The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 226

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Embattled UNP slams JVP over ties with Tigers
Gulf_news, November 19. Sri Lanka's main opposition battling to defend itself from allegations that it had entered into a secret pact with the Tamil guerrillas has pointed out that the former leader of the Marxist Janata Vimukti Perumana (JVP) had accepted the right of self determination for minority Tamils.The JVP along with the ruling People's Alliance (PA) has been lambasting the main opposition United National Party about the alleged links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and has gone on to say that it was offering an interim administration to the guerrillas and virtually hand over control of the northern province to the guerrillas. More...
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Chicken soup fails to revive Sri Lanka's embattled economy
Yahoo Singapore, November 18. President Chandrika Kumaratunga sees a rise in chicken consumption as a sign of prosperity in embattled Sri Lanka, but for many the country's economy is in a paltry state... Back to the top

Economy sound despite global downturn
CDN, November 19. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga reiterated the fact that the country's economy was not floundering as depicted by certain political parties and despite the heavy blow to the world economy after the terror attacks on US on September 11... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's ruling party ally seeks autonomy, Nov 18 2001 13:57 IST. A member of Sri Lanka's ruling coalition has demanded an autonomous region with extensive powers to end the island's long-running Tamil separatist war, a top party official said Sunday... Back to the top

Embattled UNP slams JVP over ties with Tigers
Gulf-News, 19 November 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition battling to defend itself from allegations that it had entered into a secret pact with the Tamil guerrillas has pointed out that the former leader of the Marxist Janata Vimukti Perumana (JVP) had accepted the right of self determination for minority Tamils... Back to the top

Mastermind behind Lankan airport attack held
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Nov. 18. (PTI). Sri Lankan detectives have managed to dig out most details of the plot behind the LTTE's deadly attack on the main air force base on July 24, arresting two LTTE men who allegedly masterminded it and about a 100 others who aided it... Back to the top

NPC request money from EU to defeat pro war parties during elections
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.50 p.m. Sunday 18 November. National Peace Council of Sri Lanka have asked the European Union for funds to see to a decrease in popularity of pro war groups and to ensure that pro war political parties would loose elections alleged Udaya Gamanpila deputy secretary of Sihala Urumaya... Back to the top

No more middle ground on the Tamil question
Yahoo India, 19 November 2001. At a recent workshop organised by the Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance, one of the speakers was critical of the role of Tamil journalists in the country's ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Buddhist monk killed in landmine explosion in Lanka
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Sunday, November 18, 2001. LTTE guerrillas set off a powerful landmine in north-central Sri Lanka today killing a leading Buddhist monk and injuring three other people, police said... Back to the top

TN: 11 Sri Lankan refugees arrive
The Hindu NUS, Madurai, Nov. 18. (PTI). Eleven refugees from Pesalai in northern Sri Lanka arrived at Othapettai near Rameswaram yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 10 wickets
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 5.00pm SLT, Nov.17, 2001. Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan, left celebrates with teammates after the presentation of awards on the final day of the first cricket test between Sri Lanka and West Indies on Saturday at Galle cricket ground in Galle... Back to the top

Gunmen Kill Sri Lankan Candidate
Nothern Light, Saturday, November 17, 2001 3:48 PM EST . BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Unidentified gunmen on Saturday shot and killed an opposition candidate for next month's parliamentary elections, police and witnesses said... Back to the top

Dismal outlook for Sri Lanka's president
Japan Times, November 17. The political crisis is Sri Lanka appears to be worsening, and in the latest government's call for a ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam -- fighting a long and bloody battle for the independence of the island's minority Tamil-speaking population -- one can sense a state of near panic, given the kind of terrorism that is now spreading the world over... Back to the top

Sri Lanka full moon ban puts West Indies, Zimbabwe tours in spin, 18 November 2001. - Sri Lanka's surprise announcement Saturday that all sporting events will be banned on full moon days has raised serious concerns for two home Test matches against the West Indies and Zimbabwe, officials said... Back to the top

Hundreds of cases of pre-poll violence in Lanka
Deccan Herald, NOvember 17. Belying police claims that they are confident of ensuring a free and fair general election in Sri Lanka, 802 cases of pre-poll violence have already been recorded... Back to the top

Secret extra security features on ballot papers
Sundayobserver, 18 November 2001. An extra security feature on ballot papers for the December 5 general elections, which is being kept a top secret by the Commissioner of Elections, is expected to largely reduce forgery this time around... Back to the top

Lanka police bans arms during poll canvassing
Indiainfo, 18 November 2001. Sri Lankan police has banned the carrying of firearms during electioneering in the North and East, where pro-government groups are generally allowed to carry arms for self defence... Back to the top

Forthcoming elections and the politics of LTTE
Daily Star, 17 November 2001. Prabakaran, the supreme commander of the LTTE, has expressed readiness to 'talk with the United National Party (UNP) without a facilitator, if it comes to power'... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: The untold story Chapter 15: Turbulence in any language
Asia Times, 17 November 2001. When the Western colonial powers, the Portuguese, Dutch and British, captured the littoral regions of Ceylon, they administered the North and East, the traditional habitat of the Tamils, as a single, whole and distinct unit, keeping intact the homogeneity and the indivisibility of the region... Back to the top

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