The Lanka Academic

 
MARCH 26, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 6, NO. 354

JAYANTHA DHANAPALA

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Government sets rules for Tigers
GulfNews, March 27. Colombo: The government has laid down a series of conditions for the Tamil rebels to re-man political offices in areas under government control in the north and east, compelling the rebels to indefinitely put off the reopening of their offices, officials said.

The 28 conditions were communicated to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Jaffna leader Ilanparidi in a letter from the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) following a meeting they had with the security forces in the area about the Tigers' intention to resume work tomorrow, military officials said.

The Secretariat for Co-ordinating the Peace Process had also dispatched a short communiqué addressed to the SLMM on Monday stating the government's position on the issue. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Mar 26 21:18:17 EST 2006


Grand coalition on the cards: Colombo
Hindu, March 27. COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Government has said a "grand coalition" was on the cards with the support of key minority parties — the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), in the coming months. Denying reports in the media of a possible national government with the main Opposition United National Party (UNP) or a snap Parliamentary poll, Media Minister and Cabinet Spokesperson Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said there was "no such necessity. We have not even thought about it. We are stronger and are going towards a grand coalition." The CWC and the SLMC, he said, were supportive of the Government. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Mar 26 21:19:25 EST 2006 Back to the top

Lanka to cut tariff on Indian imports from next month
financialexpress.com, March 27,. COLOMBO, MARCH 26: Sri Lanka will relax its import tariff on a host of Indian goods from next month as part of a bilateral trade deal.

Over 2,000 Indian goods are covered under the new tariff structure. The tariff rate for Indian finished goods will fall from 28.0% to 8.40% and from 2.5% to 0.75% for industrial raw materials and machinery. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sun Mar 26 21:21:23 EST 2006 Back to the top


Missing Sri Lankan sailors presumed dead in explosion, monitors say trend worrying
Associated Press, Sun March 26, 2006 01:49 EST . BHARATHA MALLARACHCHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Eight Sri Lankan sailors missing after their vessel was destroyed in an explosion blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels are presumed dead, the navy said Sunday... Back to the top

The Sri Lankan knot
deccanherald.com, March 26, 2006, - 11:10 EDT. A federal status may be acceptable to the Sinhalese if it would constitute a full and final settlement Sri Lanka is one country where you take no time to pick up the thread from where you have left it off three months or three decades ago... Back to the top

Navy vessel sinks in Tamil Tiger rebel explosion in northwestern Sri Lanka, at least 6 killed, 8 missing, military says.
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, March 25th, 2006, SLT 5:00 pm. A Tamil Tiger rebel boat exploded on Saturday as a Sri Lanka navy craft approached it, sinking both vessels and killing at least six guerillas, the military said, eight sailors were still missing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka trend worrying
aljazeera.net, March 26, 2006, - 11:10 EDT. The Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tigers both lack commitment to a ceasefire agreed in 2002 that halted two decades of civil war, truce monitors have said... Back to the top

Lanka may slip back to war, warn truce monitors
com, March 26, 2006, - 11:10 EDT. Colombo: Independent ceasefire monitors in Sri Lanka on Sunday warned that an alleged LTTE attack that sank a Navy gunboat along with eight sailors could slip the island nation back to war... Back to the top

S.Lanka and Tigers lack commitment to truce-monitors
alertnet.org, March 26, 2006, - 11:10 EDT. COLOMBO, March 26 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military and the Tamil Tigers both lack commitment to a 2002 ceasefire that halted two decades of civil war and further provocation could rekindle a rash of deadly attacks, Nordic truce monitors said on Sunday... Back to the top

Six suspected Tamil Tigers killed in boat blast off western Sri Lanka , military says -Updated
Associated Press, Sat March 25, 2006 08:34 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tigers blew up their fishing boat to avoid capture by a navy patrol off the west coast of Sri Lanka on Saturday, leaving six rebels dead and eight sailors missing, the military said... Back to the top

Abductions worry S Lanka students
bbc.co.uk, Saturday, 25 March 2006. 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

LTTE sticks to stand against time change
thepeninsulaqatar.com, 3/26/2006. Colombo: Tamil rebels who didn’t change the clock in areas they control when the rest of Sri Lanka resorted to daylight savings time in 1996, said today the group will continue with the same time... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace talks clouded by distrust - An Analysis
GulfNews, March 25. Sri Lanka is one country where you take no time to pick up the thread from where you left it be it three months or three decades ago... Back to the top

Sri Lankan girl deported from NZ taken in by Hong Kong
radio NZ, March 25. A Sri Lankan teenager deported from New Zealand two years ago has been accepted as a refugee by the United Nations and is living in Hong Kong... Back to the top

FUTURE OF SRI LANKA - Editorial
thestatesman.net, March 25. THE only positive outcome of the two-day talks between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Geneva last month was the two sides agreeing to meet again in the Swiss capital from 19 to 21 April for the next round of talks... Back to the top

Sri Lankan youth held
chennaionline.com, March 25. Madurai, March 25: A Sri Lankan youth has been arrested on charges of illegally ferrying Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, police said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka face Pakistan challenge
onlinenews.com.pk, March 25. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will be under pressure to perform when the first Test against Pakistan starts in Colombo on Monday... Back to the top

Lanka sees Pakistan as ally
Dawn, March 25. With India keeping a non-committal stance on matters related to the Tamil ethnic question, Sri Lanka has begun to see Pakistan as an ally which can be counted upon if the LTTE provokes another war... Back to the top

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