The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 216

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'No constitutional crisis'
Gulf-News, 09 November 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition party has dispelled fears, mainly created by the government, that the country would head for a constitutional crisis in the event of the opposition winning next month's parliamentary elections. The ruling People's Alliance (PA) Justice Minister, Batty Weerakoon, had suggested that there would be chaos if a party other than the PA is elected to power as the president would be from a different party and the Parliament controlled by another party. Weerakoon has gone on record that the next prime minister will be appointed by the President implying that the main opposition UNP will not be able to appoint its own prime minister in the event of a victory for them. More...
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16 Rebels Killed in Sri Lanka Fighting
Nothern Light, Thursday, November 08, 2001 8:22 AM EST . Fighting escalated between government troops and Tamil rebels in Sri Lanka's north, leaving 16 rebels and two soldiers dead, a government spokesman said Thursday... Back to the top

India to keep an eye on Sri Lanka polls
Asia Times, Thursday, 08th November, 13:27GMT. India announced on Thursday that it will send election officials to Sri Lanka to help oversee voting for parliamentary polls scheduled for next month, joining observers from the European Union... Back to the top

Rail services come to a standstill
Gulf-News, 09 November 2001. Sri Lanka's railway services came to a standstill after a strike by a section of its workers amidst allegations the trade union action was politically motivated ahead of elections... Back to the top

HT, 09 November 2001. The Mahanayakes of the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters of the powerful Buddhist Maha Sangha have said that they will probe allegations that the opposition United National Party has a secret deal with the Tamil separatist LTTE and take action if there is any truth in them... Back to the top

Tamil Nadu to ban two pro-LTTE extremist groups
Yahoo India, 09 November 2001. The southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has decided to ban two extremist organisations suspected to have links with the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Plot to kill scribes: Chandrika, ex-Minister trade charges
Hindu, 09 November 2001. The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga and a former Minister, who is now in the Opposition, are accusing each other of once planning to attack journalists who were writing against the Government... Back to the top

Indigenous people in Sri Lanka to boycott elections, Nov 08 2001 12:01 IST. Sri Lanka's indigenous people have voiced disgust with all political groups which have ruled the island since independence from Britain 53 years ago and will boycott the December polls... Back to the top

US, Lanka ink open skies agreement
Yahoo India, 09 November 2001. ANY American passenger carrier flying to and from Sri Lanka with stops in the country may carry local traffic between India and Sri Lanka from January 1, 2007, according to the open-skies aviation agreement reached recently between the US and Sri Lanka... Back to the top

First Ashoka images found on Orissa Hill
Asian Age, 09 November 2001. The face of Emperor Ashoka, shrouded in mystery for millennia, may now be revealed... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

Striving for peace
Deccan herald, 08 November 2001. The United Kingdom has pledged to support a political peace process in Sri Lanka in order to bring about lasting peace... Back to the top

Cricket - Sri Lanka name three spinners to face West Indies
Yahoo India, 09 November 2001. Niroshan Bandaratilleke has joined fellow spin bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan and Thilan Samaraweera in the Sri Lanka squad for next week's opening test against the West Indies... 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

South Asia summit set for January 4 - Nepal
Yahoo India, 08 November 2001. Nepal said on Wednesday a summit meeting of seven members of a South Asian economic cooperation group would be held in Kathmandu from January 4 next year... Back to the top

Cricket - Shoaib reported for suspect action
Yahoo India, 08 November 2001. Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been reported for a suspect action during the recent Sharjah Champions Trophy tournament, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday... 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

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