The Lanka Academic

VOL. 5, NO. 203

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Marxists fail to get support to remove speaker
Gulf News, October 25. Colombo: An attempt by the Marxists' partners in the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government to gain sufficient support from opposition parties to remove the speaker in parliament in Sri Lanka has failed. Wimal Weerawansa, a member of the Marxists Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or the People's Liberation Front proposed last week to the government members that they should remove Speaker, W.J.M. Lokubandara who represents the former ruling party, the United National Front (UNF). Lokubandara was elected to the speaker's position under controversial circumstances with the support of the majority of an all-Buddhist monk political party in parliament, after the parliamentary elections were held in April. Weerawansa told the ruling party parliamentarians that the government's progress was delayed by having an opposition member as the speaker and he should be replaced with one of their loyalists. A government member, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, backed the move. More...
Published: Mon Oct 25 20:58:22 EDT 2004

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Canadian High Commission to open on Friday?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 25, 2004, 8.58 p.m.. The Canadian High Commission currently shut down is likely to be reopened by Friday this week, unconfirmed reports said but added that it was likely that Mission could even open sooner. The Mission was closed following an anthrax scare. Sources told the Lanka Academic that the suspicious powder has been sent for testing and the Buddhist monk had also been released.

The monk is reported to have informed the police that the powder, which was in the passport, was ant powder generally used to shun off ants and other insects. A spokesperson for the Canadian Mission earlier said that the High Commission would be closed indefinitely till the verdict of the ‘powder’ is known. A Buddhist monk had come to the High Commission to obtain his visa, but when the official had opened the passport a whitish coloured powder had sprinkled down from the passport, the panicked official had then alerted his superiors and the security. After which the police was called and the monk was taken away for questioning. At the police station the monk had said that the powder was not used to scare anyone but was in fact used to keep away ants and insects, because they eat the pages in the passport.
Published: Mon Oct 25 11:01:20 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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JVP puts up posters against LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 25, 2004, 8.54 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today launched a poster campaign against LTTE acts in Colombo. The posters in Sinhala, Tamil and English condemns the LTTE killings and have demanded an immediate stop to all killings and kidnappings carried out by the LTTE. A media official from the Peramuna’s Colombo office confirmed that his party had put up the posters. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna is also the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government’s main ally. The party also launched a heavy media campaign in July this year against the LTTE’s Interim Self Governing Authority Demand.
Published: Mon Oct 25 10:56:32 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lankan parties involved in fresh row
Gulf News, October 24. Colombo: The ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government and the main opposition have sparked off a fresh controversy exchanging allegations of overpaying advisors who served their respective governments... Back to the top

Monk s insect powder sparks Sri Lanka alert, 25 October. A Buddhist monk's war on insects has shut down Canada's mission in Sri Lanka after powder he used to preserve his passport from moths triggered an anthrax scare... Back to the top

Expert suggests development plan for India, Lanka, October 25, 2004 . A leading Sri Lankan development expert has urged India and Sri Lanka to opt for "transnational spatial planning" so that they may avoid needless and mutually destructive competition, and develop in tandem... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels return to Sri Lanka after European tour
Associated Press, Mon October 25, 2004 02:54 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Six senior Tamil Tiger rebels returned Monday from a four-week European trip, which they say was aimed at finding ways to resume peace talks with Sri Lanka - 's government, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka assures to exempt Basmati rice of import duty, october 25. KARACHI: Sri Lankan Trade Minister has assured that his government would exempt Basmati rice of Pakistan from import duty... Back to the top

Striking fishermen get ready to go to Lanka, October 24, 2004. Rameswaram, Oct 24.(PTI):Hundreds of striking fishermen today made preparations for their proposed sail to Sri Lanka on October 28 to seek refuge in the island nation as part of their plan to protest against detention of fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy among other things. Hundreds of fishermen tied "white flags" on their boats to show their resolution to send 10,000 fishermen to Sri Lanka if their demands including fishing rights in Kachativu under the control of Sri Lanka, release of fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy and return of 92 fishing boats were not met... Back to the top

Truce monitors say no rebel military buildup in eastern Sri Lanka, Oct. 24 . COLOMBO, -- The Scandinavian truce monitors overseeing the ongoing ceasefire between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels said they had found no indications of rebel military buildup around eastern Trincomalee harbor, the official Sunday Observer said... Back to the top

Japan, Norway to send envoys to Lanka to resume talks with LTTE, Oct 24. Colombo, Oct 24 (PTI) In a fresh bid to salvage the faltering peace process in Sri Lanka, Japan and Norway are sending their special envoys to the island nation shortly to push LTTE rebels and the government to resume negotiations... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers deny rumour of split, Sunday, 24 October. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have denied reports of another split in their organisation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka records emphatic 201-run win over Pakistan
Associated Press, Sun October 24, 2004 05:24 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed four wickets Sunday as Sri Lanka - completed an emphatic 201-run first test win over Pakistan, midway into the afternoon session on the fifth and final day... Back to the top

Winning captain Atapattu says Sri Lanka must win outside subcontinent
Associated Press, Sun October 24, 2004 05:48 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - ``We have won couple of games outside Sri Lanka - , but that doesn't mean we have achieved the standards I want,'' Atapattu said... Back to the top

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