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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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Stress on continued, collective action
The Hindu (International), Tuesday, November 14, 2000. COLOMBO, NOV. 13. A meeting of senior officials of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) began today amid reiterations that the regional grouping, derailed by tensions between India and Pakistan, was alive and full of plans for the future. The three-day `extra-ordinary' meeting, called on the initiative of Sri Lanka, is being described as an attempt to inject life into the grouping which has been in limbo since the meeting of SAARC foreign ministers at Nuwara Eliya last March. More...
Published: Mon Nov 13 20:14:48 EST 2000
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Cricket Board to suspend CEO
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo. 2130 13.11.00

The Executive Committee of the Cricket Board is expected to suspend the CEO Dammika Ranatunga on tuesday, senior board official said. Board President Thilanga Sumathipala last week accused Ranatunga of complaining against the EXCO to Sports Minister regarding the procedure adopted to select a company for TV rights. Sumathipala said the Minister had informed him that Ranatunga had made this complaint.
Published: Mon Nov 13 20:04:42 EST 2000

Elephant Pass movie screened in Oslo
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 a.m. November 14. The LTTE has finally shown the movie on their victory at Elephant Pass on Sunday 5 November at Filmenhuest a Theatre in Oslo which screens mostly English and Norwegian films. ‘The Lanka Academic’ sources in Norway said that it was the most advertised and long-awaited Tamil movie in Norway especially by people who had contributed large sums of money to Prabhakaran who promised to take Jaffna after the fall of Elephant Pass.

The movie had been advertised heavily by supporters of LTTE by way of posters in Gronland area with leaflets distributed through Tamil shops in the area with an announcement that VHS tapes would be sold after the movie. Leaflets also had been sent to families particularly in the East with the message that at least one person from each family should attend. Those who couldn’t show up had been asked to give valid reasons.

‘The Lanka Academic’ sources also revealed that they had seen much bungling in the filming of the battle. The camera that had captured the fall of a soldier had simultaneously shown the fall of a LTTE cadre. Voice cuts of Prabhakaran also had been included in the movie. One such cut had been “ The snake must be hit on the head and hard”

However most LTTE supporters had complained regarding the delay in screening the movie. Our sources also revealed that when the LTTE was on the offensive in May this year their supporters in Norway held special concerts and pocket meetings and even discussed as to how they will economically develop Jaffna.
Published: Mon Nov 13 19:34:43 EST 2000

Talk to LTTE, Not to us-TULF
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 13 November 1730 GMT. It is time that the government spoke to the Tamil Tigers instead of talking to other Tamil political parties to solve the ethnic crisis said a senior Tamil politician today. " The government knows our position; We have had meetings with the government several times earlier and we clearly stressed our demands in those discussions" Senior Vice President of the moderate Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) V.Anandasangari , said talking to the BBC’s "Sandesaya" and "Thamil Osai". He was rejecting the opposition United National Party’s proposal that the Government of Sri Lanka should talk to Tamil political parties before entering into any negotiations with the Tiger rebels.

Mr. Anandasangari, MP for the Jaffna said that Tamil political parties of Sri Lanka had made their representations to consecutive Governments since 1983. Therefore the stance of those parties regarding the demands of the Tamil people should be clear to all the majority Sinhala parties who ruled the country, he pointed out.
Published: Mon Nov 13 12:33:46 EST 2000

Chief justice ask foreign ministry to settle case out of court
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.10 p.m November 13. When the fundamental rights application filed by former foreign ministry spokesman Ravinatha Aryasinghe against foreign secretary Lionel Fernando on what he termed as a punishment transfer to Jakarta was taken up today, Chief Justice Sarath Silva asked the foreign ministry to try and arrive at a settlement out of court.

Chief justice Silva said that the petitioner Aryasinghe has a lot to serve the country and it was regrettable that such matters could not be soughted out within the institution concerned and asked the foreign ministry to suggest an alternative position which might be more suited.

Aryasinghe In his petition said that his transfer was instituted within two weeks to a mission where there was no provision for additional cadre and it was viewed as a punishment for a mix up of a map available to the public during the Elephant Pass debacle.

