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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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Mahinda Rajapakse receives Susanthika at the airport.
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.50 a.m October 3. Minister of sports and youth affairs S.B. Dissanayake was not present at the Katunayake international airport when Susanthika Jayasinghe , 200 metres Olympic bronze medallist at the Sydney Olympics arrived in Sri Lanka this morning. Minister Mahinda Rajapakse who helped Jayasinghe during her troubled times with the sports authorities was present to greet Susnathika. He was the only high ranking member from the ruling People's Alliance government present at the airport.
Published: Mon Oct 2 21:57:44 EDT 2000

A moment of national unity
Susanthika at Sydney Olympics
Janath Tillekeratne in Colombo.
About ten minutes before 3 PM, I walked down to Main street, Pettah to ... my office and the moment I sat down, the whole area was suddenly ripped apart with the sound of thousands of crackers bursting simultaneously. I thought initially that some rich politician on his campaign trail is coming down 2nd Cross street, but immediately I got a call from my wife who said with an emotional voice (she was probably shedding tears of joy) that Susanthika had won a bronze medal. I immediately ran down the stairs (three stories mind you) in no time and rushed to the store front I left a few minutes ago which was streaming with people by then. All of them were shouting with joy and some were obviously ecstatic. Shops and work abandoned, they all spoke so proudly of "our girl's" achievements in Sydney. I also stood among them with an erect spine and deliberately squared shoulders brimming with pride. I must say it was an explosive moment.

I was thrilled, over-joyed and happey as ever, not just because of Susanthika winning againt all odds, but with the sudden realization at that instant that every Muslim, Tamil and Sinhala in Pettah were shedding happy tears together for our beloved Sri Lanka, without any racial, religious or ethnic bounderies. That particular instant, all of us were one race, one enitity and one identity, though I do not know whether it is the Sri Lankan, Ceylonese or Serendibian identity and I just did not care.

God bless you Susanthika for not only winning us an Olympic medal, but also for giving us this brief moment of a true national identity.

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Sri Lankan suicide bomber kills Muslim candidate, 22 others, Oct 02 2000 23:12 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 2 (AFP) - A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber assassinated a Muslim politician contesting next week's parliamentary elections and killed 20 others in northeastern Sri Lanka Monday, police said. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) candidate Baithullah (Eds: one name) and the other 18 people were killed at a campaign rally in the town of Muttur, in Trincomalee, 260 kilometres (160 miles) northeast of the capital Colombo. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 15:11:59 EDT 2000
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Sihala Urumaya wants English as the common language
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.30 a.m October 3. Deputy Secretary of the newly formed Sihala Urumaya , Anuradha Yahampath, said today that her party is not a communal party as projected by some people. Speaking to Lacnet she said " We are not a communal party at all. We believe in co-existence. Our country is not having an ethnic problem but, a terrorist problem My neighbors are Tamils and they live among us peacefully. Can they live among us if we have an ethnic problem?" " But, again can the Sinhalese people live in Jaffna peacefully?"Yahampath questioned.

Anuradha said that successive governments in the country have failed to look after the majority Sinhalese and pretended to look after the minorities but, Sihala Urumaya pledges to protect the rights of the majority community and then the rights of the Tamils. "Our party will encourage people to learn Tamil and propose to have English as the common language. Tamils need not worry about us" concluded Yahampath.

Anuradha Yahampath a mother of three children , including a two week old contesting from Colombo district in the forthcoming general elections.
Published: Mon Oct 2 21:34:29 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Muslim candidate assassinated in bombing, 19 dead, Oct 02 2000 20:23 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 2 (AFP) - A Muslim candidate contesting parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka was assassinated Monday in a bomb attack that killed another 18 people, police said. The blast ripped through a meeting of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) in the town of Muttur where parliamentary candidate Baithullah (Eds: one name) was addressing his supporters, police said.The victim had addressed the Muttur rally and was about to leave when the blast killed him, police said, adding that they suspected the blast could have been the work of a suicide bomber. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 11:14:53 EDT 2000
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Assassination Fails in Sri Lanka
Yahoo, October 2. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - A Sri Lankan Muslim leader narrowly escaped a second assassination attempt Monday, police said, two days after gunmen opened fire on his convoy. Another party member and 18 others were killed in a separate suicide bomb attack. A police jeep escorting the bulletproof vehicle of M.L.A.M. Hizbullah, a top official in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, was hit by a Claymore mine placed near the road, said U. Hewage, senior superintendent of police in Batticaloa, about 130 miles northeast of the capital Colombo. Two policemen were wounded. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 20:48:57 EDT 2000
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Artillery duels in northern Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Monday, 2 October, 2000, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK . Heavy fighting is continuing in Sri Lanka as the army and Tamil rebels battle for positions in the northern Jaffna peninsula. The army said on Monday that Tamil Tigers had fired mortar bombs and artillery at army positions in the area, drawing retaliatory fire from the military.It said four soldiers had been killed and another 45 wounded in a four-hour artillery duel overnight, in which 15 rebels had also died. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 07:48:25 EDT 2000
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54 Tigers killed - 1500 civilians flee  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo

