The Lanka Academic

JULY 17, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 102

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Journalists protest against presidential security division
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 3.00pm SLT, July 17, 2001. A journalist hangs posters in front of Fort railway station claiming "Two years since attack on photojournalists by PSD. Culprits at large!? during a protest against the government's inaction regarding an attack on photojournalists by the presidential security division two years ago. At least two photojournalists were wounded and several photographers had their cameras snatched. The photojournalists were covering an opposition protest at the time. The then Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera accepted later that the attack was done by the PSD.

Published: Tue Jul 17 05:03:16 EDT 2001

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Sihala Urumaya will not support impeachment
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.25 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 17. The Sihala Urumaya today said they would not support an impeachment motion against President Chandrika Kumaratunge. Party Leader, Tilak Karunaratne, addressing a press conference said today the party firmly believes that the present constitution protects the unitary status of Sri Lanka. As a result Karunaratne asserted the executive presidency must also continue.

The party will not support a change in the present constitution. Karunaratne added however that the Sihala Urumaya condemned the recent actions of President Chandrika Kumaratunge for suspending parliamentary sittings and calling for a non binding referendum to bring in a new constitution.
Published: Tue Jul 17 12:35:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

JVP writes to President
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.20 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 17. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today wrote to President Chandrika Kumaratunge requesting her to reconvene parliament and observe democratic principles in the country.

The JVP has further asked the President to abolish the Executive Presidency and revert to a parliamentary system of governance.
Published: Tue Jul 17 12:35:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Free Media Movement demonstrates against PSD
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.35 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 17. Members of the Free Media Movement today held a demonstration in Colombo protesting against members of the Presidential Security Division whom the movement said had threatened journalists outside the Parliamentary complex yesterday.

The incident had taken place when police personnel and members from the PSD had attempted to stop the press from covering a forced entry by members of parliament to the House last morning. According to the FMM, the PSD had allegedly threatened reporters with death.
Published: Tue Jul 17 12:35:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Alliance for Democracy unites opposition political parties
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.30 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 17. Except for the JVP all opposition parties have collectively joined forces to counter President Chandrika Kumaratunge's arbitrary decision last week to prorogue parliament and call a referendum.

Calling themselves the Alliance to protect Democracy the joint opposition parties today met and decided they would all take to the streets and muster public support to counter the dictatorial decision of the president. A mass street campaign has been scheduled for Thursday July 19.

UNP Leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe told the gathering today that the nation must now unite as one to protest against the violation of all democratic principles in the country by Kumaratunge.

Wickremasinghe alleged that the president has even given orders to the police to stop parliamentarians from entering Parliament premises.

Yesterday, an ugly scene was enacted outside the parliamentary complex when the police attempted to stop MPs from entering the House. The members however forced their way through police barricades, pushing the iron bars to the ground before continuing.
Published: Tue Jul 17 12:35:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Final phase in census count
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 17. The final phase in a census statistics will commence at 6 p.m. (SLT) today. All business and trading establishments were asked to work only until noon today so workers could return to their homes well in time for the census to begin.

The public have been asked to restrict their movements this evening, and stay at home in order that they be counted. All public transport will cease after 6 p.m. today, while persons from the census department are expected to visit homes between 6 p.m. and 12 midnight this evening.
Published: Tue Jul 17 09:05:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

As politicians posture, Lankan economy skids
Asia Times, July 18, 2001. Sri Lanka is once again heading into a political quagmire as the government and opposition forces battle for the hearts and minds of voters ahead of a snap referendum called by President Chandrika Kumaratunga.As the country gets ready for the August 21 referendum, called to ascertain whether the people want a new constitution, political analysts and economists say Sri Lanka is going downhill and facing months of uncertainty. Meanwhile, the Norwegian-backed peace process has been placed on the backburner for the second time in eight months with the government's preoccupations elsewhere. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 11:45:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SMIC says suicide bombers have arrived in Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 17. A media release from the Special Media Information Center said today that the LTTE have sent a number of suicide bombers to Colombo to assassinate leaders of political parties and military commanders.

