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SEPTEMBER 27, 2000 EST, USA
 
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The Lanka Academic carried an online "Question and Answer" sessions with the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Mr. Mangala Moonesinghe from September 1, 2000 through September 24, 2000. You can view the questions from visitors like you and the answers 1-37 by Mr. Moonesinghe here. We will post all answers soon.
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PEOPLE IN JAFFNA ASK FOR PEACE. NOT ELECTIONS
Bandula Jayasekera, in Jaffna. Bearded face of PLOTE leader Dharmalingam Sidharthan can be seen all over the city of Jaffna. Hand drawn posters with the fish symbol supposed to be of an independent group are widely displayed. Posters of TULF are not to be seen. EPDPs Douglas Devanandas posters were clearly visible but, I saw more of the PLOTE leader. There are no poster wars even though few posters are tarred at some places. No body gave the reason as to why people had done it. People of Jaffna say that posters are displayed side by side but no one tries to kill one another because both sides are armed, meaning the EPDP and PLOTE. They are no political meetings, only distribution of handbills and the people of Jaffna say that they are in no election mood. More...
IT IS AN ACCIDENT THAT ANYBODY IS RELATED TO SOMEBODY - GANDHI
Bandula Jayasekera, in Colombo. He is soft spoken, kind hearted and extremely gentle. He wants to keep a low profile even though he is doing a very high profile job, representing his country as High Commissioner. He is a true son of the great land and the youngest grandson of the greatest man of this millenium, Mahatma Gandhi. 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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Tamil Tigers say 150 troops killed in heavy fighting
Voila/UK, September 27. Ferocious battles gripped Sri Lanka Wednesday as Tamil Tiger rebels launched a major counter-attack in response to a fresh military offensive that left heavy casualties on both sides, The LTTE said in a statement sent from their London office that rebel units had moved three kilometres from their earlier positions and cut off a vital supply route to an army base.The Tamil Tigers claimed they had inflicted heavy losses among government forces, putting military casualties at 150 troops killed and more than 500 wounded in the battles since Tuesday. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 16:33:06 EDT 2000
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Heavy fighting in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
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LTTE bombers believed to have entered Colombo
Deccan Herald, COLOMBO, Sept 27 (PTI). Sri Lankan politicians are paying scant regard to security during the on-going election campaign despite repeated warnings of possible strikes by LTTE bombers, police said. Despite intelligence reports about infiltration of 23 LTTE suicide bombers into the capital to carry out attacks during the campaign for the October 10 general elections, not many politicians have been taking security precautions, the ''Island`` newspaper quoted police officials as saying. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 21:30:43 EDT 2000

Tamil Tigers say offensive underway
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 27 September, 2000, 20:32 GMT 21:3. Tamil Tigers rebels in Sri Lanka say they have launched a major counter-offensive against the Sri Lankan army in the northern Jaffna peninsula. The rebels' radio station, the Voice of the Tigers, claims that it has attacked the military's positions on six fronts, and that hundreds of Sri Lankan soldiers have been killed or wounded. The broadcast said that heavy fighting is still raging. The rebels' statement follows an early announcement from the SriLankan army that it is making major inroads against Tamil Tiger positions, and that the rebels have suffered heavy casualties. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 18:33:08 EDT 2000

Kumaratunga hopes bullets will win ballots in Tiger land
India Abroad, Sept 27, 2000 20:00 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Sri Lankan troops appear to be doing their own bit of campaigning for the October 10 parliamentary elections as they intensify their drive to reclaim territory in the northern Jaffna peninsula they had lost to Tamil Tiger rebels earlier this year. The speculation that the military offensives are being conducted to fit the ruling party's political timetable was bolstered when the government ferried journalists to the north last week in an obvious public relations exercise. Despite the army's top officer in Jaffna, Maj. Gen. Anton Wijendra, pointedly telling visiting reporters last week that the sudden increase in anti-Tiger offensives was not "politically motivated," ruling party politicians are wooing voters with a different line.Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, known to be a proponent of decimating the LTTE militarily, reportedly told supporters at a rally recently that Elephant Pass would be under government control by the polling day. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 13:10:26 EDT 2000
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Chandrika pushes Jaffna campaign with eye on polls  - Times of India
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UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka troops battle to regain lost ground  - ABC News

