The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 24, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 262

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Richard Reid alias Tariq Raja is not a Sri Lankan=20
Ranmali Wijesuriya in Colombo, SLT 7.35 a.m Tuesday 25 December. A press release issued by the embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC says that terrorist suspect on board American airlines flight from Paris to Miami, Florida is not a Sri Lankan. The release says It was reported in the US media that a terrorist suspect on board American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami, Florida, diverted to Logan Airport in Boston, Massachussetts, was a Sri Lankan. This was later corrected to inform the public that Mr Richard Colvin Reid alias Tariq Raj is a British citizen but the French authorities believe he was born in Sri Lanka. Scotland Yard has informed that he is a British citizen. Mr Richard Reid may have reported to French authorities that he was born in Sri Lanka. The Embassy of Sri Lanka wishes to state that according to Mr Reid=E2=80=99s appearance and other records with the Embassy, Mr Richard Reid alias Tariq Raj is not a Sri Lankan.=20
Published: Mon Dec 24 20:42:13 EST 2001

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Lankan guns fall silent, international observers expected
Deccan Herald, 25 December 2001. Guns on both sides, the Sri Lanka's armed forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels will fall silent from midnight today as the two parties have publicly agreed to observe a month-long truce in the blood-soaked Island nation... Back to the top

It's party time in Lanka
Yahoo India, december 24. I HAVE never seen Colombo like this ever before during my three years stay here... Back to the top

India to supply wheat to Sri Lanka
The Hindu NUS, New Delhi, Dec. 24 (PTI). Reflecting its desire to forge close bilateral ties, India today decided to provide three lakh tonnes of wheat to Sri Lanka in the coming 12 months... Back to the top

Militant groups not to be disarmed- Defence Minister
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 24/12/01 1240 GMT. The government is not planning to demilitarise the militant groups in the North- East, Sri Lankan Defence Minister Thilak Marapone said... Back to the top

Lankans cherish their friendship with India
Yahoo India, december 25. CALL it the feel-good factor or the general atmosphere of optimism following a change of government in Sri Lanka, an Indian visitor to Colombo, if he/ she cares to scratch the surface, is bound to find a growing feeling of camaraderie for India and Indians... Back to the top

3 held for making fake VISA cards
Yahoo India, december 24. Police today said they had busted a fake credit card racket and arrested three persons, including a Sri Lankan national... Back to the top

No timeframe to lift economic embargo
Amantha Perera in Colombo, No timetable has been set so far for the rela. No timetable has been set so far for the relaxation of the goods embargo into the uncleared areas, despite the one-month cease-fire, according to military sources... Back to the top

Photo: Ceasefire to begin in war-torn Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, 25 December 2001. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee (R) with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Ranil Wickremesinghe, in New Delhi on December 24, 2001... Back to the top

SAARC to discuss regional terrorism: Sri Lankan PM
123India.com, Dec 24 2001 19:57 IST. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Monday that an upcoming South Asian summit would not interfere in bilateral issues between India and Pakistan but would discuss terrorism in the region... Back to the top

PM assures PMK on resolving ethnic crisis
TOI, 25 December 2001. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Monday assured PMK that he would advise his Lankan Counterpart Ranil Wikremeshinghe to resolve the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Minister warns of tough fiscal steps
Hindu, 25 December 2001. The Sri Lankan Government warned of belt-tightening measures in the days ahead with the economy projected to register a negative growth this year for the first time in five years... Back to the top

Sri Lankan PM sees economic crisis ending
Yahoo Singapore, december 24. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday the country's economic crisis was expected to end after the launch of a largescale economic refrom process... Back to the top

India offers to help Sri Lanka
Hindu, 25 December 2001. In the first high-level political contact with the new Sri Lankan government, India today offered to help to Colombo to resolve the ethnic crisis as the two sides agreed to step up bilateral trade... Back to the top

Wickremeshinghe calls on Sonia Gandhi
TOI, 25 December 2001. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wikremeshinghe on Monday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and understood to have discussed bilateral and regional issues in the backdrop of developments in Afghanistan and terrorist attack on Parliament... Back to the top

Would-be suicide bomber not Sri Lankan: Colombo
123India.com, Dec 24 2001 20:29 IST. The man detained in the United States for allegedly trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight is not a Sri Lankan national despite his claim to be one, the foreign ministry here said Monday... Back to the top

Guns fall silent in Sri Lanka
Amantha Perera in Colombo. Guns will fall silent in Sri Lanka at 12 midnight today as the cease-fire declared by the new UNF government takes effect... Back to the top

