The Lanka Academic

 
NOVEMBER 8, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 217

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Top Norwegian envoy to push for fresh peace talks in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon November 8, 2004 00:44 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Norwegian envoy will try to bring Sri Lanka - 's government and Tamil Tiger rebels closer to reviving talks on how to end two decades of civil war in the South Asian nation, officials said. The Tiger's London-based chief negotiator Anton Balasingham also was expected to participate in the meeting with the rebel leader on Thursday. His scheduled trip to Sri Lanka - was postponed until Tuesday, rebel sources said.

Solheim has played a pivotal role since Norway began efforts in 1998 to end the conflict, which killed nearly 65,000 people. He was key to brokering a February 2002 cease-fire that halted fighting.

However, subsequent peace talks collapsed in April 2003 amid rebel demands for wide autonomy in the Tamil-majority north and east.

Efforts to revive the talks have been complicated by escalating violence that has killed scores of people, including military intelligence operatives, rebels and civilians, since a major split in the rebel ranks in March. The violence stoked fears of plunging the island back into war.
Published: Mon Nov 8 06:32:17 EST 2004


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Sri Lanka says no to Indian condition on Palaly runway
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 8, 2004, 3.00 p.m. . The Sri Lankan Government is reported to have rejected an Indian proposal, which would permit only India and Sri Lanka to use the Palaly military runway. The Indian Government earlier offered to rehabilitate the Palaly runway and said that the total cost for the rehabilitation would cost around 500 million Indian rupees. However the Indians had put down a condition saying that once it is rehabilitated, only the Indians and Sri Lankans can make use of the runway, and none of the other countries could. “The request that the Palaly runway should be used only exclusively by the Indians and Sri Lankans is unfair. But discussions are being carried out so that both parties can reach a consensus,” officials said.
Published: Mon Nov 8 03:59:43 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Police arrest LTTE assassin in Vavuniya
K.S. Rajkumar from Jaffna, November 9. A notorious member of the LTTE's pistol gang was arrested by the Vavuniya Police on Saturday. Suntharamoorthy Thirumurugan, aka Thevan, was arrested with a loaded pistol with more than 17 rounds of ammunition. Thevan is known to Tamils in Vavuniya as a notorious assassin and is believed to be responsible for more than 22 murders in the town. He is believed to be the the person directly responsible for the abduction and gruesome murder of a muslim auto-driver that shocked the residents in Vavuniya, few months ago. Before coming to Vavuniya, Thevan reportedly operated in Batticaloa and Trincomale where he assassinated several Tamil politicians. As a member of the LTTE's assassination squad, known as the pistol gang, Thevan worked with the LTTE's intelligence unit under the command of Pottu Amman. Vavuniya police acknowledged that they have arrested Suntharamoorthy Thirumurgan with a loaded weapon and ammunitions.
Published: Mon Nov 8 21:54:37 EST 2004 Back to the top

Chicken crisis in Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 8, 2004, 2.56 p.m.. Claiming that there is a poultry scarcity in the country, the Government has decided to import poultry from the United States... Back to the top

Kumaratunga offers prayer at Bodh Gaya
indiatimes.com, NOVEMBER 08,. GAYA: Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday offered prayer at Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya... Back to the top

Changing face of Islamic fundamentalism in Sri Lanka
hindustantimes.com, November 8. Islamic revivalism or fundamentalism is one of the most striking features of modern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Rebel pleads for refuge, THE STANDARD
Associated Press, Mon November 8, 2004 08:43 EST . - - A self-confessed member of one of the world's deadliest terror groups is fighting for refugee status, saying his life is in danger if he is sent back to Sri Lanka - , as the Hong Kong government investigates claims he was tortured in his homeland... Back to the top

India, Sri Lanka to sign defence accord
expressindia.com, November 7. New Delhi, November 7: Marking a new dimension in their bilateral relations, India and Sri Lanka on Sunday agreed to sign a defence cooperation agreement and set up a joint working group (JWG) to deal with the issue of fishermen straying into each other's territorial waters... Back to the top

Sri Lanka slaps tax on ``nonessential'' imports amid soaring energy costs
Associated Press, Mon November 8, 2004 05:06 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - said Monday it was imposing taxes of up to 20 percent on all nonessential imports because of a ``foreign exchange crisis'' following a surge in petroleum prices... Back to the top

Sri Lankan fishermen blocks roads in Mannar protesting against Indian poaching
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 7, 2004, 9.56 p.m.. Hundreds of fishermen have blocked the main road to the Thalaimannar Island since last night as a protest against poaching by Indian fisherman in Sri Lankan waters... Back to the top

Security beefed up in Colombo and suburbs
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 7, 2004, 4.01 p.m.. Defence authorities have introduced spot roadblocks with heavily armed police officers in Colombo and suburbs... Back to the top

“We are doing everything to secure Rajaratnam’s release,” claims Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 7, 2004, 3.59 p.m.. “The Government has taken steps to ascertain facts about Rajaratnam’s well being,” a Government minister has informed the family of Dinesh Rajaratnam, who was taken hostage by an Iraqi extremist group more than a week back... Back to the top

Prabhakaran to talk on ISGA during Martyr’s week
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 7, 2004, 3.58 p.m.. The LTTE has decided to commemorate its Martyr’s week, scheduled to begin from November 20 to 27 on a low-key style in Killinochchi... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil rebels to resume talks conditionally
xinhuanet.com, November 07, 2004, 11:10 EDT. The Export and Import Bank of India has extended a $150 million loan to Sri Lanka for facilitating ONGC's export of petroleum products to the island nation... Back to the top

Norwegian delegation on mission to resurrect Sri Lanka 's peace talks
Associated Press, Sun November 7, 2004 01:58 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A high-level Norwegian delegation will arrive in Sri Lanka - this week to try to bridge the widening gap between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Norway set to launch a new bid to save Sri Lanka peace process
channelnewsasia.com, November 07, 2004, 11:10 EDT. COLOMBO: Norway will this week launch yet another bid to save Sri Lanka's tottering peace process amid fears for the Oslo-brokered ceasefire that went into effect in 2002 after three decades of ethnic bloodshed... Back to the top

Exim Bank extends $150 mn loan to Sri Lanka
hindustantimes.com, November 07, 2004, 11:10 EDT. The Export and Import Bank of India has extended a $150 million loan to Sri Lanka for facilitating ONGC's export of petroleum products to the island nation... Back to the top

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