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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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Tamil Tiger suicide bombers hit Sri Lanka port, Oct 23 2000 08:20 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 23 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger rebels in four boats launched a suicide bomb attack in the north-eastern port of Trincomalee in Sri Lanka Monday and destroyed at least two navy craft, officials said. The separtist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) stormed the naval port in boats packed with explosives and rammed a navy gunboat and another highspeed craft used to transport troops, local officials said by telephone.The offcials said one rebel suicide craft was attacked and sunk before it could cause damage. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 23:17:36 EDT 2000
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Tigers attack the port of Trincomalee
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.05 a.m. SLT Monday October 23. Four Tiger boats carrying hit squads of the dreaded LTTE suicide squad at around 5.45 a.m. this morning attacked the Eastern port of Trincomalee. The suicide bombers had rammed a naval gun boat and another naval craft used to carry troops. The rebels had attacked their prey close to the naval base situated at the Trincomalee harbour. Military reports claim the Sri Lanka Navy have engaged the rebels in a fierce battle. No details of casualty figures are yet known.
Published: Sun Oct 22 23:09:13 EDT 2000

SLAF destroys LTTE anti-aircraft weapon
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.20 a.m. SLT Monday October 23. Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne, Military Spokesman said that Sri Lanka Air Force MIG fighter planes had yesterday destroyed a 23mm LTTE anti-aircraft gun believed to have shot down the MI-25 helicopter last week. Government troops were Sunday consolidating their positions at Nagarkovil after having regained lost territory.

Karunaratne claims that fierce battles at Nagarkovil has left some 80 cadres of the LTTE dead while another 15 rebels were killed when they tried to land their boats on the shores of Nagarkovil. The military, he said had lost 17 men while another 104 were injured in the fighting.
Published: Sun Oct 22 23:09:12 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan govt, opposition reaches agreement
India Abroad, Oct 23, 2000 07:10 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: The ruling People Alliance (PA) and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) have reached an agreement to preserve the stability of the new PA government, which was formed this week, media reports said here Sunday. Both official and private media here carried reports quoting the PA and the UNP sources that prime minister, Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, who formed a coalition government after obtaining a three-seat majority reached a working arrangement with UNP leaders to run his government without any problems for the next two years. According to the accord, the UNP which has 89 MP’s in the 225-member parliament would not confront the government and adopt a positive approach to enable it to function smoothly. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 23:23:42 EDT 2000
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Nimalarajan - my friend in Jaffna no more
Island- By Saman Indrajith, 23 October 2000. I was shocked to hear my colleague Nimalarajan was shot dead.Actually I could not believe that news first, but later the news was true.Many Colombo journalists were sad to hear the killing of Nimalarajan, BBC reporter and freelance writer to Sinhala and Tamil newspapers. Large number of Sri Lankan listeners around the world will miss Nimal’s familiar, friendly voice reporting live from Jaffna.I think that I was the last of his Colombo friends to see him and to talk to him. I had to go to Jaffna in the first week of this month and I stayed at his home. Finally when he came to see me and my friends off, as his mother had requested me personally, I asked him to leave this country. "I’ll never leave this country machang. If I ever had that thought I would have gone a decade ago. If I leave Jaffna, who will give news for your friends out there?" he simply asked. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 22:05:41 EDT 2000
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The Land Where Hope Does Not Spring Eternal
MSNBC, October 23. One of Sri Lanka’s most prominent businessmen, Lalith Kotela-wala, wanted revenge. In late 1996, the Tamil Tiger rebels had detonated a 400-kilogram bomb in the Central Bank, which is across the street from the headquarters of Ceylinco Consolidated, Lalith’s company in Colombo.THE EXPLOSION BLASTED glass into Lalith’s eyes. Recuperating at a hospital in London, he slowly recovered his sight and dreamed about resigning as chairman of Ceylinco. He wanted to spend the rest of his life hunting down the Tiger leader, Prabhakaran. “I had such tremendous hatred for him,” recalls Lalith, a Roman Catholic from a prominent Colombo family. Then Lalith had what he describes as a religious epiphany—and he set out to bring the rebels to the peace table after 18 years of civil war. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 23:46:07 EDT 2000

