The Lanka Academic

JUNE 20, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 76

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SLMC refuses to take back three expelled members
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 20, 2004, 11.40 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) High Command has once again ruled out any possibility of taking back its three sacked members including two Parliamentarians Reshard Badiudeen and M. Najeeb. The High Command decision comes after the three expelled members in writing requested the SLMC to reconsider the party’s decision to sack them. The three-sacked members also issued an ultimatum to Leader Rauff Hakeem warning that if the SLMC did not take them back they would seek immediate legal action against the party’s decision.

According to SLMC Secretary General M.T. Hasan Ali the excuse given by the expelled members were not satisfactory to even consider their request. He also noted that the High Command convened the meeting on the request of the sacked members. “We served them with 31 charges, but they had not made any reference to these charges in their letter they sent requesting us to take them back, so that we could have even considered their plea,” Mr. Ali said.
Published: Sun Jun 20 13:42:25 EDT 2004

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New Mahanayake Thera for Malwatte Chapter elected
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 20, 2004, 7.22 p.m.. Ven. Thibatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera was elected as the 26th Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter today evening. Sumangala Thera is the Chief Incumbent of the Kurunegala Ridhee Maha Viharaya.

The Karaka Sangha Sabha of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siyam Maha Nikaya, met today evening at the Mangala Uposatharamaya of the Malwathu Maha Viharaya and unanimously elected Ven. Thibatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera as the new Mahanayake for the Malwatte Chapter.

The Mahanayake post fell vacant after the sudden demise of Ven. Rambukkwelle Sri Vipassi Thera.
Published: Sun Jun 20 09:32:11 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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EU vexed with election-related violence, rigging
gulf news, June 19. Colombo: The European Union has declared that it was unlikely to send another election observer team if its recommendations on improving the conduct of polls, including measures to prevent rigging, were not acted upon. The EU, which has been sending teams to monitor Sri Lanka's elections regularly, has ruled out chances of sending monitors as the recommendations made following Parliamentary elections in 2000 and 2001 have not been implemented so far. The EU also has blamed the guerrillas of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for committing election offences during the last parliamentary elections in April. "It is also important to point out that apart from LTTE violence there were also 2000 election-related cases of violence reported," the EU observation mission chief, John Cushnahan told the media in Colombo. More...
Published: Sat Jun 19 21:37:28 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka , minus Muralitharan, arrives for test series
Associated Press, Sun June 20, 2004 03:43 EDT . DARWIN, Australia (AP) Sri Lanka's cricketers said Sunday they will dedicate the two-test series against Australia to teammate Muttiah Muralitharan, who pulled out of the tour for personal reasons... Back to the top

A Lady Tamil Radio Journalist cum Broadcaster on Death Threat, June 20. A female Radio Journalist attached to the Thamil Broadcasting Corporation is (TBC) threatened with death... Back to the top

Pinning their hopes on success of peace process, Tamil refugees return home to Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat June 19, 2004 10:20 EDT . JULIA DRAPKIN - Associated Press Writer - PESALAI, Sri Lanka - (AP) As day breaks in northern Sri Lanka - , a small boat slips onto the beach near the tiny fishing village of Pesalai... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Top Choice for Weddings, June 20. Sri Lanka has emerged as the top wedding destination for Britons marrying abroad... Back to the top

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