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Bandula Jayasekera, in Colombo. She has done so much for the country's arts, culture, environment, and its society. She was a member of the Environmental Authority and continues to run the organisation 'Rukrekaganno' from her house. That too because she was asked to vacate the premises the organisation occupied earlier. Once Gamani Fonseka said of her "With her talent she could have won many Oscars if she had been born in America." President Chandrika calls her affectionately 'Chandi Nanda' and Ranil Wickremasinghe is her close relation too. She is the inimitable Irangani Serasinghe. More...
S. L. Gunasekera. On Thursday the 12th instant while a Central Committee Meeting was in progress we received information that a seat on the National List had been allotted to Sihala Urumaya. No sooner this unexpected news was confirmed Prof C M Madduma Bandara (a Deputy President) suggested that I be nominated to Parliament. There were objections to a decision on this matter being taken by two committee members, Messrs Kamal Deshapriya and Sujith Akkaraiwatta who said that the decision should be taken only after considering the preferences polled and ascertaining the views of the Maha Sangha and other supporters. Mr Thilak Karunaratne our General Secretary then pointed out that preferences were not a relevant consideration in making an appointment to a seat on the National List. 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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A parliament of 88 ministers and deputy ministers
The Island, October 21. Sri Lanka may enter the Guiness Book of Records with the largest cabinet of ministers comprising 44 members being formed in the new millennium. The Kumaratunga government which pledged to keep the cabinet at twenty before the 1994 polls, accusing the UNP of having large cabinets and wasting state funds, had thirty one members in the cabinet they ruled the nation for the first six years. Now they have increased it further by another 13 members. When 44 deputies are appointed, the total of ministers and deputies will rise to 88. It is learnt that there would be more than 44 deputies in this government. In the last government though the cabinet was 31, the deputies totalled 43. More...
Published: Fri Oct 20 19:11:24 EDT 2000

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PA, UNP hold talks to forge consensus
The Hindustan Times, Colombo October 20. SRI LANKA'S ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) and the Opposition United National Party (UNP) have been holding behind-the-scenes talks to forge a consensus on major national issues. In the past few days, three meetings had been held between Prime Minister Mr.Ratnasiri Wickramanayake and the UNP's parliamentary whip, Mr.Tyronne Fernando. "The Prime Minister is in an upbeat mood and something concrete might emerge next week. Both parties want to see an end to confrontational and acrimonious politics," Mr.Fernando told The Hindustan Times here today. More...
Published: Fri Oct 20 18:45:04 EDT 2000

Government says no to Journalists
Saroj Pathirana in London, Friday 20 October 1730 GMT. A request made by journalists including Warren Karunatilake of Free Media Movement and Sunil Jayasekara of Ravaya to attend murdered journalist Nimalarajan's funeral, has been turned down by the Sri Lankan government. Although the Ministry of Defence had agreed to grant permission in the morning, few hours later their request was rejected without giving any reason. The group of journalists have also spoken to the Media minister as well as the Director Information about this request and was told by them that they would arrange for them to visit Jaffna. Journalist, Jayasiri jayasekera of Ravaya told BBC's Sandeshaya, that this shows there is no freedom in the country even to attend a funeral and government's unwillingness to bridge the gap between the people in the north and south.
Published: Fri Oct 20 13:44:36 EDT 2000
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Tilak Karunaratne denies cross over rumours
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.35 p.m October 20. Sihala Urumaya general secretary and parliamentarian Tilak Karunaratne denied today that he was planning to cross over to the Peoples Alliance government . There were wide spread rumours today that Karunaratne had been offered a cabinet portfolio in the new government.

