The Lanka Academic

JULY 26, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 112

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S.Lanka says weekend attack hurts prospect of talks, July 26, 2004 16:00 EDT. COLOMBO – Sri Lanka's government condemned on Monday the weekend killing of eight people thought to be supporters of a breakaway rebel group, saying the violence made it harder to restart peace talks with Tamil Tiger More...
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Sri Lankan opposition calls for probe on rebel internecine clash, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon July 26, 2004 12:19 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main opposition Monday called for a probe into a shooting incident that has resulted in the deaths of eight members loyal to a renegade Tamil Tiger rebel faction in the east.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels were accused of killing the eight members of its breakaway faction led by eastern commander Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan, better known as Karuna. Kabir Hashim, a legislator for the main opposition United National Party (UNP) said the party would urge the government to conduct a full probe into the shooting incident which took place early Sunday in the Colombo suburb of Kottawa. Hashim said the incident could affect the efforts to revive the stalled peace process in the country.

The massacre came just a few hours before the arrival in Colombo of Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen who is trying to salvage the faltering peace bid since April last year. Karuna led a split in the LTTE in March and went underground after disbanding around 6,000 members under his control in an attack by mainstream rebel group in the north one month later. His whereabouts since then has not been known but the LTTE has accused the government troops of providing covert support to him, leading to internecine clashes. The government has denied any involvement in the Karuna affair.

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LTTE intensifies search for Karuna loyalists
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 26, 2004, 9.28 p.m.. The LTTE has intensified its checking in al un-cleared areas (areas that come under their purview). According to sources, the LTTE has intensified its search for all Karuna loyalists. In addition to this they are actively recruiting children in the Batticaloa area, sources claimed. This report comes just less than 24 hours after seven Karuna loyalists were killed in Colombo.

Sources claimed that four girls including Nilaveni who was with Karuna and then later arrested by the LTTE has been taken to Vanni for unknown reasons. Apart from this the LTTE is checking passenger vehicles travelling between Palali and Omanthai. The LTTE is also patrolling the areas controlled by the forces in Muhamalai and Kodikamam in motorbikes looking for suspicious looking persons, sources claimed.
Published: Mon Jul 26 11:32:15 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Manel Jayasena's final journey
Daily News, Tuesday, 27 July 2004. Luxmi Manel Illangakoon Jayasena stage and tele-star par excellence who lived in the hearts of millions of people in this country was cremated yesterday... Back to the top

LTTE insists that ISGA should be the basis if peace talks are to resume
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 26, 2004, 9.33 p.m.. The LTTE today declared that they are willing to resume peace talks with the Government, only if it agrees to base talks on the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA)... Back to the top

LTTE firm on resuming talks on its interim self-rule proposals, July 26, 2004 16:00 EDT. Colombo, July 26 (UNI) The Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels today conveyed their uncompromising stand to a key Norwegian facilitator that the LTTE was prepared to resume peace talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga-led coalition government only on the basis of its blue-print for an interim self-rule in the North-East... Back to the top

Pak New Envoy For Increased Economic Ties With Sri Lanka, 2004-07-27 . ISLAMABAD, Pakistan : July 27 (PNS) - Pakistan and Sri Lanka need to Work more vigorously in the field of trade and commerce, Pakistan's new envoy to Colombo, Bashir Wali Mohmand said in an interview published on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Ethiopians Find Familiarity in Minefields
AllAfrica.COM, July 26, 2004 16:00 EDT. Feizal Samath Colombo The slow and dangerous work of Sri Lankan de-miners, to clear the northern and eastern part of the island littered with landmines that maim and kill, is under study by Ethiopian officials currently in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to give their youngsters a run, July 26, 2004 16:00 EDT. With their place in the Asia Cup final secure, Sri Lanka are set to rest several key players in their final group match against India tomorrow, to give other members of the squad an outing... Back to the top

World News: India need to beat Sri Lanka Tuesday (PREVIEW), July 26, 2004 16:00 EDT. Colombo, Four-time winner India will need a win over twice winners Sri Lanka Tuesday to book a seat in the Asia Cup final for which the hosts have already qualified... Back to the top

Free gift to every tourist visiting Sri Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 26, 2004, 9.25 p.m.. Each and every tourist arriving in the country will be presented with a free gift... Back to the top

Sri Lankan company promotes stationery made from elephant dung after gift to U.S. President
Associated Press, Mon July 26, 2004 11:08 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan company that made personalized stationery for U... Back to the top

Norwegian peace envoy heads for talks with Tamil rebels; No arrest in slaying of Tamils
Associated Press, Mon July 26, 2004 02:00 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian peace envoy met Tamil Tiger leaders Monday to urge them to resume peace talks, a day after seven members of a breakaway rebel faction were found shot dead in the capital... Back to the top

No direct funding to LTTE says World Bank
gulf news, July 25. Colombo: The World Bank has reassured Sri Lanka that it would not provide direct funding to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), despite speculation that it was preparing to implement its proposed development plans in the uncleared areas with the Tigers... Back to the top

World News Drive against Sri Lanka anti-terror law picks up:, July 26 . Lawyers and rights activists in Sri Lanka have launched a campaign to collect a million signatures for a memorandum demanding the repeal of a draconian anti-terrorism law under which 65,000 people have been detained since 1979, reports OneWorld... Back to the top

Top US official due here
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 25, 2004, 6.46 p.m.. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Donald A... Back to the top

US official to visit Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon July 26, 2004 12:20 EDT . - - US official to visit Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Lanka stock exchange 'Asia's best performer'
gulf daily news, july 25. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is run by a shaky Marxist-backed minority government, the island's peace process is in tatters with Tamil Tiger rebels warning of war, but the country's stock market is racing... Back to the top

Singapore trip: “Karuna was escorted by Government’s special security,” claims pro-LTTE MP
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 25, 2004, 11.05 p.m.. The LTTE today insisted that its renegade leader Karuna and Minister Anura Bandaranaike, had travelled in the same plane to Singapore... Back to the top

Muralitharan will miss India match to attend grandfather's funeral
Associated Press, Mon July 26, 2004 07:43 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will miss Tuesday's Asia Cup second-round match against India to attend his grandfather's funeral, Sri Lankan cricket board spokesman Ray Illangakoon said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan skipper Atapattu seeks unblemished record ahead of final
Associated Press, Mon July 26, 2004 07:36 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Skipper Marvan Atapattu is considering resting some top players for the Asia Cup second-round match against India now that his Sri Lankans have secured a place in the final, but says he won't risk a loss... Back to the top

RSF condemns midnight raid at Tamil journalist’s home
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 25, 2004, 10.22 p.m.. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has once again expressed its fear for the safety of Tamil journalists in Sri Lanka, following a sudden police raid at the home of journalist Dharmaratnam Sivaram, who is also the editor of the news website Tamilnet, for the second time in three months... Back to the top

Nedumaran cautions India against military pact with Lanka, Monday July 26 2004 00:00 IST. BANGALORE: The World Tamil Confederation on Sunday cautioned the Union government that signing a military pact with Sri Lanka would result in serious consequences... Back to the top

Special focus on impediments to the ceasefire agreement, during Helgessen’s stay
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 25, 2004, 10.47 p.m.. Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesson who arrived in the country today afternoon will focus special attention to the recent violent incidents in the Eastern province, when he meets Government and LTTE leaders, as such incidents are an impediment to the existing ceasefire agreement, sources told the Lanka Academic... Back to the top

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