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SRI LANKAN WAR WIDOWS LOST BUREAUCRATIC MAZE
Malaysian News. LABUNORUWA, Sri Lanka, Aug 1 (Bernama) - The dusty track in this village is like another village path in Sri Lanka's harsh dry zone except that the nameboard has some unique features unlike normal nameboards and bears some unusual names. "Our young are just dying away in the war," laments rice farmer Heen Appuhamy, who himself lost a son in the war. If losing their sons or husbands is enough grief to the village, it is worst when government compensation schemes don't reach them. More...
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Lakdiva. 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...
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Sri Lanka seeks Tiger talks on land-mark peace deal, protests mount
123India-AFP, August 4. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Thursday sought a response from separatist Tamil Tigers rebels to her de facto federal constitution as Buddhist monks and Marxists mounted strong opposition.

Kumaratunga told parliament that she expected the views of separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to her land-mark draft constitution which seeks to turn the country into a de facto federal state. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 23:32:00 EDT 2000


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Sri Lanka presents draft constitution, invites rebels for talks
ABC, August 4. Sri Lanka"s government presented a new constitution Thursday offering autonomy to minority Tamils and invited the rebels for talks to end their 17-year-old separatist war. The twin initiatives constitute the most extensive attempt by the government to make peace with the rebels, but fall short of the independence sought by many minority Tamils. The war, which began in 1983, has killed 62,000 people. If Parliament approves the constitution Wednesday, it would guarantee the 3.2 million Tamils a greater say in running their affairs in Sri Lanka"s north and east where they are in the majority. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that if Parliament passes the constitution, the government would still be required to present it to the nation for a referendum. There was no comment from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, but TamilNet, a Web site which gives the Tamil perspective on the civil war, had a June 29 statement from the rebels" London-based ideologue Anton Balasingham rejecting the proposals. "The LTTE will not accept this package because it has nothing substantial to form the foundation for a permanent solution to the Tamil national question," he was quoted as saying. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 23:48:56 EDT 2000
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Sri Lankan opposition burns draft reform plan in parliament  - 123India
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It's talks or war, Chandrika tells LTTE  - Charu Lata Joshi, TOI
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Kumaratunga promises to refer Draft bill to LTTE for talks  - PTI
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Former finance minister defects ahead of key Sri Lanka vote  - 123India
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JVP and buddhist monks intensify protest against new constitutional reforms.  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo
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Lanka presents new constitution; invites rebels for talks  - TOI
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Protests greet Sri Lanka's political reforms  - ABC
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Sri Lankan statute Bill introduced  - The Hindu
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Storm over Sri Lanka plan  - BBC

Constitution Bill tabled in Lanka
Daily Pioneer, August 4 2000 Colombo. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Thursday presented the controversial draft constitution bill in parliament after supreme court ordered to hold a national referendum if it wanted to go ahead with the move. Chandrika herself presented the bill amidst demonstrations by ultra left wing Janatha Vimukti Perumuna (JVP). As the MP's began converging into the house, police sealed off the main roads leading to the parliament.Even pressmen were taken in special vehicles to the parliament. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 22:31:41 EDT 2000

Lanka to be federal in all but name
P Balachanddran Hndustan Times, 01:30 IST|Friday,August 4, 2000, . The Constitution Bill presented to the Sri Lankan Parliament by President Chandrika Kumaratunga today, envisages a basic structure which will be federal in all but name. The devolution of power promised by this bill goes far beyond any given so far, including the 13th Amendment, which brought into being the Provincial Councils in 1988. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 22:08:28 EDT 2000
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What the Constitution Bill says  - Nirupama Subramanian The Hindu

