The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 230

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UNP to take legal action against media
Gulf_News, 23 November 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition party has reacted swiftly to contradict claims made by the ruling People's Alliance linking one of the chief candidates of the opposition to the Tamil guerrillas and are taking legal action against state media which has given publicity to the government claims. The action came a day after the ruling party produced what it called evidence to suggest that main opposition United National Party (UNP) candidate Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana was maintaining close ties with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE ) and had allegedly recently discussed about action for the forthcoming elections. More...
Published: Thu Nov 22 18:02:20 EST 2001

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Current Results
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Most momentous decision in history on December 5 -Mahinda Rajapakse
CDN, November 23. When one looks around what is most visibly seen today is an attempt to split the country on the basis of race and religion... Back to the top

PA leadership shows signs of desperation
Gulf_News, 23 November 2001. As Sri Lanka's second parliamentary election in two years, enters the final fortnight, the ruling People's Alliance leadership is showing signs of desperation... Back to the top

Election monitoring organization says substantial increase in violence.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1654 slt 22.11.01. The Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) says there has been a quantitative and qualitative increase in the incident of violence in the on going general election campaign compared to the previous election in October last year... Back to the top

Asia Watch: Sri Lanka beats regional behemoths
FT, November 21. Had Sri Lanka shifted some funds to the country's tiny market early last month it would now be enjoying a windfall unparalleled elsewhere in Asia and foreign investors would have flocked in... Back to the top

SL Police Say They Were Forced to Open Fire on Demonstrators
Xinhua, 23 November 2001. Sri Lankan police has said they were forced to open fire on fishermen who were demonstrating in a suburb of capital Colombo on Tuesday against sand dredging by the Dutch Firm Boskalis International for the construction of an expressway... Back to the top

Sri Lanka poll violence 'doubles'
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 22 November, 2001, 14:31 GMT . There has been a huge increase in election-related violence in Sri Lanka compared to last year's polls, according to a group monitoring the campaign... Back to the top

JVP leader returns after 12 years of self imposed exile
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1252 slt 22.11.01. JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe returned to Sri Lanka this morning ending 12 years of self imposed exile in London and Paris... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Not a pretty picture, November 23, 2001 14:33 GMT. Combine falling tourist arrivals, high oil prices, a soaring cost of living, lower production and adverse external trading conditions with a nearly two-decade-long ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Revered spiritual leader of Tamils dies
Asia Times, November 22. Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, the Hindu leader who became the spiritual leader of Sri Lankan Tamils, has died at his retreat on the Hawaiian Garden Island of Kauai, his followers have confirmed... Back to the top

UNF leader says the samurdhi programme will be better targeted.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1256 slt 22.11.01. UNF leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Samurdhi poverty alleviation programme would continue under his government but would be targeted better... Back to the top

Stop the money that murders
President Chandrika Kumaratunga - Globe Mail, November 21. In Ottawa this past weekend, delegates at the Group of 20 meeting of the world's biggest economies met to discuss a range of topics, including how to crack down of the financing of terrorism... Back to the top

Election related violence continue to rise
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 22 November 2001: 12:59 p.m. SLT. The number of election related incidents of violence continued to rise... Back to the top

Former MP arrested over bomb attack charges
Gulf-News, November 22. A former opposition MP contesting the forthcoming elections has been arrested and remanded over allegations of a bomb attack on a ruling party politician in the north western part of Sri Lanka, police said... Back to the top

LTTE's main Heroes day celebrations in Canada Cancelled
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.10 a.m Thursday November 22. LTTE's Heroes day celebrations planned by the World Tamil Movement at the National Trade Centre in Canada on 27 September has been cancelled Lanka Academic sources in Canada said today... Back to the top

The threat is real - An Editorial
National Post , November 22. The United States and its allies may have bombed the Taliban senseless, captured Kabul and bagged one of Osama bin Laden's closest advisors, but their prosecution of the war on terrorism has been positively meek compared to the performance of Canadian politicians, intellectuals and interest groups in the war on anti-terrorism Bill C-36... Back to the top

Lankan police fire at homes, killing 4 Tamil civilians
South Nexus, BATTICALOA, Nov 22. Sri Lankan police, anticipating an attack by Tamil Tiger rebels, fired at houses near this Easter town, killing four Tamil civilians, including an 11-year-old boy, witnesses and a police official said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Former MP arrested over bomb attack charges
Gulf-News, 22 November 2001. A former opposition MP contesting the forthcoming elections has been arrested and remanded over allegations of a bomb attack on a ruling party politician in the north western part of Sri Lanka, police said... Back to the top

Rain holds up play in Lanka-Windies test
The Hindu NUS, Nov. 22. (Reuters). Rain prevented any play between lunch and tea on the second day of the second Sri Lanka versus West Indies Test at the Asgiriya International Stadium today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's fourth Test offer
BBC South Asia, 22 November 2001. Sri Lanka could save English cricket authorities 5m by offering to play a fourth Test match next summer... Back to the top

PA accuses SB's brother of unleashing violence
Island, 21 November. The People’s Alliance Election Campaign and Media Coordinating Unit (PEMCO) alleged that S... Back to the top

UNP appeals to elections commissioner
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.25 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 21. The United National Party in a letter set to the Elections Commissioner, Dayananda Dissanayake today indicates that a police security contingency requested by the government printer is not being acceded to by the Inspector General of Police... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 193 for 5
The Hindu NUS, Kandy, Sri Lanka, Nov. 21 (Reuters). Mahela Jayawardene and Hashan Tillakaratne rescued Sri Lanka with a century stand on the opening day of the second test today after the West Indies had paceman Colin Stuart forced out of the attack for bowling beamers... Back to the top

Norwegian Provides Aid for Rural Integrated Development Programs in Sri Lanka
Xinhua, 21 November 2001. The Norwegian government has offered 800 million rupees (around 8.8 million U... Back to the top

Election violence tops 1000 mark
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 21. The Police Elections Secretariat said today that pre poll violence had now topped the 1000 mark... Back to the top

NPC project has nothing to do with political parties- European Commission
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.30 p.m Wednesday 21 November.. European Commission Information Officer in Colombo Manique Mendis denied that National Peace Councils project has anything to do with elections and political parties in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, India mull over Colombo-Tuticorin ferry service
Yahoo, November 21. Sri Lanka and India are examining the feasibility of launching a passenger ferry service between the island's capital Colombo and the southern Indian port of Tuticorin, officials said... Back to the top

SU complains to Kadiragamar against EU
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.45 p.m Wednesday 21 November. Sihala Urumaya made a complaint today to foreign minister Lakshman Kadiragamar against the European Union for giving funds to the National Peace Council to counter pro-war politcal groups to ensure that pro-war political parties would loose elections... Back to the top

Four New Fisheries Harbors Under Construction in Sri Lanka
Nothern Light, Tuesday, November 20, 2001 10:54 PM EST . Sri Lanka is to get four new fisheries harbors at a cost of 1, 300 million rupees (around 14.4 million U... Back to the top

Rain Interrupts 2nd Test: SL 193/5
Cricinfo, 21 November 2001. The second test between Sri Lanka and West Indies was interrupted by rain at Asgiriya stadium in Kandy... Back to the top

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