The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 20, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 137

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‘No one can topple us’ says Government’s main ally amidst a serious communication gap
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 20, 2004, 10.39 p.m.. The Government’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today declared that no force could topple the United People’s Freedom Alliance Government from power. The JVP’s General Secretary Tilvin Silva addressing a mass meeting in Tangalle claimed that the Opposition has formulated several schemes to try and topple the Alliance Government from power, but their plans will never be materialised as all constituents in the alliance Government has a ‘very good understanding’ with each other.

However, Silva’s claim comes just days after a statement issued by his Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa who declared that the Government is not formulating a set of proposals on an Interim Administration to the North and East. A statement contradicted by the Government’s Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Mangala Samaraweera who has in turn noted that the Government is in the process of formulating such a proposal. “An obvious sign that the Alliance constituents are having a serious issue when it comes to communication, because none of them seem to know what’s happening within their Government,” political sources said. The JVP is the Alliance’s main ally.
Published: Fri Aug 20 12:44:49 EDT 2004

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Reveal your Government’s economic policy to the nation, Opposition tells President
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 20, 2004, August 20, 2004, 10.28 p.m.. The main opposition United National Party has said that President Chandrika Kumaratunga should address the nation on the current economic situation in the country immediately. Addressing a press conference in Colombo, UNP Parliamentarian and former deputy Finance Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that people of the country now are heavily burdened due to the sky rocketing cost of living. He also claimed that even though when they were in the Government the world prices continued to soar; they were able to maintain economic stability. “We were defeated because we divulged the truth to the people”, he added
Published: Fri Aug 20 12:37:16 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Atapattu makes crafty 64 as Sri Lanka pull off a thriller against South Africa
Associated Press, Fri August 20, 2004 13:36 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A crafty 64 runs from skipper Marvan Atapattu Friday helped Sri Lanka - pull off a thrilling three-wicket win in the opening game of the five-match limited overs series against south Africa. In reply, Sri Lanka - reached their target in 49 overs when tailender Kaushal Lokuarachchi smashed pace bowler Shaun Pollock for a massive six.

Sri Lanka - lost opener Sanath Jayasuriya early in its innings bowled by pacer Alan Dawson for 12 runs.

However, his opening partner Avishka Gunawardene shared 66 runs with Atapattu for the second wicket in 77 balls and steadied the Sri Lankan innings.

Gunawardene departed shortly after reaching his 10th one-day international half-century, caught by Herschelle Gibbs at gully off paceman Makhaya Ntini. The left-hander faced 61 balls and hit seven fours for his 51 runs.

Kumar Sangakkara joined Atapattu when the score was 2-95 and the pair shared 51 runs for the third wicket in 57 balls before Sangakkara chipped a ball to Gibbs at short mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Nicky Boje for 24 runs.

Atapattu faced 82 balls for his 64 his 48th half-century including five fours, before edging Makhaya Ntini to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.

Lance Klusener forced an edge off Mahela Jayawardene (19) to Boucher leaving Sri Lanka - 201 for five.

Sensible batting from Tillekeratne Dilshan kept Sri Lanka - 's hopes alive even as South Africa's bowlers looked set to take control. Dilshan scored 38 runs in 36 balls including two fours while Chaminda Vaas made a useful 18 runs in 25 balls.

Lokuarachchi, who was called in as a replacement for the injured Muttiah Muralitharan, became an instant hero as he hoisted Pollock for a six through long-on when Sri Lanka - needed five runs to win off seven balls.

He remained unbeaten on 11 with Dilshan at the close.

Ntini was the pick of South African bowlers with 2-46 in eight overs.

Earlier in the day, Kallis scored a brilliant 74 as South Africa set a challenging target for the hosts, rising from early trouble of losing opener Gibbs without scoring.

Kallis along with skipper Graeme Smith guided South Africa to safety with a 77-run partnership for the second wicket in 78 balls.

Legspinner Lokuarachchi bowled left-hander Smith through the bat and pad for 38 runs but Kallis added a further 48 runs with Jacques Rudolph (22) for the third wicket.

Kallis departed after making his 48th one-day half-century, caught and bowled by legspinner Upul Chandana. His 85-ball innings included five fours and two massive sixes.

Boucher cracked 58 runs in 47 balls in the latter part of the South African innings during which the tourists lost quick wickets as they tried to lift the scoring rate. Boucher hit five fours and a six.

Vaas continued his bowling prowess from Sri Lanka - 's victorious second test, taking four wickets for 33 runs in seven overs.
Published: Fri Aug 20 15:38:42 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Parliamentary select committee to combat crime wave
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 10.27 p.m.. As a measure to combat the crime wave in the island, the Government and the opposition yesterday agreed to appoint a parliamentary select committee... Back to the top

Confusing reports continue on Government’s proposal on the Interim Authority
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 20, 2004, 9.02 p.m.. Despite a recent declaration by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna that the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government is not formulating a set of proposal on an Interim Administration for the North and East, Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Mangala Samaraweera is reported to have told the Cabinet news briefing on August 5th that “the Government was in the process of formulating a set of its own proposals for discussion which included development, humanitarian assistance, etc... Back to the top

Senior LTTE leader killed in mine blast, August 20. Internecine warfare between the LTTE led by Prabhakaran and other Tamil groups continues with the killing of a senior LTTE leader and two others in a mine blast in Batticaloa district on Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Security Council to call for explanation from SLMM
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 20, 2004, 8.50 p.m.. The National Security Council has decided to call for explanation on the silent stand adopted by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), over the recent incident, which occurred this week in the seas off Chalai in Sampoor where a LTTE trawler and two small boats, alleged to be containing weapons were spotted by the navy... Back to the top

Kallis 74 helps South Africa set challenging 264-run target for Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri August 20, 2004 08:45 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Jacques Kallis scored a brilliant 74 runs Friday as South Africa set a challenging 264-run target in the first limited-overs match against Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

LTTE leader among two killed in mine attack, Aug 20. Colombo, Aug 20.(PTI):A Tamil Tiger political-wing leader and a woman cadre were killed in a mine attack in eastern Sri Lanka today in what appeared to be a retaliatory strike, police said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political wing leader for the Ampara region was killed while a woman cadre also perished in the attack, they said... Back to the top

US asks LTTE to stop killings and come for talks, August 20. The United States has asked the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to stop killing its rivals and opponents, and positively respond to the Sri Lankan government's peace initiatives... Back to the top

More criticism for peace brokers
Aftenposten.NO, August 20, 2004, 09:05 EDT. Norway's peace-making role in the difficult conflict in Sri Lanka comes under fire yet again as the World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) promises to produce evidence that Norway has indirectly supported terror actions carried out by the Tamil rebel group LTTE, Back to the top

UNESCO Director-General Matsuura condemns Balanadarajah’s killing
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 20, 2004, 05.11 p.m. UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura has condemned the murder of EPDP media Secretary Iyer Balanadarajah, and called for a full investigation of the killing... Back to the top

India News: Tamil Tigers are unlikely to change their stripes ..., 17-August-2004 . New Delhi, India : For the first time since Sri Lanka's peace process got under way in February 2002, Tamil Tiger guerrillas have come under flak from the West amid growing signs of a revival of the armed conflict... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

US asks Tamil Tigers to cease killings
com, Friday, 20 August , 2004, 08:13. Friday, 20 August , 2004, 08:13, Washington: The United States urged Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka on Thursday to cease political assassinations, suicide bombings and recruitment of child soldiers and resume peace talks with the government... 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

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