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Sri Lanka set to name new cabinet
123India.com, Oct 19 2000 08:31 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 19 (AFP) - President Chandrika Kumaratunga was due to appoint a new cabinet Thursday, a day after the parliament was sworn in, officials here said. The appointment of ministers in the new government comes nine days after parliamentary elections resulted in a hung parliament with no single party winning an absolute majority.Kumaratunga was expected to give several portfolios to members of two minority Tamil and Muslim parties who are giving her crucial support to form a coalition administration, officials said. More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 23:23:00 EDT 2000
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Cabinet to be sworn in today
CDN, 19 October 2000. The new Cabinet of Ministers of the second People's Alliance Government will be swornin by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at Temple Trees at 9.30 am today. The new Cabinet will have around 40 members while there will be around 45 Deputy Ministers, political sources told the Daily News last night.President Kumaratunga is expected to retain the portfolios of Defence and Finance while Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake is expected to retain the Plantation Industries portfolio, the sources said. There will be dramatic changes in certain portfolios such as Trade and Commerce,Education, Public Administration, Cooperatives, Women's Affairs, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Cultural Affairs. More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 22:48:46 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka party ends row, cabinet to be sworn in  - MSNBC

Anura Bandaranaike new Speaker
Island, Wednesday, 18 October. UNP Gampaha District Parliamentarian Anura Bandaranaike was unanimously elected Speaker of the eleventh Parliament yesterday. Major General Sarath Munasinghe of the PA who was elected from the Kurunegala district was appointed Deputy Speaker. The post of Deputy Chairman of Committees went to Lalith Dissanayake of the PA from the Kegalle district. Mr. Dissanayake is a lawyer by profession. More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 19:06:58 EDT 2000
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Anura Bandaranaike chosen Speaker of Lankan Parliament  - India Abroad

Anura B. Speaker
President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and her brother Anura Bandaranaike holding each other, with eldest sister Sunethra looking down while mourning the loss of their beloved mother. Daily News, October 13, 2000
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday October 18. The inaugural sessions of Sri Lanka's eleventh Parliament began today at 2.30 p.m. The posts of Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of Committees were elected uncontested.

Anura Bandaranaike was unanimously appointed as Speaker. His name was proposed by Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake and seconded by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Mr. Bandaranaike today pledged to protect the dignity and traditions of the new Parliament.

Brigadier Sarath Munasinghe of the People's Alliance from the Kurunegala district was appointed as Deputy Speaker. Munasinghe retired from the army as a major general and functioned as Commissioner for Essential Services for the North until the hustings began.

Lalith Dissanayake of the People's Alliance was appointed as Deputy Chairman of Committees. His name was proposed by Rauf Hakeem who held this post in the last parliament.

The new cabinet of Ministers will be sworn in tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, Rauf Hakeem, an hour before the new parliament was scheduled to meet today publicly announced that in his capacity as co-leader for the National Unity Alliance and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress the two parties would lend their fullest support to the President and her government.
Published: Wed Oct 18 08:40:35 EDT 2000

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Chandrika urges Norwegian Govt. to revive peace talks
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on October 18, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 18. (PTI): Hopes of a fresh initiative to revive peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE increased as President Chandrika Kumaratunga has written to the Norwegian Government asking it to renew efforts to resume the peace process. In a special message to Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, delivered during the recent visit of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar to Norway, she said Norway's role in Sri Lanka's peace process was an important facet in the growing relationship between the two countries and the Government looked forward to the `continuing engagement' by Norway to restore peace in the island. More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 11:51:33 EDT 2000
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A verdict for consensus
Deccan Herald, October 18. The outcome of the just concluded Parliament elections in Sri Lanka may be seen by casual observers as yet another divided verdict as the ruling People's Alliance has ended up with a tally of just 107 in the 225-member House, that is only two more than its strength in the previous House but still short of a simple majority, and is ruling on with the support of two minority parties representing the Tamils and Muslims. On the other hand, by not giving the PA a runaway victory that executive President Chandrika Kumaratunga had so desperately sought though she knew it was not possible under the proportional representation system, the people have mandated her to adopt a consensual approach to ending the festering ethnic conflict that has claimed over 60.000 lives in the last 17 years. More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 23:08:44 EDT 2000

