The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 14, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 131

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LTTE to reject Govt proposal on interim administration, August 14. The LTTE has said that it will reject any proposal that the Sri Lankan government may submit as an alternative to its own proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) for the Tamil-dominated North Eastern Province (NEP). The Head of the Political Wing of the LTTE, SP Tamilselvan, told the visiting Japanese envoy, Akio Suda, in Kilinochchi on Saturday, that the ISGA proposed by his organization had been drafted keeping the best interests of the Tamil people in mind and that it had the sanction of the Tamil people. He said that the LTTE had already rejected a counter proposal (for an Interim Council) made by the government, and warned that any further drafts would also be rejected. The talks should be only on the LTTE's proposal for an ISGA, Tamilselvan said. More...
Published: Sat Aug 14 14:40:18 EDT 2004

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Petroleum strike called off
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 14, 2004, 10.14 p.m. . A strong workforce of some 6000 petroleum workers today temporarily called off their strike, after Minister of Finance Sarath Amunugama assured that the country’s third petroleum share would not be sold without the workers approval.

However, sources attached to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation unions told the Lanka Academic that in the event Tuesday’s scheduled meeting with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Power and Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha does turn out to be ‘unfruitful’ there is a possibility that the workers will again resort to a strike.

The lightning strike, which began yesterday noon, resulted in all fuel stations running dry, but officials said that everything would be most probably back to normal within the next 24 hours. The sudden strike yesterday was reportedly against the Government’s secret move to sign an agreement with another Indian oil company named Bharat Petroleum Corporation, giving over another 107 fuel stations. The previous administration also sold another 100 such stations to the Indian Oil Corporation amidst severe protests then.
Published: Sat Aug 14 12:24:09 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Name and Shame the LTTE, demands Government’s Tamil constituent
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 14, 2004, 9.55 p.m.. A Tamil constituent of the Government, Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) has called upon the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and the International community to name and shame the LTTE' after they allegedly killed a couple of senior EPDP members in the East this week.

In a representation to the Monitors, the EPDP pointed out that, "there cannot be any doubt in the minds of intelligent persons that these brutal killings is another one of the series of LTTE killings. The killed EPDP members are very senior members of the EPDP.”

The party also called upon the SLMM and the International Community to take suitable steps to name and shame the LTTE for this dastardly act," the letter added.

Meanwhile, EPDP Leader and Minister Douglas Devananda recently said that the continuing killing spree by the LTTE should be denounced urgently by the international community.
Published: Sat Aug 14 11:58:40 EDT 2004 Back to the top

‘We are waiting for a positive response from the Government’ – LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 14, 2004, 6.03 p.m.. The LTTE today declared that they are ready to resume negotiations with the Government even immediately on the peace process and added they were waiting for a positive response from the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government... Back to the top

Central Bank says long term consequences if fuel prices are not increased now
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 14, 2004, 5.51 p.m.. The Central Bank yesterday warned the Sri Lankan Government that it will have to face long-term undesirable consequences if it does not immediately make necessary price adjustments locally according to international fuel prices... Back to the top

Reviving peace talks urgent, Japan tells Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Sat August 14, 2004 08:28 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 14 (Kyodo) Japan on Saturday renewed its call on the Sri Lanka - government and Tamil rebels to revive peace talks stalled for over a year. Sri Lanka - 's two-decade-long civil war, halted by a cease-fire signed in February 2002, has cost 65,000 lives... Back to the top

LTTE should come forward to accept final solution within united Sri Lanka
Asian Tribune, August 14, 2004, 09:20 EDT. Colombo, 14 August : It is very much important that the Muslims in the country should have to participate in the Peace Talks that is being arranged by the Government of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Bomb blasts at public service unit in South, no casualties
Asian Tribune, August 14, 2004, 09:20 EDT. Yala, 14 August, (TNA): A public service unit in the southern-most province of Yala was attacked by a powerful bomb last night, damaging part of the building, but there were Back to the top

Muralitharan needs career-saving shoulder surgery and could be sidelined for four months, specialist says
Associated Press, Sat August 14, 2004 05:59 EDT . - - MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Sri Lanka - 's world record breaking wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan requires career-saving shoulder surgery on his bowling arm and faces four months on the sidelines, a specialist said Saturday... Back to the top

SNTV-1615: Cricket Sri Lanka 4
Associated Press, Sat August 14, 2004 13:41 EDT . - - AP-SNTV-1615: Cricket Sri Lanka - 4 STORY: Cricket Sri Lanka - 4 - Rain dominates, but South Africa still in trouble LENGTH: 1:33 RESTRICTIONS: SNTV Clients Only, See Script TYPE: Nat sound SOURCE: Taj TV DATELINE: Colombo, Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

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