The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 171

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'LTTE still on terrorist list'
The Hindu (International), 25-09-2001 . The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam will continue to be in the list of Foreign Terrorist Organisations, in which it was included in 1996, the U.S. State Department clarified today. The clarification comes in the wake of a report, datelined Colombo, quoting a U.S. official as saying that Washington had excluded the LTTE from its global war against terrorism. ``The State Department's list will stand and the White House Executive Order will not replace this old list,'' an official told The Hindu. More...
Published: Mon Sep 24 21:52:25 EDT 2001
Related News Stories
US under fire in Sri Lanka for conflicting message on terrorists  -
US hit-list excludes Tamil Tigers  - The Hindu NUS
'Global war on terrorism will not include LTTE'  - Press Trust of India
US under fire in Sri Lanka for anti-terror coalition  -
U.S. stand on Sri Lanka strife unchanged  - Gulf-News
US support to Lanka's fight against terrorism undiminished  - Press Trust of India
LTTE not in U.S. list  - The Hindu
Organizations with assests Frozen by Bush's Order  - Washington Post

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Sri Lanka parliament approves reforms
MSNBC, September 24. Sri Lanka's parliament on Monday voted to change the constitution to introduce key democratic reforms, handing the new ruling alliance victory in its first major test since being formed... Back to the top

All Sri Lanka Airlines flights grounded
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.30 p.m. SLT Monday September 24. All planes belonging to Sri Lankan Airlines have been grounded with immediate effect... Back to the top

UNP, JVP support PA in voting for the 17th amendment
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 24/09/01 1535 GMT. Sri Lanka's parliament just now approved the seventeenth amendment to the 1978 constitution... Back to the top

Organized crime said to launder billions for terrorists Money for groups has risen sharply in past decade
SF Gate, September 24. For the United States and its allies to wage a global war on terrorism, and not merely on those responsible for the attacks on New York and Arlington, Va... Back to the top

Tamil parties against "piecemeal" changes in constitution:Nine MPs walk out of debate on Constitution Council
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 1.07 PM SLT Monday September 24, 2001. The Tamil parties in the Sri Lankan parliament,barring the pro-government Eelam Peoples' Democratic Party (EPDP),today walked out of the debate on the 17 th... Back to the top

Sri Lanka backs US battle against terrorism, Sep 24 2001 19:44 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 24 (AFP) - Sri Lanka Monday formally announced its fullest backing to the United States in its battle against terrorism following the terror attacks in New York and Washington... Back to the top

AI, IA, Jet, Sahara face insurance surcharges on war risk
Yahoo India, September 24, 9:45 PM. Domestic and international AIRLINES in the country have to fork out crores of rupees from October one as part of the special surcharges being imposed by insurance firms globally after the recent terrorist attacks on the US and Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Support from West fuels raging fires of terrorism
Toronto Star, September 25. For years, Americans have watched news clips of bomb blasts, suicide attacks and other acts of terrorism aimed at civilians, from all over the world... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger mine wipes out family of six in Sri Lanka, Sep 24 2001 14:58 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 24 (AFP) - At least six people from the same family were killed Monday when their three-wheel taxi blew up after hitting a pressure mine in Sri Lanka's northern peninsula of Jaffna, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

Parliament begin debating the 17th amendment amidst opposition threats of a boycott
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1114 slt 24.09.01. Parliament began a marathon debate on the 17th amendment to the constitution amidst threats this morning by the opposition to boycott the vote... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Towers Tall After '96 Bomb
yahoo, September 25. Four years after being shattered by a truck bomb, the twin towers of Sri Lanka's World Trade Center are proudly in business, their windows shining from the tropical sun... Back to the top

Illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka deported from Russia
Nothern Light, Monday, September 24, 2001 4:12 AM EST . Thirty-seven illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka have been detained at the "Rossiskaya Polyana" border check point in the Omsk region... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Eyes Funds For Pvt Sector By Mar 02 -World Bank
Yahoo Singapore, 24 September. Sri Lanka is hoping that the World Bank could release funds in support of the government's private sector development program by March 2002, World Bank officials said Monday... Back to the top

"Island" and "Divaina" workers on strike
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 24/09/01 1145 GMT. Workers of Upali Newspapers Group went on strike today raising doubts of publishing Sinhala daily Divaina and The Island English daily tomorrow... Back to the top

vote on the 17th amendment today
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Monday September 24. The main opposition United National Party had decided at a group meeting held this morning that it would vote in favour of the 17th amendment bill only if suggested amendments to the final draft presented by the government are accommodated... Back to the top

