The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 25, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 50

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India ready to take up aid work in LTTE-bastions
deepikaglobal.com, May 25 . Colombo, May 25 (UNI) Dismissing murmurs of 'sinister motive' behind its willingness to assist relief work in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged North-East, India today said it is ready to help even in LTTE-held areas. ''We want to be part of the reconstruction efforts of the people of this country. We are happy carry out the rehabilitation and reconstruction works in even in the uncleared (rebel-held) areas simultaneously, if welcomed,'' Indian High Commissioner Nirupam Sen told reporters here. The offer comes a week after New Delhi extended its ban on the LTTE by another two years. More...
Published: Tue May 25 22:24:19 EDT 2004

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“We don’t want Kadirgamar”, Tamil Action Group tells President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 25, 2004, 10.44 p.m.. The Tamil National Action Group (TNAC) believed to be a pro LTTE group has requested President Chandrika Kumaratunga to remove Foreign Affairs Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar from his present ministerial portfolio. In a letter to President Kumaratunga, the Action Group claimed that Minister Kadirgamer’s negative approach and unwarranted comments in the United States during his recent visit there, could seriously undermine peace talks, which is expected to resume shortly.

The TNAC also urged President Kumaratunga to relieve Kadirgamar, who is a Tamil himself, from handling the Foreign Affairs of the country during the period of negotiations, as his continuity in office would constitute a serious drawback to the progress of the peace process.
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Aid donors add pressure to renew Sri Lanka peace bid
alertnet.org, May 25, 2004, 06:15 EDT. COLOMBO, May 25 (Reuters) - A Norwegian envoy began talks on Tuesday to finalise a deal that would allow Sri Lanka's stalled peace talks to resume, as an approaching donor meeting added pressure on the island to renew efforts to end 20 years of war. More...
Published: Tue May 25 06:15:26 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Top Norwegian envoy meets European cease-fire monitors, tries to restart Sri Lankan peace talks
Associated Press, Tue May 25, 2004 06:14 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Norwegian peace negotiator met with European cease-fire monitors Tuesday ahead of high-level talks with the Sri Lankan government in the latest effort to revive peace talks to end the country's 19-year civil war... Back to the top

Truce monitors to probe murder of Tamil academic in Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue May 25, 2004 12:17 EDT . - - Truce monitors to probe murder of Tamil academic in Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

LTTE demands SLMM inquiry into academic s murder
tamilnet.com, May 25, 2004, 06:15 EDT. The LTTE’s political division has released a public statement condemning the killing and has sent its deepest condolences to the family of Mr... Back to the top

Lanka appoints Army official to control Batticaloa violence
deepikaglobal.com, 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

Sri Lankan LTTE stance hardens
japantoday.com, May 24. COLOMBO — Norway's special peace envoy Erik Solheim returned to Sri Lanka on Monday hoping to set dates and a venue for renewed peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels as the Tamils dug their heels in on their demand for an Interim Self-Governing Authority for the claimed Tamil homeland in the country's northeast... Back to the top

Illicit Gem Mining Destroys Lives in Sri Lanka
oneworld.net, May 24. COLOMBO, May 24 (OneWorld) - With the monsoons approaching in Sri Lanka, illegal gem mining is again threatening the lives of impoverished locals in the flood prone, gem-rich district of Ratnapura, where 60 people were buried by landslides induced by unchecked excavations last year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Sapphire Hunters Dream of Hitting It Big
reuters.com, May 24, 2004 . RATNAPURA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Dhakshina can't forget the day when he thought he had struck it rich... Back to the top

India should reconsider its decision to extend ban on LTTE
deepikaglobal.com, May 24 . Colombo, May 24 (UNI) Claiming that India's support is crucial to the success of the Lankan peace process, a key leader of a Tamil parliamentary party has urged New Delhi to reconsider its decision to extend the ban on the Tamil Tiger rebels... 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
theage.com.au, 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

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

Sri Lanka to tour Bangladesh for the first time
thatscricket.com, May 25, 2004, 12:00 EDT. Dhaka: Sri Lanka will play two Test matches and three One-day Internationals on their first tour of Bangladesh later this year, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka confirm tour
bbc.co.uk, May 25, 2004, 12:00 EDT. Sri Lanka are to make their first tour to Bangladesh later this year... Back to the top

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