The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 22, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 107

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'New constitution without two-thirds support'
Hindu, july 23. The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, today said she would bring in a new constitution even without the required two- thirds support in Parliament if she won the August 21 referendum. The exact means by which this would be achieved, would be ``disclosed later,'' she said, addressing a meeting of the delegates of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, which she heads. Ms. Kumaratunga said the new Constitution had several concessions for the Tamil community and wanted her party members to work towards winning back Tamil support for the PA. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 23:40:22 EDT 2001


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Sri Lanka's Leftist Party Plans Anti-government Rallies
People's Daily, Monday, July 23, 2001, updated at 09:23(GMT+8. Sri Lanka 's leftist JVP or People' s Liberation Front said on Sunday that it has planned to hold a series of rallies in the war-torn country to demand the reconvening of parliament prorogued by President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week. The JVP said it would hold rallies in 21 towns islandwide on Monday to pressure Kumaratunga to immediately reconvene parliament. The party also said that it opposed Kumaratunga's call for a referendum on a new constitution scheduled on August 21. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 23:36:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Censors News on Referendum
yahoo, July 22. The government warned local publications Sunday that printing or broadcasting any ``false'' news related to a coming referendum on the war-torn island's constitution could attract prosecution.An official notice did not call it a censorship, but said that news originating from ``any false statement'' made by a political party or a person on the conduct and management of the Aug. 21 referendum was banned.It did not say what the government meant by ``false statement'' nor did it specify the punishment for violating the order. Publication of any such news would be deemed illegal, it said. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 13:16:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lankan Oppn to protest change in Constitution
indiainfo, july 23. The joint Opposition in Sri Lanka has decided to oppose the August 21 Referendum seeking to change the country's Constitution and urge the people to pay no heed to the government's call for change. Opposition parties are to embark on a common plan of action by holding protest rallies and demonstrations throughout the island.At a meeting on July 20, Opposition parties decided to take on the government collectively to defeat the Referendum.Some leaders suggested a boycott of the Referendum, while the others felt that rejection by the public would hurt the government more. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 23:44:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Malwatte prelate condemns police action on UNP demo, says there’s no SLFP now
The Island , july 23. The Most Ven. Mahanayake Thera of Malwatte, Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi has expressed grave displeasure over the high-handed manner the PA government used force to crush the UNP led anti-government demonstration in Colombo last Thursday.In conversation with the Labour Minister Alavi Moulana last Saturday afternoon Ven. Sri Vipassi Mahanayake said the manner the police acted was so cruel that day that the ordinary police personnel could not face the people of this country. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 23:57:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Political turmoil takes the sunshine off Sri Lanka holidays
yahoo, july 22. Sri Lanka banked on foreign cricket teams to bring their cheer squads and fill empty hotel rooms, but unexpected political instability is playing spoil sport.When England came to Sri Lanka for a Test and One-day series, they brought an army of some 10,000 fans which helped the recession-hit tourism industry to hope for better times.Tourism Minister Lakshman Kiriella who also oversees sports, thought cricket could take a prominent place in promoting the island republic.But the gambit appears to have failed. Attempts to entice India and New Zealand fans to follow their national teams for the current tri-nation tournament here have flopped. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 23:51:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka beat India by six runs
Yahoo India, july 22. Sri Lanka beat India by six runs in their triangular one-day tournament match on Sunday. Scores: Sri Lanka 221-9 in 50 overs, India 215-7 in 50 overs. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 13:07:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka president vows to ram through reforms
MSNBC, july 22. Sri Lanka's embattled president vowed on Sunday to push through controversial constitutional reforms without parliamentary approval if she won a mandate at a referendum next month, state radio said. ''The present constitution could be amended without a two-thirds majority (in parliament). How this will be done will be revealed in due course,'' the radio quoted Kumaratunga as telling a meeting of ruling party delegates in Colombo. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 12:08:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Pro-democracy activists hold up Sri Lanka match
123India.com, Jul 22 2001 20:27 IST. Pro-democracy activists briefly held up India's innings in a one-day cricket international against Sri Lanka Sunday when they invaded the pitch in a protest against the government.Play was held up for a few minutes at the R. Premadasa Stadium as two men ran to the middle of the pitch and held up posters denouncing the government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga."Defeat dictatorship, madness and protect democracy," said a banner in English. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 12:04:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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PA's referendum campaign begins: Chandrika raps Doubting Thomases and hints at a good deal for minorities
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 4.04 PM SLT Sunday July 22,2001. The Sri Lankan President Mrs.Chandrika Kumaratunga today exhorted the leadership of the Peoples' Alliance (PA) to plunge into the campaign for the August 21 referendum on a new constitution with the firm faith that she is on the right track.Throwing the gauntlet at the Doubting Thomases within her fold,she said that the pessimists were free to leave the party.

