The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 185

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Cabinet under fire from opposition
Gulf-News, October 8. Government's pledge to cut down on high expenditure by down-sizing the cabinet is being questioned by opposition party members as some of the former ministers and deputies are continuing use state property including vehicles while others being accommodated in government top posts.In another significant development the former minister for cooperative development H.B. Semasinghe was appointed as the Presidential Advisor for Food and Cooperative in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forest, Food and Cooperatives. The post will entitle him to an vehicle and other perks including staff. More...
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Colombo braces for LTTE revenge
Gulf-News, October 8. Sri Lanka's security establishment is bracing for a revenge attack from Tamil Tiger guerrillas for the assassination of one of its top men a fortnight ago... Back to the top

SLFP General Secretary sacked!
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Monday October 8. S. B. Dissanayake, General Secretary to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was sacked from his post this morning when the party's central committee members met... Back to the top

Heroin worth Rs 10 cr seized
Yahoo India, 09 October 2001. About 10.63 kgs of heroin, valued at Rs 10.60 crore in the international market, was seized and three persons including a Sri Lankan national were arrested from the Guindy area of the city today... Back to the top

No-trust motion makes Chandrika revive prospect of peace talks
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 4.55 PM SLT Monday October 8, 2001. The no-trust motion to be taken up by the Sri Lankan parliament on Oct.11,has made President Chandrika Kumaratunga try and get the Tamil parties to support the Peoples' Alliance (PA) government... Back to the top

Kumaratunga ready to face no-trust vote
Deccan Herald, 09 October 2001. After trying to avoid a no-confidence vote in Parliament for three months, President Chandrika Kumaratunga will face it on Thursday since she has a new majority, a government legislator said today... Back to the top

Cargo movement hit
Yahoo India, 09 October 2001. WAR might have finally broken out on Sunday night, but the movement of Indian import and export cargo has been affected from September 11 itself... Back to the top

SLFP central Committee sacks S.B.Dissanayake as General Secretary of the party
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1439 slt 08.10.01. The Central Committee of the SLFP which met in emergency session this morning sacked rebel minister S... Back to the top

Special disciplinary committee appointed by SLFP
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.35 p.m. SLT Monday October 8. Following the removal of former minister S. B. Dissanayake from his post as General Secretary to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) this morning, a special disciplinary committee has been appointed to look into the recent actions of Dissanayake... Back to the top

Cricket - Gray says $250 million bet on each one-day international
Yahoo India, October 8, 11:35 PM. About $250 million are bet on every one-day cricket international, the head of the sport's world governing body Malcolm Gray said on Monday... Back to the top

Extremist Web sites under scrutiny
MSNBC, October 8. Like many other groups, Muslim extremists have found the Internet to be a convenient tool for spreading propaganda and helpful hints for their followers around the world... Back to the top

17 Lankan fishermen freed in India
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.45 p.m. SLT Monday October 8. Seventeen Sri Lankan fishermen were freed from being held captive in Indian jails today... Back to the top

Don't touch the BCCSL constitution; Thilanga
Yahoo India, Monday October 8, 11:20 AM. The long ice is broken... Back to the top

Kadirgamar vows to help the US fight global terrorism
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.30 p.m. SLT Monday October 8. Sri Lanka' s Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, in an address delivered by Ambassador John de Saram, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka at the United Nations General Assembly's debate on terrorism has promised "the Government of the United States of every possible assistance Sri Lanka could provide... Back to the top

Debate on 'No confidence motion' on Thursday Oct. 11
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.15 p.m. SLT Monday October 8. The debate on the no confidence motion has been set for Thursday October 11, 2001... Back to the top

No confidence motion to be debated on Thursday
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1203 pm 08.10.01. Political party leaders agreed today to debate the no confidence motion against the government on Thursday the 11th of October... Back to the top

LTTE concerned over Lanka’s proximity with US
Deccan Herald, 08 October 2001. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is extremely concerned over the possibility that the United States and Sri Lanka will draw closer to each other militarily if the US uses Sri Lanka as a refuelling stop in its impending attack against Afghanistan, media reports said... Back to the top

Livelihood of Sri Lankan farmers withers with dying crops
Houstan Chronicle, October 5. The children's hair and nails are no longer growing... Back to the top

TULF to back no-confidence motion
Tamilnet, October 7. The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Sunday unanimously decided to extend its support to the no-confidence motion moved by the main opposition United National Party against the People's Alliance (PA) Government... Back to the top

UNP revives move to oust government
Gulf News, 08 October 2001. The Government intends taking up the vote on the opposition United National Party (UNP) sponsored no-confidence motion tomorrow, a revival of the opposition party's move to overthrow the minority government... Back to the top

More than 20 dead in Kabul: AI
TOI, 08 October 2001. More than 20 people were killed in Kabul in the overnight US-led military strikes on Taliban targets in Afghanistan, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) agency reported on Monday... Back to the top

Text of Bin Laden's statement, 08 October 2001. The remarks refer to the September 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington, but appear to have been made before today's strikes... Back to the top

Raids successful: Afghan opposition, 08 October 2001. The overnight USled military strikes launched on Taliban targets in Afghanistan were accurate and there have been no reports of civilian casualties, the Afghan opposition's main spokesman said today... Back to the top

Lanka's economy heads for record slump
The Daily Star, October 7. A dismal second quarter has left Sri Lanka's economy needing a sharp rebound in the second half of 2001 to meet the central bank's growth target of two per cent... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Leftist Party Agrees to Start Peace Talks With Tamil Rebels
People's Daily, Sunday, October 07, 2001, updated at 14:01(GM. Sri Lanka n government has informed the main opposition United National Party (UNP) that its recent agreement reach with leftist JVP or People's Liberation Front does not preclude it from proceeding towards a negotiated settlement with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, the Sunday Times said... Back to the top

Another bid to oust PA regime in Sri Lanka
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Sunday, October 07, 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition party is making yet another bid to bring down the People's Alliance government through a no-confidence vote in Parliament this week, but needs to engineer many defections to succeed... Back to the top

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