The Lanka Academic

APRIL 4, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 6, NO. 363


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India calls for 'southern consensus' in Sri Lanka
TOI, April 4. NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday appealed for "consensus" among Sri Lanka's two main political parties to take the country's wobbling peace process forward.

The idea emerged as Sri Lanka's former prime minister and present opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and held detailed discussions with Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan.

The subject of what is known as "southern consensus" - a meeting of the minds among the predominantly Sinhalese parties - in Sri Lanka figured prominently in Wickremesinghe's talks with Indian leaders, Indian and Sri Lankan sources said.

"The idea has taken a new life since the extremists in Sri Lankan politics got mauled in the recent local bodies elections," an aide to Wickremesinghe said, as the United National Party (UNP) leader rounded off a hectic two-day trip. More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 4 14:12:28 EDT 2006

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UTHR, April 4. Once again international pressure on the LTTE pulled Sri Lanka back from the brink of war. But the continuing failure of would-be peacemakers to insist on democratic pluralism and effective mechanisms to enforce accountability for such fundamental violations as murder will necessarily doom their efforts. The anarchy that reigned throughout December and January was the direct result of these failings. With impunity, the lack legitimate political space for the LTTE’s critics and the failure of the State to protect potential victims, extremism and vigilantism flourished. Killings by all sides intensified, and the perpetrators – both state and non-state -- were increasingly difficult to identify as actors cried wolf, shifted blame and enlisted a variety of agents to do their dirty work More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 4 20:29:29 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Nisala Rodrigo - Lanka Academic, April 4. In an open letter to the JVP written at the end of February, the TULF President V. Anandasangaree expressed the need to adopt federalism to address the grievances of the minorities of Sri Lanka. He described the brutalities which the LTTE inflicted upon the Tamil community and sincerely condemned its violence perpetrated against the Sinhalese and the Muslims. Mr. Anandasangaree then explained why the Tamils could never accept the current unitary system given its role in first marginalizing and then oppressing their community, and that a new system based on a meaningful devolution of power would convince them that they have an equal place in a united Sri Lanka with the other communities. With such a democratic alternative, the LTTE’s call for separatism within a totalitarian framework would be rendered defunct and become unpopular, and the Tamils would have both the incentive and the resources to reject it. Mr. Anandasangaree candidly and astutely acknowledged that the term “federalism” carries the same stigma for the Sinhalese as the term “unitary” does for the Tamils, and he then pragmatically suggested that the reliance on such labels be avoided in the _expression of a mutually-accepted solution. He proposed that the Indian model of devolution be implemented in Sri Lanka, citing its guiding principle “unity in diversity.” More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Apr 4 20:27:45 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Shimali Senanayake, April 4. Q: You have been intrinsically involved in monitoring the cease-fire since it was signed, and have been the longest serving mission member... Back to the top

New Norwegian envoy arrives in Sri Lanka amid electoral boost for government's peace bid
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, April 3rd, 2006, SLT 11:30 am. A new special peace envoy arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday as nationalist political parties opposed to Norway's peace efforts suffered a crushing defeat at last week's local poll... Back to the top

Sri Lanka renegades threaten to kill Tiger supporters, April 03, 2006, 9:00 EDT. COLOMBO, April 3 (Reuters) - A breakaway faction of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers vowed on Monday to shoot dead supporters of the mainstream rebel group unless they return thousands of homes and businesses appropriated from Muslims in the 1990s... Back to the top

Jayasuriya unlike to play further part in final test
Associated Press, Tue April 4, 2006 06:06 EDT . - - KANDY, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's prolific opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya is unlikely play any further part in his final test match after he cut and dislocated his right thumb while taking a catch, the team physiotherapist said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Muslim women get green light to join armed forces
Associated Press, Mon April 3, 2006 09:47 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Islamic clerics on Monday gave Muslim women permission to join Sri Lanka - 's first exclusively Muslim infantry battalion to help provide security in the country's insurgency-wracked east, a religious leader said... Back to the top

