The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 19, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 104

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Police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at opposition processions
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 2.30pm SLT, July 19, 2001. A supporter of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) throws a tear gas cylinder back towards the police after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets during a protest march close to Peliyagoda police station on the Colombo- Kandy main road, one of the entry points to Colombo city. The government called out the army to help police to block tens of thousands of protesters from entering the capital for a demonstration against the suspension of parliament. At least two men were killed and more than 30 protesters were wounded during the Street battles. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 08:29:15 EDT 2001
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Sri Lanka Opposition To Meet Fri,Wants Democracy Restored
Yahoo Singapore, Friday July 20, 1:37 AM. A Sri Lanka opposition leader, trying to force President Chandrika Kumaratunga to re-summon the Parliament she suspended on July 11, said he and other leaders would meet Friday to plan their next action. Earlier Thursday, they said they would send 100,000 protesters into the streets to cripple the capital or make Kumaratunga face a no-confidence vote. "We will take our campaign to every village, this is just the beginning," Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the main opposition United National Party, told reporters. He accused the government of trying to kill him during Thursday's protest, one of the biggest since Kumaratunga came to power in 1994. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 21:18:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Have your Say.!!!
The Lanka Academic, july 19. Dear Academic Readers We regret the unfortunate events and loss of lives during todays events in Sri Lanka. You may discuss your views and comments with fellow Academic readers by using the Letters to the Editor feature on the frontpage.
Published: Thu Jul 19 13:35:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition leader says police fired on him at rally
123India.com, Jul 19 2001 12:40 IST. COLOMBO, July 19 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Thursday accused the police of trying to assassinate him during a mass anti-government rally here Wickremesinghe, a former prime minister, said he was saved by his bodyguards who pushed him to the floor of a jeep and whisked him away as police began firing at crowds in southeastern Colombo. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 07:38:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Government "sorry" for the death of two youth
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 19/07/01 1805GMT. Sri Lanka’s Peoples’ Alliance (PA) government expressed its sorrow over the death of two protesters in Colombo, saying that this is something that the main opposition United National Party (UNP) has anticipated. Making the first comment after the shootings at UNP protesters, "The police never deliberately shoot aiming at any individual. They made it clear that the protesters needed special permission" government’s spokesman and Media minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa told BBC’s Sandeshaya programme. Asked whether he condemns the police action, the minister refused to comment as he did not see the autopsy report.
Published: Thu Jul 19 14:09:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Two killed, 30 injured in Sri Lanka protests
yahoo, july 19. At least two people were killed and another 30 seriously injured Thursday after police fired on them to break up anti-government protests, doctors said.The Colombo National Hospital said two men wounded in a police shooting died after admission while the condition of three others was "very critical."Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was among those wounded when police fired at his vehicle as it approached the main rally venue at Colombo's Maradana area More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 07:11:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Street battles in Colombo, police target opposition leader
123India.com, Jul 19 2001 20:23 IST. Sri Lanka's capital was turned into a battlefield Thursday as police fought thousands of anti-government demonstrators, killing two and wounding more than 70, officials said. Opposition parties immediately united to condemn police attacks that were also directed at bystanders, including elderly women who were dragged out of three-wheel taxis and baton-charged. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 13:09:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Protesters Battle Police in Sri Lankan Capital
Reuters, 19 July. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan police fired teargas and rubber bullets on Thursday during street battles with protesters pouring into the capital for a banned demonstration against the suspension of parliament. Opposition officials said thousands of protesters, dressed in black and white and chanting funeral slogans, gathered near the rally site in Maradana close to the town center, but were unable to hold the rally because of teargas attacks.Police fired round after round of teargas in an attempt to block protesters in the country's biggest anti-government rally since President Chandrika Kumaratunga was elected in 1994. Two people were killed and more than 40 injured, mostly by rubber bullets and baton charges, Hector Weerasinghe, director of Colombo's National Hospital, said. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 09:22:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Supporters of the main opposition UNP carry an injured man
Yahoo, 19 June 2001. Supporters of the main opposition United National Party carry an injured man after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets in to crowds during a protest march outside Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, July 19, 2001. The government called out the army to help police block tens of thousands of protesters from demonstrating in the capital against the suspension of parliament. (AP Photo) More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 08:29:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka protest turns violent
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 19 July, 2001, 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK . At least one person has been killed in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, after police broke up a big anti-government rally. Thousands of opposition activists led by the United National Party (UNP) defied a police ban to protest against the suspension of parliament by the government. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets against the demonstrators, but then resorted to live ammunition. Twenty-five people were seriously wounded with three people said to be in a critical condition. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 06:53:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Thousands more - join anti government protestors
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.40 p.m. SLT Thursday July 19. Upto 15,000 anti government demonstrators who broke through two police barriers on the Kandy road are being held back at Peliyagoda bridge by police who have barricaded the roads.

