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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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Army's recruitment drive not going strong yet
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.25 a.m October 6. Sri Lanka army has so far failed to recruit ten thousand soldiers despite their aggressive campaign , military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told 'The Lanka Academic' this morning.

He said "So far we have recruited over seven hundred soldiers. We have not had the desired impact as yet. However we expect more to join the army during the next few weeks".

Army has called on the Sri Lankan youth to join forces to fight the LTTE to the end. Commander of the army Lt.. General Lionel Balagalle has already appealed to the clergy to assist the army's recruitment drive.

The recruitment drive which commenced last week is expected to go on until November 30.
Published: Sun Nov 5 23:26:20 EST 2000

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JVP says no to Norway
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.15 a.m October 6. Left wing Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has said no to a tour organized for opposition parliamentarians by the Norwegian embassy in Colombo.

JVP parliament group have decided not to visit Norway sighting that it was organized to justify Norway's peace broker mission between the government and the LTTE

JVP is opposed to Norway's peace efforts, claiming that it was partial towards the LTTE.
Published: Sun Nov 5 22:06:21 EST 2000

Suicide attack by LTTE foiled, Sunday,November 5,2000. COLOMBO: An attempt by two LTTE naval craft to carry out a suicide attack on the Trincomalee Harbour was detected in time and foiled by the Sri Lankan navy, a military spokesman said today. He said that two LTTE craft were detected by the naval patrol in Koddiyat bay in Trincomalee Harbour heading towards the inner harbour at 8.30 pm yesterday and fired upon. One of the explosive-laden boats exploded, the other one, however, managed to escape towards Gangai area on the southern side of the outer harbour, the spokesman said. More...
Published: Sun Nov 5 15:12:44 EST 2000
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S.Lanka says it foiled a rebel suicide attack  - MSNBC
Lankan navy thwarts Tiger suicide attack  - Times of India (Breaking News)

Special protection unit for Colombo
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.20 p.m October 5. Police in Colombo have established a special protection unit to protect the lives and property of people living in Colombo. The twenty four hour police protection unit has been established due to the increasing threats from the LTTE and the rising crime rate in the city.

The unit headed by a senior superintendent of police is trained by Sri Lanka's elite Special Task Force(STF). A spokesman for the special police protection unit said today that they expect to recruit over six hundred policemen and to provide them with modern weapons and bullet proof vests. He expressed hope that the activities of the unit will give greater confidence to the people in Colombo who are faced with constant threats.
Published: Sun Nov 5 21:31:00 EST 2000

Lankan Army Chief: Getting rid of IPKF a thoughtless act
The Hindustan Times, Colombo November 5. FOR THE first time since the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) left Sri Lanka ten years ago, a Sri Lankan Army Chief has said that the IPKF had greatly weakened the LTTE. He said that the Sri Lankan Government giving arms to the LTTE to get rid of the IPKF was a thoughtless act, which only gave a fresh lease of life to a dying guerrilla outfit. In an interview to The Sunday Times today, Army Commander Gen. Lionel Balagalle said that the LTTE had "suffered at the hands of the IPKF" and that it had been "weakened to a great extent". More...
Published: Sun Nov 5 21:12:36 EST 2000

Army Officer critical in hospital after "ragging"
Saroj Pathirana in London, Sunday 05 November 1700 GMT. A second lieutenant in the Saliya Pura Army Camp is in Intensive care in Kandy general hospital, after he was brutally beaten by two captains of the camp as a part of their "ragging", his wife has written to President Chandrika Kumaratunga. R.K.P. Dingiri Banda, 29 -year-old father with two children, has been transferred to Saliya Pura camp from Kankesanturai on twentieth of October. In a statement to Anuradhapura Hospital Police on October 29, the officer complained he was inhumanly beaten by two captains on twenty first night. His wife Wasantha Kumari Ratnayake, from Bakamoona, Polonnaruwa, requested the President Chandrika to investigate the incident and bring the culprits to justice.

Referring to the incident, army spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne admitted in BBC’s Sandeshaya that beatings in the army is not new. He was not however aware of the incident and promised to investigate.
Published: Sun Nov 5 12:04:05 EST 2000

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

Multi-million dollar dispute at BCCSL
Sunday Leader, Sunday, 5 November. A multi-million dollar deal to secure TV and radio rights for the Sri Lanka Cricket Board is once more embroiled in a controversy similar to the World Tel fiasco.The new Minister of Sports, Lakshman Kiriella barely a month in office, was informed by the CEO of the BCCSL Dhammika Ranatunga that recent negotiations to finalise TV and radio rights for the Cricket Board was being conducted in a shady manner.The minister was alarmed, so much so that he took immediate action and requested Cricket Board President Thilanga Sumathipala to place the offers on hold until suspicion surrounding the negotiations are fully investigated.The bubble burst when two heavyweights at the Cricket Board, Chief Executive Officer Dhammika Ranatunga and President Thilanga Sumathipala clashed over shortlisting offers which will hand over TV and radio rights to an international firm. More...
Published: Sun Nov 5 08:18:51 EST 2000

The European Union’s election monitoring: a waste of time
The Island, November 4. Who was it who said that they strained in elephantine proportions but brought out a mouse and a dead one at that? Perhaps this statement is somewhat unkind but there is no gainsaying the fact that the EU’s Mission has been as insipid as all other election monitoring missions and a waste of time, for what is it that they achieved ?As for their recommendations it is indeed an under-statement to say that they are insipid. What should be our conclusion about the Mission? I inquired around and here are some comments, "they judged this election by the standards of elections they observed in 44 elections in ‘Third World’ countries such as those in Africa-these clowns should have studied our history re free and fair elections";"They killed off our respect for Election Observers-the Europeans are no different to the other jokers who come out here for a good time" and the last publishable comment, "This must be an Irish joke" More...
Published: Sat Nov 4 20:47:18 EST 2000
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Final Report - EU Observation Mission Report  - The EU Election Observation Website

