The Lanka Academic

JULY 13, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 99

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Norway advises Government and LTTE to maintain integrity of Ceasefire Agreement
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 13, 2004, 10.13 p.m.. Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar today intimated the urgent need for both the Government and the LTTE to work hard towards maintaining the integrity of the Ceasefire Agreement.

During a two-hour meeting at the LTTE Peace Secretariat in Kilinochchi, Mr. Brattskar told LTTE's political Wing Leader S. P. Tamilselvan, that Norway, as the facilitator to the peace process, is seriously concerned about the ceasefire violations, the LTTE peace secretariat announced today.

Several other matters pertaining to Ceasefire Agreement violations were also taken up during the two hour discussion, the Ambassador also assured the LTTE that the Norwegians were doing their best in trying to get peace talks back on track. The Head of the LTTE Political Wing also impressed upon the Ambassador that the Sri Lankan Government should contribute more in dealing with the deteriorating situation in Batticaloa-Ampara and be helpful in creating a conducive atmosphere to uphold the Ceasefire Agreement and move towards the recommencement of negotiations.
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Opposition claims people have rejected Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 13, 2004, 10.10 p.m.. The Opposition United National Party today claimed that the people have rejected the United Peoples Freedom Alliance’s Government’s policies. Citing reasons for their claim, UNP MP G.L. Peiris told reporters, it was due to this reason that the people did not cast their vote at Saturday’s provincial election. The party also claimed that the number of votes received by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance was greatly reduced at the provincial council elections when compared with the 2004 general elections.

The people’s opinion has been clearly reflected at the Provincial polls, he added. However according to state media reports, UNP MP Naveen Dissanayake is reported to have claimed that his party lost the provincial council elections because they failed to provide employment, pruned down the Fertilizer Subsidy and Samurdhi Relief during their regime.
Published: Tue Jul 13 12:12:37 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka embraces outsourcing, july 13. Sri Lanka is to become the latest destination for British companies outsourcing their operations overseas. India's leading provider of third party business process services, is opening an office in Colombo. WNS, which provides accounting and other business process functions, said it had signed up one of Britain's largest companies as its first client. More...
Published: Tue Jul 13 23:46:16 EDT 2004 Back to the top

71 out of 73 Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna members elected for PCs
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 13, 2004, 9.58 p.m.. At the recent concluded Provincial Councils election, 71 members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have been elected to Provincial Councils... Back to the top

EU concerned over political violence in Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue July 13, 2004 13:16 EDT . - - EU concerned over political violence in Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels express concern over Sri Lanka truce, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue July 13, 2004 12:43 EDT . - - Tamil Tiger rebels express concern over Sri Lanka - truce, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

India News: Former LTTE commander Karuna accuses Prabhakaran of ..., July 13, 2004, 8:00AM EST. New Delhi, India : A former Tamil Tiger military commander Tuesday accused Velupillai Prabhakaran of perfidy, saying the separatist guerrilla leader was all along preparing for war in Sri Lanka while professing love for peace... Back to the top

Tigers agree to help military to control killings and violence in Vavuniya
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 13, 2004, 7.40 p.m. Tamil Tigers have agreed to provide support to the armed forces to control the violence and killings in the Vavuniya district... Back to the top

Deputy Defence Minister advises troops to stay alert
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 13, 2004, 7.39 p.m. Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake yesterday adviced military personnel to stay prepared and alert and continue their training, despite the Ceasefire Agreement ‘inforce’... Back to the top

India s role vital for peace in Sri Lanka: Karuna :, July 13, 2004. India News > New Delhi, July 13: A rebel Tamil Tiger military commander Tuesday made it clear that peace would never return to Sri Lanka unless India was involved in the country's peace process... Back to the top

