The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 21, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 259

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India can influence events: Ranil
The Hindu, December 22. India can still influence events with regard to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, the island-nation's Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, said here on the eve of his three-day visit to New Delhi that begins tomorrow. Describing it as a ``goodwill visit'', Mr. Wickremesinghe told The Hindu in an interview that there would be an ``exchange of views'' on the peace process in Sri Lanka, on which the Sri Lankan Government has already taken some initiatives. More...
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President and Chief Justice to be impeached says the Ravaya newspaper
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1621 slt 21.12.01. The government has decided to impeach President Kumaratunga and Chief Justice Sarath Silva, the Ravaya newspaper reported today... Back to the top

Australia targets Harkat, LTTE
The Hindu, December 22. The Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, responsible for the December 2000 hijack of an Indian Airlines flight to Kandahar, and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been listed by Australia on a list of ``recognised foreign terrorist organisations''... Back to the top

World Optimistic on Sri Lanka’s bilateral truce
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 21/12/01 1740 GMT. International community including Great Britain and India welcomed Sri Lankan government’s positive response to LTTE’s truce by declaring a month -long cessation of hostilities... Back to the top

Differing political stances
Deccan Herlad, December 22. An uneasy partnership - one that neither wished - has evolved between the new Prime Minister for Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremasinghe and his political counterpart President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge... Back to the top

Government pledges to lift embargoes
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 21/12/01 1735 GMT. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has pledged to remove sanctions imposed on LTTE controlled areas in the North and the East, a leading Tamil politician said... Back to the top

Colombo matches Tiger offer
Gulf-News, December 21. The Sri Lankan government, reciprocating to a ceasefire offer by the Tamil separatists, has announced a month-long truce, beginning on Christmas Day, the Prime Minister's Office said yesterday... Back to the top

Local government elections to be held at end of February
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1617 slt 21.12.01. The UNF government has decided to hold local government elections by end February and in the first week of March... Back to the top

Army recruitment on hold amid Sri Lanka truce prospect
123India.com, Dec 21 2001 13:04 IST. Sri Lanka's military has suspended plans to launch a major recruitment drive amid prospects of a Christmas ceasefire with Tamil Tiger guerrillas, defence sources said Friday... Back to the top

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

India seen keeping distance from Sri Lanka conflict
MSNBC, Friday, 21st Dec, 09:08 GMT. India on Friday welcomed moves to launch a fresh peace process in Sri Lanka but said it was not likely to mediate in the ethnic conflict, a day before Sri Lanka's new prime minister arrives in New Delhi for talks... 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

Sri Lanka Government Offers Amnesty to Recover Illegal Weapons
Nothern Light, Friday, December 21, 2001 12:44 AM EST . COLOMBO, Dec 21, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Sri Lankan government will offer an amnesty to recover a large number of automatic weapons and explosives which are illegally in the hands of politicians and criminals,the official Daily News said on Friday... 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

Asian regional group denounces terrorism
123India.com, Dec 21 2001 17:34 IST. Delegates from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand wrapped up a one-day ministerial meeting Friday with pledges to fight terrorism and enhance economic cooperation... 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 to Seek War Risk Surcharge Exemption
Nothern Light, Thursday, December 20, 2001 11:23 PM EST . The Sri Lankan government will make representations to the London-based War Risk Ratings Committee for exemption of the war risk surcharge imposed on the Colombo port, the state-owned Daily News said on Friday... 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

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

Sri Lanka Government Welcomes Tamil Rebel Ceasefire
Nothern Light, Wednesday, December 19, 2001 10:15 PM EST . The Sri Lanka government has welcomed the month long unilateral declaration of a ceasefire from Christmas Eve on December 24 declared by separatist Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday, the state-owned Daily News said on Thursday... 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

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