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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...
US State Department. Colombo, 4 August 2000 - The U.S. State Department announced on July 31 that the mail-in period for the next U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program (DV-2002) will run from noon, October 2, through noon, November 1, 2000. There is no application fee and no special application form is required. The application with the necessary information can simply be typed on a blank sheet of paper. More...
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Sri Lanka Constitution Rejected
Yahoo/AP, Friday August 4 6:41 AM ET. Sri Lanka's main opposition party said Friday it would not support a proposed constitution giving autonomy to minority Tamils, dampening the president's hopes of mustering the votes needed for parliamentary approval. Kumaratunga's People's Alliance has a one-vote majority in the 225-seat Parliament. Seven opposition lawmakers have defected to her side, and she says the new constitution will get the backing of the needed 150 lawmakers. The opposition, however, says the government is short by at least 16 votes. 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. More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 20:08:54 EDT 2000
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Electoral system to be changed  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo
Sri Lanka peace bid bogged down in numbers game  - HT
Sri Lanka Cabinet refers Reforms Bill to SC  - The Hindu
Chandrika for protection of minorities  - PTI
Ranil looses control over party  - PRIU
New, Tamil-Friendly Constitution for Sri Lanka?  - New York Times
Buddhism can't be preserved without protecting minority rights  - PTI/Yahoo
UNP rejects new constitution  - The Times of India
Sri Lanka Constitution Rejected  - NorthernLight
Chandrika's bid to woo UNP MPs  - The Hindu
Lanka panel to review changes in Contitution  - Asian Age
Sri Lanka plans change in electoral system  - 123India
Sri Lanka to amend election laws  - AsiaGateway
Sri Lanka to expand parliament ahead of polls  - 123India

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Country will not be divided: Chandrika
AsianAge, Friday Aug 4, 01:48:12. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Thursday told Parliament that the country would never be divided on ethnic basis and her government would never attempt to do so. The government fully understands the problem of Tamils. There was clear distinction between the war unleashed by the LTTE and the problems being faced by the Tamils. She said her government never attempted to hold secret talks with the LTTE, and denied allegations that she was in hurry to get the bill passed without proper discussion with the Buddhist clergy. More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 01:43:46 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka parties rush to court to stop electoral changes ahead of poll  - 123India-AFP
Sri Lanka drops democracy, socialism from new statute  - 123India-AFP
Sri Lanka offers Tigers autonomy  - Ananova
Sri Lanka Govt. Drafts Constitution  - Northernlight
Government present Constitutional reforms  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo
Lanka won't be divided on ethnic basis: Chandrika  - India Express
President says she is confident of the new constitution receiving parliamentary approval  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo
Sri Lanka Govt. Drafts Constitution  - NAMINI WIJEDASA, Associated Press
Chandrika offers to discuss Constitution with LTTE  - Hindu
Lanka to be federal in all but name  - P Balachanddran Hndustan Times
What the Constitution Bill says  - Nirupama Subramanian The Hindu
Constitution Bill tabled in Lanka  - Daily Pioneer
Sri Lanka seeks Tiger talks on land-mark peace deal, protests mount  - 123India-AFP
Sri Lanka presents draft constitution, invites rebels for talks  - ABC
Sri Lankan opposition burns draft reform plan in parliament  - 123India
It's talks or war, Chandrika tells LTTE  - Charu Lata Joshi, TOI
Kumaratunga promises to refer Draft bill to LTTE for talks  - PTI
Former finance minister defects ahead of key Sri Lanka vote  - 123India
JVP and buddhist monks intensify protest against new constitutional reforms.  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo
Lanka presents new constitution; invites rebels for talks  - TOI
Protests greet Sri Lanka's political reforms  - ABC
Sri Lankan statute Bill introduced  - The Hindu
Storm over Sri Lanka plan  - BBC

Sri Lanka's Endemic Mangroves Face Extinction
AsiaGateway, Friday, Aug. 4. Rizophora, a mangrove species endemic to Sri Lanka, is on the verge of extinction, according to a latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The report said Rizophora on the southwestern coat of Sri Lanka has almost disappeared due to the clearance of mangrove areas to make ponds to raise fish and prawns."Mangrove forests have been cut for fodder, timber, firewood, production of charcoal, cultivation and land reclamation. These have attributed to their alarming reduction," it said. The report noted that about a million hectares of mangrove forests have been converted to aquaculture ponds all over the world and the genus Rizophora is becoming rare on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka and the eastern coast of Australia. More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 13:28:05 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka fighting claims nine Tamil guerrillas
123India, Friday Aug 4, 14:55:01. COLOMBO, Aug 4 (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops killed eight Tamil rebels in the north of the country, while another killed himself with a bomb as he was about to be arrested, the government said Friday. It also said seven government soldiers were wounded when the rebels ambushed a military vehicle in the east of the country on Thursday. More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 14:49:42 EDT 2000

Ex DIG nabbed at BIA
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2 p.m. SLT Friday August 4. Former Deputy Inspector General of Police Douglas Peiris was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport today. Peiris fled the country in 1995 after investigations found that he was the mastermind behind the Batalanda torture cases. Sources said, that Peiris has been brought to Colombo by a Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officer to give evidence against the Leader of the Opposition, Ranil Wickremasinghe, before the country faces its next polls. Before his arrest today, Pieris had been domiciled in Switzerland.
Published: Fri Aug 4 04:13:58 EDT 2000