Sri Lankan commander bangs war drums
BBC South Asia, 06 November 2000. The commander of the Sri Lankan army,General Lionel Balagalle, has called on the people of Sri Lanka to support the war effort against Tamil Tiger rebels operating in the north and east of the country.In an interview with the Sunday Times of Sri Lanka, General Balagalle said the recent purchase of weapons and equipment by the military had meant that the battle against the rebels was now turning in the military's favour. The belligerent tone of General Balagalle's comments are in contrast to the progress Norway says has been made in its efforts to bring the government and the rebels to the negotiating table. More...
Published: Sun Nov 5 17:13:17 EST 2000

Do beauty contests have an ugly side?
Sunday Leader, Sunday, 5 November. The Lions Club may think its beauty pageant was a roaring success, but the contestants who took part in the show think that organisers were more than catty to them. Pretty Uschi, Harshani and Prischelle are just three of them. They say that they were not the only ones who were taken for a super ride down the catwalk. Several contestants vying for the Miss Sri Lanka title said that they had to do rehearsals without even a drink of water. "We had to find our own lunch and tea and the organisers were curt and always seemed to be in a bad mood and we were afraid to ask questions," alleged one contestant. Uschi, Harshini and Prishelle who vied for the Miss Sri Lanka title for Miss Asia Pacific 2000 organised by the Lions Club, International District 306C Region 1 held at the BMICH on Saturday October 28 2000 were merely three contestants who said that they were disgusted' with the way affairs were conducted at the pageant. "On the day of the pageant we were at the BMICH at 8 a.m. We were not given a drink of water, let alone, breakfast or lunch. The organisers came there to collect the money of 250 tickets that each contestant had to compulsorily sell if they were to take part in the contest," they said."We wanted to walk out of the pageant on that day for many reasons. It was the last straw. But the husband of the franchise owner came to comfort us and say that there had been no favouritism," they added. More...
Published: Sun Nov 5 08:43:50 EST 2000

Bookmaker says Jayasuriya refused to ‘match-fix’
Island, Sunday, 5 November. Charles Dickens (1812-70), the eminent English novelist, commenced the story of his classic ‘The Tale of Two Cities’ by describing the tempo of life in England, and France on the eve of their anti-clerical and republican Revolution (1789-1799) when Napoleon seized power. Dickens began: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way...."Sri Lanka cricket too is, currently, in a similar predicament. When our cricketers, led by the mercurial Sanath Jayasuriya, thrashed mighty India thrice inside 10 days - and how! - isn’t our cricket going through "the best of times", and would not a "season of Light", the "epoch of belief" and "the spring of hope" dawn on Sri Lanka cricket? Then, blighting all of those grandiose feelings comes allegations that two of our outstanding cricketers, Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva, have been involved in match-fixing. Suddenly we are plummeted to the "worst of times", the "age of foolishness", the "season of Darkness" and "the winter of despair". More...
Published: Sun Nov 5 09:09:25 EST 2000

Lanka's military keeps heat on Tigers despite peace moves
India Abroad, Nov 05, 2000 16:45 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Sri Lanka's military high command has instructed field commanders fighting Tamil separatists in the north and east to keep the heat on despite sudden political moves to end the conflict. Military officers were perturbed by Wednesday's meeting between Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim and top Tamil Tiger Velupillai Prabhakaran at which the rebel chief said he was keen to begin unconditional peace talks with the government. More...
Published: Sun Nov 5 06:38:23 EST 2000

Norwegian envoy's meeting with Prabhakaran
PhotoSunday Observer, 05 November 2000. Rendezvous in the Wanni: The Norwegian Government’s special representative Erik Solheim meeting LTTE Chieftain, Velupillai Prabhakaran last week. Flanking the 46-year-old LTTE leader are Thamilchelvam, the leader of the LTTE’s political wing and Shankar. More...
Published: Sun Nov 5 02:14:27 EST 2000
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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

Anuradhapuram - A Travel Report
ChennaiOnline. My visit to Anuradhapuram was a long cherished desire come true. I had waited all my life to have a glimpse of the Bodhi Tree. This ancient city was the capital of Sri Lanka till tenth century A.D. It is a Saga of great Buddhist tradition. Its art, culture, architecture, shrines, stupas and viharas pay tribute to Lord Buddha. This beautifully laid out city, has lovely baths made of stone, next to the natural springs. More...
Published: Sun Nov 5 00:22:19 EST 2000

Vajpayee, Kumaratunga discuss Norway-Tamil peace talks
Times of India, 6 November . Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee discussed efforts by Norwegian peace envoy Eric Solheim to end a decade of separatist bloodshed, official sources said Sunday.The two leaders also discussed the willingness of Prabhakaran to hold unconditional peace talks with the Sri Lankan government. More...
Published: Sun Nov 5 21:14:19 EST 2000
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Indian PM, Sri Lankan president discuss Norway-Tamil peace talks  -
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Chandrika talks to Vajpayee, may visit by year-end  - Times of India
Chandrika calls up Vajpayee  - The Hindu
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

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

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

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

Lanka: Vaiko act raises BJP hackles
ChennaiOnline, November 4. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today indirectly criticised the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko’s stand on the Eelam issue and his recent meeting with LTTE representative Anton Balasingam in London. BJP president Bangaru Laxman said today that the issue would be raised in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) co-ordination committee. MDMK is a constituent of the NDA. More...
Published: Sun Nov 5 00:25:07 EST 2000
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TN: BJP to seek explanation from Vaiko  - The Hindu NUS
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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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