The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 20, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 167

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Court to rule on constitutionality of Colombo reforms
Gulf-News, September 21. Sri Lanka's Supreme Court will determine today whether the proposed constitutional reforms are consistent with the constitution and whether they require a referendum before approval in parliament.The Supreme Court will, however, deliver its ruling only on Monday in a communication addressed to the Speaker of Parliament, Anura Bandara-naike, who will read out the ruling before the proposed amendments are taken up for debate on Monday. More...
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Opposition leaders meet later today to consider the 17th amendment to the constitution
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1315 slt 20.09.01. Leaders of opposition political parties are meeting later today to discuss the changes made to the 17th amendment by the government and the JVP amidst growing opposition to them by civil society groups... Back to the top

Canada will `strike at heart' of terrorist fundraising
Miami Herald, September 19. A new anti-terrorism law is on its way after last week's attacks in the United States, says Justice Minister Anne McLellan, and the government may seek to revisit a Canadian Supreme Court case involving the deportation of suspected terrorists... Back to the top

Astrologers called to break Kandy jinx
Hindustantimes , September 20. Sri Lankan cricket officials are consulting astrologers in a bid to end the national team's losing stretch at Kandy... Back to the top

Opposition growing to changes to the 17th amendment
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1241 slt 20.09.02. Opposition is growing to changes introduced to the draft of the 17th amendment to the constitution which will set up a constitutional council to make key appointments and select members to the proposed four independent commissions... Back to the top

Sri Lankan executives make peace their business
Asia Times , September 21. Thousands of young executives and office workers linked hands on Wednesday in various parts of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo in a symbolic gesture for peace on the war-torn island... Back to the top

Rare Drought in Tropical Sri Lanka
Nothern Light, Thursday, September 20, 2001 5:51 AM EDT . The children's hair and nails are no longer growing. People live on rice and salt... Back to the top

World Food Programme team arrives to assess needs of drought victims
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1520 slt 20.09.01. A team from the World Food Programme (WFP) is arriving in Sri Lanka today to assess the needs of people affected by a major drought... Back to the top

Drought/Photo
AP/Yahoo, 20 September 2001. Wasantha Kumara starts his journey back home with his bicycle loaded down with cans full of water taken from one of the few reamining reservoirs that still has some water left, in Hambantota, 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Analysts Rethink Image of Suicide Bombers
LA Times, September 20. The men who crashed passenger jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are a new breed of suicide terrorist, apparently linked in motivation to the young, often poorly educated men who conducted previous bombings but a world apart in training and technical skills... Back to the top

Sri Lanka stamp issued 4,545 years too late
MSNBC, 20 September 2001. — Red-faced Sri Lankan postal authorities ordered an inquiry on Thursday after a printing error left an important Buddhist commemorative stamp 4,545 years out of date, officials said... Back to the top

Temporary truce in Sri Lanka for anti-polio drive
MSNBC, 20 September 2001. The Sri Lankan government and separatist Tamil guerrillas have agreed to two temporary ceasefires to allow children in the northeastern war zone to be vaccinated against polio, state media said on Thursday... Back to the top

Another 100 Afghan and Sri Lankan asylum seekers land on Nauru island
ABC News, 09/20/2001 3:40 am ET . Barefoot and weary, another group of asylum seekers stepped onto the tiny Pacific island republic of Nauru on Thursday after three weeks aboard an Australian navy ship... Back to the top

Sri Lankans join hands for peace
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 3.00pm SLT, Sep.19, 2001. Office workers hold hands in Colombo’s streets urging Sri Lankan government to start peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels in the biggest ever show by hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans of all ethnicity's, asking for an end to the war that has cost more than 64,000 lives... Back to the top

"Anti-Terrorists" Launch "Terrorist" Attack- Ceylinco Chief
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 19/09/01 1725 GMT. Sri Lanka’s business leaders who organised "Sri Lanka First" peace campaign were furious as supporters of Sihala Urumaya (SU) and National Movement Against Terrorism (NMAT) assaulted female employees of Seylan Bank who took part in the campaign... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Empty promises, empty reservoirs
Asia Times, Wednesday 19th September 13:38GMT. Bold promises by the Sri Lankan premier that he would solve the country's power and water shortages were initially greeted with relief, which soon turned to despair when he had to back down, citing the crisis in the United States... Back to the top

Aravinda: My Autobiography – A Book Review
Yahoo India, 20 September 2001. A few months ago, this venture would have seemed one of the cricket publishing bonehead plays of the decade: the memoir of a fading star, stature and future endangered by the most ruinous World Cup imaginable, coming soon to a remainder table near you... Back to the top

Newly appointed cabinet ministers in a tizzy
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.30 p.m. SLT Wednesday September 19 . Heavy hearts have greeted the appointment of 21 new cabinet ministers... Back to the top

Police disperse NMAT protestors marching towards US embassy
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.10 p.m. SLT Wednesday September 19. Police this afternoon were forced to disperse a crowd of demonstrators who were marching towards the US Embassy in Colombo 3... Back to the top

Sri Lankan human smugglers get prison term in Australia
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.07 a.m Wednesday September 19. The captain and eight crew members of a ship which carried twenty four illegal Sri Lankan immigrants to Australia in April were sentenced to 5 1/2 years and 3 1/2 years in prison by a court in Perth this morning... Back to the top

Row casts shadow over Sri Lankan reforms
MSNBC, 19 September. Sri Lankan opposition parties on Wednesday accused the president of tampering with a democratic reform bill seen as vital to the minority government... Back to the top

Gulf Air ceases flights to Peshawar and Colombo
Nothern Light, Wednesday, September 19, 2001 9:51 AM EST . Sep 19, 2001 (AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) -- Gulf Air has suspended its flights to Peshawar, Pakistan and Colombo, Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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