The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 26, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 142

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Prospect of early election in Sri Lanka
The Hindu (International), 27-08-2001 . Sri Lanka faces the prospect of another general election unless the minority People's Alliance (PA) Government, which is under an Opposition siege, can strike a power-sharing deal with its arch- opponent, the United National Party (UNP), or put together other support to remain in power. More...
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We are proud to present the seventh guest at our online Q&A sessions: Mr. Somawansa Amerasinghe, the leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). With the upcoming referendum in Sri Lanka, the vote of no confidence in the parliament, the reported moves to impeach President Kumaratunga and the pivotal role the JVP is expected to play in all events, Mr. Amerasinghe's political influence is of great significance to future political developments in Sri Lanka. This session has now ended. Answers by Mr. Amerasinghe will appear here.

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Nirupen Sen to be new Indian HC in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 a.m Monday August 27. Indian High Commissioner in Norway, Nirupen Sen is to be posted to Sri Lanka as the new Indian High Commissioner and the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Gopalakrishna Gandhi, is being posted to London as high commissioner The Lanka Academic sources in New Delhi revealed this morning... Back to the top

Government trying to re-prorogue the parliament without reconvening- JVP
Saroj Pathirana in London, Sunday 26/08/01 1625 GMT. As there are speculations over the government is trying to re-prorogue the parliament on 7th of September without reconvening it, the opposition parties are ready to call a mass protest against this undemocratic move, a senior leader of the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said... Back to the top

The Lanka Academic - Tisaranee Gunasekara, August 26. Quite a few of my readers would have seen that photograph on the front page of the Sunday Observer; it was of a woman giving a drop of water to her calf dying of dehydration and starvation... Back to the top

Hundreds of immigrants arrive in Australia
BBC South Asia, Monday, 27 August, 2001, 02:39 GMT 03:39 UK . The immigrants, primarily Afghans and Sri Lankans, had been rescued by the Norwegian vessel Tampa after their own ship hit difficulties in Indonesian waters... Back to the top

The Lanka Academic - Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha, August 26. I have been more than impressed in recent weeks with the depth and quality of the investigative journalism practiced by the 'Sunday Leader'... Back to the top

S.Lankan Leftist Party Sets Deadline for Talks With Government
Nothern Light, Sunday, August 26, 2001 8:01 AM EST . COLOMBO, Aug 26, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sri Lanka's leftist JVP or People's Liberation Front has set August 31 as deadline for the government to conclude negotiations with it in a bid to end the current political crisis, officials said on Sunday... Back to the top

The emotional damage of Sri Lanka's civil war
BBC, August 26. Video Clip... Back to the top

Tamil MPs told to keep off UNP
The Hindu, August 26. A pamphlet asking Tamil parliamentarians to resign immediately was in circulation in the Jaffna peninsula today... Back to the top

India opted out of Lanka copter deal
HT, August 26. India wriggled out of a deal to sell Chetak reconnaissance helicopters to the Sri Lankan navy to put pressure on the Chandrika Kumaratunga government to cooperate with the Norwegian brokered peace pro-cess, said the Sri Lankan defen-ce analyst, Iqbal Athas... Back to the top

Sri Lanka brushes aside US role in political crisis, Aug 26 2001 23:14 IST. Sri Lanka Sunday rejected any foreign role to salvage the beleaguered government, after the United States said it had intervened in a bid to restore political stability to the island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka leftists set deadline as crisis talks falter, Aug 26 2001 11:50 IST. Sri Lanka's main leftist party set a five-day deadline for beleaguered President Chandrika Kumaratunga to start democratic reforms or face an attempt to oust her government, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

New battles around Jaffna
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 26 August, 2001, 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK . There has been fresh fighting between the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels along the front line in the northern Jaffna peninsular... Back to the top

Sri Lanka hits back after rebel attacks, six dead
Yahoo India, August b26. Sri Lankan troops killed at least six Tamil Tiger guerrillas in a brief offensive in the country's north on Sunday after a week of rebel attacks left more than 40 dead, military officials said... Back to the top

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

Years of war take their toll on Lanka
NDTV/MSNBC, Bobby Nair Sunday, August 26, 2001 (Colom. Sri Lanka, once considered an island paradise, is dying out... 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

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

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