Speaking to a private television channel Karunaratne said " I am not a power hungry man and I will never betray my party. Interested parties would have spread this story because Sihala Urumaya voted with the government yesterday to extend the state of emergency. Sihala Urumaya believes that emergency must be extended to fight the war.That is the only reason I voted to extend the emergency"

Karunaratne also slammed the government of President Kumaratunge and said that she had established a world record by appointing 44 cabinet ministers.
Published: Fri Oct 20 10:38:52 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Tamil party slam president over disarming, Oct 20 2000 18:13 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 20 (AFP) - A Tamil political party Friday slammed President Chandrika Kumaratunga for disarming them in revenge for voting against the ruling party in the hung parliament. The former militant-group-turned-political party, the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), said the government had Thursday removed some 75 automatic rifles given for the protection of its members."This is a revenge action which is politically motivated," TELO leader Nagalingam Srikanthan said. "If any of our cadres are killed because of this, we will leave the corpse at the door of President Kumaratunga." More...
Published: Fri Oct 20 09:27:08 EDT 2000

Troops thwart LTTE advance at Nagarkovil
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.55 a.m. SLT Friday October 20. Miiltary Spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said that troops had successfully thwarted an LTTE attack at Nagarkovil last evening. He said the fighting had claimed the lives of four soldiers and injured 44 including 2 officers. He said the rebels too had suffered heavy casualties but declined to give details.

Karunaratne meanwhile confirmed that during the attack a MI - 24 Helicopter gunship was shot down by the Tigers. But its three crew the Pilot, Co-Pilot and Gunner escaped death.

Meanwhile the Navy had also attacked 8 identified LTTE vessels off the seas of Challai yesterday. Brigadier Santha Karunaratne said that two boats of the SLN incurred minor damages, while two other boats of the LTTE got away.
Published: Fri Oct 20 00:10:10 EDT 2000

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ABC News, 10/20/2000 04:23:00 ET. COLOMBO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Troops and rebels fought near a key town in Sri Lanka"s northern Jaffna peninsula on Friday as the army tried to win back ground lost in a surprise attack by Tamil guerrillas. Military officials said troops had stemmed an advance by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which on Thursday forced the army to pull back some of its defences around the town of Nagar Kovil by about half a kilometre. "The losses are not significant because they are limited to one corner of the defended area, but we are trying to re-capture those positions," military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told Reuters by telephone in Colombo. He said four soldiers and 20 rebels were killed in Thursday"s fierce fighting in which the navy thwarted a beach landing by the the sea tigers -- the LTTE"s naval wing. More...
Published: Fri Oct 20 07:42:23 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka shine despite Tendulkar ton
BBC South Asia, Friday, 20 October, 2000, 14:57 GMT 15:57 UK . Sri Lanka shrugged off Sachin Tendulkar's 26th one-day hundred for India to clinch a comfortable five-wicket win in Sharjah. India failed to capitalise onTendulkar's 26th one-day hundred as they totalled a modest 224 for eight in their 50 overs. More...
Published: Fri Oct 20 17:04:52 EDT 2000
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Sri Lankan media condemns journalist slaying in Jaffna, Oct 20 2000 18:26 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 20 (AFP) - Sri Lankan journalists and political parties Friday condemned the slaying of a reporter working for foreign and local news organisations in embattled Jaffna and demanded an immediate probe. Unidentified attackers stormed the home of local journalist Mailwaganam Nimalarajan, 38, in the heart of Jaffna town Thursday night, opened fire and escaped after letting off a grenade, colleagues said.No group has so far claimed responsibility for the killing.However, a Tamil political party, the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) accused a pro-government Tamil party of responsibility for the killing.Newly appointed Information Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said the government would not tolerate such "cowardly acts of terrorism" and that he was condemning it unreservedly. More...
Published: Fri Oct 20 09:28:37 EDT 2000
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Press group condemns murder of Tamil journalist in Jaffna, Oct 20 2000 17:52 IST. VIENNA, Oct 20 (AFP) - An international press lobby group condemned Friday the killing of a Tamil journalist in Sri Lanka's embattled Jaffna peninsula, saying his reporting could have led to his murder. The Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga to investigate the murder of Mailwaganam Nimalarajan, who worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) among others. More...
Published: Fri Oct 20 09:28:07 EDT 2000
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Sky-high success for Sri Lankas poor farmers
Sri Lanka NewsWeb, Friday, 20 October. When passengers on Sri Lankas national carrier eat their meals high up in the sky, little do they realise that the fine food has come from the countrys poorest region. The high quality vegetables and fruit, which were once mainly imported from Singapore, Australia and the US, are now also being supplied to Sri Lankan Airlines by farmers in the Indian Ocean island nations central Uva region. There is a huge demand from Sri Lankan Airlines for vegetables and fruits produced by farmers from the Uva region, says Asoka Kasturiarachchi, assistant resident representative at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) office in Colombo, which has helped make this possible. They will probably stop their overseas sources of supply once the airline is assured of an unlimited supply from Uva farmers, he adds. An anti-poverty programme, led by the UNDP, is helping the farmers grow produce for which there is a demand in national and international markets, and then sell directly to such buyers. This includes high-quality vegetables, fruit, pesticide-free rice and bee honey. The UN agency is working with Sri Lankan government agencies, private companies and some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on this. More...
Published: Fri Oct 20 05:08:32 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka braces for more suicide bombings, Oct 20 2000 09:37 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 20 (AFP) - Sri Lankan forensic experts Friday began investigating a suicide bombing that left three people dead and 21 wounded as police warned there could be more devastating attacks. But police questioned whether the attack blamed on the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) really meant to target the town hall."The town hall could not have been target of the attack," a senior police officer here said. "Obviously something went wrong for them and we were lucky to have averted a bigger tragedy."Colombo's police deputy inspector-general, Bodhi Liyanage, said they had information that at least 23 suicide bombers and another 15 of their supporters had entered the capital for more attacks. More...
Published: Fri Oct 20 02:41:36 EDT 2000