Sri Lanka Marxists slam president over killing
123India.com, Sep 27 2000 12:19 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 27 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main Marxist party Wednesday accused President Chandrika Kumaratunga of unleashing violence on her rivals as a leftist supporter wounded in a police shooting died from his injuries. The Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, said Kumaratunga should take responsibility for Monday's shooting in the central town of Matale when activists staged a demonstration denouncing police inaction."The president as the chief executive as well as the defence minister in charge of the police should take blame," JVP spokesman Wimal Weerawansa told reporters here. "This is her strategy to unleash terror before the elections."They said the victim was kicked in the face by the police officer who fired at the victim as he was trying to return to the office after the demonstration had ended. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 07:57:35 EDT 2000
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Chandrika orders probe into attack on brother's office  - India Abroad

Canadian finance minister accused of helping Tamil Tigers' fundraisers
123India.com, Sep 28 2000 03:32 IST. Canadian Finance Minister Paul Martin was accused Wednesday of helping "a Tamil terrorist front organization." The accusation, flatly denied by Martin, was leveled in the House of Commons by the Leader of the Opposition, Stockwell Day.Day, who heads Canada's largest opposition party, the Canadian Alliance, claimed: "We have just learned through access to information that on May 4, our Canadian high commissioner (ambassador) in Sri Lanka sent a classified message to Ottawa warning that a minister was about to attend a dinner for a Tamil terrorist front organization." More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 19:17:36 EDT 2000

President condoles on the death of JVP member
CDN, september 28. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has expressed her deep sorrow on the death of JVP Member Arambagedera Sirideva in the confrontation between Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna members and the Police at Matale on September 27. A communique issued by the Presidential Secretariat states that condolences are expressed to members of the family of the deceased Sirideva and to the JVP. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 22:03:11 EDT 2000
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JVP activist dies after police shooting on peaceful demonstration  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

PA withdraws complaint against the Elections Commissioner
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1835 SLT 27 September 2000. The People's Alliance today withdrew it's complaint made to the Human Rights Commission against the Elections Commissioner. PA national list candidate Ananda Kularatna complained to the HRC two weeks ago that his human rights were violated when a secret plan by the elections commissioner to stop forging polling cards was implemented. Civil Society groups religious leaders and opposition parties had come out in support of the Elections Commissioner after the complaint was filed.
Published: Wed Sep 27 09:08:04 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka ruling party backtracks on vote rigging row
yahoo, september 27. Sri Lanka's ruling party Wednesday bowed to mounting international criticism and withdrew an unprecedented complaint against the independent election chief for trying to prevent vote rigging.Sri Lanka's Human Rights Commission (HRC) Wednesday decided to throw out the complaint against the chief election commissioner, Dayananda Dissanayake, as the complainant, a ruling party candidate, said he was not proceeding.The government move to complain to the HRC against the election chief drew criticism from diplomats while the European Union election monitors strongly supported the actions of the elections chief. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 13:29:14 EDT 2000

Lankan troops repulse raids by Tamil Tigers
Deccan Herald, COLOMBO, Sept 27 (UNI). Sri Lankan troops repulsed several attempts by terrorists to attack security forces positions after the forces recaptured Maduvil North and an area west of Sarasalai yesterday morning. A defence spokesman said today that the LTTE tried to launch counter attacks, but security forces foiled them. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 21:31:45 EDT 2000
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Sri Lankan Army regain two bunker lines after bitter fighting  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

Jayasinghe cruises into women's 200m semis
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on September 27, 2000. Sydney, Sept. 27. (Reuters): Controversial Sri Lankan sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe cruised into the semifinals of the women's 200 metres today.Jayasinghe won her second round heat in 22.54 seconds, the fourth fastest time going into Thursday's semifinals behind Beverly Mcdonald of Jamaica (22.44), Melinda Gainsford-Taylor of Australia (22.49) and favourite Marion Jones of the United States (22.50). More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 10:09:42 EDT 2000
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Susanthika moves on in 200 metres  - The Hindu NUS

Lankans in umpire dilemma
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 27 September, 2000, 13:11 GMT 14:1. Australian umpire Darrell Hair and Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan are on course for another possible confrontation. The International Cricket Council have confirmed that Hair will be standing in the quarter-final between Pakistan and the winners of the first round match between Sri Lanka and West Indies in next week's Knockout tournament in Kenya. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 10:14:09 EDT 2000

