The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 214

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Dissanayake blasts Chandrika charges
Gulf-News, 07 November 2001. A former minister of the ruling People's Alliance government who has joined the opposition ranks has claimed that the ruling party's election campaign is based on lies and distortions than facts and promises. Former minister S. B. Dissanayake pointed out a series of what he called distortions or lies by President Chandrika Kumaratunga during public meetings and during interviews to the international media including the BBC. Among the false statements reportedly made by Kumaratunga was that the UNP has entered into an agreement with the LTTE ( Tamil guerrillas), he said. Dissanayake claimed that during the last election the Department of Information had prepared a false document to claim that the UNP had a secret agreement with the LTTE and he was told to hold a press conference regarding the matter. More...
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World Tamil Movement Plans Protest.
Special Correspondent, November 6. The World Tamil Movement in Toronto is organizing a rally in front of the Canadian Parliment in Ottawa, to protest against the calls by some canadian political leaders to ban the LTTE in Canada, as a terror organization... Back to the top

UNP offers negotiations to end the bloodshed
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.15 p.m. SLT Tuesday November 6. Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party has today offered a negotiated settlement to end the country's bloody ethnic war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka lacks will for peace - foreign minister
MSNBC, November 6. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar on Tuesday blamed a lack of political will for the collapse of a bid by Norway to end his country's 18-year ethnic war... Back to the top

Violence expected from frustrated Sri Lankan youth
Asia Times, 07 November 2001. The Sri Lankan government has to address the mounting frustrations among the country's youth if it wants to stave off another uprising against the state, warn researchers... Back to the top

Britain seeks peaceful, non-political solution in Sri Lanka
Asia Times, 07 November 2001. The British High Commissioner in Colombo Linda Duffield has said that a peaceful settlement is the only lasting solution to the ethnic conflict of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka court aborts poll-related media test case, Nov 06 2001 18:24 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 6 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Tuesday put off hearing of a landmark case challenging the use of state media for ruling party election propaganda until after the December 5 polls, officials said... Back to the top

JVP activist killed in election violence
Gulf-news, 06 November 2001. Sri Lanka's election campaign claimed another victim yesterday amid clashes between rival supporters, attacks on business premises and homes and more election related complaints to police on the increase... Back to the top

Lankan oppn flays Chandrika on rufusing to work with UNP govt
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Tuesday, November 06, 2001. Sri Lanka's opposition today flayed President Chandrika Kumaratunga for raising the prospect of a constitutional clash between the Executive Presidency and the elected government, if the opposition won a majority in Parliament in the December 5 election... Back to the top

Violence hits Lanka parliamentary election campaign, 7 dead
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Tuesday, November 06, 2001. A government minister today accused Sri Lanka's main opposition party of attempting to kill him, amid a series of violent incidents in which seven people have died ahead of the Dec 5 parliamentary polls... Back to the top

Association of parents of missing children to launch hunger strike
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1 p.m. SLT Tuesday November 6. Three hundred Tamil parents have threatened to launch a hunger strike if details of their children who have gone missing are not furnished soon... Back to the top

Mortar fire kills 2 soldiers in Sri Lanka
Kyodo News, 06 November 2001. Two Sri Lankan soldiers were killed Tuesday by rebel mortar fire as sporadic fighting between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continued in the run up to the Dec... Back to the top

Chandrika plays the LTTE card to the hilt
Hindu, November 5. On the defensive over its poor track record on virtually every issue of governance, the ruling People's Alliance seems to banking on a campaign for the December 5 parliamentary election that revolves entirely around the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its alleged links with the Opposition... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Introduces Information Technology Into Schools
Nothern Light, Monday, November 05, 2001 10:39 PM EST . COLOMBO, Nov 6, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sri Lanka will introduce an Information Technology (IT) program into schools from Tuesday, according to the ministry of education and higher education... Back to the top

Arthur C. Clarke vows never to leave Sri Lanka, Nov 06 2001 09:19 IST. Science fiction guru, Arthur C. Clarke, has vowed never to leave his adopted home Sri Lanka despite being the guest of honour at a dinner by space enthusiasts at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles... Back to the top

