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"WE ARE NOT A COMMUNAL PARTY" - SIHALA URUMAYA DEPUTY SECRETARY
Bandula Jayasekera, in Colombo. Anuradha Yahampath, a 37 yearold mother of three children, (her youngest child is only two weeks old) is the deputy secretary of Sihala Urumaya. She is also in charge of the party's publicity campaign. Yahmapath was educated at Visakha Vidyalaya in Colombo and graduated from the University of Leeds with a B. A. (Hon) degree in textile design. She is a company director and is involved with her family business. Yahampath is contesting from the Colombo district as a candidate from Sihala Urumaya. `Lacnet' met up with Anuradha Yahampath who seems to be making an attempt to breath fresh air to the election campaign in the island. More...
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Sri Lanka threatens to eradicate Tamil leader
Ananova, October 5. The Sri Lankan government has threatened to 'eradicate' the leader of the separatist Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam, Vellupillai Prabhakaran."The stage for peace talks is over," Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka told a news conference in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital. "We will now work for a complete eradication of terrorism and we will also eradicate the terrorist leader." More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 21:08:45 EDT 2000
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Tigers send lethal message as Sri Lanka gears for polls
123India.com, Oct 06 2000 07:05 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are not canvassing ballots at next week's polls, but have already left their imprint with suicide bombings that have killed 35 people and sent a chilling message to the electorate. The latest suicide bomber struck Thursday, killing 10 people in the north-central region of Medawachchiya at a small rally for the ruling People's Alliance where no high-profile politicians had been expected. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 22:31:20 EDT 2000

Susanthika does a turnaround
The Hindu, October 4. Sri Lanka's sole medal winner at the Sydney Olympic Games Susanthika Jayasinghe has done a turnaround, denying having ever accused Sports Minister S.B. Dissanayake of sexually harassing her. ``I only said that a high ranking Sports Ministry official harassed me, but I never mentioned the name of the minister to the international media,'' the star athlete was quoted by the official Sri Lankan media on Wednesday. ``I am not very competent in English. Hence, they must have misunderstood and misquoted me,'' she was quoted as saying. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 11:19:22 EDT 2000

Suicide bomber kills 13, injures 45 in Sri Lanka
MSNBC, Thursday, 5 October, 2000, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK. A suicide bomber blew himself up near an election rally of the governing Peoples' Alliance in a northeastern town Thursday, killing himself and 12 others, the military and police said. Another 45 people were wounded, some of them critically, police said. ''Reports are sketchy. What we have is that there has been an explosion and 12 people are dead,'' military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne told The Associated Press. An officer in the Police Control Room in Colombo said the attack was carried out by a male bomber. He cannot be named under briefing regulations. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 10:26:49 EDT 2000
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E.U. condemns pre-poll violence in Sri Lanka  - Times of India
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EU condemns pre-poll violence in Sri Lanka  - India Abroad
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EU condemns Sri Lanka suicide bomb attack  - 123India.com
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Sri Lanka blast kills six at election rally  - 123India.com

Tamil Canadian group admits backing terrorists
NationalPost, October 5. The leader of a Toronto-based ethnic Tamil organization funded by Canadian taxpayers admitted in an Australian television documentary shown last night that his group supports a terrorist force waging a campaign of violence in Sri Lanka."We do support the LTTE," Sita Sittampalam said in the report, titled Behind the Tamil Tigers. "We support it as a means of getting our rights and our right to self-determination -- we support the LTTE."Mr. Sittampalam is identified in the report as the president of the Federation of Association of Canadian Tamils (FACT). He is also president of the Tamil Eelam Society of Canada, which received $2-million last year from the federal government.The FACT president says in the documentary that Rajiv Gandhi, the former Indian prime minister, had "gone too far" in his support for the Sri Lankan government and that his assassination by a Tamil Tigers suicide bomber was supported by Tamils around the world. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 16:10:12 EDT 2000

