The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 28, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 113

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Chandrika mulls over Indian Tamil demand for reservation
The Hindustan Times, July 28. SRI LANKAN President Chandrika Kumaratunga is mulling over the Indian Tamils' demand for reservation in Parliament in the event of the Proportional Representation (PR) system giving way to the First Past the Post (FPP) system in the new Constitution, which she expects to enact by year end. On Friday, the President told the Ceylon Workers' Congress, which represents the Indian Origin Tamils (IOT), that she had to replace the PR system by the FPP system. More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 17:18:31 EDT 2001


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Tiger airport attack grounds Sri Lanka's recovery hopes
Yahoo Singapore, 29 July 2001. Sri Lanka's national airline was toasting record sales and tourism officials were smiling more than usual when Tamil rebels struck at the country's main gateway to the world. For Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas, raiding a military base or bombing an economic target is nothing new, but with Tuesday's attack, the separatists got two birds with one stone. President Chandrika Kumaratunga described the attack against the Bandaranaike international airport by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as the "most horrendous ever" against an economic target. More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 23:12:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka’s peace process undeterred by LTTE attack
Indiainfo, July 28. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar on July 28 said the government would not give up its peace process despite the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attack on Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo earlier this week. ''History has shown that peace processes have been able to survive all kinds of problems, obstacles and difficulties. It may still be possible to recover from the attack,'' he said in a television interview. More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 14:40:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka Air Force baffled by LTTE’s weapons
Indiainfo, July 29. Military authorities are probing how the LTTE suicide squads that struck at the Air Force base and the Bandaranaike International Airport on July 24 had acquired ultra modern high-powered assault weapons that made no sound during attack. According to airport security chief Wing Commander Buwankea D Abeyasuriya, it was due to the swift action by Army commandos that saved the airport building from being blasted by the terrorists, who fired rocket launchers from the top of the building and destroyed six Sri Lankan Airlines airbuses and eight military aircraft parked on the tarmac. More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 14:38:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Depleted fleet hits Lankan Airlines’ schedule
Indiainfo, July 28. Sri Lankan Airlines will not be able to run a full schedule after six of its aircraft got destroyed in the devastating LTTE attack on July 25, Chief Executive Officer Peter Hills said. He said out of the 12 in its fleet, three aircraft - one A 340 and two A 330s are totally written off. The other three are damaged, but repairable. “We are now assessing the damage to those three that are damaged and we can have them back flying again once they have been completely repaired.” More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 03:53:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up airport security after attack
123India, July 28. Sri Lanka has stepped up security at the country's only international airport following a devastating Tamil Tiger attack that destroyed or damaged 14 aircraft, officials said Saturday.The defence ministry said an extra perimeter fence had been constructed by the Bandaranaike International airport as well as the adjoining military air base following Tuesday's attack. More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 01:17:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Parliamentary Speaker leaves for USA without announcing return date.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 0348 slt 28.07.01. Parliamentary speaker Anura Bandaranaike left for the United States last night without announcing a return date despite the on going political crisis. Mr.Bandaranaike a UNP member of parliament and the younger brother of President Kumaratunga is not expected to return until the referendum on August 21st according to his confidants. His departure coincides with plans by the opposition which controls 115 seats in the 225 seat parliament, to hand over a motion impeaching President Kumaratunga. The motion signed by a simple majority of MPs can only be accepted with the consent of the Speaker. Otherwise two thirds of MPs must sign the motion. The speaker departed despite appeals by the UNP leadership not to do so in the midst of a crisis where the parliament is locked in a battle with the Executive President.
Published: Fri Jul 27 18:03:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets
NDTV/MSNBC, July 28. India finally has two points on the board in their favour as they easily completed a target of 184 runs set by Sri Lanka in the Coca-Cola tri-series one-day international. Man of the match VVS Laxman was the star of the day, scoring 87 runs, leading the team to a seven-wicket win. More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 14:27:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Nine killed in Sri Lanka's civil war
MSNBC, 29 July 2001. Gunbattles between separatist rebels and Sri Lankan troops killed nine people, including two civilians, the defense ministry said Saturday. Seven Tamil Tiger guerrillas were killed on Friday when troops attacked their camp, near Nagarkovil in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, said Brig. Sanath Karunaratne, the defense ministry spokesman. More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 23:28:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Lanka airport attack heats up debate over constitution
Dawn, COLOMBO, July 27. The pre-dawn attack on the Bandranaike International Airport and the nearby airbase on Tuesday has added a new dimension and an intense one to the on-going debate, whether or not Sri Lanka needs a new constitution. President Chandarika Kumaratunga has called for a referendum on the question on August 21. The main opposition party has rejected the question and the referendum terming the exercise as a ploy of the president to give a new lease of life to her sagging popularity. More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 01:11:20 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka oppn snubs Chandrika's invite to meet
TOI, July 28. Sri Lanka's opposition parties on Friday snubbed a surprise invitation by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to discuss the current developments, following Tuesday's LTTE airport attack. Kumaratunga, a day after blasting the main opposition United National Party (UNP), called on them and other political parties for separate meetings on Friday but most declined the late invitation which they believed had no true purpose. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 22:54:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Annan Condemns Attack on Sri Lanka Airport
Nothern Light, Friday, July 27, 2001 5:51 PM EST . United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan condemned the recent attack by the rebel Tamil Tigers against Sri Lanka's international airport, urging all sides to make efforts for peace. The U.N. chief "is dismayed" at the attack in the country's capital, Colombo, said a statement issued by his spokesman on Friday. Annan called on "all sectors of Sri Lankan society to make every effort to initiate and sustain a viable peace process," the statement said. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 22:21:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

