The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 10, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 96

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Election conducted in a ‘free and fair’ manner
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 10, 2004, 11.25 p.m.. Except for several ‘minor’ incidents, in Colombo, Kandy and Anuradhapura, there have been no serious incidents today, during the Provincial Council election. However, unconfirmed reports stated that the police in the Colombo, Kandy and Anuradhapura districts had received complaints of ballot box stuffing and impersonation. But the Elections Department could not confirm these allegations, as they had still not received any such complaint.

An official attached to the Department however noted that on the whole the election was free and fair. The final result of the Election is expected to be out by around 3.00 p.m. tomorrow. Meanwhile, the official also claimed that the total voter turn out in Colombo was about 35%, while the entire voter turnout was in the range of 45%, if this number is confirmed, it could be the lowest turnout ever in an election, the source added. 23 political parties and 32 Independent groups contested today's Provincial Council polls and the counting is currently been carried out in 768 centres.
Published: Sat Jul 10 13:32:36 EDT 2004


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Government decides not to impose curfew
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 10, 2004, 10.11 p.m.. The Government has decided not to impose curfew, owing to the ‘peaceful environment’ in the country despite the Provincial Council polls today. Meanwhile, even though voting ended at 4.00 p.m., security forces and police have been advised to be vigilant, to avoid any unnecessary incidents.

However, the Inspector General of Police Indra De Silva has instructed relevant police station to impose curfew in their respective areas, if violence or any other unwarranted incident breaks out. Some 57,000 police personnel were deployed for duty due to the elections. DIG Gamini Navaratne who heads the police elections unit noted earlier that three police personnel had been put on guard to each polling booth.
Published: Sat Jul 10 12:12:58 EDT 2004 Back to the top


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Dismayed Sri Lankans snubs Provincial Council polls?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 10, 2004, 5.33 p.m.. As voting closed at 4 p.m. today, sources attached to the Elections Department claimed that the total voter turnout for this provincial Council poll could be around the 50% mark, however, this report will be confirmed only by tonight.

Sources also told the Lanka Academic that this was a ‘silent protest by the people, to lodge their disapproval to a series of elections within a mere four years.’ Sri Lanka elected its 13th Parliament on April 2.

Reports reaching the Academic also stated that there was an obvious note of lethargy in the people, who didn’t seem at all enthusiastic about the election. “There weren’t even a five meter long queue at some of the major polling stations. The voter turnout for the entire Kandy district has been recorded at around 35%, while it was around the same mark in the Anuradhapura district,” sources claimed. However, the voter turnout reports will be confirmed only after 8 p.m., when the Elections Department release the official figures.

According to the Department, there were nearly 9.5 million voters, who were to elect representatives for six provincial councils, namely: Western, Southern, Central, North Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa.
Published: Sat Jul 10 07:35:49 EDT 2004 Back to the top


Buddhist monk dies in hospital after grenade attack
Associated Press, Sat July 10, 2004 06:41 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A 91-year-old Buddhist priest died in hospital Saturday from wounds suffered in a grenade attack two days ago, a hospital official said... Back to the top

LTTE want Government to disarm all armed groups in North East
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 10, 2004, 5.13 p.m.. Tamil Tigers today urged the government to disarm all armed groups in the North and East engaged in disruptive activities... Back to the top

JHU urges President to declare State of Emergency
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 10, 2004, 5.11 p.m.. While criticizing the government for failing to safeguard the country from terrorist attacks, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga to declare a State of Emergency soon to ensure safety in the country... Back to the top

LTTE opens secretariat to monitor human right violations
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 10, 2004, 5.09 p.m.. The Northeast secretariat on human rights was launched in Kilinochchi yesterday... Back to the top

President to grant compensation to the families of bomb victims
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 10, 2004, 5.02 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has decided to compensate the immediate families of the four Police personnel who lost their lives in Wednesday’s suicide bombing incident at the Kollupitiya police station... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

'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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lankans vote in provincial polls
Associated Press, Fri July 9, 2004 23:13 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankans began voting Saturday for representatives of six regional legislatures in an election viewed as a popularity test for the country's 3-month-old minority government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka`s chief justice dogged by car sex scandal
gg2.co.uk, July 9, 2004. COMMENTATORS are wondering whether the latest sexual pastime to hit the headlines in the UK, “dogging”, has reached Sri Lanka after the country`s chief justice was implicated in a car sex scandal... 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

Sri Lankan suicide bombing bears hallmarks of the rebels, U.S. Embassy says
Associated Press, Fri July 9, 2004 07:50 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The United States called on the Tamil Tigers to renounce terrorism on Friday, saying a suicide bombing in the Sri Lankan capital this week had all the ``hallmarks'' of a rebel attack... Back to the top

Fresh Sri Lanka Violence Raises Fears for Peace Bid
reuters.com, July 9, Friday. COLOMBO (Reuters) - An elderly monk was badly wounded in a grenade attack on a Sri Lanka temple and the Tamil Tigers said they killed two rival rebels in new violence since a suicide bombing this week raised fears for the island's peace bid... 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

SriLankan Airlines plans daily flights to Kozhikode
sunnetwork.org, July 9, 2004. Kozhikode, Jul 09 - Buoyed up by the enthusiastic response to its service between Colombo and Kozhikode, SriLankan Airlines now plans to increase the frequency of its service to daily flights from November... Back to the top

Lankan board corrupt: Arjuna
telegraphindia.com, July 9, 2004. Kozhikode, July 8 (PTI): Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga thinks his country’s cricket board is corrupt and doesn’t handle funds properly... Back to the top

Australia on top against Sri Lanka
cnn.com, 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

Sri Lanka A win again
bbc.co.uk, July 9, 2004. Sri Lanka A claimed their fifth win on the summer tour of England to maintain a fine 100% win record, and this time their victims were Glamorgan... Back to the top

LTTE executes two Karuna cadres
tamilnet.com, July 9, 2004. The Tigers say the Sri Lanka armed forces are waging a proxy war against them through Tamil paramilitaries, including gunmen from Karuna’s group, formed in the wake of the collapse of his rebellion against the LTTE... Back to the top

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