Vintage bargains in Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 27 September, 2000, 13:08 GMT 14:0. If foreign vintage car collectors were allowed to travel to Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula they would be in seventh heaven. Austins, Fords and Morris Minors which date back to the 1930s can all be seen here. Most are sold for less than $5,000 - a bargain price elsewhere. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 10:17:53 EDT 2000

Army 'building on Jaffna success'
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 27 September, 2000, 13:44 GMT 14:4. The Sri Lankan army says it is continuing to make inroads against Tamil Tiger positions in the northern Jaffna peninsula. The Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday that a total of 50 rebels have died in fighting that erupted around the town of Chavakachcheri on Tuesday. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 10:19:53 EDT 2000
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41 killed as army repels LTTE attack  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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Sri Lanka says holds on to military gains in north  - MSNBC

LTTE bombers sneak into Colombo, politicians disregard threat
Times of India, 28 September 2000. Sri Lankan politicians are paying scant regard to security during the on-going election campaign to repeated warnings of possible strikes by LTTE bombers, police said. Despite intelligence reports about infiltration of 23 LTTE suicide bombers into the capital to carry out attacks during the campaign for the October 10 general elections, not many politicians have been taking security precautions, the Island newspaper quoted police officials as saying. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 18:41:25 EDT 2000
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'Lankan politicians not observing security norms'  - The Hindu NUS

Sri Lanka says beats back rebel counter-attack
MSNBC, september 26. Government troops on Tuesday beat back a ferocious three-pronged counter attack by Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's northern Jaffna peninsula, Sri Lanka said.'We have very successfully repulsed all the attacks and now the close quarters fighting is over though artillery exchanges are continuing,'' military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Tue Sep 26 15:51:23 EDT 2000
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Ferocious fighting erupts in Sri Lanka, toll exceeds 40  - Yahoo
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Rebels hit back after Sri Lanka troops open road  - MSNBC
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Heavy fighting kills 30 in Sri Lanka  - Virtual New York
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Lankan troops wrest more areas from Tigers  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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Sri Lanka army opens up key route in north  - MSNBC
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Sri Lankan troops mount fresh offensive, 30 dead  - 123India.com

MDMK to take up Sri Lankan issue with PM
The Hindu (Southern States), Wednesday, September 27, 2000. CHENNAI, SEPT. 26. The MDMK, a constituent of the NDA from Tamil Nadu, will again apprise the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee and the Ministers concerned at the Centre on the new ``twists and turns'' to the Sri Lankan Tamils crisis. The party's General Secretary, Mr. Vaiko, who, in recent public meetings in different parts of the State, has been reasserting that ``creation of Tamil Eelam alone constituted a solution'' to the ethnic crisis in Sri Lanka, alleged that despite the devolution package promised by its President, Ms.Chandrika Kumaratunga, her Government has been pursuing ``only a military path''. More...
Published: Tue Sep 26 17:24:09 EDT 2000

Army claims new Jaffna advances
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 26 September, 2000, 11:52 GMT 12:52 . There have been heavy casualties in renewed fighting between the Sri Lankan army and rebel Tamil Tigers in the northern Jaffna peninsula. The defence ministry says 13 soldiers and 17 rebels were killed near the town of Chavakachcheri, as the army regained approximately 10 sq km of land. Forty-five soldiers were said to have been wounded. There has been no comment from the Tamil Tigers on the latest fighting. More...
Published: Tue Sep 26 08:13:58 EDT 2000
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Heavy battles grip Sri Lanka, toll mounts  - Yahoo
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Fresh fighting in Jaffna  - Deccan Herald
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Another offensive in Jaffna  - The Hindu (International)
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31 killed as Lankan army 'captures more territory'  - The Hindu NUS
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More fighting in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
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Twenty-Four Rebels Killed In Sri Lanka's North  - Yahoo
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Fresh round of fighting in Sri Lanka's Jaffna  - MSNBC

"Viable alternative" to separate state demand acceptable: TULF
India Abroad, Sept 26, 2000 21:30 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Sri Lanka's main moderate Tamil political party, which was the first to demand a separate state for the country's Tamil minority, has said that it is willing to accept something short of independence as it gears up for the October polls. Almost 25 years after the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) passed a resolution demanding a separate Tamil state called Eelam, the party says it is now ready to accept a "viable alternative," particularly at India's insistence. "The TULF has been concerned about the immense harm and suffering the Tamil people would have to endure if the demand for a separate state was uncompromisingly insisted upon," the party's manifesto says. More...
Published: Tue Sep 26 13:28:18 EDT 2000
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TULF calls for cease-fire and mediation  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo

