The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 20, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 45

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Defence Authorities devising new plan to protect the lives of Army and Intelligence officers
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 20, 2004, 11.56 p.m.. Following the spate of killings of Army and intelligence officers allegedly by the LTTE, Defence Authorities have devised a special security programme to protect the lives of Army and Intelligence Officers. According to Army Spokesman Col. Sumedha Perera necessary instructions in this regard has already been issued to the respective departments.

This Special Security plan comes after a LTTE cadre allegedly shot dead another Army Intelligence Officer in Batticaloa yesterday. Police and Army are currently questioning several persons in connection to yesterday’s killing. Meanwhile Police sources also said, that they have already begun special security operations in the Batticaloa area, as a precautionary measure against such incidents.
Published: Thu May 20 14:14:15 EDT 2004


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CWC to contest Provincial Council polls under UNP?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 20, 2004, 11.16 p.m. . The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) is likely to contest the forthcoming Provincial Council Election under the Opposition United National Party (UNP). The CWC also contested the recent General Election under the UNP and secured eight seats in Parliament.

Sources told the Lanka Academic that the CWC Leader has held several discussions with UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. And a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed shortly, if all goes well. “However both parties have not reached a final decision as yet,” he said.
Published: Thu May 20 13:21:58 EDT 2004 Back to the top


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Tamil rebels say Sri Lankan peace talks will be delayed because of unresolved key differences
Associated Press, Thu May 20, 2004 03:52 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Stalled peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels will not resume soon because of unresolved key differences between the two sides, a senior guerrilla official said, reversing earlier optimism that talks were imminent. Pulithevan said Norwegian peace broker Eric Solheim is expected visit Sri Lanka - soon to try to settle the differences.

He said a rebel team will also visit Europe before the peace talks resume to meet constitutional experts and discuss a rebel blueprint for self-rule in the island's north and east.

The blueprint would give the rebels sweeping powers over law enforcement, tax collection, control over state land and other matters currently handled by the government. It also calls for the withdrawal of Sri Lanka - 's army from Tamil-owned lands and the right to receive foreign aid directly.

Kumaratunga previously rejected the blueprint.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam rebels began fighting in 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

About 65,000 people were killed in the conflict until the Norway-brokered cease-fire halted the fighting. The truce has largely held despite the deadlock in peace talks.
Published: Thu May 20 08:29:47 EDT 2004 Back to the top


Attempts to restart Sri Lankan peace talks heighten political ...
wsws.org, May 20, 2004 08:30 EDT. The newly-installed United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government in Sri Lanka is pressing ahead with steps to restart stalled peace negotiations with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to end the country’s Back to the top

Aid for Sri Lanka to pick up as talks resume with rebels
gulf news, May 20. Colombo: The announcement of dates for talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil guerrillas may take time as the two sides want more time for consultations and preparations for well-structured talks, Japan's special peace envoy to Sri Lanka Yashushi Akashi declared yesterday... Back to the top

Japan, Norway to boost cooperation in Sri Lanka peace process+
Associated Press, Thu May 20, 2004 09:57 EDT . - - TOKYO, May 20 (Kyodo) Japan and Norway agreed Thursday to strengthen their cooperation to help Sri Lanka - move forward the stalled peace process, a Japanese official said... Back to the top

Missing Spanish ferry located, returning to Singapore, Sri Lanka says
Associated Press, Thu May 20, 2004 04:19 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Spanish-owned ferry that went missing between Singapore and Sri Lanka - with 12 crew members aboard has contacted authorities and is safe, a Sri Lanka - navy spokesman and shipping officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Tiger negotiator keen for restart to Sri Lanka talks
alertnet.org, May 20. COLOMBO, May 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers are hopeful for a quick restart to stalled peace talks to end 20 years of civil war, but only on the basis of a power-sharing proposal they submitted last year, a rebel negotiator said... Back to the top

SLMC suspends four of its members
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 19, 2004, 10.38 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress today suspended four of their members, which included three Parliamentarians, over disciplinary issues... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil rebel kills Sri Lankan policeman
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 05:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A suspected Tamil Tiger rebel shot and killed a police officer in eastern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka snubs ICC
gulf-daily-news.com, Thursday 20 May 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's prime minister yesterday vowed to drum up South Asian support and sue the International Cricket Council (ICC) over a decision to outlaw Muttiah Muralitharan's controversial 'doosra' delivery... Back to the top

Defiant Muralitharan says he will not give-in to detractors
Associated Press, Thu May 20, 2004 07:28 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Muttiah Muralitharan, the world's leading test wicket taker, Thursday vowed to fight back against his detractors who claim that the Sri Lankan offspinner has an illegal bowling action... Back to the top

