The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 11, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 249

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New cabinet to take oaths at 4.00 p.m today
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.40 a.m Wednesday 12 December. New cabinet of the United National Front government will take oaths at 4.00 p.m today a senior UNP member told The Lanka Academic. He said that all arrangement have been finalized for the ceremony this evening.
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Tamil rebels attack Sri Lankan army, police camps; 12 dead, 23 wounded
MSNBC, December 12. Tamil Tiger rebels attacked army and police camps in the country's northeast killing at least six security men and wounding 23 others in its first major military offensives since parliamentary elections last week, the Defense Ministry and Tamil sources said Wednesday... Back to the top

Constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka
Gulf-News, 12 December 2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday rejected her Prime Minister's nominee for defence minister, opting to keep the job for herself, triggering a constitutional crisis with the newly elected government... Back to the top

Key PA men dropped from list of nominees to House
Gulf-News, 12 December 2001. Two heavyweights of the former coalition government in Sri Lanka have been dropped from parliament in a surprise move as more divisions emerged from the coalition after their defeat in last week's parliamentary elections... Back to the top

LTTE say poll results show Sinhala majority wants peace
South Nexus, COLOMBO, Dec 12. Tamil Tiger rebels, bitter opponents of Sri Lanka's Sinhala majority, said in their first post election comments the installation of the new government was proof that the community wanted a solution to the 18-year ethnic conflict... Back to the top

New Sri Lankan PM's cabinet may have unexpected names
Yahoo/IANS, 12 December 2001. Two days after taking office, Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is planning his cabinet of ministers and, if his strategy pays off, the roster may have some unexpected names... Back to the top

UNF govt. to have only 20 seniors as cabinet ministers
Island, 12 December 2001. The Cabinet of the United National Front government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will have only twenty ministers reliable sources said yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president avoids standoff with new PM
123India, December 11. Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday agreed to shed her key defence portfolio and head off a potentially dangerous standoff with her arch rival, new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, officials said... Back to the top

Ratnasiri confirmed as leader of opposition
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 p.m Tuesday 11 December. Former prime minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has been selected as the new leader of opposition... Back to the top

Outgoing PM named leader of opposition
Gulf-News, 12 December 2001. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's refusal to accept prime minister's recommendation that she give up the defence portfolio came only a couple of hours after she presided over a stormy session of the newly-elected parliamentary group of her People's Alliance (PA) at the president's house... Back to the top

Nine women MPs in Sri Lankan Parliament
The Hindu NUS, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 13:38 GMT(UNI). Nine out of the 115 women aspirants have made it to the 12th Parliament of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's new cabinet held up as president, PM clash
123India.com, Dec 11 2001 16:48 IST. The completion of a new government in Sri Lanka was held up Tuesday as President Chandrika Kumaratunga clashed openly with her political rival, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, officials said... Back to the top

Ruling party upset with Sri Lanka parliament date
MSNBC, Tuesday, 11 Dec, 11:37 GMT. Sri Lanka's new ruling party said on Tuesday it was upset with the date picked by President Chandrika Kumaratunga for the opening of parliament, saying it was not appropriate because it was the end of Ramadan... Back to the top

Chandrika's security tightened
Gulf-News, 11 December 2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga surrounded herself with armoured cars and soldiers as fears of a mass uprising demanding her removal as the country's defence minister began gathering momentum... Back to the top

PA may split on National Government issue
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 11.21 PM SLT Monday December 10,2001. The opposition Peoples' Alliance (PA) may split on the question of joining or keeping out of the all-party Government of National Reconciliation (GNR) proposed by the ruling United National Party (UNP) leader and the new Prime Minister Mr... Back to the top

Wickremesinghe appoints Cabinet
TOI, Tuesday, 11 Dec, 10:11GMT. Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe finalised his Cabinet on his first full day in office Monday as the main Opposition rejected his offer of power-sharing in a cohabitation government... Back to the top

China congratulates new Sri Lanka prime minister
123India.com, Dec 11 2001 15:08 IST. BEIJING, Dec 11 (AFP) - China on Tuesday congratulated Sri Lanka's newly-elected prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, saying it hopes the country can maintain peace and stability... Back to the top

Power-sharing rejected as Sri Lanka PM finalises cabinet
123India, December 10. Sri Lanka's new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe finalised his cabinet on his first full day in office Monday as the main opposition rejected his offer of power-sharing in a cohabitation government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's New PM Battles for Shaping Cabinet
Nothern Light, Tuesday, December 11, 2001 1:52 AM EST . COLOMBO, Dec 11, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is still battling for shaping a new cabinet on Tuesday despite his call for a government of national reconciliation shortly after he was sworn in on Sunday... Back to the top

No choice, Chandrika Cooperation, not confrontation, is the national verdict - An Editorial
Indian Express, December 10. THE voters in Sri Lanka have shown greater maturity than their leaders in the just-concluded parliamentary election... Back to the top