President cancel meeting with UNP chairman saying she wants to meet the Opposition leader.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1913 slt 27.07.01. President Kumaratunga today cancelled a scheduled meeting with Chairman of the UNP Charitha Ratwatta saying she wanted a meeting with Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. A official of the President Secretariat has asked the Opposition leader to give a time of his convenience to meet the President. However, Wickremesinghe has refused to meet the President and instead asked her to write to him saying he would respond in writing. President Kumaratunga accused the opposition leader of "begging for the Prime Minister's post" at a secret meeting last month between the two. The state media also said Wickremesinghe had said he and 41 of his loyalists were willing to form a government with the PA. Wickremsinghe strongly denied the allegations but the President's public comments heart his reputation in the country and in the party end
Published: Fri Jul 27 09:27:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tigers in Air Force uniforms may have roamed before attack
Asianage, 28 July 2001. Sri Lankan air force authorities are probing whether LTTE spies were moving around in air force uniforms at its Katunayake air base prior to the attack on it on Tuesday morning, a state-owned daily reported today. "The possibility of tiger spies moving around in the guise of sri lankan air force (slaf) personnel at the base has not been ruled out," the daily news said claiming that slaf top brass had admitted that serious lapses had occurred in the security arrangements. More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 04:19:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Defeat UNP-LTTE conspiracy - Mangala
CDN, july 28. SLFP Media Spokesman, Urban Development, Construction and Public Utilities Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday called on all patriotic forces to join hands irrespective of class, creed and race to defeat the UNP-led conspiracy to turn the Parliament into a LTTE catspaw. According to him it has been revealed that Tigers are also attempting to have control over certain racist elements within the Government through the business mafia. He says that traitors behind this conspiracy have already been exposed. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 23:40:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

