The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 7, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 92

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Chandrika invokes PTA to curb lorry,trailer movement in Colombo
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 9.31 AM SLT Sunday July 8, 2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga on saturday issued regulations under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to curb the movement of lorries and trailers in many parts of Colombo and Colombo district designated as the "High Security Zone".In the past,the LTTE has used bomb laden lorries in its strikes against the Central Bank and the World Trade Centre in the capital's business district.

A government release said that no lorry or trailer would be permitted to be driven to the High Security Zone without the written permission of the Colombo DIG.All such permits would specify the routes within which such lorries might be driven.Any person driving a lorry or a driver who enters or remains within the High Security Zone without such a permit would be liable to action under the PTA.

The High Security Zone comprises Wellawatte Bridge,Hospital Road,Sri Sarnankara Road,Pamankada Bridge,Straford Road,High Level Road,Kirulapone Mawatha,Elvitigala Mawatha,Kanatte Roundabout,D.S.Senanayake Mawatha,Gnanartha Pradeepaya Road,Technical College junction,Olcott Mawatha,First Cross Street,Main street,Khan Clock Tower,N.D.H.Abdul Cader Road,and the coastline between the Port of Colombo and Wellawatte bridge.

Inspector General of Police Mr.Lucky Kodithuwakku has been designated as the Competant Authority in the regard.

The President had invoked the PTA on July 6 to renew the ban the LTTE, which had lapsed with the lapse of the Emergency Regulations on July 4.

The government fears that the LTTE may renew terrorist attacks in Colombo taking advantage of the unstable political conditions triggered by the opposition sponsored no-trust motion in parliament.The government produced evidence of the LTTE's feverishly preparing for an offensive to capture Jaffna and even launched air strikes against LTTE gun positions and bunkers in Pooneyrn and Nagarkovil on June 30.July 5 was Black Tigers' Day and in a memorial meeting somewhere in the Wanni,LTTE chief V.Prabhakaran had said that his Black Tigers or suicide squads had changed the very character of the Tamil struggle armed struggle.
Published: Sat Jul 7 23:31:49 EDT 2001



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Instability makes Sri Lanka markets jittery
Yahoo Asia, july 8. Sri Lanka's political crisis and a bitter struggle for parliamentary power has dashed hopes of an early recovery of the war-battered economy, say bankers and business leaders.Panic-stricken businessmen and industrialists, worried by the political battles, have appealed to President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the main opposition, led by former premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, to form a unity government."The high cost of living has become unbearable for most resulting in many thefts, robberies and murders that are destabilising civil society," the Joint Business Forum told both Kumaratunga and Wickremesinghe. More...
Published: Sat Jul 7 23:08:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Secret talks on for national unity gov't in Sri Lanka
Kyodo, July 7. Intensive backstage discussions are now on between leaders of Sri Lanka's ruling People Alliance coalition and the opposition United National Party (UNP) to explore the possibility of setting up a national unity government to address the country's ethnic and economic problems, a senior minister said Saturday. ''The ongoing discussions have continued very fruitfully throughout the week,'' Industrial Development Minister Lakshman Peiris told Kyodo News. ''A short document is being worked on, but there are some gray areas to clear.'' More...
Published: Sat Jul 7 19:32:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chandrika-Ranil talks fail to resolve crisis
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 12.50 AM SLT Sunday July 8,2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the United National Party (UNP) leader Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe held secret talks a few days ago in an effort to form a National Government but they failed to reach an agreement due to a conflict over the Prime Ministeship,reliable political sources said.

The President was willing to offer cabinet posts to the UNP but not the Prime Ministership,but the UNP leader insisted that the Prime Ministership go to him as the legitimate representative of the opposition which had majority in parliament.The current position is that the combined opposition has 115 MPs, as against the government's 109.Political sources say that the divisive issue is not the establishment of the five independent commissions but office and power.

Despite the breakdown of talks at the highest level,efforts are on to bring about a rapprochement between the ruling and the opposition parties.Admittedly, Prime Minister Mr.Ratnasiri Wickramanayake is himself engaged in this exercise.Though many UNP MPs proclaim from the rooftops that they are determined to bring the government down first before cobbling a government of national reconciliation,they are engaged in secret parleys with the leaders of the ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) to find ways of avoiding a confrontation and consequent bitterness.

