The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 257

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Government Welcomes LTTE's Truce Offer
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 19/12/01 2215 GMT. Sri Lankan government welcomed the cease-fire announced by the Tamil Tigers. In response to the declaration of a month long cease-fire on Wednesday by the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam, the Foreign Minister Tyron Fernando told the BBC's Sandeshaya that the government accept the move by the rebels as a step towards a peaceful solution to the conflict. The government will respond positively to the LTTE within the next few days, Mr Fernando said. He declined to comment on the Tamil Tigers' request that the government cease armed hostilities and take immediate steps to remove the economical embargo.

In response to the LTTE's declaration of cease-fire General Secretary of the Peoples Alliance D M Jayaratne told Sandeshaya that the opposition views this offer with caution and would like to see what course of action the government will take.
Published: Wed Dec 19 18:57:00 EST 2001

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Mahinda R appointed SLFP Chief Whip
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 19/12/01 1345 GMT. Former Ports and Fisheries Minister Mahinda Rajapaksha has been appointed as the Chief Whip of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Peoples Alliance (PA)... Back to the top

Showdown looms as Sri Lankan parliament vows to assume more powers
123India, December 19. Sri Lanka's new government Wednesday set the stage for a showdown with the president after passing its first big test by getting its candidate elected speaker of parliament... Back to the top

Three panels set up to oversee truce
Gulf-News, 19 December 2001. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe set up three ministerial committees to oversee the peace process after meeting his new cabinet to discuss the possibility of talks and end the 18-year Tamil rebellion by the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

LTTE offer, first test for Ranil
Hindu, 20 December 2001. LTTE today set its first test for the new rulers of Sri Lanka with an announcement of a month-long unilateral ceasefire from Christmas-eve asking the Government to reciprocate the gesture... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Olympic Heroine assaulted
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 19/12/01 1455 GMT. Sri Lanka's sprint queen Susanthika Jayasinghe, who won the country's first ever Olympic medal for more than fifty years, was assaulted today while she was getting ready for practising in the Sports Ministry grounds in Colombo... Back to the top

Britain turns heat on overstaying Sri Lankan doctors
Yahoo/IANS, 20 December 2001. The British medical council is set to crack down hard on doctors from Sri Lanka who left the island on government scholarships but have failed to return... Back to the top

Tamils to shun next Parliament if no solution -TNA
Tamilnet, 20 December 2001. "No self respecting Tamil would enter the next parliament if a just and permanent solution is not found to the Tamil national question by this parliament," declared Mr... Back to the top

Controversial monk takes oath as MP
Gulf-News, 19 December 2001. Senior Buddhist clergy expressed their opposition to a monk sitting in the new Parliament as an elected member and have asked that he be removed from the country's legislature, even as the monk and a murder suspect made their debuts in Sri Lanka's Parliament yesterday when it held its first session since a general election on December 5... Back to the top

Cricket - Jayasuriya guides Sri Lanka to final victory
Yahoo India, 20 December 2001. - Sri Lanka came up with a superb all-round display to beat West Indies by 34 runs in the one-day triangular final on Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government wins speaker election, house seeks more power, Dec 19 2001 14:13 IST. Sri Lanka's new government passed its first test Wednesday with its nominee elected speaker of parliament and immediately laid the ground for a showdown with the island's president... Back to the top

Monk and murder suspect make debut in Sri Lanka parliament, Dec 19 2001 16:08 IST. A Buddhist monk and a murder suspect made their debuts in Sri Lanka's parliament Wednesday when it held its first session since a general election on December 5... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

Dec. 19 (15 :10) Sri Lanka resumes daily power blackouts - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, 19 December 2001. Sri Lanka, hit hard by a power crisis, has resumed nationwide daily power outages with the Ministry of Power and Energy saying Wednesday the blackouts may have to be lengthened... Back to the top

Passport of Chanuka Ratwatte impounded
Daily Mirror, 19 December 2001. The probe on the election day massacre on Madawala took another sensational turn yesterday when the Teldeniya magistrate ordered that the passport of another son of ex-minister Anuruddha Ratwatte be impounded... Back to the top

Cricket - Sri Lanka win toss, elect to bat v West Indies
Yahoo India, 19 December 2001. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first in the triangular series one-day final against West Indies 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

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

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

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