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VOICES OF THE HEART: DREAM MAKERS BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
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...
A GUIDE TO BYTE
Kesara Ratnatunga, The Sunday Times, Colombo. The computer screen was their window to the rest of the world and they were having a field day. Exploring with wide-eyed wonder what lay beyond their horizons, were the grade seven and eight students of Nivaththaka Chethiya Maha Vidyalaya, Anuradhapura, the first beneficiaries of the Lanka Academic Network's (LAcNet) 'Computers for Sri Lankan Schools' project. More...
The Ordeal of Civilians in Thenmaratchy
September 7, 2000 University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) People from all communities and from all parts of the country have been through many horrors and ordeals from the time the flames of conflict engulfed this country in July 1983. But seldom has anything been so prolonged and full of constant terror and anxiety as what several thousands of people in Thenmaratchy, the south-eastern sector of the Jaffna peninsula with Chavakacheri as its main town, endured for three weeks and more. More...
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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"s olympic medal hope wins her 100 meter heat
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 0900 SLT 22 Sep 2000. Susanthika Jayasinghe Sri Lanka's medal hope at the Sydney Olympics won her heat in the 100 meters with a timing of 11.15 seconds
Published: Thu Sep 21 23:13:27 EDT 2000

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Northern commander says no threat to Jaffna.
Bandula Jayasekara in Jaffna, SLT 11. a.m September 21. Major General Anton Wijendra, security forces commander in Jaffna said that the army is on the offensive now and additional fire power, multi barrel rocket launches, new aircrafts and high moral of his troupes had helped to carry out successful operations against the LTTE.

The new Jaffna commander also said that army had inflicted maximum casualties on the LTTE in the recent operations in the peninsula even though the LTTE had offered stiff resistance using more than 10,000 mortars. Wijendra told Lacnet in Jaffna "Our operation to recapture Chavakachcheri the important town after Jaffna was done in no time. We achieved our objective within few hours and I salute the spirit of my men" General Wijendra added that the moral of the LTTE is at a very low level and the enemy has lost the will to fight. He also accused the LTTE of sending small children to the battle front.

Speaking of the civilians, the Jaffna commander also said " I understand the plight of the innocent civilians living in fear of guns and shells but, they are not under attack as the fighting takes place mostly in areas which are not heavily populated." However the General confirmed that over 5000 displaced families are now living in welfare centers.

Major General Anton Wijendra denied the allegation that military operations in the North commenced to clear the way for the forthcoming general elections. He said "We knew that the LTTE was getting ready to carry out attacks, instead we went on the offensive. Striking a defiant note the Northern commander security forces commander said " Imminent threat to Jaffna is over now or it does not exist"
Published: Thu Sep 21 01:13:49 EDT 2000

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S.Lankan army says expects more fighting in Jaffna  - MSNBC
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Severe casualties to Tigers in Colombuthurai, Chemmani, Ponnar and Arialai  - PRIU

Sri Lanka manifesto unveiled
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 21 September, 2000, 14:11 GMT 15:11. Sri Lanka's ruling party, the People's Alliance, has unveiled its manifesto for next month's parliamentary elections with a pledge to crush separatists Tamil Tiger rebels. If anyone can help bring them (the LTTE) to the table well and good, but they are not interested Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake It also says that it will modify the controversial devolution package, which failed to go through parliament last month. More...
Published: Thu Sep 21 11:35:47 EDT 2000

