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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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'I cannot work with Ranil - Chandrika
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.45 p.m. October 6. President Chandrika Kumaratunge said today that it would be difficult for her to work with Ranil Wickremasinghe if he becomes the Prime Minister after the general elections on 10 October. She said this in response to a question posed by a foreign journalist at Temple Trees when she met over forty foreign journalists this evening “ I don’t kill, rob or lie. I doubt that I can do sincere and a honest job with the UNP and Ranil as Prime Minister. I tried to work with him for six years to find a solution to the ethnic problem and failed.” She said.

She told the foreign journalists present, how Ranil Wickremasinghe as minister of education deprived her children from getting admission to two schools in Sri Lanka. “However I have no grudge against the leader of opposition for doing that” Kumaratunge added.
Published: Fri Oct 6 11:01:55 EDT 2000

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Chandrika warns of a serious threat to democracy
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.30 p.m October 6. President Chandrika Kumaratunge warned that a fourth force , namely the LTTE is trying to disrupt the forthcoming elections in a bizarre way and that the country is faced with a dangerous situation. Kumaratunge said that she consider PA, UNP and the JVP as the three main parties contesting the forthcoming elections but, the fourth party , the LTTE had already killed several candidates and over one hundred civilians.

Kumaratunge said that the LTTE is targeting candidates of her party and the candidates supportive of the PA.. Kumaratunge added that LTTE made an attempt to kill deputy minister Hisbullah of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress but, nothing happened when UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe went to the same area. The President said this at a meeting with over forty foreign journalists at Temple Trees today.

Continuing the President said " This fourth force is obviously involved in sabotage and trying to destroy our party which brought democracy to this country. I have come to the conclusion that a very serious threat is posed to our democracy by this fourth force and I don't know where it will end"

Kumaratunge also blamed the foreign election monitors for talking only of election violence committed by the main parties and for failing to take note of violent activities carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Published: Fri Oct 6 11:30:51 EDT 2000

LTTE has no interest in peace: Chandrika
Times of India, October 6. COLOMBO: "There is no other alternative but to concluding the war successfully," Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga told a crowded media gathering on the eve of the country's sixth parliamentary elections in Colombo on Friday. She added that her government would have preferred to end the war through political negotiations but the Tamil Tigers had left them with no alternative. Speaking about the recent heightened attempts by Norway to act as a facilitator in the ongoing conflict, President Kumaratunga said, "The Norwegian process is kept on hold because of the intransigence of the LTTE. The Norwegians have made it perfectly clear to us that the LTTE has no interest in peace at the moment." More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 18:26:04 EDT 2000
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British charities fund terrorists
The Island, October 7. The Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) which has been identified as a terrorist fund raising front at the Canadian Senate Committee for Security and Intelligence is a registered charity in the UK (Charity Number 1010029) raising millions of pounds and transferring them to LTTE control to finance terrorism. In January last year, a special Canadian Senate Committee issued a report on security and intelligence that identified charitable fund-raising in Canada by international terrorist groups as a problem and recommended changes to the Income Tax Act in Canada. A consultant to this committee, Don Gracey who was interviewed in Ottawa has stated "The Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation was one group identified by the committee that in fact, raised money for guns and material used by the Tamil Tigers". More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 21:58:03 EDT 2000

Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera demands apology from ITN
The Island, October 7. Lawyers of the Chief of Staff, of the Army, Major General Janaka Perera has sent a letter of demand to Independent Television Network (ITN) and the ‘Lak Handa’ Radio to telecast his refutation of alleged defamatory statements about him made by Gen. Anuruddha Ratwatte over ITN and the radio station before October 6. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 22:09:56 EDT 2000

A violent election campaign enters its final phase
Nilan Fernando in Colombo, 8.35pm SLT Friday October 6. The run-up to the October 10 parliamentary election has been the most violent on record and many observers expect more to come on election day. As of October 2, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence, a non-partisan watchdog group which cross-checks its information with police reports, had recorded 37 murders and 14 attempted murders of candidates, party workers, and bystanders. These figures include the LTTE suicide bombing in Muttur on October 2. The bombing in Medawachchiya on October 5 will substantially add to the number of dead and injured. Reports of assault and intimidation number in the hundreds. Districts in the Western, Northwestern, and Northeastern Provinces have been the hardest hit although every district has been affected. All this has created a climate of tension and fear among voters. Voter turn-out as verified by observers on election day will be a key indicator of people's confidence in the process.

