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Chulie Kirtisinghe de Silva, LAcNet. This story relates the realization of a dream of a dedicated virtual community of globally dispersed volunteer Sri Lankan academics, who mobilized Sri Lankan Diaspora for funding; and then formed horizontal partnerships with local and international agencies to set up a computer center in rural Sri Lanka. It also relates the metamorphosis of an out of work teacher to be the Digital Ambassador for Sri Lanka through training and empowerment. It is the story of two communities coming together; one virtual in cyberspace, the other a land based poor rural community; one the haves, and the other the have nots; - the empowered, empowering and bridging the digital divide. More...
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Kumaratunga urges Lankan scribes to learn from India
India Abroad, Sept 07, 2000 16:45 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has taken local journalists to task for not having "a backbone" and urged them to emulate the Indian media, which she said had a "high standard of media morality". "What we lack very much in this country today are media persons with a backbone who can stand up to what is right and wrong and not heed every order of their bosses whether they be in the state media or private media," the state-owned Daily News quoted her as saying. Kumaratunga's remarks to a small group of journalists at what the newspaper called an annual, friendly get-together with private and state media personnel came two days after a newspaper editor was sentenced to a two-year jail term for having defamed her. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 12:05:55 EDT 2000
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Monk opposes Sri Lankan gay bash
Bandula Jayasekera in Sri Lanka, 6.45 a.m SLT September 8. A respected Buddhist monk expressed his unhappiness on the bash organised by few Sri Lankan gays today at a resort hotel in Colombo. Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha thero said "It is a shame that the authorites are turning a blind eye and allowing this type of activities to take place in a Buddhist country like ours." He said that it must be stopped and that he is deeply saddened by the whole issue. Sobitha thero also alleged that the new constitution proposed by the ruling Peoples Alliance government too had shown leniency to the gays of the island.

According to the laws of the country, gay activities are illegal and a person could be jailed for 12 years if found gulity. An organisation founded by a former catholic brother is now trying to fight for the rights of the gays in Sri Lanka. The big bash planned today is to celebrate the organisations fifth anniverssary.

It is said that the gay organisation has invited the Colombo based diplomats to attend its function today. A spokesman for one Western diplomatic mission said that they will not attend the gay celebrations and a high commissioner of a neigbouring country said " This is very insensitive. What will the world think of Sri Lanka when gay bashes are held at a time like this? It is not your biggest problem" Meanwhile a spokesperson for the Mount-Lavinia hotel said that the gay bash will not be held in their hotel. She said that it had been alleged that the bash is to be held at the Mount-Lavinia hotel and the hotel has no such knowledge.
Published: Thu Sep 7 21:36:49 EDT 2000

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CPJ Condemns Sentencing of Sri Lankan Editor
CPJ, september 6. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the sentencing today of Lasantha Wickrematunga, editor of the English-language weekly newspaper The Sunday Leader, on charges of criminally defaming President Chandrika Kumaratunga. A judge from Colombo's High Court sentenced Wickrematunga to two years in jail, but suspended the sentence for five years. "No journalist should ever face the threat of jail for something he or she writes," said CPJ executive director Ann Cooper. "With a potential jail term hanging over his head for the next five years, Mr. Wickrematunga is bound to think twice before writing anything critical of the government." More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 10:42:45 EDT 2000

Jaffna limps back to life
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 7 September, 2000, 13:28 GMT 14:28 . An uneasy calm has descended on the Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka after the recent heavy fighting. Hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels were killed in two days of fighting this week. Evidence of the election campaign, which is currently gripping the capital, Colombo, isn't to be found here. People on the streets say they are more worried about important things, such as securing enough food for their families and ensuring that the education of their children is interrupted as little as possible. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 10:19:48 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka: The Political Logic of Violence
NZZ Online, september. Even Sinhalese admit that 46-years-old Tiger leader Prabhakaran, who comes from a lower caste of fishermen and lives somewhere in the jungles of Vanni, is almost frighteningly clever in his conduct of the war. Coupled with the iron discipline and high level of loyalty among his fighters, who include many young women, this explains the LTTE's astonishing successes in the field. The Tigers are also abetted by the fact that Colombo often enough conducts the war in the north more in accord with election-campaign politics than military considerations and has not shown a particularly skillful hand in its past appointments to command positions. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 22:39:42 EDT 2000

President extends nationwide Emergency
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.30 p.m. SLT Thursday September 7. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge today extended a natiowide state of emergency weeks before General Elections on October 10. The emergency regulations lend wide powers to the police and other armed forces to control terrorist activity and other violations of State law.

