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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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Sinhalese party accused of instigating massacre
Times of India, october 28. The Sinhalese right wing nationalist party, Sihala Urumaya, has been blamed by the Sri Lankan official media for provoking the October 25 massacre of 29 surrendered LTTE militants at a rehabilitation centre by a mob of villagers at Bandarawela. Police found a large stock of posters purported to have been printed by the Sihala Urumaya, calling for the rehabilitation centre housing the former Tamil militants to be removed, state run Daily News said on Saturday. More...
Published: Sat Oct 28 20:32:27 EDT 2000
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Protest rally planned in Talawakelle against Bindunuwewa massacre
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 p.m. October 28. The Up country Peoples Front lead by former deputy minister P.Chandrasekaran has organised a rally to protest against the massacre of LTTE detainees in Bindunuwewa on Wednesday, General Secretary of the party M. Sivalingam told The Lanka Academic from his residence in Kotagala. He said that the party expects over 3000 people to attend the rally to be held tomorrow evening.

The party has invited all trade unions, including the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) to join in their peaceful protest rally. “ Need of the hour is to put an end to the war and live peacefully. Killing of innocent detainees will not help. Our party suspects the Police to be behind the massacre. We are sure that they instigated the villagers in the area,” said Sivalingam.

Meanwhile a curfew has been imposed in Talawakelle from 8.00 tonight until dawn tomorrow.
Published: Sat Oct 28 11:05:49 EDT 2000

Army accuse LTTE of breaching two day cease-fire
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.30 a.m. October 28. Military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne today accused the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of violating a two-day cease-fire, which came into effect yesterday. Both the army and the LTTE agreed on Thursday to a two-day cease-fire on Friday and Saturday to facilitate the medical authorities in the country to carry out the polio vaccination in the war torn area.

Speaking to ‘The Lanka Academic’, Karunaratne said “LTTE breached the cease fire and carried out attacks in Nagarkovil and Elthumaduval areas. However we will keep our word and respect our agreement for a cease fire”

In the past both the Army and the LTTE have honoured the cease at the time health authorities in the country moves into the war zone to give the vaccination to children living in the area. Sri Lanka has a high rate of polio cases and both national and international have been working tirelessly to eradicate the menace, which cripple the lives of young children.
Published: Sat Oct 28 01:38:07 EDT 2000

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LTTE violated temporary truce, says Sri Lanka  - The Hindu NUS
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Truce in Sri Lanka for children  - Virtual New York
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Sri Lankan police recover 2.5kg bomb from Tamil school teacher
NDTV/MSNBC, October 28. In Sri Lanka, the police have found a 2.5-kilogram bomb in the possession of a Tamil school teacher. The bomb was discovered following information gathered by police in the capital Colombo, after they questioned a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel.The bomb, powerful enough to blow up a bus, was found in the roof of the school teacher's house in Pottuvil, around 220 kilometers east of Colombo. The teacher has been brought to Colombo for questioning. More...
Published: Sat Oct 28 00:27:35 EDT 2000

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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Annan calls for inquiry into Sri Lanka attack on 25 ex-child guerrillas  - MSNBC
Annan for probe into Lankan attack on ex-child Tigers  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Annan urges impartial probe of Sri Lanka massacre  - MSNBC
Sri Lankan massacre: UN's Annan "distressed"  - BBC South Asia

Lanka denies re-appointment of Ratwatte as Dy Defence Minister
PTI, October 27. Sri Lankan government has denied that President Chandrika Kumaratunga has re-appointed her controversial uncle Gen Anurudha Ratwatte as Deputy Defence Minister. Reacting to a report in the newspaper 'Island' stating that Rattwatte had been sworn in as Deputy Minister of Defence by Chandrika, Director of Information Ariya Rubasinghe told PTI that the report was "false and baseless". Announcing his swearing-in, the newspaper also quoted Ratwatte as saying that the army operations against the LTTE would continue without any cease-fire. More...
Published: Sat Oct 28 12:16:10 EDT 2000

Anura's bodyguard shot dead
Island, saturday, 28 October. Inspector of Police, Ajith Jayasinghe and security officer of Speaker Anura Bandaranaike was shot last Thursday (26) night close to his house at Kandaliyadde Paluwa, Ragama by an unidentified person. He died on admittance to Ragama hospital, police sources said.Kelaniya SSP, Upali Ranasinghe speaking in connection with this killing said. "Two police constables from Ragama police had gone on patrol duty to Kandaliyadde Paluwa last Thursday night. They had noticed that Inspector Jayasinghe was questioning certain persons regarding a traffic jam near his house. At that moment OIC, Ragama police A. Wimalasena arrived at the scene and brought about a settlement. When they were about to return somebody in the crowd shot at Inspector Jayasinghe and fled." More...
Published: Sat Oct 28 09:15:53 EDT 2000

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

Cricket: 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. 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. Murlitharan, the wily off-spinner, then bettered Pakistani Aquib Javed's record of 7-37 and also surpassed the 200-wicket landmark as India were shot out for 226 with seven balls to spare. More...
Published: Sat Oct 28 10:40:00 EDT 2000
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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 denies Dy. Defence Ministership
The Island, October 28. The Information Department in a fax message yesterday said "Minister of Power and Energy General Anuruddha Ratwatte denies the news reports published in some newspapers today and broadcast over some electronic media that he was sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Defence on Oct. 26.General Ratwatte also totally denies that he had spoken to any media on this matter." More...
Published: Fri Oct 27 18:54:05 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 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

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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