The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 153

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JVP is against peace talks- Weerawansa
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.10 a.m Friday September 7. Vimal Weerawansa member of parliament and propaganda secretary of the JVP told The Lanka Academic this morning that the JVP as a policy is against any peace talks led by Norway or any other foreign powers even though the MOU signed with the PA the JVP have neither agreed nor disagreed to the government having peace talks. Weerawansa said 'These are not proper peace talks but just discussions' He also said that as reported in some newspapers here the JVP had not given the government one month to reduce the number of the cabinet. He said ' Our deadline is 12 September and that stands'
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Talks with the LTTE will go on-Chandrika
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.25 p.m Thursday September 6. President Chandrika Kumaratunge said today that talks with the LTTE will go on and there is no problem or objections from the JVP for it... Back to the top

Political horse-trading only worsens Sri Lankan crisis
Japan Times, September 7. Sri Lanka's politico-ethnic crisis worsened last week when talks between the minority government and the opposition failed... Back to the top

Government JVP agreement released to the public
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1913 slt 06.09.01. The government today released its agreement with the JVP for a one year caretaker government... Back to the top

Lanka House reconvened
Gulf-news, September 7. Sri Lanka's parliament reconvened yesterday after a two-month suspension, with the main opposition reviving moves to topple the government, even as the administration's pact with the Marxist Janata Vimukti Perumana (JVP) to stave off an ouster vote seemed to develop cracks... Back to the top

A tiger in the temple
NationalPost, September 6. Once inside Canada, some refugees devote themselves passionately to the conflicts gripping their homelands... Back to the top

Tap The Toddy!!
The Economic Times, September 7. Properly handled, toddy could give IMFL a run for its money... Back to the top

Bullock carts on the road to extinction
Asia Times, September 7. Bullock carts have been plying the streets of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, for many centuries... Back to the top

Indian hand-rolled cigarettes outpacing Lankan brands
TOI, September 7. The Sri Lankans are switching over to cheap hand-rolled Indian cigarettes called "bidis", causing a huge loss to local manufacturers... Back to the top

Lankan Oppn drops no-confidence vote
TOI, september 6. Sri Lanka's main opposition party dropped a no-confidence motion in Parliament on Thursday after President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government won the support of a controversial Marxist party to counter the move... Back to the top

Lanka govt denies Marxist pact hits privatisation
TOI, September 6. Sri Lanka's ruling alliance Thursday denied its survival pact with a Marxist party would affect Norway's attempts to broker peace in the island or hamper moves to reform state-owned enterprises... Back to the top

War takes its toll on Lanka children
TOI, September 6. Nearly a quarter of Sri Lanka's children living in conflict areas have lost a parent in the years of fighting between government soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels and child rights activists say the country is hardly equipped to cope with the increasing number of children traumatised by the war... Back to the top

Details of the MOU between the JVP and the PA for coalition government.
The Lanka Academic, September 6. The agreement is only valid for one year commencing 5 September 2001... Back to the top

LTTE prepares for all-out war as JVP rules out talks, 06 September 2001. With the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, the new partner of the Peoples Alliance government, rejecting any talks with the Tamil Tigers during the one-year probationary government, the LTTE appears to be preparing for an all-out war against the security forces... Back to the top

Parliament reconvened
Tamilnet, september 6. Sri Lanka's Parliament, which was prorogued by President Chandrika Kumaratunge on 10 July commenced its sittings Thursday morning... Back to the top

Sri Lankan soldiers push for peace
BBC, 6 September. An association representing 4,000 disabled soldiers in Sri Lanka has asked the leader of the Tamil Tiger rebel group for a meeting to discuss a citizens' peace iniative... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government faces fresh ouster bid as parliament reconvenes, Sep 06 2001 18:25 IST. Sri Lanka's parliament reconvened Thursday after a two-month suspension with the main opposition reviving moves to topple the government, despite the administration's pact with a Marxist party to stave off an ouster vote... Back to the top

UNP to introduce no confidence motion after independent commissions are set-up
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1921 slt 06.09.01. The main opposition UNP today decided to re-introduce the no confidence motion against the government after the independent commissions are set up in the third week of this month... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pulls out of loan deal with Deutsche Bank, Sep 06 2001 17:19 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 6 (AFP) - Sri Lanka has cancelled a deal to raise a 200 million-dollar loan syndicated by Deutsche Bank because the terms were unfavourable, a senior government official said Thursday... Back to the top

ICRC office in Muttur attacked
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.55 p.m Thursday September 6. The ICRC office in Muttur was attacked this morning at about 12.30 damaging some windows and a vehicle parked at the office, ICRC spokesman Harasha Gunewardane told The Lanka Academic... Back to the top

Kumaratunga's Government to Survive
Nothern Light, Thursday, September 06, 2001 2:22 AM EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- President Chandrika Kumaratunga's governing alliance and a Marxist group on have signed an agreement that will save her minority government from a defeat in Parliament Forgetting past animosities, government ministers and the People's Liberation Front leaders lighted oil lamps Wednesday to invoke blessings and shook hands... Back to the top

Japan Pledges 375,000 U.S. Dollar Aid to Sri Lanka
Nothern Light, Thursday, September 06, 2001 12:26 AM EST . Japan has approved the allocation of 33,752 million rupees (around 375,000 U... Back to the top

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 246 for one
The Hindu NUS, Thursday, Sept. 6, 13:47. Colombo, Sept. 6. Sri Lanka were 246 for the loss of Jayasuriya's wicket (89) at close of play -- in response to Bangladesh's 90 -- on the first day of the Asian test championship match on Thursday... Back to the top

Indian Govt Grants Sri Lanka 100 Mln US Dollar Credit Line
Nothern Light, Thursday, September 06, 2001 12:26 AM EST . The Indian government has granted Si Lanka a credit line of 100 million U... Back to the top

SRI LANKA PRESS: Natl Devt Bk Gets Comml Banking Licence
Yahoo Singapore, 6 September. Sri Lanka's National Development Bank Ltd... 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

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

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

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