The Lanka Academic

JULY 16, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 101

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Opposition moves to impeach President Kumaratunga
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 2.25pm SLT, July 16, 2001. Leader of the main opposition United National party, Ranil Wickremesinghe speaks during a joint opposition meeting in a committee room of the Sri Lankan Parliament house in Kotte, Sri Jayawardena pura, after all opposition lawmakers except for the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) forced their way past police barricades and entered the suspended parliament, defying President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s order barring them from the building. After the meeting Wickramasinghe announced that they would file an impeachment motion against Kumaratunga who had suspend the legislature to avoid a possible defeat in an opposition sponsored no-confidence motion. On Wednesday, Kumaratunga suspended the 225-member parliament and ordered a referendum on changing the constitution saying that she would abolished the powerful executive presidency, a promise she has failed to keep pledges to do so since coming into power in 1994. More...
Published: Mon Jul 16 04:35:35 EDT 2001
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Journalists threatened by PSD
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 16/07/01 1820GMT. Journalists complained to the police authorities today that the Presidential Security Division (PSD) prevented them from putting up a legitimate poster by threatening them with death. Sinhala newspaper "Lakbima" photojournalist Buddhika Weerasinghe told BBC’s "Sandesaya" that armed personnel dressed in camouflage forcibly stopped them from putting up posters claiming "Two years since attack on photojournalists by PSD. Culprits at large!" Journalists who were covering an opposition demonstration two years ago were beaten up and had their equipment stolen. The journalists claim that the PSD who are the culprits of the attack are not yet brought to book. The then Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera accepted later that the attack was done by the PSD.

Buddhika Weerasinghe's mobile phone was later found in the possession of a PSD affiliate. Buddhika and Sinhala weekly "Ravaya" journalist Sunil Jayasekara made a complaint at the Slave Island Police station that they were threatened and posters were taken away by members of the PSD who came in vehicles bearing number plates WPGE/1790, WPGE/2034, 32/7246.
Published: Mon Jul 16 14:38:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

TULF postpones decision on impeachment of President
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 2.50 PM SLT Monday July 16, 2001. The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) would finalise its stand on the opposition's bid to impeach President Chandrika Kumaratunga at the appropriate party forum,TULF MP Mr.V.Anandasangaree told a meeting of the opposition MPs in parliament today.

"We are not against impeachment,but we as MPs, cannot take a decision.It will have to be taken at the appropriate party forum," Mr.Anandasangaree said.

There is a difference opinion on the issue of referendum also.While the TULF is generally happy about the referendum on the need for a new constitution,the UNP is divided on it."But the majority wants to campaign for a 'no' in the referendum," a senior UNP MP said.
Published: Mon Jul 16 04:54:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan President vows constitutional reform
Asianage, 17 July 2001. Sri Lanka's embattled president, who has suspended parliament, vowed on Monday to bring in a new constitution by the end of the year similar to one she was forced to shelve last year amid opposition and street protests. "It is this very bizarre system...the way it is counted and presented in numbers in members of parliament. No government will ever in this country under the present constitution have a clear majority," she said in an interview with Reuters. More...
Published: Mon Jul 16 21:49:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan MPs in parliament protest
BBC South Asia, Monday, 16 July, 2001, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK . We asked the secretary general to open the building and allow us in Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe led dozens of MPs into the parliament compound early on Monday after dismantling police barricades around the site. More...
Published: Mon Jul 16 08:12:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SLMC calls for impartial inquiry in shooting of school children
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.10 p.m. SLT Monday July 16. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has called for an impartial inquiry into the shooting of two school boys at Kalmunai in the Ampara district.

Daily routines have been disrupted over the last two days as shops and business establishments staged a two day Hartal protesting against the shooting of two school boys. The two children had been shot at by policemen manning a security checkpoint in the eastern town.

SLMC Leader, Rauf Hakeem says the government is attempting to gloss over the incident, but that a full and impartial inquiry must be conducted.

The policemen concerned say they shot the two boys on suspicion that they were members of the LTTE. The boys had been stopped at the checkpoint and asked to produce identity cards. They had been shot at while walking away from the checkpoint, Hakeem said.
Published: Mon Jul 16 05:10:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Opposition to take steps to impeach Chandrika
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 1.10 PM SLT Monday July 16, 2001. The opposition parties in Sri Lanka,barring the Janatha Vimukthi Peramua (JVP),have decided to take steps to impeach President Chandrika Kumaratunga for proroguing parliament to prevent a debate on the motion of no-confidence.The Leader of the Opposition and United National Party (UNP) chief Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe announced this at a press conference here today.

