The Lanka Academic

MAY 7, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 31

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Norway envoy calls next week crucial for Lanka talks
Times of India, 8 May 2001 . Norway's peace negotiator in Sri Lanka says the next week is crucial for prospective peace talks between the government and the Tamil rebels, state radio said on Monday. The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation quoted sources close to Erik Solheim as saying that Solheim hoped that "a definite decision on peace talks could be taken before May 15." More...
Published: Mon May 7 16:17:40 EDT 2001
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Sri Lanka takes pride in UN Vesak Celebrations
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, NY Time 9.30 p.m Monday 7 May. Sri Lanka took pride in organizing the Vesak celebrations held today at the Dag Hammarskjold auditorium at the United Nations, having organized the celebrations for the second successive year. It was the second year that the United Nations celebrated Vesak, having formally recognized Buddha’s thrice day of blessings in year 2000. A special anusasana was delivered by Venerable Dr.Henepola Gunaratne, editor of Buddhist bestseller ‘Mindfulness in Plain English’. In his anusasana to an international gathering at the United Nations, the scholar monk said that he was happy that the entire United Nations supported in recognizing the day of Vesak. The monk appealed to the world community to respect Buddha’s message of peace. Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the United Nations John de Saram read the message sent by the UN Secretary General. A Buddha statue specially flown from Sri Lanka was used at the occasion and gifted to the UN to be used for its future Vesak celebrations.
Published: Mon May 7 21:32:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Bhutan's ambassador ask the Buddhist world to show compassion to destroyers of Bamiyan statues
Bandula Jayasekara in New York, NY Time 10.00 p.m Monday 7 May. Om Pradhan, United Nations Ambassador to Bhutan asked the Buddhist world to show compassion to the Afghan fundamentalists who destroyed the Bamiyan statues against the wish of the whole world this year. He said that the destruction of the statues was a great loss but, by this act alone Buddha has shown to the world that nothing was permanent. “Let us all show compassion to the men, women and children of Afghanistan” Pradhan appealed. The ambassador made this appeal at the Vesak celebrations organized by the Sri Lankan mission to the United Nations at the Dag Hammarskjold auditorium today, to mark the United Nations recognition of Vesak.
Published: Mon May 7 22:00:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Muslim party threatens to abandon Sri Lanka government
Yahoo India, Monday May 7, 12:44 PM. Muslim political leaders in Sri Lanka on Monday demanded a special parliamentary debate into recent attacks on Muslim merchants and threatened to withdraw support for the ruling party. The congress statement came out before the Information Ministry reported that Muslim youths had set fire to eight Sinhalese-owned shops in a town near Trincomalee, about 240 km from Colombo on the east coast, on Sunday night. More...
Published: Mon May 7 16:13:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Party Wants Independent Body To Probe Clashes  - Yahoo India

McGrath investigated for racial slur
Age, 8 May 2001. The Australian Cricket Board is checking the veracity of claims that Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath racially abused a Sri Lankan batsman during a one-day international final five years ago. Former Sri Lankan batsman Roshan Mahanama claims in his recently published book Retired Hurt that McGrath called Sri Lankan opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya a "black monkey" during the second final of the 1995-96 limited-overs series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.An umpire who stood in the SCG final, Queenslander Peter Parker, was yesterday questioned by the ACB about Mahanama's claims. More...
Published: Mon May 7 22:39:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Muslim partner issues ultimatum to Sri Lanka ruling coalition, May 07 2001 09:34 IST. COLOMBO, May 7 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main Muslim party Monday demanded an independent panel to run the police and warned the government that it may withdraw its support after last week's mob violence. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), a crucial partner in President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance coalition government, said last week's attacks had been directed against the economy of minority Muslims. "If this anti-Muslim trend is not arrested immediately, the SLMC will lose its moral obligation to continue its support to the government," the SLMC said in a statement Monday after the party's high command met here on Sunday. More...
Published: Mon May 7 00:19:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan Muslim Party Threatens to Quit Govt  - Nothern Light
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Religious violence spreads in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
Muslim partner issues ultimatum, Sri Lanka clashes spread  -
Sri Lanka Muslims issue ultimatum  - BBC South Asia
Communal violence spreads in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
SLMC threatens to pull out of coalition  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo

Lets Work Together For Peace- Madihe Mahanayake Thero
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 07/05/01 1735 GMT. Our motherland needs peace, not war and the continuing civil war serves no purpose other than destruction said Most Ven. Madihe Pannaseeha thero, Mahanayake of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya.