Elections at the time of war
The Hindu (International), Friday, September 22, 2000. JAFFNA, SEPT. 21. There is a smell of death in the air. It is the smell of decomposing flesh and it is coming from the town's main hospital where 38 bodies of LTTE fighters from the Chavakachcheri battle are being transferred from the mortuary to an army vehicle for a mass funeral. The bodies should have been returned to the LTTE three days ago, but the International Committee of the Red Cross, through which it is done, abandoned the process after giving back just 10 bodies because of the ``prevailing tense situation'' in the Kaithady area where the handing over was taking place. More...
Published: Thu Sep 21 16:25:53 EDT 2000
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Eschew political violence, revenge after polls victory - President
CDN, september 20. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga urged her party supporters to refrain from election violence and political revenge after the victory in the forthcoming General Election.She said that Government politicians are the most threatened persons and their daring to continue despite such terrorist threat should be paid. "Everyone objects when politicians salaries are increased but without a good pay how can they carry on," she asked.My salary is Rs.24,000 monthly and I have never increased it. Luckily I have some ancestral property to meet shortcomings, she said. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 22:31:02 EDT 2000

Ranil on Presidentís wastefulness...
The Island, September 20. Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in a letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga states:"What do you think a labourer in a paddy field in rural Sri Lanka could do with Rs. 19,000,000 (Rs. 19 million). I suspect he would welcome the opportunity. Because that is the amount of money you spend from the taxpayers pocket every day of the year on your Presidential expenses.Your government is callous and uncaring. So wrapped up in its own self congratulatory style. It is typified by Minister Kingsley Wickremaratneís comment "Sri Lankans eat too much". Or the comment by Minister D. M. Jayaratne, "I do not think anyone will die of starvation. You could survive 60 days only drinking water". More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 22:36:26 EDT 2000

Monkey politics
Weekend Express - Info Labs Spotlight on Sri Lanka, September 16. In Sinhala folklore there is the story of a monkey who tried to consume 'lattu'- a sticky substance - and found itself in a quandary. The animal could neither push the matter down its throat nor throw it out. The substance had got stuck in its throat.No sooner the matter of the election security stickers came to light they cried out for Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake's blood. The man should be sacked, they howled. This hue and cry was raised despite PA General Secretary D. M. Jayaratne himself saying that the Elections Chief cannot be removed without parliamentary approval.The erosion of Sri Lankan democracy which began nearly three decades ago has presently reached a crisis point. Today, elections are no longer a matter of voting a party into power but whether democracy itself will survive after the polls. More...
Published: Thu Sep 21 12:50:59 EDT 2000

502 incidents of election related violence
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Thursday September 21. A total of 502 incidents of election related violence have been recorded by the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence as of 20 September 2000. Of these 296 or 59% have been classified as Major Offences and 206 or 41% as Minor Offences. The highest number of Major Offences continue to be reported from the North Western Province - 57 incidents or 19% of the total number of incidents recorded in this category. The PA is allegedly responsible for 54% of the incidents in the Major Offences category and the UNP for 25%. Twenty one percent (21%) of all incidents reported (502) involve the use of firearms. Of these the PA is allegedly responsible for 63% of the incidents and the UNP for 13%. In another 21% of the incidents the party affiliation of the alleged perpetrators has not been identified.
Published: Thu Sep 21 09:59:53 EDT 2000

EU to monitor and prevent rigging at Lankan polls
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.50 a.m. SLT Thursday September 21. A European Union mission which began work in Sri Lanka yesterday to help ensure a free and fair election on October 10, said they fully support an attempt by the Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake to secretly past a sticker on polling cards that would help differentiate the forged article from the genuine.

Some 74 EU polls monitors will serve as watch dogs on October 10, at 9,500 polling booths set up around Sri Lanka. The EU meanwhile have denied allegations that its foreign polls monitors will be provided security at state expense.
Published: Thu Sep 21 09:59:52 EDT 2000

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Polling cards to be distributed today
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.45 a.m. SLT Thursday September 21. The Elections Department has handed over polling cards to the Postal Department who will begin distributing the cards to all eligible voters today.

