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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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Sri Lankan, Indian leaders discuss Tamil peace bid, Monday,November 6,2000. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has discussed efforts to resolve the country's separatist bloodshed with 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: Mon Nov 6 21:06:34 EST 2000

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UNP to move no-confidence motion against Government
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 p.m. SLT Monday November 6. The United National Party is to move a no-confidence motion against the government when Parliament meets for its second session on Wednesday, November 8. The UNP says it will move the motion as the government has abused the parliamentary system and acted irresponsibly in appointing 79 of its MP's as Ministers and Deputy Ministers, breaking a promise to the people that the state would bring down the number of portfolios. The motion will be moved by Chief Opposition Whip, W. J. M. Lokubandara.

A private members motion will be moved by Ravi Karunanayake, UNP MP, calling for the abolishment of the pension scheme for all parliamentarians. Karunanayake maintains that all public service officers are entitled to a pension only after 30 years of service. A Member of Parliament however is entitled to a pension after completing a mere 5 years in parliament.

sMeanwhile, Sarath Ekanayake took oaths as the Chief Minister of the Central Province today. This post fell vacant when Nanda Mithra Ekanayake was appointed a Minister last month.
Published: Mon Nov 6 10:25:14 EST 2000

Army Officers arrested over "Ragging"
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 06 November 1930. Military Police today arrested two officers in Saliya Pura Army Camp over brutal attacks on another officer, Army Spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne told BBC's Sandeshaya today. Brigadier Karunaratne admitted it was Sandeshaya who broke the news of the attack on second lieutenant R.K.P. Dingiri Banda, from Bakamoona, Polonnaruwa , who is now in intensive care at the Kandy hospital. Two suspected Captains have been handed over to the police for further investigations, he added.
Published: Mon Nov 6 14:46:15 EST 2000
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Ranatunge shows displeasure over Dambulla stadium
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.00 p.m November 6. Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunge showed his displeasure over the proposed new cricket stadium in Dambulla. In an interview with a private television channel today , the world cup winning Sri Lankan skipper said that a stadium at Dambulla was not necessary to develop cricket in the country.

He said "We have plenty of test playing venues in the island. What is required, is to develop the game in the outstations by providing better facilities to the players" This is the first time Ranatunge has come out openly against the stadium in Dambulla.

Dambulla cricket stadium is being constructed at a cost of over 500 million rupees. Many cricket lovers have questioned the need for a new stadium in Dambulla when the Welagedara stadium in Kurunegala could be developed at a cost of 70 million rupees. Critics say that Dambulla has more monkeys than people.

The new minister of sports Lakshman Kiriella too has questioned the need for a stadium in Dambulla.
Published: Mon Nov 6 11:57:13 EST 2000

Sri Lankans in London Hospital after nightclub attack Monday 06 November 1620 GMT
Saroj Pathirana in London. Four Sri Lankans remained in hospital today after a violent attack outside a nightclub in West London, in which one man had his nose cut off and another received a gunshot wound.The four, all in their twenties were hurt when a fight erupted outside at Mystique nightclub in Hounslow, west London, on Saturday night.

Several men armed with swords, knives and a gun were involved in the incident.One man was slashed across the face and his nose was cut off. Two other men were stabbed in the chest and a fourth man was shot in the head. All four are in a serious but stable condition in hospital.Detectives investigating the attack recovered a sword from the scene.Six men have been arrested in connection with the attack and are being questioned.
Published: Mon Nov 6 11:21:17 EST 2000

Sihala Urumaya is a party of strange bedfellows - A feature article
CDN, November 7. When a critic raised the issue of accountability of funds being diverted to a terrorist organization after NMAT members manhandled a 72 year old professor A.D.V de.S. Indraratne, and his feeble wife to pressurize the veteran university teacher to toe the line of the NMAT, an apparently furious SPUR official, Ranjith Soysa questioned the critic, "Who are you to question (our ) accontability?" He said the critic's "vendetta against Champika" is puerile. But Champika failed to espouse such loyalty among all supporters of the Sihala Urumaya in all foreign capitals. A generous contributor in Texas USA to the SU cause, Sarath Edissuriya furiously called him names and assured that he was going to demand back all the money their group contributed to the Sihala Urumaya from Thilak Karunarathne. Another disgruntled supporter from London, Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe said it definitely, " a bye bye SU, after that savage attack on the old couple. More...
Published: Mon Nov 6 19:00:53 EST 2000

A formula for a political solution - A feature Article
Island, November 7. The demand of the Tamil community to create a single Tamil speaking region by merging the Northern and Eastern Provinces resulted in the 13th amendment. This amendment caused the Province to be recognized as the unit of regional power. Since then, the Province as the regional unit has come to be accepted as being intractable, and all attention is focused on the powers that are to be assigned, in particular, to the merged unit. More...
Published: Mon Nov 6 19:32:31 EST 2000

Tamil parties kicked by LTTE offer
ChennaiOnline, November 6. Members of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), the Eelam Revolutionary Organisation of Students (EROS) and the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Front (EPRLF) said they were surprised to hear about the offer of peace talks extended by LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran himself.Batticaloa district TULF parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham holds the view that the problem should be settled only through direct discussions with the LTTE. More...
Published: Mon Nov 6 22:31:13 EST 2000
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UPF leader released
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Monday November 6. Leader of the Upcountry Peoples Front, P. Chandrasekeran was released today after being produced before the Fort magistrate. Police officers of the Criminal Investigation Department admitted in court that the evidence they had against Chandrasekeran was inconclusive and that the police could no longer detain the UPF leader.

