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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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President remind Anura about their fathers famous words
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.00 a.m November 9. President Chandrika Kumaratunge in an emotional moment during her speech to the new parliament reminded her brother, parliament speaker Anura Bandaranaiake about the sacrifices made by their father and the famous words SWRD Bandaranaiake wrote in Anura's autograph book " Minisagae parama uthukama minsata sevaya kirimai" ( Man foremost duty is to serve mankind)
Published: Wed Nov 8 23:52:32 EST 2000

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Speaker brother welcomes president sister
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10. 00 a.m November 9. Speaker of the new parliament Anura Bandaraniake brother of president Chandrika Kumaratunge welcomed his sister at the entrance to the parliament while ago when she arrived to inaugurate the 11th parliament of the country.

The speaker stood beside his sister when the Sri Lankan army accorded the customary 21 gun salute and students of Kotte Sri Jayawardanepura balika vidyalaya sang jayamangala gathas.

Together they created history
Published: Wed Nov 8 22:59:48 EST 2000

Prabhakaran wants direct talks with Chandrika!
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 a.m November 9. The Lanka Academic sources in New Delhi says that they have information that LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran has told Erick Solheim ,Norwegian peace envoy that he wants to have direct talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunge in trying to bring peace to the war torn island.

It will be interesting to find out if Chandrika Kumaratunge will tell the nation this when she address the new Sri Lankan parliament in the morning today.

The LTTE leader Prabhakaran has never got involved in direct talks with a Sri Lankan president even though late president Premadasa met LTTE representatives in Colombo. Under president Kumaratunge, her representatives met the second rung LTTE leaders in Jaffna and kumaratunge exchanged over fifty letters with Prabhakaran.

Solheim's conducts his talks in consultation with the governments of Sri Lanka and India. Solheim left politics in Norway and is involved fully with this peace assignment
Published: Wed Nov 8 19:56:29 EST 2000

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LTTE chief for direct talks with Chandrika?  - The Hindu

Chandrika may decide on LTTE offer today
The Hindu (International), Thursday, November 09, 2000. COLOMBO, NOV. 8. The Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga, may outline the Government's position on the LTTE's latest offer of talks when she ceremonially inaugurates the 11th Parliament on Thursday. A tight security blanket has been thrown over the capital for the inauguration, which will take place in the shadow of Tuesday's killing of a Tamil parliamentarian in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka. In her inaugural address to the new Parliament tomorrow, Mrs. Kumaratunga is expected to spell out the Government's response to the offer made by the LTTE, through Norwegian facilitators, to participate in a negotiated political solution. More...
Published: Wed Nov 8 17:42:45 EST 2000
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Army blames LTTE for TULF MP's murder
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on November 8, 2000. Colombo, Nov. 8. (PTI): The Sri Lankan Army today held LTTE responsible for yesterday's killing of newly-elected moderate Tamil Member of Parliament Nimalan Sounderanayagam. An Army release here said that the MP from Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) was shot down by two "terrorists", a term used by the Army to identify LTTE. More...
Published: Wed Nov 8 11:37:58 EST 2000

Lanka lawyer criticised police's role
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 8 November, 2000, 14:27 GMT . One of Sri Lanka's most prominent criminal lawyers has criticised the role of the police in the massacre of twenty-six Tamil prisoners last month. Desmond Fernando, a leading human rights campaigner, said that police stood by and did nothing while a large crowd of Sinhalese men armed with home-made weapons stormed the open prison.He said that one twelve-year old boy in the prison was still seriously injured after being attacked with an iron bar. More...
Published: Wed Nov 8 11:42:26 EST 2000

Wickremesinghe urges Kumaratunga to deal with LTTE quickly
India Abroad, Nov 08, 2000 18:10 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Sri Lankan opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga to decide quickly between crushing the Tamil Tiger rebels or to conclude a negotiated peace with them. "The government needs to swiftly reconcile the internal contradictions between their declared objective of pursuing a military solution and the challenging but potentially frustrating alternative of working towards a political solution," Wickremesinghe said in a policy statement Wednesday. More...
Published: Wed Nov 8 08:17:29 EST 2000
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Oppn urges Kumaratunga to deal with LTTE quickly  - Times of India

Cricket, a gentlemen's game? That's balderdash.
CSM, November 9. Cricket - long viewed by the English as a game for gentlemen, and by most of mankind as an unfathomable mystery - now finds itself on a sticky wicket. In the sport's most sordid episode to date, a damning Indian report last week accused some of cricket's greatest players of match-fixing. The report further blighted the game's image, following accusations, as well as confessions, by leading players around the world in the past year. More...
Published: Wed Nov 8 20:26:06 EST 2000