Ceasefire to begin in war-torn Sri Lanka
MSNBC, december 24. War-torn Sri Lanka was set to begin its first full ceasefire in nearly seven years at midnight on Monday, fuelling renewed hopes that peace talks with Tamil Tiger separatists were around the corner... Back to the top

Tamils want India to put pressure on Chandrika
HT, 24 December 2001. The Tamil parties in Sri Lanka want India to put pressure on President Chandrika Kumaratunga to cooperate with the United National Front (UNF) government in its efforts to hold peace talks with the LTTE... Back to the top

Terrorist suspect overpowered in mid-air drama over Atlantic
Hindu, December 23. Amid heightened security at installations around the U.S. and Europe in the post-September 11 period, an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami was diverted to Boston's Logan International Airport yesterday after a person on board tried to ignite explosives hidden in his shoes... Back to the top

India ready to back peaceful solution in Lanka
TOI, 24 December 2001. India will work for a peaceful solution to decades of ethnic fighting in Sri Lanka, where the government and Tamil rebels have declared a truce, Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh said on Monday... Back to the top

Fanatics instigated Taliban to destroy Bamiyan Buddhas
TOI, Decemeber 23. Bamiyan statues, the tallest standing statue of Buddha, were blown up by the Taliban at the instance of Pakistani, Saudi and other fanatic followers of Osama Bin Laden, according to minutes of a meeting found in a house abandoned by the fleeing militia... Back to the top

Lanka to ask for mediation, India reluctant
NewIndPress, December 24. While the Indian Government has spent the past two weeks dealing mostly with the problems emanating from Pakistan, the visit of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has shifted the attention south... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels brace for one-month truce
123India.com, 24 December 2001. Government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels were set Monday to observe a month-long truce, raising hopes of early political talks to end decades of ethnic bloodshed... Back to the top

Colombo to lift sanctions in northern areas
Gulf-News, 24 December 2001. The Ministry of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Refugees led by Dr... Back to the top

Swamy asks Ranil not to talk to LTTE
The Hindu NUS, New Delhi, Dec. 23 (UNI). Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy today advised visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe against holding negotiations with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as this would amount to acting against India... Back to the top

Sri Lanka grapples with empty war chest, worst economic crisis
123India.com, 24 December 2001. Sri Lanka's economy is going into recession for the first time this year and the new government has been left with an empty war chest and piling unpaid bills, Finance Minister K... Back to the top

Vigilante group grabs two in election violence probe
Gulf-News, 24 December 2001. Two potential witnesses in a series of election related incidents including the gunning down of 10 Muslim youth in Sri Lanka on polling day in which former deputy defence minister General Anuruddha Ratwatte's two sons have been implicated are being detained by a vigilante group, a local newspaper said yesterday... Back to the top

'No plans' to alter Jaffna security
BBC, 24 December 2001. Sri Lanka's Defence Minister, Thilak Marapone, says there are no immediate plans to alter the security arrangements in the northern Jaffna peninsula... Back to the top

Wickremesinghe to meet PM tomorrow
Hindu, 23 December 2001. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will tomorrow hold wide ranging discussions with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on the entire gamut of bilateral ties and the ethnic issue... Back to the top

Cricket: S Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 5 wickets
Yahoo Singapore, 24 December 2001. Hosts Sri Lanka dealt Zimbabwe a blow on Sunday as the tourists suffered a surprise five-wicket loss on Sunday... Back to the top

Cessation of hostilities eases tension in Sri Lanka
Hindu, 23 December 2001. Sri Lanka has set off on another attempt to end the ethnic conflict with its decision to reciprocate the month-long ceasefire called by the LTTE from December 24 with its own Christmas-eve truce... Back to the top

Sri Lankan PM to hold talks with Indian premier on ethnic violence
123India.com, 23 December 2001. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Monday on his ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels, government sources here said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka grapples with empty war chest, worst economic crisis
Yahoo Singapore, december 23. Sri Lanka's economy is going into recession for the first time this year and the new government has been left with an empty war chest and piling unpaid bills, Finance Minister K... Back to the top

Lankans hope New Year will bring in lasting peace
TOI, 23 December 2001. : In the centre of the city of Colombo at the beautiful Galle Face esplanade there is a huge sign lit up at night that reads 'Peace on Earth'... Back to the top

Hope in the air in Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, 23 December 2001. AFTER a long, long while a visitor to Colombo can virtually sense some kind of a relaxed mood in the capital of this tiny nation ravaged by long years of civil war... Back to the top

Christmas in London for CBK
Sunday Times, 23 December 2001. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has left for Britain to spend the Christmas vacation with her two children who are residing there, Presidential Secretariat sources said... Back to the top

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