The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 29, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 115

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Sri Lankan president leaves for BIMST-EC summit in Bangkok, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu July 29, 2004 11:49 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga left here for Thailand on Thursday to attend the two- day BIMST-EC ((Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka - , Thailand Economic Cooperation) summit in Bangkok, the presidential office said. BIMST-EC was set up in Bangkok in June 1997 to foster socio- economic cooperation among Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka - and Thailand. Myanmar was admitted as a full member later in the year, while Bhutan and Nepal were admitted to the organization this year.

Leaders of these seven Asian countries will discuss the enhancement of trade and economic cooperation at the Bangkok summit which is due to open on Friday. Several free trade agreements will be finalized at the summit that will allow low or even zero import duties on goods traded within the region, the president's office said in a statement.

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JVP welcomes foreign intervention to solve North East problem
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 29, 2004 02:15 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna said that they would welcome foreign facilitation to solve the North East problem if such facilitation was with the intention of safeguarding the sovereignty of the country.

JVP Minister Anura Kumara Dissanayake told European Union country representative Wouter Wilton that such foreign facilitation should be carried out in an independent manner. The JVP Minister also said that LTTE should decide whether they want to go ahead with holding peace talks or to fight or extend the ceasefire agreement. Minister Dissanayake added that solution to the North, East problem should be on a concept of a decentralized administrative set up.
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Victoria’s secret apologises to Sri Lanka over bikini issue
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 29, 2004, 11.37 p.m.. Anthony Hebron, Vice President/External Communications of Limited Brands, Inc. has written to Sri Lanka's Ambassador in Washington, expressing the company’s "sincere apologies" of Limited Brands, Inc. and Victoria's Secret. The Company has also stated there was "no intention of showing any disrespect to Lord Buddha or Buddhism". The apology is in response to an outcry over a bikini which was displaying the image of the Buddha, Limited Brands Inc. which owns the "Victoria' Secret" brand name has apologized for" inadvertently offending Sri Lankans, particularly Buddhists," following their use of this design.

The company which supplied the floral bikini design with the offending Buddha image to Victoria's Secret has also stopped selling the bikini from its catalogue and removed it from its website The company which is ranked number one in "World's Most Admired Companies" according to Fortune Magazine has also ceased all sales of the product and removed the images of the swimsuits from its website.
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Kadir in Thailand to discuss bilateral issues
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 29, 2004 02:12 p.m.. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar is in Thailand to review bilateral relations and discuss ways and means of broadening and deepening areas of cooperation... Back to the top

We re doing everything to restart peace process: Lanka govt.
webindia123.com, Colombo | July 29, 2004 8:27:23 PM IST. Sri Lankan government has said that it was doing everything it could do to restart the Island's peace bid, and blamed the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) for unleashing violence, which according it, was eroding confidence in efforts to end 21 years of war... Back to the top

Alliance in crisis again with its main ally
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 29, 2004 01:47 p.m.. In what appeared to be yet another internal dispute in the Alliance Government, JVP Minister Anura Kumara Dissanayake in a strong letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga has protested against her arbitrary decision to take four subjects away from his ministry and give them to the River Basin Development Ministry, which is being held by an SLFPer... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says it's willing to discuss Tamil rebels' self-rule demand
Associated Press, Thu July 29, 2004 06:05 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government took a key step toward restarting stalled peace talks with Tamil rebels on Thursday when it dropped a longstanding refusal to discuss the guerrillas' self-rule proposal, a day after a peace envoy warned new warfare could break out... Back to the top

Sri Lanka not sliding towards war: official
xinhuanet.com, July 29, 20047:45 EDT. COLOMBO, July 29 (Xinhuanet) -- The Sri Lankan government said on Thursday that the country is not sliding towards war despite violence in capital Colombo and the east in the past few weeks... Back to the top

S.Lanka opposition offers support for peace talks with rebels
xinhuanet.com, July 29, 20047:45 EDT. COLOMBO, July 29 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition said Thursday that they would provide unconditional support to President Chandrika Kumaratunga to go ahead with reviving the stalled peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Norwegian peace mission fails to restart Sri Lanka peace talks; warns of complacency
Associated Press, Wed July 28, 2004 08:17 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Hopes that the government and Tamil Tiger rebels would soon restart peace talks plunged Wednesday after a top Norwegian envoy said there is ``little reason for optimism... Back to the top

Lanka halts commemorative coins sale
gulf-daily-news.com, 29 July 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's central bank has suspended sales of precious metal commemorative coins that were becoming gold mines for speculators... Back to the top

SA worries mount in Sri Lanka
iafrica.com, July 29, 2004, 7:45 EDT. South Africa go into next week's Test series against Sri Lanka worried about the energy-sapping hot weather, lost baggage, Muttiah Muralitharan, and the fitness of prolific opener Herschelle Gibbs... Back to the top

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