The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 27, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 265

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Embargo to be lifted on First Day of the New Year
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 27/12/01 1745 GMT. Sri Lankan government is to lift the embargo imposed in the North-East from the 1st of January. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, Joseph Pararajasingham told BBC’s Sandeshaya that the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe told him the ban imposed on certain goods to rebel held areas would be lifted from the first day of 2002. The Premier has also informed the TNA legislator that he contacted Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik to formally invite Norway to re-start the peace initiative stalled after differences with Chandrika Kumaratunga’s government.

Defence Minister Thilak Marapone earlier told Sandeshaya that the embargo to be lifted by mid-January.

Mr. Pararajasingham said he earlier intervened to release a group of 19 LTTE cadres who was blocked by the soldiers at a checking point in Batticaloa town when they were returning after meeting the residents of the area. They have entered the area controlled by the government Army in motorcycles, the reports say.
Published: Thu Dec 27 12:43:35 EST 2001


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Sri Lanka kicks off Norwegian peace bid, ICRC help sought
123India.com, Dec 27 2001 19:39 IST. Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe formally launched his peace bid Thursday with a request to his Norwegian counterpart to help end the island's seemingly unending ethnic bloodshed... Back to the top

Sri Lanka govt plans audits to tackle corruption
Yahoo India, 27 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new government said on Thursday it planned to carry out more audits in ministries in a bid to tackle large-scale corruption and wastage... Back to the top

Road repaired to facilitate transport of essential goods
Island, 28 December 2001. The Wanni road is now being repaired to ease transport of essential food and medicine to Kilinochchi and Mullativ... Back to the top

Leftwing Parties Joined to Support Peace Initiative
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 27/12/01 1835 GMT. Leftwing parties in Sri Lanka has formally agreed to consider common actions to stop the war and to change the constitution with a political solution to the Tamil National Question and to resist the ill effects of global capitalist intervention... Back to the top

Ranil invites Oslo to resume peace process
Hindu, 28 December 2001. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, today formally invited Oslo to continue its efforts for talks between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam... Back to the top

A cautious start
Gulf-News, 28 December 2001. The offer by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE, of a one-month ceasefire from Christmas Eve, was quickly accepted by the Sri Lanka government... Back to the top

There is no option but to talk - An Interview
Hindu Buisness on line, December 27. THE new government in Sri Lanka might have awakened a new hope of economic revival and an end to the civil war, but expectations of quick results are unreal, says Mr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Colombo... Back to the top

Oslo willing help Sri Lanka peace if rebels agree
Yahoo India, Dec 27. OSLO (Reuters) - Norway is willing help Sri Lanka's new government towards peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels if the guerrillas also want Oslo to play a renewed role, the foreign ministry said on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka considering visa on arrival
Hindu, 28 December 2001. Sri Lanka is considering a proposal to give Indian passport-holders visas on arrival... Back to the top

Top Tamil journalist assaulted in Sri Lanka
Times of India, December 26. Link only Back to the top

49 illegal migrants from Sri Lanka detained in Kazakhstan
Nothern Light, Thursday, December 27, 2001 4:49 AM EST . Forty-nine Sri Lankan nationals have been detained as illegal migrants in Petropavlovsk, the administrative centre of the North Kazakhstan region... Back to the top

Sri Lanka formally invites Norway to revive peace efforts
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Thursday, December 27, 2001. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe formalised Oslo's role in the island's peace process today in talks with his Norwegian counterpart... Back to the top

More Sri Lankan troops remanded over killing of Muslims
123India.com, Dec 26 2001 17:04 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 26 (AFP) - Sri Lankan police on Wednesday arrested 16 soldiers for alleged involvement in the massacre of 10 Muslim youths during parliamentary elections earlier this month, officials said... Back to the top

Functions of new ministries
Daily Mirror, 27 December 2001. Functions allocated to new government ministries according to PART 1: SEC (I) - GAZETTE EXTRAORDINARY OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA - 20.12.2001 are as follows: Back to the top

Sri Lanka nets people-smuggling fishing boat
123India.com, Dec 27 2001 12:07 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 27 (AFP) - Sri Lankan police arrested 35 would-be illegal migrants to Italy as they tried to board a fishing trawler Thursday, officials said... Back to the top

Udatalawinna: Magistrate probes media report
Daily Mirror, 27 December 2001. The Teldeniya Magistrate yesterday called for a CID report on a media story that two persons suspected to be linked to the Udatalawinna massacre were being detained by a private group... Back to the top

HOPE FOR SRI LANKA - AN EDITORIAL
Boston Globe , December 23. FROM KOSOVO TO Kurdistan, from Xinjiang to Sri Lanka, many of the major conflicts of our time come not from clashes between civilizations but from internecine wars within nation-states... Back to the top

Sri Lanka close on 211-3
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Dec. 27 (Reuters). Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya today hit a patient 92 to help his side to a commanding 211 for three at the close of a rain-affected opening day in the first test against Zimbabwe today... Back to the top

No Ceasefire Violation in Sri Lanka
Xinhuanet, 27 December 2001. There is no ceasefire violation reported during the first 24 hours since the ceasefire declared by both separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and the government took effect on the Christmas Eve, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Lankan elephants facing extinction
Yahoo Photo, 27 December 2001. Sri Lankan children watch a wild elephant at the Uda Walawe National Park in Sevanagala, 200 kilometers (124 miles) southeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 26, 2001... Back to the top

LTTE official visits SLA held areas in Batticaloa
Tamilnet, 27 December 2001. An official of the Liberation Tigers visited areas held by the Sri Lankan security forces in Batticaloa south Wednesday... Back to the top

`There is no option but to talk'
Yahoo India, 27 December 2001. THE new government in Sri Lanka might have awakened a new hope of economic revival and an end to the civil war, but expectations of quick results are unreal, says Mr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Colombo... Back to the top

Vote for peace revives Sri Lanka's hopes in late year change
Press Trust of India, Colombo,Wednesday, December 26, 2001. It was a year of political chaos, economic stagnation and deadlocked peace efforts in Sri Lanka, but the people signalled their desire to lift the nation out of a morass of despondency by opting for a change of regime and voting for peace and economic revival... Back to the top

UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka says India to help in energy, trade
Yahoo Singapore, December 26, 7:01 PM. New Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday that New Delhi was going to help Indian companies invest in Sri Lanka's faltering energy sector, which suffers daily blackouts due to a severe power shortage... Back to the top

SAARC talks to skirt Indo-Pakistan row - Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, december 26. New Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday tensions between India and Pakistan would not be discussed at a South Asian regional meeting in January... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeking to build bridge to India
123India.com, Dec 26 2001 19:20 IST. COLOMBO, Dec 26 (AFP) - India has agreed to a feasibility study on building a bridge across the Indian ocean to Sri Lanka, the island's Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said Wednesday... Back to the top

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