Mrs.Kumaratunga said that she was not counting on the seven defector MPs of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to come back to the PA,but she was reasonably confident that the Tamils and those Sinhalse with leanings towards to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) would back her if they were wooed.Addressing the Tamils and other minorities directly,Mrs.Kumaratunga said that she had a solution to their problems.

She did not spell out the details of the deal for the Tamils and the minorities, but partymen said that she would incorporate in the constitution a devolution package - a scheme which she had been working on since 1995, a scheme which was aborted by the United National Party (UNP) when it was tabled in parliament on August 3,2000.

Mrs.Kumaratunga has apparently judged the mood of the Tamils and perhaps even the JVP correctly.To take the Tamil parties first: The Tamil parties have begun to feel uneasy about the UNP's tendency to take them for granted.They would like the UNP to spell out what solution it has for the Tamil problem.Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) chief,Mr.S.Adaikalanathan,one of the most outspoken anti-government Tamils in recent times and an ardent supporter of the UNP's no-confidence motion in parliament,said that the TELO or the Tamils could not support the UNP led movement blindly." We,as a Tamil party,have certain demands.We want to know from the UNP what it has for the Tamils.We want this to be given to us in writing," Mr.Adaikalanathan said.Significantly,TELO did not participate in the massive demonstration organised by the UNP late this week.Nor did it attend an earlier meeting in parliament.

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) did participate in the rally,with its Senior Vice President and MP,Mr.V.Anandasangaree,on the podium.But the TULF has told the UNP that will not go the whole hog against the government if the UNP continues to side-step the ethnic problem and concentrates only throwing out the PA government or impeaching President Kumaratunga.

"We were annoyed with the PA government because it did not meet our basic demands in regard to the ethnic question.If the UNP is to have us on board, it should publically declare that,if it came to power, it would immediately order a ceasefire,lift the ban on the LTTE and beging peace talks," said Mr.Joseph Pararajasingham TULF MP for Batticaloa."We cannot be with the UNP just to enable it to capture power," he said.The official stand of the TULF will be known after the party's Central Committee meets on August 5.

That what is going on is a ruse to capture power is seen very clearly by neutral observers.In an interview to the August issue of "Business Today" ( a preview of which was published in the Sunday Observer today ),Mrs.Kumaratunga alleged that the UNP chief Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe had told her at a one on one meeting on July 4,that he would cross over with 40 MPs and help her form a "National Government" if he was made Prime Minister.Mrs.Kumaratunga,who had allowed her Prime Minister and other ministers to explore the possibility of a National Government,recoiled at this demand.She told him point blank that it would be very difficult for her to work with him because she was no D.B.Wijetunge ( the docile UNP leader who was President when Mrs.Kumaratunga became Prime Minister following the 1994 parliamentary elections).

According to many MPs,the JVP may not go along with the UNP to the extent of putting it in power.If the JVP abstaints in the no-confidence vote or does not affix its signature to the motion to impeach the President,the UNP will be in a soup.The opposition will become a minority vis-a-vis the government.The JVP has bitter memories of UNP rule in the late eighties when thousands of its cadres were slaughtered in cold blood by the security forces as well as state sponsored thugs.Being a Marxist party,the JVP is also at sharp odds with the unabashedly right wing UNP.

