The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 237

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Dissanayake slams Chandrika for 'downfall of government'
gulf-News, 30 November 2001. A former minister of the ruling People's Alliance government has claimed that corruption, lethargy, and incompetence in handling the administration led to the downturn in the country's economy. Former minister, S.B. Dissanayake speaking during an interview to a private television channel described what he called the downfall of the government and held President Chandrika Kumaratunga responsible for it. Dissanayake also blamed Kumaratunga's close confident Minister Mangala Samaraweera and three other senior officers who allegedly were responsible for deciding on awarding of tenders while keeping the rest of the cabinet in complete darkness about the deals. More...
Published: Thu Nov 29 19:02:20 EST 2001

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Election 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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Sri Lanka election violence condemned
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 29 November, 2001, 18:22 GMT . The leader of a European Union mission observing the Sri Lankan general elections has said that democracy in the country is being murdered... Back to the top

LTTE peace offer linked to war fear
TOI, November 29. LTTE supremo Vellupillai Prabhakaran's offer to drop his separatist demand is provoked by the fear that the global war against terrorism could soon reach his own doorstep, officials and analysts said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says rebel peace call a ploy
MSNBC, Thursday, 29th Nov, 14:49 GMT. The Sri Lankan government on Thursday dismissed a conciliatory speech by the country's Tamil rebel leader and said he was a ''cheap, third-grade terrorist'' working to oust the ruling party at next week's elections... Back to the top

Prabhakaran's speech finds favour with arch enemy
HT, 30 November 2001. In a surprising move, the Eelam People's Democratic Party, an armed group backing the government and considered the arch enemy of LTTE, has welcomed rebel leader V Prabhakaran's address on 'Heroes Day' Tuesday wherein he stressed the need for peaceful co-existence between the Sinhalese and the Tamils... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Marxists eye gains at election
MSNBC, November 29. For a group of rebels with a bloody past of terrorising the people of Sri Lanka in two uprisings, the Marxist Peoples' Liberation Front (JVP) has come a long way heading into next week's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Strike stops govt press in Sri Lanka
MSNBC, Thursday, 29th Nov, 14:51 GMT. A strike on Thursday by a union affiliated to Sri Lanka's opposition shut down state-run newspapers amid protests of a smear campaign in the run-up to parliamentary elections next week... Back to the top

TNL TV says government planning to cancel licence
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1925 slt 29.11.01. TNL TV today appealed to the Attorney General to intervene to block attempts by the government to illegally cancel its broadcasting licence... Back to the top

Leaders of Jvp Attend a News Conference in Colombo
Excite, 30 November 2001. Leaders of the Peoples Liberation Front (JVP) Tilvin Silva, Somavansa Amerasinghe, Wimal Weerawansa and Nandan Gunatahilaka (L-R) attend a news conference in Colombo on November 28, 2001... Back to the top

FBI Checking Suspect Letters Sent to L.A. Consuls
Excite, 30 November 2001. Letters containing threatening messages and a white powder have been sent to the local consulates of Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Turkey but preliminary tests have been negative for anthrax, the FBI said on Thursday... Back to the top

The UNF accuse the ruling party of planning widespread rigging on polling day
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1922 slt 29.11.01. The United National Front today accused the ruling People's Alliance of planning widespread violence and rigging on the polling using sections of state security... Back to the top

'Temple of the tooth' comes under grenade attack
Gulf-News, 30 November 2001. The house of the chief custodian of the historic temple where the sacred tooth relic of Buddha in central Sri Lanka has been placed, came under a grenade attack, prompting authorities to deploy additional police and army guards, police said yesterday... Back to the top

Tamil event too risky, police say
Toronto Star, November 29. A Toronto police official says he didn't allow paid-duty officers to work security for a Tamil community memorial ceremony because police safety was at risk... Back to the top

Poll-violence protest cripples Sri Lanka war zone
MSNBC, 30 November 2001. Sri Lankan Tamils shut down the country's war-torn north and east on Thursday to protest an attack on the main Tamil party contesting next week's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Commons passes antiterrorism bill
Globe & Mail, November 29. The House of Commons passed the federal government's controversial antiterrorism legislation on Wednesday, over the objections of some opposition MPs who accused the Liberals of ramming it through... Back to the top

UNF leader says he will bring long term peace to the country
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1919 slt 29.11.01. UNF leader Ranil Wickremesinghe says he will bring long term peace to the country by solving the ethnic problem... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Tamil areas shut down in Sri Lanka to protest attack
Press Trust of India, Thursday, November 29, 2001. Life in Tamil-speaking areas in the north and east of Sri Lanka today came to a halt, as most towns and villages observed Wednesday strike called by a four-party Tamil alliance to protest attack on their candidates... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Opposition Talks Tough On Energy As Polls Near
Yahoo India, 29 November. Leading in opinion polls ahead of Sri Lanka's Dec. 5 general election, the opposition United National Party pledged this week to work towards securing an uninterrupted power supply in the country.While some analysts say it'll take more than grand statements to convince an electorate kept literally in the dark by near daily power cuts, others are more upbeat saying the UNP was the one that launched major power projects during the 1970s. The UNP indeed talks tough on energy in its manifesto which backs the use of coal, gas-fired power and renewable energy to ease the island nation's over-reliance on often erratic hydroelectricity... Back to the top

Sri Lanka town counts Buddhist blessings to duck bullets, 29 November 2001. When gunmen went on a shooting spree in this impoverished region to terrorise Sri Lankan voters ahead of next week's parliamentary elections, politicians turned to Buddhist monks for cover... Back to the top

Apologise for your mistakes first, Somawansa tells Ranil
Daily Mirror, 29 November 2001. Addressing a media conference for the first time yesterday after 12 years of self-imposed exile, JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe said he was prepared to apologise for their mistakes during the 1988-89 terror period, if the present UNP leader apologised for the wrongs committed by the Jaye wardene regime culminating in the 1982 referendum... Back to the top

No more police transfers
Daily Mirror, 29 November 2001. The fundamental rights application filed by UNP deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya challenging the transfers of police officers in the run-up to the general elections was settled yesterday by the Supreme Court... Back to the top

Vote wisely, says Colombo Archbishop
Daily Mirror, 29 November 2001. Archbishop Nicholas Marcus Fernando yesterday appealed to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake and IGP Lucky Kodituwakku as three very important persons in the present decisive hour of the nation to do the right thing by the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Marxists eye gains at election
MSNBC, Thursday, 29th November, 09:55 GMT. GALLE, Sri Lanka, Nov. 29 — For a group of rebels with a bloody past of terrorising the people of Sri Lanka in two uprisings, the Marxist Peoples' Liberation Front (JVP) has come a long way heading into next week's parliamentary elections. Back to the top

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

Relentless violence
Deccan Herald, 29 November 2001. Violence dogs political campaigns in Sri Lanka as the nation braces itself for another general election on December 5, fourteen months after the last general election in October 2000... Back to the top

Drawn by death
Deccan Herald, 29 November 2001. Every year, from November 21 to 27, LTTE-controlled areas of Sri Lanka witness a macabre mix of mass mourning and celebration of martyrdom... Back to the top

One killed - 19 injured in election clashes in Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.30 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. One person was killed and 19 others injured when a group of around 100 persons had attacked members of the Tamil National Alliance in Jaffna today... Back to the top

Cricket - West Indies 327-3 v Sri Lanka - close
Yahoo India, Thursday November 29, 3:31 PM. COLOMBO (Reuters) - West Indies were 327 for three wickets at the close on the first day of the third and final cricket test against Sri Lanka on Thursday... 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

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

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

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

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

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