Sri Lanka Air Force Knocks Out Some Rebel Gun Positions
Yahoo, October 2. The Sri Lankan air force knocked out several rebel gun positions in northern Jaffna Peninsula in a new offensive to push the militants further away from areas where people will vote Oct. 10 in national elections, a military spokesman said Monday. Sunday's air raids by MiG-27 aircraft were also aimed at protecting Tamil civilians who have come under rebel attack ahead of the parliamentary elections, Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said. "They are using heavy artillery to scare the civilians to force them to flee," Karunaratne said. "And we are trying to beat the terrorists back so that they cannot disturb the civilians." More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 11:50:10 EDT 2000

Race and religion make a volatile mix: Sri Lanka prepares for elections
Dawn, October 1. Having forced President Chandrika Kumaratunga to withdraw her constitutional reform bill from parliament in early August, a powerful section of Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks is campaigning to defeat her government in the October 10 parliamentary elections. Hundreds of monks have joined the election fray determined to bring down the six-year-old Peoples Alliance government whose constitutional reforms are perceived as creating a federal state leading to Tamil Eelam, the independent state demanded by minority Tamil separatists.Many Buddhists, however, deplore the involvement of their monks in politics and argue that dabbling in politics has debased the sangha (monkhood), divided them and unnecessarily complicated secular issues. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 19:47:51 EDT 2000

Intra-party rivalry at Ampara
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Monday October 2. In Ampara, intra-party rivalry allegedly resulted in an incident of arson where a shop owned by a prominent supporter of PA candidate Wimalaweera Dissanayake, Mr S A P Kumara Indrajith was burnt at around 1.30 am on September 27th, causing damage estimated at Rs 750,000/-

Mr. Indrajith alleges that he has been repeatedly threatened during the past week and warned against continuing to support Mr Dissanayake. Amparai Police have yet to make any arrests in this regard.
Published: Mon Oct 2 03:25:01 EDT 2000

German archeologist here to make a film on Sigiriya
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8. 15 p.m October 2. Dr. Tamara Spitzing a German archeologist is in Sri Lanka now to make a film on Sigiriya. It has been her dream for the past twenty years to make a film on Sigiriya, a world heritage site. The film is produced by a German television channel and a French/German cultural channel at a cost of of 500,000 DM (250,000 US$) The shooting of the film will commence soon in Sigiriya and the German production team expects to complete the movie within thirty days .

Speaking to Lacnet Dr. Spitzing said " Sigiriya is a very particular and a special place. I have travelled in many parts of the world but never seen a place like Sigiriya. I came to Sri Lanka twenty years ago as a student but, never forgot the marvel of Sigiriya. I am glad that the two German and French television channels approved my proposal to make a film on Sigiriya"

Spitzing also said that she is not scared or worried to commence her shoot at a time when the country is facing elections and election related violence are on the increase. She expressed hope that Sri Lanka will soon become a peaceful country again.
Published: Mon Oct 2 10:13:15 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Polls Closely Fought,But Rigging A Worry-Survey
Yahoo-DJ, October 2. Sri Lanka's Oct. 10 parliamentary polls will be closely fought between the two main political parties, but a high percentage of voters aren't sure if the polls will be free and fair, the Sunday Times reported.The report quoted two separate surveys by independent local groups. In a survey conducted by Research International Ltd., the main opposition United National Party led by Ranil Wickremesinghe or UNP was slightly ahead with 38.1%, against 37.9% for President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance.The survey said Wickremesinghe's party scored better in areas of managing the economy, while the governing alliance was rated higher on solving the 17-year old war between Tamil Tiger rebels and the military. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 11:53:27 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka ruling party accused of links with Tamil Tigers, Oct 02 2000 18:01 IST. Sri Lanka's main opposition Monday accused President Chandrika Kumaratunga's ruling party of having secret dealings with separatist Tamil Tiger rebels ahead of upcoming parliamentary polls. The opposition United National Party (UNP), in a statement, lambasted Kumaratunga's ruling Peoples's Alliance for hypocrisy. It said that while the PA had accused it of links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a government minister had reportedly admitted a "tacit agreement" with the separatists."The PA must come clean on the LTTE issue," the UNP statement said. "The nation has had enough of the PA's hypocrisy, duplicity and double-talk." More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 09:09:17 EDT 2000

