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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.
Bandula Jayasekera in Colombo. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam too have commenced a recruitment drive after the army launched their Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam carry out their recruitment drive. At present both the army and the LTTE are facing a severe man power shortage to continue with the war. Sri Lankan army is trying to reach out to the youth with a mass scale publicity campaign in the national media. It is interesting to find out how the LTTE is carrying out their recruitment drive. 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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Army troops patrol central Sri Lanka after riots, Oct 30 2000 09:14 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 30 (AFP) - A night curfew was eased in central Sri Lanka Monday as heavily armed soldiers patrolled the streets to prevent further rioting, officials said. At least one man was killed when police opened fire Sunday at rampaging mobs in the Talawakele area in the tea-growing Nuwara Eliya district where public transport, state buildings and private shops were damaged. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 23:37:59 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka has the world’s largest Cabinet
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, October 29. TINY SRI Lanka with just 19 million people, has the world's largest cabinet of ministers, The Sunday Leader reported today. With 46 cabinet ministers, it has a larger cabinet than countries with a much larger population. Canada with 31 million people has 36 cabinet ministers; India has 26 for a population of nearly a billion; Russia has 25 for a population of 150 million; Malaysia has 23 for 22.5 million people; Bangladesh has 22 for 150 million; the UK has 22 for 59.2 million; Japan has 19 for 120 million; US has 14 Secretaries (cabinet ministers) for 274.63 million and Pakistan has 13 for 130.6 million. With 44 or even 46 Deputy Ministerships likely to be announced soon, Sri Lanka will have a jumbo ministry of 90 or 92 ministers in all. This means that 77.5 per cent of the 116 MPs of the ruling Peoples' Alliance (PA) will be ministers. In a house of 225 MPs, 40 per cent will be ministers. And the minister's offices are white elephants too. According to The Sunday Leader, in 2000, the total budgeted allocations for ministers' offices (not to be confused with ministries) is SLRs.552,556,000 or $7 million. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 23:43:16 EST 2000

Curfew in central Lanka to check Tamil reprisals
Times of India, 30 October. A Tamil mob set fire to a train and assaulted railway officials in the central region of the country Sunday as police imposed a curfew to curb rising violence and the army rushed a top official to the area, police said."I can confirm that four compartments of a train have been damaged due to people setting it on fire this afternoon at the hill-station of Watagoda," said W K B Weragama, general manager of railways. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 23:45:12 EST 2000
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Veerappan gave asylum to Tamil Tigers
TOI, October 29. Officials of Tamil Nadu are aware that Veerappan joined hands with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) soon after the 1991 Rajiv Gandhi assassination. The police now confirm that after the assassination, LTTE men took asylum in Veerappan's jungle.Villagers at Kodipura near Talamalai which Veerappan visited soon after killing three Border Security Force men in 1995 recounted to The Times of India how the bandit gave a long speech defending Rajiv Gandhi's assassination. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 23:56:05 EST 2000

JVP will counter SLMC, NUA `blackmail'
Island, Sunday, 29 October. JVP yesterday expressed willingness to unconditionally support the PA government to ensure stability and prevent the government being held to ransom by the SLMC/NUA combine. The JVP said that they were ready to support the government to ensure a majority on proposals that benefited the people and the country even if it had to do without the support of the SLMC/NUA.The PA currently has 107 MPs including 5 SLMC MPs. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 08:37:06 EST 2000

Security forces launch operation Kinihira 3
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.00 p.m October 29. Security forces in Jaffna launched operation Kinihira 3 in the early hours of this morning killing over 25 rebels and capturing LTTE's lines of strong points and bunkers off Maduvil North, military sources in Jaffna told 'The Lanka Academic' .

Army had completed the operation by 9.00 this morning and are consolidating their positions military sources revealed.
Published: Sun Oct 29 02:01:58 EST 2000

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29 LTTE rebels killed  - The Hindu (International)
Army push starts fresh fighting in Sri Lanka north  - MSNBC
Lankan troops kill 25 Tamil rebels  - Times of India (Breaking News)
Fresh clashes erupt in Jaffna  - BBC South Asia
Heavy fighting erupts in northern Lanka  - India Abroad
Sri Lanka troops kill 25 rebels in fresh offensive  -
Fierce fighting in northern Sri Lanka  - The Hindu NUS
Sri Lanka government reports new offensive  - BBC South Asia
Heavy fighting erupts in northern Sri Lanka  - MSNBC

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Information Director Should not make Allegations- PA General Secretary
Saturday 28 October 1730 GMT. It is not government officials’ responsibility to take part in spreading allegations, said PA general Secretary and Agriculture minister D.M. Jayaratne. Asked whether government maintained the view that Sihala Urumaya was behind the recent attack on Bindunuwewa detention camp, the minister said as investigations are not yet completed, he cannot point the finger at anybody. Mr. Jayaratne also criticised Mr. Ariya Rubasinghe, Director of Information, for his statement to Daily News, which quoted him as saying that the LTTE was behind the attack. Talking to BBC’s Sandeshaya,the minister said it is only irresponsible officials who spread such allegations.
Published: Sun Oct 29 13:05:45 EST 2000

