The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 18, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 166

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President leave for the US to take part at the UN General Assembly
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 18, 2004, 11.59 p.m. . President Chandrika Kumaratunga left for the United States today to address the 59th Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly.

Minister Rantnasiri Wickremanayake will act as Minister of Defence during her absence. The President’s other three Cabinet portfolios will be administered till her return by Minister Mangala Samaraweera – who will be in charge of School Education, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena – in charge of Higher Education and Minister D. E. W. Gunasekara – will oversee the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Reconciliation subjects. Ms. Kumaratunga is scheduled to address the General Assembly during its opening sessions on Tuesday (September 21).
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“Give us our ten and we will give you your two,” LTTE tells Army
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 18, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. Tamil Tigers are demanding the release of ten of their cadres, who are in government police custody if they are to release two Home Guards, who were abducted by the LTTE last August. Informed sources said that LTTE’s Political Head S.P. Thamilchelvan had made this request to Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission head Trond Furuhovde when he went to Kilinochchi recently.On Thursday LTTE in a letter to the Government Peace Secretariat had proposed this swap of prisoners and also given ten names, who should be released. However so far the government have not responded to this request. About fifteen armed LTTE cadres had abducted two Home guards along with two T-56 weapons and three magazines at Gomarankadawala in Trincomalee on August 10. Currently nearly fifty civilians including wives and children of the two Home Guards are conducting a sit-in fast at Trincomalee demanding the immediate release of these two home guards.
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Army-LTTE meeting scheduled for Wednesday
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, Sepetmber 18, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. The LTTE had said that they are ready to meet the Army next Wednesday to discuss the problems in the Eastern Province. The meeting, which was postponed twice since last month will be the first meeting after a long lapse. Head of the LTTE's heavy mortar division, Bhanu, who was appointed as LTTE commander in Batticaloa-Ampara District will attend the meeting. The Army representation is still not finalised.
Published: Sat Sep 18 14:24:57 EDT 2004 Back to the top

President wants International Peace Day celebrated in an ‘appropriate manner’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 18, 2004, 11.45 p.m.. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has said that the International Day of Peace which falls on September 21st should be observed throughout Sri Lanka in an appropriate manner... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Suspected Tiger rebels kill Tamil politician in northwestern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat September 18, 2004 06:43 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot a rival Tamil politician in northwestern Sri Lanka - on Saturday as he cycled with his 8-year-old daughter, officials said... Back to the top

Civilian life has no meaning for LTTE women
webindia123.com, September 18, 2004, 08:00 EDT. As families displaced by Sri Lanka's over two decade old civil war rebuild their villages across the rebel-dominated north and east of the country, female cadres of the LTTE don't see any future in a civilian life and are using the 24-month-long cease-fire to hone their military skills... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

Missing Sri Lankan handball team baffles Germany:
newkerala.com, September 18, 2004, 12:30 EDT. Frankfurt, Sep 18 : The sudden disappearance of a visiting Sri Lankan handball team here has baffled German authorities and there is suspicion the team may have landed in Italy to seek employment as immigrants... Back to the top

Flintoff century helps England reach 251 in rain-delayed Champions Trophy match
Associated Press, Sat September 18, 2004 06:55 EDT . - - SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) Andrew Flintoff scored 104 as England rallied to reach 251-7 in its rain-delayed Champions Trophy quarterfinal match against Sri Lanka - at the Rose Bowl on Saturday... 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

Chandrika wants to raise level of ties with India
hindustantimes.com, Saturday, September 18, 2004. The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, on Friday said that the level of ties between her country and India should be expanded and raised to higher levels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil rebels, gov t forces to meet on security in east
xinhuanet.com, 2004-09-18 11:30:14. COLOMBO, Sept. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to hold talks with government forces on Wednesday on the security situation in the east of the country which they have postponed twice, the official Daily News said on Saturday. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels have conveyed the message to the Scandinavian truce monitors, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), following their eastern political chief E... 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

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

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