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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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FMM condemns linking of Nimalarajan to LTTE
Saroj Pathirana in London, Saturday 11 November 1715 GMT. The Free Media Movement (FMM) today condemned attempts by Douglas Devananda, the leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) and a minister in the Sri Lankan government, to paint the murdered journalist Myilvaganam Nimalarajan as an LTTE activist, in a bid to justify his murder.

FMM convenor and Ravaya Editor Victor Ivon today questioned in BBC’s Sandeshaya as to why Minister Devananada did not make a complaint had he knew that Nimalarajan was a member of LTTE. "Douglas Devananda, in a series of television and newspaper interviews, has accused the late Nimalarajan of being connected with the armed wing of the LTTE. Minister Devananda however, never made these allegations when Nimalarjan was alive and functioned as a journalist for nearly a decade. EPDP is accused of as the main culprit behind Nimalarajan’s killing", Victor Ivon added.

"The conduct of Mr. Devananda is especially dangerous because he is currently the minister in charge of the northern province. Mr. Devavanda is not only a minister but also controls an armed group which runs a parallel administration in the north. Such a powerful person justifying the murder of a journalist could be seen as a warning by other journalists working in the north", the press release issued by FMM states.
Published: Sat Nov 11 12:21:21 EST 2000

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Men jailed in school sex scandal
BBC, November 10. A teacher and a school canteen worker have been given record sentences for paedophile offences in Sri Lanka in what is considered one of the worst ever such cases in the country.H Amaradasa and D Nimal encouraged the 20 victims aged between 12 and 13 to become addicted to heroin. When they could no longer afford to pay for the drug, they were made to take part in filmed sex sessions. Mr Amaradasa was a music teacher at Mahinda College in Galle and Mr Nimal worked in the school's canteen. More...
Published: Fri Nov 10 20:01:42 EST 2000
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Activists jubilant over stiff sentence for Lankan pedophiles
India Abroad, Nov 11, 2000 13:45 Hrs (IST) . TWO pedophiles in Sri Lanka have been given an unprecedented 35-year jail term each for abusing schoolboys, spurring child protection activists to claim it as a major victory. "This is a historic sentence," said anti-abuse activist Maureen Seneviratne of the organization, Protection of Environment and Children Everywhere (PEACE). "It has been one of the most monstrous cases of abuse we have seen and it has been really heartening for us that the case was concluded in the relatively short space of four years," she said. More...
Published: Sat Nov 11 06:10:09 EST 2000

KDK The legacy of a creative pen
CDN, November 10. 'Deadara Vilikun Surath Paley, Pem Madira Ayadimen Sele', the melodious voice of Milton Mallawarachchi flowed to my ears. It is one of my firm favourites, a beautiful analysis of the ephemeral nature of youth and life itself.Life. Both the singer and the writer of this perennial hit were once full of life. But now they are both gone, only to live in our hearts. More...
Published: Sat Nov 11 13:50:17 EST 2000

More essential items sent to Wanni
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 2.30 p.m November 11. A media release issued by the Special Media Information Center said today that 33 lorry loads of food and essential items have been sent to Killinochchi and 23 to Mullativu and 03 to Vavuniya between 4 to 10 November. Lorry loads of fertilizer too have been sent to the uncleared areas.

All lorries carrying essential items have been sent through the Piramanakulam check point.

The release also said that 69 patients with 26 helpers from Killinochchi, Mallavi, Mullativu, Mannar and uncleared areas have come to the Vauniya hospital for treatment from 4 to 10 November. It added that 936 civilians have crossed over to uncleared areas during the same period while 1000 civilians from uncleared areas have reached Vavuniya through Piramanakulam check point.
Published: Sat Nov 11 03:20:25 EST 2000

Report says poor visibility caused helicopter crash
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.00 a.m November 11. An Airforce inquiry committee has reported that the helicopter crash which killed former minister of ports and shipping and leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress M.H.M. Ashraff and 14 others was caused by poor visibility due to the mist in the hilly areas of Aranayake.

The Airforce helicopter crashed on September 17 this year when minister Ashraff was flying to the East to attend an election rally.

The inquiring committee headed by Air force chief of staff Air Vice Marshall Donald Perera in its report said it was was ruling out any explosion on board, technical fault or sabotage.

The Airforce committee was assisted by a team of experts from the US Federal bureau of investigations.
Published: Fri Nov 10 21:43:30 EST 2000

Environmentalist wins 2000 Rolex award
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 a.m November 11. One of Sri Lanka's leading nature conservationist Rohan Pethiyagoda has been awarded the Rolex Award for Enterprise 2000 in recognition of his efforts to preserve the islands bio-diversity.

The award bestowed Pethiyagaoda with a Rolex chronometer and a US $ 25,000 grant targeted for his pioneering Agrapatana mini-rain-forest project .

