The Lanka Academic

 
OCTOBER 18, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 196

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Government severely criticised owing to its decision to increase import duty on motor vehicles
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 18, 2004, 9.35 p.m.. The Government has come under severe criticism by motor vehicle importers and the general public following its decision to impose heavy tax on motor vehicle importation. Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Motor Vehicle Importers Association has said that importers have to now face severe difficulties as a result of the Government’s decision to impose unrealistic excise duties on motor vehicles without the provision of any prior notice.

The association also warns that there will be a breakdown in all sectors including public transport services due to this action. According to the Association, the duty ratio was increased from 250% to 350% and thus they have to pay a large sum of money as taxes for imported vehicles. The Association also urged the government to provide a concession to vehicles, at least to the ones that have already been already imported, to the country.
Published: Mon Oct 18 11:37:27 EDT 2004


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Government failed in its duty to get the home guards released
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 18, 2004, 9.38 p.m.. The Secretary of the North - East Sinhala Association Mr. Bandara has declared that the Government failed in its efforts to get the two home guards released and it was the Association and civilians continuous hartals and protests that led to the release of the two home guards who were under LTTE custody since August 15. The two home guards who were released yesterday also spoke to President Chandrika Kumaratunga over telephone, the President called upon them to carry out their duty without fear or favour. She also assured the two home guards namely Sarath Bandara and Chandana Piyasiri that the Government would help rebuild their broken down homes. Mid last week, the Government resorted to an unofficial swapping and released ten of the LTTE cadres; it was only after that release did the LTTE agree to release the two home guards.

Meanwhile, the LTTE Peace Secretariat said that, “Two Sinhala home-guards who were held for two months by the LTTE on charges that they entered the area under their control with guns were released by the LTTE yesterday. The LTTE courts in Sampoor released the two home guards on bail.

The two home guards were brought before judge Iniyavan by the Tamileelam police in the Sampoor courts. The judge ordered them to be released on bail for Rs100,000 each. The wives and relatives of the two home guards were present at the courts. The relatives informed the judge that they do not have the money needed for the bail as ordered by the courts. Realizing the financial situation of the families of the two accused, the Trincomalee political wing head C Elilan paid and signed the bail to release the two and handed them over to their wives.”
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Sri Lanka’s garment industry in crisis, Government slumbering on it, says Opposition
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 18, 2004, 8.37 p.m.. Top officials in the Garment sector have sounded warning bells that Sri Lanka’s garment industry will collapse next year when the quota system expires. Orders for Sri Lankan apparel will be terminated from January 1, 2005 due to the curtailment of quota granted to Sri Lanka. Meanwhile Opposition MP and former Minister Ravi Karunanayake today told a news conference in Colombo that the present Alliance Government has failed to take any concrete steps to face this crisis. “When we were in office, we were holding talks with the Unites States authorities trying to negotiate deals including a Free Trade Agreement so that we can abscond this problem, but with the change of Government everything has turned upside down,” he said. Adding that some 900,000 workers attached to the garment industry will lose their jobs if this industry collapses. Already more than 58 factories have been closed in Sri Lanka.
Published: Mon Oct 18 11:39:26 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Akashi coming back to revive stalled peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 18, 2004, 9.31 p.m.. Japanese Special Envoy Yasushi Akashi is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on October 27th, in a bid to try and push for an early resumption of talks between the Government and the LTTE... Back to the top

Home truths for Sri Lankan film
BBC, October 18. Sri Lankan cinema is highly acclaimed abroad - its films have won dozens of awards at international festivals... Back to the top

Rebels reject Sri Lanka 's latest peace overture+
Associated Press, Mon October 18, 2004 01:55 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Oct. 18 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected the Colombo government's latest peace overtures to jumpstart stalled negotiations and dismissed state media reports of a possible resumption of talks next month. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam told the British Broadcasting Corp... Back to the top

Lankan Govt for talks only if LTTE adheres to Oslo charter
hindustantimes.com, October 18. The Sri Lankan government has indicated it will not commence talks with the LTTE unless the latter publicly reiterates its commitment to the Oslo Statement of 2002, which had said that it would explore a solution within a federal and united Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Indian defense team in Sri Lanka to finalize pact
Associated Press, Mon October 18, 2004 09:23 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) India and Sri Lanka - prepared Monday to finalize a defense pact under which India might help train and supply the Sri Lankan military, an official said... Back to the top

Tigers reject Sri Lanka s new plan to end peace deadlock
channelnewsasia.com, 18 October 2004 1539 hrs . COLOMBO: Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected Sri Lanka's latest proposals to revive stalled peace talks and played down prospects of resuming negotiations next month... Back to the top

Tamils, LTTE, MPs lose patience on peace process
tamilnet.com, October 18. "Tamils, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and we (parliamentarians) have started losing patience on the current peace efforts with the Norwegian facilitation because of the inability of the Government of Sri Lanka in coming to terms on the basis of resuming peace talks with the LTTE due to internal rift among its constituents," said Mr... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace talks may resume next month: report+
Associated Press, Sun October 17, 2004 05:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Oct. 17 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's troubled peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels could resume early next month, ending an 18-month deadlock in the fragile process, a state-run newspaper reported here Sunday. The paper said that Japan's special peace envoy to Sri Lanka - , Yasushi Akashi, was also expected to visit Colombo later this month... Back to the top

Two men arrested for Singh murder
Brampton Guardian, October 17. Two Toronto men were arrested Wednesday without incident and charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Amretta Singh through the front door of her family's home in March... Back to the top

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