The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 190

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A political gamble in Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, October 13. THE UNTIMELY DISSOLUTION of Parliament in Sri Lanka may not have surprised the country's politicians. However, the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, has once again acted with authoritarian disdain for political propriety by dissolving Parliament with unseemly haste in a cynical attempt to confound her opponents. At the stroke of the midnight hour when the House completed just one year of its full term, the President played her `ace' by resorting to the letter and not the spirit of the law that stipulates a mandatory minimum period of existence for the elected Parliament. More...
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Chandrika unfolds pre-election sops
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Oct. 13. (PTI). Within days of calling general elections in the country, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has announced a series of populist concessions, including a salary hike and tax cuts even as her Ministers denied that they were sops to woo the electorate... Back to the top

Chandrika calls for commonwealth coaltion against terrorism
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 1.31 PM SLT Saturday October 13,2001. The Sri Lankan President,Mrs.Chandrika Kumaratunga,has called for a Commonwealth Coalition Against Terrorism (CCAT),which will have a concrete programme to stamp out this scourge. "I look forward to the active implementation of this initiative over the coming weeks and months and at the reconvened CHOGM early next year," she said in a letter to the heads of governments of commonwealth countries,who could not meet in Brisbane as planned because of the September 11 terrorist attack in the US... Back to the top

Island of Blood- A review
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, October 13. I caught a gleam in his eye. An indescribable gleam. Years later, when somebody asked me to picture evil, what came to my mind was that gleam…" notes former Time, CNN Correspondent Anita Pratap, of former Deputy Inspector General of Police, Premadasa Udugampola, in her first book titled Island of Blood to be launched at the Russian Cultural Center, Colombo on Wednesday, October 24... Back to the top

Sri Lankan coalition to revive pact with Marxists
Yahoo Singapore, October 13, 3:46 PM. Sri Lanka's ruling coalition pledged late on Friday to revive a pact with a radical Marxist group after a snap election in December as more lawmakers defected to the opposition... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

Four Sri Lankans arrested
Yahoo India, October 13. Four Sri Lankans were arrested from Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu for illegally entering the country... Back to the top

Predators as prey
Frontline- D.B.S. Jeyaraj, 14 October 2001. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam finds itself at the receiving end of a series of ambush operations directed at its senior leaders... Back to the top

For greener pastures
Frontline-Nirupama Subramanian, 14 October 2001. Tea plantations in Sri Lanka, which have traditionally depended on the skills of workers of Tamil origin, face an acute labour shortage as plantation youth of the new generation, better educated than their parents, seek to break free and explore options elsewhere... Back to the top

Death of a Tiger
Frontline- D.B.S. Jeyaraj, 14 October 2001. THE year was 1985, when several Sri Lankan Tamil militant groups were active in Tamil Nadu... 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

Sri Lanka/Trade -3: Attack On US Likely To Hurt Exports
Yahoo Singapore, October 12, 7:16 PM. Please follow link. Back to the top

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