The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 256

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Sri Lanka yet to define India's role
TOI, 19 December 2001. Sri Lanka's decision to let India play a major role in solving the ethnic conflict has been welcomed by the country's political community, but it appears that the new government has no particular part for India to take immediately — except to pressurise the LTTE into talks and bless the peace process. Tamil political parties, which jointly have 15 seats in Parliament, were clearly supportive of the move and called on the Indian government and the opposition to jointly help Sri Lanka in resolving the ethnic strife. "The Indian government may fear resis tance from opposition parties because of the reservations Sonia Gandhi would have on the LTTE, so both parties need to jointly help Sri Lanka," V Anandasangari, vice-president of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), told the Times of India. More...
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Sri Lankan president offers to shed immunity to face 'rogue' charge, 19 December 2001. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday offered to waive her immunity from prosecution to face an inquiry into allegations by a dissident that she is a "rogue"... Back to the top

Monk, ex-militants, cricketer in new Sri Lankan Parliament
Hindu, 19 December 2001. A Buddhist monk, former gun-toting militants, a sports legend and a large contingent of lawyers will rub shoulders as members of Sri Lanka's 12th Parliament when it opens on Wednesday... Back to the top

Solheim may be back in Lankan peace process
HT, December 17. Erik Solheim, the Norwegian peace envoy sidelined by the previous Sri Lankan government for his alleged tilt towards the LTTE, might be brought back to centrestage by the new government to help liaise with the rebels in a re-activated peace process... Back to the top

Former PA partner to back UNF regime
Gulf-News, 19 December 2001. A former partner in the coalition government of the People's Alliance (PA) has decided to support the newly-elected United National Front (UNF) government's in forming a government of national reconciliation, political sources said yesterday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: New rulers have bloody past
Asia Times, 19 December 2001. The return to power this month of Sri Lanka's United National Party (UNP) has brought back bitter memories of a brutal crackdown the party conducted against left-wing rebels during the 1980s... Back to the top

Lankan navy ransacks fishing boats
chennaiOnline, December 19. Sri Lankan naval men ransacked about 30 Indian mechanised boats and tore the fishing nets of the Rameswaram fishermen after stunning them by opening three rounds of fire in the air near Kachathivu on Sunday night... Back to the top

Parliament session opens today
Gulf-News, 19 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new parliament opens its sessions today with fresh hopes for peace, improving the economy and strengthening democracy, but may have to face a number of hurdles... Back to the top

Indian TV star dishes it out for Sri Lankan porcelain ware
Yahoo/IANS, 19 December 2001. Indian television star Mandira Bedi's tie-up with the manufacturer of exclusive porcelain tableware could poise the Sri Lankan company for a big marketing push in the subcontinent... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's new government faces speaker test, Dec 18 2001 14:15 IST. Sri Lanka's new government will face its first test when parliament votes for a new speaker, officials said Tuesday... Back to the top

New Government Urged to Clarify Human Rights Policy
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 18/12/01 1255 GMT. London based Human Rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) urged Sri Lanka’s new government to fulfil the Human Rights commitments outlined in the United National Party’s (UNP) political manifesto... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Call on world Tamils to support Sri Lankan Tigers
Yahoo/IANS, December 17. A Canadian Tamil activist has appealed to his community the world over to create greater awareness of the Tamil Tigers' struggle for a separate homeland in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's power crisis deepens as blackouts resume
Yahoo Singapore, 19 December 2001. An acute power crisis forced Sri Lanka to resume daily nationwide blackouts on Tuesday and the country's electricity monopoly warned that worse was to follow... Back to the top

Five Lankan Army men surrender
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Tuesday, December 18, 2001. Five Sri Lankan Army men have surrendered before a court for their alleged involvement in the massacre of 10 Muslims on the day of the parliamentary elections, while the police continued their search for the son of a former deputy defence minister... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to crack down on illegal arms
Hindu, 18 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new Government has declared its seriousness about cracking down on thousands of illegal guns now in circulation all over the island... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Climate Found to Affect Taste & Appearance of Tea
Yahoo India, 18 December 2001. Sri Lanka has undertaken a project in association with the Food and Agriculture Association [FAO] to study how different climatic regions affect the taste and appearance of tea... Back to the top

Cricket - Lara out for six weeks with hairline fracture
Yahoo India, 18 December 2001. West Indies batsman Brian Lara will be out of action for at least six weeks because of a hairline fracture in his left elbow, team manager Ricky Skerritt said on Tuesday... Back to the top

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

IN BRIEF: Chandrika, Ranil fight
HT, 18 December 2001. The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, is spoiling for a fight with the new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, which may jeopardise co-habitation between the Peoples’ Allia-nce to which she belongs and the United National Front to which Wickremesinghe belongs... 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 country’s 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 group’s 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

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

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