The wide ranging powers first enforced in May 1983, have continuously been used by each successive government, sometimes in certain areas and at other times to include the entire nation.

The regulations have come in for criticism by humantarian organizations and media groups which assert that the powers are often abused by police and military personnel who violate humanitarian law in enforcing the stringent security measures.

The Emergency Regulations were passed in a special parliamentary session today, after the President summoned the House which was dissolved on August 18. The Regulations will stand for a period of one month before a fresh vote on maintaining the strict laws will again be placed before a new Parliament.
Published: Thu Sep 7 04:35:25 EDT 2000

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Poll violence continues in Lanka
Times of India, 8 September 2000 . COLOMBO: A candidate for the October 10 parliamentary elections was abducted on Tuesday night outside a private hospital.His daughter informed the police that her mother, father and the sister went to a dispensary at Kalutara, some 40 km south of Colombo. While the mother and sister were seated inside the dispensary, her father had gone to the verandah. ``Then suddenly there was a black out due to electricity failure. After some time my father was missing,'' she said. Bystanders at the scene told them that they had seen a man ``being pushed into a van and taken away,'' local media reported, quoting police. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 17:06:50 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka police chief cancels leave, falls ill, Sep 07 2000 20:04 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 7 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's police chief Lucky Kodituwakku Thursday cancelled leave for all police officers ahead of the October 10 polls, but didn't count on falling ill himself, officials said. Kodituwakku told the ranks that they would not be allowed to take leave in the run up to the elections amid fears of more poll-related violence.Police officials said shortly after issuing the circular banning leave, Kodituwakku fell ill and was admitted to hospital. He was suspected to be suffering from hepatitis. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 12:39:52 EDT 2000

We’ve got the key ground, claims Army
Hindustan Times, september 7. IN THE most recent offensive in the north, the Sri Lankan armed forces had secured a "key ground" east of Jaffna town from the LTTE and made the town safer than it was last week, the military spokesman, Brig Sanath Karunaratne, told The Hindustan Times here today. According to the Army, 230 LTTE cadres, including some Majors and Lt-Colonels were killed. The Army itself lost 109 men, including eight officers.However, according to Iqbal Athas, of Jane's Defence, the Army lost 200 men and 800 were wounded,600 of them seriously. As all this happened in just eight hours, the operation was one of the costliest in Sri Lankan military history. "The Army had again under-estimated the enemy due to poor intelligence inputs," Mr Athas told The Hindustan Times. Critics, like Mr Athas, do not grant an advance of more than half or one km on the ground. In the political circles, the operations were quickly seen as a political stunt to create a favourable impression among the voters in the run-up to the October 10 parliamentary elections. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 20:07:00 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka prepares massive election security net
MSNBC, Thursday, 7 September, 2000, 13:28 GMT 14:28 . Sri Lanka cancelled all leave for its police force on Thursday as it prepared to launch a massive security operation for next month's parliamentary elections, police officials said.The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) who are fighting for separate state for minority Tamils are the government's major security concern. The LTTE attacked both government and opposition rallies during last December's presidential poll killing dozens of people and seriously wounding President Chandrika Kumaratunga. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 11:07:07 EDT 2000

More mortar battles, airstrikes in S.Lankan north
ABC News, 09/07/2000 09:03:00 ET. COLOMBO, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged mortar and artillery fire on the northern Jaffna peninsula on Thursday as the airforce attacked guerrilla positions for a second straight day. "These exchanges in Jaffna are continuing and will continue at least until we have consolidated our positions," a senior military official told Reuters. He said troops were securing territory captured in a brief offensive earlier this week which sparked the fiercest fighting on the peninsula since a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) offensive to re-capture the area appeared to run out of steam three months ago. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 12:44:06 EDT 2000
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Buddhist prelates to play key role in elections
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.20 p.m. SLT Thursday September 7. Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist Clergy are to play a prominent role in the forthcoming elections and will serve as polls monitors in key electorates. Elections Commissioner, Dayananda Dissanayake agreed to the strange request made by the monks three weeks ago after the monks explained that it is imperative Sri Lanka witness a free and fair election on October 10.

Leading Buddhist prelates who met early this week at a Convention have also decided to seek an apology from President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge for disparaging remarks made by Minister S. B. Dissanayake, who soon after the draft constitution was thrown out of Parliament last month, allegedly said, that discussing the new constitutional proposals was beyond the purview of the Buddhist monks.

