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OCTOBER 23, 2000 EST, USA
 
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IRANGANI SERASINGHE - LANKA'S LEADING LADY
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...
MAILVAGANAM NIMALA RAJAN

A tribute to a BBC correspondent killed in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
PRESS COMMUNIQUE
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...
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Northern journalists to protest against Nimalarajan Killing
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 a.m. October 24. Over one hundred and fifty journalists working for both local and foreign media organizations in North/East and Wanni will hold a protest rally today against the killing of former BBC correspondent in Jaffna, Nimalarajan.

The journalists will meet at the Rambekulam church one of the oldest church in Vauniya and March to Vauniya town where they will address the people. The organizers of the protest expect over one thousand people to join them in the protest march against the brutal killing of their colleague Nimalarajan last week.

Reports reaching ‘The Lanka Academic’ indicate that journalists have selected Vauniya for their protest is due to the presence of all militant groups, in the city. It has been alleged that pro-government Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) led by Douglas Devananda are behind the killing of Nimalarajan, a charge they have flatly denied.
Published: Mon Oct 23 21:25:38 EDT 2000


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Sri Lankan navy beats back rebel suicide attack; 24 killed
MSNBC, October 22. Sri Lankan navy beats back rebel suicide attack 24 killed ASSOCIATED PRESS COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Oct. 23 - Sri Lanka's navy beat back a suicide attack on a naval base Monday by Tamil Tiger rebels who used explosive-filled boats and shot down an MI-24 helicopter, killing its crew of four. At least 24 combatants - six on the government side and 18 rebels - were killed, and 43 sailors were wounded, government spokesman Ariya Rubasinghe said. As the day broke, the navy spotted four rebel boats approaching the Trincomalee port in northern Sri Lanka. The sailors opened fire and sank three rebel boats carrying explosives. Two sailors and eight rebels were killed. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 16:29:00 EDT 2000
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Tamil Tigers stage suicide attack at Sri Lankan navy base
123India.com, Oct 23 2000 20:34 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 23 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels staged a major suicide bombing against a strategic naval base and shot down a helicopter gunship which went to the aid of the sailors, military officials said. The kamikaze-style attack on the northeastern port of Trincomalee was led by four boats of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a navy spokesman here said. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 16:15:27 EDT 2000
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LTTE destroys naval craft  - The Hindu
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Six Black Tiger suicide bombers killed in navy base attack  - 123India.com
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Navy thwarts rebel suicide attack on Sri Lankan port, 8 killed  - ABC News
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Tiger rebels launch suicide bombing against Sri Lanka navy  - 123India.com
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14 killed in Lanka, helicopter shot down  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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Helicopter gun ship shot down in Trincomalee  - Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo

Sri Lanka's opposition sets 69-day deadline for shaky coalition
123India.com, Oct 23 2000 17:45 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 23 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main opposition Monday set a 69-day deadline for President Chandrika Kumaratunga's government to introduce radical reforms in exchange for support to prop up a shaky coalition. The opposition United National Party (UNP) held a crucial meeting of its legislators and decided to press for the establishment of independent commissions to run the police, public service, and the judiciary as well as run future elections.UNP legislator Ravi Karunanayake said they agreed to press for the implementation of a 10-point plan and give the government 69 days from October 18, the day the new parliament opened its sessions, to complete it."What we are saying is that we will not the rock the boat during this period," Karunanayake said. "If they fail to implement it by then, we are going to declare all out war on the government." More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 09:33:51 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka deal deadline  - BBC South Asia

LTTE sinks naval troop carrier, downs chopper
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, October 23. WITH THEIR guns blazing, four LTTE suicide boats stormed into the Trincomalee naval base this morning and sank a gunboat and a troop carrier, the Sri Lankan military spokesman Brig Sanath Karunaratne said. In another engagement, a MI-24 helicopter gunship with a four-member crew, crashed into the Kodiyar Bay near Trincomalee after being hit by the LTTE's 23 mm gun positioned at Kinniya, an LTTE controlled area. All on board were killed. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 16:20:29 EDT 2000
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Helicopter gunship crashes at Trinco  - Frederica Jansz in Colombo

