The Lanka Academic

 
OCTOBER 23, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 200

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Police shakeup draws criticism
Gulf News, October 24. The Sri Lankan government has effected a major shake up in the police force ahead of parliamentary elections drawing strong criticism from the opposition that the ruling party was planning to manipulate elections.Police sources said that the transfers were not scheduled and most of them were political transfers. But, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Gamini Nawaratna told Gulf News that the transfers were made according to the police requirements ahead of the elections. More...
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Sri Lankan EC talks tough
The Hindu (International), 24-10-2001 . Armed with new powers through a recent Constitutional amendment, Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner has begun flexing the muscle in preparation for the December 5 parliamentary election... Back to the top

Transfers my duty, IGP tells Elections Chief
CDN, 24 October 2001. Inspector General of Police Lucky Kodituwakku yesterday informed the Commissioner of Elections that Police transfers is a subject entirely in the hands of the IGP... Back to the top

Grenade thrown at UNP headquarters
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Oct. 23 (UNI). A security guard was injured and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) headquarters `Sri Kotha' building was slightly damaged in an early morning grenade attack at Pitta Kotte, just out side Colombo city... Back to the top

Anthrax fears spread in Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.15 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 23. Anthrax fears spread in Colombo today after suspicious letters containing a powder like substance have been received at four diplomatic missions as well as the offices of the United Nations Development Program in Colombo, a leading private school, the police, and at least two business establishments... Back to the top

PA will get clear majority: Chandrika
The Hindu NUS, Tuesday, Oct. 23. 15:19 GMT. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who faces a formidable challenge from a phalanx of Opposition parties, has claimed that her People's Alliance will get a clear mandate in the Parliamentary elections in December... Back to the top

Sri Lanka editors condemn attack on newspaper office
123India.com, Oct 23 2001 14:50 IST. Sri Lankan press groups Tuesday condemned death threats against journalists as the media came under increasing attack from the ruling party ahead of December parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Police shakeup draws criticism
Gulf News, 24 October 2001. The Sri Lankan government has effected a major shake up in the police force ahead of parliamentary elections drawing strong criticism from the opposition that the ruling party was planning to manipulate elections... Back to the top

Anthrax alarm at British Mission in Sri Lanka
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Oct. 23. (Reuters). An Anthrax scare hit the British High Commission (Embassy) in the Sri Lankan capital on Tuesday when it became the fifth foreign mission in the country to receive suspicious mail... Back to the top

LTTE to release kidnapped school boy
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 23. The LTTE have agreed to release a 16 year old school boy they kidnapped... Back to the top

Srilankans Contribute to Cricket
Nothern Light, Tuesday, October 23, 2001 11:20 AM EST . The Zambia Cricket Union (ZCU) has received a K6 million donation from the Zambia Sri Lanka Friendship Association (ZSFA) which is to be used to refurbish the existing playing fields infrastructure... Back to the top

Sri Lankan stock market looks up
The Hindu (International), 23-10-2001 . The Sri Lankan economy has never been worse in nearly three decades and faces the possibility of a negative growth this year... Back to the top

UNP to form multi-party coalition if empowered
Indiainfo, October 23. Sri Lanka's main Opposition party has said it will form a multi-party coalition government if voted to power in the December 5 election, and promised economic recovery, an end to the ethnic conflict by devolution of power and restoration of law and order... Back to the top

Sri Lanka anthrax scares hit embassies, state TV
Yahoo India, October 22, 4:26 PM. Anthrax scares hit the French and Indian embassies in the Sri Lankan capital on Monday with both missions receiving suspicious mail... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner Issues Election Guidelines
Nothern Light, Tuesday, October 23, 2001 12:19 AM EST . Under powers vested by the recently adopted 17th Amendment to the Constitution, Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has issued guidelines for the conduct of the December 5 parliamentary elections, the state-run Daily News said on Tuesday... Back to the top

Cop, Home Guard killed in Sri Lanka mine attack
The Hindu NUS, Monday, Oct. 22. 19:12 GMT. A policeman and a Home Guard were killed in a Claymore mine attack at Dutuwewa in Vavuniya district today... Back to the top

Lanka hope to make it three-in-a-row
Gulf-News, October 23. The Sri Lankan cricketers arrived here last night in a bid to win a hat-trick of titles, but their skipper Sanath Jayasuriya termed the opposition very tough... Back to the top

Indian High Commission in Colombo receives anthrax?
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 9.33 PM SLT Monday October 22,2001. The Indian High Commission in Colombo today received by post three envelopes containing a white powder suspected to be anthrax,mission officials said... Back to the top

Anthrax scare at French Embassy in Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.10 p.m. SLT Monday October 22. A letter carrying a white powder like substance was received in a letter posted to the French embassy in Colombo this morning... Back to the top

59 cops being rotated according to the dictates of politicos
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.25 p.m. SLT Monday October 22. At least 59 police officers in a pre poll phase are being given fresh duties to comply with orders by political masters... Back to the top

Elections chief to possess supreme powers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.20 p.m. SLT Monday October 22. The Elections Commissioner shall have the power this time to recommend to the President regarding any deployment of armed forces to prevent, control, any action and incidents which may be prejudicial to holding a free and fair election... Back to the top

'War on terrorism' worth another look
SunSpot, October 22. WHEN THE war against international terrorism is over, will the Irish Republican Army remain? Will the Tamil Tigers still slaughter, the Basque separatists deliver bombs to Spanish officials? No doubt all that will remain, to the continuing anxiety of the people of Ireland, Sri Lanka and Spain... Back to the top

No Foreign Media Survives Without People Like Nimalarajan- BBC War Correspondent
Saroj Pathirana in London, 22 October 2001. International media institutions cannot be successful in their coverage without local correspondents like murdered journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, a senior BBC journalist said... Back to the top

Suicide bombers perish in Sri Lanka sea battle
123India.com, Oct 22 2001 10:36 IST. Five members of an elite Tamil Tiger suicide squad were killed in a sea battle with the navy off Sri Lanka's northern coast, the rebels said Monday... Back to the top

Former MPs question bank's waiver of interest on loan
Gulf News, 22 October 2001. Four former parliamentarians met the chairman of the country's largest state bank and questioned him on a recent decision by the bank to waive the interest due from a loan given to an UK-based Sri Lankan... Back to the top

Lanka willing to halt operations against LTTE
Gulf_news, October 22. Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has reiterated his government's willingness to "jointly halt hostile military operations" with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militants fighting for a separate state in the island's north and east... Back to the top

Lara fit for Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, 22 October 2001. West Indies batsman Brian Lara has been passed fit to play in the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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