The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 11, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 250

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Grenade at Sri Lanka Concert Kills Two
Associated Press, dec 11. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A grenade exploded at a concert of Indian movie stars and entertainers in Sri Lanka's capital Saturday, killing at least two people and injuring 15, officials said.

Military spokesman Brig. Daya Ratnayake said the grenade was thrown at the crowd as the three-hour show was nearing its end. A man identified as a journalist for a local newspapers and a woman were killed, he said.

``Two persons were dead,'' Press Trust of India said adding ``there were another 12 injured admitted (to hospital). ... All have shrapnel injuries caused by hand grenade or a hand bomb.''

The Indian entertainers were unhurt, officials said. The show, titled ``Temptation 2004,'' featured Indian stars Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Javed Khan and Celina Jaitly.

Earlier, police used tear gas to break up a protest by about 200 Buddhists who tried to prevent the concert, held a day before the anniversary of the death of a leading Buddhist cleric.

Sunday is the first anniversary of the death of Gangodawila Soma _ a popular preacher who campaigned against conversions of Buddhists by Christians. Monks are a powerful political force in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka.
Published: Sat Dec 11 15:23:52 EST 2004

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Conference on 'Children and Sri Lanka's Civil War' to be held in Toronto.
Special Correspondent, dec 11. The US based international human rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) is having an open discussion forum on 'Children and Sri Lanka's civil war' in Toronto, Canada. The forum is scheduled to be held on Sunday , December 12th from 6 to 8 pm at the Scarborough Civi center located at 150, Borough Drive near the McCowan and Ellesmere intersections. Hon. Bob Rae, the former prime minister of Ontario is listed as a key-note speaker, and Jo Becker of HRW will also be a speaker.

The discussion forum will be presided by Noah Novogrodsky, from the Faculty of law at the University of Toronto. Recently, HRW concluded a long term study on the civil war in Sri Lanka and how it affected the children. The report published by HRW recently was critical of exploitation of children in the armed conflict, and blamed the LTTE for not following through on their commitments made earlier of not recruiting children to fight the war. Thousands of underage children had been killed in the civil war, many of them as LTTE fighters. HRW representative will present the findings from their study done in Sri Lanka.The discussion forum is open to public, and everyone is invited.
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Sri Lanka-India naval exercises next week:
newkerala.com, December 11, 2004, 18:55 EDT. Colombo, Dec 11 : Sri Lankan and Indian naval forces are to begin joint naval exercises next week, Xinhua reported Saturday. Sri Lankan Naval Chief Rear Admiral Daya Sandagiri said the exercises will begin next week, Xinhua quoted Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation as saying. The two naval forces have been co-operating for some time to prevent the Tamil Tiger rebels from smuggling in weapons through the Palk Straits, the narrow sea strip between the two South Asian neighbours More...
Published: Sat Dec 11 18:55:52 EST 2004 Back to the top

Grenade explodes at Indian movie star concert in Sri Lanka , killing 2
Associated Press, Sat December 11, 2004 14:12 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A grenade exploded at a concert featuring leading Indian movie stars in Sri Lanka - 's capital Saturday, killing at least two people and injuring 12, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police use force to disperse Buddhist protesters
Associated Press, Sat December 11, 2004 08:17 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan riot police swung batons and fired tear gas Saturday to disperse about 200 Buddhists attempting to prevent a concert featuring leading Indian movie stars a day before the anniversary of the death of a leading cleric... Back to the top

International Confab on Towards Democracy and Peace in Sri Lanka
sundayobserver.lk, 12 December 2004. The World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS), in association with the Sansadaya (Forum), will hold its second international conference, on the theme, "Towards Democracy and Peace in Sri Lanka" on December 18 at the BMICH... Back to the top

Heavy security in Sri Lanka as Bollywood stars prepare for concert
Associated Press, Sat December 11, 2004 04:24 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Angry Buddhists said Saturday they were prepared to go ahead with plans to self-immolate in protest over a music concert by Indian film stars that falls too near the death anniversary of a revered monk... Back to the top