"WE ARE NOT A COMMUNAL PARTY" - SIHALA URUMAYA DEPUTY SECRETARY
LAcNet, October 4. Anuradha Yahampath 37, -year-old mother of three children, (her youngest child is only two weeks old) is the deputy secretary of Sihala Urumaya. She is also in charge of the party's publicity campaign. Yahmapath was educated at Visakha Vidyalaya in Colombo and graduated from the University of Leeds with a B. A. (Hon) degree in textile design. She is a company director and is involved with her family business. Yahampath is contesting from the Colombo district as a candidate from Sihala Urumaya. `Lacnet' met up with Anuradha Yahampath who seems to be making an attempt to breath fresh air to the election campaign in the island. Excerpts from the interview. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 11:54:59 EDT 2000

UNP unable to wrest the advantage
The Hindu (International), Friday, October 06, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 6. Six years in power have led to the erosion in the popularity of the People's Alliance (PA), but unfortunately for the United National Party (UNP), that does not seem to have morphed into a wave in its favour. If the PA campaign for the October 10 Parliamentary elections has been defensive and lacklustre, the UNP leadership has failed to make capital out of it. Its manifesto, titled ``Your Future,'' offers an economic turnaround, but its proposals to resolve the long drawn-out ethnic conflict have not captured the imagination of voters in the manner of Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga's 1994 slogan for peace. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 18:41:03 EDT 2000

UNP denies LTTE links
The Hindu (International), Friday, October 06, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 5. The United National Party (UNP) leader, Mr. Ranil Wickrmesinghe, today described a document released by the People's Alliance (PA) to link him with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a fabrication and an election gimmick. ``I and the UNP deny entirely any knowledge of this document. We have not exchanged any documents with the LTTE nor have we entered into any negotiations with them,'' Mr. Wickremesinghe said in a letter addressed to the President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 19:18:46 EDT 2000

10 killed in suicide bombing at Sri Lanka election rally
123India.com, Oct 05 2000 20:39 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 5 (AFP) - A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber staged an attack at a ruling party election rally in north-central Sri Lanka Thursday, killing 10 people and wounding more than 35, police said. The bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body as he was about to be searched by a policeman at the town of Medawachchiya, 230 kilometres (143 miles) north of here, police said. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 12:18:51 EDT 2000
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10 killed in Sri Lanka suicide bombing  - Virtual New York
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EU condemns Sri Lanka suicide bomb attack  - 123India.com
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Sri Lankan poll rally blast  - BBC South Asia
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Bomb at Medawachchiya  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo

Grenade attack wounds 3 former militants in Jaffna
Times of India, October 5. Suspected militants lobbed a hand grenade on members of a former rebel group campaigning for next week's parliamentary elections in northern Jaffna on Thursday, critically wounding three of them, witnesses said.Those wounded belonged to the Eelam People's Democratic Party, which gave up arms in 1990 and joined the political mainstream. They were attacked while going in an auto-rickshaw. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 19:21:11 EDT 2000

Cabinet of ministers congratulates Susanthika
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 p.m October 5. A press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign affairs said today that President and the cabinet of ministers rejoice in the magnificent performance of Susanthika Jayasinghe at the recently concluded Olympic games in winning a medal for Sri Lanka after 52 years. It adds that the cabinet of ministers appreciate and recognize Susanthika's potential as an athlete in the international arena.

The resolution has been proposed by Minister of Foreign affairs Lakshman Kadiragamar and seconded by Minister of Cultural affairs Lakshman Jayakody. The release further states that the Secretary to the cabinet should convey to Susanthika Jayasinghe, warm wishes of the cabinet and their endorsement of any measures that the President and the Sports authorities may take to provide support for Jayasinghe to consolidate and improve her performance.
Published: Thu Oct 5 08:25:45 EDT 2000


PA candidate shot at in Kandy
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.15 p.m. SLT Thursday October 5 . Peoples Alliance candidate Mahinda Aluthgama was yesterday shot at close to his home at Aniyawatte, Kandy. Aluthgama suffered bullet wounds to his neck and is warded at the Intensive Care Unit of the Kandy Hospital.Reports indicate that while travelling in his vehicle, Aluthgama had been blocked by a gang who opened fire on him shattering the windscreen of the vehicle he was in and seriously wounding him. Aluthgama nor his family have identified their assailants yet. Kandy police are conducting investigations into the incident.
Published: Thu Oct 5 05:16:16 EDT 2000

Generals to battle it out in court ?
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.45 p. m October 4,. The rift between deputy minister of defence General Anurudha Ratwatte and Army's chief of staff Major General Janaka Perera has come to light after the Major General sent a letter of demand to Independent Television Network (ITN) through his lawyers today. In his letter Major General Perera has demanded an apology and a sum of Rupees ten million from ITN for telecasting a programme titled "Janatha Adikaranaya" where General Ratwatte made certain remarks about Major General Perera. The chief of staff has said that the remarks made on the programme have harmed his reputation and good name.

