The Lanka Academic

JULY 17, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 103

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Government committed to peace
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 18, 2004, 12.11 p.m.. The Government is very much committed to the peace process and is currently working on a strategy to resume peace talks with the LTTE as soon as possible, said Government’s peace secretariat Chief Jayantha Dhanapala.

He was addressing reporters soon after touring the Batticaloa district. He added that the peace secretariat is formulating plans to carry out the peace initiative successfully. He also admitted that certain incidents in the Batticaloa district exerted an impact ‘to a certain extent’ on the peace process but the security forces are taking prompt action to bring the situation under control, he assured.
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President to appoint an advisory committee on peace process
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 18, 2004, 11.07 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has decided to establish an advisory committee, which would focus on the peace process. According to reports, the President has also decided to gather the perspectives of all parties, both Government and Opposition before setting up this committee. Meanwhile, the President will also meet Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe shortly to discuss matters pertaining to the setting up of the advisory committee. United National Party officials have stated that the party would extend its utmost support to a genuine peace process of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government. The President had stressed that she had decided appoint a advisory committee to take forward the peace process in a more transparent manner in consultation with all parties represented in parliament
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CPA and FMM urges a ‘more democratised state media’
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 16, 2004, 10.24 p.m.. The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and the Free Media Movement (FMM) jointly urged all political parties to commit themselves to a common programme of action aimed at democratising the State-controlled media in Sri Lanka. Issuing a joint statement the FMM and CPA said, “There are several key principles common to the reforms reiterated below. The first principle concerns is to remove political control over the public service media, and includes bringing Sri Lanka in line with best practices in modern democracies whereby public service media constitutes a fundamental instrument of pluralism and the realisation of civil and political rights of citizenship. The second major principle concerns the design of institutions that are efficient at the same time as they are transparent and accountable”. “The need therefore is to find an appropriate institutional form that gives expression to these principles, which in turn represents a move away from the anachronistic assumptions that govern the state media structures in Sri Lanka today”, the joint statement added.
Published: Fri Jul 16 14:11:19 EDT 2004 Back to the top

World News Attacks on journalists in Sri Lanka decried:, July 17, 2005,08:40 EDT. Colombo, July 17 (IANS) : Attacks on journalists have soared in conflict-torn eastern Sri Lanka with around a dozen reporters attempting to flee the country, reports OneWorld... Back to the top

Parliament’s public gallery closed due to rowdy behaviour of MPs
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 16, 2004, 10.30 p.m.. Parliament Secretary General Priyani Wijesekera said that the public gallery of Parliament has been closed indefinitely... Back to the top

Minority parties stand by Speaker Lokubandara
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 16, 2004, 11.04 p.m.. The Tamil National Alliance, Ceylon Workers Congress and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress have said that they will not support the Government’s decision to oust Speaker W... Back to the top

India News Sri Lanka to recreate India s dairy revolution:, July 17, 2005,08:40 EDT. Anand (Gujarat), July 17 (IANS): Gujarat's dairy cooperative movement that revolutionised milk production in India and bettered the lives of millions of farmers may be replicated by Sri Lanka... Back to the top

FMM wants full probe into police assault against journalists
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 15, 2004, 11.15 p.m.. Following the police assault on a group of journalists, who went to cover a protest campaign in Kosgoda yesterday, the Free Media Movement (FMM) today requested IGP Indra De Silva to carry a full investigation into the attacks and take necessary steps to prevent such instances... Back to the top

RSF Slams Rising Media Abuse in Sri Lanka, 16 July 2004. Champika Liyanaarachchi, COLOMBO, July 15 (OneWorld) - Attacks on journalists have soared in conflict-torn eastern Sri Lanka, with around a dozen media persons attempting to flee the country, even as international media group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released a report urging immediate action... Back to the top

Secretary General of Peace Secretariat to visit Batticaloa.
SCOPP Communications Unit, 15th July 2004. The Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) Mr... Back to the top

Government says Sri Lanka having dengue epidemic
Associated Press, Fri July 16, 2004 04:46 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - urged citizens on Friday to prevent mosquitoes from breeding amid a dengue fever epidemic in the tropical island country... Back to the top

PCB wary of betting mafia in Sri Lanka, Friday, July 16 2004 12:03 Hrs (IST). Islamabad: Pakistan cricketers have been warned by their Board to be very cautious of attempts by the illegal betting mafia, who may employ fancy fixing methods to influence the outcome of matches in the Asia Cup... Back to the top

Visa broker pleads guilty in immigration bribery scheme
Associated Press, Fri July 16, 2004 18:44 EDT . - - SACRAMENTO (AP) A visa broker pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to bribery and visa fraud in a scheme that involved paying kickbacks to a married couple who worked at the U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka forced to rethink team composition, July 17, 2005,08:40 EDT. Charlie Austin July 17, 2004 Sanath Jayasuriya won't be bowling for a couple of weeks © Getty Images Sri Lanka have been forced to re-think the composition of their side for the Asia Cup because Sanath Jayasuriya, a key allrounder in the one-day game, has suffered a side strain that will prevent Back to the top

Sri Lanka to partly withdraw tax amnesty, Friday 16 July 2004. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's revenue authorities are planning to partially withdraw an amnesty granted by the previous government and chase down millions of dollars in tax arrears, an official said Thursday... Back to the top

US, Sri Lanka to cooperate in attempt to curb illicit movement of radioactive materials, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri July 16, 2004 12:26 EDT . - - xfdws US-SRI-LANKA - sked US, Sri Lanka - to cooperate in attempt to curb illicit movement of radioactive materials, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bats first after stand-in skipper Jayawardena wins toss
Associated Press, Sat July 17, 2004 05:04 EDT . - - DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - elected to bat first Saturday after stand-in skipper Mahela Jayawardena won the toss in the cricket Asia Cup Pool B preliminary league match against United Arab Emirates... Back to the top

Scorers' boycott mess cricket Asia Cup scorecards
Associated Press, Fri July 16, 2004 09:02 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A boycott by senior scorers attached to the Sri Lankan cricket board has caused chaos in maintaining the scorecards at the Asia Cup , which began Friday in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

In-form Sri Lankans offer Windies tough final tune-up, July 16, 2004. SHENLEY, England (CMC) - With precious little time and opportunity to prepare for the Test series - in stark contrast to previous tours of England - West Indies take on an in-form Sri Lanka A-Team in their final tune-up before the first Test at Lord's mindful that there is much improvement to be made on the evidence of their last match... Back to the top

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