The Lanka Academic

JUNE 5, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 61

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Two killed in gunfire on Sri Lankan minister's office
Associated Press, Sat June 5, 2004 08:14 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two bodyguards of a Sri Lankan junior minister were killed Saturday when gunmen opened fire at his political office near the capital, Colombo, police said.

Sripathi Sooriyarachchi, the deputy minister for sports and youth affairs escaped unhurt, a policeman from Kiribathgoda town, a Colombo suburb said on condition of anonymity.

Sooriyarachchi had been holding a meeting inside the office when the attack took place, he said.

The motive for the attack is unknown and the police have not made any arrests, the policeman added.
Published: Sat Jun 5 14:12:04 EDT 2004

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Sri Lankan rebels order Parliamentary proxies to press for wide autonomy
Associated Press, Sat June 5, 2004 10:06 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tigers on Saturday ordered their proxies in Parliament to pressure the government to accept a rebel blueprint for greater autonomy as the basis for peace talks aimed at ending a two-decade civil war. After initial optimism, Sri Lanka - 's peace moves have stumbled over the Tigers' insistence that their blueprint for autonomy be the sole basis for negotiations.

Norwegian peace brokers trying to bring the government and rebels back to the negotiating table left the country empty-handed last month after both sides failed to agree on the agenda.

The Tigers have fought the government since 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils accusing majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

About 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before a Norway-brokered cease-fire halted the violence in February 2002.

Peace talks were suspended in April 2003 after the rebels insisted on wide autonomy. The truce has largely held despite the deadlock.
Published: Sat Jun 5 14:11:33 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Business India Sri Lanka dangles FTA with India to get more ..., June 05, 2004, 08:00 EDT. In a bid to attract more foreign investment in the island nation, Sri Lanka today asked European investors to make use of its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India to take advantage of the vast market in the subcontinent. More...
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Taking stock of sunny Sri Lanka s exchange, June 05, 2004, 08:00 EDT. Turning to the business section of the News, I read with interest an article on recent export and import data... Back to the top

Prospect of U.N. peace missions boosts recruitment in Sri Lanka 's beleaguered army
Associated Press, Fri June 4, 2004 04:28 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The prospect of joining U.N. peacekeeping missions has prompted more people to join Sri Lanka - 's army, which has been suffering from a troop shortage, military officials said Friday... Back to the top

Prima s Colombo milling complex and The massive milling complex ..., June 05, 2004, 18:45 EDT. One glaring feature that has emerged out of the row between Prima Ceylon Ltd... Back to the top

S.Lankan govt partner urges intn'l community pressure on Tamil rebels, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu June 3, 2004 14:51 EDT . COLOMBO, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's ruling alliance partner Thursday urged the international community to bring pressure on the Tamil Tiger rebels to do away with precondition of an interim self rule as the basis for kick starting the stalled peace process... Back to the top

Former CEO Sanjay Kumar leaving scandal-bruised Computer Associates
Associated Press, Fri June 4, 2004 12:50 EDT . ELLEN SIMON - AP Business Writer - Kumar emigrated from Sri Lanka - to the United States when he was 14... Back to the top

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