The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 19, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 136

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No talks till LTTE ends killings: Lanka parties to govt, August 19. Representatives of various political parties, who spoke at the funeral of anti-LTTE writer-activist Balanadaraja Ayyar in Colombo on Thursday, said that the Sri Lankan government should refuse to hold peace talks with the LTTE so long as the latter is on a spree killings its opponents. The 48-year-old Balanadaraja Ayyar, a tireless journalist, poet, creative writer and a campaigner for Tamils' rights and democracy, was the Media Secretary of the Eelam Peoples' Democratic Party (EPDP). His killing by LTTE hit men on August 16, was the latest in a series, which is reported to have claimed about 50 lives since April this year. Speakers from the ruling ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP); the Eelam Peoples' Revolutionary Liberation Front More...
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LTTE bars Muslims from resettling in Muttur
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 19, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. The LTTE yesterday warned a large number of Muslim civilians who cleared a land area to resettle in Muttur, not to resettle in the area, army sources said. The LTTE cadres have warned the Muslim civilians of ‘dire consequences’ in the event they do ignore the LTTE warning and resettle in those areas. The LTTE has also told the Muslims not to come to this particular area in Muttur, which comes under the Trincomalee district.

“These Muslims were planning to re-settle in a deserted area after clearing the land when some LTTE cadres approached those Muslims and warned them to refrain from doing so. They had also told the civilians to first obtain permission by the LTTE Trincomalee leader Eelaan, to even visit that area, army said. The Muslim civilians have complained to the Trincomalee police. And the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has also been informed of this incident.
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JVP says ‘no interim authority proposal being formulated by the Government’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 19, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has denied recent reports that the Government is formulating a separate set of proposals to the LTTE’s Interim Self Governing Authority proposals.

The JVP Propaganda Secretary and Parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansha had told a public meeting this week that even though the Government’s Peace Secretariat Secretary General Jayantha Dhanapala has made some remarks of a Government proposal being formulated on an Interim Authority, no such proposal is being formulated currently by the Alliance Government.

“There is no such thing, if such a proposal is being formulated, then the JVP would have known about it because we are the main partner of the Alliance,” he is reported to have said.
Published: Thu Aug 19 14:11:40 EDT 2004 Back to the top

EPDP member Bala’s funeral took place today evening
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 19, 2004, 11.43 p.m.. The funeral of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party media secretary and senior journalist Balanadarajah Iyer who was allegedly assasinated by the LTTE took place at the Borella General cemetery today evening... Back to the top

Sri Lanka complains to cease-fire monitors about Tamil Tiger rebels' alleged gunrunning
Associated Press, Thu August 19, 2004 06:49 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan authorities have complained to European cease-fire monitors that Tamil Tiger rebels may be smuggling weapons into the country, taking unfair advantage of a truce, officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil party protests against killing of member, Aug. 19 . COLOMBO, Aug. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Members of Sri Lanka's Tamil party the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) on Thursday protested in front of foreign missions in Colombo against the killing of its media secretary Kandasamy Iyer Balanadaraja, witnesses said. The EPDP staged their protest in front of several foreign missions including the Indian and British high commissions and theUS, German and Dutch embassies in Colombo... Back to the top

Maj. Gen. Tennekoon made Jaffna SF commander, August 19. Major General Sunil Tennekoon has been appointed the new Sri Lankan Security Forces Commander for Jaffna, military headquarters in Colombo said Thursday... Back to the top

Lankan unions trash case for Indian investment in oil sector, aug 19. Trade unions of the state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) have told President Chandrika Kumaratunga that there is no case for privatising the CPC and giving a third of its retail and storage facilities to an Indian oil major or any other foreign company for that matter... Back to the top

Retelling people's history of Sri Lanka
Dawn, August 19, 2004, 07:45, EDT. Nearly five centuries later and the memories are still hard to erase... Back to the top

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

FPCCI to hold Pakistan s solo exhibition in Sri Lanka, August 19, 2004, 07:45, EDT. KARACHI: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry has started preparations for organising Pakistan's Solo Exhibition in Colombo, Sri Lanka in next three months... Back to the top

Sri Lanka look to spin duo, August 19, 2004, 07:45, EDT. Spinners Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Rangana Herath have been given a chance to stake a claim for a place in Sri Lanka's Champions Trophy Back to the top

SRI LANKA MULL SPIN OPTIONS, August 19, 2004, 07:45, EDT. Sri Lanka have called up leg-spinning all-rounder Kaushal Lokuarachchi and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath for the five-match one-day series against South Africa starting on Friday... Back to the top

SA look to redeem prestige against Sri-Lanka, August 19, 2004, 07:45, EDT. South Africa have a chance to make up for their Test series loss to Sri Lanka as they get ready for a series of five one-day internationals starting Back to the top

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