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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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Chandrika new leader of SLFP
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.10 p.m November 13. President Chandrika Bandaranaiake Kumaratunge has been appointed as the new leader of Sri Lanka Freedom party. She was appointed to the post after the demise of her mother former premier Sirimavo Bandaranaike who held the position for forty years.

Sri Lanka Freedom party was founded by late S.W.R.D. Bandaraniake father of president Kumratunge.
Published: Sun Nov 12 08:18:49 EST 2000

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Draft Statute to be sent to LTTE
ChennaiOnline, November 12. The Chandrika Kumaratunga government is keen to present a new Constitution to Parliament in about three months, after consultation with the Buddhist clergy and political parties.Before presenting it to Parliament with necessary amendments, the draft constitution would be sent to the LTTE for its response, People's Alliance general secretary and Agriculture Minister D M Jayaratne was quoted as saying by the local media. More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 15:22:59 EST 2000

India to train Lanka navy pilots
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, November 12. THE INDIAN Navy will train Sri Lankan naval pilots following the Sri Lankan Navy's acquisition of two Sukanya class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) with a complement of Chetak helicopters from India recently, sources here said. An agreement to this effect was entered into during the recent week-long official visit of the Sri Lankan naval chief, Vice Admiral Cecil Tissera, to New Delhi, the sources added. The Sri Lankan Navy had acquired a tentative blue water capability with the acquisition of the OPVs. With the choppers on board, the ships could take on LTTE gun running ships on the high seas before the deadly consignments could be landed and issued to the guerrilla group's operational units spread throughout the Tamil North and East. More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 15:20:56 EST 2000

Chandrika to decide on talks after meeting mediators
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on November 12, 2000. Colombo, Nov. 12 (PTI): Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga will seek some clarifications from the Norwegian mediators before deciding on peace talks with the LTTE, a Minister in her Government said today. Agriculture Minister and Secretary of the ruling People's Alliance D M Jayaratne said Chandrika told a meeting of her Sri Lanka Freedom Party on Friday that ``further talks will be held with Norway to clarify certain issues before the modalities of peace talks are worked out''. More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 11:15:57 EST 2000

Rescued from a lion's jaws
Sunday Observer, 12 November 2000. Don't get scared. I want to sacrifice my life. To me, it is like offering a 'Dana' Today is the most precious day in all my life. Edirimannage Sarath Gamini Rajakaruna of Rasagala, Balangoda wrote these words to the Director of the National Zoo, few minutes before he plunged, clothes off, into the den of the African Lion two days after his 21st birthday. It was his last wish - to sacrifice his mortal body as food for the lions, whom he believed were hungry. But the young man failed to make his dream a reality and is now recovering from grievous injury administered to him by the lions at the Intensive Care Unit of the Kalubowila Hospital. More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 17:05:00 EST 2000

SAARC officials to meet tomorrow
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on November 12, 2000. Colombo, Nov. 12 (PTI): Officials of seven-nation SAARC meet here tomorrow raising hopes of an early summit of its leaders, which was indefinitely put off following last year's military coup in Pakistan. Tomorrow's meeting would be formally inaugurated by Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, who is also the chairman of the SAARC Council of Ministers. More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 11:15:01 EST 2000
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SAARC officials meet raises hopes of summit  - India Abroad

No ceasefire until rebels sign agreement: army chief, Nov 12 2000 10:52 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 13 (AFP) - Sri Lankan Army Chief Lt. Gen. Lionel Balagalle has said any future peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels should be held without a ceasefire until a full agreement is signed. "If they agree for talks, we should not stop fighting until they come forward to reach an agreement," he told members of the Foreign Correspondents' Association here on Saturday night. More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 01:50:47 EST 2000
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Living in fear
SundayTimes, November 12. More than 150 people from 26 Sinhalese families displaced in the Talawakelle violence are stranded in temporary shelters in Talawakelle.More than 10 displaced families are staying at the Saddharmaramaya. This temple which resembles a veritable refugee camp, has men sleeping along one side of the preaching hall and women along the other. More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 13:37:29 EST 2000

