The Lanka Academic

JUNE 6, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 61


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Karunanidhi defines Tamil Nadu role in S
TOI, june 7. NEW DELHI: In one stroke of a sentence, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi has made it clear that he has no intention of whipping up passions over violence in Sri Lanka or the refugee flow from that country to his state.

On May 25, Karunanidhi, freshly elected to power in Tamil Nadu, home to the largest concentration of Tamils in the world, held a 15-minute one-to-one meeting with Arumugam Thondaman, leader of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and a special envoy of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.

On Monday, after calling on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and separately meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi, Karunanidhi revealed to reporters what he had told Thondaman: "The central government's policy (on Sri Lanka) will be the state government's policy." More... Discuss this story
Published: Tue Jun 6 22:42:09 EDT 2006

Suspected Tamil rebels detonate mines near Sri Lanka capital; two policemen in north
Associated Press, Tue June 6, 2006 07:44 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil rebels triggered two anti-personnel mines outside Sri Lanka - 's capital early Tuesday, wounding two people, the military said, in the first such attacks near Colombo since the country's 2002 cease-fire. Later Tuesday, suspected Tamil Tiger rebels triggered another mine in northern Sri Lanka - , killing two policemen and wounding two others, military said.

``A police vehicle got caught to an explosion near Vavuniya,'' military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said.

He blamed the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the blast.

Vavuniya is located 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the capital, Colombo and is the northernmost government-held garrison town before rebel-held territory.

Separately, police said the bodies of four Tamil civilians with gunshot wounds were found in the northeast overnight.

The violence come as government and rebel officials prepared to meet in the Norwegian capital Thursday and Friday to review the cease-fire, which appears increasingly tenuous due to violence that has killed at least 375 people since the beginning of April.

The mine blasts took place near a navy camp on a side road of a highway connecting Colombo with the country's only international airport. It damaged a state-run bus and wounded the driver and conductor, navy spokesman D.K.P Dassanayake said. The bus had just come out of its depot and had no passengers.

``Their main target was our buses that take navy personnel to duty, but apparently they triggered the mines prematurely,'' Dassanayake said.

Dassanayake blamed the attack on Tamil Tiger rebels.

Anti-personnel mines, which fire hundreds of steel balls propelled by plastic explosives and can be detonated by remote control, are a preferred weapon of the insurgents. Until now, they have been used only in the country's northeast, where the Tigers control parts of the countryside.

The only attacks in or around Colombo attributed to the rebels since the 2002 cease-fire have been suicide bombings.

In April, a female rebel bomber targeted the country's top general at a military base in Colombo. Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka escaped the attack with abdominal and chest wounds, but at least 12 others died in the blast, prompting the government to retaliate against Tamil rebel bases and pushing Sri Lanka - closer to a resumption of full-scale civil war.

In July of 2004, a suicide bomber targeted Douglas Devananda, a government minister and a moderate Tamil leader who opposes the rebels. The bomber could not reach Devananda and detonated explosives that killed four people.

Separately, authorities had no immediate motive for the deaths or the four Tamil civilians whose bodies were found in the northeast, said police officer P. Tennakoon.

Two of the bodies were found in Kayts islet, northern Jaffna, 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of the capital, Colombo, while the other two were found in Trincomalee district, 215 kilometers (133 miles), northeast of Colombo, he said.

The Oslo talks are aimed at reviewing the Norway-brokered cease-fire and ensure safety of European monitors who oversee the agreement. The monitors suspended sea patrols last month after the rebels attacked a government navy convoy that had a truce monitor on board.

Sixty members from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland have monitored Sri Lanka - 's cease-fire.

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

Associated Press Writer, Bharatha Mallawarachi contributed to this report.

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Published: Tue Jun 6 08:40:18 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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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 mulls subsidy, faces dry IOC fuel pumps, June 7, 2006. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will decide this week when to repay $74.5 million in unpaid subsidies to fuel retailer Lanka IOC, the government said on Tuesday, as the firm said it was stopping supplies to its filling pumps... Back to the top

Sri Lanka violence kills two Tamil Tiger rebels, government soldier
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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

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

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

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

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

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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