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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...
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Solheim and Prabhakaran hold pow-wow in the Vanni
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.10 a.m. SLT Thursday November 2. Norwegian special envoy Eric Solheim on Tuesday met with the elusive rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran at his hide-out in the Vanni region. An LTTE statement issued from its London office said that the two hour meeting had taken place in Tiger territory at Malawi. Solheim was accompanied by Norway's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jon Westborg and Ms. Kjersti Tromsdal an executive officer in the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.

The rare meeting has yet to draw a response from the Sri Lankan government. The Norwegians claim however that Prabhakaran had tentatively agreed to holding peace negotiations with the State only if military offensives in the north were de-escalated. The rebel leader had also laid down three conditions as a pre-requisite for negotiations to begin.

He had asserted that a ceasefire, withdrawal of troops from the Jaffna Peninsula and lifting of an economic embargo were all a must if the State was sincere in conducting negotiations with the LTTE. The government has previously refused all three of these conditions but insisted that the rebels must lay down arms if peace talks are to begin.

Tamilselvan head of the LTTE's political wing and Sankar a senior LTTE cadre were also present at the meeting.

The LTTE statement says that Prabhakaran explaining the politico-military situation in the Northeast had blamed the Kumaratunge government for having unleashed a genocidal war against the Tamil people and as a consequence the Tamils had suffered enormously. He had further declared that the government was not sincere in seeking a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

The LTTE leader had insisted that the Sri Lankan government should take the initiative of relaxing the conditions of war if they wanted genuine peace.
Published: Wed Nov 1 21:34:22 EST 2000

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Norway revives Sri Lanka peace bid with landmark meet, Nov 01 2000 23:03 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 1 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's top Tamil rebel leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, Wednesday met with Norway's peace envoy, Erik Solheim, and put forward conditions for opening fresh negotiations, the rebels said. Prabhakaran, the elusive leader of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), held a rare meeting lasting two hours with Solheim in the rebel-held region of Malawi, the LTTE said in a statement.Discussing about the prospects for peace talks, the LTTE leader suggested a process of de-escalation of the conflict as a necessary pre-requisite for a dialogue," it said More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 13:21:13 EST 2000
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'Racism will only make LTTE stronger'
The Hindu (International), Thursday, November 02, 2000. COLOMBO, NOV. 1. As the central hills of Sri Lanka began to return to normality, the President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, warned that the country ran the risk of suffering international isolation once again if there was a ``relapse'' of Sinhala- Tamil communalism. In an address to the nation last night over radio and television, Mrs. Kumaratunga appealed for restraint by all ethnic groups, reminding the majority community that Sinhala racism would only make the LTTE stronger. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 16:05:52 EST 2000
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Former Sri Lankan Cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga denies he took bribes to fix matches
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 2100 SLT 01.11.00. Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga today denied that he took bribes from Indian book makers to six matches. In a statement issued soon after the Indian police report became public Ranatunga sais that he had never taken money from any book maker and that he had never been approached either. Indian Criminal Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a report submitted to the Indian Sports Minister has named a number of current and past international cricketers who they allege were involved in match fixing. Only Sri Lankans to be mentioned are Ranatunga and Aravinda De Silva. De Silva was not available for comment today. Meanwhile Cricket Board President Thilanga Sumathipala said that the board at a emergency executive Committee meeting today decided to request the Indian Board for a copy of the full report. " We cannot take a decision until the full report is available. However we have three options. One is under the contract with Players. Second is under the code of Conduct and the third is to ask the CID to make a criminal investigation. Since even in India it was a criminal investigation we may decide to do that here" Sumathipala said.
Published: Wed Nov 1 10:03:56 EST 2000

Ranatunga, De Silva summoned by board
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on November 1, 2000. Colombo, Nov. 1. (PTI): Two stalwarts of Sri Lankan cricket, former captain Arjuna Ranatunga and his team-mate Aravinda De Silva, have been summoned by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board after their names figured in the CBI match-fixing report. Board officials today said both Ranatunga, who retired from international cricket earlier this year, and De Silva had been asked to appear before the Board for an emergency meeting to discuss the issue. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 12:28:58 EST 2000
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Ranatunga denies taking bribes to fix matches
Yahoo Asia, November 1 . Sri Lanka's World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga denied Wednesday accepting bribes and rejected allegations contained in an Indian investigation report into match-fixing.Ranatunga, 36, who retired from international cricket in August, said he had never had any dealings with bookmakers nor was he ever offered money to throw matches."Had any offer of a bribe been made to me at any time I would have promptly reported the matter to the appropriate authorities," Ranatunga said in a one-paragraph statement. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 09:37:28 EST 2000
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Concern in Washington over the massacre
BBC, November 1. Three US congressmen have urged Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to register her concern over the recent killing of Tamil inmates at a prison in Sri Lanka.This is not the first time members of the committee on International Relations in the House of Representatives have written to Ms Albright asking her to review policy towards Sri LankThe letter says the Sri Lankan Government failed to provide proper security for the prisoners in its charge.They suggest that a political solution to the war should include the possibility of outright independence for Tamil areas in the Jaffna peninsula. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 10:40:19 EST 2000