As an MP said,a confrontation could eventually lead to the dissolution of parliament and fresh elections, which MPs,across the board,dread.Given the combativeness of President Chandrika Kumaratunga,she could prorogue parliament and order elections to be held after October 10.As the Executive President elected by a popular vote, she is secure and can rule by decree,while the members of parliament will lose their positions.

Ruling party MPs point out that her combativeness was evident in the way she tackled the problem of facing parliament on the issue of extending the Emergency.Instead of issuing a fresh Proclamation of Emergency and facing parliament for a ratification within ten days,Mrs.Kumaratunga invoked the Public Security Ordinance and the Prevention of Terrorism Act to ensure security and to continue the proscription of the LTTE.She declared that she had,thereby,beaten a "conspiracy" to get the Emergency and the ban on the LTTE revoked.

While holding out the threat of proroguing and disssolving the house,Mrs.Kumaratunga and her partymen are actively engaged in garnering support for the PA.Some contacts had been made with the shadowy supremo of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in London through a former MP and minister,sources said.The JVP's decision to leave the matter to its parliamentary group when the matter comes up for debate and voting has left ample room for manouevre.

Most independent observers rule out the possibility of ruling party MPs defecting to the opposition,discounting a report in a certain political daily.Also,defections from the UNP seem unlikely.What is considered to be likely is the trekking back of some of the seven Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) MPs who had earlier defected reducing the government to a minority.Some ministers have already established contact with them."Talks are on," said a cabinet minister.

Unlike the Tamil parties ( barring of course the EPDP and CWC),the SLMC is keen on being in power.Like the CWC and EPDP,it believes that the minorities can be served and protected by participation in mainstream politics and by holding governmental positions.As an associate of Mrs.Ferial Ashraff's Muslim dominated National Unity Alliance (NUA) put it,a party like the SLMC would be able to secure power and retain its identity only when it is in alliance with the Sri Lanka Feedom Party (SLFP).The UNP does not believe in forming a coalition of ethnic parties because it believes that it represents all ethnic groups."Moreover,in the Eastern Province,the SLMC will get extinguished if it goes along with the UNP because the UNP too has a significant presence there," the NUA member said.The Muslims,including those in the Rauff Hakeem faction, also know that the UNP would not meet the their political demands like a Muslim majority Kalmunai district and devolution of power.

While Mr.Hakeem might be reluctant to come back to the PA fold and Mrs.Kumaratunga might be equally reluctant to take him back,given the intensity of recrimination,Mr.Hakeem's followers are apparently open to the idea of crossing over again.However, to help save face, they want some of the Muslim demands to be met publically."We'll have to wait and see as to what the government has to offer us," said a SLMC MP.
Published: Sat Jul 7 14:50:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Lankan Oppn seeks no-trust move in July itself
Indiinfo, July 7. The Opposition, which is enjoying a clear majority in the Parliament, has decided to request Speaker Anura Bandaranaike to take up the no-confidence motion against the Kumaratunga government for debate in the third week of this month instead of next month as proposed by the ruling party.The 115 MPs of the Opposition met in Parliament on July 6 and placed their signatures on a letter requesting the Speaker to take up the debate on the no- confidence motion on July 18, 19 and 20. More...
Published: Sat Jul 7 12:08:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Govt move to ban LTTE under PTA illegal: Expert
indiainfo, july 7. Colombo: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's move to proscribe the separatist outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was a move beyond the powers of Legislation, eminent lawyers have observed.Retired Supreme Court Judge K M M B Kulatunga said such proscription was unwarranted under the Prevention of Terrorism Act Number 48 of 1979. More...
Published: Sat Jul 7 12:06:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Child soldier problem spreads
Financial Times , july 7. About 300,000 child soldiers, some as young as seven, are actively fighting in 41 countries, while 500,000 children are recruited into paramilitary organisations, guerrilla groups and civil militias, according to a report released on Tuesday. A third of them are in Africa.The problem is world-wide: there are child suicide bombers in Sri Lanka and child soldiers in Burma, child guerrilla fighters in Colombia and child fundamentalists in Afghanistan and Sudan. More...
Published: Sat Jul 7 19:40:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka says Indian criticism was "unrealistic and unacceptable"
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 5.33 PM SLT Saturday,July 7, 2001. Drawing a sharp contrast between the Indian and American statements on the air raids against LTTE positions late last month, Sri Lanka has said that while the US statement was "principled and realistic", the Indian reaction was " unrealistic and unacceptble".

