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AUGUST 24, 2000 EST, USA
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CYBERSPACE - Virtual Communities and the "imagi"nation
Thushara Peiris, The Colombo Chronicle. The global system of computer networks that make up the internet have had a profound effect on how diasporic communities relate to each other and their homeland. A typical Sinhalese user of the internet, is Agashan Dias, aged 34 a Supply Chain Manager who lives in Sydney, Australia. He spends about 10 hours each week on the internet and often communicates through email with his family in Sri Lanka as well as other Sri Lankan friends in England and New Zealand. 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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Third death in election violence as another UNP activist is killed.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1345 SLT 24. August 2000. A second UNP activist has been killed, the third in a week in a election related incident. One of the four UNP activists that were injured in Rabukkana two days ago died in hospital last night. The UNP is reported to be planing a mass funeral as a protest against mounting violence against opposition by the government.
Published: Thu Aug 24 04:02:53 EDT 2000
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Thousands mourn victim of Sri Lanka poll campaign  - Altavista
A UNP supporter shot dead while pasting posters in Rabukkana  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

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SLMC to contest alone in the General Election
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1350 SLT 23 August 2000. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress is to contest alone in the forth coming General elections. A party source said the SLMC leader Ashraff who is on a religious visit to Saudi Arabia has indicated that he had decided to contest under the SLMC banner. The SLMC and the government negotiations for the SLMC to contest under the PA has collapsed after Transport Minister Fawzi in a public statement said that the SLMC cannot win more than five seats if it contested alone. SLMC leader Ashraff is reported to be demanding that either Fawzi issue a public apology or that he is sacked from the SLFP if he is to contest under the PA
Published: Thu Aug 24 04:02:59 EDT 2000
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SLMC to go it alone  - The Hindu (International)
Muslim ally plunges Sri Lanka in deeper crisis  -
SLMC will decide today  - PRIU
Peeved Muslim leader stalls talks  - India Abroad
Disgruntled Lanka minister leaves for Mecca  - India Abroad
Lankan Muslim party wants minister fired  - India Abroad
- If Ashraff gets more than 5 seats, I’ll quit politics - Fowzie  - AsiaGateway
S.Lanka rulers try to limit damage as ally quits  - MSNBC
Muslim ally demands pound of flesh amid deepening Sri Lanka crisis  -
No solution in sight for dispute between the Muslim Congress and the Government  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

Buddhist monks warn Lanka govt on poll violence
Times of India (Breaking News), 24 August 2000 . COLOMBO: Four Mahanayaka Theras (Buddhist prelates) issued a warning on Thursday to the government to take necessary steps for holding free and fair elections following increased poll-related violence in several parts of the country recently. Expressing concern over the rising violence in the run up to the october ten parliamentary elections, the Buddhist prelates said it was unfortunate for the entire nation that that the power crazy politicians and their followers did not realise that innocent people are dying. ``We express sorrow and sympathy over the several deaths during the past few days. We urge the president, the caretaker government and all those involved in elections as well state officials and police officers to ensure a peaceful environment for a fair and free state in the country,'' the monks said in a statement issued. More...
Published: Thu Aug 24 08:55:53 EDT 2000
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Sri Lankan Buddhist chiefs urge violence-free poll  - MSNBC
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Sri Lanka fighting kills another eight, Aug 24 2000 15:30 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 24 (AFP) - Security forces shot dead eight Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka in a fresh wave of fighting, the government said in a statement Thursday. The eight members of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelamwere killed by troops in the Jaffna peninsula on Wednesday in three clashes, the government's Special Media Information Centre (SMIC) said. More...
Published: Thu Aug 24 08:44:14 EDT 2000
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'Asian Wall Street Journal: Sri Lanka fighting war with reason
AsiaGateway, Thursday Aug 24, 10:39:12. Only when Tamils see their future within a united Sri Lanka will the support for the Tigers wither away, says the prestigious 'The Asian Wall Street Journal' in its editorial and opinion page on Tuesday. The Hong Kong based newspaper with a wide circulation in Asia in its leading comment headlined 'Fighting war with reason', hails President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga's 'plan' "to offer greater autonomy to Tamils so that they will no longer have an incentive to support the fanatical and ruthless Tigers. In the meantime the Government must maintain a stiff resolve to conduct the war in the Tigers' strongholds in the north of the country." More...
Published: Thu Aug 24 10:45:12 EDT 2000

