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The Lanka Academic is delighted to introduce the second guest for our online "Question and Answer" session: Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku, the spokesperson of the United National Party. Send in your questions and receive answers! ANSWERS TO THE FIRST BATCH OF QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN POSTED. "Answers"
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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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All clear for Viagra in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.45 a.m October 15. Drug regulatory authority in Sri Lanka has hesitantly approved the sale of Vigara in the country a report in 'The Sunday Leader' said today. The report said the authorities had delayed the approval of the impotence curing pill due to health concerns such as the risk of heart attacks and the possibility of misuse.

Prior to its recent approval Viagra had been sold in the black market at exorbitant prices. However ,with the official clearance, the tablet will be sold at a controlled retail price of RS. 685 for a 50 mg tablet.

Arrival of the impotence curing pill is viewed with interest here despite the death of a 43 year old saw mill owner at Moraumulla who suffered a heart attack after consuming two Viagra pills. He was said to have experienced heart problems in the past.

On a lighter note, Sri Lanka's most popular music band 'Gypsies' came out with a cassette titled 'Viagra' but, the agents for the tablet in Sri Lanka threatened to take the band to courts and the group withdrew the cassette from the market. 'Gypsies' carried out a successful advertising teaser campaign which kept the prospective users of 'Viagra' on their toes. Their advertising campaign stated ' Viagra- one hour of pure pleasure for only RS. 125.
Published: Sat Oct 14 23:44:50 EDT 2000

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Bandaranaike: The politician and the woman
Times of India, October 14. In Assignment Colombo (Konark Publishers Pvt Ltd), former Foreign Secretary J N Dixit recalls his meetings with Sirimavo Bandaranaike when he was India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka from 1985 to 1989. When he arrived in Colombo, she was in political exile, debarred from taking part in elections. But Dixit says he kept her in touch about India's efforts to broker peace in the island. In these meetings, she criticised President J R Jayewardene, wished Indira Gandhi was alive and in power, and overwhelmed Dixit with her hospitality. More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 21:10:19 EDT 2000

Tearful farewell to Sri Lanka's 'mother'
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 14 October, 2000, 14:23 GMT 15:23 U. Thousands of Sri Lankans bid a tearful farewell to Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world's first woman prime minister, at a state funeral on Saturday.Mrs Bandaranaike, 84, fell ill and died shortly after casting her vote in Sri Lanka's general election on Tuesday.The funeral brought the war-torn island to a virtual standstill as Sri Lankans watched the final farewell to "the mother of the nation" on television. More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 12:26:19 EDT 2000
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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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PA ally sets deadline for new Constitution
The Hindu, Sunday, October 15, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 14. A crucial ally of Sri Lanka's new Government has threatened to withdraw from the coalition if its 100-day deadline for the implementation of a new Constitution was not met.To meet the NUA deadline, the Government would need to seek the support of the Opposition, as it does not by itself have the required two-thirds strength in Parliament to make changes to the Constitution. The PA's attempt to do this two months before the election ended in failure. More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 16:31:02 EDT 2000

Krishan Kant meets Chandrika
The Hindu, Sunday, October 15, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 14. The Vice-President of India, Mr. Krishan Kant, who led a 15-member delegation to the funeral of late Srimavo Bandarnaike, later met and held discussions with the Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga. The discussions, lasting over half-an-hour, revolved around bilateral ties, a statement from the Indian High Commission here said. More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 16:31:57 EDT 2000

Muslim party gives conditional support to Kumaratunga
India Abroad, Oct 14, 2000 21:20 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Muslim party said it has extended conditional support to help President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party to form a government, giving it a little more than three months to push through a controversial political reform package. The SLMC has demanded the setting up of independent commissions for elections, the police, the public service and the judiciary as provided for in Kumaratunga's proposed constitution which also contains a radical power-sharing plan for the minorities."I told the president she must bring in the independent commissions within a hundred days. I could boast of being a king-maker but I want to play this historical role in a positive way," Hakeem told reporters. More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 13:24:38 EDT 2000
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List of New MP's
SriLankanElection Website, October 14. The list of New Members of Parliment excluding the National List. More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 14:09:59 EDT 2000

The Captain and the sunken ship - A Feature Article
Island, October 15. The narrowness of the People’s Alliance victory was no solace to the United National Party supporters who enthusiastically held that the grand old party would win in spite of Ranil Wickremesinghe. They now lament that if not for Wickremesinghe, victory would have been assured.These are ethereal conclusions while searching for a reason for the loss. But an earthly reason can be found for the narrow PA win - the personality and character of the party leader. A few more people preferred Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga rather than Ranil Wickremesinghe to lead the country at this moment of time. More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 23:03:06 EDT 2000