The prelates maintain that if the President could have apologized to Minister A. H. M. Ashraff for remarks made by yet another fellow Minister, then the Head of State should make a public apology to the monks for the remarks made by Minister S. B. Dissanayake.
Published: Thu Sep 7 04:35:26 EDT 2000

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Lankan activists push for legalising homosexuality
The Asian Age, Colombo, Sept. 7 . Sri Lanka’s long and bloody ethnic war may be the main issue in next month’s general elections, but social activists also want sensitive issues such as gay rights and dowry payments put on the political agenda. A gay rights group is pushing to legalise homosexuality and a radical leftist party is pledging to abolish the archaic but deeply entrenched dowry system. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 19:31:03 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka President slaps emergency ahead of polls, Sep 07 2000 11:04 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 7 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga has declared a nation-wide state of emergency giving greater powers to security forces and the police ahead of parliamentary polls, officials said Thursday. She has issued a proclamation extending the state of emergency by a further month requiring the reconvening of the national parliament which was dissolved on August 18, officials said. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 06:01:27 EDT 2000

Poll campaign hotting up in Jaffna
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on September 7, 2000. Colombo, Sept. 7. (UNI): Election campaign is hotting up despite the escalated fighting between security forces and the LTTE in Jaffna. President Kumaratunga today summoned a special sitting of the Sri Lankan Parliament on September 14 to extend the state of emergency in force since 1995 in the ethnic violence-scarred island nation. Meanwhile, security cover around Ratnisiri Wickremenayake has been intensified with his elevation as Prime Minister, it being reported that he is one of the top targets on the LTTE's hitlist. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 19:23:58 EDT 2000

S.Lankan parliament recalled to approve emergency
MSNBC, september 6. In a surprise move, Sri Lanka's president has recalled the country's dissolved parliament in order to approve a national state of emergency, officials said on Thursday. The house would not function after approving the emergency but that lawmakers would continue to receive their salaries and other facilities, including vehicles, until the poll. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 09:22:13 EDT 2000
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Security beefed up for new S.Lankan prime minister
ABC News, 09/07/2000 04:32:00 ET. COLOMBO, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Security has been tightened for the new Sri Lankan prime minister as he is believed to be a top target of Tamil Tiger rebels, police officials said on Thursday. Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, who was appointed prime minister last month, will be given presidential security division cover as he was expected to lead the caretaker government"s campaign for the upcoming general elections, they said. Wickremanayake has been advised against moving in crowds because of fears that he could be a target of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bombers who have in the past assassinated several Sri Lankan leaders, officials said. Wickremanayake is seen as a staunch Sinhala nationalist and is close to the influential Buddhist clergy, many of whom have opposed proposals to devolve powers to regions, including one run by minority Tamils. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 06:21:28 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka arrests illegal Indian porters, Sep 07 2000 19:50 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 7 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's immigration authorities Thursday arrested five Indian men who had entered the island on tourist visas and were working illegally as porters in the capital Colombo, officials said. The five were arrested at Colombo's wholesale market of Pettah where they were employed as porters, officials said adding that they were aware of up to 400 Indians who were illegally employed in the area. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 11:47:22 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka dead handed over
Yahoo, September 7. The Sri Lankan Government has handed over to the Red Cross the bodies of 36 Tamil Tiger separatists killed in two days of heavy fighting in the northern Jaffna peninsula. "We have taken 36 bodies today to be given over to the LTTE (Tamil Tigers)," Red Cross spokesman Harsha Gunawardena said. More...
Published: Thu Sep 7 06:27:44 EDT 2000
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Published: Thu Sep 7 22:37:30 EDT 2000
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Another Tamil candidate pulls out of polls in Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Thursday September 7. A candidate for the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) today withdrew his cadidature for the October 10 polls due to having received threatening phone calls. The nominee who was contesting as an independent for the Jaffna district claims that his life has been threatened with death if he attempts to contest in the Jaffna district.