The Mahanayake thero confirming the discussions held with a group of Catholic leaders who came to see him prior to their trip to Vanni, told BBC's Sandeshaya that they agreed to work together on common interests such as the ethnic problem, despite religious and national differences.
Published: Mon May 7 13:37:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka, Croatia Sign Agreement on Combating Organized Crime
Nothern Light, Monday, May 07, 2001 11:30 AM EST . Sri Lanka and Croatia have signed an agreement on cooperation in combating organized crime, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The agreement was signed by Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and his Croatian counterpart Tonino Picula at the conclusion of his two-day visit here. More...
Published: Mon May 7 12:26:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan envoy allays fears on tea front
Yahoo India, 7 May 2001. INDIAN tea industry need not fear on excess supply of Sri Lankan tea into the Indian market in the wake of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and India initialled in February 2000. Participating in an interactive session on India-Sri Lanka Economic Relations organised by the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce here on Monday, Mr Senake Bandaranayake, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in India, said the Lankan Government was conscious of the concern of the Indian tea sector. More...
Published: Mon May 7 23:23:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan minister seeks transfer of dairy technology
The Hindu (Southern States), Tuesday, May 08, 2001. The Bangalore Milk Union's dairy in the City had a VIP visitor on Monday in the Sri Lankan Minister for Estate Infrastructure and Livestock Development, Mr. S.R.M.Arumugan Thondaman, who was shown around the dairy by the Minister for Animal Husbandry, Mr. A.Krishnappa. While Mr. Krishnappa told presspersons that BAMUL products could be exported to the island nation, his Sri Lankan counterpart said if there was technology transfer, his country could become self- sufficient in milk products. More...
Published: Mon May 7 16:16:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Conflict on tea import from Sri Lanka needs joint effort
Yahoo India, Monday May 7, 8:45 PM. The Sri Lankan High Commissioner in India, Senake Bandaranayake, Monday said that a joint effort is needed to solve the conflict between his country's tea traders and those of India over export of tea from that country. More...
Published: Mon May 7 16:15:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fighting in Northern Sri Lanka Kills Eight on Both Sides
Nothern Light, Monday, May 07, 2001 8:27 AM EST . A total of eight separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and government soldiers were killed in fresh artillery attacks in northern Sri Lanka, the Defense Ministry said on Monday. The ministry said that two government soldiers were killed and two others wounded in Jaffna peninsula on Sunday due to artillery and mortar fires of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels. Six LTTE rebels were also killed by government forces in the fighting in the Kilali area on Sunday. More...
Published: Mon May 7 09:16:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Premadasa son-in-law indicted for art theft
gulf-news, May 7. The son-in-law of former president Ranasinghe Premadasa was formally indicted for theft of a painting from the President's House and having it sold in London. Businessman Rohan Jayakody was granted SL Rs100,000 ($1,100) surety bail by the Colombo High Court when he was produced in court.Jayakody who is married to the late President Premadasa's only daughter has been accused of stealing a famous painting by a British artist of a Buddhist temple in the south of the island called "The Temple of Mulkirigala in South Ceylon" which was hanging in the President's bungalow in Colombo Fort. More...
Published: Mon May 7 09:11:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Batticaloa residents say no to Vesak pandals
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10 a.m. SLT Monday May 7. A group in the Batticaloa district has warned all residents from participating in Vesak pandals erected by the Army. The group has reminded residents of the incident last year when 17 civilians were killed including 12 school children after a bomb exploded near a pandal erected outside the 'Mangalaramaya Temple' in Batticaloa.

No pandals have been erected outside the temple this year, while residents have said the Vesak period should be observed as a day of mourning in memory of those killed last year during Vesak.
Published: Mon May 7 01:56:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Government ready to sign memorandum of understanding
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.40 a.m. SLT Monday May 7. Diplomatic sources said that the government has agreed to sign an amended Memorandum of Understanding with the LTTE in order to lay the groundwork for peace talks to begin.

The government is also reported to have agreed that a de-escalation of the military battles as well as a cease-fire could effected before both warring factions sit down to negotiate a political solution to the long drawn out conflict.