In the programme aired on ITN last week, Ratwatte said that he was the one who made a political decision and saved Jaffna during troubled times in May this year. But, when Dr. Bellanwila Vimalaratna thero of the Bellanwila temple questioned the minister,"Why not give the credit to Major General Janaka Perera? the minister said; No. It is not because of one person. But, Ariyalai and Colombothurai fell after Janaka Perera was sent to Jaffna? Ratwatte also quoted General George C. Patton ?Wars may be fought by weapons but, they are won by men alone?

Army officers who are supportive of Major General Janaka Perera told LAcNet that the deputy minister of defence had forgotten to complete the saying of Patton which is "It is the spirit of those who follow and the man who leads that gains victory?" The same sources revealed that a letter sent by a commander of an offensive brigade to Major General Janaka Perera had said that his soldiers fought hard because of General Perera and their moral was high at the time thanks to his great encouragement. The officers said that it was true that Ariyalai and Colombothurai fell while Major General Perera was in Jaffna h but, it is incorrect to blame Major General Perera as he was sent to Jaffna only at the last moment. They said that Major General Janaka Perera and Major General Sarath Fonseka led from the front and saved Jaffna.

When LAcNet spoke to Major General Janaka Perera he refused to go into details.He stated that "I told ITN that it was wrong to do a programme like that and they repeated it and I had no choice but to send a letter of demand?"
Published: Wed Oct 4 13:41:49 EDT 2000

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Major General Janaka Perera to sue ITN  - Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo

Sri Lanka Tigers stir political pot ahead of polls
123India.com, Oct 05 2000 16:38 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 5 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's ruling People's Alliance (PA) raised the stakes by pushing Tamil Tiger rebels as its main election issue, party officials said Thursday amid a campaign plagued by bloodletting and mud slinging. An attempt by President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government to link its main rival, the United National Party (UNP), to the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels drew a sharp and angry reaction Thursday.The UNP accused Kumaratunga of being "politically and morally bankrupt and stooping to cheap jibes" to discredit opponents and create racial hatred in the country where 60,000 people have been killed in a decades old separatist war.The UNP lodged a complaint with the police and demanded the immediate arrest of the prime minister for misleading the nation and fabricating "evidence.""They were in such a great hurry, they got even the sequential numbers of paragraphs wrong," the UNP said in a statement Thursday. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 08:11:30 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka heads for constitutional confrontation
Yahoo, October 5. Sri Lanka's Constitution could be put to its most severe test yet if President Chandrika Kumaratunga has to confront an opposition-led Parliament after next Tuesday's elections. As the rivalry between the two main protagonists, Kumaratunga and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, gets increasingly acrimonious, the threat of incessant battles between the executive and the legislature is increasingly looking plausible.Wickremesinghe, quoting chapter and verse from the Constitution, has said that a UNP-dominated parliament will be able to clip the wings of the presidency, making it subject to Parliamentary scrutiny and lifting the controversial immunity status that the incumbent enjoys. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 07:56:52 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka fighting kills another 11
123India.com, Oct 05 2000 16:21 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 5 (AFP) - Government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels clashed in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, leaving at least 11 people dead, the official Special Media Information Centre said Thursday. Seven members of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were killed in the northern peninsula of Jaffna where a government soldier was also killed, the centre said.The latest fighting came as the military said it had destroyed a rebel long-range 122mm artillery gun that had threatened the northern airbase of Palaly in the Jaffna peninsula. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 07:12:03 EDT 2000