Political pundits say that behind an apparent slacking of suppport for the UNP's destabilising efforts, is a deepseated fear that Mrs.Kumaratunga,who is an Executive President,may dissolve parliament and put everybody,except herself,in hot water.No MP wants a fresh election in the near future.
Published: Sun Jul 22 06:03:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top


New constitution without two-thirds support
Hindu, 23 July 2001. The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, today said she would bring in a new constitution even without the required two- thirds support in Parliament if she won the August 21 referendum. The exact means by which this would be achieved, would be ``disclosed later,'' she said, addressing a meeting of the delegates of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, which she heads. Ms. Kumaratunga said the new Constitution had several concessions for the Tamil community and wanted her party members to work towards winning back Tamil support for the PA. Except one, all the Tamil parties in Parliament are now allied with the Opposition United National Party. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 22:02:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Marxists, police call truce for protest
MSNBC, July 22. Sri Lankan Marxists said on Sunday they had reached a deal with police for a peaceful protest against the suspension of parliament, averting bloody clashes that had marred demonstrations by other groups.Police gave the radical leftwing Peoples' Liberation Front (JVP) assurances that protests planned for Monday would be protected, the party said in a statement. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 12:12:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-India 112-4 in 30 overs against Sri Lanka (221-9)
Yahoo India, july 22. India were 112 for four wickets in 30 overs in reply to Sri Lanka's 221 for nine in their allotted 50 overs in the third game of a one-day tri-series tournament on Sunday. Skipper Saurav Ganguly was batting on 44 and Rahul Dravid was on 12. Vangipurappu Laxman (17) was the last man out. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 12:14:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ranil wanted to be PM: Chandrika
NDTV/MSNBC, July 22. Sri Lankan Prsesident Chandrika Kumaratunga has aleged that opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe wanted her to make him the country's Prime Minister and offered to bring 40 MPs along to support a national government. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 08:53:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Muralitharan, the mystery bowler
Yahoo India, july 22. While various theories have been propounded about Murali's areas of weakness, or more appropriately, lesser strength, by and large he has dominated all batsmen, except on rare occasions. It is generally felt that players in the sub-continent have played him better than others and Azharuddin, Sidhu and Tendulkar of India, Salim Malik and Anwar of Pakistan and the former South African captain Hansie Cronje have had very little difficulty in handling him and posed problems to the diminutive spinner, and their records against him have been impressive. Different players and teams have approached Murali in different ways and some More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 12:16:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Marxists gear up for anti-government meetings
123India.com, Jul 22 2001 13:57 IST. COLOMBO, July 22 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main Marxist party Sunday announced plans to stage a string of public rallies to demand the reconvening of parliament shut down by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The opposition JVP, or People's Liberation Front, said it would hold meetings in 21 towns Monday to pressure Kumaratunga to immediately summon the legislature, where her People's Alliance has lost its majority. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 08:49:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops kill two rebels setting up ambush on key highway
123India.com, Jul 22 2001 15:17 IST. COLOMBO, July 22 (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops killed two Tamil Tiger rebels planting landmines along the main military supply route in the northern peninsula of Jaffna, the defence ministry said Sunday. Troops shot dead the two rebels following a tip-off from a man who was forced to help in setting up the two mines and three gand grenades along the road leading to the Kain airbase at Palaly on Saturday, the ministry said. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 08:44:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Opposition to intensify campaign
Hindu, july 22. Sri Lanka's Opposition parties are preparing to intensify their campaign against the Government with countrywide demonstrations to be held by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) on Monday and protests in Kandy by the United National Party (UNP) on July 27. The Opposition parties want the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, to reconvene Parliament and cancel the referendum on the need for a new Constitution. The Election Commission has already allotted symbols for the referendum, with a lamp denoting `yes' and a pot denoting `no'. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 18:26:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chandrika appoints truth panel
Deccan Herald, COLOMBO, July 21 (PTI) Sri Lankan President. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has appointed a 'Truth Commission' to probe the July 1983 riots that left hundreds of Tamils killed in Colombo and other areas of the country. The three-member panel, headed by former Chief Justice S Sharvananda, will also investigate the nature, causes and extent of violations of human rights and destruction of property in the course of the ethnic violence from 1981 to 1984, with special reference to July 1983. Named 'Truth Commission on Ethnic Violence', the probe panel, which includes two senior lawyers S S Sahabandu and M M Zuhair, will have a mandate to inquire into and report on persons, groups and institutions responsible for the violence, The week-long carnage against the ethnic minority in July 1983 is widely seen as the main reason for the birth of the 18-year-old civil war between the government and the LTTE. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 08:55:37 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chandrika to begin constitution making from scratch
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 12.43 PM SLT Saturday July 21, 2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is to begin her constitution making exercise from scratch,setting aside the August 3, 2000 draft so painstakingly prepared by a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) over a period of two years.