Lankan air raid on Tiger camp kills 40 rebels
Times of India (Breaking News), November 1. COLOMBO: Air force MiG-27 and Kfir fighter jets destroyed a Tamil Tiger rebel camp south of Trincomalee port, killing at least 40 militants, said a military spokesman Wednesday. The rebel camp, knocked out on Monday, was used as a base to stage attacks in the area, said military spokesman Brig. Sanath Karunaratne. He said a guerrilla suicide assault on the Trincomalee port on October 23, which left at least 20 combatants dead, had been launched from the camp. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 06:59:19 EST 2000
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15 people die of rat fever in Matara
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 1. Health authorities said today that 15 people have died of rat fever over the last six months at Matara. A post mortem on some of the victims revealed the sickly conclusion.

These latest revelations were made in the wake of an outbreak of Dengue in the district of Matara which virus has claimed the lives of 115 persons in the last month. Amidst rising concern over the outbreak of the Dengue virus, 46 schools will close this week on Thursday and Friday in order to conduct awareness campaigns in the district and destroy possible breeding grounds of the deadly mosquito.
Published: Wed Nov 1 04:12:58 EST 2000

Schools, varsity close in Lanka over dengue scare
Times of India, 2 November 2. Forty schools and a university were closed in southern Sri Lanka on Wednesday because the Health Ministry feared that an outbreak of dengue fever may turn into an epidemic.Ruhunu University, the country's largest, and 40 schools in the Matara area were shut after 115 cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported. Matara, 160 km south of Colombo, is Sri Lanka's eighth biggest town. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 16:10:03 EST 2000

EU commends Lanka for efficient, professional poll
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 1. The European Union has praised Sri Lanka for conducting last months general election in "an efficient and professional manner." The EU in its statement has commended the Elections Commissioner and his staff for their untiring efforts which the report asserts enabled a large number of Sri Lankan voters to exercise their franchise freely.

The EU special election observer mission was led by EU Member of Parliament John Cushnahan who claimed his observers visited almost all 22 electoral districts except those ruled by the LTTE. Cushnahan and his 77 member team were guests of the government during last months general election.

The EU team recently drew fire from other local election monitoring groups namely the Center for Monitoring Election Violence whose Director Dr. Arjuna Parakrama described the EU's preliminary report on the October 10, poll as "a shoddy piece of work."
Published: Wed Nov 1 04:12:57 EST 2000

Tamils and Sinhalese clash in central Sri Lanka
NDTV/MSNBC, November 1. Ethnic violence has erupted in central Sri Lanka in the wake of last week's massacre of 26 Tamils at a detention camp. The violence broke out when Tamil gangs allegedly set alight Sinhalese-owned shops and vehicles after the funeral for one of the massacre victims. The towns of Talawakelle and Kotagala have been devastated by clashes between the two communities. On Monday, the government reimposed a curfew in a bid to quell the violence. Troops and police have maintained a heavy presence on the streets, which are littered with shattered vehicles, broken glass and smouldering debris following rampages by rival gangs.

The area has the largest Tamil population in central Sri Lanka, many of whom work in the region's tea plantations. L Vishwanathan, a Tamil shopkeeper, said, "I tried my best to stop the mobs attacking the Sinhalese after the funeral of the massacre victim. But in the night, the Sinhalese mobs attacked my workshop causing more than Rs. 250,000 in damage." More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 08:33:41 EST 2000

EU urges Sri Lanka to ensure open, fair elections, Oct 31 2000 23:25 IST. PARIS, Oct 31 (AFP) - The European Union urged the Sri Lankan authorities Tuesday to ensure that subsequent elections were fully open and fair after praising an October 10 parliamentary poll in which voters were able "to cast their votes in a reasonably acceptable manner." An EU observer mission headed by Member of the European Parliament John Cushnahan monitored the poll which was held in Sri Lanka except in areas controlled by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 20:30:26 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka party slams arrest of Tamil MP over riots, Nov 01 2000 11:23 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 1 (AFP) - A minority Tamil party Wednesday accused the Sri Lankan government of failure to prosecute those responsible for the massacre of 26 Tamil detainees and instead arresting an opposition legislator. The Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) slammed the government for detaining opposition Tamil lawmaker Periyasamy Chandrasekaran for the riots that followed last week's open prison massacre. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 04:16:26 EST 2000

Amarasiri Dodamgoda calls for Re-Election
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 30 October 1700 GMT. Vocational Training minister Amarasiri Dodamgoda has requested Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake to cancel the Galle District polls and re-elect new parliamentarians to the district, as there were vote-rigging during the general election.

