The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 21, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 169

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Tamil Businesses in Toronto forced to close up for Pongu-Thamil.
Special Correspondent, September 22. More than five hundred Tamil business establishments in Toronto have been forced to close shop on Saturday the 25th. According to several sources in Toronto, operatives from LTTE-fronts in Toronto are going around the city and suburbs ordering Tamil businesses to close their establishments on Saturday. These groups are also pasting notices in store-fronts announcing that 'Our business will be closed on Saturday to observe the Pongu Thamil'. Eventhough the posters say the announcement is made by the 'Management', the same poster had been posted in all Tamil business establishments in Toronto. Several businessmen contacted by this correspondent complained that they have nothing to do with the poster and they were threatened by pro-LTTE groups that 'if they don't close the stores, they will be responsible for the consequences'. According to the businessmen these people showed up, put the poster on the store-fronts and said, "Remember, the shop is closed on Saturday" and leave. Several businessmen are frustrated over the closure of the stores on Saturday, which is a good day of the week for business.
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Civilians threaten to launch fast onto death demanding release of LTTE-detained Home Guards
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 21, 2004, 09.23 P.m.. Eastern civilians and relatives of the two home guards, who are detained by the LTTE today threatened to launch a fast onto death soon if the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission fails to get the two home guards released. These relatives are currently on a sit on fast (sathyagraha), which was launched on September 14. The Military Spokesman also noted that the tension in the Trincomalee district have begun to rise with more sympathizers also joining this fast and supporting this fast and agitating for the immediate release of these two homeguards who have been under LTTE capture since August 10.
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Sri Lankan president calls for UN reform, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue September 21, 2004 14:58 EDT . - - UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarantunga said Tuesday Sri Lanka - wishes for reform of the United Nations so that the world body would become more effective in safeguarding world peace and promoting development. She said her government regards the UN and its potential as the principal forum where the voice of the poor, the defenseless and the weak is also heard as much as the voice of the rich and powerful.

We recognize therefore, the need for reform to render the United Nations more responsive to the needs and aspirations of all of its member States. She noted that there is general agreement that the Security Council does not reflect current geopolitical realities and called for comprehensive reforms that do not confine to the question of enlargement of the Security Council alone.

While expressing disappointment over the lack of progress in the reform of Security Council, she said that most member states, particularly the developing ones, have called for adequate representation of developing countries. She singled out Asia and Africa as regions that are grossly under-represented in the present Council. She expressed Sri Lanka - 's support for aspiring countries, Brazil, Germany, India and Japan in their efforts for candidacy for permanent status in an expanded Security Council as each of them complies with one or more of the criteria applicable to the expansion of the Council's permanent membership.

On the situation in Iraq, she expressed deep sadness at the violence, instability, loss of life and human suffering in the country. We in Sri Lanka - know, and have experienced first hand, the impact of violence on society and the difficulty in finding solutions to problems of governance that satisfy all parties, she said. In today's interdependent, increasingly globalized world, she noted, it is very important that the commitment of the international community to remain engaged and ensure that Iraq does not become further plagued by violence and fragmented on ethnic or religious lines.

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Canada expresses concern over stalled peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 21, 2004, 11.44 p.m. . The High Commissioner for Canada Valerie Raymond yesterday expressed concern over the delay in restarting peace talks and warned that there is a great danger if the parties allow the gap to widen any further... Back to the top

LTTE issues release to mark world peace day, says Tamil people yearning for lasting peace
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 21, 2004, 12.48 p.m.. The LTTE peace Secretariat today in its message to mark the International Day of Peace said, “as a nation of people subject to oppression, discrimination and injustice over more than half a century and a cruel destructive war for two decades, the Tamil people are yearning for a lasting peace and befittingly join the peace lovers all over the world to make this a meaningful event... Back to the top

War-weary Sri Lankans hold massive meditation to mark World Peace Day
Associated Press, Tue September 21, 2004 08:48 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankans, weary of civil war and clinging to a fragile truce, marked World Peace Day on Tuesday with a huge mass meditation aimed at strengthening a spirit of peace... Back to the top

Businesses close in Sri Lankan town to protest Tamil Tiger abductions
Associated Press, Tue September 21, 2004 09:36 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Shops and offices were shut and transportation halted Tuesday in an eastern Sri Lankan town to protest the abduction of two village guards by Tamil Tiger rebels, a military spokesman said... Back to the top

LTTE must give up Tamil Eelam demand: Kumaratunga:
newkerala.com, 21st September 2004. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga says the Tamil Tiger guerrillas should explicitly give up their dragging campaign for an independent Tamil Eelam homeland... Back to the top

Sri Lanka marks international peace day amid fears of war
Associated Press, Mon September 20, 2004 23:43 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - observed World Peace Day on Tuesday, amid fears that the nation could slide back into war as efforts to revive peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels fail... Back to the top

Lanka backs India s bid for UNSC seat
hinduonnet.com, September 21, 2004, 15:00 EDT. United Nations, Sept 21.(PTI): Sri Lanka today strongly supported India's candidature for permanent membership of the expanded UN Security Council, saying New Delhi along with Brazil, Germany and Japan fulfill the objective criteria for taking its place on the powerful body. Back to the top

Controversy over Pongu Tamil in Toronto
Special Correspondent, September 20. “Pongu Thamil” rally scheduled for next Saturday in Toronto has run into some controversy and legal troubles, according reports from Toronto... Back to the top

LTTE bent on crushing all dissent, says rights group
hindustantimes.com, September 21. The University Teachers for Human Rights, Jaffna (UTHR-J) has said that the LTTE seems hell-bent on eliminating all traces of dissent among the Tamils, before it agrees to resume peace talks with the Sri Lankan government... Back to the top

Marxists vow to campaign for reforms
Gulf News, september 21. Colombo : The Marxist coalition partner in the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has vowed to campaign for reforms while remaining within the government and set new standards including a simple lifestyle for politicians... Back to the top

Protesters block Norwegian Embassy's entrance with coffin to protest Tamil Tiger killings
Associated Press, Mon September 20, 2004 02:07 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) About 150 supporters of a political party opposed to Sri Lanka - 's Tamil rebels placed the coffin of a slain party leader in front of the Norwegian Embassy to protest alleged assassinations by the guerrillas since the European nation brokered a cease-fire... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, India defence agreement next month
hindustantimes.com, September 20, 2004, 07:30 EDT. Sri Lanka and India will next month finalise a defence cooperation agreement that includes training Sri Lankan military officials and sharing military intelligence, reports Xinhua quoting the state radio on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka begins to attract Indian tourists, investors
hindustantimes.com, September 20, 2004, 16:15 EDT. For over two decades, to an average Indian, Sri Lanka was nothing but a land of war, bomb blasts and assassinations... Back to the top

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