The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 157

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Sri Lanka PM vows secret formula to end energy crisis, Sep 10 2001 14:06 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 10 (AFP) - Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has vowed a secret formula to end Sri Lanka's hydro-electricity shortage caused by a severe drought, press reports here said Monday. The prime minister told his home constituency of Horana near here Sunday the government will end daily power cuts in two weeks whether there are rains or not, the Sinhalese-language Lankadeepa reported. More...
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The Queen's Gambit
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, September 09. In a bid to save her government, Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga decided to sup with the Janatha Vimukhti Peramuna (jvp), a party with a queer melange of extreme Marxist and right-wing ideas which had staged an abortive armed uprising against her mother's rule three decades back and allegedly assassinated her husband 12 years ago... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks aid to save drought-hit
gulf-news, september 10. Sri Lanka yesterday appealed through its UAE embassy for help from charities and Sri Lankan expatriates to save over a million people hit by the country's worst drought... Back to the top

Engineers protest - Treasury demands for CEB to buy emergency power
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.40 a.m. SLT Monday September 10. Dr. Susantha Perera, President of the Engineers Union at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said the Treasury is now pressurizing the CEB to renegotiate its earlier agreements with Agrekko Ltd and purchase emergency power... Back to the top

Fingers pointed as Lankan power crisis worsens
Asia Times , September 9. In temples, mosques, and churches, people are praying for rain as Sri Lanka suffers a drought that has not only cut water supply for consumption and irrigation, but also resulted in power shortages... Back to the top

Last batch of Indian fishermen released
Hindu, September 09. With the release of 13 Indian fishermen from the Jaffna prison, all the 70 who were arrested by Sri Lankan authorities for illegally poaching in Sri Lankan waters, have been sent back to India... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks to kick-start peace
CNN, September 10. Clinging on to power via a deal with a minority Marxist party the Sri Lankan government is making moves towards resuming peace talks in a bid to end the country's 18-year-long civil war... Back to the top

Ceylon Electricity Board in a no win situation
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.30 a.m. SLT Monday September 10. Senior Officials at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) have warned that power cuts are likely to be increased over the next two weeks, as a severe drought and mismanagement of alternative resources for generating electricity has plunged the CEB into a no win situation... Back to the top

Clashes breakout between NUA and SLMC
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.20 a.m. SLT Monday September 10. Bitter rivalry between the leaders of the National Unity Alliance and its one time parent party, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, yesterday spilled over to supporters belonging to both parties in the Ampara district... Back to the top

Incidents continue in the North East
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Monday September 10. News reports posted on the Army website say that Muslim nationals in Muttur, in the Trincomalee district are continuing a protest campaign against atrocities committed by the LTTE against the Muslim community... Back to the top

Last batch of Indian fishermen released
Hindu, 11 September 2001. With the release of 13 Indian fishermen from the Jaffna prison, all the 70 who were arrested by Sri Lankan authorities for illegally poaching in Sri Lankan waters, have been sent back to India... Back to the top

Katunayake attack jeopardises hurdle queens career
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 10/09/01 0900 GMT. The attack on Katunayake air base and international airport not only consumed countries ailing economy, but also the sports arena... 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 Peoplesí Alliance (PA) and the Peoplesí Liberation Front (JVP) on 5th September... Back to the top

World Bank to fund Sri Lanka mine clearing, irrigation, Sep 10 2001 14:09 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 10 (AFP) - The World Bank announced Monday it was planning to fund a UN-led program to clear mines from Sri Lanka's embattled northern regions and release fertile agricultural lands to farmers... Back to the top

World Bank expresses concern over Indian fishing in Sri Lanka
Yahoo news (AFP), Monday September 10, 4:37 PM. The World Bank Monday expressed concern that trawlers from neighbouring India were poaching in Sri Lanka's embattled northern waters while the island's own people were denied fishing rights... Back to the top

The players have to get their due: Ranatunga
Yahoo Sport, Monday September 10, 12:00 AM. He continues to be the `Anna' of Sri Lankan cricket... Back to the top

Indian nightingales fly to Sri Lankan hospitals
yahoo, September 9. The language is unfamiliar and the local food is not quite their usual fare, but these nurses from India's Kerala state have found their pot of gold in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

17 killed in two days in northern Sri Lanka
thenewspapertoday, 10 September 2001. hirteen LTTE rebels and four Sri Lankan soldiers have been killed in different skirmishes in northern Sri Lanka in the last two days, the military said on Sunday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

UNESCO holds summit on sacred Asian mountains
yahoo, september 9. Across Asia mountains such as Tibet's Mount Kailash or Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka, are revered as sacred sites, yet are strewn with garbage or have been commercialized to an unholy extent... Back to the top

LTTE using temple for fundraising
India abroad, 10 September 2001. The Ganesh Hindu temple in Ontario, re-opened after a $3 million renovation only last week, is being used to raise funds for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, says a full-page report in the September 6 edition of The National Post... 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

Southeast Asia's largest sitting Buddha opens in Malaysia's Islamic state
yahoo, september 5. Southeast Asia's largest sitting Buddha was formally inaugurated Sunday in Malaysia's Islamic opposition-ruled state of Kelantan amid a debate over Islamic extremism... Back to the top

Cricket-Losses raise concern over Bangladesh status
Yahoo India, 10 September 2001. Bangladesh's heavy defeat by Sri Lanka in the Asian Test Championship on Saturday -- their fifth reverse in as many matches -- will have raised further doubts over the wisdom of their test status... 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

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

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