The Lanka Academic

JULY 9, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 95

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European truce monitors in crisis talks with Sri Lanka government
Associated Press, Fri July 9, 2004 05:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European truce monitors were set to meet top Sri Lankan officials Friday after warning that this week's suicide bombing and other violence could seriously damage efforts to end two-decades of civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels. The Tamil rebels began fighting in 1983 for a separate homeland for Sri Lanka - 's minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.
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'Do the job or quit’; human rights group tells police commission chief
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 9, 2004, 7.58 p.m.. An Asian human rights commission has demanded Sri Lanka's Police Commission to carry out its mandate to investigate torture complaints against police personnel or quit the job.

"We are now making it known to you that we are appalled by the manner in which you deal with complaints of torture", the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said in a letter to the commission chairman Ranjith Abeysuriya.

The group has dispatched the strong letter after Mr. Abeysuriya allegedly failed to act on an urgent complaint made by the commission.
Published: Fri Jul 9 09:58:52 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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ADB to provide US$12.5 M to restore roads in SL flood hit areas
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 9, 2004, 7.56 p.m.. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide US$12.5 million to rebuild roads in southern Sri Lanka damaged in last year's heavy floods.

“It will repair 450 km of the national, provincial, and local road network, plus bridges damaged by the flood, including ADB-financed road and bridge improvements that have been damaged or washed away”, the ADB said in a statement.

"This assistance will answer urgent rehabilitation needs and help restore normalcy in the project areas", Robert Rinker, Portfolio Management Specialist at ADB's Sri Lanka Resident Mission said.
Published: Fri Jul 9 09:57:19 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lankan foreign minister meets diplomats to prevent exploitation of Buddha image
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 9, 2004, 7.50 p.m.. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar asked the Colombo based diplomats to support his efforts to stop exploitation of Buddha's image for commercial purposes... Back to the top

US condemns SL suicide attack
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 9, 2004, 12.06 p.m.. The United States today condemned Wednesday’s suicide bombing at the Kollupitiya police station, the US also urged the government and the LTTE to take every action to halt violence in the Eastern province... Back to the top

Buddhist monk seriously injured in grenade attack at Sri Lanka temple
Associated Press, Fri July 9, 2004 01:28 EDT . COLOMBO,A man tossed a grenade at an elderly Buddhist priest as he lay in bed at a temple in northeastern Sri Lanka - , seriously wounding him, police said Friday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Australia on top against Sri Lanka, July 9, . CAIRNS, Australia -- Australia raced out of the blocks on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, reaching 370-2 in their first innings at the close in Queensland... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

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

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

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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