The Lanka Academic

JUNE 23, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 79

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Opposition MP brings LTTE rebel leader Karuna to Colombo
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 23, 2004, 8.33 p.m.. Amidst conflicting reports about LTTE renegade Leader Karuna’s whereabouts, an Opposition United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Ali Zahir Mowlana who hails from the Eastern Province today revealed that he had brought Karuna and several other LTTE female cadres to Colombo.

After making this sudden announcement, the MP also tendered his resignation to party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. In his resignation letter to Wickremesinghe, Mowlana had claimed that he had brought Karuna to Colombo purely on humanitarian grounds. Meanwhile, the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government is yet to react to this sudden turn of events.
Published: Wed Jun 23 10:35:40 EDT 2004

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Three killed during ‘Road safety week’ in Sri Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 23, 2004, 8.29 p.m.. Two students and a woman who were on the pedestrian crossing, was killed by a speeding bus at Polgahawela area in the Kurunegala district today morning. The two students both girls, studying in grade five and 11, were on their way to school when they were knocked down by the bus.

Today morning’s accident occurred incidentally just two days after police launched a week-long programme on road safety specially targeted for drivers. According to the Inspector General of Police Indra de Silva, road accidents kills five people daily in Sri Lanka. “Bus drivers cause most of the road accidents, while motor cycle riders and three wheeler drivers are second and third respectively,” he said. Nearly 60,000 road accidents occurred last year, killing nearly 2,000 people.
Published: Wed Jun 23 10:32:59 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Computer snag halts trading at Colombo Stock Exchange
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 23, 2004, 8.27 p.m.. Trading at the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) came to a halt today morning, following a snag with its computer system. Sources told the Lanka Academic that the entire computer system at the CSE went dead at around 9.30 a.m., bringing trading to a complete halt. “However after nearly five hours, at around 2 p.m., everything was back to normal,” he said.

Meanwhile necessary steps are also being taken to ensure a better and more reliable computer system at the CSE, so that such a situation would not occur again, the source added.
Published: Wed Jun 23 10:30:11 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Postal voting begins but turnout very low
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 23, 2004, 8.22 p.m. Several hundreds of unenthusiastic postal voters casted their postal vote today in view of the forthcoming Provincial Council Election, scheduled to be held on July 10... Back to the top

US not to remove LTTE from terror list
Manorama, june 23. Washington: The United States has said it would not remove the terrorist tag from the Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers rebel group, even though it had observed a ceasefire for more than two years and conducted informal peace talks with the government... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Government Says Renegade Rebel Won't Harm Cease-Fire
Bloomberg, june 22. June 22 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's government said the leader of a breakaway Tamil rebel group won't threaten the cease- fire agreement that halted the island's two-decade civil war... Back to the top

World Bank Extends Support for Rebuilding Sri Lanka’s Conflict-affected Communities
World Bank, June 23. Colombo, 22 June, 2004 – The Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to rehabilitate and bring normalcy to conflict affected communities of North East Sri Lanka will be strengthened by a US$64.7 million credit approved by the World Bank today... Back to the top

Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka to negotiate in Moscow
Pravda, June 23. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks in Moscow with Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Lakshman Kadirgamar... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Pay Compensation for Victims of Alkhobar Attacks
Arab News, June 23. RIYADH, 23 June 2004 — Colombo will compensate the Sri Lankan victims of the Alkhobar terror attacks on May 29... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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

Karuna stayed with SLA in Colombo - Nilavini
TamilNet, June 21, 2004 16:42 GMT. A senior associate of the renegade LTTE commander Mr. Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan (Karuna) said Monday that she and other associates of Karuna stayed in a house provided and protected by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) in a suburb of Colombo... Back to the top

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