The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 21, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 138

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LTTE fixes satellite antenna to intercept communication of security forces and harbour
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 21, 2004, 10.52 p.m.. The LTTE is alleged to have fixed a satellite antenna in Colombo at the residence of a businessman to intercept communication between security establishments and the Colombo Harbour, Tamil sources claimed today. Reports also claimed that a special police unit has been appointed to investigate and seize this antenna, which is located within 100-200 meters away from the Colombo harbour

Meanwhile, the LTTE has also set up a torture camp in Karadiyanaru to detain and interrogate Karuna loyalists. More than 150 persons believed to be Karuna loyalists are being abducted and are currently being detained at this special camp.
Published: Sat Aug 21 12:57:08 EDT 2004

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114 EPDP victims since 2002 Ceasefire Agreement
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 21, 2004, 7.08 p.m.. The LTTE is reported to have killed 114 Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) members since the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement in February 2002.

Reports noted that 114 EPDP members including activists, supporters and party hierarchy had been gunned down so far since the Ceasefire Agreement signed between the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and LTTE Leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran.

The last victim was the party’s Media Secretary Balanadarajah Iyer who was allegedly killed by the LTTE pistol gang at Wellawatte on Monday (16). While last week Trincomalee district EPDP chief organiser Athmalingam Ramani alias Pandiyan along with another EPDP supporter were shot in Trincomalee.
Published: Sat Aug 21 09:12:34 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Free Media stages protest against Bala’s killing
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 21, 2004, 10.42 p.m.. The Free Media Movement held a protest campaign yesterday in front of the Fort Railway station, against the killing of EPDP Media Secretary and journalist Balanadarajah Iyer. Hundreds of journalists participated for the protest which lasted for more than a hour, many senior journalists also participated at the campaign. The protestors demanded the authorities to launch an investigation into the killing and to take measures to prevent such killings in the future.
Published: Sat Aug 21 12:47:24 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Australia donates ten thousand metric tonnes of wheat flour to N/E
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 21, 2004, 10.42 p.m.. Australian government has donated ten thousand metric tonnes of wheat flour worth 320 million rupees for the displaced owing to the war in the North and East under the world food programme... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military accuses Tamil rebels of violence, Aug. 21 . COLOMBO, Aug. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- The Sri Lankan military has accused the Tamil Tiger rebels of carrying out an attack on government troops, the state radio said Saturday. Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation said the military believes that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels were responsible for attacking an army officer and a soldier at Kanyakerni, north of the eastern town of Batticaloa in early hoursof Saturday... Back to the top

President off to UK on a private visit
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 21, 2004, 5.06 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today left for the United Kingdom on a private visit... Back to the top

Norway’s dubious role as a peace facilitator exposed
Asian TRibune, august 21. Oslo, 21 August: The World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) had it "Road maps to peace in Sri Lanka” one day conference yesterday at Oslo Kongressenter, Folkets hus, Oslo, Norway exposing the partisan role played by Norwegian Foreign Ministry in the peace facilitation between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which they came forward and undertook to bring about a sustainable peace in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

LTTE hands over four children to UNICEF transit centre
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 21, 2004, 4.58 p.m.. Four youngsters who enrolled themselves submitting false particulars, especially of their age to join with the LTTE, had been identified as under aged following action taken by the special committee appointed to deal with the issue of child recruits, the LTTE peace secretariat said today... Back to the top

Senior Tamil Tiger aide shot dead in Sri Lanka, August 21, 2004, )7:45 EDT. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (Reuters) - A senior member of the Tamil Tiger rebels' political wing has been gunned down in Sri Lanka's restive east, the army said on Saturday, as sporadic violence stalls efforts to end two decades of civil war... Back to the top

‘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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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