The Lanka Academic

MAY 16, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 41

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Eye of the Tiger: LTTE may get that hunted feeling, again, May 16, 2004. With Congress president Sonia Gandhi set to become prime minister, the man who ordered the assassination of her husband, over a decade ago, will certainly be worried. Those who follow Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers closely, will know that by now its chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, wanted in India for the 1991 killing of Rajiv Gandhi, will be holding consultations with his aides to discuss the unexpected political upheaval in New Delhi. “There is no doubt he will be very, very concerned,” a senior Indian official said, referring to Mr Prabhakaran, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief.Significantly, the pro-LTTE media has made no comment on the dramatic election outcome that has catapulted Sonia Gandhi to power. A LTTE suicide-bomber blew up her husband at Sriperumpudur while he was on a comeback trail. Tamil sources agree the LTTE would have even otherwise closely followed the election process in India, but Ms Gandhi’s dramatic victory would have certainly unnerved them. It may not have struck many, but the fact is that Mr Prabhakaran is the reason why Ms Gandhi is in politics today. Had he not killed her husband, she would have continued to be a housewife and would have remained at a safe distance from the hurly-burly of Indian politics. More...
Published: Sun May 16 18:19:09 EDT 2004

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Sri Lankan prime minister plans legal action against ICC over Muralitharan's ``doosra''
Associated Press, Sun May 16, 2004 09:31 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's prime minister is planning to challenge the International Cricket Council in court over its decision to ban ace offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan from bowling a special delivery, an official said Sunday.

``The prime minister is going to take legal action against the decision and today he has discussed it with some veteran lawyers,'' said Rohan Welivita, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse's media secretary.

``He thinks that all Sri Lankans need to support Muralitharan because he is a national figure,'' Weliwita said.

Rajapakse's announcement comes days after his Australian counterpart, Prime Minister John Howard, said Muralitharan's bowling action is against the rules of cricket.

Muralitharan's way of bowling the ``doosra,'' a delivery that spins in the opposite direction of a regulation offbreak, has been under scrutiny since March, when he was reported for throwing after a home test series against Australia.

Following several tests, the ICC asked the offspinner last week not to use the delivery in matches. In cricket rules, a bowler cannot flick his elbow while rotating his bowling arm.

Muralitharan, 32, became the top wicket taker in test cricket earlier this month when he overtook retired West Indian Courtney Walsh's world record of 519 test wickets.

The Sri Lankan cricket board said Saturday that Muralitharan is contemplating a boycott of next month's two-match test series against Australia over Howard's remarks.

Muralitharan was first called for throwing by Australian umpire Darrel Hair in 1995, but the ICC determined later that a birth defect prevents the bowler from fully extending his arm.
Published: Sun May 16 14:45:57 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Foreign Ministry refutes Washington ACSA talks
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 16, 2004, 11.48 p.m.. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement issued today said that Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar did not discuss the Access and Cross Service Agreement (ACSA) while in Washington. The ACSA was to allow US warships and aircraft to use Sri Lankan bases for refueling. It was never on the agenda says the communiqué from the Foreign Ministry. Mr. Kadirgamar’s five day official visit to Washington concluded on 13th May 2004.

According to reports Mr. Kadirgamar is reported to have denied the reports that he had held discussions with high-level US defence officials about the ACSA agreement. “There is no question about it. It was not discussed,” he is reported to have said.
Published: Sun May 16 13:49:13 EDT 2004 Back to the top

NUA to persuade Government to include separate Muslim delegation
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 16, 2004, 10.56 p.m.. Amidst speculations that the newly elected United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government will not accommodate a separate Muslim delegation at the peace talks, the governments main Muslim constituent, National Unity Alliance (NUA) will meet President Chandrika Kumaratunga this week to verify these reports... Back to the top

Lankan rights groups fail to address rising abuse, May 16. Torture in custody continues unchecked in Sri Lanka, where the latest case of a police officer forcing a tuberculosis patient to spit into the mouth of another prisoner and infect him has evoked international criticism amid domestic apathy... Back to the top

President says Hakeem was not interested in a separate Muslim delegation when he was a Minister
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 16, 2004, 11.31 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today stressed that her Alliance Government is taking a ‘concentrated effort’ in providing security to the Muslim community unlike the previous United National Front regime, in which SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem was a senior Minister... Back to the top

Ebrahim banned for Muralitharan remark
Associated Press, Sun May 16, 2004 15:12 EDT . JOHN KELLEY - Associated Press Writer - HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Zimbabwe top order batsman Dion Ebrahim was banned for one test match on Sunday after making remarks criticizing the bowling action of Sri Lanka - spinner Muttiah Muralitharan... Back to the top

Lanka PM to sue ICC, May 16, 2004, 19:25 EDT. COLOMBO, May 16. — Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mr Mahindra Rajapakse is all set to sue the International Cricket Council over its decision to outlaw spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan’s controversial doosra delivery... Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka peace talks leave Tamil party in quandary, May 16 . The Sri Lankan government's initiative to revive peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels has left the main Tamil political party in a dilemma, Xinhua reports... Back to the top

A murder in Ceylon stirs up issues of class and colonialism, Sunday, May 16, 2004 . At the core of Michelle de Kretser's "The Hamilton Case" is a murder mystery... Back to the top

CWC to decide today whether to go solo at the forthcoming polls
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 16, 2004, 10.54 p.m.. Sri Lanka’s main estate sector political party, Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) will decide tomorrow evening whether to contest the forthcoming Provincial Council elections under a major political party or alone... Back to the top

Three centuries puts Sri Lanka on top against Zimbabwe
Associated Press, Sun May 16, 2004 13:49 EDT . JOHN KELLEY - Associated Press Writer - By the close Zimbabwe, facing a 485-run mountain to make Sri Lanka - bat a second time, was struggling on 44-2, still a huge 441 runs behind... Back to the top

“Don’t recognise LTTE as sole representatives of Tamils,” EPDP to tell President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 16, 2004, 12.17 a.m.. The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader Douglas Devananda is expected to meet President Chandrika Kumaratunga shortly where he will officially lodge his complaint against the decision taken by the newly elected United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government, to recognise the LTTE as the sole representatives of the Tamil community... Back to the top

Muslims seek role in govt, LTTE talks
Dawn, COLOMBO, May 15. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader, Rauf Hakeem, in a letter to President Kumaratunge has appealed for the incorporation of a Muslim delegation in talks with the LTTE... Back to the top

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