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AUGUST 14, 2000 EST, USA
VOL. 1, NO. 131

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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...
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Controversial Sport Minister tipped to take over as General Secretary of SLFP
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo. Controversial Minister of Sports S.B.Dissanayake is tipped to take over as General Secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP) following the death of Tourism Minister Dharmasiri Senanayake. Mr. Dissanayake has been accused of masterminding election fixing during the Presidential elections and local newspapers have published reports giving details of his plans for the general elections.
Published: Mon Aug 14 08:52:13 EDT 2000

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Ruling Alliance Faces Tough Polls
IPS, august 11. Six years after it rode to power with a record popular mandate, Sri Lanka's ruling alliance will be struggling to hold on to office in forthcoming national elections, say political analysts.The popularity of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA), which took office in August 1994, has been severely dented by a series of hikes in fuel, power and telephone rates.''The government is...surviving because of an ineffective opposition and not because it is popular. The people have little choices in selecting their leaders,'' said a disgruntled ruling alliance politician, who did not want to be identified.It is widely believed that parliament would be dissolved in the next few days ahead of schedule and elections announced for October or November this year. The six-year term of parliament ends on Aug. 24. More...
Published: Mon Aug 14 22:48:00 EDT 2000

European Community team in Sri Lanka to lay the ground work for election monitoring
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1845 SLT 14 August 2000. A seven member European Community team is in Sri Lanka to lay the foundation to send a team to monitor the forthcoming General elections. The team has held talks with election commission officials government and opposition politicians and members of civil society groups. The EU is expected to deploy up to 150 foreign monitors during the elections
Published: Mon Aug 14 08:52:13 EDT 2000

Colombo police chief to be transferred as elections near
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1815 SLT 14 August 2000. DIG Colombo Bodi Liyanage highly respected as an independent police officer is to be transferred to police headquarters following complains by Government Members that he has instructed Police stations in Colombo to carry out election laws strictly. Police sources said the Inspector General of Police as protested to the President but has been overruled by her. DIG Liyanage was credited with holding a clean election in the Southern Province during the Provincial Council elections last year. Meanwhile controversial head of the Crime Detection Bureau SSP Bandula Wickramesinghe is to be promoted as DIG despite a supreme court verdict against him for contempt of court. SSP wickramesinghe has come under strong criticism from opposition politicians and the media for politicizing investigations.
Published: Mon Aug 14 08:52:13 EDT 2000

Lankan troups pound rebel positions
Deccan H, August 14. Sri Lankan troops pounded suspected Tamil rebel positions in the island`s northern peninsula of Jaffna, wounding at least 40 rebels, the government it said today. Troops brought down artillery fire on positions of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Maduvil in the Jaffna peninsula yesterday. The government`s Special Media Information Centre (SMIC) said. It said there were 75 to 100 Tiger rebels in the area and at least 40 of them were believed to have been wounded in the attack. More...
Published: Mon Aug 14 21:38:59 EDT 2000
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LTTE rebels on the receiving end: Lanka  - Yahoo
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Heavy casualties inflicted on LTTE: Army  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lanka says artillery causes heavy rebel losses  - Reuters

40 LTTE men hurt in Lanka
The Asian Age, august 14. Troops brought down artillery fire on positions of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam at Maduvil in the Jaffna peninsula on Sunday the government’s special media information centre said. It said that there were 75 to 100 Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels in the area and at least 40 of them were believed to have been wounded in the attack More...
Published: Mon Aug 14 21:15:31 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka troops hit Tiger units in Jaffna  - 123India

Opposition leader linked to killings
BBC, August 13. Sri Lanka's opposition leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe, has been linked by state-run media to a series of extrajudicial killings that took place during a Marxist insurgency 12 years ago. State run television, radio and newspapers have all run reports which say that Mr Wickremasinghe has been accused by a former senior police officer of having links with groups involved in the killings. More...
Published: Mon Aug 14 06:21:34 EDT 2000
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Sri Lankan politician linked to killings  - BBC South Asia
Wickramasinghe was present in torture cell: official  - Hindu

India sells patrol vessel to Lanka
HT, Monday Aug 14, 01:46:12. INDIA HAS sold an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) worth $ 20 million to the Sri Lankan Navy to give the latter blue water capability and an ability of operate helicopters on the high seas, according to The Sunday Times. The OPV, INS Shardae, will help the Sri Lankan Navy intercept and engage LTTE arms vessels in the high seas north east of Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Mon Aug 14 01:43:09 EDT 2000

Mixed response to Chandrika’s constituent assembly proposal
The Hindustan Times, August 13. SRI LANKAN President Chandrika Kumaratunga's proposal to turn the forthcoming Parliament into a Constituent Assembly (CA) and get her Constitution Bill passed with a simple majority has received a mixed reaction from political parties and pundits, ranging from praise to predictions of doom. "Let the people decide as elections are coming," commented Karu Jayasuriya, chairman of the opposition United National Party (UNP). Welcoming the move, D. Siddharthan, leader of the Peoples' Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) said: "The President knows that neither she nor anybody else can get two-thirds majority under the present constitution because of the existence of the proportional representation system. More...
Published: Sun Aug 13 16:13:08 EDT 2000