Intelligence ex-boss is Lanka Army chief
Times of India (Breaking News), 24 August 2000 . COLOMBO: A former chief of military intelligence took over as Sri Lanka's new army commander on Thursday. The sword of the command was handed over to Maj. Gen. Lionel Balagalle by the outgoing army chief Maj. Gen. Srilal Weerasooriya at a formal ceremony in the Sri Lankan capital. Balagalle served as chief of the military intelligence between 1990-1994. He also served as the commander of the northern Jaffna peninsula during 1997-1998. More...
Published: Thu Aug 24 08:56:32 EDT 2000
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Ex-military intelligence boss is Sri Lanka's new army chief  - AsiaGateway

LTTE not interested in peace, says Kadirgamar
The Asian Age, Colombo, August. 24 . Tamil Tiger rebels are not interested in ending the war despite the government’s efforts to find a political solution, Sri Lanka has told a visiting delegation of US house of representatives staff. Sri Lanka foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar told the four-member delegation that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels only understood the language of war, a foreign ministry statement said late on Wednesday. “The minister further explained that the LTTE was not willing to look at any peace proposals at this time and that only the language of battle appealed to them, ”the statement said. More...
Published: Thu Aug 24 20:15:19 EDT 2000
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LTTE not keen on peace, US team told  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lanka to US: Rebels not interested in peace  - Virtual New York
Sri Lanka tells U.S. team rebels not keen on peace  - MSNBC

Fifteen illegal SL migrants discovered in Bosnia
PRIU, Thursday Aug 24, 10:20:14. Around fifteen illegal Sri Lankan migrants were discovered last Sunday in Western Bosnia while travelling in two vans to Croatia, sources revealed. According to UN Spokesman, Douglas Coffman, the migrant smugglers escaped in one of the vans, before being identified. More...
Published: Thu Aug 24 10:25:20 EDT 2000

All Aye
Asian Age, August 24. Buddhist monks raise their hands to approve the party’s five-year vision plan at a special convention. The JVP, a former insurgent group but now in mainstream politics, will contest its first general elections when the country goes to the polls on October 10. More...
Published: Wed Aug 23 19:08:01 EDT 2000
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Thousands attend the JVP special convention to launch general Election campaign  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

Opp activist killed in run-up to Lankan polls
Times of India, 24 August 2000 . Thousands gather to mourn Samankumara's death COLOMBO: A main opposition party activist was killed by unknown assailants while he was pasting campaign posters on walls ahead of parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka, police said Wednesday. The killers, carrying automatic guns, struck for the second time in the past week. Chathura Samankumara, 20, was killed in Kegalle, a town 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, said W.S. Malalasekera, a party official. Three other party activists were wounded in the attack. More...
Published: Wed Aug 23 17:29:03 EDT 2000
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Chandrika tries to save coalition
The Asian Age, Colombo, Aug. 23 . Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s ruling coalition was on Wednesday scrambling to patch up differences ahead of parliamentary elections set for October after a key Muslim partner quit the alliance. Government politicians said that shipping minister Mohammed Ashraff, leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, resigned from the Cabinet on Tuesday in protest over criticism from his colleague, transport minister A.H.M. Fowzie. The ruling People’s Alliance, unwilling to lose the SLMC’s crucial support, quickly distanced itself from Mr Fowzie, who said that Mr Ashraff’s party was unable to win seats without the support of Kumaratunga’s party. More...
Published: Wed Aug 23 18:50:50 EDT 2000
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Political crisis deepens for Kumaratunga  - Times of India
Savvy Chandrika moves fast to repair cracks in Muslim base  - The Hindustan Times
Ashraff goes abroad, uncertainty in PA  - The Hindu (International)