Using massive container lorries, tear gas and rubber bullets the cops are desperately trying to keep thousands of angry demonstrators at bay.

Thousands of opposition supporters are still joining the demonstrators from various parts of the country.

Lacnet News Correspondent, Waruna Karunatilleke says the scene is a battlefield as hundreds of cops have been mobilized to stop the demonstrators. The police are faced with a mammoth task, finding it near impossible to prevent the thousands of protestors from reaching Maradana and the New Town Hall.
Published: Thu Jul 19 02:45:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Demonstrator's smash through police barricades
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.20 p.m. SLT Thursday July 19. Groups of opposition protestors have entered various parts of the city despite massive police blockades at city entry points.

Demonstrators fought running battles with the police who were firing volumes of tear gas in a bid to disperse large numbers of demonstrators.

Waruna Karunatilleke, reporting from the scene says that in the latest attacks police fired tear gas at Park Road in Colombo 5 where thousands of demonstrators had earlier broken through police barriers.
Published: Thu Jul 19 02:26:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Police fire teargas to scuttle opposition rally in Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, 19 July 2001. Sri Lankan police fired teargas and rubber bullets on Thursday to try to enforce a ban on rallies and force back thousands pouring into the capital for a huge opposition protest against the suspension of parliament. Witnesses said teargas was used at six access points the crowds were using to move towards a planned mass protest in the centre of Colombo. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 05:39:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

WRAP: Sri Lankan Protester Dead, 27 Hurt In Army Clash
Yahoo Singapore, july 19. Police used batons, tear gas and rubber bullets to block tens of thousands of people from marching into the capital Thursday to protest against the suspension of parliament. At least one protester was killed, bleeding to death from what appeared to be a rubber bullet wound, and 27 injured by police truncheons and rubber bullets, said doctors at the city's two largest hospitals. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 07:03:48 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka police fire teargas amid mass demonstrations
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, July 19 1:12 PM SGT . Police fired teargas Thursday to hold back opposition activists defying a government ban on a march into the tightly guarded Sri Lankan capital Colombo, witnesses said. Heavy teargas attacks were taking place at three entry points to the capital with at least one man seriously wounded in a police shooting, a local radio station reported. An opposition legislator was also wounded when a teargas shell hit him. Thousands of opposition supporters carrying black and white flags dismantled police barricades along three main roads to the capital and were steadily marching towards their meeting venue. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 05:28:42 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka scraps India, New Zealand matches at newest venue
Yahoo India, july 19. Sri Lanka's cricket chiefs on Thursday removed the country's newest stadium as a venue for the ongoing triangular series amidst fears of protests by disgruntled construction contractors.The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) said the matches involving the home side, India and New Zealand will not be played at the Dambulla international stadium, 150 kilometrs (93 miles) north of Colombo More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 07:02:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Street battles ensue - Estate workers also stage strike in support of opposition marches
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.15 p.m. SLT Thursday July 19. Police this morning fired dozens of tear gas canisters close to the Narahenpita junction on the Narahenpita - Nawala road to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators.

The demonstrator's who were tear gassed first at Nugegoda two hours ago regrouped and marched from Nugegoda to Nawala junction and was heading towards Narahenpita junction when the police intercepted them.

Street battles are ensuing as the protestors are determined to reach the New Town Hall where opposition leaders are scheduled to address a massive gathering this afternoon. Fighting the cops, thousands of demonstrators are determined to walk to the New Town Hall and Maradana.

The marches have been organized by the Alliance for the Protection of Democracy and are led by leaders and MPs of the main opposition United National Party.

Some five persons have so far been injured as a result of the tear gas and rubber bullets fired by police and have been rushed to the General Hospital and the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital for treatment.

Estate workers in the upcountry tea plantations have also staged a one day token strike in support of the protest marches in Colombo.
Published: Thu Jul 19 02:26:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Police begin breaking up opposition processions
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.55 a.m. SLT Thursday July 19. Police this morning fired tear gas at about 1000 opposition demonstrators at Peliyagoda. While opposition parties move into motion a plan to bring out thousands of people onto the streets today a large police presence is apparent everywhere in and around Colombo and her suburbs.