Probe into Tamil Tiger links in USS Cole bombing
Times of India, October 22. COLOMBO: US investigators are looking into whether Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels were involved in the bombing of the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden, a press report here said Sunday. The Sunday Island said the US was investigating whether Sri Lanka's rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who are known for their signature suicide attacks, had a hand in the October 12 bombing. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 21:43:23 EDT 2000
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Public called to pay mammoth amount every month for up keep of enlarged Cabinet- New ministers cost Rs. 308,000,000
Sunday Leader, Sunday, 22 October. A probe by The Sunday Leader has found that each of Sri Lanka's new ministers sworn in last Thursday will on an average cost the nation a mind boggling a sum of minimum Rs. 7 million a month. This, calculated into a total of 44 incumbents whose primary function is to serve the people, will cost taxpayers the princely sum of Rs. 308 million a month. History was in the making last Thursday in more ways than one when President Chandrika Kumaratunga swore in an unprecedented number of 44 new ministers a day after the country's eleventh parliament had met. While 46 ministries will function over the next six years, the president will maintain two portfolios as will Premier Ratnasiri Wickramanayake. Revealing figures unearthed by The Sunday Leader point out how astounding sums of monies will be distributed first to each minister for pledging to serve the people and then to his immediate subordinates. Accordingly, the monthly remuneration package each minister will receive is Rs. 29,815/=. This into 44 amounts to a total of Rs. 1,311,860/= More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 10:48:43 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan army shows signs of weariness in fight against LTTE
NDTV/MSNBC, COLOMBO, Oct 22 (UNI). It has been 17 years since the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) began its armed struggle for a separate homeland in Sri Lanka. While the Sri Lankan army has had a series of military successes in the recent past, the long struggle has taken its toll. Fighting the LTTE has not been easy as the conventional Sri Lankan army tries to find ways to counter guerrilla warfare. Landmines and jungle routes with heavily secured bunkers make it almost impossible for the 35,000 Sri Lankan troops deployed in the region to fight the barely 5,000 strong LTTE cadre. "The army has been politicized in the recent past, so the result was that professionals in the army are not devising the operations and executing them. It is being done by the politicians. Therefore, they are revising the operational plans and sometimes asking the army to execute them. When I say operational plans, I don't mean technicalities, but how the war should run," explained Mr. Aithas. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 17:14:40 EDT 2000
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The Eppawala example The Eppawalans’ environment is safe, all credit to local activism.
Himal Magazine, October. It was the common man’s victory.For the seven residents of Eppawala, the judgement by Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court was more than a mere victory over the state institutions and the giant multinational company they had taken to court. It was a reaffirmation of their fundamental right to have control over life and work, and above all, their right to be part of the decision-making process that brings change to a traditional way of life.On 5 June, which happened to be World Environment Day, a three-judge bench ruled in favour of the seven petitioners, among them rice farmers and a Buddhist monk, who had dared to take on the United States mining Goliath, Freeport MacMoran, which had all the legal and engineering resources of a Fortune 500 company at its disposal. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 18:08:01 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka jets knock out rebel gun position
Times of India, 23 October . Air force fighter jets destroyed a Tamil Tiger rebel anti-aircraft gun position in the Jaffna Peninsula on Sunday, a military spokesman said. "MiG-27 aircraft knocked out a 23 millimetre anti-aircraft gun position in the Nagar Kovil area," said Brig. Sanath Karunaratne. He said the air raids were continuing. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 17:17:28 EDT 2000

Realpolitik of AIDS
Himal Magazine, october. The South Asian response to AIDS is still mired in denial, ignorance and wishful thinking. But with more than a million AIDS orphans in the region, it is time the problem is tackled head-on. Look to Uganda for the answers. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 18:12:04 EDT 2000

No talks with LTTE, says Kadirgamar
Deccan Herald, COLOMBO, Oct 22 (UNI). Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has said there is no dialogue going on between the Government and the LTTE and the Norwegian efforts to make the LTTE participate in peace talks have reached an impasse as the rebels believed they could win militarily. In an interview with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, shortly after he returned from Oslo, Mr Kadirgamar said the Sri Lankan government had formally told the Norwegian government to continue its search for a peaceful settlement through a negotiated settlement, but admitted that they were nowhere near ''even fixing a date for the talks . More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 17:15:42 EDT 2000

'How can she satisfy everybody?' asks one minister Pressure for more ministries
Island, Sunday, 22 October. Disappointed ministers and cabinet aspirants were mounting tremendous pressure on President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday and there was speculation in political circles that at least one new minister will be appointed and that minister without portfolio, Wijayapala Mendis, will be given a subject."The poor lady is facing a barrage of requests," a senior minister admitted. "How can she satisfy everybody?"Mr. Athauda Seneviratne, who quit the LSSP and joined the SLFP following Mr. Bernard Soysa’s death, moving away from national politics and a deputy ministry to become the chief minister of the Sabaragamuwa Province, does not wish to revert to provincial politics. Some of his colleagues are going back to their chief ministries despite winning parliamentary seats on October 10. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 05:50:17 EDT 2000