Without naming either India or the US, a spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today that while expressing disapproval,one of them (the US), explicitly recognised Sri Lanka's right to defend its territorial integrity against aggression, while the other (India) did not.

India had expressed "great disappointment" and the US "concern" over the bombings.India said that there was "no alternative to peace" while the US said that "violence tended to beget violence." But while the US also said that it recognised a government's right to defend its territorial integrity,India said nothing of that sort.India had not mentioned the Sri Lankan government's position that the air strikes were a pre-emptive measure to forestall a bid to capture Jaffna.

"The question is whether the Government of Sri Lanka should seek peace at any cost.If the price of peace is that our government should abjure the right to self-defense and remain passive even in the event of an attack on its territorial integrity,no Government of Sri Lnka will ever pay that price," the spokesman said.
Published: Sat Jul 7 07:35:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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PTA has no provision to ban LTTE,says ACTC
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 4.32 PM SLT July 7, 2001. The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) of 1979 under which the ban on the LTTE was reimposed on July 4, has no provision for banning the LTTE or any other organisation for that matter,according to Mr.A.Vinayagamoorthy,All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) MP from Jaffna.

He told the press here on saturday that according to Sec.30 of the PTA,the ban on the LTTE and other organisations imposed earlier in 1978,had been lifted.Therefore,when the LTTE was banned again in 1998, the proscription was carried out not under the PTA but under the Emergency Regulations (ER) which had a provision for proscribing an organisation.

But when the ER lapsed on July 4, President Chandrika Kumaratunga invoked Sec.27 of the PTA to continue the ban on the LTTE.According to Mr.Vinayagamoorthy,this cannot be done because Sec.30 of the same act had lifted the ban ! If the ban were to be reimposed legally, parliament would have to amend the PTA to make room for the ban, the Tamil MP said." The current ban is illegal and ultra vires of the PTA.Therefore,the LTTE has not been de-proscribed",Mr.Vinayagamoorthy contended.
Published: Sat Jul 7 06:33:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Canadian Jews demand action on terrorism
National Post - Canada, july 7. Terrorist Ahmed Ressam's confession that he considered bombing a Canadian neighbourhood should serve as a wake-up call to politicians that tougher counterterrorism measures are needed, experts and community leaders said yesterday.The federal government has been talking about toughening counterterrorism measures since an Air-India flight out of Vancouver was bombed in 1985, allegedly by Sikh militants in British Columbia who used a charity as cover. The blast killed all 329 aboard, most of them Canadians.But since then, almost every major terrorist organization, from the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka to Egypt's Al-Jihad, has continued to work in Canadian cities where they raise money, buy weapons and plot attacks. CSIS warned in a report last month that the terrorist threat to Canada was higher than it had ever been. More...
Published: Sat Jul 7 12:36:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tamil women protest against sexual harassment by military and police personal
Leo de Lile in Colombo. Tamil women protest against sexual harassment of Tamil women by military and police personal during a demonstration at Lipton?s circle in Colombo, on Friday. Identity cards of Tamils are regularly examined at checkpoints and under the Sri Lanka?s present laws, anyone suspected of involvements with Tamil Tiger rebels can be detained up to 18 months without charges. Gang rapes of Tamil women by soldiers and policemen have been reported in the past, mainly in the north and east of the country, where most of the fighting between the government troops and Tamil rebels takes place. Large Picture...

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Published: Fri Jul 6 04:01:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

President Kumaratunge Suspicious of her own Ministers
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 06/07/01 1810GMT. President Chandrika Kumaratunge is suspicious of her own people planning to topple the government with the main opposition United National Party (UNP), a local newspaper claimed. The President has ordered the intelligence services to have round the clock supervision on them , Ravaya, Sinhala weekly said today. One time Presidentís closest ally, Parliamentary Affairs and Samurdhi Minister S.B. Dissanayake, Environment Minister Mahinda Wijesekara, Industrial Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Civil Aviation Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopullai and Agriculture Minister and the Secretary General of Peoplesí Alliance (PA) D.M. Jayaratne are among them, the paper said. According to Ravaya, President is seriously concerned on Minister Dissanayake.

