The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 240

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Wickremanayake: The make-love-boost-war PM, Dec 03 2001 06:35 IST. Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, who is seeking re-election in polls Wednesday, has probably the most fertile plan to end the island's drawn out Tamil separatist war. The 68-year-old is advocating a baby boom to increase the island's population and bolster security forces battling Tamil Tiger rebels in the island's northeast."Concentrate on producing more children," the state-run Daily News quoted the happy-go-lucky prime minister as saying at a Buddhist ceremony in the central region of Mawanella in June. More...
Published: Sun Dec 2 21:59:49 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

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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Wickremesinghe: Battle with bombs to bounce back, Dec 03 2001 06:39 IST. The man leading Sri Lanka's opposition with hopes of becoming prime minister after Wednesday's elections would have ended up a reporter if not for the government takeover of his family newspaper... Back to the top

Sri Lankan towns tense after campaign rampage, 03 December 2001. Curfews were lifted Monday in north-central Sri Lanka where army troops were ordered to reinforce police after rival political parties clashed overnight leaving two people dead, police said... Back to the top

Prabhakaran: Champion of suicide bombings, Dec 03 2001 06:40 IST. For Tamil Tiger rebels, the best dinner date is with their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran... Back to the top

Sri Lanka orders army in as election toll reaches 17, Dec 02 2001 21:49 IST. Sri Lanka Sunday deployed army troops and ordered curfews in several towns following election violence as campaigning across the country drew to a close with the death toll put at 17... Back to the top

Sri Lankan tourism industry prays for revival after election, Dec 03 2001 07:32 IST. Flights are almost empty, hotels are slashing their prices and restaurants are crying out for customers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka hunts army deserters amid poll violence
MSNBC, december 2. Sri Lanka has launched a crackdown on army deserters who were blamed for much of the violence that has plagued the campaign before Wednesday's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

LTTE denies pact with UNP
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 1.18 PM Sunday December 2,2001. Dr.Anton Balasingham,the Chief Negotiator of the LTTE,has categorically denied that there is a pact between the LTTE and the opposition United National Party (UNP). Speaking at the National Awakening Day function of the British Tamil Union in London on saturday, Dr... Back to the top

Battle for Kandy to be tougher this time
Gulf-News, 03 December 2001. here is an eerie atmosphere in the otherwise salubrious hill-capital of Kandy, 72 miles from Colombo into the central highlands of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Yahoo, 03 December 2001. Supporters of the opposition, United Nation Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickramasinghe form a procession as they display his portrait on the last day of campaigning for the December 5 election in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on December 2, 2001... Back to the top

Cricket's tough guy softens up for Sri Lanka polls
MSNBC, Colombo, Dec. 2. (PTI). With his tough guy image and huge personal popularity, the transition from the pitch to politics should have been a breeze for cricket star Arjuna Ranatunga... Back to the top

Ranil invites CBK for national reconciliation
Island, 03 December 2001. Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga to join him in calling for an end to violence, confrontational politics and to create an atmosphere for national reconciliation... Back to the top

Cricket-Lara stands in way of Sri Lanka clean sweep
Yahoo Singapore, December 2, 10:57 PM. West Indies are fighting to save the third and final test against Sri Lanka after ending the fourth day still needing 92 runs to make the hosts bat again despite the sterling efforts of Brian Lara... Back to the top

Tigers lurk in the booths
Gulf-News, 03 December 2001. In the late 1980s, Sri Lanka had the dubious distinction of having two parallel insurgencies - one by separatist minority Tamils in the north and the other by Marxist Sinhalese in the south... Back to the top

India to warm up to Indian origin Tamils
HT, 02 December 2001. With the indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils (ISLT) having decided to cut themselves away from India and throw their weight entirely behind the LTTE, India is being forced to turn its attention to the long-neglected Indian origin Tamils (IOT) in its search for leverage in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to arrest army deserters ahead of vote, Dec 02 2001 15:37 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka Sunday stepped up a drive to arrest army deserters amid reports that they have been involved in election-related violence ahead of Wednesday's parliamentary vote, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

Tiger Balm
TOI-Editorial, 03 December 2001. In sharp contrast to the Maoist insurgents in Nepal, the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka have struck out on a different trail to stay in step with the starred-and-striped global campaign against terrorism... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rejects LTTE's call for removing ban before talks
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Sunday, December 02, 2001. Hardening its stance against the LTTE in the final lap before Wednesday's parliamentary polls, Sri Lanka has rejected the militant group's demand for lifting ban on it before commencment of any peace talks in the future... Back to the top

Voting from beyond the grave in Sri Lanka's election, Dec 02 2001 13:40 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's election officials have drawn up plans to stop dead people being impersonated by ballot riggers at Wednesday's parliamentary polls... Back to the top

Hectic final day of campaigning for Sri Lankan election, Dec 02 2001 13:09 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 2 (AFP) - The three main political parties in Sri Lanka were Sunday making a final push for votes by holding major rallies as a blood-soaked election campaign drew to a close... Back to the top

"UNP continues to have edge"
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Dec. 2. (PTI). Sri Lanka's Opposition continues to have the edge over the ruling People's Alliance in the run-up to the December 5 parliamentary poll, but the PA has reduced the lead significantly, a second round of election surveys said today... Back to the top

Ethnic issue takes centre stage in Sri Lankan elections
Deccan Herald, 02 December 2001. The Tamil minority ethnic issue may have taken centre stage in Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections, but both the ruling party and main opposition are far from offering clear solutions to resolve the prolonged conflict... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

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

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

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

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