The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 1, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 117

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Fifty percent of Sri Lankan Airlines staff to lose jobs- SLFP Union
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 01/08/01 1720GMT. Nearly fifty percent of Sri Lankan Airlines (SLAir) staff will loose their jobs under an Accelerated Voluntary Retirement Scheme, a trade union leader said. The management of SLAir expect the staff to be "volunteered" to leave the jobs, chairman of the Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya’s airport branch Jayaraj Palihawadana told The Lanka Academic.

The airline had also launched a scheme to shed further jobs of the flight crews. According to the Country Manager for SriLanka and the Maldives, Chandana Silva, most of the crew members including the pilots who will loose the jobs under the new scheme would be non-Sri Lankan nationals. Some of the support staff working for foreign cargo and passenger airlines will also be made redundant due to these airlines suspending the flights as a result of the high cost of insurance premiums on flights to Sri Lanka, Mr. Silva told the BBC’s Sandeshaya. There is going to be a increase in the ticket prices by ten percent to cover the high costs.

SLAir is to transfer its operational hubs to Singapore and Dubai, where the main partner Emirates Airlines operates, Mr. Silva admitted. Union leaders in Colombo are suspicious whether this is another move towards full privatisation of SLAir.
Published: Wed Aug 1 13:20:28 EDT 2001



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Eleven Tamil parties to support "No" campaign
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 01/08/01 1650GMT. Eleven Tamil parties today warned President Chandrika Kumaratunga that they will support the No campaign for August 21 referendum unless she withdraws the referendum and reconvene the prorogued parliament. "The government say that they are going to introduce a new constitution with a solution to the ethnic problem. But the President does not say what the solution is" P.Chandrasekaran, MP, leader of the Up Country Peoples’ Front (UCPF), told BBC’s Sandeshaya. Mr. Chandrasekaran said the President herself cannot decide the country’s future and she should at least consult the parliament.

Eleven parties, including Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) and UCPF also decided to launch a protest to reconvene the parliament in a meeting held in Colombo.
Published: Wed Aug 1 12:54:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top


TULF politico says Tamil politicians who believe in the LTTE should get out - CORRECTION
The Lanka Academic, August. We at Lanka Academic hereby retract the story that appeared under the above heading yesterday. Our reporter has indicated that the quote attributed to Mr.Thurairajasingham was incorrectly translated from Tamil to English during the writeup of the story. The correct version should be as follows; "Some politicians who are using the LTTEs name and getting political benefit - they are not the representatives of the LTTE. The LTTE is the sole representative of themselves," furthermore He stated that the constitution move taken by the Tamil parties is almost over, "therefore Tamil parties have created a vacuum in the Tamil political arena. These Tamil parties should make way for the LTTEs political wing,"

We at Lanka Academic deeply regret this error and wish to apologize to Mr.Thurairajasingham for any inconvinience caused by this report.

Published: Wed Aug 1 12:03:30 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Chandrika ready to quit after reforms
indiainfo, August 1. Taking on the opposition United National Party (UNP)'s accusations that she was clinging on to office, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said she was willing to give up her executive powers after implementation of the new Constitution.Addressing a gathering of Buddhist prelates at the Presidential Palace on July 31, Kumaratunga said, ''The Opposition UNP backed out from supporting the Constitutional reform process alleging that I was clinching on to the Executive Presidency till the end of my second term. I am more than willing to surrender the Executive Presidency for the sake of resolving the country's burning problems.'' More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 12:28:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