Behind the Tamil Tigers - A Special Investigative report.
SBS Online, October 4. What they`ve done is abhorrent. It can`t be justified as some kind of national liberation organisation, because they have broken all the rules of the game. But still, they function, they prosper, they network - they get away with the serial assassinations of democratic leaders, of human rights activists.Equally disturbing is the extent to which Tamil supporters of the Tigers have cultivated contact with some of the highest-level politicians in the land - amongst them, Federal Health Minister Dr Michael Wooldridge. Toronto newspaper journalist Stewart Bell dared to report on Tiger fundraising tactics in Canada. For his efforts, he`s been threatened and intimidated. STEWART BELL: All kinds of accusations were thrown around. I had phone calls of a threatening sexual nature about my wife, my mother. I was told to be careful, I was told to stop reporting, I was told that Tamils were praying I would have bad karma, I guess so I`d come back in my next life as I don`t know what. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 19:01:09 EDT 2000

President extends emergency ahead of polls
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Thursday October 5. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge in an Extraordinary Gazette notification yesterday extended the State of Emergency days before the General Election is to be held on October 10. Using her powers as Executive Head of State the President asserted it was necessary to extend the island wide emergency which lends sweeping powers to the police and armed forces in order to ensure public security and the unhindered supply of essential items and services. It is not clear if the Emergency will be lifted on the day of voting.
Published: Thu Oct 5 05:16:16 EDT 2000
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Tiger shelling stops flights to North
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Thursday October 5. Heavy shelling by the LTTE yesterday has forced the military to stop all scheduled flights to the main military air base at Palaly.

The Tigers, defence sources said, had shelled military bases in the Thenamarachchi and Vadamarachchi areas forcing a large number of civilians to flee the densely populated areas.

Meanwhile the Special Media Information Centre said today that armed forced had killed 14 rebels in the last twenty four hours in sporadic attacks.
Published: Thu Oct 5 05:16:15 EDT 2000

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Tiger shelling stops flights, Lankan troops kill 14  - Times of India

Norway envoy still hopes for Sri Lanka peace role
MSNBC, october 5. Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim said on Thursday he still hoped to broker an end to Sri Lanka's war, even though the island's prime minister has declared that Norway's role is finished. Solheim, a former parliamentarian, said he was awaiting the outcome of Sri Lanka's election on October 10. The run-up to the poll has been marred by a series of bomb attacks at election rallies. Authorities have blamed separatist Tamil rebels. ''These kinds of comments are not surprising. They show how difficult a peace process is on Sri Lanka,'' Solheim said, adding the 17-year-old ethnic conflict would not be resolved overnight. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 09:28:32 EDT 2000

Government moving away from Norwegian peace bid
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.35 a.m. SLT Thursday October 5. Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake said yesterday that the Government will not hold negotiations with the LTTE and indicated that it would no longer consider peace initiatives pushed by Norway.

Norway was earlier this year accepted by both the Government and the LTTE as a third party facilitator to possible peace talks between the two warring factions. The Norwegians however met with heavy criticism from pro Sinhala factions who alleged the Norwegians were partial towards the Tigers and should not have been accepted as a mediator to help broker peace to Sri Lanka's 17 year old ethnic conflict.

The Premiers remarks were made in the wake of his alleging that the government had in its possession a document which allegedly sealed a secret pact between the LTTE and the Leader of the United National Party, Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Published: Thu Oct 5 05:16:15 EDT 2000

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Sri Lanka rejects Norwegian peace bid  - BBC South Asia

Kumaratunga's brother blames govt for poll violence
Times of India (Breaking News), 5 October 2000 . COLOMBO: President Chandrika Kumaratunga's estranged brother, a member of the main opposition United National Party, Thursday said she stopped police from intervening when an attack on his motorcade left 13 people seriously wounded."It was clear that the police was under some pressure not to intervene when we were attacked," Anura Bandaranaike told reporters about Wednesday's attack on a UNP motorcade in Nuwara Eliya. He said he believed the attackers were members of Kumaratunga's Peoples' Alliance. "I saw relatives of (government) ministers leading the mob and they belong to her party," he said. The area, in a tea-growing hill district, is 180 km east of Colombo, the national capital. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 07:15:58 EDT 2000

