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November 3, 2000, Colombo. Those interested in watching live coverage of the returns from the American presidential elections are welcome to the American Center at 44 Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka, from 7:00 a.m. on 8 November. In addition to the results from the Presidential race the Center will also be screening videotapes of the recently televised presidential debates, the conventions, and other election issues such as The Women's Vote, Campaign Finance, The Election Process and Political Volunteers. A poster display, a book exhibit and brief presentations on the Electoral College and other topics will be added attractions. The event will continue until a winner is declared.
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Bandula Jayasekera in Colombo. I was at Ranavirusevana in Ragama, house of Sri Lanka's disabled soldiers. A young Spanish dancer was performing for them. She danced among the soldiers trying to cheer them up. But, most of them were unmoved. Seated next to me on a wheel chair was a soldier in his regulation-striped sarong and short sleeved shirt. He looked blank. He was that Unknown Soldier until he started to speak. Jayatissa is 28 years old. He hailed from a traditional family in Embilipitiya, third of five boys and girls. More...
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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Election observers legitimate the illegal
Censorship News, October 31. On 10 October the people of Sri Lanka went to the polls for their eleventh general elections. The election campaign was marred by widespread violence, including the death of over 70 people, and numerous violations of the election laws. There were also serious problems on polling day. Despite these facts, the foreign observer teams that witnessed the proceedings all agreed that the Peoples Alliance's return to power was a 'reasonable reflection' of the will of the people. Two local monitoring organizations, the Centre For Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) and the Peoples Alliance For Free And Fair Elections/ Movement For Free And Fair Elections did not agree with this judgement. Andrew Kendle, who worked for CMEV in the Puttalam district, is particularly critical of the British team that was in the country. More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 20:39:54 EST 2000

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Final Report - EU Observation Mission Report
The EU Election Observation Website, October. Please click on the link to download the Full Report of the Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka. The file is in PDF format and you will need to download the Free Adobe Acrobat reader to read this document. Editor.. More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 20:57:01 EST 2000
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The European Union’s election monitoring: a waste of time  - The Island

Peace efforts in Lanka run into rough weather
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, November 4. THE NORWEGIAN effort to get the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to talk peace has run into rough weather with both sides putting spanner in the works. Even as the Norwegian special envoy for Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim, was briefing the Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, on his talks with the LTTE supremo, Velupillai Prabhakaran, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was in London asking the UK to ban the LTTE under its new Anti-Terrorism Act. A Foreign Ministry Press release said on Friday that Kadirgamar had met the British Home Secretary Jack Straw, earlier in the day and requested that the LTTE be banned in the UK for collecting millions of Pounds Sterling there for its war chest. Straw explained the provisions of the new Act and said that he would “consider” Colombo’s request. More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 17:55:27 EST 2000

Sri Lanka army doubts LTTE's intention
Times of India, Saturday, 04 November. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's top militray commander said Saturday said his troops were winning battles against Tamil Tiger rebels and any easing of pressure at this stage could allow the guerrillas to regroup and strike back. His comments followed an offer of peace talks by Vellupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "We have lot of suspicion about LTTE's intention" of calling a ceasefire, Gen Lionel Balagalle said More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 15:35:11 EST 2000
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Dengue spreads in Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9. 30 p.m October 4. Sri Lankan health authorities have decided to launch a massive campaign to curb the fast spreading dengue fever in the country.

Dengue fever which started from the Matara district have now spread to other areas of the country and have already claimed 20 lives.

Health authorities continue to give advice to Sri Lankans on how to keep their environment clean. However many Lankans accuse the local authorities for not attending to the garbage problems in the country which helps to spread dengue.

Huge garbage dumps could be seen all over the country even in front of the environmental authority in Kotte.
Published: Sat Nov 4 10:32:15 EST 2000

No free ground water for Sri Lankans anymore!
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 a.m October 4. Sri Lankans will not be able to use natural water resources such as rivers, home wells, tube wells, ponds and other ground water resources in the future freely. According to a government proposal they will be required to pay for the water they use in the future. Those who disregard this provision are liable to be hauled before court and punished.

