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NOVEMBER 15, 2000 EST, USA
 
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HE DOES NOT WANT YOUR TEARS
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...
LTTE TOO GOES ON A RECRUITMENT DRIVE
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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IGP assigns special crime fighters to combat brutal killings
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 15. T. Anandarajah, Acting Inspector General of Police today said that specialist crime fighter teams will be deployed to crack down on an increasing crime rate in Colombo and Matara.

The Acting IGP said he is taking special measures to combat crime and will assign trained cops to flashpoint areas indicating a high crime rate.

More than 25 brutal killings and daring robberies have taken place over the last few days at Colombo and Matara. Twelve persons have been killed in the 48 hours.

Five persons were shot dead at Matara while on their way to give testimony in a murder trial being heard at the Matara courts last morning. Two more persons were killed following a scuffle at Kadawatta last night. Two inmates in a house at Homagama were murdered by burglars Monday night.

Meanwhile the special Police unit to help curb violence against women and children say they are concentrating on taking action against teachers and school principals responsible for brutally beating children in schools. Corporal punishment has been widely condemned in the local press as increasing reports indicate that children are not just being punished but physically assualted in school by principals and teachers.
Published: Wed Nov 15 10:21:12 EST 2000


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British minister to share Ulster peace experience with Sri Lanka
123India.com, Nov 15 2000 22:36 IST. LONDON, Nov 15 (AFP) - British foreign office minister Peter Hain said on Wednesday he intends to share the lessons of the Northern Ireland peace process with the government of Sri Lanka when he visits the country next week. Hain, a junior minister to Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, will arrive for his one-day visit in the troubled country on November 22 after spending four days in India. More...
Published: Wed Nov 15 13:52:38 EST 2000
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Michael Ondaatje wins prestigous French award
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.00 p.m November 16. Sri Lankan born, Canadian award winning writer Michael Ondaatje has won the prestigious French “Midicis étranger” prize awarded for foreign fiction for the French translation of his latest novel ‘Anil’s Ghost’ (le Fantome d’ Anil) spokes person for the Sri Lankan embassy in Paris, Manisha Gunasekara told ‘The Lanka Academic’ today.

Born in 1943 in Ceylon, and now residing in Toronto, Canada, Ondaatje achieved world fame with his novel “The English Patient” which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1992. It was later made in to an award-winning movie starring Ralph Fiennes, Julette Binoche and Willem Dafoe. With his latest award wining work “Anil’s Ghost”, Ondaatje revisits his country of birth, Sri Lanka, through the character of a young Sri Lankan born forensic surgeon Anil, whose story is set in the backdrop of the prolonged civil war in the island.

“The English Patient”, “Running in the Family”, “In the Skin of a Lion”, “Billy the Kid” and “Anils Ghost” have been translated into French. Sri Lankan embassy spokesperson added that Ondaatje’s work have been well received by the French public.
Published: Wed Nov 15 12:08:26 EST 2000


12 killed in Sri Lanka's northeast
Times of India, 16 November 2000 . Sporadic clashes between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's embattled northeast killed 12 and wounded three, a government spokesman said Wednesday.The confrontations took place Tuesday in the northern Jaffna Peninsula, Welioya, Ampara and Batticaloa, said Lakshman Perera, deputy government spokesman. More...
Published: Wed Nov 15 16:27:09 EST 2000

Strong opposition to levy of tax on water resources
The Island, November 16. Environmentalists and the custodian of the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy have expressed their strong opposition against government’s intention to levy tax on water resources and vehemently condemned the proposed national water policy. "Initiatives have been taken to levy a tax on those who use water resources," said Neranjan Wijeratne, the Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of Tooth Relic. Government water resource management institutions on instructions given to them by some international organisations have moved to propose a national water management policy which would enable the state to levy a tax on all those using water, he said. More...
Published: Wed Nov 15 22:50:50 EST 2000

Plantation workers go on strike
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 15. Estate workers at Bogawantalawela today launched a strike against police who attempted to arrest 14 plantation workers believed to have been responsible for instigating mob violence in the estate sector recently.