LTTE plans to step up pre-poll terror campaign
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, Oct 4. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) plans to intensify a campaign, against candidates of all political parties other than the United Natinal Party (UNP), state - run The Daily News reported. The warning comes in the wake of reports that LTTE leader Prabhakaran has given special instructions to all tiger leaders in the eastern province to provide tight security to UNP leader Wickremesinghe to engage in the party election campaign. More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 07:10:10 EDT 2000
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More power to Tamils in new constitution: Chandrika
IndiaExpress.com, 05th Oct 2000 14.27 IST . Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has reiterated that a new constitution aimed at devolving more power to the Tamils will be passed in the next Parliament. ''The new constitution will be passed with a simple majority if the ruling party fails to get a two-third majority at the October 10 parliamentary elections,''the President said in an interview published in the latestissue of the ''Business Today.'' More...
Published: Thu Oct 5 07:19:35 EDT 2000
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PA's campaign lacklustre without Chandrika  - The Hindu

Sri Lankan stock market betting oppostion shed gloom
123India.com, Oct 05 2000 06:56 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 5 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's war-battered economy has had remarkable success recently, but its still-languishing stock market appears to be banking on an opposition victory to get out of the woods. The legislative elections are set for October 10, and private polls place the main opposition United National Party (UNP) neck-and-neck with President Chandrika Kumaratunga's ruling People's Alliance (PA). "The market has seen a turn around in the past week on the back of expectations of the UNP returning to power," said a trader at the CSE. "Otherwise, there is no change in the fundamentals to reverse the bull run." More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 22:31:54 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka jettison West Indies with 108-run win
Times of India (Breaking News), Wednesday October 04 2000. NAIROBI: Avishka Gunawardena hit 19 fours in an opening century and Sri Lanka went on to beat the West Indies by 108 runs Wednesday in their opening match of the ICC Knockout Trophy. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 14:11:05 EDT 2000
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Time to talk to LTTE is over: Lankan PM
Times of India, October 4. COLOMBO: ``The stage of talking to the LTTE is over,'' Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickeremanayake told a crowded media gathering on Wednesday. In a hastily convened media conference at the Presidential Secretariat in Capital Colombo, Wickeremanayake reiterated his government's resolve to eradicate terrorism and "the leader of terrorism" and firmly stated that the stage of negotiating with the militant groups was over. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 23:52:27 EDT 2000

2001 Year of Information Technology in the education sector
CDN, Wednesday, 04 October. Ministry of Education and Higher Education has declared the year 2001 as the year of Information Technology in the education sector. The main objective is to give utmost priority to the development of information technology in the school system Teacher Training Institutions and Universities in the year 2001, Ministry Secretary Prof. R.P. Gunawardena said yesterday. The Ministry has already launched a programme to provide computer units to over 600 schools. In addition, Computer Learning Centres will be established in 1000 schools through the Secondary Education Modernization Project funded by the Asian Development Bank, effective from January 2001. It is expected to extend this programme to all schools with G.C.E. (A/L) classes (about 2500 schools) through local and foreign funding within the next 03 years. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 13:38:09 EDT 2000

Swamy seeks ban on DK
The Hindu (Southern States), Thursday, October 05, 2000. CHENNAI, OCT. 4. The Janata Party president, Dr. Subramanian Swamy, today called for a ban on the Dravidar Kazhagam for its ``connections with the LTTE'' and the involvement of some of its members in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination. Talking to reporters, Dr. Swamy said he had already written to the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, in this regard. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 17:21:19 EDT 2000

Intelligence alerts about more LTTE bomb attacks
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on October 4, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 4. (PTI): The Sri Lankan Army today said LTTE had stopped its week-long unsuccessful counter-attacks to regain lost territory from it in the northern Jaffna peninsula, while the Intelligence agencies have warned of a "brutal campaign" by the rebels to kill Tamil and Muslim candidates contesting the October 10 parliamentary polls. Guns fell silent in Jaffna peninsula yesterday after the LTTE stopped its series of counter-attacks at Elugthamaduval-Killali sector, south of Chavakachcheri, an Army spokesman here said. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 14:06:28 EDT 2000
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14 LTTE rebels killed in fresh fighting
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on October 4, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 4. (UNI): Fourteen terrorists were killed and nine soldiers injured in the latest flare-up in Jaffna, while two civilians were shot dead in eastern Batticaloa. In Sarasali, troops destroyed an LTTE bunker, killing four terrorists, a special media release said today. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 14:05:30 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka government moving away Norway's peace bid
123India.com, Oct 04 2000 21:35 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 4 (AFP) - Sri Lanka Wednesday said it was moving away from negotiating with the separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas even though Norway was making efforts to bring the warring sides to the negotiating table. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said the government had decided not to negotiate with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and instead vowed to crush the separatists on the battlefield.Wickremanayake Wednesday released copies of what he called an agreement between the Tigers and the UNP, the main party challenging the People's Alliance (PA) coalition at the October 10 elections.he UNP has flatly rejected the PA allegations and described them as propaganda ahead of the elections. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 13:20:36 EDT 2000

