The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 27, 2001 EST, USA
VOL. 2, NO. 143

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Anton Balasingham denies LTTE involvement in Sangilian announcement
Dharisha Bastians in Colombo. LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham yesterday denied the organizations' involvement in the announcement calling for the resignation of Tamil politicians in the island, by a group claiming to be affiliated to the Tigers. In an interview ith the Jaffna-based Tamil daily Uthayan, Mr Balasingham said that when he contacted the LTTE headquarters in the Wanni, they denied any involvement in the distribution of leaflets by the Sangilian group. He said the distribution of these leaflets was an attempt by the government to tarnish the image of the LTTE, and silence Tamil politicians supporting the main opposition United National Party in it's attempt to oust President Chandrika Kumaratunge's government.
Published: Mon Aug 27 22:53:52 EDT 2001

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PA-UNP close to "marrying their agendas"
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 10.34 PM SLT Monday August 27, 2001. The ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) and the opposition United National Party (UNP) are close to an agreement on forming a national government if today's proceedings in the bilateral talks are any indication... Back to the top

Ex-Militant lobbies Ratings committee.
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, August 27. Sources in London say that an ex militant who is managing a widely quoted high profile pro LTTE Website arrived in the UK prior to the arrival of the Sri Lanka delegation led by Minister Ronnie de Mel... Back to the top

Rival Sri Lanka parties set 24-hour deadline to resolve crisis, Aug 27 2001 17:49 IST. Sri Lanka's beleaguered government and the main opposition Monday set themselves a 24-hour deadline to hammer out a consensus on ending the deepening political crisis, both sides said in a statement... Back to the top

TULF calls upon PA & UNP to address ethnic conflict
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.30 p.m. SLT Monday August 27. General Secretary for the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) R... Back to the top

Colombo offers risk guarantee for ships calling at Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.45 p.m. SLT Monday August 27. The Sri Lankan government has been forced to pledge a US $50 million guarantee to an escrow account or an irrevocable letter of credit as a safeguard against any ship that may get caught in a terrorist attack at the Colombo port... Back to the top

LTTE denies warning to Tamil MPs
Tamilnet , August 27. The Liberation Tigers Monday denied issuing a note circulating in the Jaffna peninsula warning Tamil MPs to quit the Sri Lankan Parliament and purported to originate from an organisation which the government says is a front of the LTTE... Back to the top

Ranil dashes hopes for government of national reconciliation
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.25 p.m. SLT Monday August 27. Opposition Leader, and Chief of the United National Party, Ranil Wickremasinghe has dashed any hopes the country had that the UNP and the ruling Peoples Alliance may unite and form a government of national reconciliation... Back to the top

Embattled Sri Lanka president ready to share power
MSNBC, August 26. Sri Lanka's beleaguered president said she was ready to share power with her opponents to end the country's worst political crisis in years as her minority government resumed coalition talks with the opposition on Monday... Back to the top

UNP seeks general elections by December
Tamilnet, August 27. Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) favours a caretaker government for a maximum of 12 weeks followed by general elections in December a means to end the ongoing political crisis, press reports said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace movement founded
BBC South Asia, Monday, 27 August, 2001, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK . One of Sri Lanka's most prominent businessmen, Lalith Kotelawala, has founded a citizens' peace initiative to try to end the country's civil war... Back to the top

Colombo seeks to strengthen ties
Gulf-News, August 27. Sri Lanka has always supported Arab causes in international politics, and now wants to strengthen relations, especially with the UAE, stressed a Sri Lankan envoy... Back to the top

Stargazer says Sri Lanka risks date with disaster
MSNBC, august 27. A Sri Lankan stargazer has urged the president, under fire over her suspension of parliament, to summon the assembly early or risk making a date with doom... Back to the top

US snubbed over intervention to help end Sri Lanka crisis
Yahoo Asia, Monday, August 27 2:54 PM SGT . US moves to restore political stability in Sri Lanka have backfired with the two main protagonists distancing themselves from Washington's initiative, diplomatic and official sources here said Monday... Back to the top

16 Tamil Rebels Confirmed Killed in Northern Sri Lanka
Nothern Light, Monday, August 27, 2001 7:46 AM EST . Sri Lankan government forces successfully completed the limited operation in the northern Jaffna peninsula on Sunday, killing 16 separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, the Defense Ministry said on Monday... Back to the top

Nothern Light, Monday, August 27, 2001 7:13 AM EST . ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES LOAN PROJECTS - AUGUST 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan steals bus hoping to crush rebel chief
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Aug. 27. (Reuters). A Sri Lankan man stole a bus and drove at breakneck speed towards the country's northern war zone aiming to run over the reclusive leader of the Tamil guerilla group battling the Government, police said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka escalates air attacks against Tigers, Aug 27 2001 15:41 IST. Sri Lankan air force jets have carried out a major bombing campaign against suspected Tamil rebel positions in the island's north, the defence ministry said Monday... Back to the top

Cricket-Buoyant India chase rare away test series triumph
Yahoo India, August 27. India, buoyed by a return to confident batting form, aim to complete their first away test series triumph for eight years when they face Sri Lanka in the deciding third test starting on Wednesday... Back to the top

New face lifts Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, August 27. Batsman Michael Vandort is poised to make his Test debut for Sri Lanka in Wednesday's series decider against India in Colombo... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

16 LTTE rebels killed in army offensive in Sri Lanka's north
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Monday, August 27, 2001. Sri Lankan army today claimed significant gains in its limited offensive launched in the northern Jaffna peninsula, saying it established "strong points" ahead of its defence lines and killed 16 LTTE rebels in the operation... Back to the top

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

Asylum ship turned away by Australia, Indonesia
Yahoo India, August 27. Australia refused entry on Monday to a Norwegian freighter carrying hundreds of Afghan and other boat people, the first time it has turned back a ship carrying asylum seekers... 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

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

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