The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 252

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LTTE wants Ranil to replace minister
Hindustan Times, December 15. Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is having his first brush with the LTTE. The militant group has asked him to replace the minister for rehabilitation, resettlement and refugees, who is a Sinhala, by a Tamil from the Tamil majority Northeastern Provin-ce, sources say. A top source in a Tamil parliamentary party said the Deputy Leader of the LTTE's political wing, S P Tamilchelvan, had conveyed the message that Jayalath Jayawadena should be replaced by T Maheswaran, the lone Tamil MP from Jaffna belonging to the ruling United National Party. More...
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UNF prepares for cabinet reshuffle
Gulf News, December 15. Sri Lanka's ruling United National Front (UNF) government is keeping the options open for the formation of a national government and it is prepared for a cabinet reshuffle if there is a positive response from the opposition parties... Back to the top

Ex-civil servant named Lanka PM's secretary
Gulf News, December 15. Bradman Weerakoon, an ex-civil servant and eminent administrator, has been named secretary of Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday... Back to the top

Bad guys now the good guys in Sri Lankan press
yahoo, December 15. These are confusing times for readers of Sri Lanka's state-owned newspapers -- the bad guys are now the good guys and the former good guys are now the bad guys... Back to the top

The Face Of Change
OutlookIndia, December 17. Even her much-talked about charisma couldn't save Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA) from a defeat at the December 5 elections... Back to the top

Police search Gen. Ratwatte’s home
tamilnet, December 15. A special team from the Criminal Investigation Division of the Police in Colombo Friday searched the residence of Sri Lanka’s former Deputy Minister of Defence, Gen... Back to the top

Fernando not to make hasty decisions
Gulf News, December 15. Newly sworn-in Sri Lankan Sports Minister Johnston Fernando said he would not take any hasty steps to remove politicians who are holding office in National Sports Associations... Back to the top

Twenty PA MPs willing to help form national government- Fowzie
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.10 p.m Friday 14 December. Former Peoples Alliance minister and SLFP strongman A.H.M. Fowzie said today that he and twenty Peoples Alliance MPs are willing to help the United National Front form a national government... Back to the top

Moves to expose criminal activities by the Presidential Security Division
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1322 slt 14.12.01.. The new government is reported to be planning to expose criminal activities of the Presidential Security Division (PSD), the Ravaya newspaper reported today... Back to the top

Arms recovered from Ex-Minister's house in Sri Lanka
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Friday, December 14, 2001. A former Sri Lankan junior minister has been arrested after assault rifles, bombs and grenades were found in his house, a police official said... Back to the top

CEB facing major crisis says new minister
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1325 slt 14.12.01. The Ceylon Electricity Board is facing a major crisis. The Board owes banks up to 11 billion rupees , the new minister for power and energy Karu Jayasuriya said today... Back to the top

Ministers agree to slash perks
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1317 slt 14.12.01. Ministers of the UNF government have agreed to dramatically cut back on perks enjoyed by them... Back to the top

Astrologers hold up Sri Lanka's parliament opening, 14 December 2001. The opening of Sri Lanka's new parliament has been held up because astrological advice on auspicious timing has overruled a presidential decree, officials said Friday... Back to the top

Lanka wants greater role for India in peace talks
TOI, 14 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new government wants to elevate India's role in the country's peace process, which they plan to revive soon after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe arrives from his official visit to India... Back to the top

Charitha Ratwatte New treasury secretary
Lanka Academic, 14 December 2001. The newly formed Sri Lankan government has appointed Charitha Ratwatte as the new treasury secretary, government sources informed on Friday... Back to the top

World Tamil meet in South Africa
Hindu, 14 December 2001. More than 60 international Tamil cultural leaders from South India and 38 countries of the world have gathered in Durban for the World Tamil Cultural Conference... Back to the top

Vaas; Sri Lanka’s persevering hero
Yahoo India, 14 December 2001. If Muttiah Muralitharan is the Harry Potter of cricket, conjuring magic with his prodigious off-breaks, Chaminda Vaas has convincingly established his credentials as one of the world's leading seamers... Back to the top

Is this the best West Indies could muster?
Yahoo India, 14 Decmber 2001. There was an air of familiarity about the awards ceremony. One side had drooping heads... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police crack down on political bigwigs
Gulf-News, 14 December 2001. Police in Sri Lanka have begun cracking down on former government members whom they have been unable to take action during the past few years due to political pressure... Back to the top

Wijesiri to continue as Foreign Secretary
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 12.31 SLT,Friday,Dec.14,2001. Mr... Back to the top

Come within a month, PM tells PA
Daily Mirror, 14 December 2001. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced yesterday that his offer for PA members to join the UNF in a government of national reconciliation would be kept open for another month... Back to the top

Compromise post for Mahinda
Daily Mirror, 14 December 2001. Former Minister Mahinda Rajapakse who failed in his bid to become Oppositition leader is likely to be appointed as the party's Chief whip, party sources said... Back to the top

Lake House Journalist Assaulted
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 13/12/01 1625 GMT. Karunadasa Vidanagamage, a senior journalist of the state controlled "Silumina" Sinhala weekly has been admitted to the hospital with serious injuries after being assaulted by a group of armed people... Back to the top

Tax- free vehicles for over 60 MPs in new parliament
Island, 14 December 2001. Over 60 MPs of the twelfth parliament are entitled to brand new tax free 2800 CC petrol or 3000 CC diesel vehicles, political sources said adding that they include the newly elected members and several others who represented the last parliament but were denied the facility due to the dissolution of the house on October 10... Back to the top

