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JULY 18, 2000 EST, USA
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UNP against Chandrika as Executive President
HindustanTimes, July 18. The opposition United National Party (UNP) has decided to tell President Chandrika Kumaratunga that it will not agree to her retaining the Executive Presidency under the new Constitution which is a Westminster style parliamentary system in which the President can only be a titular one. "We will not agree to the continuation of the Executive Presidency in any form, even for a transitional period. The UNP Executive Committee has called for the abolition of the Executive Presidency," Mr Mahinda Samarasinghe, UNP MP and member of the party's delegation at the Government-UNP constitutional talks, told The Hindustan Times. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 17:17:13 EDT 2000
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President says UNP vote for reforms ‘not sure’  - Island

Lankan elections in first week of November
Rediff, July 17. Parliamentary elections will be held as scheduled in the first week of November, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said. The Island newspaper reported that during a meeting of the ruling People's Alliance at Temple Trees, Kumaratunga's official residence, which lasted more than 11 hours, the president said parliament would be dissolved on schedule and elections held in the first week of November. On Sunday, Kumaratunga reiterated that elections will be held after passing the new constitution and creating an environment where all people can live with respect. More...
Published: Mon Jul 17 09:36:14 EDT 2000
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Lanka polls in Nov under new Constitution  - HT
New Constitution will be passed: Chandrika  - Hindu
'Lanka polls after adoption of new Constitution'  - TOI
Chandrika sets terms for holding elections  - Deccan Herald

Bomb explodes on railway track in Trincomalee
TOI, July 18. Suspected LTTE militants detonated a bomb planted on a railway track in eastern Trincomalee, minutes before a passenger train was to pass through but no damage was reported, while, nine terrorists were killed in sporadic clashes in the north and elsewhere. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 17:01:54 EDT 2000

Ex-General Faces Trial in Sri Lanka
yahoo-ap, July 18. A retired general has been charged in the deaths and disappearances of thousands of leftists, the first high-ranking military officer to face trial in the more than decade-old murders.The men are charged with murder, abduction and unlawful detention in connection with the disappearances of members of the People's Freedom Front.Weerasekera was the commander of an army camp in Anuradhapura when JVP members disappeared from the area. A state appointed commission found Weerasekera and his subordinates responsible for the disappearances and deaths of JVP members, prompting authorities to order a trial.he JVP, which has rejoined mainstream politics, says 60,000 of its members and supporters were killed during the uprising and 10,000 during a previous revolt in 1971 More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 12:13:56 EDT 2000
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Former Sri Lanka officers held over disappearances  - MSNBC
Lanka ex-General held for killing youth  - TOI

Lanka minister discharged in contempt case
TOI, July 18. A three-member bench of the court headed by Chief Justice Sarath Silva ruled that Sports Minister S.B. Dissanayake, a close confidante of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, did not have mala fide or bad intention when he remarked that the courts would be closed down and the judges could go home if they did not agree with the government's political reforms package. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 17:03:25 EDT 2000

Wickramasinghe denies meeting LTTE leader
TOI, July 18. Sri Lanka's main opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe on Tuesday denied any links with the LTTE and accused the government media of launching a smear campaign ahead of elections.He said the government media was making these allegations in order to denigrate him and his party before the parliament elections which were scheduled to be held later this year. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 17:05:36 EDT 2000
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Did Wickremesinghe meet LTTE leader on the sly?  - Hindu
Wickramasinghe met LTTE leader: reports  - Hindu
Sri Lanka opposition denies Tamil Tiger links  - 123India-afp

A chance for peace - An editorial
HindustanTimes, July 18. It would be somewhat churlish on the part of the Tamils and other ethnic groups to raise the issue of the position of Buddhism in the country. Buddhism has enjoyed a certain primacy in Sri Lanka, but so far as the state is concerned, much of it in practice is of a nominal character. What is important is that the state does not discriminate on the basis of religion, and the freedom of religion is generally respected. However, the issue is so sensitive in the Sri Lankan context that it alone is capable of derailing the whole process of working out a durable solution to the ethnic tangle. The other ethnic groups should not, therefore, discover these new issues, nor should the opposition UNP act fussy and upset the devolution apple-cart in mid-course. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 17:15:28 EDT 2000