It is not yet clear if the LTTE will also agree to the government's proposals and sign the MOU.
Published: Mon May 7 01:56:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Lanka ready to sign MoU with LTTE  - The Hindustan Times

'Extremism encouraged in TN'
The Hindu, may 6. The Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. S. M. Krishna, today alleged that ``extremists were perceived to have been encouraged'' in Tamil Nadu during the last five years.Addressing a press conference here, he asserted that such ``extremist elements have got to be checkmated'' and ``Tamil Nadu should be brought into the mainstream of Indian ethos''. More...
Published: Mon May 7 09:12:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Oman's illegal expatriates face June 19 deadline
gulf-news, may 7. Asian embassies have accelerated their campaign to ensure that illegal workers are sent home before the eight-week amnesty granted by the Government expires on June 19, Gulf News learnt yesterday.V. Jagatweera, the Labour Attache at the Sri Lankan Embassy, said the mission had distributed leaflets and other publicity material at money exchanges and other places to convince the islanders that the best thing for them to do was to go home if they didn't have valid documents."We want them to respect the law of the land in letter and spirit."He said about 35,000 Sri Lankans lived in Oman, of whom 4,000 were female garment workers, who formed the majority of Sri Lanka's illegal workers. More...
Published: Mon May 7 10:08:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

The debacle at Pallai - A Feature
The Island , May 6. The question for which we the people are entitled to an answer is, why did a professional army have to suffer such ignominious defeats time and time again. Things do go wrong in war but surely it cannot happen time and time again because the price we pay is in human life. It appears that the young men from our villages are sacrificing their lives so that some others can live in obscene luxury. What a tragedy? The middle class has made almost no sacrifice for this war, incidentally I would wish those opposing any form of negotiations to tell us whether they have given any of their sons or daughters for the war. Have any sons or daughters of Parliamentarians enlisted or are they all in the US and UK? More...
Published: Sun May 6 19:37:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Mawanella incidents a conspiracy against government – Chandrika
The Island, may 7. In her address to mark Vesak, Kumaratunga said. "It is not possible to think that the incidents of the past few days are those that took place by pure chance or accident. When studied in depth it is evident that there is a certain relationship and association among these. The small incident that took place at Mawanella was transformed into a clash of major proportions, due to the presence of a certain organized group behind it. Making use of the earlier incident, a small group damaged a large number of shops and homes More...
Published: Sun May 6 20:16:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Who set Mawanella aflame? Minister denies charges, but SLMC pushes for tough action  - The Sunday Times

PA minister denies involvement in Mawanella clash
The Island, may 6. Rural Industrial Development Minister Maheepala Herath under fire for last week’s Mawanella disturbances that claimed the life of a middle aged Muslim, wounded over a two dozen Sinhala and Muslim civilians and caused millions worth of property damages, claimed that he had nothing to do with what took place in the Mawanella electorate and some neighbouring villages. More...
Published: Sun May 6 02:22:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Remove minister responsible – UNP  - The Island

TWEEDLEDUM & TWEEDLEDEE - A Political Commentry
The Lanka Academic , may 6. That was the rationale behind the PA's uncharacteristic conduct during the recent revolt in the UNP. The obvious course of action for the regime would have been to encourage the rebellion with the objective of weakening its main electoral contender. The regime did the opposite. According to media reports, it was none other than Speaker Anura Bandaranaike who tipped off Ranil Wickramasinghe in Oslo about the impending rebellion. And during that week the state media vied with TNL and MTV to back the Wickramasinghe leadership, alternately downplaying and criticizing the rebellion. Their frivolous quibbles forgotten in the face of a common threat (since the success of the ruling family's political project is dependent on Mr. Wickramasinghe continuance as the UNP leader), the PA leadership and the UNP leader worked together to defeat the anti- Ranil revolt. More...
Published: Sun May 6 16:08:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

No middle path for Norway between Sri Lanka, Tamil Tigers
India Abroad, may 6. Norway's peace bid has run into turbulent waters with peace envoy Erik Solheim unable to find a middle ground between the hardline positions adopted by the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger separatists. Solheim cancelled a scheduled meeting with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's (LTTE) top negotiator Anton Balasingham in London this week because his talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga were inconclusive, a newspaper said Sunday. More...
Published: Sun May 6 19:43:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Moves afoot to revive Lanka talks
gulf-news, May 6. Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim who is trying desparately to bring the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels to the negotiating table and the secretary general of the Commonwealth Ron Mckinnon are due in Colombo early next week, a spokesman for the Foreign Office said on Friday.Last month the Sri Lankan government was confident that the LTTE would grant a date for the commencement of talks, but at the last minute the rebels placed new demands as pre-conditions for talks.The Norwegians were reported to be livid about the rebels move but had told the Sri Lankan government that they would stay on board and continue their peace efforts to end the 20-year separatist war in the island. More...
Published: Sun May 6 15:37:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Along the Colombo coastline
Yahoo India, 7 May 2001. It took me about 20 years to make it to the island that the Arabs called Serendib and the Portuguese called Ceilao. Taprobane, the land that had regaled its visitors since Biblical times, was almost next door, and it was inexplicable that the emerald isle never figured on my globe-trotting itinerary. It was the M.J. Gopalan Trophy cricket match in Colombo that took me to the isle that brought with it weeks of delightful discoveries. The international crew of Sri Lankan airlines (Bulgarian Commander Boris and Capt. Jawed Aleem from Pakistan) truly represented World Tourism Day friendship as our aircraft touched down at the Sri Lankan capital. More...
Published: Sun May 6 20:26:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Don Mckinnon postpones visit to India, Sri Lanka
Press Trust of India, May 07, 2001. Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon has postponed his three-day visit to India, part of his South Asia tour, starting from Today, as he sustained back injury following a fall at home on Saturday night. More...
Published: Mon May 7 08:43:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Don Mckinnon postpones visit to India, Sri Lanka  - Yahoo India