Chandrika retreats, but for how long?
Hindu, December 14. For the first time in 23 years, the running of the Sri Lankan Government has reverted back to the Prime Minister, but rumours of the demise of the country's all powerful Gaullist executive presidency may be premature... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's new premier says peace is priority
Kyodo News, 14 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said Thursday peace will be the highest priority for his United National Front (UNF) government... Back to the top

New Ministers take up their duties.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1926 slt 13.12.01. Newly appointed ministers today took over duties. Religious ceremonies were held at the ministries where the new ministers took up their duties at auspicious times... Back to the top

Attack on democracy, says Ranil
Hindu, 14 December 2001. The new Government in Sri Lanka condemned the attack on the Indian Parliament today as an attack on democracy... Back to the top

"Cohabitation" - The Magic Word for Sri Lanka?
NZZ, 10 December 2001. Taking power, or holding on to it, in Sri Lanka requires a marked lack of scruples and a lot of muscle... Back to the top

Gampaha parliamentarian Joseph Michael Perera to be the new Speaker of Parliament.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1924 slt 13.12.01. Gampaha parliamentarian will be the speaker of the 12th Parliament... Back to the top

Elections bring in a pro-business government and the return of the Tamil Tigers to parliament
FEER, 14 December 2001. Ending the war between government forces and Tamil rebels and boosting the economy were the themes of parliamentary elections on December 5, in which Sri Lanka's 12 million voters brought the pro-business United National Party back to power after seven years, overthrowing the socialist alliance of President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

OPFMD Appeals to HR Activists and International Community
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 13/12/01 1835 GMT. The Organisation for Parents and Family Members of the Disappeared (OPFMD) appealed international community to pressurise the United National Party (UNP) led new government to do justice and equity to the distressed families of disappeared persons during the era of terror... Back to the top

Ex-minister in court for parliament seat
Gulf-News, 14 December 2001. Former justice minister Batty Weerakoon of the People's Alliance who has been dropped from the list of nominated members to parliament has sought the intervention of the courts to return to parliament... Back to the top

Myanmar's military leader congratulates new Sri Lanka prime minister, Dec 13 2001 21:36 IST. Myanmar's military leader on Thursday congratulated Ranil Wickremesinghe on becoming the prime minister of Sri Lanka, state-run Myanmar media said... Back to the top

Mandate hangs on ties between rivals
Gulf-News, 14 December 2001. Sri Lankans voted overwhelmingly last week for peace and economic change, but that mandate now hangs on a tense and often testy relationship between the president and her new prime minister... Back to the top

India urged to help lift LTTE ban
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Dec. 13. (PTI). A delegation of Tamil Parliamentarians has asked for India's help to get the ban on the LTTE lifted in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's new PM, FM to visit India, Dec 13 2001 17:59 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 13 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will leave for New Delhi shortly for talks with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando announced Thursday... Back to the top

Inaugural session of Parliament on December 19th.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1917 slt 13.12.01. The inaugural session of the 12th parliament has been postponed to the 19th of this month... Back to the top

Suspected LTTE agent held
The Hindu NUS, Rameswaram, Dec. 13. (PTI). A suspected agent of the LTTE, allegedly involved in the smuggling of spiral shells for use by a local company manufacturing decorative items, has been arrested by Tamil Nadu `Q' Branch Police here... Back to the top

Gunesekara tipped to be new Foreign Secy.
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 1.50 PM SLT, Thursday,Dec.13.2001. Mr.Ananda Gunasekara,a foreign service officer who is currently Director General (Political Affairs) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is tipped to be Sri Lanka's new Foreign Secretary.He would be replacing Mr.G.Wijesiri. The new Foreign Minister Mr... Back to the top

Sri Lanka condemns India attack, premier to visit
Yahoo India, December 13, 4:41 PM. Sri Lanka's new prime minister on Thursday condemned the suicide attack on India's parliament and officials said he was planning a visit to New Delhi, a key player in resolving the island's bitter ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cabinet heads for uneasy co-habitation with president, 13 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new cabinet was set to start work Thursday, with its members bracing for more confrontation in their tense cohabitation arrangement with President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

US, India back Sri Lanka's new cabinet on peace talks: diplomats, Dec 13 2001 16:33 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 13 (AFP) - The United States and neighbouring India have pledged support to Sri Lanka's new government to revive a Norwegian-backed peace bid and end decades of ethnic bloodshed, diplomats here said Thursday... Back to the top

Tiger rebels say 14 killed in major attacks, Dec 13 2001 08:28 IST. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas admitted losing 14 of their fighters in coordinated attacks against army and police units Wednesday, the day a new government was sworn in here... Back to the top

ANALYSIS: Sri Lanka's Hopes Hang on Rival Partners
Nothern Light, Wednesday, December 12, 2001 10:34 PM EST . Sri Lankans voted overwhelmingly last week for peace and economic change, but that mandate now hangs on a tense and often testy relationship between the president and her new prime minister... Back to the top

Chandrika differs with PM over cabinet nominee
Dawn, COLOMBO, Dec 12. Sri Lanka's new cohabitation government on Wednesday faced a bitter power struggle with the president and her arch-rival, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, clashing over the naming of the cabinet... Back to the top

Millions of children in commercial sex trade-UNICEF
Yahoo India, 13 December 2001. n Pakistan, based on reported cases only, a woman or child is raped on average every three hours... Back to the top

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