The Lanka Academic

 
JULY 31, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 116

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Chandrika begins parleys to defuse crisis
The Hindu (International), 01-08-2001 . As the dust settled on the LTTE's devastating attack at the Katunayake airport complex, the Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, began a series of meetings with allies and opponents in what seemed to be a bid to disentangle the country's political imbroglio. More...
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Amnesty targets Commonwealth leaders over rights
Yahoo, july 31. Amnesty International plans to single out the leaders of Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Sri Lanka over alleged human rights abuses when they attend a Commonwealth leaders' meeting in the Australian city of Brisbane in October. Amnesty said on Tuesday about half of the 50 leaders who will attend the October 6-9 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting(CHOGM) are either personally accountable for human rights abuses or come from countries where abuses are widespread.Sri Lanka, which has been torn by a bloody civil war since 1983, will be singled out because both the government and Tamil Tiger rebels were guilty of human rights abuses, said Amnesty. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 15:48:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Mumbai bookies face Dawood ire for honouring commitments
The News Paper, July 31. Dawood and his associate bookies are said to have lost over Rs 10 crore in the Wednesday match. According to sources, Dawood suffered a personal loss of about Rs 2.5 crore with Sri Lanka's victory against New Zealand. He not only declared that the match was fixed and he wouldn't pay anything, but also that all saudas (deals) on the match should be considered null and void soon after the game finished on July 25. This resulted in the Mumbai betting market losing Rs 25 crore. Sources in betting circles reveal that Dawood is mad with the sudden twist in the game. New Zealand played so well that its victory was priced at just 5 paisa against Rs 20 for Lankan victory. Sri Lanka, which was struggling at 27 for 4 wickets, changed the game after a sensational partnership between Russel Arnold and Suresh Parera. Parera, who is primarily a bowler, batted so well that Lanka won the game. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 21:44:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chandrika firm on new constitution
TOI, July 31. While the Sri Lankan Opposition has been paralysed after police attacked their protests, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who prorogued Parliament mainly to buy time and save her government from being defeated in a no-confidence motion, is making use of the time to do what she does best: convince people.Amidst concern over deepening political crisis, President Kumaratunga told foreign diplomats in Sri Lanka that she would go all out to pass a new constitution even without the required parliamentary two-thirds majority if the people said they wanted it. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 15:39:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka govt to call off referendum amid outcry
Indiainfo, July 31. Amid widespread opposition, the government plans to call off the August 21 referendum for bringing about changes in the present Constitution, media reports said on July 31. Though no official indication was available, reports say that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is ready to offer conditional support to the People’s Alliance government for at least two years, as a way out of the current political turmoil.A JVP spokesman has been quoted as saying that the party would support a national reconciliation government if ministers and Members of Parliament agreed to sacrifice their perks as a first step towards settling the economic crisis. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 15:20:06 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka president vows to by-pass parliament
123India.com, Jul 31 2001 15:33 IST. COLOMBO, July 31 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga has vowed to side-step the legislature where her government has lost its majority and introduce a radically new constitution, her office said Tuesday. Kumaratunga told Colombo-based diplomats Monday that she will use the August 21 referendum to implement a new statute, the shape and form of which is yet to be disclosed, her office said in a four-page statement. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 07:15:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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West wants foreign security for airport
HT, July 30. ALMOST AS a pre-condition to withdrawal of their advisories against visiting Sri Lanka, some western powers have suggested that the Bandanaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo be handed over to a reputed foreign company to ensure security of international standards.This was conveyed to leading Sri Lankan tour operators who met western envoys after the LTTE attacked the BIA and Britain,Germany and the United States issued advisories asking their nationals not to visit Sri Lanka in the short term. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 15:45:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Stranded in Dubai and Ripped by Emirates
The Lanka Academic , July 31. On the night evening of 24th Emirates staff informed us that we had to pay for the hotel effective 5 a.m the following day, 55 USD per night. We were surprised and expressed our dissatisfaction and said that the airline should take the responsibility to look after the stranded passengers. But, the Emirates staff said rudely that they were not to be blamed for what happened in Colombo and that the passengers have to pay if they were to stay until their flights resumed. When an Italian asked where is the human aspect of Emirates, a counter official responded, " We are a commercial organization and humanity does not come to play here. If you want please inform your respective missions and ask them to take responsibility" More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 01:09:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Samurdhi Minister calls for security heads to be removed
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday July 31. S. B. Dissanayake, Minister for Samurdhi and Youth Affairs addressing a meeting of PA supporters last evening said that those heading the security at the Air Force base and the airport at Katunayake should be removed from their posts for a massive lapse in security which resulted in the airport and the air force base coming under rebel attack last Tuesday.