Reportedly the police were unable to arrest these workers due to the political patronage of some influential politicians in the hill country.

Over 300 workers are reported to have gone on strike today, following a police directive for the 14 suspects to surrender. Trouble which broke upcountry soon after 26 detainees at the Bindunuwewa detention center were murdered, has abated to an uneasy truce between workers and law enforcement officers.
Published: Wed Nov 15 10:21:12 EST 2000


Wrong-doers at polls time must be punished otherwise our efforts are of no use, says CMEV
The Island, November 16. There were around 800,000 voters within the areas the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), had their members monitoring the elections, Director CMEV Dr. Arjuna Parakrama said at the seminar on ‘Parliamentary Elections 2000: Responses to Irregularities, Anomalies and Contradictions,’ yesterday. "If their had been no anomalies, irregularities and contradictions to the parliamentary elections, the result of the election could have been different, "Dr. Parakrama said. More...
Published: Wed Nov 15 22:52:47 EST 2000

MP's request PSC to probe election violence
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.05 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 15. Several opposition political parties are to request the Speaker to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to look into election malpractices at the last general election. Reportedly the United National Party has made arrangements to push for a special PSC that would address this issue and is seeking the support of other opposition parties to approach Speaker Anura Bandaranaike.

Several other organizations have already made representations to relevant authorities to take action against representatives of parliament who were found guilty of poll mal-practices at the October 10, 2000 general election.
Published: Wed Nov 15 10:21:12 EST 2000


50,000 kilos of wheat for the military go to waste
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 15. Reports indicate that more than 50,000 kilograms of wheat set aside for military personnel in operational areas has gone to waste. The wheat was set aside more than eight months ago on the instructions of the Chief Minister of the Uva province Samaraweera Weerawanni.

Acting on the Chief Ministers orders Pradeshiya Sabha's collected the wheat from farmers which accumulated to over 50,000 kilograms. However Weerawanni did nothing to ensure that the wheat was transported to the military and according to the Chief officer's of some Pradeshiya Sabha's the wheat is now rapidly decaying and in some places completely un-usable.
Published: Wed Nov 15 10:21:12 EST 2000


Lankan expats alarmed by Tiger fund-raising rallies in Canada
123India.com, Nov 15 2000 15:30 IST. Colombo, Nov 15 (UNI) Sri Lankan expatriates' Association in Canada has expressed concern about several fund raising events planned in public schools by the LTTE front organisations on the Tiger Martyrs' Day on November 26. The State-run 'Daily News' said Canadian newspapers have highlighted the abuse of public schools by the Tiger front organisations to conduct ''multicultural'' events, which parents say are actually propaganda activities of the LTTE. More...
Published: Wed Nov 15 07:29:45 EST 2000

Sri Lanka approves Viagra as prescription drug
123India.com, Nov 15 2000 18:12 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 15 (AFP) - Sri Lanka has formally approved the sale of the impotence drugs Viagra as a prescription medicine, health officials said Wednesday. The government's state pharmaceuticals corporation has just begun marketing the 25 mg and 50 mg Viagra pills made by the US drug manufacturer Pfizer, officials said.The 25 mg pill was priced at 685 rupees (8.56 dollars) while the bigger pill sells at 800 rupees (10 dollars), officials said adding that there will be no over the counter sales unless patients produced prescriptions. More...
Published: Wed Nov 15 08:53:41 EST 2000

Board of Control for Cricket suspends CEO
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 15. The Sri Lanka Board of Control for Cricket has suspended its Chief Executive Officer, Dhamikka Ranatunge yesterday. Brother to former cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunge, Dhamikka recently locked horns with the Boards powerful President Thilanga Sumathipala, when he informed the Sports Minister, that the awarding of a contract for radio and TV rights for Sri Lankan cricket was being conducted in a shady manner.

