The Lanka Academic

JULY 4, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 90

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‘Compulsory donations’ demanded by LTTE to celebrate ‘Black Tigers Day’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 4, 2004, 8.42 p.m.. In view of the LTTE’s ‘Black Tigers Day commemoration scheduled for tomorrow, the Tamil Tiger rebels have been during the past two weeks, demanding all businessmen to donate a sum between Rs. 1000 and Rs. 5000, to carry out the commemoration ceremony on a large and lavish scale, sources told the Lanka Academic.

They however noted that the donation is compulsory to all businessmen, including pavement hawkers, who are subjected to a Rs. 1000 ‘compulsory donation’. “If they refuse to make the donation, they are subjected to very severe harassment from the LTTE cadres,” sources said. Meanwhile reports also stated that the LTTE has made arrangements to commemorate the day at all of their military bases and political offices in the North East, while several public functions such as rallies will also take place in major areas in the North.
Published: Sun Jul 4 10:47:34 EDT 2004

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UNP names three new national list MPs
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 4, 2004, 7.28 p.m.. The United National Party (UNP) has decided to appoint Basheer Segu Dawood, Myown Musthapha and S. Nijamudeen as national list MPs, following the resignation of three of its other national list MPs last month. The three UNP MPs who resigned were; Ali Zahir Mowlana, I. Kudoos and Pushpakumara.

UNP General Secretary Milroy Perera has written to the Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake informing him about the party’s decision to appoint Dawood, Musthapha and Nijamudeen as the replacements to the three vacant national list slots.
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German’s Foreign Minister in Sri Lanka mid July
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 4, 2004, 6.47 p.m.. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chancellor of Germany Joschka Fischer along with a delegation of senior officials, parliamentarians and businessmen, will arrive in Sri Lanka for a two-day visit beginning from July 17. During his stay, Minister Fischer will meet President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar to discuss bilateral issues. The German Foreign Minister's visit to Sri Lanka is part of a ten-day tour to India, China, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
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Sri Lankan rebels resume meeting with gov t, 2004-07-04 12:37:18. COLOMBO, July 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces resumed their routine security meetings in the north of the country on Friday while the rebels boycotting similar meetings in the east, the official Sunday Observer said... Back to the top

Navy arrests 33 Sri Lankan refugees
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 4, 2004, 6.49 p.m.. Sri Lanka Navy on Friday arrested 33 Sri Lankan refugees in Sri Lankan waters, the refugees were returning to their hometowns (situated in the North East of Sri Lanka) from Rameswaran, South India... Back to the top

Iran agrees to help Sri Lanka's infrastructure projects
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 3, 2004, 05.42 p.m.. Iran has agreed to help Sri Lanka develop its basic infrastructure, while expanding bilateral ties between two nations... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to ban ‘sili sili’ bags in public places
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 3, 2004, 05.41 p.m.. With a view to contain environmental problems, the Sri Lankan government will bring in laws banning the use of certain ‘sili sili’ type bags, plastic and decoration in public place soon... Back to the top

Government to establish ‘Sangaadhikarana’ with legal powers
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 3, 2004, 05.40 p.m.. Minister of Buddhasasana Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said that the government has decided to establish a Sangaadhikarana with total legal powers... Back to the top

Australia wins first test by 149 runs
Associated Press, Sat July 3, 2004 01:47 EDT . - - DARWIN, Australia (AP) Australia beat Sri Lanka - by 149 runs Saturday on the third day of the first cricket test at Marrara Oval: Australia 207 and 201; Sri Lanka - 97 and 162... Back to the top

Baneng eyes China Sri Lanka for apparel production bases, july 3. Fabric and apparel manufacturer Baneng Holdings Bhd plans to acquire existing garment factories in China and Sri Lanka early next year, to attain company's leadership position in international market, said Betty Lim Choon Hiok, Managing Director... Back to the top

Sri Lankan TV rights up for grabs, July 2, 2004. The Sri Lankan board has officially launched the bid process for the sale of its broadcasting and sponsorship rights for a four-year period starting in January 2005... Back to the top

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