The new proposal will allow the registration of natural ground water resources and an inventory of good water resources will be made available to the public.

The organization for the protection of public rights of natural water has already launched a protest against the governments proposals. It is important to see if the government will give into the protests of the heavily burdened Sri Lankan public. The protests have not reached any great heights as the public awareness regarding the proposal is still inadequate.
Published: Fri Nov 3 22:20:24 EST 2000

Sri Lankan, Indian leaders discuss Tamil peace bid
Yahoo, Sunday, November 5 12:22 AM SGT . Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has discussed efforts to resolve the country's separatist bloodshed with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, official sources said Saturday. The two leaders discussed a wide range of issues by telephone Saturday, an Indian high commission press release here said. Official sources said the conversation included recent moves to resolve the conflict between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government. More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 20:28:10 EST 2000
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Chandrika talks to Vajpayee, may visit by year-end  - Times of India
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Update at 20.00 hrs Top Stories Chandrika likely to visit India before year end  - The Hindu NUS
Chandrika likely to visit india before year end  - The Hindustan Times
Sri Lankan president to visit India next month  - NDTV/MSNBC

I was informed about Solheim's visit in advance- Ranil Wickremasinghe
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9. 15 p.m November 3. UNP leader and opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe said today that he was informed about the Norwegian special envoy Eric Solheim's visit to the Wanni to meet LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran well in advance but, he did not want to leak the information and upset the peace process.

Wickremasinghe said " Solheim was to visit Wanni before the elections but postponed it until after the election. Our party believe in a political solution to the ethnic problem and we will not do any thing to upset the process"

He added that the UNP will support the process despite the government castigating his party as being supportive of the LTTE.
Published: Fri Nov 3 10:23:05 EST 2000

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Ottawa flies alleged Tamil Tigers leader in for consultations
The National Post, October 31. A man the RCMP has accused of being a "high-ranking" leader of the Tamil Tigers terrorist group was flown to Ottawa at taxpayers' expense to give foreign policy advice to the Canadian government, according to documents released under the Access to Information Act.Also summoned to the closed-door meeting with Raymond Chan, secretary of state for Asia-Pacific, and other federal officials were the president and the spokesman for a Toronto group the United States has designated a "front organization" for the Tigers, the documents show.The March meeting was attended by Toronto resident Anton Philip who an RCMP search warrant named as one of seven "high ranking" leaders in Canada of the Tamil Tigers. Officials from the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (FACT) also attended. The U.S. State Department counter-terrorism branch claims FACT is one of two Canadian "front organizations" for the Tigers. More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 15:30:29 EST 2000

Analysis: Sri Lanka's search for peace
BBC, November 3. The difficulties facing Norwegian special envoy to Sri Lanka Eric Solheim in finding a solution to the 17-year-old conflict are considerable. The Tamil Tigers have repeatedly stated they want nothing less than an independent state, while the Sri Lankan Government says that it will never allow its territorial integrity to be compromised. Mr Solheim says that any peace settlement would have to insure the island remains one country while simultaneously addressing the grievances of the minority Tamil community. More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 15:38:46 EST 2000

Two share Canada's biggest literary prize
yahoo-reuters, November 4. Authors Michael Ondaatje and David Adams Richards are sharing this year's Giller Prize, Canada's biggest award for fiction, in the first joint presentation of the honor in its seven-year history.``This award is not about winners but about writers,'' said Sri Lanka-born Ondaatje, who won for ``Anil's Ghost''. The novel is about a forensic pathologist who returns to Sri Lanka and tries to find the identity of an unknown murder victim, which would implicate his murders. More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 13:41:48 EST 2000

Sixty two Tamil Tiger rebels killed in aerial and naval raids: army, Nov 04 2000 11:43 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 4 (AFP) - The Sri Lankan army claimed Saturday that 62 Tamil Tiger rebels had been killed in a week of aerial and naval attacks in the island's northeast. Army spokesman, Brig. Sanath Karunarathna said intercepted radio messages of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE) revealed that 32 rebels were killed during heavy bombing raids on rebel hidouts in eastern Trincomalee district. More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 03:48:12 EST 2000

