The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 151

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We will safeguard Govt., says JVP
Hindu, September 4. The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, has agreed to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna's condition that she will not bring in constitutional changes over the next year for devolution of power to the minorities in return for the party's support to the minority People's Alliance Government. Undeterred by the Government's alliance with the JVP and the smaller party's tough stand on the ethnic question, Sri Lanka's business community today announced the launching of a massive drive for peace talks by it from Wednesday. More...
Published: Tue Sep 4 21:33:22 EDT 2001
Related News Stories
JVP says no to negotiations with the LTTE  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
JVP bars Lankan Govt. from devolving powers for a year  - The Hindu NUS
Lankan govt restrained by ally from devolving powers to Tamils  - Press Trust of India

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VP pact: Lanka peace in danger
HT, September 4. The Sri Lankan government's one-year pact of survival with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) may stall the peace process in the island nation... Back to the top

UNP plans to resubmit no confidence motion
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.20 p.m. SLT Tuesday September 4. The United National Party plans to resubmit a motion of no confidence against the Government when Parliament reconvenes this Thursday, September 6... Back to the top

Draft bills on independent commissions in September
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.15 p.m. SLT Tuesday September 4. The Government announced today that it would introduce draft bills for independent commissions by September 18 this year... Back to the top

JVP to vote against no-confidence motion
Tamilnet, September 4. The Marxist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna Tuesday announced that it would defeat the no-confidence motion against the PA government when it is tabled in parliament... Back to the top

India offers drought relief to Sri Lanka, Sep 04 2001 20:25 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 4 (AFP) - India Tuesday gave food and cash to help some 300,000 people suffering from nearly two years of drought in southern Sri Lanka, the government here said... Back to the top

UK bio firm scores new US success
The Guardian , September 4. Biotechnology firm Protherics has won approval from US regulators for a drug to counteract accidental overdoses of heart medicines, which could also be used to stop Sri Lankans killing themselves by eating poisonous flowers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka business community call for peace rally
MSNBC, september 4. War-torn Sri Lanka's generally timid business community appealed to the public on Tuesday to rally in two weeks time for an end to the country's 18-year ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks to turn around shrinking tourism
MSNBC, Tuesday, Sept 4th, 12:20 GMT. COLOMBO, Sept. 4 — Sri Lanka announced plans on Tuesday to try to revive its struggling tourism industry, which was dealt a near-death blow by July's rebel attack on the country's only international airport. ''Plans are to be drawn up to send out industry delegations to meet the tour operator and decision makers in the major markets with a view to deal with the perceptions and to convince them to promote tourism to Sri Lanka,'' said a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports... Back to the top

Intelligence failures exposed by Tamil Tiger airport attack
Janes Defence, September 4. A suicide squad of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) staged an audacious attack on Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike international airport and the adjoining air force base at Katunayake on 24 July 2001... Back to the top

Sri Lanka political deal to stop privatisation
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, September 4 4:30 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's government has halted privatisation for a year and agreed to make no further commitments to international lenders, the ruling party's new Marxist ally announced Tuesday... Back to the top

Trade winds ship re-enacts call at Sri Lanka spice port, Sep 04 2001 18:10 IST. GALLE, Sri Lanka, Sept 4 (AFP) - A 17th-century replica ship entered this historic southern Sri Lankan spice trading port Tuesday, two days behind schedule, in its attempt to re-enact a 400-year-old trade winds journey... Back to the top

Doors still open for LTTE despite JVP restrictions- Mangala Samaraweera
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 03/09/01 1835 GMT. Doors are still open for discussions with Tamil Tigers, though government's new coalition partner Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) demand to make a full stop to the attempts to open a dialogue with the separatists, a senior government spokesman said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Marxists set to sign deal with gov't
Yahoo India, Tuesday September 4, 10:44 AM . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Marxist Peoples' Liberation Front (JVP) party said on Tuesday it would soon sign an agreement with the minority government to support it for a period of one year... Back to the top

Financial guarantees to reduce insurance premiums
Nothern Light, Tuesday, September 04, 2001 5:59 AM EST . Sep 04, 2001 (AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) -- The government of Sri Lanka has reportedly offered financial guarantees to airlines flying into the country to reduce insurance premiums after a rebel attack which destroyed 12 aircraft... Back to the top

GL also in. But Mahinda is out
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.20 p.m Monday September 3=20. The Lanka Academic reliably understand that minister G... Back to the top

