The Lanka Academic

MAY 24, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 49

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Top Tamil academic shot dead in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon May 24, 2004 10:47 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen fatally shot a top Tamil academic in violence-ridden eastern Sri Lanka - on Monday, military officials said. He worked as a lecturer at Eastern University of Sri Lanka - . 02

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the slaying. But military officials said Thambiah was a supporter of the powerful Tamil Tiger renegade leader, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, also known as Karuna.

More than a dozen killings including a military intelligence operative and rebels have taken place in recent weeks in Batticaloa, 220 kilometers (136 miles) east of the capital Colombo. Both the security forces and the rebels have denied targeting each other in the attacks.

Sri Lanka - 's east has been a hotbed since the Tamil Tigers' main rebel group crushed a 6,000-strong factional revolt led by Muralitharan last month, killing more than 30 guerrillas and several civilians.

Muralitharan's whereabouts remain unknown, although there is speculation his supporters are still active in the area.

Batticaloa town is under government control, but the Tigers operate in surrounding areas where defense lines are very fluid.

European cease-fire monitors of a two-year truce between the government and rebels have warned the slayings could threaten the fragile cease-fire and the peace process aimed at ending the 19-year conflict that has killed nearly 65,000 people.

The rebels began their violent campaign in 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils, but now are demanding wide autonomy instead.

Top Norwegian peace-broker Erik Solheim was to arrive later Monday to try and revive peace talks between the two sides that stalled over various differences in April 2003.
Published: Mon May 24 12:36:12 EDT 2004

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Provincial polls on a Saturday
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 24, 2004, 11.01 p.m.. Elections for the six provincial councils namely, Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Uva, Central and North Central provinces are to be held on the same day. According to Elections commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake the date for the forthcoming Provincial Council polls, will be announced after nominations are closed on May 28.

According to Election Secretariat officers, the election for the six provincial Councils will be held on a Saturday. Meanwhile, Elections Chief Dissanayake has also directed the Inspector General of Police Indra Silva to remove banners, cut-outs and propaganda advertisements of all candidates and parties, which are being displayed for the provincial polls.

The Wayamba Provincial polls were held in April this year, and the United Peoples Freedom Alliance emerged victorious in that election.
Published: Mon May 24 13:04:53 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Government bribed SLMC MPs "handsomely" to get their support?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 24, 2004, 10.19 p.m.. Three Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Parliamentarians are alleged to have accepted "handsome bribes" from the minority United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government. According to reports MPs Reshard Badiudeen and M. Najeeb who are in the centre of a controversy over an alleged sex and blackmail scandal against their Leader Rauff Hakeem, has been promised, ministerial portfolios, if they successfully spearheaded the mud slinging campaign against Hakeem.

While, Hussein Bhaila, the SLMC National List MP who joined the Government last Tuesday in Parliament, was promised the Deputy Ministerial post of Textile Industries and Womens Welfare. Reports also claimed that Reshard Badiudeen has been promised the Ministerial Portfolio of Minister Assisting Vanni Development,

The Daily Mirror in a report late last week however said that the, “Government is however reluctant to grant these portfolios, because it would then come to light that they have been behind the scandal.” But the report also added that despite these MPs not being granted these portfolios, they were still enjoying the perks any Government Minister enjoys, such as security, vehicles, etc.
Published: Mon May 24 12:21:54 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Lanka appoints Army official to control Batticaloa violence, May 24. Colombo, May 24 (UNI) Sri Lanka today appointed a top-ranking military official to bring under control the worsening security situation in the Eastern Batticaloa district where fighting between the LTTE rebels and loyalists belonging to rebel leader V Muralitharan, better known as Col Karuna, is on the rise... Back to the top

Top Norwegian envoy tries to restart Sri Lankan peace talks
Associated Press, Sun May 23, 2004 20:10 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Norwegian peace negotiator will try to remove hurdles to peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels during his visit to the island starting Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka drops plan to sue ICC, May 24, 2004. Sri Lanka has abandoned plans to sue the International Cricket Council (ICC) for banning spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan's controversial 'doosra' delivery, a government spokesman said... Back to the top

Norwegian role in peace process opposed
Gulf News, May 24. Colombo: The Marxists JVP has expressed its displeasure over the continuing Norwegian facilitation in the peace process and suggested facilitation by India, a local newspaper said yesterday... Back to the top

Tigers blame Sri Lankan troops for killing rebel, May 23, 2004, 21:30 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday accused government forces of involvement in a powerful explosion that killed at least one rebel... Back to the top

Report: Sri Lankan prime minister to hire Australian, British lawyers to defend Muralitharan
Associated Press, Sun May 23, 2004 23:28 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's prime minister is hiring Australian and British lawyers to help defend star bowler Muthiah Muralitharan, who has been banned from bowling a special delivery that the International Cricket Council says is illegal, news reports said Monday... Back to the top

Divided Sinhala leadership poses danger to peace p . ., May 23, 2004, 21:30 EDT. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Sunday expressed pessimism that it would be difficult to find a lasting political solution to the ethnic conflict through negotiations as Back to the top

Lanka seeks credit from to subsidise fuel, May 23. Colombo, May 23. (PTI): In a bid to cushion its economy from rising world oil prices, Sri Lankan government has asked for a new credit line from India so that it can subsidise fuel prices in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lankan peace talks to resume in August: PM, Sunday,May 23,2004, 23:01:44 . COLOMBO, May 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's Norwegian-brokered peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels are to resume in August, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse was quoted as saying by the state radio on Sunday... Back to the top

US condition to LTTE to lay down arms unacceptable . ., May 23. ''The condition laid by the US government for the LTTE to lay down arms is not acceptable... Back to the top

New snags hold up Sri Lanka peace talks, May 23, 2004, 09:50 EDT. COLOMBO : Sharp differences have re-emerged between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels holding up an expected agreement to revive negotiations, despite international pressure, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka looks to raise new foreign loans as budget slips, May 23, 2004, 09:50 EDT. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's revenues have fallen sharply while a plethora of election pledges are set to bust the budget as the government aims to raise 250 million dollars in new foreign loans... Back to the top

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