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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...

A tribute to a BBC correspondent killed in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
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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Annan calls for justice for victims of Sri Lanka massacre, Oct 27 2000 22:26 IST. UNITED NATIONS, Oct 27 (AFP) - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Friday that the killers of 26 Tamil inmates at an open prison in Sri Lanka should be brought to justice. In a statement through his spokesman, he said he was "profoundly distressed" at the slaughter, which took place Wednesday at the Bandarawela rehabilitation centre, 210 kilometres (130 miles) east of Colombo. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 16:46:52 EDT 2000
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Officials suspended after massacre
Virtual NewYork, october 27. The Sri Lankan government suspended army and police officials supervising the rehabilitation center where 25 former rebels were massacred in cold blood Wednesday. President Chandrika Kumaratunga ordered the suspension of center's officials pending investigation by various law enforcement agencies into Wednesday's massacre. The officer in charge of the camp, Capt. Ajith Abeyratne, and all other officials were served with suspension orders Thursday. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 22:43:39 EDT 2000

Tension continues in Bandarawela
The Hindu (International), Saturday, October 28, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 27. Tension continued to simmer in Bandarawela in central Sri Lanka, 230 kms from the capital, where a rampaging mob stormed a rehabilitation centre for LTTE cadres on Wednesday and killed several inmates. The toll rose to 27 today as one more charred body was pulled out of the gutted building of the Bindunuwewa Rehabilitation Centre, which was, till two days ago, a showpiece of Government's efforts to restore young militants to the mainstream. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 16:54:47 EDT 2000

The Government says either the LTTE or an unknown organisation from the South may have been behind the massacre of 27 surrendered LTTE carders.
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1919 SLT 27.10.00. The Media Minister says the police investigating the massacre of 27 ex-LTTE carders believe that the LTTE were behind the situation. Addressing a news conference in Colombo the Minister said a LTTE suspect who was sent to the rehabilitation camp in Bidunuwave in Bandarawella a month ago has been instrumental in creating problems within the camp. " He may have surrendered to the Army with plans to create problems in the camp ", the Minister said quoting investigating officials. He said investigators have not ruled out the possibility that a southern group may have been behind the massacre. 27 were killed and 13 injured when a mob attacked the rehabilitation camp on Wednesday.
Published: Fri Oct 27 09:50:53 EDT 2000

Police uncover disappearances in Vauniya
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.15 p.m. October 27. Police in Wanni have uncovered the disappearance of young persons over a period of one year with the arrest of two LTTE recruiting agents this week. Earlier parents of young persons in Vauniya had complained to the Human Rights Commission that their children were missing and accused the Police and the Army for the disappearances.

The LTTE agents had admitted to the police that, they had recruited over 417 people during the period and taken them through Mallawi. They have also supplied essential medicine and drugs to the rebels through the same route.

‘The Lanka Academic’ learns that the two recruiting agents are young boys who worked with the LTTE and later captured by the army. They had been at the ‘Bindunuwewa’ rehabilitation center and released by the authorities on account of good conduct. However both of them had decided to rejoin the rebels on their return to the North.
Published: Fri Oct 27 10:19:54 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka: the life and legacy of Sirima Bandaranaike - An editorial
World Socialist Web Site, October 26. As the current president Chandrika Kumaratunga, second daughter of Sirima, once remarked, running the state in Sri Lanka is a bit like entering a family business—a comment which might well be echoed by her estranged brother Anura Bandaranaike, a leading UNP figure who now occupies the position of Speaker in the newly elected parliament, from where he is no doubt contemplating a move to a higher position. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 22:49:50 EDT 2000

Key Secretaries to Ministries retained by President Kumaratunga
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1930 SLT 27.10.00. President Kumaratunga appointed 45 Secretaries to Ministries today retaining the Secretaries of three key ministries. Defence Secretary Chandananda Silva, Finance Secretary P.B.Jayasundara and Foreign Secretary Lionel Fernando were retained while other Secretaries were shifted to new Ministries. President Kumaratunga appointed a 45 member cabinet, the biggest in the country's history after inconclusive elections on October 10th.