The opposition is livid over the fact that the no-confidence motion backed by a majority of MPs, (115 out of 225) would have been taken up today,had it not been for the sudden prorogation of parliament last week.

After breaking into the parliament complex early today,protesting MPs led by the United National Party (UNP),held a meeting at which the decision to impeach the President for "destroying democracy" was taken,a UNP MP said.

To get the Speaker to consider or entertain a motion of impeachment against the President, a simple majority is enough.But the opposition would like to have two thirds of the MPs to sign the motion because the Speaker would then have no alternative but to accept it.

Be that as it may,the opposition knows that two thirds is not easy to get, because as of now, it has only 115 out of the 225 MPs with it.It will need 150."Given time,we are likely to get two thirds,because there are democratic minded MPs on the government side too," said an UNP MP.

The opposition is thinking of getting the signatures of two thirds of the MPs,also to prevent the President from dissolving parliament.As per the constitution,parliament can be dissolved after October 10.The only way to prevent this is to get two thirds support for a notice of impeachment of the President and force the Speaker to accept the motion.Once such a motion is accepted,the President will not be justified in dissolving parliament.There is a widespread fear of dissolution among MPs,cutting across party lines,and the UNP is keen on exploiting it to the hilt.

The UNP led opposition is worried about Speaker Mr.Anura Bandaranaike's leanings.Hence the bid to get two thirds support for the motion.On sunday Mr.Bandaranaike had politely turned down a demand by the combined opposition ( minus the JVP of course ) for challenging the prorogation of parliament and convening the house to debate the no-trust motion as scheduled on Monday.Mr.Bandaranaike told the Leader of the Opposition M.Ranil Wickremesinghe that as per the constitution,parliament could not question the President's right to prorogue it.
Published: Mon Jul 16 04:04:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Nine soldiers wounded in claymore mine blast
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Monday July 16. Nine soldiers were wounded when a powerful claymore mine exploded in the heart of Jaffna this morning. Military sources confirmed that the blast had seriously injured the soldiers who had been travelling in a military vehicle at the time. Four of the men are reported to be in a critical condition.

The military claim the LTTE are responsible for setting off the powerful explosives.
Published: Mon Jul 16 03:03:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan critically injured in England after knife attack
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 16/07/01 1300GMT. A Sri Lankan is critically injured and four others also hurt after a fight on a beach in Norfork, in Eastern England. Injured man, who was stabbed in the chest, now in a hospital and his situation is said to be serious. A pilgrimage by Tamil Catholics has ended with a brawl which involved rival Tamil groups. About thirty youths and men began fighting at Wells-next-the-sea last night, eyewitnesses say. Police have sealed off the beach and arrested five people in connection. Incident occurred after nearly five thousand Tamil Catholics spent the day on a pilgrimage to a shrine at Walsingham.
Published: Mon Jul 16 08:56:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Opposition moves into fast offensive
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Monday July 16. Opposition parties today moved into fast forward mode to carry out a counter attack against President Kumaratunge's decision last week to arbitrarily prorogue Parliament.

Except for the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) all other opposition political parties today met in parliament to discuss a strategy by which to counter President Kumaratunge's decision to suspend parliamentary sittings.

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne speaking on behalf of the United National Party told Lacnet that the opposition political parties have decided to meet with Speaker Anura Bandaranaike tomorrow in order to ask him to summon Parliament by Wednesday July 18, to discuss the no confidence motion against the government of President Kumaratunge.

Dr. Senaratne argued that since the Speaker had already summoned Parliament for Monday July 16, he need not reconvene the House but could perhaps summon its members to discuss the no faith document which carries a simple majority of 115 signatures.

Speaker Anura Bandaranaike late last night informed Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe that he is also bound by the clauses in the present constitution and despite his personal opinion to the contrary on the matter, he cannot reconvene parliament, after the President took a decision to prorogue sittings.

Opposition MP's are however determined that the no confidence motion be debated in view of Kumaratunge's snap decision to shut parliament in a desperate bid to avoid the no faith debate.

The MPs will ask the Speaker to hold the debate for three days from Wednesday July 18, to Friday July 20.

Moving into the 'Well' of the House today opposition parliamentarians were determined to occupy parliamentary benches as a mark of protest against the president's decision to suspend parliamentary sittings.
Published: Mon Jul 16 03:03:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

1500 pro government marches in Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.55 a.m. SLT Monday July 16. Some 1500 pro government marches are to be organized around the country to show solidarity with President Chandrika Kumaratunge's decision to prorogue parliament and hold a nationwide referendum.