The minister was recently reported to be at cross purposes with President Chandrika Kumaratunge. Yesterday however he accused the main opposition United National Party and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna of a hidden agenda and that the political parties are campaigning against the proposed referendum in order to come to power.

Meanwhile, President Chandrika Kumaratunge will reportedly meet with various different religious dignitaries today in a bid to persuade them that the holding of the referendum on August 21, is an absolute necessity in order to bring in a new constitution.
Published: Tue Jul 31 04:11:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Tamil Tiger rebels kill seven in Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, Tuesday July 31, 4:51 PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Tuesday Tamil guerrillas had killed seven people in the country's north and east, including a member of a rival Tamil militia who was shot dead in hospital where he was being treated for wounds. The wounded man was a member of the Eelam Peoples' Revolutionary Liberation Front, a former rebel group which now fights alongside government troops against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 11:05:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka's Tiger rebels kill five police in fresh attack  - Yahoo Asia

Kiriella raps BCCSL on the knuckles
Indiainfo, July 31. Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella, dissatisfied with the work done by the ad-hoc cricket Board, has turned to former Test captain Duleep Mendis for help, officials said on Tuesday. Mendis, who quit as national team manager two years ago to devote time to his business, is part of a new eight-man committee appointed by the minister to oversee the development of club cricket in the island. The committee, which also includes two former cricket chiefs, will work alongside the interim panel appointed by the Sports Minister in March to run the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL). More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 15:24:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

High-risk insurance hits flights to Sri Lanka, hikes ticket prices
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, July 31 8:10 PM SGT . International airlines operating to Sri Lanka have been hit by sharply higher insurance premiums following a Tamil rebel attack at the main airport here, aviation industry sources said Tuesday. The high-risk insurance premiums were being passed on to passengers by way of a 10 percent increase in standard fares for flights operating between Sri Lanka and Europe and seven percent for Far Eastern destinations. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 09:05:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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LTTE attack police post
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.10 p.m. SLT Tuesday July 31. The LTTE launched a fresh attack against a police post in the East at Welikanda today. According to defence sources, five constables have reportedly been injured in the attack.

Both the LTTE and government security forces have intensified battles in the country's eastern and northern peninsula after Sri Lanka Air Force jets began strafing Tiger strongholds in the north and east early this month.
Published: Tue Jul 31 04:11:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Tamil rebels attack Sri Lanka police post  - 123India.com

Nedumaran allowed to hold meet to support Eelam Tamils
newindpress, july 31. The Madras High Court has directed the Government and the police to grant permission to Tamil Eelam Liberation Supporters Co-ordination Committee convenor P Nedumaran to hold a conference on a date convenient to him. The committee proposed to hold a conference in support of Eelam Tamils on May 7, 2000 in Chidambaram. By an order dated May 4, the local SP had granted permission. However, by a single line order, the local sub-divisional magistrate and revenue divisional officer denied permission on May 6. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 15:51:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

TULF politico says Tamil politicians who believe in the LTTE should get out
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.15 a.m. SLT Tuesday July 31. K. Thurairajasingham, Administrative Secretary for the Tamil United Liberation Front said yesterday that all Tamil politicians who believe the LTTE are the sole representatives of the Tamil peoples should get out of politics.

