The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 21, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 260

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Sri Lanka 's opposition protests leader's hard labor sentence
Associated Press, Tue December 21, 2004 05:43 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Thousands of political opposition members marched to Sri Lanka - 's capital on Tuesday to protest the sentencing of one of their top leaders to two years of hard labor.

The United National Party organized the march to oppose the Supreme Court's Dec. 7 sentencing of S.B. Dissanayake for contempt of court over his critical comments about judges.

Dissanayake had slammed the country's highest court and its judges in a speech made in November 2003, when he was agriculture minister under a former government, which lost elections in April.

About 5,000 demonstrators gathered at Lipton Circus, a popular protest venue, demanded that Dissanayake be released.
Published: Tue Dec 21 15:30:15 EST 2004


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Tiger rebels intensify recruitment drive in Sri Lanka's north and east
gulfnews.com, Tuesday, 21/12/2004, 07:21. By Sinha Ratnatunga, Correspondent
Colombo : Tamil guerrillas are carrying out an intensified recruitment drive in the northern and eastern parts of the country. They say they need to be prepared to protect their villages in the event of the resumption of war, civilian sources based in the area said.

As many as 400 children and youth are reported to have been recruited from the north eastern Trincomalee district alone.Similar enlisting has been taking place in the northern Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Mullativu and Jaffna districts, the civilians said. More...
Published: Tue Dec 21 07:35:45 EST 2004 Back to the top


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Ban on selling wild boars has Sri Lankans buying the meat underground
Associated Press, Tue December 21, 2004 12:07 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) It doesn't take much more than a nod of the head to be served a sumptuous meal of rice and wild boar curry at a roadside food stall even if it has been illegal for four decades. Wild boars invaded the provincial legislature in Kandy in central Sri Lanka - last year, damaging expensive carpets and furniture before guards chased them away with clubs.

At a hotel near the Yala National Park, boars wander close to the rooms looking for food.

``We tell our guests not to feed them at all,'' said Viraj Karunaratne, a manager. ``But they hang around in dozens in hope of getting something.'' He said no guest had been attacked.

On the Net:

Sri Lanka - Department of Wildlife Conservation: www.dwlc.lk

British Wild Boar Association on boar meat: www.bwba.co.uk/nutrition.htm
Published: Tue Dec 21 15:30:02 EST 2004 Back to the top


Sri Lanka in secret bid to resume peace talks
ptinews.com, December 21, 2004. Colombo, Dec 21 (PTI) Sri Lanka has made an undisclosed proposal to reopen peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels in a bid to end a 20-month deadlock in the Norwegian-backed negotiations... Back to the top

Paramount bags US$1.5mn order from Sri Lanka
Yahoo, 12/21/2004 9:40:45 AM IST. Paramount Communications Ltd. said on Tuesday that it has recently received an export order worth US$1.5mn from Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd... Back to the top

Malnutrition high in Sri Lanka rebel-held areas, U.N. agency says
Yahoo, December 21. Kyodo) _ Malnutrition among children is spreading fast in Tamil Tiger-held territory in Sri Lanka's Northern Province, the World Food Program, a U... Back to the top

Lankan govt sends fresh agenda for talks
com, Tuesday, 21 December , 2004, 10:55. Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka has forwarded to Tamil Tiger rebels a ''fresh agenda'' for future talks through the Norwegian facilitators... Back to the top

Canada: Tamil Rights Advocates at Risk
HRW, December 20. (Toronto, December 21, 2004) Human Rights Watch expressed concern today about possible threats to Sri Lankan Tamil human rights advocates in Toronto, following a public forum on child soldiers in Sri Lanka at the Scarborough Civic Center on December 12... Back to the top

