The Lanka Academic

JUNE 13, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 69

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Malwatte Mahanayakeís cremation takes place amidst large gathering
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 13, 2004, 11.31 p.m.. The cremation of the Malwatte Mahanayake the most Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi Thera took place at the Asgiriya police grounds in Kandy today afternoon with full state honours. Large crowds gathered around the streets in Kandy and at the police Groundís to pay their last respect to the prelate.

Among those who attended the funeral were, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and many others including foreign dignitaries. The late prelate who was born in 1916 had been ordained in priest hood in 1930. He rendered a grate service to Buddha Sasana as the Mahanayake of the Malwatte chapter for 15 years. He was the 25th Mahanayake of the Malwatte chapter. Members of Mahasangha and other religious dignitaries were also present at the Asgiriya police grounds to pay their last respects to the Mahanayake Thera.
Published: Sun Jun 13 13:36:02 EDT 2004

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Government withdraws Thondamanís security
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 13, 2004, 11.13 p.m.. A 24-member strong security cordon provided to the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Leader Arumugam Thondaman has been abruptly withdrawn by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government.

Media reports have attributed the sudden security withdrawal to the Congressís decision not to support the Government. Mr. Thondaman has a security ring consisting 16 policemen and eight Air Force officers. However according to reports, Thondaman is left with only two police personnel for his security.

The Government is reported to have said that the CWC Leaderís life is very secure, and so he does not need so much security.
Published: Sun Jun 13 13:14:23 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Tamil Tigers warn of bloodbath in Lanka, June 13, 2004, 09:20 EDT. Sunday, June 13, 2004 (Colombo): Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels today warned President Chandrika Kumaratunga that the island nation could slip back to a bloodbath as efforts to put the derailed peace process back on track failed More...
Published: Sun Jun 13 09:26:23 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka fails to end deadlock on peace talks despite push by ..., June 13, 2004, 09:20 EDT. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's government and the Tamil Tigers have failed to compromise despite a fresh bid by the rebels to jumpstart peace talks stalled since April last year, diplomats said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president ready to resume peace on rebel demand, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri June 11, 2004 14:38 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has agreed to start the stalled peace negotiations with the Tamil Tiger rebels on their blueprint for interim self rule, the state radio announced on Friday... Back to the top

10 million children exploited in domestic labor, says ILO report, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri June 11, 2004 12:45 EDT . - - It cites numerous country estimates, including studies showing that more than 2 million children are found in domestic labor in South Africa, 559,000 in Brazil, 250,000 in Haiti, 200,000 in Kenya, 264,000 in Pakistan and 100,000 in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Warne set to miss Sri Lanka series, June 11, 2004. Shane Warne faces a month on the sidelines and the possibility of missing the upcoming series against Sri Lanka after breaking his hand... Back to the top

No Pact Yet With LTTE On Talks Resumption: Kumaratunga, June 13, 2004, 09:20 EDT. Colombo, June 13 (NNN): Playing down any high hopes from the recent talks, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said that there is no agreement yet with the Liberation Tiger of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) rebels about how to resume stalled peace talks... Back to the top

S . Lanka Tigers say president not serious on peace, June 13, 2004, 09:20 EDT. COLOMBO, June 13 (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels accused Sri Lanka's president on Sunday of being "duplicitous" and rejected her terms for reviving a stalled peace bid, saying her government is too unstable to discuss a permanent end to the war... Back to the top

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