NIIT to open 6 centres in Sri Lanka
TOI, July 18. Indian software and training major NIIT said on Monday that it was planning to expand its operations in neighbouring Sri Lanka by opening six computer education centres in the island nation. NIIT's plans would include offering of its benchmarked quality training based on its high-end e-technology that incorporates the latest e-commerce and internet technologies, an NIIT release here said. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 22:14:02 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees - Research And Resentment
India-Today, July 18. For the first time, two qualified academicians have researched the magnitude of the Sri Lankan Tamil refugee problem in Tamil Nadu. The study, which has brought out various aspects of the much-politicised Sri Lankan Tamil refugee problem in the state, strongly advocates 'a national legislation on refugees'.The study divides the Sri Lankan Tamils living in Tamil Nadu into three categories: 1) Refugees in Camps 2) Sri Lankan Tamils living outside the refugee camps 3) Tamil militants detained in special camps. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 22:44:46 EDT 2000

First E-book on Lankan history
Lakdiva, July 16. The resplendent and ever beautiful isle we know as Sri Lanka has a rich historical record. The Divapvamsa an Pali chronical in verse was compiled in 4th century A.D. It was the source for the Mahavamsa composed by a Buddhist monk at the Maha Vihara in Anuradhapura around the 6th century A.D. The Pali text of the epic is available today in the form of a commentary written from about the 12th century A.D which continued the record in the Culavamsa till 1815 on Ola manuscripts. We felt there was an urgent need to post on the world wide web a more detailed history of ancient Lanka. It is useful to select a more readable modern text than the original Mahavamsa but an interpretation old enough to be unbiased by the unfortunate turmoil of the recent past. We have selected the Short history of Ceylon by H. W. Codrington, B.A. (Oxon.) F.R.N.S. of the Ceylon Civil Service published in 1929 since it gives the history till 1833 in about 50,000 words. This E-book was translated to HTML by Rhajiv Ratnatunga in the summer of 2000. More...
Published: Mon Jul 17 19:28:14 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka troops claim killing nearly 1,000 Tigers
123India-afp, July 18. Sri Lankan security forces killed some 943 Tamil Tiger rebels between April and the middle of this month, the government said in a statement Tuesday. The 943 separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were killed in fighting concentrated mainly in the northern peninsula of Jaffna, the government's Special Media Information Centre (SMIC) said.It said the figures were obtained by monitoring radio communications between LTTE units. The fatalities included 13 self-styled lieutenant colonels, 59 majors, 63 captains, 68 lieutenants and 70 second lieutenants, the SMIC said, adding that most of those killed were Tigers from the eastern Batticaloa region. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 09:28:55 EDT 2000
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Sri Lankan government claims 1,000 rebels killed during the past three months.  - Roy Denish in Colombo
18 Tamil rebels killed in army attack  - TOI
Heavy fighting grips northern Sri Lanka, 112 dead  - 123India-afp
91 LTTE men killed in Army offensive  - 0
Tamil rebels attack temple in northeast Sri Lanka  - MSNBC
Separatist rebels steps-up attacks in northern Sri Lanka.  - Roy Denish in Colombo
Fresh fighting erupts in Sri Lanka's north  - MSNBC
At least 19 killed in fresh Sri Lanka fighting  - MSNBC
Sri Lanka troops kill seven Tigers in fresh fighting  - yahoo-afp
Tamil Rebels Fight Govt. Forces  - yahoo-ap
Fresh Conflict Claims Heavy Casualties in Sri Lanka  - Xinhua

Buddhists oppose draft constitution
TOI, July 18. After Tamil political parties, now it is the turn of Buddhists to oppose the draft of the new constitution. Leaders of Sinhala Buddhist organisations vehemently protested against the reported dropping of provisions of the present Constitution that gave place to Buddhism. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, president of the National Sangha Council, and other leaders said the draft of the proposed constitutuion drawn up by the ruling People's Alliance and opposition United National Party was the ``worst betrayal'' to Buddhism ever perpetuated by political leaders. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 16:58:30 EDT 2000
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Status of Buddhism bone of contention in Lanka  - HT
Kumaratunga's reforms are a sell-out: Sinhalese  - TOI
Monks give money to boost Sri Lanka war effort  - 123India