Minister Dissanayake was involved in the conspiracy to topple the government even before the no confidence motion came in to being, President Kumaratunge has disclosed to her current close allies. A leading businessman close to Minister Peiris has acted as the mediator in between Minister Dissanayake and the UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe to create a national government with some PA MPs joining the UNP and later oust the President as the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) with the help of majority members of the party's working committee, Ravaya reveals.

According to Ravaya, many SLFPers want the President to sack Minister Dissanayake strait away; but she has opted to act in a tactical manner. Although Minister Dissanayake is armed with a group of disillusioned MPs, others in the government are on a war path with him over the situation. While there are strong indications that Presidentís former ally will soon lose his portfolio as well as the secretary general position of the SLFP, some still doubt as it may create another crisis not only in the party, but also in the whole political arena.
Published: Fri Jul 6 14:12:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Solheim may liaise only with LTTE
The Hindustan Times, july 6. THE SRI Lankan and Norwegian governments have redefined the basic parameters of the peace process in Sri Lanka. The role of Erik Solheim, earlier designated as Special Envoy and Facilitator, has undergone a qualitative change. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry establishment has gained ascendance over the freelance facilitator, Solheim. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 19:15:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Mahinda Rajapaksa requested to be SLFP Secretary General?
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 06/07/01 1535 GMT. Fisheries Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has been requested to take over as new Secretary General of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), a local radio announced today. But Minister Rajapaksa, in an interview with BBC's Sandeshaya, dismissed the report saying, "The President did not invite me at all to be new Secretary General of the party. Even if she invites, I would not accept it". The analysts in Colombo, however, believe that the party authorities might have approached the minister , but he is reluctant to admit it.

Rumours are spreading over the role of Parliamentary Affairs and Samurdhi Minister S.B. Dissanayake, who won the key post as SLFP's Secretary General after a controversial battle with acting Secretary General, Minister Maithripala Sirisena. President Kumaratunga also supported Minister Dissanayake's nomination, while Prime Minister and Minister Rajapaksa supported Minister Sirisena.

Minister Dissanayake (known as SB), a former close ally of the President, is said to be unhappy over President's secret moves to investigate his wealth and has recently had a strong argument with her, the political sources say. He has also wanted to be the deputy leader of the SLFP, and has lost his faith with the government's move to bring back the President's estranged brother, speaker Anura Bandaranaike to a high post in the PA. However, the analysts do not believe that he will leave PA at this juncture, unless he is offered a much higher position by the UNP.

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Published: Fri Jul 6 11:38:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Samurdhi minister to make dramatic move
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1253 slt 06.07.01. Samurdhi minister and SLFP General Secretary S.B.Dissanayake is expected to make a dramatic move today, according sources close to him.The Minister is spear heading a group within the ruling People's Alliance which wants to form a government with the UNP. " He is ready to make his move. It might happen today" the source said.
Published: Fri Jul 6 03:15:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

We will resign if PA joins UNP- Batty Weerakoon
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 06/07/01 0750 GMT. The Lanka Samasamaja Party (LSSP) and the Communist Party (CP) will resign from the government, if the government joins with the main rival United National Party to form a government of "National Unity" Justice minister Batty Weerakoon said. Speaking with BBC's Sandeshaya, Minister Weerakoon, the leader of the LSSP, said that although the Prime Minister can make his personal comments, he is not allowed to make any official statement without consulting the executive board of the People's Alliance (PA). Mr. Weerakoon was commenting on Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake's offer of resignation to give a way for Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe. Addressing the nation via state television and radio, the PM has admitted that it will be difficult for the PA to run the government, due to current political turmoil.

The LSSP and CP had, in a joint statement, earlier also protested the concept of "National Government", which will sideline the minority parties in the coalition.

