The Lanka Academic

JULY 17, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 102


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Rajapakse flayed for allowing rebel into Colombo
gulf news, july 18. Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's government has come under strong criticism by a southern political party led by Buddhist monks for providing a military escort to a Tamil rebel official to arrive in Colombo for medical treatment.

The JHU or the National Heritage party blamed Rajapakse for being misled into what they called a "psychological tactical move" against the government by allowing the Tamil rebel movement's media coordinator, Daya Master, to arrive in Colombo.

In a hard-hitting statement issued by a Member of Parliament, Dr Omalpe Sobitha, who is also the JHU secretary, the party said the LTTE official did not suffer from any serious illness. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 17 21:27:48 EDT 2006

Roadside bomb explodes in northwestern Sri Lanka , 1 soldier wounded
Associated Press, Mon July 17, 2006 01:24 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday triggered three bombs in Sri Lanka's volatile north and east , killing one soldier and wounding twelve others, the army said.

A roadside bomb targeted a group of soldiers who were clearing a road in Jaffna, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Colombo, killing a soldier, injuring two other soldiers and four civilians, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said.

Earlier, one soldier was wounded in a blast in Mannar, 220 kilometers (135 miles) northwest of Colombo, Samarasinghe said.

Separately, suspected rebels detonated a bomb that wounded five sailors in the eastern Trincomalee district, 215 kilometers (135 miles) northeast of the capital, Colombo, said navy spokesman Commander D.K.P Dassanayake.

There was no immediate comment from the rebels but a pro-rebel Web site reported the Jaffna blast, saying that ``unknown'' persons carried out a grenade attack on soldiers riding bicycles.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse on Monday appointed battle-hardened Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara as the country's navy's chief of staff. With a career spanning 35 years, Weerasekara had undergone training in India and the Naval War College of the United States. He has commanded fast-attack craft in battles against Tamil Tiger rebels.

Separately, a military search team seized two hand grenades late Sunday from two people riding a motorcycle in the Tamil heartland of Jaffna, 300 kilometers (185 miles) north of Colombo, the military said.

There has been a surge in violence in Sri Lanka in recent days, raising fears that the island nation is slipping back into a full-blown civil war after a four-year truce.

On Friday, 16 people _ 12 soldiers and four rebels _ were killed in a gunbattle.

The rebels want to create a separate homeland for the country's ethnic Tamil minority, saying they face discrimination from the majority Sinhalese. Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jul 17 02:22:48 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Explosions kill 1 soldier, injure 12 in northeast Sri Lanka  - Associated Press

LTTE faults experts panel, July 17 2006, - 19:00EDT. COLOMBO: In three different attacks, the LTTE on Monday reportedly killed a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier and injured several others including civilians, the Government said.

As per the details given by the Information Department, a soldier died and two others were injured in a claymore explosion near Shinna Kovil on Jaffna Point Pedro road. It said four civilians were injured in the attack. Troops retaliated, but the LTTE casualty figures, if any, were not known.

In another incident at 7 a.m., the LTTE allegedly exploded a claymore mine injuring a soldier on foot patrol in Uylankulam.

Separately, Special Task Force (STF) personnel arrested an armed LTTE suspect at a roadblock at Paddirippu near the Karativu STF camp, Ampara. At the time of the arrest, the STF found an Italian-made .22 pistol magazine along with three live rounds, in the possession of the suspect.

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Published: Mon Jul 17 19:03:45 EDT 2006 Back to the top

Sri Lankan gov't urges Tamil Tiger rebels to release captive policeman as peace gesture
Associated Press, Mon July 17, 2006 13:27 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's government on Monday asked the Tamil Tiger rebels to release a policeman who has been under rebel captivity for more than 10 months, in a bid to help sustain a peace process that appears about to collapse... Back to the top

Rebels attack army base in Sri Lanka ; gunmen shoot dead 2 Tamil civilians
Associated Press, Sun July 16, 2006 06:04 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday attacked an army camp in eastern Sri Lanka with mortars, wounding one soldier and a civilian, while two ethnic minority Tamils were shot dead in the north, authorities said, in the latest violence to threaten a four-year-old cease-fire... Back to the top

Tsunami kills 47 in Indonesia; toll climbing
MSNBC, July 17. JAKARTA, Indonesia - A 6-foot-high tsunami crashed into beach resorts and fishing villages along Indonesia’s Java island Monday, killing at least 47 people, leaving scores missing and sending thousands fleeing to higher ground in terror, witnesses and officials said... Back to the top

LTTE is siphoning off Government funds, Monday, Jul 17, 2006. COLOMBO: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) "siphons off" 10 to 20 per cent of the Sri Lankan Government's development and infrastructure funds allocated for the territory in the north and east, the Secretariat for Coordination of Peace Process (SCOPP) has claimed... Back to the top

Sri Lankan fishermen caught between navy and rebels
Associated Press, Sat July 15, 2006 20:32 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press Writer KALPITIYA, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sailing from this strategic Sri Lankan naval base, heavily armed patrols keep a round-the-clock vigil for gunboats manned by Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

More Chinese tourists flock to Sri Lanka in first half of year, July 17, 2006. The number of Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka increased 142 percent in the first half of 2006 over the previous year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka press rebels for release of soldier after heavy battle, July 16, 2006 - 03:30 EDT. July 16, 2006 (AFP) - Sri Lanka pressed for the release of a soldier captured by Tamil Tiger rebels following a heavy mortar duel at the weekend that killed at least 16 combatants, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

China, Sri Lanka to enhance energy exploration, july 16. Beijing, July 16 (Xinhua) China and Sri Lanka have decided to enhance technical cooperation, particularly in the field of energy exploration... Back to the top

Indian coach fires warning to Lanka, Jul 16, 2006. BANGALORE: India's coach believes that the host will be a strong threat to favourite Sri Lanka in the Asian youth netball championship for women, which gets underway at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on July 24... Back to the top

JVP petition will widen distrust: Tamil leader
Hindu, Jul 16, 2006. COLOMBO: Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Vigneswaran is of the view that the petition filed by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), before the Supreme Court seeking de-merger of the northern and eastern province, would only further antagonise the Tamils and drive them to the LTTE fold... Back to the top

Sri Lanka re-appoint Jayawardene, July 16, 2006 - 13:55 EDT. Mahela Jayawardene will continue as Sri Lanka captain for the home Test series against South Africa because of the continuing absence of Marvan Atapattu... Back to the top

Sri Lanka invites new players to invest in lubricant business, July 16, 2006 - 03:30 EDT. July 16, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Sunday invited new lubricant players to invest in the country, following interest from a few foreign companies... Back to the top

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