Polls violence in Lanka's Central Province
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.40 a.m. SLT Monday October 2 . In another serious and blatant act of violence which took place in the Central Province at Morankanda in the Harispattuwa electorate on the 27th September at 7.30 pm, UNP Provincial Council Member Haleem and his entourage of around 20 persons were attacked at gun point, resulting in the hospitalization of 04 UNP supporters and the damage to three vehicles. The victims allege that they were set upon by a gang headed by Deputy Defense Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte's eldest son Lohan Ratwatte and PA Pradeshiya Sabha member Gunatilleke Rajapakse who had blocked the road using 06 military vehicles. It was further alleged by Mr Rajakaruna, Secretary to Mr Haleem, that the attackers had forced their victims to strip prior to the assault. Neither Mr Lohan Ratwatte nor Mr Rajapakse were available for comment, and the Police would neither confirm nor deny the veracity of the complaint.

Only yesterday (Sunday October 1) Chanuka Ratwatte, brother of Lohan Ratwatte was produced before the Kandy Chief Magistrate for allegedly shooting at UNP candidate Kheliya Rambukwella's motorcade on September 23. Both are sons of Deputy Defence Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte.

Meanwhile Mr. A D Sirideva, the 45-year-old JVP supporter allegedly shot in Matale by Police HQI K C Hapuarachchi on September 25th, succumbed to his injuries Wednesday September 27, bringing the total of election-related deaths to 13.
Published: Mon Oct 2 03:25:01 EDT 2000

850 incidents of elections related violence
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.30 a.m. SLT Monday October 2 . As the hustings draw to a close, at the end of the 24th day of the campaign, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) had recorded 850 incidents of violence in the run up to the parliamentary election scheduled for October 10, 2000.

This reflects an average of nearly 35 incidents per day, but CMEV notes with concern a trend towards the escalation of violence, with September 27 accounting for 61 cases, the highest reported in a single day in the campaign thus far.

Major Incidents account for 55% of this total, and of these the PA is the alleged perpetrator in 57.3%, the UNP in 22.7%, the EPRLF in 1.3%, the JVP in 0.6%, and persons of unknown political affiliation in 15.9%. The presence of firearms has been recorded in 172 incidents (20.2%), of which the PA stands accused in 65.1%, the UNP in 10.5%, the EPRLF in 1.7% and persons of unknown party affiliation in 21.5%.

The provinces producing the highest number of incidents are Western (164), North Western (148) and Central (111), and considered together they account for 49.8% of all incidents and 50% of all Major Incidents recorded in the campaign so far.
Published: Mon Oct 2 03:25:01 EDT 2000

Deputy Defence Minister' son released on bail
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.30 a.m. SLT Monday October 2. Chanuka Ratwatte, son of Deputy Defence Minister, Anuruddha Ratwatte was released yesterday on personal bail together with two others by Kandy Chief Magistrate who has ordered that they reappear for the next hearing on November 6.

Ratwatte was produced by Kandy police in connection with shooting at Opposition United National Party candidate, Kheliya Rambukwella's vehicle and motorcade on Saturday September 23.
Published: Mon Oct 2 03:25:01 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan Davids to gain from the battle of Goliaths
India Abroad, Oct 02, 2000 16:20 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Sri Lankans are finding it increasingly hard to choose between the country's two main political parties and their disenchantment may rebound in favor of the smaller groups at next week's parliamentary polls, analysts say. Two parties which could reap a substantial harvest of votes from a jaded public are the leftists Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the nationalist Sihala Urumaya (SU), both of which have launched high-profile campaigns to scoop up more than just the floating vote. Both parties are entering the fray for the first time and jostling for the place of the alternative third force, which can at least be able to call the shots in the event of a hung parliament. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 08:49:10 EDT 2000

Distribution of poll cards ends today
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9 a.m. SLT Monday October 2. The distribution of poll cards ends today as the country gears for the General Election next Tuesday October 10. The distribution has not been without incident as in tow instances at least two postmen were attacked and polling cards burnt and stolen. The incidents happened at a Colombo suburb Rajagiriya and in the Northern town of Jaffna.