'LTTE entered airbase via secret entry'
Indiainfo, July 27. While the Sri Lankan Air Force has admitted security lapses, investigations into daring assault on Katunayake International Airport and the adjoining airbase revealed that Tamil Tiger guerrillas had entered the premises through a secret passage near the entrance to a playground. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 22:26:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Insurance blow for airlines flying to Sri Lanka
123India, July 27. Foreign airlines flying to Sri Lanka's rebel-hit international airport are to face higher insurance premiums, aviation sources said Friday. European and US re-insurers who are evaluating possible risks following Tuesday's devastating Tamil Tiger attack against the Bandaranaike International Airport have indicated reviewing their rates. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 22:46:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan President Faces Opposition To Referendum Plan
Yahoo Singapore, July 27. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's plans to hold a referendum next month to change Sri Lanka's constitution suffered a setback Friday with a governing alliance partner opposing the move. The Ceylon Workers' Congress controls four seats in 225-seat Parliament. But its support is crucial for Kumaratunga's government that has been reduced to a minority with 109 lawmakers on her side. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 22:41:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

President Kumaratunga finds new voluntary apologist - inside story of NSSP
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 27/07/01 1700GMT. The latest U-turn by Dr. Wickramabahu Karunarathne, General Secretary of Nawa Sama Samaja Party (NSSP), to campaign "Yes" vote for the August 21 referendum has once again shocked the political circles with Dr. Karunarathne regularly appearing in state media. While many other opposition parties including main opposition United National Party (UNP) campaigning for "No" vote, NSSP has joined the "left" forces with Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), known as main voluntary apologist for the President, along with Sri Lanka Communist Party (CP) and Sri Lanka Mahajana Party (SLMP). The NSSP general secretary says that they are the force that can activate the left elements within the Peoplesí Alliance (PA). Earlier the party rejected the PA as a Racist Rightwing Nationalist alliance of the capitalist classes.

Dr. Karunarathne, who earned a reputation as the only Sinhala dominant party leader to campaign for the self determination of the minority Tamils, is himself a controversial figure, according to Colomboís political analysts. His ambition to become the chairman of the Western Provincial Council (WPC) made him to allegedly make a pact with then leader of the opposition Karu Jayasuriya, though Dr. Karuanrathne was known as a severe critic of the UNP. NSSP leaderís earlier controversial decision to sack a Tamil Municipal Councillor (MC) and appoint himself as the successor in the Colombo MC also raised concern. Moreover, once Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) accused Dr. Karunarathne of volunteering to be their Presidential candidate, which JVP did not entertain at all.

"We are not campaigning for the President. We neither support forces with S.B. , G.L. and Rathnasiri. There is a significant leftwing force within the PA. We are working to unite these forces in order to force, to encircle, and pressurise Chandrika to take steps to establish a Constitutional Assembly which includes the LTTE." Dr. Karunarathne told BBCís Sandeshaya. He also said, "these forces will Force the President to the left."

He also admitted that he had discussions with government ministers about the NSSP role in the referendum campaign. Since then, he is seen in many discussion programmes on state Television campaigning for the yes vote in the referendum.
Published: Fri Jul 27 13:01:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Colombo-bound passengers say airlines abandon them
Gulf-News, July 26. Passengers stranded in Dubai as a result of the attack on Colombo's international airport by Tamil militants have complained that they are being forced to pay for hotel rooms and meals through no fault of their own.The passengers, en route to the Sri Lankan capital, were put up in a local hotel until flights resume. Many of them were in transit, travelling on various airlines, when their flights to Colombo were cancelled.Bandula Jayasekhara,* 41, a Sri Lankan journalist who was flying from New York to Colombo via Amsterdam and Dubai on Monday, said, "We were asked to pay $55 for each night which doesn't include food. They were even asking for a deposit whenever we went to make a phone call."

