The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 267

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Gunathillake to hold talks with LTTE
Gulf_News, 30 December 2001. Sri Lanka's new government has recalled one of the country's senior diplomats from China to exclusively handle upcoming negotiations with the Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels in a bid to end the two-decade long conflict for a separate state. Bernard Gunathillake, who was serving as ambassador in Beijing has been hand-picked by the new United National Front government to co-ordinate negotiations with the rebels through a third-party facilitation by the Norwegian government. Gunathillake earned a reputation for his negotiating skills when he served at the UN in Geneva as Sri Lanka's envoy during a particularly difficult time in the 1980s and early 1990s. More...
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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... Back to the top

Jaffna students urge Ranil to disarm ex-militants
Deccan Herald, 28 December 2001. In a letter to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the students’ union of Jaffna University has urged him to take immediate steps to disarm Tamil parties who left the road to militancy and are now part of the democratic process and even have a few members in parliament... Back to the top

PIA flights can use Lanka airspace
HT, 30 December 2001. Sri Lanka is not averse to giving Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) facility to use its airspace for operating its services to destinations in South East Asia and the East Asia... Back to the top

'LTTE should not enter cleared areas'
Hindu, 29 December 2001. The truce in Sri Lanka between the Government and the LTTE continued to hold into its fourth day with irritants that officials described as `minor' and said could be overcome soon... Back to the top

Shoe bombs were used in Sri Lanka
TOI, 29 December 2001. LINK Back to the top

Tiger mobike group stopped at check point
Daily Mirror, 29 December 2001. While no major violations of the ceasefire were reported up to yesterday, about 20 suspected LTTE cadres on ten motor bicycles had entered the Puliyantivu island near Batticaloa town on Thursday around 2.45 p... Back to the top

New Board to pick cops for US security training
Island, 30 December 2001. Police headquarters is expected to appoint a high level Board of Selection immediately to pick three groups of law enforcement officers to take part in US sponsored security related programmes early next year, informed sources said yesterday... Back to the top

Muralitharan puts Sri Lanka in winning position
Yahoo Singapore, December 29, 9:09 PM. Off-spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan boosted Sri Lanka's hopes of maintaining their winning streak with six wickets in the first Test against Zimbabwe here... Back to the top

Zoysa celebrates the wicket
Yahoo , 30 December 2001. Sri Lankan bowler Nuwan Zoysa (R) and wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara (L) celebrate the wicket of Zimbabwe batsman Craig Wishart during the third day of the first cricket test between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, in Colombo December 29, 2001... 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

Bread prices to go up
Daily Mirror, 29 December 2001. With the Prima company raising the price of flour by Rs. 3 a kilo the prices of bread and other flour-based products are likely to be increased from next month, bakers warned. Leading bakers told the Daily Mirror yesterday the prices of flour-based products would We definitely increased and they were ... Back to the top

Ministers clash over canned fish
Daily Mirror, 29 December 2001. New Fisheries Minister Mahinda Wijesekera - a controversial figure in the former PA government- appears to have plunged into troubled waters within weeks of his new job by reportedly saying he hoped to ban the import of canned fish, dried fish and Maldive fish in a bid to boost the local fishing industry... 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

Election violence tally 2955
Island, 29 December 2001. The incidents of election related violence totalled 2955 by yesterday, the Police Elections Secretariat said... 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

People have not forgotten the carnage, mayhem carried out by the JVP
Island, 29 December 2001. UNP General Secretary Senarath Kapukotuwa in a hard hitting reply to the JVP on Thursday said if the LTTE and Prabhakaran turns back the government would also take necessary steps to safeguard the security of the country... 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

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

`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

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