The Lanka Academic

 
NOVEMBER 30, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 239

TLA FEATURE CORNER
RESEARCH CULTURE IN SRI LANKA How can we stimulate a culture of research and innovation in Sri Lanka today? Countries such as India, Korea and China have come a long way since about 10 years ago in fostering a culture of research and innovation. Sri Lanka is still lagging behind. Here is your chance to change the future course of Sri Lanka by influencing the policy makers. Please complete this survey here.
THE LATEST SURVEY RESULTS AND ANALYSIS ARE HERE!
Headline Summary
F R E E      C L A S S I F I E D S
T  O  P      H  E  A  D  L  I  N  E
Sri Lanka cease-fire under huge pressure, top truce chief warns
Associated Press, Tue November 30, 2004 06:42 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top cease-fire monitor warned Tuesday that Sri Lanka - 's fragile truce was becoming increasingly unstable because of escalating violence in the north and east, and urged a swift return to peace talks. Furuhovde's Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission has been overseeing the truce ever since.

However, subsequent peace talks halted last year over the rebels' demand for wider autonomy in the Tamil-dominated north and east, and a recent spate of violence that has killed scores of people threatens to plunge the island back into war.

``It certainly affects the stability of the cease-fire,'' Furuhovde said of the deaths in an interview with The Associated Press. ``Although we have a cease-fire, the war is on. A cease-fire is a state of war and what we actually see is some kind of subversive war.''

At the weekend, rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran warned that peace talks must resume immediately or the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam would be forced to resume their ``freedom struggle.''

``The speech in itself testifies for the pressure that is put on the cease-fire,'' Furuhovde said.

Meanwhile, police recovered the body of a man in the restive eastern town of Trincomalee. The victim, a member of the island's Sinhalese majority, had driven two German tourists to a hotel in the area, military spokesman Brig. Daya Ratnayake said. He was abducted Monday, along with his vehicle, which was subsequently found torched.

Police have imposed a curfew in the area for a second day.

``It's more as a preventive measure to quell the tension,'' said Neville Wijesinghe, police chief in the area.

Earlier Tuesday, the army ordered soldiers on leave to report for duty and deployed more troops to Trincomalee, a strategically important northeastern town that hosts a naval base.

Unidentified guerrillas on Monday threw a grenade at a bus there, killing one civilian and wounding three others.

Comment from Tiger rebel officials wasn't immediately available.

The Tigers have fought since 1983 to carve out a homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who claim discrimination at the hands of the Sinhalese-dominated government.
Published: Tue Nov 30 07:38:49 EST 2004


No Connection Fee! Calls to Sri Lanka, only 39c/m!

O  T  H  E  R      H  E  A  D  L  I  N  E  S
Curfew extended in Sri Lanka town
bbc.co.uk, 30 November. Sri Lankan security forces have extended a curfew in the eastern town of Trincomalee after further violence. The body of a tourist guide was found on Tuesday, a day after his abduction. The killing followed a grenade attack on a bus that left one person dead and sparked clashes between the Sinhala and Tamil communities. Peace monitors warned on Tuesday the ceasefire between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels had come under "tremendous pressure". More...
Published: Tue Nov 30 15:36:01 EST 2004 Back to the top

Send Money Home and Call Home Free!

Japan to extend 26 bil. yen in low-interest loans to Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Tue November 30, 2004 08:09 EST . - - TOKYO, Nov. 30 (Kyodo) Japan will extend a total of 26,631 million yen in long-term, low-interest loans to Sri Lanka - to help finance various projects, including construction of medical facilities, the government said Tuesday.

The sum includes 11,776 million yen for small-scale infrastructure improvements such as construction of educational and medical facilities mainly in poor areas and 9,619 million yen for use as low-interest loans to cover corporate capital spending.

The yen loans for the island country in the Indian Ocean carry an interest rate of 0.75 percent per annum and are redeemable in 40 years, representing the first case of the favorable terms the government created in March for loans for specific purposes, such as reconstruction from civil wars.
Published: Tue Nov 30 09:15:41 EST 2004 Back to the top


Sri Lanka orders soldiers to report for duty after violence erupts in strategic port town
Associated Press, Tue November 30, 2004 00:34 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan army ordered soldiers on leave to report for duty and deployed more troops to a northeastern port town after a grenade attack killed one civilian and wounded three others, the military said Tuesday... Back to the top

Stunning success of Indian Oil s IPO will silence Lankan critics
hindustantimes.com, November 30. The stunning success of the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation's initial public offer on Monday, may help silence the company's carping critics in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan peace process gov t responsibility: Opposition
xinhuanet.com, November 30, 2004, 07:45 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition said Tuesday that the furthering of peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels was entirely a responsibility of the President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government. G... Back to the top