Sri Lanka accused of rights abuse
BBC, July 18. Two British members of the European Parliament have strongly criticised the Sri Lankan Government's human rights record. The MEPs, Richard Howitt and Robert Evans, say the government has not done enough to protect civilians caught up in the war against Tamil Tiger rebels and is covering up their suffering.The men accuse the authorities of implementing an oppressive press-censorship policy and of not allowing essential supplies, including baby food and medicine, to be distributed in areas controlled by the Tamil Tigers. Mr Evans denied suggestions - prompted by the large number of Tamils in his London constituency - that his visit to Sri Lanka was opportunist. The findings of the MEPs are likely to be warmly welcomed by the Tamil Tigers, who in recent months have themselves been strongly criticised by a variety of human-rights groups. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 14:40:54 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka price protest
BBC, july 18. Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, to protest against rising prices. The rally was part of a nation-wide protest organised by the main opposition United National Party (UNP). Demonstrators carried placards criticising the increase in the prices of food products, diesel, cooking gas and electricity. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 20:33:57 EDT 2000
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UNP to hold mass rally next week  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
Thousands protest against Sri Lanka price hikes  - MSNBC

Massive demonstration in commercial city of Sri Lanka.
Roy Denish in Colombo, SLT. 17: 07 Tuesday.. Hundreds of thousands of pro-opposition party supporters jammed the streets of Colombo to protest over the rising cost of living on Tuesday amidst a tight security.

The supporters of the United National Party (UNP) converged opposite the Maradana police station bringing rush-hour traffic to a complete standstill. The protestors demanded president Chandrika Kumaratunge's government to halt hiking the prices of the commodity items and take steps immediately to end rampant corruption.

A spokesman for the police headquarters said that at least 10,000 men, women and children were took part in the protest march and policemen were ordered to take extra precaution to prevent any demonstrator sneaking into high security zone, which houses the official residence of president Kumaratunge.
Published: Tue Jul 18 07:36:39 EDT 2000

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JVP protest against the President and rising cost of living  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
Sri Lanka party urges help against rising costs  - abcNews

Sri Lanka says rebels send old people to frontline
MSNBC, July 18. Sri Lanka, which often accuses Tamil Tigers of using children to fight government troops, said on Tuesday the rebels were sending old people to the frontline. ''The LTTE has been compelled to enlist elderly civilians for military training and subsequent deployment... Fifty-three such persons have also been killed during recent confrontations with security forces in Jaffna,'' Director of Government Information Ariya Rubasinghe said in the statement. ''At the time of the enlistment of these elderly people, the LTTE had promised them that they will be deployed to protect their own villages,'' the statement added. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 08:35:13 EDT 2000
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Tamils fed up with Lankan war  - TOI
Lankan lives on hold due to LTTE extortion  - TOI

Opposition halts traffic in Sri Lanka capital
123India-afp, July 18. Thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets here Tuesday to protest against escalating living costs, blocking a key intersection. An estimated 25,000 to 30,000 opposition activists thronged the Maradana railway station junction, halting traffic for nearly two hours as opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed the crowd. "We will stop the agitation we have launched today by establishing a government that will ensure people can live without the unbearable prices that we are facing today," Wickremesinghe said.His wife, Maithree, stood among the thousands of party loyalists and cheered as a petition to the gods was read out slamming the government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 08:41:49 EDT 2000

The growing cost of war
The Economist, July 17. DURING the 17 years of Sri Lanka's civil war, neither the government nor the Tamil Tiger rebels have lacked the money to pay for the weapons to go on fighting. The Tigers are kept going mainly by groups of sympathisers in Europe, North America and India. Just how much money they have raised is guesswork, but it must amount to many millions of dollars, since the Tigers have plenty of modern weapons, a small navy and a number of aircraft. The government's defence costs are published. Although the war remains affordable, at least in financial terms, there are signs of strains in the economy as a result of a surge in the fighting in recent months. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 09:35:30 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka's 'war footing' begins to affect economy  - yahoo-afp
Defence shopping spree sees prices on essentials soar  - SCMP