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Published: Fri Jul 6 03:52:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's ruling party delays no-trust vote again
Times of India (Breaking News), July 6. Sri Lanka's shaky ruling coalition on Friday again staved off a make-or-break vote in parliament by resisting an early date for an opposition-led ouster move, officials said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance refused to agree on an early date to debate a no-confidence motion against her government, which lost its parliamentary majority June 20. The Opposition hit back by submitting another resolution seeking to establish that its ranks now have a majority in the 225-member assembly. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 08:07:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Complete hartal in the Tamil-Muslim areas of North East
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 3.18 PM SLT Friday July 6, 2001. Sri Lanka's North East populated by Tamils and Muslims today observed a complete "hartal" or general strike to protest against alleged human rights violations by the Security Forces.The strike call was given by eleven Tamil parties after a married Tamil women was raped at a security forces' checkpoint in Maradana in Colombo recently.

Life in the Jaffna peninsula came to a complete standstill with shops, schools,and private organisations all downing their shutters.Attendance was thin in government offices and transport did not ply, sources there said. "The response was 100% in Batticaloa and Amparai," said a resident of Batticaloa."Even Muslims joined the shut down," he added.

There is a wave of anger among the Muslims also,after the police did not come to the aid of the Muslims when they were attacked by politically connected Sinhala hoodlums in Mawanella in the Central provinces some time back.Eastern Muslims are backing the breakaway faction of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Mr.Rauf Hakeem because he is pressing for strong action against minister Mahipala Herath,whose men allegedly created the trouble in Mawanella.The Muslim support for the Tamil organised bandh is said to be a reflection of Mr.Hakeem's belligerent stance on the ethnic issue as opposed to his rival minister Mrs.Ferial Ashraff's soft,pro-government line.

In ethnically mixed Trincomalee district too,the shut down was total,with even Sinhala shops downing shutters.Schools did not function,residents said.

In the Up-Country areas populated by Indian Origin Tamil tea garden workers,people joined a one hour prayer meeting in various places in a silent protest against human rights violations.In Colombo, the eleven Tamil parties which had called for the hartal, held a demonstration in the centre of the city.

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Published: Fri Jul 6 05:19:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Chandrika says Indo-Pak summit will revive SAARC
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 5.05 PM SLT Friday July 6,2001. President Mrs.Chandrika Kumaratunga,who is also Chairperson of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC),has said that she is "confident" that the forthcoming summit meeting between the Indian Prime Minister Mr.Atal Behari Vajpayee and the Pakistani President Gen.Pervez Musharraf, will give a fresh impetus to regional cooperation under the SAARC framework.

In a message to the two leaders today, Mrs.Kumaratunga said that regional cooperation under the SAARC framework," will be of immense benefit to all the countries and peoples of the region."

Describing the summit as "historic and momentous",the Sri Lankan President said that the meeting was welcomed particularly by the people of South Asia as a positive step towards reconciliation and resolving the longstanding issues between India and Pakistan.

"We, in Sri Lanka,have traditionally enjoyed close friendshp and cooperation with both India and Pakistan.For this reason,we are particularly happy at the resumption of dialogue and hope very much that progress at the forthcoming summit will contribute to achieving lasting peace and security in the sub-continent," Mrs.Kumaratunga said.
Published: Fri Jul 6 07:15:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Speaker rejects UNP move in parliament to claim majority
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1256 slt 06.07.01. Speaker Anura Bandaranaike today rejected a move by the UNP to claim that the opposition has majority in the house. W.J.M. Lokubandara moved a motion in the house today asking that all parliamentary committees be reconstituted since the majority of parliamentarians are on the Opposition. However Fisheries Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa objected saying due notice has not been given for the motion. Parliament had to be adjourned for about five minutes when the two sides argued the issue. Later the speaker held with the government and said notice had to be given for such a motion.
Published: Fri Jul 6 03:15:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Strikes Wage Deal With Port Workers
yahoo , july 6. Sri Lanka has struck a wage deal with union leaders who had threatened to lead a strike of some 3,000 employees at the country's main Colombo port, officials said Friday. "The ports ministry agreed to increase the interim allowance of 750 Sri Lanka rupees ($1=LKR90.50) granted to workers this year to a permanent salary hike of LKR2,000," Daya Wijesekera, senior assistant secretary of the ministry, told Dow Jones Newswires. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 10:37:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Sees Few Chances To Lift Power Cuts
yahoo, July 6. With only intermittent rains over the past few days, Sri Lanka's state-run Ceylon Electricity Board has little chance of lifting the daily power cuts imposed this week, power ministry officials said Friday. The electricity board began 90-minute power outages from July 2 to conserve electricity amid falling water levels at reservoirs. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 10:36:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