Published: Fri Oct 27 09:50:54 EDT 2000

Opposition Leader calls for an independent inquiry into the massacre
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1923 SLT 27.10.00. Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe has called for an independent commission of inquiry to inquire into the massacre in the rehabilitation camp in Bidunuwave. A statement issued by his office condemned the attack saying that killing those who have surrendered would create major problems for the country.
Published: Fri Oct 27 09:50:54 EDT 2000

Lankan soldiers planned massacre, says Tigers
Times of India (Breaking News), October 27. COLOMBO: Tamil Tiger rebels have accused police and soldiers of organizing a mob attack that killed 25 former child guerrillas who were detained in a government rehabilitation center. The rebel statement has created fear of a possible reprisal. In the past, when Tamils have been massacred in large numbers, the separatist guerrillas have made what they call revenge attacks on the military or the majority Sinhalese population. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 07:35:48 EDT 2000
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Amnesty seeks review of tough laws after Sri Lanka massacre, Oct 27 2000 17:50 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 27 (AFP) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International Friday called for a review of tough prevention of terrorism laws in Sri Lanka after the massacre of 26 Tamil inmates at an open prison. London-based Amnesty in an open letter to Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga welcomed her condemnation of Wednesday's slaughter, but said there should be an impartial inquiry to bring those responsible to justice. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 11:15:14 EDT 2000

Ratwatte back as Deputy Defence Minister
The Island, October 27. Minister of Power and Energy, Gen. Anuruddha Ratwatte was yesterday sworn in as Deputy Defence Minister before President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Gen. Ratwatte held the same deputy post in the earlier PA government. The General speaking to ‘The Island’ after assuming office as Deputy Defence Minister said operations would continue and there will be no ceasefire. More...
Published: Thu Oct 26 20:14:22 EDT 2000
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'Outsiders' blamed for Sri Lanka massacre
Telegraph, UK, Friday, 27 October. THE Sri Lankan government accused "outsiders" yesterday of instigating an attack by a mob which resulted in the massacre of 26 inmates at a detention camp for former Tamil Tiger rebels and child soldiers."It is clear from the information now received by the authorities that provocation from external forces had led to this situation," said President Chandrika Kumaratunga after ordering an investigation of the slaughter on Wednesday, which was a major propaganda setback for the government. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 07:52:58 EDT 2000
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Sri Lanka army, rebels agree 'tranquility days' for polio campaign, Oct 27 2000 15:56 IST. GENEVA, Oct 27 (AFP) - Government forces in Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to observe "days of tranquility" to enable the immunisation of thousands of children against polio, the UN Children's Fund said Friday. About 600,000 children under the age of five will be targeted under the programme to be carried out October 27 and 28 and on December 1 and 2, UNICEF said in a press release. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 07:31:31 EDT 2000

Fears in Sri Lanka -Editorial
HT, october 27. t is a measure of Sri Lanka’s ethnic complexities that the recent moves for an accord between the island’s two main political formations have given rise to apprehensions among the minority Tamil population. Given the ruling coalition’s slim parliamentary majority, it will be virtually impossible for the Chandrika Kumaratunga Government to carry out the necessary constitutional changes enabling her to deliver on the promise of greater devolution to the Tamils. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 22:46:22 EDT 2000
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Massacre suspects freed after protest
BBC, October 26. Police in Sri Lanka have released 200 people who were detained over an attack on an open prison on Wednesday which killed 26. The police say they were freed to prevent further communal violence, after hundreds of Sinhalese villagers surrounded the police station where the suspects were being held.Joseph Pararajasingham, an MP from the moderate Tamil United Liberation Front, told the BBC that posters inciting violence had appeared in Bandarawela ahead of the attack. More...
Published: Thu Oct 26 20:10:19 EDT 2000
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Massacre at Bandarawela rehabilitation camp
Yahoo-AP , 27 October 2000. A police officer stands guard as one of the survivors of the massacre of the Bandarawela rehabilitation camp lays on a bed in a Bandarawela hospital. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 01:43:18 EDT 2000
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Inadequacy of laws to counter brazen robbery Biopiracy of our endemic fauna and flora well entrenched
Island, October 27. Investigations into a racket that was uncovered by the Custom’s Biodiversity Protection Unit in 1998, involving the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, the Cornell University of USA, a company named Island Services and an NGO called Indigenous Medicine Foundation have been shelved for sometime due to the lack of laws to proceed with the investigations and to bring the culprits to book. More...
Published: Thu Oct 26 20:32:49 EDT 2000

