The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 234

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Mass killing terror haunts Sri Lanka reds, Nov 27 2001 08:26 IST. Sri Lanka's Marxists are reviving bitter memories of their violent past as they run a controversial campaign for next week's national elections. The Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, staged two rebellions that left an estimated 20,000 people dead in 1971 and 60,000 dead in 1987. But they have had remarkable success since joining the mainstream in 1994 and are hoping to increase the number of seats in the 225-member parliament from 10 to 15 or 16 at the upcoming polls. However the squeaky-clean image the JVP has been painstakingly building over the past seven years is now under severe strain. More...
Published: Mon Nov 26 23:57:23 EST 2001

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Which political party will win most seats in the Sri Lankan parliament in the Election 2001?
Peoples Alliance
United National Party/Front
Janatha Vimukthi Peremuna
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress
Eelam Peoples Democratic Party
United Socialist Front
National Development Front
Tamil United Liberation Front
New Left Front
Bahujana Nidahas Peremuna
Ruhunu Janatha Party
Sri Lanka Jathika Peremuna
Sri Lanka Progressive Front
Sri Lanka Muslim Katchi
Sihala Urumaya
Sinhale Maha Sammatha Boomi Puthra
Democratic Left Front
Liberal Party
Peoples Development Front
Eksath Sinhala Maha Sabava
Eksath Lanka Podhujana Peremuna
Democratic Peoples Liberation Front
Democratic United National Lalith Front
Muslim United Left Front
United Lalith Front
Democratic Socialist Alliance

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LTTE wants removal of terrorist tag
Gulf_News, 27 November 2001. The leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Velupillai Prabhakaran, is expected to criticise the international community for its stand against his organisation and call for its deproscription in an address to his cadres scheduled for today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka slams election chief ahead of national polls, Nov 26 2001 22:53 IST. Sri Lanka's ruling party Monday launched a scathing attack against election chief Dayananda Dissanayake ahead of next week's parliamentary elections, accusing him of bias against the government... Back to the top

Police will ban all post election rallies
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.30 p.m. SLT Monday November 26. The Police Elections Secretariat today appealed to all politicians and supporters of political parties to refrain from engaging in any post election rallies and meetings... Back to the top

G. L. Peiris refutes President's allegation
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Monday November 26. Prof. G. L... Back to the top

JVP denies claims that it attacked the Maligawa
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7 p.m. SLT Monday November 26. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna have denied claims by the Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa that the party carried out an attack on the Maligawa in 1989... Back to the top

VVT 'votes' for Prabhakaran
Hindu, 27 November 2001,Valvettithurai. The leader of the Tamil Tigers, Mr. Velupillai Prabhakaran, is a wanted man in two countries and the guerilla group he heads is banned as terrorist in five, but to the inhabitants of this fishing hamlet on the northern coast of the Sri Lankan peninsula where he was born and grew up, he is a hero... Back to the top

12 injured following hand grenade attack in Kandy
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1 p.m. SLT Monday November 26. Twelve people were injured when a hand grenade being carried by a supporter of the ruling Peoples Alliance exploded prematurely at Kotugoda Street in Kandy early this morning... Back to the top

Tamils moved to remember
Ottawa News, 27 November 2001. Silence and song overwhelmed anger and bitterness yesterday as nearly 300 Tamils gathered to remember family and friends killed in Sri Lanka in a civil war that has claimed the lives of more than 80,000... Back to the top

JVP leader's return does more harm than good
Gulf-News, 27 November 2001. A leader of the Marxist Janatha Vimukti Perumana (People's Liberation Front) recalled by the party ending his 12-year-old self-imposed exile in Europe to boost the party's election campaign has done more damage than helping the party... Back to the top

Explain anti-India rhetoric in 1980's: UNP to JVP
TOI, 27 November 2001. Sri Lanka's opposition United National Party (UNP) on Monday asked a Marxist party to explain its anti-India rhetoric in the late 1980's, if it was true that India had helped its rebellious leader to flee the country in 1989... Back to the top

Lankan EC seeks more forces to curb violence
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Nov. 26. (UNI). Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has requested police chief Lakdasa Kodituwakku to use special mobile police patrols and set up extra roadblocks in sensitive areas to prevent pre-poll violence in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Murali equals Hadlee's world record
Yahoo Sports, 27 November 2001. Muralitharan of Sri Lanka equalled the world record of Sir Richard Hadlee of New Zealand by capturing ten wickets in a Test match ninth time... Back to the top

