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AUGUST 15, 2000 EST, USA
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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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Lankan politician gets ministership for buying votes
Deccan H, August 15. In a plot that would itself not disgrace a Hollywood blockbuster, a defecting Opposition politician charged with guaranteeing a vital majority in Sri Lanka`s Parliament has been rewarded by becoming the country`s Minister for Films.But for the turncoat minister the plot - equal parts farce and tragedy - has taken an alarming twist after his failure to deliver the necessary votes has seen him lambasted equally by both sides. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 20:00:20 EDT 2000

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Humiliated Chandrika tries to 'fix' Ranil
The Hindu (International), august 15. Humiliated by the opposition United National Party (UNP) over the Constitution Bill, and determined to avenge it in the coming general elections, the Government is turning up the heat on the Opposition leader, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, by trying to ``implicate'' him in a human rights abuse case from the 80s. The state-run Daily News today published in full, a sworn affidavit by a former police officer that Mr. Wickremesinghe, who was a Minister in the then UNP Government, had direct links with the death squads of the Janatha Vimukthi Perumina (JVP) between 1987 to 1990. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 16:20:03 EDT 2000
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UNP financier Mahroof slips out of the country  - CDN
Deputy mayor of Colombo flees country  - The Hindu (International)
Lanka oppn leader linked with `killers'  - Times of India
Opposition leader linked to killings  - BBC

Speaker summoned to Colombo amidst speculation of imminent dissolution of parliament
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1250 SLT 15 August 2000. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has summoned Speaker of Parliament K.B.Ratnayake to Colombo amidst growing speculation that Parliament would be dissolved on August 18th. Parliamentary sources said that no business has been scheduled in Parliament after today. The current term of the Parliament ends on August 24th. Political analysts say General elections would be held in the third week of October
Published: Tue Aug 15 03:02:08 EDT 2000

10 political parties to contest general Election in the North.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1255 SLT 15 August 2000. Well informed sources in Jaffna say ten political parties would take part in the forthcoming General Elections. Campaigning has already begun in the Jaffna peninsula where heavy fighting took place in May.
Published: Tue Aug 15 03:02:08 EDT 2000
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Ruling Alliance Faces Tough Polls  - IPS
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As Peace Plan Falters, Sri Lanka's War Has No End in Sight
Buddhist monks of Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese ethnic group demonstrated against a plan to grant more autonomy to the minority Tamils.
Celia W. Dugger, New York Times, August 15. This war-haunted nation's president, blinded in her right eye by a suicide bomber's attack, still talks of peace. But many ordinary Sri Lankans are more convinced than ever that no end to the country's 17-year conflict with the Tamil rebels is near. President Chandrika Kumaratunga hoped that a new constitution she proposed on Aug. 3 would preserve Sri Lanka as a unified nation while satisfying the demands of the Tamil minority for greater authority to rule themselves in the north and east, which the Tamils regard as their traditional homelands. Members of Parliament from Mrs. Kumaratunga's party were whisked to Parliament in helicopters to avoid feared attacks while the proposed constitution was debated. Streets around it were closed to cars. The only approach was on foot. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 13:56:16 EDT 2000
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Kumaratunga in trouble as monks go on the warpath  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Death fast monk vows political campaign to defeat reform bill  -
Déjà vu in Sri Lanka as monks burn reforms bill  - India Abroad

Tension and fear prevail in Trincomalee as Sri Lankan political crisis deepens
NDTV/MSNBC, August 15. As the political crisis in Sri Lanka deepens over giving autonomy to its Tamil regions, there's fear and tension. The eastern city of Trincomalee is a tinderbox. While it is meant to be part of the proposed Tamil region, it also has a large population of Sinhala Buddhists.On Trincomalee beach road, an army tank weaves through traffic. In a nearby auditorium, art imitates life. Tamil students rehearse a new play they've written called AK-47. It is a vivid reminder of how the violence has gradually crept even into their imagination. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 15:21:56 EDT 2000