Even though the ruling People's Alliance is implicated in most of the violence outside the Northeast, or perhaps because of it, analysts view the election as too close to call. People are reassured by the Chief Election Commissioner who appears determined to do what he can to conduct a clean poll on election day, but much will depend on the conduct of the police and the approximately 100,000 government servants that will be staffing polling stations and counting votes.
Published: Fri Oct 6 11:04:07 EDT 2000

LTTE launches another attach on Nagar Kovil
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1655 SLT 06.10.00. The LTTE launched another offensive on Nagar kovil last night killing 8 soldiers and wounding 32 others. There was no casualty figures for the LTTE. Meanwhile the Palali air and army base continued to come under LTTE artillery attacks. At least 08 shells fell in to the security area around the air base. Military officials in Jaffna said all flights have been stopped. However the government said flights to Jaffna have been disrupted by "bad weather". Meanwhile 03 civilian were injured when a suspected LTTE carder threw a hand grenade at an ambulance in Jaffna town.
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:24:16 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka's parties offer little choice
BBC South Asia, Friday, 6 October, 2000, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK . President Kumaratunga has made no secret of the importance she attaches to these general elections. She had repeatedly stated that her government needs a convincing majority in parliament so that it can push ahead with its plans to alter the constitution and thereby implement a devolution package for the country that would allow Tamil majority areas in the north and east to have more autonomy. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 18:24:45 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan leader's war pledge
BBC South Asia, Friday, 6 October, 2000, 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK . "From now on, it is no holds barred to the military campaign." President Kumaratunga Speaking to journalists in Colombo, she said: "The LTTE (Tamil Tigers) has left us with no alternative but to continue the war to a successful conclusion." More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 14:39:36 EDT 2000
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Violence continue as the general election campaign nears end.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo. With just 36 hours to go before campaigning for the General elections end on Saturday night, 1404 incidents of violence have been reported to the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV). 56 people have been killed during the campaign. 41 of them were killed in four bomb attacks on election meetings by the LTTE. Of these 771 are serious incidents. The largest number of incidents have taken place in Western province and Gampaha is the highest district with 134. 714 allegations are against the PA and 267 complaints against the UNP.
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:24:16 EDT 2000

LTTE makes its pre-poll presence felt
India Abroad, Oct. 06, 2000 15:05 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: With two suicide bombers blowing themselves up at election rallies within four days of each other, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are making sure their potent presence is felt as the polls campaign nears its end. A suspected "Black Tiger", as a member of the rebel suicide squad is called, triggered explosives strapped on him at a ruling People's Alliance (PA) meeting on Thursday in north-central Medawachchiya, killing 10 and wounding more than 35 people. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 11:22:24 EDT 2000

Lanka Oppn denies reaching agreement with LTTE
Times of India (Breaking News), Friday 06 October 2000. COLOMBO: Opposition United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has denied allegations by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake that the UNP and the LTTE have reached a secret understanding. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 11:26:05 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan software company wins multi million dollar contract
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1710 SLT 06.10.00 . Millennium IT, a leading Sri Lankan computer software company has announced that it has won a 18.2 million US dollar contract to create software for the world's first global stock exchange called the global DEX. Nesdex a Singapore based company awarded the contract aimed at linking 43 stock exchanges. Millennium IT had earlier designed the software for computerising the Sri Lankan stock market as well.
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:24:16 EDT 2000

Flash floods strike Sri Lankan capital
Virtual New York, Friday, 6 October 2000 4:46 (ET). Thousands of families were rendered homeless and life came to a grinding halt Friday as flash floods swept through Colombo following a heavy downpour. Social welfare department officials said that hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes in Sri Lanka's south as heavy rains lashed the area for more than 12 hours. Displaced families were provided shelter in government and public buildings. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:24:36 EDT 2000

Opposition leader challenges the President for a public debate
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1700 SLT 06.10.00. Opposition leader Ranil Wickeremesinghe has again challenged President Chandrika Kumaratunga to a public debate before the general election on October 10th. Wickramesinghe challenged the President to level the allegations made against him and his party that it has links with the LTTE at the debate. "If she refuses that means the allegations are baseless. It is just an election ploy" Wickramesinghe told a news briefing today.
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:24:16 EDT 2000