Chandrika grapples with coalition arithmetic
Times of India, October 22. NEW DELHI: While Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee spent the past week taking a break from the pulls and pressures of running a coalition government, the head of Government in neighbouring Sri Lanka was busy coming to terms with the arithmetic thrown up by the last election. During the period, President Chandrika Kumaratunga wooed small parties, brokered a working peace with the main Opposition and swore in a jumbo please-all cabinet. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 16:25:35 EDT 2000

Terrorists' supermarket Canada has everything for the discriminating 'freedom fighter'
NationalPost, October 21. According to police, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) uses several fronts to raise money. The counterterrorism branch of the U.S. State Department has designated the Federation of Associations of Tamil Canadians and World Tamil Movement as "front organizations" for the Tigers -- a charge the groups deny. But they do not deny their loyalty to the Tigers. "We support the LTTE," Sita Sittampalam, president of the Tamil federation and the Tamil Eelam Society of Canada, said in a recent Australian television documentary broadcast. The following day, the LTTE set off a suicide bomb at an election rally in Sri Lanka, killing 12 people and injuring 45. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 19:31:57 EDT 2000

'TULF not for a separate State'
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, October 24, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 23. The Tamil United Liberation Front vice- president and parliamentary leader, Mr. V. Anandasangaree, has said his party would renew its campaign both within and outside Parliament for an end to the war, negotiations with the LTTE and a political solution based on the constitutional reforms proposed by the President, Ms. Chandrika Kumaratunga, in 1995. In an interview with The Hindu on Sunday, Mr. Anandasangaree said the 1995 proposals needed only a ``few rectifications'' and that if Ms. Kumaratunga was sincere about bringing a political solution to resolve the conflict, she would revert back to those proposals. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 16:18:35 EDT 2000

In Focus: Sri Lanka’s Long War
Foreign Policy In Focus, October 5. The conflict in Sri Lanka has been raging in varying degrees of intensity since 1983, and it has become one of the more intractable wars in the post-colonial era. Termed the “No Mercy War” by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), it has caused at least 65,000 deaths, displaced up to one million people, resulted in severe human rights abuses, and slowed Sri Lanka’s once-promising development. Although the war has received little attention outside the region, since April this year, as the conflict has intensified on the battlefield, it has taken on an international dimension that involves the U.S., Norway, and India. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 20:36:47 EDT 2000

Union Carbide forced to close down unit in Lanka
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, October 23. THE AMERICAN MNC, Union Carbide, which hit world headlines after the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984, has now run into trouble in Sri Lanka too. Its plant manufacturing emulsion paint resins and synthetic adhesives located in the Ekala Industrial Estate near Colombo, is closed down since October 16 because the people of the area are blaming it for the widespread incidence of respiratory problems, chest pain, stomach trouble and headache. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 16:21:48 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka loses ship and chopper in rebel attack
MSNBC, Monday, 23 October 2000 8:24 (ET). Tamil Tiger rebels launched a daring suicide attack on Sri Lanka's biggest naval base on Monday sinking one naval vessel, damaging another and shooting down a combat helicopter in a nearby land battle. A government statement said three security personnel were killed and 43 wounded in the fighting in and around the naval base in the eastern port of Trincomalee, some 280 km (175 miles) northeast of Colombo. ''Three suicide boats were destroyed by Sri Lanka naval units and one suicide boat exploded close to the Naval pier...,'' the statement said, adding a troop transporter ship had been sunk and a gunboat slightly damaged. The rebels also shot down an air force helicopter supporting troops in a land battle at the nearby Marble Beach from where the rebels fired mortars on the naval base. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 10:09:54 EDT 2000
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Suicide attack on naval base batters Sri Lankan military  - MSNBC
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Casualties mount in Sri Lanka fighting  - Virtual New York
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LTTE rebels down Lankan helicopter  - IndiaExpress.com
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Tigers down Sri Lankan helicopter gunship  - 123India.com
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Sri Lankan helicopter gunship crashes during navy attack  - 123India.com
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Navy Stops Sri Lanka Suicide Attack  - Yahoo
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Sri Lanka Rebels Attack Naval Base, Down Chopper  - Yahoo
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Suicide bombers in ferocious sea battles in Lanka  - ExpressIndia.com
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LTTE attacks Trincomalee harbor  - India Abroad
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Chronology of Sri Lankan suicide bomb attacks  - 123India.com
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Suicide bombers hit key port in Sri Lanka fighting upsurge  - 123India.com

