The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 239

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Lanka govt's firm "no" on de-proscription of LTTE
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 12.29 AM Sunday Dec.2,2001. The Sri Lankan government has categorically rejected the LTTE leader Mr.Velupillai Prabhakaran's demand that the ban on his organisation be lifted ahead of any talks to end the war and the ethnic conflict in the island.

Speaking on the state owned Rupavahini TV on saturday,Foreign Minister Mr.Lakshman Kadirgamar said that the ban could be lifted only when peace talks reached a "verifiable" and "irreversible" progress.That the Tiger chieftain had not abjured separatism could be read between the lines in his annual oration on November 26,Mr.Kadirgamar said.The Foreign Minister made it clear that any solution to the ethnic conflict would have to be within a single state of Sri Lanka.

This makes it clear that even if the opposition United National Party (UNP) were to form a government after the December 5 parliamentary elections, and propose that the ban on the LTTE be lifted to facilitate talks,President Chandrika Kumaratunga will not allow the ban to be lifted.She will use her powers as Executive President to quash any such move.

It is not clear if the UNP will seek the lifting of the ban,though Gulf News had said in a Colombo datelined story recently that the UNP leader Mr.Ranil Wickremesinghe had told a TV station that his government would lift the ban on the LTTE.Mr.Wickremesinghe has not reiterated or repeated this position since,giving rise to a doubt if he said what he had reportedly said, or if he meant what he said.In fact,in his interview to Daily Mirror on saturday,he had said that all moves vis-a-vis the LTTE would be made in coordination with the Peoples' Alliance (PA),the party to which the President belongs.

But the issue of the ban is critical for the UNP because the Tamil National Alliance (TNA),whose support he might need to form a goverment,has made it very clear that it will support only that party which guarantees the de-proscription of the LTTE.The PA has made its position on this amply clear.But the UNP is silent.
Published: Sat Dec 1 13:28:14 EST 2001

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Sri Lanka ruling party candidate defects ahead of vote, Dec 01 2001 12:48 IST. A Sri Lankan ruling party candidate at next week's parliamentary elections has defected, becoming the first contestant to cross over, the main opposition said Saturday... Back to the top

22 injured in Batticaloa blast
TOI, 02 December 2001. More than 20 people were injured when a bomb exploded at the office of the Eelam's Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) in the eastern town of Batticaloa on Saturday... Back to the top

Lankan army launches attacks on LTTE rebels
TOI, 02 December 2001. Sri Lanka's army launched a major attack on Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's east Saturday hours after the guerillas attacked a military camp, the defense ministry said... Back to the top

JVP holds secret talks with Mahanayake
Daily Mirror, 01 December 2001. Amidst renewed controversy over the alleged JVP attack on the Dalada Maligawa police post during the 1988-89 terror period, JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe yesterday led a party delegation to meet the Malwatte Mahanayake , Most Ven... Back to the top

UNP claims misuse of security forces by ruling PA candidates
Gulf-News, 02 December 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) have complained to the police and army chiefs about the alleged misuse of police and army personnel by ruling party candidates at the forthcoming elections... Back to the top

Looking for a sympathy vote
Island, 02 December 2001. Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels are not in the fray for next week’s parliamentary elections, but diplomats and analysts believe the guerrillas are a potent force that could decide who wins... Back to the top

Cathay Pacific Airways Resumes Flights To Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, December 1, 2:10 PM. Cathay Pacific Airways (H.CPA) has resumed its three weekly flights to Sri Lanka Saturday, more than four months after a rebel attack on Colombo airport forced the airline to suspend service to that destination. Back to the top

UNP, PA trade charges over links with Tigers
Gulf-News, 02 December 2001. Sri Lanka's ruling party and main opposition are trading charges against each other over alleged material including video cassettes and photographs linking the Tamil guerrillas to the opposition United National Party (UNP)... Back to the top

We support those who ready to initiate peace talks- TNA
Saroj Pathirana in London. Saturday 01/12/01 1300 GMT Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will only support the party which is ready to start negotiations with the concerned parties including LTTE, a senior leader of the alliance said... Back to the top

12 killed as troops repulse LTTE attack on army detachment
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Saturday, December 01, 2001. Two soldiers and about 10 LTTE militants were killed and eight persons, including two civilians, were wounded, as troops repulsed a rebel attack on an army detachment in eastern Sri Lanka today, defence sources said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan hotels ready for pre-poll price war
Yahoo, 02 December 2001. Hotels in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo have girded up for battle before next week's election, bombarding embassies and news organisations with missives listing some of the lowest room rates on offer... Back to the top

Poll Shows Public Wants Talks with S.Lanka Rebels
Yahoo, 02 December 2001. 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

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... Back to the top

Cricket - Tillakaratne puts Sri Lanka in command
Yahoo India, 02 December 2001. Hashan Tillakaratne hit his ninth test century to put Sri Lanka in a commanding position on the third day of the third and final test against West Indies on Saturday... Back to the top

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

Judge orders arrest of EPDP candidate
Hindu, 01 December 2001. The district magistrate of Jaffna today ordered the arrest of a candidate of the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) and two others in connection with the violence earlier this week in which two people were killed and several others injured... Back to the top

Information Technology Spreading Rapidly
Northernlight, December 1. The growing thirst for information technology at all levels of Sri Lankan society has prompted the government to open IT centers and encourage the training of IT professionals through the government sector, the private sector and by providing IT education in schools islandwide including those in rural areas... Back to the top

EU expresses concern over pre-poll violence in Sri Lanka
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Friday, November 30, 2001. The European Union today warned that continuing violence might leave next week's parliamentary election in Sri Lanka tainted and tarnished and said it was a great disappointment that there were too few prosecutions after last year's electoral violence... Back to the top

Osama linked to shipping fleets
Yahoo India, December 1, 12:00 AM. DOES Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda control merchant shipping fleets? According to news reports, western intelligence agencies have identified some 20 ships having links with the terrorist group... 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

Economy, civil strife top poll issues
Gulf-News, 01 December 2001. 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

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 Peoples’ 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

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

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