The Elections Commissioner meanwhile has intimated that it is not necessary to carry a polling card in order to vote. Producing individual identification at relevant polling booths will also be accepted to enable those who did not receive polling cards to exercise their franchise.

Some of the polling cards delivered did not carry the controversial sticker which almost nailed the Elections Commissioner. The Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake, maintains that this was because the top secret plan was blown by the Criminal Investigations Department which prevented a 10% of more than 11 million stickers from being printed and pasted on polling cards.
Published: Mon Oct 2 03:25:01 EDT 2000

SLMC at the crossroads
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, October 03, 2000. KALMUNAI (AMPARA), OCT. 2. White flags and streamers, traditional Sri Lankan symbol of mourning, flutter from shops and houses. As this town grieves the untimely death last month of one of its favourite sons, M.H.M. Ashraff, the sense of loss is palpable. Ashraff was the founder of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) which gave voice to this sizeable but insecure eastern Muslim population which fears Tamil domination. Despite his recent efforts to give the party a national and secular look, calling it the National Unity Alliance (NUA) and co-opting politicians across religious boundaries, eastern Muslims still form the party's core. Placed at the crossroads following Ashraff's death, the future of the SLMC, will be decided in the coming elections by its performance in this region, under a new leadership which, for the first time in its short existence, does not belong here. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 18:32:06 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Olympian accuses officials of harassment
Virtual New York, Monday, 2 October 2000 9:28 (ET). Sri Lanka's bronze medalist at Sydney Olympics has accused government officials of harassing her and charged a minister with sexual harassment, local newspapers said. The papers said that Susanthika Jayasinghe, who won the bronze medal in the women's 200-meter dash, told journalists in Sydney that a minister had sexually harassed her.In a fervent appeal to the international community, Susanthika said "find me another country". She has made it clear that she does not want to remain in Sri Lanka anymore Susanthika's performance ended Sri Lanka's medal drought after 52 years. For winning, she was given Rs 10 million (U.S. $125,000) and a scholarship by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to train in any country in the world. "They closed the tracks whenever I went to train. The officials never allowed me to live peacefully. So I shifted to the U.S.," Susanthika was quoted by local newspapers as saying. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 11:19:04 EDT 2000

Red carpet welcome for Susanthika
Island, Monday, 02 October. Short distance sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe of Sri Lanka, who participated in the Olympic Games, won the bronze medal in the 200 meters event. The team along with Susanthika Jayasinghe is due to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow morning. The Ministry of Sports have already made arrangements to lay the red carpet to receive Susanthika.Meanwhile the President has offered a scholarship with all facilities to Susanthika to carry out training in any country of her wish More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 03:29:24 EDT 2000

TALKING POINT - A commentry on Susanthika
Ceylon Daily News, October 2. Susanthika Jayasinghe who won the bronze medal for Sri Lanka is reported to have stated at a press conference held in Sydney to fete the gold medallist Marion Jones, "find me another country". Perhaps she was talking out of turn at a press conference not summoned to fete her.However many eyebrows have been raised all over the world at her untimely remarks disowning the very country of her birth, the country that provided her the initial training to bring her to the level of an international athlete. It is the same country that presented her with not one but two houses to live in, a vehicle and large amounts of cash after her achievements. She was certainly no "pauper" as she has claimed. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 11:22:35 EDT 2000

