The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 24, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 172

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Opposition hints of a looming general election
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 24, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. The Opposition United National Front Government today declared that they would be back to rule the country before the next Sinhala New Year in mid April 2005. The party made this declaration during a protest rally against the Government, which was held today opposite the Colombo Fort Railway Station, and was attended by thousands of party supporters who demanded the Alliance Government to put an immediate halt to the sky rocketing cost of living.

Senior UNP MP Rajitha Senaratna said that the Alliance before coming to power promised a whole bunch of goodies to the masses but five month have lapsed after coming to power and the people are yet to receive even one such goodie. “The people voted us for a period of six years, but we were not allowed to carry on our work for that six years,” he said. Adding that the UNP will be in power before the next Sinhala New Year. “We will be back to rule the country before the next Sinhala New Year with a majority in our side,” he said.
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President tells Norway to put an immediate halt to political assassinations carried out by the LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 24, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today urged the Norwegians Facilitators to pressurize the LTTE into putting an immediate halt to all political assassinations carried out by them in the North East and other parts of the country including Colombo. During a meeting in New York between the President and the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Peterson, Ms. Kumaratunga also reminded that such political assassinations carried out by the LTTE was definitely against the OSLO Agreement. She also reiterated the need for the LTTE to confirm their commitment to the peace process according to the OSLO Agreement. Other matters also concerning the process were taken up for discussion between the President and Mr. Peterson.
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Solheim back again?
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 24, 2004, 11.32 p.m.. Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim is expected to arrive in the country shortly in yet another bid to try and restart the country’s stalled peace process between the Government and the LTTE, diplomatic sources revealed. It is also learnt that prior to his arrival here, he might meet LTTE’s theoretician Anton Balasingham at his London residence. Solheim who was in the country mid this month on a week long tour to, once again failed in his attempts to revive the Sri Lankan peace process.
Published: Fri Sep 24 14:04:44 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Canada refuses visas to four pro-LTTE MPs
hindustantimes.com, Sept 24. The Canadian High Commission in Colombo has refused visas to four Sri Lankan Tamil MPs belonging to the pro-LTTE Tamil National Alliance (TNA), on the grounds that they are going to Canada to collect funds for the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka main opposition says no to advisory council on peace process, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri September 24, 2004 12:42 EDT . - - Sri Lanka - main opposition says no to advisory council on peace process, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government condemns killings by Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Fri September 24, 2004 04:49 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government on Friday condemned the latest killings of opponents of the Tamil Tiger rebels, saying that the slayings threaten the nation's fragile peace process... Back to the top

Police search for Sri Lankan ``handballers''
Associated Press, Fri September 24, 2004 07:41 EDT . - - AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) German authorities have issued arrest warrants for 23 men who vanished in Germany after pretending to be the Sri Lanka - national handball team... Back to the top

Sri Lanka main opposition says no to advisory council on peace ...
xinhuanet.com, 2004-09-24 16:52:29. COLOMBO, Sept. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) is to reject an offer by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to nominate members to an advisory council on the peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels. President Kumaratunga intends to appoint an all political partyadvisory council as part of her efforts to revive the stalled peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's main opposition stages anti-government protest
Associated Press, Fri September 24, 2004 08:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Thousands of demostrators demanded that the Sri Lankan government resign Friday over its failure to restart peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels or control soaring prices of consumer goods... Back to the top

Sri Lankan SEP meeting warns of the danger of renewed civil war
wsws.org, 24 September 2004. The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Sri Lanka held a public lecture on September 17 in Colombo to warn of the dangers of a return to open civil war and to indict the entire political establishment for its failure to bring genuine peace to the island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka arrests 61 Bangladeshi men for overstaying
hinduonnet.com, Sept. 24 . AUGSBURG - German authorities have put 23 men claiming to be Sri Lanka's national handball team on their wanted list after the sportsmen absconded two weeks ago, possibly to work as illegal immigrants... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s handball team placed on German wanted list
expatica.com, AUGSBURG - German authorities have put 23 men. AUGSBURG - German authorities have put 23 men claiming to be Sri Lanka's national handball team on their wanted list after the sportsmen absconded two weeks ago, possibly to work as illegal immigrants... Back to the top

CWC joins an unstable Sri Lankan government
wsws.org, 23 September 2004. After five months of behind-the-scene negotiations, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has finally induced the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), a political party/trade union based among Tamil-speaking plantation workers, to join her coalition government... Back to the top

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