The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 179

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Lanka, India agree on common line
Gulf-News, October 3. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee have agreed to a "common action programme" towards the U.S. military build-up in South Asia and an impending strike on Afghanistan. Kumaratunga and Vajpayee discussed the tense situation in the subcontinent by telephone as the United States continued to form a coalition to storm Afghanistan in search of the elusive Osama bin Laden,whom Washington blames for the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. The discussion followed Chinese President Jiang Zemin's telephone call to Kumaratunga explaining Beijing's ideas on tackling terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan. More...
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Martin cracks down on terrorist funds
Globe & Mail, October 3. Finance Minister Paul Martin says Ottawa has become "one of the first nations" to implement a United Nations Security Council resolution that calls on member states to crack down on the financing of groups linked to terrorism... Back to the top

Tamil gang member gunned down
The Toronto Star, October 3. Tamil gang violence has apparently claimed another victim as a 23-year-old man was shot dead on the steps of his girlfriend's house last night... Back to the top

Politicians choose their nominees to council
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.25 a.m. SLT Monday October 1. Leaders of all political parties including the minority parties are focused this week on choosing nominees to the constitutional council which now needs to be established by October 5, 2001... Back to the top

Tamil women get grassroots aid in self-exam training
The Toronto Star, October 3. A group of 20 women from Toronto's Tamil community are being trained in breast self-examination, thanks to a grant from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation... Back to the top

Neglecting neighbours - An Opinion
The Hindu, October 3. The pertinent point for the present is that the Indian political class in general and the makers of policy and opinion in particular ought to take greater interest in and show more empathy with neighbours like Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka than has been the case so far... Back to the top

Norway signs UN-Convention against financing of terrorism
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.00 p.m. Tuesday 2 October=20. Norwegian government has signed the United Nations convention against financing of terrorism today... Back to the top

Muslim MP's death causes more trouble for Sri Lanka parliament, 02 October 2001. An opposition Muslim legislator died of kidney failure Tuesday, plunging Sri Lanka's parliament into a legal battle over succession, officials said... Back to the top

LTTE may play anti-Islamic card to get US ban lifted
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 2.22 PM SLT Tuesday October 3, 2001. The LTTE may play up its anti-Islamic credentials as well as its commitment to the Norwegian brokered and US backed peace process in Sri Lanka to win the support of the United States and get the ban on it in that country lifted, a write up in "The Sunday Leader" says... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's battle with the LTTE will not figure in America's global war against terror
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.20 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 2 . Sri Lanka's battle with Tamil Tiger rebels will not figure in America's new war against terrorism... Back to the top

Rough times ahead for Kumaratunga
Dawn, october 2. Thirty years ago revolutionary youth launched an armed insurrection to overthrow the world's first female prime minister, Sirima Bandaranaike of Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition demands emergency plan for oil
Yahoo India, 02 OCtober 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition Tuesday demanded an emergency plan for oil to avert an energy crisis in the event of the U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ready to play series in Pakistan
Yahoo India, 02 October 2001. Sri Lanka has agreed to play a mini series in Pakistan this month, according to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Tauqir Zia... Back to the top

6 held after suicide bomb found in Sri Lankan capital
Kyodo News, Tuesday, Oct 2 17:08. COLOMBO, Oct. 2 Kyodo - Police said Tuesday they have arrested six people after an explosives-laden suicide vest was found at a popular Colombo amusement park hours before President Chandrika Kumaratunga attended a function at a nearby convention center. Back to the top

Mahattya loyalists and splinter groups behind killing of top LTTE leaders
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 8.18 PM SLT Monday October 1,2001. Militants who were once in LTTE and PLOTE are involved in the recent serial killing of top LTTE leaders,according to informed Tamil sources... Back to the top

LANKA'S NEROS - A commentary
The Lanka Academic - Tisaranee Gunasekara, September 30. The LTTE knowing what is at stake and focused on making the balance of Western opinion shift in its favour, must be pushing every conceivable button to get its message (which is its own re-construction of the Eelam War) across to the Americans in particular and the West in general... Back to the top

Foreign Maids Face Dire Conditions in Singapore
LA Times, September 30. When news anchor Zahara Abdul Lateef got furious with her 19-year-old Indonesian maid, she poured a jug of boiling water on her... Back to the top

LTTE shoots soldier in passenger bus
Asian Age, 01 October 2001. A soldier on home leave was dragged out of a passenger bus and shot dead by Tamil Tiger rebels in eastern Sri Lanka, the police and the military said on Sunday... Back to the top

German woman denies smuggling Sri Lankans
BBC South Asia, Monday, 1 October, 2001, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK . The woman, Tanja Worner, has been remanded in custody until 8th October... Back to the top

Britain talks tough on anti-terror laws, critics wary
yahoo, October 1, 7:21 PM. The British government, often accused in the past of being lax on asylum and soft on extremists, was working Monday on an emergency package of tough legislation to crack down on terrorist networks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: dimensions of a crisis
Yahoo India, 02 October 2001. While Sri Lanka's present political crisis deepens, the ruling People's Alliance administration of Ms... Back to the top

'Suicide' jacket found in Colombo
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 30 September, 2001, 12:09 GMT 13:09 U. Police in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, say they have found a jacket filled with plastic explosives in a park in the centre of the city... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rings death knell for suicide plant
Yahoo Singapore, Monday October 1, 4:19 PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka, which has one of the world's highest suicide rates, is trying to wipe out a poisonous wild plant whose seeds have become increasingly popular with people trying to end their lives, a newspaper said on Monday... Back to the top

Former Maldivian president's son murdered in Sri Lanka, Oct 01 2001 17:23 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 1 (AFP) - Former Maldivian president Ibrahim Nasir's son, Ali Nasir was found dead in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo Monday, police said... Back to the top

Cricket-Latest odds for 2003 Cricket World Cup
Yahoo India, 02 October 2001. Australia have been installed as 2/1 favourites to win the 2003 World Cup by British bookmakers William Hill following the draw made on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka banks on U.S., U.N. to turn screws on LTTE
Yahoo, September 30. Sri Lanka is banking on the U.S. freezing funds of rebel organisations and a get-tough United Nations resolution on terrorism to turn the screws on Tamil Tiger separatists... Back to the top

Lanka take on Zimbabwe in opener
gulf-news, October 1. Sri Lanka, led by Sanath Jayasuriya, will play the opener of the Sharjah Champions Trophy as they aim to resume their victorious campaign at the Sharjah Stadium... Back to the top

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