The Lanka Academic

JUNE 30, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 86

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LTTE rebel Leader Karuna to register his political party within the next two weeks?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 30, 2004, 10.50 p.m.. LTTE’s renegade Leader V. Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman is expected to register his new political party with the Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake within the first two weeks of July.

Sources claimed that Karuna’s party might contest the next general election. However unconfirmed reports stated that the he has chosen ‘Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam-Karuna faction’, as the name of his new political party. Several of his close associates have been appointed to the party’s hierarchy.

The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party, which has openly criticised the LTTE, has been advising Karuna on the pros and cons of a political career, which Karuna has been keen to embark on since he left the LTTE.
Published: Wed Jun 30 12:51:32 EDT 2004

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Serendipitous species discovery in Sri Lanka, July 1. "It is most improbable that a bird entirely new to science could now exist in Ceylon," a foremost authority on Sri Lankan birdlife wrote in 1951. Just over half a century later, a new Scops-owl – a bird totally overlooked by collectors and field naturalists – has been added to the list of Sri Lanka's endemics. In February 1995, Deepal H. Warakagoda first heard and tape-recorded an unfamiliar owl-like call at night in Kitulgala Proposed Reserve, a rainforest in the wet zone of Sri Lanka. Over the next six years he heard the call several more times, at Kitulgala and at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, but was never able to observe the calling bird. Deepal compared the recording to other Asian owls, and sent it to Pamela Rasmussen, who agreed that while it sounded like an owl, it did not match any of the species known to occur in Sri Lanka, although it was most like Reddish Scops-owl Otus rufescens. More...
Published: Wed Jun 30 23:29:34 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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President appoints new Governor for Central Bank
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 30, 2004, 10.24 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today appointed Mr. Sunil Mendis as the Governor of the Central Bank for a six-year term, with effect from tomorrow, July 1, 2004, the Presidential Secretariat announced today.

Mr. Mendis retired recently as the Chairman of Hayley’s Group of companies, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest conglomerates. He is a member of the Association of Certified and Corporate Accountants (UK) Professional Sections 1-3.

Sunil Mendis was on the board of over 100 companies and several State Institutions in Sri Lanka and has also served on the boards of companies in USA, UK, Japan and Australia.

He takes over as Governor of the Central Bank from Mr. A.S. Jayawardene who completed his six year term today, June 30.
Published: Wed Jun 30 12:26:12 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Groups blocking Government’s move to implement vital power projects?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 30, 2004, 10.20 p.m.. A powerful trade union of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has alleged that powerful oil based power plant lobbies supplying costly electricity to the CEB are trying to block the Government’s move to implement the long due Norochcholai coal power plant and the Upper Kotmale Hydro Power Project (UKHP), the Daily Mirror reported today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels issue ultimatum for reviving peace talks+
Associated Press, Wed June 30, 2004 09:37 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 30 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday accused the Colombo government of sheltering a renegade rebel leader and warned that the cease-fire agreement that halted Asia's longest running conflict for over two years has been endangered as a result... Back to the top

Solheim meets Tamilselvan
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 30. 2004, 01.35 p.m.. Visiting Norway's special peace envoy Erik Solheim met with LTTE political wing leader S... Back to the top

Norwegian peace envoy to meet Sri Lankan Tamil rebel leaders, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed June 30, 2004 12:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Norwegian special peace envoy Erik Solheim who is currently on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka - will fly to northern town of Kilinochchi on Wednesday for talks with the rebel leaders to explore possibilities for an early resumption of peace talks, officials said... Back to the top

Norwegian peace envoy tries reviving Sri Lankan peace talks
Associated Press, Wed June 30, 2004 03:04 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian peace broker met with a top Tamil Tiger rebel leader Wednesday in the latest attempt to revive stalled peace talks between the guerrillas and the Sri Lankan government, a spokesman for the Tigers said... Back to the top

Thamilchelvan conveys LTTE ’ s stand on CFA , talks t . ., June 30. “If the Sri Lankan President and government are serious about the cease-fire agreement and peace talks they should stop sheltering Karuna and backing the murder and mayhem in which some of his henchmen are indulging Batticaloa... Back to the top

Both sides in Sri Lanka war cling to landmines, 30 Jun 2004. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (AlertNet) - It is two years since the Sri Lankan government and separatist rebels agreed a ceasefire, and people want to go home even though the peace is fragile, but the country is littered with dangerous landmines... Back to the top