Slain terrorist honoured at event at school
NationalPost, October 25. A martyred terrorist was honoured at an area high school this month, raising new concerns taxpayer-funded Canadian schools are being used to stage events that glorify violence.A notorious member of the Tamil Tigers known as 2nd Lieutenant Malathi was "commemorated" on Oct. 14 at Glenforest Secondary School.Malathi was killed in a shootout with Indian peacekeepers in the 1980s. More...
Published: Thu Oct 26 20:42:07 EDT 2000

LAcNet Election Center, OCTOBER. The complete lack of concern that these most egregious electoral violations and blatant rigging were being observed and reported by local and international monitors raises serious questions about accountability. Yet it begs the question, if the politicians are not beholden to the people, then to whom indeed are their thugs beholden? The consequences of arming and training groups of people who increasingly appear to be obligated to nothing and no one could well make these politicians obsolete. There is no absolute monopoly on power in Sri Lanka, and politicians may ultimately be arming their "supporters" at their own peril. In spite of problems similar to those in Pathadumbara with the polls throughout the Central Province and in the North and East, and the declaration by the elections commissioner that the elections were not free and fair, the results have been allowed to stand. The same people who waged a campaign based on fear and intimidation retain power, and have been rewarded with handsome ministerial portfolios. This is the tragedy of Sri Lanka: More...
Published: Thu Oct 26 10:19:04 EDT 2000

INTERVIEW-Sri Lanka to stay at war with Tigers if peace fails
ABC News, 10/26/2000 02:48:00 ET. BANGKOK, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka is determined to seek a solution to its conflict with the separatist Tamil Tigers but sees no alternative to war unless the rebels change their stance on peace talks, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said. "They have no interest in peace talks," Kadirgamar told Reuters in Bangkok. More...
Published: Thu Oct 26 07:32:39 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Govt Likely To Delay 2001 Draft Budget-Report
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, October 26 12:11 PM SGT . The Daily Mirror's Thursday edition reported that the government was likely to present a vote on account to cover the first quarter to Mar. 31, 2001. A vote on account is bill allowing the government to cover revenue and expenditure measures for a temporary period. The report said the delay was prompted by differences among members in the People's Alliance on the appointment of deputy ministers. More...
Published: Thu Oct 26 06:12:10 EDT 2000

Sri Lanka Shrs Open Flat; Thin Trade Amid Weak Sentiment
Yahoo Asia, Friday, October 27 12:13 PM SGT . Trading has been lackluster the past few days, as the Colombo bourse has continued to focus on new political developments, following last week's appointment of the new cabinet of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's coalition government. Domestic worries such as last week's suicide attack in the capital, and an escalation in fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in the northeast have further cautioned investors. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 01:36:40 EDT 2000
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Murlitharan's world record helps Sri Lanka swamp India
Yahoo Asia, october 27. Muthiah Murlitharan returned one-day cricket's best ever figures of 7-30 as Sri Lanka destroyed India by 68 runs on Friday to gain a psychological edge before the final of the Sharjah tri-series here. Sent to bat in the last league match, the Sri Lankans rode on a monumental third-wicket stand of 226 between centurions Marvan Atapattu and Mahela Jayawardena to pile up 294-5 in their 50 overs. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 18:51:01 EDT 2000
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Atapattu, Jayawardena make merry
Hindu, October 28. To say that Sri Lanka merrily warmed up in the run-up to the championship final of the Coca-Cola Tri-series would be a gross understatement. In the three-and-a-half hour session Sri Lanka batted, after being put in, it thoroughly exposed the lack of penetration and imagination in the Indian bowling, which hit a low, after Ajit Agarkar came up with an incisive opening spell. More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 19:12:58 EDT 2000

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