China, India, Japan diplomatic ceremonies resume after fiasco, Aug 23 2000 15:00 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 23 (AFP) - Sri Lanka Wednesday received new envoys from China, India and Japan after a fiasco that forced an embarassing postponement of the diplomatic ceremonies, officials said. The new Indian high commissioner, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, China's ambassador Jiang Qinzheng, and Japan's top envoy Soiichirou Otsuka, presented their credentials to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, officials said. More...
Published: Wed Aug 23 06:13:49 EDT 2000
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Indian envoy presents credentials to Kumaratunga  - India Abroad
Gopal Gandhi presents credentials  - The Hindu (International)
Gopalkrishna Gandhi takes over as envoy in Colombo  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Indian envoy presents credentials -a day after the ceremony was cancelled  - India Abroad

US-Lanka extradition pact before Senate
India Abroad, Aug 24, 2000 12:10 Hrs(IST) . Washington: President Bill Clinton has forwarded the US-Sri Lanka extradition treaty to the Senate for ratification, and diplomatic sources here hope it will be voted on in the first few weeks of the Senate?s return from summer recess on September 7. Upon entry in force," Clinton predicted, "the Treaty would enhance cooperation between the law enforcement authorities of both countries, and thereby make a significant contribution to international law enforcement efforts." The Treaty "would supersede the 1931 United States-United Kingdom extradition treaty currently applicable to the United States and Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Wed Aug 23 16:18:38 EDT 2000
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Clinton sends Lanka extradition treaty to Senate  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Paedophile cases rising in Asia: Experts
Asia Age, August 23. he number of tourists in Asia seeking sex with children is on the rise, and more of the paedophiles are Asians themselves, officials and experts said on Tuesday. While countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam have been well known a destinations for such tourists, Thailand, the Philippines and Sri Lanka are gaining similar reputations, said Christine Beddoe of ECPAT, an organisation that fights the sexual exploitation of children. More...
Published: Wed Aug 23 19:09:57 EDT 2000

A $5 billion plan to save world's forests
San Jose Mercury News, August 20, 2000. After a decade of crunching databases and poring over hundreds of scientific papers, biologists have come to a startling conclusion: Save just 1.4 percent of the planet's land surface and you can save the bulk of life on Earth. The 25 hot spots -- named by Norman Myers, an Oxford ecologist who originated the concept in 1988 -- make up 524 million acres, an area three times the size of Texas. Sixteen are found in tropical climates near the equator, including Costa Rica, Burma and the jungles of Ghana, areas where food and light are plentiful and plants can grow year round. Also included are islands like the Philippines and Sri Lanka, and heavily altered regions of the developed world like California and parts of the Mediterranean.
[ Hotspots article][References to Sri Lanka: Page 6  Page 12  Page 15] More...
Published: Wed Aug 23 16:07:37 EDT 2000

WTO questions ban on GM food imports
Island, Thursday, 24 August. Reacting to the proposed ban by Sri Lankan authorities on Genetically Modified (GM) food imports to Sri Lanka, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has inquired whether there is any scientific evidence to justify the decision to ban, the Food Safety News(FSN) bulletin said.The first issue of the Food Safety News bulletin, published by the Food Control Administration Unit of the Department of Health Services, is to be officially launched tomorrow, the Health Ministry?s Chief Food and Drug Inspector, S. Nagaiha said yesterday. More...
Published: Thu Aug 24 04:23:15 EDT 2000
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Lankan tea sold for record price  - Times of India

UK delays decision on Lanka's request to ban LTTE
Island, Wednesday, 23 August. Sri Lanka?s highly ambitious request to the British government to proscribe the LTTE, under the recently passed Anti-Terrorism Bill will not have any immediate impact, diplomatic sources said yesterday."The Bill will not come into operation until early next year," a diplomatic source said yesterday pointing out that the Foreign Office will take a decision on Lanka?s request only after the Bill becomes law. More...
Published: Wed Aug 23 03:49:24 EDT 2000
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British government delays proscribing LTTE  - PRIU

Eelam tigress at 7: The girl who forgot to die
AsianAge, Wednesday, 23 August. Shuffling her sandal-clad feet in the dust, 14-year-old Arumuyam Malar confesses that she has been a naughty girl: She did not kill herself.Trained since the age of seven to fight till victory or death and commit suicide upon capture, she did not have a cyanide capsule or grenade handy when Sri Lankan government troops overran the position she was defending several weeks ago. ?If I had had a grenade or cyanide capsule, I would have done it,? she said through a translator. ?I thought the Army would kill me when I was caught. More...
Published: Wed Aug 23 04:11:27 EDT 2000

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