The Lanka Academic

JULY 2, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 88

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Six alleged Indian poachers escape from local custody in Mannar
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 2, 2004, 04.53 p.m. Six Indian fishermen detained in Mannar remand prison for poaching in the Sri Lankan waters, escaped from the custody on Thursday.

The alleged poachers had been arrested by Navy, while they were fishing in the sea off Talaimannar, sources said. A total of seven remandees had been brought to Mannar from Anuradhapura, Wednesday to be produced before the magistrate.

However, six of them managed to escape before they appeared before court, taking advantage of a power interruption, the sources added.
Published: Fri Jul 2 06:57:33 EDT 2004

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LTTE accuses govt of proxy war in Eastern Lanka, july 2. Colombo: The LTTE has accused the Sri Lanka government and its army of conducting a 'proxy war' using auxiliary forces in the Eastern part of the country, in violation of the existing truce agreement. A Colombo-based Tamil daily, Sudar Oli, known for its close links with the LTTE, reported that the rebel leadership was upset with this ulterior motive of the government and the military and consider it as an effort to derail the ongoing peace process. More...
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Govt to bring no confidence against Speaker
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 2, 1004, 04.13 p.m. The government is planning to bring a no-confidence motion against Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara, when the parliament meets on July 20, a minister said.

Investment Minister Anura Bandaranaike said that the objective of the no faith motion would be to prove the government's majority in parliament.

“As the Speaker does not have control in the parliament, we have to bring the motion”, he claimed. “It showed from the swearing in of Ven. Akmeemana Dayaratana Thera as MP despite a court order”, he said.
Published: Fri Jul 2 06:15:26 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lankan peace talks faces another setback, July 2, 2004. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s faltering peace process suffered another setback on Tuesday when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) gave an ultimatum to the government to either stop supporting the rebel Tiger leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, aka Karuna, or risk war... Back to the top

President says peace negotiations should commence without delay
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 1, 1004, 11.57 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga while reiterating her Government’s commitment to achieving lasting peace in the country stressed that peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE should commence immediately... Back to the top

SLMC Leader says he can’t meet Solheim because he is too busy with election work
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 1, 2004, 11.50 p.m.. Hakeem turns down meeting Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem turned down an invitation to meet with Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim, saying he was very busy with election activities due to the July 10 Provincial Council polls... Back to the top

Gilchrist puts Australia in winning position in first test
Associated Press, Fri July 2, 2004 05:40 EDT . - - DARWIN, Australia (AP) Acting captain Adam Gilchrist scored 80 runs before being run out just before stumps Friday to put Australia in a commanding position over Sri Lanka - in the first cricket test... Back to the top

Pakistan President to visit Sri Lanka end July
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 1, 2004, 11.45 p.m.. Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf will arrive in Sri Lankan end of this month... Back to the top

Constant dialogue between Army-LTTE essential for the peace process- New Army Chief
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 01, 2004, 05.25 p.m.. Newly appointed Army Commander Lt. General Shantha Kottegoda today stressed that if the peace process is to be taken forward, it was very essential for the security forces and the LTTE to hold constant dialogue... Back to the top

Rebuilding trust with rebels is priority, says Sri Lanka 's new army chief
Associated Press, Thu July 1, 2004 06:40 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's new army commander said Thursday that rebuilding trust between the military and the Tamil Tiger rebels would be his top priority to help prevent a fragile cease-fire from collapsing... Back to the top

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tv, Jul 01. Sri Lanka’s idyllic landscape and a mercurial mix of opportunities are the ultimate holiday destination... Back to the top

Norway vows to continue efforts to revive Sri Lankan peace process
Associated Press, Thu July 1, 2004 08:41 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norwegian peace brokers remain committed to reviving Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process despite a failure to secure a breakthrough in their latest efforts, the president's office said Thursday... Back to the top

Norway fails to break Sri Lanka deadlock, July 1. COLOMBO (AFP) - Norwegian peace brokers failed to reach a breakthrough Wednesday in the latest bid to restart peace talks in Sri Lanka with Tamil Tiger rebels warning that the entire process was in jeopardy... Back to the top

Rebel split hits Lanka talks bid, 1 July 2004 . KILINOCHCHI: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers told Norwegian peace envoys yesterday the bid to end the island's 20-year civil war cannot go forward unless the government ceases its involvement with a rival eastern faction... Back to the top

Lankans slam anti-conversion bill
Dawn, COLOMBO, June 30. Non-Buddhist sections of the population have protested the proposed bill prohibiting conversion from Buddhism to other religions... Back to the top

Sri Lanka unveil new gun slinger, July 1, 2004. BUILT more like a ballet dancer than a belligerent paceman, Lasith Malinga's unique sling-shot action and unexpected speed has turned the first Test in Darwin on its head... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Olympic medalist settles for third in women's 200
Associated Press, Thu July 1, 2004 07:54 EDT . - - The Sri Lanka - star will be competing in the European Grand Prix starting July 5... Back to the top

Bangladeshi cricket team arrives in Colombo for early Asian Cup practice
Associated Press, Thu July 1, 2004 02:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Bangladesh cricket team has arrived in the Sri Lankan capital two weeks ahead of the Asia Cup tournament in search of a much needed tune up... Back to the top

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