The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 17, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 134

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Sri Lankan navy detects Tamil rebels smuggling weapons, Aug. 17 . COLOMBO, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday detected a trawler of the Tamil Tiger rebels suspected of smuggling weapons in seas close to Mullaitivu in northeast of the country, the Defense Ministry said. The navy spotted the trawler of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels during early hours on Tuesday and found out that several boxes suspected to be containing military hardware isbeing unloaded from the trawler to a fireglass dinghy moving alongside the trawler, a statement issued by the ministry said. The navy informed the Scandinavian monitors, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, of the incident but LTTE rebels barred the monitors from inspecting the trawler and examining the contents ofthe boxes. More...
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Sri Lanka monks dealt anti conversion bill blow, Aug. 17 . COLOMBO, Aug. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's all monk political party was dealt a blow by the country's supreme court here Tuesday when it ruled that a planned legislation by the party was inconsistent with the country's constitution. The Supreme Court ruling on the Bill of Prohibition of Forcible Conversion was announced in parliament by Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara. The National Heritage Party or the JHU has presented the bill with the objective of making it law. The JHU who secured nine seats in the 225-member parliament in the election held in April based its campaign on a theme to stop what it called unethical conversions of majority Buddhists into other religions. More...
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LTTE s killing spree causes concern, August 17. Sri Lanka seems to be in the midst of an unending killing spree by the LTTE. The recent spurt in the activities of its assassination units called "pistol groups" and the indifference of the Sri Lankan government and civil society to the killings, are worrying the local intelligentsia and the international community. More that fifty Tamil political activists, public men and innocent civilians, have been killed in East Sri Lanka and Colombo between April and July this year in the low intensity war going on between the mainstream LTTE led by Velupillai Prabhakaran and a breakaway group led by Karuna. "Tragically, those killed also include elected officials such as the Chairperson of the Alayadivembu Pradeshiya Sabha, V Ravindran; public officials like the Gramasevaka of Karadiyanaru, K Sivarasa; academics such as the Head of the Economics Department of Eastern University, K Tambiah; and media persons like A Nadesan," said the Peace Support Group (PSG). More...
Published: Tue Aug 17 08:45:56 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Government ‘suggests’ LTTE’s involvement in recent killings, while condemning yesterday’s killing
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 17, 2004, 5.45 p.m. The government yesterday strongly condemned the killing of EPDP’s Media Secretary K... Back to the top

Sri Lankan violence triggered by rift in Tamil camp, 17.08.2004 . On the morning of Monday, 16 August, as Kandaswamy Balanadarajah left his house in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo to see his son off to school, two men on motorcycles pumped six bullets into him and sped off... Back to the top

Sri Lankan President prepared to meet Tamil Tiger rebel leader, 16 August 2004 2333 hrs . COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said she is keen to meet Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran... Back to the top

EU lashes out at LTTE, demands an immediate end to killings and abductions
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 16, 2004, 9.41 p.m.. The European Union (EU) while criticising many acts of the LTTE, declared that killings and abductions couldn’t be condoned, and murdering political opponents is a breach of fundamental human rights... Back to the top

Key anti-rebel activist shot dead in Sri Lankan capital, government blames Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Mon August 16, 2004 10:56 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A key member of a Tamil political party opposed to the Tamil Tiger rebels was shot and killed Monday on a busy street in the capital, as European Union officials met to condemn a recent surge of political assassinations... Back to the top

Report: Muralitharan's shoulder operation a success, surgeon says
Associated Press, Tue August 17, 2004 03:08 EDT . MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) An injury to the bowling shoulder of Sri Lanka - 's record-breaking off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan wasn't as bad as first feared and an operation to fix it was a success, his surgeon told Australia's national broadcaster Tuesday... Back to the top

Two Sri Lankans hanged for murdering Canadian in 2001
Associated Press, Tue August 17, 2004 08:18 EDT . - - KUWAIT CITY (AP) Two Sri Lankans were hanged Tuesday for murdering a Canadian in 2001, the government said in a statement... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Build Surgical Unit With SFD Grant, Tuesday, 17, August, 2004. RIYADH, 17 August 2004 — Sri Lanka has opened pre-qualification of contractors from the Kingdom for a Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) aided project in Colombo... Back to the top

Law, land and security under Government control, according to its proposal
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 16, 2004, 9.28 p.m.. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance is currently formulating a counter proposal to the LTTE’s Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal, reports said... Back to the top

Youth yearns for peace
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 16, 2004, 9.27 p.m.. A campaign aimed at pressurizing both the government and the LTTE to resume peace talks soon was held today in front of the Norwegian embassy in Colombo... Back to the top

EU urges LTTE to return to the negotiating table
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 16, 2004, 8.27 p.m.. Netherlands Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ms. Susan Balnkahart, who is also the Head of the European Union (EU) in Sri Lanka urged the Tamil Tigers to return to the negotiating table while strictly adhering to the terms of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA)... Back to the top

India’s aspiration is lasting peace in Sri Lanka - Nirupam Sen
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 16, 2004, 8.25 p.m.. Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Nirupam Sen has declared that the aspiration of India is to see lasting peace in Sri Lanka, which protects the rights of all communities... Back to the top

New Sri Lanka political killing clouds peace bid, AUGUST 16, 2004, 09:45 edt. COLOMBO, Aug 16 (Reuters) - A Tamil politician opposed to Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels was shot dead on Monday in the latest in a string of political killings, as European peace brokers tried to break an impasse in efforts to end two decades of civil war... Back to the top

Why ISGA is LTTE s irreducible minimum, Monday, August 16, 2004. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have now made it abundantly clear that they will not entertain any alternative to their proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) for the predominantly Tamil, North Eastern Province (NEP) of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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