Creative blend of modern and traditional dances
Yahoo, September 27. THEY have performed before royalty and VIPs, and travelled around the world promoting Sri Lanka's modern and traditional dances.The Channa Upuli Dance Troupe from Sri Lanka is now in town to perform at the week-long Amazing Sri Lanka promotion at Shangri-la Hotel till Oct 1.Renowned for its traditional and creative dances, the group arrived two days ago. It comprises six dancers, two drummers, a tabla player and a flautist, led by co-founder Upuli Wijewardana. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 08:16:25 EDT 2000

A taste of exotic Sri Lankan cuisine
Yahoo, September 27. DID you know that Sri Lanka has its own version of the delicious but hot Malay sambal - a dish made of chili and belacan (prawn paste)?They call it sambal too although it is written `sambol' in English. The ingredients are almost similar with dried chili, dried tuna fish flakes and raw onion seasoned with salt and lime.They also have dodol (blackened sweetmeat) called kalu dodol although theirs is made with cashew nuts. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 08:18:54 EDT 2000

Sunday Leader editor wins prestigious Transparency International award
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 p. m September 26. Lasantha Wickrematunge, editor of ‘The Sunday Leader’ has won the prestigious Transparency International award for investigative journalism and exposing corruption in high places. Wickrematunge, 40, will receive the award in Canada on Friday September 29. He is among four journalists from allover the world to be so honored. Transparency International is an organization based in Canada, which recognize journalism of courage.

Wickrematunge has exposed several instances of corruption in the government of president Chandrika Kumaratunge. Wickrematunge's opponents physically attacked him in 1995 along with his journalist wife Raine and unknown gunmen fired at their house in 1998. In May this year, ‘The Sunday Leader’ was sealed by the government under emergency regulations for a period of six months. However Wickrematunge took the government to courts. The courts gave a landmark judgement and ordered the government to lift the ban on his paper.

Wickrematunge is now facing criminal charges for defaming the President and has appealed against the sentence.
Published: Tue Sep 26 09:16:39 EDT 2000


2,441 Pak workers deported from Saudi Arabia
India Abroad, Sept 27, 2000 18:50 Hrs (IST) . Islamabad: Nearly 2,500 Pakistani workers have been deported from Saudi Arabia in less than two months as part of a Saudi government drive against illegal immigrants. Of the total 2,441, 2,336 turned out to be from Karachi, while 94 were from Lahore and 11 from Islamabad. All of them were flown back through 36 flights of Pakistan International Airlines, Saudia, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, and Emirates. Well-placed sources told NNI news agency that authorities in Saudi Arabia had issued a warning to all illegal immigrants to leave the kingdom by July 2, or face expulsion. Thousands, including Pakistanis, heeded the call and flew to their respective countries. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 10:21:50 EDT 2000

Photo Gallery - Jaffna Today
Yahoo, 27 September 2000. Civilians ride past a wall with political propaganda in Jaffna City Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000. As the city prepares for Oct. 10 parliamentary polls, people expressed a desire for a return to normalcy. More...
Published: Tue Sep 26 20:57:06 EDT 2000

LTTE poses threat to TN leaders: Lankan Minister
The Hindustan Times, Colombo September 26. SRI LANKAN Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has said that LTTE is a 'great threat' to Tamil Nadu leaders, that the people of Tamil Nadu know it, and that is why they are not supporting it. In an interview to the state owned 'Daily News' while in Washington recently, Kadirgamar held that mass support for the LTTE was virtually nil in Tamil Nadu because the people of that Indian state had a first hand experience of the LTTE's ruthlessness and lawlessness. "The Tamil Nadu people found that the LTTE is a very dangerous entity to live with and entertain, because they (the LTTE) are completely lawless," the minister said. More...
Published: Tue Sep 26 14:35:27 EDT 2000