Lanka's opposition blasts Indian diplomats
Times of India, 16 August . Sri Lanka's main opposition party has accused Colombo-based Indian diplomats of "interference" for having lobbied Tamil politicians to support President Chandrika Kumaratunga's political reformbill. A senior United National Party (UNP) member, Tyronne Fernando, said the Indian officials' attempts to persuade vacillating Tamil legislators ahead of last week's crucial vote on the draft bill were "unfortunate," the Daily Mirror reported on Tuesday. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 15:33:58 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka oppn blasts Indian diplomats  - India Abroad

‘IPKF ignored Lankan intelligence inputs’
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, August 15. IN THE beginning of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF)'s tenure in Northeast Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Army officers attempted to warn the Indians about the behind the scenes doings and the agenda of the LTTE, but there was little or no response from the IPKF, says Maj. Gen. Sarath Munasinghe in his book "A Soldier's Version" released here recently. "Some of the senior Indian officers did not want to trust their Sri Lankan counterparts. Sri Lankan military intelligence officers were very keen to brief the officers of the IPKF. But the Indians were not keen to listen to them. Instead the Indians relied mostly on their own experienced intelligence officers and, of course, the LTTE," Gen. Munasinghe says. The relations between the Indian officers and the LTTE were close. Some people in Jafna had even seen LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran travelling in an Indian Army jeep heavily escorted. "Mahattaya of the LTTE was busy providing jumbo prawns and Gold Leaf cigarettes at least to a few Indian officers," Gen. Munasinghe recalls. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 18:02:40 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan Army repels LTTE mortar attack
The Hindu NUS, august 15. Sri Lankan troops came under mortar attack by Tamil Tiger rebels but the military retaliated to hold on to its defences in the northern Jaffna peninsula, the Government said today. The Government did not give casualty figures from the exchange of fire in the Colombuthurai and Puttur areas in Jaffna yesterday. It said in a statement, however, that four LTTE rebels were killed in skirmishes elsewhere on the peninsula. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 13:50:51 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka troops hit Tiger units in Jaffna  - 123India
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Gopal Gandhi takes charge as envoy to Lanka
The Hindu NUS, Aug 15 2000 17:59 IST. Indian High Commissioner designate to Sri Lanka Gopal Gandhi today took charge of his duties by unfurling the Indian tricolour on the 54th Independence Day.Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and till recently Secretary to President K R Narayanan, was appointed in place of Shivshankar Menon, who has been posted as Ambassador to China More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 09:19:28 EDT 2000

Belated motion on media law reforms in Parliament today
AsiaGateway, Tuesday Aug 15, 10:53:14. A motion calling on the necessity to reform media laws in the country to suit the modern age had been lying in the parliament order book for around an year will now be taken up for debate in the afternoon session of the parliament today.The motion was presented by Ranil Wickremesinghe, Srimani Athulathmudali, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, D. Sithadthan, P. P. Devaraj, S. Sivathasan, A. Adaikkalanathan, A. M. M. D. Rajan and M. Chandrakumar in October last year. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 10:59:26 EDT 2000

Philippines on alert for possible Tamil Tiger fund-raisers, Aug 15 2000 17:59 IST. MANILA, Aug 15 (AFP) - Philippine authorities have been put on alert for Tamil guerrillas from Sri Lanka who may enter the country to raise funds, immigration commissioner Rufus Rodriguez said Tuesday. Immigration officials at airports and other points of entry to the country are under orders to screen arriving Sri Lankans to make sure they have legitimate reasons for coming here, he told reporters. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 09:21:49 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka gets US loan to buy wheat, Aug 15 2000 15:44 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 15 (AFP) - The United States Tuesday gave a five-million-dollar loan to Sri Lanka for the import of 40,000 tonnes of wheat during this financial year, the US embassy here said in a statement. The loan carries a low interest rate of three to four percent and the first repayments are not due for five years from the delivery of the wheat, the statement said. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 08:22:01 EDT 2000

