The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 25, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 263

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Lanka to give Indians visas on arrival
HT, 26 December 2001. A decision to unilaterally give Indian passport-holders visas on arrival in the island is likely to be announced by the Sri Lankan government soon. A source close to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Hindustan Times today Sri Lan-ka was keen on issuing visas on arrival even without insisting on reciprocity on India’s part as the government here was keen to att-ract Indian tourists. More...
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Cease-fire holds
Amantha Perera in Colombo, 8.00p.m. SLT Tuesday December 25. The first 20 hrs of the cease-fire declared by both the LTTE and the UNF government passed without any incidents, according to military spokesperson Brig Sanath Karunaratne... Back to the top

Changes in military high command in the offing
Amantha Perera in Colombo, 12.15 p.m. SLT Tuesday, December 25, 2001. The New Year is likely to witness several changes in the military high command, military sources revealed... Back to the top

Troops, Tigers honour truce amid peace hopes
123India.com, Dec 25 2001 11:15 IST. Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday began observing their first bilateral truce in six years, raising hopes of talks to end decades of bloodshed, officials said... Back to the top

Shoe-bomber’s identity still a mystery
HT, 26 December 2001. United States officials said the man who tried to ignite explosives in his shoes on a flight from Paris to Miami on Saturday had no known address as investigators in the US and Europe struggled to determine his identity, nationality and motive... Back to the top

Richard Reid alias Tariq Raja is not a Sri Lankan
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... Back to the top

Ranil upbeat; wants fast-track economic integration
Yahoo India, 26 December 2001. THERE was no time left for dessert at the dinner. But as the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe, and his delegation hustled out of Trident Hotel in Chennai on Monday night to catch the Sri Lankan Airlines flight back to Colombo, they knew they had missed little else on a "most satisfying" three-day visit to India... Back to the top

New Delhi to work for peace in Lanka
Gulf News, December 25. 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, Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh said yesterday after talks with Sri Lanka's new prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe... 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

Whither peace in Sri Lanka?
Yahoo India, 26 December 2001. THIS Christmas will be a memorable one for Sri Lanka, or so hope its people... Back to the top

Police officer shot dead by rebels
Gulf-News, 25 December 2001. A police officer was shot dead by suspected Tamil guerrillas in the north-western part of the country, hours before a month-long cessation of hostilities announced by the Sri Lankan government and the guerrillas was due to come into effect... 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

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

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

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

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