The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 195

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Sri Lanka protests against Canadian HC
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.10 a.m Friday 19 October. Sri Lanka has made an official complaint to the Canadian government regarding the conduct of its high commissioner Ruth Archibald on the basis she had directly interfered in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka diplomatic sources told the Lanka Academic. The complaint is centred on an interview Archibald had with the Daily Mirror last week. In her interview with the Daily Mirror Archibald questioned "what crime had the LTTE done in Sri Lanka and why the government has not arrested LTTE shop owners in Sri Lanka." She also alleged that Sri Lanka has yet to change the domestic legislation even though the country had ratified conventions on terrorist fundraising.

High Commissioner Archibald was pulled up earlier this year by the Foreign Ministry for visiting uncleared areas in the Wanni without proper approval of the ministry of foreign affairs and meeting LTTE's political wing leader Tamil Chelvam. In an explanatory statemet the Canadian high commission later said that Archibald' s meeting with Tamil Chelvam provided an opportunity to communicate directly to all parties of the conflict in Sri Lanka and it was in pursuance of Canada's belief that the war must end.
Published: Thu Oct 18 21:25:14 EDT 2001

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PA on a sticky wicket despite Anura's return
Hindu, 19 October 2001. Hit by a wave of defections from its ranks to the Opposition, the People's Alliance (PA) seems to be on a sticky wicket as Sri Lanka approaches its second general election in 14 months, but the ruling coalition is also claiming gains with the crossing over of the Speaker of the dissolved Parliament to its side... Back to the top

The Free Media Movement asks elections commissioner to exercise powers under the 17th amendment
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2015 slt 18.10.01. The Free Media Movement (FMM) today wrote the Elections Commissioner asking him to exercise extensive powers granted to him under the 17th amendment to the constitution to hold a free and fair election... Back to the top

Tackling terror The government's objectives are what they should be
National Post, October 18. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's Liberal government began treating terrorism seriously yesterday with legislation drafted urgently after the Sept... Back to the top

Rebels and troops clash in Sri Lanka, 12 dead
MSNBC, 18 October 2001. At least 12 people were killed in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday in skirmishes between government troops and Tamil Tiger separatist rebels, military officials said... Back to the top

Blast kills forensic officer in Sri Lanka, Oct 18 2001 16:13 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 18 (AFP) - A pregnant forensic officer was killed Thursday while examining an explosive device at her office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, police said... Back to the top

Four tamil parties set up alliance to contest general elections
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2012 slt 18.10.01. Four tamil parties have decided form a joint front to contest the up coming general elections... Back to the top

LTTE not let off by U.S., says Sri Lanka
The Hindu (International), 19-10-2001 . Following the LTTE's absence from the list of 27 terrorist organisations which have been notified by the U... Back to the top

Tamil moderates join former rebels for elections
123India, October 18. Sri Lanka's main Tamil moderate party Thursday announced it was joining two former militant groups to contest parliamentary elections in December... Back to the top

JVP says it has finalized candidates for general elections
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1400 slt 18.10.01. The JVP said today it has finalized candidates for the December 5th General Elections... Back to the top

S.Lankan Govt Defectors Sign Accord With Main Opposition
Nothern Light, Thursday, October 17, 2001 11:07 PM EST . Sri Lanka's recent defectors from the ranks of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Poeple's Alliance (PA) government entered into a 24 point Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the main opposition United National Party (UNP), reported The Island newspaper on Thursday... Back to the top

Never ending TV rights sagas of the BCCSL
Yahoo India, 19 October 2001. The Interim Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka has run into controversy following the cancellation of a multi-million dollar television deal with its incumbents World Sports Group... Back to the top

Oct. 19 (06 :39) FOCUS: Prodigal brother returns to family party in Sri Lanka - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, 19 October 2001. Kyodo - Less than a week after President Chandrika Kumaratunga dissolved the Sri Lanka parliament and called elections for Dec... Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers free holidays, air tickets to woo tourists, 18 October 2001. Sri Lanka is to offer free hotel stay and airline tickets in a bid to attract foreign holidaymakers to fill up empty hotel rooms and protect thousands of jobs, officials said Thursday... Back to the top

Former sports minister joins UNP
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1 p.m. SLT Wednesday October 17. Former Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella today became a member of the United National Party... Back to the top

Ex cricket captain to enter election fray
Frederica Jansz in Colombo. The ruling Peoples Alliance is to field Sri Lanka's former cricket captain, Arjuna Ranatunge to contest in the Colombo district in an apparent attempt to give a facelift to the ailing coalition... Back to the top

Minority party's ready for elections
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.15 a.m. SLT Wednesday October 17. The Ceylon Workers Congress, led by Arumugam Thondaman and the Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF) will contest upcoming elections on December 5, this year together... Back to the top

Political Fervor Primes Sri Lanka Suicide Blasts
IHT, October 17. They appear on foot, by truck or boat, carrying hidden explosives... Back to the top

Christopher Ondaatje
National Post, 18 October 2001. Christopher Ondaatje has moved to London and given away millions... Back to the top

5 killed in LTTE attacks in Lanka
TOI, 18 October 2001. Tamil Tiger rebels shot to death three soldiers and two civilians in a northeastern village on Wednesday, police said... Back to the top

Nimalarajan Commemorative Lecture in London
Sroj Pathirana in London, October 17. Nimalarajan Foundation in London is to commemorate the first death anniversary of murdered journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan... Back to the top

Elections raise tour doubts
BBC, Wednesday, 17 October, 2001, 15:00 GMT 16:00 . Parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka have created a major problem for the West Indies' tour... Back to the top

Polls could reschedule West Indies games in Sri Lanka, Oct 17 2001 08:32 IST. The snap parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka may force the re-scheduling of some of the games during the West Indies tour of Sri Lanka, cricket officials said... Back to the top

Lankan board terminates agreement with WSG Nimbus
Yahoo India, October 17, 9:18 AM. The Sri Lanka cricket board (BCCSL) has announced that it has terminated the master rights agreement with WSG Nimbus Private Limited... Back to the top

INTERVIEW: Sri Lanka Eyes Trade Chances From US Attacks
Yahoo India, October 17, 9:53 AM. Link Only Back to the top

LTTE-backed group warns Tamil parties against disunity
South Nexus, Wednesday, Oct 17 09:11GMT. A shadowy Tamil group, believed to be a cover for the LTTE, has asked mainstream Tamil parties in Sri Lanka to fight the December Parliamentary elections as a single alliance, and warned that failure to do so might lead to their "elimination from the homeland... Back to the top

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