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SEPTEMBER 28, 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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Sri Lanka celebrates end of medal drought
Marion Jones of the United States, center, holds up the gold medal she won in the 200-meter race beside silver-medalist Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas, left, and bronze-medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe of Sri Lanka, at the Summer Olympics, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at Olympic Stadium in Sydney. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) More...
Virtual New York, Thursday, 28 September 2000 7:06 (ET). Sri Lanka put aside its preoccupation with the ongoing war in the north and the forthcoming parliamentary elections Thursday to celebrate Susanthika Jayasinghe's success in the women's 200-meter dash. The 25-year-old athlete's third-place finish in Sydney Olympics ended the island nation's 52 -year wait to win a medal. President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who was glued to the television, promptly picked up the phone and congratulated Susanthika as she walked off the track.. Kumaratunga came on the national television to convey the nation's gratitude to Susanthika for getting the medal. The government announced an award of Rs 10 million (U.S. dollars $125,000) for Susanthika More...
Published: Thu Sep 28 09:32:09 EDT 2000
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Susanthika grabs women's 200m bronze  - The Hindu NUS
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Jayasinghe cruises into women's 200m semis  - The Hindu NUS
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Susanthika moves on in 200 metres  - The Hindu NUS
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SUSANTHIKA WINS THE BRONZE IN 200M FINALS  - OLYMPICS
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Sri Lanka's olympic dream comes true. Susanthika bring glory to Lanka  - Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo

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Lankan Army at receiving end of LTTE counter-attack
Deccan Herald, COLOMBO, Sept 28 (UNI). After recapturing Chavakachcheri from the rebels two weeks ago, the Sri Lankan Army is at the receiving end even as it denied an LTTE claim that more than 150 soldiers were killed and over 500 injured during the counter-offensive it launched against the security forces on Tuesday night. In a statement issued from the London office, the LTTE has claimed that it launched ''Operation Unceasing Waves-4`` against the Sri Lankan Army in the Killai- Muhamali and Nagarkovil axis. It also claimed that the supply line to the Army base at Nagarkovil has been cut off. The area where intense fighting broke out is only about 20 km from Elephant Pass Base Camp which had fallen to the LTTE in April this year. More...
Published: Thu Sep 28 19:09:52 EDT 2000
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LTTE counter attacks to regain lost ground in Jaffna, 28 dead  - The Hindustan Times
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LTTE launches counter attack  - The Hindu NUS
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113 killed in Sri Lanka  - The Hindu (International)
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LTTE claims killing 150 soldiers  - 123India.com
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Sri Lanka bloodshed escalates ahead of polls as Tigers hit back  - 123India.com
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Tamil Tigers say offensive underway  - BBC South Asia
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LTTE claims killing 150 Lankan soldiers  - IndiaExpress.com
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More than 200 killed in Sri Lanka fighting  - Virtual New York
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Heavy fighting rages in Sri Lanka as Tigers hit back  - 123India.com
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Heavy fighting in Sri Lanka  - BBC South Asia
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73 rebels, 23 soldiers killed in Lanka fighting  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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Heavy fighting rages in Sri Lanka as Tigers strike back  - 123India.com
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Tamil Tigers say 150 troops killed in heavy fighting  - Voila/UK

Feds warned about cabinet ministers attending Tamil event
NewsExpress, September 28. Last May 4, two days before Martin and Minna attended the Toronto event, the Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka telexed Ottawa noting the reputation of the Tamil federation and that Tamil expatriates were celebrating the "fall of Elephant Pass and Pallai.""A public event at this time in Toronto might be expected to reflect this mood," said the heavily censored telex, obtained by the Canadian Alliance party under the Access to Information Act and raised Wednesday in the Commons.On May 26, after Martin and Minna appeared at the Tamil event, High Commissioner Ruth Archibald telexed from Sri Lanka to point out a front page Colombo newspaper picture of Martin at the fund-raiser. Next to the picture was a story of Tigers killing six civilians. More...
Published: Thu Sep 28 10:45:17 EDT 2000
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Canadian minister accused of helping LTTE fund raisers  - Deccan Herald

Tiger terror warning ignored High commission worried: Martin, Minna attended dinner despite front-line caution on terrorism
National Post, september 28. Canada's High Commission in Sri Lanka sent written advance warning to Foreign Affairs officials in Ottawa about a dinner attended by Paul Martin, the Finance Minister, which was organized by a group that Canadian and U.S. intelligence services say is linked to the Tamil Tiger terrorist organization.Despite the concerns, Paul Martin, the Finance Minister, and Maria Minna, the Minister of International Cooperation, attended the FACT dinner two days later.During question period Stockwell Day, the Opposition leader, said the memos were tantamount to a "warning that a minister of the Crown was about to attend a dinner for a Tamil terrorist front organization. Why did the Finance Minister ignore the warning and attend the meeting anyway?" More...
Published: Thu Sep 28 10:38:33 EDT 2000
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Canadian finance minister accused of helping Tamil Tigers' fundraisers  - 123India.com

