The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 25, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 141

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LTTE front orders Tamil MPs to quit parliament.death to those who disregard
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 4.14 PM SLT Saturday August 25, 2001. In a significant move at a time when the Tamil parties in parliament are playing a critical role in south Sri Lankan/national politics, "Sangiliyan Padai" or Sangiliyan Army,a front of the LTTE,has asked Tamil MPs to quit parliament to give a boost to the Tamil liberation struggle.

In a notice distributed in Jaffna on August 11, the Sangiliyan Padai warned that those who dared disregard this suggestion "would not have an opportunity to regret their action" which is another way of saying that will be dead.

The padai said that the mainstream Sri Lankan parties were only paying lip service to the Tamil cause.In fact,they had not changed since the day the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam pact for the grant of Tamil rights was torn up.The padai said that in the guise of participating in the democratic process and in developmental activities,Tamil politicians had become collaborators in this politics of deception.

The padai recalled that the liberation movement had got a boost when the TULF and EROS quit parliament.The situation had worsened since then and it was only proper that the Tamil MPs resigned now." No one need to go to parliament to argue the Tamils' case," the padai contended.

No force would be able to stop a liberation struggle so long as there was self-respect and a deep feeling of ethnicity.The struggle would last even if one freedom fighter was alive.Therefore,the Tamil MPs should resign from parliament to boost the freedom struggle,the padai said.Otherwise,they would not even get an opportunity to regret their action,the padai warned.
Published: Sat Aug 25 21:08:20 EDT 2001

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Sri Lanka's children being recruited into war
Yahoo Asia, Sunday, August 26 9:36 AM SGT . Escalating fighting in Sri Lanka has renewed fears of a recruitment drive for child soldiers to fuel the seemingly unending separatist war... Back to the top

PA-UNP talks to continue on Monday
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1700 slt 25.08.01. Talks between the PA and the UNP to resolve the current political crisis will resume on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan President Rejects Leftist Party Proposals
Peoples Daily, Saturday, August 25, 2001, . President Chandrika Kumaratunga has rejected the key proposals by leftist JVP or the People's Liberation Front to overcome the political turmoil in the country, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka parties end unity talks with no agreement, Aug 25 2001 17:01 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 25 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's ruling party and the main opposition Saturday concluded a first round of negotiations with no sign of a breakthrough in the country's political crisis, officials said... Back to the top

Indian origin Tamils form party in Lanka
HindustanTimes, August 25. The increasing communalisation of the politics of the Indian origin Tamils (IoT) and the declining popularity of their premier organisation, the Ceylon Workers' Congress, has led to the formation of a new party which would promote the interests of the IOT, not through confrontational politics, but through inter-ethnic dialogue... Back to the top

Tigers return dead bodies of seven Sri Lankan soldiers, Aug 25 2001 14:16 IST. Tamil Tiger rebels Saturday returned through the Red Cross the bodies of seven soldiers killed during a major clash in northeastern Sri Lanka, officials said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Walter Jayawardhana , august 25. Ramya Edirisinghe, a budding dramatist and poetess died suddenly of a massive heart attack immediately after admission to Northridge Hospital, in a suburb of the Metropolitan Los Angeles... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: the conflict in audio-video
BBC, August 25. Since their foundation in 1972 the Tamil Tigers have fought a bitter conflict with the Sri Lankan Government for autonomy for the ethnic Tamil minority on the island... Back to the top

Lankan Tamils' plight to be discussed at racism meet
The Hindu NUS, Durban, Aug. 25. (PTI). The plight of Sri Lankan Tamils will be discussed at the upcoming World Conference on Racism here... Back to the top

Sri Lankan snap poll predicted
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 25 August, 2001, 13:37 GMT 14:37 UK. The government, facing defeat in a no-confidence motion because of defections, is exploring a possible power-sharing arrangement with the UNP... Back to the top

Cricket-Ganguly savours series-levelling win
Yahoo India, August 25. ndian skipper Saurav Ganguly said positive thinking was the key to India's series-levelling seven wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second test on Saturday... Back to the top

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

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

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