Earlier, minister Dodamgoda accused minister and Leader of the House Richard Pathirana for trying to displace his preferential votes, which District Election officials deny.
Published: Tue Oct 31 12:09:30 EST 2000

Massacre a conspiracy by LTTE: Chandrika
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on November 1, 2000. Colombo, Nov. 1 (PTI): Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has alleged that the recent massacre of former LTTE rebels by Sinhala mobs in central Sri Lanka and the ensuing communal clashes between Sinhalese and Tamil tea workers was a conspiracy hatched by the tigers to destabilise her Government. ``Investigations had revealed that LTTE and certain ultra nationalist groups were conspiring against her Government,'' she said addressing the nation over television last night in the aftermath of three-day clashes between Sinhalese and Tamils of Indian origin in central Nuwara Eliya district. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 08:35:07 EST 2000
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TN: Sri Lankan convicted
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on November 1, 2000. Chennai, Nov. 1. (UNI): A Thanikachallam, Special Judge, trying cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotrophic Substances (NDPS) Act, today convicted and sentenced a Sri Lankan national Anthony Benedict, to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 10:25:17 EST 2000

Sri Lanka jets attack Tiger targets, Oct 31 2000 16:08 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 31 (AFP) - Sri Lanka air force jets on Tuesday bombed suspected Tamil rebel positions in the north-east of the country, where guerrillas had recently attacked a navy base, officials said. The aircraft pounded suspected positions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Upparu in Trincomalee district, local officials said, adding that they had no immediate details of casualties. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 06:57:06 EST 2000
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Vaiko-Balasingham meet: ex-TNCC chief's plea
The Hindu (Southern States), Thursday, November 02, 2000. TUTICORIN, NOV. 1. Former TNCC president, Mr. Kumari Anandan, today urged the Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee and the Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, to make it clear whether the MDMK leader, Mr. Vaiko, had met the political adviser of the LTTE, Mr. Anton Balasingham, in London recently with their knowledge or not. He told presspersons at Kovilpatti on Wednesday that Mr. Vajpayee and Mr. Karunanidhi owed an explanation to the people on this count as ``Mr.Vaiko's party is a constituent of the alliance''. More...
Published: Wed Nov 1 16:07:17 EST 2000
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Warships deployed to check arms piracy
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on October 31, 2000. New Delhi, Oct. 31. (PTI): The Navy today deployed fast attack warships off the strategic Andaman and Nicobar islands in a major bid to choke off illegal arms running to Myanmar, which ultimately find their way to insurgent groups in North-East and Sri Lanka. "The first of the four fast attack craft INS Trinkat has been based on the island to bolster vigilance capability," a naval spokesman said. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 10:27:30 EST 2000

SLMC again calls for probe into the death of Ashraff
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Tuesday October 31. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has once again made a request to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge to step up investigations into the death of its former Leader M. H. M. Ashraff. The SLMC maintains that the helicopter crash which claimed the life of Ashraff and 13 others is suspicious and that the party has not yet been told as to what the initial investigation found. The SLMC at a polit bureau meeting held last night stated that a full and impartial probe into Ashraff's death must be conducted and the party briefed on its findings.
Published: Tue Oct 31 03:03:41 EST 2000

Tensions simmer upcountry
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday October 31. Even while police claim that calm now prevails in Sri Lanka's hill country, a bus was damaged by two rival mobs in the Udugama area at Pussellawa in the Kandy district yesterday. Police say that the incident was a personal dispute between two groups of villagers and had no relation to similar incidents over the last two days in the N'Eliya and Hatton areas where mobs have damaged buildings and four compartments of a train in retaliation for the murders of 26 Tamil detainees at Bandarawela.

A 15 hour curfew imposed by police at 3 p.m. yesterday in the upcountry areas of N'Eliya, Hatton, Lindula and Talawakelle was lifted at 6 a.m. this morning after police determined that the situation in the hill country was relatively normal.

W. K. B. Weragama, General Manager for the Railways said today that he hoped to resume train services to the upcountry by this evening. Train services were restricted upto Nawalapitiya yesterday after angry mobs attacked the Udarata Menike and two other trains plying to the hill country.

