The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 15, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 39

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Supreme Court grants leave to proceed in Mannar rape case
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.25 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 15. The Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights petitions filed by the alleged rape victims of Mannar. The petitioners, Ehamparam Vijikala and Sinnathambi Sivamani of Asika Lodge Uppukulam, Mannar have complained of wrongful arrest, torture and rape against some police and Navy Officers of the Special Investigations Unit in Mannar. The petitioners are claiming Rs. one million each as compensation from the respondents. The petitioners jointly claim that the officers in question who entered their lodge on 19th March after demanding to see their documents took them in a van to the SIU Mannar where they were allegedly tortured and raped.
Published: Tue May 15 22:36:20 EDT 2001

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TULF undecided on no confidence motion
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 15. The government Information Department today said that under some pressure from the LTTE the main Tamil political party Tamil United Liberation Front now appears to be wavering and sitting on the fence over the proposed UNP sponsored no-confidence motion against the Government.

On Friday TULF vice President V. Anandasangiri said that the party would not derail the ongoing peace process by helping to defeat the government.

On Sunday TULF leaders are reported to have met the leaders of the UNP, giving rise to speculation they may shift their stance again. The meeting which was attended by TULF General Secretary R. Sampanthan and Senior Vice President V. Anandasangiri saw the two leaders having cordial discussions with UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe, Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya and party Chairman Charitha Ratwatte. "The UNP understood our position. They also said that the government should declare a cease-fire before things get out of hand again," Mr. Anandasangiri said."We explained was that we might change the stance if the government changes its enthusiasm on the talks", he added.After the meeting on Saturday the TULF issued a statement calling upon the government and the UNP to take steps to start peace talks with the LTTE.
Published: Tue May 15 22:36:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Solheim back, likely to meet LTTE chief
The Hindu, May 15. The Norwegian special envoy, Mr. Erik Solheim, who arrived here today, is to travel to northern Sri Lanka where he may meet the LTTE leader, Mr.Velupillai Prabhakaran, for discussions on the ongoing peace process.It is believed that Mr. Solheim's scheduled trip to northern Sri Lanka follows a breakthrough in the process to bring the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE for talks. More...
Published: Tue May 15 16:16:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Norway's special envoy in Sri Lanka  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
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Two civilians killed in Amparai
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 15. The defence ministry today said that two civilians were caught in cross fire between the Army and the LTTE yesterday in Amparai. The incident occurred at Sinnawatha in the Amparai district.

Another civilian was killed the day before at Trincomalee by the LTTE when the Tigers had ambushed a police route patrol while yet one more civilian was injured at Polonnaruwa also in cross fire.
Published: Tue May 15 22:36:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Norwegian peace envoy to hold talks with President Kumaratunga
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1100 slt 15.05.01. Norwegian peace envoy Eric Solheim is to hold talks with President Kumaratunga later today after the government agreed to a LTTE demand for a cease fire before peace talks begin. Mr. Solheim is also expected to have talks with Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe before leaving for Wanni for talks with LTTE leaders.The government first refused to declare a cease fire until substantial talks take place. However President Kumaratunga in a major policy switch has now indicated that the government would agree to a cease fire before the talks begin. The LTTE has also demanded that all restrictions on transportation of goods to rebel held areas be lifted as well as the lifting of the ban on the organisation by the Sri Lankan government. The government has so far refused to lift the proscription of the LTTE. end
Published: Tue May 15 01:04:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Norway envoy arrives in Sri Lanka to revive peace bid  - 123India

Mothers of Lanka weep for their lost sons
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.15 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 15. Hundreds of mothers of missing Sri Lankan soldiers held a demonstration to Mark Mothers Day yesterday and urged the government and Tamil Tiger guerillas to free prisoners taken in the country"s 18-year ethnic war. Hundreds of white-clad women staged a silent sit-down protest in heart of the capital Colombo and a spokesman said they hoped Mother's Day celebrated around the world on Sunday would help draw attention to their plight. The Government too gave wide publicity to the event reporting on the state sponsored web site by the government information department.

