The Lanka Academic

JULY 6, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 92

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LTTE wants international community to pressure Govt. into establishing ISGA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 6, 2004, 10.19 p.m.. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarians are under severe pressure by the LTTE who are demanding the TNA MPs to initiate a rigorous campaign seeking for the immediate establishment of the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA).

Accordingly, the LTTE hierarchy has given strict orders to the TNA MPs to stress the importance of the ISGA to diplomats and other representatives of foreign countries. “The LTTE in turn wants the international community to pressurise the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government to implement the Authority,” sources claimed.
Published: Tue Jul 6 12:22:05 EDT 2004

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Ravi K granted anticipatory bail
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 6, 2004, 10.13 p.m.. The Fort Magistrate today granted anticipatory bail against the arrest of Opposition United National Party Parliamentarian, Ravi Karunanayake.

The bail was issued on two personal bonds of Rs. 5 million each. Mr. Karunanayake is facing charges under the public property act. The magistrate, Sarath C. Karunaratne however ordered Mr. Karunanayake to surrender his passport to court.

Mr. Karunanayake, who is the former Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, is facing charges due to allegedly misusing public funds amounting to Rs.15.6 million in leasing a building. He had filed an anticipatory bail application in court against his arrest by police over these charges. In making the order, the magistrate dismissed the arguments of the state attorney that the court had no jurisdiction to grant bail.
Published: Tue Jul 6 12:20:53 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Security intensified as tension mounts in Sri Lanka 's east
Associated Press, Tue July 6, 2004 03:16 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Troops and police stepped up security Tuesday in eastern Sri Lanka - where one Tamil rebel was killed and two others wounded in escalating tensions over the past two days, officials said.

Members of the Tamil Tiger rebel group, who are under a 2002 cease-fire agreement with the government, believe they are being targeted by breakaway members of the group in the eastern town of Batticaloa allegedly with the complicity of the military.

The army's Chief of Staff Chula Seneviratne was sent to assess the area along with additional troops and police, military spokesman Sumeda Perera said. The chief of staff was to report back on whether further security measures are needed, Perera said.

Violence among Tamils has increased since a top rebel leader broke away from the mainstream Tiger group in March. His rebellion was crushed a month later, but he disappeared and the mainstream Tigers believe he is spearheading attacks against them.

Unidentified gunman attacked Tiger rebels on Monday, killing one and wounding two, while they were traveling to ceremonies to mark the 17th anniversary of the first Tiger suicide bombing.

``The government is concerned about the situation and will take every step to ensure that law and order prevails,'' Defense Secretary Ciril Herath told The Associated Press.

The 2002 cease-fire agreement opened the way for peace talks, which have since stalled. Attempts to restart them have been thwarted by Tamil Tiger allegations that the Sri Lankan military is assisting the breakaway faction.
Published: Tue Jul 6 06:42:05 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Not a single foreigner has died in Sri Lanka during the past 15 years
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Tamil party to the rescue of Karuna
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Cricket-I ve got Sri Lankans on the run, says Warne, July 6, 2004. CAIRNS, Australia (AFP) - Shane Warne is doubtful he can seize his best opportunity and deprive Muttiah Muralitharan of his world Test wickets record, but he's certain he has the upper hand on the Sri Lankan batsmen heading into this week's second cricket Test... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Lanka rebels mark first suicide raid, July 6th, 2004. NELLIADY: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers commemorated their first suicide bomber with "Black Tiger Day" yesterday, with ceremonies and speeches throughout the Tamil-majority north and east of the war-torn island... Back to the top

Renewed violence in eastern Sri Lanka, July 6, 2004. COLOMBO, JULY 5. One Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam cadre was shot dead and three others, including a senior political functionary, were wounded in two separate shooting incidents in Batticaloa district of eastern Sri Lanka today... Back to the top

India News Norway minister to discuss Sri Lanka with India, July 6, 2004. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen, on a three-day visit that ends Wednesday, will discuss with Indian leaders the deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka, diplomatic sources said Monday... 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

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

Sri Lanka won ’ t like fast Cairns wicket : Hayden, July 6, 2004. DARWIN (Australia): Australia’s Matthew Hayden is expecting his team’s pace attack to make life uncomfortable for Sri Lanka’s batsmen in the second Test in Cairns starting on Friday... Back to the top

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