Business leaders pushing hard for national government
SriLanka Elections website, October 14. The business community is pushing hard for a “government of national unity and reconstruction,’’ urging the leaders of the PA and the UNP who together received 85% of the votes to immediately begin bilateral talks towards this objective. This appeal was made by the joint business forum comprising members of the chambers of commerce and industry, employers organisations and trade associations.“The need of the hour is for all political leaders to demonstrate statesmanship and forget all political party differences, individual gains and losses, winners and losers, adversarial events of the past and the period which led to the election and any issues arising from the conduct of the election,’’ a statement from the forum said. More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 14:13:08 EDT 2000

Local monitors seriously fault election
SriLankaElections Website, October 14. A major local election monitoring organisation reported “a large scale breakdown of the electoral process” in eight districts but said that the general election was conducted in “an essentially free and fair manner in twelve of the twenty electoral districts.” But a second organisation took a contrary view.The PAFFREL/MMFE (People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections and Movement of Free and Fair Elections) monitors said that the violence and disorder that prevailed in the eight electoral districts “was of a level that amounted to a denial of a free and fair poll.” A media release from these organisations said that their statement was based on preliminary reports and related only to the conduct of the election on October 10. More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 14:15:29 EDT 2000

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

Polls another personal victory for Chandrika
India Abroad, Oct. 14, 2000 8:23 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Ten months after she won a consecutive presidential term, Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga has chalked up another personal triumph with her People's Alliance (PA) forming a coalition government for the second time in six years in the war-ravaged island nation. The PA formed a new coalition government Friday, after topping up its 107 seats with nine more acquired from the country's main Muslim party - the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) - and a regional Tamil group - the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP). More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 02:28:43 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

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

Police detain Gen.Ratwatte's son over shooting
TamilNet, October 13. Lohan Ratwatte, the son of former Deputy Minister for Defence, General Anuruddha Ratwatte was taken into custody Friday morning by the Police in Kandy and was brought to Colombo for interrogation over his alleged involvement in election violence and shooting. Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress said that it will urge the government to take strong action against PA politicians who indulged in rigging and violence in the Kandyelectoral district. More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 08:48:19 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka's PA wins key ally to form government
MSNBC, Friday, 13 October, 2000, 03:31 GMT 04:31 UK . Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga invited her People's Alliance (PA) to form the new government on Friday after winning the most seats in general elections plagued by violence. Government officials said incumbent Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was due to take a new oath later in the day as the PA had the support of the largely Muslim National Unity Alliance (NUA), giving it working majority in the hung parliament. NUA is in with us and we can form the government,'' said former transport minister, A.H.M. Fowzie. Political sources said the NUA, which has 10 MPs including six on the PA ticket, had cut a deal with Kumaratunga to reform the country's electoral system which has been blamed for some of the violence and ballot tampering that marred Tuesday's poll. More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 04:50:24 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

Kumaratunga seeks coalition
BBC South Asia, Friday, 13 October, 2000, 03:31 GMT 04:31 UK . She was speaking in the wake of the general election on Tuesday which resulted in the People's Alliance gaining the largest rally of seats, but falling six seats short of a majority. President Kumaratunga said she was assured of the support of the Eelam People's Democratic Party - a former Tamil rebel group - which has five seats. More...
Published: Fri Oct 13 04:50:53 EDT 2000

Funeral of Sirimavo Bandaranaike, first woman prime minister
MSNBC, October 14. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Oct. 14 — Thousands of Sri Lankans bid a tearful farewell to Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the world’s first woman prime minister, at a state funeral on Saturday. To booms of a 19-gun salute, regiments of Sri Lanka’s three armed forces led Bandaranaike’s flag-draped casket on a gun carriage in a procession outside the grounds of her family estate in Nittambuwa. More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 21:16:24 EDT 2000

Living with the ebb and flow of war
BBC, October 14. The monsoon weather has closed in again and we are delayed. So are flights to other airfields in the region where the military are fighting what is generally regarded as the world's deadliest guerrilla movement and I watch the silent, expressionless, soldiers who are also waiting to fly. There has been a sharp increase in casualties in the last few months since the Tigers launched a fresh offensive to recapture the Jaffna Peninsula and government forces tried to push them back. More...
Published: Sat Oct 14 12:51:54 EDT 2000

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