The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 24, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 48

WESAK
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JAYANTHA DHANAPALA

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4 Policemen die in Mine Blast
TLA, May 25. Reports from Military sources indicate that 4 policemen have been killed after being caught up in a mine blast in Kattankudy in the Batticaloa district.
Published: Wed May 24 23:26:22 EDT 2006

Sri Lanka gov t says efforts to revive talks still on
xinhuanet.com, 2006-05-25 04:47:07. COLOMBO, May 24 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government said Wednesday that the efforts to revive the stalled peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels was still underway despite the ongoing violence.

The Policy Planning Minister and the government's defense spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters that the Norwegian peace facilitators are still on the job.

Rambukwella said Norwegian special peace envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer has arrived here Wednesday in order to revive the effort and the Norway's Minister of International Development, Erik Solheim is also due on Friday.

"The government wants to take forward the process but the signals coming from the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) rebels were not good," Rambukwella said.

He blamed the Tigers for continuing with their acts of violenceand said that they were trying to cause a large influx of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees into the neighboring south India so that the rebels could take advantage of "complexities in Indian politics."

The escalation of violence in the north and east have prompted refugees to flee to India mostly from small islets in the northern Jaffna peninsula.

The government maintains that refugee influx was caused by rebels threats on civilian population.

The LTTE has accused the government of killing Tamil civilians in the region by using alleged paramilitary groups. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed May 24 22:33:17 EDT 2006 Back to the top


INTERVIEW-Sri Lanka wants Gulf Arabs to ban Tamil rebels
alertnet.org, 24 May 2006 16:28:00 GMT. DOHA, May 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Wednesday it wants Gulf Arab states to ban Tamil Tiger rebels and starve them of funds by cracking down on members who force Tamil expatriates in the region to chip in for its activities.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, in Doha to attend a conference on cooperation among Asian nations, also called on the international community to press the group back to the negotiations table amid fears of a return to civil war following a recent spike in violence.

"In Qatar there are quite a lot of Tamil people who have reported that they have been intimidated by a few members of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam)," Samaraweera told Reuters after talks with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani in Doha. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed May 24 13:47:00 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Norwegian peace envoy plays down expectations before trip to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed May 24, 2006 08:54 EDT . OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Norway's Development Minister Erik Solheim on Wednesday sought to downplay expectations for his upcoming peace mission to Sri Lanka, saying the situation in the country was difficult... Back to the top

Anti-personnel mine blast kills 2 Sri Lanka soldiers, 1 policeman
Associated Press, Wed May 24, 2006 00:56 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An anti-personnel mine exploded in a northern Sri Lanka - town Wednesday, killing two government soldiers and a policeman, the area's police chief said... Back to the top

Govt. 'forcing Tamils towards LTTE
bbc, may 24. The main Tamil political party in Sri Lanka has accused authorities of doing enough to protect minority Tamil community in the island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels say peace envoy visit to yield little
reuters.com, May 24, 2006, 06:55 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Norway's peace envoy flew to Sri Lanka on Wednesday for a fresh round of separate meetings with government officials and the Tamil Tigers, but the rebels played down hopes of breaking a deadlock over stalled peace talks... Back to the top

Police recover bodies of two Sri Lankans believed drowned while fleeing to India
Associated Press, Wed May 24, 2006 09:49 EDT . - - JAFFNA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Police on Wednesday said they recovered the bodies of two Sri Lankans which they believe drowned while trying to escape to India because of mounting violence in northern Jaffna peninsula... Back to the top

140 refugees arrive from Sri Lanka
newkerala.com, May 24, 2006, 08:15 EDT. Rameswaram(TN): The arrival of refugees from violence-hit Sri Lanka continued today with 140 people from Trincomallee landing at Dhanushkodi near here... Back to the top

Jayasuriya misses second test as S.Lanka stick to youth
reuters.co.uk, May 24, 2006 . BIRMINGHAM, England, May 24 (Reuters) - Sanath Jayasuriya appears to have flown to England in vain after captain Mahela Jayawardene said on Wednesday that Sri Lanka would stick to its youth policy... Back to the top

