The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 169

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Osama hand in glove with LTTE
TOI, September 23. Western intelligence agencies were investigating the close and growing links between the LTTE and Osama bin Laden’s shadowy Al-Qaida network at the very time the terrorist atrocities in America took place, The Sunday Times of India has learnt. According to confidential sources, the LTTE’s relationship with Al-Qaida was in focus to understand the latter’s mastery of suicide attacks “even though most groups learn by trial and error”.The sources said the links, which were first indicated in the early ’90s, are the first instance of an Islamist group collaborating with an essentially secular outfit.They said that the growing closeness was further confirmed in May, when the LTTE’s chief procurement officer, Tharmalingam Shanmugan Kumraran, alias Kumaran Padmanadhan or ‘KP’, who is based in Thailand, visited Afghanistan via Dubai and Karachi. More...
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Shooting baffles community
Toronto Star, September 23. The fatal drive-by shooting of a ``harmless, hardworking'' 45-year-old woman outside her Sri Lankan clothing store in Scarborough has family and community members asking ``Why?''``I don't know why this happened to this fine lady,'' said her 68-year-old brother-in-law Sabapthy Sabanadesan... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sees no end to power crisis despite rain
Kyodo News, 22 September 2001. Heavy rain lashed many parts of Sri Lanka on Saturday, ending the country's worst drought in 50 years yet failing to fill up depleted hydroelectric reservoirs... Back to the top

Tamil rebels break truce for anti-polio campaign: Sri Lanka, Sep 22 2001 17:53 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 22 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels fired mortar bombs at army positions, violating a truce agreed with a UN agency for the conduct of a polio immunisation campaign, the defence ministry said Saturda The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fired 63 rounds of 60 mm mortar bombs at army defence lines in Muhamali in the northern peninsula of Jaffna on the first day of the two-day truce Friday, wounding one soldier, the ministry said... Back to the top

Punchi Weerayo comes out on 5th October
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.20 a.m Sunday September 23. Breaking all barriers of religion and race Sri Lankas little heroes from the North and South, the tragic innocent victims of war, children who's fathers have laid down their lives, come together with hope in their hearts... Back to the top

Alleged terrorists' cases may be reopened
Toronto Star, September 21. Federal lawyers may ask the Supreme Court of Canada to reopen two cases of suspected terrorists facing deportation to countries where they risk torture, Justice Minister Anne McLellan said yesterday... Back to the top

The next step is this: What goes on in the mind of a terrorist?
Globe and Mail, September 22. He doesn't call himself a terrorist. He's horrified by the bombing of the World Trade Center, and thinks Osama bin Laden is a criminal lunatic who should and will die... Back to the top

Don't rock the boat? Too late, Captain Jean
Globe and Mail, September 22. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has repeatedly raised a warning flag about terrorist fundraising activities on our soil... Back to the top

250 Indians among hundreds of non-Americans missing
Yahoo India, 22 September 2001. New York City has long drawn people from all over the world... Back to the top

Bush's words of war leave room to spare
Globe and Mail, September 22. One careful phrase in U.S. President George W... Back to the top

Sri Lanka coalition names cabinet, set for reform
Yahoo India, September 21, 5:35 PM. Sri Lanka's president dumped her technology minister from the cabinet on Friday, finalising her government after a dizzying succession of changes designed to placate restive partners in the minority ruling coalition... Back to the top

LTTE is "conscripting" kids,says UTHR (Jaffna)
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 1.36 PM SLT Friday Sept.21,2001. Desperately in need of fighting cadres,the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have begun "conscripting" kids as young as 12 and 14,says the latest report of the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) released on thursday... Back to the top

Toy planes land Sri Lankan pilots in hot water, Sep 21 2001 11:28 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 21 (AFP) - Two Sri Lankan pilots have landed in hot water after flying remote-controlled model planes near the country's rebel-hit international airport, police said Friday... Back to the top

Police probe gang links to shootings
Toronto Star, September 21. A brewing rivalry between Tamil gangs in recent weeks has police examining a possible link between two weekend shootings, one of which left a man dead... Back to the top

Opposition to hand in no confidence motion against the government on Wednesday
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1032 slt 21.09.01. Opposition parties are to hand in a no confidence motion against the probationary government on Wednesday, The motion will be handed over to Parliamentary speaker Anura Bandaranaike... Back to the top

Woman shot dead outside store
Toronto Star, September 21. Two masked gunmen fled after a woman was shot to death outside her Scarborough clothing store last night... Back to the top

Supreme Court to consider the 17th amendment to the constitution amidst protest by media organisations.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1040 slt 21.09.01. A three member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Sarath Silva is to consider the 17th amendment to the Constitution today amidst strong protests by media organisations against certain clauses... Back to the top

British honeymooners wonder why travel advisory was issued
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.05 a.m. Friday 21 September 21. We never heard about the travel advisory issued by the home office and even if we heard about it wouldn't have bothered us... Back to the top

STD on the increase in Trinco
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.15 a.m. Friday September 21. Sexually transmitted disease are on the increase in Trincomalee and the Population Services clinics in the area treat nearly fifteen patients per month Dr... Back to the top

Canada will make its own laws, PM vows
Globe and Mail, September 21. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien stressed sovereignty to his MPs Wednesday in the face of increased pressure to establish a North American security perimeter... Back to the top

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