Sri Lanka plans change in electoral system
123India, Thursday, 3 Aug.. Sri Lanka's cabinet Thursday announced plans to drastically change the election system just three weeks before the term of the parliament was due to expire. The government said in a statement the cabinet decided to change the proportional representation system, but did not specify what new system would take its place.There had been speculation that the government may go for a first-past-the post system or a combination of both that would be more advantageous to the ruling party in the elections due by November 9.The sudden decision to change the electoral system came after President Chandrika Kumaratunga unveiled in parliament a draft constitution which she believes will end decades of ethnic bloodshed.The new constitution seeks to turn the country into a de facto federal state and the government believes a greater degree of autonomy to minority Tamils will wean away Tamil moderates from the extremists fighting for a separate state. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 16:02:09 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Govt. Drafts Constitution
NAMINI WIJEDASA, Associated Press, COLOMBO, Thursday August 3 8:23 AM ET. The government proposed a new constitution Thursday that aims to end a separatist war by giving autonomy - but not independence - to minority Tamils in Sri Lanka. Rebels from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have already rejected the offer, saying they will settle for nothing less than a separate homeland.TamilNet, which gives the Tamil perspective of the civil war,put on its Web site Thursday a June 29 statement from the rebels' theoretician, Anton Balasingham, in London: ``The LTTE will not accept this package because it has nothing substantial to form the foundation for a permanent solution to the Tamil national question.'' More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 20:19:44 EDT 2000
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Chandrika offers to discuss Constitution with LTTE  - Hindu

Supreme Court orders referendum for Sri Lanka reform
123India, Thursday, 3 Aug.. Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Thursday ordered the government to hold a national referendum if it wanted to press ahead with a controversial move to turn the country into a de facto federal state. The Supreme Court ruling, read out by parliament Speaker K. B. Ratnayake at an emergency session, said that the assembly must first approve the draft statute by a two thirds majority.President Chandrika Kumaratunga was attending the special session of the house Thursday when the draft bill to adopt a new constitution was moved amid escalating opposition within and outside parliament.Nine political parties and individuals petitioned the Supreme Court Wednesday to stop the statute bill going ahead. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 03:59:57 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka's new constitution faces supreme court challenge  - AsiaGateway
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Supreme Court has no jurisdiction says Choksy  - Government website

Crucial meeting lasted 15 minutes
PRIU, Thursday Aug 3, 12:11:10. A crucial meeting just one day before the presentation of the Constitutional Amendment Bill to Parliament at Temple Trees lasted only 15 minutes and both, President Kumaratunga and Opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe were not present at the meeting. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 12:05:44 EDT 2000

UNP opts out of debating Constitution Bill
TamilNet, August 3. Sri Lanka's main opposition, the United National Party (UNP) has decided not to participate in the debate on the new Constitution Bill submitted by the Government to the Parliament. This decision was taken at the UNP parliamentary group meeting chaired by Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe, Leader of the Opposition Thursday. When the debate commences on Tuesday in Parliament, Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe will issue a statement in this regard, UNP sources said. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 12:03:04 EDT 2000
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Lanka won't be divided on ethnic basis: Chandrika  - India Express

Marxists, monks block traffic against reform bill
123India, Thursday, 3 Aug.. Thousands of leftists and Buddhist monks staged a sit-down protest near parliament Thursday against government plans to turn Sri Lanka into a de facto federal state in a bid to end ethnic bloodshed. The Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, demonstrated along the main road leading to parliament as hundreds of heavily-armed police and soldiers stood guard while anti-riot squads were also placed on alert.Tension mounted both inside and outside parliament as President Chandrika Kumaratunga travelled by helicopter to the assembly, located on a small man-made island, to defend her controversial political bid.A small group of government supporters also gathered outside parliament shouting slogans in favour of the reforms.Anti-riot squads with water cannons and teargas stood between the two groups of demonstrators who eventually dispersed after nearly three hours of shouting slogans. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 06:03:44 EDT 2000

UNP to oppose the constitutional reforms
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1818 SLT 03 August 2000. The United National Party today decided to oppose the new convolutional reforms saying that the party had not agreed with the government on some sections of the constitution. At a meeting of the Party's parliamentary group Opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe said certain sections were added on that were discussed at a series of meetings between the UNP and the government. The UNP leader would make a statement at the start of the parliamentary debate and then the party would boycott the debate
Published: Thu Aug 3 08:30:48 EDT 2000