Election related incidents rise to 1312
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.10 p.m. SLT Monday November 26. The Police Elections Secretariat said today that 62 incidents of election related violence had been reported over the last 24 hours ending at 6 a... Back to the top

Military estimates 1,800 dead in Sri Lanka's ethnic war
Yahoo Singapore, 27 November 2001. An estimated 1,800 people died in Sri Lanka's ethnic war over the past seven months, the military said on Monday, despite a lull in fighting as attention turned to elections early in December... Back to the top

7 Indian election observers for Lanka
TOI, 27 November 2001. Seven observers from India arrived here on Monday at the invitation of Sri Lanka's election authorities to monitor the December five parliamentary election, officials here said... Back to the top

European Commission denies Sihala Urumaya claims
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.20 p.m Monday 26 November. The European Commission office in Sri Lanka said today that the EC has not provided any funds for any organisation to be used in connection with the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka set for curfews in violence-wracked vote campaign, Nov 26 2001 13:54 IST. COLOMBO - Police in Sri Lanka Monday said they planned to impose curfews and seek military reinforcements for patrols following widespread violence in the run up to next week's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Campaign commences in Jaffna
Hindu, 26 November 2001. Autorickshaws fitted with speakers blare out party propaganda, every available wall is covered with posters and candidates and their supporters are going door to door distributing leaflets and pressing the flesh in good old style campaigning... Back to the top

To vote, or not to vote - Sri Lanka awaits key speech
Yahoo India, 26 November 2001. Rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran will make one of the most important decisions of Sri Lanka's election campaign on Tuesday when he reveals whether Tamils should vote... Back to the top

Sri Lanka waives import duty on rice
Dawn, 25 November 2001. Sri Lanka has temporarily waived import duty on rice and issued licenses for import of 33,000 tons of Irri-6 rice having a shipment schedule up to Dec 10, 2001... Back to the top

Sri Lanka takes an unbeatable lead in the test series
Leo de Lile in Colombo, 6.30pm SLT, Nov.25,2001. Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan, center celebrates with captain Sanath jayasuriya and teammates just after beating West Indies by 131 runs on the final day of the second cricket test between Sri Lanka and West Indies on Sunday at Asgiriya cricket stadium in Kandy... Back to the top

LTTE plot to bomb Trincomalee port busted
TOI, 26 November 2001. The Sri Lankan military has successfully thwarted a LTTE plan to stage a major assault at the north-eastern port of Trincomalee and the adjoining naval base following the surprise arrest of a man who was exhorting money from Tamils in the area... Back to the top

Ruling party poll candidates get commando protection
Gulf-News, 26 November 2001 . Government has intensified security to some of the ruling party candidates providing them with police commandos following intelligence reports their lives were under threat from Tamil guerrillas or rival politicians, but opposition candidates whose lives are genuinely threatened have been forced go to court to get security... Back to the top

Bullets call the shots ahead of Sri Lanka ballot, Nov 25 2001 07:41 IST. Suicide bombings and murder are routine during Sri Lankan election campaigns, but local and foreign monitors fear the final dash for next month's polls could be bloodier than ever... Back to the top

India helped me escape: Lankan leader
TOI, 26 November 2001. A prominent Sri Lankan Marxist leader, who returned to the island ending a 12-year self-imposed exile in Europe, has said that India helped him flee a government crackdown on his party's second insurrection against the state in 1987-89... Back to the top

Exiled Marxist leader addresses massive rally
Tamilnet, 25 November 2001. Mr. Somawansa Amarasingha, the leader Marxist Janata Vimukthi Peramuna, who returned from a 12-year exile from the United Kingdom yesterday, addressed a massive public rally Friday evening in Kalutara, a large town south of Colombo... Back to the top

Cricket: S Lanka in 2-0 lead in Test series against Windies
Yahoo Singapore, Monday November 26, 2:20 PM. Muttiah Muralitharan helped Sri Lanka clinch a 131-run second Test victory over the West Indies in an absorbing fifth and final day of the second cricket Test on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka astrologers make hay as politicians look to the stars, Nov 25 2001 09:15 IST. Sri Lanka's astrologers are being accused of adding to "loony politics" in the lead up to elections, but most politicians prefer the star-gazers to opinion polls when assessing their chances... Back to the top

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