Zhu to visit Pak, three other South Asian countries
Yahoo India, may 7. Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji, who embarks on an official visit to Pakistan and three other South Asian countries from May 11, may visit India during the year to keep up the positive momentum in bilateral ties, a Chinese official said.Zhu is embarking on a ten-day tour of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal from May 11 to 20. More...
Published: Sun May 6 20:00:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka Army may hold fire to enable talks: Report
TOI, may 6. Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga has received a unanimous mandate from her defence advisers to keep military operations on hold for some time to enable peace talks with the LTTE to begin soon, a media report said here on Sunday. Military experts and defence officials at a meeting on national security called by Kumaratunga on Friday gave her the mandate after she sounded them out on a possible halt to fighting during a given time frame, it said. More...
Published: Sun May 6 02:34:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Navy to step up vigil along coast
The Hindu (Southern States), Monday, May 07, 2001. The Indian Navy, Coast Guard and Coastal Security Wing have been asked to step up vigil along the coastal areas of Ramanathapuram district against the infiltration of Sri Lankan Tamil militants in the wake of the Assembly elections, said Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, Deputy Inspector General of Police. Speaking to mediapersons here on Sunday, he said apart from the local police, seven companies of paramilitary forces had already been deployed in different parts of the Sivagangai and Ramanathapuram districts to ensure free and fair polls. Around 25 police pickets in Ramanathapuram and 50 in Sivagangai have been posted. More...
Published: Sun May 6 16:15:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Muslim politician arrested over mob violence, May 06 2001 10:30 IST. Sri Lankan police Sunday arrested a Muslim politician here in connection with mob violence which prompted authorities to impose a night curfew in and around the capital, officials said. The leader of the Muslim United Liberation Front (MULF), Mujibar Rahaman, was taken in for questioning over rioting that erupted outside a mosque here after Friday prayers. More...
Published: Sun May 6 01:17:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lankan politician arrested  - BBC South Asia

New bid to end Sri Lanka war
Sunday Times UK, may 6. CANADA has launched an initiative to end Sri Lanka's bloody civil war, which has claimed 63,000 lives in 18 years. Ruth Archibald, the Canadian envoy to the island, met the leader of the rebel Tamil Tigers' political wing last week in an attempt to save a Norwegian-led drive for peace which has been threatened by a government offensive. Colin Powell, the American secretary of state, also urged the two sides to stop fighting and start talking. More...
Published: Sun May 6 15:59:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Canadian envoy in Sri Lanka meets Tamil Tiger rebel leader
The Toronto Star, may 6. A Canadian envoy has met Tamil Tiger rebel leaders for the first time and conveyed Canada's desire for a political settlement to the 17-year civil war.``The meeting was part of a four-day visit where I went to see Canadian projects,'' Archibald said. ``The purpose of the meeting was not to see Thamilchelvam, but to see the projects. The meeting was a coincidence.''The only reason it took place, Archibald said, ``is because it is the first time a Canadian high commissioner has been given permission by the Sri Lankan government to go into the Wanni.''Archibald said she had spoken later to Erik Solheim, the Norwegian envoy who has worked for two years to broker peace talks. The government and rebels have agreed to Norway's assistance. More...
Published: Sun May 6 16:13:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Rejects Tax Concession Demand By Publishers
Yahoo Asia, Sunday, May 6 2:41 PM SGT . The government has refused any tax concessions to the publishing industry in the island nation, a newspaper said Sunday. The government hopes to meet 88.6% of its estimated 264 billion rupees revenue for 2001 through taxes, the Sunday Times quoted P. Guruge, a finance ministry adviser, as saying. "Therefore, it is not possible to give any tax concessions to any person or sector," he said. More...
Published: Sun May 6 15:32:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

