The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 12, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 97

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Sri Lanka's president calls for global response to terrorism after India blasts
Associated Press, Wed July 12, 2006 05:42 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka's president pressed Wednesday for a coordinated global response against terrorism in reaction to a series of train explosions in India that killed more than 180 people. Bombings have been a common occurrence in Sri Lanka - since separatist Tamil Tiger rebels began fighting the government in 1983 to carve out a separate homeland for the country's 3.2 million ethnic minority Tamils, who allege discrimination by the majority Sinhalese-dominated state.

Last month, suspected Tamil Tiger rebels targeted a passenger bus in northern Sri Lanka - , killing 64 commuters.

``No cause justifies ... terrorism against innocent civilians,'' Rajapakse said in a message sent earlier to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Eight bombs tore through packed commuter trains during Bombay's Tuesday evening rush hour, killing scores of people and wounding hundreds more.

More than 65,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka - in fighting between the government and the Tigers until a Norway-brokered cease-fire was signed in 2002. The truce now appears on the verge of collapse with more than 700 people half of them civilians killed since December. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 12 08:39:29 EDT 2006


LTTE spokesman suffers heart attack
zeenews.com, Wednesday, July 12, 2006 . Colombo, July 12: A spokesman for Tamil Tigers on Wednesday suffered a heart attack in the northern rebel-held town of Kilinochchi and was being brought to the Sri Lankan capital Colombo for urgent medical treatment.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) media coordinator Velayudam Dayanidi, better known as Daya master, suffered a cardiac attack and was being rushed to Colombo for heart surgery, the government's defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said.

Rambukwella said President Mahinda Rajapakse agreed to allow Daya master to be brought to Colombo with military escorts from Kilinochchi, a distance of 330 kilometres. More... Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 12 14:15:27 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Military invited ex-soldiers to rejoin fight against Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed July 12, 2006 03:54 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The military invited former troops to rejoin the fight against Tamil separatists Wednesday, as suspected Tamil rebels wounded a soldier in northern Sri Lanka - with a roadside bomb.

Militants triggered a mine near a foot patrol of government troops in the northern Jaffna peninsula, 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of the capital Colombo, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said.

The rebels did not immediately comment on the attack, just one day after President Mahinda Rajapakse invited the Tamil Tiger rebels to join talks aimed at reforming the constitution and with the aim of giving more autonomy to the ethnic Tamil-majority in the northeast.

On Wednesday the military invited soldiers who left the service after completing their required minimum 12 years to rejoin to combat Tamil Tiger rebels.

Former soldiers under 45 years of age will be eligible to re-enlist, Samarasinghe said.

More than 700 people half of them civilians have been killed since violence escalated in December, threatening a return to all-out civil war. The government and the rebels have blamed each other for a recent spike in violence.

The Tamil Tigers began fighting for a homeland in 1983, alleging discrimination by the Sinhalese. The two sides reached a cease-fire in 2002.

About 65,000 people were killed in the conflict before the cease-fire. Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jul 12 04:22:04 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Suspected rebels kill four in northern Sri Lanka , military says
Associated Press, Wed July 12, 2006 10:51 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed four people in separate attacks in northern Sri Lanka, the military said Wednesday, in continuing violence that threatens to drag the island nation back to full-scale civil war... Back to the top

Fight the Tigers, arm Sri Lanka -Editorial
Pioneer, July 13, 2006. India's Sri Lanka policy has its moorings - you guessed right - in Chennai... Back to the top

Sri Lankan military personnel questioned over murder of journalist
wsws.org, 12 July 2006. The detention and interrogation last week of a Sri Lankan military intelligence officer and a soldier over the murder of a free lance journalist, Sampath Lakmal de Silva, raises further questions about the intrigues of the armed forces in provoking a return to war on the island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka attacks kill four, more violence seen
reuters.co.uk, Wed Jul 12, 2006. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed two Sri Lankan policemen and a soldier in mine ambushes on Wednesday and shot dead a political rival, officials said, amid fears a dramatic new attack could follow a lull in violence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to set up new brigade to guarantee Colombo safety
people.com.cn, July 12, 2006. Sri Lankan army will set up a new military brigade to guarantee the security within the capital Colombo, a top defense official said here Wednesday... Back to the top