Shah Rukh apologises to Lankan monks
com, 11 December. Colombo: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan apologised to Sri Lanka's Buddhist clergy for holding a concert in Colombo on Saturday on the first anniversary of the death of a popular monk, but said the show would go on... Back to the top

Sri Lankan monks call off concert protest as Indian star ...
khaleejtimes.com, 11 December 2004. COLOMBO - Sri Lanka’s Buddhist clergy on Saturday called off a protest against a Bollywood concert here after organisers apologised for staging the event on the first anniversary of the death of a popular monk... Back to the top

Indian golf clubs to contest for top honours in Kandy :
teamindia.net, Dec 10. Mumbai, Dec 10 : Four top Indian golf clubs, represented by 24 players, would contest for the title of the `McDowell's Signature Champion Golf Club of India' at Kandy in Sri Lanka on December 12... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government passes budget amid opposition protests
Associated Press, Fri December 10, 2004 09:29 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government on Friday passed its first budget since it was elected to power in April, with many opposition members refusing to vote to protest the jailing of a fellow lawmaker this week... Back to the top

Freed Sri Lankan hostage in Iraq to return home next week
xinhuanet.com, Dec. 11. he released Sri Lankan national who had been taken hostage in Iraq for more than one month will return home next week, the state radio reported Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka-India naval exercises to begin
xinhuanet.com, Dec. 11. COLOMBO, Dec. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan and Indian naval forces are to begin joint naval exercises next week, the state radio announced here Saturday. Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation quoted Sri Lankan Naval Chief Rear Admiral Daya Sandagiri as saying that the exercises will begin next week... Back to the top

Protest over jailing of parliamentarian
Gulf News, Dec 10. Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition has decided to take up with international forums the issue of the jailing of one of their parliamentary members for contempt of court... Back to the top

Indian film star says he'll perform despite Buddhist monks' self-immolation threats
Associated Press, Fri December 10, 2004 11:06 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Indian film idol Shahrukh Khan said Friday his concert in Sri Lanka - can't be postponed despite Buddhists monks' threats to set themselves on fire to protest the show, which coincides with the anniversary of a cleric's death... Back to the top

ADB provides 65 mln USD loan to Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri December 10, 2004 12:57 EST . - - ADB provides 65 mln USD loan to Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan hostages freed in Iraq: officials
turkishpress.com, 12-10-2004. Two truck drivers from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka who were kidnapped in Iraq in October have been released by their captors, officials said... Back to the top

Indian scholar moots people's SAARC, THE INDEPENDENT
Associated Press, Fri December 10, 2004 09:30 EST . - - South Asian societies are internally divided on ethnic, linguistic and religious basis... Back to the top

Lankan monks camp outside concert venue
dailytimes.com.pk, December 11. COLOMBO: Buddhist monks protesting against the staging of a Bollywood concert in the Sri Lankan capital camped outside the venue Friday in a desperate bid to block the Indian artists... Back to the top

Big vessels may have to skip Lanka canal
business-standard.com, December 11. Questions are being raised on the long-term viability of the government’s Rs 2000-crore Sethusamudram Canal project... Back to the top

LTTE GEARS UP FOR WAR : A Federal Constitution the best answer
thestatesman.net, December 11. Velupillai Pirapaharan, the LTTE leader, has warned that he would be compelled to launch the “freedom struggle” unless there was an unconditional resumption of peace talks on his proposal for an Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) submitted to Government on 1 November 2003... Back to the top

DPI against defence pact with Sri Lanka
sunnetwork.org, Dec 11. Dalit Panthers of India (DPI) leader R Thirumavalavan has urged the Central Government not to sign the proposed Defence Co-operation agreement with the Sri Lankan Government, which he said was arbitrary and against the interests of the Tamil people... Back to the top

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