The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 13, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 130

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Petroleum workers stage walk out, severe fuel shortage possible, warns officials
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 13, 2004, 9.51 p.m.. Sri Lanka’s petroleum workers today took to the streets in protest of a secret deal between the Finance Ministry and an Indian oil company, which would result in the Sri Lanka Government selling a further 107 oil stations to the Indian company. The previous United National Front Government sold 100 oil stations to another Indian oil company namely the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).

Protestors, who took to the street in the lat afternoon today demanded the Government to shelve any such deals and plans of selling anymore shares of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, and warned that until the deal is shelved they will not get back to work.

According to reports, the Sri Lanka Finance Ministry was to sign the agreement with Bharath Petroleum Company at 2.00 p.m. today. Meanwhile, President Chandrika Kumaratunga is also reported mediating to bring about a settlement to the problem, oil distribution also disrupted, and officials are also expecting fuel shortage within the next few days if the strike is not called off immediately.
Published: Fri Aug 13 11:54:17 EDT 2004


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Sri Lanka’s main Muslim party to bring about a consensus to help revive peace talks
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 13, 2004, 9.49 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will initiate a campaign to help all political parties reach a consensus on important matters relating to the country’s fragile peace process. According to the Congress Secretary General Hasan Ali, the main aim of this programme is to help respective parties connected to the peace process resume peace talks as soon as possible.

The SLMC, which is Sri Lanka’s main Muslim political party has pointed out that it took such a initiative as the UPFA government's main ally (Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna) had one opinion about the ISGA while other parties held some other view. Ali noted that even though the JVP was objecting to the LTTE’s Interim Self Governing Authority Proposal (ISGA) it had however failed to present an alternative set of proposals.

"Neither is the SLMC satisfied with the ISGA proposals, because there is no mention about the Muslim community but that's why there is something called 'negotiations' so that everyone can sit down and add and subtract certain parts of that proposal, so that a favorable outcome acceptable by all communities could be reached," Mr. Ali reportedly told the Daily Mirror.
Published: Fri Aug 13 11:52:18 EDT 2004 Back to the top


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Japan provides RS. 7.9 million for socially and economically vulnerable people
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 13, 2004, 9.34 p.m.. The Government of Japan will provide a sum of Rs. 7.9 million towards the Vocational Training Project for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Returnees in Kilinochchi. The project is to be implemented by Bridge Asia Japan (BAJ).

The primary objective of this project is to provide the socially and economically vulnerable people such as youths and women affected by the conflict with the opportunities for acquiring new technical skills by upgrading BAJ Kilinochchi Vocational Training Centre (VTC) which was constructed by BAJ in 2003. More than 120 vulnerable people are expected to complete the training courses by the end of the project. Those who have completed the training will be firmly equipped not only with valuable technical skills to be utilized for getting new jobs, self-employment and increasing income but also with confidence and bright hope for the future.

The overall goal is to assist these youths and women in increasing their income level and uplifting their livelihood towards self-reliance by utilizing the skills obtained through the training sessions.
Published: Fri Aug 13 11:38:27 EDT 2004 Back to the top


Severe drought leaves 450,000 families destitute
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 13, 2004, 8.31 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has summoned the Disaster Management Council to discuss the severe drought situation which has affected several parts of the island... Back to the top

US Embassy in Colombo to re-open on Monday
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 13, 2004, 12.21 p.m. The United States’ Embassy in Colombo, which was shut down early this week, will re-open for public from next Monday, the Embassy said... Back to the top

Security forces and LTTE promises to respect CFA, Government reiterates commitment for peace
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 11.58 p.m. . Security forces and the LTTE have agreed to continue to honour and respect the Ceasefire Agreement, which was entered into between the Government of Sri Lanka and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on February 22, 2002... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s landmine nightmare continues….
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 11.56 p.m.. Despite the number of land mine related incidents having dropped from an initial 15-20 a month (before the Ceasefire Agreement) to 4-7 incidents since the agreement was signed, still people continue to be affected by the estimated 1 to 1.5 million anti-personnel mines that contaminate the districts of the North and East, said the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies... Back to the top

Five Sinhalese women escape from LTTE after several years
Asian Tribune, August 13, 2004, 08:00 EDT. Five Sinhalese women abducted and continuously detained by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for over five years have managed to run away from LTTE detention after the detainees were escorted to a river for bathing in the general area of Welioya... Back to the top

JVP says it wont let the Government give LTTE duty free vehicles
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 11.15 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is blocking Government moves to granting four duty free vehicles for the exclusive use of the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tightens grip on South Africa with a massive 492-run lead
Associated Press, Fri August 13, 2004 08:39 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Half centuries from skipper Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara tightened Sri Lanka - 's grip on the second cricket test against South Africa Friday after the visitors were dismissed cheaply following a devastating spell from Sanath Jayasuriya... Back to the top

