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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...
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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New cabinet to be appointed on Monday
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.45 p. m October 13. President Chandrika Kumaratunge has decided to appoint the new cabinet of ministers of her People's Alliance government on Monday the 15th of October, former Minister of parliamentary affairs and Plan implementation Jeyaraj Fernandopulle said today. Speaking to "The Lanka Academic" Fernandopulle said "The appointments will be made definitely on Monday and I cannot give any other details at the moment."

Kumaratunge is mourning the death of her mother former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaiake. However , Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was sworn in before President Kumaratunge as the country's new Prime Minister this morning.
Published: Fri Oct 13 08:51:28 EDT 2000

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Sri Lankan "slaves" quit France, Oct 13 2000 23:31 IST. PARIS, Oct 13 (AFP) - Two Sri Lankan women who alleged that their Kuwaiti diplomat boss never paid them, left France Friday because they were unable to take him to court, the Committee Against Modern Day Slavery (CAMDS) said. The two women, a mother and her daughter, have returned to Sri Lanka. They left their employer, a Kuwaiti diplomat based in the country's Paris embassy, on September 25 claiming he had never paid their salaries. More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 14:42:26 EDT 2000

PA govt. in place in Sri Lanka
The Hindu, Saturday, October 14, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 13. The People's Alliance of Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga today formed the new Government of Sri Lanka, ending two days of uncertainty following the emergence of a hung parliament from elections held earlier this week. Mr. Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, Prime Minister in the last government, was sworn in to office again this afternoon. The new Cabinet is likely to be announced early next week. More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 19:02:38 EDT 2000
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Deals with Muslim and Tamil parties allow shaky Sri Lanka coalition, Oct 13 2000 19:16 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 13 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday secured vital support from two minority parties to cobble together a coalition and head off a possible constitutional deadlock, officials said. A prime minister was sworn in Friday as the ruling People's Alliance (PA) managed to cut deals with the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the regional Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP). More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 10:14:42 EDT 2000
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Official Lanka mourning for Bandaranaike
India Abroad, Oct. 13, 2000 14:15 Hrs(IST) . Colombo: Flags flew at half-mast, cinemas closed and somber music played over national radio as two days of official mourning began for former Sri Lankan prime minister and political matriarch Sirima Bandaranaike on Friday. Messages of condolence flooded in from all over the world for Bandaranaike, 84, who died of a heart attack shortly after voting at Tuesday's parliamentary elections. Leaders from India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, and the Maldives among others hailed her 40-year-long political career during which she put the country on the map by becoming the world's first elected woman prime minister. More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 08:06:27 EDT 2000
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Krishan Kant to attend Sirimavo funeral
The Hindu (International), Saturday, October 14, 2000. Indian High Commission sources here said Mr. Krishan Kant, accompanied by his wife will reach Colombo tomorrow morning. He will then proceed to Horagalle, 35 k.m. from here where the funeral will take place. The President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, and the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, have already sent their condolences. Meanwhile, several world leaders have started arriving to attend the funeral. More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 18:58:54 EDT 2000

9 LTTE rebels killed in Sri Lanka
Times of India (Breaking News), october 13. Nine LTTE rebels, including a guerrilla who masterminded a suicide bombing during the parliament elections, were killed when they clashed with Sri Lankan Army in the north and east of the country, an official release said here on Friday. A senior LTTE militant, Nepolean, believed to be behind the blast at the ruling People Alliance rally in northcentral Pollannaruwa district on October 5 in which 10 persons killed, and one of his aides were killed by an Army patrol at Chandrikulam in northern Vanni on Thursday. More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 08:22:02 EDT 2000

Final poll results - Parliament will convene on Oct. 18
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Thursday October 12. The Peoples Alliance secured 107 seats in the final results of the General Election on Tuesday October 10. The Elections Commissioner who released the final results this afternoon said the United National Party (UNP) was in second place with 89 seats, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) 10, the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) 5, the National Unity Alliance 4, (NUA) Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) 4, Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization, (TELO) 3, All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) 1 and one Independent group from the Digamadulla district has won one seat.

The Sihala Urumaya who did not secure a single seat in the final results has however been given one seat on the national list. S. L. Goonesekera, Attorny-at-Law and President of the party will represent the SU in Parliament.