Home-grown solution sought to ethnic strife
gulfnews, july 12. Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday called on political parties to find a 'home-grown' solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict bearing traditional values and heritage in mind... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to seize money in dormant bank accounts
lankabusinessonline.com, July 12, 2006 - 10:45 EDT. COLOMBO, July 12, 2006 (AFP) - Sri Lanka announced Wednesday it would seize an estimated 30 million dollars in dormant bank accounts as part of a drive to clean up commercial bank books... Back to the top

Violence flares in Sri Lanka
aljazeera.net, July 12, 2006 - 10:45 EDT. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels have killed two Sri Lankan policemen and a soldier in mine ambushes... Back to the top

Bomb blast kills 2 policemen in northern Sri Lanka , suspected rebels kill rival politician
Associated Press, Wed July 12, 2006 07:22 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels detonated a bomb that killed two police and injured seven and later fatally shot a rival party member in northern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, the military and a party official said... Back to the top

Indian aid sought for Sri Lanka's northeast
ians, july 12. By M.R. Narayan Swamy, New Delhi: Sri Lanka's only Tamil cabinet minister, Douglas Devananda, is looking for Indian assistance for the economic development of the embattled northeast in his island nation... Back to the top

LTTE men get invite to talk reforms in constitution
indiatimes.com, July 11, 2006 - 23:40 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's president on Tuesday invited Tamil Tiger rebels to participate in reforming the country's constitution - a key demand of the insurgents _ saying it was the only way to achieve the aspirations of ethnic minority Tamils... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Navy Destroys Tamil Tiger Boat
Associated Press, Tue July 11, 2006 09:58 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The Sri Lankan navy destroyed an attacking Tamil Tiger boat Tuesday, killing four rebels, the military said... Back to the top

US urges 'radical changes' to government in Sri Lanka
afp, july 12. COLOMBO (AFP) - Outgoing US ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead called for "radical changes" in the way Sri Lanka is governed and urged the government and Tiger rebels to resume talks on ending decades of bloodshed... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's cricket politics throws tri-series in confusion
afp, july 12. COLOMBO (AFP) - A bitter battle to control Sri Lanka's cricket establishment has wrecked the schedule for next month's limited-overs tri-series against India and South Africa... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president invites Tamil rebels to discuss constitutional reforms
Associated Press, Tue July 11, 2006 03:56 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president on Tuesday invited Tamil Tiger rebels to participate in reforming the country's constitution a key demand of the insurgents saying it was the only way to achieve the aspirations of ethnic minority Tamils... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President says terror no path to peace
people.com.cn, July 11, 2006 - 07:50 EDT. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday that the Tamil Tiger rebels must re- enter the process of negotiations as it was the only path to achieving peace in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka soldier killed as constitution talks start
reuters.com, 11 july. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed a Sri Lankan soldier in a mine ambush on Tuesday, the army said, while in the capital a meeting on constitutional reform began without the rebels or opposition... Back to the top

Sri Lanka naval chief in India
dailyindia.com, July 11, 2006 - 07:50 EDT. The admiral, making his first visit abroad since assuming the post, arrived here Saturday and spent a quiet Sunday before beginning his official programme Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt convenes APC
Dawn, July 11, 2006 - 07:50 EDT. In a bid to lure the LTTE back to the negotiation process, a meeting of a multi-ethnic advisory board, tasked by President Mahinda Rajapakse to formulate political peace proposals, will be held on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s energy minister asks Treasury for billions of rupees ...
lankabusinessonline.com, July 11, 2006 - 07:50 EDT. July 11 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s energy minister wants nine billion rupees from the Treasury to settle Ceylon Petroleum Corp’s subsidy bill, as the Treasury tries to free up pricing... Back to the top

Lanka IOC resumes trading, dismisses takeover rumours
lankabusinessonline.com, July 11, 2006 - 07:50 EDT. July 11, 2006 (LBO) – Shares of Lanka IOC resumed trading mid-Tuesday after the Indian oil retailer dismissed weekend news reports over a possible takeover by the Sri Lankan government... Back to the top

Anti-personnel mine blast kills 1 in Sri Lanka ; grenade attack on police fails
Associated Press, Tue July 11, 2006 02:58 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A mine exploded in Sri Lanka - 's northern city of Jaffna on Tuesday, killing one person, as a grenade lobbed at police missed its target, the military said... Back to the top

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