The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 11, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 96

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Chandrika plans constitutional ploy
The Hindustan Times, july 11. Thwarted from pushing through its no-trust motion by Tuesday's presidential proclamation proroguing Parliament till September 7, Sri Lanka's Opposition United National Party (UNP) has vowed to take the issue to the streets and get President Chandrika Kumaratunga impeached. "The President has wantonly subverted Parliament and prorogued the House when it was to take up the no-trust motion. The announcement of a referendum on a new constitution on August 21 is only a smokescreen to hide the truth. More...
Published: Wed Jul 11 19:02:39 EDT 2001
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Hasina Murder Plot-II: How former Bangla Army officers hatched plan in Europe
TheNewsPapertoday, July 11. The arrest of ISI agent Manoj Srivastav has blown the lid off a fresh plot to eliminate Sheikh Hasina in the Netherlands after one meticulously drawn-up plan involving the LTTE, the militant outfit operating in Sri Lanka, failed last year. The new strategy evolved at a meeting at Breda (see map), a small town in southern Holland on March 7 at a restaurant owned by A.K.M. Mohiuddin (see Rogues' Gallery), an Army officer-turned-diplomat, who left his job in the Bangladesh embassy in the Hague to escape arrest on the charge of taking part in the killing of Hasina's father, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. More...
Published: Wed Jul 11 22:11:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SHARE YOUR COMMENTS AND OPINIONS!!
The Lanka Academic, July 10.

Dear Readers.

President Chandrika Kumaranatunge has suspended the Parliament for a period of 60 days and called for a referendum for a direct mandate from the electorate for constitutional changes.Please share your thoughts and comments on this interesting political development with your fellow readers by using the Letters to the Editor feature on the front page. Please be civilized and succinct in your comments. Do not use profanities, swear words or derogatory terms. In short do not use any word,term or slang you would not use in polite company. Also please provide a verifiable email address.

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Published: Wed Jul 11 09:44:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Four cabinet ministers walk out in disgust
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.40 p.m. SLT Wednesday July 11. Four cabinet ministers today walked out in disgust from a cabinet meeting summoned by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge this morning.

Prof. G L Peiris, Minister for Constitutional Affairs was the first to verbally express his protest at the meeting when he chided the President for not informing or consulting him before deciding to prorogue parliament with effect from midnight yesterday. "There is no purpose in my being the Minister for Constitutional Affairs, if you can arbitrarily go ahead and take such a decision without informing me," the Minister allegedly said before leaving the meeting.

The Minister allegedly knew nothing until he had received a phone call from the JVPs Publicity Secretary, Wimal Weeravansha, in the early hours of this morning asking if he, (Peiris) was aware of the president's midnight decision.

The minister was followed out by Ministers S. B. Dissanayake, Mahinda Wijeysekera and Arumugam Thondaman who have also expressed their anger at what they term is an unconstitutional and undemocratic decision by Kumaratunge.
Published: Wed Jul 11 07:40:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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President Kumaratunga suspends parliament.
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 11.50am SLT, July 11, 2001. A worker sweeps the roadside as Colombo residents walk pass posters supporting President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Wednesday morning, few hours after she prorogued parliament for two months and ordered a national referendum on August 21 to seek a direct mandate from the people for a new constitution. The dramatic midnight move, which would effectively pre-empt the opposition attempt to defeat the government through a no-confidence motion, came just hours after the joint opposition handed in a petition signed by 115MPs, a clear majority in the 225 seat parliament. The step is seen as a political move by the president to avoid an embarrassing defeat later this month in the parliament where her 9 month old coalition has been reduced to a minority with only 109 seats. More...
Published: Wed Jul 11 02:10:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Canadian envoys deceived by Tigers
National Post, July 11. A South Asian terrorist leader convinced Canadian diplomats he wanted to make peace while his forces were secretly mobilizing for combat, newly released government documents show.After meeting with the second-in-command of the Tamil Tigers at a jungle hideout, Canadian foreign affairs staff sent a dispatch to Ottawa on May 4 saying the terrorists were "genuinely committed" to peace talks.A few weeks later, however, a huge military buildup was detected by the Sri Lankan government, which claimed the Tigers were amassing their firepower for a major offensive to capture the country's north. More...
Published: Wed Jul 11 13:07:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Mangala Samaraweera to be SLFP Secretary General?
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 11/07/01 1130GMT. Urban Development Minister and President Kumaratunge’s closest ally Mangala Samaraweera is to be appointed as Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s (SLFP) new secretary general, the political sources revealed. Parliamentary Affairs and Samurdhi minister S.B.Dissanayake, who currently holds the party’s key post is to be replaced and will be sacked from the portfolio, too. There are strong speculations that ministers G.L.Peiris, Maithreepala Sirisena and Jeyaraj Fernandopullai, who earlier had discussions with main rival United National Party (UNP) to form a "National Government" will also be sacked from the cabinet.

