The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 3, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 120

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Government says ‘NO’ to ISGA, peace process in shambles?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 3, 2004, 12.16 p.m.. In what appeared to be a ‘definite setback’ to the country’s fragile peace process, the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government today declared that they will not take up the LTTE’s Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal for discussion when peace talks resume.

This is despite the LTTE insisting that they will not come to the negotiating table unless the Government agrees to base talks on the ISGA. “The general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Maitripala Sirisena quoted the President as saying at the Alliance executive council meeting today that the peace talks would not be resumed based on LTTE's "ISGA" proposals.” The Government’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna which is very much against the ISGA, may have pressurised President Kumaratunga into making such a drastic decision, sources told the Lanka Academic.

“President would have been in fear that if she ignored the JVP, then she wouldn’t have had a Government, because at several instances the JVP warned that if the ISGA is taken up for discussion, then they will pull out of the Government,” the source added.
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Grenade attack at EPDP office injures five
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 3, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) office at Valachchenai was attacked with a grenade this morning allegedly by LTTE cadres, resulting in four EPDP members and a police constable being injured. Military sources told the Lanka Academic two unidentified persons suspected to be from the LTTE were responsible for hurling the grenade at the office. Reports said that an EPDP organizer was among the seriously injured. The injured victims are receiving treatment at the Valachchenai hospital
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Muslims in eastern province observes death anniversary of 103 Muslims
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 3, 2004, 11.56 p.m.. Muslims in several towns in the eastern province staged a hartal today (general shutdown) to mark the 14th anniversary of the killing of 103 Muslims by the LTTE. A senior police spokesman in the eastern province said that day-to-day life in Muttur and Kinniya were completely paralysed due to the hartal. “School, government and private offices were shutdown and transport service halted during the day”, he said. In 1990, LTTE cadres gunned down 103 Muslims in a Mosque in Kathankudi when they were observing prayers.
Published: Tue Aug 3 13:59:23 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Barricades are back in troubled Sri Lanka
iht.com, Aug 3. Soldiers, sandbags and barricades have returned in force to the capital of Sri Lanka in the tightest security since its 2002 cease-fire, after slayings and a suicide bombing that have raised fears that this tropical island could slip back into war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan main opposition not to support govt peace efforts, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue August 3, 2004 13:26 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main opposition United National Party (UNP) said Tuesday that it has decided not to support the government on its moves to revive the stalled peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels. A UNP statement said that its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has told his group of parliamentarians that it was no longer possible to support the government in view of continued snubs by the ruling party politicians... Back to the top

Deputy Public Trustee remanded over Visa scandal
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 3, 2004, 11.53 p.m.. Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested Deputy Public Trustee Tilak Devagiri Bandara in connection with a US visa scandal... Back to the top

Sri Lanka under tight security amid fears of a return to war
Associated Press, Tue August 3, 2004 02:10 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Soldiers, sandbags and barricades have returned in force to the capital of Sri Lanka - in the tighest security since its 2002 cease-fire, following slayings and a suicide bombing that have raised fears that this tropical island could slip back into war... Back to the top

Tiger rebels reject government's counter plan
gulf news, august 2. Colombo: Tamil guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have rejected a counter proposal put forward by the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government to renew stalled peace talks... Back to the top

Plea for India-Lanka treaty on lines of 1971 Indo-Soviet pact
hindustantimes.com, Monday, August 2, 2004. PK Balachanddran, Given the alleged pro-LTTE stance of the Norwegian peace brokers and their Western cohorts in the Sri Lankan peace process, there is now a strong move in South Sri Lanka to get India on board as a countervailing force to ensure the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Muralitharan not worried about race with Shane Warne
Associated Press, Tue August 3, 2004 03:57 EDT . TREVOR CHESTERFIELD - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan is back in the Sri Lankan team and is not too bothered by the challenge of regaining the test wicket-taking world record he currently shares with Australia's Shane Warne... Back to the top

Lankan Muslims, Tamils protest joblessness
Dawn, AMPARA (Sri Lanka), Aug 2. Muslim and Tamil graduates took to the streets on Sunday in protest against the Sri Lankan government for what they said overlooking them in recruitment for government agencies... Back to the top

Galle pitch worrying Smith ahead of first test against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue August 3, 2004 07:08 EDT . TREVOR CHESTERFIELD - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - has its best chance of beating South Africa in a test series for the first time, with the odds stacked in its favor ahead of the first game of the two-match series starting Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to play test series in Pakistan in October
reuters.co.uk, Tue 3 August, 2004 13:45. KARACHI, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka have agreed to play a two-test series in Pakistan in October, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Tuesday... Back to the top

JVP scoffs at UNP’s offer to assist President on the peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 2, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today scoffed off an offer extended by the Opposition United National Party to President where they called upon her to pursue the peace process even if she does not have the support of her 39 JVP members... Back to the top

Government will not go back to war assures deputy Defence Minister
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 2, 2004, 11.13 p.m.. Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake today assured that the government has no intention of going back to war... Back to the top

Foreign Office Revises Sri Lanka Travel Advice
scotsman.com, aug 2. The Foreign Office slightly eased a blanket warning against travel to the north and east of Sri Lanka today – saying that “essential” journeys could now be made... Back to the top

Round one - SA v Sri Lanka in Galle
cricket365.com, July 03, 2004 07:50 EDT. Having had just a week to acclimatise to the sapping heat and humidity in Sri Lanka, Graeme Smith's men could not have asked for a sterner match first up... Back to the top

Gayoom congratulates Kumaratunga on Sri Lanka’s triumph at Asia ...
haveeru.com.mv, July 03, 2004 07:50 EDT. MALE, Aug 3 -- President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Monday sent a message of congratulations to the President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, following Back to the top

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