This announcement follows two days after the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) also pulled out their nominations for the Jaffna district where a total of 18 political parties and 4 independent groups are contesting.
Published: Thu Sep 7 04:35:24 EDT 2000

New organisation for democracy to be set up
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2127 06 September 2000. 60 trade unions and civil society groups are to gather in Colombo on Friday to set up a new organisation to safe guard democracy in Sri Lanka. The organisation named the Alliance for Democracy will hold its first General Meeting Tomorrow. It includes most of the top trade unions and leading civil society groups/ The Alliance for Democracy is planning to launch a yellow ribbon campaign for free and fair election on the 11th of this month. The organizers say they hope to persuade at least one million people to ware a ribbon round the wrist as a show of support for free and fair election. General elections are to be held on October 10th amidst growing fears of widespread violence,intimidation and systematic rigging on polling day. end
Published: Wed Sep 6 11:40:32 EDT 2000
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Three buses carrying UNP supporters attacked as more election related incidents are reported
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2125 SLT 06 September 2000. Three buses carrying UNP supporters to a party rally in Kandy were attacked today in Mawanalle injuring four people. The Election Secretariat at the Police headquarters said this was among 20 incidents reported in the last 24 hours
Published: Wed Sep 6 11:40:31 EDT 2000

Lanka Air Force hits rebel base
The Asian Age, Colombo, Sept. 6 . Sri Lankan aircraft attacked rebel targets in the island’s northwest on Wednesday, but the battlefields of the Jaffna peninsula in the north of the country were quiet after fierce fighting earlier in the week. “Ground attack aircraft of the Sri Lanka airforce engaged identified Sea Tiger locations in general area Veditalativu today in the morning,” a government statement said on Wednesday. The statement gave no further details about the attack in the northwestern Mannar district. An Air Force official said that the helicopter gunships had straffed several boats at a base of the Sea Tigers, the Naval wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 21:13:33 EDT 2000

Bodies of LTTE fighters handed over
The Hindu (International), Thursday, September 07, 2000. COLOMBO, SEPT. 6. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam today took charge of 36 bodies of its fighters handed over by the Sri Lankan Army through the International Committee for the Red Cross. The LTTE has not yet disclosed the total number of fighters it lost in the battle earlier this week following an Army offensive, but the Government said 230 were killed. The rebels' clandestine Voice of Tigers radio announced the names of 10 more cadres who had died in the fighting. It had given out the names of 20 dead cadres on Tuesday. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 20:32:31 EDT 2000
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LTTE admits losing 110 men
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, September 6. THE LTTE has admitted losing 110 of its cadres in the recent round of fighting in northern Jaffna peninsula, while the army's death toll stood at 109 even as 36 bodies of the rebels were handed over to the outfit's leadership. The LTTE, in its update on its website, said 110 rebels were killed while resisting the army offensive last weekend to push defences beyond Colombuthurai in the southern outskirts of Jaffna town. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 15:17:16 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka mounts air strikes, returns Tiger bodies after bloodbath
123India, september 6. Sri Lankan forces launched fresh air and sea attacks as troops Wednesday returned the bodies of 36 rebels killed in the latest bloodletting that left 360 people dead on both sides, officials said. Ground attack aircraft pounded suspected positions of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) while the navy attacked rebel boats, the defence ministry said.There were no immediate details of casualties in the morning strikes, but the defence ministry said "identified Sea Tiger locations" had been hit. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 11:31:32 EDT 2000
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Army captures female LTTE cadre
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on September 6, 2000. Colombo, Sept. 6 (PTI): A minor girl cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who survived the latest fighting between the soldiers and rebels in northern Jaffna, has been captured by the Army, Sri Lankan Government said today. The capture of 14-year-old Renuga Hewanar who hailed from Mungavil in the LTTE-controlled Vanni region strengthened Government's claim that rebels were pressing in child soldiers into the frontlines, army sources said. The girl said she was taken away by the LTTE in May 1998 from a school in Akkarayan, where she was studying in grade seven, the release said. She was given one-month training and pressed into the battlefields, it said. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 11:42:44 EDT 2000
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Army's blitzkrieg to safeguard polls in Jaffna
Times of India, 7 September 2000 . COLOMBO: A costly offensive against Tamil separatists is necessary to protect parliamentary elections in some Tamil areas and allow moderate Tamils to vote without fear of violence, military officials said on Wednesday. "Surely we lost soldiers, but at least we have ensured that the terrorists are not able to interfere with the elections," military spokesman Sanath Karunaratne told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Sri Lanka goes to the polls on October 10 to elect a new Parliament. The elections are crucial for President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who failed last month to muster the required two-third parliamentary majority needed to approve a new constitution giving greater autonomy to Tamil majority areas. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 20:30:47 EDT 2000