Polls Chief, Dayananda Dissanayake, meanwhile asserted that he has annulled the final poll results gathered from 23 polling centers. The final vote count from 13 polling stations in the Kandy district were declared null and void. Votes from four centers at N'Eliya, two at Ratnapura, one polling centre at Hambantota, one at Kegalle and one at Matale were also declared null and void by the Commissioner.

The Polls Chief in addition has also declared null and void votes gathered from 41 centres in the Jaffna District. He claimed that even in a re-poll results from these areas will prove unsuccessful due to the prevaling security situation.

Dissanayake however maintains he will not hold a by-election in the district of Kandy as the final results do not indicate that some 16,000 votes rigged in the district would have had any serious negative results on either political party. He said today that overall the General Election was conducted in a free and fair manner. He added that Sri Lanka's 11th Parliament will convene on October 18.

The Janantha Vimukthi Peramuna meanwhile says they will not support any party to form a government. Vimal Weeravansha, Party Secretary, said today, that the victories earned by the JVP at Tuesday's election proved the JVP could make a difference in Parliament. The JVP maintained that if not for election malpractices and corruption the party would have won more seats. Weeravansha added that the JVP was not interested in forming a new government but would possibly extend its support to the existing one in order to prevent it from detireroration.

Rauf Hakeem, Secretary General for the NUA said that the government has to prove to the country and the world that they will not sweep under the carpet election malpratices in the way they did last year at the Wayamba Provincial Council elections, which recorded the highest incidents of polls related violence in Sri Lankan history.
Published: Thu Oct 12 12:49:05 EDT 2000

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JVP will not be carried away by cabinet offers- Tilvin Silva
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.00 p.m. October 12. General Secretary of the JVP said today that his party would work in the interest of the country and will not be carried away by offers of cabinet portfolios or any other benefits. Speaking to ‘The Lanka Academic’ minutes before attending a crucial party meeting Silva said “ Nobody has approached us and we have decided not to support any party. All I can say is that we will work in the interest of the nation. That is our prime concern and we will not let down the masses”.

All eyes are on the JVP , only single party other than the PA and the UNP which won crucial ten seats with two from the national list. The party is of the opinion that they could play an active role by not joining any group while keeping the government in power on check.

Meanwhile Sihala Urumaya, which won only a national seat, nominated party president S.L. Gunasekara to the parliamentary seat.
Published: Thu Oct 12 10:16:10 EDT 2000

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Sri Lankan president asks her alliance to form government
Asiaweek, Friday, 13 October. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga invited her People's Alliance to form the new government on Friday, after winning the most seats in this week's violence-plagued general elections. Incumbent Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was due to take new oaths later in the day. "The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for this afternoon," said a senior government official, who declined to be identified. It wasn't immediately clear if the cabinet would be announced as the country is observing two days of mourning following the death of former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Kumaratunga's mother, who will be given a state funeral on Saturday. More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 05:06:17 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 13 04:50:31 EDT 2000

'The Government Machine was Used to Rig the Poll'- Interview with Sri Lankan opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe
TIME , October 12. Are you satisfied with the way the election was conducted? Wickremesinghe: We are concerned about the activities in some areas. In the whole of the Kandy district, there was no free and fair election. The government machine was used to rig the election in favor of certain governing party candidates. This is so of some other constituencies as well. In other areas, thanks to the presence of European Community monitors and Commonwealth observers, the elections have been conducted free and fairly, as much as possible, and the outcome will not be affected adversely. But what has happened in other electorates is quite alarming and we have to take steps now to correct it. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 21:59:32 EDT 2000
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JVP rises from the ashes
The Hindu (International), Friday, October 13, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 12. From the tyre pyres of the 1980s to possible kingmakers, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which led two armed insurrections against the State, has travelled a long road. The JVP obtained about 6 per cent of the vote in the parliamentary elections, winning 10 seats. For a party that entered the democratic mainstream for the first time with the parliamentary elections of 1994 in which it obtained one seat and one per cent of the vote, its performance in this election is a quantum leap. ``We had our own target, and we are certain we would have achieved it had it not been for the violence on election day,'' said the JVP propaganda secretary, Mr. Wimal Weerawansa, at a news conference today. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 19:58:10 EDT 2000
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Obituary: Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world's first woman prime minister
TIME, October 12. Her death, like her life, was linked to politics. Her departure, like her arrival, was dramatic. In death, aged 84, Sirimavo Bandaranaike suffered a massive heart attack on Tuesday on her way home from voting in Sri Lanka's general election -- a poll that will determine whether her daughter can pull off a constitutional makeover and end the 18-year-long civil war with the country's Tamil minority. In life, aged 44, this once shy housewife stepped into her assassinated husband's shoes, becoming the world's first elected woman Prime Minister in 1960. Over the years she turned a model state into a socialist poor house, ruthlessly crushed a Marxist revolution and became the darling of the once influential, but now irrelevant Non-Aligned Movement. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 22:03:28 EDT 2000

