The Lanka Academic

JUNE 8, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 64

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Ruling party legislators beat up JHU Buddhist Monks
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 10.00PM, SLT, Tuesday, June. 2004. Kolonnawe Siri Sumangala ,a Buddhist monk and member of the Sri Lankan parliament, lies on a hospital bed in Sri Jayawardnapura hospital, close to Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday, June 08. Two Buddhist monk legislators of the Jathika Hela Urumaya, (National Heritage party) were hospitalized after they were allegedly beaten up by government legislators in an unprecedented brawl in Sri Lanka's parliament. More...
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Sri Lankan Tamil party to support govt's peace process, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue June 8, 2004 13:03 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 8 (Xinhua) -- The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of Sri Lanka - has pledged its support to President Chandrika Kumaratunga to find a lasting solution to the two decades of ethnic conflict, the official Daily News said on Tuesday TNA Parliamentarian Natarajah Raviraj said that his party was prepared to extend its cooperation to the government to move the stalled peace process forward. He said the TNA was willing to discuss with President Kumaratunga on the resumption of peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels. In fact we have openly declared our support to her efforts to move the peace process forward, he said.

The TNA, the proxy of the LTTE, with 22 seats in the 225-member parliament, constitutes the third largest political group in the country after the April 2 parliamentary elections which brought President Kumaratunga's United People's Freedom Alliance to power.

Peace talks between the government and the LTTE rebels have been stalled since April last year following six rounds of peace talks between the two sides.

The two parties entered into a Norwegian-brokered ceasefire in February 2002 followed by direct negotiations between the two sides seven months later.

The Norwegian peace facilitators failed to revive the stalled peace process last month after their hectic shuttle diplomacy between the government and the LTTE rebels.

The LTTE rebels insisted that an interim self-rule administration should be set up in the war-battered north and east before the talks could be resumed.

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Published: Tue Jun 8 13:43:27 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Government denies assaulting monks in Parliament
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 8, 2004, 11.34 p.m.. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government today vehemently denied reports that their MPs had assaulted two Buddhist monk Parliamentarians today morning during the Parliamentary turmoil.

Government Ministers Maithripala Sirisena and Jeyaraj Fernandopulle told a news conference today evening that “there was some commotion between Government and Opposition Parliamentarians, but none of our MPs assaulted any Jathika Hela Urumaya MP monks,” they said.

The Ministers also said that just because the monk MPs had admitted themselves to the hospital, it did not necessarily mean that they had been assaulted by the Government MPs. “Even I can get my self admitted in hospital, who can stop me?” Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle said.

The Government Ministers also said that even though there was reports that Deputy Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had ran away with the mace, they will not take any action against the Deputy. “If the reports are proved, it is upto the Speaker to take action against the Deputy Minister,” Fernandopulle added.
Published: Tue Jun 8 13:39:17 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Malwatte Mahanayaka’s cremation on Sunday
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 8, 2004, 11.33 p.m.. The cremation of the Mahanayaka of the Malwatta chapter, the most Ven... Back to the top

Sri Lanka MPs hurt in brawl, June 08, 2004, 13:45 EDT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Two Buddhist monk members of Parliament were admitted to a hospital Tuesday after a brawl on the floor of the assembly forced the speaker to adjourn it... Back to the top

Buddhist monks beaten up in Sri Lanka parliament+
Associated Press, Tue June 8, 2004 06:26 EDT . COLOMBO, June 8 (Kyodo) Two Buddhist monk lawmakers were hospitalized with injuries Tuesday after being beaten up by ruling party legislators in a rowdy session of Sri Lanka's parliament, eyewitnesses said... Back to the top

Fistfights but no bills in divided S . Lanka House, June 08. Sri Lanka's parliament reopened to fistfights on Tuesday, casting fresh doubts on the minority government's ability to pass legislation and provide the stability needed to pursue peace with Tamil rebels... Back to the top

LTTE refuses to disarm guerillas
Dawn, BATTICALOA, June 7. With killings in the eastern region reaching an uncontrollable state and speculation rife that the renegade LTTE leader, Karuna, is behind the killings, the LTTE wants to deploy armed cadres in government held areas in the Ampara and Batticaloa region to hunt Karuna loyalists... Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka s former PM defends Indian envoy, June 8, Tuesday. Sri Lanka's former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today rejected allegations levelled by certain sections in the media that India's top envoy Nirupam Sen had worked behind the scenes to undermine his government... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rupee sinks to lowest level ever against U.S. dollar on war fears
Associated Press, Tue June 8, 2004 04:46 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan rupee sank to its lowest level ever against the U... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Police attack teacher trainee protest, June 08,2004, 06:00 EDT. Police using batons and tear gas attacked a protest march organised by teacher trainees from the Pattanai Sripada College of Education on May 28, leaving at least 20 people injured... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

One of Sri Lanka 's most venerated Buddhist monks dies
Associated Press, Mon June 7, 2004 23:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) One of Sri Lanka - 's most venerated Buddhist monks, Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi, has died in the Buddhist holy city of Kandy after a brief illness, temple officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

White tea has it
Associated Press, Tue June 8, 2004 01:11 EDT . - - In fact, although white tea now is harvested in Sri Lanka - , India and China, its roots run deep in a single Chinese province, according to Simrany of the tea council... Back to the top

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