Another Tamil candidate quits Sri Lanka elections after death threats, Sep 06 2000 20:08 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 6 (AFP) - Another minority Tamil candidate withdrew from standing in Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections Wednesday following death threats from rivals, party sources here said. A member of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) who was standing in the Jaffna district as an independent candidate pulled out after threats, the sources said. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 20:19:27 EDT 2000
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Two die in Sri Lanka poll clash
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 5 September, 2000, 07:48 GMT 08:48 U. Two people in Sri Lanka have been shot dead and a government minister has been beaten up as violence broke out in the first few hours of campaigning for parliamentary elections next month. The killings occurred in the eastern town of Amparai when members of the main Muslim party the SLMC, are alleged to have opened fire on supporters of the opposition UNP United National Party. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 04:10:20 EDT 2000

2 Tamil militants' remand extended
The Hindu (Southern States), Thursday, September 07, 2000. PUDUKOTTAI, SEPT. 6. The Pudukottai Assistant Sessions Judge, Mr. Kuppusamy, today extended the remand of the two TNRT cadres, Manikandan and Muthukumar, till October 18 in a case relating to unauthorised possession of firearms and smuggling of essential commodities to Sri Lanka. The two were among the five Tamil militants whose release has been demanded by the sandalwood smuggler, Veerappan. Four of them, including Muthukumar and Manikandan, are lodged in the Tiruchi Central Prison. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 20:21:10 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka rebels hold key vote in elections
Altavista, Wednesday Aug 6, 09:03:30. COLOMBO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - One man who is most likely to influence the outcome of next month's parliamentary elections in war-torn Sri Lanka is not even among the thousands of candidates conducting a frenzied and an often violent campaign. But Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) rebels, can by subterfuge, assassination and sheer real politik tip the electoral scales when Sri Lanka goes to poll on October 10. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 09:10:23 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan troops return bodies of 36 Tigers killed in bloodbath, Sep 06 2000 14:11 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 6 (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops Wednesday returned the bodies of 36 guerrillas killed in the latest round of fighting that left at least 360 people dead on both sides, officials said. The bodies of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres were handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the northern peninsula of Jaffna, officials said. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 07:38:31 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka business group urges peaceful poll
Altavista, Wednesday Aug 6, 08:59:21. COLOMBO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - A group of leading Sri Lankan business chambers on Wednesday urged political parties to refrain from a violent parliamentary election campaign as it could threaten foreign investment to the island. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 09:06:34 EDT 2000
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Jumbo Sri Lankan team for Sydney Games
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on September 6, 2000. Colombo, Sept. 6. (DPA): The biggest-ever contingent to take part in Olympic Games from Sri Lanka left for Sydney with the main concentration on track events, a Sports Ministry spokesman said today. The 19-member contingent consisting of 14 track athletes, two swimmers, two shooters and a lone yachtsman are taking part in the events. They left country early today. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 11:40:16 EDT 2000

Foreign monitors to begin massive polls watch
PRIU, Wednesday Aug 6, 08:56:23. The Elections Department would be inviting official monitors, to begin a massive polls watch, during the October elections. While, those invited by other groups would be mainly working on an unofficial basis, Department sources said. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 09:02:54 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka dead to be handed over
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 5 September, 2000, 10:10 GMT 11:10 U. Army spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said the authorities were preparing to hand over 37 bodies of Tamil TIgers to the Red Cross. The Tigers' radio said on Tuesday that they rebels were planning to handover 50 dead soldiers. Fighting in the area appears to have died down after some of the most intense clashes since April, when the Tigers launched a push to capture the government stronghold of Jaffna. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 04:06:33 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka: Govt. salaries, pensions hiked
The Hindu (International), Thursday, September 07, 2000. COLOMBO, SEPT. 6. With no restrictions in Sri Lanka's electoral code of conduct against the ruling party granting sops to voters after the announcement of elections, the Government and its allies have been doling out jobs and money in the run-up to the October 10 parliamentary elections. On Tuesday, the President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, declared a 10 per cent increase in all Government salaries and pensions with effect from October 1 as an ``interim'' measure, pending the implementation of a hike recommended by a salaries commission. Local newspapers reported that Government Ministries had launched a recruitment spree, offering jobs to thousands of people ahead of the elections. The Ports Authority alone is said to have recruited over 4,000 people in the last three weeks. More...
Published: Wed Sep 6 17:10:41 EDT 2000

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