The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 22, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 138

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13 killed in Tamil Tigers attack
Ananova, August 23. Tamil Tiger rebels have attacked two seaside camps of the Sri Lankan army, killing seven soldiers and wounding 11 others.Six rebels from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were also killed when soldiers retaliated with the help of the navy, said defence ministry spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne.The camps are in the northeastern parts in the country, where the rebels have stepped up operations in recent weeks. More...
Published: Wed Aug 22 22:53:47 EDT 2001
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Rebels Attack Sri Lankan Military  - Nothern Light
Seven Lanka troops, six rebels killed in Tamil raid  - TOI
Tamil rebels attack Sri Lanka army camps, 13 dead  - Yahoo India

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LTTE attacks Kokkuduthuai and Janakapura
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 a.m Thursday August 23. LTTE cadres carried out pre-dawn attacks in Kokkuduthuwai and Janakapura today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka capital braces for opposition protests
MSNBC, August 22. Sri Lanka's opposition parties were set defy a ban on demonstrations and march on the capital Colombo on Thursday despite an invitation by the embattled minority government to begin talks on a power-sharing deal... Back to the top

UN asks its staff to get clearance before visiting Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.10 a.m Thursday 23 August. The United Nations has issued a travel warning to all its staff, dependents and consultants requesting them to get prior approval before traveling to any part of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Appoints Presidential Task Force to Manage Economic Crisis
Nothern Light, Wednesday, August 22, 2001 1:04 PM EST . Sri Lankan government announced on Wednesday a Presidential Task Force for Management of the Current Economic Crisis was appointed... Back to the top

Finnish Foreign Ministry advises against unnecessary travel to Sri Lanka
Helsingin Sanomat, August 22. The Finnish tour operator Finnmatkat has cancelled all package tours to Sri Lanka this winter season... Back to the top

Court stays PAs expulsion of SLMC MPs
Tamilnet, August 23. The Colombo District Judge Wednesday issued an enjoining order restraining the ruling People's Alliance PA) General Secretary and his disciplinary committee from taking steps to expel three Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) MPs from parliament... Back to the top

UNP accepts PA's offer to end Lankan crisis
TOI, August 23. The main opposition United National Party will accept an invitation by the ruling party for talks on forming a government of national reconciliation but is playing tough to get by insisting the discussions have to be on their terms... Back to the top

Two land mine attacks in Sri Lanka kill two, wound 17
Yahoo Singapore, August 22. Tamil Tiger rebels set off a land mine against a military vehicle in northern Sri Lanka Wednesday, killing two soldiers hours after a similar attack against a civilian bus elsewhere, officials said... Back to the top

15 injured in bus explosion at Trinco
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4 p.m. SLT Wednesday August 22. Latest reports indicate that 15 persons were injured when a bus carrying civilians went over a claymore mine at Trincomalee today... Back to the top

Police station attack to mark custodial rape anniversary: LTTE
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Wednesday, August 22, 2001. The LTTE today claimed that its attack on a police station in eastern Sri Lanka was to mark the death anniversary of a 35-year-old woman, who was allegedly raped and murdered by policemen at that station in 1997... Back to the top

Tigers targeting Sri Lanka capital for fresh attacks, Aug 22 2001 16:16 IST. Tamil Tiger guerrillas are planning fresh attacks against state radio and television stations and electricity generating facilities in the capital Colombo, the government claimed Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bus explosion injures 15, Aug 22 2001 14:16 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 22 (AFP) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a powerful bomb that blew up a bus in northeastern Sri Lanka Wednesday, wounding 15 passengers, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lankans in Australia protest over Tiger attack at BIA
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday August 22. A large number of Sri Lankans resident in Melbourne- Australia has yesterday demonstrated against the attack on the Bandaranaike International Airport last month by Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Lankan officials visit police station in Ampara
NDTV/MSNBC, Wednesday, August 22, 2001 (Ampara). Officials in eastern Sri Lanka are visiting the police station in Ampara where 16 policemen and at least two civilians were killed in a pre-dawn attack by LTTE yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to host Asian Athletic championship
TOI, August 22. Sri Lanka has clinched a deal to host the 2002 Asian Track and Field Championships in Colombo, after convincing the Asian Athletic Federation that political instability and security concerns would have no bearing on the games, a newspaper reported Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government urges unity talks
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 22 August, 2001, 07:47 GMT 08:47 U. In a letter to the United National Party leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe, the prime minister said it would be vital to agree with his People's Alliance a programme of action for the common good of the country... Back to the top

US for dialogue between Sri Lankan govt and LTTE
Press Trust of India, Washington,Wednesday, August 22, 2001. The United States has called for a dialogue between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to end the civil war as there exists no military solution to the conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president accuses critical minister of embezzlement, Aug 21 2001 18:46 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's embattled President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday accused a senior minister of financial irregularities and depriving millions of people of their "poor relief" entitlements... Back to the top

Lawmaker remanded to prison for 7 mo. for stripping of woman - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, 22 August. An elected member of a provincial council in Sri Lanka's North Western Province has been remanded to custody until March 26 next year by a high court judge Back to the top

