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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...

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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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Two dead as race riots worsen in Hill Country
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1920 SLT 30.10.00. Two people are reported to have been killed as riots in the Talawakale area worsened today. The Talawakale town has been destroyed with shops burnt and looted.A large number policemen and soldiers moved into the town early this monring. The riots broke out when nestate tamils held a protest demonstration against the death of a Estate tamil youth at the Bidunuwave rehabilitation camp in Bandarwella last week. The demonstrators burnt a few sinhalese shops after a drunken sinhalese abused the demonstrators. The sinhalese responded by burning tamil shops triggering full scale race riots, the worse in the country since 1983.

Vehicles moving on the Talawakale-Ginigathena road were been attacked by tamil mobs while sinhalese mobs were retaliating against tamils using the road from Ginigathena to the south. This correspondent who visited Talawakela this morning left the area in a convoy protected by armed soldiers who fired automatic weapons to disperse crowds waiting to attack vehicles. The 40 kilo metre road was littered with glass as dozens of vehicles were damaged. Some people were injured in the attacks by sinhalese and tamil mobs. The town of Ginihathena was peaceful in the early hours of this morning but four hours later sinhalese mobs have attacked tamil shops in the town, some opposite the police station. The Army moved-in by late morning to restore peace in the town as is many other places in the Talawakale area. An Ari Force helicopter was desployed by noon to help the army coordinate security operationns. A police curfew was imposed from 3PM today in a bid to calm the tense situation in the araea. end
Published: Mon Oct 30 08:57:36 EST 2000

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Sri Lanka: Arson, rioting continues in central hills
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, October 31, 2000. COLOMBO, OCT. 30. The leader of the Up-Country People's Front (UCPF) and United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian, Mr. P. Chandrasekharan, was detained in the early hours today following violent clashes in Sri Lanka's central hills on Sunday. Despite a heavy presence of the Army, the police and the elite Special Task Force, arson and rioting continued in some parts today. Security forces were preparing for further tension with the funeral of a victim of the Bindunuwewa camp attack scheduled for Tuesday in Maskeliya, a town in Nuwara Eliya district. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 18:25:07 EST 2000
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Britain’s Charity Commission raids TRO
The Island, October 31. "Charity investigators have frozen the bank accounts of a London-based refugee agency, and are also questioning three other charities accused of giving money to the Tamil Tiger guerrillas in Sri Lanka. "The Charity Commission raided the offices of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in Walthamstow on Thursday and seized documents relating to its finances. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 19:08:32 EST 2000

Tea garden Tamils brew trouble for Kumaratunga
India Abroad, Oct 31, 2000 01:10 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Barely two weeks after cobbling up a coalition government, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga finds trouble brewing in a new quarter - among the Indian Tamils working on tea plantations. Police arrested P. Chandrasekharan, an opposition politician representing Tamils of Indian origin, this morning in connection with Sunday's rioting in the central Nuwara Eliya district. Chandrasekharan, leader of the Upcountry People's Front, was in the forefront of the protests against Wednesday's massacre of 26 Tamil detainees at a rehabilitation camp by Sinhalese mobs. W More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 18:27:23 EST 2000
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Police attacked at Polonnaruwa
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.25 p.m. SLT Monday October 30. A police post in the district of Polonnaruwa was attacked this morning by the LTTE. One policeman was killed in the incident when rebels opened fire on the vehicle carrying the injured officers from the besieged police post.
Published: Mon Oct 30 03:24:13 EST 2000
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Curfew re-imposed at N'Eliya - Hatton
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.20 p.m. SLT Monday October 30. A police curfew was re-imposed in the districts of N'Eliya, Talawakelle, Lindula and Hatton this afternoon. The curfew has been implemented indefinitely due to incidents of communal violence which continued after the massacre of 26 Tamil detainees at Bindunuwewa detention center in Bandarawela.

Both Sinhalese and Tamil mobs are reported to have continued attacking each other, burning shops and running amok even after the curfew in these districts was lifted at 5 a.m. this morning.
Published: Mon Oct 30 03:24:13 EST 2000

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UNP MP for N'Eliya arrested
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Monday October 30. Upcountry People's Front Leader P. Chandrasekeran, who is also an MP for the United National Party was arrested today by N'Eliya police in connection with several incidents of unrest that had taken place in the district yesterday. The events of violence forced police to declare a curfew last morning in the districts of N'Eliya and Badulla when Tamil estate workers damaged property seeking revenge for the murder of 26 Tamil detainees at the Bindunuwewa detention center at Bandarawela.

Chandrasekeran was arrested at his upcountry residence at around 1.30 a.m. this morning by officers of the N'Eliya Police Special Investigative Unit (SIU). The MP was brought down to Colombo this morning in order that his statement be recorded by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

SSP Nihal Samarakoon of the N'Eliya police said that Chandrasekeran was handed over to the CID pending further investigations by Talawakelle police into the unrest at N'Eliya and Talawakelle over the weekend.
Published: Mon Oct 30 02:05:24 EST 2000