JVP demands an end to Norway's involvement in peace talks
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1923 SLT 03.10.00. The JVP has demanded from the government that it ends Norway's involvement in eace talks with the LTTE. A media release by the Politburo of the the JVP said Norway would only further complicate the ethnic problem.
Published: Fri Nov 3 08:22:40 EST 2000

Amnesty for inquiry into Lankan massacre
Times of India, 04 November 2000. Amnesty International has called for a ``full and impartial inquiry'' into the mob killing of least 26 former Tamil rebels at a rehabilitation camp in central Sri Lanka.Amnesty, in a letter to Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, urged ``a thorough review of the detention regime affecting people held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and emegency regulations(ERs) to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.'' More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 06:43:24 EST 2000

President appoints 35 Deputy Ministers to 29 ministries
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 19.14 SLT 03.10.00. President Kumaratunga appointed 35 members of parliament as deputy ministers to 29 ministries today. However She did not appoint a deputy minister of defense or finance. Government sources said that the President wanted to make S.B. Dissanayake the deputy minister of local finance and G.L. Peiris the deputy minister of foreign finance. Mr.Peiris reportedly turn down the deputy ministry. President Kumaratunga appointed a 44 member cabinet, the biggest ever, after inconclusive general elections forced her to form a coalition government.
Published: Fri Nov 3 08:22:40 EST 2000
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35 Deputy Ministers
CDN, 04 November 2000. Thirty Five Deputy Ministers of the second People's Alliance Government were sworn in before President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at the President's House yesterday. A highlight of yesterday's new appointments was that there are 21 new faces. A further highlight of yesterday's swearing in ceremony was the absence of Deputy Ministers for 16 portfolios-which also included the portfolios of Defence, Finance and Planning and Information and Media. The List of Deputy Ministers Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs - Ediriweera Premaratne Plantation Industries - Kariyawasam Haputhanthri Gamage Noel Padmasiri. Ports Development and Development of the South - Chamal Rajapaksha. Agriculture - W. K. M. Sarath More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 06:52:29 EST 2000

Moscow condemns Tamil Tiger hijacking on Russian boat, Nov 03 2000 21:28 IST. MOSCOW, Nov 3 (AFP) - Russia's foreign ministry firmly condemned Friday the hijacking of its cargo vessel by Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels earlier this week. "This incident once again confirms the indisputable fact that terrorism ... has no borders, poses a mutual threat, and only the international community together can solve this problem," the ministry statement said. More...
Published: Fri Nov 3 11:57:31 EST 2000
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TN: BJP to seek explanation from Vaiko
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on November 4, 2000. Chennai, Nov. 4 (PTI): The BJP today said the MDMK general secretary Vaiko should explain at the next NDA meeting about his meeting with LTTE ideologue Balasingham during his recent trip abroad. BJP president Bangaru Laxman told a press conference (See photo by K Pichumani) here that NDA's policy on Sri Lanka was evolved only after a consensus among its constituents. More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 13:13:45 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka May Agree To Ceasefire, But No Troop Withdrawal
Yahoo Asia, Friday, November 3 6:15 PM SGT . Sri Lanka may agree to a cease-fire to facilitate talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, but will not withdraw its 40,000 troops from the north as the guerrillas demanded, a senior government official and the military said Friday."Secession of hostilities will be fine with us, but we do not want our troops to move back and vacate the areas," defense ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Fri Nov 3 22:09:53 EST 2000
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Hopes of early peace talks in Sri Lanka  - The Hindu (International)

Conflicting signs over new Lankan peace talks, Friday,November 3,2000. COLOMBO: There were conflicting signs Friday about the chances of new peace talks to end the two-decade Tamil Tiger conflict which has claimed 60,000 lives amid a bid by Norway to bring the sides together. The Norwegian Special envoy to Sri Lanka, Erik Solheim, announced Thursday that the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were serious about opening negotiations without preconditions. More...
Published: Fri Nov 3 06:52:56 EST 2000

