The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 22, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 261

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LTTE wants Tamils to be strong and be able to meet any ‘confrontation’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, December 22, 2004, 8.42 p.m.. The LTTE have been distributing leaflets to civilians in the North under the heading ‘we must be strong’. The leaflets point out that despite Sri Lanka not suffering from a war presently, certain actions of the Governments points towards a resumption of war soon.

“The Government had allocated Rs. 762 million and 700 lakhs for defense development in its last budget and has decided to purchase transport helicopters and MI 35 fighter jets and stepped up the training programmes of the security forces. All these actions prove that the government is opting for a war,” the leaflets claim.

“Let the Sinhala Country strengthens its position whatever way it likes. But we, the Tamils also must be ready to meet any confrontation”, the leaflets added.

Meanwhile, Defence authorities have intensified security at all important places in Jaffna. According to reports, special police personnel are on guard at all important places in the peninsula including the Jaffna telecom exchange centre, however the exact reason for the sudden intensified security arrangement is not known, and police have refused to comment on the matter due to ‘security reasons’.
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Govt. pursuing the Rajiv Gandhi murder case
ANI/Yahoo, December 22. New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): The UPA government today assured Rajya Sabha members that the 1991 Rajiv Gandhi assassination case is being pursued effectively. Responding to a question on the need to expedite the 13-year-old investigation, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Suresh Pachouri, said, "We are pursuing the case effectively." A huge number of Congress members led by party MP V Narayanasamy pressed for the demand. Narayanasamy while demanding the quick expedition said, 13 years have passed since the assassination of the late Prime Minister and there was a need to effectively pursue the case to bring culprits to book. The Congress MP added further that, new revelation by CBI showed that the agency had collected a lot of evidence against those involved in the crime. he government should also investigate the involvement of foreign hand as pointed out by the Justice M.C.Jain Commission findings. More...
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Lanka wants time frame for interim administration in Tamil areas
hindustantimes.com, Wednesday, December 22, 2004. The Sri Lankan government is ready to hold talks with the LTTE on setting up an Interim Administration for the Tamil-speaking North Eastern Province, but it wants the LTTE to discuss a "time frame" for the interim arrangement. The LTTE's proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA), submitted on October 31, 2003, does not have a time frame for its existence. More...
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Musharraf backs Lankan efforts
dailytimes.com.pk, December 23. ISLAMABAD: President General Pervez Musharraf reaffirmed on Wednesday Pakistan’s commitment to the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and backed Colombo’s peace efforts... Back to the top

Mahanayakes for release of SB : UNP
BBC, December 22, 2004. Addressing the thousands of supporters gathered to Colombo after a march from Hanguranketha, parliamentarian Rajitha Senarathne expected the petition to carry 10,000 signatures... Back to the top

Malnutrition high in Sri Lanka rebel-held areas, U.N. agency says
Yahoo, December 22, 2004. (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

Sri Lanka announces US$20,000 reward for clues in Indian concert attack
Associated Press, Wed December 22, 2004 10:35 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government is offering a US$20,000 reward for clues leading to arrests in a deadly grenade attack at a controversial concert by Bollywood performers, police said Wednesday... Back to the top

JBP 'regrets' Bollywood concert attack
BBC, December 22, 2004. Two people were killed and 19 injured in the attack at the concert in which many Bollywood stars including Shahrukh Khan performed... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

'Glad' about JVP says USA
BBC, December 22, 2004. Responding to a JVP letter the US ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead said that they are "surprised and dismayed" by statements of "the JVP and others" with regard to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and the Norwegian government... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers study Sri Lankan proposal to restart stalled peace talks
Associated Press, Wed December 22, 2004 06:20 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels are studying the Sri Lankan government's latest proposal to resume peace talks, which waters down its demand that the talks focus on a final settlement to the two-decade conflict, officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

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... 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

e-Sri Lanka receives IDA assistance by Manjula Fernando
Yahoo, Wednesday, 22 December 2004. The Government's e-Sri Lanka Development project received Rs... Back to the top

Flood assistance continues in east Sri Lanka
alertnet.org, 22 Dec 2004 01:01:00 GMT. The recent floods in Sri Lanka, said to be the most severe in 15 years, have left more than 10,000 families from World Vision's Eravur Pattu Area Development Program (ADP) in Batticaloa marooned or driven from their homes... Back to the top

Pakistan, Sri Lanka End Free Trade Talks
Associated Press, Wed December 22, 2004 07:17 EST . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Wednesday finalized lists of items to be traded under a proposed free-trade agreement expected to be signed between the two South Asian nations in January, an official said... Back to the top

Shares of Indian oil company soars in Colombo Stock Exchange after first listing
Associated Press, Wed December 22, 2004 07:30 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Shares of Lanka Indian Oil Corp. soared 72 percent in their debut Wednesday, boosting the Colombo Stock Exchange to an all-time high and fueling hopes that more companies would list their shares on the Sri Lankan bourse... Back to the top

Cricket: Sri Lanka still have plenty of pace despite injury
nzherald.co.nz, Thursday, 23-Dec-2004. Nuwan Zoysa's dislocated finger has at least solved one dilemma for the Sri Lankan one-day selectors... Back to the top

ND warned over Sri Lanka
Yahoo, 22 December 2004 . The government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga has made the offer through peace broker Norway to try to end the 20-month impasse in negotiations, the Tamil-language Sudar Oli newspaper said... 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 s Tamils must rethink LTTE support
org, Sunday, December 19, 2004. Selvamani, a Tamil girl living in eastern Sri Lanka was only 15 when rebel forces began pressuring her to join them... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rules out SARS as flu claims five lives
Yahoo, 21 December 2004 1816 hrs . COLOMBO : At least five people have died from flu in southern Sri Lanka but the virus is unrelated to SARS or bird flu, Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said on Tuesday... 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

Sri Lanka culls chickens suspected of bird flu
abc.net.au, 21/12/2004, 02:47:45. Health authorities in Sri Lanka have revealed that eight people recently died from a virus which showed symptoms similar to bird flu... 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

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