The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 186

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Eight PA MP's to cross the floor today
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.30 a.m. SLT Wednesday October 10. More Members of Parliament from the ruling coalition are expected to cross the floor today and join opposition ranks. Reliable sources confirmed that at least eight ruling party members are to cross to opposition ranks this morning.
Published: Tue Oct 9 22:37:48 EDT 2001
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Government refutes speculation that parliament will be dissolved
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.35 a.m. SLT Wednesday October 10. Speaking in defence of the government, Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday refuted speculation that the government will dissolve parliament either before or after the debate on the no confidence motion scheduled to take place tomorrow... Back to the top

LTTE attacks airforce camp at Morawewa
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8 a.m. SLT Wednesday October 10. The LTTE last night attacked the airforce camp at Morawewa killing at least three airman and injuring six... Back to the top

Chandrika considers dissolving parliament
Gulf-News, October 10. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government was seriously considering the option of dissolving Parliament and going for fresh elections yesterday after a government member in a surprise move crossed over to the opposition amidst reports that move were to follow... Back to the top

The rebel group in the government signs a MOU with the opposition
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2015 slt 09.10.01. A rebel group of MPs led by former Minister S.B. Dissanayake signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the main opposition UNP this evening... Back to the top

Government says it will not dissolve parliament whatever the outcome of the no confidence motion on Thursday
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2011 slt 09.10.01. The government's media spokesman deputy minister Mangala Samaraweera says the government will not dissolve parliament whatever the outcome of Thursday's no confidence motion against the government... Back to the top

MEP parliamentarian cross over to the opposition
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1419 slt 09.10.01. Bandula Gunewardene, member of parliament from the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna crossed over to the opposition today 48 hours before the no confidence motion is to be taken up for debate... Back to the top

Tigers' Prey
Arjuna Ranawana - Asiaweek, October 10. If you want to know what civil war can do to an economy, take a look at Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan MP defects ahead of ouster bid, Oct 09 2001 16:16 IST. A Sri Lankan ruling party MP Tuesday defected to the opposition as the minority government battled to remain in power amid moves to topple it through a vote of no-confidence... Back to the top

Bush knows no distinction among terrorist groups: Rice
HT, 09 October 2001. US President George W Bush has not made a distinction between good terrorists and bad terrorists and views the strikes on Afghanistan as a broad war on terrorism, national security advisor Condoleezza Rice has said... Back to the top

India firmly opposes equating terrorists with freedom fighters
PTI, October 9. India has firmly opposed any attempt to equate terrorists attempting to overthrow representative governments and deny people human rights with freedom fighters saying it is an affront to those who genuinely fought for freedom... Back to the top

Asia feels growing economic pain of attacks on U.S.
yahoo, October 9. Barely a month after the events of September 11, evidence is trickling in of just how much that tragedy has hurt economies in the Asia Pacific region... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

Bombay Gymkhana wins Famous Grouse championship
NDTV, October 8. Bombay Gymkhana beat Sri Lanka's Old Peterites Rugby Football Club 34 -24 to win the Famous Grouse All India and South Asia Rugby Championships... 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

Sri Lankan asylum seekers to take on Cocos Island cricket team
abc news, October 8. There will be an international cricket match on the Cocos Islands this weekend... 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

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

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