The State media institution did not however state how it had gathered this information. The press release was issued two days before opposition political parties plan to bring out thousands of people in protest marches against President Kumaratunge's decision to prorogue Parliament and hold a referendum.
Published: Tue Jul 17 09:05:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises assassination fears amid political turmoil, Jul 17 2001 12:32 IST. Tamil Tiger rebels have sent suicide bombers to the Sri Lankan capital in an attempt to assassinate political leaders amid the current political instability, the government said Tuesday. The government's Special Media Information Centre said separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas had already infiltrated Colombo in readiness to carry out suicide attacks. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 08:48:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

July 17 (20 :41) 'Dogs tied, gates open' as Sri Lanka begins head count - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, July 17. Sri Lanka dusted off a 20-year-old slogan to encourage people to cooperate with census officials, advising them to ''tie their dogs, keep the gates open, leave a light on and stay awake'' Tuesday night when the enumerator comes round between 6 p.m. and midnight. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 09:12:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

No census in Jaffna and LTTE held areas
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 5.41 PM SLT Tuesday July 17, 2001. While the rest of the island was getting ready for the final headcount this evening,with shops,offices and other establishments closing early to let people reach home by 6 pm,there was no sign of the census enumeration in Jaffna and the LTTE-held territories in the North and East.

The Director General of Census Mr.D.G.W.Nanayakkara said that no census related work could take place in Jaffna and other LTTE controlled areas because the government staff engaged in the work were threatened by the LTTE.It was earlier announced that international agencies like ICRC and UNHCR would do the job for the government,but persistent opposition to the census resulted in these organisations not being co-opted.

The non-LTTE Tamil parties too had opposed the census operations in the North.Even the Eelam Peoples' Democratic Party (EPDP),which is part of the government,opposed the census in the Jaffna peninsula.An EPDP spokesman had told the press that President Chandrika Kumaratunga had agreed to exempt Jaffna from the operations.

The Tamil parties were opposing the census on the grounds that a headcount now would be detrimental to their interests.Thousands of Tamils who had fled the area due to war and want in the last 17 to 18 years and who may like to come back when peace is restored,will not be included in the count.Since the number of parliamentary seats and some other entitlements from the state are based on population,a low census count will result in the reduction of the number of parliamentary seats and other entitlements.

According to the last census in 1981,Jaffna district had a population of 830,000.According to Tamil sources,the estimated population now is 450,000.Government puts it at 500,000.According to Tamil sources,the LTTE held parts of the Wanni,from Mannar in the west to Mullaitivu in the east and from Vavuniya in the south to Kilinochi in the north, have about 300,000.About 25% of Batticaloa district and 15% of Trincomalee district are in LTTE hands,these sources say.

Sri Lanka's population growth had come down from a peak of 2.84% in 1953 to 1.67% in 1981,Mr.Satharasinghe said.The estimated population growth rate in 1999 was even lower, at 1.4%.In 1901,the total population was only 3.5 million.It is now 5 to 6 times that with the estimate being 19 to 20 million.

The latest detailed figures pertain to 1999, when the Crude Birth Rate per 1000 population was 17.5, and the Crude Death Rate per 1000 population was 6.0.Infant Mortality per 1000 live births was 15.9 in 1997.
Published: Tue Jul 17 07:40:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan Govt Allows Free Media Access to War Areas
People's Daily, 17 July 2001. The Sri Lankan government lifted on Monday restrictions placed on media personnel to travel to the war-torn north and east of the island country, the state-run Daily News reported on Tuesday. The Special Media Information Center said in a statement that journalists who intend to report activities and civil life in the war areas are now free to travel there. Earlier, approval from the Defense Ministry had to be obtained to enter these areas. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 05:06:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Opposition plans protest rally
Hindu, 18 July 2001. The Opposition parties in Sri Lanka are gearing to stage a mammoth demonstration here on Thursday to protest against the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga's decision to prorogue Parliament and hold a referendum which they described as ``unnecessary.'' ``We are telling the people, whatever else they are doing on Thursday, they must join the demonstration. Democracy is under threat and we must come together to protect it,'' said Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the United National Party, at a joint press conference of seven political parties. Significantly, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was not represented at the press conference. The main demand of the Opposition parties is that Parliament be reconvened. ``Chandrika Kumaratunga has shut down Parliament, she has called for a referendum which in our view is not necessary. These are the first danger signals for democracy,'' Mr. Wickremesinghe said. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 19:38:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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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 Back to the top
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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

