The Lanka Academic

 
OCTOBER 24, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 201

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More defect from Lanka ruling party
Gulf News, 25 October 2001. More members from the ruling People's Alliance crossed over to the main opposition United National Party (UNP) triggering off fresh problems for the opposition in accommodating the cross overs in the nomination list for the upcoming elections. A former Member of Parliament of the PA, a Chief Minister, a Provincial Minister and a Mayor were the latest to join the opposition while more local government members of the ruling party were to follow within the next few days. PA Batticaloa district's ex-MP A.Ganeshamoorthy, Uva Province Chief Minister Samaraweera Weerawanni, North Central Province minister P.B. Dissanayake and the Mayor for Galle Lionel Premasiri were the latest to cross over to the UNP on Wednesday. They are expected to address the press jointly today in Colombo. More...
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15 cases of election related violence
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2 p.m. SLT Wednesday October 24. The police elections secretariat said today that it had recorded 15 incidents of election related violence as of 6 a... Back to the top

Lt. Col and 6 other army officers killed today
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1 p.m. SLT Wednesday October 24. A lieutenant colonel and six other army officers are reported to have been killed this morning at around 11.30 a... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition leader files action against gov't press
Kyodo News, Wednesday, 24th Oct 12:22 GMT. A senior leader of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) complained Wednesday to the Supreme Court that state newspapers were publishing damaging reports about his party in the run-up to parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Asia Watch: Sri Lanka up on political hopes
FT, October 24. War-torn and, until recently, close to insolvent, Sri Lanka would not normally be the first choice for investors in the current tough economic environment... Back to the top

Pakistan to Sign Free Trade Pact With Sri Lanka Soon
Yahoo Singapore, October 25. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are close to signing a comprehensive free trade agreement to promote exports and imports between the two countries, a source in the Ministry of Commerce told newsmen... Back to the top

President Kumaratunga to campaign in Europe
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 24/10/01 1205 GMT. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is to leave for Europe this weekend... Back to the top

Windmills light up the lives of Sri Lanka's rural poor
Asia Times, Wednesday, October 25, 15:19 GMT. The welcoming response by the country's rural poor to new power-generating initiatives is understandable, since they are among the nearly 50 percent of Sri Lankan households in a population of 19 million that do not have electricity... Back to the top

Sri Lankan IGP, EC haggle over officers' transfer
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Oct. 24. (UNI). The issue of alleged political transfer of police officers, a major pre-poll issue in Sri Lanka, has got further entangled with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) informing the Election Commissioner (EC) that the latter had no authority to issue directives to him in this regard... Back to the top

Pakistan aim to grab title
Gulf News, 25 October 2001. A full strength Pakistan cricket team arrived here yesterday beaming with confidence and determined to win the Sharjah Champions Trophy... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

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

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