"They have had secret talks with UNP to impeach the president. The UNP is still considering the possibility of an impeachment" Ravaya journalist Jayasiri Jayasekara told The Lanka Academic. According to the reliable sources angry minister S.B. Dissanayake , one time another very close ally of the President, has walked away from this morning’s cabinet meeting held after suspension of the parliament for two months.
Published: Wed Jul 11 07:31:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top


PA says cabinet with President amid dispute reports
Tamilnet, July 11. The government Parliamentary group and the cabinet Wednesday unanimously expressed ?their fullest support and confidence on President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge.Minister Mr. Richard Pathirana proposed the vote of confidence on the President at parliamentary group meeting. Minister Mr. Douglas Devananda seconded it. They said the President was finally consolidating democracy in the country which almost for two decades was democratic only in name, the State - run Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation reported in its evening news bulletin. More...
Published: Wed Jul 11 11:55:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNP says prorogation - first step to dictatorship
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2 p.m. SLT Wednesday July 11. The main opposition United National Party (UNP) today claimed that the prorogation of parliament was the first step to a dictatorship. UNP Leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe said for President Chandrika Kumaratunge to have taken this decision even without consulting her entire cabinet of ministers only proved the country is fast moving towards a dictatorship.

Wickremasinghe alleged the president's decision is unconstitutional and undemocratic since the government is in the minority among its members in parliament.
Published: Wed Jul 11 04:08:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Plebiscite for constitutional reforms in August- Government statement
PRIU- The SL government website, July 11. Sri Lanka will conduct a referendum next month to ascertain the public viewpoint for constitutional reforms. President Kumaratunga issued a proclamation at midnight July 10, for the conduct of the referendum on August 21, 2001. The President has invoked the provisions of Article 86, which permit her to submit to the People by Referendum any matter, which in the opinion of the President is of national importance. More...
Published: Wed Jul 11 11:48:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Shares Early -2: Blue Chips Lead Losers
yahoo, July 10. Sri Lanka shares opened lower Wednesday as retailers sold stocks after President Chandrika Kumaratunga suspended the legislature midnight Tuesday, brokers said. The move stalls a no-confidence vote against Kumaratunga's People's Alliance government - reduced to a minority in parliament - motioned by the main opposition United National Party, which local market players perceive as being more investor-friendly. More...
Published: Wed Jul 11 11:06:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan President to Seek Direct Mandate From People
People's Daily, 11 July. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has decided to seek a direct mandate from the people by way of a referendum on August 21 to change the constitution. At the proposed referendum Kumaratunga will ask the people if they agree with the proposal that Sri Lanka needs a new Constitution which is a nationally important and an essential requirement. In a communique issued late last night the government alleged that the main reason for the present crisis in parliament was the 1978 Constitution. Although the government had won more than two- thirds of the parliamentary seats at the last two elections that mandate was not properly reflected in Parliament due to the prevailing electoral system associated with he constitution. Earlier efforts by Kumaratunga were stalled through a lack of a two-thirds majority in Parliament which the opposition refused to accommodate. More...
Published: Wed Jul 11 07:57:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's daughter of destiny battles MPs
Yahoo Asia, Wednesday, July 11 5:05 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga romped to power promising peace. But seven years later she is still fighting Tamil rebels and now she has opened up a second battle front against the national parliament. he scion of two Sri Lankan prime ministers, who is regarded by loyalists as Sri Lanka's daughter of destiny, Kumaratunga is now firmly embroiled in a bitter power struggle with a parliament where her party has lost its majority. Opposition allegations Wednesday that she was moving towards a dictatorship with her decision to suspend parliament were in sharp contrast to the international praise she earned when she first came to power in 1994 and extended a hand of friendship to the Tamil Tigers. More...
Published: Wed Jul 11 06:03:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Elections department taken unawares
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.55 p.m. SLT Wendesday July 11. The Elections department was taken completely unawares this morning after President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge decided to suddenly prorogue parliament last night.