Anura faces test on wastage
Sunday Leader, Sunday, 12 November. Moves by the government to build additional rooms for ministers in the parliamentary complex have come under attack by the opposition.The parliament has only room for 30 ministers while the present cabinet includes 44 members. UNP MP A. H. M. Azwer has written to Speaker Anura Bandaranaike highlighting the move. He had stated that former President J. R. Jayewardene had not allowed any alterations to the complex without the prior approval of architect Jeffery Bawa.Azwer has asked the speaker not to allow any alterations to the complex without the speaker's approval. More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 05:56:54 EST 2000

Reactions to US election stalemate
SundayTimes, November 12. With no final results announced yet in the US Presidential elections,with talks of double punching of the ballot paper etc, jokes being heard regarding the US elections are many.JVP spokesperson Wimal Weerawansa said that at the outset the party was wondering whether a Sri Lankan delegation was sent to Florida. On a more serious note he added that it is because America has a stable economy that the country's democracy is also strong."This alone shows that America has got everything. They have money, peace, a stable economy and practices democracy to the fullest, whereas we have nothing. We have only the ugly politics of government politicians and their thugs" he said.A senior Cabinet Minister who did not wish to be named said that it would have been nice if we could have sent some rigging experts from Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 13:45:29 EST 2000

Sri Lanka eyes better cricket image with cornea donations, Nov 12 2000 16:31 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 12 (AFP) - With an eye on improving the image of its scandal-tainted game, Sri Lanka's cricket board said Sunday it will fund donations of corneas to blind foreign fans during upcoming Test matches. The Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka said it kicked off the programme by donating 20 corneas to Bangladesh when that country hosted its first Test match against India on Friday. More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 10:24:26 EST 2000

PM reiterates LTTE should be ‘crushed militarily’
Island, Sunday, 12 November. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake said there is no controversy over the issue that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam (LTTE) should be crushed militarily. "I said it then and I say it even now. It’s the government policy that the LTTE should be defeated militarily", he noted. In an interview with the ‘Sunday Island’, the Prime Minister said that the government will not welcome terrorists being brought forward by anybody with conditions to the conference table. But if the terrorists are prepared to shun terrorism and enter the democratic mainstream, they are welcome. The JVP and the EPDP had given up violence and entered parliament. The LTTE is also welcome to do so, he observed.Dismissing claims that he and the President sent contrary signals regarding the Norwegian peace effort during the parliamentary election campaign, Premier Wickramanayake said that he underscored the importance of "crushing the LTTE militarily, but if the terrorists are prepared to give up terrorism and enter the political mainstream, it’s a different scenario altogether". More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 05:40:04 EST 2000
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Not enough to talk only to the LTTE - Ranil  - Island

Sri Lanka seeks Oslo help amid conflicting peace signals, Nov 12 2000 14:04 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 12 (AFP) - Sri Lanka is seeking clarification from Norway over conflicting claims that separatist Tamil rebels were unconditionally willing to start peace talks, state media reported Sunday. The government-run Sunday Observer said President Chandrika Kumaratunga's administration wanted further details from Oslo before working out the ground rules for negotiations with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 05:34:10 EST 2000
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Lanka seeks clarification over conflicting peace signals  - Times of India

Parties take positions on talks with LTTE
The Hindu (International), Sunday, November 12, 2000. COLOMBO, NOV. 11. Even before the Sri Lankan Government publicly takes any decisive step towards negotiations with the LTTE, opposition political parties have quickly moved to establish their own positions on the matter. The leader of the main opposition, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, has said that the Government should hold consultations with his United National Party and the Tamil MPs representing north-east Sri Lanka before starting negotiations with the LTTE. He said on Friday that the UNP had received a substantial share of the votes in southern Sri Lanka, while the TULF and the TELO had similarly done well in the north-east. More...
Published: Sun Nov 12 01:51:26 EST 2000

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

Two paedophiles sentenced 34 years hard labour in Sri Lanka, Nov 11 2000 13:38 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 11 (AFP) - Two members of staff at a prestigious Sri Lankan school have been sentenced to 34 years hard labour for sexually abusing and trafficking in schoolboys.Music teacher Don Amaradasa and his accomplice, canteen assistant K. H. Nimal, both worked at the well-known Mahinda College in the southern coastal town of Galle.According to prosecutors, the two used heroin-laced sweets to ensnare the children, making them addicted and forcing them to appear in pornographic videos. More...
Published: Sat Nov 11 05:08:44 EST 2000

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

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