The State report quotes the chief of the organization as saying that a prisoner exchange is the best way to start a peace process and end the pain of these women.E. P. Nanayakkara, head of the Association of the Relatives Servicemen Missing in Action has been pushing for the release of soldiers believed to be in Tiger custody. The association has 1,600 members mostly women who believe their sons or husbands are help prisoners by the LTTE.Mr. Nanayakkara is lobbying for permission to march to rebel controlled areas in the country's north to visit the more than 1,000 captives he says the LTTE is holding.The rebels say they have around 20 prisoners, a figure confirmed by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Published: Tue May 15 22:36:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top


NICL shares sold
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.30 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 15. The Government said today that Cabinet has approved the divestiture of 51% of shares of National Insurance Corporation Limited (NICL), which account for 5% of market share in the total insurance business turnover in the country to Janashakthi Insurance Company Limited (JICL) for Rs. 450 million. The share transfer will be effected upon the payment of Rs. 450 million and the signing of relevant agreements by the JICL after concluding the due diligence shortly, a PERC press release states.

With the approval of the Cabinet obtained in July 1999 to divest shares of NICL, advertisements were placed in October 2000, calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the purchase of 51% shares of NICL in the world wide edition of The Economist and in the Sunday Observer of Sri Lanka. In addition, 76 financial services companies were also provided information to encourage their interest. 17 parties collected Information Memoranda containing information on NICL, and the following 5 parties responded:

Allianz Insurance Management Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, 2. Ceylinco Insurance Company Ltd, 3. Smart Development (Pvt) Ltd, 4. Janashakthi Insurance Company Ltd, 5. Southbridge Investments Group (South Asia) Ltd.

Final offers were submitted by the following three parties: 1. Southbridge Investments Group (South Asia) Ltd, 2. Smart Development (Pvt) Ltd, 3. Janashakthi Insurance Company Ltd.

The bid offered by Southbridge Investments Group (South Asia) Ltd was invalid as therewas no bid bond, as required.

The bid of Smart Development (Pvt) Ltd was not acceptable since this company being a subsidiary of Hatton National Bank (HNB) did not receive regulatory clearance from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for the investment in NICL. The bid of Janashakthi Insurance Co. Ltd (JICL) was the only responsive bid for the purchase of 51% shares of NICL. JICL offers Rs. 450 million for 51% shares of NICL. The second highest offer from Smart Development (Pvt) Ltd, which is unacceptable due to regulatory concerns is Rs. 225 million. The offer made by JICL is above the valuation given by the Government Chief Valuer.
Published: Tue May 15 22:36:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Peace March in Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.35 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 15. The people who had been displaced in the wake of military operations in the Themarachchi sector of the Jaffna peninsula held a peace march in the heart of Jaffna town on Friday. They demanded that they be allowed to return to their homes or alternatively to collect their household goods from their abandoned residences.

The marches set out from the Jaffna bus stand and proceeded to Jaffna Srithar Theatre at Stanley Road where the EPDP Jaffna office is located. The marchers met the Minister of Development, Rehabilitation and & Reconstruction of the North Mr. Douglas Devananda, and urged that steps be taken to facilitate their original places of domicile.
Published: Tue May 15 22:36:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top


FMM Condemns Criminal Defamation Case against Ravaya Editor
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 15/05/01 1020 GMT. The Free Media Movement (FMM) has strongly objected to the decision to proceed with the criminal defamation case against 'Ravaya' Editor Victor Ivan before High Court Judge Upali Abeyratna, despite objections by his lawyer. The FMM considers this decision as a violation of all accepted judicial practices.

"The Ravaya editor publicly accused Mr. Abeyratna of violating all norms of justice in a case against the current Chief Justice Sarath Silva when the Chief Justice was the President of the Appeals Court. Ravaya newspaper made a series of exposes against the conduct of Mr. Upali Abeyratna and another magistrate." A statement signed by Sita Ranjani, the secretary of FMM , states.

Justice Abeyratna was found guilty of Ravaya?s accusations and ordered to retire from service by a three-member committee headed by Former President of the Appeals Court Amir Ismail. On an appeal made by Mr. Abeyratna, the Judicial Services Commission suspended all promotions for two years and transferred him to Monaragala as a punishment.

