The Lanka Academic

JUNE 29, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 84


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Sri Lanka offers cash, promotions to encourage Tamil, June. 29 . Colombo, June. 29 (PTI): Sri Lanka today announced cash payments and increments to public servants willing to learn Tamil as a second language.

Constitutional Affairs Minister D E W Gunasekera said there would be a once and for all cash payment of up to 250 dollars and increments to existing public servants.

Besides, all new recruits will have to be bilingual, he said.

Gunasekera said language issues were at the root of the long-running Tamil separatist conflict which has claimed over 60,000 lives in the island nation and hoped that new move will address Tamil grievances of discrimination.

Tamil was made an official language at par with Sinhalese in 1988, but implementation remained slack because of lack of Tamil speakers in government.

"We will encourage all public servants to learn a second language," Gunasekera said. "Sinhalese should learn Tamil and Tamils should learn Sinhalese."

He said 52.3 per cent of the country's minority Tamils lived outside the northeast of the island and among the majority Sinhalese. Therefore, the Tamils in Sinhalese areas should get their correspondence in Tamil, he said.

He said there was considerable mistrust between the two communities because they were unable to communicate with each other due to language differences. Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 29 13:15:46 EDT 2006

Tigers stand self-condemned: DR Kaarthikeyan
Hindustan Times, june 30. It took 15 long years for one of the world's most dreaded terrorist groups -- the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam -- to come out with the truth on former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination in 1991.

The LTTE's chief negotiator, Anton Balasingham, told an Indian TV channel that his organisation "deeply regretted" the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and described it as a "monumental historical tragedy".

He also pledged "never to do anything or act anything inimical to the geopolitical interests of India".

This is interpreted by many as a confession of guilt for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991, and a plea for pardon from India.

Others say that Balasingham never "aplogised" or "sought pardon". And that his statement was a clever obfuscation meant to mislead Indians. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 29 22:16:33 EDT 2006 Back to the top

LTTE denies apologising for Rajiv murder, June 29, 2006 - 14:15 EDT. A Tamil Tiger spokesperson has been quoted in several Tamil dailies as saying that their chief ideologue Anton Balasingham never really apologised for Rajiv Gandhi's assassination on NDTV or owned responsibility.

Balasingham, the group claims, merely regretted the killing. Some pro-LTTE Tamil papers have also claimed that NDTV edited and thereby distorted the interview.

However, NDTV would like to clarify that no section of the interview was tampered with. For clarity, this is the text of Balasingham's interview in which he regretted Gandhi's killing. Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jun 29 14:15:54 EDT 2006 Back to the top

`Refugees trained in self-defence by LTTE, Thursday, Jun 29, 2006. RAMESWARAM: At a time when security agencies and the State machinery are preparing to "receive" more refugees following a war-like situation in Sri Lanka, it is reliably learnt that a sizeable number of refugees, who have been given asylum in Tamil Nadu, underwent "self-defence" training imparted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealem (LTTE)... Back to the top

SL Embassy -USA, June 29. Secretary, Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid an official visit to Washington D... Back to the top

New Delhi sees more LTTE attacks, Wednesday, June 28, 2006. Intelligence inputs in recent days warn of more suicide attacks by LTTE, especially targeted at senior Army and naval officers of Sri Lanka, even as the Indian establishment across the board dismisses LTTE’s latest apology for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Over half a million displaced people suffer effects of ..., 06/29/2006. The increasing violence in Sri Lanka is creating new waves of displaced people and adding to the fear and insecurity felt by the hundreds of thousands of people who already have been forced from their homes by the conflict and the tsunami... Back to the top

Killings slow Sri Lanka s economic drive: World Bank, Fri, 30 June 2006. Sri Lanka's deteriorating security situation is undermining growth and slowing the island's attempts to snap out of the poverty trap, a top World Bank official said Thursday... Back to the top

