The Lanka Academic

MAY 19, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 44

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SLMC suspends four of its members
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 19, 2004, 10.38 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress today suspended four of their members, which included three Parliamentarians, over disciplinary issues. The suspended SLMCers are: Parliamentarians Rishard Badiudeen, Najeeb Majeed, Hussain Bhaila and A. Inamullah.

H. Bhaila was suspended from the party, following his crossing over to the Government bench in Parliament yesterday. While, the other three was suspended over their alleged involvement in the recent sex scandal involving SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem.

Party sources told the Lanka Academic that a committee has been appointed to look into the misconduct of these SLMC members, after which, the committee will recommend necessary action to be taken against these four.
Published: Wed May 19 12:52:18 EDT 2004

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Suspected Tamil rebel kills Sri Lankan policeman
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 05:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A suspected Tamil Tiger rebel shot and killed a police officer in eastern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, police said.

M.S. Dassanayake, of the Anti-Subversive Unit of the Batticaloa Police, was fatally shot as he was buying stamps at the local post office, said a police officer on condition of anonymity.

No claim of responsibility was made, but the police officer blamed the rebels for the attack.

The eastern town of Batticaloa, 220 kilometers (136 miles) east of the capital Colombo, is under government control, but the Tamil Tiger rebels operate in surrounding areas.

The Anti-Subversive Unit guards major government installations in the area against attacks by the rebels, who had waged a 19-year separatist war until a truce halted the fighting in February 2002.
Published: Wed May 19 07:53:46 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Scandal shakes Lankan govt
Dawn, COLOMBO, May 18. The Sri Lankan parliament began its thirteenth on Tuesday morning amid confusion and tension following the crossover of a parliamentarian of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Hussain Baila, to the government. The sitting commenced against the backdrop of the chaos that erupted yesterday within the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and in the government camps over a sex scandal involving former UNF minister and head of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Rauf Hakeem. More...
Published: Wed May 19 00:58:43 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Spanish ship missing between Singapore and Sri Lanka , Spain says
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 14:07 EDT . - - MADRID, Spain (AP) A newly built Spanish-owned ferry has gone missing between Singapore and Sri Lanka - with 12 crew members aboard, Spain's Development Ministry said on Wednesday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lankan prime minister seeks regional support to challenge ICC over Muralitharan
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 02:03 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's prime minister said Wednesday he is seeking the support of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in opposing the International Cricket Council's decision to ban ace offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan from bowling his favored delivery... Back to the top

Christina B. Rocca Delivers Remarks To The American Chamber Of Commerce Luncheon
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 09:42 EDT . - - Sri Lanka - , too, could be on the path to rapid development and economic growth if leaders of the new government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rededicate themselves to a successful peace process... Back to the top

S . Lanka aid to pick up with fresh peace bid - Japan, May 19, 2004, 08:00 EDT. COLOMBO, May 19 (Reuters) - The disbursement of some $4.5 billion pledged to support Sri Lanka's peace process would pick up when direct talks to end 20 years of civil war resume, Japan, the island's largest donor, said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Top Japanese envoy warns of tough Sri Lanka peace negotiations
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 07:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Stalled peace talks between Sri Lanka - 's government and Tamil Tiger rebels won't resume anytime soon and will be ``difficult and complex,'' Japan's top peace envoy to this country said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Produces Superior Quality Garments - US Ambassador, May 19, 2004, 11:40 EDT. The cancellation of the garment quota system by the USA in 2005 would not affect the market for garments produced in Sri Lanka because they are of an exceptionally higher quality than those produced in most other Asian countries, said US Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead... Back to the top

Japan terms for Lanka aid, May 18 . Colombo, May 18 (Reuters): Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers pressed an envoy from Japan — the island’s biggest donor — for more aid today, but were told the government and rebels must express a “genuine interest” in the peace bid to end 20 years of war... Back to the top

Lanka mobile services to open at club on Friday, BAHRAIN TRIBUNE
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 10:05 EDT . - - xfdws LANKA - -MOBILE sked Lanka - mobile services to open at club on Friday, BAHRAIN TRIBUNE THE MIDDLE EAST WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lankan main Muslim party appoints committee to probe leader's love scandal, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue May 18, 2004 13:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main Muslim party has appointed a five-member committee to probe the love scandal of its leader Rauff Hakeem which was revealed by the local press, the official Daily News said on Tuesday... Back to the top

"Stop Calling Pirabakran the National Leader" - Karuna group warns Tamil politicians in Batticaloa , May 19. In a statement released in Batticaloa, Karuna group has warned that they will take harsh actions against politicians and public figures who address Pirabakaran as the national leader in public meetings and forums... Back to the top

Report: Muralitharan sticks to decision not to tour Australia, pressure mounting
Associated Press, Wed May 19, 2004 00:23 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The decision by Sri Lanka - 's world record holding bowler, Muthiah Muralitharan, not to tour Australia next month has unnerved Sri Lankan cricket authorities, who are pressuring the offspinner to reconsider the move... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Stones thrown at Norway s Embassy, 18. Mai 2004 . The police in Sri Lanka are investigating an incident in which several stones were thrown against the Norwegian Embassy on Monday... Back to the top

Lankans continue sue threat
org, May 19, 2004, 11:40 EDT. The debate surrounding Muralitharan and his controversial 'doosra' continues unabated with Sri Lankan Premier Mahinda Rajapakse rejecting an ICC request for politicians to refrain from commenting on the issue... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks Indian help to defend Murali, May 19, 2004, 08:00 EDT. Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse today sought the support of India and other South Asian countries in his bid to sue the International Cricket Council over its decision to outlaw Muttiah Muralitharan's "doosra" delivery... Back to the top

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