"For a judge who was punished after a campaign by the Ravaya newspaper to hear a case against its editor despite strong objections from his lawyer is against accepted judicial practice and decency" FMM says.
Published: Tue May 15 06:21:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Pro-LTTE Tamils want Govt. defeated
The Hindu, May 15. Pro- LTTE sections of Tamil opinion are egging on Sri Lanka's Tamil parties to back the Opposition United National Party's proposed no-confidence motion against the Government despite fears that political instability at this stage could disrupt the Norwegian- assisted peace process. More...
Published: Tue May 15 16:14:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chinese Premier's visit to Sri Lanka to Expand Good Relationship: PM
Nothern Light, Tuesday, May 15, 2001 9:41 AM EST . Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said on Tuesday that Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji's upcoming visit to his country will further expand good relations between the two countries. He said that China and Sri Lanka had a long-standing relationship which dated back to the fifth century. More...
Published: Tue May 15 12:57:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Two remanded in Fr. Aba killi
CDN, 16 May 2001. Negombo Acting Magistrate Godfrey Cooray, remanded the two key suspects, involved in the alleged murder of Rev. Fr. Aba Bernard Costa, till May 28, 2001, on Monday, May 14. The Negombo Police produced Kotagala Gamini (26) of Taladuwa, Negombo and K. Pradeep Niranjan (24) of Aluthwatte, Negombo, late evening on Monday. The police said they were arrested while they were in a hide-out in the possession of a blood-soaked shirt, with aluminium foils (used to inhale) heroin and several packets of cannabis (ganja). More...
Published: Tue May 15 22:37:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan teachers need English lessons
Times of India, 16 May 2001 . Sri Lanka wants to re-introduce English as a medium of study for senior students to make them more presentable for employment, but a shortage of qualified lecturers has forced them to first teach teachers the language. We cant find lecturers to teach in English, so it will take us some time to introduce it as a medium of study," said Prof Lakshman Jayatillake of the National Education Commission, which advises the government on Education policy. More...
Published: Tue May 15 16:09:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Railway Union Demand Reinstating Of Sacked Workers
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 15/05/01 1020 GMT. Lanka Railway Workers Union (LRWU) has appealed to all democratic organisations to demand that government to reinstate the 131 workers who were interdicted by the authorities of the Maligawatta yard. In an statement signed by the president, Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, the LRWU demands the withdrawal of all the charge sheets.

The workers had been fired on charges of sabotage on the 8th of May while five of them were facing additional charge of organising sabotage. Railway workers had demanded that their May salary be paid before Vesak holidays, as the authorities promised a week before. The striking workers were arrested and produced before Colombo magistrate who released them on bail, after they allegedly defied an essential service order declared by the government using the necessities of the war as a pretext.
Published: Tue May 15 06:21:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Norwegian envoy in S. Lanka for peace talks
Virtual New York, 15 May 2001. (UPI)-Norwegian special envoy, Erik Solheim, arrived here Tuesday for talks with the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas on finalizing dates for peace negotiations. A spokesman for the Norwegian embassy in Colombo said Solheim would meet President Chandrika Kumaratunga and other senior government leaders later this week. He then travels to the rebel-held northern Wanni mainland to meet the reclusive Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.Diplomatic sources said Solheim would urge the government and the rebels to decide the dates for peace talks. According to local newspapers, the government has decided to send a five-member delegation for the peace talks. The delegation includes Kusumsiri Balapatabendi, secretary to the Sri Lankan President, two senior ministers, Prof G. L. Peiris and Dr Sarath Amanugama, and foreign secretary Lionel Fernando. Fernando was involved in the negotiations with the LTTE in 1995 as well.Reports indicate that the peace talks are likely to be held either in Oslo or in Amsterdam. More...
Published: Tue May 15 05:57:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Solheim arrives in Lanka for talks  - India Abroad
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Peace envoy back in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
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Solheim in Colombo to broker deal  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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Norway envoy returns to revive Sri Lanka truce hopes  - 123India.com

