The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 149

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JVP/PA agreement to be effective from 2.00 p.m today
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.15 a.m Monday 3 September. Propaganda secretary of the JVP Wimal Weerawansa told The Lanka Academic that the agreement between the PA government and the JVP will come in to effect from 2.00 p.m today. He said that his party is pleased that the PA government agreed to JVP' s conditions and the agreement will be signed in the presence of distinguished citizens of the country. Weerawansa added that the government has agreed to bring down the cabinet to 20 and it is the responsibility of the PA to appoint people of their choice to the cabinet and the JVP has in no way made any suggestions or requests.
Published: Sun Sep 2 22:11:09 EDT 2001

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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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JVP has become the horse rider now-Azwer
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.00 a.m September 3. After the agreement between the PA government and the JVP, the JVP has become the horse rider now and Chandrikas government will have to dance to their tune, United National Party member of parliament A... Back to the top

PA MPs approve Chandrika's deal with JVP: Referendum cancelled,parliament to meet on Sept 6 and cabinet size limited to 20.
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 12.24 AM SLT Monday Sept.3, 2001. The parliamentary group of the Peoples' Alliance (PA) tonight approved President's Chandrika Kumaratunga's deal with the Maoist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) struck on friday... Back to the top

Mystery of the M Star
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.55 a.m Monday September 3. Army officers are wondering how another M Star surveillance radar has been ordered to be used by the Sri Lankan army when an engineer has found the M Star already in the hands of the army to be unsuitable for use... Back to the top

JVP gives midnight deadline to the government to cancel referendum and re call parliament
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2124 slt 02.09.01. The JVP has given the government of President Kumaratunga till mid night today to issue gazette notifications cancelling the October 18th referendum and re call parliament before September 7th... Back to the top

Sri Lankan political crisis may take a twist
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Sept. 2. (UNI). Political crisis in Sri Lanka is likely to take a new turn next week with a deal struck between the ruling People's Alliance (PA) and the Leftist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to set up an interim Government with the embattled minority Government for one year... Back to the top

India second choice as Lanka mediator: Survey
TOI, September 3. Nearly half of Sri Lanka's business community favours India as a third party to facilitate peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Earth tremors experienced along western coast.
Dharisha Bastians in Colombo, Sunday, 02nd September 2001, 10:40 SLT. Earth tremors measuring less than 3 points on the Richter scale rocked western coastal areas earlier today... Back to the top

Sri Lankan suicide bomber blasts boat to avoid arrest, Sep 02 2001 16:40 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 2 (AFP) - A Tamil Tiger suicide bomber killed himself by detonating explosives carried onboard a fishing boat to avoid capture by naval troops in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said Sunday... Back to the top

42 detained in northern Sri Lanka
TOI, September 3. Forty-two suspected Tamil Tiger rebels were detained in northern Sri Lanka and one guerrilla killed himself in an explosion, the defense ministry said on Sunday... Back to the top

Australian Tamil community rally against new Sri Lankan Commissioner
Radio Australia, September 3 . Members of Australia's Tamil community are calling on the Federal Government to rescind its acceptance of the new Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia, Janaka Perera... Back to the top

Sri Lankan film wins top award
The Hindu NUS, New Delhi, Sept. 2. (PTI). Sri Lankan film This Is My Moon by Asoka Handagama, set against the backdrop of the ethnic conflict that has ravaged the island nation for over 15 years, bagged the award for the best movie at the week-long third Cinemaya festival of Asian cinema, which concluded here today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President vows to cut 'deal with devil' to save government, Sep 02 2001 18:16 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Sunday vowed to enter into any pact with "any devil" to save her minority government from collapse as an arch rival Marxist party threw her a lifeline... Back to the top

Crippled sail ship makes progress towards Sri Lanka, Sep 02 2001 17:22 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 2 (AFP) - A 17th-century replica ship which is trying to re-enact a 400-year-old trade winds journey is due to reach Sri Lanka two days later than scheduled after losing its top sails in stormy weather, organisers said Sunday... Back to the top

Government agrees to JVP demands in principle. Formal agreement tomorrow
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1156 slt 01.09.01. The Government last night agreed in principle to JVP demands to support the minority People's Alliance for one year... Back to the top

Lanka humiliate India by an innings and 77 runs
Yahoo India, September 2. Sri Lanka crushed India by an innings and 77 runs in the deciding third test to claim the series 2-1 on Sunday... Back to the top

The Lanka Academic - Prof.Rajiva Wijesinha, September 2. The main news this week in Colombo was that the talks between the PA and the UNP had failed... Back to the top

A new publication by University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna)
The Lanka Academic, September 2. Written by Dr. Rajan Hoole, a co-author of The Broken Palmyra, the focus of which was inwards - within Tamil society - the present volume examines primarily the Sri Lankan State... Back to the top

The Lanka Academic - Capt.Elmo Jayawardana, September 2. Our island was called Lanka in pre King Vijaya times... Back to the top

Political quagmire
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, September 2. Sri Lanka’s economic woes sank to an all time low, and the political crisis escalated over the last few weeks while President Chandrika Kumaratunga was busy collecting undated letters of resignation from her deputy ministers Back to the top

'Talks, only way to solve Sri Lankan strife'
The Hindu NUS, New Delhi, Sept. 1. (PTI). There cannot be a military solution to the long-drawn ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, which must be resolved only through dialogue between the Lankan Government and the Tamil rebels, experts said today... Back to the top

Protest against HR abuse in Lanka
chennaionline, September 1. International human rights campaigners have protested against what they describe as the "genocide" of the Tamil people in the north and east of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Lankan business community says enough is enough
Asia Times, September 1. Sri Lankans are a worried people these days... Back to the top

Yemen still detaining two suspected refugee boats from Sri Lanka, Sep 01 2001 19:39 IST. ADEN, Yemen, Sept 1 (AFP) - Yemeni authorities said Saturday they were still detaining two decrepit boats seized three weeks ago carrying at least 110 suspected Sri Lankan refugees... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cabinet to look at offshore oil bids
WorldOil, September 1. Sri Lanka will announce plans to commence offshore oil and gas exploration once cabinet approval is obtained, with a production and bidding round set for 2002, an official said... Back to the top

Lanka: One killed as apprehended boat explodes
Indiainfo, September 1. A boat apprehended by Sri Lankan Navy for fishing in an unauthorised area off the Northern Jaffna peninsula exploded while being escorted to the shore on September 1, killing one person on board and wounding two others, military sources said... Back to the top

India slump late in the day, struggling at 217-6
newindpress, September 1. A humiliating innings defeat was staring the Indians in the face on the fourth day of the third and final cricket Test match against Sri Lanka here on Saturday as they suffered yet another middle order collapse to be struggling at 217 for six in their second innings at stumps... Back to the top

Seven Indian fishermen hurt as Lankan Navy opens fire
The Hindu NUS, Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu), Sept. 1. (UNI). Seven Indian fishermen were grievously injured and their boat got sunk when Sri Lankan Naval forces opened fire on them near Katchativu islet in the Palk Straits on Thursday... Back to the top

Early dissolution of Sri Lankan Parliament on cards
The Hindu (International), 01-09-2001 . Sri Lanka's embattled People's Alliance (PA) Government may opt for an early dissolution of Parliament followed by elections as a way out of facing a no-confidence motion... Back to the top

Two crew members hurt in spice route ship re-enactment, Sep 01 2001 15:09 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 1 (AFP) - Two female crew members were hurt as their 17th century replica ship ran into rough weather while trying to re-enact a 400-year-old journey, organisers said Saturday... Back to the top

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