The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 25, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 173

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Karuna vows to avenge brother Reggie’s killing by LTTE
hindustantimes.com, september 25. The dissident LTTE leader, Col Karuna, has sworn to avenge the killing of his brother and second-in-command "Reggie" by the mainstream LTTE in the Batticaloa jungles earlier this week. A statement from Karuna, broadcast by the London-based anti-LTTE Tamil Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) on September 23, said that the martyrdom or Reggie had not made the dissidents "submissive to the fascist forces," and that it would only "add strength" and give a "forceful thrust" to the resistance movement. It would be a guiding force in the struggle against the "Wanni group," Karuna said. The mainstream LTTE led by Velupillai Prabhakaran is referred to by the Batticaloa-based Karuna group as the "Wanni" group. More...
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Canadian Tamils gather in Queens Park
TamilNet, September 25. "Tamils are streaming in from three entries into Queens Park from the similary named underground station closeby. Busses and vans are transporting to the Pongu Thamil venue from regions around Toronto," Canadian Tamil Radio announced. The Radio said that the broadcasts will be only available through the internet from 2pm when the Pongu Thamil event is scheduled to begin. "By all accounts Pongu Thamil will be a clear display of growing political strength of Thamil Canadians which will eclipse all previous events," a senior Tamil activist told TamilNet correspondent in Toronto. More...
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Posters denouncing Pongu Thamil appear in Toronto
Special Correspondent , September 25. While LTTE operatives in the city are busy arranging the Pongu Thamil rally, posters denouncing the rally as a ‘Terrorist Conference in Toronto’ appeared overnight in several places in Toronto. The posters had pictures of children killed and mutilated by bombs and photos of several Tamil political leaders assassinated by the LTTE. The posters were seen in major intersections near the Queens Park area as well as near the Union Station in the financial district. On Friday, people were seen distributing flyers against the Pongu Thamil rally inside the University of Toronto campus. AS reported by this correspondent previously the provincial government officials reinstated the earlier revoked permission for the Pongu Thamil, after intense lobbying at the highest levels of the federal government. It is also reported that four MPs from the TNA were denied visas to come to Canada to participate in the Pongu Thamil rally. Two of the TNA MPs, Mrs. Sithamaparanathan and Mr. Gajendran are outspoken supporters of the LTTE. Along with these two, Mr. Gajendrakumar Ponnampalam and Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham were also denied visas by the Canadian high commission in Colombo.

Several Tamil shops were also reported to have damaged overnight in the city. It is not clear however, who caused these damages. Organizers of the rally expect a huge turnout for the afternoon rally. Several banners and posters in red and yellow colors supporting the Pongu Thamil rally are seen in Toronto suburbs with large Sri Lankan population. All Tamil shops and other business establishments were told to close today for the observance of the Pongu Thamil rally.
Published: Sat Sep 25 14:39:45 EDT 2004 Back to the top


LTTE criticises India:
newkerala.com, Sep 25. Colombo, Sep 25 : After a long gap, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have publicly criticised India... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sends first group of peacekeepers to Haiti
Associated Press, Sat September 25, 2004 08:15 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - on Saturday sent soldiers to the troubled Caribbean country of Haiti, in its largest deployment of troops to a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a military spokesman said... Back to the top

Opposition hints of a looming general election
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 24, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. The Opposition United National Front Government today declared that they would be back to rule the country before the next Sinhala New Year in mid April 2005... Back to the top

President tells Norway to put an immediate halt to political assassinations carried out by the LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 24, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today urged the Norwegians Facilitators to pressurize the LTTE into putting an immediate halt to all political assassinations carried out by them in the North East and other parts of the country including Colombo... Back to the top

Solheim back again?
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 24, 2004, 11.32 p.m.. Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim is expected to arrive in the country shortly in yet another bid to try and restart the country’s stalled peace process between the Government and the LTTE, diplomatic sources revealed... Back to the top

LTTE to meet its constitutional experts in Geneva on Oct 1
hindustantimes.com, September 25, 2004, 09:40 EDT. Given the tremendous international pressure on it to re-start talks with the Sri Lankan government, the LTTE is to discuss the issue with its constitutional experts in Geneva on October 1 and 2... Back to the top

Kuruppu appointed Sri Lanka team manager
cricmania.com, September 25, 2004, 14:15 EDT. COLOMBO, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Former test opener Brendon Kuruppu has been appointed team manager for Sri Lanka's tour to Pakistan in October and November... Back to the top

Canada refuses visas to four pro-LTTE MPs
hindustantimes.com, Sept 24. The Canadian High Commission in Colombo has refused visas to four Sri Lankan Tamil MPs belonging to the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA), on the grounds that they are going to Canada to collect funds for the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka main opposition says no to advisory council on peace process, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri September 24, 2004 12:42 EDT . - - Sri Lanka - main opposition says no to advisory council on peace process, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Lanka trying to get Ashok Leyland to set up plant
hindustantimes.com, September 25, 2004, 09:40 EDT. The Sri Lankan government has been holding discussions with the Chennai-based Indian auto giant Ashok Leyland about setting up an assembly plant in the island with a capacity of 25,000 units per year... Back to the top

Asian ministerial officials discuss labor migration issues in Manila, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri September 24, 2004 12:43 EDT . - - Delegates and representatives from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka - , Thailand, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the Philippines, the IOM and the Asian Development Bank attended the meeting hosted by the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment in collaboration with the IOM on Sept... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government condemns killings by Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Fri September 24, 2004 04:49 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government on Friday condemned the latest killings of opponents of the Tamil Tiger rebels, saying that the slayings threaten the nation's fragile peace process... Back to the top

Police search for Sri Lankan ``handballers''
Associated Press, Fri September 24, 2004 07:41 EDT . - - AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) German authorities have issued arrest warrants for 23 men who vanished in Germany after pretending to be the Sri Lanka - national handball team... Back to the top

Sri Lanka main opposition says no to advisory council on peace ...
xinhuanet.com, 2004-09-24 16:52:29. COLOMBO, Sept. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) is to reject an offer by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to nominate members to an advisory council on the peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels. President Kumaratunga intends to appoint an all political partyadvisory council as part of her efforts to revive the stalled peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's main opposition stages anti-government protest
Associated Press, Fri September 24, 2004 08:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Thousands of demostrators demanded that the Sri Lankan government resign Friday over its failure to restart peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels or control soaring prices of consumer goods... Back to the top

Sri Lankan SEP meeting warns of the danger of renewed civil war
wsws.org, 24 September 2004. The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Sri Lanka held a public lecture on September 17 in Colombo to warn of the dangers of a return to open civil war and to indict the entire political establishment for its failure to bring genuine peace to the island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka arrests 61 Bangladeshi men for overstaying
hinduonnet.com, Sept. 24 . AUGSBURG - German authorities have put 23 men claiming to be Sri Lanka's national handball team on their wanted list after the sportsmen absconded two weeks ago, possibly to work as illegal immigrants... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s handball team placed on German wanted list
expatica.com, AUGSBURG - German authorities have put 23 men. AUGSBURG - German authorities have put 23 men claiming to be Sri Lanka's national handball team on their wanted list after the sportsmen absconded two weeks ago, possibly to work as illegal immigrants... Back to the top

CWC joins an unstable Sri Lankan government
wsws.org, 23 September 2004. After five months of behind-the-scene negotiations, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has finally induced the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), a political party/trade union based among Tamil-speaking plantation workers, to join her coalition government... Back to the top

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