The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 236

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UNP offers to lift ban on Tigers
Gulf-News, 29 November 2001. The leader of the country's main opposition United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe has offered to de-proscribe the Tamil guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), if his party is able to form a government after next week's parliamentary elections. Wickremesinghe speaking during a television interview said that his party will also work out a solution to the ethnic problem and put it to the people for a referendum, before bringing the proposals to be implemented through parliament. The opposition leader's offer to deproscribed the LTTE came hours after the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran himself called for the removal of the ban on their organisation, if they were to come for talks. More...
Published: Wed Nov 28 17:27:19 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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Somawansa Amerasinghe says the JVP will not take up arms again
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.35 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. Addressing a news conference today, Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna said the JVP would not resort to an armed struggle again... Back to the top

Ottawa won't renew funding of Tamil society
The National Post, November 28. An ethnic organization that has received millions of dollars from the federal government despite allegations it is a front for a South Asian terrorist group has been warned its taxpayer funding may soon be cut... Back to the top

One killed as Tamil parties clash
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 28 November, 2001, 15:39 GMT . Police in northern Sri Lanka say a member of the opposition Tamil National Alliance has been killed in fighting with members of a rival Tamil party during campaigning for next week's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Residence of the Diyawadena Nilame attacked
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. The residence of the Diyawadena Nilame, Neranjan Wijeratne, of the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy came under attack a short while ago... Back to the top

Jaffna yearns for elusive peace
Hindu, 29 November 2001. More than a year has passed since the big guns stopped booming outside the capital of Sri Lanka's northern peninsula... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Marxists vow to crush Tamil Tigers, Nov 28 2001 18:30 IST. Sri Lanka's main Marxist party Wednesday called for Tamil Tiger rebels to be crushed militarily and expressed scepticism at the guerrillas' stated interest in a political settlement to the dragging conflict... Back to the top

Telling it like it is
Gulf-News, 29 November 2001. The leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran, a renowned terrorist who seeks an independent state in that former paradise island of Sri Lanka, wants the "terrorist" tag to be removed from the LTTE... Back to the top

Tamil Leader Talks Peace, With a Catch
NY Times, 29 November 2001. From a hide-out in northern Sri Lanka, the leader of an ethnic Tamil rebellion that has been described as separatist for the past 18 years unambiguously declared today for the first time that he would settle for less than an independent nation... Back to the top

JVP leader's return reopens old wounds
Hindu, 29 November 2001. The radical Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which had attempted two uprisings against the Sri Lankan state but is now a mainstream political party, today began a damage- control exercise after a reported statement by its senior-most leader that another armed struggle by it could not be ruled out... Back to the top

Marxist leader wants India to help Lanka by non-interference
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Wednesday, November 28, 2001. India can help bring about peace and stability in Sri Lanka by refraining from any form of interference in its affairs, but should play a role in stamping out separatist tendencies in the region, a Marxist leader, who returned to the island after a 12-year exile, said today... Back to the top

India hopes for stability in Sri Lanka after polls
Toronto Star, Wednesday November 28, 11:09 AM. Long-term stability in Sri Lanka after December's crucial polls, called five years ahead of time, is likely to be at the top of India's wish list for this island nation bedevilled by political upheaval and economic woes... Back to the top

Delhi help 'was sought to build nukes'
Gulf_News, 29 November 2001. A former Indian foreign secretary said that there were inquiries from several countries for New Delhi's assistance to help manufacture a nuclear bomb, but India had refused to oblige... Back to the top

Police refusal cancels Tamil ceremony
Toronto Star, Nov. 28, 02:00 EDT . On a day when Toronto's Tamil community remembered fighters and civilians who have died in Sri Lanka's protracted ethnic war, many were preoccupied with a more local fight... 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

One killed, 14 wounded in Sri Lankan Tamil political violence, Nov 28 2001 16:14 IST. Rival Tamil political parties clashed in Sri Lanka's embattled northern district of Jaffna Wednesday, leaving one man killed and 14 others wounded, police said... Back to the top

Political Solution Sought in Sri Lanka
Yahoo, 29 November 2001. The rebel leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil insurgency indicated in a speech that he might consider something less than full independence for the minority he represents... Back to the top

Another bogus cassette in the making
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.45 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. Prof. G. L... Back to the top

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

Arrest Nimalarajan Murder Suspects- Judge Orders CID
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 28/11/01 1120 GMT. Jaffna District Judge ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to arrest the two suspects of the murder of journalist Nimalarajan, who were earlier arrested and released by the CID... 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

Rival Tamil parties clash in northern Sri Lanka
MSNBC, Wednesday, 28th Nov, 09:53 GMT. Rival Tamil parties clashed in northern Jaffna peninsula on Wednesday, leaving one dead and highlighting the split in the community ahead of next week's parliamentary elections... 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

"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 Lankan Tamil Rebel Leader Offers Peace Talks With Government
People's Daily, Wednesday, November 28, 2001. Sri Lankan separatist Tamil Tiger rebel leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran on Tuesday offered to end the country's long-running ethnic war through peaceful means but insisted that the ban on them must be lifted before possible talks with the government Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tea Production Increases in October
Nothern Light, Tuesday, November 27, 2001 10:02 PM EST . COLOMBO, Nov 28, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sri Lanka's Tea Board has announced that the country's tea production has increased significantly in October this year by 14 percent over the same month the previous year... 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

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

'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

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