The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 203

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Rupavahinee in crisis
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 26/10/01 1810 GMT. Chairman of Rupavahinee corporation Sanath Gunathilake has left Sri Lanka amidst reports that Urban development minister and President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s close ally Mangala Samaraweera has asked him to stay away from the country until the elections are over. Secretary to the media ministry Janadasa Peiris has been appointed as acting Chairman of the Corporation. There are allegations over Mr. Gunathilake, one time a very powerful figure of the Peoples’ Alliance government and another close ally of the President, had been trying to join opposition United National Party (UNP), while others suggested that it was his closeness to rebel minister S.B.Dissanayake that led to minister Samaraweera’s request, Ravaya weekly reported.

There had also been a political power struggle between Mr. Gunathilake and Rupavahinee’s Deputy Director General Devapriya Abeysinghe, Daily Mirror said. The irony of the situation is that Mr. Abeysinghe was brought to that position by non other than Sanath Gunathilake, who then acted as President’s media advisor.
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Millions Missing From Samurdhi Funds- Deputy Minister
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 26/10/01 1810 GMT. Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has launched an investigation into how millions of Rupees went missing form Samurdhi funds, a deputy minister said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka set for bitter and bloody poll campaign
MSNBC, Friday, 26th October 13:29 GMT. Sri Lankan political parties begin wooing voters on Saturday for a general election that threatens to smother the war-torn island's most pressing problems in bitter rhetoric, bloodletting and ballot stuffing... Back to the top

HK Cathay Pacific To Resume Flight Between HK, Colombo
Yahoo Singapore, 26 October. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. (H.CPA) said Friday it will resume service between Hong Kong and Colombo from Dec. 1. The service has been suspended since July 24 due to a drop in demand following a rebel attack on Sri Lanka's only international airport and adjoining air base, the carrier said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Airlines-Taj offer bonanza to Indians
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 2.03 PM SLT Friday October 26, 2001. To shore up the sagging fortunes of the Sri Lankan tourism sector,hit by both local and global terrorism,the Sri Lankan Toursit Board,Sri Lankan Airlines and the Taj group of hotels have teamed up to tap the vast Indian market just across the Palk Strait... Back to the top

Former UNP MP cross over to the PA
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1210 slt 26.10.01. A former UNP MP for Kurunagala district A.H.M. Alavi has crossed over to the PA after he was not given nomination by the UNP for the December General Elections... Back to the top

French Embassy in Sri Lanka Shut Down Amid Anthrax Fear
Nothern Light, Friday, October 26, 2001 9:01 AM EST . The French embassy in Sri Lanka was shut down on Friday, four days after a letter suspected to contain anthrax was found, embassy officials said... Back to the top

Six killed in eastern Sri Lanka
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Friday, October 26, 2001. Tamil guerillas attacked a police post in eastern Sri Lanka today killing two civilians and a soldier as police raided a rebel position and killed three LTTE cadres in the region... Back to the top

SLMC to contest three districts.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1207 slt 26.10.01. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress is to contest Digamadulla, Batticaloe and Jaffna districts on its own while SLMC candidates will contest in five other districts under the UNF... Back to the top

CWC signs MOU with the United National Front.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1203 slt 26.10.01. The CWC signed a MOU with the United National Front (UNF) this morning... Back to the top

Arjuna Ranatunga enters politics
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 3.30pm SLT, Oct.25, 2001. Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga speaks to media in Colombo on Thursday... Back to the top

SIMI, LTTE, others branded as terrorist groups
Indiainfo, October 25. The new prevention of terrorism ordinance brands Deendar Anjuman, Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), most Kashmiri and North-East militant outfits and Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as terrorist organisations and makes support to them an offence... Back to the top

Grenade attack in Lanka leaves 4 dead
TOI, 26 October 2001. Unidentified attackers threw a hand grenade at a house in the eastern Ampara district, killing four members of the same family, and injured another man with gunfire, police said on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka meet Zimbabwe
Gulf-News, October . Sri Lanka, hoping to extend their winning streak and establish themselves as the cricket champions of the desert, take on Zimbabwe today in the opening day of the Khaleej Times Trophy 2001 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium... Back to the top

Major parties start submitting nomination lists
Tamilnet, 26 October 2001. Major political parties have started submitting their lists of candidates for the forthcoming parliamentary elections from Thursday... Back to the top

West Indies face huge financial loss from Sri Lanka tour
Cricinfo, 26 October 2001. The West Indies Cricket Board stands to lose approximately 300,000 US dollars on the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Buddhist leaders oppose political negotiation with LTTE
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Thursday, October 25, 2001. Sri Lanka's three most venerated Buddhist religious leaders have opposed any political negotiation with the LTTE and flayed mainstream parties for failing to capitalise on the international anti-terrorism fight to defeat the LTTE... Back to the top

Mahanayakes want parties to clarify stand on separatist-terrorism
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 1.12 PM SLT Thursday October 25,2001. The Mahanayakes of three of the four Chapters of the Buddhist Maha Sangha have asked the Peoples' Alliance and the United National Party to clarify their stand on separatist terrorism ahead of the December 5 parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka reschedules West Indies, Zimbabwe matches for election, 26 October 2001. Sri Lanka Thursday re-scheduled some matches in upcoming cricket tours by West Indies and Zimbabwe to avoid playing during the December parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Cricket - Jayasuriya looking for Sharjah hat-trick
yahoo, Thursday October 25, 3:37 PM. Sanath Jayasuriya's Sri Lanka take on Zimbabwe in the opening match of the Sharjah Champions Trophy on Friday hoping to make it a hat-trick of titles at the venue... Back to the top

Sri Lanka meet Zimbabwe
Gulf News, 26 October 2001. Sri Lanka, hoping to extend their winning streak and establish themselves as the cricket champions of the desert, take on Zimbabwe today in the opening day of the Khaleej Times Trophy 2001 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium... Back to the top

Global Competitiveness Survey List
Lycos, 26 October 2001. Rankings of national economic growth prospects in the Global Competitiveness Report 2001, published by the World Economic Forum of Geneva and Harvard University Professors Jeffrey Sachs and Michael Porter... Back to the top

Emirates to resume all flights to Colombo, Oct 25 2001 14:28 IST. Emirates airline said Thursday it will resume all flights between Dubai and Colombo from October 28 after the Sri Lankan government removed huge war-risk insurance premiums... Back to the top

Anthrax by mail
Deccan Herald, 25 October 2001. Sri Lanka's diplomatic corps appear to be the target of an anthrax scare even as reports of the bacteria continue to spread in the United States and Britain... Back to the top

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