Sri Lanka Cricket Board keeps Ranatunga, De Silva guessing
Yahoo India, 17 July 2001. Sri Lanka's Cricket Board today said it needed three weeks for a final ruling on the outcome of a match-fixing probe against former Test skipper Arjuna Ranatunga and his deputy Aravinda de Silva. The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) said the findings made public yesterday by the lone investigator who "cleared" the two players could not be considered as final. The BCCSL's interim president Vijaya Malalasekara said the Board had agreed to keep the International Cricket Council informed before going public on the inquiry conducted by investigator Desmond Fernando. In a report leaked yesterday, Fernando said Ranatunga and De Silva were cleared of match-fixing charges due to "inadequate and untested" evidence and that he was completely satisfied with their testimony. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 00:20:00 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

Malaysia to host Tamil Internet 2001
Yahoo Singapore, 17 July 2001. Malaysia will play host next month to Tamil Internet 2001 (TI 2001), an international conference and exposition that will focus on standards and issues on the development of Tamil-based Internet services and content. The event, the fourth in the series, began in Singapore in 1997. This year's conference, with its theme Pathways to Progress, will look into the development and use of the Internet within the worldwide "Tamil Diaspora", said exhibition director A B Naicker. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 05:24:14 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

Series will be tough for Sri Lanka, says Jayasuriya
Yahoo Asia, 17 July 2001. Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya says he does not think his team are favourites to win the triangular one-day cricket series, starting here on Wednesday. "There are no favourites," he said on Monday night. "It is going to be tough for us though we are playing at home. We will have to play very hard to win this tournament." The tournament opens on Wednesday with a day-night game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. India are the third team involved. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 08:05:28 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

After a tough Safari, India sail into turbulent Sri Lanka waters
Yahoo India, 17 July 2001. The focus in Indian sports to some extent will be on the Indian cricketers who have embarked on a tour to Sri Lanka. Saurav Ganguly-led team left Chennai for Sri Lanka this afternoon. The 15-member team will be play a tri-angular one-day series versus Sri Lanka and New Zealand followed by a three-Test match series against the home team during the seven-week tour. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 05:09:07 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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Cricket-Ganguly foresees tough tour of Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, 17 July 2001. India are anticipating a tough tour of Sri Lanka and will miss their injured batsman Sachin Tendulkar, captain Saurav Ganguly said before the team left for Colombo on Monday. Ganguly's team will play a triangular one-day tournament against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, starting on Wednesday, followed by a three-match test series against their hosts. "Sri Lanka are a good team under home conditions. New Zealand are also a very good one-day side and are currently the ICC trophy champions ... so it will be a hard tour," Ganguly told a news conference. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 00:23:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Ctrl Bk Lifts Deposit Rule On Fwd Dlr Activity
Yahoo India, 17 July 2001. Sri Lanka's central bank Monday lifted a regulation imposed on forward dollar activity on the foreign exchange market, which was aimed at curbing the rupee's slide against the dollar. A senior bank official told Dow Jones Newswires the bank had decided to withdraw the rule as it was comfortable with current rupee trading levels. "We don't see any reason why we should continue to keep the regulation," he said. More...
Published: Tue Jul 17 00:25:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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

Sri Lanka's Opposition/Parliament -2: No Injuries
Yahoo Singapore, Mon 16th June 07:00GMT. Opposition lawmakers forced their way past police barricades and into Sri Lanka's suspended Parliament Monday, defying the president's order barring them from the building, an opposition lawmakerPolicemen lined the road leading to Parliament when about 80 opposition lawmakers forced their way past barricades. No one was hurt. The incident occurred a day after Anura Bandaranaike, Parliament's speaker and Kumaratunga's brother, turned down an opposition demand to reconvene the suspended legislature. More...
Published: Mon Jul 16 03:11:05 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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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

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