The polling cards carry a sticker pasted at the Elections Department to ensure the authenticity of the card. The Elections Commissioner, Dayananda Dissanayake said however that any eligible voter who does not have a polling card can still exercise his franchise by producing identification at the relevant polling booth.
Published: Thu Sep 21 09:59:51 EDT 2000


Chavakachcheri becomes a ghost town
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11. p.m September 20. Chavakachcheri, just eight kilo meters off Jaffna has become a ghost town after heavy fighting between the Army and the LTTE. The army recaptured the important communication town on Sunday and successfully repulsed an LTTE onslaught on Monday. Chavakachcheri's sixty thousand people are displaced and they are living in welfare centers now.

The hospital, schools and Chavakachcheris once busy market is completely destroyed. Only a board with the message 'Keep your city clean, this is your town stands erect. It is not damaged at all but, the whole town is. Sounds of heavy shelling can be heard and the army is not prepared to take any chances. It is true that they have captured the town but, the battle is not over yet. Tired but, smiling troupes show their delight by holding their guns high. Their moral is high. One young soldier said. "We won it once, we won it twice".

Colonel Jagi Gallage who is in charge of the operations said that the successful operation to recapture Chavakachcheri was carried out by Army's elite 53 Division. He confirmed that 58 bodies of rebels were found by the army but, believed that number of LTTE rebels who died during action to be 150.
Published: Wed Sep 20 13:39:51 EDT 2000

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Civil war turns thriving Sri Lanka town into no man's land  - MSNBC
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Sri Lankan Army takes back 'ghost town'  - The Hindu (International)

Government bans its MP's from appearing on private TV
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.30 a.m. SLT Thursday September 21. The Government today issued a ban to all its members including top rung Ministers to not appear on private TV channels for talks shows.

Minister S. B. Dissanayake, General Secretary for the SLFP, acting on a directive by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge, in a letter to all government members has said that none of them should accept initiations from private TV stations without his prior permission. Dissanayake has alleged that the TV stations are using government members to embarrass the State weeks before the Peoples Alliance goes to polls.

One of the most popular Sinhala talk shows 'Jana Handa' aired over Teleshan Networks Limited (TNL) is on air daily for three hours with a four member panel of state, opposition and various media personalities. The show goes on 'live' every night and is a hit, as a telephone line allows the public to phone in and question members on the panel on different issues. Needless to say government MP's are the most sought after on this show.

TNL is owned by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramesinghe's brother, Shan Wickramesinghe, who has on more than one occasion been accused by the government for bias towards his brothers politics.

Last night's program on TNL had Dallas Allahapperuma, PA MP, who could not forcefully defend a query made by a listener who phoned in and asked why the President has imported two super luxury cars worth Rs. 40 million each, and another six worth Rs. 18 million each for top rung VVIP's, when thousands in the country can barely survive to eat three meals a day.

Meanwhile election related violence has killed 8 persons up to now and injured many more as the dust rises and the October 10 hustings draw near.
Published: Thu Sep 21 09:59:50 EDT 2000

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Two die - 12,000 evacuated due to floods
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.15 a.m. SLT Thursday September 21. Two persons have died while another 12,000 have been evacuated due to floods in Sri Lanka's southern belt, as incessant rains over the last two days has caused the Ghing Ganga to break its banks and overflow.

Mr. S. J. Pathiraga, Director Social Services said that Rs. 1.3 million has been allocated to provide immediate relief to families dislocated as a result of the bad weather conditions.

The worst affected areas are the Galle, Kalutara and Matara districts. Police in the Matara district said the heavy rains have caused havoc to families living on Sri Lanka's coastal belt. Areas in Colombo too flooded yesterday as the rains fell down during most of the morning and afternoon and continued into the night.
Published: Thu Sep 21 09:59:50 EDT 2000