Rebel gains could hurt Sri Lanka govt poll hopes
MSNBC, Thursday, 28 September 2000 7:06 (ET). The Sri Lankan government's hopes of a series of military victories ahead of next month's general elections threatened to backfire on Thursday as Tamil Tiger rebels gained ground in the country's north. ''This was obviously not in the script,'' a Western diplomat told Reuters after the military was forced to pull back from its lines in the country's northern Jaffna peninsula in the face of a massive onslaught by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam'Dabbling in war for political purposes is a risky business and the government should have known better,'' said Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu, head of the Centre for Policy Alternatives, a Colombo-based think tank. (LTTE). More...
Published: Thu Sep 28 09:38:15 EDT 2000
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28 killed in LTTE counterattacks  - India Abroad

Irangani Serasinghe campaigns for PA
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 a.m September 29. Sri Lanka's leading film personality Irangani Serasinghe will get on PA stage today. However she will campaign only in her home town, Ruwanwella and Kegalle. Serasinghe who is a close relative of both opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and President Chandrika Kumaratunge will address the rallies of PA candidate Dr. Tissa Vitharana who is contesting from the Kegalle district. Dr. Vitharana is the nephew of late. Dr. N. M. Perera and brother in-law of Irangani Serasinghe.

Speaking exclusively to Lacnet, Irangani Serasinghe said" This is the first time I am going to address a political rally and that too only in support of Dr, Vitharana, because we need to send good people like him to the parliament. Not because he is my brother in-law."

Serasinghe is from Ruwanwella and people believe that her campaigning for Dr. Vitharana will definitely help the People's Alliance in the district.
Published: Thu Sep 28 21:15:43 EDT 2000


Fighting rages in northern Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 28 September, 2000, 09:52 GMT 10:52. Fierce fighting is raging in northern Sri Lanka, with Tamil Tiger rebels saying they have made advances against government forces. In a statement released in London, the Tigers said they had advanced three kilometres in the Jaffna peninsula area.They said more than 150 government troops had been killed, while only nine rebels had died. However, the government has denied the rebel claims, saying there have only been "minor adjustments." More...
Published: Thu Sep 28 09:57:28 EDT 2000

Kumaratunga defends exchange of letters with LTTE chief
IndiaExpress.com, 28th Sept 2000 20.10 IST . President Chandrika Kumaratunga has asserted that her Government has not betrayed the country by exchanging letters with LTTE supremo Prabhakaran. Refuting allegations leveled by the Opposition, the President said as soon she came to power in 1994 she made an earnest attempt to solve the Tamil problems. For this, she had invited Prabhakaran and also exchanged several letters with him. But, the Government had never held any secret talks with the LTTE or helped them with money and cement to construct bunkers, she added. More...
Published: Thu Sep 28 11:25:04 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka bombs rebels after Jaffna pullback
MSNBC, september 28. Sri Lankan jets hit back at rebel-held positions on Thursday as troops tried to recover from fresh rebel onslaughts that forced them to withdraw from some areas in the northern Jaffna peninsula. A government statement said airforce jets had bombarded Kilinochchi and Paranthan, rebel-controlled areas on the northern mainland, after troops on the peninsula withdrew their southern-most defences at least one km (0.6 miles). More...
Published: Thu Sep 28 13:19:36 EDT 2000
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Naming the law breakers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4.25 p.m. SLT Thursday September 28. D. M. Dassanayake PA candidate in the Puttalam District stands directly accused in 02 incidents of election related violence and his supporters in 08 others, making a total of 10 alleged violations in all.

Supporters of PA candidate Minister Maithripala Sirisena, in the Polonnaruwa district, are the alleged perpetrators in 10 incidents of election violence, while supporters of Anuradhapura PA candidate Priyankara Jayarathna are accused in 09 incidents.

PA candidate in the Anuradhapura district, D Dissanayake, and his supporters are the alleged attackers in 07 complaints, while his father Minister Bertie Premalal Dissanayake's supporters have been cited in 02 further incidents, bringing the family total to 09.

06 complaints each have been lodged against PA Kegalle district candidate Mahipala Herath's supporters and UNP Gampaha district candidate Olitha Premathirathna, 04 each against supporters of Badulla district PA candidate Deputy Minister Dilan Perera, and Kurunegala district PA candidate and Chief Minister of the Wayamba Province S B Nawinna.

PA candidates H R Maheepala (Kegalle), Lalith Dissanayake (Kegalle) and H M Weerasinghe (Digamadulla) have been cited as alleged perpetrators in 02 complaints.
Published: Thu Sep 28 06:35:24 EDT 2000


EU polls monitors concerned over election violence
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 4 p.m. SLT Thursday September 28. European Union polls monitors met with the Elections Chief Dayananda Dissanayake today and voiced concern over a rising tide of pre polls violence. The EU monitors discussed measures whereby the foreign teams could play a decisive role in preventing rigging of votes on election day.