Hundreds of police and armed forces personnel were deployed on the instructions of President Chandrika Kumaratunge in Sri Lanka's tea estates as Tamil and Sinhalese gangs continued to burn and destroy each others establishments. The incidents began after the brutal massacre of 26 Tamil detainees at the Bindunuwewa detention center at Bandarawela. Estate Tamils who went on the rampage were joined by Sinhala mobs who counter attacked the Tamils in ugly scenes similar to the 1983 racial riots in the country.

Tamil United Liberation Front, (TULF) MP Joseph Pararajasingham has meanwhile called for the release of P. Chandrasekeran, Leader for the Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF). The TULF maintain that the detention of Chandrasekeran who is a member of Parliament is illegal as his arrest was carried out minus the permission of the Speaker for Parliament. The TULF has condemned the arrest and assert that it can only lead to further unrest in the estate sectors upcountry.

The UPF Chief, taken in by police squads, is being held under tough laws of the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Chandrasekeran was arrested by a special police team early last morning on allegations that he was responsible in instigating racial riots in the hill country following the killings at Bindunuwewa.

Meanwhile Neranjan Wijeratne the Diyawadana Nilame for the Sri Dalada Maligawa today called upon the Minister for Ethnic Affairs and National Integration to interven in the present crisis situation upcountry and bring about peace. Wijeyratne further condemned the attack on the Tamils at the Bindunuwewa rehabilitation center saying that no way can such an incident be justified.
Published: Tue Oct 31 03:03:41 EST 2000

Sri Lanka President appeals for calm, curfew reimposed, Oct 31 2000 19:00 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 31 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday appealed for calm as a night curfew was re-imposed in a central district where hundreds of army troops patrolled the streets to prevent rioting. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 09:32:51 EST 2000
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MSNBC, Tuesday, October 31 4:38 PM SGT . COLOMBO, Oct. 31 — A tense calm settled on Sri Lanka's central hills on Tuesday after two days of the worst inter-communal violence to hit the war-torn country in 17 years. There were no reports of fresh violence, but a minority Tamil party whose leader was arrested after the riots vowed to step up pressure to secure his release. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 07:04:46 EST 2000
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Roy Dias tipped to become Bangladesh's coach
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on October 31, 2000. Dhaka, Oct. 31. (DPA): Former Sri Lankan test cricketer Roy Dias is tipped to become coach of Bangladesh's national cricket team, Bangladesh Cricket Board sources have said. Dias's name was proposed to Bangladesh by the Sri Lankan cricket authorities recently. The retired star cricketer will replace South African coach Eddie Barlow who had suffered a stroke last April and is unable to complete his two-year contract. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 08:16:50 EST 2000

LTTE plan to kill prominent politicians in U.P.
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on October 31, 2000. Lucknow, Oct. 31. (UNI): The Uttar Pradesh Government has issued high alert after Intelligence reports of two LTTE rebels, one of them a France-based member of its suicide squad, planning to sneak into the State to kill prominent political personalities. The plan, according to the communication, is coordinated by a Bangkok-based person named Radha alias Lokendra Rasa. ndian Intelligence agencies have come to know that Radha has directed two LTTE activists -- Jeeva and Seelan -- to carry out the plan. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 08:17:44 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Telecom Internet Plan Aims To Lead E-Commerce
Yahoo Asia, Tuesday, October 31 4:03 PM SGT . We are looking to make available the tools of the Internet to a wider mass (of people) in the country, said Satoru Hashimoto, chief executive officer of Sri Lanka Telecom. He said SLTNet, launched Monday, will lead the project for an Internet-driven market in the country as well as the South Asian region. Through a highly interactive Web site, the company hopes to introduce new features such as online e-business tools. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 04:47:41 EST 2000

Lanka coach for separate test, one-dayer squads
Times of India (Breaking News), October 31. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan coach Davenell Whatmore prefers separate Lankan squads for test and one-day matches on the lines of Australia. "Eventually it is nice to have separate teams for tests and one-dayers. Some players are more naturally suited to one-dayers and some for the longer version,'' Whatmore, who is being credited with moulding the young Lankan team into a close-knit unit, told The Khaleej Times. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 07:00:20 EST 2000

Police chief gets the chop over dinner demand, Oct 31 2000 13:16 IST. COLOMBO, Oct 31 (AFP) - Sri Lankan police Tuesday suspended an inspector for allegedly demanding a free dinner for two from a restaurant here in the capital Colombo, officials said. More...
Published: Tue Oct 31 04:46:11 EST 2000

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