The New Gridlock
India Today, October 23. Kumaratunga's own position as president, a post she was re-elected to recently though with a reduced popular vote, remains unchanged despite the lack of a decisive verdict. But she needs parliamentary support to push through legislation required to govern her troubled country. A patchwork government with smaller parties whose loyalties Kumaratunga can no longer rely on could be the price the PA has to pay to stay in power. Kumaratunga is no stranger to such a scenario, having wooed parties like the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), the Indian Tamil-dominated Ceylon Workers Congress and the former Tamil militant group, the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), to help swell the PA's 105-seat haul in the 1994 general elections. Though nominally holding a one-seat majority, the PA enjoyed the support of other political parties, including the mainstream Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF). More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 23:41:54 EDT 2000

UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka troops regain camp after rebel attack
ABC News, 10/18/2000 05:38:00 ET. COLOMBO, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels launched a fierce attack on an army camp in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday, hours before the country"s newly elected parliament was to meet for the first time. "There were only a few soldiers in the camp at the time of the attack, so we had to re-group and fight back to regain lost ground," military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told Reuters by phone in Colombo. Karunaratne said troops now had full control of the Ganeshapuram camp, which lies on the main highway linking the government held towns of Mannar and Vavuniya, about 250 km (160 miles) north of Colombo. More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 15:28:16 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka's new parliament endorses emergency rule
123India.com, Oct 18 2000 19:09 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 18 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's new parliament began its routine business Wednesday by rubber stamping a nation-wide state of emergency imposed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Kumaratunga in an extraordinary gazette notification had used her executive powers earlier this month to extend tough laws which give sweeping powers to the police and security forces. 123India.com : News : Regional Sri Lanka's new parliament endorses emergency rule Oct 18 2000 19:09 IST COLOMBO, Oct 18 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's new parliament began its routine business Wednesday by rubber stamping a nation-wide state of emergency imposed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

Kumaratunga in an extraordinary gazette notification had used her executive powers earlier this month to extend tough laws which give sweeping powers to the police and security forces.

The state of emergency has been in force since early 1983 with short breaks in between, but the latest extension of the tough regulations overlapped the October 10 parliamentary elections.

Parliament voted 113 in favour and 19 against to approve the emergency while the main opposition United National Party abstained. More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 10:26:03 EDT 2000


Sri Lanka's parliament elects opposition speaker
MSNBC, Oct 18 2000 17:31 IST. Sri Lanka's new parliament elected President Chandrika Kumaratunga's politically estranged brother and opposition lawmaker as speaker on Wednesday.But the announcement of a cabinet has been delayed because a key party is split over its support for Kumaratunga's ruling alliance, hobbling the government in its first week in office. Anura Bandaranaike, a member of the main opposition United National Party (UNP), was elected unopposed by the 225-member house in which no party has a working majority after last week's elections. ''I promise to uphold the highest traditions of this house,'' said Bandaranaike before swearing-in the other lawmakers. More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 08:29:27 EDT 2000
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Statesmen Needed Urgently
AsiaWeek, October 17. Sri Lanka's politicians are not known for statesman-like qualities. They lack the political will to reach compromises that would help pull their war-torn country out of its pitiful plight. In August when the government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga proposed legislation to grant further autonomy to the country's Tamil minority in a bid to end the 17-year civil war, deputies hurled insults at each other on live television. But just weeks before that, they had come together to rapidly approve pay rises and luxury cars for themselves. This made many Sri Lankans, burdened by high additional taxes to finance the war, angry and disgusted. More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 08:56:38 EDT 2000

NUA to withdraw support if Goverment backs down on MOU
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.15 a.m. SLT Wednesday October 18. The National Unity Alliance said today that it would withdraw its support to the Government in the event a Memorandum of Understanding detailing conditions was not signed by 2.30 p.m. this afternoon.

