The Lanka Academic

 
MARCH 18, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 6, NO. 346

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Identification a must for voting
BBC, March 18. The Election commissioner Dayananda Disanayaka has decided that at the forthcoming local government elections all voters will need to prove there identity before voting.

In addition to the national identity card a number of other documents could be used for proving identification.

Driving licences, passports, farmer identification cards and certified photographs are among the other identification documents.

Election monitors PAFERAL had previously gone to courts saying that identity cards should be made compulsory for voting.

Speaking to Sandeshaya PAFERAL chief Kingsly Rodrigo said that the election commissioner had taken a step in the correct direction. More...

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Published: Sat Mar 18 13:36:54 EST 2006


New Tamil group backs allegations against Tigers
Toronto Star, March 18. First came the Human Rights Watch report this week claiming Toronto's Tamil community was being intimidated and extorted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a group fighting for independence in Sri Lanka and designated as terrorists by the United Nations.

Then came the outrage by prominent local Tamils, denying such accusations.

Yesterday came the denial of the denials by a new advocacy group called the Canadian Democratic League, an organization that says it has roughly 100 members and wants to speak out against the Tamil Tigers, as the LTTE is known.

The Canadian Democratic League says the LTTE does not speak for all Tamils and they're tired of being silenced in their support for a peaceful means for Tamil independence.

The Human Rights Watch report "is accurate, and its findings resonate with the ground realities of Tamils in Toronto, whose fundamental rights of free expression and association are daily suppressed through the intimidation, violence, and climate of fear instigated by the LTTE and its front organizations," the group stated in a press release yesterday. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Mar 18 21:25:51 EST 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lankan Army supports peace moves
Xinhua, March 18. Colombo, March 18 (Xinhua) Sri Lanka's Army chief has said that the military's support for the government's peace initiatives was not due to any fear of the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Addressing his troops in the northern town of Vavuniya Friday, Commander of the Sri Lankan Army Sarath Fonseka said that the army's policy was the same as that of the government. 'The problems of the Tamils must be solved through peaceful means,' military sources quoted him as saying on Saturday.

'We support the peace process to see if we can achieve peace through negotiations and (it is) not due to any fear of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam),' Fonseka told his troops. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat Mar 18 14:45:10 EST 2006 Back to the top


Tamil Congress shoots the messenger - Editorial
National Post, March 18. When presented with a damning report by an international human rights organization exposing the operation of a criminal gang that targets Tamil Canadians, it is entirely understandable that representatives of the community would meet with reporters to express "deep anguish... Back to the top

Lord urges UK govt to crack down on LTTE
Asia News Network, March 18. At a time Human Rights Watch reported in detail how the Liberation Tgers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE) subjects Sri Lankan Tamils living in the United Kingdom, Canada and other Western countries to intimidation, extortion and even violence to ensure a steady flow of funds for their "operations" in Sri Lanka, Lord Naseby of the House of Lords said last week that the British government is not doing enough to ensure that the ban on the LTTE is properly implemented... Back to the top

LTTE claims jurisdiction in Lankan govt-held areas
kaumudi.com, March 18. COLOMBO: The LTTE's police and courts are claiming jurisdiction in the government-held areas of Jaffna district... Back to the top

Jayasinghe stresses on need for Asian Human Rights Charter
deepika.com, March 18. Dehra Dun, Mar 18 (UNI) Lanka's Supreme Court Judge Justice Nihal Jayasinghe today stressed on the need for an Asian Human Rights Charter... Back to the top

New Norwegian peace envoy to visit Sri Lanka
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, March 17th, 2006, 11:30 am. The newly appointed special envoy to Sri Lanka may arrive here shortly for talks with the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said on Friday... Back to the top

Atapattu ruled out of the rest of Pakistan tour
Associated Press, Sat March 18, 2006 03:08 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka cricket captain Marvan Atapattu was ruled out of the rest of the tour of Pakistan on Saturday because of a back injury... Back to the top

Pro-Tamil Tiger demonstration shuts down Sri Lanka 's main eastern city
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 04:17 EST . BHARATHA MALLARAWACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Student demonstrators believed to be backed by Tamil Tiger rebels brought eastern Sri Lanka - 's main city of Batticaloa to a standstill Friday, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Human Rights Watch Replies
alertnet.org, 16 Mar 2006. (LTTE) to obtain funds from Tamils in the West. The extortion activities described in our report are being carried out by a small number of individuals claiming to represent the LTTE or groups linked to the LTTE, including the World Tamil Movement... Back to the top

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JAMES LEACH (R-IA) HOLDS A HEARING ON NEPAL AND SRI LANKA UNREST - Part 1
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 10:26 EST . HOUSE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: SUBCOMMITTEE ON ASIA AND THE PACIFIC HOLDS A HEARING ON UNREST IN NEPAL AND SRI LANKA - MARCH 15, 2006 SPEAKERS: U... Back to the top

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JAMES LEACH (R-IA) HOLDS A HEARING ON NEPAL AND SRI LANKA UNREST - Part 2
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 10:26 EST . CAMP: Well, in Sri Lanka - the Norwegians have taken the lead, voluntarily and with our enthusiastic support... Back to the top

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JAMES LEACH (R-IA) HOLDS A HEARING ON NEPAL AND SRI LANKA UNREST - Part 3
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 10:26 EST . xfdtr HOUSE-HRG-NEPAL-SRILANKA sked TRANSCRIPT March 15, 2006 COMMITTEE HEARING
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Sri Lanka picks up gold
BBC, March 17. Sri Lanka picked up its first gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne... Back to the top

US court orders Sri Lankan released after 5 years
Reuters, March 17. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. court ordered the government on Friday to release a Sri Lankan who has been imprisoned for five years after he tried to enter America seeking asylum from alleged torture in his home country... Back to the top

Old British cars keep war-hit S.Lanka on the road
khaleejtimes.com, March 18, 2006 08:30 EDT. KODIKKAMAM, Sri Lanka - If war returns to northern Sri Lanka, garage owner Raja Durai says it might be too much for the new Japanese-built cars he repairs... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Central Bank calls for new laws, financial discipline
people.com.cn, March 17, 2006 - 07:30 EDT. Sri Lanka's Central Banks said here Thursday that there was no serious threat to financial stability in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Opening Sri Lanka -Pakistan limited-over match abandoned due to rain
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 09:23 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Heavy rain forced play to be abandoned Friday in the opening limited-overs match between Sri Lanka - and Pakistan, with the teams never returning to the ground after Pakistan made a modest 201 runs for eight wickets... Back to the top

Sri Lankan authorities probe emergency landing of US military ...
forbes.com, March 17, 2006 - 07:30 EDT. COLOMBO (AFX) - The authorities have started an investigation into the emergency landing of a US military aircraft outside Colombo carrying 119 American troops, officials said... Back to the top

Flight carrying U.S. soldiers makes emergency landing in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri March 17, 2006 03:01 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A chartered flight carrying about 110 American soldiers made an emergency landing in Sri Lanka - after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit, an airport official said Friday... Back to the top

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