Talks to Be Held to Increase Sri Lankan Airline Flights
Xinhua, July 18. Sri Lanka's Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is to conduct a series of bilateral negotiations with aviation authorities in Australia, Britain, Indonesia and Yemen to cater to increasing tourist traffic, the official Daily News reported on Tuesday. "Tourist traffic to and from these countries is on the rise and the negotiations are aimed at increasing the existing capacity to meet the demand," a senior official of the ministry was quoted as saying. He said the ministry will hold negotiations with British aviation authorities in September to ascertain the possibility of increasing Sri Lankan Airline flights from its present nine schedules. Talks will also be held with Indonesian authorities in August followed by negotiations with Australia and Yemen. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 09:42:34 EDT 2000

Colombo bus drivers face crackdown
BBC, July 17. Traffic police in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, have launched a campaign to clean up the conduct of the city's bus drivers. New figures show that traffic in the city has doubled over the past 15 years, and the vast majority of commuters who struggle to work on the gridlocked roads do so by bus. But the drivers of the city's estimated 3,000 buses do not have a reputation for on-the-road etiquette. Nor are they renowned for their adherence to the highway code. More...
Published: Mon Jul 17 19:36:47 EDT 2000

Economic progress only way out of Lanka's woes
TOI, July 17. "People on Sri Lanka have accepted the war. It doesn't really touch them and life goes on," says Nadeem. Life, indeed, does go on in Sri Lanka. Some 320 kilometres to the north, nearly 40,000 Sri Lankan troops face guerrilla onslaughts by one of the world's most violent separatist force - the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - in a war which has entered its eighteenth year. But in capital Colombo, apart from stray suicide bombings or the blank, censored spaces in newspapers, there are no daily reminders of a carnage that has claimed more than 70,000 lives till date. More...
Published: Mon Jul 17 18:49:27 EDT 2000

Hundreds attend pet bird's funeral in Sri Lanka
vny, july 17. It was a highly unusual funeral. Hundreds of people, including school children and saffron-clad monks, gathered in a school ground to perform the last rites of a pet mynah bird.The dead bird was placed in a made-to-order coffin and was buried amid the chanting of hymns. Observing the same rituals followed in traditional Buddhist funerals, the owner offered alms to the monks.The chief priest of the local Buddhist temple delivered a sermon on the occasion.``Some narrow-minded people may laugh at this rare act, but it is an example of kindness toward animals,'' the monk said. More...
Published: Mon Jul 17 20:10:50 EDT 2000

Festival brings Korean culture to Sri Lanka
TheKorea Herald, July 18. Hoping to raise Korea's profile on the international stage, Korean residents in Sri Lanka are preparing to hold a large-scale cultural festival in the East Asian nation's capital city of Colombo this week.Korea Week 2000 event will kick off to much fanfare tomorrow night and introduce a great diversity of cultural, historical and economic aspects of Korea to the people of Sri Lanka during its six-day run until July 24.Under the sponsorship of the Korean Embassy there, the weeklong program promises to offer rare insight into Korea through 10 comprehensive programs on Korean traditional arts, movies, cuisine, literature and sports. More...
Published: Mon Jul 17 20:14:10 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka to become de facto federal state in fresh peace bid
123India, July 17. Sri Lanka is set to shed its "unitary" status and become a de facto federal state in line with a controversial political bid aimed at ending decades of ethnic bloodshed, political sources said Monday. President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her main opposition have agreed on the contentious issues of devolving power, but moving from the present statute to the new constitution remains a thorny problem, the sources said. President Kumaratunga wants to continue her second six year term in office until November 2006 and exercise her present executive powers, as well as the powers of the Prime Minister elected under the new constitution, during the transition.The main opposition United National Party (UNP) said the transitional provisions setting out how the country will move from the present unitary constitution to the new one was sprung on them 10 days ago.olitical analysts believe that the transitional provisions may be opposed by the UNP as well as by the minority Tamil parties which had wanted a shorter time period to move from the present system to the de facto federal arrangements. More...
Published: Mon Jul 17 09:50:34 EDT 2000
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Tamil political parties reject package  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
Several Tamil groups reject Sri Lanka draft reforms  - MSNBC
Lanka Tamils to be called for talks on constitutional change  - Deccan Herald

Khatami receives message from Sri Lankan counterpart
IRNA, July 17. ge from Sri Lankan counterpart Tehran, July 17, IRNA -- The special envoy of the Sri Lankan president, Mohamed H. Mohamed Ashroff here on Monday submitted a message from President Chandrika Kumaratunga to her Iranian counterpart President Mohammad Khatami. Referring to Tehran-Colombo friendly relations, The Iranian President expressed the hope that bilateral ties will further expand in the future. The Sri Lankan nation holds in high reverence the founder of the Islamic Republic, the late Imam Khomeini and eagerly follow up the reform policy of President Khatami's administration, he added. More...
Published: Mon Jul 17 10:24:42 EDT 2000