SriLankan Airlines axes over 1,500 jobs
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 1 August, 2001, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK. Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, has decided to shed more than 1,500 jobs following the loss of half its fleet in last week's devastating Tamil Tiger attack on Colombo airport. The job losses come in the wake of sharply increased air fares, which rose after the attack to meet high-risk insurance cover for all aircraft flying to Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 12:34:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Sri Lanka president to hold talks on travel crisis
MSNBC, Wednesday, 1st August, 12:21 GMT. COLOMBO, Aug. 1 — Representatives of Sri Lanka's beleaguered travel and tourism industries were due to hold crisis talks with the country's president on Wednesday as shockwaves spread from a devastating rebel airport raid last week. Both industries are bracing for deep recession after Tamil Tiger rebels wreaked havoc at the country's only international airport, bringing travel warnings from major tourist markets and a massive insurance surcharge on airlines flying to Colombo. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 08:17:33 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka tightens security at its international airport after Tamil rebel attack
MSNBC, August 1. The government said Wednesday it has tightened security at the island nation's only international airport to prevent future attacks after Tamil rebels overran it and destroyed 11 airplanes.Defense Secretary Chandrananda de Silva said in a statement that the Colombo airport's perimeter security had been strengthened and that two military strike groups would be kept in readiness to block illegal entry. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 12:25:17 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Colombo sea port at a standstill
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4 p.m. SLT Wednesday august 1. The Colombo sea port is at a virtual standstill after hundreds of dock workers went on strike today protesting against changes to a three shift work schedule.

While negotiations are underway to reach a compromise with port officials, containers cannot be unloaded from ships and almost the entire dock operations are at a halt.
Published: Wed Aug 1 06:05:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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10 killed in Sri Lankan fighting
Press Trust of India, Wednesday, August 01, 2001. Sri Lankan troops killed four LTTE rebels in northern Sri Lanka, while the tigers shot dead five home guards in east, the military said Wednesday. Troops activated a claymore mine when they came under LTTE attack at Muhamalai in the Jaffna peninsula in the north yesterday killing four LTTE men and injuring three, a military statement said. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 09:14:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Fresh fighting kills eight rebels in Sri Lanka  - 123India.com
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Military say they killed four Tigers in claymore mine blast  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo

AI will single out Sri Lanka for human rights abuses
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Wednesday August 1. Amnesty International says that Sri Lanka together with Zimbabwe, and Malaysia will be singled out at a meeting of commonwealth heads in Brisbane, Australia this month as being gross violators of human rights abuse.

AI maintains that in Sri Lanka both the Government and the LTTE are guilty of human rights abuses.
Published: Wed Aug 1 03:38:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top


SLMC leader says prorogation must be cancelled
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday August 1. Rauf Hakeem, Leader for the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress says that the prorogation of Parliament must be cancelled before the referendum is held. Hakeem said that if not, the country will witness widespread violence both in the South and the East.

The SLMC Leader pointed out that since the country is facing a grave crisis situation, it is essential to reconvene Parliament. Uniting to form a national government he said is the need of the hour.

President Chandrika Kumaratunge meanwhile has refused to comply. She reportedly told a gathering of diplomats on Tuesday that she would not reconvene Parliament and is determined to change the present constitution to one that provides a fair majority to the ruling party. The president has also reiterated that she will consult with foreign constitutional makers from the US, UK and France in order to get the best possible advice on constitution making.
Published: Wed Aug 1 03:38:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Lanka axes 3 flights to India
The Pioneer, Wednesday, 1st Aug 15:23 GMT. Sri Lankan airlines reeling after Tamil Tiger rebels blasted half its fleet, has axed three Indian destinations from its flight schedule and hiked airfares to meet increased insurance charges. The national carrier has stopped flying to Tiruchirapalli, Mumbai and New Delhi which are among 12 cities being taken off SriLankan Airlines network, officials said. The other cities are Karachi, Dhaka, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Sydney, Paris, Berlin, Milan and Stockholm. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 11:20:27 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Man tries to get rid of 'unfaithful' wife for Rs 2!
newindpress, 01 August 2001. A Sri Lanka man tried to get rid of his unfaithful wife by transferring her to her lover and paying Rs 2 in state taxes to give the transaction legal validity, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.The man got his wife's lover to sign a transfer document complete with a two rupee stamp only to find that police in the central town of Badulla were not willing to enforce the deal, the independent Daily Mirror said."Police turned them away saying the law had no provision for such transfers," said the Mirror, adding it was still unclear which couple "would live happily thereafter". More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 06:11:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Anunayake Thero ‘shocked’ to read of his appointment
Island, 01 August 2001. The Ven. Ambanwelle Sri Pagnasekere Anunayake Thero of Malwatte chapter who has been named chairman of the Buddha Sasana Commission appointed by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has written to her that he was shocked and amazed to read in a newspaper of his being appointed the head of such a commission. The prelate has told the President that he was not informed or consulted even by telephone prior to such an appointment. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 08:37:05 EDT 2001 Back to the top