Rohan Pethiyagoda a Bio-Medical Engineer by training was once a top government official. He began writing about environmental problems and set up the Wildlife Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka in 1989 using the revenue from his publications.
Published: Fri Nov 10 22:56:35 EST 2000

Lanka Oppn wants more talks on reform proposals
Times of India, 11 November . Lanka's main opposition on Friday called for President Chandrika Kumaratunga to discuss her constitutional reform proposals in parliament before she begins peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels.Reacting to Kumaratunga's appeal to opposition parties to support her proposals, which would grant autonomy to Tamils, United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickramasinghe said she should initiate a fresh round of talks with all political parties. More...
Published: Fri Nov 10 19:03:23 EST 2000
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Norwegian envoy in Colombo accused of being Tigers' mouthpiece
India Abroad, Nov 11, 2000 02:25 Hrs (IST) . NORWAY'S ambassador to Sri Lanka has come under a scathing attack from a left-wing political party here that claims the envoy has become "a mouthpiece" for Tamil Tiger separatists. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has denounced Oslo's efforts to broker peace between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and threatened to "resist the interference in Sri Lanka's affairs through every peaceful means possible." In a strongly worded letter to Norwegian Ambassador Jon Westborg sent Thursday, the JVP's politburo has upbraided the envoy for having "misled" its members into hurriedly meeting him on October 30, two days before a three-member Norwegian delegation met LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran in a rebel hide-out. More...
Published: Fri Nov 10 18:56:25 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka axe de Silva
BBC South Asia, Friday, 10 November, 2000, 13:49 GMT . Sri Lanka have left batsman Aravinda de Silva out of their squad for the forthcoming tour of South Africa.He was recently named in a report into cricket corruption produced by Indian police, but the decision of the selectors was based purely on an assessment of his recent form. De Silva has denied claims that he accepted $15,000 to play badly in a Test match in 1994, although he admits he has been approached by bookmakers in the past. More...
Published: Fri Nov 10 12:03:20 EST 2000
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Say cheers to Lanka's Palmyrah beer
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.45 p.m November 10. Sri Lankan will be fortunate to taste and enjoy a mug of Palmyrah beer when the Palmyrah Development Board comes out with its Palmyrah beer early next year.

Researchers have found that soft and hard liquor produced out of Palmyrah are harmless and could be produced at a low cost. Palmyrah Development Board will install breweries in selected places where Palmyrah is highly concentrated. However the board is yet to decide on a suitable brand name.

Main supply base of Palmyrah is the North and East where a large number of people depend on the Palmyrah industry. It is expected that the new project will help the people living in the North and East a great deal.
Published: Fri Nov 10 05:48:33 EST 2000

Sri Lanka to make it big at the world travel mart
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.30 p.m November 10. Sri Lanka will make it big at the world travel mart scheduled to be held from 13 to 16 November in London with 24 hotel companies and 23 travel agents representing the country. The country will also have its biggest exhibition space with the national pavilion spanning 165 square metres. This years promotion has been titled as 'The isle of festivals' and the tourist authorities will focus its spotlight on the world famous Kandy Esala Perahera.

The country under a new tourism minister is embarking on an ambitious marketing campaign and will conduct promotional campaigns in selected markets such as Germany, France, Italy and India.
Published: Fri Nov 10 05:03:01 EST 2000

Kumaratunga ready for talks with Tigers
Times of India, Friday, 10 November. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga ceremonially opened the nation's eleventh Parliament on Thursday declaring she would not stop the military action against Tamil rebels but was ready to talk to them."We have by no means closed the door to the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam). We are ready to have discussions with that organisation," Kumaratunga told the 225-members of Parliament elected in the October 10 parliamentary elections.However, she sounded a note of warning about the separatist group's sincerity in calling for peace talks last week. "We should give the most serious consideration as to whether they are trying to fool us too in the same way they have fooled different governments over 15 years." Her policy speech touched on Norway's efforts at bringing the government andthe LTTE face-to-face at a negotiating table, the first time since the November 1 landmark meeting between Oslo's envoy Erik Solheim and LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. More...
Published: Fri Nov 10 13:13:17 EST 2000

Kumaratunga sends ball back to Tigers court
India Abroad, Nov 10, 2000 21:50 Hrs (IST) . RI LANKA'S Tamil Tiger separatists found the ball back in their court with President Chandrika Kumaratunga vowing to keep up military pressure till she is convinced of their bona fides in calling for peace talks. Kumaratunga told lawmakers Thursday, when she officially opened the country's new Parliament, that she was not averse to holding talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) but was wary of their "trying to fool the government." "If it is the view of the LTTE that by discussions they only mean the lifting of embargoes and the supply of food (to rebel-held areas) and similar things which are advantageous to them, then there will be no purpose served," Kumaratunga said. More...
Published: Fri Nov 10 12:22:44 EST 2000

Fundamentalists against Norway peace bid in Sri Lanka
Virtual New York, Friday, 10 November 2000 11:26 (ET). Fundamentalist parties and communists said they oppose the Norwegian-led peace initiative efforts to bring the Sri Lankan government and the separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas to the negotiating table. Sihala Urumaya, a political group of hardliners of the majority Sinhala community, and the People's Liberation Front, a leftist group, have described the Norwegian initiative as "an interference" in Sri Lanka's affairs. More...
Published: Fri Nov 10 12:24:20 EST 2000
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Business News From The Sri Lankan Press Friday
Yahoo Asia, Friday, November 10 11:20 AM SGT . Suntel Private Ltd., a local telecommunications provider, will open a LKR1.0 billion debenture issue in November to fund itsexpansion plans, the Daily News reports. Suntel is a joint venture between Sweden's Telia Overseas and Sri Lanka's National Development Bank (P.NDB) and the Metropolitan Group. More...
Published: Fri Nov 10 00:40:49 EST 2000

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