The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 188

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Opposition parties unite against Chandrika
gulf-news, October 12. Sri Lanka's main opposition parties and a group of government defectors have reached an understanding to contest the upcoming elections under a broad alliance, posing a major setback for the People's Alliance.At least seven political parties including the main opposition United National Party (UNP) yesterday declared they would contest polls under a joint electoral pact or an understanding with the view of forming a strong government in the future.Gulf News learns that in most parts of the country candidates will be fielded under a new alliance which is being formed as the 'United National Alliance', which may use the elephant symbol which is currently the UNP's party symbol. More...
Published: Thu Oct 11 19:45:36 EDT 2001
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Fresh elections on Dec.5
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 4.30pm SLT, Oct.11, 2001. Former Sri Lanka welfare minister S. B. Dissanayake, of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Sri Lanka Freedom Party, right, addresses a media gathering in Colombo, alongside opposition leaders Ranil Wickramasinghe... Back to the top

Lankan Oppn claims it is set to seize power
Indiainfo, October 11. Sri Lanka's Opposition on October 11 claimed it was all set to storm to power in the snap polls called by President Chandrika Kumaratunga for December 5 after dissolving Parliament on October 10... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares hit year high
BBC, October 11. Stocks in Sri Lanka have risen to a year high, amid a renewed wave of political optimism following the collapse of the Marxist-backed coalition government on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka set for bloody poll after government's demise
Yahoo Singapore, October 11. War-torn Sri Lanka was bracing for its second bloody election in a year on Thursday after the country's embattled president sacked parliament to spare her Marxist-backed minority coalition defeat in a no-confidence vote... Back to the top

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Sri Lanka -- LTTE recruitment drive for child soldiers mu...
Nothern Light, Thursday, October 11, 2001 9:01 AM EST . Amnesty International today appealed to the leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to put an immediate halt to the ongoing recruitment of children as combatants and to return all child soldiers to their families or communities... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to go to polls on December five, Oct 11 2001 11:01 IST. Colombo, Oct 11 (UNI) Sri Lanka will go to the polls on December five to elect the 225-member legislature after President Chandrika Kumaratunga late last night dissolved the Parliament following defection of 13 MPs from her government... Back to the top

PA-JVP electoral pact not envisaged
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 2.00 PM SLT Thursday October 11,2001. Though the two had worked together harmoniously from September 5 to October 10 under a MOU, and brought about many significant changes in Sri Lanka's political structure,neither the Peoples' Alliance (PA) nor the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) seems to be wanting an alliance to fight the December 5 parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Amnesty raps LTTE for recruiting kids for war
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 2.47 PM SLT Thursday October 11,2001. Amnesty International (AI) has castigated the LTTE for recruiting several hundred children,some as young as 14, for war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president accuses party defectors of corruption
123India, October 11. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has slammed dissidents who brought down her Marxist-backed government and accused them of being corrupt, a state run daily reported Thursday... Back to the top

Tamils can take heart from dissolved parliament
Asia Times, 11 October 2001. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, worried about losing a crucial no-faith vote in parliament on Thursday, dissolved parliament and called for a snap poll in December... Back to the top

Fresh elections on Dec.5: New parliament on New Year's Day
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 1.25 AM SLT thursday,2001. Fresh elections to the Sri Lankan parliament will be held on December 5 and a new parliament will be constituted on January 1, 2002,the Director of Information,Mr... Back to the top

Oct. 11 (18 :47) Sri Lanka shares soar after dissolution of parliament - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, Thursday, 11 Oct, 10:26 GMT. Sri Lanka stocks ended higher Thursday in the wake of the dissolution of parliament earlier in the day, with the benchmark All Share Index gaining 29 points, or 6.5%, to close at 459 points, the highest for the year... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President Kumaratunga sacks assembly to save party
123India, October 10. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Wednesday dismissed the one-year-old legislature to avoid a crushing defeat of her Marxist-backed minority government, ministers said... Back to the top

Ex ministers lash out at president
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.30 p.m. SLT Wednesday October 10. Former PA heavy weights, S. B. Dissanayake and Prof... Back to the top

Power Cuts in Sri Lanka to Continue Till Year End
Nothern Light, Thursday, October 11, 2001 12:43 AM EST . The ongoing power cuts in Sri Lanka since early July is to continue till the end of the year as the recent rains were insufficient to raise water levels in hydro catchment areas to satisfactory levels, according to the Ceylon Electricity Board... Back to the top

Eight ruling party members cross over to the opposition
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 4.30pm SLT, Oct.10, 2001. Mahinda Wijesekera, former environmental affairs minister, left, Gamini Peiris, former constitutional affairs minister and deputy finance minister, center, and S... Back to the top

Sri Lanka shares soar as government faces defeat
Kyodo News, Wednesday, 10th Oct 16:50. Sri Lanka's stock market gained 5% Wednesday on the back of the defection of nine government lawmakers to the opposition, signaling the likely collapse of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's coalition government... Back to the top

S. B. Dissanayake's son arrested
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3 p.m. SLT Wednesday October 10. Former minister S. B. Dissanayake's son was arrested this morning when he allegedly knocked down a policeman on a motor cycle at Welikada, Rajagiriya... Back to the top

Government minister resigns his portfolio
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.50 p.m. SLT Wednesday October 10. Arumugam Thondaman, has sent his letter of resignation from his post as Minister for Estate Infrastructure and Livestock Development, to President Chandrika Kumaratunge today... Back to the top

Eight ruling party members cross over to the opposition
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.30 p.m. SLT Wednesday October 10. Former cabinet ministers, S. B. Dissanayake, Prof... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president loses majority
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 10 October, 2001, 09:04 GMT 10:04 . The government of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumartunga has suffered a major blow after eight ruling party MPs defected to the opposition... Back to the top

Bamiyan demolition led to Taliban's doom: VHP
Hindu, October 10. The demolition of the world famous statues of Bamiyan Buddhas by the Taliban regime of Afghanistan earlier this year had led the militia to its doom, a senior VHP leader said here today... Back to the top

S.Lanka Expresses Concern Over Safety of Afghan Civilians
Nothern Light, Wednesday, October 10, 2001 8:04 AM EST . Sri Lanka expressed on Wednesday its concern over the safety of Afghan civilians who were suffering from the anti-terror war launched by the United States and Britain earlier this week... Back to the top

Seven government MPs to cross over to the opposition
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1040 slt 10.10.01. Seven government MPs including three former ministers are due to cross over to the opposition around noon today... Back to the top

Tiger rebels attack Sri Lanka military camp killing four, Oct 10 2001 09:41 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 10 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger guerrillas attacked a military camp in northeastern Sri Lanka Wednesday, killing at least four air force men and wounding seven others, a defence official said... Back to the top

Errors at both ends
Yahoo India, Wednesday October 10, 12:19 PM. ALL things considered, it was just as well that Sri Lanka opted not to tour Pakistan to play three one-day internationals... Back to the top

Pakistan Livestock Department to Export Vaccines to Sri Lanka
Yahoo Singapore, 10 October 2001. The Punjab Livestock Department has announced plans to start exporting vaccine doses to Sri Lanka as part of efforts to become profit-oriented... Back to the top

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