Death fast monk vows political campaign to defeat reform bill, August 13. A Sri Lankan Buddhist monk Sunday called for mass political action to defeat the government's draft bill aimed at ending the country's bloody Tamil separatist conflict. Hadigalle Wimalasara, 30, the monk who called off a death strike Wednesday after the government abandoned plans to proceed with its constitutional reform bill, said he was determined to see the draft statute defeated. "We must unite and take a firm political stand because the government wants to turn the next election into a referendum on the political package," Wimalasara said shortly after he was discharged from hospital here. More...
Published: Mon Aug 14 03:00:34 EDT 2000

New Sri Lanka PM to mend fences with monks after bill fiasco, August 14. Sri Lanka's new prime minister has moved quickly to head off mounting opposition from the influential Buddhist clergy ahead of parliamentary polls, political sources said Monday. The new premier, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, had tried to appease the monks, enraged by President Chandrika Kumaratunga's attempt to end the Tamil separatist conflict with a change in the constitution, officials said. "The prime minister offered a constant dialogue with the monks," a source close to the talks said. "An assurance was given that the bill will not be brought to parliament before the House stands dissolved on August 24." More...
Published: Mon Aug 14 02:56:00 EDT 2000
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New Sri Lanka PM to mend fences with monks after bill fiasco  - AsiaGateway
New Lanka PM to mediate between monks, govt  - Times of India
New Sri Lankan PM woos Buddhist clergy  - Hindu
New Sri Lanka premier woos angry Buddhist clergy  - MSNBC-Reuters

Son says former Sri Lanka premier forced to resign
MSNBC, august 13. The infighting in Sri Lanka's first political family resurfaced in public on Sunday when the son of former prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike accused his sister of forcing their mother to step down. Anura Bandaranaike, a lawmker of the main opposition United National Party, told The Sunday Times that his mother was not keen to step down, but elder sister President Chandrika Kumaratunga had removed her from the post. Anura Bandaranaike said the grand old lady of Sri Lankan politics was sent a prepared resignation letter and asked to sign it. More...
Published: Sun Aug 13 01:28:38 EDT 2000
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Curtains for Sri Lanka's mother-and-daughter political union  - Yahoo
‘Bandaranaike was forced to quit from post by Chandrika’  - The Asian Age
Sri Lanka's top family feuds after mother resigns as PM  - Yahoo
Chandrika forced Bandaranaike to resign : Anura Bandaranaike  - Yahoo

Defence, oil imports sap Sri Lanka forex reserves
Buisness Recorder, august 14. Higher defence spending and a bigger oil import bill have shrunk Sri Lanka's foreign exchange reserves, but there was no crisis, a newspaper on Sunday quoted a Central Bank official as saying."I agree that reserves have fallen due to higher spending on the military and a bigger fuel bill due to a rise in world fuel prices, but our reserve position is comfortable," the Sunday Times quoted R. A. Jayatissa, the central bank's director for economic research, as saying More...
Published: Mon Aug 14 17:52:36 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka war budget bites hard  - Times of India
Budget in tatters after LTTE war  - The Asian Age

Sri Lanka monk vows to help recruit 20,000 soldiers, Sunday Aug 13, 04:23:14. COLOMBO, Aug 13 (AFP) - A senior Sri Lankan Buddhist monk has accepted a challenge from the country's president to help enlist 20,000 men as a boost to the war against Tamil rebels, a press report said Sunday. President Chandrika Kumaratunga had challenged Sinhalese extremists to send 20,000 men to join the army, which is finding it difficult to attract recruits amid a high desertion rate. More...
Published: Sun Aug 13 04:21:00 EDT 2000
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Buddhist monks to help recruit soldiers in Sri Lanka  - AsiaGateway

LTTE using Bangalore as transit point?
The Hindu (Southern States), August 14. Bangalore is said to have emerged as a major conduit for smuggling narcotics into Sri Lanka by people suspected to be the cadres and sympathisers of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The seizures and arrests made by the sleuths of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in and around the city and the studies conducted by experts on narcotic trafficking of the LTTE cadres lend credence to the belief that the city is an important transit point for drug trafficking. In his recent work, International and Regional Implications of Tamil Insurgency , Dr. Rohan Gunaratne, a British Cheving and also a Hesburg Scholar who has done research on LTTE activities, says Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu is the nucleus of the ``LTTE's trade in narcotics, gold, silver and other merchandised goods.'' More...
Published: Mon Aug 14 02:17:15 EDT 2000

Colombo taxi drivers rebel over uniforms
BBC, Sunday Aug 13, 04:33:12. Trishaw drivers in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, are planning a series of protests over the next week against proposals to make them wear a uniform and carry an identity card. The Sri Lankan authorities say it is important the new regulations are introduced as part of their effort to improve Colombo's image and to tackle crime. More...
Published: Sun Aug 13 04:31:02 EDT 2000

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