Violence Strains Sri Lanka Truce
politinfo.com, November 30, 2004, 10:30 EDT. In Sri Lanka, Norwegian truce monitors are warning that the cease-fire is under strain amid rising violence... Back to the top

Iran helps Sri Lanka lessen fuel burden, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue November 30, 2004 14:25 EST . - - Iran helps Sri Lanka - lessen fuel burden, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police arrest illegal immigrants, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon November 29, 2004 14:38 EST . - - ing in human smuggling, the police said. Sri Lanka - is being seen as a center for international human smuggling... Back to the top

Sri Lanka mulls Tiger war threat
brunei-online.com, November 30, 2004, 10:30 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's president and top aides were Monday studying the latest Tamil Tiger threat to return to war amid mounting tension in embattled northern and eastern regions, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government budget approved
xinhuanet.com, November 30, 2004, 07:45 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- The Sri Lankan government's budget was passed Saturday with a majority of 34 votes in the parliament,officials said. The ruling United Freedom People's Alliance (UPFA) received 126votes while 92 voted against in the 225-member assembly... Back to the top

‘India lags behind even Lanka in IT use’
financialexpress.com, November 30, 2004 at 0000 hours IST. PUNE, NOV 29: India has chronically under-invested in IT in comparison not only to US, Europe and China but also compared to Sri Lanka and Egypt... Back to the top

Claims Sri Lankans on hunger strike in Australia are in hospital
abc.net.au, November 30, 2004, 07:45 EDT. A refugee action group says two detainees at an Australian detention centre for asylum seekers have been taken to hospital... Back to the top

Sri Lanka violence leaves one dead, three wounded
Associated Press, Mon November 29, 2004 10:39 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked two passenger buses and clashed with security forces and civilians in the port town of Trincomalee on Monday, leaving one person dead and three injured, officials said... Back to the top

Lanka has always thwarted LTTE s bid to use peace to strengthen ...
hindustantimes.com, November 29, 2004, 06:20 EDT. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have always tried to use a peace process to secure their cardinal objectives, including secession from Sri Lanka to form an independent "Tamil Eelam"... Back to the top

Sri Lanka attack raises tension
bbc.co.uk, November 29, 2004, 06:20 EDT. Members of the Sinhala and Tamil communities have clashed again in eastern Sri Lanka after a grenade attack on a bus left one person dead... Back to the top

Sri Lanka mulls Tiger threat to return to war
com, 29 November , 2004, 21:51. Colombo: Sri Lanka's president and top aides were Monday studying the latest Tamil Tiger threat to return to their protracted war amid mounting tension in embattled regions, officials said... Back to the top

Indian oil shares heavily oversubscribed in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon November 29, 2004 07:36 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The initial public offering of shares in the Sri Lankan unit of the Indian Oil Company was heavily oversubscribed Monday amid growing investor confidence in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police arrest illegal immigrants
xinhuanet.com, 2004-11-29 20:18:51. COLOMBO, Nov. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan police said on Monday they arrested a group of Sri lankan people, who are to head for New Zealand illegally. The arrest was made in the early hours of Monday at the northwestern coastal area of Kalpitiya as they were planning to board a fishing trawler, police said, adding 18 of them were arrested while a large number of them had escaped the arrest... Back to the top

Indian Oil arm mops up $34 mn from public offer in Sri Lanka
hindustantimes.com, November 29, 2004, 12:00 EDT. The Sri Lankan unit of Indian Oil Corp raised Rs 3.6 billion ($34 million) in the island's biggest IPO since 2002 after selling shares at the top of its expected price range, officials said on Monday... Back to the top

2005: Boon or bane for Lanka
hindustantimes.com, November 29, 2004, 06:20 EDT. Will Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga tame the Tamil Tigers and solve the long- standing Tamil problem in 2005? Or will the LTTE Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran succeed in his mission to secure autonomy for the Tamils? Top Indian astrologers are deeply divided on these, leaving one clueless as to whether the coming year is going Back to the top

Sri Lankan asylum seekers wage hunger strike to stay in Australia
Associated Press, Mon November 29, 2004 02:28 EST . MERAIAH FOLEY - Associated Press Writer - The asylum seekers most of whom have been held at an immigration detention center in South Australia state for three to four years say they face grave danger if they are returned to Sri Lanka - , said Emma Corcoran, a spokeswoman for Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR)... Back to the top

Australia aids Sri Lanka mine clearance
theage.com.au, November 30, 2004, 07:45 EDT. Australia is to spend an extra $1.5 million on landmine clearance in Sri Lanka and $3.5 million to promote the country's recovery from the long civil war... Back to the top

© Copyright 2000-2003 Lanka Academic Network.