The TULF politico made these comments when addressing a gathering at Batticaloa yesterday, on the proposed referendum in August this year. He said there is no room for such politicians who believe in a terrorist group and that such persons should leave the mantle of political office and join the Tiger rebels.
Published: Tue Jul 31 04:11:04 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lanka wants four jet fighters on rent
Dawn, COLOMBO, July 30. The Sri Lankan government has sought four jet fighters from Pakistan on rent, according to reports appearing in the local newspapers. In the Tuesday's pre-dawn attack on the Colombo airbase, at least 10 Sri Lankan jet fighters and a couple of military helicopters are believed to have been destroyed. An air force team is investigating the attack which had coincided with the 18th anniversary of the start of the country's bitter ethnic war and came just three days after the government had called off a self-imposed moratorium on air strikes on rebel targets. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 00:32:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka maul Kiwis to reach final
Yahoo India, Tuesday July 31, 4:37 PM. COLOMBO, July 31 (Reuters) - Mahela Jayawardene hit a quickfire 58 and pace bowler Chaminda Vaas grabbed three quick wickets as Sri Lanka reached the final of a triangular tournament with a 106-run victory over New Zealand on Tuesday. The Sri Lankans made 221 for six from their 36 overs in the rain-affected match, New Zealand struggling to 115 for nine in reply. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 11:08:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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VAAS SNUFFS OUT KIWI TOP ORDER
Cricinfo, 31 July 2001. The Kiwis chasing a formidable target of 222 struggled against the Sri Lankan new ball bowlers and were 40 for five with most of their leading batsmen back in the pavilion. The Sri Lankan new ball bowlers, Chaminda Vaas and Dilhara Fernando bowled impressively as they put the early breaks on the New Zealanders. Vaas in the first ball of his second over sent opener Matthew Sinclair who struggled against the new ball, back to the pavilion with the Kiwis on three. The batsman playing forward was trapped in front. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 08:16:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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New party supports President
CDN, 31 July. The Sri Lanka National Front, the newest political party in Sri Lanka has pledged its fullest support and encouragement to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. Wimal Geeganage, Leader of the SLNF made this announcement at a press conference last week. The SLNF leader said his party had been officially accepted as a political party by the Commissioner of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake, and that the official symbol of his party was the cricket bat. Geeganage said that his party's considered opinion was that holding the Referendum was a prime need of the hour, if the country was to emerge unscathed from the present political upheaval. "The 1978 Constitution introduced by the UNP is the bane of all the problems faced by the country at present. It has also proved an impediment to a lasting solution to the separatist war. Asked what his party intends to do in the face of the growing opposition to the holding of the referendum by almost all the Opposition parties Geeganage said it was the democratic right of any party to either accept or oppose the Referendum but that his party's stand was that it must be held now rather than later. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 04:14:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamils in U.S. to form group
The Hindu (International), 31-07-2001 . BOSTON, JULY 30. After New York, the Sri Lankan Tamils residing in several States of the United States of America met in a Boston suburb last Saturday and decided to form an international group committed to non-violence as a creed in the struggle for justice and human rights of the suffering Tamils of Sri Lanka. The Janata Party president, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, addressed the gathering. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 17:27:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Government offers to return bodies
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.10 p.m. SLT Monday July 30. The Government for the first time since rebels have died in Colombo, have offered to return the bodies of the Tigers killed in last Tuesday's devastating attack on Sri Lanka's main Air Force base and single international airport at Katunayake.

The bodies are expected to be returned using the offices of the International Committee for the Red Cross in Colombo.

Harsha Gunewardena, spokesman for the ICRC confirmed that the police had requested the ICRC to hand over the bodies back to the LTTE. "We have already notified the LTTE but have not yet received either a positive nor a negative response," he said. The ICRC, he added will make a decision on the matter the moment the LTTE responds.

