The Lanka Academic

JULY 20, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 106

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Hit squads hound renegade leader Karuna
gulf news, july 20. Colombo : The renegade guerrilla military wing leader V. Muralitharan alias Karuna, believed to be living in the city, is being hounded by suicide bombers sent by the Tamil Tigers leadership in the north, police investigations have revealed. A raid conducted by the police last week in the outskirts of the city led to the arrest of Tamil guerrilla suspects who admitted that they were continuing to look for Karuna and the leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) Douglas Devananda who is supporting him. The police raid led to the detection of cyanide capsules, usually used by suicide cadres of the guerrilla movement, and the arrest of two suspects. However, the police are believed to have missed one of the key suspects who was aware of the plans to assassinate Karuna and Devananda. At least four teams including suicide bombers have been deployed for the mission to target the duo, according to information gathered from the suspects arrested. Police have also been able to gather more information from the accomplice of the suicide bomber who missed targeting Devananda, but later blew herself up in a police station early this month. The suspects have confessed that they were looking for other loyalists of Karuna in city. More...
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Government fails again to prove its majority in Parliament
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 20, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government today once again failed to show their majority in Parliament, when it resumed today morning. The Opposition continued to sit with a majority of some 114 Parliamentarians. Several attempts by the Government to lure the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) reportedly did not work, because the majority of the congress members did not want to join the Government. “The majority of CWC members are against the Government’s plan to change the Constitution and electoral system, but the Government is continuing to insist that the Constitution and Electoral system must change,” sources told the Lanka Academic. The CWC is of the view that the representation of minority parties would be at stake once present the Constitution and Electoral system is changed. The CWC secured eight Parliamentary seats at the April 2 General Election. The Government secured only 106 out of the 225 member legislature at the April 2 election.
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Sri Lanka sides hold rare talks, July 20, 2004, 15:40 EDT. Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger officials have held a rare high-level meeting in the capital, Colombo. More...
Published: Tue Jul 20 15:41:54 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt decides to compensate ethnic violence victims, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue July 20, 2004 13:19 EDT . - - ry of the ethnic riot, her office said in a statement... Back to the top

Six new MPs takes oaths in Parliament
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 20, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. The swearing in of six new Parliamentarians took place today morning when parliament met under the patronage of Speaker W... Back to the top

Parliamentary debate on ISGA postponed
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 20, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. The leaders of all political parties yesterday agreed to postpone the debate on the LTTE's Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal indefinitely... Back to the top

Cinema India Pakistani filmmaker plans India-Sri Lanka thriller:, July 20, 2004, 15:40 EDT. New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) : After her first award-winning film "Khamosh Pani" (Silent Waters), Pakistani director Sabiha Sumar is scripting an India-Sri Lanka thriller... Back to the top

Musharraf for promotion of regional peace, security, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue July 20, 2004 13:08 EDT . - - ARC Council of Ministers, which opened here Tuesday, gathered together foreign ministers from the seven SAARC member states... Back to the top

Govt. to build Norochcholai Coal Power Plant
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 20, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. Despite protests from several parties, the government has decided to go-ahead with the proposed Norochcholai Coal Power Plant Project... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to compensate 937 victims of ethnic violence
Associated Press, Tue July 20, 2004 07:41 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The government said Tuesday it will compensate more than 900 victims of violence committed against ethnic Tamils more than 20 years ago that sparked Sri Lanka - 's civil war... Back to the top

Woman shot dead; Two killed in grenade attack on Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue July 20, 2004 03:35 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A woman was shot dead in her home Tuesday, while two others were killed in a separate grenade attack in eastern Sri Lanka - , police said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Rebels May Respond to Peace Talks Agenda Next Week, July 20. July 20 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers may respond to the government's proposed agenda for peace talks next week during a visit by a Norwegian mediator, a rebel spokesman said... Back to the top

Rajapaksa calls for Indian role in Lanka, July 20. Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is on his first visit to India, after his election in April... Back to the top

India to re-engage in Sri Lanka, JULY 20. India is all set to intensify its engagement with Sri Lanka once again... Back to the top

Sri Lanka squad hit by flu bug, July 20. A flu bug that has already laid low Marvan Atapattu, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Chaminda Vaas has seriously handicapped Sri Lanka's preparations for their crucial second-stage Asia Cup encounter with Pakistan... Back to the top

Ally urged to launch anti-Karuna campaign
gulf news, july 20. Tamil guerrillas have directed the Parliamentary group supporting them to launch a counter campaign against renegade leader V... Back to the top

Democratic Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – Karuna’s new political party.
Asian Tribune , july 20. Colombo, 20 July: Democratic Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is the name finalized by Muralitharan Venayagamoorthy alias Colonel Karuna Amman’s group for the new political party for which they have already made necessary legal arrangements to launch shortly... Back to the top

Make yourself clear, Opposition Leader tells Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 19, 2004, 9.03 p.m.. Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today criticised the Government’s failure to adopt a clear stand on the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) and the Peace Process... Back to the top

Sri Lanka waiting for Tamil Tiger response to resume peace talks, president says
Associated Press, Mon July 19, 2004 09:26 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president said Monday the Tamil Tigers have not responded to her proposed agenda for peace talks to end a two decade civil war... Back to the top

Tamils are denied dividends of peace – Thamilselvam
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 19, 2004, 8.57 p.m.. LTTE Political Wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan today emphasised that the delay on the part of the government to recommence negotiation on the basis of the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals is seriously viewed by the Tamil people who have been denied the dividends of peace for such a long time, the LTTE peace secretariat announced today... Back to the top

Pakistan pledges to pursue peace with India at opening of South Asian foreign ministers conference
Associated Press, Tue July 20, 2004 06:27 EDT . MUNIR AHMAD - Associated Press Writer - The meeting drew ministers of the seven countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation: Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka - , the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan... Back to the top

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