Journalist killed, father critical in Jaffna
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 19 October 1900 GMT. Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan, the only journalist reporting to the international media on war events from the Jaffna peninsula, was killed late Friday night in a gunshotand grenade attack on his residence. Braving heavy odds, Nimalarajan had been reporting on war developments for the BBC Sinhala and Tamil Service radio broadcasts as well as Ravaya and Virakesari newspapers.

Nimal's widow said he was writing an article at the time of the attack which took place around 2030 hrs just before the curfew time. Unidentified persons shot him and later lobbed a grenade at his house. He and his parents, who were also injured in the attack, were rushed to the Jaffna Hospital by the government army, but he was declared dead there. A senior Tamil political leader (V. Anandasangari MP, TULF) in the peninsula alleged that there was reason to suspect that this attack was the handiwork of the only militant group, namely the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP), allowed by the Sri Lankan government to freely move about along with the army even during curfew in the Jaffna peninsula. The attack coincided with the swearing-in of EPDP leader Douglas Devenanda as the minister for Northern Rehabilitation and Tamil affairs in Colombo thursday morning. During the recent elections, Nimalarajan had been extensively covering the Jaffna situation including alleged widespread rigging and problems of people displaced by war and was known to have been associated with the Colombo-based Committee for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV).

Nimalarajan had been reporting for foreign media for more than six years. He was neither threatened by LTTE nor by Sri Lankan army for his work.

In a twist of irony, he had already breathed his last, when his last despatch on shooting of a Sri Lankan airforce helicopter gunship by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam earlier in the day was being broadcast by the BBC Tamil Service.
Published: Thu Oct 19 15:13:48 EDT 2000

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Journalist killed in Jaffna-EPDP suspected
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2315 SLT 19.10.00. Nimal Rajan a free lance journalist working in Jaffna for the BBC sinhala service and Ravaya newspaper was killed tonight when a hand grenade was thrown into his house. Informed sources in Jaffna said the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) headed by Northern Development Minister Douglas Devananda was suspected of been responsible for the murder of the journalist.The EPDP won four seats in Jaffna district in the October 10th general elections amidst allegations of widespread rigging and intimidation. The EPDP is the only party allowed to carry weapons in the Jaffna Peninsular. end
Published: Thu Oct 19 13:25:32 EDT 2000

Minister sets ultimatum
Saroj Pathirana in London, Thursday 19 October 17 GMT. The government should meet the three demands made by EPDP within eighteen months, says paramilitary leader turned parliamentarian Douglas Devananda. Talking to BBC’s "Sandeshaya", and "Tamil Osai" after taking oaths as the new minister for Northern Area Development, Reconstruction and Tamil Affairs, Douglas Devananda said that government should establish a political leadership in the North and East, implement agreed proposals of the constitutional reforms and once these are accomplished everyone involved in the conflict should sit and talk.

