The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 215

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Sri Lanka Tigers to drop separatist demand: moderates, Nov 07 2001 20:31 IST. Sri Lanka's Tamil moderates Wednesday urged the government to open peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels saying the guerrillas appeared ready to compromise on demands for a separate state. An alliance of four moderate Tamil parties said they believed the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were ready to accept a "viable alternative" to an earlier demand for a separate state called Eelam. More...
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UNP ready to offer interim setup in north
Gulf-News, 08 November 2001. The main opposition United National Party (UNP) is willing to offer an interim administration to the strife-torn northern and eastern provinces in Sri Lanka when they form a new government... Back to the top

Kadirgamar in bid to revive LTTE peace talks
Gulf-News, 08 November 2001. Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar is scheduled to meet his new Norwegian counterpart next week in New York in a bid to break the log-jam in the disrupted peace process between the Colombo government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam guerrillas... Back to the top

Elections Commissioner says special focus on Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 7. The Elections Commissioner has promised Tamil party candidates that special focus will center on Jaffna before the December 5, poll in order to ensure safety to candidates and civilians casting their vote... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police hunt for killers of ruling party supporter
Kyodo News, 08 November 2001. Sri Lankan police on Wednesday deployed three special teams to apprehend the killers of a ruling party supporter shot dead Tuesday in election-related violence, police said... Back to the top

Only one war against terrorism: Chandrika
The Hindu NUS, Washington, Nov. 7. (PTI). Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said the fight against terrorism cannot be conducted piecemeal and there can be no middle path in tackling the menace... Back to the top

India to gift Sri Lanka state-of-the-art cancer hospital
Yahoo India, 07 November 2001. The Indian government will gift a fully equipped, state-of-the-art cancer hospital to Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has said... Back to the top

We Know Terrorism By Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
WP, 08 November 2001. Terrorism is, sadly, no stranger to Sri Lanka. We know it all too well... Back to the top

Arthur C. Clarke Will Miss Awards
Excite, 07 November 2001. Arthur C. Clarke said Tuesday he won't travel to Los Angeles for a gala where awards for film and television excellence named for him will be announced... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, US sign open skies agreement
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Nov. 7. (Reuters). The United States and Sri Lanka have signed an open skies aviation agreement, which will remove all restrictions on air services between the two countries over a period of time, the US Embassy in Colombo has said... Back to the top

Netherlands discovers illegal Sri Lankan immigrants
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 7. Forty two illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka and India were discovered by Netherlands authorities aboard a bus for England early this week... Back to the top

Police refuse to divulge names
Gulf-News, 07 November 2001. Police have refused to divulge the name of two suspects wanted in the slaying of a one-time bodyguard of President Chandrika Kumaratunga last Friday saying it would hamper investigations as speculation mounted that he was eliminated by the police itself... Back to the top

Pakistan's EPB receives tender from Sri Lanka
Nothern Light, Wednesday, November 07, 2001 6:13 PM EST . Pakistan's Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has received several international tenders from Sri Lanka for the supply of different items... Back to the top

Tylvin challenges Ranil to TV debate
CDN, 7 November. JVP General Secretary Tylvin Silva challenged UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe to a live TV debate on any TV Channel of his preference on the topic that he had not entered into a two year agreement with LTTE leader Prabakaran for the handing over of North and East to LTTE control, in the event of a UNP victory... Back to the top

Injuries hit Sri Lanka ahead of West Indies Test series
Yahoo Singapore, 08 November 2001. Sri Lanka's fast bowler Dilhara Fernando and wicket-keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana were ruled out of the upcoming Test series against the West Indies due to injuries... Back to the top

Tailor-made excuses from Sri Lankans after Sharjah loss
Yahoo Singapore, November 7, 5:52 PM. Sri Lanka's cricketers have added a new entry to the lexicon of excuses from defeated sportsmen by blaming the team's tailor for their loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy one-day final in Sharjah on Sunday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

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

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