Chandrika's brother, 8 ministers among the losers
Times of India, Thursday, 12 October. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's estranged brother, Anura Bandaranaike, UNP chairman Karu Jayasurya, and eight Cabinet ministers were among the many stalwarts who lost the island's parliamentary elections, media reports here said on Thursday.The Daily Mirror newspaper reported that Anura, who contested Tuesday's poll on the Opposition United National Party ticket, lost the election from his family strong-hold in neighbouring Gampaha distrct by over 3000 votes.Anura, who left the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party in a huff after losing succession battle against Chandrika in 1993, emerged as one of her bitter critics both in and outside parliament. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 15:36:34 EDT 2000

WRAP: Sri Lanka Ruling Party Lacks Majority For Charter
Yahoo, Friday, October 13 4:08 AM SGT . President Chandrika Kumaratunga had campaigned on a pledge to end the war with Tamil Tiger rebels by offering the minority Tamils greater autonomy in a new constitution. The rebels' fight for an independent homeland for Tamils has killed 63,000 since 1983. To pass the new constitution, Kumaratunga's People's Alliance needed to win a two-thirds majority, or at least 150 seats, in the 225-member Parliament. But it only won 107 seats in Tuesday's parliamentary election - far short of even the 113 seats to get a simple majority and form a new government on its own. The president also said she was awaiting a response from another minor party that would give her People's Alliance an absolute majority in Parliament. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 22:27:41 EDT 2000
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After Polls Sri Lanka President Must Address War, Economy.
DJ/Yahoo, octotber 13. Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga, whose party won enough seats at this week's polls to form a coalition government, must now work on resolving a civil conflict and addressing weakness in the economy.The 17-year war between the Tamil Tiger rebels and the military has often distracted policy makers from economic affairs, while defense spending has strained the budget deficit and pressured the exchange rate. More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 08:51:10 EDT 2000
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After Sri Lanka's violent election, dealmaking to come
CSM, October 13. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government emerged from Tuesday's vote with a parliamentary lead that should give her a working majority, but the prospects of settling a long, festering conflict seem further off after an election campaign that claimed more than 70 lives.There have been calls for repolling in 17 electoral divisions, but the irregularities are not deemed widespread enough to have changed the overall electoral results, which saw the PA lose its one-seat absolute majority in Parliament. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 21:39:23 EDT 2000
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Kadiragamar to visit Norway tomorrow
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.30 p. m 12 October. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar will visit Oslo tomorrow to attend the 50th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of Norway/Sri Lanka diplomatic ties Norwegian sources here told ‘The Lanka Academic’ today.

Minister Kadiragamar is expected to meet Norwegian special envoy Eric Solheim who is leading the peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE. Kadiragamar's meeting with Soleheim will be of importance after Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said at a People’s Alliance political rally recently that Norwegian peace efforts were off.
Published: Thu Oct 12 11:42:26 EDT 2000

Hanging in the Balance
TIME, October 12. Murders, bomb blast and vote-rigging marred Sri Lanka's Oct. 10 general election. Early results show a hung parliament is likely.It is being billed as perhaps Sri Lanka's most important general election. For whoever wins -- the results will be known on Thursday but a hung parliament is looking increasingly likely -- will have the daunting task of determining the future constitutional structure of the country. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 21:56:13 EDT 2000

Cong. seeks all-party meet to discuss hostage crisis
The Hindu (Southern States), Friday, October 13, 2000. CHENNAI, OCT. 12. In the wake of the pro-LTTE activist, Mr. P. Nedumaran, being sent as an emissary to negotiate the release of abducted Kannada film actor, Mr. Rajkumar, the State Congress(I) today urged the Tamil Nadu Government to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the official strategy and its ``setback'' in resolving the hostage crisis. The TNCC(I) president, Mr. E.V.K.S. Elangovan, in a statement here, pointed out that the Karnataka Government had held all- party meetings in the State to discuss the Rajkumar hostage crisis, and demanded that a similar meeting be convened by the Tamil Nadu Government. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 19:49:00 EDT 2000