Wickremesinghe appoints Cabinet
TOI, 11 December 2001. Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe finalised his Cabinet on his first full day in office Monday as the main Opposition rejected his offer of power-sharing in a cohabitation government... Back to the top

Ranil's move for national govt. suffers setback
Hindu, 11 December 2001. The new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, was in talks today with several parties for the formation of an all- party ``government of national reconciliation'', but there seemed to be no takers for the idea... Back to the top

UNF and SLFP agree to cooperate on solving ethnic crisis.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2008 slt 10.12.01. The UNF and the SLFP agreed today hold regular discussions aimed at ending the ethnic crisis... Back to the top

Cricket - West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 49 runs
Yahoo India, Tuesday December 11, 7:25 PM. West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 49 runs in their triangular one-day, day-night match on Tuesday... Back to the top

SC orders compensation to torture victims
TamilNet, December 10. The Supreme Court Monday directed the State to pay 500,000 rupees as compensation to a Vavuniya Tamil youth, stating that his fundamental rights (FR) had been violated by the security forces when he being detained at Vavuniya army camp... Back to the top

Ruined Buddhas not alone in bearing Taliban's wrath
San Jose Mercury News, December 9, 2001. The 1,500-year-old giant Buddhas perished in this storied valley; Hundreds of years from now this may be the single footnote the Taliban carries into the annals of time... Back to the top

Parliament to meet on 17 December
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.15 p.m Monday 10 December. New parliament is to meet on 17 December state television Rupavahini announced in its nightly news bulletin while ago... Back to the top

Media Turn Blind Eye to Post Election Violence - PA
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 10/12/01 1215 GMT. Victorious United National Party (UNP) has turned to their old tactics of assaulting and intimidating the supporters of the defeated, a spokesman of the Peoples Alliance (PA) said... Back to the top

Fowzie willing to join a national government
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.35 p.m Monday 10 December. Former Peoples Alliance minister and senior SLFP member A.H.M. Fowzie expressed his willingness today to join a national government... Back to the top

SLFP will not join a national Government says Mangala Samaraweera
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1914 slt 10.12.01. SLFP media spokesman former Minister Managala Samaraweera said today that the SLFP will not join a national government... Back to the top

Fixed Focus- IMF Comments
LankaBuisnessOnline, December 10. The International Monetary Fund said the new UNP government should focus on structural reforms and deregulations, rather than initiating heavy capital expenditure to revive the sluggish economy... Back to the top

People smuggler crew hunted
Age, 11 December 2001. Authorities were yesterday searching for signs of the crew of a boat carrying 69 Sri Lankan asylum seekers that arrived at the Cocos Islands over the weekend... Back to the top

TNL to sue Balapatbendi
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.20 p.m Monday 10 December. TNL TV has decided to sue K. Balapatabendi secretary to the president for not granting them permission to cover the swearing in ceremony of prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday... Back to the top

Ranil cabinet taking shape
Gulf-News, 11 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has reportedly finalised his cabinet, official sources said, adding that the key defence and finance portfolios have already been decided even as a formal meeting due to take place between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the prime minister was postponed at the last moment... Back to the top

First post-election political bickering surfaces in Sri Lanka
MSNBC, 10 December 2001. In a first sign of a post-election power struggle in Sri Lanka, the prime minister's United National Party asked the president not to interfere with its formation of a Cabinet... Back to the top

Power-sharing rejected as Sri Lanka PM grapples with cabinet
123India.com, 10 December 2001. Sri Lanka's main opposition rejected a power-sharing offer Monday, the first day in office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, underscoring an uneasy cohabitation government ahead... Back to the top

Joint army-police patrolling amidst scattered post election violence
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1501 slt 10.12.01. 81 incidents of post election violence have been reported in the last 24 hours ending at 6 a... Back to the top

New prime minister for Sri Lanka but no cabinet
MSNBC, december 9. Sri Lanka woke up to a new prime minister on Monday, but questions remained over the make-up of Ranl Wickremesinghe's cabinet and his relations with President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

TULF leader nominated to Parliament
Hindu, 10 December 2001. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which obtained enough votes in the just-concluded elections in Sri Lanka to be entitled to a non- elected seat, today named the veteran Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader, Mr... Back to the top

PM with a 'corporate boss' image
Hindu, 10 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister was almost removed as leader of the United National Party in an attempted internal coup earlier this year, but he staved that off and proved adversaries and critics wrong by steering the party to success in the just-concluded general poll... Back to the top

Top defectors come a cropper
Daily Mirror, 10 December 2001. Some top PA parliamentarians who crossed over to the UNP in July, forcing the government to dissolve parliament prematurely failed to retain their seats at the December 5 elections... Back to the top

Vajpayee congratulates Ranil
Press Trust of India, December 09, 2001. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was today one of the first leaders to congratulate Sri Lanka's new Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe declaring India's commitment to strengthen mutual cooperation to provide peace, stability and prosperity... Back to the top

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