Earlier, NUA co-leader Rauf Hakeem, minister for Muslim affairs, External & internal trade and shipping, demanded government to implement the constitutional reforms bill and establish new institutions like police and electoral commissions within hundred days.
Published: Thu Oct 19 12:59:49 EDT 2000

LTTE attacks two choppers
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on October 19, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 19. (PTI): Tamil rebels today shot down a Sri Lankan Air Force helicopter with an anti-aircraft missile and claimed they had overran a key military base in Jaffna peninsula amid heavy fighting in the north. The LTTE, in a press release from London, also claimed that five crew members of the Russian-made MI-24 helicopter were killed in the attack. But the Army said the crew was rescued after the chopper crashed in an Army-held area. More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 19:57:33 EDT 2000
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S.Lanka air force helicopter shot down by rebels
MSNBC, Colombo, October 19. COLOMBO, Oct. 19 - A Sri Lankan air force helicopter was shot down during a fierce Tamil Tiger rebel attack in northern Sri Lanka on Thursday, military officials said. ''The situation is not very favourable to us. Fierce fighting still continues,'' military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told Reuters by telephone in Colombo. Karanaratne said the fighting was taking place in the Nagarkovil area of the northern Jaffna peninsula -- some 320 km (200 miles) north of the capital. He said the pilot of the Russian-made MI-24 helicopter had escaped, but the fate of four others on board was not immediately clear. More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 11:32:44 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka president keeps defence, finance jobs in new cabinet, Oct 19 2000 18:45 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 19 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Thursday inaugurated a record 44-member cabinet, finalising a shaky coalition government in which she retains the key defence and finance portfolios. The appointments had clearly upset several senior ministers in her former government, and within hours Kumaratunga was forced to make two changes. Party strongman S.B. Didssanayake was demoted by being deprived of two of his previous portfolios -- sports and youth affairs -- and given only the Samurdhi, or a poor relief program, and rural development posts.However, by the afternoon Dissanayake was was given another brief -- parliamentary affairs.Former Aviation Minister Reggie Ranatunga, initially humiliated with a ministership without a portfolio, also had a new responsibility -- food and marketing."The appointments show that the government is behaving like a greedy man holding the spoon and generously helping himself to everything on the tablem," the JVP said in a statement. More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 10:40:43 EDT 2000

Prestigious Bruno Kreisky prize for Radhika
The Island, October 19. Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy received the Bruno Kreisky Award for Human Rights at the Austria Center in Vienna on October 16 before a large gathering of politicians, human rights activists and media personnel. She was hosted to a reception by the President of the Austrian Parliament Heimz Fisher and received the key to the City of Vienna from the Mayor Dr. Michael Haupl. More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 19:40:04 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka cabinet sees changes within hours, Oct 19 2000 20:18 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 19 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Thursday installed an unprecedented 44-member cabinet in which she retains the key defence and finance portfolios, but made two changes within hours. Kumaratunga retained Lakshman Kadirgamar, a member of the minority Tamil community, as foreign minister and accommodated members of two minority Tamil and Muslim parties which are propping up her coalition government. More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 11:28:47 EDT 2000
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New Sri Lankan ministry sworn in
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, October 19. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Thursday administered oath of office to a 44-member Council of Ministers amid tight security after an LTTE attack in central Colombo that killed the suicide bomber and injured 24 others. Despite the bomb attack outside the Town Hall, Chandrika reached the President's house in the fort area amid tight security and administered oath to the new ministry, retaining the important portfolios of Defence and Finance for her Peoples Alliance (PA). More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 11:31:02 EDT 2000

New ministers sworn in
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.40 p.m. SLT Thursday October 19. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge today finalized her new cabinet when she swore in new Ministers this morning at Temple Trees. The President was forced to offer key portfolios to members of her coalition party. Rauf Hakeem, co-leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) was sworn in as Minister for Internal, External Trade, Shipping and Muslim Affairs. Douglas Devananda, Leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) was sworn in as Minister for Northern Rehabilitation and Northeastern Tamil Affairs. The latter is a new portfolio which did not exist in the previous government.