The case was postponed for 7 December
Published: Mon Nov 13 06:20:02 EST 2000

LTTE screens Elephant Pass battle movie in British schools to raise funds
The Island, November 13. Last weekend, the LTTE screened a movie showing its terrorists attacks on the Elephant Pass military base in Northern Sri Lanka in two British schools in North London and raised several million rupees.There were two screenings at Copland Community School, Cecil Avenue, Off High Road, Wembley HA9 7DX, at 7.00 and 9.30 p.m. on Friday 3rd November. On Sunday 5th November, the same movie was screened at Nower Hill High School, George V Avenue, Pinner HA5 5RP at 7.00 p.m. J. Winter, the caretaker at Nower Hill High School, confirmed that the event had taken place and that between 300 and 350 persons had attended. More...
Published: Mon Nov 13 18:57:38 EST 2000
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Future of SAARC is in the hands of the people-Kadiragamar
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.15 p.m November 13. Sri Lankan foreign minister Lakshman Kadiragamr said today the future of SAARC is in the hands of the people and will not be in the hands of governments. Delivering the key not address at the meeting of senior officials of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation at the BMICH in Colombo Kadiragamar said " One of the real achievements of SAARC over the past years has been the bonding of professions, all kind of professions, doctors, lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, teachers all kind of professions and vocations working together. It is a natural process for peer groups to collaborate in the pursuit of shared interests, I wish and hope very much, and I am confident, that they will strengthen the links between them. There is more business being done jointly in the region. Out of this intricate network of contacts strong ties will grow that governments will not be able to ignore. The future of SAARC, I would say will not be in the hands of governments. It will be in the hands of the people. And it is the people, I am confident who are going to see it, who are going to ensure, who are going to insist that SAARC must be kept alive, functional and positive. It will happen believe me"

The last SAARC summit which was scheduled to be held in Kathmandu this year did not take place due to what is believed as pressure from India sighting that its neighbour Pakistan has no elected government.
Published: Mon Nov 13 06:20:04 EST 2000

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More cops needed to provide security for ministers
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Friday November 10. The functions of the police department need to be expanded to provide security for Sri Lanka's large number of 44 ministers and some 36 deputy ministers. Senior SSP Jayantha Jayasinghe, Head of the former Premiers security division has been appointed to head the formation and recruitment of more policemen to provide security for the local politicos.
Published: Mon Nov 13 05:10:56 EST 2000

CM justifies inclusion of Nedumaran
The Hindu (Southern States), Tuesday, November 14, 2000. CHENNAI, NOV. 13. The Chief Minister, Mr. M. Karunanidhi, today justified the inclusion of the pro-LTTE leader, Mr. P. Nedumaran, in the emissaries' team to negotiate the release of the Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar, with the brigand Veerappan, even as the Opposition training its guns on the ruling DMK in the Tamil Nadu Assembly lost its fire-power midway. An extensive Opposition discussion on the 106-day abduction crisis took a restrained turn, with the TMC's most vocal speaker, Mr. S. Azhagiri, eventually agreeing to the controversial, pro- LTTE Tamil leader, Mr. P. Nedumaran, being given a second negotiating chance if it could clinch Mr.Rajkumar's release. More...
Published: Mon Nov 13 20:15:51 EST 2000

JVP slams Norway's peace initiative
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 p.m. SLT Friday November 10. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in a strongly worded letter to the Norwegian Ambassador today, told Norway to keep their hands off Sri Lanka's internal problem and that the Norwegian peace initiative is partisan since the LTTE are allowed to run its offices and conduct its operations out of Norway.

The letter which was sent by the Politburo of the JVP also rejected an invitation from the Norwegians to visit Norway.

Explaining their reasons for turning down the invitation the JVP says it is convinced Norway is interfering in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka and violating its sovereignty by allowing the offices of the LTTE to function in Norway. The JVP claims Norway has become the mouth piece of the LTTE and that this has become clear after Norwegian representatives met with Tiger leaders recently in the Vanni.
Published: Mon Nov 13 05:10:56 EST 2000

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

Next Local Government polls under first-past-the-post system
CDN, Monday, 13 November. Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Nandimithra Ekanayake revealed that the Government has decided to hold the coming local government elections under the old first-past-the-post system. The Commission appointed by the Government to review the present Local Government Election system and recommend suitable reforms has already handed over to the Government its report. The next Local Government Elections would be conducted on a system recommended by that Commission, said Minister Ekanayake. Minister Ekanayake who was in conversation with Most Ven. Rabmukwelle Sri Vipassi Mahanayaka Thera having called on the latter with Central Provincial Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake explained that the only setback they were facing at the moment in holding the local elections under the old Ward system was the problem of demarcating Pradeshiya Sabha wards though there was no problem in demarcating Municipal Council and Urban Council wards. In case they failed to complete that task in time the More...
Published: Mon Nov 13 04:34:53 EST 2000

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 rules out early summit amid Indo-Pak tensions, Nov 13 2000 13:14 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 13 (AFP) - Tensions between South Asian neighbours are holding up a summit of a seven-nation regional grouping which is already a year overdue, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said Monday. The summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) had been due to take place in November 1999, but there were no prospects of an early meeting amid bilateral problems, Kadirgamar said. More...
Published: Mon Nov 13 04:33:19 EST 2000
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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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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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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

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