President says she is confident of the new constitution receiving parliamentary approval
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1815 SLT 03 August 2000. President Kumaratunga told parliament today that she was confident that the government would get the two thirds majority necessary to pass the New Constitution. " Once the constellation is passed by parliament it will be presented to the LTTE" the President said. The government needs to support of alll minority parties as well as a minimum of 12 votes from the Opposition United National Party to win approval for the reforms. The government has been lobbying opposition members with premisses of money and other favours in a bid to get their vote. Opposition M.P's shouted protests through out her speech and threw copies of the constitution to the ground in protest against the government rushing through the reforms with just two weeks to go for dissolution of Parliament.
Published: Thu Aug 3 08:30:47 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Govt. Drafts Constitution
Northernlight, Thursday Aug 3, 11:55:22. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- The government proposed a new constitution Thursday that aims to end a separatist war by giving autonomy -- but not independence -- to minority Tamils in Sri Lanka. If passed by Parliament, the document will guarantee the 3.2 million Tamils a greater say in running their own affairs in areas where they are in the majority. It is the first time since fighting began in 1983 that a government made a determined effort to change the constitution to appease Tamils. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that if Parliament passes the constitution by a two-thirds majority, the government will be required to present it to the nation for a referendum. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 11:48:46 EDT 2000
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Government present Constitutional reforms  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

Sri Lanka's best medal hopeful not so hopeful
yahoo, August 3. Controversial sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe is Sri Lanka's best hope of an Olympic medal in 52 years. But the usually gung-ho athlete is not so confident about her prospects.Jayasinghe, 24, qualified to enter the country's Asian Games and Olympic squad last month. But her times were disappointing and she is nursing a swelling of the left knee which has hampered her training.Jayasinghe has been bogged down in controversy, starting with her failing a dope test and followed by a sex-scandal in which she accused a top official of the sports ministry of harassment. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 11:06:12 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka to talk land-mark peace deal with Tigers, protests mount
123India, Thursday, 3 Aug.. Sri Lankan troops killed at least 11 Tamil Tiger rebels in fresh fighting in the embattled northern peninsula of Jaffna, the government said in a statement Thursday. Five men from the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were killed Wednesday after another six were gunned down in the same area of the peninsula, the government's Special Media Information Centre (SMIC) said. Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Thursday said she was seeking a response from the separatist Tamil Tigers rebels to her political plan aimed at ending decades of ethnic bloodshed. Kumaratunga said a copy of her land-mark draft constitution unveiled in parliament Thursday will be sent to the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)."Stop the war and come for talks," Kumaratunga told the LTTE, which has been accused of trying to kill her in a suicide bomb attack here on December Kumaratunga narrowly escaped assassination, but lost her right eye in the blast. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 06:57:10 EDT 2000
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President presents the Draft Constitution today  - Government website

Lanka's largest WAN takes off ground
PRIU, Thursday Aug 3, 12:16:18. A historical agreement was signed recently between Sri Lanka's number one corporate giant John Keels Holdings (JKH) and Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) to launch the largest Wide Area Network in Sri Lanka with the latest state-of-the art- technology, including optical fibre cable conductivity. The Rs. 240m worth of network is to provide voice, data and other multi-media services, such as video conferencing to all of the JKH 150 locations. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 12:11:11 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka president seeks Tiger views on peace plan
123India, Thursday, 3 Aug.. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga told parliament Thursday she was seeking a response from the separatist Tamil Tigers rebels to her political plan aimed at ending decades of ethnic bloodshed. Kumaratunga said a copy of a new draft constitution she unveiled in parliament Thursday will be sent to the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to consider their views."Stop the war and come for talks," Kumaratunga told the LTTE, which has been accused of trying to kill her in a suicide bomb attack here on December 18. Kumaratunga narrowly escaped assassination, but lost her right eye.She warned the government would escalate its offensive against the Tigers unless the rebels accepted the peace plan, which seeks to turn the country into a de facto federal state."The day that we will chase (LTTE Leader Velupillai) Prabhakaran away and hit him is not far," Kumaratunga said as her ruling People's Alliancelegislators thumped their desks in the 225-member assembly. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 06:05:42 EDT 2000

