The Lanka Academic

 
JUNE 3, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 59

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JVP says LTTE’s ISGA demand should be dropped
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 3, 2004, 11.43 p.m.. The Government’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today intimated the need for all sections including international parties to persuade the LTTE to drop its pre-condition relating to the Interim Self- Governing Authority (ISGA).

In a statement, the party’s Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa noted that there was nothing wrong in the government coming to an agreement through discussions with the LTTE without compromising the country’s sovereignty and national security.

“A situation has arisen now where the re-commencement of talks could be delayed,” he said. The JVP adds that the reason for this is the pre condition put by the LTTE, which is that they are only willing to discuss matters pertaining to the ISGA, when peace talks resume.

Weerawansa also pointed out that even neighbouring India had found the ISGA ‘unacceptable’. “India and several other countries have said that an interim administration should be based on agreement of a permanent solution,” he said in his statement. Adding “No one should overlook this position”.

The JVP added that no responsible government could disregard this people's and international opinion. “Anyone concerned about the delays in the re-commencement of the peace talks should persuade the L.T.T.E to drop its pre-condition relating to the interim self- governing authority,” the party stressed.
Published: Thu Jun 3 13:46:34 EDT 2004


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Four trains derail within 48 hours
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 3, 2004, 11.23 p.m.. Four trains have derailed within 48 hours in Sri Lanka, with many suspecting sabotage behind the derailments. However Transport Minister Felix Perera told state television that if evidence proved that the derailments were linked to sabotage, maximum punishment would be meted out to those involved in it.

A train from Galle was derailed at the entrance of the Fort railway station today morning, while the ‘Rajarata Rajini’ train from Vavunia to Matara was derailed yesterday. Two other separate trains, namely the 'Udarata Menike' train on the Badulla - Colombo line and a goods train from Kurunegala to Colombo went off the track at Ambepussa on Tuesday.
Published: Thu Jun 3 13:24:17 EDT 2004 Back to the top


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Buddhist monk calls for ban of the use of Lord Buddha images in commercial items
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 4, 2004, 9.36 p.m. . A petition was submitted today to the Supreme Court, seeking an urgent order banning the use of images of Lord Buddha for commercial purposes. The Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thera of the Sambodhi Vihare in Colombo forwarded the petition citing the Inspector General of Police and Director General of the Customs Department as respondents. The Thera in his petition pointed out that lingerie, CDs and other commercial items contained the images of Lord Buddha. While his images have also been unethically used in many websites.

While pointing out that the lingerie and CDs had been imported, he noted that strict laws should be enforced to confiscate such products. The petitioner also requested the Supreme Court to issue orders to the Inspector General of Police to arrest those involved in importing and selling such commercial items, which bears the image of Lord Buddha, as it was an insult to the Buddhist faith.
Published: Thu Jun 3 11:37:41 EDT 2004 Back to the top


Sri Lanka troops, Tigers vow to stop killings undermining truce
channelnewsasia.com, June 03, 2004, 07:35 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to take joint action to stem a wave of killings that has undermined their fragile truce... Back to the top

Batsmen beware! Sri Lanka grooming a second Muralitharan
newindpress.com, Friday June 4 2004 00:00 IST. COLOMBO: Cricket officials have begun eyeing a 17-year-old schoolboy who has the potential to replace Sri Lanka's spin wizard and top world Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan, it was reported on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition blames govt for reneging election promises, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu June 3, 2004 10:28 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main opposition Thursday blamed the government for its inaction to keep the election pledges and creating a row with its main coalition partner to divert public attention... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Media Caught in LTTE Crossfire
oneworld.net, June 03, 2004, 15:05 EDT. COLOMBO, June 3 (OneWorld) - Sri Lanka's Tamil media is being swept into violent battles between the two factions of the Tamil Tiger guerrillas, with the killing of a veteran journalist this week sending shockwaves among the beleaguered community... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army, rebels discuss recent spate of killings that threaten truce
Associated Press, Wed June 2, 2004 04:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan army general and Tamil Tiger rebel commanders held ``fruitful'' talks Wednesday aimed at ending a spate of killings that threaten the shaky truce between the two sides, a spokeswoman for the European cease-fire monitoring group said... Back to the top

Karuna Group warns Vanni LTTE to leave Batticaloa
Neruppu.com, June 2. In leaflets passed out in Batticaloa, the Karuna group has warned that “members of the “Vanni” LTTE and those who provide material support to this group should leave Batticaloa”... Back to the top

Sri Lankan ruling partners meet to strengthen ties, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed June 2, 2004 13:07 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The two major partners of Sri Lanka - ' s ruling freedom alliance have decided to meet once a week to sort out problems between them in a bid to strengthen ties, the official Daily News said on Tuesday... Back to the top

CPJ condemns Tamil scribe s killing in Lanka
deepikaglobal.com, June 02, 2004, 23:30 EDT. New York, Jun 2 (UNI) An independent, non-partisan organization dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide has condemned the murder of a Tamil journalist Aiyathurai Nadesan in Sri Lanka and is investigating whether the Monday murder was related to his journalistic work... Back to the top

Pianist jailed in Sri Lankan abuse case
guardian.co.uk, June 03, 2004, 07:35 EDT. Musician is first to be convicted under new laws to stop paedophiles preying on young in poor countries Back to the top

S . Lanka rebels , govt to work to calm violent east
alertnet.org, June 02, 2004, 23:30 EDT. COLOMBO, June 2 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels agreed on Wednesday to boost cooperation in the restive east of the island, where a string of killings has hampered efforts to end 20 years of civil war... Back to the top

Lankan issue : Vaiko seeks Centre s role
newindpress.com, June 02, 2004, 08:45 EDT. TIRUNELVELI: MDMK leader Vaiko on Sunday sought a positive contribution from the Indian Government for a solution to the Sri Lankan issue... Back to the top

Sri Lanka grooming second Muralitharan
manoramaonline.com, June 03, 2004, 07:35 EDT. Colombo: Cricket officials have begun eyeing a 17-year-old schoolboy who has the potential to replace Sri Lanka's spin wizard and top world Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan, it was reported on Thursday... Back to the top

Murali might tour Australia: Sri Lanka board
cricinfo.com, June 02, 2004, 08:45 EDT. The Sri Lankan board has indicated that Muttiah Muralitharan might still be part of the squad for the tour to Australia which starts later this month... Back to the top

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