The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 161

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New cabinet increased to 23 members
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 14/09/01 1620 GMT. Former UNP stalwart Wijepala Mendis has also been sworn-in as the minister for Cultural affairs, Science and Technology increasing the number of cabinet members to twenty two. The Lanka Academic reliably learns that the state media was instructed to refrain from publishing the appointment until the rebel MP and minister Mendis's rival in Katana electorate Jeyaraj Fernandopullai was included in the cabinet and sworn in.

There have been angry protests in front of Mr. Fernandopullai's residence in Katana with his supporters calling for their leader to be included in the cabinet. Provided that ex-minister Arumugam Thondaman will also be offered a portfolio, the number of cabinet members would rise to 23 in breach of PA-JVP Memorandum of Understanding signed last week.
Published: Fri Sep 14 12:23:04 EDT 2001

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Sri Lanka's new cabinet of 21 ministers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Friday September 14. Downgrading and reducing a cabinet of 42 ministers excluding the Prime Minister and herself, President Chandrika Kumaratunge has ignored and once more fallen back on her word that she will not include ministers who are corrupt to be nominated once more to her cabinet... Back to the top

The sun is shining on Lankan cricket
Yahoo India, September 14. THE SUN shone for most part, and the Lankans dished out bright fare against the Indians... Back to the top

Sri Lanka slaps eight-hour power cuts, Sep 14 2001 19:19 IST. Sri Lanka's electricity monopoly announced it was extended nationwide power cuts to eight hours daily from Saturday in a bid to save energy and prevent a total blackout... Back to the top

Rebel minister to accept portfolio
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1629 slt 14.09.01. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, one of the four ministers who resigned from the cabinet on Wednesday has agreed to accept a portfolio in the new 20 member cabinet, a senior government source told Lacnet... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's drought appeal gets lukewarm response
MSNBC, New Delhi, Sept. 14. (PTI). Relief has begun to trickle into drought-stricken southern Sri Lanka but the Red Cross said on Friday aid was still far short of what was needed to help the drought's 1.5 million victims... Back to the top

Suicide attacks scourge of 21st century, say experts
Yahoo India, September 15. They are deadly killing machines, human weapons whose aim is to kill as many people as possible by killing themselves... Back to the top

Sri Lanka names cabinet
123India, September 15. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday reduced her 44-member jumbo cabinet to 20 following pressure from her new Marxist ally... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Base Commander Arrested
Nothern Light, 14 Friday, September 14, 2001 4:12 AM EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The commander of a Sri Lankan air force base that was attacked by rebels in July has been arrested, a military spokesman said Friday... Back to the top

Germany eases travel restrictions on Sri Lanka
MSNBC, 14 September. Germany has eased a travel ban imposed on Sri Lanka after July's high-profile rebel attack on the country's only international airport, its embassy said on Friday... Back to the top

A conduit for terrorists
National Post , September 15. Reports that at least two of the terrorists responsible for the devastating strike on the World Trade Center may have travelled from Canada have again put Ottawa's immigration and counter-terrorism policies -- already under fire over the Ahmed Ressam affair -- in the spotlight... Back to the top

LTTE agreed not to insist on Eelam: Chandrika
The Hindu NUS, New Delhi, Sept. 14. (PTI). The LTTE had agreed to hold talks with the Sri Lankan Government in November last year without insisting on `Eelam' (separate Tamil State) being on the agenda, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said today... Back to the top

Doctor held in huge heroin haul
Yahoo India, September 14. The Narcotics Control Bureau, South Zone Unit, has arrested four persons, including a doctor, from Chetpet here for allegedly attempting to smuggle 15 kg of heroin worth Rs 16 crore in the international market... Back to the top

Four Colombo ministers quit ahead of reshuffle
Gulf-News, September 14. Four rebel ministers of the ruling People's Alliance (PA) government have quit their posts, a day ahead of a scheduled cabinet reshuffle and vowed not accept any more portfolios while accusing the government for failing to keep to its promises and expectations... Back to the top

I trained 14 militants to fly: Afghan pilot
Hindu, 13 September 2001. A former pilot with Afghanistan's national carrier was today quoted as saying that he had helped train 14 Islamic militants, some holding European passports, to fly civilian aircraft... Back to the top

Lifeline for Chandrika
Deccan Herald, September 14. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Marxist oriented Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Peoples Alliance (PA) in Sri Lanka is according to President Chandrika Kumaratunge's own rhetoric, a pact with the devil... Back to the top

Death of popular comedian
CDN, 14 September 2001. Popular comedian Samuel Rodrigo (80) died yesterday after a brief illness... Back to the top

American authorities identified more than dozen hijackers
India Daily, 14 September 2001. American authorities have identified more than a dozen hijackers of West Asian descent in Tuesday's bombings and gathered evidence linking them to Osama bin Laden and other terrorist networks... Back to the top

Colin Powell Prposes a world wide coalition against terrorism
Walter Jayawardhana , September 14. Speaking after the devastating terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the US military headquarters, the Pentagon in Washington DC the US Secretary of State Colin Powell said President George W... Back to the top

TV channels bring disaster to your living room, live
Yahoo India, September 14, 12:00 AM. THE images of the World Trade Center caving in was just like a superbly crafted scene from a Hollywood action thriller... Back to the top

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