Chandrika ally in campaign against LTTE
Dawn, COLOMBO, July 12. Following last Wednesday's suicide attack by the LTTE in Colombo, the ultra-leftist and Marxist coalition partner of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government , the Jantha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), on Monday launched a poster campaign in the capital and its suburbs against pursuing peace talks with the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace hopes hit rock bottom despite polls victory, july 12. COLOMBO : A victory by Sri Lanka's ruling party at local polls is seen as strengthening President Chandrika Kumaratunga, but despite her renewed mandate the country could be headed for more mayhem, analysts said... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels say Sri Lanka 's peace process is in ``great crisis''
Associated Press, Tue July 13, 2004 09:30 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Tamil Tiger rebel leader warned Tuesday that Sri Lanka - 's peace process is in ``great crisis'' and peace talks cannot resume until the rocky cease-fire with the government is stabilized... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Stocks Surge Defies Bearish Outlook, july 13. July 13 (Bloomberg) -- Without a whiff of good news supporting them, stocks in Sri Lanka, the teardrop island off India's southern coast, are the world's fifth-best performers this year... Back to the top

Government fails to secure majority in Parliament
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 12, 2004, 10.43 p.m. . The Government today claimed that it have had a series of fruitful discussions with Opposition MPs who have pledged to defect from their current parties and join the Alliance Government soon... Back to the top

Booby-trapped bra may have triggered Sri Lanka suicide blast ..., July 13, 2004, 8:00AM EST. COLOMBO: A woman suicide bomber who set off a blast that killed herself and four policemen in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo may have been wearing a "bra bomb", a police investigator said... Back to the top

Lanka Govt. Denies Aiding Breakaway LTTE Rebel, July 13, 2004. Colombo, July 13 (NNN): Saying it was prepared to give the Tigers rebels too the airtime, the Sri Lankan government has vehemently denied that it has provided a breakaway Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) commander, Colonel Karuna, with state media facilities in order to wage war Back to the top

Peace broker Norway in crisis talks with Sri Lanka rebels amid renewed war fears
Associated Press, Tue July 13, 2004 06:39 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian envoy met with a Tamil Tiger rebel leader on Tuesday amid threats by the guerrillas to end a fragile cease-fire and resume Sri Lanka - 's two-decade civil war, officials said... Back to the top

European Union calls upon all parties to prevent future violence
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 12, 2004, 9.10 p.m.. The European Union today called upon all parties to respect the Ceasefire Agreement signed between the previous United National Front Government and LTTE, and prevent any further violent incidents... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Central Bank May Keep Benchmark Rate at 7-Year Low, July 13, 2004, 8:00AM EST. July 13 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's central bank may keep its key interest rate unchanged at a seven-year low as it waits to see if consumer prices are accelerating, Sachith Perera and other analysts said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president concerns about threat to cease-fire, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon July 12, 2004 12:34 EDT . - - The President is deeply concerned over last week's incidents of violence in Colombo and the East which threaten to disrupt the Ceasefire Agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka - and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), obstructing the permanent peace that we all seek, a statement issued by her office said... Back to the top

Islamic fundamentalism brewing in Sri Lanka
com, July 13, 2004, 8:00AM EST. Terrorised for long by Tamil Tigers, members of Sri Lanka's Muslim minority appear to be turning towards radical groups, with possible links to Pakistan, in the country's volatile east... Back to the top

Murali returns to Lankan squad for Asia Cup, July 13, 2004, 8:00AM EST. Colombo: Ace off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has returned to the Sri Lankan squad for the upcoming Asia Cup Limited Overs tournament, the country's cricket Board Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced in Colombo... Back to the top

Bollywood Water shooting ends in Sri Lanka, July 12. Four years after Hindu groups disrupted the filming of Deepa Mehta's "Water", the third in a trilogy of movies, the director has completed the film in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

US, Sri Lanka sign agreement on taxation :, Jul;y 13, 2004. World News > Colombo, July 13: The US and Sri Lanka have signed an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, Xinhua reports... Back to the top

Wright wary of Sri Lanka, July 13, 2004. India may be tipped to win the upcoming Asia Cup cricket tournament, but coach John Wright cautioned his wards against taking any of the other teams in the competition lightly, saying even Bangladesh are capable of springing a surprise... Back to the top

Sri Lanka restore pride, July 13, 2004, 8:00AM EST. Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu was a happy man as his side produced a defiant performance to draw the second Test against Australia in Cairns Back to the top

Sri Lankans make early breakthrough, July 13, 2004, 8:00AM EST. Shane Warne has equalled Muttiah Muralitharan's world record of 527 Test dismissals as the second Test between Australian and Sri Lanka in Cairns ended in a draw... Back to the top

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