Plans to increase biosphere reserves in sanctuaries
The Island, November 9. The Department of Wildlife Conservation has proposed to have Man and Biosphere Reserves within approximately 106,000 hectares of Sanctuaries established under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance administered by the Department. This proposal is being presented with the view of 'enhancing' the protection levels of the chosen areas and including more MAB reserves within the areas under the jurisdiction of the department. At present there are four MABs under the DWLC, one National Park and and three Sanctuaries. More...
Published: Wed Nov 8 20:36:12 EST 2000

Grenade attack at navy checkpoint at Mannar
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 8. A grenade was thrown at naval officers manning a checkpoint in the Mannar district today. Two naval officers were injured in the attack and are receiving treatment at the Anuradhapura base hospital. The attack came during a military search and cordon operation in the area. Military sources said they believed the attack had been carried out by the LTTE. A full investigation is underway to apprehend the suspects.
Published: Wed Nov 8 03:16:52 EST 2000

16 Tamil youth arrested trying to flee the country
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.15 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 8. Sixteen Tamil youth were arrested Monday evening attempting to illegally enter India via Sri Lanka's northern seas. They were stopped by the Sri Lanka Navy and handed over to a rehabilitation camp at Kankasanthurai (KKS).

Sources reveal this camp at KKS is used to rehabilitate young people trying to illegally leave the country. The youth reportedly told Naval personnel that they wanted to flee the Island due to extreme hardships faced by them in the war torn northern region. More than 70 persons have been arrested recently trying to leave the country in a similar manner.
Published: Wed Nov 8 03:16:51 EST 2000

No-confidence proposal against govt. at UNP group meeting
Island, Wednesday, 09 November. Chief Opposition Whip W. J. M. Lokubandara will make a proposal to move a no faith motion against the PA government at today’s UNP parliamentary group meeting. Lokubandara told "The Island" yesterday that he would make the proposal to the UNP parliamentary group for them to discuss and take the necessary action. "I am making this proposal because the government is acting in an arbitrary manner as if parliament does not exist and I feel that parliament should be more vibrant," he remarked. The modalities of the motion, he said, would have to be decided after the group accepts his proposal. He pointed out that the parliament is now only meeting to debate the extension of emergency and there is no other government business taken for debate and discussion at the moment. "The Parliament at present is meeting only once a month and how are we going to question the ministers about their activities. There’s so much for us to raise, including the Bindunuwewa incident, but we don’t have the opportunity for that," he lamented. More...
Published: Wed Nov 8 04:03:43 EST 2000

Batticaloa MP shot dead
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 8. Recently appointed Member of Parliament Nimalan Sounderanayagam was shot dead last evening at around 6 p.m. (SLT) at Kiran east of Batticaloa. A member of the Tamil United Liberation Front, Sounderanayagam was slain by four gunmen while he was travelling on a motorbike with his bodyguard. The latter was critically injured.

Sounderanayagam received the highest number of preferential votes at the last October 10, general election and was appointed for the first time to parliament on the TULF ticket together with three others. The TULF won four seats in the Batticaloa district.
Published: Wed Nov 8 03:16:51 EST 2000

Commercial flights to Jaffna to begin
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.30 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 8. Commercial flights to Jaffna are to be resumed next week despite threats of possible missile attacks by the LTTE. Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said today that the Sri Lanka Air Force will commission two Russian built AN-32 Antonovs to carry passengers from Colombo to Jaffna and back. The two planes will be flown by foreign crew and are being hired from a private company.

All commercial flights to the north were suspended eight months ago after two passenger planes flying over the north were believed to have been hit by LTTE surface to air missiles. Another aircraft carrying 36 military personnel with a four member foreign crew was also downed allegedly by the Tigers when flying over Anuradhapura in March this year killing all on board.
Published: Wed Nov 8 03:16:51 EST 2000

Batticaloa TULF member of parliament killed
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 p.m November 7. Tamil United Liberation Front MP Nimalan Saundranayagam was killed at 6.20 this evening by four unknown gunmen while he was traveling on a bicycle with his body guard. Saundranyagam had been riding between Sandaweli and Kiran with his bodyguard ,on the pillion of the motorcycle when two cyclists who approached from a by road shot him military sources in Batticaloa told The Lanka Academic. The MP had been killed on the spot and his body guard admitted to Batticaloa hospital.
Published: Tue Nov 7 11:15:57 EST 2000
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TULF MP shot  - The Hindu (International)
Moderate Tamil lawmaker slain in Sri Lanka  - Virtual New York