Parents of missing soldiers threaten to enter rebel-held areas
MSNBC-AP, July 17. Parents of missing government soldiers threatened on Sunday to enter rebel-controlled territory in Sri Lanka's north to search for their children.The parents believe that more than 500 soldiers are being held captive by separatist guerrillas in the Wanni jungles. Individuals and organizations require authorization both from the government and the rebels to enter the area controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. ''If this time we are not given approval to visit the Wanni jungles where our children are being held, we will do it by force,'' said Chandani Nanayakkara, a spokeswoman for The Association of Relatives of Servicemen Missing in Action. More...
Published: Sun Jul 16 20:42:26 EDT 2000
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Army says it has hold on Tamil Tigers
The Guardian-UK, July 15. The Sri Lankan military says it has brought the Tamil Tiger rebels' offensive to a halt around the main town in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, after what it reports as the heaviest fighting the area has seen for more than a month. The army says it has killed up to 100 rebels this week on the outskirts of Jaffna town. The Tigers say they have repulsed the army's advances and killed up to 50 soldiers.The Sri Lankan army's spokesman, Brigadier Pallitha Fernando, said troops were staging hit and run attacks against the Tigers - including the use of snipers - and causing heavy casualties on the Tamil side. "In recent skirmishes the rebels on average lost between seven and eight men a day," he said. More...
Published: Sat Jul 15 11:18:49 EDT 2000
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Tamil Nadu and the Sri Lankan crisis - An Article by G. Parthasarthy
Rediff, July 17. MGR listened patiently to my explanation. He made two salient points. Firstly, that he felt that the Government of India had been overgenerous in giving the LTTE a rather overbearing role in the proposed Interim Administrative Council. He felt the EPRLF deserved a larger representation. Secondly, that I should tell the prime minister he would support him in whatever action the prime minister deemed necessary in the national interest in Sri Lanka. He added that he had no doubt that the prime minister would do whatever was in the best interests of the Tamils. While MGR kept his word and the otherwise pro-LTTE elements in the state administration were directed to fall in line, his political compulsions were such that he did not personally ever attack the LTTE. More...
Published: Mon Jul 17 09:34:36 EDT 2000
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Jaffna Hindu College students stage protest against killing
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.30 a.m. SLT Monday July 17. Students at Jaffna Hindu College today staged a protest against the killing of a fellow student, Somasundaram Sanjeevan last Thursday July 13.

An Advanced Level student at Jaffna Hindu College, Somasundaram was allegedly shot dead by Sri Lanka Army soldiers last week when he was returning home after playing a game of soccer at the college.

The Army claim that Sanjeevan was a member of the LTTE. His parents have rejected this claim saying that Sanjeevan did not have any links with the rebels. His funeral will be held today in Jaffna.
Published: Mon Jul 17 08:18:43 EDT 2000

Tamil Tiger Fundraising in Canada Protested
India-West, July 17. Canada ban!" a man shouted into a small bullhorn. "Ter-ror-ism!" responded the more than 100 demonstrators who brandished placards and the national flags of Sri Lanka as they marched outside the offices of the Canadian Consul General here July 7 to protest Tamil Tiger fund-raising activities in that country.Brought together under a group that calls itself the Organizing Committee for Canadian Terrorism, a great many of the protesters carried placards, some of which read: "Toronto's Tiger Terror is Canada's Biggest Error," "Tamil Gandhi Killers Become Toronto's Pillars," and "Canada's Liberals Support Killers of the Worst Sort." More...
Published: Sun Jul 16 21:01:10 EDT 2000
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Switzerland asked to probe Tamil groups  - BBC
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Canada's Tamils Work for a Homeland From Afar  - NYT

