The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 17, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 165

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Permission revoked for the LTTE's Pongu Thamil public event in Toronto?
Special Correspondent, September 17. Unconfirmed reports say that the Toronto Municipal authorities have revoked permission granted earlier for the Pongu Thamil event scheduled to be held on Saturday. Pro-LTTE organizations in Toronto were gearing up for what was billed as the "largest thamil event in Canada" to be held at Queens Park in Toronto. Tens of thousands of dollars were collected from Tamil businessmen in Toronto for the festivities, and several banners and posters were put on display at public places. The public display portraits of LTTE leaders and posters glorifying violent acts were reported to have irritated many Canadians, who called on the authorities questioning their action. It is learnt that several Tamils also expressed their disgust to the Toronto city council for granting LTTE to hold this rally in public.
Published: Fri Sep 17 22:34:04 EDT 2004

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Civilians protests against new LTTE appointment for Batticaloa-Ampara districts
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 17, 2004, 10.38 p... Several hundreds of civilians in the Tiger held Kokkadicholai area in Batticaloa had stormed into the LTTE office and demanded the removal of newly appointed LTTE leader, Banu, who has been appointed in charge of the Batticaloa-Ampara districts. Military sources quoting civilians who came from the area said that more than five thousands civilians shouting slogans against LTTE Wanni cadres protested against this new appointment demanding the re-appointment of former LTTE leader Ramesh. Last week the Tiger Leadership removed Ramesh from the post of military head of the Batticaloa-Amapara districts and appointed Banu as the new leader. Banu is a close confidant of LTTE Leader Prabhakaran.
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Government’s newest ally says: “ignore JVP and go ahead with talks on ISGA”
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 17 , 2004, 11.15 p.m.. The Government’s newest ally, Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) has called upon the Government to ignore the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna’s (JVP) continuous protests on the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals and resume peace talks with the LTTE immediately based on the ISGA. The JVP is the Alliance Government’s main ally with 39 seats in Parliament. Senior CWC Parliamentarians R. Yogarajan, Muthu Sivalingam and S. Sellachamy pointed out that their Congress extended the support to President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Government on the condition that peace talks should resume based on the ISGA.

They also noted that even the Opposition United National Party and all other Opposition parties have pledged support to the Government’s future peace moves, and because the JVP is continuously opposing the ISGA don’t continue to stall the process but ignore them and resume talks with the LTTE soon. “Out of the 225 members in Parliament only the JVP is protesting against the ISGA, so even if the Government ignores the JVP, they will still have the majority in Parliament (due to the Opposition support), “so go ahead and start peace talks,” they said.
Published: Fri Sep 17 13:19:42 EDT 2004 Back to the top


LTTE merely wants a legitimate hold on what is presently under their control – EPDP
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 17, 2004, 11.09 p.m.. An anti LTTE political party has alleged that the LTTE is stalling the peace process because they have no sincere and honest commitment to the process and neither do they want a political settlement to the country’s twenty-year-old ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Need of the hour is to unify all SLMC factions and make it a stronger party
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 17, 2004, 11.03 p.m.. A breakaway faction of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has called upon all factions of the SLMC to shed petty political differences and get back together at least for the sake of its founder leader late M... Back to the top

Fishermen arrested for entering self-proclaimed LTTE 'High Security Zone' in Jaffna
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 17, 2004, 10.36 p.m.. The LTTE has arrested three fishermen after they entered a self-proclaimed LTTE 'High Security Zone' in Kalmunai Point sea area in Jaffna yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government, Tamil rebels should take broad peace steps, says Norwegian envoy
Associated Press, Fri September 17, 2004 08:55 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Norwegian peace envoy left Sri Lanka - on Friday after failing to achieve a breakthrough in restarting peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, and urged both sides to take steps to keep the country from sliding back into civil war... Back to the top

No breakthrough in Sri Lanka peace talks mediated by Norwegian envoy
Associated Press, Thu September 16, 2004 12:29 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian envoy failed to reach a breakthrough on Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace talks in meetings with the country's president and Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday, both sides said... Back to the top

S.Lankan president concerned over delay in resumption of peace ...
xinhuanet.com, Septrmber 17, 2004, 06:40 EDT. COLOMBO, Sept. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has expressed her deep concern over the Tamil Tiger rebels' violation of ceasefire agreement and the delay in the resumption of the peace talks with the rebels, her office said in a statement issued late Thursday night. Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks OPEC assistance to ease fuel cost burden, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri September 17, 2004 09:13 EDT . - - Sri Lanka - seeks OPEC assistance to ease fuel cost burden, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government confronts deepening economic crisis
wsws.org, 17 September 2004. The Sri Lankan economy is reeling under the impact of high world oil prices, a severe drought and political uncertainty stemming from fears of a return to civil war... Back to the top

