The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 11, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 97

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Ex-Tiger commander breaks silence
BBC, july 12. A renegade Sri Lankan rebel commander has spoken publicly for the first time since he defected from the Tamil Tigers and went into hiding three months ago. Speaking to the BBC Tamil service by telephone, Col Karuna said he was currently in eastern Sri Lanka, where - he said - the people supported him. He said he would set up a political party and enter politics. The Tigers have accused Col Karuna of helping the Sri Lankan military to wage a covert war against them in the east. The rebel leadership has told Norwegian peace monitors that they cannot restart the talks with the government until the issue is settled. Sri Lankan officials have repeatedly denied supporting the renegade commander. In the interview with the BBC, Col Karuna denied any links with the Sri Lankan military or intelligence agencies. And he said the Tigers themselves were responsible for a recent upsurge in violence in the east of the country, which has seen rebels and their supporters killed in recent months. More...
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UPFA hierarchy says people have rejected the ‘so called joint opposition’
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 11, 2004, 10.17 p.m.. The hierarchy of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance today declared that the country had rejected yesterday the ‘so-called joint opposition, which has been boasting about a majority in Parliament’, which is why the Alliance has been once again chosen to lead the country during Saturday’s election. The Alliance’s General Secretary Susil Premajayantha noted that the victory has given a clear signal to Opposition political parties. He also called upon the opposition political parties in Parliament to extend their support to the Government’s economic and development activities. Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which is the main ally of the Government, pointed out that the masses have once again rejected the United National Party’s policies. The party’s General Secretary Tilvin Silva, said that the Alliance now had the majority of the people. “The whole country is with the alliance now,” he said.
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Sri Lanka s Tiger rebels ready for war
com, July 12. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels say they are prepared to re-engage government forces in a move that would end a tenuous truce in place since February, 2002. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in a statement accused the government of trying to use a renegade rebel commander to weaken the main guerrilla outfit. More...
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'Little England' in Sri Lanka looks for funds from India
IndiaExpress.com, 11th July 2004 . Wimal Ratnayake, the Municipal Commissioner of Central Sri Lanka's Nuwara Eliya - an area starved of funds for development - is surprised that though the Japanese, Russian and even Chinese have come forward with financial assistance, no such help has come so far from Indians despite it being a Tamil-dominated region... Back to the top

Sri Lanka woos Indian tourists with veg food, adventure tours, sapphires
IndiaExpress.com, 11th July 2004 . Despite the recent suicide bombing incident, the Sri Lankan tourism industry hopes to woo more Indians to the country with what they prefer most - adventure tours and vegetarian food and sapphires... Back to the top

President calls upon Opposition parties to join her Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 11, 2004, 10.26 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today extended an invitation to all Opposition political parties to shed differences and join her United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government and assist them to rebuild the country... Back to the top

The United Peoples Freedom Alliance secures a resounding victory
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 11, 2003, 10.05 p.m.. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) emerged victorious at yesterday’s election, by winning all six provincial councils, namely: Western, Southern, Central, North Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa... Back to the top

S.Lanka Ruling Party Keeps Control in Local Polls
reuters.com, Sun Jul 11. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance retained control of provincial councils after local polls held Saturday, a vote of confidence for the three-month-old government... Back to the top

India News India says it will keep backing Sri Lanka peace ...
newkerala.com, July 11 . India has assured Norway it will continue to back the Oslo-brokered peace process in Sri Lanka but made it clear that it remains opposed to any break-up of the island nation... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka stays in the hunt after two wickets fall
Associated Press, Sun July 11, 2004 01:42 EDT . - - CAIRNS, Australia (AP) Tillekeratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera put on 62 fifth-wicket runs Sunday as Sri Lanka - battled back from the loss of two quick wickets to be 342-4 at tea on the third day of the second cricket test against Australia... Back to the top

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... 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

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

SR40 Million Saudi Loan for Sri Lankan Project
arabnews.com, July 10, 2004. RIYADH, 10 July 2004 — A new project sponsored by the Saudi Fund For Development (SFD) will see the Kingdom pitch in with a SR40 million credit line for the construction of a new bridge and the widening of a highway in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Colombo s wake up call
thesundayleader.lk, July 10, 2004. "Just because there is no war at this moment does not mean that there is peace... 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

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

Sri Lanka willing to play tri-nation series in Pakistan
geo.tv, July 10, 2004. LAHORE: Sri Lanka has expressed its willingness to participate in the tri-nation cricket tournament to be played in October in Pakistan... 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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