The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 11, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 128

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Embassies in Colombo under special security scrutiny
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 11, 2004, 10.49 p.m.. Several embassies in Colombo are currently under special security scrutiny, after yesterday’s incident at the United States Embassy in Colombo. Even though investigations are being carried out as to determine whether the letter received at the Embassy contained the anthrax virus, sources attributed yesterday’s incident to a likely act carried out by a ‘prankster’.

A special security progaramme is also likely to be launched shortly by defence authorities with a security ring expected to be placed at several embassies, mainly the US, United Kingdom, France and a few other embassies. But sources said that such security measures would be carried out on a ‘low key’ level with not much fuss so to avoid any unnecessary panic.
Published: Wed Aug 11 12:52:42 EDT 2004

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Help our refugees, Tamilselvan urges the UN
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 11, 2004, 10.30 p.m.. “In view of the danger and risk involved in the sea journey from S. India, please facilitate a safe passage for voluntary refugee returnees from S. India on a humanitarian basis", requested LTTE’s political wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan, when he met United Nation’s refugee agency's country representative Neill Wright at the LTTE’s Peace Secretariat in Kilinochchi.

Elaborating further Mr. Tamilselvan said that voluntary returnees undertake the hazardous journey across the sea under the most mitigating circumstances in that they do not have access to any responsible organization to arrange their travel, the LTTE peace secretariat said.

He however pointed out that the situation prevailing back home is not ideal and conducive, but isolated voluntary repatriations need to be assisted since the individuals concerned base their decisions purely on personal grounds, satisfying themselves with the availability of shelter and security.
Published: Wed Aug 11 12:31:55 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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More killings take place in eastern Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed August 11, 2004 13:47 EDT . COLOMBO, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Unidentified gunmen shot dead a man suspected to be linked to Tamil Tiger rebel renegade eastern commander known as Karuna in eastern Batticaloa early on Wednesday, police said.

Sivrajah Sivaseelan, 28, the manager of a local society was killed early on Wednesday in Kiran, 27 km north of Batticaloa. He was riding a motorbike when the gunmen ambushed him at Kiran junction, police said. Another man, identified as Seniththamby Yogarajan and believed to be an army informant linked to breakaway Karuna faction of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, was shot dead Tuesday night in Kaluwaanchikudy, 24 km south of Batticaloa.

Karuna, once the LTTE powerful eastern commander, broke ranks with the mainstream group led by the reclusive leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in March. Karuna's whereabouts is not known since April after his fighting squad was crushed by the Prabhakaran faction one month later and the Tigers have been accusing the government troops of colluding with the renegade commander. The government has denied the accusations of propping up Karuna but the bickering over the issue has hampered efforts to revive the Norwegian-brokered peace talks which have been on hold since April last year. The LTTE internecine clashes have also upset the peaceful calm prevailed in this island nation since February 2002 when the LTTE and the government entered the ongoing ceasefire. Following the spate of killings the government has tightened security in the country.

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Published: Wed Aug 11 14:14:11 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Ponders Anti-Conversion Law, August 12, 2004. Religious tensions in Sri Lanka are running high as the Supreme Court considers a final verdict on the “constitutionality” of new laws proposed to ban or restrict religious conversions... Back to the top

Govt. drafting interim proposals for North East
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 11, 2004, 10.21 p.m.. The Government is currently drafting an interim proposal for the North and East, as their set of proposal for an interim authority... Back to the top

Authorities arrest two armed Tamil Tiger rebels in violence-ridden eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed August 11, 2004 11:20 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Security forces arrested two Tamil Tiger rebels armed with a rifle and grenades in eastern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, amid mounting violence in the area that threatens the island's fragile cease-fire, police and military officials said... Back to the top

SL Foreign Ministry to implement a new staffing policy
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 11, 2004, 10.22 p.m.. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has decided to implement a new staffing policy when filling vacancies here and abroad... Back to the top

Tigers step up attacks as peace plan hits snag
gulf news, aug 11. Colombo : Tamil guerrillas are making use of the lull in the peace process and the delay in resuming talks to strengthen their positions without any serious objections from the government... Back to the top

President refuses to meet JVP leaders
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 10, 2004, 10.47 p.m.. Differences within the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government reached new heights today when President Chandrika Kumaratunga refused to meet with the Alliance’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna; today’s meeting was also termed as a ‘crucial meeting’... Back to the top

Despite ‘melting war’, Norwegians are coming back
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 10, 2004, 10.59 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has extended an invitation to Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen to visit Sri Lanka shortly and help revive the stalled peace process... Back to the top

Sangakkara dominates as Sri Lanka reach 303 for three against South Africa
Associated Press, Wed August 11, 2004 08:52 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Kumar Sangakkara scored a brilliant century for Sri Lanka - Wednesday as he dominated South Africa's pace attack to lift the home side to 303 at stumps on the first day of the second cricket test... Back to the top

S. Lanka 's peace talks could resume on basis of proposals by two sides: official, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue August 10, 2004 12:55 EDT . COLOMBO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Head of the government peace secretariat has said that the stalled peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels could resume on the basis of proposals by the two sides, the pro-rebel TamilNet website reported on Tuesday. The Sri Lankan government is also preparing a draft interim proposal like the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka closed for 'security reasons'+
Associated Press, Tue August 10, 2004 07:58 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 10 (Kyodo) The U.S. Embassy in Colombo was closed Tuesday for ''security reasons'' and staff were asked to leave the office and not return until further notice, an embassy spokesman and an embassy employee said... Back to the top

Cricket: Sangakkara ton puts Sri Lanka on way to big score, August 11, 2004, 14:15 EDT. COLOMBO : Kumar Sangakkara slammed an unbeaten century as Sri Lanka looked set to post a huge first innings total in the second Test against South Africa here... Back to the top

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