*Bandula Jayasekara works for Lanka Academic among other publications

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Published: Fri Jul 27 22:35:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka 183 all out in 46.5 overs v India
Yahoo India, 28 July 2001. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 183 runs in 46.5 overs on Saturday after electing to bat first in the sixth one-day international of a triangular tournament also involving New Zealand. More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 04:27:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Cricket-Sri Lanka 145-3 in 36 overs v India  - Yahoo India

Netball: Singapore to play Sri Lanka in Asian Championships final
Yahoo Singapore, 28 July 2001. Singapore's national netball team will meet hosts Sri Lanka in Sunday's final of the Asian Championships. And victory there will ensure Singapore's qualification for next year's Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England. More...
Published: Sat Jul 28 03:56:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

President seeks a united front against Tamil Tigers
The Scotsman, July 27. SRI LANKA’S president, facing growing opposition to her rule, appealed yesterday for political support to end an ethnic war that a day earlier hit her country’s only international airport. Chandrika Kumaratunga, who suspended parliament this month before a no-confidence vote in her minority government, said her political opponents should work with her to "end the challenge of terrorism". More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 22:49:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Renewed fighting in Sri Lanka's north kills 11 - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, Friday, July 27th 16:26 GMT. COLOMBO, July 27 Kyodo - Eight Tamil Tiger rebels and three government soldiers were killed Friday in renewed fighting in Sri Lanka's northern war zone after a three-day lull, government officials said. (22 :44) More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 12:26:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Fighting In Sri Lanka Resumes; Eight Killed, 18 Wounded  - Yahoo Singapore

Nepali Government Condemns Bombing in Sri Lanka
Nothern Light, Friday, July 27, 2001 11:59 AM EST . The Government of Nepal Friday condemned the recent bombing incident in Sri Lanka's International Airport. "It is with deep shock that the government of Nepal has received the news of the recent bombing incident at the Colombo International Airport resulting in the damage of military and commercial aircraft," the Nepali Foreign Ministry said in a press statement issued here Friday. "The government of Nepal condemns all such reprehensible acts and calls for the imperative need of preserving and safeguarding of peace and order in public life," the statement said. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 22:21:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

President orders investigation into Samurdhi Minister's wealth
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1910 slt 27.07.01. President Kumaratunga has ordered the Inland Revenue department to investigate the wealth of Samurdhi Minister S.B.Dissanayake, the Ravaya newspaper reported today. The Minister is leading a 20 string dissident group including two other ministers that are having talks with the Opposition leader to form a broad base government.
Published: Fri Jul 27 09:27:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka police defends tough action against "illegal" demonstrators
Yahoo Asia, Friday, July 27 9:07 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's police Friday said it had acted in the "interest of civilians" when it fired at anti-government protestors and killed two people. Deputy Police Inspector General, D.S.C. Kombalavithana said police acted only to break up the "illegal" demonstration which took place last week. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 10:02:23 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Little hope of govt-opposition rapproachement:But understanding with CWC likely
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 3.10 PM SLT July 27,2001. There was little or no hope of a rapprochement between the Chandrika Kumaratunga government and the opposition led by the United National Party (UNP) even as the President held a series of meetings here today.

On thursday evening,President Kumaratunga had invited the opposition parties for separate meetings to discuss the national situation in the wake of the LTTE's devastating strike at the Kaunayake airbase and the international airport on tuesday.The opposition too had written to her seeking the immediate convening of the prorogued parliament to disuss the national crisis.They wanted the August 21 referendum on the need for a new constitution called off.

But the response to the President's invitation was poor,though she had a fruitful dialogue with the Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC),which had been threatening to become an opposition party if some of its demands were not met.The two agreed to meet again on Monday.

The UNP sent its chairman Mr.Charitha Ratwatta to represent it.But as a UNP MP put it,this represented a downgradation as Mr.Ratwatta is neither a MP nor a top leader.The UNP top brass chose to be away at a party rally in Kandy today.The excuse they trotted out was that the President had not given adequate notice and that the invitation was not worked out on the basis of mutual convenience.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) did not attend the meeting on the grounds that the notice was too short.But the party was ready for a meeting at a later date.The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) wrote to say that it would have to first discuss the issues threadbare at a meeting of its Central Committee to be held in Colombo on August 5.The party was ready to meet the President on any day after that.