The military claims it killed over 12 rebel cadre last Tuesday when the Tigers launched a daring pre dawn attack on the airport and air force base.
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:11:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan president vows constitutional reforms
MSNBC, Tuesday, July 31 2:26 PM SGT . COLOMBO, July 31 — Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga will push through constitutional reforms even if she does not have the required backing in parliament, state media reported on Tuesday. Kumaratunga, who suspended parliament this month ahead of a no-confidence vote in her minority government, was quoted as telling a meeting of diplomats that democratic ways would be found to make the changes if parliament did not approve them. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 04:28:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka nets people-smuggling fishing boat headed for Australia
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, July 31 2:26 PM SGT . Sri Lankan police have detained a fishing trawler and its owner who tried to transport some 54 would-be illegal immigrants to Australia, officials said Tuesday. Police at the northwestern town of Negombo had launched an investigation following the arrest of the man on Sunday when his trawler returned to a fishing harbour unable to make the trip to Australia, police said. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 03:21:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Chandrika to discuss referendum with religious heads
Indiainfo, July 30. : President Chandrika Kumaratunga has invited various religious leaders for a discussion on the proposed referendum for a new Constitution. Discussions are already on with the Opposition and other political parties. Official sources said that the President would seek the opinion of religious leaders on the proposed new Constitution, aimed at ending the ethnic strife in the country. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 12:57:01 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Business Leaders Clamor For Political Unity
Yahoo Singapore, 31 July 2001. Patrick Amerasinghe is one of Sri Lanka's pioneering exporters of rubberwood-based crafts and furniture to markets in the U.S., Europe and Japan. But Amerasinghe says high interest rates and added taxes from heavy government borrowing to fund an escalation last year in the island's civil war, meant little was left for new investments and hurt his competitiveness vis-a-vis other Asian manufacturers. Amerasinghe, like many other exporters and businessmen who are hitting hard time, grudgingly understands the measures taken by the government to channel added funds to battle the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 02:23:12 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tamil Congress to oppose Chandrika, TULF divided
Tamilnet, 31 July 2001. The All Ceylon Tamil Congress Monday rejected the invitation by the Sri Lankan President to discuss the political situation and said that it would categorically oppose the referendum for a new constitution scheduled to be held on 21 August. In a letter to the Sri Lankan President, the party leader Mr. Appappillai Vinyagamoorthy said that changing the constitution is futile when the Parliament has been suspended and democracy has been suppressed. He further states in the letter that the ethnic conflict can be resolved only if the government negotiates with the Liberation Tigers and introduces a new constitution on the understanding reached with them. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 01:05:13 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Rain delays start of Sri Lanka-New Zealand match
Yahoo India, 31 July 2001. The start of Tuesday's triangular tournament one-day match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand was delayed because of intermittent rain since Monday night. The match was scheduled to start at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club at 0400 GMT. Sri Lanka are top of the standings with six points. The Kiwis have four points and India, the third team in the tournament, have two points. All three have played four matches. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 02:23:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Toss up between Kiwi elan and Lankan acumen
Yahoo India, 31 July 2001. Like the proverbial phoenix, India, on occasions, needs to burn itself to fly again, and the country's stirring victory over Sri Lanka on Saturday, that was preceded by three shattering setbacks, has done much to infuse life into the competition. The cricket caravan now moves to the Sinhalese Sports Club ground for the final league phase of the Coca Cola triangular one-day competition. It promises to be interesting. The decisive round of matches will be kicked off with a meeting between Sri Lanka and New Zealand on Tuesday, an encounter, that will have a bearing on India's prospects. A New Zealand victory could make things tougher for the Indians, for even if they manage to win the final two games, it will boil down to the run-rate. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 02:26:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

South Asian unions to hold anti-reforms meet in India
Yahoo India, Tuesday July 31, 12:15 PM. CALCUTTA (Reuters) - Trade union leaders from five South Asian countries will gather in New Delhi next month to devise a common regional strategy against reforms in the labour sector, an Indian union official said on Tuesday. Union leaders from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and India will take part in a four-day seminar in the Indian capital starting on August 9 to develop a platform against policies that reduce jobs and make firing of workers easier. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 06:03:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Maestro Amaradeva delighted of Magsaysay Award
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 30/07/01 1405GMT. Pandith Amaradeva is delighted with the decision of the Magsaysay Foundation to award him this years "Journalism, Literature and Creative Communications Arts" prize. " I am not surprised, but it is an honour not only for me personally, but also for the country and the nation" Maestro W.D. Amaradeva told BBC’s Sandeshaya programme to be broadcast at 1515GMT.

The legendary musician said although he has always been "wedded" to his music and the experiments without expecting any award or a prize, global recognition of his work is encouraging. " I would like to share this with my contemporary musicians and the writers" the Maestro continued. He said he would use the prize money to offer scholarships to poor students through his Amaradeva Foundation.
Published: Mon Jul 30 10:05:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka/July CPI -2: Prices Slightly Lower Vs June
Yahoo Singapore, Tuesday July 31, 6:25 PM. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--Sri Lanka's annual average inflation was 12.4% in the 12 months to July compared with 12.2% in the 12 months ended June, said the Census and Statistics Board Tuesday. Prices were, however, slightly lower in July compared with June, with the consumer price index at 2,946.8 points in July versus 2,973.6 points at the end of June, the board said. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 08:06:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Post-Colombo attack, Australia steps up CHOGM vigil
Yahoo, July 30. Australian agencies monitoring security for the October Commonwealth meet have stepped up vigil after the Tamil Tiger attack in Colombo, particularly as the Indian and Sri Lankan representatives are at a high risk. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) would begin on October 6 in Brisbane in which more than 50 heads of former British colonies will participate. The protective services have also been alarmed by a spate of robberies in which small weapons have been stolen. In the latest incident 14 high-powered handguns in Brisbane were stolen. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 16:20:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Shrs Flat Early; Sathosa Motors Dominates Trade
Yahoo Singapore, 31 July 2001. Sri Lanka's shares are opening little changed Tuesday, but early local buying in Sathosa Motors Ltd. is boosting volume, brokers said. Overall demand remains thin due to prevailing domestic worries, they said. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 02:24:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

