The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 4, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 28

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At least 5 suspected Tamil rebels die in military retaliation
Associated Press, Thu May 4, 2006 07:26 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ At least five suspected Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in northern Sri Lanka Thursday when military fired in retaliation when attacked with hand grenades, a policeman said.

The attack took place in Nelliady in northern Jaffna Peninsula, a local policeman said on condition of anonymity, because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

He said some insurgents arrived in two motorized three-wheeler taxies and flung hand grenades at a military camp in Nelliady, but the troop retaliated killing at least five.

Military spokesman, Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe in Colombo confirmed the incident, but could not give fatality figure.

``We are getting initial reports which say that one of our checkpoints came under attack,'' he said.

The attackers came in two motorized rickshaws and threw a hand grenade.

``Our troops retaliated and fired,'' he said, adding that there was an explosion in one of the rickshaws probably caused by hand grenades going off. Two soldiers sustained injuries, he said.

The pro-rebel Web-site TamilNet reported the incident, saying the military used rocket propelled grenades.

TamilNet called the deceased ``youths'' and said six of them were killed in the incident.

Earlier Thursday, elsewhere in northern Sri Lanka, twin explosions killed two and wounded 14 others.

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Published: Thu May 4 08:54:32 EDT 2006

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Jaffna Varsity Vice Chancellor flees Sri Lanka with family
TamilWeek, May 4. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have through terror tactics caused a prominent Tamil academic and Jaffna University Vice - Chancellor Dr. Ratnajeevan Hoole to flee Sri Lanka with his family members. Dr. Hoole’s decision to seek refuge in a foreign country was due to a consistent campaign of threats and intimidation by agents of the LTTE.

The LTTE began targetting him through front organizations and tiger - controlled student bodies after the academic was appointed as Jaffna University vice chancellor by President Mahinda Rajapakse. The LTTE wanted another person to be nominated as Jaffna V- C and not Dr. Hoole. The “other” person was a weak man who was willing to dance to the tiger tune.

Ratnajeevan though academically brilliant and a dynamic go - getter was not in the LTTE’s good books for two reasons. One was due to his sturdy independence and personal integrity. He was a man who fought injustice and foul play wherever he found them In recent times Dr. Hoole has crossed swords with many prominent personalities in several Lankan universities, University Grants Commission, Professional associations and the protestant church. He was in his own way a cantankerous litigant in pursuance of what he deemed justice and fairplay.This type of honest, uprightness was anathema to the LTTE which wants weak, pliable minions to be at the helm of affairs in the North - East. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu May 4 21:46:34 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Sri Lanka 's government bans open display of meat in markets
Associated Press, Thu May 4, 2006 10:11 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's government on Thursday announced a ban on the open display of meat in markets to coincide with the 2,550th anniversary of Buddha's death. ``Selling of openly displayed animal flesh has become a common practice in meat stalls in Sri Lanka - and this practice should be changed from now onwards,'' Yapa said.

This year, Buddha's death is commemorated on May 12.

Buddhism, which teaches that animals should not be killed, is followed by many of Sri Lanka - 's majority ethnic Sinhalese, who comprise 14 million of country's 19 million people.
Published: Thu May 4 23:03:33 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Northern Sri Lankan town holds strike to protest killings in newspaper office
Associated Press, Thu May 4, 2006 07:19 EDT . JAFFNA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Shops, offices and banks were shut and transportation came to a standstill in a northern Sri Lankan town Thursday to protest an attack on a Tamil rebel-linked newspaper in which two employees were killed... Back to the top

Explosion in northern Sri Lanka kills 2, wounds 2
Associated Press, Thu May 4, 2006 01:06 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An explosion in a northern Sri Lankan town killed two neighborhood guards and wounded two others on Thursday, the area's senior police officer said... Back to the top

Nine more are killed in northern Sri Lanka
monstersandcritics.com, May 04, 2006, 16:20 EDT. Colombo - Two policemen and seven suspected Tamil rebels were killed in Sri Lanka Thursday as security in northern and eastern parts of the country deteriorated, military officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan foreign minister coming to India
newkerala.com, May 04, 2006, 16:20 EDT. New Delhi: India will get a "first hand assessment" of the volatile situation in Sri Lanka and the floundering peace process when Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera comes here on a three-day visit beginning Sunday... Back to the top