Confused election commissioners when asked for further details about the August 21 referendum, could only say that the year 2000 electoral register would be used for the forthcoming referendum. "We were only told this morning about the referendum," Mr. Senanayake, Assistant Elections Commissioner said, adding it was impossible at this stage to even ascertain how much a referendum would cost the nation.

Opposition parliamentarians trying to get over the blow dealt by Kumaratunge, claimed the country could ill afford a referendum or an election. A limping economy has hit hard at the stomachs of a nation staggering to meet rising price hikes in all essential items.
Published: Wed Jul 11 04:08:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Opposition parties condemn prorogation
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.20 p.m. SLT Wednesday July 11. Opposition parties today vehemently condemned the prorogation of parliament by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge last night. The Tamil political parties comprising of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress and the Tamil United Liberation Front stated the President's action was a total violation of parliamentary democracy.

Facing defeat, after a no confidence motion with 115 signatures from opposition parliamentary members was handed over to Speaker Anura Bandaranaike, the government was placed in the minority with only 109 members.

Rauf Hakeem, Leader for the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress also condemned the move by the president, claiming however that it only proved the government was already defeated in the face of an overpowering challenge.

Tilak Karunaratne, Leader for the Sihala Urumaya said "We feel, we have been betrayed." He asserted however that Kumaratunge by prorogation of Parliament has only shown defeat in the fact of a majority opposition.

The president meanwhile asserts that a referendum is necessary at this stage to ascertain and evaluate the will of the people to help formulate a new constitution.

Under section 86 of the constitution, the president used the powers given to suspend parliament without dissolving it. Claiming that a "new political era has dawned" the president today said that the people were not adequately represented in Parliament and this was why she has decided to hold a referendum which will reflect the will of the people.

The peoples mandate she claimed had been seriously flawed, while some individuals, with ulterior political motives were creating chaos in parliament.

The referendum will be held on August 21, 2001.

Kumaratunge made her lightening decision in the presence of only four of her most trusted ministerial confidantes. Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sarath Amunugama and Premier Rathnasiri Wickremanayake were the only individuals summoned by the President last night, before she made her final decision.

The rest of her cabinet of 44 ministers met only this morning in order to be officially briefed by the President on her decision. Not even the Attorney General, K C Kamalasabyson was consulted before Kumaratunge decided to prorogue parliament.