UK plays mediator in resolving Lankan crisis
TOI, July 17. Even as the seven moderate parties rejected President Chandrika Kumaratunga's proposed package for constitutional reform, dismissing it as a ``farce'', foreign mediators continue with their efforts to settle the 17-year-old ethnic dispute in Sri Lanka.Foreign Ministry insiders too remain sceptical of efforts being made by the British government to attempt to resolve the crisis. ``The British government has a strong constituency of Tamil voters and cannot afford to annoy it by pushing the government's offer to the minority,'' says an insider. More...
Published: Sun Jul 16 20:37:14 EDT 2000
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Devolution package ignores Tamils of Indian origin’  - HT
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Sri Lanka -EP delegation arrives  - BBC
Top British official in Sri Lanka for talks  - 123India
Lanka to ask Britain to ban LTTE  - PTI

Tigers' refugee children returning home in coffins
Yahoo-afp, July 16. When a wave of children fleeing Sri Lanka's brutal ethnic war took to begging in the streets some five years ago, rebel Tamil separatists gave many of them shelter at a place called the Red Blossomed Garden.Now, a Tamil human rights group is accusing the rebels of turning the children into cannon fodder in their seemingly endless separatist war in the country's north.The Jaffna branch of the University Teachers for Human Rights (UTHR) say the children have been turned into child soldiers and many are coming back from front lines in sealed coffins.Many these children were taken off the streets by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), put into vans and deposited in the Red Blossomed Garden, the report said.This was a "Chencholai" home, one of a group of Tamil Tiger-sponsored orphanages around Jaffna, where, the UTHR alleges, children were indoctrinated into the Tamil Tiger military ethos.It cited the case of a mother who gave her child in 1995 to be brought up at the facility, and three years later was given a sealed coffin said to contain the remains of the 13-year-old. More...
Published: Sun Jul 16 12:55:20 EDT 2000
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War hits Sri Lankan children  - BBC
One million children in Sri Lanka affected by the war  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
Jaffna parents grieve as children forced to join Tigers  - TOI
Rights Group Cites Sri Lanka Rebels  - yahoo-ap
Sri Lanka child soldiers ending up in coffins  - Kyodo News
Tiger child soldiers ending up in sealed coffins: rights report  - yahoo-afp
LTTE's soldiers getting younger  - Hindu
LTTE forcibly recruiting children: Report  - HT
Sri Lanka rebels recruit children forcibly-report  - MSNBC

Chandrika should never have consulted UNP: TULF
HindustanTimes, July 14. SRI LANKAN President Chan-drika Kumaratunga told the moderate Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) on Thursday, that she had to water down her devolution proposals at the instance of the opposition United National Party (UNP) because that party’s support was required to secure two thirds majority in parliament. She appealed to the TULF and other Tamil parties to understand her compulsions and co-operate and not reject the package outright as they had done. “She should not have consulted the UNP in the first place,” fumed Mr V. Anandasangaree, TULF’s Senior Vice President. He said that Mrs Kumaratunga should have by-passed the UNP and gone straight to the people and convinced them that her package was necessary. When asked how the President could push the package through parliament with the required two thirds majority without the UNP’s support, Mr Anandasangaree said that the present parliament could be by-passed and a referendum on the question held. More...
Published: Fri Jul 14 23:13:03 EDT 2000

Kumaratunga's coalition faces dissension
TOI, July 14. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's governing coalition suffered a setback on Friday when one of its six partners decided to contest the next parliamentary elections on its own."The rationale is based on the need to project the Muslim dimension in national politics," said Rauf Hakeem, secretary of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.The Muslims comprise 6 per cent of the island nation's 18.6 million people and they can influence the election outcome in the troubled northeastern region. More...
Published: Fri Jul 14 17:30:33 EDT 2000
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Muslim party to battle alone  - BBC

Sri Lanka banking on Scottish connection -- again
yahoo, July 18. When Sri Lanka's coffee crop was wiped out in a blight in 1849, a Scotsman came to the rescue and introduced tea growing. A hundred and fifty years later, the island is banking on another gift from Scotland -- golf.The country has built its first international-level golf course in this picturesque central mountain region, and officials believe it will help woo upmarket holiday makers, especially from Japan and Arab countries.The Victoria Golf Club, which borrows its name from a nearby dam, is already up and running. Its pro, Nishantha Sumith, is coaching several Japanese executives working in Sri Lanka. He says the Japanese golfers find the 27-dollar weekend greens fees an attractive bargain. More...
Published: Tue Jul 18 09:40:34 EDT 2000

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