The Lanka Academic

JUNE 5, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 60


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Suspected rebel blast near S.Lanka capital hurts one, Mon 5 Jun 2006 9:10 PM ET. COLOMBO, June 6 (Reuters) - A suspected rebel mine blast near a southern Sri Lankan navy camp hit a civilian bus early on Tuesday, injuring the driver, in the first such attack near the capital Colombo since a 2002 truce, officials said.

The fragmentation mine blast, near Welisara around 10 miles (16 km) north of Colombo on the way to the island's only international airport, comes weeks after a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber attacked army headquarters and amid a surge in violence some fear could reignite a two-decade civil war.

It also comes as a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) delegation is in Oslo for talks this week on how to safeguard Nordic truce monitors from a rash of killings, ambushes and clashes that have killed more than 500 people this year. More...

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Published: Mon Jun 5 23:18:06 EDT 2006

Marxists rule out joining Sri Lanka government
GulfNews, june 6. Colombo: The Marxist JVP or People's Liberation Front has ruled out joining the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse, looking to further stabilise themselves by getting opposition members to cross over.

"There is no intention of joining the government whatsoever," JVP Parliamentary Group leader Wimal Weerawansa said, dismissing speculation that the JVP may join the government again.

Weerawansa dismissed local newspaper reports that the JVP had given a "strong and fresh" condition to rejoin the government and declared that the topic was not even taken up for discussion by the party. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 5 22:58:17 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lanka violence kills two Tamil Tiger rebels, government soldier
Associated Press, Mon June 5, 2006 10:55 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Troops killed two Tamil Tiger guerrillas Monday after the militants detonated a mine targeting a group of soldiers in eastern Sri Lanka - , a military official said. Sixty members from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland have monitored Sri Lanka - 's cease-fire since 2002.

The Tamil Tigers, or Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, began fighting the government in 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the cease-fire was signed. Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 5 11:31:23 EDT 2006 Back to the top

India’s Sri Lanka policy is my policy: Karunanidhi
India E-News, June 5. New Delhi - The Indian government’s policy on Sri Lanka will also be the policy of Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi declared Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, Tamil Rebels Send Delegations to Talks in Norway
Bloomberg, June 5. June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam sent delegations to Norway to discuss violations of their 2002 cease-fire that threaten a return to civil war in the South Asian island nation... Back to the top

Muralitharan leads Sri Lanka to victory over England in third test
Associated Press, June 4. VALKERIE MANGNALL AP Sports Writer NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) _ Muttiah Muralitharan claimed eight wickets in England's second innings Monday, and Sri Lanka won by 134 runs to level the series 1-1 on day four of the third and final test at Trent Bridge... Back to the top

Thailand denies selling arms to LTTE, June 05, 2006, 19:05. Foreign Minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon denies Sri Lankan Foreign Minister's allegation that Thailand sold weapons to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE)... Back to the top

EU to ban renegade Sri Lanka rebel faction too-diplomat
Reuters, June 04. COLOMBO (Reuters) - The European Union is poised to blacklist a group of breakaway rebels locked in a bitter feud with the island's Tamil Tigers, a senior diplomat said on Sunday, similar to a new terror ban against the mainstream group... Back to the top

Eight Tamil Tiger rebels escape from Sri Lanka jail
Reuters, June 4. COLOMBO, June 4 (Reuters) - Eight Tamil Tiger rebels escaped from a jail in Sri Lanka's restive east early on Sunday in what authorities suspect was an inside job, police said... Back to the top

'Slave' case headed for court
Associated Press, Sun June 4, 2006 05:30 EDT . - - Asoka Jayasinghe and Lalitha Perera say they came from Sri Lanka - to the United States looking for a fresh start... Back to the top

Tsunami puts Sri Lanka’s cinnamon industry on a different plane, June 05, 2006, 10:35 EDT. PERALIYA, June 3, 2006 (LBO) -- Wearing a red crash helmet to beat the sun, Punya Sena crouches on the ground, planting young cinnamon saplings to replace thousands that were destroyed by the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka’s coastal belt in December 2004... Back to the top

Jayawardene fined for outburst following third test dismissal
Associated Press, Mon June 5, 2006 07:03 EDT . NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) Sri Lanka - captain Mahela Jayawardene has been fined 20 percent of his match fee for an angry reaction to his dismissal in the third test against England at Trent Bridge... Back to the top

The Indian who revived Catholicism in Sri Lanka, June 05, 2006, 10:45 EDT. In the second half of the 17th century, two important developments took place in Ceylon as Sri Lanka was then called... Back to the top

Jail break, blasts in Lanka ahead of truce talks, June 04. Ahead of talks between Sri Lanka's warring parties in Oslo, two soldiers and a bus station guard were killed in separate attacks in the island, where eight prisoners including two suspected Tamil Tigers escaped from a high-security jail after verpowering the securitymen on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to fight new restrictions on Vanaspati exports to India, June 05, 2006, 10:32 EDT. June 05 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will fight new Indian restrictions on duty free vanaspati exports, ahead of another round of Indo-Lanka trade talks at the end of June... Back to the top

Eight wickets just another day's work for Muralitharan
Associated Press, Mon June 5, 2006 15:56 EDT . VALKERIE MANGNALL - AP Sports Writer - At one point on Monday, it looked as though Sri Lanka - 's Muttiah Muralitharan might become only the third bowler in cricket history to take all 10 wickets in an innings after former England spinner Jim Laker and India legspinner Anil Kumble... Back to the top

Indian trader brutally killed, two missing in Sri Lanka
com, June 4th, 2006. New Delhi - An Indian sari trader from Tamil Nadu has been tortured to death and two others are missing in Sri Lanka’s east in a horror saga that some are linking to business rivalry and others to the Tamil Tigers or its breakaway faction... Back to the top

For all their problems it is now Sri Lanka who are the hunters, June 05, 2006, 01:05 EDT. For much of this series, Sri Lanka have been out of sorts. Perhaps it is has been the weather... Back to the top

Mine blasts kill two soldiers in Sri Lanka, Sun, 4 June 2006 22:01:11 . Two soldiers and a bus station guard have been killed in separate attacks in Sri Lanka's troubled northeast, the military said Sunday... Back to the top

Sir Lanka hails genius, June 05, 2006, 19:05. CAPTAIN Mahela Jayawardene has hailed Sri Lanka's 134-run victory over England in the third Test at Trent Bridge as "a brilliant team effort" inspired by a "genius"... Back to the top

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