A rise in election related violence is expected as the polls draw near on October 10. A team of monitors from the Commonwealth Special Observer team is also expected in the Island shortly to help ensure a relatively free & fair election.
Published: Thu Sep 28 06:35:24 EDT 2000


Over 700 incidents of election related violence
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 a.m. SLT Thursday September 28. 742 incidents of election violence have been reported to the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) up to September 26, 2000, 570 of which have also been recorded at the Police Election Secretariat. Of the balance 172 incidents, 35 complaints have yet to come in to police headquarters from the regional police stations, 50 others have been recorded by the police as non-election incidents, and 87 have been received by CMEV only.

The total of 57 incidents reported to CMEV on September 26, 2000, remains the second highest record of incidents in the current campaign, the highest being 59 on September 11, 2000. Eleven of these 57 incidents involved the use of firearms.

419 or 56.5% of all incidents are major ones, which include Murder (12), Attempted Murder (09), Hurt (108), Grievous Hurt (16), Assault (147), Threat & Intimidation (88), Misuse of State Resources (18), Robbery (04) and Arson (17). The 323 relatively minor incidents include Mischief (89), Threat (148), Damage to Property (48), Election Offences (13) and those classified as Other (25) and comprise 43.5% of the total.

Supporters of the PA are the alleged perpetrators in 389 incidents (52.5%), supporters of the UNP in 161 (21.7%), of the JVP in 06, of the EPRLF in 06, and persons of unknown political affiliation in 161 (21.7%). When only the major incidents are taken into account, the PA is allegedly responsible for 56%, the UNP for 24.3%, the EPRLF for 01.4%, and persons of undeclared affiliation for 15.8%.

Firearms have been used in 152 incidents or 20.5% of the total, which is a measure of the violence of this campaign. In comparison, firearms were used in 15.3% of all incidents during the Presidential Election in December 1999.

It is notable that 43 (18.6%) of the complaints received from PA supporters contain allegations against members of the PA itself.
Published: Thu Sep 28 06:35:24 EDT 2000


President orders inquiry into the death of JVP activist
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Thursday September 28. Acting Inspector General of Police T. Anandarajah today said that the police will conduct an impartial inquiry into the death of a 45 year old JVP activist who was shot by police in Matale on Monday September 25, when taking part in a procession organized by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). The march has been described by witnesses as having been peaceful while the police at Matale allege the supporters were turning unruly.

Matale police on Monday according to eye witness accounts baton charged and tear gassed a 1000 strong crowd of JVP supporters. In the ensuing melee, a police officer alleges that a JVP activist charged him and as a result his gun accidently went off in the scuffle seriously wounding the JVP supporter who yesterday succumbed to his injuries.

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge has order the Acting IGP to conduct an impartial inquiry into the incident. The President's letter was also followed by a request from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna who say the incident was blatant in its disregard for the practise of democratic principles and was instigated by an influential politico of the area affiliated with the ruling Peoples Alliance.

The JVP further allege that information gathered by the party indicate that plans are afoot to increase the incidents of polls violence in the Matale district and implicate the JVP. Tilvin Silva, General Secretary for the party has informed the IGP of this move and asked that the police chief order an inquiry to ensure that justice prevails.
Published: Thu Sep 28 06:35:24 EDT 2000


Sri Lankan monks ask Thai clergy to help fight Tigers: report
123India.com, Sep 28 2000 11:14 IST. BANGKOK, Sept 28 (AFP) - Delegates from Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist clergy have appealed to Thailand's most senior monk to help stop Tamil Tiger rebels from reportedly using the country as a hub for gun-running and fund-raising, a report said Thursday. "Sri Lanka's supreme council of monks has asked for assistance from Thailand's Supreme Patriarch to help prevent the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from using Thailand as a base for terrorist activities," the Nation daily said. More...
Published: Thu Sep 28 05:42:19 EDT 2000
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Top Thai monk refuses to get involved in Lanka  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Sri Lanka now has most developed optical fibre telephone system in the world
CDN, Thursday, 28 September. Lankapuvath: The most advanced telephone system in the world providing clear reception has been introduced in Sri Lanka. The optical fibre telecommunication system has been launched in the Central Province, a senior official of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications told Lankapuvath. The Central Province Telecom office says the construction work has now been completed. More...
Published: Thu Sep 28 04:34:09 EDT 2000

Tigers breach Lankan army defences in the north
Times of India (Breaking News), 28 September 2000 . COLOMBO: Firing heavy artillery and mortars, Tamil Tiger rebels pushed 2 km inside the army's defences along the main highway linking northern Jaffna Peninsula with the rest of the country, the guerrillas said Thursday. More than 150 soldiers were killed and more than 500 were wounded in the fierce Wednesday battles, the militants said on their Internet Web site. The military acknowledged Thursday it had lost a section of its forward defences at Muhamalai, about 35 km southwest of Jaffna city, but said only 29 soldiers had been killed, and 132 wounded since Tuesday. More...
Published: Thu Sep 28 05:40:27 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

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

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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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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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

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