The Lanka Academic

VOL. 2, NO. 268

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Sri Lanka faces major debt crisis
Times of India, December 30. Sri Lanka's government said Sunday that it was headed for a major debt crisis with local and foreign loan repayments surpassing total government revenue for the first time. More...
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President Responsible for North-East Food Shortage- Minister
Saroj Pathirana in London, Sunday 30/12/01 1245 GMT. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is directly responsible for the shortage of food and essential goods in the North-East, a government minister said... Back to the top

Helgensen to lead Norwegian peace efforts
HT, 31 December 2001. Norway's deputy Foreign Minister, Ivar Helgesen, would lead the team to facilitate peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, Norwegian diplomats said today... Back to the top

'Chandrika's regime degenerated into an ordinary corrupt regime'
Yahoo India, December 31, 12:00 AM. THE ruling classes' "insensitivity to human suffering", failure to institutionalise the peace process by involving all political parties, and hardened attitudes on both sides have taken Sri Lanka to the brink... Back to the top

Lanka ceasefire: Coastal security on high alert in TN
Times of India, December 31. Security along the Tamil Nadu coast has been further tightened following information that Sri Lankan militants could use the present ceasefire in the island nation to smuggle essential items for their outfits... Back to the top

Sri Lanka appoints top academic to lead talks with Tamil rebels
Radio Australia, December 30. Sri Lanka has appointed a top constitutional expert to lead the government team in preparing for peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Lanka concerned over Indo-Pak tension
Times of India, December 30. Sri Lanka expressed concern on Saturday over the increasing tension in the region caused by rivalry between India and Pakistan and called for an early resolution to the simmering crisis... Back to the top

Indian wheat for Sri Lanka
Hindu, 31 December 2001. India is to supply one-third of Sri Lanka's wheat requirement at concessionary prices under an agreement reached during the recent visit of the Prime Minister, Mr... Back to the top

New gov't in power, Sri Lanka stabilized
China Daily, December 30. The political situation in war-torn Sri Lanka has stabilized in the last month as a new government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) came to power following the December 5 parliamentary elections... Back to the top

England Cricket Captain Receives OBE
Saroj Pathirana in London, Sunday 30/12/01 1715 GMT. Captain of the English Cricket Team Nasser Hussain is to become a member of the Order of British Emperor (OBE) on the new year’s awards list, The Lanka Academic reliably learns... Back to the top

Afghanistan's new govt to restore Bamiyan Buddhas
Times of India, December 30. Afghanistan's new government will restore the Bamiyan Buddhas, an emblem of culture destroyed by the Taliban regime, Minister of Culture and Information Raheen Makhdoom said on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka asks peace broker Norway to keep India informed, Dec 30 2001 11:46 IST. Sri Lanka's new prime minister has asked peace broker Norway to keep India and the opposition updated on attempts to bring Tamil Tiger rebels to the negotiating table, his office said Sunday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka gets a taste of peace as truce holds, December 30. The guns, bombs and mortar fire that have killed more than 63,000 Sri Lankans over the past 18 years are falling quiet for the first time in six years as a truce between Sri Lanka's newly elected government and Tamil rebels takes effect... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Links Offer Both Natural Beauty And Golf History
Bernama, December 30. Sri Lanka offers fantastic golfing holidays at near give-away prices... Back to the top

Sri Lanka faces major debt crisis amid worst economic performance
Yahoo Singapore, 31 December 2001. Sri Lanka's government said that it was headed for a major debt crisis with local and foreign loan repayments surpassing total government revenue for the first time... 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

PM to meet editors every month
Sunday Times, 30 December 2001. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will meet editors of national newspapers once-a-month to brief them on the new Government's policies and initiatives in an effort to keep the country properly informed and to act as a sounding-board to public criticism, The Sunday Times has been informed... 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

Zimbabwe in dire straits
BBC, 30 December 2001. First Test, Colombo, day three (stumps): Zimbabwe (184 & 64-2) trail Sri Lanka (586-6 dec) by 338 runs... 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

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

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

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

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