The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 189

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Police fire teargas to disperse anti-American protesters
Gulf_news, October 13. Police fired tear gas to disperse a section of thousands of Muslims demonstrating in island-wide protests outside mosques after Friday prayers showing their opposition against the United States and Britain attacks on Afghanistan.Police were forced to use tear gas in one of the demonstrations in the capital where the protesters attacked the police with bricks and attempted to march along the streets.The protests came along with threats that the U.S. interests may come under attack if the attacks on Afghanistan will not be halted. More...
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Defections continue to buffet PA
Gulf-News, October 13. Defections from the ruling Peoples Alliance (PA) coalition continued on the eve of upcoming nominations for snap December elections, and the knock-on effect was expected in the country's several government held provincial councils which were on the verge of falling into the opposition... Back to the top

From poll to poll - An Editorial
Indian Express, October 12. THREE elections in three years this is the tragedy of Sri Lanka as it braces itself for a December election... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government in spending spree ahead of polls, Oct 12 2001 20:56 IST. The Sri Lankan government Friday announced steep salary increases, heavy tax cuts and subsidies for bread and gas ahead of the snap parliamentary elections due in December... Back to the top

US asks LTTE to renounce violence, seek peaceful end
indiainfo, October 12. The United States has asked the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to renounce violence and seek a peaceful resolution of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

650 million rupees needed for Dec. 5 election
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.15 a.m. SLT Friday October 12. K. Senanayake, Assistant Commissioner for Administration at the Department of Elections said today that a minimum of Rs... Back to the top

Amnesty pleads for Sri Lanka's child guerrillas
MSNBC, October 12. Amnesty International on Friday appealed to Sri Lanka's Tamil guerrillas to stop using child soldiers in their bloody campaign for a separate state... Back to the top

Political parties in Lanka alligning forces for December five polls, Oct 12 2001 13:58 IST. All major political parties are busy in finalising their candidates and preparing the election manifestoes for the December five snap poll, ordered by President Chandrika Kumaratunga following the dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday... Back to the top

Claymore mine blast at Anuradhapura
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Friday October 12. Two persons were killed this morning when the vehicle they were travelling in was blasted after running over a claymore mine... Back to the top

LTTE under fire over use of child soldiers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10 a.m. SLT Friday October 12. The LTTE are under fire again for using child soldiers, some of whom are as young as the ages of twelve... Back to the top

Dissidents notorious for debauched politics - JVP
CDN, 12 October. The JVP Parliamentary Group issuing a statement on the dissolution of Parliament and the holding of a snap general election on December 5 says that the UNP has provided shelter to a dissident group of PA MPs who are notorious for their debauched style of politics, and their immeasurable craze for power at the expense of the common people... Back to the top

Marxists seek foreign monitors for Sri Lanka polls, Oct 12 2001 12:12 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 12 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main Marxist party Friday called for international observers to monitor parliamentary elections amid fears of violence during campaigning and rigging on polling day... Back to the top

Despite deserters we'll be victorious — Mahinda Rajapakse
Island, 12 October. Senior Vice President of the SLFP Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday said the SLFP was confident that all progressive and left forces would unite to bring back the party to power... Back to the top

IOC launches 'Servo' in Sri Lanka
The Hindu NUS, Mumbai, Oct. 12. (PTI). Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) launched its premium lubricant "Servo" in Colombo in Sri Lanka today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka jets sink Tiger boat, Oct 12 2001 12:19 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 12 (AFP) - Sri Lankan air force jets bombed and destroyed at least one Tamil rebel boat off the island's northeastern coast Friday, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

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

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

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

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