According to the state owned "Daily News" today,she told representatives of the Joint Trade Union Federation that the constitutional proposals tabled in parliament on August 3, 2000,would not be the basis for the new constitution she was contemplating.

She went on to say that she would consult the Maha Sangha,the Buddhist clergy,the ethnic minorities and the smaller parties before finalising the new constitution.She said that a draft of the new constitution would be placed before parliament as a bill "within a short period".

The President had ordered a referendum to be held on August 21 on whether there should be a new constitution or not.The constitution making exercise is expected to begin in right earnest after the referendum, assuming that a majority says "Aye" to a change in the constitution.

However,in her last telecast,Mrs.Kumaratunga had given an idea of some of the basic features of "her" constitution.The Executive Presidency would go,the electoral system would partially change to the First Past the Post System, and independent commissions would be set up to oversee the work of certain key institution of the state like the judiciary,the public service and the Election Commission.

In the outline,Mrs.Kumaratunga had very cleverly left out any mention of devolution of power to the provinces perhaps because it is a very contentious issue.While the Tamils are clamouring for devolution to a unified North Eastern province and the Muslims have begun asking for a South Eastern Council for themselves,the majority Sinhalas are dead against any devolution because in their view, it will be a stepping stone to secession.The principal opposition party,the United National Party (UNP) is also not in favour of devolution.It has proposed "power sharing" at the Centre.But this is rejected outright by the Tamil parties,not to speak of the LTTE,which wants Tamil Eelam.Perhaps to ensure the failure of any discussions on devolution,the UNP has been advocating talks with the LTTE before a constitution is drafted.

But despite all these road blocks,the President will have to address the issue of devolution,which is a cardinal aspect of the Tamil struggle in Sri Lanka.She has to do it now because,there is a Big Power backed,Norwegian facilitated peace process on.As yet,there is no clue as to what she has up her sleeve.

But what is certain is that she is trying to build bridges and establish rapport with the Sinhala-Buddhists and the Tamils too.

To win over the Maha Sangha led by the Mahanayakas,Mrs.Kumaratunga has appointed a Commission of Inquiry to study and report on the problems faced by the Buddhists,the state of the Buddha Sasana in the island and the protection of the properties of the Buddhist temples.The commission,to be headed by the Anunayake of the Malwatte Chapter Most Ven.Rajakeeya Panditha Ambanwella Sri Siddhartha Pannasekara Thera, would sumbit its report by January 18, 2002.