PM, ministers to monitor situation in Lanka
Times of India (Breaking News), 6 May. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake will head a ministerial panel set up to monitor the situation in the island nation after communal unrest gripped a central Sri Lankan town last week and found its echo in street riots in Colombo on Friday. the panel, which includes cabinet ministers Anuruddha Ratwatte, Prof G L Peiris, A H M Fowzie, Alavi Mowlana and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, has been asked by president Chandrika Kumaratunga to keep a close watch on the situation to prevent any damage to inter-religious and inter-racial harmony, newspaper reports said on Sunday. Kumaratunga also appointed a three-member committee to assess the damage and recommend compensation to the victims. One person was killed, over 20 others injured and hundreds of shops, business establishments, residences and places of worship damaged during the May 2 violence against the minority muslim community at Mawanella and neighbouring villages in Kegalle district. Following this incident, angry protesters in Colombo's Maradana area pelted stones on vehicles and battled with riot police after Friday afternoon prayers, forcing a dusk-to-dawn curfew from that evening. More...
Published: Sun May 6 08:52:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Unknown Sri Lankan takes a big step towards fame
gulf-news, May 6. Chandradasa may have unknowingly taken the first step towards achieving his long-term goal when he won the UGA Scratch Matchplay Championships at the Emirates Golf Club on Friday. The little Sri Lankan, who has only been in the UAE for two and a half months, has already shown he is capable of better things by figuring prominently in the three tournaments that he has contested.A scratch player with a tidy looking game, Chandradasa warmed up for his debut win in the Emirates by finishing runner-up in both the Creek and EGC Opens. In the Matchplay Championships he hardly did anything wrong and won the title with an unbeaten record. More...
Published: Sun May 6 15:41:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

South Asian officials to meet in Sri Lanka, May 06 2001 11:53 IST. South Asian foreign secretaries are due to meet here next month in a bid to revive their seven-member regional grouping fractured by Indo-Pakistan bickering, officials here said Sunday. More...
Published: Sun May 6 15:32:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-'Insulted' Ranatunga rubbishes match-fixing claims
Yahoo India, may 7. Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has denied match-fixing charges in a letter published today, saying he felt insulted to even have to consider them. "The allegations against me are based entirely on the wholly uncorroborated evidence of a self-confessed rogue ... which has been made six years after the date of the alleged incident," Ranatunga said."The said allegations are so patently ridiculous and manifestly unworthy of consideration that I should have thought that the BCCSL (Sri Lanka cricket board) or any person of sound mind possessed of even an iota of sense of justice would have rejected them with the contempt they deserve." More...
Published: Sun May 6 19:55:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka army debacle offers silver lining for Norway bid, May 06 2001 06:53 IST. Sri Lanka has suffered its worst setback in a year while trying to oust Tiger separatists from the Jaffna peninsula, but analysts here see a paradox that may help revive Norway's stalled peace bid. More...
Published: Sun May 6 00:07:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's bitter pill with IMF bail out package
Yahoo Asia, Sunday, May 6 9:43 AM SGT . War-battered Sri Lanka may have won a rescue package from the IMF, but the bail-out comes at a high price with warnings that the economy would go from "bad to worse" unless unpopular reforms are carried out. The International Monetary Fund's package announced last month allowed Sri Lanka to immediately draw 131 million dollars out of a total stand-by credit of 253 million dollars, to be used over a period of 14 months. More...
Published: Sun May 6 00:07:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ondaatje's family portrait of high life in Sri Lanka reissued
National Post , may 5. Two decades after he emigrated from his Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje twice returned to sift through clan rumour and hearsay and gather impressions for his family portrait, Running in the Family (McClelland and Stewart, 189 pp., $17.99). Published in 1982 and reissued as one of M&S's Emblem Editions of memorable Canadian writing, this is a blend of travel writing and verse, embellishment and reported dialogue. More...
Published: Sun May 6 02:08:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Anti-terrorism law faces legal hurdle
National Post, may 3. Legislation intended to stop Canadian charities from funnelling money to foreign terrorists was only introduced in the House of Commons this week but it is already facing its first legal threat.The Canadian Islamic Congress has written to parliamentarians on legal letterhead warning it will mount a constitutional challenge to Bill C-16, which it calls "Draconian and totalitarian."The lobby group for Muslims has scheduled a news conference today in Ottawa to call on the government to refer the law to the Supreme Court of Canada for review before its enactment. More...
Published: Sun May 6 02:10:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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