West wants foreign security for airport
HT, 31 July 2001. ALMOST AS a pre-condition to withdrawal of their advisories against visiting Sri Lanka, some western powers have suggested that the Bandanaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo be handed over to a reputed foreign company to ensure security of international standards. This was conveyed to leading Sri Lankan tour operators who met western envoys after the LTTE attacked the BIA and Britain,Germany and the United States issued advisories asking their nationals not to visit Sri Lanka in the short term. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 20:15:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan airline hopes to return damaged aircraft to service within a few mont...
Nothern Light, Monday, July 30, 2001 10:31 AM EST . Officials at SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lanka's national carrier, are hopeful that three of its damaged aircraft will be flying again within a few months, after the rebel attack on Bandaranaike International Airport last week. SriLankan Airlines struggled to meet flight schedules after three of its 12 Airbus aircraft were destroyed and another three damaged in the attack by Tamil Tiger rebels. The airline will reduce long-haul flights to concentrate on passengers travelling to Singapore and Dubai, reported Reuters. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 11:25:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Referendum Violence begins
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.15 p.m. SLT Monday July 30. Incidents of referendum violence have already been reported to the Elections Unit at Police Headquarters. As emotions are stirred and the countdown begins to a referendum on August 21 this year, police headquarters have reported that supporters of the United National Party (UNP)were attacked by some drunken thugs in the Weligama area last night. It has been reported that two UNP supporters were assaulted by the thugs when putting up posters which called for a vote against a new constitution.

Meanwhile, according to the police, a group of JVP supporters were also attacked in Thambuttegama. The JVP are also calling on the masses to vote against the bringing in of a new constitution.
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:11:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Fighting intensifies in the North
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1 p.m. SLT Monday July 30. As fighting intensified in the northern peninsula between security forces and Tiger rebels this weekend, the army reported today that troops on a patrol in the general area West of Irani-iiuppaikkulam, about 14 Kms north west of Vavuniya were ambushed by rebels around 5 P.M last evening.

Reinforcements had been rushed from the defence line and cleared the area. A fire fight went on for a few minutes after which the army claims the rebels fled the area. Two soldiers were killed in the confrontation.

The military meanwhile say that troops have killed upto five rebel cadre yesterday in two different confrontations in the northern peninsula.
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:11:55 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lanka Buddhists battle Christian conversions
123India, 30 July 2001. Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist clergy Monday called for laws to ban Christian conversions spreading in poverty-stricken rural villages and vowed collective action against the practice. The monks, led by high priest of the Agririya chapter Udagama Buddharakkita, adopted an 11-point plan to fight proselytisers active in several districts of the island. "We call on the authorities to immediately bring legislation to prevent the conversions taking place under the cover of helping rural communities to improve their economic standards," the monks said in a statement. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 08:36:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Inter university students protest against the referendum
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Monday July 30. The Inter University Students Federation plan to begin an island-wide campaign against the holding of the referendum on August 21 this year.

The students maintain that it is a gross misuse of public funds and totally unjustified to spend some 600 million rupees in order to ascertain a vague answer to an equally vague question.