Report: Mine blast kills 3 Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Thu June 29, 2006 03:13 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A mine blast killed three Tamil civilians in western Sri Lanka - , a pro-rebel report said Thursday, in the same coastal area where an earlier clash between the navy and guerrillas left 17 dead... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says Norway should consult it on any change of EU truce monitors
Associated Press, Thu June 29, 2006 11:38 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - said Thursday that Norway must consult the government on efforts to change a team of international cease-fire monitors to exclude European Union nations, which lists the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist group... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to release wireless spectrum, June 29, 2006. Sri Lanka will be releasing new wireless spectrum for commercial use, although only with the blessings of the Ministry of Defense... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to ban branded milk powder advertising, Fri, 30 June 2006. Sri Lanka will suspend advertising of branded, imported milk powder to allow space for generic products, top government officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy reinforcing bases after pattern emerge of rebels' effort to weaken navy
Associated Press, Wed June 28, 2006 22:41 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Sri Lankan navy said Thursday it was reinforcing its bases and increasing sea patrols a day after Tamil Tiger rebels clashed near a naval base in the northwest, killing 17 combatants... Back to the top

Sri Lankan navy repulses Tamil rebel attack, 12 rebels, 5 sailors killed, says official.
Associated Press, Wed June 28, 2006 10:32 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Twelve Tamil rebels and five Sri Lankan sailors were killed Wednesday in a clash near a western naval base, a navy spokesman said the latest violence threatening to cause a four-year cease-fire to completely collapse... Back to the top

Sri Lanka foreign minister asks Tigers to lay down arms+
Associated Press, Thu June 29, 2006 05:11 EDT . Balasingham, in an interview with an Indian television station, called on India to show ''magnanimity'' and look to the future rather than the past by helping to resolve Sri Lanka - 's decades-long civil war now continuing at a low intensity despite a 2002 cease-fire agreement... Back to the top

Norway meeting to discuss Sri Lanka’s ceasefire
Dawn, June 29, 2006 - 08:11 EDT. Norwegian peace facilitators and the Nordic truce monitors will meet on Thursday in Oslo to discuss their future role in Sri Lanka’s unravelling peace process, Norwegian embassy sources said... Back to the top

Embassy Of Sri Lanka, June 29, 2006 . Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Bernard Goonetilleke has urged countries that have become State Parties to terrorism related international instruments and particularly those who have taken action to list terrorist organizations, to take strict measures to ensure that their efforts are not undermined by front organizations of listed terrorist organizations... Back to the top

17 die as Navy, LTTE clash, June 29, 2006 - 08:11 EDT. COLOMBO: On the eve of the Oslo meeting of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), Colombo on Wednesday insisted that any unilateral changes in the composition of the ceasefire monitors would not be acceptable... Back to the top

Sri Lanka breakaway ex-rebels vow to keep up attacks, 29 june. BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - While Sri Lanka's government and Tamil rebels teeter between war and peace, a deadly conflict is raging in the island's east, where renegade guerrillas are locked in a do-or-die battle with former comrades... Back to the top

Delhi scorns LTTE statement on Rajiv’s slaying
Dawn, June 29, 2006 - 08:11 EDT. India said on Wednesday it was not ready to forgive Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers after they came the closest yet to admitting killing former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and rejected calls to mediate in the island’s conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s uncivil war, June 29, 2006 - 06:48 EDT. THE FESTERING ethnic conflict in the island nation of Sri Lanka receives little attention here, but recurrent bouts of violence there between the government and minority Tamils have taken 70,000 lives since 1983... Back to the top

Sri Lanka truce monitors to hold crisis talks, June 29, 2006 - 06:48 EDT. Oslo, June 29: Sri Lankan peace broker Norway goes into crisis talks today to try to salvage the island's faltering ceasefire, after the assassination of a top army general underscored the threat of renewed war... Back to the top

Do not forgive LTTE for Rajiv killing: Shantaram, June 28, 2006 - 18:35 EDT. Panaji, June 28: The Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) member, Mr Shantaram Naik has urged the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh not to forgive the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the brutal killing of the late prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi... Back to the top

