The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 12, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 251

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60,000 `disappear' in Sri Lanka
toronto star, December 13. COLOMBO—In the war-ravaged northeast of Sri Lanka, an aging Tamil father sits on the floor of a Hindu temple, waiting to meet an exuberant, seemingly tireless oracle. The oracle — a hefty, middle-aged man dressed in a red and gold sari — holds up a wand and rocks his head back and forth as if in a violent spell. Finally, the oracle draws three lines — ash, yellow and red — across the father's forehead. "You want me to tell you about your son," says the oracle. "He's alive. Someone is keeping him in the south of the country. When he turns 29, he'll be all right. "Don't worry, I'll give you back your son." With the oracle's news, the father, Kumaran, covers his face with his hands and begins to weep. Fourteen years ago, his 18-year-old son was arrested, along with 157 other Tamil youths by the Sri Lankan army at Eastern University. None of those who were arrested has ever been seen or heard or from again — like so many others during the civil war that has gripped Sri Lanka for most of the last 20 years. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been fighting for a separate homeland in the northeast of the country. More than 65,000 people have died in the conflict — and some 200,000 Sri Lankans have moved to Canada as a result of the war. More...
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India condemns terrorist attack on SRK show in Sri Lanka
Manoramaonline, dec 13. New Delhi: India on Sunday condemned the terrorist attack at a Shahrukh Khan show in Colombo on Saturday, but clarified that all the film personalities and the staff of its mission in Sri Lanka escaped unhurt. ''No Indian national is reported to have been injured other than the wife of cricketer Shri Ravi Shastri who is believed to have sustained minor injuries,'' the foreign office said in a statement here. The High Commissioner of India, who was present during the show, and all other staff of the High Commission ''are safe.'' All the Indian film personalities who performed in the show are safe and left Colombo on schedule. It said that an explosion occurred towards the end of a performance by Indian film stars at Colombo on Saturday. This reportedly resulted in the death of two persons and injuries to a number of others, some of whom are said to be in critical condition. ''The Government of India condemns this terrorist incident and the perpetrators of this reprehensible act and expresses its sorrow at the loss of life and injures caused in the incident. It also conveys its condolences to the bereaved families and its deepest sympathies to the families of those injured, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka.'' More...
Published: Sun Dec 12 19:43:38 EST 2004 Back to the top

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Norway in new Sri Lanka peace bid
aljazeera.net, dec 12. A top Norwegian envoy is due in Sri Lanka Monday to try to salvage the island's tottering peace process amid rising tension between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, diplomats said. Envoy Erik Solheim is expected here for talks with Sri Lankan leaders as well as Tamil Tiger guerrillas after a high-profile attempt by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen last month failed to revive peace talks. Norwegian diplomats described Solheim's latest visit as "routine" but officials said the timing was crucial. Violence has been escalating in the island's embattled northern and eastern regions, with the Tigers and the defence ministry here accusing each other of responsibility. More...
Published: Sun Dec 12 11:54:41 EST 2004 Back to the top

Shah Rukh at his ‘lowest’ after Lanka attack
Indianexpress, dec 13. MUMBAI, DECEMBER 12: Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan today said he felt at the ‘‘lowest and worst as an entertainer’’ after the blast during his concert in Colombo on Saturday night that killed two and injured 15... Back to the top

CBI sees priest behind Rajiv's assassination
Dawn, dec 13. The Central Bureau of Investigation, India's federal police, on Friday claimed that religious leader Chandraswami may be involved in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi... Back to the top

Indian film stars rush back as 'Temptation' tour ends in tragedy
yahoo/afp, dec 12. Indian Bollywood stars rushed home after their sell-out "Temptation 2004" concert ended in tragedy following a grenade attack that killed two people, officials said... Back to the top

Five die in Sri Lanka grenade attack
IOL, dec 12. Five people fought for their lives in Sri Lanka on Sunday a day after a grenade attack killed two concertgoers and wounded 17 at a controversial show featuring top Indian film stars in the Sri Lankan capital, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan driver held in Iraq says was treated well
Reuters, dec 12. COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Sri Lankan truck driver held hostage by militants in Iraq for six weeks was reunited with his wife and three sons on Sunday, saying he had been beaten up at first but was then treated "very well"... Back to the top

Denial of choppers to LTTE, Norway may hamper peace process
hindustantimes.com, dec 12. The Sri Lankan government has decided not to make available its Air Force helicopters to the LTTE leaders and the Norwegian peace brokers to travel between government controlled and LTTE controlled areas, according to The Sunday Times... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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

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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