The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 235

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Another bogus cassette in the making
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.45 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. Prof. G. L. Peiris, media spokesman for the United National Front, has charged that the government is fabricating another "bogus cassette" similar to the one allegedly impersonating the voice of UNP candidate Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena.

Peiris says this time the cassette will make false claims that the United National Party if voted into office on December 5, would withdraw security forces from the north and east within a week from assuming office.

Prof. Peiris maintains that a senior officer attached to the police Criminal Investigation Department has been commissioned by the government to fabricate the details.

Prof. Peiris says this is another canard and an absolute falsehood. He added this is just one more attempt by the ruling Peoples Alliance to mislead the public in the final run up to the election on December 5.
Published: Tue Nov 27 22:15:03 EST 2001

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National Development Front
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Liberal Party
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Prabhakaran asks West to redefine terrorism
Hindu, 28 November 2001. The leader of the Tamil Tigers, Mr. Velupillai Prabhakaran, today asked the West to redefine its concept of terrorism to exclude groups like his own that, according to him, used violence for ``a concrete political objective''... Back to the top

Another election related death
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. The Daily Mirror today carried a report which reiterated that the political turmoil in former minister S... Back to the top

Tigers drop separatist demand, seek talks to end bloodshed, Nov 27 2001 19:24 IST. Sri Lanka's top Tamil Tiger leader Tuesday declared that his guerrilla war was not aimed at "separation" and demanded talks to politically end the decades-long ethnic bloodshed... Back to the top

Battle of elections commissioner begins
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.55 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. An unprecedented battle is emerging between the two main political factions over the role of the Elections Commissioner, Dayananda Dissanayake... Back to the top

"Reject Racist Forces"- Prabhakaran appeals Sinhala Voters
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 27/11/01 1220 GMT. LTTE Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran today urged Sinhala voters to reject racist forces on the coming general elections to be held on 5th December... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tigers demand talks to end bloodshed, Nov 27 2001 18:10 IST. Sri Lanka's top Tamil Tiger leader Tuesday demanded talks to end decades of ethnic bloodshed and warned that failure to agree on a political settlement will lead to the creation of a separate state... Back to the top

Seven people arrested in India for attempting to celebrate Prabhakaran's birthday
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. Seven people had been arrested at Pondicherry in India yesterday for attempting to lead a procession carrying a portrait of LTTE Leader, Vellupillai Prabhakaran... Back to the top

Schools, business centres closed in Vavuniya
Hindu, 28 November 2001. Schools and business centres in Vavuniya remained closed today as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) commenced observance of their annual `Great Heroes Week' in the Vanni area... Back to the top

Premier bemoans the lifting of emergency regulations
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.40 p.m. SLT Tuesday November 27. Premier Rathnasiri Wickremanayake today said that the lifting of the emergency regulations has left doors wide open for terrorists to infiltrate the South... Back to the top

Women seek 30pc quota in parliament
Gulf-News, 28 November 2001. A group of women's organisation in Sri Lanka are calling for at least 30 per cent representation of women in Parliament amid a host of other demands ahead of the country's upcoming parliamentary elections... Back to the top

PA and UNP decline in popularity
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.10 p.m. SLT Tuesday November 27. A survey conducted by the sociology department at the Colombo University has revealed that a majority of people are fed up with the two main political parties, namely, the Peoples Alliance and the United National Party... Back to the top

Squatters on state farms in Sri Lanka, Nov 27 2001 19:20 IST. Squatters are occupying and looting some of Sri Lanka's state-owned farms in collusion with the ruling party, a private company which manages the property said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tigers mark heroes day as holiday, Nov 27 2001 11:20 IST. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers Tuesday commemorated the thousands of guerrillas who have died fighting a protracted separatist war, rebel radio said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lankan election unlikely to give peace a chance
Asia Times, 28 November 2001. Uruwarige Wanniaththo, the chief of Sri Lanka's indigenous Veddah community, has a simple message for his country's election campaigning politicians: "Leave us alone... Back to the top

Photos of the dead tell story of Jaffna politics
Yahoo India, 27 November 2001. The pictures on the walls tell the political story in Jaffna in the run-up to Sri Lanka's parliamentary election... Back to the top

Cooray says didnot help Somawansa
Daily Mirror, 27 November 2001. Former UNP General Secretary and party strongman Sirisena Cooray yesterday alleged that there was plot by a group within the UNP with vested interests to malign him by trying to indicate that he helped the JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe to get out of the country... Back to the top

15 LTTE sympathisers held in Pondy
News Today, 27 November 2001. Around 15 persons who tried to takeout a procession with a portrait of LTTE supremo Prabhakaran on the occasion of his birthday today were arrested in the Union Territory... Back to the top

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

'Go ahead" for the IGP
Daily Mirror, 27 November 2001. Police chief Lucky Kodituwakku who has faced severe opposition fire over alleged political transfers during the current election campaign was yesterday given a one year's extension of service by the Cabinet on the recommendation of President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Sri Lankan election chief under fire from government
Yahoo, 27 November 2001. Sri Lanka's tough-talking election chief has been accused by the government of manoeuvring to help the opposition win next week's election... Back to the top

West Indies blame umpiring blunder for Test defeat against Sri Lanka
Yahoo Singapore, Tuesday November 27, 7:53 PM. West Indies coach Roger Harper launched an astonishing attack on umpires and Sri Lankan cricketers, saying both cost his team the Test series here... 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

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

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

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