The Lanka Academic

JULY 8, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 94

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Peace process will continue, assures Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 8, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government today pledged to continue the country’s peace process. Addressing reporters today evening, the Alliance’s General Secretary and Minister Susil Premajayantha noted that Wednesday’s bomb blast in Colombo was not an obstacle to the peace process.

Premajayantha also added that there was no need to re-establish security barricades back again in Colombo, which were taken off by the previous United National Front regime, after they signed the Ceasefire Agreement in 2002 with the LTTE.

Meanwhile, the Government Peace Secretariat yesterday assured that despite the suicide bomb attack, allegedly carried out by the LTTE, the ceasefire agreement and the peace process would continue without a hitch.
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Lanka needs more Tamil officers in army: KPS Gill
HT, July 9. Former DGP of Punjab and India’s top anti-terror expert, KPS Gill, feels that Sri Lanka should have more Tamils in its police and army, if it is to tackle Tamil terrorism successfully. "When I went to Lanka in 2000, I saw that there were very few officers in the forces who knew Tamil. That was a disadvantage. To have terrorist inputs, you need to know the language," said Gill, who was invited to Sri Lanka to advise the government on VVIP security. The Sri Lankan security forces are almost completely drawn from the majority Sinhala community. They, however, have auxiliary units drawn from renegade Tamil militant groups and other Tamil militants who have entered mainstream politics, to help them with intelligence gathering. Gill feels that the absence of Tamil speakers is a major lacuna in the Sri Lankan government’s strategy to fight terrorism. The Super Cop said that it was difficult for the government to be a step ahead of the terrorists due to the problem of space. More...
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Britiah police launch raids on Sri Lankan community, 09/07/2004. Hundreds of police have launched raids around London in a major crackdown on organised crime gangs based around the British capital's Sri Lankan Tamil community. Police say 13 Sri Lankan men were arrested in connection with crimes linked to serious violence, drugs and fraud - the proceeds of which are thought to end up with the Tamil Tiger rebel group in Sri Lanka. Police officials say Tamil gangs in London had been linked to a series of crimes including 10 murders over the past few years. More...
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Opposition Leader assures his party’s fullest support to Government’s peace initiatives
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 8, 2004, 11.51 p.m.. The Mahanayake of the Malwatte chapter the most Ven. Thibbutuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera today requested Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to extend his party’s fullest support to the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government to find a solution to the country’s national problem... Back to the top

Peace group calls on Govt and LTTE to resume peace talks soon
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 8, 2004, 11.21 p.m.. The National Peace Council (NPC) condemning yesterday’s suicide attack in Colombo called on the government and LTTE to immediately resume the stalled peace talks in a bid resolve outstanding problems... Back to the top

Religion does not fuel Sri Lanka ’ s bombings, july 8. ‘It is difficult to understand what drives Tigers to suicide bombings... Back to the top

TNA MP meets Christina Rocca
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 8, 2004, 11.17 p.m.. LTTE backed Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam met United States Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca, at the State Department in Washington DC on Tuesday... Back to the top

Bribery Commission back in action
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 8, 2004, 11.15 p.m.. The Presidential Secretariat announced today that the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, which was defunct for several months, is once again back in operation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Tamil Tigers beating up families to recruit child soldiers
Amnesty International, july 7. The Tamil Tigers are increasingly turning to threats and violence in a recruitment drive for child soldiers... Back to the top

LEAD: Sri Lanka rebels deny hand in suicide bombing+
Associated Press, Thu July 8, 2004 06:00 EDT . - - Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday denied any involvement in Wednesday's suicide bombing in Colombo that killed four police personnel and the suicide bomber herself... Back to the top

Sri Lanka downplays impact of suicide bombing on peace process+
Associated Press, Thu July 8, 2004 04:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 8 (Kyodo) Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said Tamil Tiger rebels have denied their involvement in Wednesday's deadly suicide bombing in a Colombo police station and pledged their commitment to the Norway-brokered cease-fire... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace endangered, warns Norwegian truce monitors+
Associated Press, Thu July 8, 2004 08:42 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 8 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's fragile peace process has been endangered by Wednesday's suicide bombing in Colombo and by continued in-fighting between two factions of the Tamil Tigers, a retired Norwegian general warned on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tamil leader makes career of survival, July 8, 2004. COLOMBO – He's been stabbed, bombed and nearly poisoned, but Douglas Devananda refuses to die... Back to the top

