The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 231

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Power tussle in the PA says Ravaya newspaper
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1735 slt 23.11.01. A power tussle has begun in the People's Alliance after Anura Bandaranaike accused Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake of been involved in the plan to cross over to the UNP with former minister S.B.Dissanayake. Mr.Bandaranaike has made the comments at a meeting of party officials. Ravaya newspaper reported party sources as saying that The Prime Minister, Mr.Bandaranaike and Mahinda Rajapaksa were all fighting for the Prime Ministers' post if the PA wins and the opposition leaders post if the PA losses the elections. end
Published: Fri Nov 23 06:45:03 EST 2001

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UNP candidate remanded on suspicion for double murder.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1929 slt 23.11.01. UNP candidate for Puttlam district former MP Ranga Bandara was remanded today on suspicion of being involved in the double murder of two PA supporters this morning... Back to the top

UK dealers sell 'vacuum bombs' to Sri Lanka
Guardian Unlimited, 24 November 2001. British arms dealers have used a loophole in British law secretly to sell fuel-air weapons for use against Tamil Tiger insurgents in Sri Lanka, the Guardian can reveal... Back to the top

Opposition leader asks for help from USA, EU and Britain for free and fair elections.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1730 slt 23.11.01. Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has written to U.S.President George Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the President of the European Community requesting them to use maximum pressure on the government to ensure a free and fair election. The Opposition leader has warned that unless pressure is used " there would be a blood bath"... Back to the top

Lanka oppn asks Bush, Blair to restrain Kumaratunga
TOI, 2:16:18 PM Friday, November 23, 2001, PTI . In an unsual move, Sri Lanka's opposition on Friday asked the United States, Britain and the European Commission to intervene to stop what they called an impending "bloodbath" during election time at the alleged behest of President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Sri Lankan troops kill 10 Tiger rebels, Nov 23 2001 17:37 IST. Government forces have shot dead at least 10 Tamil Tiger guerrillas during two clashes in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Marxist leader ends exile
BBC South Asia, Friday, 23 November, 2001, 18:34 GMT . The leader of Sri Lanka's influential Marxist party has returned from a 12 year exile to address thousands of his supporters in advance of general elections in early December... Back to the top

Sri Lankan voters sick to death of poll campaigns
Yahoo, 24 November 2001. At least one candidate fighting for votes in Sri Lanka's upcoming general election thought his campaign advertisement would be better read if he placed it next to the dead... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: THE UNTOLD STORY Chapter 16: 'Honorable wounds of war'
Asia Times, 24 November 2001. In the 1956 general elections in Ceylon the issue of whether to make Sinhala and Tamil the official languages of the country dominated the campaign, which saw S W R D Bandaranaike become prime minister... Back to the top

Desperate Sri Lankan parties concoct astrological forecasts
HT, 23 November 2001. Taking advantage of their countrymen's faith in astrology, desperate Sri Lankan political parties are getting starry predictions concocted to portray themselves as the would-be winners... Back to the top

Kumaratunga vows to thwart oppn plan on N-E
TOI, 3:46:42 PM Friday, November 23, 2001, PTI ]. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has vowed to thwart any attempt by the opposition United National Party to set up an interim administration in the north-east if it is voted to power in the December 5 parliamentary election Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

S.Lanka party urges West to help end poll bloodshed
MSNBC, Nov. 23. Sri Lanka's main opposition party on Friday appealed for Western diplomatic pressure to help prevent a bloodbath ahead of the country's December 5 parliamentary elections... 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

SAARC rules out putting off meet any more
HT, 23 November 2001. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) secretary-general Nihal Rodrigo on Thursday ruled out the possibility of further postponement of the 11th summit of the association that now seems to have come under the shadow of the Taliban... 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

Sri Lankan Tea Exports Exceeds 549 Million U.S. Dollars
Nothern Light, Thursday, November 22, 2001 10:40 PM EST . Sri Lanka's tea export earnings exceeded 50.5 billion rupees (around 549 million U... 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

Cricket - Sri Lanka all out for 288 as Windies polish off tail
Yahoo India, Friday November 23, 12:49 PM . KANDY, Sri Lanka, Nov 23 (Reuters) - West Indies made short work of wrapping up the Sri Lanka first innings on Friday, taking the last two wickets for just 15 runs as the hosts were bowled out for 288 on the third day of the second test... Back to the top

Ganguly asks Steve Waugh to 'shut up'
Yahoo India, 23 November 2001. Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, angry at his Australian counterpart Steve Waugh for his support to match-referee Mike Denness' controversial action against six Indian cricketers, today asked him to "shut up"... 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

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

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

Three-wicket Ramnarine restricts Sri Lanka in second Test
Yahoo Singapore, Thursday November 22, 12:02 AM. Leg-spinner Dinanath Ramnarine prevented Sri Lanka from feasting on a depleted West Indian attack with a triple strike in the second cricket Test... Back to the top

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