Arrested on allegations of being involved in race riots upcountry, the UPF leader soon after his release met with UNP Chief, Ranil Wickremesinghe. General Secretary for the UPF, M. Sivalingam arrested today was also released after being produced in the N'Eliya magistrate's court.
Published: Mon Nov 6 10:25:14 EST 2000

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Sri Lanka Rebels Say 2 Top Fighters Killed In Port Attack
Yahoo Asia, Monday, November 6 4:05 PM SGT . Tamil Tiger rebels confirmed Monday their earlier attack on a strategic seaport in the northeast was thwarted by the Sri Lankan navy and said two top rebel combatants were killed. "Two of our valiant fighters were killed when the Sinhala navy fired at them. Their mission didn't succeed due to such firing," said Voice of Tigers radio, monitored in Vavuniya, the last government-held town before the northern war front.The rebels killed were Lt. Col. N. Premakumar and Maj. S. Sridharan, the Tamil-language broadcast said. More...
Published: Mon Nov 6 11:39:47 EST 2000

Lankan tea exports set for record 300 million kg
India Abroad, Nov 06, 2000 11:00 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Sri Lanka is set to maintain its status as the world's largest tea exporter in the year 2000, with production poised to touch an all-time high of 320 million kg, much of which may be directed to ‘big potential buyers’ like India and China. With the increase in production, exports too are expected to hit the 300 million kg mark for the first time, with domestic consumption usually not exceeding 25 million kg. In 1999 production had reached a new high of 283 million kg, of which 263 million kg was exported. More...
Published: Mon Nov 6 21:07:12 EST 2000

Sri Lanka launch inquiry
BBC South Asia, Monday, 6 November, 2000, 15:22 GMT . Desmond Fernando, who is also a member of the Interantioanl Cricket Council's Code of Conduct committee, will act as a one-man commission of inquiry into claims that the pair accepted bribes to fix games, which were made in a report published last week by India's Central Bureau of Investigation. More...
Published: Mon Nov 6 14:36:10 EST 2000

Cricket Board expect US $25 Million from TV rights for the next three years
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1950 SLT 6.11.00. The Sri Lankan cricket Board expect to earn US $ 25 Million by selling TV rights for the next three years. " We have short listed two companies and are finalising the deal" Thilanga Sumathipala the President of the Cricket Board said.The two companies short listed are World Sports and Trans World Group.

Published: Mon Nov 6 09:02:03 EST 2000

Sri Lankan Cricket Board appoints lawyer to investigate match fixing charges
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1945 SLT 6.11.00. The Sri Lankan Cricket Board today appointed Desmond Fernando PC to investigate match fixing charges against Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda De Silva. "The board has appointed Desmond Fernando PC to look into the questions arising from the CBI report and to advice the Board as to whether there is Prima Facie evidence of violation of the rules of the board by any persons who were or are bound by the rueles in relation to the International matches" Thilanga Sumathipala the President of the Cricket Board told a news conference today. Both Ranatunga and De Silva have denied charges in the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation report that they fixed matches in exchange for money from book makers.
Published: Mon Nov 6 09:02:03 EST 2000
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President to make special announcement regarding peace moves in Parliament Thursday
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.10 p.m. SLT Monday November 6. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge will at the ceremonial opening of Parliament on Thursday November 9, make a special announcement with regard to a Norwegian peace effort to end the war and support a peace process between the government and the LTTE.

The President will make this announcement after meeting with senior leaders of the PA government this week, where they will all be briefed on the talks held last week between rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and Norwegian special envoy Eric Solheim, Norway's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jon Westborg and Ms. Kjersti Tromsdal an executive officer in the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.
Published: Mon Nov 6 03:16:08 EST 2000

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Secretary of the Upcountry Peoples Front arrested
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.15 p.m. SLT Monday November 6. Mr. Murugan Sivalingam, Secretary to the Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF) was taken in for questioning by the Talawekelle police last evening. Sivalingam was taken in by police after he held a press conference demanding the release of UPF Leader P. Chandrasekeran, who is still being held by the Criminal Investigations Department following communal riots in the hill country last week.

Chandrasekeran was arrested by a special police team at his residence upcountry, on allegations by the police that he was instrumental in instigating Tamil mobs to go on the rampage, following the massacre of 26 Tamil detainees at Bindunuwewa, Bandarawela.

