The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 196

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Karikalan escapes assassination
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 8.53 AM SLT Saturday October 20,2001. A claymore mine,apparently meant to kill the LTTE's eastern wing leader Karikalan at Kadukkamunai in Batticaloa district on thursday,went off moments after the vehicle in which he was thought to be travelling passed over the spot.Karikalan was not in the vehicle,sources in Batticaloa said.

While the army said that it was not aware of the attack,Batticaloa sources said that the blast occured at around 1 pm.The vehicle was carrying five LTTE fighters including three women.Tamil sources alleged that the mine was planted by the Sri Lankan army's Deep Penetration Group.Col.Shankar, LTTE chief Prabhakaran right hand man,was killed in a claymore blast in the Wanni recently.
Published: Fri Oct 19 23:01:44 EDT 2001

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Thousands demonstrate in Colombo in support of the ruling party
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2112 slt 19.10.01. Thousands of people demonstrated in Colombo this morning in support of the ruling party... Back to the top

Elections Commissioner under pressure to exercise powers of the 17th amendment
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2110 slt 19.10.01. Elections Commissioner came under further pressure to exercise powers vested on him under the 17th amendment to the constitution... Back to the top

People's Alliance to absorb
Gulf-News, October 19. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA) coalition decided to recruit nearly 40,000 state sector workers on the eve of a general election scheduled for early December... Back to the top

Athletics-Sri Lanka sprinter blocks movie about her life
Yahoo Singapore, Saturday October 20, 12:17 AM. Sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe, who gave Sri Lanka its first Olympic medal in 50 years in Sydney last year, obtained a court order on Friday blocking the production of a movie about her life... Back to the top

Ire from Lankan Muslims
Deccan Herald, October 20. Emotions are running high among Sri Lankan Muslims who claim that the air strikes on Afghanistan led by the United States are cruel and unjustifiable... Back to the top

Ganging Up, October 20. They’ve violent, they’re dangerous – and they’re in custody... Back to the top

2 missions in Colombo receive suspicious mail
The Hindu (International), 20-10-2001 . The U.S. Embassy and the Australian High Commission here received mail on Thursday containing a substance suspected to be anthrax... Back to the top

Sri Lanka journalist killing appeal
BBC South Asia, Friday, 19 October, 2001, 15:50 GMT 16:50 UK . Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has been pressed to pursue an investigation into the killing of a journalist who contributed to the BBC and several local media organisations... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Defectors reach accord with UNP
Gulf-News, October 19. The group of government defectors have entered into a 24 point Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United National Party (UNP), the main opposition in Sri Lanka, in preparation for the forthcoming parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Opposition Distorted Parliamentary Democracy: Former Speaker
Nothern Light, Friday, October 19, 2001 12:35 AM EST . Former Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Anura Bandaranaike has charged that the main opposition United National Party (UNP) had distorted all norms of parliamentary democracy by getting businessmen to buy over government ministers and politicians... Back to the top

S Korean companies accused of exploitation
BBC, October 19. An international clothing workers' union has accused some South Korean firms of exploiting and abusing their workers... Back to the top

UAE signs tax accord with Lanka
Gulf-news, October 19. The UAE and Sri Lanka yesterday signed a draft but comprehensive double-taxation agreement in a bid to boost investment and economic ties between the two countries... Back to the top

Windies cleared for Sri Lanka tour
BBC South Asia, October 18. The West Indies will depart for Sri Lanka as scheduled at the end of October, the cricket team's board insisted on Thursday... Back to the top

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

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

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

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