S.Lanka Launches 1st Optical Fiber Telecom Transmission Ring
AsiaGateway, Tuesday, 15 August. Sri Lanka has launched its first optical fiber inter- province telecommunication transmission ring at a cost of 1,500 million rupees(around 19.1 million U.S. dollars), the Island newspaper reported Tuesday.Under the project, an optical fiber cable was laid connecting the telephone exchanges of 15 major cities and urban centers encompassing four provinces.The ring circles the capital city of Colombo, Gampaha, Negombo, Chilaw,Kurunegala, Kegalle, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Hatton, Nawalapitiya, Avissawela, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Mt Lavinia with a total route length of about 700 kilometers.The system is equipped with a sophisticated Network Management Center in Colombo which can monitor the entire network and enables it to give necessary instructions for the delivery of service in each part of its system. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 03:47:00 EDT 2000

Sex, lies and tapes feature in Sri Lanka's vote fiasco, August 15. In a plot that would itself not disgrace a Hollywood blockbuster, a defecting opposition politician charged with guaranteeing a vital majority in Sri Lanka's parliament has been rewarded by becoming the country's minister for films. But for the turncoat minister the plot -- equal parts farce and tragedy -- has taken an alarming twist after his failure to deliver the necessary votes has seen him lambasted equally by both sides. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 01:23:35 EDT 2000

Suppression of the financing of terrorism
AsiaGateway, Tuesday Aug 15, 01:53:12. The United Nations General Assembly, on December 9, 1999, adopted the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, aimed at enhancing international co-operation among States in devising and adopting effective measures for the prevention of the financing of terrorism, as well as for its suppression through the prosecution and punishment of its perpetrators. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 01:58:20 EDT 2000

Book reveals how the LTTE bloods its Baby Brigade
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, August 14. THE LTTE bloods its Baby Brigade comprising 10 to 15-year- old boys and girls by making them kill captured Sri Lankan soldiers in cold blood and hacking civilians during massacres, says Maj. Gen. Sarath Munesinghe in his book ‘A Soldier’s Version’ which hit the stands here recently. A perusal of this insightful volume of personal recollections shows that brutality is integral to the kind of “total war” which the LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran is waging. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 03:15:32 EDT 2000

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

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

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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Lankan troups pound rebel positions  - Deccan H
LTTE rebels on the receiving end: Lanka  - Yahoo
Lanka Army attacks LTTE positions  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Heavy casualties inflicted on LTTE: Army  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lanka says artillery causes heavy rebel losses  - Reuters

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

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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Prime Minister assures the status of Buddhism  - PRIU
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Curtains for Sri Lanka's mother-and-daughter political union
Yahoo, August 13. For Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike clan ruling the country is a family business, and the reluctant resignation of the mother as prime minister underscores a divided and diverging dynasty. Ideologically the two are poles apart and aside from the common objective of winning the polls they have little in common. Bandaranaike will be remembered for socialist reforms, a welfare state and nationalisation of private enterprises during her first two terms as prime minister between 1960 and 1965 and from 1970 to 1977. Her daughter, in sharp contrast, calls herself a "reformed socialist" and is pressing ahead with an ambitious privatisation plan diametrically opposed to her mother's socialist policies. More...
Published: Mon Aug 14 02:33:43 EDT 2000
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‘Bandaranaike was forced to quit from post by Chandrika’  - The Asian Age
Sri Lanka's top family feuds after mother resigns as PM  - 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 Asia's best
yahoo, august 15. There were no positional changes, since the island nation drew its recent series against South Africa. Because South Africa won the corresponding series in 1993-94 but now only managed a draw, Sri Lanka gained a point and South Africa lost one. The current standings in the Wisden ratings are as follows: Australia,South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand, India, England, Zimbabwe. More...
Published: Tue Aug 15 09:33:57 EDT 2000

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