Despite repeated requests by both the United National Party and a statement issued by Justice Minister Batty Weerakoon yesterday, claiming that Chandrasekeran should be released, he continues to be held under tough laws of the Prevention for Terrorism Act. Sivalingam meanwhile is also now being held by the Talawakelle police.
Published: Mon Nov 6 03:16:08 EST 2000

Tamil gang warfare erupts in Canada
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Monday November 6. Toronto police have begun investigations into the activities of two rival Tamil gangs in Canada. The police probe started after two Tamil teenagers were shot dead last weekend as they drove into a car park close to a Toronto suburb. A hand-grenade was also thrown in the attack. Toronto police say the feud between the two teenage gangs has been a longstanding one.

The incident comes in the wake of an official Canadian report which asserts that Tamil gang warfare in Toronto is on the decline. Over 200,000 Sri Lankan Tamils are resident in Canada.
Published: Mon Nov 6 03:16:08 EST 2000

107 missing school children found at Balangoda
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Monday November 6. 107 school children who went on a school camping trip to Balanagoda last morning and were since reported missing were found at around 10.30 a.m. this morning in the Hituwela area at Balangoda. The children, from five schools at Balangoda in the Ratnapura district went missing after having been taken on a campiing tour by their respective teachers. Heavy rains, fog and mist had prevented the children and their teachers from finding their way back off a hill they had climbed at Hituwela.

Frantic parents had joined the Balangoda police together with army and air force teams who flew a special helicopter on the orders of the Prime Minister in a search for the children. Bad weather prevented special police teams yesterday from finding the kids who today were found in an exhausted state and were being administered with immediate medical attention.
Published: Mon Nov 6 03:16:07 EST 2000

Navy foils yet another suicide attack on Trinco port 9.20 a.m. SLT Monday November 6
Frederica Jansz in Colombo. Tiger boats were forced to abort another suicide attack on Trincomalee port Saturday night when the Sri Lanka Navy fired upon the flotilla of four boats, destroying two. The incident on the high seas of Sri Lanka is the second since October 23, when the Navy fired upon LTTE boats off the coast of Mullaitivu and destroyed two.

The foiled attempt was made in the wake of the Norwegian visit to the Vanni last Tuesday where LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is perceived by Norway, to have accepted, that a peace process maybe possible with the government.
Published: Mon Nov 6 03:16:07 EST 2000

President discusses Norway-LTTE peace talks with Indian PM
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.05 a.m. SLT Monday November 6 . President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge on Saturday held a telephone conversation with Indian Premier Atal Behari Vajpayee and informed him of Norwegian Special Envoy Eric Solheim's meeting with Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, and the content of the discussions held between the foreign delegation and the rebel leader. Both Kumaratunge and Vajpayee discussed by telephone the outcome of this meeting and also discussed the willingness of Prabhakaran to hold unconditional peace talks with the government.

Eric Solheim last Thursday at a media briefing said Prabhakaran had not laid down any pre-conditions for talks. His claim was however contrary to an LTTE statement issued on Wednesday which claimed that Prabhakaran had in fact laid down three demands as a pre-requisite for peace talks. According to the LTTE, the rebel leader had told the Norwegian delegation that a ceasefire, lifiting of an economic embargo to the North and the withdrawal of troops from the peninsula should be a basis from which negotiations could perhaps begin to end Sri Lanka's bloody 17 year old war.

Kumaratunge's phone call to India was made after Solheim had briefed both the Sri Lankan President and India's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Gopal Krishna Gandhi, of his meeting with the rebel leader last week.

Solheim last week told local and foreign journalists that a future peace process between the government and the LTTE would not exclude India.

While the Norwegians maintain their meeting last week with Prabhakaran was a major breakthrough, political analysts note that Kumaratunge's phone call to the Indian Premier soon after, is much more significant.
Published: Mon Nov 6 03:16:07 EST 2000

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

Lions maul Sri Lankan man offering alms
ABC News, 11/06/2000 02:14:00 ET. COLOMBO, Nov 6 (Reuters) - A Sri Lankan man was seriously injured when he jumped naked into a lions" den at the national zoo, apparently offering himself up as a feast for the big cats, officials said on Monday. "The man...had written a letter before jumping into the enclosure saying he wanted to give "alms" to the lions," said Senarath Gunasena, director of the National Zoological Gardens in the Colombo suburb of Dehiwala. The man survived but the three lions in the den bit off parts of his arms, legs, chest and groin area. The incident occurred on Sunday when the zoo was full of visitors. The man was rescued by zoo staff and onlookers who beat garbage cans to frighten the lions away and took him to a nearby hospital where he was in intensive care. Sri Lanka"s majority Buddhist population believes that giving alms can earn merit for future incarnations. More...
Published: Mon Nov 6 04:15:31 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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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

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

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

Sri Lankan army chief rallies support
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 5 November, 2000, 21:59 GMT . 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. More...
Published: Mon Nov 6 04:14:26 EST 2000
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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

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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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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