Fighting continues in Sri Lanka as Japan dispatches envoy to halt slide into civil war
Associated Press, Thu May 4, 2006 10:43 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Separatist fighting continued at levels not seen since the Sri Lankan government and rebels signed a truce four years ago, as the nation's top donor Japan said Thursday it was sending a peace envoy to halt a backslide toward civil war... Back to the top

Lanka minister hopeful of peace talks’ success
Dawn, May 4. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva who headed the government delegation to peace talks in Geneva in February is proving to be a staunch optimist... Back to the top

Under shadow of war, Sri Lanka 's ethnic divide hardens
Associated Press, Wed May 3, 2006 02:51 EDT . CHRIS BRUMMITT - Associated Press Writer - TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sinhalese traders were willing to talk about the campaign of intimidation by Tiger rebels against Sri Lanka - 's Tamil minority that has left their stalls deserted in this northeastern port... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government pledges to investigate deadly attack on rebel-linked newspaper
Associated Press, Wed May 3, 2006 01:08 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government promised Wednesday to bring to justice assailants who gunned down two employees at a Tamil Tiger-linked newspaper, describing the brazen assault as an attack on freedom of expression... Back to the top

Lanka govt offers seaplanes to Tamil rebels for meeting
zeenews.com, May 04, 2006, 9:00 EDT. Colombo, May 04: Sri Lanka's government, trying to salvage a fragile truce, today said that it has offered the separatist Tamil Tigers seaplanes to use for the insurgents' internal meeting ahead of planned government-rebel peace talks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s state railways want money to make urgent repairs
lankabusinessonline.com, May 04, 2006, 9:00 EDT. May 4 (LBO) – Sri Lanka's state-owned railway is trying to find money to make urgent repairs to dilapidated tracks, which is forcing trains to run slow... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government offers Tamil rebels seaplanes for internal meeting ahead of talks
Associated Press, Wed May 3, 2006 07:36 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government, trying to salvage a fragile truce, said Wednesday it has offered the separatist Tamil Tigers seaplanes to use for the insurgents' internal meeting ahead of planned government-rebel peace talks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to buy arms from Pakistan
upi.com, May 3. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 3 (UPI) -- Following India's reluctance to supply them with arms as a result of the island's Tamil conflict, Sri Lanka has approached Pakistan for defense supplies... Back to the top

In Sri Lanka, two killed in attack on Tamil newspaper
CPJ, may 2. New York, May 2, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today’s attack on the Tamil-language daily Uthayan... Back to the top

Japan s special envoy to Sri Lanka to visit India
newkerala.com, 03 May . By M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi: Japan's special envoy to Sri Lanka will visit India next week to discuss the rapidly deteriorating situation in the island nation and ways to avert a possible resumption of a full-scale war... Back to the top

Colombo stocks fall, lack of buying support
lankabusinessonline.com, April 03, 2006, 11:55 EDT. May 03 (LBO) – Sri Lankan stocks fell Wednesday after a four-day winning streak in the absence of buying support from institutional investors, traders said... Back to the top

Police recover 3 blindfolded bodies in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed May 3, 2006 03:01 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police on Wednesday found the bodies of three blindfolded men with stab wounds on a roadside in northern Sri Lanka - , an official said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan trying to build a life
Union tribune, May 03, 2006, 08:02 EDT. LANCASTER – It has been just a few weeks since Ahilan Nadarajah was freed from a San Diego immigration jail, and he is already calling his roommates “homeboys” and proclaiming “American Idol” and “America's Most Wanted” his favorite shows... Back to the top

Gunmen storm Sri Lanka news office killing two
zeenews.com, May 03, 2006, 07:42 EDT. Colombo, May 03: Gunmen stormed a Tamil newspaper office in Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula killing two people and further raising the toll in the bloodiest month since a 2002 truce took effect, officials said today... Back to the top

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