New Jaffna Commander to assume duties today
Government website, Thursday, 3 Aug.. Major General Anton Wijendra is to assume duties today as Security Forces Commander of Jaffna, military sources revealed. The following is a profile of the new Jaffna Commander released by the Special Media Information Centre yesterday:Maj. Gen. A. E. D. Wijendra joined the Sri Lanka Army as an officer cadet in Feb 1970 and on completion of training at the Army Training Centre Diyatalawa was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 1st Field Regiment of the Sri Lanka Engineers. Having completed several specialised training courses, in Military Engineering at the College of Military Engineering in Pune, India and Mechanical Engineering in Japan, he served in his regiment as a troop commander and a squadron commander in command of Engineer detachments engaged in national construction projects connected with the Mahaweli Development Scheme. He was also the Adjutant of the Regiment and served as ADC to the then Commander of the Army Maj. Gen. J. E. D. Perera VSV. As a Major he was placed in command of troops deployed on counter insurgency in Vavuniya in 1984/1985. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 03:55:13 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka troops kill 11 Tiger rebels
123India, Thursday, 3 Aug.. Sri Lankan troops killed at least 11 Tamil Tiger rebels in fresh fighting in the embattled northern peninsula of Jaffna, the government said in a statement Thursday. Five men from the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were killed Wednesday after another six were gunned down in the same area of the peninsula, the government's Special Media Information Centre (SMIC) said. It said five government soldiers were wounded in the clashes. The Tiger guerrillas are leading a drawn-out campaign for independence in the island's northeast. More than 60,000 people have been killed in the fighting in the past two decades. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 06:07:24 EDT 2000

Govt urge UNP to give fullest cooperation to Bill
Government website, Thursday, 3 Aug.. The Government issued a statement yesterday urging the opposition party and its leadership to give its fullest cooperation to the Constitution Bill, which will be presented in Parliament today stating the Government has gone a long way to accommodate a large number of amendments proposed by the UNP to the original draft. "This endeavour, in the final count, would be the only alternative to violence and murder in resolving the Tamil question and for Peace in our land," the statement issued by the Presidential Secretariat said after yesterday's PA-UNP talks. "The Government has received the approval of the people to make a new Constitution that would embody solutions to the ethnic question. The Government considers that it is its bounden duty to implement the mandates given by the people," the release added. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 03:53:52 EDT 2000

Protests galore against Chandrika's political reforms
TOI, August 3. Political and civil rights groups flooded Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Wednesday with petitions challenging President Chandrika Kumaratunga's controversial draft Constitution.With just one day available to file action against the country's most controversial bill in years, several organisations including three political parties and one civil rights group, rushed to the court with their petitions.They also protested against Chief Justice Sarath Silva heading the three-member bench hearing the constitutionality of the draft Constitution as he was one of its co-authors when he held the post of attorney general. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 19:37:42 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka offers Tigers autonomy
Ananova, Thursday 3rd August 2000. The Sri Lankan government has presented a draft constitution that aims to end the country's seperatist war by giving autonomy - but not independence - to the minority Tamils. If passed by the Parliament, the new constitution will guarantee Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamils a greater say in running their own affairs in the north where they are in the majority. Parliament is expected to debate the draft for three days before a vote is taken. The government hopes moderates among the Tamils will support the move, which could eventually sideline the rebels. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 01:19:34 EDT 2000

Lanka panel to review changes in Contitution
Asian Age, Colombo, August.2 . A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court commenced examination of the draft Constitution bill, which is to be presented to Parliament on Thursday, to determine whether the bill is in consistence with legality. More...
Published: Thu Aug 3 00:04:33 EDT 2000