Amnesty for impartial inquiry into Lankan massacre
India Abroad, Nov 03, 2000 23:10 Hrs (IST) . Washington: Amnesty International has called for a "full and impartial inquiry" into the mob killing of least 26 former Tamil rebels at a rehabilitation camp in central Sri Lanka. On October 25, nearly 3,000 Sinhalese villagers stormed the rehabilitation center in Bandarawela, 170 km east of the capital Colombo, and killed the former Rebels. The LTTE has accused police and soldiers of organizing the mob attack. Amnesty, in a letter to Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga urged "a thorough review of the detention regime affecting people held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and emergency regulations (ERs) to prevent the recurrence of such incidents." More...
Published: Fri Nov 3 22:11:09 EST 2000

Return of English in Lanka schools
Times of India, 4 November . When a major Sri Lankan political party split in mid-October, this was blamed on a conflict between the English-speaking `elite', which held the top spots in the organisation and its local language-speaking cadre.Unlike its South Asian neighbours, for most of the half century since independence from colonial British rule, Sri Lanka has officially frowned on the language of its former rulers. As a result, only Sri Lankans educated in expensive schools, are skilled in the use of English. More...
Published: Fri Nov 3 22:07:50 EST 2000

Sri Lankan Naval Chief to visit India
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on November 3, 2000. New Delhi, Nov. 3 (PTI): Sri Lankan Naval Chief Vice-Admiral Cecil Tissera arrives here on November 5 on a four-day visit to take up the issue of combating gun-running in the high seas in the Bay of Bengal. Heading a high-power naval delegation, Admiral Tissera will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Admiral Sushil Kumar and also meet Vice-Chief of the Army Staff, Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi and Vice- Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Vinod Patney. More...
Published: Fri Nov 3 10:41:24 EST 2000

Lanka minister seeks India's intervention to solve crisis
Times of India, 4 November . Sri Lankan minister for infrastructure and livestock development Arumugan Thondaman on Friday said only India's intervention could bring about a solution to the ethnic crisis in the Island nation. Thondaman, who arrived here en route to Singapore to attend the international confederation of Free Trade Union, told newsmen that he would meet Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi on November 16 and impress upon him the important role the state could play in finding a solution to the crisis. More...
Published: Fri Nov 3 22:04:40 EST 2000
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Lanka's police accused of "grave dereliction of duty"
India Abroad, November 3. Colombo: Sri Lanka's human rights watchdog Thursday blamed the police for not having prevented the brutal massacre of 26 Tamil detainees at an open prison camp by Sinhalese mobs. The Human Rights Commission (HRC) said the police had displayed a "grave dereliction of duty" in not bringing the mob of several hundreds of Sinhalese under control during the attack in the Central province town of Bandarawela on October 25. More...
Published: Fri Nov 3 06:50:17 EST 2000

Sri Lanka's de Silva says he was offered bribes to fix matches
Yahoo Asia, November 3. Sri Lanka's former vice captain, Aravinda de Silva, has said he was approached by bookmakers with offers to fix matches but has denied accepting bribes, officials here said Friday. De Silva, who was alleged to have accepted 15,000 dollars in 1994 to lose a test match in favour of India, flatly denied ever taking money, although he said he had been approached to fix matches, a cricket official said. More...
Published: Fri Nov 3 06:55:38 EST 2000

Sri Lankan Army Wary Of Tamil Rebels' Peace Talk Offer
Yahoo Asia, Saturday, November 4 11:36 PM SGT . His comments followed an offer of peace talks by Vellupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who has been leading a 17-year-old violent campaign for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and east of the country. More than 63,000 people have died. We have lot of suspicion about LTTE's intention of calling a cease-fire, Gen. Lionel Balagalle told The Associated Press in an interview. More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 13:15:05 EST 2000

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