Jayantha Danapala to submit Jaffna tour report to President.
Asian Tribune, August 13, 2004, 08:00 EDT. Colombo, 12 August: The report of the Head of the Peace Secretariat Jayantha Danapala on his tour to Jaffna, will be submitted to the President either today or tomorrow... Back to the top

Government protests Tamil Tiger rebel build up in Sri Lanka 's east
Associated Press, Thu August 12, 2004 06:27 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government said Thursday it has lodged a complaint with cease-fire monitors about a build up of Tamil Tiger rebel military installations near a major naval base in the country's east, amid fears the island may slip back to war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Airlines acquired Airbus A320, increasing its fleet to 17.
Asian Tribune, August 13, 2004, 08:00 EDT. Colombo 13 August : Sri Lankan Airlines acquired its fifth Airbus A320 aircraft which increases its fleet to 17... Back to the top

Sri Lanka will not go back to a full fledged war says senior Norwegian official
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 11.32 p.m.. First Secretary of the Royal Norwegian Embassy Christian Fougner called upon international investors to invest in Sri Lanka, as he is optimistic that the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE will not go back to a full-fledged war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to boost national production to control prices of essential commodities
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 11.19 p.m.. The government has decided to boost national production in a bid to control the prices of essential commodities... Back to the top

Karuna Speaks: I am a Tiger and I will never eat grass even when I am famished.
Asian Tribune, August 12, 2004, 09:15 EDT. Karuna continues to speak to the "Asian Tribune": I am one who has never supported any Sinhalese leaders politically or otherwise, up to date... Back to the top

Karuna Speaks: Peace talks the biggest comical circus being staged by Prapakaran
Asian Tribune, August 12, 2004, 09:15 EDT. Karuna continues : yesterday I spoke about Karikalan. In fact Karikalan is a friend of mine... Back to the top

US embassy in Colombo remains shut amid investigations
hindustantimes.com, August 12, 2004, 14:00 EDT. The US Embassy in Sri Lanka remained closed on Thursday for a third straight day as tests were carried out on a suspicious white powder received in the mail... Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt not soft on rebels: spokesman, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu August 12, 2004 12:56 EDT . - - be acting within the ceasefire. That was why we have brought it to the attention of the SLMM (Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission), he said... Back to the top

Peace Group wants immediate actions against killings
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 4.54 p.m. The Peace Support Group (PSG) condemning the recent killings and violence urged the government and the LTTE, to take immediate steps to initiate discussions among the law enforcement agencies operating in their areas regarding the obstacles to pursue investigations into these killings which have taken place in both LTTE controlled areas as well as in government controlled areas... Back to the top

LTTE build up at Trincomalee harbour worries Lankan Govt
hindustantimes.com, August 12, 2004, 09:15 EDT. The Sri Lankan government is deeply concerned about the rapid LTTE military build up near the strategically vital Trincomalee naval base and civilian harbour... Back to the top

New code of ethics for state electronic media.
Asian Tribune, August 12, 2004, 09:45 EDT. A new code of ethics is to be introduced for the state electronic media... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President ordered to provide relief immediately to those affected by the drought.
Asian Tribune, August 12, 2004, 09:45 EDT. Colombo 12 August: Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka, yesterday, instructed the disaster management council to immediately provide relief to the masses suffering Back to the top

Sri Lanka vs. South Africa scores
Associated Press, Thu August 12, 2004 08:40 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scoreboard at stumps Thursday, the second day of the second cricket test between Sri Lanka - and South Africa at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club ground... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s rebels request final solution with govt
xinhuanet.com, 2004-08-12 13:21:15. COLOMBO, Aug. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- The total clearance of mines in Sri Lanka's war-battered north and east is not possible until the Tamil Tiger rebels and the government reach a final solution to the two decades of ethnic conflict, military officials have told a team of visiting US officials. Director of Weapons Removal Richard Kidd and his deputy Staurt C... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's rebels end boycott of routine security meetings
Associated Press, Thu August 12, 2004 00:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels returned to routine talks with Sri Lankan security forces aimed at maintaining a fragile 30-month cease-fire amid escalating violence on the island, European truce monitors said Thursday... Back to the top

Jayasuriya grabs five wickets as Sri Lanka seizes command
Associated Press, Fri August 13, 2004 05:57 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A devastating bowling spell by Sanath Jayasuriya put Sri Lanka - in a winning position Friday as South Africa was dismissed for just 189 in its first innings of the second cricket test... Back to the top

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