Rauf Hakeem, said today that this decision was arrived at last evening when the party's polit bureau had met. Hakeem was unanimously appointed as the Deputy Chairman of the NUA and chief spokesman for the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress at this meeting. He said that reports today which claim that former minister Ashraff's Widow has promised the President her fullest support and cooperation does not reflect the view of the NUA and the SLMC.

President Kumaratunge broke protocol yesterday and paid a personal visit to Ferial Ashraff who is observing a four month period of mourning after her husband died in a helicopter crash. Kumaratunge and Ferial Ashraff had a one to one chat for a period of two hours. The outcome was that Ferial Ashraff pledged her cooperation and support to the ruling party.

Rauf Hakeem and Ferial Ashraff were both appointed as co-leaders of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress soon after the late leader, M. H. M. Ashraff's untimely demise.
Published: Wed Oct 18 00:53:01 EDT 2000


Anura B. tipped to be speaker
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.05 a.m. SLT Wednesday October 18. Sri Lanka's eleventh Parliament will meet today at 2.30 p.m. (SLT) and will vote in a new speaker, deputy speaker and deputy chairman of commitees. The hot favourite for the seat of Speaker is brother of President Kumaratunge, Anura Bandaranaike.

Bandaranaike is being backed by the UNP and has been accepted by the rank and file of the PA as the most suitable candidate. The truce appears to have come about after the death of Sirimavo Bandaranaike, where brother and sister appeared to have patched long standing political differences.
Published: Wed Oct 18 00:53:00 EDT 2000


Sri Lankan troops repel LTTE attack
Times of India (Breaking News), october 19. Lankan troops beat back a fierce Tamil militant attack early Wednesday and rescued nearly 40 soldiers trapped in a camp in the north, an army spokesman said.One soldier and one rebel were killed in the fighting, said Brig. Sanath Karunaratne.The rebels retreated when a military patrol from a nearby camp joined the fighting, he said. "It was a fierce attack by the terrorists, but they had to retreat because our troops attacked them from the rear," Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 08:28:04 EDT 2000
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Lanka crisis over Speaker's election
India Abroad, Oct. 17, 2000 23:30 Hrs(IST) . Colombo: Sri Lanka's newly elected Parliament meets for its first session on Wednesday amid uncertainty over the election of the speaker and the government unable to cobble together a cabinet. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's People's Alliance (PA) was yet to finalize a list of cabinet ministers on Tuesday as talks were still under way with a key Muslim partner who promised support to prop up a coalition government. Officials said it was unprecedented for a new Parliament to have its first session without a cabinet of ministers sworn in. More...
Published: Tue Oct 17 16:01:26 EDT 2000
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Theertha Yaatra is Lanka’s best film
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.50 p.m. October 17. Veteran film director Vasantha Obeysekara’s film ‘Theertha Yaatra’ (Pilgrimage) has won the presidential award for the best film of the year. The awards presentation will be held at ‘Temple Trees’ on Saturday 21 October with President Chandrika Kumratunge as the chief guest. Co producer of ‘Theertha Yaatra’ Chandran Rutnam speaking exclusively to ‘The Lanka Academic’ said that Vasantha has won two awards, for the best direction and for the best screenplay. Rutnam said “ I have co-produced five films with Asoka Perera and this is the first time that we have won a presidential award and it is a great encouragement to us, specially at a time when the local cinema industry is going through a bad period” Rutnam also said that they lost money in producing ‘Theertha Yaatra’ but, he and Perera were happy to have produced a good movie.