The students plan to hold their first demonstration tomorrow in front of the Fort Railway Station. They claim that thereafter, on August 6 and 7, the students plan to carry out demonstrations around the country in protest against the holding of the referendum.
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:11:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lanka offers cash discounts to woo tourists after airport attack
123India.com, Jul 30 2001 15:27 IST. Sri Lanka has begun offering 15 percent discounts to holiday-makers in a bid to woo back tourists scared off by last week's rebel attack on the country's only international airport, officials said Monday. The Ceylon Tourist Board said all visitors to the island were being given coupons that would entitle them to cash discounts on all food and beverage charges in hotels. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:13:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lankan govt terminates peace talks with LTTE
TOI, 30 July 2001. The Sri Lankan government on Monday ended moves toward peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, saying it will not lift a ban on the separatist group after last week's devastating attack near Colombo. "It is totally out of question," Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was quoted as saying by the state-run Daily News on the issue of lifting a ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Lifting of the ban, imposed after the rebels attacked this Buddhist majority island country's main shrine in 1998, is the main precondition of the rebels to enter peace talks. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 08:24:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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19 Men Detained In Probe Of Sri Lanka Airport Attack
Yahoo Singapore, 30 July 2001. Police and air force investigators have detained 19 men for questioning about the Tamil rebel attack on Sri Lanka's only international airport and adjoining air base, officials said Monday. Nine Tamil civilians were detained during overnight raids, adding to the seven minority men taken into custody last week, a policeman at the Wennappuwa police station, near the airport, said on condition of anonymity. The air force detained another air man overnight. The air force is now holding three air force men - all members of the Sinhalese majority - who were on guard duty when the Katunayake air base and the airport were attacked July 24. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 04:41:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka hope to seal final berth
NDTV/MSNBC, Monday, July 30, 2001 . Stung by a comprehensive defeat to India, Sri Lanka would aim to seal their berth in the final when they take on New Zealand in a league encounter of the triangular one-day series here tomorrow. India's first win in the series, a seven-wicket defeat of Sri Lanka, has opened up the tournament and Sri Lanka and New Zealand cannot take their place in the final for granted. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 09:20:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka fears tourism slump
BBC South Asia, Monday, 30 July, 2001, 12:49 GMT 13:49 UK . Officials fear the images of foreign tourists scurrying for cover amid burning aircraft on the airport tarmac could scare away western visitors. No tourist was killed in the attack but half of the total fleet of the country's flag carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines, was damaged or destroyed. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 08:18:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Tourist Bd Says Security Tightened At Resorts
Yahoo Singapore, 30 July 2001. Sri Lanka's Tourist Board Monday said security has been beefed up at all resorts across the country following a Tamil Tiger rebel attack on the nation's only international airport last week. "Security arrangements have been tightened at all tourist resorts," the board said in a statement. It also said the airport has resumed normal operations. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 04:44:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan among winners of Magsaysay awards
Yahoo India, Monday July 30, 11:31 AM. MANILA (Reuters) - A Chinese agricultural scientist and a government official are among the seven winners of the 2001 Ramon Magsaysay Awards for excellence, the award foundation said on Monday. ....-- for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communications Arts: K.W.D. Amaradeva of Sri Lanka, "who has wedded the poetry of his native Sinhalese culture to Buddhist chants, North Indian ragas and Christian hymns". More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:28:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

2 Lankan Air Force officers ‘removed’
Deccan Herald, Monday, July 30, 2001 . Two senior Sri Lankan Air Force officers have been removed from their posts and more changes were likely following a daring LTTE attack on Katunayake military airbase on Tuesday, media report said today. Air Commodore R A Ananda, who commanded the base and Wing Commander Nihal Ratnayake, its Ground Defence Officer, were “moved out of their positions” on the orders of Air Force chief Air Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody, media report said. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 05:01:49 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Fit-again Fleming to lead Kiwis against Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, Monday July 30, 1:14 PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming will return against Sri Lanka on Tuesday after missing two games of the triangular series also involving India with food poisoning. Craig McMillan led the Kiwis to victory over India but the team lost to Sri Lanka in their last match on Thursday. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 07:07:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tendulkar expects to be fit for Test series
Yahoo India, Monday July 30, 12:00 PM. The Indian team in Sri Lanka can heave a big sigh of relief. It's more or less certain now that master batsman Sachin Tendulkar would be available for the three-Test series against the hosts which is to commence on August 14 at Galle. Tendulkar has written to the Indian cricket board that he is recovering well and is expected to be fit for the Test series, according to its secretary Jaywant Lele. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:32:36 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tamil Tiger suicide bomber killed
BBC South Asia, Monday, 30 July, 2001, 08:52 GMT 09:52 UK . Military officials in Sri Lanka say a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber has been killed after he accidentally set off explosives strapped to his body.The officials say a suspected accomplice also died in the blast. The accident occured not far from the Sri Lankan naval base at Mannar, in the northwest of the country. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:12:25 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tamil Tiger suicide bomber killed  - BBC South Asia

Cricket-Match-fixing claims almost forced Warne to quit
Yahoo India, Monday July 30, 12:30 PM . LONDON (Reuters) - Shane Warne was on the verge of quitting cricket following fresh accusations of match-fixing on the eve of Australia's World Cup triumph in 1999, he said in a British newspaper on Monday. The leg-spinner says in his new autobiography, serialised in the Daily Mail this week, that he told skipper Steve Waugh he was considering retirement after the final against Pakistan at Lords. More...
Published: Mon Jul 30 06:29:14 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka/July CPI -3: Data Understate Real Inflation
Yahoo Singapore, Tuesday July 31, 6:25 PM. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--Sri Lanka's annual average inflation was 12.4% in the 12 months to July compared with 12.2% in the 12 months ended June, said the Census and Statistics Board Tuesday. More...
Published: Tue Jul 31 09:09:40 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka Shares End Flat; Sathosa Motors Boosts Volume  - Yahoo Singapore

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