The Lanka Academic

 
NOVEMBER 19, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 227

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PM seeks military support to foil 'conspiracy' to split country
Gulf-News, 20 November 2001. Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake has called for the support of the armed forces to fight against any 'conspiracy' to offer an interim administration in the northern and eastern parts of the country, a key promise given by the main opposition party ahead of elections. Wickramanayake in a statement did not name the opposition United National Party (UNP) who has made the offer to set up an interim administration, but made obvious references to the offer. More...
Published: Mon Nov 19 18:27:11 EST 2001


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Current Results
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Sri Lanka president faces flak over eye-for-eye call
123India.com, Nov 19 2001 15:43 IST. Sri Lanka's main opposition Monday called for legal action against President Chandrika Kumaratunga after she publicly urged ruling party supporters to murder those who try to kill them... Back to the top

Election violence continues in the South
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.35 p.m. SLT Monday November 19. Once more, trouble erupted in Matara with supporters of UNP candidate Sagala Ratnayake... Back to the top

Election violence erupts in the hill country
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1 p.m. SLT Monday November 19. On Monday November 12, a clash occurred between Arumugam Thondaman, former minister and the leader of Ceylon Workers Congress and the PA Candidate for Pussellawa, S... Back to the top

EU team fears more poll violence
gulf-news, 20 November 2001. An European Union delegation currently in Sri Lanka for monitoring elections expressed "deep disappointment" that its recommendations made last year had not been implemented and observed that violence could be high this time, compared to the elections held last year... Back to the top

Child Soldier Ban to Take Effect in February
Yahoo, 20 November 2001. The United Nations top security body is tomorrow due to tackle the thorny issue of child soldiers following a major boost to a global treaty banning the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict... Back to the top

G L Peiris alleges election fraud and misuse of public property
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.50 p.m. SLT Monday November 19. Media Spokesman for the United National Front, Prof. G. L... Back to the top

Lanka police official blames LTTE for unrest
Indiainfo, 20 November 2001. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is bent on creating chaos during elections in Sri Lanka by killing candidates and subverting the security situation, a senior police officer has cautioned, after an Opposition United National Party (UNP) nominee was gunned down in Eastern Sri Lanka on November 17... Back to the top

Lanka, US Intelligence probing forgery of dollar notes
AIR, NOvember 19. n Sri Lanka, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is probing large-scale forgery of dollar notes and has discovered the largest stock of such notes hitherto found in Asia... Back to the top

Police unravel air base attack plot
Hindu, 20 November 2001. A call made from a cellular phone by one of the key suspects in the LTTE attack on the Katunayake air base has helped police detectives unravel the plot... Back to the top

Our meaning of Eelam is different, says EPDP
Island, 20 November 2001. The EPDP in a press release states the election manifesto of the EPDP has been released in Tamil... Back to the top

EU monitors arrive in Lanka to oversee Parliament poll
HT, 20 November 2001. Election monitors from the European Union have arrived in the Sri Lankan capital ahead of the December 5 parliamentary poll, a spokeswoman for the union said on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan's concerned about the economy - want peace
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.30 p.m. SLT Monday November 19. 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

Election violence in the central province
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.25 p.m. SLT Monday November 19. On Sunday, November 11, at Talathu Oya in the central province a group of UNP supporters were attacked while travelling in a convoy of vehicles to Kandy to attend an election meeting... Back to the top

Sri Lanka recall Chandana for second Windies Test
Yahoo Singapore, November 19, 7:01 PM. Sri Lanka on Monday recalled leg-spinner Upal Chandana for the second cricket Test against the West Indies... Back to the top

LTTE wants to create chaos during polls: Police
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Monday, November 19, 2001. The LTTE is bent on creating chaos during elections in Sri Lanka by killing candidates and subverting the security situation, a senior police officer has cautioned, after an opposition United National Party nominee was gunned down in eastern Sri Lanka on Saturday... Back to the top

Election violence in the north
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.15 p.m. SLT Monday November 19. In Vavuniya, supporters of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and an independent group had clashed last Sunday, and left three people seriously injured... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

New security feature in ballot paper
GulfNews, November 19. Sri Lanka's polls chief is introducing an extra security feature in the ballot paper for next month's elections in order to prevent stuffing of ballot boxes, but he is also being challenged in courts for failing to take sufficient measures to hold free and fair elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's ruling party ally seeks autonomy
123India.com, 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 dies in landmine blast
Gulf_news, November 19. A prominent Buddhist monk was killed when his vehicle was caught up in a landmine explosion planted by Tamil guerrillas in the north central part of Sri Lanka amidst fresh reports of attacks by the guerrillas ahead of next month's elections, military officials said yesterday... 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

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

Sri Lanka full moon ban puts West Indies, Zimbabwe tours in spin
123india.com, 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

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

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