The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 31, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 269

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Atukorale’s death a severe blow to the UNP
Amantha Perera in Colombo, 10.10a.m. SLT Tuesday January 1. The sudden death of assistant UNP leader Gamini Atukorale will be a severe blow to the resurgent UNP. Atukorale (50) played a prominent role in taking on the former PA regime while in opposition. He was instrumental in the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice and the no-confidence motion against the PA. He was appointed the minister of Transport and Aviation in the new government and was campaigning to re-launch the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice and to launch an investigation into the privatization of the Air Lanka at the time of his death at his estate in Rathnapura early this morning.
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Sri Lanka economy 'in recession'
BBC, December 31. Sri Lanka's central bank has announced that the economy in recession following the worst performance since independence from Britain 53 years ago... Back to the top

Colombo `happy' to hand over SAARC chair
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Attackers of Tamil journalist linked to security forces
Amantha Perera in Colombo, 1.20 p.m. SLT Monday December 31. The assailants of Tamil Net contributor Dharmaratnam Sivaram are believed to be closely linked with the Counter Subversive Unit (CSU), according to sources close to the victim... Back to the top

Wheat imports to be made tax free
Amantha Perera in Colombo, 3.30 p.m. SLT Monday December 31. The UNF Government is exploring the possibility of removing the 35% tax levied on wheat imports, according to Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake... Back to the top

Lankan president returns after foreign vacation
Times of India, 01 January 2001. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga returned home Monday after a nine-day private visit to Europe, officials here said... Back to the top

India to export 3-lakh tonne wheat to Lanka
The Hindu NUS, New Delhi, Dec. 31. (PTI). In what is likely to be a large captive market for India, Sri Lanka is to import three lakh tonne wheat annually from India at concessional rates... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

Sri Lanka wrap up emphatic victory
BBC Sports, 01 December 2001. Spinner Muttiah Muralitharan finished with eight wickets in the game as Sri Lanka wrapped up their sixth successive Test win with a day to spare... 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
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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
123India.com, 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

Sri Lanka gets a taste of peace as truce holds
TheAgeCom.au, 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

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

Zimbabwe in dire straits
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