Clerical aristocracy on the warpath
Nirupama Subramanian,The Hindu, COLOMBO, AUGUST 2.. It is Sri Lanka's other army. A 27,000-strong force ever prepared to protect the country. But unlike the regular army, this one is not required to go to the front. Rather, it takes to the streets whenever it perceives a threat to the country, it is not answerable to the Government and has its own agenda, which is promotion of Sinhala-Buddhism. And, it is entirely fitted out in saffron. The monks, in keeping with the traditions of the Theravada school practised in this country, are more aggressively protective of their faith and more politically conscious than their counterparts in other parts of the world. ``The Buddhist clergy consider themselves the key stake-holders in the political process of this country and important members of its power-elite. They are Sri Lanka's clerical aristocracy,'' said Dr. Jayadeva Uyangoda, who teaches political science at the Colombo University. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 23:47:49 EDT 2000

Citizenship for Tamils
Hindu, August 3. If Sri Lanka's proposed new Constitution is adopted, it will resolve one of the more tragic aspects of the country's ethnic crisis but one that has no connection with the conflict in the north-east of the Island nation. Under the proposed Constitution, thousands of Tamils of recent Indian origin, officially categorised as Indian Tamils, most of whom work on Sri Lanka's tea estates, will be finally granted citizenship after being stateless for five decades. Sri Lanka's stateless comprise Indian Tamils who obtained Indian passports under the terms of the 1964 Sirima-Shastri pact but did not get repatriated to India, and their descendants. In all, they number around 86,000. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 19:40:55 EDT 2000

Girl reveals LTTE conscription
chennaiOnline, August 3. A 14-year-old girl LTTE cadre, who surrendered to security forces, said she had been conscripted by the separatist outfit when she was barely seven.Her statement was made public by the government Information Directorate. ‘Indira’ said she had been studying in class 2 in Mankulam area when she was forcibly taken away by an LTTE cadre called Tanam Akka to a camp in 1993. She had been trained to handle T56 rifle and hand grenades. The cadre number given to her was ENA 2173, she said. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 20:18:10 EDT 2000

Heavy security in Colombo on eve of unveiling new bill
TOI, August 3. Sri Lanka's new draft constitution, which proposes to combine powers of the presidency and that of the prime minister and offers a broad package of autonomy to govern the temporarily merged Tamil-dominated north-eastern province, will be submitted to parliament here on Thursday amidst unprecedented security measures. Scores of policemen and army personnel are being lined up on several key roads leading to parliament to prevent Buddhist monks from blocking roads leading to the legislature, official sources said here. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 19:35:06 EDT 2000

Chandrika set to unveil new Constitution
TOI, August 2. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga will make a radical bid for ethnic peace when she presents a new Constitution to Parliament on Thursday, seeking to meet the minority Tamils' demand for greater autonomy by turning the island nation into a quasi federation.The draft Constitution revealed that while the country would revert to the Westminister system from the present executive presidency, Kumaratunga will continue to retain the powers of the executive president for six more years even as she assumes the office of the Prime Minister. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 19:32:50 EDT 2000

Key vote for Sri Lanka
BBC, August 2. The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, faces one of the most important periods of her six years in power on Thursday when she presents her plans to change the constitution in parliament. The devolution proposals in the reform package are the culmination of efforts by the president to bring an end to the country's 16-year-old civil war, which has resulted in 60,000 deaths.If the changes go ahead, Sri Lanka in effect will become a federal state in which President Kumaratunga will wield even more influence than she does today. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 15:55:38 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka tries to woo monks on war path
123India, August 2. Sri Lanka's ruling party was Wednesday desperately trying to win support from the influential Buddhist clergy who told the government to press ahead with a controversial peace plan but only over their dead bodies. President Chandrika Kumaratunga had been trying to meet with two leaders of the Buddhist hierarchy to seek their blessings to the controversial bid to turn the country into a de facto federal state.Sources close to the monks said the President's office had been in touch with the two main temples in the central town of Kandy to meet with the leaders of the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters of monks, but no meeting had taken place. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 13:01:10 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka's main opposition formally pulls out of reform deal
123India, Wednesday Aug 2, 08:33:15. COLOMBO, Aug 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition party Wednesday formally withdrew support for President Chandrika Kumaratunga's controversial political reform bill, 24 hours before it was due to be placed before parliament. The opposition United National Party (UNP), which holds the balance of power to make or break the reforms, informed the government Wednesday at their final round of talks that they would oppose the reform bid. The UNP said it also decided to meet with the influential Buddhist clergy and unilaterally explain their position regarding the reforms which seek to turn the country into a de facto federal state. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 08:27:32 EDT 2000

