The Lanka Academic

JULY 6, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 91


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Police arrest at least three in Fonseka suicide attack
gulf news, july 7. Colombo: Police have been able to make a vital breakthrough in the investigation into the suicide bomb attack on Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka nearly two and a half months after the incident and arrested at least three people involved with the suicide bomber.

The woman has been identified as Kanapathipillai Manjula Devi, 32, a woman who studied in the north central Anuradhapura area and thereafter moved to the northern Jaffna peninsula to join the Tamil rebels, police chief Chandra Fernando said.

The three people who had been helping the bomber are a couple and another man from the central Rambukkana area and the Weliweriya area near Colombo. More... Discuss this story
Published: Thu Jul 6 22:54:21 EDT 2006

Colombo rejects LTTE charge, Friday, Jul 07, 2006 .

B. Muralidhar Reddy

It is a "genuine attempt" to carry forward the peace process

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Thursday rejected the LTTE's charge that the efforts of the Government on devolution of powers was an act of political duplicity and said it was making a "genuine attempt" to carry forward the peace process.

Cabinet spokesman and Minister of Mass Media and Information Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told a news conference here that the Government was convinced that the correct path to a solution to the ethnic crisis was negotiations. He said the appointment of the 12-member committee, consisting of eminent persons of all ethnic groups, was a step towards the goal.

Mr. Yapa also said the LTTE was trying to appear as the sole representative of the Tamil society whereas there are many Tamil parties which work hand in hand with the Government accepting the negotiation processes as the correct way to establish peace and harmony.

Hours after the Government announced on Wednesday the decision on a multi-ethnic committee to advise the President on power sharing, LTTE political head S.P. Thamilchelvan ruled out negotiations on devolution of powers based on the unitary constitution and charged Mr. Rajapakse of adopting a duplicitous approach.

The TamilNet quoted him as saying, "Colombo's call for talks based on Sri Lankan constitution, rejected by Tamils decades ago, is a deliberate act of deceiving the international community while failing to implement practical steps to implement the fundamental terms of Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) as agreed in Geneva I." More... Discuss this story
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Suspected Tamil rebels attack rival Tamil political office in northern Sri Lanka , 4 hurt
Associated Press, Thu July 6, 2006 01:33 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked policemen guarding a rival Tamil political party's office in northern Jaffna, wounding four of them, the military said Thursday.

The policeman were guarding the Eelam People's Democratic Party's office in Jaffna, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, when they were attacked late Wednesday, the government's national security Web site said.

The suspected rebels used small arms and grenades for the attack. The wounded policemen have been admitted to a local hospital.

The party, better known by its acronym, EPDP, is a coalition partner in the Sri Lankan government. The party in the past had been targeted by Tamil Tiger rebels, their bitter rivals.

The EPDP used to be a militant group but it renounced violence and joined mainstream Sri Lankan politics a decade ago. The party accuses the rebels of killing at least 40 of its members since a cease-fire between the rebels and the government came into effect in 2002.

Tamil rebels have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for minority ethnic Tamils.

More than 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the Norway brokered cease-fire in 2002 that halted the fighting. But subsequent peace talks broke down, and recent escalating violence has killed more than 700 people since April, threatening a return to full-scale war.

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Tamil rebels accuse Sri Lanka government of insincere attempt to make peace
Associated Press, Wed July 5, 2006 23:47 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels are accusing Sri Lanka - 's government of launching an insincere attempt to appear serious about peace by creating a committee that will advise the government on how to boost autonomy in Tamil areas... Back to the top

Sri Lankan journalists protest against colleague's killing
Associated Press, Thu July 6, 2006 11:23 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan journalists demonstrated Thursday to protest the killing of a local freelance reporter, who wrote mostly on the country's separatist conflict involving the government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka extends emergency rule, four policemen wounded in Tamil rebel attack
Associated Press, Thu July 6, 2006 11:15 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to extend an emergency law to deal with a surge in violence by Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wraps up 2-0 series win against the Netherlands
Associated Press, Thu July 6, 2006 13:49 EDT . - - AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Sri Lanka - was held to 313 for 8 wickets but won by 55 runs to complete a 2-0 one-day international series win against the Netherlands on Thursday... Back to the top

Sinn Fein leader mediates between LTTE, Lanka, July 06, 2006 - 06:45 EDT. Martin McGuinness, the most visible face of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland after president Gerry Adams, has met leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka and urged them to embark on the path to peace... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger leader defends using human bombs
Associated Press, Wed July 5, 2006 10:10 EDT . ASHOK SHARMA Associated Press Writer KOVILPORATIVU, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A top Tamil Tiger leader on Wednesday defended the use of suicide bombers against Sri Lankan security forces, as the rebels held street parades during an annual memorial for suicide cadres who died while fighting for a separate homeland... Back to the top

Colombo’s Muslim mayor speaks out his dreams
Dawn, July 06, 2006 . Uvais Mohamed Imthiyaz, a 22-year-old three-wheel auto rickshaw driver, belonging to Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim community is a staunch believer both in fate and God... Back to the top

Sri Lanka plans to issue spectrum for 3G phones next week, Thu, 6 July 2006 14:01:24 . July 6, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka plans to issue spectrum for third generation or next generation mobile technology to cellular phone operators next week, the telecom watchdog said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka takes step toward addressing separatist demands
Associated Press, Wed July 5, 2006 05:49 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - took a step toward addressing the demands of a separatist movement that has brought the country to the brink of all-out civil war by unveiling Wednesday a committee to advise it on giving more autonomy to Tamil-majority areas... Back to the top

LTTE violated CFA 7308 instances - SLMM, Last modified on: 7/6/2006 6:52:17 AM. The LTTE has flouted the ceasefire agreement on 7308 occasions, since its implementation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tigers celebrate suicide bomber squads, Wed Jul 5, 2006 10:10 AM IST. By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels celebrated their suicide bomber squads on the 19th anniversary of their first attack on Wednesday, but in the capital Colombo troops nervously scanned streets fearing new blasts... Back to the top

Q A: There is low-intensity war in Sri Lanka, July 6, 2006. Ulf Henriccson , a Swedish national, heads the European truce monitoring team in Colombo... Back to the top

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US says no military solution to Sri Lanka, July 05, 2006 . Colombo, July 05: The United States today said there was no military solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic strife and asked the government to radically change the way the country is governed by empowering all ethnic communities... Back to the top

Sri Lanka conflict beckons India to help, July 06. NEW DELHI – As Sri Lanka slides back into its long ethnic conflict, and with a Norwegian-brokered peace process stuck in neutral, both the Tamil Tiger separatists and the Sri Lankan government are making overtures to regional power India to get involved - and preferably on their side... Back to the top

Act now! India tells Sri Lanka, July 5, 2006. After some hesitation and much thinking, India has finally given Sri Lanka its most trenchant message since a peace process began four years ago: Act now, politically, to keep the island nation united... Back to the top

A mine blast kills one soldier in northern Sri Lanka , army says
Associated Press, Wed July 5, 2006 01:27 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) One soldier was killed in an anti-personnel mine blast blamed on the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka - , military said Wednesday... Back to the top

Seeking Sri Lanka s hidden gems, July 05, 2006 - 17:30 EDT. Sri Lanka is around the same size as southern Ireland, but there's more to see and do in just a fraction of the island than in the whole of many other countries... Back to the top

EU aid for victims of Sri Lanka conflict, July, 05, 2006 - 06:30 EDT. The European Commission has decided to allocate seven million euros to help around 300,000 people displaced by the ongoing conflict in the north and east of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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