And to win over the Tamils,the President has appointed a commission to probe the anti-Tamil riots in Colombo and other parts of the island from 1981 to 1984 with special reference to the 1983 pogrom.To be known as the "Truth Commission",the panel headed by former Chief Justice S.Sharvananda,a Tamil,and comprising a Sinhala and a Muslim, would make recommendations on promoting communal harmony and suggest ways to prevent the recurrence of such violent communal conflicts.
Published: Sat Jul 21 02:42:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top


SLMC Condemns police killing
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 21/07/01 2110GMT

The leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) condemned the killing of two protesters by police authorities in Colombo, on Thursday. "We strongly condemn it and pledge to continue the struggle for the upkeep of democracy" SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem told The Lanka Academic. Mr. Hakeem, whose recent sacking from the cabinet by the President Chandrika Kumaratunge led to a political crisis in Sri Lanka said he was himself a victim of "terrorist activities" by political giants of the Peoplesí Alliance (PA) government. He said that the PA which behave like a dictator is responsible for these killings and violence has become a part of the current political culture in Sri Lanka.
Published: Sat Jul 21 17:12:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Referendum move unites Lanka opposition parties
Asianage, 22 July 2001. Beleaguered President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s decision to hold a referendum on changing Sri Lanka’s Constitution has united rival political groups that decided on Saturday to campaign against next month’s vote. Election commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake said the moderate Tamil United Liberation Front, in a turnaround, decided to oppose any changes to the Constitution. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 00:41:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Courts orders arrest of three Lankan policemen
thenewspapertoday, 22 July 2001. A court in Colombo has ordered the arrest of three policemen for allegedly killing an unarmed protester even as the Sri Lankan government continued to draw flak for its crackdown on an Opposition rally against President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Global human rights watchdog Amnesty International joined the local Opposition parties in severely condemning the government for its use of 'excessive force' against unarmed crowds that milled into the capital on Thursday to protest the closure of Parliament under Kumaratunga's executive powers. Colombo Additional Magistrate Ayshani Jayasena directed on Friday that two police inspectors and a constable of the Kotahena precincts be taken into custody and produced for an identification parade on July 23. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 00:31:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ministers clash over police attack
Sunday Leader, 22 July 2001. The government was sharply divided on Friday following Thursday's attack on an opposition protest campaign with several ministers criticising the high-handed action taken by the defence ministry. Several ministers expressed their shock and revulsion at the high-handed police action under instructions from the defence ministry at Friday's cabinet meeting presided over by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Among the ministers who were critical of the action were Fisheries Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, Constitutional Affairs Minister Prof. G L Peiris and Public Administration Minister Richard Pathirana. Aviation Minister Jeyaraj Fernandupulle too had been sharply critical of the government over the issue. More...
Published: Sun Jul 22 02:01:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka goes on alert ahead of funerals
123India.com, Jul 21 2001 12:47 IST. Sri Lanka has stepped up security ahead of funerals of two opposition activists shot dead by police in a crackdown on anti-government demonstrations, officials said. Heavily armed police were deployed near the home of one victim at Colombo's Kotahena area Saturday as mourners poured into the area to pay their last respects to the 26-year-old man. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 04:29:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ravaya claims existence of undated resignation letter of Anura: Speaker planning trip abroad but no dates set
Island, 22 July 2001. Speaker Anura Bandaranaike had indicated to party leaders he met on Tuesday that he is planning a trip abroad. However, sources close to him said that he will not be leaving the country in the next few days.

Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe confirmed that the speaker had in fact said that he was going abroad. But there was no date mentioned. Bandaranaike, who was not available for comment yesterday, is believed to have planned a trip to Los Angeles before the current political crisis occurred.