The marches are to coincide with demonstrations and street walks organized by opposition political parties, namely the United National Party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.

The UNP will initiate phase four of the 'Jana Bala Meheyuma' this Thursday July 19. The party will ask the public to report for work on that day but walk out at 12 noon and join the street marches in protest against Kumaratunge's actions.
Published: Mon Jul 16 03:03:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNP MPs storm Lankan parliament
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 8.51 AM SLT Monday July 16, 2001. Members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the opposition United National Party (UNP) stormed into the Sri Lankan parliament early this morning in protest against Speaker Anura Bandaranaike's decision not to challenge the prorogation of parliament by his sister,President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

Mr.Mahinda Samarasinghe MP,said that about half of the party's 88 MPs had broken through the barriers outside the parliament complex and reached the main building by 8 am.The MPs planned to hold a protest meeting inside the complex.Paliament has the offices of the various political parties, and the UNP could legitimately enter and hold a meeting,it was argued.

The 115 member opposition,led by the UNP, had submitted a memorandum to the Speaker last week, urging him to disobey the prorogation and have the debate on the no-confidence motion as scheduled on July 16.UNP's legal expert Mr.K.N.Choksey had argued that the President's right to prorogue parliament should be read with the other provisions that she should be responsible to parliament and that the right to exercise discretion was not absolute.Her actions would have to be manifestly bonafide.In this case, she had prorogued the house even as the majority of the members of the house (115 out of 225) had signed a petition supporting the taking up of the motion of no-confidence on July 16.The prorogation was done to prevent a debate on the no-confidence motion in which defeat seemed certain,Mr.Choksey said.

However, on Sunday,the Speaker said in a written communication to the Leader of the opposition,Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe,that while the motives for the prorogation was questionable,he had no constitutional power to over rule it.It was the President's prerogative to prorogue the house.He also pointed out that as per Art.70 (4) of the Constitution,all the unfinished business prior to the prorogation of parliament could be taken up after the house meets at the lapse of prorogation on September 7.In other words,he said that there was no need to precipitate a President - Parliament confrontation when parliament could very well pick up the threads as regards the no-trust motion on September 7.
Published: Sun Jul 15 22:50:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Cricket: Kiwis crush Sri Lanka tour opener
Yahoo Singapore, 17 July 2001. New Zealand steamrolled hosts Sri Lanka's second-string side by 164 runs in a one-day practice match on Monday. The Kiwis, preparing for the triangular series against India and Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday, piled up 293 for six from their stipulated 50 overs before bowling Sri Lanka A out for 129. More...
Published: Mon Jul 16 21:42:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Three seriously hurt in beach fight
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 15 July, 2001, 23:25 GMT 00:25 UK . One of them is said to be in a critical condition. Police say the incident at Wells-next-the-Sea is believed to have involved about 30 members of a 5,000-strong group of Sri Lankan Tamils making a pilgrimage to the nearby Christian shrines at Walsingham. More...
Published: Mon Jul 16 08:11:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cracks Widen In Sri Lanka's Main Opposition Party: Paper
Nothern Light, Monday, July 16, 2001 12:08 AM EST . COLOMBO, Jul 16, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Cracks in Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has widened since Saturday when the party came to know about a secret meeting between party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Chandrika Kumaratunga earlier this month over the current constitutional crisis, the state-run Daily News said on Monday. The paper said that UNP Deputy Leaders Karu Jayasuriya and Gamini Athukorale were disturbed that Wickemasinghe had attended the secret talks on July 4 without informing them. With the government losing its majority in Parliament and Kumaratunga proroguing Parliament and calling for referendum on August 21 on a new constitution, Wickremesinghe had reportedly proposed to the president the establishment of government based on the French model for a lasting democratic governance in the war-torn country. More...
Published: Mon Jul 16 02:43:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan opposition vows civil disobedience
Dawn, COLOMBO, July 15. Sri Lanka's Parliamentary Speaker Anura Bandaranaike refused Sunday to defy his sister, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and allow an opposition bid to topple her government. Bandaranaike said he was not empowered to reconvene the assembly, which Kumaratunga has suspended for two months to avoid a no-trust vote her government was almost certain to lose. More...
Published: Mon Jul 16 02:53:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