The entire matter has been placed on hold since Lakshman Kiriella, the sports minister referred it to the Attorney General. Sumathipala meanwhile who also subsequently met with the Sports Minister insisted there was no irregularities with the awarding of the television contract and that the entire matter was being conducted "above board."

In an Executive Committee meeting held last evening at the Cricket Board, the decision was taken to suspend Ranatunge. No official reasons have yet been made known for his suspension.

Dhamikka Ranatunge also said that he has not yet been informed of the reasons for being temporarily thrown out of the controversial Cricket Board, which is also trying to clear the names of two of Sri Lanka's leading cricketers on match fixing charges, Arjuna Ranatunge and Aravinda De Silva.
Published: Tue Nov 14 20:16:37 EST 2000


NSSP condemns Government moves to issue separate IDs to Up Country Tamils
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 14 November 1740 GMT. The Sri Lankan government has had discussions with officials in the plantation areas on issuing separate identification for Tamil workers of Indian origin. Agriculture minister D M Jayaratne told the BBC Sinhala Service " Sandesaya" that he has had discussions with police and plantation authorities in the hill country on ways of facilitating authorized photo cards for those had not yet been granted Sri Lankan citizenship. These cards, which will be kept with the Police and plantation authorities would enable them to move around and get their work done in government offices said the Minister. It may be recalled that Tamils from India had been brought more than a century ago by the British to work in Sri Lankan tea plantations. Almost all of them had been granted citizenship during 1987-89.

Criticizing the government's recent proposal as "apartheid", the leftwing Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) issued a statement stating that the government was trying to find a scapegoat for the recent violence in the plantation areas and play into the hands of Sinhala chauvinism. Speaking to BBC "Sandesaya" Neil Wijethileka polit-bureau member of the NSSP said that the government has taken a step towards victimizing militant plantation workers.
Published: Tue Nov 14 12:42:01 EST 2000


Confusion over cabinet culture
Island, 15 November 2000. There appears to be infighting among ministers in the large cabinet of President Chandrika Kumaratunga while some new ministers are hunting for office space these days. Some ministers are unhappy over the manner the institutions under ministries have been reshuffled leaving them with ones that have nothing in practical terms. These problems are expected to prop up at this week’s cabinet meeting, reliable government sources disclosed.Adding insult to injury. Ministries which have two deputy ministers are reported to be in conflict where deputies fight to get their share of the cake. A senior minister who took up a new ministry said. "The entire administration is in a mess with the reshuffle of institutions". More...
Published: Tue Nov 14 20:27:50 EST 2000

Sri Lankans in TV turmoil
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 15 November, 2000, 12:39 GMT . The Sri Lankan cricket board has suspended its own chief executive pending an inquiry into a multi-million dollar TV rights deal. A Board statement said Dhammika Ranatunga, the elder brother of former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna, had been relieved of all duties. The Reuters News Agency quoted unnamed officials, who claim Ranatunga and Board president Thilanga Sumathipala have been at loggerheads over the sale of TV rights."Ranatunga is a paid employee of the cricket board and they can do what they like with him," the minister commented. More...
Published: Wed Nov 15 08:50:40 EST 2000

ACCEPT LTTE TALKS, LABOUR LEADER TELLS LANKA GOVERNMENT
Asian Age Online, November 13. The president of Sri Lankan National Labour Congress, Mr M.S. Chellasamy, on Monday asked the island government to accept LTTE?s latest peace talks offer and hold negotiations with them to put an end to the war, which was costing Rs 10,000 crore annually.Mr Chellasamy said at Ramanathapuram, where he had come on a pilgrimage, it was at Ramanathapuram, where he had come on a pilgrimage, it was wrong to say that the LTTE had made the offer because they wanted some respite from the pressures of war and their position had weakened. More...
Published: Wed Nov 15 07:44:37 EST 2000