WHO says 500 million people will die of smoking - Dr. Thenabadu
Island, Tuesday, 26 September. "Tobacco companies who had lost their markets in European countries are now aiming at the youth in developing countries to regain their lost market. To resist this we have to adopt an anti smoking policy, Dr. P. N. Thenabadu, Chief of Cardiology, National Hospital said .He was speaking at the first Annual Scientific Session of the Sri Lanka Heart Association (SLHA) held in September at Crystal Upper Room of the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo.This event coincides with World Heart Day.The President of the SLHA, Dr. S. J. Stephen, welcomed the special invitees from countries such as Pakistan, India , UK.SLHA committee members and a large gathering of doctors were present. The meeting began after the national anthem was played and the lighting More...
Published: Tue Sep 26 10:56:42 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka main Tamil party backs citizenship for Britons
yahoo, september 26. Sri Lanka's main Tamil political party, which launched the campaign for a separate Tamil state in 1976, has proposed granting citizenship to all those domiciled in the island at the time of independence from Britain. The proposal, contained in the election manifesto of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) launched Monday, is aimed at appeasing minority Tamils of recent Indian origin whose citizenship has been a controversial issue. More...
Published: Tue Sep 26 13:53:41 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka opposition on war path over bullet-proof limousines
123India.com, september 26. Sri Lanka's main opposition party slammed President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Tuesday for ordering a fleet of bullet-proof limousines, accusing her of watching too many James Bond movies. The main opposition United National Party (UNP) said in a statement that the government had spent nearly a million dollars on a fleet of armoured BMW, Mercedes and Range Rover vehicles."There are also stories of six BMW motorbikes equipped with missiles being added to the fleet," the UNP said in its statement. "Perhaps the president has been watching too many James Bond movies recently." More...
Published: Tue Sep 26 07:48:24 EDT 2000
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Row over Sri Lanka limos  - BBC South Asia

Court lifts Sri Lanka ban on air conditioners
123India.com, september 26. Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has ruled that an order by President Chandrika Kumaratunga banning air conditioners using electricity from the national grid was illegal, officials said Tuesday.The court in a landmark ruling Monday held that the order promulgated by Kumaratunga in line with tough emergency provisions invoked on May 31 was arbitrary and unlawful, court officials said.Consumer activists also told court that Kumaratunga's secretariat and other top politicians as well as the superior courts complex enjoyed air conditioning powered by the national grid. More...
Published: Tue Sep 26 07:51:35 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan Ruling People's Alliance Ahead in Run-up to Election
XINHUA, September 26. COLOMBO (Sept. 26) XINHUA - A recent survey showed that Sri Lanka's ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA), led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, is ahead of the opposition United National Party (UNP) led by Ranil Wickremesinghe in the run-up to the general election next month, the official Daily News reported Tuesday. The paper said that while 41 percent said the PA could provide a stable government only 15 percent thought the UNP could. More...
Published: Tue Sep 26 06:27:16 EDT 2000

Police officer politically victimized
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.45 a.m. SLT Tuesday September 26. The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) has recorded an incident of political victimization in which a police officer has been transferred as he did not turn a blind eye upon the illegal actions of PA candidate Cleetus Mendis' supporters. The original incident predates the election campaign but it has cast its shadow on the election, as the transfer was invoked on September 1, 2000. In this complaint, Cleetus Mendis' supporters have allegedly forcibly occupied a vacant block of land, currently used as a car park, within the Saint James Flats premises at Galwela Junction in Mutwal on July 2, 2000. In response to the opposition raised by the housing scheme's 88 residents, this group allegedly said that they were acting with the full cognizance of Mr Cleetus Mendis. The President of the Residents' Welfare Association, Mrs Sita Wijayawardena, lodged a complaint (CIB II 58/26) on the same day at the Modera Police Station. Mr Mendis was also warned by the OIC of the Modera Police Station, but the only outcome was that Mrs Wijayawardena was threatened by Mr Mendis' supporters.

Three of the alleged perpetrators, Messrs Anura Pushpakumara, G A Gnanaratne Lionel Lakshman Silva and K A Nilantha Gnanasena were arrested by the Police on OIC Chief Inspector Dehideniya's instructions and later released on bail (Case No: 14430/5). Subsequent to this incident, OIC Dehideniya was under a cloud, and his eventual transfer to the Borella Police Station, under MM No: D/MD/ADM/868/00, came into effect from September 1, 2000. Chief Inspector Dehideniya declined to speak to CMEV regarding his transfer, but the residents of the area feel strongly that he was victimized for standing up for their rights despite being subjected to political pressure.