LTTE launches suicide boat attack
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on October 23, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 23 (PTI): Tamil rebels launched simultaneous suicide boat attacks on a strategic naval base in eastern Trincomalee and other areas in eastern coast today killing two naval sailors and also shot down an army helicopter, second in less than five days. Army spokesman Brig Sanath Karunarathne said that four LTTE suicide boats packed with explosive and heavy weapons launched a dawn attack on the Trincomalee harbour which also housed navy's eastern command headquarters. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 07:51:59 EDT 2000
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Rebels attack Lankan port; 10 killed, copter shot down  - Times of India (Breaking News)
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Army Commander appeals to the youth
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.50 p.m. October 23. Army Commander Lt. General Lionel Balagalle today appealed to the youth of Sri Lanka to join the army to see an end to the war. General Balagalle made this appeal at a special press conference held at the Army Headquarters in Colombo. He said “ It is absolutely necessary to see to see an end to this war. We need at least 10,000 soldiers to join the army. We need to get ahead. We have to capture areas and protect it too.”

The army Commander admitted that it was a difficult task to recruit 10,000 soldiers. However he expressed hope that the army will be able to recruit as many soldiers with the help of Buddhist monks. He said that the Maha Sanga have promised to support the army in their recruitment drive. However Balagalle was not clear about the army’s recruitment campaign in Colombo. When questioned by ‘The Lanka Academic’ the commander said “ We will have a different campaign in Colombo schools”. General Balagalle said that even the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE ) are faced with problems in recruiting additional people to fight the army and have begun to conscript people in Wanni.

The army will set up seven recruitment centers in each district in addition to their mobile recruitment centers.

General Balagalle also said that the army is not faced with any problems with regards to funds and the government of president Chandrika Kumaratunge is very supportive of the army.
Published: Mon Oct 23 08:56:11 EDT 2000

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Sri Lankan businesses hope for bipartisan bid to lift market
Yahoo, Sunday, October 22 9:48 AM SGT . Sri Lanka's war-battered economy is headed for a "fairy-tale" recovery if Central Bank figures are to be believed, but investors remain unconvinced and a hung parliament has added to the gloom. The latest Central Bank figures show a 7.0 percent GDP growth in the first half of this year compared to an expansion of 3.0 percent last year, yet the markets are in the doldrums. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 10:08:07 EDT 2000

Suicide bombers hit navy craft in Sri Lanka port
123India.com, Oct 23 2000 09:53 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 23 (AFP) - Tamil Tiger rebels launched a major suicide bomb attack against a strategic naval base in northeastern Sri Lanka Monday destroying a gun boat and a troops transporter, officials said. There were no immediate details of casualties after the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) breached a security cordon at the port of Trincomalee and managed to slip in four of their boats believed to carry suicide bombers, local officials said by telephone.They said one craft packed with explosives was blown out of the water by navy fire while the other three rebel craft rammed a navy gunboat and another high speed craft used to transport troops. Local officials said Tigers were firing at the Trincomalee navy facility from a nearby coastal location as the suicide boats came into the harbour. "The port is now closed for civilians as well as civilian employees of the navy," a local official in Trincomalee, 260 km (160 miles) northeast of here said. "A search operation is underway for rebel infiltrators." More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 01:26:24 EDT 2000
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LTTE suicide boats wreck havoc at Trincomalee harbour  - The Hindustan Times
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Douglas Pieris sings another song
Island, Monday, 23 October. Interdicted Senior SP Douglas Pieris whose name had prominently transpired in the Batalanda case has sworn another affidavit dated August 10 where he claims that he met Minister Mahinda Wijesekera and MP Sarath Kongahage at a hotel in Madras when they promised to help him. No date of this meeting has been specified.Pieris has said that these two politicians had told him that as soon as they got back, they would send CID officers to the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Madras, asked him to surrender himself to their custody, lawfully return to Sri Lanka and all necessary measures for his security would be arranged. This affidavit now filed in the Magistrate’s court of Negombo affirms that he, accompanied by a Madras lawyer, presented himself at the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Madras on Aug. 2 as requested by phone by Kongahage the previous day. He met two CID officers, CID Director SSP Gajanayake and IP Linton and surrendered to their custody in the presence of the head of the mission, Mr. Jayasinghe. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 06:34:10 EDT 2000