15 Lankan refugees rescued off Rameswaram
Times of India (Breaking News), 6 July 2001. Nearly 15 Sri Lankan refugees, who were stranded in extreme temperatures in one of the islets off Rameswaram coast, have been rescued by revenue officials and brought to the Mandapam camp in Ramanathapuram district, officials said on Friday. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 10:33:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Party leaders to meet on July 12th to fix date for no confidence motion
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1248 slt 06.07.01. Leaders of political parties today decided to hold parliamentary sittings on the 18th and 19th of July and meet on 12th July to fix a date for the no confidence motion tabled in the house by three opposition parties. The discussion on whether to hold parliamentary sittings arose since the nation census is to be held on the 17th. Opposition sources said 115 opposition M.Ps would submit a letter to Speaker Anura Bandaranaike asking the debate on the motion to be debated at the next sitting of parliament
Published: Fri Jul 6 03:15:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sporadic strikes held to protest Sri Lanka rape
MSNBC, 6 July. Several areas of Sri Lanka were closed for business on Friday as sporadic strikes were staged following the recent alleged gang rape of a woman from the Tamil minority by three policemen.Shops in coastal areas in the east and in the northern Jaffna peninsula were closed as Tamil political groups and unions called a ''hartal,'' or work stoppage, to protest the alleged attack on the woman at a checkpoint in Colombo last month. Three policemen have been arrested in the case.''In Batticaloa District, all the shops were closed and there is no transportation and no civilians on the street,'' said one official from the area.Police and military personnel guard checkpoints throughout Colombo to thwart suicide bombers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a rebel group fighting since 1983 for a separate Tamil state in the country's north and east.The rebels use women suicide bombers to target politicians and other officials, but rights groups say Tamil civilians are frequently harassed at checkpoints, where they can be taken into custody for not having proper identification. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 05:19:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka ruling party again delays no-trust vote
123India, 06 July 2001. Sri Lanka's shaky ruling coalition Friday again staved off a make-or-break vote in parliament by resisting an early date for an opposition-led ouster move, officials said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance refused to agree on an early date to debate a no-confidence motion against her government, which lost its parliamentary majority June 20.The opposition hit back by submitting another resolution seeking to establish that its ranks now have a majority in the 225-member assembly. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 04:31:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka doctors get the runs after reunion
123India.com, Jul 06 2001 10:59 IST. COLOMBO, July 6 (AFP) - Sri Lankan doctors suffered diarrhoea, chest pains and headaches after a buffet dinner at their annual reunion, sending most of them to the hospital, officials said Friday. Nearly 200 doctors attended the Government Medical Officers' Association meeting at a de luxe international conference hall here last Saturday, and more than two thirds of them had to be treated for food poisoning. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 04:02:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Anti-terrorism law invoked to ban LTTE after Emrgency lapses
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Friday, July 06, 2001. Sri Lanka has banned the LTTE afresh after the existing Emergency Regulations under which it was proscribed in 1998 lapsed.An official notification said on Thursday that President Chandrika Kumaratunga invoked the existing provisions of its anti- terrorism legislation to ban the LTTE as well as to declare all the administrative districts in the country as "security areas". More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 04:27:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chandrika invokes anti-terrorism law to extend ban on LTTE
Times of India, 6 July 2001 . President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Thursday saved her government from being defeated in Parliament on the emergency vote and issued new orders under other national laws banning the LTTE and maintaining security in all parts of the country. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 01:48:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE banned as Tamil groups fret
chennaionline, july 6. Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka today flayed the government for banning the LTTE afresh after its earlier proscription under Emergency Regulations lapsed on Wednesday.“The promptness of the move is a clear signal to the Tamil people that this government is not interested at all in solving their problem. Proscribing the Tigers again in this manner is equal to dismissing the concerns of the Tamil people,” an alliance of 10 Tamil parties said in a statement to pro-LTTE website TamilNet. More...
Published: Fri Jul 6 15:57:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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