The Lanka Academic

MARCH 24, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 6, NO. 352


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Sri Lanka govt receives early boost in local elections, March 25. Sri Lanka's ruling party received a major boost ahead of next week's local council election when the Appeal Court here Friday upheld a decision by the election authorities to reject the nomination list filed by the main opposition United National Party (UNP) for the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC).

The UNP's list of nominations for the Colombo Municipal Council, the island's largest local authority was rejected by the Elections Department on technical grounds that an underaged candidate had been included in the list in violation of the election laws.

The UNP filed a petition in the Appeal Court seeking redress in a bid to contest the election and retain the control of the CMC, which they had controlled continuously over four decades.

"We will file action in the Supreme Court against the Appeal Court decision," the UNP's Assistant Secretary Tissa Attanayake said after the court ruling.

The UNP sources said they would explore the possibility of backing one of the independent back up teams in the election in an attempt to gain control of the CMC.

The local elections for 266 of the 330 councils will be held next Thursday while elections for councils in the war battered north and east regions would be held six months later on Sept. 30. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Mar 24 21:08:54 EST 2006

Rebel internecine clashes in east Sri Lanka, March 25. The Tamil Tiger rebel internecine warfare continued in the Eastern province, defense officials said Friday.

At least three Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) mainstream members had died when the renegade faction headed by Karuna attacked them at Verugal in the eastern port district of Trincomalee around 9:30 p.m. local time (1530 GMT) Thursday, defense officials here said.

The Karuna faction attacked a sentry point of the main stream group by using rocket propelled grenades and small arms.

However the LTTE mainstream Trincomalee leader Elilan had said that only one of their members was killed in the attack.

The LTTE rebels have demanded the disarming of the Karuna faction as one of the main demands during last month's face to face talks in Geneva.

They allege that the Karuna faction operates in the Eastern province in collusion with the government troops - a charge denied vehemently by the government.

The rebels meanwhile under the front organization the Tamil Resurgence Force staged a shut down protest in the port town of Trincomalee Friday demanding action to implement the agreements reached in Geneva.

The residents said that Tamil owned shops and businesses remained closed while public transport came to be affected.

However the businesses run by the majority Sinhala community in the multi ethnic town remained open, the police said. More... Discuss this story
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Sri Lanka and rebels rearm despite talks - Army chief, Mar 24. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military and Tamil Tiger rebels are both re-arming even as they prepare for a new round of talks in Switzerland, the army chief said on Friday, saying the 2002 ceasefire has too many loopholes. Violence in Sri Lanka's minority Tamil-dominated north and east pushed the island to the brink of war in January but has fallen off sharply since the two sides agreed to hold their first direct talks since 2003. But Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said both sides were continuing to prepare for battle."I know they are building up the capacity of their military," he said of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"I don't know that they can build up their forces and be serious about peace. We also are building our forces. But building up a legitimate army is very different from building up a terrorist force." More...

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Abductions worry Sri Lanka students
bbc, March 25. Four years ago the Tamil Tigers agreed a ceasefire with the Sri Lankan government, but talks aimed at ending the violence forever and solving the island's political problems have yet to make a breakthrough... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army relaunches its website, March 24, 2006, - 21:05 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's military has redesigned its website to counter an online disinformation campaign by the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, a top military officer said on Friday at its launch... Back to the top

ips, March 25. COLOMBO, Mar. 24, 2006 (IPS/GIN) -- "Norwegians who conspire to divide Sri Lanka, get out," read a large banner carried by a group of 150 saffron-clad, head-shaven Buddhist monks demonstrating in front of Norway's mission here this week.To dispel any doubts, the monks, grouped under the National Bhikku Front (NBF), presented a memorandum to the mission outlining its misgivings and complaining that, since the February 2002 ceasefire brokered by Norway, there has been a pro-Tiger bias. Back to the top

Murali given a car for taking 1,000 wickets
afp, March 25. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan cricket board on Friday gave ace off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan a car for becoming the first bowler to claim 1,000 wickets in international cricket... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cabinet of ministers gives the nod for joint venture ..., March 23. Sri Lanka's cabinet of ministers had approved a deal for the state-owned Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to team up with India's National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in a joint venture coal plant, Power Minister John Seneviratne said Wednesday... Back to the top

Rice export to Lanka under FTA: ministry of commerce, March 24, 2006, - 21:05 EDT. ISLAMABAD: A spokesman for the ministry of commerce has clarified a news item that gave an incorrect impression that Sri Lanka has imposed quota on the export of rice from Pakistan... Back to the top

Japan to extend 21.6 bil. yen in low-interest loans to Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Thu March 23, 2006 23:39 EST . TOKYO, March 24 (Kyodo) _ The government signed an agreement Friday to extend up to about 21.6 billion yen in long-term, low-interest loans to Sri Lanka to finance several projects for port and tourism development and infrastructure repair to help stabilize the country's economy, the Foreign Ministry said... Back to the top

Jayasuriya returns for first test against Pakistan
Associated Press, Fri March 24, 2006 09:12 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya returns to Sri Lanka - 's squad for the first cricket test against Pakistan starting on Sunday after missing the three-match limited-overs series because of an injury, the cricket board said... Back to the top

Report: One Tamil rebel killed, two injured in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri March 24, 2006 06:15 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Tamil Tigers on Friday accused government soldiers of firing mortars at a rebel checkpoint in eastern Sri Lanka - , killing one guerrilla and wounding two others, a pro-rebel Web site reported Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army relaunches Web site
Associated Press, Fri March 24, 2006 02:19 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's military has redesigned its Web site to counter an online disinformation campaign by the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, a top military officer said Friday at its launch... Back to the top

Press Release -- -
Embassy of Sri Lanka, March 24, 2006, 09:00 EDT. The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. is inviting all Sri Lankan and Sri Lanka related groups throughout the U...
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Breakaway rebel group joins call for delinking provinces
GulfNews, March 23. Colombo: A breakaway group of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has joined hands with a nationalist organisation of majority Sinhalese calling for the delinking of the north and east provinces as one administrative unit, a long-time demand of the minority rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka taps international markets to change debt profile, 24 March 2006 . Mar. 24 (LBO) -- Sri Lanka is working on changing its debt profile, replacing old concessional loans with overseas borrowings and re-allocating low yielding foreign loans to other projects, the treasury secretary said Thursday. Treasury Secretary P B Jayasundara said the island was floating an international bond this year to raise between US$500 million to US$1 billion as a "debt neutral restructuring exercise Back to the top

New moderate Tamil party recognized in Sri Lanka
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, March 23, 2006, 1.29 p.m.. A new Tamil party, consisting of some very senior Tamil politicians has come into being... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government says peace talks to go ahead despite Tamil rebel concerns
Associated Press, Thu March 23, 2006 07:40 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government reaffirmed its commitment to the peace process Thursday after the Tamil Tiger rebels suggested the government was not fulfilling its obligations agreed at the last round of talks... Back to the top

Unidentified gunmen kill prominent Tamil businessman, staff member in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed March 22, 2006 23:46 EST . - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen killed a prominent Tamil businessman and one of his staff members in northern Sri Lanka - , police and the military said Thursday, in the latest flare-up of violence in the troubled region... Back to the top

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