SP Thamilselvan's Brother-in-law deported from Canada
Special Correspondent, December 20. Nandagopal, brother-in-law of LTTE's political chief Mr. S.P. Thamilselvan, was deported from Canada to Sri Lanka on December 6th, according to relatives in Canada... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says it is taking all precaution after eight die of suspected influenza virus
Associated Press, Tue December 21, 2004 02:37 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) The government sought Tuesday to reassure residents in southern Sri Lanka after a mysterious flu-like illness left eight dead, saying it was neither SARS nor bird flu... Back to the top

Floods in Sri Lanka uproot landmines; residents warned
Yahoo, December 21, 2004. Recent floods in Sri Lanka's northeast have uprooted land mines planted during the country's civil war, prompting a de-mining agency to issue a warning to residents in Colombo on Monday... Back to the top

Lanka culls 100 chickens
Gulf Daily News, December 20. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka culled 100 chickens and sent tissue samples abroad for testing for bird flu as a precautionary measure after eight people died from a flu-like virus, Health Ministry officials said yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: JVP leads campaign to impose budget burdens
wsws.org, 21 December 2004. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which is part of the Sri Lankan government for the first time, is in the forefront of imposing the burden of last month’s budget on working people... Back to the top

War drums dampen Lanka tourism cheer
gulf-daily-news.com, Tuesday 21 December 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's tourism industry is set to wrap up its best year ever thanks to a truce between troops and Tiger rebels, but fears of a return to war have made the flourishing sector jittery once again... Back to the top

Critical role awaits world community in Lanka next year
hindustantimes.com, Monday, December 20. Sri Lanka is expected to oscillate rather dangerously between the prospect of war and the prospect of peace in the coming year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Hangman to Finally Learn the Ropes
Yahoo, December 21, 2004. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lankan hangman Suranimala has never seen an execution, confesses the sight of the gallows makes him a little nervous and lacks the most crucial tool of his trade -- a rope... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to improve tax system
bignewsnetwork.com, Tuesday 21st December, 2004. The Asian Development Bank Monday approved a $70 million loan to help Sri Lanka strengthen its public finances... Back to the top

Indian Oil Unit Targets Half Sri Lanka s Fuel Market in 4 Years
bloomberg.com, Tuesday, Dec 21 09:52. Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Indian Oil Corp. plans to use money from Sri Lanka's biggest share sale to help capture half the retail fuel market on the South Asian island in four years, said local Managing Director Mahadevan Nageswaran... Back to the top

Central will test Sri Lanka
co.nz, Dec 21, 2004 . The Sri Lankan cricketers open their month-long tour of New Zealand with a one-dayer against Central Districts in New Plymouth on Tuesday, and the tourists' coach John Dyson is impressed by the strength of the home side... Back to the top

Sri Lanka preparations hit by washout
stuff.co.nz, December 21, 2004. Sri Lanka will only have the match against Northern Districts tomorrow to adjust to New Zealand cricket conditions after last night's one-day game against Central Districts was washed out at Yarrow Stadium... Back to the top

Zoysa dislocates finger in Sri Lankan tour opener
reuters.co.uk, December 21, 2004. WELLINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa is a doubt for Sri Lanka's first one-day international with New Zealand this weekend after dislocating a finger on Tuesday... Back to the top

Indian Oil Unit Targets Half Sri Lanka's Fuel Market in 4 Years
Yahoo, December 21, 2004. Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Indian Oil Corp. plans to use money from Sri Lanka's biggest share sale to help capture half the retail fuel market on the South Asian island in four years, said local Managing Director Mahadevan Nageswaran... Back to the top

China, Lanka to discuss ways to step up bilateral ties
ptinews.com, December 21, 2004. Beijing, Dec 21 (PTI) China and Sri Lanka will discuss their bilateral ties and review the situation in South Asia and elsewhere during the upcoming visit of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said here today... Back to the top

Hangman Is Finally Learning the Ropes
Reuters/ Yahoo, Mon Dec 20,10:44 AM ET. OLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lankan hangman Suranimala has never seen an execution, confesses the sight of the gallows makes him a little nervous and lacks the most crucial tool of his trade -- a rope... Back to the top

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