The Premadasa tradition continues
The Hindu (International), Friday, October 13, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 12. The United National Party (UNP) member, Mr. Sajith Premadasa, has emerged as a powerful force in southern Sri Lanka after winning the parliamentary elections with the largest number of preferential votes in Hambantota district. Mr. Sajith, son of the former President, R. Premadasa, also reversed the equation in the district, considered a bastion of the chief PA constituent, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, by helping the UNP win four out of seven seats. The PA, which won four seats last time, got only two. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna retained its single seat in the district. The UNP's victory is a cause of worry for the chief PA candidate of the district and a member of another political dynasty, Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse, as the highest number of preferential votes in Hambantota also went to Mr. Sajith. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 19:47:27 EDT 2000

TULF makes impressive return in Jaffna
India Abroad, Oct 12, 2000 23:15 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: The moderate Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), which had been singularly targeted by the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and virtually driven out of the northern Jaffna peninsula, has made an impressive return to its former stronghold in the parliamentary elections. In what is widely seen as the Jaffna people's disgust with violence and a yearning for a return to democratic politics, the TULF, which did not contest the last elections in 1994 because of disturbed conditions, secured three of the nine seats from Jaffna district. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 14:45:33 EDT 2000

Curfew in Sri Lanka town after vote result, Oct 12 2000 18:53 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 12 (AFP) - A Sri Lankan town was brought under curfew Thursday as gunmen from the ruling party went beserk after election results showed their party emerging as the largest single group, but short of a majority to form a government. Police in the central district of Kandy declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew to control rampaging mobs of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA) party who stormed police stations in the area, local officials said. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 10:38:06 EDT 2000
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ABC News, 10/12/2000 10:21:00 ET. COLOMBO, Oct 12 (Reuters) - European Union monitors on Thursday deplored the violence that tainted Sri Lanka"s general elections and backed the poll commissioner"s decision to annul the vote in the worst affected areas. "Our observers...identified areas of particular concern because of the level of violence and dubious electoral practices," EU mission leader, John Cushnahan, told a news conference. "The most serious violence.... was concentrated in the Central province. We are not surprised that the commissioner concluded he had no choice but to annul the election in certain areas," Cushnahan said. He said the "selfish activities of some candidates and their supporters had disenfranchised the very people they sought to represent," but added he believed the final election outcome, reasonably reflected the will of the people. Sri Lanka"s ruling People"s Alliance coalition emerged on Thursday as the winner of this week"s general election with 107 seats, but fell short of an absolute majority. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 11:39:31 EDT 2000
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No overall winner in Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 12 October, 2000, 11:57 GMT 12:57 U. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's ruling People's Alliance has emerged as the single biggest grouping in Sri Lanka's general election. The seven-party PA won 107 seats, but fell short of an absolute majority in the elections according to official results published on Thursday. Final results Total seats - 225 PA - 107 UNP - 89 JVP -10 TULF - 5 EPDR - 4 The PA is 18 seats ahead of its main rival the United National Party which won 89 seats in the 225-member parliament. More...
Published: Thu Oct 12 08:20:00 EDT 2000
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Polls chief to nullify results at 22 centres
Frederica Jansz in Colombo. Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has announced that he will nullify the final count of elections results at 22 centres in Sri Lanka's North.

The Commissioner is meeting this morning with Secretaries of all political parties to discuss the final outcome of the General Election held on Tuesday. The result for Kandy district has yet not been released as allegations of widespread rigging and election related violence was reported from the area on October 10.

Meanwhile as both the PA and UNP failed to secure a working majority of 125 seats desperate discussions are being held as the two major parties try to cobble together a coalition.
Published: Thu Oct 12 02:19:30 EDT 2000

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The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on October 13, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 13. (PTI): Ratnasiri Wickramanayake was today sworn in as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister as the ruling People's Alliance (PA) gained absolute majority in Parliament with the extension of support by two small parties. Wickaramanayake, a close confidante of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, was the Prime Minister in the previous Government replacing Srimao Bandaranaike in August this year. More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 14:43:38 EDT 2000

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