India's day of shame at Sharjah
TOI, October 29. On what was one of the most humiliating days for Indian cricket, Sri Lanka decimated India by 245 runs to clinch the Coca Cola Cup tri-series here on Sunday. The Sri Lankans had proved to be the dominant force in the competition right from the beginning but no one could have foreseen the abject capitulation of the Indians when they batted even though the target was a formidable 300 in 50 overs. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 23:53:32 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka destroy India to take the Coca - Cola Trophy  - Cricinfo

Jayasuriya shines for Sri Lanka
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 29 October, 2000, 10:43 GMT . Captain Sanath Jayasuriya performed heroics at the crease smashing 189 off 161 balls to help Sri Lanka to a respectable 299-5 from 50 overs in the Sharjah tri-series final against India. The majestic left-hander hit 21 boundaries and four sixes to demoralise the Indian attack having won the toss and elected to bat in the day-night international in the United Arab Emirates. A packed crowd of 28,000 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium watched mesmerised as Jayasuriya raced to his first century and the ninth overall in 217 one-day games. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 12:09:06 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan child stars wins an international award
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.15 p.m. October 29. Two Sri Lankan child stars Pramudi Karunaratne (9) and Nithyawani Kandasamy (7) who acted in Somaratne Dissanayake’s ‘Saroja’ have won the best acting award at the 15th Iranian international film festival held last week.

Pramudi is a year four student of Sangamitta Balika Vidyalaya in Galle and Nithyawani is a grade three student of Ramanathan Hindu Ladies College in Bambalapitiya.

Sri Lanka’s master film maker and world renowned film personality Dr. Lester James Pieris speaking exclusively to ‘The Lanka Academic’ had this to say on the success of the child stars and ‘Saroja’. "It is a movie that had got the message of racial amity very successfully through the use of children and their innocence. These two kids play the role of Saroja and Varuni very successfully and they both are born actors. They seemed to have believed in their characters. In Hollywood there is this famous saying ‘ You dare not act in competition with kids. They steal the picture’. Saroja is a movie which has a universal validity" Lester James Pieris also said that it is important for all Sri Lankans to see the movie.

Somaratne Dissanayake’s ‘Saroja’ has already won seven international awards.
Published: Sun Oct 29 01:24:26 EST 2000

SundayTimes, October 29. The mother of a missing soldier pleads with Major General Janaka Perera to help her find her son. The moving scene was captured at Panagoda Sri Bodhirajaramaya where an alms- giving to mark the 51st anniversary of the Army was held yesterday. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 12:39:48 EST 2000

CPI condemns attack on Tamils near Colombo
The Hindu (Southern States), Monday, October 30, 2000. CHENNAI, OCT. 29. The CPI today strongly condemned the attack by a ``Sinhala mob'' on a ``rehabilitation centre'' near Colombo killing 26 Tamil inmates there recently, as any attack on captive prisoners violated basic human rights. The CPI's State Secretary, Mr. R. Nallakannu, while heavily coming down on this incident, said such gruesome murder in a rehabilitation camp was not permissible under any circumstances and urged the Sri Lankan Government to take steps to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 23:40:06 EST 2000
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2 Tamils missing in Sri Lanka: Amnesty
Times of India, october 29. Amnesty International said Saturday two Tamil men had disappeared after their arrest by the army earlier this month. "Amnesty International is concerned for their safety," the human rights group said in a statement.The London-based group appealed to President Chandrika Kumaratunga to help trace the missing people. It identified the two as Tharmalingam Sriranganathan, 21, and Shanmugalingam Thushyanthan, 19, belonging to the minority Tamil community. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 12:13:22 EST 2000

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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Truce in Sri Lanka for children  - Virtual New York
Sri Lanka says rebels violate temporary truce  -

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

Singapore beats Sri Lanka in international friendly
Yahoo Asia, october 29. In the preparations for their defence of next month's Tiger Cup in Thailand, reigning ASEAN football champions Singapore achieved a morale-boosting victory on Saturday night when they defeated Sri Lanka 4-0.And it looks as if the gap in standards between the two teams has not changed much in 20 years. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 12:15:55 EST 2000

Annan calls for probe into Lankan mob attack
Times of India, Sunday, 29 October. UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the Sri Lankan government Thursday to conduct an impartial inquiry into this week's mob attack that killed 25 former child rebel fighters and bring those responsible to justice. Annan said in a statement he was "profoundly distressed" to learn of Wednesday's attack on a government rehabilitation centre and appealed to both sides to refrain from any further escalation of violence. Tamil Tiger rebels have accused police and soldiers of organizing a mob of nearly 3,000 Sinhalese villagers who stormed a detention centre and used stones, knives and swords to kill 25 of the detained Tamils. The government has denied that security forces engineered the killings. More...
Published: Sun Oct 29 08:29:10 EST 2000
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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

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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Cricket: Uphill task for India in final  - The Hindu NUS

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