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Foreign Observers Invited to Monitor Sri Lanka's General Election
XINHUA, September 20. Sri Lanka's Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has invited 101 observers from three international organizations to monitor the October 10 general election, the Election Secretariat said Wednesday. The European Union has agreed to send 74 observers, the Commonwealth will send five while 22 observers will be from the Association of Asian Elections Authorities, a spokesman for the secretariat said. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 22:26:26 EDT 2000
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Profile:Susanthika Jayasinghe
NBCOlympics.com, 21 September 2000. Sri Lanka fell in love with its "dazzling gazelle," Susanthika Jayasinghe, when she edged out world champion Merlene Ottey of Jamaica for the 200-meters silver medal at the 1997 Track and Field World Championships. Jayasinghe, who holds the 100- and 200-meter records in her homeland, was the first Sri Lankan in 49 years to win a track and field medal at a global sporting event and the first South Asian ever to win a world championship medal in track and field. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 08:34:01 EDT 2000
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"No place for LTTE in govt until it gives up terrorism"
ExpressIndia.com, Thursday,September21,2000. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan prime minister Ratnasri Wickramanayake today said if the People's Alliance (PA) comes to power, it would Redraft the controversial reforms bill and ruled out the possibility of ltte joining the government until the militant outfit gave up arms,reports PTI. Releasing PA's manifesto for the crucial October 10 parliamentary polls today, Wickramanayake said his government would continue its campaign against Tamil rebels but at the same time negotiate with minorities to grant necessary political and administrative rights. More...
Published: Thu Sep 21 10:35:45 EDT 2000
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Darsha among 42 athletes vying for a place in IOC Athletes Commission
CDN, Thursday, 21 September. SYDNEY, Wednesday - The overall captain of the Sri Lanka contingent, Damayanthi Darsha is among 42 athletes nominated to contest for 12 seats in the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Athletes Commission. The IOC Athletes Commission today urged all athletes taking part at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games to vote in the elections for members on the commission. Biographics on all nominees, including Darsha, are available through the local INFO system as well as the IOC web site so that nearly 11,000 More...
Published: Thu Sep 21 06:22:10 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka urges curbs on separatists' funding
CNN/AsiaNow, Thursday Sep. 21, 07:43:23. UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- Sri Lanka's foreign minister called on Wednesday for concerted global action to curb funding for separatist movements, which, in his country, he said, abducted children to use as soldiers. Lakshman Kadirgamar said his government was fighting separatist rebels who abducted children and brainwashed them into killers trained to commit suicide if caught. More...
Published: Thu Sep 21 07:49:20 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Plantation Workers Suspend Strike - Union
Finance- News,Yahoo, Wednesday, September 20 3:53 PM SGT . R. Yogarajan, a spokesman for the Ceylon Workers Congress, said the unions have decided to suspend the strike with immediate effect, following favorable discussions with President Chandrika Kumaratunga earlier in the day. "We have suspended the strike pending a final decision on our demand," he said, adding that all plantation workers will report to work as usual Wednesday. More...
Published: Thu Sep 21 05:12:32 EDT 2000

The New Co leader of the Muslim Congress to take oaths as Minister for Ports on Friday
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2115 SLT 20 September 2000. Rauf Hakeem the new co leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress is to be sworn in as Minister for Ports on Friday. It is the same portfolio held by the late SLMC leader Ashraff. The SLMC on Monday elected Mr.Hakeem and the wife of late Mr.Ashraff as co leaders of the SLMC. However Mrs. Ashraff who is in mourning for four months and ten days in keeping with Islamic custom will not take part in the election campaign. Soon after agreement was reached with President Kumaratunga over the portfolio Mr.Hakeem pledged the full support of his party to the government. Late Mr.Ashraff had pulled out of the ruling People's Alliance hours before his death accusing the PA of been racist.
Published: Wed Sep 20 11:25:38 EDT 2000