India wins by 46 runs at Colombo
NDTV/MSNBC, Wednesday, August 1, 2001 . India has won the eighth Coca-Cola tri-series one-day international against Sri Lanka at Colombo by 46 runs. The Indians now have a better shot at gaining the second spot for the finals on August 5. The hosts are already assured of a place, while India and New Zealand still need to battle it out in tomorrow's match. In reply to the target of 228 runs, the Lankan beginning was as disastrous as India's, as they lost Romesh Kaluwitharana (0) and then Marvan Atapattu (1) in quick succession. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 08:14:00 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Tendulkar to be included  - Yahoo India
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Cricket-India 227-8 in 50 overs against Sri Lanka  - Yahoo India

CT scanner lies unused for two years
Island, 01 August 2001. A CT scanner brought down at a cost of several millions for the Badulla General Hospital is sitting in it’s X’ray unit, unused. According to a hospital source the machine is not being used because of the lack of a part of the equipment that goes with the machinery. According to Medical sources the machine was brought two years ago but it has not been used because of the lack of staff. Another source who was formally attached to the hospital claimed that the machine has been out of order for some time. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 08:38:59 EDT 2001 Back to the top

INTERVIEW: Sri Lanka People's Bk On Track To Recover '01
Yahoo Singapore, Wednesday August 1, 6:27 PM. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--People's Bank, the smaller of Sri Lanka's two state banks, is on track for recovery in 2001, after hefty provisioning for nonperforming loans put it in the red in the past two years, its chairman said Wednesday. "This year, our strategic plan is to make a net profit. Judging from the first six months' performance, we are on track and have even outperformed the budget," Mano Tittawella told Dow Jones Newswires in an interview. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 07:20:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan President Prepared to Give up Executive Presidency
People's Daily, Wednesday, August 01, 2001, updated at 13:21(. Sri Lanka n President Chandrika Kumaratunga said on Tuesday she was ready to give up the Executive Presidency as soon as the new constitution was adopted, the state-run Daily News reported on Wednesday. Kumaratunga who was addressing a gathering of influential Buddhist monks explained the need for the new constitution and added that it would help end the 18-year ethnic war with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels. "I have offered to surrender the executive powers with immediate effect with the implementation of the new constitution but the UNP (United National Party) is still unwilling to support the process of constitutional reforms, " she said. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 04:30:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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...
Published: Tue Jul 31 21:30:46 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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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

S.Lankan puts in his two cents' worth to abandon wife
MSNBC, Wednesday, August 1 8:57 GMT. COLOMBO, Aug. 1 — A Sri Lanka man tried to get rid of his unfaithful wife by transferring her to her lover and paying two rupees (two U.S. cents) in state taxes to give the transaction legal validity, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. The man got his wife's lover to sign a transfer document complete with a two rupee stamp only to find that police in the central town of Badulla were not willing to enforce the deal, the independent Daily Mirror said. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 04:53:15 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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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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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 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

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

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

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

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

‘Can this man save England?’
Yahoo India, Wednesday August 1, 11:50 AM. LONDON: The appointment of Rodney Marsh as head honcho of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Cricket Academy is in the nature of a coup, given the not-so-friendly cricket rivalry between England and Australia and the fact that Marsh has done a remarkable job during his eight-year tenure as chief of the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 04:55:15 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka Shrs Flat Early; Foreign Buying In John Keells
Yahoo Singapore, Wednesday August 1, 12:45 PM . COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--Sri Lanka's shares are flat early Wednesday, but foreign buying in conglomerate John Keells Holdings has helped lift volume, brokers said. At 0425 GMT (12:25 a.m. EDT), the All Share Index was down 0.05 point, or 0.01%, at 418.74, according to provisional data from brokers. The Milanka Price Index, which tracks the most liquid and highly capitalized stocks, was up 1.35 point, or 0.2%, at 624.10. More...
Published: Wed Aug 1 04:35:48 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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