The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 156

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Chandrika prepares for cabinet reshuffle
Gulf-News, September 9. President Chandrika Kumaratunga, preparing for a major cabinet reshuffle in accordance with the agreement reached with the marxist Janata Vimukta Perumana (JVP) is planning to create powerful deputy ministry positions in order to appease the ministers who will be removed.President Kumaratunga is scheduled to rename the new cabinet by Wednesday, but there was no indication to the ministers so far as to who would be dropped, although there has been speculation about certain names.The main opposition party leader Ranil Wickramasinghe has described the reduction of ministry functions as "an attempt to empty the toothpaste of a large tube into a smaller tube". More...
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Anti-LTTE operation a mistake: Kadirgamar
The Hindu, September 9. The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, has said that a military operation, launched against the LTTE in April, was a mistake which had caused a set-back to the Norwegian- facilitated process for peace talks... Back to the top

JVP-PA MOU is a road to disaster say political analysts
Saroj Pathirana in London, Sunday 09/09/01 1805 GMT. Several political analysts pointed out the serious limitations of the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Peoples’ Alliance (PA) and the Peoples’ Liberation Front (JVP) on 5th September... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to revive Norway peace bid despite leftist deal
123India, September 9. Sri Lanka is set to revive a Norway-backed peace bid to open talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, despite opposition from the government's new Marxist ally, officials and press reports said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sees red with Marxist deal
123India, September 9. Sri Lanka's survival pact with Marxists was aimed at restoring much needed stability, but cracks are already threatening to plunge the country in even greater chaos... Back to the top

Michael Ondaatje's novel shortlisted for the 2001 Irish Times Literature Prize
M2, September 9. Michael Ondaatje's novel 'Anil's Ghost', a previous winner of the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award for Fiction, has made it in to the shortlist for the 2001 Irish Times Literature Prize - worth CAD13,680... Back to the top

Sri Lankans 'ridicule' cricket
Weekend Australian, september 9 . Sri Lanka has "ridiculed" the game of cricket by retiring out two of its batsmen to give others a chance to practice, the state-run Daily News said Saturday... Back to the top

British Government Embarrassed by Illegal Immigration (I)
Xinhua, September 8. With apparently hundreds of refugees attempting to walk through the British Channel night by night, the British asylum policy is once more very much in the headlines and the problem no doubt has become a headache of the British Labor government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka mulls unilateral truce to push peace bid
Yahoo India, September 8, 10:12 PM. Sri Lanka said on Saturday it was considering a previously unthinkable concession of declaring a unilateral truce to revive a stalled Norwegian peace bid after Tamil Tiger guerrillas rebuffed an offer of a mutual ceasefire... Back to the top

Sihala Urumaya and JVP MPs order Luxury cars
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 08/09/01 1810 GMT Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna’s (JVP) ten members of the parliament (MP) have ordered luxury cars worth of Rs... Back to the top

Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.30 a.m Sunday 9 September. Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon will be in Sri Lanka on a two day visit from 11 to 12 September... Back to the top

Norwegian peace bid to continue: Chandrika
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Sept. 8. (UNI). Assuring that the Government's agreement with the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) would not effect the peace process, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said the Norwegian facilitated peace process to resolve the ethnic conflict would continue... Back to the top

Hit-and-run victim awaits compensation
Gulf-News, September 8. A hit-and-run victim who was awarded compensation by a court two years ago is still waiting in vain for the Dh60,000 – because the offender fled and is now in jail for a drugs offence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka record biggest Test win despite Bangladesh teenager's feat
Yahoo Asia, September 8. Bangladesh teenager Mohammad Ashraful Saturday became the youngest cricketer to score a Test century, but failed to stop Sri Lanka from posting a massive victory in the Asian Test championship match here... Back to the top

Prime Minister promises education for all
Yahoo India, September 8, 3:37 PM. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said that his government was committed to provide education for all, appealing for a determined resolve by educators and various non-government organisations to help achieve the goal... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gets three bids for Shell Gas stake
WorldOil, September 6. has received three expressions of interest for the government's 49% stake in Shell Gas Lanka Ltd... Back to the top

Sri Lanka clinch victory
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 8 September, 2001, 09:33 GMT 10:33 . Asian Test Championship, Colombo, day three: Sri Lanka 555-5 declared beat Bangladesh 90 & 328 by an innings and 137 runs... Back to the top

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