A massive police presence on the Negombo road awaiting a contingent of people from Wattala stopped the demonstrators at Peliyagoda by firing tear gas at the protestors.

Police Chief, Lucky Kodituwakku under orders from President Chandrika Kumaratunge to stop the marches, says the police are prepared for any eventuality and will prevent the procession from reaching its target point at Maradana.

Armed policemen travelling in police trucks can be seen at all entry points to the city and her suburbs.
Published: Wed Jul 18 23:57:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Panel to probe 1983 riots named
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 9.30 AM SLT Thursday,July 19,2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has named the members of a three man commission which will inquire into the 1983 anti-Tamil riots in Colombo and other parts of the island.

The commission will be chaired by former Chief Justice S.Sharavananda,a Tamil; Mr.M.M.Zuhair PC,a Muslim; and Mr.S.S.Sahabandhu PC,a Sinhala.

The demand for such a panel had been made by Mr.K.S.Ganeshamoorthy,a Tamil Deputy Minister for Ethnic Affairs.

The commission,which has been directed to submit its report within three months,will find out what led to the pogrom and the killings,who all led and organised them,what kind of damage they caused to property and how the victims could be compensated now,what the riots did to the multi-ethnic social fabric of Sri Lanka and what could be done to prevent such a catastrophe in the future.

However,the panel would not seek penal action against any of the alleged perpetrators because the objective was not a witch hunt,said the Minister for Ethnic Affairs,Mr.Athauda Seneviratne."The idea is to educate the people about the dangers posed by ethnic extremism and intolerance," he explained.According to his deputy,Mr.Ganeshamoorthy,assessment of damage with a view to paying compensation to the victims is an important aim of the inquiry.He said that he had mooted the idea of having a probe into the 1983 progrom after the government announced that it would compensate the victims of the anti-Muslim riots in Mawanella earlier this year.
Published: Wed Jul 18 23:35:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lanka opposition to defy ban
BBC, Wed 18 July 2001 16:45GMT. The main opposition party in Sri Lanka, the United National Party (UNP), says it plans to hold a big anti-government demonstration despite a police ban. The UNP General Secretary, Gamini Atukorale, said they were going ahead with plans to hold several demonstrations culminating in a rally in the capital, Colombo, on Thursday. He said if the government tried to prevent the event by declaring a curfew, then the UNP would just postpone their protest by a day. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 12:48:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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As politicians posture, Lankan economy skids
Asia Times, July 19. By Feizal Samath COLOMBO - 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: Thu Jul 19 07:41:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Police Cordon Off Capital To Prevent Protests
Yahoo India, 19 July 2001. Police used buses and jeeps to blockade all entrances to the center of Sri Lanka's capital Thursday and fired tear gas to prevent opposition parties from protesting the suspension of parliament. Using emergency laws designed to combat an 18-year guerrilla war, police said they would arrest anyone who tried to demonstrate. Hundreds of heavily armed officers set up a cordon around Colombo, blocking all traffic and chasing away demonstrators who tried to walk in. Police fired tear gas in two places when the demonstrators breached the cordon. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 05:55:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Street crush of protest threatens Sri Lanka
CNN, Wed 18 July 2001 17:00GMT. Sri Lanka appears to be slipping into further unrest as a drawn-out ethnic war takes a back seat to deepening political uncertainty. More than 15 parties from across the political spectrum say they will cripple the capital Colombo with tens of thousands of supporters on Thursday, despite a police ban and arrest warnings. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 13:09:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sourav powers India to victory
Yahoo India, 19 July 2001. Powered by captain Sourav Ganguly’s unbeaten 75, off only 39 balls, India beat Sri Lanka A by three wickets in a warm-up game in Colombo today. Electing to bat first, Lanka A reached a tidy 261 for eight in their 50 overs and, then, forced a down-to-the-wire (last over) finish. Sourav, incidentally, batted at No.6. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 05:57:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka People's Bk Postpones Syndicated Loan Deal
Yahoo India, 19 July 2001. Sri Lanka's People's Bank, the smaller of the country's two state banks, said Thursday that it had postponed plans to raise around $50 million through a syndicated loan as it was comfortable with its liquidity position. Head of treasury, Vasantha Kumar, said the current political turmoil hadn't influenced the bank's decision to delay the launch, first scheduled for July and to be led by Mashreq Bank. More...
Published: Thu Jul 19 05:56:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka bans opposition rallies as 'bloodbath' scare raised
123India.com, Jul 18 2001 21:29 IST. Sri Lanka's opposition parties Wednesday vowed to defy a government ban and stage a mass demonstration against President Chandrika Kumaratunga's suspension of parliament. More than a dozen political parties, trade unions and professional groups said they would go ahead with their planned rally to pressure Kumaratunga to restore parliament. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 17:55:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Parliamentary speaker to leave the country-return date unknown
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1030 slt 18.07.01. Parliamentary speaker Anura Bandaranaike is to leave the country on Saturday without giving a date for his return. Opposition party leaders who requested him to call for a meeting of party leaders has been told that Mr.Bandaranaike who is the brother of President Kumaratunga would be going abroad on Saturday. Informed Opposition sources told Lacnet that their information was that the speaker would stay away from the country until the current political crisis is resolved. On Monday, the opposition decided to hand over a motion impeaching President Kumaratunga. The opposition which has 115 members in parliament needed the Speaker to accept the motion if it was to be valid. The Opposition needs two thirds of MPs in parliament to sign the motion for it to be valid without the speaker's consent. end
Published: Wed Jul 18 01:39:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Bombs go off at SLMC office in Kalmunai
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.10 p.m. SLT Wednesday July 18. Three bombs were thrown at the party office of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress in Kalmunai this morning at around 4.30 a.m.