LTTE to seek Army’s assistance to arrest Karuna?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 10.59 p.m.. The LTTE, which is continuing to hunt down its rebel leader Karuna, may seek the assistance of the Sri Lanka Army for this task, unconfirmed reports claim... Back to the top

Warne chases Muralitharan without absent Sri Lankan star
Associated Press, Wed June 30, 2004 03:51 EDT . - - On average, Warne takes 4.7 wickets per test, but in the series against Sri Lanka - earlier this year he took 26 wickets in three tests as he made a near-perfect comeback from his one-year doping ban... Back to the top

Sri Lanka economy sustains growth but lasting peace crucial: central bank, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue June 29, 2004 12:11 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - 's Central Bank said on Tuesday that lasting peace in the country was vital to sustaining high economic growth as future expansion of investment will hinge on a solution to the two decades of ethnic war... Back to the top

Tourist arrivals continue to slump
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 10.57 p.m.. Tourist’s arrivals in May hit a new low compared to the other four months in the year 2004... Back to the top

Island wide health strike called off
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 29. 2004, 10.52 p.m.. Following Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s assurance that he will look into the salary issues facing health workers, the Health Services Trade Union Alliance has suspended its strike and the scheduled fast unto death which was to begin tomorrow... Back to the top

Lankan ports comply with the provisions of ISPS
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 7.29 p.m.. In compliance with the provisions of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), the Sri Lanka Navy as the Designated Authority in Sri Lanka will carry out security assessment for the country’s Sea Ports beginning July 1, 2004... Back to the top

Local-Foreigner Tussles Plague De-mining in Sri Lanka, June 29 . COLOMBO, June 29 (OneWorld) - The latest attack on a foreign de-mining organization in Sri Lanka has brought to the fore the resentment against such groups, which are accused of ill-treating local employees and overpricing their services... Back to the top

Tigers and Muttur Muslims agree to ‘work in harmony’
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 7.29 p.m.. Tamil Tiger rebels and Muttur Muslims have agreed to take necessary steps to prevent future conflicts between the two communities in the Muttur area... Back to the top

President appoints Kottegoda as new Army Chief
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 7.29 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has appointed Major General Shantha Kottegoda as the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Army effective from July 1... Back to the top

‘SL Govt. should declare amnesty for child soldiers in order to seek help state protection’ - Human Rights Watch
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 02:37 p.m.. Human Rights Watch, a London based human right group today said the Sri Lankan government should declare an amnesty for all child soldiers who have returned home from Tamil Tigers, in order to ensure that they can seek help from state protection agencies... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Tamil Tigers Again Abduct Child Soldiers, June 29, 2004. (London, June 29, 2004) — The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are waging a campaign in eastern Sri Lanka to abduct former child soldiers for their forces, Human Rights Watch said today... Back to the top

Tiger Rebels Refuse To Talk To Sri Lankan Govt., June 29, 2004. Colombo, June 29 (NNN): Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have refused to resume regular talks with the country's military as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has accused the Island forces of harbouring a renegade rebel leader... Back to the top

India News LTTE seems unwilling to end child recruitment: ..., June 29. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas do not seem very keen to end recruitment of children despite making international commitments to this effect, says a UN body... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's peace in balance as Norway steps up brokering efforts
Associated Press, Tue June 29, 2004 06:31 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Norwegian peace envoy was trying to revive talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday, as fears grow that the island may slip back into civil war... Back to the top

People to People International Sponsors Demining Team in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue June 29, 2004 09:02 EDT . - - KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- People to People International (PTPI) announced at its recent Board of Directors Meeting that the organization has met its goal to sponsor a demining team in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Preview: Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Darwin, June0, 2004. It may not hold the same sense of anticipation as the first day at the SCG, but perhaps Sri Lanka might just be grateful for being sent to Darwin instead... Back to the top

Ponting withdraws from opening Sri Lankan test
Associated Press, Tue June 29, 2004 03:46 EDT . - - DARWIN, Australia (AP) Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting will miss the first cricket test against Sri Lanka - starting in Darwin on Thursday following the death of an aunt, Cricket Australia said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka A ease to win, June 30, 2004. After winning the toss and batting first, the visitors notched up an impressive 291-7 in their 50 overs... Back to the top

Klusener and Hayward back in favour for Sri Lanka tour, June 30, 2004. DURBAN, June 30 (Reuters) - South Africa included all rounder Lance Klusener in a test squad for the first time in three years on Wednesday... Back to the top

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