Kumaratunge says she is determined to seek a mandate from the people to change the present constitution.
Published: Wed Jul 11 03:35:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lankan crisis has hint of dangerous deja vu
MSNBC, Wednesday, July 11 5:05 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's much-criticised constitution has two provisions with a particularly black history. One gives the president the power to call a referendum and the other allows her to suspend parliament. On Wednesday, President Chandrika Kumaratunga invoked both provisions, suspending parliament to thwart a no-confidence vote against her minority government and calling an August 21 plebiscite to change the country's electoral system. Until now, each provision had been used just once since the constitution came into force in 1978, each time as a means to cling to power with disastrous consequences. ''Here we go again. There's a feeling this country has been down this road before,'' said a Western diplomat. More...
Published: Wed Jul 11 06:05:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan leader suspends parliament
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 10 July, 2001, 19:00 GMT 20:00 UK . The government said the parliament, which lost its majority on 20 June, would now reconvene on 7 September. President Kumaratunga, whose People's Alliance (PA) coalition lost its majority when a Muslim party defected to the opposition, also called a referendum on a new constitution for 21 August, a government statement said. More...Editor's Note Comments and feed back on the above article may be submitted by using the Letters to the Editor feature on the frontpage.
Published: Tue Jul 10 21:57:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Proposed Referendum is a Bonapartist move- NLF
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 11/07/01 1110GMT. The New Left Front (NLF) requested all Left-Democratic forces to get together to fight for a proper solution to the national problem and urge them to resist to the conditions placed by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organisation, describing President Chandrika Kumaratunge’s decision to prorogue the parliament as a Bonapartist move. A statement issued by NLF’s member of presidium Dr. Vickramabahu Karunarathne warns the working masses not to get carried away with President’s "Bonapartist tricks" to have a referendum on a new constitution.

"More than a dozen of MPs from PA under the leadership of S.B Dissanayaka and Ananda Munasinghe were planing to join the UNP to form a Sinhala National Government. Such a government would have been a civil facade for Sinhala Chauvinist dictatorship. She hopes to balance by an alliance with the Left - Peace forces and minority groups against the attempt to form Sinhala National Government" the statement said.
Published: Wed Jul 11 07:10:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Parliament suspension stuns Sri Lanka
123India.com, Jul 11 2001 10:13 IST. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga's overnight suspension of parliament to head off an opposition bid ouster her coalition took many people and even the press by surprise Wednesday. Politicians and business leaders went into a huddle following Kumaratunga's move to prorogue parliament for two months and call a nation-wide referendum on August 21. More...
Published: Wed Jul 11 01:29:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chandrika will change electoral system to secure majority
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 3.10 AM SLT Wednesday July 11,2001. Though President Chandrika Kumaratunga's statement ordering a referendum on the need for a new constitution did not explicitly say it,the basic aim is to change the electoral system in such a way that a single party can get a two thirds majority.

Such a majority is necessary to bring about drastic changes and to solve long standing and seemingly intractable problems like the ethnic conflict.

The new constitution,which she hopes to bring about,will atleast partially replace the present Proportional Representation System (PRS) by the First-Past-the-Post System (FPPS).While the PRS prevents single parties from getting a huge majority,the FPPS faciliates it.India and the UK have the FPPS.Sri Lanka,however,is unlikely to go the whole hog and completely abolish the PRS.As the President said once,the minority and small parties want the PRS.Even the draft constitution,which was tabled in parliament on August 3,2000, envisaged only a partial switch over,with some seats being filled by the PRS and others by the FPPS.

It has been Mrs.Kumaraunga's refrain that she is unable to give the minority Tamils a devolution package because she lacks the two thirds majority needed to get the package (ie the new constitution) passed in parliament.She had often threatened to tear up the present constitition,which she said,was not only an impediment to progress but had failed to correctly reflect her popular mandate.She would have got two thirds of the seats had it not been for the PR system.In tuesday's proclamation,she reiterated this.

Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP, Mr.Joseph Pararajasingham,says that the President will use a favourable verdict in the referendum to turn the present parliament into a Constituent Assembly to draft the new constitution.Alternatively,she could go in for fresh elections after October 10,using the referendum result as the election manifesto.A favourable referendum result would immeasurably enhance her moral authority over the present parliament and its MPs.It would turn the tables on the opposition United National Party (UNP), which had tabled a motion of no-confidence,and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Rauff Hakeem, which reduced the government to a minority and precipitated the current political crisis.

