The Lanka Academic

MAY 7, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 32

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Proposed Beef Ban Stokes Discontent in Sri Lanka, 07 May. COLOMBO, May 7 (OneWorld) - Sri Lanka's newly elected party of Buddhist monks has announced a decision to campaign for a complete ban on cow slaughter, triggering a controversy in the beef-loving island nation.The monks' party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), which won nine parliamentary seats at the April 2 polls, made the announcement during the country's biggest annual religious festival, called "Vesak" or "Vaishaaka", held on May 4 and 5 to mark the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha.Exclaims JHU parliamentarian Venerable Kolonnawe Sumangala, "It is a shame the way cattle slaughtering is done in this country. No one bothers about it and morally and physically our nation is deteriorating." More...
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Senior Tamil Tiger negotiator arrives to help resume Sri Lanka 's peace talks
Associated Press, Thu May 6, 2004 22:42 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tigers' chief negotiator arrived in Sri Lanka - Friday for discussions with the group's reclusive leader as part of a continuing effort to restart stalled peace talks with the government. Norway's Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen and peace envoy Eric Solheim met with Sri Lanka - 's hardline President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the Tigers' political leader S.P. Thamilselvan this week and discussed possibilities of resuming the talks.

Norwegians have described the talks as fruitful but said it may take some time before actual negotiations could begin.

Balasingham is also expected to meet with Norwegian Foreign Minister, Jan Petersen, when he comes to Sri Lanka - early next week.

Balasingham led the rebel team in six rounds of peace talks before pulling out in April 2003. The peace process was further imperiled because of a power struggle between Kumaratunga and her rival former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

A February 2002 cease-fire brokered by Norway has held despite the deadlock.

Kumaratunga, who was a vociferous critic of the Norwegian-brokered peace talks handled by Wickremesinghe, dissolved Parliament and called early election in which her party won.

Despite her earlier opposition, Kumaratunga has invited Norway to resume mediation to end Sri Lanka - 's civil war that has killed 65,000 people.

Tamil Tigers have fought the government since 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils.
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SriLankan Airline's staff strike over pay dispute causing flight delays
Associated Press, Fri May 7, 2004 09:46 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Hundreds of workers of Sri Lanka - 's state airline went on strike Friday demanding higher pay. Several flights into and out of the capital were delayed.

More than 600 of SriLankan Airline's 4,200 staff stopped work. The Flight Attendants Union said the decision to strike was taken after years of failed efforts to reach a negotiated deal. It said the strike would continue until an agreement was reached.

SriLankan flights to India, Britain, Kuwait and the Maldives were the first to be grounded. Flights arriving in Colombo were delayed. The planes of other airlines were not affected by the strike.

Hundreds of passengers were being bused to hotels until the dispute is resolved, airline officials said. They said emergency meetings were underway to end the strike.
Published: Fri May 7 10:24:20 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's foreign minister on high-level visit to the United States
Associated Press, Fri May 7, 2004 10:36 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's new foreign minister was set to leave for the United States Friday to discuss the latest efforts to end the island's 19-year civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Rebels Seek More Soldiers, Deny Recruiting Children, May 7. May 7 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam group has started recruiting soldiers over 18 years of age, even as it supports starting peace talks with the South Asian island nation's new government... Back to the top

India ready with relief for Lanka, May 07. COLOMBO, MAY 6: India is ready to put together a major package of aid and grants to help rebuild Sri Lanka’s embattled northern and eastern regions if the island nation’s new government submits a proposal to the effect, Indian High Commissioner Nirupam Sen said today... Back to the top

India to fund Sri Lankan hospital upgrading, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri May 7, 2004 11:40 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 7 (Xinhua) -- The Indian government has decided to provide 500 million rupees (about 11.4 million US dollars) for the construction of a 200-bed building at the Dickoya Rural Hospital in central hilly area of Sri Lanka - , the official Daily News said on Friday... Back to the top

Karuna Group claims killing of two LTTE operatives, May 6. Deposed LTTE leader Karuna's group has claimed that they have shot and killed two LTTE intelligence operatives in Thannamunai in Batticaloa district... Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka s world cup winning skipper becomes minister, May 07, 2004, 07:35 AM EST. COLOMBO (AFP) - Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga has mended fences with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and was sworn in as deputy minister of industries, tourism and investment promotion... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's cease-fire monitors investigate killings of two Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Fri May 7, 2004 06:13 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European cease-fire monitors on Friday were investigating the killings of two Tamil Tiger rebels in eastern Sri Lanka - , which the guerrillas allege were committed with the help of the military... Back to the top

“No more ethnic clashes” assures President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 6, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today gave an undertaking that she will not leave room for the repetition of ethnic riots such as the recent Kandapola incident, which left two Tamil youth killed... Back to the top

Sixteen countries eligible for new U.S. funds
Associated Press, Thu May 6, 2004 18:30 EDT . HARRY DUNPHY - Associated Press Writer - The countries are Armenia, Benin, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Georgia, Ghana, Honduras, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Senegal, Sri Lanka - and Vanuatu, the State Department announced Thursday... Back to the top

Batticaloa businessmen warned not to pay taxes to LTTE
Special Correspondent , May 6. Reports from Batticaloa indicate that businessmen are being warned by The “Batti-Ampari LTTE” to refrain from paying “taxes” to the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 230 - 0 v Zimbabwe ( 199 ) - lunch, May 07, 2004, 07:35 AM EST. HARARE, May 7 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka were 230 without loss in reply to Zimbabwe's first innings of 199 at lunch Back to the top

Jayasuriya, Atapattu hit centuries against Zimbabwe
Associated Press, Fri May 7, 2004 06:59 EDT . JOHN KELLEY - Associated Press Writer - HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Centuries by Sri Lanka - 's opening batsmen Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya resulted in an unbeaten first wicket partnership of 230 against Zimbabwe Friday on the second morning of the first test at Harare Sports Club... Back to the top

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