‘ Theertha Yaatra’ starring Yasodha Wimaladharma, Joe Abeywickrema, Ravindra Randeniya and Veena Jayakody is a movie about an adopted girl in search of her biological parents. However at the end she realizes that the biological relationships are not the most important factor in one’s life but, personal relationships, ties between human beings and the affections they engender that matters.
Published: Tue Oct 17 14:13:19 EDT 2000


New cabinet to take oaths on October 21
CDN, 18 October 2000. The members of the PA Government's new Cabinet are due to take oaths on October 21,official sources said yesterday. Almost all members of the outgoing Cabinet will be re-appointed to the new Cabinet which will also include several new faces, sources added. Among those tipped to get ministerial posts are Dinesh Gunawardena, Rauf Hakeem, Mrs. Farial Ashraff, Prof. Leslie Gunawardena, SusilPremajayantha and Douglas Devananda.Some Chief Ministers are also due to be included in the new Cabinet. More...
Published: Tue Oct 17 23:19:31 EDT 2000
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Chandrika urges Norwegian Govt. to revive peace talks
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on October 18, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 18. (PTI): Hopes of a fresh initiative to revive peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE increased as President Chandrika Kumaratunga has written to the Norwegian Government asking it to renew efforts to resume the peace process. In a special message to Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, delivered during the recent visit of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar to Norway, she said Norway's role in Sri Lanka's peace process was an important facet in the growing relationship between the two countries and the Government looked forward to the `continuing engagement' by Norway to restore peace in the island. More...
Published: Wed Oct 18 09:19:10 EDT 2000

National Government Likely; Analysis
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 17 October 1730 GMT. As ruling PA's . nominating president Chandrika Kumaratunge's estranged brother Anura Bandaranaike as speaker for the 11th parliament, there seems to be a national government in the near future, political analysts believe. It is understood that with differences in NUA (SLMC) over supporting PA increasing, and with their hard portfolio bargaining, government seems to moving towards UNP, for their support.In an interview with BBC's "Sandeshaya", UNP spokesman Karunasena Kodituwakku admitted that prime minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake had personally made a request to propose Anura for the post of speaker.

However, there are some dissident forces in the government itself. Reacting to Mr.Kodituwakku, Parliamentry affairs minister Jeyaraj Fernandopullai told "Sandeshaya" that he completely opposes a national government, saying he wouldn't like to see JVP emerging as the main opposition.Minister further admitted that he would prefer to offer minority parties important portfolios, than joining with UNP. However, as analysts point out,with ex-UNPers like Ronnie de Mel, Wijepala Mendis & Sarath Amunugama are tipped to be new ministers in the new collision government, there wouldn't be many political or even personal differences within two main rivals.

Eleventh parliament will go on history as the first parliament to meet without a cabinet.
Published: Tue Oct 17 13:49:00 EDT 2000


Courts say election of new bishop is in order.
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.00 p.m. October 17. Kandy high court judge Justice Lekamwasam gave his ruling today that the election of Reverend Dr. Kumara Bandara Illangasinghe as the fourth Bishop of Kurunegala is in order and he is satisfied that the church had followed the proper procedures in the election of the new Bishop. A lawyer in Kandy Narendra Perera challenged the election of Reverend Illangasinghe to the highest position in the Anglican Church in court on Monday. In his petition, Perera said that the church had not followed the proper procedures in electing the new bishop.

It is the first time in the history of the Anglican Church in Sri Lanka that a person had challenged the election of a Bishop that had been ratified by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Late Lakdasa de Mel was the first Bishop of Kurunegala. Late Lakshman Wickremasinghe much loved and a respected figure in Sri Lanka and Bishop Andrew Kumarage followed him.

Dr. Illangasinghe will be enthroned as the new Bishop of Kurunegala tomorrow morning.
Published: Tue Oct 17 13:15:26 EDT 2000