Cornered in parliament,a politically savvy Mrs.Kumaratunga has chosen to use her appeal among the hoi polloi,especially in the Sinhala rural areas,to get a mandate for her broader political programme and to acquire the moral and political muscle needed to subdue her detractors in parliament. Editor's Note Comments and feed back on the above article may be submitted by using the Letters to the Editor feature on the frontpage.
Published: Tue Jul 10 17:10:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top


PM says govt.is open to all options
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 10.35 PM SLT Tuesday July 10,2001. The Peoples' Alliance (PA) government is open to "all options" in dealing with the present crisis,the Prime Minister Mr.Ratnasiri Wickramanayake has said.

The Prime Minister refused to commit himself on the possibility of a snap parliamentary election or a national government." All I can say is that government is examining all options," he said.

Indicating the possibility of a deal with the opposition United National Party (UNP),Mr.Wickramanayake said that the government was willing to meet the UNP half way on the question of the five independent commissions."The goverment's draft constitution has already said that there will be independent commmisions for elections,the judiciary and the public service.A commission for the police will have to be studied further.The demand for a media commission is new and the matter has to be discussed," he said.

A Deputy Minister said that ordering snap polls would be the last option for President Kumaratunga because no MP wanted it.If a stable government could not be formed, elections would seem to be the only way out,but the PA was confident of coming back to power, the junior minister said.On the other hand, a senior cabinet minister virtually ruled out dissolution because government was confident of getting enough support to defeat the no-trust motion.

There is the possibility that those Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and National Unity Alliance (NUA) MPs ( other than the ring leader Mr.Rauff Hakeem ),who had defected, may come back.The PA General Secretary,Mr.D.M.Jayaratne, said today that all the seven rebels were going to trek back.A cabinet minister said that government was expecting the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to abstain and thus let it win.The JVP,he said,would not like a UNP government given the past animosity.According to him, the JVP is also very suspicious about the UNP's demand for an independent police force because the present force is 85% UNP.

Mr.Jayaratne said that if he wanted to,he could begin the process of unseating three of the SLMC rebels who had fought as PA candidates in the last elections and thus force them to toe the line.Likewise, in the light of the new court order,he NUA chief,Mrs.Ferial Ashraff,could begin the process of unseating the four NUA defectors,including Mr.Hakeem.According to a cabinet minister,Mrs.Ashraff is likely to send a show cause notice to Mr.Hakeem next week.When party representatives meet the Speaker next,the PA is expected to challenge the opposition's contention that it has 115 members and is thus, the majority.

There have been reports that atleast ten Deputy Ministers have threatened to cross over to the opposition if a national government is not formed immediately to avert dissolution.But the convenor of the Deputy Minister's Association,Mr.Shantha Premaratne,ruled out desertions for two reasons: One is that the government will ultimately manage to get the numbers necessary to face the no-trust.And the other is the entrenched belief that a UNP led by Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe is "unlucky" and therefore not worth going to.
Published: Tue Jul 10 12:52:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Tamil Tigers use PNG, Solomon Islands
ABC News, Wed Jul 11 08:04:01 SLT 2001. Tamil Tiger rebels from Sri Lanka may be using Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands as routes into Australia. Four suspected rebels were caught recently trying to travel through P-N-G on forged Canadian and Malaysian passports.The briefs reportedly say that smuggling organisers from Sri Lanka have easy access to forged P-N-G passports and visas, and are being helped by local officials and residents. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 22:06:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan Oppn seeks no trust move on July 18
indiainfo, july 10. n a rare show of solidarity, the Opposition in Sri Lanka's Parliament on July 10 submitted a letter to Speaker Anura Bandaranaike, urging him to take up a no- confidence motion against the Kumaratunga government on July 18 instead of next month as proposed by the ruling party.However, the Speaker will fix a date only at the Parliamentary Party Leaders? meeting on July 12.Political sources said that since the request was made by all Opposition MPs, the Speaker might agree to their wish. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 15:07:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