Chandrika may get wide support for new constitution; parties cautious
AsiaGateway, Wednesday Aug 2, 08:05:20. Political observers expect the Sri Lankan President, Mrs Chandrika Kumaratunga, to get a wide measure of support, if not a two-thirds majority, for her Constitution Bill which is to be placed in Parliament on Thursday. The President herself is reported to be "very confident" of getting the 150 votes needed to give her a two-thirds majority in a House of 225. The present strength of the ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) and its fellow travellers is 138. Even the UNP may hold its horses because the party could undergo a minor split on this issue. Indeed, President Kumaratunga's optimism about getting two-thirds majority rests on the possibility of some UNP MPs crossing over at the time of voting. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 08:00:04 EDT 2000

PA - UNP talks today
AsiaGateway, Wednesday Aug 2, 08:25:10. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has invited the United National party for another round of talks today (2) at Temple Trees on the proposed Bill on Constitutional Reforms. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will not be participating in today's talks but party Chairman Karu Jayasuriya is to lead the delegation, party sources said. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 08:19:20 EDT 2000

SA snatch thrilling win
BBC, August 2. South Africa squared the series with a seven-run triumph after Arjuna Ranatunga had threatened to win the match for Sri Lanka on a thrilling final day at the Asgiriya Stadium. Set 177 to win, the home side were bowled out for 169 with left-arm spinner Nicky Boje having Mutthiah Muralitharan caught behind by Mark Boucher. It was a tremendous performance by the tourists, who had reduced Sri Lanka to 21 for four and then saw Ranatunga threaten to take the match away from them with a magnificent exhibition of attacking batting. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 08:48:38 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka faces Buddhist opposition over key reform
MSNBC, Wednesday July 2, 07:45:20. COLOMBO, Aug. 2 — The Sri Lankan government was on Wednesday desperately trying to muster support from militant Buddhist monks who have threatened to fast until death against a new constitution aimed at ending the long ethnic war. But a day before the government is to table its draft constitution at a special sitting of parliament, it seemed highly unlikely the influential monks in the mainly Buddhist country would throw their weight behind the peace effort. The Supreme Court was on Wednesday expected to give a favourable ruling on the legality of the new constitution, making it impossible for anybody to challenge it in the courts. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 07:52:32 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka set go federal in bid to end ethnic bloodshed
123India-AFP, August 2. Sri Lanka is set to unveil a new statute that will make country a de facto federal state in which President Chandrika Kumaratunga will have unprecedented powers, the draft bill showed Wednesday.

The draft constitution which is aimed at ending decades of ethnic bloodshed that has claimed more than 60,000 lives in the past two decades is to be presented in parliament Thursday as a bill "urgent in the national interest." More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 06:28:05 EDT 2000

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Sri Lanka on alert ahead of reform bill
123India, Wednesday Aug 2, 08:33:10. COLOMBO, Aug 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka was placed on red alert Wednesday as the government tried to rush a new constitution through parliament that seeks to turn the country into a de facto federal state. Officials said security was being tightened around parliament as the government prepared to press ahead with the draft statute aimed at ending decades of ethnic bloodshed that has killed over 60,000 people. Officials said parliament was due to debate the bill for three days and put it to a vote on August 9. More...
Published: Wed Aug 2 08:31:38 EDT 2000

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