The Lanka Academic

JULY 7, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 92


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INTERVIEW-S.Lanka monitors say not peacekeepers, still useful, 07 Jul 2006 12:29:30 GMT. By Peter Apps

COLOMBO, July 8 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's unarmed ceasefire monitors are no peacekeeping force, their head said on Friday, but they are helping reduce violence in the island nation and an attempt by Tamil rebels to cut them back could be harmful.

"It's not a peacekeeping mission," retired Swedish Major General Ulf Henricsson told Reuters in his Colombo headquarters. "We are 60 persons driving around in Toyota pickups. You can only imagine what it would be like if we were not here. I think it would be worse."

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Published: Fri Jul 7 14:48:51 EDT 2006

Rift between UNP, Rajapakse widens
Hindu, July 8. COLOMBO: The rift between Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and the main Opposition party United National Party (UNP) is widening.

The UNP believes that instead of focusing his attention on tackling the ethnic conflict, Mr. Rajapakse is busy plotting to break it. It is peeved over Mr. Rajapakse's decision to not only admit a fourth member of the UNP to the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) but also to nominate him as a Minister.

The induction took place on Thursday half-an-hour before the President was to meet UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for talks on the security situation. More... Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jul 7 23:10:36 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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 Back to the top

Immigrant told to raise English son in Sri Lanka
Telegraph, july 8. A Sri Lankan who entered Britain illegally at the age of 15 has been told that he is likely to be deported and will have to take his English wife and baby son with him - or otherwise run the risk of not being allowed back to see them... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

UNESCO chief deplores murder of Iraqi, Sri Lankan journalists, 7 July 2006. 7 July 2006 – Once again defending freedom of the press as a vital ingredient in democracy, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of journalists in two of the world’s crisis flashpoints – Iraq and Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tax to hit all foreign films, including Bollywood, July 7. Colombo, July 7. (PTI): Sri Lanka has introduced a new entertainment tax that will hit all foreign films, commericals and serials, including those produced in India, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka eyes national database on citizens to ensure 'security'
Associated Press, Fri July 7, 2006 02:50 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - plans to register citizens living in government-held areas in an electronic database for security reasons amid surging violence that has threatened a return to all-out civil war, a police official said Friday... Back to the top

Political defection hits Lanka bipartisan move, July 07, 2006 - 22:35 EDT. Colombo, July 8 (PTI): A bipartisan move to try and end Sri Lanka's ethnic bloodshed has hit the wall with the defection of an opposition legislator... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition says bipartisan peace bid fails, 7 july. COLOMBO (XFN-ASIA) - A fresh attempt to reach agreement on a bipartisan approach to the island's separatist conflict ended abruptly with the defection of an opposition legislator, a spokesman for the opposition United National Party (UNP) said... Back to the top

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

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

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