Suicide Attack Sends Alarm Bells Ringing in Sri Lanka, July 8, 2004. COLOMBO, July 8 (OneWorld) - The first suicide attack in Sri Lanka since the February 2002 ceasefire between the government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas has shaken the island nation and revived government-opposition conflict on the strategy to tackle the rebels... Back to the top

Met hit Sri Lankan crime with dawn raids, July 8, 2004. POLICE in London have stepped up their fight against spiralling crime in the Sri Lankan community by setting up a special telephone hotline after a series of early morning raids across the capital... Back to the top

Legislation on unethical conversion to protect all religions: minister, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed July 7, 2004 17:14 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The proposed legislation on unethical conversions will safeguard all religions in Sri Lanka - , an Indian Ocean island dominated by Buddhists, Buddhist Affairs, Public Security, Law and Order Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said... Back to the top

Nirupama Rao appointed envoy to Sri Lanka, July 8, 2004. Nirupama Rao, the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

“Give up your violent tactics”, Douglas Devananda tells Prabhakaran
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 7, 2004, 11.06 p.m.. Reacting soon after the LTTE made an attempt on his life, the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party Leader and Minister Douglas Devananda called upon LTTE Leader Prabhakaran to give up his violent tactics and find a solution to any problem through negotiations... Back to the top

The sequence that led to the BOMB BLAST…………
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 7,2004, 10.59 p.m.. The sequence that led to the bomb blast is as follows: the female suicide cadre accompanied by another woman entered the second floor where Mr... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber kills four, herself at Sri Lankan police station
Associated Press, Wed July 7, 2004 04:56 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Tamil Tiger suicide bomber detonated explosives at a police station Wednesday, killing herself and four officers after being detected on a mission to assassinate a top moderate Tamil leader, police said... Back to the top

Analysis: Sri Lanka truce fears, July 7, 2004. It is the first such incident since a Tamil Tiger blew himself up in 2001 when being questioned by police guarding the then Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake... Back to the top

Mahathir Mohamed to visit SL next year
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 7, 2004, 10.12 p.m.. Former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed is to arrive in Sri Lanka, following an invitation extended by Tourism and Investment Minister Anura Bandaranaike... Back to the top

Work on Sri Lanka’s first ever fish canning factory begins
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 7, 2004, 10.12 p.m.. The Sri Lankan government has begun to build a Rs. 900 million worth fish-canning factory at Modera (Colombo). Minister of fisheries, Chandrasena Wijesinghe said that a Russian international institution is providing assistance to the Sri Lankan government to build the new factory... Back to the top

LTTE emerged militarily strong because of Black T . ., July 07. "Because of the sacrifice by the Black Tigers, the LTTE has emerged as a strong liberation force in the world and even now LTTE is prepared to face a war if it is thrusted on us... Back to the top

China provides aid for construction of arts theater in Colombo, July 8, 2004. COLOMBO, July 8 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese government has agreed to provide 150 million Yuan (about 17 million US dollars) to Sir Lanka for the construction of the proposed National Arts Theater in capital Colombo... Back to the top

Despite suicide bombing, Asia Cup will go ahead
Associated Press, Wed July 7, 2004 05:34 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan cricket board says the six-nation Asia Cup cricket tournament will go ahead despite Wednesday's suicide bombing by Tamil Tiger rebels that killed four people and wounded seven others in the capital... Back to the top

Ponting prepares to turn up the heat on Sri Lanka, July 8, 2004. Cairns, Australia, July 8: Australia captain Ricky Ponting said on Thursday he was strongly considering sending Sri Lanka in to bat first in Friday's second test to capitalise on the touring side's poor batting form... Back to the top

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