The Lanka Academic

VOL. 4, NO. 322

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Hakeem To Contest from Ampara
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.30 A.M Monday 23 February. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauf Hakeem will contest the April electios from the Ampara district leading his party in the SLMC home base. Hakeem told The Lanka Academic that he would lead from the front and campaign to ensure victory in the SLMC home base. He saiid " I need to expose the bluff of the SLMC members who joined the Freedom Alliance. The party is in tact and the party and its members are not with them" Hakeem also denied reports that he was planning to contest Colombo from the UNP ticket.
Published: Sun Feb 22 21:50:22 EST 2004

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SLMC and the newly formed Muslim National Alliance seals agreement with UNP and UPFA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 22, 2004, 11.33 pm. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress today evening extended their support to the United National Party at the forthcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for April 2. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two parties General Secretaries, Senerath Kapukotuwa and Hasan Ali at the United National Party office in Colombo. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem attended today’s signing ceremony.

The Muslim Congress is expected to contest Colombo, Kandy, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Puttalam and Anuradhapura districts under the UNP. The SLMC will however contest the North East province on its own.

Meanwhile the newly formed Muslim National Alliance led by SLMC dissident A.L.M. Athaullah signed a Memorandum of Understanding extending his party’s support to President Kumaratunga’s United People’s Freedom Alliance. The agreement was signed today afternoon at President’s house.
Published: Sun Feb 22 12:39:51 EST 2004 Back to the top

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SLMC portrays bleak picture on April 2 election, wants more foreign election monitors
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 22, 2004, 12.18 am. The country’s predominant Muslim political party, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has urged international monitors to be very vigilant when monitoring the polls at the forthcoming general election on April 2. The party’s leader Rauff Hakeem has also requested the European Union and the Commonwealth to bring in more foreign election observers to monitor the process.

The Muslim leader has said that like the last general election in 2001, this election too was likely to be full of violence, intimidation and stuffing of ballot boxes, which was why there is a need for more election observers to be posted at all polling stations around the country.

The party has also indicated that the impending election could be the most ‘violence prone’ election in Sri Lankan history ever. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress lost 12 of its supporters from the Kandy district at the last general election in 2001. The People’s Alliance’s former Deputy Minister of Defence Gen. Anurudda Ratwatte was accused of murdering 10 of the 12 SLMC youth in Kandy (known as the Udathalawinna massacre). The court case is still pending.
Published: Sat Feb 21 13:25:54 EST 2004 Back to the top

LTTE rejects renegotiating current truce pact, Feb 22 . Colombo, (UNI) With the internationally-monitored ceasefire agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels having completed two years, the rebels have said that they are not prepared to renegotiate the existing truce agreement even after April 2 general elections... Back to the top

22 Tamil fishermen return from Sri Lanka, February 22. Rameswaram (TN), :Twenty two Tamil fishermen, who were forcibly taken to Sri Lanka by the Island's fishermen recently, returned to Rameswaram on Sunday, officials sources said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka claims on-run thriller over Australia
Associated Press, Sun February 22, 2004 07:52 EST . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Left-arm seam bowler Chaminda Vaas snared three wickets Sunday as Sri Lanka - claimed a thrilling one-run victory over Australia in their second one-day international... Back to the top

President tells Treasury to thwart attempts by anyone to use state funds for election purposes
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 21, 2004, 11.50 pm. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has issued strict directions to the Treasury to thwart any attempts by individuals or institutions to use state funds for the forthcoming election purposes... Back to the top

Jathika Hela Urumaya Policy Statement Out on 2 March
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 P.M Saturday 21 February. Secretary of the Jathika Hela Urumaya, Uduwe Dammaloka says the party would present its policy statement based on the concept of a Dharmarajah to the people on second March... Back to the top

Maheswaran nominated UNP candidate in Colombo, February 21. Mr. Thiyagarajah Maheswaran, former minister for Hindu Affairs and ex MP for Jaffna, will contest in Colombo as a candidate of the United National Party, sources said... Back to the top

Fate of Sri Lankan Nuclear Middleman Unclear
VOA News, 21 Feb 2004, 18:07 UTC. Malaysia has declined to say what will happen to a nuclear scientist police say confessed to helping facilitate a string of deals to trade nuclear technology from Pakistan to Iran and Libya... Back to the top

Anandasangaree to contest from Jaffna!
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.30 P.M Saturday 21 February. Tamil United Liberation Front President, V. Anandasangaree says he is considering contesting the April elections from Jaffna... Back to the top

Jailed Indians end hunger strike in Jaffna, Feb. 20. Sixty-seven Indian fishermen serving jail terms in Sri Lanka today ended a four-day hunger strike following assurances that they would be freed soon, officials said... Back to the top

SLMC Slams Athaullah Group- Hakeem Meets Premier
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 P.M Saturday 21 February. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has slammed the four UNF/ Muslim congress MP's who signed a pact with the Freedom Alliance yesterday... Back to the top

Ratwatte dropped from nomination list
Gulf News, February 21. Sri Lanka's former Deputy Defence Minister and President Chandrika Kumaratunga's uncle General Anuruddha Ratwatte been dropped from the nomination list for the forthcoming Parliamentary elections amidist fears that their alliance would lose some of the minority Muslim votes... Back to the top

California brothers guilty in officials' alleged visa scheme in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri February 20, 2004 22:31 EST . SACRAMENTO (AP) Two brothers have pleaded guilty to bribing two married State Department officials at the U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka consider dropping fast bowler, February 21, 2004. 8:20 EST. DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka are considering playing just one pace bowler in the second match of their five-game one-day series against Australia on Sunday... Back to the top

Australia crush Sri Lanka, February 21, 2004. 8:20 EST. 1st one-day international, Dambulla Australia 262-6 beat Sri Lanka 178 by 84 runs An in-form Australia unit were far too strong for Sri Lanka in the first one-day international, winning by 84 runs... Back to the top

Arjuna Ranatunga hits back at Shane Warne comments, says he is happy with his weight
Associated Press, Sat February 21, 2004 02:24 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Saturday hit back at Australian spin bowler Shane Warne for making fun of his bulk and eating habits... Back to the top

Sri Lankan media says Australia ``torture'' Sri Lankan players
Associated Press, Sat February 21, 2004 01:50 EST . - - DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan newspapers on Saturday described the Australian cricket team's emphatic 84-run victory over Sri Lanka - in their one-day international opener as amounting to ``torture... Back to the top

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