There were no casualties. The building however has suffered extensive damages.

Leader for the SLMC, Rauf Hakeem today condemned the attack charging that since the political appointment of a new police Headquarters Inspector (HQI) for Kalmunai, this is the second serious incident in less than a week in the area.

Last Friday, policemen manning a checkpoint at Kalmunai shot dead two Muslim schoolboys, on suspicion that they were members of the LTTE. Hakeem says both attacks are a clear indication of police negligence and inaction. The SLMC leader asserts that he suspects the incidents are a result of some undemocratic and unruly elements backing the government which he charges is attempting to create trouble for the SLMC Chief.
Published: Wed Jul 18 10:10:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Jaffna: Have war, can't travel
Asia Times, July 19, 2001 . Armed soldiers and police patrol the streets of this war-torn city in northern Sri Lanka, checking the identities of children and older residents after threats by university students to disrupt schools.Last week, university authorities shut down the city's only university after continuous student protests over the arrest of a student by the army for alleged involvement with the rebels. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 17:56:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankans begin Coca-Cola cup with 16 run victory
Cricinfo, Wed 18th July 2001 16:30GMT. While the New Zealanders put on a brave face, there was little they could do to delay the inevitable loss by 16 runs. The Lankan spinners turned the screw tighter with every passing over. Adam Parore stuck around at the wicket as long as possible but could not really get after the bowling. With no answer to the off spinning questions of Muralitharan and Dharmasena the Kiwis fell short by 16 runs. Although that does not seem like a large margin, the fact that the target was a very manageable 221 helps put things in perspective. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 12:35:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Summit failure disappoints Lankan media
Times of India, Thursday . 19 July 2001