Slain MP’s LTTE links being probed
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, November14. The Sri Lankan police are probing slain Tamil MP's possible links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP A. Nimilanayagam Soudaranayagam's PA, Sellathamby Loganathan, was arrested in Batticaloa on Monday, the Tamil daily Virakesari reported today. He was taken into custody when he emerged from the hospital where he had gone for treatment of injuries sustained during the assassination. The MP was killed by unidentified gunmen in Kiran last week. He and his PA were on a motorbike. More...
Published: Tue Nov 14 17:36:10 EST 2000

Film Director’s request turned down by SL Airlines
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 14 November 1750 GMT. Sri Lanka’s National Airline has refused to offer a complementary ticket to a film director who represented Sri Lanka at the London Film Festival. While many others including film stars and journalists who came to view films in this event received concessions including free tickets, Sri Lankan Airlines has declined giving the same treatment to the award winning director "The Lanka Academic" learns. Asoka Handagama, who attended London Film Festival with his latest film "Me Mage Sandai" (This is my moon) has been refused to offer even a concession on his visit to London, claiming the newly-formed company is facing "financial constrains". The Producer and the Director of the film had both being recommended by the National Film Corporation to be given a concessionary fair.

Asoka’s controversial film on Sri Lanka’s long running ethnic war was screened twice at the London Film Festival. Sri Lankan film industry was honoured this year by the festival organisers offering two representations for the country. Somaratne Dissanayake’s "Saroja" was the other film. Handagama told "The Lanka Academic" that he and the film’s Producer Iranthi Abeysinghe tried all the possible ways to get at least a concession, but there efforts were rendered unsuccessful.
Published: Tue Nov 14 12:42:01 EST 2000


Banned film in London public screening
Saroj Pathirana in London, Tuesday 14 November 1745 GMT. Prasanna Vithanage’s award winning Pura Handa Kaluwara (Death on a full moon Day) is to again be screened in London on Saturday the eighteenth. The screening will be held at the London’s commonwealth Institute at 1600 GMT. Pura Handa Kaluwara which is banned in Sri Lanka by the PA government, made its first public appearance in London last year, at the London Film Festival. The government said it would harm the morale of Sri Lankan soldiers fighting in North and the East and endanger the ongoing recruitment drive.

A controversial film featuring the impact on the seventeen year long ethnic war "Death on a Full Moon Day" won the Grand Prix, the Golden Unicorn award for the best film at last year’s Amiens Film Festival in France. It is the first time that any Sri Lankan film secured this prestigious award.

Prasanna Vithanage is challenging the government’s decision to ban his film in the courts.
Published: Tue Nov 14 12:42:01 EST 2000


Sinhalese party wants peace talks with LTTE called off
rediff, November 15. Sinhalese extreme right-wing political party Sinhala Urumaya has asked the Sri Lankan government to call off the Norway-brokered peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and demanded severing of diplomatic ties with the Scandinavian country for 'interfering' in the country's internal affairs. The party also demanded the arrest of Norwegian peace envoy Eric Solheim who recently met LTTE leader V Prabhakaran to kick start a new round of peace talks between the rebels and the Lankan government. More...
Published: Wed Nov 15 07:32:07 EST 2000
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Snakes kill over 600 people in Sri Lanka every year
123India.com, Nov 14 2000 13:00 IST. Colombo, Nov 14 (UNI) Snakes kill more than 600 people, most of them women, every year in Sri Lanka, says Dr Anslem de Silva, a leading researcher and herpetologist. The fatality rate in Sri Lanka from snake bites was still one of the highest in the world although anti-venom awareness campaign had had reduced it considerably, Dr de Silva said. More...
Published: Tue Nov 14 12:27:18 EST 2000

Special security limits in the hill country
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 p.m. SLT Tuesday November 14. The Government has decided to establish a special security limit to ensure the safety and security of Sinhalese in the plantation areas. Special armed forces contingents will set up security posts at various points to ensure the safety of plantation Sinhalese.

