The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 24, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 140

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UNP ready for talks says Opposition leader
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1202 slt 24.08.01. Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has written to Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake saying his party is ready for immediate talks on the current political crisis. In a letter to the Prime Minister Mr.Wickremesighe has named a four member team for the talks. The team will be headed by UNP's deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya and will include parliamentarians Tyrrone Fernando and K.N. choksy who is also a Constitutional Lawyer and party Chairman Charitha Ratwatta. The UNP has already consulted the leaders of other opposition political parties on the strategy at the talks. The UNP has also told the government that the talks have to be held within a time frame work of one week and held at a neutral venue. end
Published: Fri Aug 24 02:11:19 EDT 2001
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Sri Lanka ends honeymoon with leftists, Aug 24 2001 18:51 IST. Sri Lanka's beleaguered President Chandrika Kumaratunga has rejected the key demands of the main Marxist party ending hopes of hammering out a coalition to remain in power, officials said Friday... Back to the top

PA keeps its doors to JVP open
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 10.38 PM SLT Friday August 24, 2001. Though it would be having talks with the United National Party (UNP) on saturday on finding an agreed and firm basis for a Government of National Consensus,the ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) is keeping its doors open for an understanding with the Marxist radical Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) also... Back to the top

Kandy man Muralitharan sets up exciting finish to second Test
Yahoo Singapore, August 24, 9:50 PM. Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan smashed a career-best 67 off 65 balls amidst an Indian revival to leave the second cricket Test poised on a knife's edge... Back to the top

PA UNP talks to begin tomorrow
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1657 slt 24.08.01. The PA and the UNP will start talks tomorrow at 11am to find a solution to the current political crisis... Back to the top

Sri Lanka names team to meet opposition, but hopes dim
Yahoo India, August 24. Sri Lanka's beleaguered minority government on Friday named a high-level team to meet the main opposition party even though there was little hope for the coalition talks brokered with the help of the United States... Back to the top

West gives Colombo food for thought
Asia Times, August 24. Four months ago, Sri Lankan environmentalists were a jubilant lot... Back to the top

Sri Lanka waives airport landing charges for all planes at Colombo airport
Nothern Light, Friday, August 24, 2001 8:43 AM EST . - The aviation ministry has waived landing charges for all cargo or passenger aircraft landing at Sri Lanka's only international airport here... Back to the top

Chilling fear of rape haunts Tamil women in Sri Lanka
MSNBC, AUgust 23. Exhausted after a night's work at a busy cafe and an anxious encounter with police, Velu Arshadevi was fast asleep when the loud thumping came at the door of a house shared by the cafe's employees... Back to the top

Death toll in Tiger attack in Sri Lanka rises to 22
123India, August 24. Tamil Tiger rebels killed twice as many government troops in an attack on an army camp as was previously thought, taking the total death toll on both sides to 22, officials said Friday... Back to the top

US intervention gets cold shoulder in Lanka
NDTV/MSNBC, Friday, August 24, 2001 (Colombo). Sri Lanka's main opposition today played down a US initiative to broker unity talks with the beleaguered government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a bid to restore political stability... Back to the top

Five-wicket Prasad wrecks Sri Lanka in second Test
Yahoo Asia, August 24. Indian seamer Venkatesh Prasad grabbed five wickets to reduce Sri Lanka to 172-9 in their second innings on the third day of the second Test here... Back to the top

Saurav is no captaincy material, but I never humiliated him: Dungarpur
Yahoo India, August 24, 12:00 PM. Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Raj Singh Dungarpur laughed off the media reports which said that he humiliated Indian captain Saurav Ganguly in front of his teammates during the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

SLAAS appeals to politicos
The Island, August 23. Abandon vituperative politics that will lead country nowhere"The Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) is a multi-disciplinary body representing the scientific community of Sri Lanka... 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

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

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

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