Norway Hosts Talks on Future of Sri Lanka s Cease-Fire Monitors, 29 june. June 29 (Bloomberg) -- Norway will today discuss the future of the five Nordic countries monitoring Sri Lanka's 2002 cease- fire after Tamil Tiger rebels demand the withdrawal of European Union members of the team... Back to the top

LTTE should apologise in court: Lanka, 29 june. The Sri Lankan government has taken LTTE negotiator Anton Balasingham's "categorical apology" for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi with a pinch of salt... Back to the top

Nearly 40,000 people displaced by violence in Sri Lanka , rights group says
Associated Press, Wed June 28, 2006 11:39 EDT . SANATH PRIYANTHA - Associated Press Writer - KABITHIGOLLEWA, Sri Lanka - (AP) They sleep in the school's classrooms, in the hallways, in the dirt outside nearly 1,800 people too afraid to go home because of surging violence between Sri Lanka - 's government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

If caught, LTTE supremo will be tried under TADA, June 29, 2006. NEW DELHI: A day after Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, Sri Lankan intelligence intercepted a wireless message sent out by V Prabhakaran asking if "Kilo" (Kittu, then a top-ranking LTTE leader) had made an announcement that the group was in no way responsible for the crime... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Candidate for UN Secretary-General Position Looks for ..., Embassy, June 28th, 2006. By Lee Berthiaume A former peace negotiator in his native country, Jayantha Dhanapala doesn't believe his inability to stop terrorist attacks will hamper his bid to succeed Kofi Annan... Back to the top

Cong silent on LTTE disclosures, June 28, 2006 - 18:35 EDT. Statesman News Service New Delhi, June 28: The Congress has maintained a studied silence on the LTTE’s latest statements on the Rajiv Gandhi assassination episode, whereby the Tamil rebel outfit virtually admitted its role in the former Prime Minister’s killing 15 years ago... Back to the top

If war breaks out again no country on earth will bail out Sri Lanka
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, June 28, 2006, 11.49 a.m.. Senior Tamil politician and General Secretary of the Akhila Ilankai Tamil United Front (AITUF) K... Back to the top

Sri Lankans just too powerful, June 28, 2006 - 18:35 EDT. England crashed to yet another one-day defeat as Sri Lanka opened up a 4-0 lead in the NatWest Series on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka names veteran officer to replace slain general
Associated Press, Tue June 27, 2006 22:31 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka has named a veteran officer with experience fighting Tamil Tiger guerrillas to replace the nation's third-highest-ranking general, who was killed this week in a suspected rebel suicide attack, officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

For Sri Lanka s Civilians, It Feels Again Like Civil War, June 28, 2006 - 13:44 EDT. Hundreds of people have died in Sri Lanka this year as the government and rebels of the Tamil Tiger guerrilla group slip back into what some are calling an undeclared civil war... Back to the top

Violence Spirals in Sri Lanka as Tamil Rebels Clash with Navy, June 28, 2006 - 13:44 EDT. The situation in Sri Lanka continues to worsen, with Tamil Tiger rebels and the navy clashing on land and at sea... Back to the top

Bomb threats trigger panic in Lanka, June 28, 2006 - 06:35 EDT. Colombo: Panic gripped Sri Lanka's capital on Wednesday after threats of bomb attacks against schools in the city... Back to the top

We will bring peace to Lanka soon, 28 june. BANGALORE: Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has quietly sent taped messages to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to establish direct contact with the separatist guerrillas in the latest bid to bring peace to Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Soldier killed in mortar bomb attack in Sri Lanka, 28 june. June 28, 2006 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger guerrillas fired mortar bombs at an army camp in northeastern Sri Lanka Wednesday, killing one soldier and wounding three others, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s moment of reckoning, 28 June 2006. ALL academic doubts about whether Sri Lanka is faced with yet another civil war should have been cleared by the assassination of Maj Gen Parami Kulatunga, the deputy chief of army staff and third highest ranking officer in the Lankan army... Back to the top

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