Hard bargaining for Sri Lanka posts
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 17 October, 2000, 15:01 GMT 16:01 UK. The prime minister in the previous administration, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, was sworn in for another term last Friday, but negotiations over other posts are continuing. The PA was six seats short of an overall majority, forcing it to seek allies among smaller parties. More...
Published: Tue Oct 17 12:57:54 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka's new Parliament to meet tomorrow
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on October 17, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 17. (PTI): The wafer-thin majority of Sri Lanka's new Government led by Ratnasiri Wickramanayake would face its first acid test tomorrow when Parliament meets to elect the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, even as the much awaited swearing in of the Cabinet was delayed amid reports of feud in one of the key ally of the ruling Peoples Alliance (PA). More...
Published: Tue Oct 17 13:02:24 EDT 2000
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Sri Lankan army: five killed in attack on Tamil base
MSNBC, Tuesday, October 17 9:14 PM SGT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Oct. 17 - Government troops raided a Tamil Tigers rebel base in northern Sri Lanka, killing five guerrillas, a military spokesman said Tuesday. Using rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, the troops surprised the rebels in Monday's raid at Nunavil in the Jaffna Peninsula, Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said. ''We were able to completely destroy the bunker and other fortification of the terrorists,'' he said. He said the bodies of five rebels were recovered. More...
Published: Tue Oct 17 13:01:18 EDT 2000

Ex Sihala Urumaya chief outlines future plans
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.05 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 17. Former President of the Sihala Urumaya S. L. Gunesekera outlining his future plans said today one does not have to be part of a political party in order to "protect the territorial rights of the Sinhala people." Gunsekera giving reasons as to why he chose to resign from the party said that he would not bow down to thuggery and intimidation which a section of the Sihala Urumaya has resorted to in order to "cut my throat." He said he still firmly believed in the principles upon which the Sihala Urumaya had been founded and that he would as an individual continue to work for those principles.

Gunesekera and 7 other executive committee members of the Sinhala dominated party resigned yesterday after an internal dispute broke out over who should represent the party in Parliament for the one solitary seat it won at last Tuesday's election.

Tilak Karunaratne who has taken over the leadership of the party will represent the party in Parliament. Karunaratne said today that he was shocked and saddened at yesterday's split in the party heirachy. Karunaratne however last week was quick to claim that he was the most suitable to represent the SU in Parliament.
Published: Tue Oct 17 03:50:30 EDT 2000


Sri Lanka's foreign affairs minister to visit Japan Oct 21-25
123India.com, Oct 18 2000 08:19 IST. TOKYO, Oct 18 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's minister of foreign affairs will visit Japan from October 21 to 25, the Japanese foreign ministry said Wednesday. Lakshman Kadirgamar will meet Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono to discuss bilateral relations and the state of Southwest Asian affairs, a statement said. More...
Published: Tue Oct 17 23:21:58 EDT 2000

Kumaratunga calls for early SAARC summit
India Abroad, Oct. 17, 2000 18:25 Hrs(IST) . Dhaka: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the current chairman of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), has called for holding the next summit meeting of the regional body at an early date, a minister in Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed's cabinet has said. More...
Published: Tue Oct 17 11:01:42 EDT 2000

'City of Trinco' leaves for Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.05 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 17 . Over 200 civilians had last evening boarded the 'City of Trinco' passenger ship to the Jaffna Peninsula. According to the Divisional Secretariat Trincomalee, the ship last evening had carried 214 passengers to the North. Another 1700 are awaiting passage from Trinco to Jaffna. The ship will return to Trinco this evening with another 400 passengers travelling from the North to the East.

The ship travels under the escort of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and has received guarantees from both the Government and the LTTE that it will not be a target.
Published: Tue Oct 17 03:50:30 EDT 2000


Kadi says peace a distant reality
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday October 17. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said yesterday that he was pessimistic about peace in the country. Kadirgamar maintained that in the present environment peace was a distant reality. He however asserted that Norway's Special Envoy Eric Solheim was welcome to maintain contact between the Government and the LTTE in their bid to help negotiate a peaceful settlement to Sri Lanka's bloody ethnic war.
Published: Tue Oct 17 03:50:29 EDT 2000

Two Sri Lankans receive donated eyes, regain sight
MSNBC, 20.00 hrs (IST) on October 17, 2000. Doctors have restored vision to two men by transplanting the donated corneas of the late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, the National Eye Hospital said Tuesday. Two men aged 32 and 70 received the corneas, hospital administrators said. Hospital director Sarath Abahayasekhera confirmed the surgery but declined to give details. More...
Published: Tue Oct 17 20:31:33 EDT 2000
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