The Malvayaga Munnetra Munnani (MMM) of former Deputy Minister Mr.Chandrsekharan refused to meet the President saying that the President's invitation was a devise to circumvent the real issues facing the country like the prorogation of parliament at a moment of grave national crisis.It also said that the idea behind meeting the parties separately was to strike deals with individual parties and break their unity.

The CWC had presented to the President the Indian Origin Tamils' case for the retention of the Proportional Representation System (PRS).The delegation pointed out to the President that under the First Past the Post System (FPPA) which prevailed till 1978,the Indian Tamils had only one seat in parliament.The PR system had given them ten,though even this was less considering the fact that they were 7% of the population who should get sixteen seats out of 225, the CWC said.

The President said that it would not possible for her to retain the PRS in toto but she had thought of ways of meeting the legitimate demands of the Indian Origin Tamils.She said that she had a blue print of a suitable electoral system which she would like to discuss with the CWC on monday.The CWC agreed to this.

Meanwhile the JVP's Wimal Weerawansa said that neither the Peoples' Alliance (PA) nor the UNP should take his party for granted.He lambased the President for proroguing of parliament and ordering a referendum on a not-so-important issue like the constitution.He said that the JVP wanted Sri Lanka to be a unitary state.He also wanted government ministers and deputy ministers to forgo their salaries for two years as a sign of their commitment to the country's cause.

Mr.Weerawansa did not spare the UNP either.He said that the UNP was only interested in capturing power.It wanted the re-opening of parliament only to get it to vote on the no confidence motion.The UNP had made no moves on other issues like the referendum and impeaching the President, Mr.Weerawansa pointed out.
Published: Fri Jul 27 08:40:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top


President Kumaratunge refuses to meet UNP chairman
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 27/07/01 1205GMT. President Chandrika B. Kumaratunge has refused to meet Charitha Ratwatta, chairman of the United National Party (UNP), to discuss the recent LTTE attack on Katunayake airbase, party sources revealed. UNP leader Ranil Wickramasinghe has declined to attend the meeting with the President, on her invitation, and assigned party chairman Mr. Ratwatta as the representative. According to informed sources, all opposition parties, apart from the "marxist" Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), have decided to send party officials instead of the leaders to meet the President. Those officials are also advised to request the President to reconvene the prorogued parliament while discussing the security situation.

Meanwhile the JVP, who maintains a view that the Presidentís decision to prorogue the parliament is constitutional, has requested another time to meet Mrs. Kumaratunge.
Published: Fri Jul 27 08:07:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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SriLankan Airlines struggles after Tamil airport attack
Yahoo Asia, Friday, July 27 8:24 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's rebel-hit national carrier SriLankan Airlines was Friday battling mounting cancellations amid an expected drop in tourists travelling to the island. The airline said cancellations had begun pouring in from European travel operators as foreign governments, including those of Britain, Germany and Australia, warned their nationals against visiting Sri Lanka following Tuesday's devastating attack on the international airport. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 09:09:03 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SriLankan Air/Planes -2: Temporary Reduction Of Routes
Yahoo Singapore, Friday July 27, 7:23 PM . COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--SriLankan Airlines said Friday that it will start replacing lost planes over the medium-term, and that would depend on demand for flights over the next few months. "The replacement of lost aircraft would largely depend on how quickly business returns to normal," SriLankan Airlines Chief Executive Peter Hill told a press conference. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 09:13:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SriLankan hopes to get grounded planes back soon
Yahoo India, Friday July 27, 3:40 PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's national airline, which lost half its fleet in a rebel attack on Colombo's airport this week, was hopeful three of its damaged airliners would be flying again within a few months, officials said on Friday. The suicide attackers, targetting an air force base and the adjoining international airport, destroyed three of the 12 Airbus aircraft in the SriLankan fleet and damaged three others, leaving the firm scrambling to meet flight schedules. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 09:06:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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JVP to launch its no campaign at the referendum on August 1st
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1135 slt 27.07.01. The JVP is to launch its campaign to defeat the August 21st referendum on the 1st of August with a party delegates meeting in Colombo. " We have planned for about 20.000 village level meetings and 20 large rallies" JVP Parliamentary leader Wimal Weerawansha told Lacnet news this morning. The ruling PA launched its campaign to win the referendum yesterday with a rally in Anuradhapura. end
Published: Fri Jul 27 01:49:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

