The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 266

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Special envoy to visit Norway
Gulf-News, 29 December 2001. Sri Lanka will send a special envoy to Norway early next month to officially invite the Norwegian government to revive their role as a facilitator to bring the Tamil guerrillas to the negotiating table. The decision to send the envoy came as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe personally spoke to the Norwegian Prime Minister over the telephone where he is reported to have invited Norway to re-start its process as a facilitator. Wickremesinghe during his conversation urged Norway to carry on with its work regarding resuming peace negotiations and said that he would be sending his envoy to work out necessary modalities about resuming the ground work for peace talks. More...
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Sri Lanka Tamil legislator secures release of rebel cadres amid truce, Dec 28 2001 14:49 IST. A minority Tamil community legislator has secured the release of at least 19 suspected Tamil rebels detained by security forces, the government said Friday... Back to the top

Prime Minister launches peace bid
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1314 slt 28.12.01. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has launched his peace effort to end the 18 year old separatist war... Back to the top

Flour prices increased as government withdraws subsidy
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1322 slt 28.12.01. Prima Company the exclusive distributor of flour in the country has increased the price of a kilogram of flour by three rupees to 18 rupees a kilogram... Back to the top

Sri Lanka run-riot puts Zimbabwe in trouble
Yahoo Singapore, December 28, 8:54 PM. Thilan Samaraweera and Kumar Sangakkara hammered centuries as Sri Lanka buried Zimbabwe under an avalanche of runs in the first cricket Test... Back to the top

Diesel price dropped by one rupee
Lanka Academic, 28 December 2001. The Petroleum cooperation has dropped the price of diesel by one rupee per liter, according to local sources in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Journalists attack: Protest Letter to Interior Minister by RSF
RSF, 28 December 2001. In a letter addressed to the Sri Lankan Interior Minister, John Amaratunga, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF - Reporters without Borders) showed its indignation against the murder attempt perpetrated against Dharmaratnam Sivaram, editor of the Tamilnet news web site... Back to the top

Justice minister says state corporations will have to follow stringent auditing standards.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1324 slt 28.12.01. Justice Minister W.J.M. Lokubandara has announced that state corporations and boards will have to adhere to stringent auditing standards... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 586 for 6 declared
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Dec. 28. Sri Lanka declared their first innings at 586 for six on the second day of their first test against Zimbabwe at the Sinhalese Sports Club today... Back to the top

Suspense return to Sri Lanka cricket
Yahoo India, 28 December 2001. The immediate resignation of the Interim Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) on Saturday, following a request from the new sports minister Johnston Fernando, has sent the pendulum swinging in Sri Lanka Cricket... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Norway Responds Positively to Sri Lankan Request for Peace
People's Daily, 28 December 2001. Norway has responded positively to Sri Lanka's request to continue its role in the peace process in the war-torn country, the official Daily News said on Friday... Back to the top

Central Bank cuts lending rates
Daily Mirror, 28 December 2001. The Central Bank has reduced its lending rate to commercial banks (Bank Rate) from 23 percent to 18 per cent with effect from yesterday... Back to the top

'But for the change, Lanka would have gone Argentina's way'
Yahoo India, 28 December 2001. A FORMER Speaker for seven years and a former Minister for Transport in the earlier UNP regime, Mr M... 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

`People were fed up with mismanagement'
Yahoo India, 28 December 2001. THE mandate for change in Sri Lanka was more for economic reasons, than for ushering in peace and ending the ethnic conflict, says Dr Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies in Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lankan links offer both natural beauty and golf history - COLOMBO
Kyodo News, 28 December 2001. Sri Lanka offers fantastic golfing holidays at near give-away prices... 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

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, 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

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

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