The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 255

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Ottawa prepares to deport Tamil Tiger
NationalPost, December 17. Confident the Supreme Court is about to rule in its favour in a landmark anti-terrorism trial, the government is preparing to deport the refugee claimant at the centre of the case as early as this week, the National Post has learned. The case of Manickavasagam Suresh, a Toronto-based fundraiser for the Tamil Tigers, was argued before the high court last May and a decision is pending but sources say officials have already set the stage for a speedy exit. More...
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We badly need India's help, says Lanka
TOI, 18 December 2001. For the first time in years, the island nation's government said on Monday it wanted India, its closest neighbour, to get involved in the peace process to pressure Tamil Tiger separatists to end their 18-year war... Back to the top

We are prepared for unconditional talks with the LTTE- Tyronne
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5. 32 p.m Monday 17 December. New minister of Foreign Affairs Tyronne Fernando in a clarification to the news items published in The Academic on 15 December said That the government is prepared for unconditional talks with the LTTE... Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops remanded over killing of Muslims, Dec 17 2001 . COLOMBO, Dec 17 (AFP) - Five Sri Lankan soldiers, including an officer, were remanded in custody Monday in connection with the killings of 10 Muslim men in the worst post-election violence ever to hit the island, officials said... Back to the top

Colombo opposition rejects coalition's offer
Gulf-News, 18 December 2001. The main opposition People's Alliance (PA) has rejected an offer by the United National Front (UNF) government to name an opposition member to the post of deputy speaker of Sri Lanka's Parliament... Back to the top

Astrology paper apologises for rigging election forecast, Dec 17 2001 12:41 IST. A Sri Lankan astrological paper has apologised for its astronomically wrong forecast of parliamentary elections and confessed it was under the influence of politicians... Back to the top

Sri Lanka election ballots found in rubbish bin, December 17. Sri Lankan police have begun an investigation into the discovery Monday of more than 1,000 ballot papers found in a rubbish bin 12 days after parliamentary elections, officials said... Back to the top

Government to complete 17th Amendment in January
Daily News, 18 December 2001. The government will bring necessary legislative and other procedural measures to implement the 17th Amendment in full before the end of next month, Prof... Back to the top

Ban on Tamil journalists' awards lifted
Tamilnet, 18 December 2001. The ban on conferring the Governor's Award to two Tamil journalists Mr... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Palm Oil Estate Resume Work After Unrest
Bernama, December 16. Work at the Nakiadeniya estate in Sri Lanka's southern region resumed last week after local political elements who threatened estate managers and assaulted a Malaysian consultant disappeared following the ruling People's Alliance's (PA's) disastrous showing at the parliamentary polls... Back to the top

Controversy mars Eid celebrations in Sri Lanka
TOI, December 17. Sri Lankan Muslims were in a quandary over Eid celebrations as the countryís clergy clashed with the Ministry of Religious Affairs on when the festival should be held... Back to the top

Festival date clash confuses Sri Lankan Muslims
Press Trust of India, Monday, December 17, 2001. Confusion prevails in Sri Lanka over whether Eid-ul-Fitr should be celebrated Monday or should have been celebrated Sunday, after the country's Muslim religious affairs ministry and its premier mosque clashed over the sighting of the New Moon... Back to the top

Tamil groupís move for unity flounders
HT, 17 December 2001. A move by the Tamil Eelam Li-beration Organisation (TELO) to turn the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) into a single political party with a corporate identity of its own, has run into rocky weather... Back to the top

PA activists at receiving end
Daily Mirror, 17 December 2001. Inspite of the condemnation of post election violence, the houses of seventeen PA supporters at Ukuwala, Didiyawala and Naula were allegedly attacked on Saturday night by an unidentified gang of thugs who had earlier switched off the transformers in the area... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

New moon decision comes under a cloud
Daily Mirror, 17 December 2001. Amidst confusion and doubt, most Muslims in Sri Lanka yesterday celebrated the Ramazan festival - ending the month-long fasting period... Back to the top

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 ministersí 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

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

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