S.L; the giant takes a bow
Sunday Leader, Sunday, 22 October. A rare fish in a rotten pond. That's how one of S. L. Gunasekera's close friends described the man who last week opted out of the Sihala Urumaya's troubled waters and vowed through quivering lips, he was snapping shut the bow and arrow chapter of his life, for good.The events that unfolded in the last few days within the party which emerged to champion the cause of the Sinhala people has laid bare the core of the Urumaya. That the fiercely nationalist rhetoric, the display of breast beating patriotism by some of its more revolutionary members is but a load of gobbledegook. That shout themselves hoarse they might from the rooftops that here was a party not guided by parochial interests based on individual egos, but in the final analysis, the greed for power overrides all high falutin ideals.A faction of the party's shameless bid to wrest the sole national list seat from party president S. L. Gunasekera, and the resultant resignation of Gunasekera with a firm vow not to have anything to do with the Sihala Urumaya in future, must be marked as a day of shame by all people of this country. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 11:01:10 EDT 2000

Doctors warn of threatened epidemic in Sri Lanka
Virtual New York, Sunday, 22 October. Doctors in Sri Lanka have cautioned that hand, foot and mouth disease could assume epidemic proportions if immediate steps are not taken to check the spread of the disease. Local newspapers reported that more than a hundred children have been found suffering from the infection that could be fatal in its later stages if not controlled immediately. Some 150 children have been diagnosed as suffering from the disease in various hospitals in the capital. The Medical Research Institute of Sri Lanka has warned that the outbreak could lead to an epidemic. It has advised hospitals to refer suspected patients to the MRI for further tests and confirmation. The Island, a local English daily, quoted Dr S. K. Kolombage, director of the MRI, as saying that the institute is conducting in-depth research into the outbreak of the disease in the country. The MRI director claimed that so far the disease has not reached epidemic proportions. "Several children who were sent to the MRI with the symptoms were identified as suffering from the disease," she said. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 09:51:51 EDT 2000

Fighting starts again for Nagar Kovil MSR
TamilNet, October 23. Fighting erupted again Sunday on Jaffna's southeastern cost after a brief lull as the Liberation Tigers launched a fresh attack from this morning to recapture a small segment of the Main Supply Route to the Sri Lanka army's Nagar Kovil detachment. The SLA Saturday retook some of its positions ahead of the detachment which the Liberation Tigers overran on 19 October. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 17:30:14 EDT 2000
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Alert over suicide-bombers in Sri Lanka
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on October 22, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 22. (PTI): The Sri Lankan police has sounded a red alert amidst Intelligence report that 47 LTTE suicide-bombers have sneaked here to target new Cabinet Ministers and top military officials, even as the US officials probing the October 12 bombing on the American Navy destroyer near Aden, suspect the involvement of the LTTE in the attack. With swearing-in of 44 new Cabinet Ministers on Thursday, Intelligence reports indicated infiltration of 47 suicide-bombers to step up attacks in Colombo, DIG of Colombo Range, Bodhi Liyanage, said here today. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 14:38:43 EDT 2000
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Chandrika to bring in new electoral system
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, October 21. PRESIDENT CHANDRIKA Kumaratunga, has vowed to replace the Proportional Representation (PR) electoral system in Sri Lanka by the First Past the Post (FPP) system because the latter will allow a popular political party to get a two thirds majority. In a statement issued here last night, the President said that October 10 parliamentary elections had very clearly indicated that the people wanted, among other things, that the present “fraudulent” electoral system be amended. Meanwhile, the Eelam Peoples’ Democratic Party (EPDP) has condemned the assassination of the well known Jaffna journalist Nimalrajan Mayilvahanam on Thursday and denied allegations of being involved in the murder. In a statement issued here today, the EPDP’s secretary general Douglas Devananda said the accusation was “wild” and added that they were being made by “certain sections” which had no guts to point an accusing finger at the LTTE when it carried out assassinations. More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 19:17:50 EDT 2000

All Paramilitary Groups Should be Disarmed- Trade Minister
Saroj Pathirana in London, Saturday 21 October 1730 GMT. "We condemn the long term practice of governments supplying arms to paramilitary groups; Not only the TELO should be disarmed, but also all the other armed groups", Minister for Shipping, Trade and Muslim affairs Rauf Hakeem said. Reacting to Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), who secured three seats in recent general elections, claims that the government is disarming them in revenge for voting against the PA in the parliament, the minister said that SLMC strongly condemns government’s practice of supplying arms to militias. Therefore other groups who support the government should also be disarmed, he added.
Published: Sat Oct 21 13:31:31 EDT 2000