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Curfew lifted in Sri Lankan riot-torn districts
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on October 30, 2000. Colombo, Oct. 30. (UNI): The curfew imposed in two Central districts of Nuwera Eliya and Badulla in the aftermath of violent incidents yesterday, was lifted this morning with no untoward incident reported last night. A military spokesman said the situation was ``calm and quiet.'' However, security has been tightened to prevent occurrence of such incidents. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 06:29:18 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka Jan-Aug Crude Imports Up 47% To 1.556 Mln MT
Yahoo Asia, Monday, October 30 11:30 AM SGT . In a monthly statistical bulletin, the bank said imports of crude oil in August, however, fell 14.8% to 156,000 tons, compared with 183,000 tons in August 1999. A Ceypetco official said the higher imports in the first eight months of 2000 mainly reflected a two-month shutdown of the country's main refineries for routine maintenance last year. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 20:57:05 EST 2000
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First Buddhist temple in Moscow planned
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on October 30, 2000. Moscow, Oct. 30. (UNI): The Russian capital will soon have its first Buddhist temple. Moscow city authorities have given the necessary permission to local Buddhists for pursuing the requisite construction plans, according to a government spokesman here. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 08:13:48 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Marxist resist limousines for law-makers, Oct 30 2000 13:23 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 30 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Marxist who once violently opposed Indian-made merchandise has asked the government to stop issuing luxury limousines for legislators and instead offer cheap Indian cars. The JVP, or People's Liberation Front, said Monday that they opposed the state giving a concessionary loan of 26,500 dollars to legislators to import a luxury vehicle free of all taxes. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 04:18:05 EST 2000
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25 rebels killed at Maduvil - forces hold new ground
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 .am. Monday October 30. Security forces captured one and a half kilometers south of Jaffna in the Maduvil area yesterday. Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said that in the new offensive, troops had also recovered 16 T56 weapons and some communications sets left behind by the rebels when forces overran Tiger territory.

The Special Media Information Center said today that in a fresh offensive launched by government forces in the northern peninsula at Maduvil yesterday, 25 rebels had been killed while the military had lost 11 soldiers.

The government states that hundreds of troops backed by tanks and heavy artillery, had begun Sunday's attack in a bid to regain rebel held territory in Sri Lanka's war besieged north.

Defence sources meanwhile allege that the LTTE did not observe a two day truce agreed upon by both warring factions to enable thousands of children in the North to be immunized against polio. The campaign was carried out by UN agencies in the North, but the military say that on the first day of the immunization program the rebels broke the temporary ceasefire and shot mortars into military strongholds in the Batticaloa district.
Published: Mon Oct 30 02:05:24 EST 2000

Bindunuwewa – the horrendous crime
The Island, October 30. Bindunuwewa, a sleepy village situated around two miles out of Bandarawela is now a name synonymous with a horrific massacre. There can be no excuses. Those who died were in the custody of the state and the seriousness of this was no doubt understood by the President herself, as is evident from her immediate statement. She condemned the massacre without reservation and has been certainly moved by it. But most unfortunately the matter does not end there. The world is entitled to an explanation and a plausible one at that. The world will also want to see those responsible punished. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 19:07:02 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Hayleys AIG Insurance,Bk of Ceylon Eye Alliance
Yahoo Asia, Monday, October 30 6:19 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's state-owned Bank of Ceylon (P.CEY) said Monday it has signed a letter of intent for a commercial alliance with Hayleys AIG Insurance Ltd., a unit of American International Group Inc. (AIG), an official said. We are still working on the details of the alliance and expect to announce a finalization of the deal in a few months, said Douglas Weerasinghe, an official at the Bank of Ceylon, the largest commercial bank in the country. Hayleys AIG is a joint-venture between conglomerate Hayleys Ltd. (P.HAY) and American International Group, which secured a license to commence general insurance business. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 07:46:02 EST 2000
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Ven. Dr. Mapalagama Vipulasara Thera passes away
CDN, Monday, 30 October. Ven. Dr. Mapalagama Vipulasara Thera, (76) passed away at the Sri Jayavardhanapura Hospital yesterday after a brief illness. An accomplished painter and sculptor Dr. Vipulasara Thera has also done several paintings and sculptures at numerous Buddhist temples and Buddhist institutions in Sri Lanka and abroad. The Samadhi Buddha statues at the London Buddhist Vihara, Dharma Vijaya Vihara Los Angeles, New York, Buddhist Vihara and Buddhist Centre in Canada, Japan, India, Hong Kong and China were among his creations. Ven. Dr. Vipulasara Thera had also held several distinguished posts in different organisations and institutions including membership of the Order of the International Fellowship of the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 04:15:17 EST 2000

This was the worst performance: Gaekwad
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on October 30, 2000. Mumbai, Oct. 30. (PTI): A dejected and tired looking Indian cricket coach, Anshuman Gaekwad, told reporters here that the poor showing by his team against Sri Lanka in the Coca Cola Cup final at Sharjah yesterday was the worst ever performance under his stint. After the team's arrival in the early hours today, Gaekwad, said ``we were outplayed in all departments of the game by the superior Lankans and I probably think this was the worst performance by my team in the recent past.'' ``I have no excuses to make and we were clearly outplayed by the Lankans in this tournament,'' he added. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 08:17:36 EST 2000
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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

Mourners clash with police
Hindu, october 30. Four persons were killed and many others injured as clashes broke out today in the Tamil-dominated central hills of Sri Lanka between police and mourners protesting the massacre at the Bindunuwewa open prison last week. Most of the violence was centred in Talawakelle, 40 km from Nuwara Eliya town, where incidents of arson were reported till late in the evening. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 00:16:42 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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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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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

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

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

Ganguly not disappointed with team's performance
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on October 30, 2000. Mumbai, Oct. 30. (PTI): Captain Saurav Ganguly today said that he was not all disappointed with his team's pathetic performance in the finals against Sri Lanka in the tri-nation Coca Cola Cup tournament at Sharjah yesterday. "We played nine matches in Nairobi (ICC Knock-out Tournament) and Sharjah out of which we won five and lost four which I think is a good record considering that the team had many debutants in both the series," he told reporters after the selection committee meeting this evening. More...
Published: Mon Oct 30 13:42:45 EST 2000
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