UN: Secretary-Genera... condemns attack by Tamil Tigers on Colombo Airport
Nothern Light, Friday, July 27, 2001 4:12 AM EST . Jul 27, 2001 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan: The Secretary-General has continued to follow closely developments in Sri Lanka and was deeply dismayed by the recent attack of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) against the international airport in Colombo. The Secretary-General condemns this terrorist act and the disregard by the LTTE for the lives of civilians. The Secretary-General urges all sectors of Sri Lankan society to make every effort to initiate and sustain a viable peace process. He reiterates his support for the efforts of the Government of Norway to facilitate a negotiated political solution to the destructive conflict in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 06:06:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

JVP asks for time for meeting with President.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1045 slt 27.07.01. The JVP has informed President Kumaratunga that time given to meet her to discuss the current crisis after LTTE attack in Katunanayake was insufficient." We ask the President for a another time to meet. The meeting was requested late evening yesterday and the appointment was for this morning" JVP parliamentary leader Wimal Weerawansha told Lacnet this morning. The President is meeting leaders of political parties in the opposition individually to discuss the current crisis.
Published: Fri Jul 27 01:06:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Spies may have paved way for air base attack: Sri Lanka daily - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, Friday, July 27th 13:24 GMT. COLOMBO, July 27 Kyodo - Investigators probing Tuesday's devastating rebel attack on Sri Lanka's main air force base and its only international airport are probing whether spies inside the facilities helped the rebels penetrate their targets, a state-owned newspaper said Friday. (21 :25) More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 09:21:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SriLankan Airlines appeals to Emirates for help moving stranded passengers
Nothern Light, Friday, July 27, 2001 6:27 AM EST . Jul 27, 2001 (AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) -- Emirates Airline of Dubai, UAE has been asked by SriLankan Airlines to help accommodate its passengers after about 50% of the Sri Lankan airline's fleet was knocked out of action by a Tamil Tiger rebel attack at Sri Lanka's main airport on Tuesday (24 July). Emirates holds a 40% stake in SriLankan Airlines. The Sri Lankan carrier has indicated that some 4,000 passengers have been stranded by the loss of 4 of its aircraft. It is hoping to use Emirates' hubs in Dubai and Singapore to move people from Sri Lanka to the Middle East, Europe and other destinations. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 07:27:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Air Force Makes Inquiry Into Tamil Rebel Attack on Base
People's Daily, Friday, July 27, 2001, updated at 15:50(GMT+8. Sri Lanka n air force have launched inquires into a pre-dawn attack on their main base and adjoining international airport by separatist Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday to ascertain whether air force personnel were involved in spying for the Tamil rebels. Air force sources said that stern action will also be taken against anyone found guilty of neglecting their duty or failing to act on available information in connection with the rebel attack. A witness at the Magisterial inquiry into the rebel attack said that he had informed two airmen on duty at a check point about a group of suspicious men alighting from a bus with heavy baggage but no action had been taken. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 04:56:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Foreign airlines return to Sri Lanka
NDTV/MSNBC, 27, July. The Sri Lankan Air force has said that it will investigate the breach of security at the Bandarnaike international airport in Colombo on Tuesday. An attack by the LTTE at the Katunaike military base, which adjoins the international airport, had destroyed 11 aircraft. Three Air Force personnel were killed and eight others, including three civilians, were wounded in the attack.President Kumaratunga had ordered a full-scale inquiry into how the Tamil tigers penetrated the high security cordons round the airport area. She described Tuesday's daring Tamil Tiger assault on the island's only international airport as the "most horrendous ever" against an economic target in the island. International airlines on Thursday resumed flights to Sri Lanka's rebel-hit airport, which banned private aircraft and refuelling stops in a bid to clear a backlog of stranded passengers, officials said. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 03:08:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Shakeel angry at cricket score, tells bookies to stop payment