‘Look for Veerappan in Lanka’
chennaionline, july 10. Tamil Nationalist Movement leader P Nedumaran today questioned the sincerity of the Tamil Nadu government and the necessity in resuming STF operations to nab forest brigand Veerappan.Going by the reported statement by AIADMK general secretary and present Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, immediately after the release of Kannada actor Rajkumar from the clutches of Veerappan, STF operations should have been carried out in Sri Lanka, Nedumaran told a press conference here. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 20:57:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan jurist takes in Capital City
journalonline, july 10. Manicavasakar Elancheleyan is a long way from his home. But this weekend, the 36-year-old judge from Sri Lanka said the temperature hovering near 100 degrees in Lincoln felt just like home. "I am very proud that I am honored by the Lincoln, Nebraska, mayor," he said. "It is an honor to Sri Lanka judicial offices and Sri Lanka government. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 21:25:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

S B faces fire from government
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.20 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 10. S B Dissanayake, Minister for Samurdhi Affairs and Deputy Minister for Finance, facing the wrath of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge recently, continues to advocate a national government as being vital to the ruling party faces as it one of its gravest challenges since it took office in 1994.

Dissanayake insists that a consensus with the main opposition United National Party is a must, in order to bridge the crisis situation the country is facing and address key issues such as the conflict in the north and east and a limping economy.
Published: Tue Jul 10 09:47:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top


TULF Calls for the release of student leader
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 10/07/01 1355GMT. The Student Union Leader of the Jaffna University who is held by security forces should be released immediately says the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF). Senior Vice President of the TULF V. Anandasangari says that the Student Leader Krishnaswamy Thivyan was arrested by Sri Lanka Army in Kokuvil Jaffna on Monday, 2 July has been assaulted in detention. The Sri Lankan Army says that he has suspected LTTE affiliations. The TULF statement says that the Student leader should be tried in courts if he is suspected of any crime.

The military authorities in Jaffna Today closed down the Jaffna University where more than four thousand students study. Students in Universities in the North and East demonstrated demanding the release of the 21 year old Jaffna Student Leader. It is feared that the closure of the Jaffna University would lead to more protests in schools and other public and private institutions across the North and East.
Published: Tue Jul 10 09:52:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top


SLA personnel allegedly gang rape Tamil woman
indiainfo, july 10. Close on the heels of the alleged gang rape of a Tamil woman at a security check point in central Colombo last month, another such incident allegedly by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) personnel in Jaffna has been reported by a pro-Tamil Website. he Tamilnet said a Tamil woman was admitted to the Manthikail hospital on July 7after she was allegedly gang raped by soldiers in Meesalai. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 15:11:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Army accuses LTTE of raping Jaffna woman
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.30 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 10. The army today alleged that it is the LTTE who are responsible for raping a Tamil woman in the area of Meesalai on Saturday night, July 7.

The military says it received a complaint on Saturday July 7, 2001 of an incident of alleged rape of a 42 year old, Tamil woman. The matter was reported to the Army Civil Affairs Office at Kodikamam.

The Army officials claim they in turn directed the complainant to the Kodikamam Police Station to make a formal entry.

The victim had complained that two persons armed with weapons and dressed in uniforms had come into her house and dragged her out of the house and raped her.

Before the alleged sexual harassment she claims to have been abused in filth in both Sinhala and Tamil.

The complainant says the men had also harassed the old mother of the victim as well.

According to the Army, initial inquiries conducted by the Army and the Police had revealed that "this is a deliberate attempt by the LTTE infiltrators to discredit the Army and further to disrupt the resettlement programme now being carried out by the government officials in the area."

Investigations into the alleged crime are being carried out by the police at Kodikamam.
Published: Tue Jul 10 09:47:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top


21 Indian fishermen released
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9 a.m. SLT Tuesday July 10. After refusing to release some 21 Indian fishermen, the Jaffna district judge yesterday reversed his order after 66 Indian fishermen languishing in Lankan jails began a hunger strike.

Referring to both the Chief Justice and the Attorney General, the judge later decided to release 21 of the fishermen who were agitating to return back to India.

