The Lanka Academic

JUNE 22, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 78

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Ex Sri Lanka cricket chief claims interested groups ‘out to get him’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 22, 2004, 11.26 p.m.. Ex Sri Lanka Cricket boss, Thilanga Sumathipala issuing a statement today claimed that it was very evident that interested parties have still not stopped their attack on him and his career. “It is evident that these interested parties have still not stopped their attack on me with the deliberate and mala-fide intent to ruin my career and bring me into ridicule and contempt in the eyes of the public,” Sumathipala who was released on bail late last week stated.

He added that a malicious smear campaign against him has once again resumed with false accusation being levelled against him and Sri Lanka’s judiciary. “Despite their (Court of Appeal’s) unanimous decision to release me on bail, the malicious smear campaign against me has once again raised its ugly head wherein false accusations were levelled against the judiciary of Sri Lanka. Such allegations were based on a forged document sent to the various media institutions by those conspiring against me under the pretext that it originated from the Presidential Secretariat,” Sumathipala who is also the former Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom, said in his statement.

“These accusations have already been denied by those who gave it publicity. Especially ITN and the Presidential Secretariat has categorically denied that it had sent the document in question to the media and it has also gone on record stating that the said document was a forgery.

“The last 6 months have been a very difficult period for me. I have personally suffered terribly and my family has also shared this pain with me. My mother and my immediate family including my three little children have also endured much mental agony, shame and humiliation.

“I was isolated from my wife and my three sons. I was also prevented from being active in business and my many other interests. Mentally too it has been very frustrating as I have not been able to deploy my energy, enthusiasm and passion in the best interests of my many commitments. “I pray that no one should be made to suffer this humiliation and trauma,” he added.
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Prime Minister says Alliance Government ready to meet the opposition’s challenge
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 22, 2004, 11.08 p.m.. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse today said that his government is ready to meet the Opposition’s challenge and would prove its majority in parliament when it meets on July 20. Speaking at the first election rally held in Anuradhapura in view of the forthcoming provincial council election, to be held on July 10, the Premier said “The alliance government is ready to face the opposition’s challenge, who claims that they have the majority in parliament”. He also added that the United Peoples Freedom Alliance was confident of winning the Provincial polls at all six Provincial Councils on July 10.
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Sri Lanka's History: In Danger of Disappearing
One world south Asia, june 22. COLOMBO, June 22 (OneWorld) - Environmentalists warn that unchecked vandalism and neglect is destroying thousands of ancient rock caves in Sri Lanka dating back to 30,500 BC, with scores of Buddha statues rendered headless, and paintings defaced. In the absence of a detailed survey, it is believed there are between 3000-4000 caves of historic importance in the country, bearing testimony to its ancient history and religion. At a special meeting of the cultural ministry of the central Sabaragamuwa province last week, former Director General of Archaeology, Dr Shiran Deraniyagala, declared that unless the authorities take immediate action to save the caves, important historical evidence will soon be gone. He alleged there was an orchestrated move to destroy archeological sites to remove precious artefacts. One of the most priceless relics here is a female body remains in Bulathsinhala, in Kalutara district in the Western province, which testifies to the consumption of rice, maize and salt. This body remains embedded in a rock dates back to 30,500 BC and is considered the world's oldest proof of consumption of rice, maize and salt. The rock cave is named after the famous Chinese Buddhist monk Fa-Hien who travelled in India and Sri Lanka from AD 399 to 414. He stayed in this cave for the major part of his sojourn in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Tue Jun 22 20:31:57 EDT 2004 Back to the top

EPDP Leader talks to LTTE’s renegade leader Karuna
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 22, 2004, 11.07 p.m.. Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader Douglas Devananda today spoke to LTTE’s rebel Leader Muralitharan alias ‘Karuna’, where matters concerning Karuna’s possibility of entering politics was discussed at length... Back to the top

Opposition to launch series of protest campaign against Government MPs
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 22, 2004, 11.06 p.m.. The Joint Opposition, consisting the United National Party, Jathika Hela Urumaya, Ceylon Workers Congress and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has decided to launch a series of countrywide protests against the government and its MPs and their recent series of disgraceful acts in Parliament... Back to the top

Government Muslim allies silent attitude on separate delegation is condemned
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 22, 2004, 10.32 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has condemned the Government’s Muslim allies for continuingly keeping silent on the accommodation of a Separate Muslim Delegation at peace talks, when negotiations begin with the LTTE and the Government... Back to the top