A large number of Sinhala families were displaced as a result of the recent riots upcountry. The government has set aside Rs. 16 million to commence building some 29 houses and trade establishments in the hill country that were damaged by angry mobs. Some of the worst areas that were affected were Talawakelle, Ginigathena, Lindula and areas around N'Eliya.
Published: Tue Nov 14 10:23:09 EST 2000


Police take over former GPO
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 p.m. SLT Tuesday November 14. The police is to take over the historic Dutch building which housed the postal building in Fort. The decision has been made in order to provide special security measures to President Chandrika Kumaratunge.

The postal building more than 100 years old, was vacated when the President decided to occupy President's House at Fort and hand over Temple Trees to Premier Rathnasiri Wickremanayake.
Published: Tue Nov 14 10:23:09 EST 2000


Cuba to help Sri Lanka combat mosquito menace
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9 p.m. SLT Tuesday November 14. Cuba has come to the aid of Sri Lanka to combat a deadly mosquito menace sweeping the country. Cuba has offered a special chemical to combat the mosquitos. John Seneviratne, Minister for Health said that a cuban official has already held negotiations with the ministry of health and a decision will soon be taken after considering the price and safety of the chemical.

More than 200 persons have been hospitalized as a result of contracting the deadly Dengue virus while 8 have succumbed to the illness. A nationwide campaign has been launched to alert the country on preventive measures that should be effected to destroy breeding grounds of the killer mosquito.
Published: Tue Nov 14 10:23:08 EST 2000


Air Force to commence passenger flights to Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.05 p.m. SLT Tuesday November 14. The Sri Lanka Air Force is to commence civilian flights to Jaffna on Friday November 17th. A Russian built Antonov will be specially chartered by the Air Force and can carry 48 persons.

Passengers from Colombo will need to get security clearance from the Defence Ministry while passengers from Jaffna must get clearance from the security forces high command in Jaffna before being allowed passage on the flight. The price of an air ticket one way is priced at Rs. 3,500/- while a return air ticket will cost Rs. 6000/-.
Published: Tue Nov 14 10:23:08 EST 2000


A total of 12 murders reported in 24 hours
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 6 p.m. SLT Tuesday November 14. A total of 12 killings around the Island have been reported to police in the last twenty four hours. Six people were gunned down while travelling in a van at Matara at around 9.30 a.m this morning. They were on their way to the Matara courts to give evidence in a murder case when a gang allegedly blocked their vehicle and shot them all dead.

A three wheeler driver was also found dead in his taxi scooter also in the Matara area early this morning. Two bodies were found at a house in Homagama last night after a gang had broken into the house and murdered the inmates.
Published: Tue Nov 14 10:23:08 EST 2000

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ICRC suspend escorting of vessels to Jaffna
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.45 p.m. November 15. The International Committee of Red Cross has temporary suspended the escort of the twice weekly voyage of the passenger ferry ‘City of Trinco’ from Trinco to Jaffna as well as the weekly voyage of the ICRC chartered vessel ‘Jaya Gold’ used to transfer serious patients from the North to hospitals in Colombo.

ICRC spokesman in Colombo, Harasha Gunewardane told ‘The Lanka Academic’ “The prevailing monsoons have made it impossible for us to load and off load passengers at the off shore point in Point-Pedro” He added, that earlier the ICRC used Kankasanthurai as their loading point however, since June the ICRC was unable to use the point due to the military situation and lack of mutual agreement between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan army”.

Gunewardane said, “ The ICRC is deeply concerned about the plight of the sick and civilian passengers and fervently hope that a humanitarian solution is found soon for the ICRC to resume escort of the vessels”.

