The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 20, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 258

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LTTE included in the Terrorist List by Australia
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs., December 21. We have today listed in the Australian Government Gazette the names of terrorists and terrorist organisations whose assets must be frozen by the holder of those assets under the Charter of the United Nations (Anti-terrorism Measures) Regulations 2001. Our listing of these names implements Australia’s obligation under UN Security Council Resolution 1373 of 28 September 2001 to suppress the financing of terrorism. All countries are required to take these steps as part of global efforts to combat terrorism. This action shows the Government’s commitment to Australia playing its part to ensure that we do not become a financial haven for terrorists. More...
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Bid to de-politicise police force
gulf news, December 21. Sri Lanka's new Minister of Interior, John Amaratunga, yesterday declared that he would take all measures to de-politicise the police force, ending seven years of political intervention in the police force by the former regime... Back to the top

Sri Lanka may lift embargoes
Hindu, december 21. The Sri Lankan Government might reciprocate the month-long unilateral Christmas Eve ceasefire of the LTTE by removing restrictions on the movement of goods into the so-called ``uncleared areas'', official sources said today... Back to the top

Need for consensual politics in Sri Lanka- OpEd
FrontierPost, Decemebr 21. The initial quibble between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wikramesinghe over the induction of S... Back to the top

Lake House Chairman Resigns; New Media Secretary Appointed
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 20/12/01 1450 GMT. Chairman of the state controlled Lake House Lucian Rajakarunanayake has resigned... Back to the top

Lanka to respond to LTTE’s ceasefire by lifting embargo
Deccan Herald, 21 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new government, which welcomed the LTTE's month-long unilateral ceasefire, is likely to lift economic embargo on rebel-held areas of Wanni tomorrow to respond to the goodwill gesture of the Tigers... Back to the top

We will make a reciprocal gesture to the LTTE- Tyronne
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.33 p.m Thursday December 20. Minister of Foreign Affairs Tyronne Fernando said today that the government will make a reciprocal, goodwill gesture to the LTTE within the next few days... Back to the top

LTTE: Ranil's reply only after India trip
The Pioneer, December 20. A Tamil Tiger ceasefire call may be an olive branch to the new Sri Lankan government, but India will have a key role in determining Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's response... Back to the top

Sri Lanka in Severe Power Shortage
Nothern Light, Thursday, December 20, 2001 7:19 AM EST . COLOMBO, Dec 20, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sri Lankan Power and Energy Minister Karu Jayasuriya on Thursday called on consumers of the war-torn country to be thrift in power consumption to help ease a severe shortage... Back to the top

Bid to de-politicise police force
Gulf-News, 21 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new Minister of Interior, John Amaratunga, yesterday declared that he would take all measures to de-politicise the police force, ending seven years of political intervention in the police force by the former regime... Back to the top

India hails LTTE's ceasefire
The Hindu NUS, New Delhi, Dec. 20. (PTI). India today welcomed the LTTE's declaration of a month-long halt to hostilities and the positive response of the Sri Lankan Government and hoped this would pave the way for restoring peace in that country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Army recruits despite cease-fire - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, 21 December 2001. The Sri Lanka military will press on with a planned recruitment drive to enlist 10,000 infantrymen despite the one-month unilateral cease-fire declared by the Tamil Tiger rebels, an army spokesman said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka offers gun amnesty
123India.com, Dec 20 2001 19:36 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 20 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's new government said Thursday it would offer an amnesty next week to recover a large number of automatic weapons and explosives in the hands of politicians and criminals... Back to the top

Truce, but with a caveat
Gulf-News, 21 December 2001. The offer by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE, for a unilateral truce was quickly accepted by the new Sri Lanka government... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Olympic medallist threatens to quit after attack
Yahoo Singapore, 21 December 2001. Sri Lanka's first female Olympic medal-winner, sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe, threatened to quit athletics unless the authorities punished an athlete who beat her... Back to the top

Move to involve India to resolve Lanka war evokes suspicion
Press Trust of India, Thursday, December 20, 2001. Sri Lanka's move to get India to play a major role in resolving its decade-long ethnic conflict has generated scepticism and suspicion about Colombo's intentions, a pro-LTTE publication has said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka price rises 'possible'
BBC, december 20. Sri Lanka's new finance minister has promised to quicken the pace of economic reform But - on his first day of office - KN Choksy has indicated subsidies on key foods may end, pushing the price of bread as much as 40% higher... Back to the top

Tigers held at bay till Wickremesinghe calls on Vajpayee
TOI, December 20. A Tamil Tiger ceasefire call may be an olive branch to the new Sri Lankan government, but India will have a key role in determining Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's response... Back to the top

Lanka seeks insurance rate cut during Tiger truce
TOI, December 19. Sri Lanka urged international underwriters on Thursday to remove the war-risk insurance slapped on its main sea port after Tamil Tiger rebels announced a truce... Back to the top

LTTE trying to get ban lifted says the JVP
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1214 slt 19.12.01. The JVP says the LTTE cease fire is a tactic to get the ban imposed on the organization in Sri Lanka and some western countries lifted... Back to the top

Tiger truce raises Sri Lankan peace hopes
123India.com, Dec 20 2001 11:34 IST. A unilateral truce called by Tamil Tiger rebels was seen here Thursday as a harbinger of talks, but Sri Lanka is still a long way from a political settlement to end decades of ethnic bloodshed... Back to the top

Two more killed in continuing post election violence
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1216 slt 19.12.01. Two people were killed in the Southern town of Walasmulla this morning as post election violence continued despite calls by the government to end the violence... Back to the top

Main opposition party welcomes LTTE cease fire
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1211 slt 19.12.01. The main opposition Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today welcomed the unilateral cease fire declared by the LTTE... Back to the top

Foreign Minister says the government will respond positively to LTTE cease fire
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1204 slt 19.12.01. Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando says the government will respond positively to the unilateral cease fire declared by the LTTE... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

Lanka Tea Board quality plan makes progress
Yahoo India, 20 December 2001. THE programme of the Sri Lanka Tea Board to implement quality systems in tea factories, launched two years ago, has made headway... 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
123India.com, 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
123India.com, 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

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

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