Sri Lankan grits teeth for record train tug
MSNBC, 06 November 2001. A Sri Lankan farmer with an insatiable appetite for records said on Tuesday he was on track for a new world mark after using his teeth to pull a 40-tonne railway carriage more than 25 metres (yards)... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers using UNP as 'cat's paw'
Gulf-News, 06 November 2001. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga, in the first direct attack against the leader of the main opposition party, said that Ranil Wickramasinghe had forged links with the guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a bid to oust her from power... Back to the top

Tamil alliance to call for lifting ban on LTTE
Gulf-News, 06 November 2001. A minority Tamil alliance contesting the forthcoming parliamentary elections has launched its campaign in northern Sri Lanka saying it would call for the lifting of the ban of the Tamil guerrilla movement from the next government... Back to the top

Dissident minister had plotted to kill editors: Sri Lanka president, Nov 05 2001 13:58 IST. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga has alleged that a senior minister who defected to the opposition had a plan to assassinate newspaper editors critical of the government, a state-run daily reported Monday... Back to the top

Kumaratunge contradicts her statements to the BBC
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.50 p.m. SLT Monday October 5. President Chandrika Kumaratunge told the BBC last week in a television interview that she is prepared to hold peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) unconditionally... Back to the top

President predicts LTTE leader as next Lankan Head of State
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.15 p.m. SLT Monday November 5. Addressing an election rally over the weekend, President Chandrika Kumaratunge said that if Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe wins the December 5, polls, within a period of two years, LTTE Chief, Vellupillai Prabhakaran would be President of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

CM refutes Karunanidhi’s charge
Chennaionline, November 4. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has denied the allegations of DMK president M Karunanidhi that the law and order situation in the state has deteriorated... Back to the top

The new tentacles of terrorism
Yahoo India, November 6, 12:00 AM. IN A FLASH, the world's approach to terrorism changed on September 11... Back to the top

Jaffna missing persons’ parents, relatives protest
Tamilnet, November 5. More than a hundred parents and family members of the persons who were arrested by the Sri Lankan security forces and went missing in Jaffna began a demonstration in front of the Jaffna District Secretariat from 7 a... Back to the top

30 kg of heroin seized, two Lankan nationals held
Yahoo India, November 5, 9:45 PM. Narcotics Control Bureau seized about 30 kg of HEROIN valued at rs 30 crore and arrested two Sri Lankan nationals in this connection here today... Back to the top

ri Lanka: Rebels Won't Buy Presidential Ploy
Stratfor, November 5. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga reversed her position on negotiating with the Tamil Tigers rebel group Oct... Back to the top

Indian airlines resumes operations to Colombo
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.10 p.m. SLT Monday November 5. Indian Airlines has decided to resume operations to Colombo from Trivandrum... Back to the top

Sri Lankan downturn wipes out thousands of jobs
WSWS, 02 November 2001. The Sri Lankan economy is rapidly sliding into recession, with the growth rate collapsing, exports declining and thousands of jobs being eliminated... Back to the top

UK freeze LTTE assets - pledge to support political solution in Sri Lanka
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8 a.m. SLT Monday November 5. The United Kingdom together with America will freeze all LTTE assets together with those of 34 other rebel organizations listed as terrorists in Britain and the US... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: THE UNTOLD STORY Chapter 13: A nightmarish British legacy
Asia Times, 03 November 2001. In Britain, according to Brooke Bond Tea survey, people drink nearly 187 million cups of tea per day... Back to the top

Dressing rooms to have spy cameras: report
Age, 05 November 2001. The International Cricket Council has approved the use of spy cameras in dressing rooms as part of measures to crack down on match-fixing, according a report in The Sunday Telegraph... Back to the top

Pakistan-Sri-Lankan Business Leaders Sign Rice, Drugs Pacts
Yahoo Singapore, 05 November 2001. - Pakistani and Sri Lankan businessmen have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for exports of rice and pharmaceuticals... Back to the top

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