The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 6, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 123

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Sri Lanka 's intelligence chief seeks early retirement amid escalating violence
Associated Press, Fri August 6, 2004 11:13 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's intelligence chief is trying to retire early amid allegations of military support for a renegade rebel leader and the killings of several intelligence operatives, a defense official said Friday. The Tigers crushed the rebellion within weeks but Muralitharan and a band of followers went underground, and are accused of spearheading attacks on the Tigers with help from Sri Lanka - 's military intelligence.

The army denies the allegation. Muralitharan couldn't be reached for comment.

Scores have died in the rebels' factional violence. In the latest incident, a renegade rebel supporter was fatally shot Friday in the eastern city of Batticaloa, the defense official said.

The rebels say the alleged military support for the breakaway commander was hampering efforts to resume stalled peace talks aimed at ending Sri Lanka - 's two-decade civil war, which killed nearly 65,000 people.

A Norway-brokered cease-fire halted the fighting in February 2002.

However, international monitors have warned both the government and the rebels that the factional violence threatens the truce and jeopardizes peace efforts.
Published: Fri Aug 6 15:52:06 EDT 2004

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Norwegian facilitators have failed in their task says Government Minister
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 6, 2004, 10.59 p.m.. A senior Government Minister today declared that the Norwegian facilitators had failed in their task in trying to bring the LTTE to the negotiating table. Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, who is also tipped to be the Leader of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government, told reporters today “we requested Norway to bring the LTTE to the negotiating table, but so far they have failed.”

The position of the LTTE is that we should base future peace talks only on the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA), but the Position of the Government is that when peace talks resume negotiations on an interim authority and final settlement should be discussed parallely. Wickremanayake is also the deputy Defence Minister.
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Sri Lanka hit by ‘hoof and mouth’ disease, Government seeking urgent help
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 6, 2004, 10.27 p.m.. Cattle transportation in the Kurunegala and Anuradhapura districts have been banned with immediate effect, due to the ‘hoof and mouth’ disease which is spreading rapidly in these two districts and has left hundreds of cattle dead.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Anura Dissanayake said that the Sri Lankan Government has sought urgent Indian assistance in finding ways to curb the rapidly growing disease, which could spread to other districts as well if quick measures are not taken to curb the situation. “We have requested for urgent help from Indian expertise to carry out necessary tests and find a cure to the problem. The experts are due to come to Sri Lanka shortly,” he added.
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An International Buddhist Cultural Centre soon in Sri Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 6, 2004, 10.08 p.m.. An international Buddhist cultural center is to be set up at a cost of Rs... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Judge Appointed to United Nations War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda
allAfrica.com, August 6, 2004 . J. Asoka de Silva of Sri Lanka has become a permanent judge of the United Nations war crimes tribunal for Rwanda, replacing his compatriot, Judge Asoka Gunawardena, who resigned in June... Back to the top

WB says projects undertaken by them in the N/E with government approval
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 6, 2004, 9.27 p.m.. The World Bank said all projects undertaken by them in the North and East of Sri Lanka are carried out with the unequivocal consent and agreement of the Sri Lankan government... Back to the top

US Marine Pacific Commander visits Sri Lanka
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 6, 2004, 9.26 p.m.. United States Marine Forces Pacific Commander Lieutenant General Wallace C... Back to the top

New Government Media head
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 6, 2004, 9.25 p.m.. The Government has appointed Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Media Mrs... Back to the top

Wickramanayake new Alliance Leader? President to consult JVP to obtain their views
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 6, 2004, 12.00 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has proposed the name of Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake to the post of United Peoples Freedom Alliance Leader... Back to the top

President to meet Ranil soon
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 6, 2004, 11.01 a.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe are expected to meet soon and discuss matters pertaining to the peace talks, informed sources said... Back to the top

LTTE likely to get fresh talks offer
Dawn, COLOMBO, Aug 5. In a bid to bring the Tamil Tigers back to the negotiating table, fresh power-sharing proposals would be drafted by the government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga shortly, Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said at a news conference on Thursday... Back to the top

World News: Colombo: LTTE faction ready to help extradite Prabhakaran
keralanext.com, 6-August-2004. Colombo, A breakaway faction of Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger guerrillas has pledged to back Indian efforts to extradite Velupillai Prabhakaran for masterminding the assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi... Back to the top

Internecine killings continue between Sri Lanka 's Tamil rebel rivals, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu August 5, 2004 13:42 EDT . COLOMBO, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's eastern region continues to be plagued by internecine clashes between the rival groups of Tamil Tiger rebels. In the latest killing Thursday morning, a supporter of the renegade eastern commander known as Karuna was killed at Welioya in the north- eastern border, defense officials said... Back to the top

Report: Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tiger rebels release 15 child soldiers
Associated Press, Thu August 5, 2004 12:34 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tiger rebels released 15 child soldiers in eastern Sri Lanka - on Thursday, a pro-rebel Web site reported... Back to the top

 White elephant spotted in Sri Lanka
Yahoo, August 06, 2004 11:15 EDT. A rare albino elephant has been spotted roaming Sri Lanka's Ruhunu National Park, the first recorded sighting in the country... Back to the top

Muralitharan regains test record as South Africa chases Sri Lankan total
Associated Press, Fri August 6, 2004 05:55 EDT . TREVOR CHESTERFIELD - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Jacques Rudolph anchored the South African first innings with a dogged half-century as the tourists nudged their way to avoiding the follow on Friday on the third day of the first test against Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Muralitharan takes his record wicket tally to 529
Associated Press, Fri August 6, 2004 11:00 EDT . - - Cricket Sri Lanka - 3 2:51 SNTV Clients Only, See Script Muralitharan takes his record wicket tally to 529 B-u-l-l-e-t-i-n begins at 1450 GMT... Back to the top

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Rudolph anchors South African fightback as Muralitharan regains test record
Associated Press, Fri August 6, 2004 08:57 EDT . TREVOR CHESTERFIELD - Associated Press Writer - GALLE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Jacques Rudolph amassed an unbeaten 85 at stumps Friday to anchor South Africa's first innings reply to an imposing Sri Lankan total of 486, as the tourists ended day three of the first test 139 runs behind... Back to the top

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