The Lanka Academic

VOL. 5, NO. 191

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Sri Lanka Is Repeating Past Socialist Follies, Oct. 14. Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Six months ago, Sri Lanka's voters removed the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe because they thought he wasn't doing enough about the rising cost of living. The people of Sri Lanka should worry even more now. The new administration of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse is so focused on fighting inflation, it may be resurrecting the same nanny-state policies that have in the past pulled the nation into economic stagnation and a civil war. In May, the Rajapakse government reintroduced a fertilizer subsidy to farmers to help lower the price of rice. The state is also subsidizing wheat flour and petroleum products, which are imported. The cost of those handouts is rising because the Sri Lankan rupee, among the world's worst performing currencies this year, has tumbled 6.6 percent against the U.S. dollar. More...
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LTTE cadres disobeying and antagonizing police and army in Jaffna
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 14, 2004, 12.42 p.m.. Many LTTE cadres, who have arrived in Jaffna for reasons best known to the Tiger Organisation, are disobeying police and army officers and are also reported to have assaulted police officers during certain incidents in the peninsula. These incidents have taken place in Government controlled areas.

Citing a incident last Friday, as one such example, sources said that when the police had stopped two LTTE cadres riding a motor cycle without helmets and had queried as to wear they were going while also advising them to wear helmets and ride, the LTTE cadres had retorted that the police had no right to interrogate or even advice them. Both groups had then gotten into an argument and the LTTE cadres had assaulted a policeman and escaped by shooting in the air using their pistols.
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Grenade blast in China-Bay, amidst Hartal in Trinco
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 14, 2004, 12.10 p.m.. Despite the tight security in the Trincomalee districts, a hand grenade was exploded this evening in the Mitsui cement factory premise in China-Bay, but no one was injured. Eastern Province DIG Nevil Wijesinghe said that the grenade exploded in the Cement factory premises. The Prima Milling Complex, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation refinery, airport and Fisheries Corporation office are also located in the same vicinity. He also said that as the security was very tight around these key installation, the attackers might have had come from the sea side. Special police and army teams were sent to the area and investigations are underway, he said. The grenade was exploded while the North-East Sinhala Organization is staging a total stoppage of work (Hartal) in the Trincomalee District district. However, the Police with the assistance of the Security Forces deployed in the area, have taken necessary security measures to maintain law and order in the area.
Published: Wed Oct 13 14:19:04 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to keep interest rates unchanged, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed October 13, 2004 13:57 EDT . COLOMBO, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's Central Bank said Wednesday that it decided to maintain country's interest rates unchanged whilst expressing concern over rising inflation. In its monetary policy review for the month of October issued here said the negative impacts from the drought and high oil prices have checked the economic growth... Back to the top

Protest paralyzes eastern Sri Lankan town; security forces on high alert
Associated Press, Wed October 13, 2004 03:39 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Shops and offices were closed and streets were deserted in an eastern Sri Lankan town on Wednesday as residents staged a daylong general strike to demand the immediate release of two security guards held captive by Tamil Tiger rebels, police said... Back to the top

India still reluctant to be pro-active in Lanka peace process:UNP, October 13. The Sri Lankan Opposition leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, who wound up a series of meetings with Indian leaders in New Delhi on Wednesday, found that India was very supportive of the peace process in Sri Lanka, but it was still reluctant to play a pro-active role in it... Back to the top

India must discuss Sethu project with Lanka, says Kadirgamar, October 13. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, has said that India should not ignore Sri Lanka's concerns about the environmental and economic impact of the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project (SSCP) on the island... Back to the top

Karuna blasts Prabhakaran and Norway, forms party:, October 13. Colombo, Oct 12 : A famed former Tamil guerrilla leader Tuesday announced the formation of a political party in Sri Lanka after branding Tamil Tigers boss Velupillai Prabhakaran as a "coward" and a "mentally deranged person"... Back to the top

Indian advocates to play cricket in Sri Lanka:, Oct 13. New Delhi, Oct 13 : A team of Indian advocates will shed their black robes for white flannels to take on their Sri Lankan counterparts in a three-match cricket series in the island next week... Back to the top

Breakaway Tamil Tiger Launches Political Party, Oct 12, 2004. COLOMBO (Reuters) - A breakaway Tamil Tiger commander who split with the notorious Sri Lankan rebel group in March launched a new political movement on Tuesday, accusing the guerrillas' shadowy leader of turning them into terrorists... Back to the top

Lack of confidence on parties delays Sri Lanka peace talks: Swiss FM, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue October 12, 2004 12:35 EDT . COLOMBO, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The current lack of confidence among Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers is the cause for the hold up in resuming the Norwegian-backed peace process, the visiting Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said here Tuesday. Calmy-Rey told reporters at the end of her official visit to the island that the breakdown of confidence between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) could endanger the ceasefire agreement between the two sides... Back to the top

Despite fraud charges, former Sri Lankan cricket boss appointed international envoy
Associated Press, Tue October 12, 2004 01:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan International Cricket Council official Thilanga Sumathipala has had his passport returned to him and will be allowed to attend the organization's executive board meeting in Pakistan this weekend despite being charged with fraud and forgery... Back to the top

PW denies links with LTTE, disapproves Al Qaeda tactics, Wednesday, October 13, 2004 : 0330 Hrs. Hyderabad, Oct. 13. (UNI): Strongly denying any links with the outlawed LTTE, CPI(ML) outfit People's War (PW) on Tuesday asserted that it disapproved the tactics of the Al Qaeda though it was committed to work for a global anti-imperialist platform targetting the United States... Back to the top

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