The Lanka Academic

JUNE 7, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 63

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President assures permanent peace while safeguarding the rights of all communities
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 7, 2004, 10.48 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today pledged to restore peace in Sri Lanka while safeguarding the country’s territorial integrity, unity, sovereignty and national security. “We are committed to restore peace through discussions with the L.T.T.E. The support of everybody is essential for this,” she said. Addressing a memorial ceremony in Kandy, the President also noted that her Government was very much dedicated and committed in restoring peace to the country, but added that peace would be achieved with the rights of all communities safeguarded.

Commenting on the Ceasefire Agreement signed between former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and LTTE Leader Prabhakaran in 2002, “what we currently have is a temporary ceasefire, this should be transformed into permanent peace,” she said. Adding that no matter what, the security and rights of the Sri Lankan people will not be threatened.
Published: Mon Jun 7 12:50:18 EDT 2004

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Malwatte Chapter Mahanayaka passes away
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 7, 2004, 10.46 p.m.. The Mahanayaka of the Malwatte chapter, the most venerable Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi Thera passed away today at the age of 89 years. Necessary arrangements are currently underway for the funeral ceremony. The Thera has served the Buddha Sasana for a period of more than 70 years. The venerable Mahanayaka Thera was born at the Rambukwelle village in Udumbara on 22nd January 1916. In 1930, he entered priesthood at the Malwatta Maha Viharaya and received higher ordination in 1938. The late prelate was appointed the Mahanayaka of the Malwathu chapter in 1989, a post that he held for 15 years. The Mahanayaka Thera who was ailing for some time was admitted to a private nursing home in Kandy on May 30th. Later, he was transferred to the Kandy general hospital and his condition worsened. He was admitted to the intensive neurosurgical unit. On hearing of the passing away of the Maha Nayaka Thera, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, I.G.P. Indra De Silva, Diyawadana Nilame, Niranjan Wijeratne and the governor of the central province, Monty Gopallawa rushed to the Kandy hospital and after paying their last respects began discussions on the steps to be taken in the wake of the death of the prelate, state television said.
Published: Mon Jun 7 12:47:34 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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TNA to seek Indian support for early peace talks
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 6, 2004, 10.18 p.m.. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarians are expected to visit India shortly, seeking their support to pressurise both the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to resume peace talks soon. According to sources, the TNA has decided to seek international assistance in persuading both the LTTE and the Government to resume talks soon. And so as the first step to this decision, they have decided to meet high-ranking Indian Leaders. The TNA also informed LTTE’s Political Wing Leader S.P. Thamilselvam about their forthcoming Indian trip, yesterday, during their meeting with him at Killinochchi.

Twenty-one of the 22 TNA MPs had attended the meeting with Thamilselvam. R. Sampanthan led the TNA MPs, however MP A. Adaikalanathan was not present at the meeting. According to Thamilselvam, the LTTE is prepared to commence talks with the Government even immediately provided they are agreeing to base the discussions on the Interim Self Governing Authority structure.
Published: Sun Jun 6 12:19:17 EDT 2004 Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Island keen to become the fashion hub of SE Asia, June 07. With major international brands, such as Marks & Spencer, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Pierre Cardin, Gucci, Nike, Marmot and Calvin Klein, sourcing their products from Sri Lanka, the island-nation is fast turning out to be the fashion hub and shoppers' paradise of South-East Asia... Back to the top

Lankan rebels push for self-rule, June 07, 2004, 08:15 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels announced yesterday plans to use their proxies in parliament to press for self-rule in the island's embattled regions amid failure by peace broker Norway to revive negotiations... Back to the top

CWC decides not to join Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 6, 2004, 10.00 p.m.. The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), which secured eight seats at the April 2 Parliamentary election, has retracted an initial decision to support the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government, which has only 105 seats in Parliament, after President Chandrika Kumaratunga rejected all their demands... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Malwatte Mahanayake Thera passes away, [TamilNet, June 07, 2004 13:35 GMT] . The Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte Chapter Most Venerable Rambukwelle Vipassi passed away Monday afternoon around 3.15 p... Back to the top

India to clash with Sri Lanka in Asia Cup first round
Associated Press, Mon June 7, 2004 03:14 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) India will clash with host Sri Lanka - in the first round of the six-nation cricket Asia Cup beginning in Sri Lanka - next month, cricket officials said Monday... Back to the top

World News LTTE launches special drive for funds in Europe, ..., June 6 . In a potentially significant development, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have started a special campaign to raise money in Europe and North America, saying they are sick and tired of the peace process... Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka s ruling alliance battles for majority in ..., June06, 2004, 16:45 EDT. Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has launched an all-out campaign to win a working majority in parliament, according to a media report Back to the top

Lacy lingerie to make Sri Lanka paradise of small things, Monday, June 07, 2004. COLOMBO, Agencies Sri Lanka is noted for its tea and Tamil Tigers, but the tropical island is banking on a lesser known product — lacy lingerie — to save a garments industry threatened with extinction... Back to the top

Why pick on Murali? - Ranatunga, June06, 2004, 08:15 EDT. With Muttiah Muralitharan's action coming under the microscope again and the entire cricket world having varied views on the subject, it is hard to ignore the sentiments of the man who has backed Murali all the way from the word go, Arjuna Ranatunga... Back to the top

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