Terrorist smuggling medicine stock to Tiger hospital killed
PRIU, Friday Aug 4, 10:32:12. An LTTE terrorist with a large stock of medicine ready to be transported to a Tiger hospital was killed by the Special Task Force on patrol duty in Kalawanchikudy, Batticaloa, when he was attempting to flee the scene, military sources revealed. These varieties of medicine there had been a cyanide capsule, hand grenades and a T56 gun. More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 10:27:06 EDT 2000

Rs 131 cr. Sri Lankan export order for BHEL
The Hindu, Friday, 4 Aug. . Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., (BHEL) has procured a Rs 131 crore export order from Sri Lanka for manufacturing and supplying equipments to a private Kelanitisa power project. ``With this the company has achieved a breakthrough in the overseas private power plant market segment by securing the first ever export order for an Independent Power Project (IPP) in Sri Lanka,'' Bhel said in a statement here. Under the contract, BHEL would manufacture and supply gas turbine generating equipment (124 Mw) along with associated auxiliaries and spares for this gas-based power project being set up by AES. Besides, supervision of erection and commissioning of the equipment would be undertaken by BHEL. More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 10:25:20 EDT 2000

Suicide bomber blows himself up in S.Lanka's Jaffna
ABC, Friday Aug 4, 10:18:20. COLOMBO, Aug 4 (Reuters) - A Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew himself up at a security check point in Sri Lanka"s northern Jaffna town, the government said on Friday. The bomber detonated his explosives when he was stopped by security forces on Thursday, the government said in a statement. It did not say if anybody else was killed or wounded. More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 10:12:12 EDT 2000

Susanthika not too confident
HT, Friday, 4 Aug. . 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 track and field 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. "I will certainly give my best, " Jayasinghe said during a break from training. "I know the competition I will face has been training very well, but I can't say the same about myself." She said she had to take part in Grand Prix events to earn her upkeep in the US where she underwent training last year. Jayasinghe left Sri Lanka early last year after serious differences with local sports officials whom she accused of trying to ruin her career. More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 04:48:00 EDT 2000

South Asians among top criminals in UK
Indiaabroad, Friday, 4 Aug. . South Asian criminals are among the best in Britain and easily hold their own against criminals from other ethnic backgrounds, according to a newly published review by the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS). Gangsters from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are active in the wholesale trafficking of drugs. They are also widely involved in making and distributing counterfeit clothing, large-scale mortgage fraud and the cloning of mobile telephones. When it comes to trade in heroin, South Asians are surpassed only by ethnic Turkish organizations. Cocaine is the monopoly of well-organized Colombian and West Indian criminals. The NCIS report, entitled 'The Threat from Serious and Organised Crime', says the trade in illegal immigrants and drugs, as well as Internet fraud has noticeably increased. It adds that the rise in organized crime is worth billions of pounds a year and affects everything from small rural communities to the stability of the money market. NCIS director general John Abbot said, "It worms its way into our profession - our lawyers, our accountants, our bankers are susceptible. It is creeping its way into the new and exciting IT (information technology) and is creating miserable victims out of its promises of a better life." More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 04:43:02 EDT 2000

Misuse of food funds to the North
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Friday August 4. Sources revealed that there has been a serious misconduct in sending food items to hospitals in the North. Government auditors have found that a misuse of funds has taken place when transporting food to the hospitals, whereby it has been discovered that suppliers have demanded upto Rs. 170/- per kilo of sugar.

This, auditors say has resulted in a gross misuse of monies totalling upto over rupees nine hundred thousand, (Rs. 900,000/=) for this item of food only. The fraud has occured with items of food being transported to hospitals in the Vavuniya, Mannar, Killinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.

Government sources said that the Health Ministry has been informed of the findings and investigations are underway to determine how many suppliers have been involved in the fraud.
Published: Fri Aug 4 04:13:59 EDT 2000

Speaker announces SC's determination to Parliament
AsiaGateway, Friday Aug 4, 02:27:25. Speaker K. B. Ratnayake yesterday announced Wednesday's the determination of the Supreme Court which held that the SC had no jurisdiction to examine the present Draft Bill in relation to any inconsistency with the Constitution. More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 02:21:14 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka's new constitution faces supreme court challenge  - AsiaGateway
Supreme Court has no jurisdiction says Choksy  - Government website
Supreme Court orders referendum for Sri Lanka reform  - 123India

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
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UNP to oppose the constitutional reforms  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo
UNP opts out of debating Constitution Bill  - TamilNet

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
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It's talks or war, Chandrika tells LTTE  - TOI
Marxists, monks block traffic against reform bill  - 123India
Sri Lanka to talk land-mark peace deal with Tigers, protests mount  - 123India
President presents the Draft Constitution today  - Government website

Human Rights Donor Co-ordination Group pledges support
AsiaGateway, Friday Aug 4, 01:54: 11. The representatives of the Human Rights Donor Co-ordination Group, who recently had a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka pledged support towards implementing its programs. Senior officials representing the European Union, USAID, Asia Foundation, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP and Colombo based diplomatic missions of Australia, Britain, Canada, Germany and Norway attended the meeting held at the UN compound in Colombo. More...
Published: Fri Aug 4 01:48:23 EDT 2000

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
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Susanthika not too confident  - HT

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

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

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

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