SEP public meeting to warn of the dangers of war in Sri Lanka
wsws.org, 14 September 2004. The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Sri Lanka is holding a public meeting this Friday to warn of the dangers of a return to civil war and advance a socialist perspective to meet the aspirations of working people for peace, democratic rights and decent living standards... Back to the top

Lanka talks fail despite climbdown by Tamil Tigers
indianexpress.com, Friday, September 17, 2004. COLOMBO, SEPTEMBER 16: Norwegian peace brokers today failed in their latest bid to end the deadlock in Sri Lanka’s stalled peace process despite an apparent climbdown by Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

“My Government is flexible, but they cant even make a clear decision,” President tells Solheim
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 16, 2004, 10.13 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today said that it was ‘very unsatisfactory’ to note the LTTE’s current indecision over the recommencement of peace talks... Back to the top

Lanka against move to dredge Palk Straits
indianexpress.com, Friday, September 17, 2004. COLOMBO, SEPTEMBER 16: Sri Lanka today expressed concern over the Indian proposal to dredge the Palk Straits for the Sethusamudram project and appointed a high-level committee to study the implications of the venture... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks UNESCO support to stop misuse of Buddha images, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu September 16, 2004 13:30 EDT . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -SEEKS sked Sri Lanka - seeks UNESCO support to stop misuse of Buddha images, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lanka : Apparel makers visit bodes well for Gaston Textiles
fibre2fashion.com, Septrmber 17, 2004, 06:40 EDT. An industry delegation consisting of apparel makers from Sri Lanka are to visit North Carolina this week... Back to the top

Sri Lankan delegation in US to boost trade ties:
newkerala.com, Septrmber 17, 2004, 06:40 EDT. Washington, Sep 17 : Sri Lanka, which supplies fashion apparel to huge retail stores in the US, has sent a business delegation to North Carolina to explore ways of expanding trade ties... Back to the top

Sri Lanka adds glitter to golden tea
iol.co.za, Septrmber 17, 2004, 06:40 EDT. Colombo - Sri Lanka, better known for its black tea, is now venturing into the more exotic green variety with an eye on Japanese and European markets... Back to the top

``India solidly behind Sri Lanka's integrity''
The Hindu (International), Friday, Sep 17, 2004. COLOMBO, SEPT. 16 . The Chief of the Naval Staff, Arun Prakash, said today India was "solidly behind" Sri Lanka's integrity and sovereignty and it was the country's stated policy that it "would like to underwrite the integrity" of the island-nation... Back to the top

Indian shipping plan sparks concern in Sri Lanka
abc.net.au, Septrmber 17, 2004, 06:40 EDT. An industry delegation consisting of apparel makers from Sri Lanka are to visit North Carolina this week... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wins toss, bowls in Champions Trophy match
Associated Press, Fri September 17, 2004 05:17 EDT . - - SOUTHAMPTON, England, (AP) Sri Lanka - won the toss and sent England in to bat in the Champions Trophy one-day cricket match the Rose Bowl Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan peace talks unlikely to resume soon: envoy
people.com.cn, UPDATED: 19:54, September 16, 2004. Visiting Norwegian special envoy Eric Solheim Thursday voiced pessimism over a quick resumption of the stalled peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Police assault students in Chavakachcheri
K.S. Rajkumar reporting from Jaffna, September 17. Tamil students attending an educational institution in Mirusuvil in the Chavakachcheri area are reported to have been assaulted by policemen, according to a complaint filed with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Mystery as Sri Lanka's 'handball team' vanishes
New Zeland Herald, september 17. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka is trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of its "national handball team" while on tour in Germany, but it is no easy task - the island does not have one... Back to the top

Norwegian envoy wraps up talks with Tamil rebels, no breakthrough in stalled peace talks
Associated Press, Thu September 16, 2004 05:16 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian peace envoy and Tamil Tiger rebels met Thursday to discuss Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process but failed to reach any breakthrough, sources close to the guerrillas said... Back to the top

LTTE continues to hoists Eelam flags despite it being a Ceasefire violation
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 16, 2004, 9.09 p.m.. The army have once again lodged several complaints with the Ceasefire monitors over the LTTE’s continuous forms of violating the ceasefire Agreement... Back to the top

“Make use of ‘LTTE’s flexibility’,” National Peace Council tells Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 16, 2004, 9.35 p.m.. The National Peace Council today called upon the Government to make use of the ‘LTTE’s flexibility’ and resume negotiations with the Tigers as soon as possible... Back to the top

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