Kandy Test evenly poised
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 22 August, 2001, 12:52 GMT 13:52 U. Second Test, Kandy: Sri Lanka 247-9 (close) v India India's chances of getting back into the series with Sri Lanka will rest with their batsmen after the hosts closed on 274 for nine in the second Test in Kandy... Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up security after attack on police
Yahoo Singapore, Wednesday August 22, 2:40 PM. Police have stepped up security in their stations in eastern Sri Lanka following a devastating Tamil rebel attack which left 15 constables, two civilians and six rebels dead, officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

LTTE women attack cops
The Pioneer, 22 August. Women fighters of Sri lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attacked a police camp in the eastern part of the country before dawn Tuesday, killing 16 policemen, two civilians and wounding 18 others, the defence ministry and a local police official said... Back to the top

More bloodshed drowns Oslo peace bid in Sri Lanka, Aug 22 2001 11:48 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 22 (AFP) - Escalating Tamil Tiger rebel attacks and air assaults by the Sri Lankan military have compounded Norway's problems as it tries to revive a tottering peace bid... Back to the top

Trade wants Govt. to make peace with LTTE
The Hindu (International), 22-08-2001 . By Nirupama Subramanian COLOMBO, AUG... Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers power sharing to end political crisis, Aug 21 2001 18:21 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's minority government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday formally invited the main opposition for power-sharing talks in a bid to restore political stability... Back to the top

Sri Lanka mounts air attacks as Tiger attack kills 23, Aug 21 2001 19:33 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger rebels overran a police station in eastern Sri Lanka Tuesday leaving 23 people dead and 29 wounded, defence officials said... Back to the top

Jaffna hospital: A casualty of war
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 21 August, 2001, 14:59 GMT 15:59 UK . Doctors in the northern Sri Lankan town of Jaffna say patients are dying because the defence ministry will not allow enough drugs into the area - the scene of two decades of conflict with Tamil rebels... Back to the top

Two of seven LTTE sympathisers leave for Chennai
The Hindu (Southern States), 22-08-2001 . By Our Staff Reporter VISAKHAPATNAM, AUG... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tourist Indus Plans Campaign For Recovery
Yahoo Singapore, Tuesday August 21, 9:03 PM. COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--Sri Lanka's tourism industry is working with international public relations agencies to help the industry recover from last month's rebel attack on the country's international airport, the chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board said Tuesday... Back to the top

Lanka optimistic of tiding over economic crisis
TOI, August 21. Sri Lanka's treasury secretary has said that a devastating airport attack by Tamil guerrillas on the country's main airport last month could result in lower economic growth... Back to the top

14 cops killed at Ampara
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.20 p.m. SLT Tuesday August 21. At least 14 policemen are reported to have been killed at the main Central Camp police station in Ampara last night by Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Israel cargo planes fly into Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.10 p.m. SLT Tuesday August 21. Israeli owned cargo aircraft will begin flying into Colombo after international airlines scaled down their flights to Sri Lanka following an attack by the LTTE on the country's single international airport... Back to the top

LTTE fled without achieving its objective,says army
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 11.15 AM SLT Tuesday August 21,2001. The LTTE had fled from the battle at the Central Police Camp in Amparai today without achieving its objectives, the Sri Lankan army contends... Back to the top

Sri Lanka banks on lenders as growth forecasts nose dive, Aug 21 2001 15:23 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (AFP) - Sri Lanka announced Tuesday it would seek international loans as the government admitted a sharp economic slowdown following the Tamil rebel attack against the country's only international airport... Back to the top

Three ministers demonstrate loyalty to Chandrika, one revolts
Press Trust of India, Tuesday, August 21, 2001. In an expression of solidarity, three cabinet ministers have handed over their undated resignation letters to Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga but a senior lawmaker raised a banner of revolt by questioning a probe into his ministry's financial dealings... Back to the top

Sri Lanka orders air attacks after rebel attack on police, Aug 21 2001 12:37 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 21 (AFP) - Sri Lankan air force jets pounded suspected Tamil Tiger positions in the island's north Tuesday, hours after the rebels overran a police station in the east leaving 22 people dead... Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers $50m security on port
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, 21st August 10:01 GMT. Insurance companies are considering a sharp reduction in the high `war risk' surcharge imposed on shipping lines operating to Sri Lanka after a Government offer of a $50m guarantee on the Colombo port, press reports here said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Central Bank Relaxes Foreign Exchange Curbs
Nothern Light, Tuesday, August 21, 2001 12:11 AM EST . COLOMBO, Aug 21, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sri Lanka's Central Bank announced Monday the relaxation of several restrictions on foreign exchange transactions through commercial banks imposed in January, the official Daily News reported on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka plan to break India with pace again in second Test
Yahoo India, Tuesday August 21, 2:10 PM. Sri Lanka hope to overcome the jinx of Kandy by unleashing another pace assault on India in the second Test starting here on Wednesday... Back to the top

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