The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 254

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UNF government plans crossover bill
Gulf-News, 17 December 2001. The United National Front (UNF) government is preparing to introduce shortly a crossover bill aimed at attracting possible Peoples Alliance (PA) members of parliament, and bolstering their parliamentary majority, it was reported here yesterday. The independent Sunday Times said that there were moves to introduce such a bill soon after the new parliament re-convenes on Wednesday, a fortnight earlier than scheduled. More...
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Sri Lanka seeks unconditional talks with Tiger rebels, Dec 16 2001 16:33 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 16 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's new government is seeking unconditional talks with Tamil Tiger rebels in a bid to revive a moribund peace process and end decades of bloodshed, Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando said Sunday... Back to the top

Lanka to crack down on criminal gangs
Gulf-News, 17 December 2001. The new United National Front (UNF) government in Sri Lanka is to take urgent measures to improve the country's law and order situation and crack down on gangs responsible for increasing crime levels... Back to the top

Peace groups to meet LTTE leaders
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Dec. 16. (PTI). Over 3,000 people from 60 peace groups in Sri Lanka plan to cross over to LTTE-held areas of the northern Vanni region next month to meet leaders of its political wing to create a conducive atmosphere for peace... Back to the top

Lets make Sri Lanka a safe place- New defence minister
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.15 p.m Sunday 16 December. Tilak Marapona Sri Lankas new minister of defence speaking to his staff on assuming duties appealed to them to ensure security and safety of all people and make Sri Lanka a safe place... Back to the top

Public in a quandary over ministers’ subjects
Island, 17 December 2001. The delay in gazetting the new ministries and the institutions that come under those ministries has caused inconvenience to the public in their day to day affairs... Back to the top

Oldest party discarded by ally too
Gulf-News, 17 December 2001. Sri Lanka's oldest political party, the Trotskyite Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) or the Equal Society Party has ended up, it appears, not just rejected by the people, but discarded by its ally... Back to the top

Sri Lanka PM's battle for peace begins with President, Dec 16 2001 07:50 IST. Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came to power promising peace, but he must the run the gauntlet of a hostile president and deadly Tamil rebels... Back to the top

South Asia societies vent their anguish
Gulf-News, 17 December 2001. People in South Asia are angry and anguished. They react in the same way... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's economy heads for more trouble
Yahoo Singapore, Sunday December 16, 4:12 PM. Sri Lanka's exports have fallen sharply for the sixth consecutive month while the budget deficit has widened signalling a worse than expected performance this year, officials said... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

3 Sri Lankans held for car theft, murder
Hindu, December 16. The Thajavur police yesterday arrested three Sri Lankan Tamils in connection with the lifting of a Tata Sumo car after killing the driver in October... 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

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

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

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