Lankan Olympic queen snubs Kumaratunga
India Abroad, October 4, 2000 14:40 Hrs(IST) . Colombo: Sri Lanka's only female Olympic medal-winner Susanthika Jayasinghe has snubbed President Chandrika Kumaratunga by rejecting a scholarship offer and said it would be better if the government restored her telephone, which has been disconnected for non-payment of bills. The 24-year-old sprint queen said she had no use for the all-expenses paid sports scholarship offered by Kumaratunga in recognition of her bronze medal at the 200m in Sydney. "I am grateful to the president for making the offer but I don't need it," she said, compounding the embarrassment for Kumaratunga's government over the handling of a sex-scandal involving one of its top ministers. ayasinghe told reporters Wednesday that she had to sell her pick-up truck to raise money to travel to California for training. She said the government was yet to give her the deed to the house gifted to her when she won a silver medal at the Athens World Championships in 1997. There has been no official inquiry into the allegations made by Jayasinghe. However, after she went public with the allegations, the authorities put pressure on sponsors to stop her funding. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 07:48:36 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka troops destroy rebel gun threateneing air strip: military
123India.com, Oct 04 2000 20:48 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 4 (AFP) - Sri Lankan air force planes bombed and destroyed a rebel long-range gun that threatened a vital air strip in the island's north, the defence ministry said Wednesday. Aircraft carried out the bombing raid against a 122mm gun the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had been using to attack the Jaffna peninsula, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 12:13:25 EDT 2000
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'LTTE to provide security for UNP candidates'
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on October 4, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 4. (UNI): The LTTE plans to intensify a campaign, waged against candidates of all political parties other than the United National Party (UNP), State-run The Daily News reported. The warning comes in the wake of reports that LTTE leader Prabhakaran has given special instructions to all Tiger leaders in the eastern province to provide tight security to UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to engage in the party election campaign. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 09:37:46 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka beat West Indies by 108 runs
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on October 4, 2000. Nairobi, Oct. 4. (UNI): A buccaneering 132 by Avishka Gunawardene coupled with a deadly three-wicket haul by Zoysa saw Sri Lanka register a resounding 108-run victory over West Indies in the one million dollar ICC Knockout Tournament at the Nirobi Gymkhana here today. Riding on a 170-run partnership between Gunawardene and Mahela Jaywardene, Sri Lanka had set a target of 287 runs at the loss of six wickets. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 13:24:28 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka 274 for 5 against W.Indies  - The Hindu NUS

FEATURE-Sri Lanka's once radical left resurrected
Yahoo, Wednesday October 4, . Sri Lanka's communists, crushed with great loss of life in two failed rebellions over the past 30 years,now seek to become a political force through the ballot box. The Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), or the People's Liberation Front, has put the ghosts of its tormented past to rest and hopes parliamentary elections on October 10 will leave it as the biggest player after the country's two main political parties. "We have a plan to rebuild this country which has been destroyed by the wealthy class," said Chandrasena Wijesinghe, party leader in Galle district in southern Sri Lanka where the group has its base. A portrait of Lenin looked down from behind him in a dimly-lit room, while outside red flags fluttered over the seaside resort town. Groups of party workers, including young girls and a Buddhist monk, knocked on village doors to spread the party message. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 02:21:36 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Opposition Says Will Boost Ties With Global Cos
Yahoo, Wednesday, October 4 3:24 PM SGT . In a statement to the press the UNP, which is led by Ranil Wickremesinghe, said a series of trade conferences will be held within two months of its election if it wins. The main contest is between the UNP and the governing People's Alliance of President Chandrika Kumaratunga - although 29 political parties and 10 independent groups are running for seats in the 225-seat parliament. There are 11.9 million eligible voters in 22 districts. More...
Published: Wed Oct 4 07:19:58 EDT 2000

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