The Lanka Academic

JUNE 16, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 72

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Minority political party calls for a National Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 16, 2004, 10.53 p.m.. Sri Lanka’s pre-dominant Muslim Party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress today urged for both the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government and the Opposition United National Party to come together and establish a National Government.

Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem told reporters today morning that the Government and the Opposition should reach a consensus, and set up a National Government. “This is the best for the country,” he said.

He also noted that even though it was the Government’ duty to invite the Opposition to set up such a Government, the Alliance has not shown any indications favourable to a National Government. He added that his party would support such an endeavour.
Published: Wed Jun 16 12:54:32 EDT 2004

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Singapore Premier to visit Sri Lanka this month
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 16, 2004, 10.52 p.m.. At the invitation of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the Prime Minister of Singapore, Goh Chok Tong will pay an official to Sri Lanka at the end of this month (June), the Presidential secretariat announced today.

During his stay, the Singapore Premiere’s programme includes official talks with President and meetings with the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Published: Wed Jun 16 12:53:23 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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World News USAID supports Sri Lanka s development projects, June 16, 2004, 07:00 EDT. Colombo, June 15 (IANS) : A computer training centre for youth implemented by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Sri Lanka's Batticaloa district was launched by a senior official of the US embassy Tuesday, More...
Published: Wed Jun 16 07:05:13 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Norway's ambassador vows to continue efforts to resume Sri Lankan peace talks
Associated Press, Wed June 16, 2004 05:40 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norway's ambassador to Sri Lanka - promised on Wednesday to keep trying to revive stalled peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels and end this country's two-decade civil war... Back to the top

Norway's ambassador flies to Tiger stronghold to meet rebel peace negotiator
Associated Press, Wed June 16, 2004 02:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norway's ambassador to Sri Lanka - flew Wednesday to a Tamil Tiger stronghold for talks with the guerrillas' political leader in the latest effort to jump-start stalled peace talks, officials said... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers rebels head to Europe as Norway peace-brokers struggle to revive Sri Lanka peace talks
Associated Press, Tue June 15, 2004 08:03 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norwegian peace-brokers on Tuesday prepared for talks with a Tamil separatist leader in the latest round of diplomacy aimed at ending Sri Lanka - 's two-decade civil war, officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Rebels Resume Recruiting Child Soldiers, Unicef Says, June 15, 2004, 09:10 EDT. June 15 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels resumed recruitment of child soldiers in April, the same month it released more than 1,000 under-age fighters, according to the United Nations children's agency... Back to the top

Dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka highlights deteriorating public ..., June 16, 2004, 07:00 EDT. An island-wide outbreak of dengue fever in Sri Lanka in recent months has underlined the steady deterioration of public health care and preventative measures to contain the disease... Back to the top

ADB signs $35 mln in loans for Sri Lanka projects, June 16, 2004. COLOMBO, June 16 (Reuters) - The Asian Development Bank signed two loan agreements with Sri Lanka on Wednesday worth $35 million to help war-affected areas of the east and for rebuilding the island's neglected road network... Back to the top

Pakistan, Sri Lanka FTA talks: No progress made, fresh talks ..., June 16, 2004. ISLAMABAD: Technical talks between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, held in Colombo from June 3 to June 4, were not able to make progress to remove the bottlenecks in the finalisation of the proposed free trade agreement (FTA), a senior government official said... Back to the top

Australia's prime minister says he's not to blame for Murali's absence
Associated Press, Wed June 16, 2004 01:04 EDT . - - SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Prime Minister John Howard said Wednesday he doesn't think he's to blame for record-breaking bowler Muttiah Muralitharan's decision to opt out of Sri Lanka - 's two-match Australian tour next month... Back to the top

Cricket-Muralitharan: Sri Lanka s bio-mechanical mess thrives ..., June 16, 2004, 07:00 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) - World record-smashing Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan may have been described as a "bio-mechanical mess", but the champion bowler has more lawyers than physiotherapists to help him out... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's star bowler joins U.N. campaign against hunger
Associated Press, Wed June 16, 2004 03:52 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The world's top test wicket taker, Muttiah Muralitharan, has agreed to help the United Nations in its fight against hunger by promoting awareness programs, the U... Back to the top

Cricket: Williams out of Sri Lanka series with back injury, June 16, 2004. SYDNEY : Pace bowler Brad Williams was ruled out of Australia's two-Test cricket series against Sri Lanka with a lower back complaint, Cricket Australia said... Back to the top

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