The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 220

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Grenade attack in Jaffna - related to political rivalry
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 13. Five civilians including an infant were seriously wounded in a grenade attack in Jaffna last night.

The incident reportedly took place at St. Patrick's road in Jaffna. The attackers who had been travelling in a three wheeler are believed to have been members of a political party campaigning in Jaffna.

No further details of the incident are known.
Published: Mon Nov 12 23:18:04 EST 2001

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77% of Sri Lankans want peace
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 13. A Canadian funded survey report has stated that seventy seven percent of Sri Lankans want peace and approve of negotiations with the LTTE... Back to the top

Chandrika grooms Anura as party chief
Gulf-News, 13 November 2001. Moves by Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga to groom her brother Anura Banda-ranaike as the next presidential candidate of her People's Alliance is being met with dissension within the party especially among some of the senior members... Back to the top

31 incidents of election related violence in 24 hours
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2 p.m. SLT Monday November 12. The police elections secretariat said today that 31 incidents of election related violence had been reported over the last 24 hours... Back to the top

Election violence erupts in the Central Province and Kandy district - Sunday
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.40 p.m. SLT Monday November 12. Three supporters of the United National Party in the Kandy district are reported to have sustained serious injuries yesterday when a gang of armed youth had attacked the men with clubs and other heavy weapons... Back to the top

A Response to President Kumaratunge’s CNN Interview
UTHR , November 12. In her recent interview with CNN President Kumaratunge asserted that “UTHR was very appreciative of the fact” that with a few “exceptions” her government was able to “completely control the human rights violations” in Sri Lanka (see CNN transcripts)... Back to the top

Fifty four allegations against Nandimithra - President
CDN, 10 November. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yesterday claimed in Matale that there were 54 allegations against former PA Minister and dissident Nandimithra Ekanayake... Back to the top

UN finalising convention on terror - Lanka diplomat
Gulf-News, 13 November 2001. A Sri Lankan diplomat heading the United Nation Working Group on terrorism has been summoned to New York next week for what is believed to be a final push to wrap up an international convention... Back to the top

Pre poll violence hits North
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.55 p.m. SLT Monday November 12. In Vavuniya, supporters of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and an independent group had clashed on Sunday November 11, and left three people seriously injured... Back to the top

Sri Lankans value purse over peace - poll
MSNBC, November 12. Sri Lankans are more concerned about their sluggish economy than the country's 18-year ethnic war, but overwhelmingly support talks to end the fighting, an opinion poll published on Monday showed... Back to the top

Pilot dumped fuel before crashing
CNN, 13 November 2001. Investigators believe the pilot knew something was wrong before the American Airlines jet he was flying crashed Monday into a residential neighborhood, killing all on board, New York Gov... Back to the top

Bhikkhuni order restored in Lanka
TOI, November 12. Bhikkhuni' - the Buddhist nuns' order - is slowly making its presence felt in Sri Lanka and is now performing religious functions hitherto done only by monks, the eighth International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies was told here... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to salvage 17th century Dutch shipwreck
MSNBC, November 12. The Netherlands said on Monday it would help Sri Lanka salvage the wreck of a 17th century Dutch spice ship off the island's southern coast... Back to the top

Cricket - West Indies turn to spin after King injury
Yahoo India, 13 November 2001. West Indies have picked two spinners for the opening test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Tuesday after an injury to fast bowler Reon King... Back to the top

Hand Grenade thrown at PA office in Galle - Sajith Premadasa's house attacked
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Monday November 12. A hand grenade was thrown at the ruling Peoples Alliance office a Habaraduwa in the Galle district at around 10 p... Back to the top

JVP wants to play king-maker
The Hindu, November 11. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which recently helped the minority People's Alliance government remain afloat before it collapsed due to its own internal dynamics, wants to play king- maker once again after the December 5 parliamentary election... Back to the top

Presidential guard organised Ponnambalam murder - paper
Tamilnet, November 11. A former member of Sri Lanka's Presidential Security Division found shot dead earlier this month was involved in orchestrating the assassination of former Tamil politician, Kumar Ponnambalam, the Sunday Leader newspaper reported this week... Back to the top

Curfew in Lankan town after violence
Gulf-news, 12 November 2001. Police clamped down a dusk to dawn curfew in the Nathandiya area, 70 km north east of the capital yesterday evening after police failed to prevent clashes and disperse supporters belonging to the ruling People's Alliance and the main opposition United National Party (UNP)... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sacks 31 airmen over airport attack, Nov 11 2001 17:34 IST. Sri Lanka has sacked 31 airforce personnel for failing to guard their base and the adjoining international airport against a devastating Tamil rebel attack, a report said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Braces for Another Violent Election
IHT, 12 November 2001. Sri Lankan officials are bracing for election violence next month as thousands of weapons remain in the hands of political parties, despite an effort to disarm their members... Back to the top

Ranil warned of suicide bomb attack
Gulf-News, 12 November 2001. Police have warned opposition leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe to be wary of Tiger guerrilla threats during the ongoing polls campaign... Back to the top

DMK blamed for growth of extremism
Chennaionline, November 11. The AIADMK today alleged that DMK president M Karunanidhi was responsible for the growth of extremist forces in Tamil Nadu and said a “false impression” was being created that the law and order had deteriorated under the present government... Back to the top

Fresh fighting kills 14 in Sri Lanka, Nov 12 2001 15:33 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 12 (AFP) - At least 11 Tamil Tiger guerrillas and three policemen were killed in fresh fighting in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opinion edges towards opposition - poll
MSNBC, November 11. An opinion poll taken ahead of Sri Lanka's general election in December shows more support for the country's main opposition party, but many voters remain undecided, a local newspaper said on Sunday... Back to the top

Gulf News says: Choking off the LTTE
Gulf-News, 11 November 2001. Canada has finally clamped down on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam... Back to the top

Tamil community salutes its youth
Toronto Star, November 11. They say it takes a village to raise a child.And Toronto's Tamil community is proving that's true, as it gathers tonight at the Royal Ontario Museum to celebrate the successes of its youth."The way people perceive the Tamil community is not always positive," said 16-year-old Thanancheyan Ehamparam, referring to negative media coverage and frequent headlines about Tamil gangs. Back to the top

PUG marks on Sri Lanka's polls
Yahoo India, November 9. AS SRI LANKA gears up to elect a new Parliament, the island nation has difficult choices to make... Back to the top

Sea Views: Lanka's private firms can bid for bunkers
Gulf-news, 11 november 2001. Sri Lanka is to allow private operators to trade in the marine fuels market, according to the Colombo Association of Shipping Agents (Casa)... Back to the top

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