The fishermen will be handed over to the Lankan Navy who will in turn hand over the men to Indian security forces personnel.
Published: Tue Jul 10 09:47:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Indian arms among seized LTTE weapons
Times of India (Breaking News), 10 July 2001 . Sophisticated weapons worth Rs 15 million were seized from a suspected LTTE bunker by the Sri Lankan police in Jaffna district, police said. Some of the weapons, unearthed with the help of private informants at Manippay, bore the Indian Army crest and other Indian markings, police claimed. An 84 mm rocket-propelled grenade launcher found in the bunker was not known to the be in the armoury of the Sri Lankan armed forces. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 11:58:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka government warns of civil unrest over ouster move
123India.com, Jul 10 2001 13:13 IST. Sri Lanka's ruling party warned Tuesday of an uprising if the opposition ousts President Chandrika Kumaratunga's coalition and called for a national-unity government. Senior minister S. B. Dissanayake acknowledged in an interview with the Sinhalese-language daily Divaina that there was a possibility of the People's Alliance (PA) government collapsing at a confidence vote, which could take place next week. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 04:42:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Bring back Aravinda
yahoo, july 10. Earlier this year when Sachin Tendulkar reached 10,000 runs, it was felt that he should thank Sidath Wettimuny and Brendon Kuruppu for his record. If not for the inexplicable policy of selecting youth for youth sake, Aravinda de Silva would have been the first man to cross the five-figure mark. Since Sri Lanka?s ignominious World Cup campaign in 1999, de Silva has been excluded from 47 one-day internationals. Given his outstanding career average of 35, he would easily surpassed Tendulkar?s record. More...Editor's Note Comments and feed back on the above article may be submitted by using the Letters to the Editor feature on the frontpage.
Published: Tue Jul 10 10:49:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Talks with Oppn for govt of consensus: Lankan PM
Indiainfo, july 10. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has announced the breaking off talks with the main Opposition United National Party (UNP) to discuss the possibility of formation a national government.However, senior minister and Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) general secretary S B Dissanayake said that the only solution to the current political crisis is that the two main and other willing political parties join hands to form a government. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 09:06:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Police Seize Massive Cache of Tamil Rebel Weapons
People's Daily, 10 July 2001. The Manipay police of the Jaffna police division in the north of Sri Lanka have seized a massive cache of high powered sophisticated weapons worth 15 million rupees (around 166,000 US dollars) belonging to separatist Tamil Tiger rebels hidden in a concrete bunker. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 03:45:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

22 Indian fishermen released in lanka
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Tuesday, July 10, 2001. As many as 22 Indian fishermen detained in a Jaffna prison since mid-April have been released on humanitarian grounds, official sources said here on Monday.A district court in Jaffna ordered their release as they were old and ailing, official sources said. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 04:40:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka to Compete in 8th IAAF World Athletics Championships
LAcNet Special correspondent, July 10. Sri Lanka will be sending a team of twelve athletes to compete in the 8th IAAF World Athletic Championships to be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from August 3 to 12th 2001. This is the first time IAAF World Athletic Championships will be held in North America. Sri Lanka team captained by Susanthika Jayasinghe who won a bronze medal at Sydney Olympics will include Damayanthi Dharsha Sriyani Kulawansa Sugath Tilakaratne, Rohan Pradeep Kumara and Hrijan Ratnayake competing in individual events plus two relay teams. It will be managed by Brigadier Palitha Fernando and includes three coaches. Top executives of the Amateur Athletic Association of Sri Lanka, President Sunil Guanwardena, Secretary Prema Pinnawala and Treasurer Nimal Perera will also be in Edmonton to attend the Internationa Amateur Athletic Association Congress to be held parallel to Athletic Championships.