Suicide Terrorism
Janes Defence, October. Traditionally viewed as a problem affecting the Middle East and South Asia, the threat posed by suicide terrorism is spreading around the globe. Rohan Gunaratna assesses the nature of the threat, preventive and reactive security measures, and examines future trends.Examination of suicide terrorism across a range of groups has revealed that terrorist groups use suicide bombers when they are both strong and weak. In terms of military and economic power, Hizbullah and the LTTE lead the list of suicide operations. In terms of numbers, the LTTE has conducted the largest volume of suicide operations, followed by Hizbullah, Hamas and the PKK. In terms of range, only some of the groups have operated beyond their territories. More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 16:16:28 EDT 2000

Lanka businessmen call for national government
Times of India, 22 October 2. The country's top industrialists on Saturday urged the ruling alliance and main opposition to form a "national government," a concept the country's justice minister called "unrealisable."The Joint Forum of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Employers' Organisations and Trade Associations of Sri Lanka carried full-page advertisements in all national newspapers calling for "a bipartisan approach to form a government of national unity and reconstruction." More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 15:24:30 EDT 2000

SRI LANKA: Journalist assassinated in his home - A letter by CPJ Director Ann Cooper
CPJ, October 20. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the murder yesterday of veteran journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajan, a Jaffna-based journalist who reported for various news organizations including the BBC's Tamil and Sinhala-language services, the Tamil-language daily Virakesari, and the Sinhala-language weekly Ravaya. CPJ appreciates today's announcement that Your Excellency has ordered defense authorities to initiate an immediate inquiry into the assassination.Local journalists suspect that Nimalarajan's reporting on vote-rigging and intimidation in Jaffna during the recent parliamentary elections may have led to his murder. More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 01:42:15 EDT 2000

Prasanna Vithanage boycotts presidential film awards
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8. 45 p.m October 21. Sri Lanka's award winning film director Prasanna Vithanage boycotted the Presidential film awards ceremony held today at Temple Trees where President Chandrika Kumaratunge was the chief guest. Vithanage's film 'Pauru Walalu' won six presidential awards including the best actress award which went to Neeta Fernando.

Vithange said it was not possible for him to attend the ceremony as he was a man with a conscience. It was in reference to his banned movie 'Purahanda Kaluwara'

Vithanage's award winning movie 'Purahanda Kaluwara' ( Death on a full moon night) was banned by the government this year. The movie produced in association with NHK in Japan deals with the realities of war in Sri Lanka . It brings to light the poverty of the soldiers fighting the war up North.
Published: Sat Oct 21 10:52:22 EDT 2000

Poll results, a mandate to eradicate terrorism: Chandrika
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on October 21, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 21. (PTI): Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said re-election of the People's Alliance (PA) Government reaffirms the people's mandate for her policies to find a political solution to ethnic war with LTTE, even as she blamed the Proportional Representation (PR) system for the Government falling short of the majority. ``The people have given us the fullest cooperation for the total eradication of terrorism and the provision for a political solution to end the ethnic crisis in the north-east,'' she said in a statement published in the official media today. More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 14:55:04 EDT 2000

Comfortable victory for Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Saturday, 21 October, 2000, 20:59 GMT 21:59 U. Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu produced vital half-centuries to guide Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the Champions Trophy in Sharjah. Their second wicket partnership of 157 had the biggest bearing on the whole match, with Jayasuriya making 78 off 84 balls, including eight fours and one six, while Atapattu made 90 off 138 deliveries. More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 18:05:21 EDT 2000
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Do not vote for traitors who betray their country and people in exchange for their lifeand power! An interview with Somawansa Amarasinghe
The JVP website, October . Every action-taking place inside the People Alliance government seems to be a conspiracy. The election of the SLFP General secretary was taken place across an operation of conspiracy. It is absolutely clear that it is not a United Front, they are cutting each other’s throats and soon it will conspire against other parties especially there are reports of brutal conspiracies against the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna. There was a conspiracy of slander by leaders of the Peoples Alliance government to misguide people that the JVP is forming an armed group in the South. But people in our country know that our party is a responsible and well disciplined party that this bankrupt government will not be able to mislead or misguide the people. More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 16:23:32 EDT 2000