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan media on Wednesday expressed some disappointment over the failure of talks between Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pakistan's President Musharraf but hailed the meeting as a positive initiative that broke the ice between the neighbouring countries. "The outcome was more disappointing than expected with the two leaders failing even to agree on a joint communiqui," the independent Island newspaper said in an editorial on Wednesday. ``What was significant about the Agra summit was that it did take place two years since India refused to talk with President Musharraf after his military take-over. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 17:56:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Jets destroy eight LTTE boats
Press Trust of India, Wednesday, July 18, 2001. Sri Lankan Air Force jets destroyed eight LTTE boats off the coast of Mullaitivu in the north-eastern part of the island this morning, a defence spokesman said. The Navy spotted these boats, apparently ferrying supplies for the rebel organisation, and alerted the Air Force, which sent out combat jets to target them, he said. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 05:47:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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US warns Sri Lanka heading for civil unrest
123India.com, Jul 18 2001 12:56 IST. The United States has warned that Sri Lanka may be heading for "increased civil unrest" following President Chandrika Kumaratunga's suspension of parliament. The US embassy here said in a public announcement that it expected mass political demonstrations and advised US citizens to exercise caution when travelling to the Indian Ocean island."It appears that Sri Lanka may be entering a period of increased civil unrest and mass political demonstrations," the embassy said. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 05:24:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Police Prepare For Sri Lanka Protest; US Issues Advisory
Yahoo Singapore, 18 July 2001. Police were preparing on Wednesday for a planned siege of Sri Lanka's capital by thousands of opposition activists, and the U.S. Embassy cautioned that the nation may be entering a period of increased civil unrest. In violence apparently related to the political crisis, a bomb exploded in a regional office of the main Muslim party, slightly damaging parts of the building, a police official said. No one was injured by the home-made bomb, said Nimal Perera, assistant superintendent of police in Kalmunai, 220 kilometers east of Colombo. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 07:58:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Threats mar Sri Lanka census
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 18 July, 2001, 06:02 GMT 07:02 UK . Officials in Sri Lanka have carried out the country's first national census for 20 years. But threats by Tamil Tiger rebels meant they were unable to complete the operation in the north and east of the island, where it was claimed the census would give a distorted demographic picture due to the displacement of people because of the separatist conflict More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 05:27:41 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Informing Polls Chief of official stand on referendum: Only few political parties comply
Island, 18 July. Yesterday was the last day for political parties to inform the elections commissioner about their official stand on the referendum but only a few parties had complied by afternoon, elections officials said. "I am still waiting for the response of some parties," said Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake, declining to name those who had already informed him about their choice.Political parties are allocated television and radio time for campaigning on the basis of whether they support, oppose or are neutral about the referendum, the officials explained. The Referendum (Amendment) Act 17 of 1988 gives political parties seven days from the date of proclamation to indicate whether their decision was to back a lamp vote (yes) or pot vote (no). Based on this decision, and using a complex formula, the elections commissioner will allocate television and radio time for parties to campaign. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 03:49:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Central Bank Rate Cut
Yahoo Singapore, 18 July 2001. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka hopes to continue on a path of easing monetary policy but another cut in overnight interest rates is unlikely in the near term, the bank's deputy governor said Wednesday. "Another interest rate cut will come, but not immediately More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 07:56:56 EDT 2001 Back to the top

U.S. issues travel warning for Sri Lanka
MSNBC, 18 July 2001. The United States has issued a travel advisory for Sri Lanka ahead of planned opposition street protests on Thursday, warning its citizens about travel to the island in the wake of the suspension of parliament. The U.S. State Department announcement comes as more than than 15 parties from across the political spectrum said they would hold a protest march in the capital Colombo to denounce the suspension, which came ahead of a no-confidence vote in President Chandrika Kumaratunga's minority government. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 01:06:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan mother charged with murder in Canada
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 18/07/01 1135GMT. A Sri Lankan woman has been found with the bodies of her two children in the trunk of her car. Jasotha Mahendran, was lying semiconscious with the bodies of five year old Shiyami and three year old Sageev, in Canada. Police in Canada has filed first-degree murder charges against the thirty two year old Jasotha, who is now being treated in a hospital. Police, who treat this as a double murder-attempted suicide, have found a suicide note besides her late husband’s photograph.

Jasotha is said to be distraught over her husband’s sudden death last year and she was recently told by the doctors that one side of daughter Shyami’s body would never properly develop. Jasotha is believed to be suffering from severe depression after the death of her husband.
Published: Wed Jul 18 07:38:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lanka speeding up
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 18 July, 2001, 06:18 GMT 07:18 UK . Sri Lankan journalist Roshan Abeysinghe reflects a change of emphasis by the national selectors. Forward planning appears to be the order of the day in Sri Lankan cricket. After many years reliance on a concentrated assault with spin, the selectors have made a change of emphasis by including extra quicks in the squad for the triangular one-day series against India and New Zealand. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 05:29:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

INTERVIEW: Sri Lanka Ctrl Bk-Rate Cut -2: After Review
Yahoo India, Wednesday July 18, 1:56 PM. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--The Central Bank of Sri Lanka hopes to continue on a path of easing monetary policy but another cut in overnight interest rates is unlikely in the near term, the bank's deputy governor said Wednesday. "Another interest rate cut will come, but not immediately. We have already done a jumbo reduction, and further relaxation will come after we've reviewed the money supply and exchange rate scenario," Deputy Governor W.A. Wijewardena told Dow Jones Newswires in a telephone interview. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 07:40:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Threats mar Sri Lankan census
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 18 July, 2001, 06:02 GMT 07:02 UK . But threats by Tamil Tiger rebels meant they were unable to complete the operation in the north and east of the island, where it was claimed the census would give a distorted demographic picture due to the displacement of people because of the separatist conflict. Sri Lanka declared Tuesday a half holiday and schools were shut to ensure that people remained indoors when the head count was taken. More...
Published: Wed Jul 18 03:38:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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