Dosa, hot curry keep Solheim happy!
India Abroad, 15 May 01. IVE Norway's special envoy to Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim, a hot masala dosa and vegetable curries laced with chili and you have one happy Viking. Solheim confessed to a preference for what he called South Asian food on an on-line question-and- answer session that has, so far, only been a melting pot of weighty political debate. One of his inquisitors, Publis of Mount Lavinia, asked the Norwegian envoy -- who has been battling for over a year to bring peace to the strife-hit island -- for his favorite Sri Lankan food. Solheim has, so far, been grilled on his recipes for peace in strife-torn Sri Lanka by over 300 visitors to the ongoing discussion on the Lanka Academic Web site (www.theacademic.org). More...
Published: Tue May 15 08:27:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Solheim shows penchant for Sri Lanka 'peace' meal
123India.com, May 15 2001 11:25 IST. The man trying to broker peace in Sri Lanka is Norwegian diplomat Erik Solheim. For a man used to insults and abuse, Solheim keeps his cool, thanks to fiery local curries. The 45-year-old Oslo-based diplomat is not only guarded about what he says, but is also careful about his gastronomic choices, lest he antagonise Sri Lanka's minority Tamils or the majority Sinhalese.Asked in a question and answer session by the LANKA ACADEMIC web site www.theacademic.org for his favourite Sri Lankan food, Solheim offered a politically correct "peace" meal answer. "I am great lover of nearly all types of South Asian food, as long as it is hot and spicy," Solheim said. "A combination of the different food traditions will serve me well. More...
Published: Tue May 15 03:08:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Bullock carts replace cars in Sri Lankan botanical garden
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, May 15 6:56 PM SGT . A bullock-drawn cart was deployed to replace cars at Sri Lanka's best-known botanical gardens Friday as part of a pilot project to save the flora from noxious vehicle exhaust fumes. A spokesman for the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens said they launched the scheme with one cart drawn by two bulls and that it had a busy day on the first day of service. More...
Published: Tue May 15 08:27:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Shares End Flat; Mkt Focuses On Peace Process
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, May 15 3:04 PM SGT . Sri Lankan shares ended little changed Tuesday, with some local trades on a few blue chips dominating the session, brokers said. Overall activity remained weak as most investors focused on the political front, following the arrival of Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim to the island nation early Tuesday. More...
Published: Tue May 15 05:46:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Jaya?s win is bad news for LTTE
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, May 14. THE LANDSLIDE victory of the AIADMK-Congress-TMC combine in Tamil Nadu, many Sri Lankans feel, will affect the fortunes of the LTTE. The majority Sinhalas see the DMK chief, M Karunanidhi, as favourably disposed towards the Lankan Tamils and the LTTE, and against the Sri Lankan government. Jayalalitha, on the other hand, is seen as being anti-LTTE. The Sinhalas, however, seem to have forgotten that Jayalalitha had once called for the "retrieval" of Katchchativu from Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Mon May 14 17:35:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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TN results: Lankans no longer bothered  - Times of India

IMF Welcomes Sri Lanka Pledge To Cut Fuel Subsidies
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, May 15 12:52 PM SGT . The International Monetary Fund Tuesday welcomed Sri Lanka's commitment to introduce a more flexible pricing mechanism for fuel prices that will help cut losses at the state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corp. Directors welcomed the authorities' commitments to put in place an automatic pass-through mechanism, which would ensure that domestic fuel prices respond to changing world oil prices, it said in a press summary of the IMF's annual Article IV assessment of the Sri Lankan economy. The IMF also commended the government for making considerable increases in administered fuel prices last year amid high global oil prices, adding the changes should reverse the operating losses of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation by the end of 2001 and lessen the fiscal cost of other subsidies. More...
Published: Tue May 15 03:16:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Peace March in Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.35 p.m. SLT Tuesday May 15. The people who had been displaced in the wake of military operations in the= =20 Themarachchi sector of the Jaffna peninsula held a peace march in the heart= =20 of Jaffna town on Friday. They demanded that they be allowed to return to=20 their homes or alternatively to collect their household goods from their=20 abandoned residences.