European Union asks Sri Lanka to take action against those who attacked aid agency offices
Associated Press, Tue May 23, 2006 04:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The European Union asked the Sri Lankan government on Tuesday to prosecute those who lobbed hand grenades at the offices of three international aid groups, saying such ``barbaric acts'' must not go unpunished... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s People s Bank profits rise 22%
lankabusinessonline.com, May 24, 2006, 08:15 EDT. May 24, 2006 (LBO) – People's Bank, Sri Lanka's second-largest state bank in terms of assets, said group net profits for the three-months to March 31 rose 22.1 percent to 926.23 million rupees... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil party urges international community not to be one-sided
Xinhua, May 23. Sri Lanka's main political party for the Tamil minority Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has appealed to the international community to have a "more even handed approach" towards the ethnic conflict in this Indian Ocean island... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers reject direct meeting with Sri Lanka 's president
Associated Press, Tue May 23, 2006 12:42 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday rejected pleas from Buddhist and Catholic priests to hold direct talks with Sri Lanka - 's president to stop the island nation from sliding back to full-scale civil war... Back to the top

Norwegian peace envoys to visit Sri Lanka , Tamil rebels warn of major war
Associated Press, Tue May 23, 2006 00:53 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - said Tuesday that Norwegian envoys will meet with government and Tamil rebel leaders this week to try to revive the country's peace process, amid spiraling violence and recriminations between the sides... Back to the top

India worried about escalating violence in Sri Lanka
teluguportal.net, 2006/5/23 . New Delhi: The Indian government is "worried" that the steady escalation of violence in Sri Lanka, if not stopped, can slide into an all-out war, a situation that will not only be disastrous for the island nation but will also affect India... Back to the top

Huge Telecoms Investment for Sri Lanka
cellular-news.com, 23-05-2006. Sri Lanka's largest mobile communications operator announced last week, the signing of a hall mark investment agreement with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BoI) to invest a further US$150 million in the country's telecommunications sector within the next 2 years... Back to the top

S.Lanka suspects some troops talk to renegades
swissinfo.org, May 23. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Some low-ranking Sri Lankan troops may be in contact with armed groups opposed to Tamil Tiger rebels, but there is no evidence of large-scale collusion, the head of the government's peace secretariat said on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ’must play Jayasuriya’
com, May 24, 2006 . LONDON: Former Sri Lanka star Aravinda de Silva says opener Sanath Jayasuriya and paceman Lasith Malinga should both play in the second Test against England... Back to the top

Norway discusses monitors safety with Sri Lanka rebels
xinhuanet.com, May 23, 2006, 10:25 EDT. COLOMBO, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Norwegian peace facilitators in Sri Lanka took up the matter of safety of the international truce monitors with the Tamil Tigers on Tuesday, rebel and diplomatic sources here said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka military says they killed Tamil Tiger guerrilla in retaliatory fire
Associated Press, Tue May 23, 2006 09:44 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's military said Tuesday that they killed a Tamil Tiger guerrilla after a group of rebels fired at the soldiers... Back to the top

The Death of Peace
Time, May 22. The forensic pictures show a family lying together on a grass mat... Back to the top

Sithru securing US$1bil jobs in Sri Lanka
thestar.com.my, May 23. KUALA LUMPUR: Sithru (M) Sdn Bhd is confident of securing jobs to construct railway tracks totalling US$1bil in the southern and central parts of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Narrow strip of land is Sri Lanka s flashpoint
lankabusinessonline.com, 23 May 2006 . MUHAMALAI, Sri Lanka, May 23, 2006 (AFP) - A narrow strip of land in Sri Lanka's northern peninsula of Jaffna is a flashpoint that could ignite a new war in the country, according to senior military commanders... Back to the top

Dengue threat looms in Sri Lanka
xinhuanet.com, 2006-05-23 . COLOMBO, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The threat of dengue epidemic is looming in Sri Lanka with nearly 3,500 dengue patients by May 17 this year, the largest number during this period in its history, the official Daily News reported Tuesday... Back to the top

CEAT to commission new tyre plant in Sri Lanka
thehindubusinessline.com, May 23, 2006 . COLOMBO: Indian tyre major CEAT will commission a Rs 350 million radial tyre plant at its Sri Lankan unit in July to cater to the local market... Back to the top

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