The Lanka Academic

JUNE 25, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 81

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Karuna vows to take back full control of the East
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. Claiming that the LTTE’s Wanni Leadership led by Prabhakaran, has no control over many areas in the Eastern Province, the Tiger rebel leader Karuna has vowed to take back full control of both the Batticaloa and Ampara districts, which is currently under the rule of Prabhakaran.

Groups supporting Karuna are reported to have distributed leaflets among the people in the East to this effect. “During the last few weeks, we (Karuna faction) launched a heavy offensive against the Wanni Leadership, and so, now the Eastern province is unstable and Prabhakaran is vulnerable,” the leaflet said. Adding that the Karuna group will take control of the entire East soon. The leaflet has also called upon the people not to support Prabhakaran.
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Singapore Premier arrives in Colombo
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. Singapore Prime Minister Goh Thok Tonj arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport today afternoon, around 2. p.m. on a three-day official visit, following an invitation extended to him by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The last time a Singapore Premier visited Sri Lanka was in 1979.

Prime Minister Goh was welcomed by Deputy Foreign Minister Vishwa Warnapala and Chairman of airport and aviation services M.L.A.M. Hisbullah. The Singaporean Leader is scheduled to have talks with President Kumaratunga, his counterpart Mahinda Rajapakse and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during his three day visit which will conclude on Sunday. Mr. Goh was also scheduled to attend a special banquet hosted by President Kumaratunga on his behalf.
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Minister says ‘considerable progress’ made on the FTA with US
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle announced today that ‘considerable progress’ has been made in connection to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States. The FTA with the US was initially spearheaded by former Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake, during the previous United National Front regime.

Meanwhile even though three rounds of extensive discussions on the FTA has already being held, another round of talks on the matter will be held in October, this year. Minister Fernandopulle recently visited the United States in his bid to find ways and means to implement the agreement. Meanwhile addressing a news conference today, Mr. Fernandopulle also noted that even though the garment quota system is to expire in 2005, Sri Lanka was ready to face the challenges arising from the situation.
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‘LTTE police’ arrests 19 persons
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.45 p.m.. The LTTE ‘police’ took 19 people into custody yesterday night, including a home guard in the Tiger controlled area of Poonagar in Serunuwara... Back to the top

Peace in S Lanka will spur investors and tourists: PM Goh, june 25. COLOMBO: Singapore's Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, speaking in Sri Lanka, says the South Asian country has begun to enjoy the fruits of peace and the interest of foreign investors has been revived... Back to the top

Indian and US approaches similar on Lanka s ethnic question, June 25 . Colombo, June 25 (UNI) The Indian and the US approach to Sri Lanka's separatist conflict have similarities, the US Ambassador in Colombo was quoted as saying in the local press... Back to the top

The anti-narcotics and investigation training program for police concludes
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.53 p.m.. Approximately one hundred members of the Sri Lankan Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) graduated today in an anti-narcotics and investigation training program... Back to the top

Joint opposition to urge immediate convening of parliament
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.49 p.m.. The recently formed joint Opposition, consisting the United National Party, Jathika Hela Urumaya, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Ceylon Workers Congress and the Tamil National Alliance, is going to appeal to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse to convene parliament before July 20th which is the scheduled date for Parliament to resume... Back to the top

US and Sri Lanka to eliminate sources of terrorist funding
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.47 p.m.. United States Ambassador Jeffrey J. Lunstead today said that the US and Sri Lanka share a common interest in eliminating sources of terrorist financing... Back to the top

Legal action from both Government and Opposition over Ravi K. incident
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 24, 2004, 11.33 p.m. . Amidst a decision by the United National Party (UNP) to prosecute a Senior Superintendent of Police who attempted to arrest MP Ravi Karunanayake on Wednesday, the Government has also decided to take legal action against those (Opposition MPs and lawyer) who obstructed the duties of the police... Back to the top

LTTE intensifying its recruitment process, pays Rs. 8500/- to a cadre monthly
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 24, 2004, 11.36 p.m.. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has begun recruiting new cadres to its organisation, sources alleged... Back to the top

Sri Lanka responds well in first innings
Associated Press, Fri June 25, 2004 05:44 EDT . - - DARWIN, Australia (AP) Sri Lanka - reached 304 for the loss of five wickets Friday on the second day of a four-day cricket tour match against the Northern Territory Chief Ministers's XI... Back to the top

S. Lanka govt accuses opposition of sabotaging peace process, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu June 24, 2004 13:46 EDT . COLOMBO, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government on Thursday accused the main opposition United National Party (UNP) of attempting to sabotage the Norwegian-brokered peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels by helping renegade rebel leader... Back to the top

PM Goh leaves for Sri Lanka in tour of South Asian countries, june 25. DHAKA : Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong is on his final leg of a three-nation South Asian tour... Back to the top

Government says military still watchful
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 23, 2004, 9.23 p.m.. Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake today noted that despite the war being over in the country, the armed forces were still watchful... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy rescues Tamil refugees returning from India, 24th June 2004 . Sri Lankan navy has rescued 26 Tamil refugees stranded on a sandbank while returning from India to their homes in the island's north following easing of tensions between LTTE rebels and the government... Back to the top

Building collapses in Colombo killing two
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 24, 2004, 10.59 p.m.. A partly constructed building in Pettah Collapsed today morning killing two and injuring sixteen others... Back to the top

Mob attacks Sri Lanka offices of demining charity, June 24 . JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, June 24 (Reuters) A mob attacked the northern Sri Lanka offices of British-based demining organisation HALO Trust, setting fire to vehicles and wounding guards, officials from the charity said today... Back to the top

Armed group destroys NGO vehicles in Jaffna
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 24, 2004, 5.48 p.m. Thirty four vehicles. Vehicles belonging to a Non-Governmental Organization engaged in de-mining work in the Jaffna peninsula, were completely or partly damaged when an unidentified armed gang attacked them early morning today... Back to the top

Norway's top peace envoy expected amid fears of war in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu June 24, 2004 00:23 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian peace envoy will travel to Sri Lanka - next week as part of efforts to salvage the island's peace process amid fears of renewed fighting between government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said Thursday... Back to the top

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