Liberal leader deemed to have resigned from varsity
Island, Monday, 02 October. Liberal leader deemed to have resigned from varsity Following his candidature for parliament at the forthcoming general election, Rajiva Wijesinha, Professor of Languages at Sabaragamuwa University has been informed by the Vice-Chancellor that the Council has ‘decided to treat you as having resigned from your post in the University.’He had written asking for unpaid leave from his position, as entitled to under the Constitution and the Universities Establishments Code. The question first came up when he contested the presidential election last December. The University Grants Commission Legal Officer then advised that he could contest on no-pay leave, as he was not an officer of the university.The Council however decided to consult the Attorney-General’s Department, which Wijesinha says gave "some ambiguous advice." He said at first he was told he would be assumed to have resigned, but later, at the conclusion of that election, the Vice-Chancellor informed him officially that he would be treated as having been on no-pay leave. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 03:32:17 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Marxists experiment with the ballot box over the bullet, Oct 02 2000 09:11 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Marxists, who have twice tried to oust the government with armed rebellions that claimed over 80,000 lives, are for the first time testing the power of the parliamentary ballot box over the bullet. But the members of the JVP, or People's Liberation Front, are facing threats to their lives in their ambitions to becomelawmakers.Two of the party's members have already been killed during the JVP parliamentary campaign which began on August 18.The following day, a JVP member was beaten to death by pro-government gangsters.The second JVP activist was shot dead by police when the party staged a demonstration against alleged police inaction to investigate attacks against their party offices. Over 75 JVP offices have been torched. More...
Published: Mon Oct 2 00:09:23 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka 'resists' rebel advance
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 1 October, 2000, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK . The Sri Lankan army says it has successfully resisted the latest attempt of the Tamil Tigers to capture territory east of the town of Chavakachcheri, in the northern Jaffna peninsula. The army says that the rebels used heavy mortar and artillery to try to breach their defences in Eluthumadduval. It says that the rebels were forced to retreat after sustaining heavy casualties. More...
Published: Sun Oct 1 12:13:49 EDT 2000
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Heavy battles rage in Sri Lanka, pushing death toll over 56  -

Sri Lankan President urged to return as violence escalates, Oct 01 2000 12:57 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 1 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition Sunday demanded the immediate return to the island of President Chandrika Kumaratunga as another of their activists was killed in election-related violence. Opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe urged Kumaratunga to remain on the island saying it was crucial for her as head of the armed forces to maintain law and order in the face of escalating polls-related violence."I request the president to return to the country immediately," he said. "We want to assure her that she will not face any problems after her party's defeat." "She can function as figure-head president while we run the government," Wickremesinghe said, hinting that the president had left the island sensing a defeat at the October 10 election. More...
Published: Sun Oct 1 10:33:14 EDT 2000
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Lankan media highlights Susanthika's harassment allegations
Yahoo, Monday October 2, 1:45 AM. Controversial Sri Lankan sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe, the lone Olympic medal winner for her country at the Sydney Games has again raised a furore with her comments in the media of alleged sexual harassment by a senior cabinet Minister ahead of the October 10 parliamentary elections. Her comments in The Los Angeles Times about how she was harassed at home and singled out for a bad treatment after she won silver medal in the 1997 World Athletics Chmpionships in Athens, were on Sunday pasted as banner headlines in a number of privately run newspapers in Colombo.Soon after winning the bronze medal at Sydney Olympics two days ago, Susanthika in the company of gold medal winner Marion Jones of US and silver medallist, Pauline Davis Thomson of Bahamas reportedly told the international media about the harassment. ``It was trouble for me, including doping and sexual harassment. After I won the World Championships in 1997, the Minister ... The big guy ... He wanted sex with me. But I refused. I have a husband,'' she said. More...
Published: Sun Oct 1 23:52:41 EDT 2000
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Medallist's remarks may give UNP extra mileage  - The Hindu (International)

Civilians Flee Sri Lanka's North As Battles Rage
ABC News, 10/01/2000 05:23:00 ET. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Civilians began fleeing the war zone in Sri Lanka"s northern Jaffna peninsula after Tamil separatists attacked army defenses, military officials said on Sunday. "The LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) is using heavy artillery attacks on populated areas to drive the civilians away," military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told Reuters by telephone in Colombo. He could not say how many civilians had left their homes, but a pro-rebel Web site ( said 1,500 people had moved out of the war zone on Saturday. More...
Published: Sun Oct 1 11:01:37 EDT 2000
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Sri Lankan Minister escapes bid on life
The Hindu (International), Monday, October 02, 2000. A Sri Lankan Minister survived an assassination bid as 50 rebels and four soldiers were killed in heavy fighting in the Jaffna peninsula, with the LTTE attacking some key areas captured by the Army during its recent offensive. The Deputy Minister for Media and Telecommunications, Mr. L. A. M. Hisbullah, escaped unhurt while three of his police guards were injured when their convoy came under LTTE attack in eastern Batticaloa district. Mr. Hisbullah, a senior leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, is contesting from his native Kathankudy constituency in Batticaloa district in the October 10 Parliamentary polls. More...
Published: Sun Oct 1 18:41:59 EDT 2000

