fri April 30, 2004 00:54 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A curfew remained in force Friday in a central Sri Lankan town two days after police shot at least two Tamils to death during communal clashes... Back to the top

World News: LTTE has not renounced terrorism despite peace ..., 01 May. Washington, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have not renounced terrorism or disbanded its "Black Tiger" suicide squads despite the progress of the peace process, a US State Department report has said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka posts 5.9% economic growth for 2003+
Associated Press, Fri April 30, 2004 09:36 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 30 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - on Friday reported higher-than-projected economic growth of 5.9% for 2003, up from 4% for the previous year, largely attributed to an ongoing cease-fire between government troops and the Tamil rebels... Back to the top

Lanka wants India to help with reconstruction
com, April 30, 2004, 8:45 AM EST. New Delhi: Sri Lanka wants India to play a role in the reconstruction of the island's strife-torn north and east, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said in an interview published Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to set up presidential committee to deal with ..., April 30, 2004, . COLOMBO, April 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has decided to establish a committee with wide powers directly under her instruction to deal with charges of bribery and corruption in the state sector, according to the Presidential Secretariat on Friday... Back to the top

Normalcy restored in Sri Lanka s troubled central town, April 30, 2004, 8:45 AM EST. Situation in the country's central hilly tea plantation town of Kandapola in Nuwara Eliya district has returned normal following the field work of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse on Thursday, the official Daily News said on Friday... Back to the top

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