However ‘The Lanka Academic’ learns that the Sri Lankan government has no objection to the ICRC using KKS as their off shore loading point.
Published: Tue Nov 14 04:52:20 EST 2000

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Lankan monk to stage death fast in US
India Abroad, Nov 14, 2000 15:00 Hrs (IST) . IVE Sri Lankans, including a Buddhist monk, left for Washington Tuesday to stage a death fast outside the World Bank building to protest cheap food imports, a spokesman for the group said. The group, comprising two tea growers, two rice farmers and the monk, will launch their protest later this week to highlight how cheap food imports had hit small producers in the island hard, said Ratna Gamage, a small scale tea producer who is leading the delegation. The monk, Khemananda, comes from the predominantly rice-growing region of central Anuradhapura and is participating in the protest as a gesture of solidarity, Gamage said. More...
Published: Tue Nov 14 08:22:38 EST 2000

Sri Lanka call for pork insulin ban
BBC South Asia, Tuesday, 14 November, 2000, 14:45 GMT . Health officials in Sri Lanka say a Muslim minister has asked them to ban the import of pork insulin which is being used to treat diabetic patients as a cheaper alternative to beef insulin. The minister, AHM Fowzie, said he wanted the measure to be taken in deference to the religious sensitivities of Muslim patients. More...
Published: Tue Nov 14 12:28:54 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan jets bomb rebel bunkers
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on November 14, 2000. Colombo, Nov. 14. (Reuters): Air Force jets bombed Tamil rebel positions in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula today, Air Force officials said. Israeli-built K'FIR aircraft bombarded bunkers and other defenses of the LTTE in the peninsula's Pallai area, the officials said. ``The targets were given to us by the Army, but we have no assessment of the damage we caused,'' said one Air Force official, speaking on condition of anonymity. More...
Published: Tue Nov 14 12:31:06 EST 2000
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SAARC will overcome problems - Kadirgamar
CDN, 14 November 2000. South Asian nations will bury their differences and move SAARC along, overcoming the problems that beset it now, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said yesterday. "The future of SAARC will not be in the hands of the Governments. It will be in the hands of the people. They will insist that SAARC must be kept alive, functional and positive," Minister Kadirgamar told a meeting of SAARC senior officials in Colombo.He observed that "SAARC has moved a long way" from the initial decision to ban contentious issues from its agenda. SAARC now allows a process of informal consultation on such issues. Referring to the nuclear tests by India and Pakistan, he said some prophets of doom predicted the end of SAARC at that time. "They ignored the overwhelming wish of the peoples of South Asia that SAARC should not only survive but prosper." More...
Published: Tue Nov 14 02:36:27 EST 2000

Sanath — second Lankan to become UNAIDS goodwill ambassador
Island, Tuesday, 14 November. Sri Lankan cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya will be appointed UNAIDS Ambassador of Goodwill on Friday (November 17). Country programme advisor for UNAIDS, Dr. Hemamal Jayawardene, told "The Island" that Jayasuriya will be awarded a special gold award on his appointment by Chairman of UNAIDS and WHO representative in Sri Lanka, Peter Hybsier, on Friday at a special ceremony at the BMICH. Jayasuriya was chosen for the post by a UNAIDS special committee and signed an agreement last week with UNAIDS to serve as goodwill ambassador for Sri Lanka for a period of two years. Sri Lanka’s only other ambassador of goodwill is former Mrs. World, Rosy Senanayake. "Since this year’s International theme for Aids is "Men and Aids’, we were looking out for a male" Dr. Jayawardene said. More...
Published: Tue Nov 14 04:11:43 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Business Briefs: France To Promote Trade Ties
Yahoo Asia, Monday, November 13 6:18 PM SGT . COLOMBO (Dow Jones)--The Board of Investment said a trade delegation from France will visit Sri Lanka between Nov. 12 and Nov. 18 to promote joint venture projects between the two nations. More...
Published: Tue Nov 14 01:58:37 EST 2000
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