Bombs, bullets and bloodshed scar Jaffna ahead of key ballot
123India.com, Sep 21 2000 07:21 IST. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Sept 21 (AFP) - For Sri Lanka's minority Tamil population, this northern town was once a booming cultural capital, but as political parties gear for a key ballot it is once again soaked in blood and tears. Thousands of government troops deployed in this peninsula are on full alert for more attacks from the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who are expected to strike again before the October 10 polls. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 22:21:22 EDT 2000
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Catholic Bishop of Chilaw express support for the election commissioner and accuse police and state media of pro Government bias
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2100 SLT 20 September 2000. In a letter to the Commissioner of Elections the Bishop of Chilaw as the head of the pastoral council of the diocese of Chilaw has expressed the full support of all the clergy and catholics in the area for steps been taken by the Commissioner to hold a free and fair elections. "We strongly criticise those who are trying to block your efforts" the letter states. Criticising the state media for been a propaganda tool for the government the Bishop has requested the Elections Commissioner to make public the statement criticising the conduct of the state media. Bishop Frank Marcus Fernando has also strongly criticised the police saying the Police in the area are only accepting complaints by government supporters and are refusing to accept complains made by opposition supporters. " It is the supporters of opposition parties who are at the receiving end of violence. We appeal to you to set up a separate mechanism where those who are at the receiving end can make complaints" the bishop said.
Published: Wed Sep 20 11:25:37 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka urges curbs on separatists' funding
MSNBC, september 20. Sri Lanka's foreign minister called on Wednesday for concerted global action to curb funding for separatist movements, which, in his country, he said, abducted children to use as soldiers. Children as young as 7 were being recruited by the Tamil Tiger guerrillas to fight government forces, but more than 100 of them had surrendered, Kadirgamar said. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 21:16:50 EDT 2000

Rebels Attack Sri Lankan Army Again
Yahoo, Wednesday, September 20 4:29 AM SGT . By DILSHIKA JAYAMAHA, Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Tamil rebels detonated an anti-personnel mine, killing 24 soldiers Tuesday in northeastern Sri Lanka, a military spokesman and police said. The attack on an army truck took place just outside Trincomalee city, 140 miles northeast of the capital, Colombo. Rebels fired at the vehicle soon after the Claymore mine went off, killing some of the soldiers injured in the explosion, police said.More lethal than a land mine, a Claymore mine is packed with 11/2 pounds of plastic explosives and fires a lethal spray of steel pellets when set off. Claymore mines are triggered manually by a trip wire or with a remote-controlled detonator. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 06:54:36 EDT 2000
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Rocket explodes near Red Cross team in Lanka
Times of India, 21 September 2000 . A rocket explosion in a no-fire zone of Sri Lanka's embattled north forced the International Committee of the Red Cross to abandon the handing over of Tamil Tiger rebel bodies out of fear for their own safety, a spokesman said Wednesday."We were compelled to call off Tuesday's transfer due to the tense situation," said Harsha Gunawardene, ICRC spokesman. The army and LTTE usually exchange bodies through the ICRC. The government blamed a "technical malfunction" for the misguided multibarrel rocket. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 16:49:40 EDT 2000

Ruling party orders its candidates not to appear in talk shows in private TV and Radio
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2110 SLT 20 September 2000. The Ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party has ordered candidates of the People's Alliance not to take part in political talk shows in privately owned TV and radio stations. The General Secretary of the SLFP and Minister of Sports S.B.Dissanayake has written to candidates saying that there is a conspiracy to embarrass government candidates taking part in these talk shows. All candidates have been ordered to first get approval from him personally. However just hours after issuing the order the sports minister appeared in a talk show on Swarnavahini. Political talk shows are hugely popular specially at election times.
Published: Wed Sep 20 11:25:37 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka rebels shell army lines in Jaffna
ABC News, 09/20/2000 07:54:00 ET. COLOMBO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Wednesday that Tamil Tiger rebels fired artillery and mortar bombs in a bid to breach the army"s new defence lines in the northern Jaffna peninsula. "Terrorists fired mortars and artillery during the day at troops manning defences in general area Chavakachcheri," the government said in a statement. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 08:55:39 EDT 2000

