The Lanka Academic

JUNE 9, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 65

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Showdown at SLMC meeting, angry members lash out at Hakeem
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 9, 2004, 11.27 p.m.. In a new turn of events, the already crisis ridden Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), which is the country’s predominant Muslim political party, faced more problems today when several of their members expressed their serious apprehension to party leader Rauff Hakeem, over two nominees selected to replace two other SLMC national list MPs who resigned recently. According to sources, during a High Command meeting last night, which went on till early morning today, the SLMC leader had proposed the names of former MP Basheer Segu Dawood and M. Nijamudeen (a close friend of Hakeem’s) to replace the two resigned MPs.

However several other senior party members including current Parliamentarians had protested against the two nominations, and had suggested some other names. According to informed sources, these senior Muslim Congress members had even found fault with their leader saying he had ‘down trodden the quality of the party’, after he became the Leader, and have been only appointing his friends and other close associates to important positions, even though they have had a bad track record.

“The meeting is reported to have ended on a very unpleasant note with some serious arguments taking place during the meeting,” sources claimed. One of the SLMC National list MPs who resigned was Kuthoos Ismail, incidentally the father in law of Rauff Hakeem.
Published: Wed Jun 9 13:28:37 EDT 2004

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JHU takes decision: ‘never to support Government in future’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 9, 2004, 11.24 p.m.. Six Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Monk Parliamentarians are expected to make a representation to Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara seeking maximum punishment against Government MPs who had allegedly beaten up two Monk MPs in Parliament yesterday.

Meanwhile the JHU has also taken a decision not to extent support any future Government endeavours. According to sources, the reason for this is due to the way the Government MPs treated the Buddhist monk MPs in Parliament.

Sources also told the Lanka Academic that it was very likely for the JHU to strike an agreement with the Opposition shortly, assuring their support to the Opposition in Parliament. The decision by the JHU seeking maximum punishment against the Government MPs comes in the wake of a vehement denial by the Government that none of their Parliamentarians had assaulted the monks in Parliament yesterday.
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Strikes and protest continue seeking justice against Journalist Nadesan’s murderers
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 9, 2004, 11.17 p.m.. The Trincomalee District came to a virtual standstill today when most shops, schools and offices were shut, as a mark of protest against the murder of famous Tamil Journalist G. Nadesan, who was allegedly murdered by the LTTE’s Karuna faction loyalists on May 31 in Batticaloa.

The hartal (general shutdown) was however a carried out peacefully. According to reports reaching the Lanka Academic, even transport had come to a standstill in the Trincomalee town.

Meanwhile another protest led by the Free Media Movement was held today afternoon in Colombo. Journalist, politicians and members of the civil society participated in the protest, and demanded authorities to hold an immediate and impartial inquiry against Mr. Nadesan’s murder, and mete out maximum punishment to the perpetrators.
Published: Wed Jun 9 13:18:43 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt secures clear majority in parliament: minister, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed June 9, 2004 13:55 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga has secured the 113 working majority in the parliament with the joining of one more Buddhist monk paliarmantarian, the official Daily News said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition rallies after parliament brawl, June 09, 2004, 06:15 EDT. COLOMBO: Buddhist monks who hold a crucial margin in Sri Lanka's parliament have pledged to work to topple the minority government after two clergymen were injured in an unprecedented brawl in the assembly... Back to the top

Government denies assaulting monks in Parliament
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 8, 2004, 11.34 p.m.. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government today vehemently denied reports that their MPs had assaulted two Buddhist monk Parliamentarians today morning during the Parliamentary turmoil... Back to the top

Sri Lanka air force jet crashes; pilot safe
Associated Press, Wed June 9, 2004 00:36 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Sri Lankan air force fighter jet crashed Wednesday during a training session but the pilot managed to safely eject before the aircraft nose-dived into a lagoon close to Colombo's international airport, a military spokesman said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s new government signs up for US war on terrorism, June 9, 2004. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), which came to power in Sri Lanka after the April 2 election, has dropped its limited criticisms of the US invasion of Iraq and, under the guise of supporting the “war on terrorism”, given its full backing to the Bush administration... Back to the top

Jaffna civil organizations to hold protest march, June 09, 2004, 06:15 EDT. Jaffna District Consortium of Civil Organizations Tuesday decided to hold a protest march in Jaffna town Friday demanding the Government of Sri Lanka to restore normalcy in the lives of Tamil people and stop killing in the east and attacks on plantation Tamils, sources said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wants a change in bowling rules, June 9, 2004. Colombo: Sri Lanka has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to change laws in a bid to end controversy over the 'doosra' delivery of the world's highest Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan... Back to the top

McGrath holds onto spot in Australian squad for Sri Lanka series
Associated Press, Tue June 8, 2004 22:27 EDT . - - MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australian selectors included veteran paceman Glenn McGrath in a 13-man squad announced Wednesday for two cricket tests against Sri Lanka - next month... Back to the top

Fistfights in Lanka House cloud peace prospects, June 9, 2004. Colombo, June 8 (Reuters): Sri Lanka’s parliament reopened to fistfights today, casting fresh doubts on the minority government’s ability to pass legislation and provide the stability needed to pursue peace with Tamil rebels... Back to the top

Indonesia beats Sri Lanka 1-0 in World Cup qualifier
Associated Press, Wed June 9, 2004 10:46 EDT . - - JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) Elie Aiboy scored a 33rd-minute goal and Indonesia beat Sri Lanka - 1-0 for its first victory in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup... Back to the top

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