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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 1-46 by Mr. Moonesinghe here. We will post all answers soon.
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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...
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...
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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Susanthika's Husband reminds the world about unscrupulous sports officials.
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 a.m September 30. Dammika Nandakumara husband of Susanthika Jayasinghe said yesterday that his wife could have performed better if unscrupulous officials at the ministry of Sports did not harass her. He alleged that officials of the Amateur Athletic Association of Sri Lanka had forced her to leave the country and do her training overseas after they clashed with her.

He spoke of the mental trauma that Susanthika had to put up with , even before the Olympics when local officials attempted to take her focus away from the 200 metres.

Meanwhile the newly formed Sihala Urumya party in a message said that Susanthika would have definitely achieved the ultimate honor of a gold medal if she was not mentally harassed by a powerful political personality who broke the Jayasinghe;s spirit. It said that she was forced to leave he country but, she fought against all odds for her motherland. Sihala Urumaya urges the government to confer the highest national honor upon her for the credit and glory she valiantly brought to Sri Lanka.
Published: Fri Sep 29 23:22:07 EDT 2000

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Chandrika denies secret pact on Eelam
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on September 29, 2000. Colombo, Sept. 29. (PTI): Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumarantunga has denied having secretly agreed to the formation of a separate State for Tamils during her five-month-long talks with the LTTE in 1994. ``At no stage has the ruling People's Alliance Government agreed to Eelam although we removed restrictions....on the essential items for civilians. Our government has never made secret pacts with the LTTE and the negotiations were aimed at achieving durable peace,'' she said yesterday. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 14:27:07 EDT 2000

UNP files contempt of court charges against Sports Minister
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1830 SLT 29 Sep 2000. The UNP today filed contempt of court charges against Sports Minister and SLFP General Secretary S.B.Dissanayake. Mr. Dissanayake is accused of ridiculing a court order last week banning Samurdhi officials from carrying out political activity during work hours. The Appeals Court on a peitition filed by UNP Chairman Karu Jayasuriya and MP Ravi Karunanayake said Samurdhi officials cannot take part in political activity during their office hours. The Minister went on national television to criticise the order and told Samurdhi officials that they can indulge in political activity at any time they wanted. Opposition parties have alleged that Samurdhi officials are been used to rig elections. The Commissioner general of Samurdhi was also ordered by court to publish in the newspapers, orders to Samurdhi workers that they cannot indulge in political activity during work hours. However the ordered advertisement has not been placed on newspapers to date. The appeals court is expected to take up both matters when it hears the case again on the 5 th of October
Published: Fri Sep 29 09:30:07 EDT 2000

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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A bit of foolishness to ease the tension
The Record Online, Friday, September 29, 2000. They had waited a long time to get a medal, and Pauline Davis-Thompson and Susanthika Jayasinghe weren't going to let this five-gold-medal-chasing icon steal the stage Thursday night. Maybe the world wanted to hear it. Maybe it couldn't care less. Just sit there, and be still, Mrs. Jones. They had stories to tell. In a whisper, this slight, shy runner talked to a packed news conference. "I can't explain," Jayasinghe said. "You wouldn't understand. They give me, trouble, trouble, trouble. I give them bronze medal. It'll make them sad." So, someone asked her again: Trouble? What trouble? "It was trouble with me," she said. "Doping and sexual harassment.And so, she told a story about the officials coming to her house, giving her a drug test and refusing to seal the urine specimen with her watching. So, Jayasinghe refused to sign the release. Later, they told her she had tested positive for C.J. Hunter's drug -- nandrolone. No longer would officials let her train in Sri Lanka. No longer was she welcome.The greatest runner in Sri Lanka moved to Los Angeles, and somehow, found a coach to train her for the Olympics.Now cleared of the drug charges, Jayasinghe was in the Olympics, had a bronze medal, and wanted to tell her government what it could do with it. "Find me another country," she said. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 15:50:38 EDT 2000

Over 120 LTTE men killed
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on September 29, 2000. Colombo, Sept. 29. (UNI): At least 120 Liberation Tigers and 31 soldiers were killed so far in the on-going battle in Jaffna since Tuesday even as security forces foiled four unsuccessful attempts at two of the security defence lines inflicting heavy casualties. Military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said more than 120 terrorists were killed and several wounded in the Eluthumdduval sector after they mounted a fierce attack on the security forces. With two casualties yesterday alone, a total of 31 soldiers were killed and 164 were injured. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 14:25:59 EDT 2000