MPs enter at Sri Lanka parliament after stand-off
123india, july 16. Opposition MPs dismantled police barriers to enter Sri Lanka's parliament Monday after Speaker Anura Bandaranaike refused to defy a Presidential decree suspending the assembly.Police had blocked access roads and prevented legislators from going into the tightly-guarded assembly building located on a man-made lake island.Speaker Anura Bandaranaike stepped into avert a full-scale clash between police and parliamentarians by ordering that MPs and assembly staff should have unimpeded access to the premises. More...
Published: Mon Jul 16 00:14:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Police block MPs at Sri Lanka parliament
123india, july 16. Opposition legislators were locked out of Sri Lanka's parliament building Monday as Speaker Anura Bandaranaike refused to defy a Presidential decree suspending the assembly. Legislators from the opposition United National Party removed police barriers to move into the parliament compound but they were unable to get into the locked building, an opposition MP said."We have asked the secretary general to open the building and allow us in," opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said by mobile phone. More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 22:58:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Parliamentary speaker says he cannot summon parliament
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2115 slt 15.07.01. Parliamentary speaker Anura Bandaranaike today informed Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that he had no powers to summon parliament ignoring the two month prorogation by his sister President Chandrika Bandaranaike. Last week leaders of opposition political parties requested the Speaker to summon parliament tomorrow as schedules saying the prorogation while a no confidence motion was pending was illegal. 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: Sun Jul 15 11:23:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Speaker stands by presidential sister in Sri Lanka political crisis
123india, july 15. Sri Lanka's Parliamentary Speaker Anura Bandaranaike refused Sunday to defy his sister, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, and allow an opposition bid to topple her government.Bandaranaike said he was not empowered to reconvene the assembly, which Kumaratunga has suspended for two months to avoid a no-trust vote her government was almost certain to lose.The announcement came as opposition legislators called a "civil disobedience" campaign against Kumaratunga's move and said they would still meet in the parliament building Monday as an act of defiance More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 12:46:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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G. L. slams legality of referendum
Sunday Leader, 15 July . Constitutional Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris has informed President Chandrika Kumaratunga that the question framed by the government to be placed before the people at a referendum on a new constitution cannot be legally defended due to lack of clarity.Minister Peiris also told the president the results of the proposed referendum will have no legal validity due to the vagueness of the question posed and that constitutional law expert, President's Counsel H. L. de Silva was of the same opinion. The question posed by the government at the referendum scheduled for August 21 reads, "Are you in agreement with the proposal that the country needs a new constitution, which is nationally important and an essential requirement." More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 15:47:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Twenty seven AIDS cases reported in first six months
CDN, july 16. Twenty seven new AIDS cases have been reported during the first six months of this year, thereby increasing the number of total reported cases upto 385 including six children, Health authorities said. Out of these, 146 reported AIDS cases are women and of them, 50 per cent have been employed abroad," officials said. More...
Published: Mon Jul 16 00:21:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Indian media lambasts Chandrika for suspending parliament
The Island, july 16. Leading Indian newspapers have lambasted Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga for suspending parliament, and have warned that, with parliament shut down, the battle for political supremacy in the war-ravaged island-nation may well shift to the streets. More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 23:06:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Student in mental hospital following attack by Ranatunga
south nexus, July 16. A student was admitted to a mental hospital after he began behaving strangely following an alleged attack by Sri Lanka's former Cricket Skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and his brother, an official said here. The 17-year-old was among six students who were alleged to have been assaulted by Arjuna Ranatunga and his brother on March 3, said Ashoka Vidyalaya's principal M D Gunadasa. Several students were hurt, with one sustaining head injuries. Gunadasa declined to provide the name of the student admitted to the mental hospital. He said, the boy had begun pretending to be a member of the Ranatunaga family and started threatening to assault people. More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 19:18:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Opposition Threatens To Impeach President-Kyodo
