The Lanka Academic

MAY 29, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 54

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Sri Lanka to announce reforms in June, May 29, 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will announce plans in June to reform the electricity and financial sectors, the IMF said, in a move which could pave the way for a key loan programme from the international lender. Members of a visiting IMF delegation told Reuters late on Thursday that President Chandrika Kumaratunga had assured them of the release of a detailed economic policy statement by mid-June, which the IMF will review before deciding on any loan. “The sense that we got was they are still in the process of formulating it and getting down to details,” Jahangir Aziz, visiting Asia and Pacific deputy divisional chief of the International Monetary Fund, said. More...
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Lift ban on LTTE: Vaiko, MAY 29, 2004 . CHENNAI: MDMK, a constituent of the UPA and extending outside support to the Manmohan Singh government, on Saturday demanded that the ban on the LTTE be lifted. LTTE was banned in the country in 1991 soon after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi at Sriperumbudur near here and the ban was extended for a period of three years a few days back. MDMK Chief Vaiko, a vocal supporter of the LTTE, said, "There is no need for the ban in the present circumstances" and it should be lifted. He said India should not view the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka as an internal matter of that country as most of the countries had recognised it as an international problem. More...
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Back again in Colombo for more of the same, may 30. Arjuna Ranatunga is easing comfortably these days into his life as a junior cabinet minister. Eight years ago he was captain of World Cup champions Sri Lanka and the way the game was heading on the small island displayed a euphoria that took four years to cut down to size. Inflated opinions as well as suggestions that the Ranatunga magic would continue gave Sri Lankans a belief beyond their playing capabilities as well as skills. No one was more aware of this than former stylish Sri Lankan opening batsman Sidath Wettimuny. The convener of selectors during the period of the first interim committee, he saw the problems emerging as early as a year after that Lahore triumph over Australia. The Ranatunga cabal, as it was named, along with political machinations as well as a smash and grab raid on the leadership of the country’s most powerful sports body, created an embarrassing image of maverick-style leadership and governance. More...
Published: Sat May 29 18:38:09 EDT 2004 Back to the top

India Sri Lanka hopeful of resuming ferry service, May 29 . Madurai, May 29 Expressing optimism about resuming the ferry service between India and Sri Lanka, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka for south India Sumith Nakandala today said the ideal route for the project would be the one connecting Tuticorin and Colombo... Back to the top

Chandrika envoy, May 29, 2004 . New Delhi, May 28: Sri Lanka is sending a “special envoy” to New Delhi to judge if the Manmohan Singh government is planning any changes in the country’s policy towards Colombo, reports our special correspondent... Back to the top

SLMC reiterates need for separate Muslim delegation at peace talks
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 28, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) today reiterated the need for accommodating a separate Muslim delegation when peace talks resume between the United Peoples Freedom Alliance and the LTTE... Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka to join UN peacekeepers in Haiti, May 29 . Sri Lanka plans to send its troops to strengthen the UN peace keeping force in Haiti, Xinhua Reports... Back to the top

Sri Lanka no where close to resume peace talks as government, Tamil rebels remain poles apart
Associated Press, Fri May 28, 2004 10:15 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian peace broker left Sri Lanka - empty-handed Friday, after failing to get the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels to agree to a new round of talks aimed at ending the nation's two-decade civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to send first-ever military battalion for U.N. peacekeeping missions
Associated Press, Fri May 28, 2004 09:18 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - , torn by a two-decade separatist war, will make its first-ever large-scale contribution to the United Nations' peacekeeping missions, a military spokesman said Friday... Back to the top

Wickramaratne meets with Pulithevan in Berlin
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.45 P.M Friday 28 May. A German journalist says that the Sri Lanka Roundtable organized by the Bergohf Foundation in Berlin on Wednesday (26) was nothing new and was disappointing... Back to the top

LTTE still a threat to India s sovereignty
com, May 28. The activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continues to pose threat to, and are detrimental to, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India as also public order, according to a notification issued recently by the Union Home Ministry, extending the ban on the outfit... Back to the top

ADB assures assistance for rehabilitation in Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri May 28, 2004 12:33 EDT . - - ADB assures assistance for rehabilitation in Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Foreign Ministers of Lanka, Bangladesh to visit India, May 28. New Delhi, May 28. (PTI): In the first high-level official contact with the Manmohan Singh government, foreign ministers of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are arriving here for talks with Indian leadership aimed at further consolidating bilateral relations... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka fail to reach peace agreement, May 28, 2004. 10:03pm . A Norwegian peace envoy is wrapping up a visit to Sri Lanka after failing to reach a deal to reopen negotiations between the country's new government and Tamil Tigers rebels... Back to the top

LTTE Internecine Warfare Frightens Eastern Sri Lanka, 28 May 2004. COLOMBO, May 28 (OneWorld) - The murder of a university don in eastern Sri Lanka this week following a spate of killings in clashes between the two factions of the Tamil Tiger guerrillas has rekindled fears of ethnic warfare in the country... Back to the top

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