Chief Election Commissioner allows party agents to stay with ballot boxes
Nilan Fernando in Colombo, Nilan Fernando in Colombo, Friday October 6.. The Daily News reported yesterday that Chief Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has agreed to allow party agents to remain with the ballot boxes until the commencement of the counting. This was in response to a petition filed by the United National Party in the Court of Appeal calling for steps to prevent rigging in the October 10 parliamentary election. The Court dismissed the petition after the Commissioner's pre-emptive move.
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:16:37 EDT 2000

FACTBOX-Key facts about Sri Lanka's parliamentary poll
ABC News, 10/06/2000 01:46:00 ET. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Following are key facts about Tuesday"s general election in Sri Lanka. PARLIAMENT The single chamber has 225 seats of which 196 are elected through a complicated mix of proportional representation and direct voting from each of the country"s 22 electoral districts. The other 29 are allocated to parties on the basis of the number of votes they receive at national level. Parliament will sit for six years. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:31:29 EDT 2000
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Fresh fighting in Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Friday, 6 October, 2000, 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK . Military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne was quoted by Reuters as saying that more than 100 Tamil Tigers had attacked government lines at Nagarkovil in the Jaffna peninsula on Thursday night. "The attack was repulsed very effectively," he said. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:20:05 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka's party symbols far removed from violence-marred polls, Oct 06 2000 16:03 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (AFP) - A flowervase, a watchtower and a chair will battle it out with a scooter rickshaw, a single-engine aeroplane and an elephant when Sri Lanka goes to the polls early next week. The idealist symbols, used by national and regional groupings to reflect their policies, politicians and ethics are far-removed from the ethnic strife which has gripped Sri Lanka in the run up to the polls. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:18:47 EDT 2000

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, 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

Sri Lankan capital hit by flash floods, Oct 06 2000 12:48 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (AFP) - Heavy rains lashed the Sri Lankan capital Friday, flooding key roads and bringing traffic to a halt, police said. Several highways and intersections in Colombo were under water, police said, as the met department warned residents to take precautions against lightening strikes. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 05:04:02 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka troops resist fresh Tiger drive in Jaffna, Oct 06 2000 14:40 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops used helicopter gunships and artillery guns to resist a fresh Tamil Tiger offensive in the northern peninsula of Jaffna, the government said here Friday. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) mounted the latest offensive at Nagarkovil Thursday, killing eight soldiers and wounding at least another 32, the government's Special Media Information Centre (SMIC) said. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:07:23 EDT 2000
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Amnesty International condemns Sri Lanka blast ahead of elections, Oct 06 2000 11:59 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (AFP) - Amnesty International condemned Friday the escalation of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka just days ahead of the country's parliamentary elections. "We are very concerned for the escalation of attacks ahead of the October 10 elections," an Amnesty International spokeswoman said. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 05:05:25 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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Sri Lankan opposition will send "real generals" to Tamil conflict, Oct 06 2000 15:20 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 6 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition party Friday said it would successfully deal with the country's drawn out ethnic strife if elected to power in the October 10 national elections. Former prime minister and leader of the United National Party, Ranil Wickremesinghe, told a news conference here that President Chandrika Kumaratunga had failed in tackling a bloody Tamil separatist drive. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 07:05:23 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels seek to disrupt poll
MSNBC, Friday 6 October 2000. COLOMBO, Oct. 6 — Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels are using ruthless tactics to try to prevent President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party returning to power at parliamentary polls on Tuesday. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 05:12:55 EDT 2000

Sri Lankans to vote amid bloody ethnic war
MSNBC, Friday 6 October 2000. COLOMBO, Oct. 6 — After one of the bloodiest election campaigns in recent times, parliamentary polls on Tuesday may force Sri Lanka's feuding politicians to work together for the one thing their war-torn country needs most -- peace. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 05:14:31 EDT 2000

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

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, 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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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

Sri Lanka Tigers stir political pot ahead of polls, 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, 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

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

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

Sri Lanka drops Norwegian peace initiative to end Tamil war
Yahoo, 5 October 2000. The Sri Lankan government has abandoned a Norwegian peace initiative aimed at ending the country's Tamil separatist war just a few days before its parliamentary elections, a Cabinet minister said Thursday. More...
Published: Fri Oct 6 05:07:35 EDT 2000
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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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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, 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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