The Lanka Academic

 
NOVEMBER 17, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 226

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Sri Lankan Prez gives two-week deadline to LTTE
hindustantimes.com, Wednesday, November 17, 2004 | Updated: 13:35. Press Trust of India November 17 Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has accused the Tamil Tiger rebels of making excuses for staying away from the negotiating table and given them two weeks to decide the future of the faltering peace process. The Sri Lankan Government believes there must "be a negotiated settlement...Some sort of power sharing" deal with the rebels, Kumaratunga said in an interview on the state-run television on Tuesdday. More...
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Unidentified gunmen kill civilian in Batticaloa
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 17, 2004 06:49 pm.. A 49-year-old civilian in Batticaloa was gunned down by unidentified men yesterday night. Military sources said that the civilian watching TV at his home has been killed using a T-56 weapon by an unidentified assassin. According to the police complaint lodged by the victim’s wife, two unidentified men carrying a weapon dragged her husband out of home and shot dead her husband while his nineteen year old own brother looked on.

Both suspects have disappeared from the area after the crime, according to the Police. A complaint has also been made to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission.
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Two Prisoners escape from Jaffna prison
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 17, 2004 06:48 pm.. Two prisoners, who were being taken back to prison under heavy security after appearing in Jaffna court escaped from the custody yesterday. Military Spokesman Brigadier Daya Ratnayake said that two men in handcuffs brought to the Point Pedro Court for trial had slipped through the prison guards and escaped after the court sessions were over.

“Both escapees were among five other prisoners who were guarded by three prison guards at the time of the incident”, he said. Both escapees indicted on charges of criminal were about to be taken back to the Jaffna Prison from the court when they pretended that they wanted to answer a call of nature. When prison guards allowed them to go to the backyard of the court premise for the need the two prisoners suddenly escaped leaving behind others.
Published: Wed Nov 17 07:50:05 EST 2004 Back to the top


Lanka budget to out tomorrow:
newkerala.com, November 17, 2004, 16:00 EDT. World News]: Colombo, Nov.17 : Sri Lanka's Finance Minister, Sarath Amunugama, will present the government's annual budget on Thursday afternoon in Parliament... Back to the top

Remember martyrs peacefully, truce monitors urge Tamil Tigers
Associated Press, Wed November 17, 2004 08:43 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Norwegian peace monitor urged Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday to peacefully observe an annual ceremony later this month commemorating their fallen members, a report said... Back to the top

Use of child soldiers declining but still widespread+
Associated Press, Wed November 17, 2004 05:16 EST . - - In the Asia-Pacific region, the report says that thousands of child soldiers were recruited and used in active conflicts --mainly by antigovernment groups -- in India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Nepal and Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to impose new taxes
International Herald Tribune, November 17, 2004, 07:50 EDT. COLOMBO Sri Lanka will levy new taxes in an effort to narrow the deficit when it announces its new budget this week, Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, Singapore reach open-skies deal
vnagency.com.vn, November 17, 2004, 16:00 EDT. New Delhi, Nov. 17 (VNA) - Sri Lanka and Singapore on Tuesday reached an open-skies agreement that will allow their airlines to operate between and beyond the two countries without restrictions on the number of passengers, air routes and aircraft type. The deal also complements the open-skies agreement on cargo services concluded at the previous round of consultations last October... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ask Murali to explain
bbc.co.uk, November 17, 2004, 16:00 EDT. Sri Lanka Cricket has asked for an explanation from Muttiah Muralitharan after he said three Australian fast bowlers had suspect actions... Back to the top

Sri Lanka concern over Chandana
bbc.co.uk, November 17, 2004, 16:00 EDT. Sri Lankan all-rounder Upul Chandana's participation in next month's tour of New Zealand is in doubt because of an injury concern... Back to the top

Cry the beloved Sri Lanka
atimes.com, November 17, 2004, 07:50 EDT. COLOMBO - Ten years after she was elected as Sri Lanka's first woman president, Chandrika Kumaratunga presides over a nation unable to escape the curse of being burdened by self-inflicted wounds... Back to the top

A New Pattern Is Cut for Global Textile Trade
Washington Post ( Registration Req'd), November 16. AMPARA, Sri Lanka -- Wild monkeys and Buddhist shrines outnumber any signs of industry, and rampaging elephants are not uncommon... Back to the top

Tiger rebels, Tamil lawmakers discuss Sri Lankan peace process
Associated Press, Tue November 16, 2004 00:37 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebel leaders and their supporters in parliament met Tuesday to discuss efforts to revive peace talks with the Sri Lankan government, a rebel spokesman said... Back to the top

Peace monitor to discuss Sri Lanka truce violations with Tamil Tiger leader
Associated Press, Wed November 17, 2004 04:28 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Norwegian peace monitor met with Tamil Tiger leader S... Back to the top

Chandana to undergo medical test in Singapore
Associated Press, Wed November 17, 2004 05:05 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan allrounder Upul Chandana has left for Singapore to undergo a medical test for an unnamed ailment, putting his participation in next month's tour of New Zealand in doubt, the cricket board announced Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan cricket board gags Muralitharan
Associated Press, Wed November 17, 2004 00:43 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan cricket board said Wednesday it has banned offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan from making statements on the bowling actions of other players... Back to the top

Singapore concludes open-skies pact with Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Tue November 16, 2004 23:01 EST . - - SINGAPORE, Nov. 17 (Kyodo) Singapore and Sri Lanka - have concluded an open-skies agreement, Singapore's Transport Ministry said Wednesday. The agreement is expected to boost trade and tourism flows between Singapore and Sri Lanka - , it said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Introduce New Taxes to Narrow Its Budget Deficit
bloomberg.com, Nov. 17. Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka will levy new taxes in this week's budget in an effort to narrow the deficit, said Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama. The government will ``widen the tax net'' in tomorrow's budget to help cut the deficit to 7.5 percent of gross domestic product next year, from an estimate of 8 percent this year, Amunugama said yesterday in Colombo... Back to the top

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