LTTE terrorism prevents Lanka from signing anti-mine treaty
Island, Wednesday, 20 September. Sri Lanka will not be able to sign the Ottawa Convention that seeks to ban the manufacture, sale and the use of mines due to legitimate national security requirements, government officials said yesterday."We believe the global ban on mines has been proposed in good faith but the current war situation here does not permit the government to enter the treaty," an official said pointing out that different types of mines constitute a part of the defences against LTTE terrorist attacks.At the second meeting of the parties to the Ottawa Convention in Geneva last week, two members of the seven-nation South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation [SAARC] ratified the treaty. Diplomatic sources said that at the meeting to review progress of the landmark December 1997 treaty aimed at imposing a global ban on mines with SAARC countries, which ended on Friday (15), Bangladesh and Maldives and also four other countries came on board. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 05:42:05 EDT 2000

Computer technology to boost Lanka cricket team performances
CDN, Wednesday, 20 September. The Sri Lanka cricket team will be provided with the latest computer technology as part of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka's (BCCSL) policy to provide the national cricketers with the maximum requirements in order to make them the best cricket playing nation in the world. "We have decided to provide at least three to four lap top computers with the latest software to the team from the Sharjah tournament in order to enhance their performances," said BCCSL president Thilanga Sumathipala, addressing a press conference at the Jaic Hilton Tower to mark the first 100 days in office of the current administration yesterday. Sri Lanka are due to take part in Sharjah for the Champions trophy from October 20 with India and Zimbabwe. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 06:35:39 EDT 2000

S.D. Bandaranayake named Sri Lankan envoy
The Hindu, New Delhi, Sept. 19. (PTI):. Dr Senake Dias Bandaranayake, a noted scholar, has been appointed as Sri Lanka's next High Commissioner to india, it was officially announced today.Bandaranayake will fill the slot vacated a few months back by Mangala Moonesinge. Since then, Prasad Kariyawasam has been discharging duties as acting High Commissioner. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 04:18:20 EDT 2000
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Airforce attacks destroy LTTE boats and vehicles
PRIU, Wednesday Sep. 20, 07:32:14. Airforce ground attacks aircraft destroyed three LTTE boats and three Land Rovers at Sangupiddy in the Wanni mainland yesterday afternoon adding to the long list of severe losses borne by the LTTE in the face of the recent massive assaults by the security forces. Armed forces spokesman Brigadier Karunaratne said that aircraft, which were on some other targets, were ordered to engage the boats and the vehicles. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 07:38:33 EDT 2000

Police warned of LTTE threat to Ministers Ashraff and Samaraweera
PRIU, Wednesday Sep. 20, 07:35:25. The Special Branch of the Police had warned of a possible attempt on the life of Minister Ashraff and just days prior to his death. The warning gave details of an intended attack on Ministers Mangala Samaraweera and M.H.M. Ashraff by two LTTE suicide bombers. The attack was to be made at hitherto unknown locations on Colombo or the suburbs. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 07:41:52 EDT 2000

LTTE establishes global TV sweep with merger- Continuation from Yesterday..
The Island, September 20. However, the LTTE may be seriously underestimating the determination of the French Interior Ministry to combat terrorist related activity. French police began questioning several people last week and in one incident asked a Tamil girl to identify Ilanko, Jeya and Manoharan from photographs. She said the police had brought several LTTE receipts and cheque copies with them. Those going in and out of the offices of TRT have also been video recorded. These investigation may also be linked to a recent incident of gang violence between the LTTE controlled Eelavar Sports Organisation and the well respected Padummeen Sports Organisation in Paris. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 22:39:25 EDT 2000

2 LTTE men, prisoners escape from jail
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on September 20, 2000. Colombo, Sept. 20. (UNI): Nine prisoners, including two LTTE suspects, escaped after attacking prison officials in Kuruwita, about 100 km from here yesterday. Kurutita Jail Inspector H M B Nelumdeniya said the suspects who were not handcuffed, were being escorted to the prison bus parked outside. They attacked the prison officials and grabbed their automatic guns. Later, they fled in a van parked outside the prison. More...
Published: Wed Sep 20 07:13:40 EDT 2000

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