Yahoo Singapore, Sunday July 15, 9:15 PM. Sri Lankan opposition parties plan to impeach President Chandrika Kumaratunga over her suspension of parliament for two months, claiming the move was an abuse of power aimed at avoiding defeat in a planned no-confidence motion, according to opposition lawmakers, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported. Speaker Anura Bandaranaike, who is Kumaratunga's brother, has delayed a decision on the opposition demand, which he had earlier said would be made Saturday. The speaker has consulted leading constitutional lawyers and his ruling is expected to be "legalistic," a lawyer on his team who asked not to be named, told Kyodo. More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 11:25:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition vows civil disobedience against president, Jul 15 2001 15:16 IST. Sri Lanka's opposition vowed Sunday to pursue a "civil disobedience" campaign to protest against President Chandrika Kumaratunga's suspension of parliament, ordered to avoid near certain defeat of her government. The opposition parties, representing a broad spectrum from the hard left to the ultra right, united Sunday to press for the reconvening of parliament, which Kumaratunga has suspended until September 7. More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 10:29:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Muslims, police clash in Sri Lanka town after shooting, Jul 15 2001 12:28 IST. Muslims staging a protest against the alleged killing of two students by police commandos battled with police in a Sri Lankan town on Sunday, local officials said. Police armoured personnel carriers (APCs) were used to remove barricades placed by residents in Kalmunai, 390 kilometres (240 miles) east of the capital, an official said. More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 10:32:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Minister approves Cricket team without changes
south nexus, July 16. Sri Lanka's Sports Ministry approved the 15-man cricket team as named by the national selectors last week to play in the forthcoming one-day triangular series against India and New Zealand, despite its reservations over the omission of one player.The team: Sanath Jayasuriya (captain), Marvan Atapattu, Mahela Jayawardena, Russell Arnold, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Avishka Gunawardena, Kumar Sangakkara, Chamara Silva, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, Dilhara Fernando, Suresh Perera, Kumar Dharmasena and Dulip Liyanage. More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 19:20:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Briton arrested in Sri Lanka on child-sex charges
MSNBC, july 15. Sri Lankan police said on Sunday they had arrested a British tourist on child sex charges. The 45-year-old man was taken into custody after he was found in the company of a boy during a raid on a hotel in the capital Colombo, said an officer of the Police Women and Children Bureau. 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. More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 10:37:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan President suspends parliament to avoid no-confidence vote
WSWS, july 15. “Political campaigns have already been launched, either directly or couched in sophistry, but the fact is that the schism of vituperative politics is tearing the social fabric apart. The craving for office and the resultant almost karmic yearning to cling to powers, privileges and perks of power, have resulted in a demonic process in which political leaders are focused on grabbing power and retaining power and nothing else. To hell with governance, to hell with the economy and the war, it is the continued political existence of the legislators that matters More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 10:46:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka clears Ranatunga, De Silva of match-fixing charges
Yahoo Singapore, july 15. Sri Lanka's former Test skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and his deputy Aravinda de Silva were cleared of match-fixing charges due to "inadequate and untested" evidence, the investigator said.The cricketing duo were cleared after an eight-month investigation conducted by Desmond Fernando, a lawyer by profession and Sri Lanka's representative in the Code of Conduct Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC). More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 11:40:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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One billion rupees for a vague question
Sunday Times , July 15. The August 21 referendum — described by critics as meaningless or non-binding — will cost at least Rs. 600 million in public funds and probably upto one billion rupees if transport, security and other costs are added. Elections Department officials said the estimate of Rs. 600 million was based on the amounts spent for the two national elections last year. More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 02:11:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ashish Nehra to prove lethal in Sri Lanka
NDTV/MSNBC, july 15. "Sri Lanka has batsmen friendly pitches, but you can be successful anywhere if you bowl a tight line and length. So I will try and do the same and perform better," said Ashish Nehra.Nehra was the most successful bowler from either side in Zimbabwe with 11 wickets in two Test matches. He still has a long way to go before he becomes a complete bowler, with his one-day performance not up to standard with just four wickets in four matches, despite bowling well More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 02:35:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker to Give Ruling on Prorogation
People's Daily, Saturday, July 14, 2001, updated at 15:31(GMT. Sri Lanka 's Parliament Speaker Anura Bandaranaike is to give a ruling on Saturday on whether or not to summon parliament next Monday which was requested by opposition party members. The oppositions party members excluding the JVP or People's Liberation Front handed over a signed letter to Bandaranaike on Friday, requesting him to convene Parliament on Monday as scheduled. The letter says that the prorogation of Parliament ordered by President Chandrika Kumaratunga was to avoid debating of the no- confidence motion when majority of 115 members had requested in writing to debate on it on July 18. Parliament is entitled to examine the validity of the president's order under the constitution, it added. More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 00:44:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

India head for Sri Lanka without Tendulkar
Times of India (Breaking News), 16 July 2001. India will be without Sachin Tendulkar and under heavy pressure to snap a three-year losing streak in one-day finals when they leave for Sri Lanka on Monday. The Indian team will be playing their second three-nation series in less than a month when they face New Zealand and hosts Sri Lanka in the tournament starting on Wednesday. More...
Published: Sun Jul 15 19:55:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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