The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 165

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Britain is 'safe haven' for world terrorism
Telegraph UK, September 19. 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.Under human rights laws, British courts would not allow dissidents who have sought sanctuary to be repatriated to countries that might kill them. Such tolerance has given Britain a reputation as a safe haven for world terrorism. Militant groups from Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Egypt, Algeria and Turkey all raise funds, forge links and disseminate propaganda in the UK.Britain is routinely asked by countries such as Sri Lanka and India to help cut off the millions of pounds raised annually from sympathetic migrant communities in the UK and laundered through London financial institutions. More...
Published: Tue Sep 18 23:17:20 EDT 2001

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Horror in the World Trade Center
Srinath Jinadasa , September 19. September 11, 2001 began as a typical working day... Back to the top

Lankan scribe picked up by state police
newindpress, September 18. Keerthi Kalegama, a Sri Lankan journalist who sought political asylum in India last September was picked up for questioning by State police in the city on Monday... Back to the top

Australia unveils laws to keep out asylum-seekers
Indipendent UK, September 19. John Howard's government stepped up its campaign against unauthorised asylum-seekers yesterday, unveiling increased penalties for "people smugglers" and tough laws to deter those seeking sanctuary in Australia... Back to the top

Government determined to appoint 17th amendment with presidential nominee
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.40 p.m. SLT Tuesday September 18. The government and its new cabinet of ministers were scheduled to meet today to discuss the implementation of the 17th amendment to the constitution and the establishment of a Constitutional Council... Back to the top

Suicide terrorism comes of age New generation is older, tends to never lose sight of martyr goal
SF Cronicle, 19 September 2001. A new generation of suicide terrorists older, better educated and able to sustain faith in their deadly mission for years represents a more sophisticated human weapon than ever seen, experts say... Back to the top

Gulf Air suspends flights to Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Tuesday September 18. Gulf Air today said it is forced to suspend all flights to Colombo as a result of massive war risk premiums that have been slapped on all inbound air travel to Sri Lanka following a devastating terrorist attack on the country's single international airport at Katunayake... Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers loan relief to tourism sector in wake of rebel
Hoovers online, September 17. The government gave loan relief Monday to tourism sector businesses that have suffered losses since the July 24 attack by Tamil Tiger rebels on the country's only international airport... Back to the top

Restive Sri Lanka coalition juggles cabinet posts
MSNBC, Tuesday, Sept 18 11:36 GMT. COLOMBO, Sept. 18 — Sri Lanka's embattled president swore in a new minister on Tuesday in the latest in a dizzying succession of appointments and resignations designed to placate restive partners in the minority ruling coalition. The new appointment takes the number of cabinet members to 21, one more than allowed by the coalition deal between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her new parliamentary allies, the Marxist Peoples' Liberation Front (JVP)... Back to the top

Airlines again leaving Sri Lanka as war-risk insurance hiked, Sep 18 2001 14:42 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 18 (AFP) - International underwriters have sharply raised war-risk insurance on flights to Sri Lanka's rebel-hit airport and two airlines have already announced suspension of service, officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

Chandrika's plea to the West on terrorism
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 11.31 SLT Monday,Sept.17,2001. The Sri Lankan President Mrs.Chandrika Kumaratunga has said that while terrorism must be fought tooth and nail, one should address and solve the underlying problems which had given birth to it. Speaking at a function to commemorate the late Mr... Back to the top

Thondaman to take oaths on wednesday
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 7.55 PM SLT Monday Sept.17, 2001. Mr.Arumugam Thondaman will be taking his oaths as Minister of Estates Infrastructure on wednesday because the Tamils consider wednesday an auspicious day for starting new ventures. President Chandrika Kumaratunga could not administer the oaths on monday though Mr... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers have staged 66 suicide bombings: Sri Lanka
123India, September 17. The latest attack against Sri Lanka's navy was the 66th high-profile suicide bombing carried out by Tamil Tiger guerrillas, the defence ministry said Monday... Back to the top

Emirates, Gulf Air suspend flights to Colombo, Sep 18 2001 09:53 IST. Emirates Airways and Gulf Air announced Monday they were suspending all their flights to Sri Lanka due to high war-risk insurance premiums... Back to the top

General Lohan Gunewardane ask the army to accept the law of armed conflict
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.45 p.m Monday September 17. Major General Lohan Gunewardane Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka army said today that "International humanitarian law is not a mere academic subject and that it must be constantly retained, practiced and refreshed at grass root levels by all officers and soldiers... Back to the top

`Prudent strategies boost Lankan tea export'
Yahoo India, September 17. FRIENDLY Government policies, good infrastructure, best packaging and transparent auction system have helped the Sri Lankan tea industry to stay in the forefront despite the country's dependence on exports, Mr Dickie Juriansz, Chairman of brokers James Finlay, said at session on tea at the recently-held UPASI annual conference in Coonoor... Back to the top

S.Lanka-Electricity crisis
Nothern Light, Monday, September 17, 2001 9:32 AM EST . Sri Lanka which is suffering a severe electricity crisis consequent on the acute drought that had dried up catchment area hydro power reservoirs is seeking ways and means to augment the national grid power supply... Back to the top

Newly appointed Minister resigns
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.35 a.m. SLT Monday September 17. Mangala Samaraweera, a close confidante of President Kumaratunge resigned his new portfolio over the weekend despite having being re-appointed as Minister for, Urban Development, Public Utilities and Sports... Back to the top

Global tender for feasibility study on Sethusamudram canal project
Yahoo India, September 17. THE Union Government has floated a global tender to select a consultant for the purpose of conducting a detailed feasibility study of the planned Sethusamudram ship canal project in Tamil Nadu... Back to the top

Females outnumber males in Sri Lanka:Census report
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 11.35 SLT Monday Sept.17, 2001. Females outnumber males in Sri Lanka,atleast in the districts outside the war torn North and East... Back to the top

LTTE warns Batticaloa residents to vacate their homes
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Monday September 17. Reports today allege that the LTTE have warned residents in certains areas of Batticaloa to vacate their homes... Back to the top

JVP objects to ministers being added to the new cabinet
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.30 a.m. SLT Monday September 17. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) are reported to have objected to President Chandrika Kumaratunge increasing the newly appointed cabinet of ministers from 20 to 23... Back to the top

UNP says, Judiciary must resign before bill on JSC is passed
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10 a.m. SLT Monday September 17. The United National Party (UNP) has suggested another change to the 17th amendment of the Constitution with regard to the establishment of an independent Judicial Services Commission (JSC)... Back to the top

Constitutional council hangs in the balance
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.55 a.m. SLT Monday September 17. The establishment of a politically independent Constitutional Council hangs in the balance after President Chandrika Kumaratunge last week pressurized joint opposition political parties to allow her to nominate one individual to the Council... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tigers admit suicide attacks against troops, Sep 17 2001 11:14 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 17 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers Monday admitted launching sea-borne suicide attacks against government forces and losing six of their elite suicide bombers and another six rebels... Back to the top

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