The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 253

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LTTE should lay down arms before talks- Tyronne
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7. 20 p.m Saturday 15 December. Sri Lankas new minister of foreign affairs Tyronne Fernando said that LTTE should lay down arms before coming in to talks and that his government request other countries to pressurize the LTTE to enter in to peace talks. Speaking to a private television channel today Fernando added that United National Front government wants Norway to continue with their role in trying to bring the LTTE to the negotiating table. Fernando said that his government is committed to maintain the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country . He thanked the people of Sri Lanka for rejecting the lies of the Peoples Alliance. Fernando said that the UNP had no pact with the LTTE.
Published: Sat Dec 15 08:23:25 EST 2001

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Twenty three MPs ready to join a national government now
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8. 20 p.m Saturday 15 December=20. Former PA minister Richard Pathirana confirmed today that 23 Peoples Alliance MPs are ready to join a United National Front led national government... Back to the top

Ex-envoy links Tamil Tigers to Delhi suicide attack
Bangkok Post, December 15. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels were likely behind Thursday's suicide raid on the Indian parliament since they have links with terrorists in Kashmir and Afghanistan, a retired Sri Lankan diplomat said yesterday... Back to the top

TULF’s pro-India tilt piques LTTE
HT, December 16. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) seem to be piqued by the Tamil United Liberation Front's warming up to India without taking into confidence other members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), an organisation which it had supported during the recent Sri Lankan parliamentary elections... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Lankan Cabinet cancels appointments
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, December. 15. (UNI). The Sri Lankan Government has decided to cancel all political appointments made after the dissolution of Parliament on October 10, Cabinet sources have said... Back to the top

Lara dislocates elbow as West Indies crash
Yahoo India, 16 December 2001. Sri Lankan physiotherapist Alex Kountouri helps West Indies star batsman Brian Lara moments after his on-field collision with Sri Lanka's Marvan Atapattu, during the triangular one day tournament at Asgiriya International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on December 15, 2001... Back to the top

First experiment in cohabitation government
Gulf_News, 16 December 2001. The crucial first week of the 'cohabitation-government' of President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her arch-rival Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe survived, but not without many anxious moments... Back to the top

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

Jayawardene helps Sri Lanka win as West Indies lose Lara
Yahoo Singapore, Saturday December 15, 8:49 PM. The West Indies' hopes of qualifying for the tri-series final dwindled as they lost to Sri Lanka and Brian Lara was ruled out for the rest of the tri-series... Back to the top

SCC ban Lanka Lions captain till March 31
Gulf-News, 16 December 2001. The Sharjah Cricket Council has banned Sri Lanka Lions captain Presley Polonnowita until March 31, 2002 for bringing the game to disrepute... 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

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

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