Sri Lanka Team: Manager: Brigadier Palitha Fernando Coaches: Derwin Perera, Badra Gunawardena, Anura Bandara Team Captain- Susanthika Jayasinghe Womens Team: Susanthika Jayasinghe 100m, 200m, 4x100 relay Damayanthi Dharsha 200m, 400m, 4x100 relay Sriyani Kulawansa-Fonseka 100m Hurdles, 4x100 relay Nimmi de Soysa 4x100 relay Pradeepa Herath 4x100 relay Anoma Suriyaarachchi 4x100 relay

Mens Team: Sugath Tilakaratne 400m, 4x400m relay Rohan Pradeep Kumara 400m, 4x400m relay Harijan Ratnayake 400m Hurdles Ranga Wimalawansa 4x400m relay Prasanna Amarasekera 4x400m relay Sumedha Arunashantha Fernando 4x400m relay

Published: Tue Jul 10 09:12:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan military close university
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 10 July, 2001, 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK . The authorities in northern Sri Lanka have told more than 4,000 students at Jaffna University to stay at home until further notice in a bid to end protests against the security forces. Students say they are no longer allowed on the campus and they have been told to vacate their hostels. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 09:08:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LTTE holds census takers at bay in parts of Lanka
indiainfo, july 10. Tamil Tiger separatists in Sri Lanka are keeping census takers at bay in parts of the island's North and East, using threats and intimidation to stop enumerators from taking the final tally next week. The first nationwide census in 20 years is in danger of being ripped up by opposition from both the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and mainstream Tamil parties, which object to a headcount in areas affected by the protracted separatist war. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 09:02:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka's Israel ties come under Oppn flak
indiainfo, july 10. Sri Lanka's diplomatic ties with Israel have come under scathing attack from controversial Muslim leader Rauf Hakeem, whose cross-over turned the ruling coalition into a minority government. A little over a year after Colombo and Tel Aviv announced they would establish relations, former Trade Minister Hakeem has denounced the diplomatic move. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 09:04:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka prime minister breaks off talks with opposition
Kyodo News, 10 JULY 2001. Backstage talks between leaders of Sri Lanka's ruling People Alliance (PA) government and the opposition United National Party (UNP) to set up a government of national unity were broken off Tuesday with Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake saying he would not participate in any further talks More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 04:43:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

As gulf grows, some nations make high-tech leap
yahoo, july 9. The gulf between the world's plugged-in and the shut-out is widening, but scores of developing nations are using technology to keep from falling further behind in the global economy, a new report has found.Monthly Internet access charges amount to 1.2 percent of average monthly income for a typical U.S. user, compared with 614 percent in the island nation of Madagascar, 278 percent in Nepal, 191 percent in Bangladesh and 60 percent in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 09:28:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Shares End Flat; Investors Eye Political Devts
yahoo, July 10. Sri Lanka shares ended virtually flat Tuesday on slim volume as investors continued to take a back seat and watch for fresh developments on the political front, brokers said. The All Share Index was up 1.29 points, or 0.3%, at 430.25, according to brokers. The Milanka Price Index, which tracks the most liquid and highly capitalized stocks, ended up 2.73 points, or 0.4%, at 646.36. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 09:00:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

US Admiral Visits Sri Lanka To Boost Bilateral Ties
Yahoo Singapore, 10 July 2001. The chief of U.S. Pacific Forces began a three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Monday as part of an ongoing effort to boost bilateral ties between the two countries, state radio said. Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Forces Admiral Dennis P. Blair's visit is in response to an invitation by Sri Lanka's Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Rohan Daluwatte, who oversees combined military operations against Tamil rebels, the radio said. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 04:49:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Inebriated elephants destroy illicit distillery
Indiainfo, 10 July 2001. An illicit distillery which had operated clandestinely in the thick jungle forests of Kalawewa in central Sri Lanka for over 10 years, was raided and destroyed by a herd of elephants on July 7 night, a local media report said. The elephant herd had evidently been drawn to the distillery by the smell of pineapple and other ingredients used in the manufacture of “kasippu”. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 04:57:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Young web designer eyes US for more exposure
Indiainfo, 10 July 2001. Sri Lankan Canadian Keith Peiris is barely 13 and just out of seventh grade. But he is as much at ease with Prime Minister John Chretien as with his desktop computer. Believe it or not, the computer whiz kid and web designer is the chief of a company called Cyberteks Design and employs several people including his father. More...
Published: Tue Jul 10 04:53:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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