Yellow ribbon cost Susantika her gold medal - Lankan PM, 01st Oct 2000 16.57 IST . Susantika Jayasinghe could have won an Olympic gold medal for Sri Lanka had she not worn the yellow ribbon at the games, said Prime Minister Ratanasiri Wickramenayake. Addressing an election rally on Friday, Me Wickramenayake in a lighter vein said, '' if she had not worn the yellow ribbon, she would have beaten Marion Jones.'''I am famous at home and abroad and grabbed this opportunity to put the message across,'' she was quoted as having told Sri Lankan journalists at Sydney.When asked if it was her own decision or she was asked to do so, Jayasinghe said ''it was my own decision.'' More...
Published: Sun Oct 1 10:52:46 EDT 2000

Chandrika's alliance leads marginally: Polls
Times of India, 2 October 2000 . President Chandrika Kumaratunga-led People's Alliance (PA) is leading with a narrow margin over the opposition United National Party (UNP) in the October 10 parliamentary polls in Sri Lanka, two opinion polls said. A survey carried out by the prominent Wijeya and Upali newspaper chains said that a 45.6 per cent people in 17 districts in the Sinhalese dominated south said PA's peformance was better than that of the previous UNP government, which was in power for 15 years till 1994. More...
Published: Sun Oct 1 18:46:23 EDT 2000
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FBI to help Sri Lanka probe chopper crash
Virtual New York, Sunday, 1 October 2000 2:04 (ET). COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Oct 1 (UPI) - A team of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation is due to arrive in Colombo this week to help SriLanka's Air Force investigate the helicopter crash that killed a federal minister and 13 others.The Sunday Leader newspaper said the FBI team will be joined by a team of U.S. officials from the legal attaché's office of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. Both U.S. teams will assist air force authorities in trying to determine the cause of the helicopter crash.The newspaper said the U.S. teams were coming at the invitation of the Defense Ministry. More...
Published: Sun Oct 1 03:25:46 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka election: Tamil parties in jitters
The Hindu (International), Monday, October 02, 2000. BATTICALOA, OCT. 1. With 21 political parties and independent groups and 168 candidates contesting for the five seats in this district where 75 per cent of the population is Tamil and the rest Muslim, the Tamil political parties are jittery at the prospect of a divided vote. In the last elections, the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), which obtained 75,000 of the 1.71 lakh votes polled in the district, breezed through with three seats. The party stalwart from the region, Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham, secured a record 43,350 preferential votes. To add to the TULF's woes, this time, the SLMC, which is contesting as the National Unity Alliance, is also actively seeking to woo Tamil voters by fielding Tamil candidates. Its list has more Tamil than Muslim candidates. Its star campaigner in the district, the Deputy Minister for Telecommunications, Mr. M.L.A.M. Hisbullah, has taken his electioneering to Tamil areas, something he did not do in previous elections. More...
Published: Sun Oct 1 18:32:37 EDT 2000

'Lankan conflict a struggle among elite'
India Abroad, Oct 01, 2000 10:00 Hrs (IST) . Washington: Sri Lanka's protracted ethnic conflict is essentially a "power struggle among elite" and it is necessary "to go to the ordinary people" to resolve it, according to a research study by the US Institute of Peace (USIP). The study by Arjuna Parakrama, a senior fellow at USIP, argues that the ethnic war is essentially "a power struggle among elite who are using religion and ethnicity as a cover for their ulterior motives." "The elite in Sri Lanka are part of the problem. It is they who are generating the conflict. You have to go to the ordinary people for a solution." More...
Published: Sun Oct 1 01:42:51 EDT 2000

Chandrika campaigns from safety of house
DECCAN HERALD , COLOMBO, Sept 30 (UNI). Hi-tech electronic broadcasting equipment has been isntalled in the ''Temple Trees`` (presidential palace) to enable Ms Chandrika Kumaratunga to have a direct on- line broadcast of her speeches live on television and radio.This has been done to enable the president to address various sectons of the people all over the country as she has been advised not to undertake any election campaign meetings due to a threat to her life. More...
Published: Sun Oct 1 03:35:43 EDT 2000

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