A Mandate for Reform
AsiaWeek, october 6. When Chandrika Kumaratunga was elected president six years ago, she set as her main task the ending of Sri Lanka's vicious civil war. Re-elected to a second and final term of office last December, she finds that time is running out. The conflict in the north remains as intractable as ever - on Sept. 26 government and rebel forces again engaged in fierce attacks and counter-attacks. Despite recent government successes. Kumaratunga's plan to end the war peacefully by devolving local powers to the Tamil minority runs up against an equally immovable political barrier. She doesn't have the votes in Parliament to pass the necessary reform. The country's legislature election on Oct. 10 will be a test to see if she can get them. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 16:30:21 EDT 2000

JVP to hold protest against murder of its activist
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1920 SLT 29 Sep 2000. The JVP will hold a protest demonstration in Colombo tomorrow morning before the funeral of its activist who died two days ago after a police shooting in Matale. The activist was killed when the police opened fire on a JVP demonstration against the burning of its office in Matale. Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in the funeral in Kurunagela.
Published: Fri Sep 29 09:30:07 EDT 2000

Pecs Appeal For wealthy women in Sri Lanka, the Mavericks add a little steam to an evening's entertainment
FEER, October 5,. IN THE LIVING ROOM of a swanky bungalow in a posh part of Colombo, a group of smartly dressed young women are sitting around, sipping wine, giggling and talking in hushed tones. They come from a privileged, upper-middle-class world--some are business executives, others are married to corporate high-flyers.Meet the Mavericks--Sri Lanka's only troupe of male dance-strippers who perform at exclusive, private parties for the Laroche and Lancome set. Started by 27-year-old Harsha, a college drop-out turned entrepreneur, the team consists of Tushan, 24; Michael, 26; David, 20; Sharrad, 27, and Shanara, 25. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 16:27:15 EDT 2000

Postal voting ends without major incidents
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo. The two day period for postal voting for Government servants ended today without any major incidents been reported. 295,000 people were eligible to vote today.
Published: Fri Sep 29 09:30:07 EDT 2000

Heavy fighting in Northern Jaffna Peninsula
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1825 SLT 29 Sep 2000. The Sri Lankan army reported heavy fighting in Northern Sri Lanka overnight as Tamil rebels continued their offensive. The army says the rebels launched four attacks on Army lines in Killali Nagarkovil sectors last night. " We repulsed the attacks " a spokesman said. The army says intelligence sources have indicated that the rebels are aiming to capture Kodikamam. The special media information unit said 32 soldiers have been killed and 162 wounded since the fighting began on tuesday. The army says it has killed 120 rebels. However rebels say they have killed nearly 200 soldiers and wounded over 600. A rebel communique said only 25 of its cadres have been killed. Meanwhile the military also said its aircraft have bombed the Elephant Pass sector. Military sources in the North said 75 soldiers have been killed since fighting began on Tuesday.
Published: Fri Sep 29 09:30:07 EDT 2000

Two killed in Sri Lanka election violence-party
MSNBC, Friday, September 29 7:40 PM SGT . Two opposition supporters were killed in political violence as Sri Lanka prepares for next month's parliamentary election, party officials said on Friday. A man died and at least two were injured in a bomb attack on the house of a candidate from the main opposition United National Party late on Thursday at Medirigiriya, some 220 km (140 miles) northeast of Colombo. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 11:17:18 EDT 2000

Susanthika wins Olympic medal for Lanka after 52 years
Island, 29 September 2000. Sri Lankaís Susanthika Jayasinghe holds her nationís flag after running her 200m womenís final at the Sydney Olympic Games September 28, 2000. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 01:29:09 EDT 2000

Heavy battles as Tigers try to overrun Sri Lanka defences, Sep 29 2000 17:10 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 29 (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops used ground attack aircraft and artillery to beat back renewed attempts by Tamil rebels to smash army defences, leaving heavy casualties on both sides, officials said. Air force jets carried out bombing sorties just outside the northern peninsula of Jaffna in support of ground troops resisting the rebel onslaughts, defence officials said.The ruling People's Alliance has promised that troops will regain lost territory by October 10 when the country goes to the polls to elect a new parliament. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 08:14:00 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka celebrates first Olympic medal in 52 years
yahoo, September 29. Sri Lanka heaped praise on sprinter Susanthike Jayasinghe here Friday after the athlete bagged the country's first Olympic medal for 52 years.Jayasinghe bagged bronze in the woman's 200 metres Olympic on Wednesday, delighting press and politicians in her homeland.Gifts were also pouring in for Jayasinghe with newspapers reminding that the Sports Ministry had earlier promised 10 million rupees (130,000 dollars) for any Sri Lankan athlete making it to the finals of an Olympic medal. Sri Lankans took to the streets to burst crackers as Jayasinghe narrowly missed silver by becoming third by one hundredth of a second behind Pauline Davis-Thompson of the Bahamas in an event won by Marion Jones. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 07:57:04 EDT 2000