Untapped PC market opportunities lie in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and ..., April 04, 2006, 14:45 EDT. IDC's quarterly PC tracker on emerging Asian markets shows that the client PC market in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka totaled 393,184 units in the second half of 2005, thus bringing full year 2005 shipments to 851,735 units, representing a 16% growth for the year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka starts investment zone targeting European Union, April 4. Sri Lanka is inviting Pakistani investors to set up factories in a dedicated investment zone and export to the European Union using preferential access channels, following the President Mahinda Rajapakse's recent visit, a top bureaucrat said... Back to the top

Muralitharan takes five wicket to dismiss Pakistan for 170 in second test
Associated Press, Tue April 4, 2006 06:43 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A devastating spell by Mohammad Asif left Sri Lanka reeling on 73 for eight wickets in their second innings of the second cricket test, as the Pakistani seam bowler grabbed his first 10-wicket haul in a test match... Back to the top

Time to end Sri Lanka time split, 3 April 2006. Sri Lanka is a country divided not just by war, but also by time... Back to the top

Report: Mangroves failed to protect coastal communities in 2004 tsunami
Associated Press, Mon April 3, 2006 06:00 EDT . MICHAEL CASEY - AP Environmental Writer - The study, published in April's edition of the journal Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science, also warned that governments in India and Sri Lanka - are offering a false sense of security and displacing scores of residents unnecessarily by proposing green belts and buffer zones in areas hard hit by the massive waves... Back to the top

Senior Lanka officials to visit India this week, April. 4. Colombo, April. 4 (PTI): Sri Lanka today discounted media reports that the upcoming visit of its senior trade officials to India was aimed at reassuring New Delhi of their bilateral ties after President Mahinda Rajapakse's Pakistan trip. "There is no link in the two," Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said adding that the official-level meeting had been scheduled months ago... Back to the top

Asif maiden five-wicket haul restricts Sri Lanka to 267-8 in second test
Associated Press, Mon April 3, 2006 08:35 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - KANDY, Sri Lanka - (AP) Pace bowler Mohammad Asif took his maiden five-wicket haul in test cricket for Pakistan Monday to restrict Sri Lanka - to 267 for eight wickets in their first innings at stumps on the first day of the second test... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 267 for eight at first day close
com, April 03, 2006, 20:40 EDT. KANDY, April 04 (Online): Sri Lanka scored 267 runs at the loss of eight wickets here on the first day of the second and lfinal Test match against Pakistan on Monday... Back to the top

MRF sets up rubber facility in Sri Lanka, April 03, 2006, 18:40 EDT. CHENNAI: Tyre major, MRF has set up an industrial unit in Sri Lanka to make pre-cure rubber for tyre retreading products... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s new computer sales to grow 11% by 2011, Mon, 3 April 2006. Computer sales in Sri Lanka are forecasted to grow 11 percent by 2011, largely driven by demand from public sector, telecom and financial sectors, an IT study released Monday said... Back to the top

Lanka, Pak pvt firms sign five trade MoUs, Rajapakse lauds FTA, April 03, 2006, 9:00 EDT. Karachi, Apr 2 : Observing that Free Trade Agreement between Pakistan and Sri Lanka has proved to be a "win-win situation" for both, the island nation's President Mahinda Rajapakse today said the business communities of the two countries were working with effective coordination for the promotion of bilateral trade... Back to the top

Sangakkara leads Sri Lanka fight-back in Kandy, April 03, 2006, 9:00 EDT. KANDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Kumar Sangakkara led a Sri Lanka fightback with a superb 79 on the first afternoon of the second and final test against Pakistan... Back to the top

Pelwatte Sugar applies to build Sri Lanka s largest dendro-power ..., April 03, 2006, 9:00 EDT. April 03 (LBO) -- Pelwatte Sugar has applied to the Ceylon Electricity Board to build a 25MegaWatt power plant fired by sugar cane waste, making it the largest dendro power plant proposed in Sri Lanka up to now... Back to the top

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