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: Sat Oct 21 01:55:58 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Rejects Rebels' Claim
Yahoo, October 21. OLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - The military said Saturday it repulsed a major assault by Tamil Tiger rebels, who claimed to have captured a crucial supply route after breaking through army defenses in the northern Jaffna Peninsula. The rebels said they had captured the supply route in Nagar Kovil along with military defenses south of Nagar Kovil town, but the military denied that claim, saying several days of heavy fighting had left them in control of the area. More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 18:09:26 EDT 2000
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Neelan remembered today
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.25 a.m October 21. International Centre for Ethnic Studies remembers moderate Tamil politician late Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam today with the third lecture in the Neelan Tiruchelvam millenium lecture series . It will be held at the BMICH in Colombo.

The lecture will be delivered by Patricia Viseur Sellers attached to the office of the prosecutor, International tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in the Hague, Netherlands. She will speak on International Tribunals, Justice by Prosecution. First lecture in the series was delivered by Blandine Keigel professor of philosophy , university of Paris and the second by by Michael Ignatieff a London based Journalist.

Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam was assassinated by a LTTE suicide bomber on July 29 last year down Kynsey road in Colombo ,while he was on his way to his office, International Center for Ethnic Studies.
Published: Sat Oct 21 00:33:59 EDT 2000

Sri Lankan doctor fears hand, foot, mouth epidemic
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on October 21, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 21. (Reuters): Some 150 Sri Lankan children have contracted hand, foot and mouth disease and doctors said today quick action was needed to prevent an epidemic. "This could reach epidemic proportions if speedy action is not taken by the Health Ministry," Dr. Dimuthu Weerasooriya of the Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital in Colombo told Reuters. More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 08:45:47 EDT 2000
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Airlines reduce fares to India, Sri Lanka
gulf news, october 21. Several airlines have reduced their fares to India and Sri Lanka, to help expatriates from these countries benefit from the current amnesty and leave the island. Gulf Air, followed by Kuwait Airways and Air India, first announced a 50 per cent fare reduction to India and Sri Lanka.Gulf Air reduced the return economy fare to Mumbai from 220 to 130 dinars, while Air India reduced the fare by BD120 and Kuwait Airways by 109 dinars. These three airlines also reduced the one-way fare from 155 to 65 dinars, 60 and 65 dinars, respectively. More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 02:35:57 EDT 2000

Lanka Tamil party slams Kumaratunga
Times of India, October 17. COLOMBO: A Tamil political party Friday slammed President Chandrika Kumaratunga for disarming them in revenge for voting against the ruling party in the hung parliament. "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: Sat Oct 21 01:53:41 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka rebel attack 'repulsed'
Yahoo, October 20. The Sri Lankan army says it has repulsed an attack by Tamil rebels near a key town in the northern Jaffna peninsula. "Naval craft intercepted eight LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) boats headed towards Nagarkovil. In the ensuing sea battle three guerrilla boats and two naval craft were damaged," said spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne. More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 01:57:57 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka says wins back ground lost to rebels
MSNBC, october 21. Sri Lankan troops have won back ground lost in this week's latest round of battles with Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's northern Jaffna peninsula, military officials said on Saturday.''We have recaptured three bunker positions and have cleared the area where the fighting developed,'' military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told Reuters in Colombo. ''In total, over 80 rebels are believed to have been killed in the ground fighting while 15 guerrillas died in the naval battle,'' Karunaratne added. More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 02:19:39 EDT 2000

Police detain five Tamil suspects in suicide bombing attack
CNN, October 20. Police on Friday detained five Tamil men for questioning for suspected involvement in a suicide bombing that killed three people and wounded 21 others a day earlier, police said.Police carried out a night-long search for suspects in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, said Bodhi Liyanage, the deputy inspector-general of police. "We detained the men and they are undergoing interrogation." More...
Published: Sat Oct 21 15:15:01 EDT 2000

CM refutes Opposition criticism
The Hindu (Southern States), Monday, October 23, 2000. CHENNAI, OCT. 22. Peeved at the Opposition attacks on the `secessionist implications' of sending the pro-LTTE Tamil leader, Mr.P.Nedumaran, to negotiate the release of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar with Veerappan, the DMK president and Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, today rebuffed their selective targeting. What Mr. Nedumaran or the DK leader, Mr. K. Veeramani, spoke or the views they held vis-a-vis the LTTE, ``is not the key issue here,'' Mr. Karunanidhi said, responding to his critics on this controversy, through a letter he has written to the DMK cadres. More...
Published: Sun Oct 22 17:21:59 EDT 2000
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