The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 162

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New Sri Lankan Cabinet sworn in
The Hindu (International), 15-09-2001 . SEPT. 14. The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, today met another Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna condition for its support to the Government by slashing her Cabinet of Ministers to less than half of what it was and reducing the number of junior Ministers. Ms. Kumaratunga administered the oath of office this morning to 18 Ministers named to the new lean-look Cabinet, with most in charge of three portfolios each. The previous Cabinet had 43 Ministers. More...
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Tiger rebels attack Sri Lanka troop carrier, Sep 16 2001 07:11 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 16 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger guerrillas launched a flotilla of boats to attack a ferry carrying 1,200 troops in northern Sri Lanka Sunday, but the military beat them back, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

Madonna calls for peace at Los Angeles concert
Yahoo, September 15. Pop diva Madonna led a prayer for peace Friday at a sold-old concert in Los Angeles, urging President Bush to show restraint in retaliating for Tuesday's attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center... Back to the top

Terrorism expert says America again must lead the fight against evil
Las Vegas Review, September 15. After spending all day and much of the night watching the televised events of the awful aftermath of Tuesday's horrific terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, UNLV professor N... Back to the top

'Attack on Pentagon a lesson for govts'
TOI, September 15. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels in Sri Lanka have said that the Tuesday's terrorist attack on Washington was a lesson for governments that battle freedom fighters, newspaper reports said on Saturday... Back to the top

LTTE condemns attack on US
Tamilnet , September 15. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) categorically denied reports Saturday in Sri Lanka’s state media that the organization had distributed a message to the people of Jaffna with reference to Tuesday’s attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon... Back to the top

Britain is 'safe haven' for world terrorism
The Telegraph, September 15. OSAMA BIN LADEN'S terrorist group, Al'Qaeda - which is suspected of involvement in the American attacks - has supporters in Britain and has used London as a centre for raising funds... Back to the top

Safeguards abroad: Living in danger — but less fear
Seattle Times, September 15. Long before airborne suicide attackers dealt the United States a series of staggering blows on Tuesday, people in many other countries had become accustomed to security measures affecting their most mundane activities... Back to the top

With friends like us
National Post , September 15. It is shocking to think Canada may have had an indirect role in Tuesday's terrorist attack on the United States... Back to the top

Sept. 15 (22 :11) Sri Lanka in throes of power crisis - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, September 15. Sri Lanka's state-run electricity company Saturday extended nationwide power cuts from three hours to eight and warned that the country's hydroelectric reservoirs were drying rapidly due to a prolonged drought... Back to the top

New cabinet increased to 23 members
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 14/09/01 1620 GMT. Former UNP stalwart Wijepala Mendis has also been sworn-in as the minister for Cultural affairs, Science and Technology increasing the number of cabinet members to twenty two... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's new cabinet of 21 ministers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Friday September 14. Downgrading and reducing a cabinet of 42 ministers excluding the Prime Minister and herself, President Chandrika Kumaratunge has ignored and once more fallen back on her word that she will not include ministers who are corrupt to be nominated once more to her cabinet... Back to the top

A will to die: the deadliest weapon of all
The Age , September 12. Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the Venezuelan-born terrorist better known as Carlos the Jackal, who is now languishing in a French jail, was the frightening face of global terrorism in the 1970s... Back to the top

The sun is shining on Lankan cricket
Yahoo India, September 14. THE SUN shone for most part, and the Lankans dished out bright fare against the Indians... Back to the top

Sri Lanka slaps eight-hour power cuts, Sep 14 2001 19:19 IST. Sri Lanka's electricity monopoly announced it was extended nationwide power cuts to eight hours daily from Saturday in a bid to save energy and prevent a total blackout... Back to the top

Rebel minister to accept portfolio
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1629 slt 14.09.01. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, one of the four ministers who resigned from the cabinet on Wednesday has agreed to accept a portfolio in the new 20 member cabinet, a senior government source told Lacnet... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's drought appeal gets lukewarm response
MSNBC, New Delhi, Sept. 14. (PTI). Relief has begun to trickle into drought-stricken southern Sri Lanka but the Red Cross said on Friday aid was still far short of what was needed to help the drought's 1.5 million victims... Back to the top

Suicide attacks scourge of 21st century, say experts
Yahoo India, September 15. They are deadly killing machines, human weapons whose aim is to kill as many people as possible by killing themselves... Back to the top

Sri Lanka names cabinet
123India, September 15. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday reduced her 44-member jumbo cabinet to 20 following pressure from her new Marxist ally... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Base Commander Arrested
Nothern Light, 14 Friday, September 14, 2001 4:12 AM EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The commander of a Sri Lankan air force base that was attacked by rebels in July has been arrested, a military spokesman said Friday... Back to the top

Germany eases travel restrictions on Sri Lanka
MSNBC, 14 September. Germany has eased a travel ban imposed on Sri Lanka after July's high-profile rebel attack on the country's only international airport, its embassy said on Friday... Back to the top

A conduit for terrorists
National Post , September 15. Reports that at least two of the terrorists responsible for the devastating strike on the World Trade Center may have travelled from Canada have again put Ottawa's immigration and counter-terrorism policies -- already under fire over the Ahmed Ressam affair -- in the spotlight... Back to the top

LTTE agreed not to insist on Eelam: Chandrika
The Hindu NUS, New Delhi, Sept. 14. (PTI). The LTTE had agreed to hold talks with the Sri Lankan Government in November last year without insisting on `Eelam' (separate Tamil State) being on the agenda, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said today... Back to the top

Doctor held in huge heroin haul
Yahoo India, September 14. The Narcotics Control Bureau, South Zone Unit, has arrested four persons, including a doctor, from Chetpet here for allegedly attempting to smuggle 15 kg of heroin worth Rs 16 crore in the international market... Back to the top

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