The marches set out from the Jaffna bus stand and proceeded to Jaffna=20 Srithar Theatre at Stanley Road where the EPDP Jaffna office is located.=20 The marchers met the Minister of Development, Rehabilitation and &=20 Reconstruction of the North Mr. Douglas Devananda, and urged that steps be= =20 taken to facilitate their original places of domicile.
Published: Tue May 15 21:47:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top


IMF Concludes Article IV Consultation with Sri Lanka
IMF, 15 May 2001. Over the last decade, Sri Lanka's economy has grown steadily, but at a relatively slow rate. Progress has been made in other areas, most notably privatization. However, underlying the modest growth performance have been relatively low levels of saving and investment. From the fourth quarter of 1999 the rupee came under considerable pressure. Although exports grew strongly, the higher cost of oil imports, and increased military imports resulted in a sharp increase in the external current account deficit in 2000. More...
Published: Tue May 15 05:25:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

US Troops Join Thais In Annual Military Exercise
Yahoo India, Tuesday May 15, 4:59 PM. Almost 5,000 U.S. troops will join more than 5,000 of their Thai counterparts in taking part in the 20th annual Cobra Gold military exercise, Southeast Asia's biggest joint training operation, which began Tuesday. Fifty-five soldiers from Singapore will also take part in the exercise. There will be observers from the Philippines, France, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Korea, Sri Lanka and Mongolia. More...
Published: Tue May 15 12:02:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tiger ambush kills three soldiers in Sri Lanka
123India.com, May 14 2001 17:56 IST. Tamil Tiger guerrillas ambushed a military truck in northeastern Sri Lanka Monday, killing three soldiers and wounding another, the defence ministry said. Gunmen of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attacked the truck at Aluthnuwara in the district of Trincomalee along the main highway to the sea port of Trincomalee, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Mon May 14 09:23:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sporadic Confrontations In Sri Lanka Kill One,Wound Three  - Yahoo Asia

Sri Lanka Says Change To Tax Regime In Medium-Term
Yahoo India, Tuesday May 15, 1:58 PM. Sri Lanka is set to realign its tax system over the medium-term to help generate revenue and create a more level playing field for industry, Secretary to the Treasury, P.B. Jayasundera said Tuesday. More...
Published: Tue May 15 12:02:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SL March Tourist Arrivals Up 10.4% On Year
Yahoo India, 15 May 2001. Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals in March rose 10.4% to 44,290 compared with the same month last year, the Ceylon Tourist Board said Tuesday. More...
Published: Tue May 15 05:49:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Bullock-drawn carts to replace cars in fabled garden
123India, 15 May 2001. Bullock-drawn carts will replace cars at Sri Lanka's best-known botanical gardens to save the flora from noxious exhaust fumes, a press report here said Tuesday. The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens will not allow cars inside the 147-acre gardens and will instead deploy a fleet carts for those unable to stroll, the mass circulating Lankadeepa said. More...
Published: Mon May 14 23:16:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