SL fisheries university to be affiliated to UWS
CDN, Monday, 23 October. An Australian University has come forward to assist the newly established Sri Lankan Fisheries university by way of collaboration in areas where it is feasible, sharing of facilities and expertise in planning, teaching and research and development in the fisheries sector. Their offer also provides for the Sri Lankan Fisheries University to be affiliated to the University of Western Sydney (UWS) shortly. This is a sequel to the negotiations initiated by the Sri Lanka Arts Council of Australia Inc. (SLACA) on the request of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Rajapakse."UWS has expressed its desire to establish a strong and enduring links with our fisheries university and the final round of negotiations will begin shortly, Minister Rajapakse told the Daily News yesterday. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 06:40:16 EDT 2000

Rebels sink two Sri Lanka navy vessels, kill sailors
Virtual New York, Monday, 23 October 2000 0:53 (ET). Separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas in a pre-dawn attack Monday destroyed two Sri Lankan navy vessels and shelled the eastern command headquarters killing two sailors in Trincomalee. According to reports, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rammed an explosive-laden suicide boat into two naval vessels berthed at Trincomalee harbor. A navy gun boat and a vessel used to ferry military personnel to the northern Jaffna peninsula were destroyed.The Sri Lankan navy claimed it destroyed three rebel suicide boats. One boat managed to get through and rammed into vessels. A resident of Trincomalee, reached by United Press International by telephone, said, "The explosions in the harbor were so powerful that tiled roofs of some houses near the navy headquarters were damaged. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 01:31:06 EDT 2000
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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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UNP may offer issue-based support to PA Govt.  - The Hindu (International)
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PA, UNP agree on ‘working method’  - The Hindustan Times
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PA and UNP inching towards national government in Lanka: Experts  - IndiaExpress.com
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Opposition offers prop to Chandrika's shaky coalition  - India Abroad
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Sri Lanka's shaky coalition gets opposition prop  - 123India.com

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 Lanka army launches big recruitment drive
ABC News, 10/23/2000 07:33:00 ET. COLOMBO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan army announced a massive recruitment drive on Monday to fill ranks depleted by desertions and casualties from battles with Tamil Tiger rebels. "We need another 10,000 men to finish what we have started," army commander Lionel Balagalle told a news conference in Colombo. He said the army was willing to overlook its minimum educational requirements to encourage more young people to enlist during the drive that begins on Wednesday. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 08:29:52 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

Sihala Urumaya and Sri Lankan politics - A Feature
CDN, October 24. Sri Lankan voters, particularly, the Sinhala-Buddhists, have spoken very clearly. They have rejected, Sihala Urumaya, the most stupid political party in the history of Sri Lanka, run by the most educated people.Our Sri Lankan voters deserve the nation's thanks, commendations and encomiums for their clarity of mind. Sihala Urumaya is trying to drag the Sri Lankans into a primitive, barbaric, uncivilised society based on hatred, animosity, confrontations and hostilities against other communities by way of instigating innocent people on the lines of communalism and Sinhala chauvinism. The verdict rendered by the people should be an eye-opener for the LTTE to think twice. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 19:37:24 EDT 2000
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S.L; the giant takes a bow  - Sunday Leader

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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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

LTTE suicide boats attack Trincomalee harbour
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, Oct 23. Tamil rebels early on Monday launched suicide attacks on the Sri Lankan navy destroying a naval craft and killing two sailors in the east, the army said. Six militants were killed and three LTTE suicide boats and a passenger vessel were destroyed in the attack at dawn on the eastern Trincomalee harbour and two other places in the eastern coast, army spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Mon Oct 23 05:21:20 EDT 2000

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