Fate of the constitutional council continues to hang in the balance
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.50 a.m. SLT Monday September 24. K. N... Back to the top

Emirates resumes flights to Colombo
Yahoo Singapore, september 24. Emirates has announced it will resume services between Dubai and Sri Lanka from this Thursday, following a move by the Sri Lankan Government to lower the insurance rates levied on aircraft landing at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport... Back to the top

Independent commissions to continue with political appointees
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.40 a.m. SLT Monday September 24. The final draft on the 17th amendment agreed upon by the Peoples Alliance and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, will not seek to reconstitute the present Public Service Commission or the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption... Back to the top

South Asian Games postponed
BBC South Asia, Monday, 24 September, 2001, 07:14 GMT 08:14 U. Pakistan has postponed the South Asian Games, which were due to be held in the capital, Islamabad, next month... Back to the top

US reiterates pledge to help Lanka fight terrorism
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 3.33 PM SLT Sunday September 23, 2001. In a clarificatory statement issued here today,the United States has said that its commitment to help Sri Lanka fight terrorism will continue undiminished... Back to the top

The Taliban tangle
Yahoo India, 24 September 2001. THAT THE terrorist attacks on the U.S. should not have happened, and reprisal is awaiting those who are suspected to have aided, abetted, and perpetrated them might be stating the obvious... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Destroys Rebel Boats in Sea Battle
VOA, September 24. Military officials in Sri Lanka say four rebel boats were destroyed and as many as 30 rebel fighters killed in a fierce sea battle on Sunday... Back to the top

NPA says Islamic terrorists active in Asia
Yomiuri Online, September 24. When six Sri Lankan nationals were arrested in Ichikawa and Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture, in June 2000, on suspicion of illegally staying in Japan, police confiscated 11 video tapes and documents describing terrorist acts by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), an antigovernment organization in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

S.Lankan Tamil Rebels Continue to Violate Truce for Polio Immunization Program
People's Daily, Monday, September 24, 2001, updated at 08:39(. Sri Lanka 's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels continued to violate a temporary truce allowing a polio immunization program for children under an agreement with United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), wounding two soldiers, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sinks rebel boats, Tigers warn ferries
Yahoo India, September 23. Four Tamil Tiger rebel boats were destroyed on Sunday in a fierce battle with a naval patrol off Sri Lanka's northeastern coast, as the guerrillas gave a thinly veiled warning of more attacks on shipping... Back to the top

30 Tamil rebels perish, boats destroyed in Sri Lanka
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Sunday, September 23, 2001. At least 30 cadres of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were killed and four rebel boats destroyed in a midsea confrontation with the Navy off the Mullaitivu coast in north-eastern Sri Lanka today, a military spokesman said... Back to the top

Government agrees to withdraw clauses restricting media freedom in the 17th amendment to the constitution
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1206 21.09.01. The Attorney General today agreed to withdraw two clauses in the 17th amendment to the constitution which restricted media freedom during times of elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Marxist-backed government heads for key parliament test, Sep 23 2001 18:00 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 23 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's minority government is headed for a crucial test on Monday when radical democratic reforms insisted by its Marxist ally are put to a vote in parliament, officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka navy clashes with Tiger flotilla, Sep 23 2001 13:40 IST. Sri Lankan navy gunboats sank at least four Tamil rebel craft off the island's northeastern coast in a sea battle Sunday, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

First Tamil Canadian appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada
World Mirror, September 23. Her Excellence, the Governer General of Canada, The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, announced the appointment of Dr... Back to the top

Tigers cripple anti-polio truce: Sri Lanka, Sep 23 2001 14:17 IST. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers killed a civilian in violation of a temporary truce agreed with a UN agency for the conduct of a polio immunisation campaign, the defence ministry said Sunday... Back to the top

Asian ship owners, customers face high war risk cost
Yahoo, September 24. Ship owners in Asia could face nine-fold increases in insurance costs because of war fears, threatening sharp rises in freight rates through the Suez Canal to Europe, industry executives said on Monday. Although the situation is not as dire as for airlines, which have won government-backed insurance cover, several ship operators in East Asia said they would add surcharges to meet their costs. More...
Published: Mon Sep 24 21:50:57 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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