Lakshman Kadirgamar again took oaths as Foreign Minister, together with Anurrudha Ratwatte who again was given Minister for Irrigation and Power while A. H. M. Fowzie was also sworn in again as Minister for Transport.

Prof. G. L. Pieris was sworn in as Minister for Industries and Dinesh Gunawardena, Leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna as Minister for Transport.

Meanwhile, UNP General Secretary, Gamini Atukorale says that it is obvious the the new cabinet has been appointed for personal gain only. He asserts that it is the largest in the history of Sri Lanka. With over 40 ministers appointed today, Atukorale has pointed out that all expenses to maintain the cabinet of ministers will have to be born by the people of Sri Lanka.
Published: Thu Oct 19 10:03:36 EDT 2000

The Bandaranaikes set world record
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, October 19. WHEN ANURA Bandaranaike was elected Speaker of the Lankan parliament on Wednesday, the Bandaranaikes set a world record. Their's is the only "nuclear" family (comprising father, mother, sons and daughters) in the world to have occupied all the top political posts in the government and parliament of a democratic country. Every member of the Bandaranaike family has held one or the other of the high constitutional offices, like President, Prime Minister, leader of the Opposition and Speaker of parliament. More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 19:52:20 EDT 2000

Pictures from the Sucide Bomb Attack.
Yahoo-AP, October 19. Barbara Barker, of the U.S., is admitted to the general hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka Thursday, Oct.19, 2000. Barker is one of the three Americans who were wounded in the suicide bomb explosion in Colombo Thursday More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 09:13:13 EDT 2000
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Suicide bomber kills three outside Sri Lanka cabinet ceremony, Oct 19 2000 17:52 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 19 (AFP) - A suicide bomber blew himself to pieces in the capital Colombo Thursday, killing two others and wounding 21 on the day President Chandrika Kumaratunga inducted her new cabinet. The bomber, almost certainly from the separatist Tamil Tigers, detonated explosives strapped to his body as two plain-clothed constables were about to search him at gun point, police said.The Colombo National Hospital said 23 people, including three Western women, later identified as two Americans and one Briton, were wounded in the blast outside Sri Lanka's Town Hall and were admitted for treatment.Two of them succumbed to their injuries, hospital director Hector Weerasinghe said. More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 09:29:20 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka's new cabinet
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12. 25 a.m. October 19.

President Chandrika Kumaratunge- Defence and Finance

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake- Buddhasasana, Religious affairs and Plantations

D. M. Jayaratne- Agriculture

S.B. Dissanayake- Samurdhi affairs

Batty Weerakoon- Justice

Indika Gunewardane- Higher Education and Information Technology

Arumugam Thondaman- Estate infrastructure and livestock development

Dinesh Gunewardane- Minister of Transport

Wijepala Mendis- Minister without portfolio

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle- Civil Aviation & Airport development

Ronnie de Mel- Port development & Southern development

Mahinda Rajapakse- Fisheries and aquatic resources

Richard Pathirana- Public administration and home affairs

Douglas Devanada- Northern area development, reconstruction and Tamil affairs in the North Eastern province

