The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 212

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Chandrika spends millions on image-building exercise
The Pioneer, November 4. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga is spending millions of rupees to hire a British public relations company in a bid to polish her international image. Newspapers here reported on Sunday, the PR agency, Bell Pottinger, was being doled out a million pounds sterling (about Sri Lankan Rs 130 million) for a media campaign that some critics have already dubbed as disastrous.Describing Kumaratunga's trip to Britain last week as "a miserable propaganda blitz," the privately owned Sunday Times said the cost of the campaign was enough to start up a newspaper group in the country. More...
Published: Sun Nov 4 13:32:37 EST 2001
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LTTE, the shadow candidate in elections
Hindu, november 4. Without fielding a single candidate of its own, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is emerging as a key player in Sri Lanka's December 5 parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Exiled JVP leader set to return home
Gulf-News, 05 November 2001. The Government had sent by diplomatic bag, a special passport for the 'spiritual leader' of the Marxist nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to return to the country from self-imposed exile in London, local reports said here yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's exams chief a cheat: report, Nov 04 2001 15:45 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 4 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's commissioner of examinations is not qualified to hold his post as he has allegedly breached his own regulations by not passing English, a press report said Sunday... Back to the top

Britain expected to freeze LTTE assets
Gulf-News, 05 November 2001. British Foreign Minister Jack Straw, who was on the same "Breakfast with Frost", television programme with Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga is understood to have told her during a break in the programme, that Britain would freeze the assets of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger separatist group to cut off financing for the insurgency movement, Sunday Times newspaper reported yesterday... Back to the top

If UNP wins, Prabhakaran will be President - President Kumaratunga
CDN, November 5. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yesterday bared a conspiracy where the LTTE was using the UNP along with the twelve PA dissidents to take control of the country on a long term plan... Back to the top

CID not to probe lawyers in defection case
Gulf-News, 04 November 2001. A move by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to question lawywers appearing for the wife of a former government minister who defected to the opposition has been dropped after lawyers challenged the move... Back to the top

Pakistan demolish Sri Lanka in Champions Trophy final
Yahoo Singapore, November 5. Pakistan overcame late resistence from Sri Lanka to lift the Champions Trophy limited-overs title with a five-wicket victory... Back to the top

Security beefed up for Jayalalitha after threats
Yahoo India, November 4. Security has been beefed up for the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayaram Jayalalitha after she received a threatening e-mail message, a senior police official said on Sunday... Back to the top

U.S. Merges Terror Lists
Embassy of the United States of America in Sri Lanka, November 3. The American Embassy announced today that the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, on which the LTTE is listed, has been merged with the list established by President Bush in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States... Back to the top

Thousands of Dalits embrace Buddhism
Hindu, November 4. Thousands of Dalits, from all over the country, today embraced Buddhism at the `Diksha ceremony' organised by the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations and the Lord Buddha Club... Back to the top

UNP plotting to hand over separate state to LTTE
South Nexus, COLOMBO, Nov 04. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has made Tamil separatism, the central election issue in Sri Lanka, charging the main opposition party with plotting to hand over parts of the country to the LTTE, if voted to power in the Dec 5 Parliamentary election... Back to the top

Sri Lanka killings signal blood-soaked poll campaign, Nov 04 2001 13:08 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 4 (AFP) - The killing of a controversial presidential bodyguard in Sri Lanka has raised fears of more bloodshed in the runup to the December parliamentary elections, police and political parties said Sunday... Back to the top

Tamil alliance call for LTTE deproscription
Tamilnet, 04 November 2001. The leaders of the Tamil parties in the newly formed alliance said Saturday that they would strive, both nationally and internationally, to achieve the aims and objectives embodied in their memorandum of understanding to find a durable political solution to the Tamil national question through talks with the Liberation Tigers... Back to the top

Following merger of LTTE with Sept. 11 attacks Tamil Alliance in a quandary?
Island, 04 November. The merging of terrorist lists by the US lumping the LTTE together with al-Queda, said to be responsible for the attack on the United States on September 11, may affect the policy of the four party Tamil Alliance (TULF, EPRLF, ACTC, TELO) which claims that the LTTE is the sole representative of the Tamils... Back to the top

Poll violence spreads to north:TELO kills two PLOTE activists
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 11.41 PM SLT Saturday November 3,2001. Two activists of PLOTE were shot dead at Poonthottam,near Vavuniya,on friday,making it the first instance of election related killing in the north east since the 1994 parliamentary elections, a PLOTE leader said... Back to the top

South Asian summit delayed again, Nov 04 2001 10:09 IST. A South Asian summit due to open in Nepal later this year has been postponed once again with new dates fixed for January, a press report here said Sunday... Back to the top

There are survivors in Bindunuwewa, Chandrika was wrong- PA Provincial Councillor
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 03/11/01 1230 GMT President Chandrika Kumararatunga’s denial of existence of survivors in Bindunuwewa massacre was challenged by a provincial councillor and a human rights campaigner from the area... Back to the top

Grenade attack on Sri Lanka newspaper office
123India, November 3. Unidentified attackers lobbed a grenade Saturday at a Sri Lankan newspaper office where journalists had received death threats from a ruling party activist, officials said... Back to the top

U.S. slaps new curbs on Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels
MSNBC, 03 November 2001. The United States on Saturday tightened the screws on Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas by including the rebels in a new list of terrorist organisations drawn up after the September 11 attacks... Back to the top

Election campaign takes violent turn
Gulf-News, 04 November 2001. The murder of a former Presidential Security Division (PSD) police officer has triggered of a fresh political controversy as the election campaign took another violent turn yesterday... Back to the top

Emirates to pursue major IT expansion
Gulf-News, 04 November 2001. Emirates airline has budgeted Dh220 million ($60 million) as part of a major expansion to its high speed IP (for Internet Protocol) network, which will offer "significant" cuts in communication costs, according to its chairman... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to award television rights to Taj Television, 03 November 2001. Sri Lanka's cricket control board Saturday announced it will award international radio and television broadcast rights to Taj Television of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates... Back to the top

Lankan navy seizes fishing equipment from Tamils
TOI, 04 November 2001. The Sri Lankan navy has seized prawns, fishing nets and other equipments worth about Rs 8 lakh from Tamil fishermen for allegedly fishing in the Pak Straits on Thursday, fisheries department sources said here on Friday... Back to the top

Britain freezes assets of LeT, LTTE, others
indiainfo, 04 November 2001. Continuing its crackdown on terrorist funding, Britain announced freezing of assets of already outlawed Pakistan-based militant outfits Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and two Sikh militant groups along with 22 others... Back to the top

Naveed and Inzamam help Pakistan down Sri Lanka
Yahoo Singapore, 03 November 2001. Naveed Latif hit 113 off 141 balls in only his second one-dayer to lift Pakistan to a morale-boosting seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy here... Back to the top

Cricket - Hooper and Lara launch Windies tour in style
Yahoo India, 03 Saturday 2001. - Skipper Carl Hooper hit 117 and Brian Lara 43 as West Indies launched their tour of Sri Lanka in positive fashion on Saturday... Back to the top

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