The Lanka Academic

VOL. 5, NO. 202

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Sri Lankan parties involved in fresh row
Gulf News, October 24. Colombo: The ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government and the main opposition have sparked off a fresh controversy exchanging allegations of overpaying advisors who served their respective governments. Both the UPFA and the former United National Party (UNP) government have been disclosing details of payments made to advisors and consultants revealing that millions have been paid for them. The main opposition confirmed that funds provided by the World Bank and Asian Development Bank were used to pay their advisors, but defended the move by saying that "using foreign consultants is not something new." The UPFA government has accused the UNP of paying millions of dollars to foreigners for consultancy work carried out between 2002 and 2004 when their government was running the country. Earlier the main opposition got the government to disclose details of the payments made to the advisors of the president after raising the issue in parliament. According to the disclosure President Chandrika Kumaratunga has engaged 17 advisers, with monthly payments ranging up to a staggering Rs150,000 (Dh5,500). The highest paid is one of the chief advisors to the President, Mano Tittawella, who gives advice on plan implementation, He gets Rs150,000 (Dh5,500) as a monthly allowance along with a vehicle and fuel for his use. More...
Published: Sun Oct 24 20:11:27 EDT 2004

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Striking fishermen get ready to go to Lanka, October 24, 2004. Rameswaram, Oct 24.(PTI):Hundreds of striking fishermen today made preparations for their proposed sail to Sri Lanka on October 28 to seek refuge in the island nation as part of their plan to protest against detention of fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy among other things. Hundreds of fishermen tied "white flags" on their boats to show their resolution to send 10,000 fishermen to Sri Lanka if their demands including fishing rights in Kachativu under the control of Sri Lanka, release of fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy and return of 92 fishing boats were not met. Fishermen from Rameswaram, Nagapattinam, Pudukottai, Thanjavur and Ramanathapuram are on an indefenite strike in support of their demands. More...
Published: Sun Oct 24 20:06:59 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Truce monitors say no rebel military buildup in eastern Sri Lanka, Oct. 24 . COLOMBO, -- The Scandinavian truce monitors overseeing the ongoing ceasefire between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels said they had found no indications of rebel military buildup around eastern Trincomalee harbor, the official Sunday Observer said. In their latest report submitted to the Sri Lankan government this week, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) ruled out reports of any existence of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels military buildup in the eastern port town of Trincomalee. More...
Published: Sun Oct 24 03:40:48 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Japan, Norway to send envoys to Lanka to resume talks with LTTE, Oct 24. Colombo, Oct 24 (PTI) In a fresh bid to salvage the faltering peace process in Sri Lanka, Japan and Norway are sending their special envoys to the island nation shortly to push LTTE rebels and the government to resume negotiations... Back to the top

JVP wants to stop LTTE’s inhumane acts
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 23, 2004, 5.02 p.m.. The Government’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has called upon all democratic forces and the International Community to join hands and put an immediate stop to all inhuman acts of the LTTE... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers deny rumour of split, Sunday, 24 October. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have denied reports of another split in their organisation... Back to the top

Chandrika announces government will raise wages:, October 23, 2004, 14:45. [World News]: Colombo, Oct 23 : Despite spiralling global oil prices and financial hardships, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said her government would raise wages in the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka records emphatic 201-run win over Pakistan
Associated Press, Sun October 24, 2004 05:24 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed four wickets Sunday as Sri Lanka - completed an emphatic 201-run first test win over Pakistan, midway into the afternoon session on the fifth and final day... Back to the top

Winning captain Atapattu says Sri Lanka must win outside subcontinent
Associated Press, Sun October 24, 2004 05:48 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - ``We have won couple of games outside Sri Lanka - , but that doesn't mean we have achieved the standards I want,'' Atapattu said... Back to the top

Mobile phone revolution rings in new future for rural Lanka, Sunday 24 October 2004 . COLOMBO: After 25 years selling fruit and vegetables at a market in downtown Colombo, Sri Lankan trader M W Ranjith made an investment that to his amazement transformed his life and his business - he bought a mobile phone... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ride on Jayasuriya's rampaging 254
Wisden CricInfo, 23rd October 2004. Sanath Jayasuriya's savagery left Pakistan's bowlers battered and helpless as Sri Lanka's lead rocketed to 439 in their second innings on the fourth day at Faisalabad... Back to the top

Veerappan was told he could escape to Prabhakaran’s Lanka, Saturday, October 23, 2004. The Sri Lankan Tamil press on Saturday prominently featured a story that the bandit king, Veerappan, was tricked into coming out of the jungle by making him believe that he would be stealthily whisked away to the safety of the LTTE-controlled part of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Former State Department employees sentenced for bribes
Associated Press, Sat October 23, 2004 03:09 EDT . DON THOMPSON - Associated Press Writer - Long N... Back to the top

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