The impartiality and even-handedness of the police is a sine qua non for the conduct of a free and fair election in the country. Reports from Puttalam, Kurunegala, Moneragala, Gampaha and Kandy districts, indicate that the police have acted in a partisan manner in favour of PA candidates in these areas.
Published: Tue Sep 26 00:13:53 EDT 2000


UNP Gampaha district candidate's office attacked
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.30 a.m. SLT Tuesday September 26. At approximately 2.00 am on September 25,2000 the UNP office of Gampaha District candidate Gamini Guneratne was attacked, resulting in damage to the building, furniture and equipment. A motor cycle (116 - 4503) and a bicycle kept on the premises, as well as many files, posters and other documents, were dumped in the large pond which lies at the centre of the compound. The premises called Araliya Uyana belongs to Mr Anura Bandaranaike, and it is situated on the main Colombo-Kandy Road, within Horagolla, virtually opposite the People's Alliance office.

The watcher of the premises, Mr Saparamadu, informed the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence that 4 persons had held him at gunpoint while approximately 15 - 20 others had ransacked the offices. According to him these four persons carried two-way radios and brandished pistols, forcing him to remain silent while they systematically trashed the office and meeting hall areas. Mr Saparamadu said that the entire incident lasted approximately 45 minutes, and that the attackers appeared to him to be professionals in what they did. He stated that he would be able to identify those who held him captive if he saw them again, and added that he thought they were members of the security forces. Mr. Saparamadu said that the attackers came in 02 land rovers and 02 double cabs which were parked on the Kandy Road in the direction of Colombo. Mr. Saparamadu has made a complaint in this regard at Police Headquarters under EIB 33/4. A leaflet supporting PA Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle was found at the scene of the crime, and has been handed over to the Nittambuwa Police.
Published: Tue Sep 26 00:13:52 EDT 2000

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Over 600 incidents of election related violence
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.15 a.m. SLT Tuesday September 26 . As of September 25th 685 incidents have been reported to the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) in the run-up to the parliamentary election of October 10, 2000. Of these, 390 (57%) are major incidents which include 12 Murders, 09 Attempted Murders, 101 acts of Hurt, 16 reports of Grievous Hurt, 134 Assaults, 82 acts of Threat and Intimidation, 18 cases of Misuse of State Resources, 03 Robberies and 15 acts of Arson. The relative preponderance of major incidents marks this election campaign as being comparatively more violent than others in the recent past.

Moreover, for the first time since the local government election of 1997, a single party is allegedly responsible for over 50% of the total number of incidents reported. The PA is the alleged perpetrator in 368 incidents (53.7%), the UNP in 142 (20.7%), the JVP in 06, and persons of unknown political affiliation in 144 (21%). In contrast, in the Wayamba Provincial Council election the PA was allegedly responsible for 45% of all incidents reported, in the local government elections for 46%, and in the Presidential election for 48%, while the UNP was accused in 22%, 24% and 26% in these elections respectively.

Supporters of the UNP have made 292 (42.6%) complaints, the PA 217 (31.7%), the JVP (13.3%), and persons of unknown political affiliation (05.7%). 42 (19.4%) of the complaints lodged by the PA are directed against its own members. There are no complaints recorded which reflect intra-party rivalry among any of the other parties.

The North-Western or Wayamba Province has recorded the highest number of complaints (128) closely followed by the Western Province (120). Together these two provinces account for 36.2% of all incidents reported. The lowest number of incidents have been reported from the North-East Province (54), Sabaragamuwa (62) and the Southern Province (74). In the North-Western Province alone the PA is allegedly responsible for 73 incidents, which is higher than the total number reported from two provinces and almost equal to another two.
Published: Tue Sep 26 00:13:51 EDT 2000

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Shots fired into UNP meeting at Ampara
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday September 26. Shots were fired into a United National Party meeting held at Addilechenai in the Ampara district last night. The shots caused panic for some time but no injuries were reported. Police are unable to say who is responsible for having fired the shots.
Published: Tue Sep 26 00:13:50 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan army "repulses Tamil counter-attacks"
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 27 September, 2000, 05:25 GMT 06:2. Military officials in Sri Lanka say the army has repulsed overnight counterattacks from Tamil Tiger rebels at Pallai in the Jaffna peninsula, following intense battles on Tuesday. The army says a Tamil ambush in the evening on a military tractor transporting food for troops left nine soldiers dead; the clashes during the day as military forces tried to push back rebel positions saw another eighteen soldiers killed and nearly two-hundred wounded. More...
Published: Wed Sep 27 08:02:43 EDT 2000

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