Amrasiri Dodangoda- Vocational Training

Anurudha Ratwatte- Power and energy

Nimal Siripala de Silva- Posts and Telecommunications

Mangala Samaraweera- Urban development and constructions and public utilities

A.H.M. Fowzie- Highways

Lakshman Kadiragamar- Foreign affairs

G. L. Pieris- Constitution and Industrial development

Maithripala Sirisena- Mahaweli development

Alavi Moulana-Labour

Nandimithra Ekanayake- Local government and provincial councils

John Seneviratne-Health

Sumedha Jayasena- Women affairs

Mahinda Wijesekara- Forestry and Environment

Sarath Amunugama-Irrigation and water resources

Reggie Ranatunge- Minister without portfolio

H.B. Semasinghe- Co-operative development

Monty Gopallawa - Cultural affairs

Milroy Fernando- Social services and minister in charge of fisheries housing

Jeevan Kumaratunge-Youth affairs

Pavithra Wanniarachchi-Plan implementation

Lakshman Kiriella- Tourism & Sports

Reginald Cooray- Ethnic affairs and national integration

Salinda Dissanayake- Land development and Small industries

Anura Priyadarshana Yapa- Information & Media

Tissa Karaliyadde- Indigenous medicine

Rauf Hakeem- Muslim affairs, External &internal trade and shipping

Mahipala Herath- Rural industrial development

Susil Premajayantha- Education

Leslie Gunewardane- Science & Technology

Published: Thu Oct 19 02:27:03 EDT 2000
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20 Lankans - 3 Americans injured in blast
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Thursday October 19. Three American women together with 20 locals were injured in a blast that rocked Colombo's City Town Hall at 10.05 a.m. this morning. Three policemen were also seriously wounded when they attempted to search a man believed to have been carrying the lethal explosives. Reports suggest the man belongs to the LTTE's most feared squad of suicide bombers. His real target is not yet known.
Published: Thu Oct 19 01:19:15 EDT 2000
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Suicide attack rocks Colombo
BBC South Asia, Thursday, 19 October, 2000, 06:02 GMT 07:02 U. A suicide bomber has set off a powerful explosion in the centre of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, minutes before the country's new cabinet was sworn in.Police and hospital officials said the bomber died on the spot and 23 other people were injured, including three policemen and three American tourists. The explosion took place outside the main town hall in the capital, about a mile from President Chandrika Kumaratunga's residence where the installation ceremony was being held after the recent general elections Witnesses said the bomber triggered explosives strapped to his body when police challenged him. Police said that plainclothes officers had spotted him "acting suspiciously" near a Buddhist temple, on a road that some cabinet members were using to reach the ceremony. More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 05:05:00 EDT 2000
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Cricket: India takes on Sri Lanka in the Coca Cola trophy
NDTV/MSNBC, 20 October 2000. The Indian cricket team will play Sri Lanka today in the first round of the Coca Cola trophy in Sharjah. Zimbabwe is the third team in the competition. Each team will play against the other twice before the top two teams advance to the finals on October 29. India was relatively successful at the ICC Knockout Tournament in Kenya, but will need to tighten up its game if it is to reach the finals. India has a few of the world's best batsmen in its line-up. Sharjah is Tendulkar's favourite hunting ground, and with support from Ganguly, who is in fine nick, they will need to play solid cricket so that the pressure is taken off their bowlers. More...
Published: Fri Oct 20 00:42:57 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea to get 21.6 mln dlrs in loans from ADB, Oct 19 2000 18:37 IST. MANILA, Oct 19 (AFP) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Thursday said it would extend a total of 21.6 million dollars in loans to Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea for wildlife conservation and a microfinance projects. More...
Published: Thu Oct 19 19:20:04 EDT 2000

TMC demands white paper on kidnap crisis
The Hindu (Southern States), Saturday, October 21, 2000. CHENNAI, OCT. 20. Lambasting the State Government for sending a pro- LTTE activist, Mr. P. Nedumaran, as an emissary to secure the release of Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, the Opposition TMC today demanded a white paper on the hostage crisis and the ``dangerous links'' between the Tamil extremists and the brigand Veerappan. Terming the choice of Mr. Nedumaran as ``dangerous and irresponsible,'' the TMC said the DMK Government should come out with a white paper on the ``dangerous developments'' if it did not wish to convene an all-party meeting. More...
Published: Fri Oct 20 18:45:43 EDT 2000

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