The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 204

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India to reduce Former Chief Minister Perumal’s Security
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 27/10/01 1650 GMT

Indian authorities are to reduce security cover provided for Sri Lanka’s controversial ex-Chief Minister of North-East Province, Vardarajah Perumal. Security Arrangements for Mr. Perumal cost the government about fifteen million Indian Rupees, PTI reported quoting regional officials.

Mr. Perumal is residing in India since his self-exile after unilaterally declaring a "Eelam State" in North-East province. Though he resides in India, he was on the National List of the Peoples’ Alliance (PA) during the last General Elections held in October 2000.
Published: Sat Oct 27 12:52:32 EDT 2001

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Sri Lankan President to Meet British Ministers
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 27/10/01 1625 GMT Sri Lankan President Chandrika B... Back to the top

Campaigning kicks off in bitter Sri Lankan poll
Yahoo India, 28 October 2001. - Campaigning kicked off on Saturday for parliamentary elections in war-torn Sri Lanka that are expected to be violent and accompanied by widespread accusations of ballot stuffing... Back to the top

Media watchdog slams PA politicians threat to media
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 27/10/01 Paris based media watchdog Reporters Sans Fronti'res (RSF) has expressed its deep concern over the recent threats by ex-deputy minister Mervyn Silva against the Divaina and The Island newspapers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka win in a hurry
Yahoo India, 28 October 2001. Sri Lanka mauled Pakistan in their first match in almost four months when the Sanath Jayasuriya-led men won the Champions Trophy encounter by a convincing seven wickets here on Saturday... Back to the top

Oct. 27 (00 :02) Sri Lanka's President Kumaratunga leaves for London - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, 27 October 2001. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Saturday left for London on what Media Secretary Janadasa Pieris called a ''working visit... Back to the top

Tiger watch
Yahoo India, 28 October 2001. ONLY TWO months before the terrorist attacks in the U.S., in Sri Lanka, an outfit proclaimed as a terrorist organisation by at least four countries including the U.S., struck at the island's only international airport, destroying commercial aircraft and military planes at the nearby airbase. It was the most audacious attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in its 20-year separatist campaign against the Sri Lankan state and it underlined its image as one of the most dreaded guerilla groups in the world... Back to the top

Nomination ends for Parliamentary polls in Lanka
South Nexus, COLOMBO, Oct 28. Sri Lankan political parties switch to the campaign mode from Saturday, as nominations closed in the afternoon for December Parliamentary election that may see the continuing ethnic conflict yet again as a key poll issue... Back to the top

French embassy in Colombo to reopen after anthrax scare
123India, October 27. The French embassy in Sri Lanka will reopen as normal at the start of the week after closing for a day over an anthrax scare, embassy officials said Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka brush aside Zimbabwe in Champions Trophy opener
Yahoo Singapore, October 26. Sanath Jayasuriya's Sri Lanka opened their campaign in the Champions Trophy limited-overs tournament with a fluent 63-run win over Zimbabwe here on Friday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

"Conflict index" warns when a nation faces civil war
NewScientist, October 27. The dictator General Pervez Musharraf leads a country on the brink... Back to the top

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

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

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