SB to be included in the new cabinet
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.40 p.m Monday 3 September. Minister S.B. Dissanayake will be included in the new twenty member Peoples Alliance cabinet to be appointed after the PA/JVP agreement a close friend of Dissanayake told The Lanka Academic... Back to the top

Tamil gangs dispense their own justice Meet the leaders of bloody turf war
The Toronto Star, September 2. Nagalingam is considered one of the old guard, a veteran of the decade-long Toronto gang battle between Sri Lankans who escaped civil war in their country by immigrating to Canada in the early 1990s... Back to the top

Pakistan & Sri Lanka to Sign Free Trade Agreement
yahoo, September 4. Commerce Minister Abdul Razzak Dawood said that a trade agreement with Sri Lanka will be signed in order to open up two-way trade... Back to the top

Yemen seizes two ships carrying 116 Sri Lankans
Dawn, September 3. Yemeni authorities have seized two ships carrying about 116 Sri Lankan men, 20 of them without passports, after the Ukrainian- and Sri Lankan-flagged vessels entered Aden port illegally, a port official said on Monday... Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka cement fourth place after Indian series win
Yahoo, September 3. Sri Lanka are fourth in the ICC's test rankings after their 2-1 series win over India, who drop a place to eighth in the 10-team table... Back to the top

Marxists force good governance on Sri Lanka president
Kyodo News, 04 September 2001. Sri Lanka's new left People's Liberation Front (JVP) has humbled President Chandrika Kumaratunga's ruling People's Alliance (PA) by forcing it to accept tough ''good governance'' conditions in return for vital support to enable it to survive as a government... Back to the top

Lanka's GM food ban delayed indefinitely: Source
TOI, September 3. Sri Lanka has postponed indefinitely plans to impose one of the world's toughest bans on genetically modified (GM) food, a senior health ministry official said on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ministers resign to pave way for Marxist alliance, Sep 03 2001 13:48 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 3 (AFP) - Sri Lankan ministers began resigning Monday to allow President Chandrika Kumaratunga to make fresh appointments in line with tough conditions imposed by her new Marxist ally, political sources said... Back to the top

Government to rent generators to augment electric supply in Sri Lanka
The Star - Malaysia, September 3. The government plans to rent industrial generators to tide over a power crisis created by poor monsoon rains, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Lankan govt to finalise details of agreement with Marxists
Press Trust of India, Monday, September 03, 2001. Sri Lanka's ruling alliance is expected to work out the finer details of an agreement with the Marxist Janatha Vimukti Peramuna this evening to earn a further year in office and beat back an opposition bid to topple it in a numbers game in Parliament... Back to the top

President issues proclamations on parliament meeting and cancellation of referendum
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 2.12 PM SLT Monday September 3,2001. The Sri Lankan President Mrs.Chandrika Kumaratunga today issued two proclamations, one reconvening the prorogued Sri Lankan parliament on September 6 at 10 am (one day ahead of the earlier schedule),and the other cancelling the referendum on the need for a new constitution scheduled for October 18. Sources said that the no-confidence motion in the order paper of the house would not be taken up on Sept.6 but later... Back to the top

17 PA MPs to cross to opposition ranks
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.30 a.m. SLT Monday September 3. Sources within the United National Party today confirmed to 'Lacnet' that 17 PA Members of Parliament including 5 ministers are expected to cross the floor on September 6, this month, and join opposition ranks when Parliament is reconvened... Back to the top

Parliament to reconvene on Sep. 6
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.25 a.m. SLT Monday September 3. Acceding to a demand by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna the Government has agreed to reconvene Parliament on September 6, 2001, a day before President Kumaratunge asserted she would open the House... Back to the top

JVP - PA MOU to become effective today
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.20 a.m. SLT Monday September 3. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the ruling Peoples Alliance will come into effect by 2 p... Back to the top

Two Sri Lankans escape from "refugee" boats detained in Yemen, Sep 03 2001 13:23 IST. ADEN, Yemen, Sept 3 (AFP) - Two of around 110 suspected Sri Lankan refugees detained in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden for three weeks after arriving in two decrepit boats have escaped, a port police official said... Back to the top

SriLankan Airlines introduces nonstop flights to the Maldives
Yahoo Singapore, September 3, 10:12 AM. SriLankan Airlines plans to introduce non-stop flights from Tokyo and London to Male, in the Maldives, from this month onwards, in a bid to get around Government travel advisories that warn travellers to avoid Colombo... Back to the top

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