The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 168

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Sri Lanka coalition names cabinet, set for reform
Yahoo India, September 21, 5:35 PM. Sri Lanka's president dumped her technology minister from the cabinet on Friday, finalising her government after a dizzying succession of changes designed to placate restive partners in the minority ruling coalition. Mendis, who was sworn-in on Saturday, was not available for comment, but officials of his staff said he had not resigned. More...
Published: Fri Sep 21 15:58:19 EDT 2001
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LTTE is "conscripting" kids,says UTHR (Jaffna)
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 1.36 PM SLT Friday Sept.21,2001. Desperately in need of fighting cadres,the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have begun "conscripting" kids as young as 12 and 14,says the latest report of the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) released on thursday... Back to the top

Toy planes land Sri Lankan pilots in hot water, Sep 21 2001 11:28 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 21 (AFP) - Two Sri Lankan pilots have landed in hot water after flying remote-controlled model planes near the country's rebel-hit international airport, police said Friday... Back to the top

Opposition to hand in no confidence motion against the government on Wednesday
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1032 slt 21.09.01. Opposition parties are to hand in a no confidence motion against the probationary government on Wednesday, The motion will be handed over to Parliamentary speaker Anura Bandaranaike... Back to the top

Woman shot dead outside store
Toronto Star, September 21. Two masked gunmen fled after a woman was shot to death outside her Scarborough clothing store last night... Back to the top

Supreme Court to consider the 17th amendment to the constitution amidst protest by media organisations.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1040 slt 21.09.01. A three member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Sarath Silva is to consider the 17th amendment to the Constitution today amidst strong protests by media organisations against certain clauses... Back to the top

British honeymooners wonder why travel advisory was issued
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.05 a.m. Friday 21 September 21. We never heard about the travel advisory issued by the home office and even if we heard about it wouldn't have bothered us... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

STD on the increase in Trinco
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.15 a.m. Friday September 21. Sexually transmitted disease are on the increase in Trincomalee and the Population Services clinics in the area treat nearly fifteen patients per month Dr... 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

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

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

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