The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 181

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Parties divided over naming panel member
Gulf-News, October 5. Smaller parties in Sri Lanka's Parliament are heavily divided over nominating a solitary member to a body that will be responsible for the depoliticisation of key state institutions, in keeping with constitutional amendments passed last week.Eight minor political parties were due to meet yesterday and finalise the nominee, but the meeting was postponed amid controversy over an invitation extended to National Unity Alliance (NUA) leader Ferial Ashraff. More...
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UNP appoints committee to study economic crisis
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1233 slt 04.10.01. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a 15 member committee to study the economic crisis gripping the country... Back to the top

Tamil group received $11M in federal aid, October 4. The federal government gave $11 million in immigrant aid over the last seven years to a Toronto Tamil association linked to another group the Senate and the U... Back to the top

PM and Opposition leader to meet tomorrow to finalise the constitutional council
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1905 slt 04.10.01. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake and Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will meet tomorrow to finalise the appointment of five independent people to the constitutional council under the 17th amendment to the constitution... Back to the top

Emirates cuts surcharge on Lankan fares
Gulf-News, October 4. Emirates and SriLankan Airlines lowered costs for passengers yesterday by modifying insurance surcharges on fares for travel to the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo... Back to the top

McLellan warns of targeting innocent
Toronto Star, October 3. ustice Minister Anne McLellan warned against tarnishing reputations unfairly in the fight against terrorism Wednesday, while the Canadian Alliance dusted off year-old claims that Finance Minister Paul Martin attended an event not knowing it was organized by a group linked to Tamil terrorists... Back to the top

Fighting terrorism on the home front - An Editorial
National Post, October 4. The government must also reform itself by jettisoning its left-liberal prejudice that prompts it to suspect, and occasionally denounce, legitimate concerns about terrorists as sublimated racism... Back to the top

New bill protects journalists
National Post, October 4. The four young men in the lobby of David Jeyaraj's apartment block did little to conceal their target, interrogating every tenant of South Asian descent who entered or left the building... Back to the top

Aging Sri Lanka faces an uncaring future
Asia Times , October 4. Sri Lanka's demographers are warning that the nation's aging population faces difficult times ahead, given the cuts in state-run pension schemes and the lack of traditional care at home... Back to the top

A window to Tamil guerrilla leader Prabhakaran
yahoo, October 4, 3:40 PM. Feared Sri Lankan Tamil guerrilla leader Velupillai Prabhakaran may be one of the world's most wanted men, but he would pass off as a "mild-looking, self-effacing civilian" if he walked on the street... Back to the top

Opposition blasts Martin for attending Tamil event
National Post, October 3. The Canadian Alliance renewed year-old charges against Finance Minister Paul Martin on Wednesday that he inappropriately attended a fundraising dinner organized by a group linked to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, considered by Western governments to be a terrorist organization... Back to the top

UNP woos PA dissidents
Gulf-News, October 4. The main opposition United National Party (UNP) has begun lobbying dissident members of the ruling People's Alliance (PA) to push through the proposed no-confidence motion against the government... Back to the top

Toronto Tamils call for end to wave of violence
Cnews, 04 October 2001. Tamil community leaders are beginning to give up hope on their efforts to curb gang violence... Back to the top

US Navy team survey Colombo Port
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1240 slt 04.10.01. A US navy team has carried out a survey of the Colombo port to study the feasibility of US ships using the port... Back to the top

'Plane hijacking in India was an exercise'
Ananova, 04 October 2001. The hijacking of an Alliance Air flight CD7444 in India was an exercise by the country's commandos... Back to the top

US sticks to its guns on Sri Lankan policy
Asia Times, Wednesday, 3rd October 14:41 GMT. While Sri Lanka's ruling party wants to support the United States in its war on terrorism, its Marxist allies, who hold the balance of power, have warned that they will not accept any move to allow the US to establish bases on Sri Lankan soil... Back to the top

A closer look: terrorism, October 4. President Bush announced an ambitious plan Monday to track and seize the assets of groups affiliated with terrorists... Back to the top

Sinhala program in Melbourne
The Lanka Academic, October 4. The 'Voice of Dandenong' radio station in Melbourne,Australia will start their first Sinhalese program on October 14... Back to the top

Tamils flee Tiger labour camp: military, 04 October 2001. A group of Tamil civilians have escaped from a Tamil Tiger camp where they had been forced to work in guerrilla-run farms in eastern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said Thursday... Back to the top

Gang leader suspected of fraud
Globe & Mail, October 4. A man cited by an Ontario judge as a notorious Tamil gang leader has been arrested in an alleged sophisticated credit- and debit-card scam that used pin-hole cameras to record PIN numbers at Toronto-area gas stations... Back to the top

Gang war link to killing sought
The Toronto Star, October 4. Toronto homicide detectives are trying to determine if the slaying of a Tamil man is linked to other recent killings, and whether it is part of a war between rival gang factions... Back to the top

Windies tour of Sri Lanka & Pakistan still on?
Yahoo India, Thursday October 4, 11:20 AM. The Directors of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have decided to defer their decision on the West Indies tour of Sri Lanka and Pakistan to Mid-October when they will meet with representatives of the Sri Lanka and Pakistani Boards at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting... Back to the top

Creating "Supervision" ministerial posts do not violate the MoU- JVP
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 03/010/01 1305 GMT. The proposed scheme of offering supervision ministerial posts to the deposed ministers and deputy ministers does not violate the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Peoplesí Alliance (PA) government, the JVP said... Back to the top

Political leaders meet with Speaker today
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.15 a.m. SLT Wednesday October 3. Leaders of all political parties independent of the United National Party and the Peoples Alliance will meet with Speaker Anura Bandaranaike today to hand over names of individuals the parties have chosen as a nominee to the Constitutional Council... Back to the top

Matugama court set on fire
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday October 3. An unidentified group this morning is reported to have lobbed hand grenades at the Matugama Court Complex setting the court room on fire... Back to the top

India should fight its own terrorism war: Experts
yahoo, October 1. "We have been told that Jammu and Kashmir would be the focus in phase II, phase I being Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaida network... Back to the top

Annan warns of nuclear attacks, 03 October 2001. The possibility of terrorists acquiring nuclear, biological and chemical weapons was the greatest danger facing the world, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned... Back to the top

Players to be paid despite missing tour
Yahoo India, Wednesday October 3, 7:00 PM . Wellington, Oct 3 (AP) New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has agreed to compensate its players for a tour of Pakistan that was called off due to heightened security concerns over the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States... Back to the top

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