The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 221

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Australia brings back 37 illegal migrants
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.32 a.m Wednesday 14 November. Australia brought back 37 illegal Sri Lankan migrants to the island on a special charter flight early this morning. An Australian High Commission spokesman in Colombo told The Lanka Academic that this is the first time the government of Australia has chartered a flight to bring back illegal Sri Lankan migrants to the country. Thirty-three of the returned illegal migrants are from a boat that was found in Cocos Island in mid- September this year. Six crew members are have been already charged under the Australian migration act while crew members of another ship are already serving jail terms in Australia.
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Tamil parties ready to forget LTTE killings
Hindu, 14 November 2001. The Tamil National Alliance of four parties contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka says it is prepared to forget the systematic decimation of its leaders by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and accord it pride of place as the only group entitled to talk on behalf of the Tamil people for a solution to the ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Priest protest against transfer of home guards to Kalmunai
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.30 a.m. Wednesday 14 November. The chief incumbent of the Lahugala Rajamaha viharaya has protested to the ministry of defence and the home guard service regarding the transfer of 27 home guards trained to protect Lahugala to Kalumani... Back to the top

LTTE deadlocked Norwegian process: Chandrika
Hindu, 14 November 2001. The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, today said the Norwegian facilitation for peace talks had stalled since June because the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) believed her Government was on its way out and accused the separatist group of contributing to the efforts to topple it... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

Tamil moderates push for peace talks after Sri Lanka vote, Nov 13 2001 11:26 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 13 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's moderate Tamil parties Tuesday formally launched their campaign for December general elections promising to pressure a new government to enter peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels within two weeks of the vote... Back to the top

Tamil alliance walks tightrope in Sri Lanka polls
Yahoo, 14 November 2001. Sri Lanka's minority Tamil parties issued a call for peace talks on Tuesday, kicking off an election campaign that will have to tread cautiously between a brutal rebel group and an increasingly hawkish government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president Kumaratunga invites Tamil rebels to talks
Yahoo India, Tuesday November 13, 7:46 PM. Sri Lanka's president on Tuesday issued a fresh invitation to Tamil Tiger guerrillas to open peace talks, but ruled out compromise on issues that derailed a Norwegian-brokered peace bid... Back to the top

Clarke at Comdex 2001/Photo
Yahoo, 14 November 2001. DS Chairman and CEO Dick Brown (L) introduces famous science fiction author Arthur C... Back to the top

Lifting a Veil: 5 Years of Darkness End in Capital
IHT, 14 November 2001. The widowed mother of four wants to shed the long flowing burqa that covers her from head to toe... 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

Alliances of opportunity
Frontline, 14 November 2001. It all began when the dissension and disgruntlement in the ranks of the P... 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

Socialist Equality Party contests Sri Lankan general election
Yahoo, 14 November 2001. The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) is fielding a slate of 24 candidates in the Colombo district in the Sri Lankan general elections to be held on December 5... 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

Cricket - Windies counter Murali, take command after day one versus Lanka
Yahoo India, 14 November 2001. Brian Lara won his opening duel with Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan on Tuesday, scoring his 16th test century to help West Indies reach 316 for three on day one of the first test... Back to the top

Sri Lanka welcomes int'l pressure on LTTE
Kyodo News, Tuesday, 13 Nov, 10:37 GMT. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has welcomed moves by the United States, Britain and Canada to freeze the assets of the Liberation Tigers Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels, saying it would help drain their funding and enable the government to draw them into negotiations, according to remarks published Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Party politics a threat to peace
Asia Times, Monday, Nov 12 . The recent Canadian decision to place the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on a list of terrorist organizations has played right into the hands of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga just weeks away from crucial national elections... Back to the top

Cricket - West Indies 316-3 v Sri Lanka at close
Yahoo India, Tuesday November 13, 3:10 PM. West Indies were 316 for three wickets at the close of play on the first day of the first test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium on Tuesday... 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

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

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

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

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