Woman teaches English to Buddhist monks
Associated Press, Tue June 22, 2004 14:47 EDT . STEFANIE SCARLETT - - He and Bulathsinhala Chandana, who came to Fort Wayne a year ago from California, live at the institute... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rupee plunges to record low against dollar
Associated Press, Tue June 22, 2004 05:38 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's currency skidded to a record low against the U... Back to the top

Long limbo for S.Lanka peace, but war seen remote
Reuters, June 22. COLOMBO, June 22 (Reuters) - After fifteen months without talks, a snap poll, a change in government and factional fighting, the dominant impression of Sri Lanka's peace process is that it is going nowhere, slowly... Back to the top

S.Lankan Muslim party willing to support government despite smear campaign, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon June 21, 2004 13:19 EDT . COLOMBO, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main Muslim party said on Monday it is willing to support the minority government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga despite a smear campaign against the party in the state-owned media... Back to the top

Lanka moves to stem get-rich-quick scams
BruneiOnline-AFP, june 21. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Central Bank warned Sunday against get-rich-quick "pyramid schemes" after the island's residents racked up millions of dollars in credit card charges... Back to the top

Rebels warn Sri Lanka peace prospects at risk+
Associated Press, Tue June 22, 2004 09:11 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 22 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's ethnic Tamil rebels accused the government Tuesday of introducing a ''potentially explosive component'' to the fragile peace process as internationally backed efforts to get stalled negotiations back on track continued... Back to the top

A study reveals reasons why the Sri Lankan universities are far behind its Asian counterparts
Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara in Colombo, June 21, 2004. We are aware that Sri Lankans have started a civilization of immigrants from about 2500 years ago... Back to the top

Sri Lankan court acquits policeman convicted of killing child soldiers
Associated Press, Tue June 22, 2004 10:34 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's highest court on Tuesday acquitted a police officer who had been sentenced to death on charges of allowing the massacre of 27 former child soldiers at a rehabilitation center, a court official said... Back to the top

Warne to play for Australia against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue June 22, 2004 03:54 EDT . - - MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Cricket Australia said Tuesday that Shane Warne, who broke his left hand playing country cricket in England, was a definite starter for next month's two-test series against Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Defence Secretary challenges LTTE to come forward with any evidence to prove military is giving protection to Karuna
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 21, 2004, 8.31 p.m.. Defence Ministry Secretary Cyril Herath today strongly refuted allegations that the Sri Lankan Military was giving protection to renegade LTTE Leader Karuna... Back to the top

Government creating fear in the minds of the people says main Muslim party
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 21, 2004, 10.26 p.m.. The country’s main Muslim Party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress today stressed that the Government was creating fear in the minds of the people due to their continuous statements regarding the security situation in the country... Back to the top

Work on Sri Lanka’s first ever coal power plant to begin by September
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 21, 2004, 10.13 p.m.. Ground work for Sri Lanka’s first ever coal power plant will begin by September this year, Power and Energy Ministry sources told the Lanka Academic... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition proves majority but no toppling of government, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon June 21, 2004 11:43 EDT . COLOMBO, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's joint opposition on Monday proved their majority in the parliament but said they would not move to topple the minority government led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Government ‘very busy’ preparing groundwork for talks
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 21, 2004, 8.32 p.m.. Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Mangala Samaraweera today morning announced that the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government was ‘very busy’ preparing necessary groundwork to resume peace talks with the LTTE... Back to the top

Singapore prime minister tours South Asia, with trade and security on the agenda
Associated Press, Mon June 21, 2004 02:31 EDT . JAKE LLOYD-SMITH - Associated Press Writer - SINGAPORE (AP) Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong embarked Monday on a three-country, seven-day tour of South Asia including stops in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - , a statement from his office said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rules out sabotage in peace dove's untimely death
ABC News, Sunday, June 20, 2004. 10:22pm . A Sri Lankan probe has ruled out sabotage after a dove to be freed as a symbol of peace turned out to be dead as a dodo in the hands of the de facto Defence Minister... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Attacks on Tamils increase
Green Left Weekly Online Edition, From Green Left Weekly, June 23, 2004.. Chris Slee, The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have accused the Sri Lankan army of using paramilitary groups to create violence in eastern Sri Lanka, as part of a strategy to expand the army's area of control... Back to the top

Muralitharan to promote cricket in Australia despite test series boycott
Associated Press, Mon June 21, 2004 00:38 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Record-breaking spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan will travel to Sydney next month to promote cricket during Sri Lanka - 's tour of Australia, despite refusing to play in the test series, the Daily News reported Monday... Back to the top

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