The Lanka Academic

JULY 5, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 91

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Tamil party to the rescue of Karuna
gulf news, july 5. Colombo: A Tamil political party which is a partner in President Chandrika Kumaratunga's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance government has openly stepped out to help a renegade regional military wing leader of the Tamil Tigers "enter the political mainstream". The Eelam People's Democratic Party leader and cabinet minister Douglas Devananda has defended his moves to encourage Karuna to "join the political mainstream", and admitted that he was the main advisor to the one-time guerrilla fighter. Devananda said he was helping Karuna "with national interests in mind" and was not advising him to return to the war or fighting against the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, but only to join the #political mainstream. More...
Published: Mon Jul 5 19:49:07 EDT 2004

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Army takes swift measure to curb clashes
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 5, 2004, 11.30 p.m.. Army Commander Lt. Gen Shantha Kottegoda today instructed army officials to study the security condition in the Eastern province and take all necessary steps to prevent further clashes between the LTTE and other armed factions.

Army Commander Kottegoda also despatched Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. AMCWB Seneviratne to the Eastern province, to ascertain the security situation their following the clashes, specially in the Batticaloa district, where fighting was reportedly very serious.

According to the Army, a Tamil person had been shot dead and another injured by an unidentified gunman in the general area of Vandaramoolai, about 20 km northwest of Batticaloa at around 9.40 a.m. today. The assassins have come on a motorbike and fired at the victims who were proceeding towards Valachchenai along Main Supply Road on another motorbike. The deceased has been identified as an LTTE member named RAVI (32) alias MURINJI of Ampara. Wounded person who received minor injuries has been identified as an LTTE member named ISWARAN (37) of Hospital Road, SANDILIVELI. He is reportedly in a very critical condition. Security in the affected areas has been tightened.
Published: Mon Jul 5 13:31:41 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka pays US $ 1.2 billion for just six months on oil imports
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 5, 2004, 10.54 p.m.. The Sri Lankan Government has paid a colossal sum of US $ 1200 million for the past six months on oil imports only, reports have revealed. However for the entire year of 2003 the country paid approximately US $ 750 million for oil imports.

Escalating oil prices globally have been attributed as the main culprit for the colossal oil bill, Power and Energy officials have stated. The official also noted that the petroleum demand in Sri Lanka grows by eight percent a year which incidently is on par with the country’s electricity demand.
Published: Mon Jul 5 12:53:56 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Tamil rebels commemorate suicide bombers, new violence hits rebel-held areas in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon July 5, 2004 04:02 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Gunmen killed a Tamil Tiger rebel and wounded three others, including a ``political officer,'' in northeastern Sri Lanka - Monday, as the rebels honored the bloody legacy of their suicide bomber squad by commemorating Black Tiger Day in some government-controlled areas... Back to the top

Probe into International Firm Turns Ugly in Sri Lanka, July 5. A murder attempt on a customs sleuth probing a controversial international company has scared thousands of its customers in Sri Lanka, where business analysts say weak laws allow scams to flourish at the expense of citizens... Back to the top

ICC agrees to Sri Lankan request on bowling review
com, July 05. LONDON, July 06 (Online): Sri Lanka has raised questions about the way in which the International Cricket Council (ICC) is dealing with illegal deliveries, particularly the research into spin bowling action... Back to the top

World News Sri Lankan government on political witch-hunt: ..., July 5. Sri Lanka's main opposition Monday accused the government of a political witch hunt to implicate its opponents, thus jeopardising the Norwegian-brokered peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels, Xinhua reports... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Rebels Say Government Wages Proxy War (Update1), July 5. (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels accused the government of waging a ``proxy war'' against the organization by backing a splinter group in the island's east... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army chief mends fences with Tigers, Monday, July 05, 2004. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s new army chief on Thursday vowed to rebuild confidence with Tamil Tiger rebels after alleged military support to a renegade guerrilla raised fresh doubts about the island’s peace process... Back to the top

ICC bows to Sri Lanka plea, Monday, 5 July, 2004, 08:34 GMT 09:34 UK. The International Cricket Council has agreed to a request by Sri Lanka to speed up the review process which examines suspect bowling actions... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers step up war of words, Monday, July 05, 2004. COLOMBO: Tamil Tiger rebels have stepped up a war of words against the Sri Lankan government since Norway failed in its latest bid to revive stalled peace talks, officials said on Sunday... Back to the top

‘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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Ranweli wins first annual ECOCLUB Ecolodge Award, July 5, 2004. Athens, Greece (PRWEB) July 5, 2004 -- To celebrate its 5th anniversary, ECOCLUB, www... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

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