Cricket: Sri Lanka PM meets Indian envoy over spat with ICC
channelnewsasia.com, May 20, 2004 08:30 EDT. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's prime minister held talks with India's top envoy here to seek support for taking legal action against cricket's world governing body over its decision to ban Muttiah Muralitharan's controversial 'doosra' delivery... Back to the top

Scandal shakes Lankan govt
Dawn, COLOMBO, May 18. The Sri Lankan parliament began its thirteenth on Tuesday morning amid confusion and tension following the crossover of a parliamentarian of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Hussain Baila, to the government... Back to the top

Manmohan Singh named Indian prime minister, ending weeks of political turmoil
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 11:46 EDT . NEELESH MISRA - Associated Press Writer - d by Sri Lanka - separatists, leaving Sonia Gandhi a widow... Back to the top

Spanish ship missing between Singapore and Sri Lanka , Spain says
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 14:07 EDT . - - MADRID, Spain (AP) A newly built Spanish-owned ferry has gone missing between Singapore and Sri Lanka - with 12 crew members aboard, Spain's Development Ministry said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan prime minister seeks regional support to challenge ICC over Muralitharan
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 02:03 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's prime minister said Wednesday he is seeking the support of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in opposing the International Cricket Council's decision to ban ace offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan from bowling his favored delivery... Back to the top

Christina B. Rocca Delivers Remarks To The American Chamber Of Commerce Luncheon
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 09:42 EDT . - - Sri Lanka - , too, could be on the path to rapid development and economic growth if leaders of the new government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rededicate themselves to a successful peace process... Back to the top

S . Lanka aid to pick up with fresh peace bid - Japan
alertnet.org, May 19, 2004, 08:00 EDT. COLOMBO, May 19 (Reuters) - The disbursement of some $4.5 billion pledged to support Sri Lanka's peace process would pick up when direct talks to end 20 years of civil war resume, Japan, the island's largest donor, said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Top Japanese envoy warns of tough Sri Lanka peace negotiations
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 07:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Stalled peace talks between Sri Lanka - 's government and Tamil Tiger rebels won't resume anytime soon and will be ``difficult and complex,'' Japan's top peace envoy to this country said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Produces Superior Quality Garments - US Ambassador
fibre2fashion.com, May 19, 2004, 11:40 EDT. The cancellation of the garment quota system by the USA in 2005 would not affect the market for garments produced in Sri Lanka because they are of an exceptionally higher quality than those produced in most other Asian countries, said US Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead... Back to the top

Japan terms for Lanka aid
telegraphindia.com, May 18 . Colombo, May 18 (Reuters): Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers pressed an envoy from Japan — the island’s biggest donor — for more aid today, but were told the government and rebels must express a “genuine interest” in the peace bid to end 20 years of war... Back to the top

Lanka mobile services to open at club on Friday, BAHRAIN TRIBUNE
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 10:05 EDT . - - xfdws LANKA - -MOBILE sked Lanka - mobile services to open at club on Friday, BAHRAIN TRIBUNE THE MIDDLE EAST WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lankan main Muslim party appoints committee to probe leader's love scandal, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue May 18, 2004 13:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main Muslim party has appointed a five-member committee to probe the love scandal of its leader Rauff Hakeem which was revealed by the local press, the official Daily News said on Tuesday... Back to the top

"Stop Calling Pirabakran the National Leader" - Karuna group warns Tamil politicians in Batticaloa
thenee.com , May 19. In a statement released in Batticaloa, Karuna group has warned that they will take harsh actions against politicians and public figures who address Pirabakaran as the national leader in public meetings and forums... Back to the top

Report: Muralitharan sticks to decision not to tour Australia, pressure mounting
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 00:23 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The decision by Sri Lanka - 's world record holding bowler, Muthiah Muralitharan, not to tour Australia next month has unnerved Sri Lankan cricket authorities, who are pressuring the offspinner to reconsider the move... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Stones thrown at Norway s Embassy
norwaypost.no, 18. Mai 2004 . The police in Sri Lanka are investigating an incident in which several stones were thrown against the Norwegian Embassy on Monday... Back to the top

Lankans continue sue threat
org, May 19, 2004, 11:40 EDT. The debate surrounding Muralitharan and his controversial 'doosra' continues unabated with Sri Lankan Premier Mahinda Rajapakse rejecting an ICC request for politicians to refrain from commenting on the issue... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks Indian help to defend Murali
indiaexpress.com, May 19, 2004, 08:00 EDT. Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse today sought the support of India and other South Asian countries in his bid to sue the International Cricket Council over its decision to outlaw Muttiah Muralitharan's "doosra" delivery... Back to the top

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