The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 18, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 135

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‘I wont privatise Petroleum Corporation’ – assures President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 19, 2004, 12.27 p.m.. President Kumaratunga today assured workers of the state owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) that she would not privatise the institution. The President’s assurance comes just days after more than 5000 workers attached to the Corporation went on a lightning strike crippling the country’s petroleum industry, following reports that the Government was planning to privatise the Corporation, and sell the third share of the industry to a foreign oil company.

The President had given the assurance of non privatisation during a discussion she had with trade unions of the CPC. The President explained in detail the current financial crisis faced by the CPC and the Ceylon Electricity Board mainly due to the exorbitant world oil prices. She also explained that some innovative decisions have to be taken along with the improvement of the efficiency level of the CPC in order to overcome this financial crisis, a release issued by the Presidential Secretariat said.
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Identity cards to all citizens within the next six months
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 19, 2004, 12.13 a.m.. The Government has decided to make the National Identity Card compulsory during voting. Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne told parliament today that at the last provincial council elections the people had no faith in the elections, following a decline in voting. The minister was speaking, while moving the elections special provisions bill in parliament. Mr. Seneviratne also noted that the alliance government appointed a parliamentary select committee chaired by Dinesh Gunarwardena with the aim of finding solutions to problems such as vote rigging, impersonation, etc. The select committee sought views of all political parties and organisations. It was recommended in its interim report that the national identity card should be made compulsory during elections. Pointing out that the commissioner for registration for persons has already drawn up a programme to issue identity cards to all citizens within the next six months, Minister Seneviratne added that as such, every civilian will possess an identity card after this period.
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LTTE bars SLMM officials from investigating suspicious trawler
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 18, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. The LTTE has barred the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission officials from conducting investigations on a suspicious trawler at the Chalai beach area in Mullaitivu. Military spokesman Col. Sumedha Perera said the Sri Lanka Navy spotted the trawler moving under suspicious circumstances off Chalai close to Mullaitivu. The Navy craft, which detected this trawler, mounted surveillance on the suspected trawler during which it observed a fibreglass dinghy moving alongside the trawler. It also observed several boxes suspected to be containing military hardware being unloaded from the trawler to the dinghy, he said. The SLMM Monitors had tried to proceed to the Chalai area to inspect the trawler and examine the contents of the boxes but they were not allowed to do so by LTTE cadres. The Ministry of Defence expects to raise this matter with the SLMM soon, the spokesman said
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Private bus fare hike from next week
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 18, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. Transport Minister Felix Perera had given the green light to private bus operators to increase their fares by 8.8% beginning from Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka navy in standoff with Tamil Tigers, August 18. Sri Lanka's navy and Tamil Tigers were in a tense standoff in the island's embattled north-eastern waters after a rebel trawler was seen unloading boxes suspected to contain military supplies, said the defence ministry... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

LTTE s killing spree causes concern, August 17. Sri Lanka seems to be in the midst of an unending killing spree by the LTTE... 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

Middle East travelers flock to Sri Lanka, aug 18. Sri Lankan Tourist Board tourist arrivals data for May and June show a 55.2 % change from January to June last year (Middle East: 2003 – 2,153 visitors/2004 – 3,341 visitors Jan to June 2004) Travel from the Middle East showed the highest percentage increase in this period for travelers to Sri Lanka over and above the country's traditional key travel markets of Western Europe & Australasia... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Dispels Myth of Wild African Elephant
Yahoo, Mon Aug 16,10:23 AM ET . By Mariam Isa GABORONE, Botswana (Reuters) - When Uttum Corea arrived in Africa from Sri Lanka he was puzzled by the widely held notion that African elephants could not be tamed... 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

Chandrika offers to meet LTTE chief
The Hindu, Tuesday, August 17, 2004 : 1030 Hrs. Colombo, Aug 17.The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has offered to meet the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), V. Prabakaran, if the stalled peace negotiations resumed and progress was made... 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

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