ON THE BRINK - Weekly Political Commentry from The Lanka Academic
The Lanka Academic, May 14. Until Bindunuwewa proved otherwise, many thought that with Black July we have put behind us forever the phenomenon of civil violence directed against minorities. The first year of the new millennium demonstrated the error of this assumption. What we are witnessing is a sort of collective dementia, which blinds a section of the majority community to all rational considerations including any sense of enlightened self-interest. Because it should be obvious to any sane person that Sri Lanka in general and the Sinhalese in particular cannot afford these outbursts of anti-minority violence. More...
Published: Mon May 14 14:32:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Govt-LTTE talks by month end: report
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Monday, May 14, 2001. Talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE might take place in the last week of this month, a press report said today.A five-member Sri Lankan delegation would kickstart direct negotiations with the rebel group from May 28 to May 31 either in Oslo or in Amsterdam, The Island newspaper said, quoting government sources. Spokespersons of the government and the Norwegian embassy declined to comment on the report. More...
Published: Mon May 14 04:58:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan war mothers call for prisoner exchange
123India.com, May 14 2001 16:31 IST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Hundreds of mothers of missing Sri Lankan soldiers held a demonstration to mark Mother's Day on Monday and urged the government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas to free prisoners taken in the country's 18-year ethnic war. Hundreds of white-clad women staged a silent sit-down protest in the heart of the capital Colombo and a spokesman said they hoped Mother's Day -- celebrated around the world on Sunday -- would help draw attention to their plight. "A prisoner exchange is the best way to start a peace process and end the pain of these women," said E.P. Nanayakkara, head of the Association of the Relatives Serviceman Missing in Action. More...
Published: Mon May 14 08:31:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Online tea sales to stir Sri Lanka's tea industry
123India.com, May 15 2001 10:45 IST. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will begin selling some of its tea crop online on Friday in what industry officials say could be a first step towards opening up the world's biggest tea auction. The joint venture, between Forbes Walker Tea Brokers (Pvt) Ltd, one of the larger tea brokers, and Teauction.com, a firm based in India that set up India's online tea exchange, will offer teas sold in private sales outside of the weekly auction. More...
Published: Tue May 15 03:12:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Buddhas: Under threat in Lanka too
Times of India, 15 May 2001 . Sri Lankan police have launched a search for a monk following the vandalism of a 700-year-old Buddha statue in the central Kandy region, officials said. Enraged local residents staged a protest outside the Gadaladeniya temple on Saturday after discovering that gems placed as eyes of the 14th century Buddha statue had been removed, officials said. More...
Published: Tue May 15 01:36:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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English makes a comeback in Sri Lankan government schools
India Abroad, 14 may 2001. Engilsh is making a comeback in state schools in Sri Lanka, four decades after being demoted to second place, but not everyone is looking forward to the changed syllabus. Students in government schools sitting for the Grade 12 Advanced Level examination -- which qualifies them for university admission -- can now opt for classes in the English medium, after having spent their entire school life studying in their mother tongue -- Sinhalese or Tamil. More...
Published: Mon May 14 04:57:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan importer of Indian hair dye blames substitute for singer's death
India Abroad, 14 May 2001. The Sri Lankan importer of an Indian-made hair dye has blamed the use of an inferior imitation product for the death of popular Sinhala singer, Malini Bulathsinghala. Bulathsinghala, 51, died in the United States in March at the end of a concert tour. The autopsy held in Los Angeles (LA) by the county coroner found she had died of "acute bronchial asthma", probably caused by an allergic reaction to "Eagle's Black Henna Powder".The sole agent for the brand in Sri Lanka, Bertie Perera of Dineth Enterprises, reacting strongly to the autopsy report told a local newspaper that it was likely Bulathsinghala had used a sub-standard imitation product. He said his import was a herbal product containing only the "marathondi" herb. More...
Published: Mon May 14 07:46:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SL Confirms the sell of National Insurance
Yahoo Asia, Monday, May 14 4:56 PM SGT . State-run privatization body Public Enterprises Reform Commission Monday confirmed that the government had sold a 51% stake in National Insurance Corp. to Janashakthi Insurance Co. for 450 million Sri Lanka rupees. More...
Published: Mon May 14 07:50:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Greens seek ban on GM crops import
Yahoo India, 15 May 2001. GREEN non-government organisations (NGOs), including Greenpeace and other civil society organisations have submitted a petition to the Union Environment Ministry demanding a ban on the entry of genetically engineered crops into the country. The representation points out that genetically modified (GM) crops and food are being increasingly rejected the world over. Thailand, the first Asian nation to declare a ban on the release of genetically engineered organisms into the environment, was cited as a case in point.Ms Michelle Chawla, genetic engineering campaigner with Greenpeace, said that while countries such as the US, Canada and Australia continue to manufacture, consume and market GM foods, the European Union has imposed a moratorium on the commercial release of GM crops. Also, from May, Sri Lanka has joined countries banning the import of GM foods. More...
Published: Mon May 14 21:55:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Govt Committee Summon Electricity Board
Yahoo Asia, Monday, May 14 11:58 AM SGT . The parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises, set up in March to probe financial irregularities in state enterprises, has summoned senior officials of the Ceylon Electricity Board, the Sunday Times reported. Other state institutions expected to be investigated include the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, procurement agency, Cooperative Wholesale Establishment and the Ceylon Petroleum Corp., the newspaper said. More...
Published: Mon May 14 02:27:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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