TULF condemns legistator's killing
India Abroad, Nov 8, 2000 13:20 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Sri Lanka's main moderate Tamil party has condemned the killing of legislator Nimalan Sounderanayagam and said the daring murder would have a demoralizing effect on its members. Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) members rushed to the eastern province town of Batticaloa after four unidentified gunmen gunned down Sounderanayagam at point blank range while he was traveling on the highway on Tuesday evening. More...
Published: Wed Nov 8 08:08:32 EST 2000
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Two Sinhala films in London Festival
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 07 November 1820 GMT. Regus London Film Festival will be screening two Sinhala films on 12th November. London Film Festival which started on first November with Cameron Crowe’s "Almost Famous" screens Somaratne Dissanayake’s "Saroja" at 1300 GMT and Asoka Handagama’s "ME Mage Sandai" at 1600 GMT on Sunday. " Me Mage Sandai" will again be screened Tuesday the 14th and "Saroja" the next day. Several leading figures in film industry including Sanath Gunathilake are expected to participate in the event.

Both films try to explore the seventeen year long civil war in the island nation, which is estimated to have consumed more than sixty thousand human lives. Handagama’s " Me Mage Sandai" is a controversial film which features a raped Tamil woman by a soldier come to a Sinhalese village following the very soldier who raped her. But the soldier and the woman were not welcomed by the villagers and leads to violence in the village.

London Film Festival last year accommodated Prasanna Vithanage’s award winning "Purahanda Kaluwara", which is now banned in Sri Lanka by the government.
Published: Tue Nov 7 13:21:34 EST 2000

Sports minister Kiriella says that he wants proof on match fixing accusations
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, ST 10. 55 p.m November 7. Sri Lanka's new minister of sports Lakshman Kiriella said today that it is rather premature to come to any conclusion regarding the match fixing accusation leveled against Sri Lanka's world cup winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunge and his deputy Aravinda de Silva.

Kiriella told 'The Lanka Academic' " You must be very clear on this. Accusations could be made but, there must be proof. Take for example the case of former Indian skipper Kapil Dev. He was accused and that nearly ruined his carrier and we find in the latest report that he has been exonerated. Present information we have on these accusations are very scanty. It is the word of a bookie against our national players. Lets remember that too"
Published: Tue Nov 7 11:57:18 EST 2000

The legitimacy of the 11th Parliament
The Island, November 5. They have clubbed us off the streets, they are stronger, they are rich, they hire and fire the politicians the newspaper editors the old judges the small men with reputations the college presidents the warheelers (listen businessmen college presidents judges America will not forget her betrayers) they hire the man with guns the uniforms the police cars the patrol wagons. More...
Published: Wed Nov 8 20:33:11 EST 2000

K.D.K Passes Away
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 07 November 1700. Veteran Sri Lankan journalist and popular lyricist K.D.K. Dharmawardhana passed away in Dubai. Known to friends as well as fans as K.D.K, he started his career in journalism as a radio broadcaster joining to Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in 1967. He became very popular among Sri Lankan fans as a radio presenter and a able lyrics writer. Veteran musicians including Pandith W.D. Amaradeva, Victor Rathnayake and late Milton Mallawarachchi were among many others who gained much from his lyrics.

K.D.K left Sri Lanka for the Middle East in mid- nineties and was content for working by Community Radio in Dubai. Elmo Fernando, a contemporary with him in SLBC told "The Lanka Academic" that he had to leave Sri Lanka as he was quite unhappy with the way he was treated both by SLBC authorities and the government.
Published: Tue Nov 7 11:57:15 EST 2000

Government hopes to end the war by the end of this year
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.15 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 7. Senior PA sources said today that the government is anticipating to end Sri Lanka's bloody conflict by the end of this year. The government will introduce a new political solution to end the war and bring peace to the country's strife torn north and east. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge will make a special announcement in Parliament on Thursday regarding the end of the war and the outcome of talks beween Norway and the LTTE.
Published: Tue Nov 7 03:05:41 EST 2000

An expatriate to head Sri Lanka's BOC
India Abroad, Nov 7, 2000 15:30 Hrs (IST) . Colombo: Sri Lanka's largest commercial bank -- the Bank of Ceylon (BOC) -- will break with tradition and appoint an expatriate to a top executive post in a major shake-up aimed at increasing its market share, bank officials said. Saddled with a massive Rs. 13 billion in non-performing assets, the fully state- owned BOC will embark on a restructuring program with a foreign national heading its financial operations with particular emphasis on risk management. Bank chairman Dayani de Silva declined to name the expatriate chief financial officer or say what his nationality is, but said that he would take over in January. More...
Published: Tue Nov 7 07:04:54 EST 2000

