The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 238

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Analysis: Sri Lanka's troubled elections
BBC South Asia, Friday, 30 November, 2001, 17:23 GMT . Sri Lankans go to the polls on 5 December to elect a new parliament just 14 months after the last polls failed to give any one party a simple majority. Many commentators believe the elections are likely to throw up a hung parliament where the smaller minority parties will be the kingmakers once again. More...
Published: Fri Nov 30 22:15:42 EST 2001

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Election 2001:
Pick Your Favorite Winner!
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

Current Results
This is a poll conducted by The Lanka Academic to survey your opinion. As with all internet polls, the results may contain a bias different from an official poll. Nevertheless, it is an opportunity to gauge the "temperature" of the general public.
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Police detect 100000 false ballot papers
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1623 slt 30.11.01. Ginigathhena police today detected 100000 counterfeit ballot papers when they searched a vehicle belonging to a PA candidate for the Nuwara-eliya district... Back to the top

NLF Leader assaulted
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 30/11/01 1705 GMT. The leader of the New Left Front (NLF) Dr. Vickramabahu Karunarathne has been assaulted in Colombo by group of armed people this morning... Back to the top

SL mission prevent LTTE front from using Canadian school
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.15 p.m Friday 30 November=20. A LTTE front organizations in Canada failed to rent school premises to commemorate its much publicized Heroes Day due to the intervention by the Sri Lankan High Commission in Ottawa... Back to the top

Opposition leader appeal to the president for urgent meeting to stop election violence
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1602 slt 30.11.01. Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has appealed to President Kumaratunga to summon a meeting of leaders of all political parties to end increasing violence in the December 5th election campaign... Back to the top

We are a "Creative Marxist Party"- Tilvin Silva
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 30/11/01 1420 GMT. Tilvin Silva, the General Secretary of the Marxist Peoplesí Liberation Front (JVP) said that the party had not yet taken any decisions to support anyone to form a government after the general elections... Back to the top

Lake House strike continues
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1605 slt 30.11.01. The strike by a pro UNP technical union continued today disrupting the printing of newspapers in the government owned Lake House group... Back to the top

Violence murdering democracy in Sri Lanka: EU monitors, Nov 30 2001 09:59 IST. The European Union Friday urged the Sri Lankan government to mobilise security forces ahead of next week's parliamentary elections to eliminate violence that it said was "murdering democracy"... Back to the top

S.Lankan Rebels Warn of Severe Consequences if Opposition Not Voted For
People's Daily, Friday, November 30, 2001. Sri Lankan separatist Tamil Tiger rebels have warned severe consequences if the voters fail to cast their ballots for the main opposition United National Party ( UNP) on the December 5 parliamentary elections, the official Daily News said on Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Marxists arrested with bomb ahead of election, Nov 30 2001 13:59 IST. Five members of Sri Lanka's main Marxist party were arrested Friday for possessing explosives in the run-up to elections next week, the first such discovery since the group renounced violence and entered mainstream politics, police said... Back to the top

Major issues in Sri Lanka parliamentary election
MSNBC, November 30. Sri Lankans go to the polls on December 5 to elect a new parliament faced with two major, inextricably linked issues: an ethnic war and a sputtering economy... Back to the top

Poll shows public wants talks with S.Lanka rebels
MSNBC, November 30. A poll released on the eve of next week's parliamentary elections shows that a majority of Sri Lankans surveyed want the government to solve a bitter ethnic war by negotiating with the country's separatist Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

UK dealers sell 'vacuum bombs' to Sri Lanka
Yahoo, November 30. 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

Ballots drive bulls in Sri Lanka stock market
Yahoo Singapore, 30 November 2001. Sri Lanka's stock exchange plunged to a 10-year-low after Tamil rebels bombed the island's international airport... Back to the top

Strike-hit Sri Lanka state media manage to publish
MSNBC, November 30. Sri Lanka's strike-hit state media published a reduced edition of the country's main English-language newspaper on Friday... Back to the top

Rupavahini under threat strike at Lake House
Daily Mirror, 30 November 2001. As a lightning strike hit the state-controlled Lake House and crippled its newspapers yesterday, informed sources said the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation's transmission bus had been taken to the compound of President's House amidst reports of another strike to cripple state television... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka make sound reply in final Test
Yahoo Singapore, Friday November 30, 8:35 PM. Sri Lanka, replying to West Indies first innings score of 390, were 77-1 at tea on the second day of the third and final cricket Test... Back to the top

Northern Light, 30 November 2001. Dentergemse Witte, the Belgian white beer, will be brewed in Sri Lanka from March onwards... 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

'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

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

Sri Lanka opposition sees peace prospect after polls, Nov 29 2001 15:59 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 29 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition Thursday said prospects for peace had brightened following a declaration by the Tamil Tiger guerrillas that they were ready to settle for something less than outright independence... 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

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

Sri Lankan Leftist Party Not to Take Up Arms
People's Daily, ) Thursday, November 29, 2001. Sri Lanka's leftist JVP or the people's Liberation Front said on Wednesday that they were not planning a third armed uprising but vowed to crush separatist Tamil Tiger rebels... 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

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

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