Meanwhile the Ravaya newspaper reported yesterday that an undated letter of resignation had been tendered by Bandaranaike to President Chandrika Kumaratunga at the time his nomination for the post of speaker had been cleared. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 23:00:07 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Police say ‘stern action’ if JVP takes to the streets
Island, 22 July 2001. Police headquarters yesterday defended last Thursday’s bloody crackdown on opposition protests in Colombo against the suspension of parliament and referendum on constitutional change while preparing to face the JVP inspired countrywide protest campaign against what the party termed the "dictatorship of President Kumaratunga and the fraudulent referendum." "The JVP would not be permitted to go on processions," an authoritative police officer said expressing belief that the JVP would not try to defy the ban on processions that came into effect on July 11 after the President set date for the controversial referendum. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 22:54:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sivaji Ganesan dead
chennaionline, july 22. Veteran Tamil film actor Sivaji Ganesan died at the Apollo Hospitals here following cardiac arrest. Considered a role model for the acting fraternity, the star of many a Tamil hit over decades, he was admitted to the hospital a few days ago as he had breathing problem. The end came at 2010 hrs.He was 74 and He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 18:21:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Princeton prof. says 'No' to Sri Lanka child monks
Kyodo News, 22 July 2001. A campaign by Sri Lanka's prime minister to recruit 2,000 children into Buddhist monastic orders to cope with a shortage of monks has met criticism from a scholar who says child ordination is against Buddhist doctrine. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 23:10:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Watchdog alarmed by British arms sales to Nepal, Sri Lanka
yahoo, july 21. An arms export watchdog has raised concern over the increasing export of British arms to Nepal and Sri Lanka. Saferworld has expressed concern over the increase in export of arms to Nepal and Sri Lanka as published in the annual Strategic Export Controls report Friday. The report lists increased sales to several countries with what Saferworld calls "repressive regimes" and areas of conflict and instability. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 13:54:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Peradeniya teachers express moral outrage
Island, 22 July 2001. Thirty nine teachers of the University of Peradeniya have made public their sense of outrage and moral indignation at "the untimely prorogation of parliament and the decision by the government to hold a hasty and ill conceived referendum in complete violation of democratic convention and all norms of decency in conducting affairs of state". Excerpts of the statement follow. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 23:04:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Political turmoil takes the sunshine off Sri Lanka holidays
Yahoo Asia, 22 July 2001. Sri Lanka banked on foreign cricket teams to bring their cheer squads and fill empty hotel rooms, but unexpected political instability is playing spoil sport. When England came to Sri Lanka for a Test and One-day series, they brought an army of some 10,000 fans which helped the recession-hit tourism industry to hope for better times. Tourism Minister Lakshman Kiriella who also oversees sports, thought cricket could take a prominent place in promoting the island republic. But the gambit appears to have failed. Attempts to entice India and New Zealand fans to follow their national teams for the current tri-nation tournament here have flopped. "We have tried a lot of promotion work in India," said a travel agent. "We didn't have the same success we had with English fans despite Sri Lanka being so much closer for the Indians." More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 22:48:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Two killed as protest in Colombo is quashed
Yahoo, july 21. TWO people were killed and 30 seriously injured yesterday when police in Sri Lanka fired on tens of thousands of demonstrators to prevent them from marching into Colombo to protest against last week's suspension of parliament. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 02:18:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UNICEF says Tamil Tigers still use child soldiers
MSNBC, july 20. Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate state in Sri Lanka are still using child soldiers as young as 12 despite promising to stop, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Friday.UNICEF also called on the government to ease restrictions on humanitarian activity and help tackle a critical shortage of teachers in conflict areas controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). ''One of the most serious violations of children's rights in Sri Lanka is the continued recruitment of children by the LTTE, despite its promise to end this practice,'' UNICEF said in a statement. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 13:15:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lanka oppn parties to campaign against referendum
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Saturday, July 21, 2001. Sri Lanka's opposition parties have vowed to intensify their protests to force the government to re-convene Parliament and call off a proposed referendum next month on whether the country needed a new Constitution.A day after two protesters were killed in police firing and dozens wounded in a crackdown on the demonstrators, the United National Party (UNP) and Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) came together, with a few Tamil parties in attendance, for a joint strategy session yesterday. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 07:22:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka, battered by civil war, heads for more political chaos after bloody demonstration in capital
ABC News, 07/21/2001 2:18 am ET . Colombo is used to violence. But the outbreak that left burning tires and blood stains in the streets this week was not the work of Tamil separatist bombers. It was a result of political disarray that many fear will slow the search for peace. In one of the biggest shows of public anger since Chandrika Kumaratunga became president seven years ago, up to 20,000 opposition supporters fought with police for 10 hours on Thursday. They demanded that the president reconvene the Parliament she suspended July 11, and that she face a no-confidence motion. More...
Published: Sat Jul 21 03:33:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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