The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 23, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 139

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UNP ready for talks, but only on its terms
The Hindu (International), 24-08-2001 . In a sudden turn of events, Sri Lanka's Opposition, the United National Party (UNP) said today it was ready for talks with the People's Alliance (PA) Government as early as Friday to resolve the current political turmoil, but made it clear that the discussions would be on its terms. More...
Published: Thu Aug 23 21:51:44 EDT 2001
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UNP digs in over parliament  - Tamilnet
Lanka opposition ready for unity talks, sets terms  - Press Trust of India
Opposition sets deadline to end Sri Lanka political crisis  -
Sri Lanka opposition agrees to coalition talks  - MSNBC
UNP accepts PA's offer to end Lankan crisis  - TOI
Opposition offers compromise to end Sri Lanka crisis  -
Opposition sanctions PA-UNP talks but asks govt to accept demands within a week  - Roy Mendis in Colombo

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Sri Lanka's opposition demands president resign, Parliament be reopened
MSNBC, August 23. Thousands of protesters fanned out across Sri Lanka's capital Thursday as the opposition demanded that the president step down to prevent what it called the country's slide into crisis... Back to the top

JVP to meet deputy Australian HC today
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.40 a.m Friday August 24. Leaders of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna , general secretary Tilvin Silva and propaganda secretary Wimal Weerawansa is scheduled to meet Deputy Australian High Commissioner Kathy Klugman this morning to discuss the present political situation in the country... Back to the top

Thousands attend anti government rally in Colombo.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1850 slt 23.08.01. Thousands of opposition activists gathered in town hall today as the joint opposition continued its campaign to force the re convening of parliament... Back to the top

U.S. Expresses Concern Over Political Uncertainty in Sri Lanka
Nothern Light, Thursday, August 23, 2001 11:37 AM EST . COLOMBO, Aug 23, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United States expressed Thursday its concern over political uncertainty in the war-torn Sri Lanka where the government is facing mounting pressure from the opposition for reconvening parliament and cancelling referandum on a new constitution... Back to the top

US embassy in Lanka issue statement regarding press reports
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.20 p.m Thursday August 23. Reference to a number of articles that have appeared in the local newspapers today the US Embassy in Sri Lanka released the following statement: Ambassador E... Back to the top

Was US behind Ranil's conciliatory stance ?
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 7.27 PM SLT Thursday August 23, 2001. The United States has acted as a mediator and a catalyst to bring together the Sri Lankan President Mrs... Back to the top

Umpires over-step no-ball rule
HT, August 23. It was mayhem -- Tyronne Wijewardena and Steve Bucknor made sure of that... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels attack Sri Lankan military camps, 15 dead, 26 wounded
ABC News, 08/23/2001 7:01 am ET . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) A rebel attack on two seaside military camps on Thursday left 15 dead and 26 wounded, officials said... Back to the top

Another day, another batting failure by India
Yahoo India, August 23. Yet another spineless batting performance found India in the familiar dock in the second cricket Test match as Sri Lanka reached 52 for one in their second innings on the second day here today for an overall lead of 94... Back to the top

UNP to respond to government offer tomorrow
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1839 slt 23.08.01. The main opposition UNP is to respond tomorrow to the letter by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake asking for talks to set up a national government... Back to the top

Jaffna's traumatised inhabitants
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 23 August, 2001, 14:51 GMT 15:51 UK. Two decades of civil war in northern Sri Lanka have caused widespread psychological trauma to Tamil civilians living in the conflict areas... Back to the top

Opposition rally peaceful
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.50 p.m Thursday 23 August. Reports reaching Lanka Academic say that the anti-government rally organized by the opposition is being conducted peacefully without any incident so far... Back to the top

Task force set up to face economic crisis
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2105 slt 23.08.01. President Kumaratunga has set up a special task force headed by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake to find ways to over come the present economic crisis... Back to the top

Sri Lanka faces 150 bln rupee bill after airport attack
Nothern Light, Thursday, August 23, 2001 7:25 AM EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Aug 23, 2001 (AFX-UK via COMTEX) -- The country stands to suffer a loss of close to 150 bln rupees, following the Tamil rebel attack against its international airport, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Airlines trashes reports of cargo backlog at BIA
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 1.36 PM SLT Thursday August 23, 2001. Sri Lankan Airlines have denied that there is a backlog of cargo at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) as a result of disruptions caused by the LTTE's attack on the airport on July 24... Back to the top

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 have the edge as India collapse again
Yahoo India, August 23. Sri Lanka had the upper hand at the end of the second day of the second test against India on Thursday after their bowlers helped them to a 42-run first innings lead... 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

Cricket-Fernando strikes leave India reeling (129/5)
Yahoo India, Thursday August 23, 12:06 PM. KANDY, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Fast bowler Dilhara Fernando struck twice in the space of six balls to reduce India to 129 for five in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings 274 on the second day of the second test on Thursday... 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

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

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

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