The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 18, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 43

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Sri Lankan opposition MP crosses over to government in parliament, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue May 18, 2004 13:18 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 18 (Xinhua) -- An opposition member in the Sri Lanka - parliament crossed over to the government Tuesday providing the minority government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga with a boost. Kumaratunga's government which has just 106 seats in the 225- member parliament needs seven more seats for a working majority. The crossover of Hussain Bhaila, an MP from the Sri Lanka - Muslim Congress (SLMC), makes the gap closer. Bhaila occupied a seat in the government benches when the parliament was summoned Tuesday morning to elect a deputy speaker and a deputy chairman of committees. He said that he had crossed over to the government. It was the only drama in the House of the parliament which met for the first time since last month's troubled session to appoint a parliament speaker. Both positions which came up Tuesday went uncontested as the government and the opposition had agreed to share the two positions without a secret ballot. Geethanjana Gunawardena, a government MP was appointed as the deputy speaker and M. Sachiththananthan a member from the Ceylon Worker's Congress (CWC) was appointed to the position of the deputy chairman of committees.

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Published: Tue May 18 14:55:14 EDT 2004


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Race for UN Secretary-General Hots Up Will Dhanapala enter the fray?
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, NYT 4.15 P.M Tuesday 18 May. By Bandula Jayasekara at the United Nations-New York -With two years to go, the race for the post of the UN Secretary-General is hoting up with members of the ASEAN countries announcing at the United Nations last week that they are carrying out intensive consultation to come up with a common Asian candidate for the Secretary-Generals post. Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines are staking their claim for the top post at the United Nations.

If Sri Lanka is planning to field a candidate it is time for the government to come forward with a respected and a suitable candidate. Diplomatic sources a the United Nations told The Island that former foreign minister Tyrone Fernando’s candidacy was dead on arrival even when he was Foreign Minister. However, speculation at the United Nation is that former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs; Jayantha Dhanapala, who now heads the Peace Secretariat and also an Advisor to President Kumaratunga, will be a strong candidate for the job if he declares his candidacy.

UN sources also said if Sri Lanka is seriously thinking of fielding a candidate a full time diplomat should begin to campaign for the country.
Published: Tue May 18 16:13:10 EDT 2004 Back to the top


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This Time, the President Receives the UN Letter
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, NYT 3.30 P.M Tuesday 18 May. By Bandula Jayasekara at the United Nations-New York -The letter that never made to the Presidents office last year for President Chandrika Kumaratunga to address the United Nations General Assembly has been duly sent this year by Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to the UN and the President is due to address the UN General Assembly in mid-September this year. She is expected to meet with number of world leaders when she is at the United Nations in New York.

Last year, Sri Lanka’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Charlie Mahendran sent the letter of invitation which is always sent to the head of state to the former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Mahendran’s actions embarrassed the UN officials and senior UN officials told The Island at the United Nations, that the UN officials were furious by the then Permanent Representatives actions.

After the ‘misplaced’ letter of invitation President Kumaratunga wrote to Mahendran that it was unbecoming of a diplomat. In her letter, she warned Mahendran that further actions will follow. Mahendran was the first to be recalled after the Freedom Alliance government came into power in April this year.

This year, India’s new Prime Minister Sonia Gandhi too is expected to attend the United Nations General Assembly and address the sessions. If the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia would also attend, three women heads of state from South Asia will be at the United Nations in 2004 making it a significant moment in history.
Published: Tue May 18 15:34:36 EDT 2004 Back to the top


SLMC’s High Command expresses confidence in Hakeem
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 19, 2004, 12.42 p.m.. The High Command of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has expressed their fullest confidence in their Leader Rauff Hakeem, who is in the centre of an alleged sex scandal... Back to the top

Hakeem laments to Akashi about the exclusion of separate Muslim delegation
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 18, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress yesterday requested the Japanese Government to persuade the United Peoples Freedom Alliance to accommodate a separate Muslim delegation at peace talks, scheduled to resume shortly... Back to the top

Sex, lies and missing monk dominate Sri Lanka s hung parliament
channelnewsasia.com, May 18, 2004, 06:35 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's main Muslim leader has accused the government of implicating him in a sex scandal to secure his vote while a Buddhist monk alleged that a fellow clergyman-legislator had been abducted... Back to the top

Kumaratunga's nominee elected unopposed in Sri Lanka 's Parliament
Associated Press, Tue May 18, 2004 05:08 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga's minority government secured the deputy speaker's post in Parliament on Tuesday after the main opposition party offered no resistance to the move... Back to the top

Chandrika alliance accused of trying to implicate Hakeem
Gulf News, May 18. Colombo: President Chandrika Kumaratunga's ruling Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has been accused of trying to implicate the leader of a minority political party in a sex-scandal... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tightens security at Norwegian ambassador's home after stones thrown
Associated Press, Tue May 18, 2004 02:53 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan police have tightened security at the Norwegian ambassador's house in the capital after unidentified people threw stones at a diplomatic reception there... Back to the top

Japanese envoy to meet with Tamil Tiger leadership; peace talks likely in Norway
Associated Press, Mon May 17, 2004 07:00 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Japanese envoy will meet with Tamil Tiger leaders in the rebel-held town of Kilinochchi on Tuesday to discuss Sri Lanka - 's efforts to end a two decade civil war, an embassy official said... Back to the top

Sonia factor in Lanka peace talks
telegraphindia.com, May 16. President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s government, eager to restart the peace process with the LTTE, is using the Congress victory to pressure the Tigers to return to the talks table... Back to the top

LTTE hopes for better understanding
indiatimes.com, May 18, 2004, 06:35 EDT. NEW DELHI : Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have finally broken their silence on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, hoping she will show "better understanding" of the situation in the island nation... Back to the top

India News LTTE expects better understanding from Sonia ...
newkerala.com, May 18, 2004, 06:35 EDT. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have finally broken their silence on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, hoping she will show "better understanding" of the situation in the island nation... Back to the top

LTTE’s Special Commander Colonel T. Ramesh on the firing Line.
Asian Tribune, May 18. Rumors are rife in Batticalao and Amparai region about the possible recall of Colonel Thambirasa Ramesh - Batticaloa – Amparai Special Commander of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

S . Lanka parliament reopens with agreement on posts
alertnet.org, May 18, 2004, 06:35 EDT. COLOMBO, May 18 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's parliament reopened amicably on Tuesday with key posts being decided by acclamation, meaning the minority government was excused from facing fresh questions about its strength Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Parliament meets to elect officials
Associated Press, Tue May 18, 2004 00:19 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga's minority government tried to secure two senior legislative posts in Parliament on Tuesday after failing last month to secure the powerful speaker's post... Back to the top

CRKT-Zim-SL
Associated Press, Mon May 17, 2004 12:19 EDT . - - Sri Lanka - coasts to big win over Zimbabwe in second and final cricket Test Full Story BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) - Sri Lanka - coasted to an innings and 254-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second and final cricket Test on Monday, handing the home team its worst-ever Test defeat... Back to the top

Muralitharan strikes as Sri Lanka get set to celebrate
reuters.co.uk, May 17, 2004, 08:00 AM EDT. HARARE, May 17 (Reuters) - Muttiah Muralitharan struck twice to keep Sri Lanka on course for a crushing victory in the second and final test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Monday... Back to the top

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