Jaffna civilian flights restored
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 7 November, 2000, 15:12 GMT . The Sri Lankan authorities have announced that civilian flights to the northern Jaffna peninsula will resume after an eight-month suspension. The army says that a Ukrainian passenger aircraft will begin a service to Jaffna in two weeks' time. Because the land route to the peninsula is controlled by Tamil Tiger rebels, it is only accessible to the rest of government controlled areas of Sri Lanka by air and sea. More...
Published: Tue Nov 7 11:30:33 EST 2000
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18 police personnel in the Puttalam district transferred
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.15 p.m. SLT Tuesday November 7. Eighteen police personnel alleged to have not carried out their duties during the last general election campaign in the Puttalam district, today received transfer orders from the Deputy Inspector General of Police for the North East.

Two of the eighteen are sub-inspectors while the rest are police constables. The cops who are being moved, are from police stations at Chilaw and Anamaduwa, the strongholds of PA MP D. M. Dassanayake. The latter took oaths last week as the new Deputy Minister for Agriculture.

Dassanayake is feared by both the police and civilians in the area and has no less than 40 court cases filed by the UNP on various counts of harrassment, intimidation and murder.
Published: Tue Nov 7 03:05:41 EST 2000

Police say 15 most wanted criminals escape abroad
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 7. The police say that 15 of the most wanted underworld gangsters have fled the country. Colombo DIG Bodhi Liyanage claimed today that many of the underworld kingpins have fled to countries like India, Italy, France and the Middle East. The police, he said, have stepped up a crackdown on hardcore criminals in the country and have netted 108 gangsters recently who are now serving time in police remand prisons.

Meanwhile, in yet another police shake-up, senior cop Gamini Seneviratne will head the Crime Detective Bureau (CDB) which was formerly under the stewardship of controversial police sleuth, Bandula 'Show' Wickramasinghe. The latter has been transferred to police headquarters after it was alleged last week that he had seriously assaulted a woman suspect.

The CDB repeatedly and valiantly attempted to net underworld charachters and bring down the high incidents of crime in and around the city and her suburbs.
Published: Tue Nov 7 03:05:41 EST 2000

Lack of office rooms in Parliament for 44 ministers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 7. Member of Parliament Al Haj Azwar said today that due to the distended number of ministers in Sri Lanka's 11th Parliament there aren't enough office rooms to accommodate them all. At present there are only 30 office rooms within the parliamentary complex. Azwar says that in the event any structural changes are to be made it should be done with the full concurrence of the other members of the house and only after the Speaker too has been consulted and granted permission.

Former President J. R. Jayewardena who personally overlooked the construction of the present Parliament has in writing indicated that in the event renovations are deemed necessary to the main structure, it should be done only with advice and consultation with architect Geoffrey Bawa who designed the present structure.
Published: Tue Nov 7 03:05:41 EST 2000

First Sri Lankan Academician in Australia
Island, Tuesday, 7 November. Emeritus Professor Laksiri Jayasuriya an expatriate Sri Lankan who held the Foundation Chair of Social Work at the University of Western Australia until his retirement in 1992, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences.The other two Academies are the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.It is a high honour to be elected as a Fellow of one of the Academies.Professor Jayasuriya is one of nineteen new Fellow elected to the Academy of Social Sciences this year. He is the first expatriate Sri Lankan to be elected as a Fellow of an Australian cademy.Currently Hon Senior Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, Perth Professor Jayasuriya obtained a BA with first class honours and gold medal from the University of Sydney in 1954 and five years later obtained a Ph.D from the University of London. More...
Published: Tue Nov 7 03:59:26 EST 2000

One man commission appointed to probe match fixing charges
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 7. Desmond Fernando, a leading human rights lawyer and former President to the Sri Lanka Bar Association has been appointed by the Sri Lanka Board of Control for Cricket to probe match-fixing charges against the country's two leading cricketing stars.

Former captain Arjuna Ranatunge and star batsman Aravinda de Silva who were named by an Indian bookie as having accepted money to lose matches have already vehemently denied the allegations claiming they are innocent.

Cricket Board President, Thilanga Sumathipala says that Desmond Fernando will be allowed unlimited access to India and other parts of the world in order to gather as much evidence as possible to ascertain if indeed the allegations hold water. The report by Fernando is expected to be concluded in 30 days, after which it will be handed over to Sports Minister, Lakshman Kiriella, who will at that point decide its fate.
Published: Tue Nov 7 03:05:41 EST 2000

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