Tigers tell civilians to leave Jaffna villages, 29th Sept 2000 21.35 IST . The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have asked civilians living in the army-controlled areas of Thenemarachchi division of Jaffna to leave their villages and find safer places even as 120 Tamil Tigers and 31 government soldiers were killed so far in the ongoing battle in the peninsula since on Tuesday. The Voice of tigers (VOT) in its morning news bullet in said the request was being made because Sri Lankan Army is concentrating forces and setting up new defense lines which are unsafe for the people. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 13:12:38 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka Tamil Rebels Tell Civilians To Evacuate  - yahoo/ap
Sri Lanka rebels warn civilians as battles rage  - MSNBC

Sri Lankan rebels kidnapping children
Virtual New York, Friday, 29 September 2000 3:29 (ET). Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels kidnapped school children early this week to use as soldiers as fighting intensified in the northern Jaffna peninsula. Reports reaching the capital Colombo indicate that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam abducted some 30 school children as they were returning from school in the eastern Batticaloa district. The incident came to light when a 15-year-old girl allegedly escaped from the guerrillas and walked into a government garrison.The military spokesman, Brig. Sanath Karunaratne, told United Press International that the rebels were forcibly inducting school children to fight the war. "They push the children to the battlefront after training then for a week in handling weapons," he said. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 07:50:30 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka seeks US, Russia help to fight rebels
Virtual New York, Friday, 29 September 2000 7:50 (ET). Sri Lanka has sought help from the United States and Russia to fight the separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas in the country's north and east. A senior four-member team from the U.S. National Guard is currently in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. The team is advising Sri Lankan officers on ways to deal with the print and electronic media under the present circumstances.Besides the current program on media relations, Sri Lankan troops receive regular training from the U.S. Pacific Command. Under the extended-relations program, the US Pacific Command conducts combat-training exercises for Sri Lankan forces. Sri Lanka also signed an agreement last week with the Russian federation to develop military-technical cooperation between the two countries. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 08:15:44 EDT 2000

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 launches counter attack  - The Hindu NUS
113 killed in Sri Lanka  - The Hindu (International)
LTTE claims killing 150 soldiers  -
Sri Lanka bloodshed escalates ahead of polls as Tigers hit back  -
LTTE claims killing 150 Lankan soldiers  -
More than 200 killed in Sri Lanka fighting  - Virtual New York
Heavy fighting rages in Sri Lanka as Tigers hit back  -

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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Alliance MPs feint left, right, lead with chins  - NationalPost
Canadian minister accused of helping LTTE fund raisers  - Deccan Herald

Bangladesh, Sri Lankan Cos To Form First Diamond Venture
yahoo, september 29. Bangladesh will become an exporter of processed diamonds next year if it succeeds in launching a new venture with Sri Lanka and local companies to be called Brilliant Hera Ltd.Two Bangladeshi companies, JW Worldwide and HRC Bangladesh, signed a deal Wednesday with Sri Lanka's Asia Global Investments Ltd. to establish an export-oriented diamond-cutting and diamond-polishing business at Savar, an industrial town outside the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 07:58:54 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Ctrl Bk Won't Intervene To Prop Rupee -Official
yahoo, september 29. Sri Lanka's central bank said Friday it won't intervene to curb the U.S. dollar's sharp gains against the rupee, which has risen about 1.4% against the local currency since Sept. 11, a senior official told Dow Jones Newswires. R.A Jayatissa, the bank's chief economist, said the bank wasn't overly concerned over the sharp rise of the dollar and expected the exchange rate to stabilize soon. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 08:00:18 EDT 2000

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

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

Sri Lanka Pres Warns Candidates Against Election Violence
yahoo, September 29. Sri Lanka president Chandrika Kumaratunga pledged Friday to personally inquire into complaints of election violence and warned all candidates of the governing People's Alliance that disciplinary action will be taken against those found guilty. "I have no doubts that we will win and I want to stress, in no uncertain terms, that there will be no seats in the next Cabinet or government posts for those involved in election violence," Kumaratunga said on national television late Friday. Elections to the 225-seat Parliament are scheduled Oct. 10. More...
Published: Fri Sep 29 16:38:12 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, 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, 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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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

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