Yahoo India, 27 July. MUMBAI hosted an unusual meeting on Thursday evening. Scores of bookies in the city got together to discuss a threat they received from Karachi-based gang lord Chhota Shakeel.Sources say Shakeel issued an order to bookies to stop payments against the bets placed during the match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand held on Wednesday in Colombo. Shakeel, who would have lost crores of rupees with the Sri Lankan victory, believes the match was fixed, say police sources.More than 120 bookies in Mumbai have received threats from the don. Police sources say Shakeel has asked them to follow sauda fok, which in betting terms means no payment. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 03:17:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries to meet in Colombo on August 10
Press Trust of India, Islamabad,Friday, July 27, 2001. Pakistan Thursday said there was "good possibility" of the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan to meet during the SAARC's Standing Committee meeting beginning in Colombo on August 10 and if the meeting takes place they could focus their discussions on how to carry the Agra peace process forward. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 03:07:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka airlines shifts hub, battles backlog
TOI, 27 JULY 2001. Sri Lanka's national airline was on Thursday battling to clear a backlog of thousands of passengers, as President Chandrika Kumaratunga described the rebel attack on the international airport as the most horrendous ever. She thanked state institutions for managing the crisis efficiently and reopening the country's only international airport quickly to ensure minimum inconvenience to thousands of stranded passengers. Organs of the state demonstrated a "brilliant exercise in crisis management by bringing possibly the most horrendous attack on a public facility ever seen in Sri Lanka under control within a few hours," she said. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 03:41:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Kumaratunga invites opposition for talks
Press Trust of India, Friday, July 27, 2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has invited leaders of major opposition parties in Sri Lanka for urgent discussions on the current political situation and the LTTE's audacious attack on the main military air base and international airport on Tuesday. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had some engagements outside Colombo and might not meet Kumaratunga immediately, but representatives of the JVP might meet her later Friday, official sources said. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 06:09:24 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Travellers see aftermath of Tamil raid
National Post , July 27. Passengers cheered and applauded as the first airliner touched down yesterday evening at Sri Lanka's international airport 36 hours after a suicide attack by Tamil Tiger rebels.But within seconds of landing, they were gasping in horror as the SriLankan Airlines Airbus taxied to the terminal past the charred remains of the 14 military and civilian aircraft the rebels had bombed and damaged in Tuesday's pre-dawn raid. Thirteen rebels and seven military personnel died in the attack."I feel like crying when I think of all the times I flew in these burned-out planes,'' said Peshani, a flight attendant. "It's too horrendous to believe what has happened.'' More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 01:29:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka May Tourist Arrivals Up 15% On-Year
Yahoo Singapore, Friday July 27, 4:53 PM. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals in May rose 15% to 26,924 compared with the same month last year, the Ceylon Tourist Board said Friday. The board said the number of tourists from most regions increased. Leading the arrival numbers was Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 06:37:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ganguly banned; injured Laxman to miss Test series
Yahoo India, Friday July 27, 5:54 PM. India will be without skipper Sourav Ganguly and may miss Venkatsai Laxman and Zaheer Khan in their crucial triangular one-day cricket series match against Sri Lanka here on Saturday. Ganguly has been suspended for one match for dissent, while middle-order batsman Laxman (right knee) and left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan (right shin) are doubtful starters due to injuries and will return home after Saturday's match, Indian manager Anant Mate said on Friday. More...
Published: Fri Jul 27 09:08:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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