The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 152

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LTTE prepared to launch offensive to retake Jaffna
TheNewspapertoday, September 5. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have completed preparation to match firepower, technology and headcount of the government forces and will launch an attack to retake Jaffna, a top rebel leader said. "Jaffna peninsula will be captured soon. Our people are giving us full support for that," said Sivagnanam Gopala Ratnam Karikalan, who heads the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the eastern sector.In Colombo, Federal Defence Minister Gen. Anuruddha Ratwatee ridiculed the rebel threat. "let them try," Ratwatte, when asked to comment on the rebel threat, said. More...
Published: Wed Sep 5 21:39:02 EDT 2001

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Nation should sacrifice as politicians - JVP turns 180 degrees
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 05/09/01 1740 GMT. "As Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna?s (JVP) ten MPs are ready to donate half of their salaries to the joint fund of the government, we believe others including "our MPs and our Ministers" should follow suit", leader of the JVP said... Back to the top

CBK blames Air force for Katunayake attack
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.05 p.m Wednesday September 5. President Chandrika Kumaratunge blamed the Sri Lanka Airforce for the LTTE attack in Katunayake on 24 July... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government seals pact with Marxists amid doubts over alliance, Sep 05 2001 17:42 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 5 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's minority government Wednesday entered into a deal with a Marxist party to halt privatisation and introduce sweeping reforms in exchange for support it needs to survive... Back to the top

Truth be told, Sri Lankan probe too little too late
AsiaTimes, September 5. Sri Lanka, struggling through nearly two decades of ethnic strife, may be finally coming to grips with the devastating race riots of July 1983 through the formation of a "truth commission" along the lines of one instituted in South Africa... Back to the top

Lanka humiliate India by an innings and 77 runs.
Leo de Lile in Colombo, SLT, September 5, 2001. Sanath jayasuriya and victorious Sri Lankan cricketers pose for photographers at Sinhalese Sports Club grounds in Colombo on September 2, 2001, after beating India by an innings and 77 runs in third and final test to win the three test series 2-1... Back to the top

LTTE says recruitment on rise
Yahoo India, Wednesday September 5, 3:08 PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers are attracting an increasing number of volunteer fighters for their separatist cause and are not involved in forced recruitment, a pro-Tamil website said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Van Dort makes test debut
Dulshan de Silva in Colombo, 5.55 p.m. SLT Wednesday September 5, 2001. Michael Van Dort, a 21 year old lanky left hander will make his test debut against Bangladesh in the Asian test championship match which begins at the Singhalese Sports Club Grounds on Thursday... Back to the top

PA - JVP deal to help prop up government
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday September 5. A Marxist deal to prop up the government will be sealed today when a Memorandum of Understanding between the ruling Peoples Alliance and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is signed at 3 p... Back to the top

Probe finds athletes guilty of misbehaving
Dulshan de Silva in Colombo, 9.45 p.m. SLT Wednesday, September 5, 2001. The One Man Committee - retired judge Dudley Karunaratne appointed by the Sports Minister to inquire into the alleged misbehaviour of Sri Lankan athletes in Edmonton, Canada during the World Track and Field championships has found four athletes of misbehaviour and has recommended disciplinary action against them... Back to the top

PA Minister says UNP defeated for the 11th time
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.30 p.m. SLT Wednesday September 5. Minister for Agriculture and General Secretary for the SLFP, D... Back to the top

Business Community rejects PA- JVP union
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday September 5. Chandra Jayaratne, President of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce was today quoted on radio as saying that the union between the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Peoples Alliance is not in line with the main focus of the business community in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Hakeem says PA - JVP union will cripple social development
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday September 5. Rauf Hakeem, Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) said that the union between the ruling Peoples Alliance and the Marxist oriented Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna will cripple all socio economic development in the country... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka likely to seek Pak military planes
yahoo, September 5. In a new turn to Sri Lanka's 18-year-old civili war, President Chandrika Kumaratunga may ask Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for supply of military planes, helicopters and other military equipment, when she meets him during the UN General Assembly session... Back to the top

Leftist party fears deal with Kumaratunga might fail
yahoo, September 4. Sri Lanka's main left-wing party, which cut a deal with President Chandrika Kumaratunga to save her crisis-ridden government, said it feared the pact might not last very long... Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lanka drop Arnold for Bangladesh test
Yahoo India, September 5. Sri Lanka dropped struggling batsman Russel Arnold on Wednesday for their Asian Test Championship match against Bangladesh... Back to the top

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

Kadirgamar pledges to revive peace process
Gulf-News, September 4. Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar yesterday briefed the Norwegian government of political developments in the island as a new Marxist-nationalist ally of the shaky coalition of President Chandrika Kumaratunga insisted that no deals be struck with Tamil separatist rebels for the next one year... Back to the top

No signals from sea turtles
Yahoo India, 05 September 2001. It is widely believed that these turtles have fallen prey to the trawl nets used by the usual mechanised fishing trawlers operating in the coastal waters of the Bay of Bengal and the Sri Lanka coast... 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

Bangladesh team arrives in Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, 05 September 2001. The Bangladesh cricket team has arrived here to play an Asian Test Championship match against Sri Lanka... 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

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

Sri Lankans stranded in Yemen
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 4 September, 2001, 13:19 GMT 14:19 U. The authorities in Yemen have seized two boats containing more than 100 Sri Lankan men, which entered Aden illegally more than a week ago to restock and refuel... 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

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