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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...
Ranjita Misra, Ph.D., CHES., Ohio University. The health promotion era began in the mid 1980s with government policies focused on disease prevention and health promotion behaviors (Green and Ottoson, 1994). The national goal is to attain better health for the people through lifestyle changes that would decrease the prevalence of chronic disease and increase life expectancy. The Surgeon General has placed highest priority on strategies to eliminate destructive personal habits and to promote lifestyles conducive to health. Economic, medical, and social concerns are the reasons for the increased attention to health promotion and disease prevention activities. More...
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'I have nothing to do with Veerappan'
The Hindu (Southern States), Sunday, November 19, 2000. BANGALORE, NOV. 18. Denying any links with the LTTE, Dr. Bhanu, who along with two others played an important role in freeing Kannada matinee idol, Mr. Rajkumar, from the forest brigand, Veerappan's captivity, today stated that she was tired of the ``bad publicity'' she was getting in return for ``a good deed''. Speaking to a select group of ``woman journalists'' at a house in Indiranagar, she sought to clarify reports in a section of the press which linked her to a cheating case and some Tamil organisations. ``Newspapers have made allegations against me because I have kept quiet and not sought the limelight. I have never been to the Satyamangalam forests. That area has only black granite, and I only deal with coloured granite. I have nothing to do with Veerappan,'' she said. More...
Published: Sat Nov 18 17:13:29 EST 2000

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Concern over alleged SL-US immigration racket
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 2.30 p.m November 18. Several Sri Lankans domiciled in the US have expressed concern over a Los Angeles based bogus intercultural organization run by a person named Kit, that engages in an immigration racket which has netted over 30 million rupees a report in The Weekend Express said today.

It said that the organization of conmen get Sri Lankans across to America on the pretext of participating in Sri Lankan cultural shows in LA. It added that in December 1998 twenty one persons had each paid Rs.900,000 to Kit to get them across to US and it had even duped a Sri Lankan cabinet minister and the US embassy in Colombo.
Published: Sat Nov 18 04:38:54 EST 2000

Richmond Principal accused of helping Paedophiles
Saroj Pathirana in London, Saturday 18 November 1700 GMT. Parents of children abused by drug-paedophilia gang in Galle accused Richmond College principal of trying to undermine investigations against paedophiles. W.N.R.P.Daniels, whose close relative Malinda Palihapitiya allegedly raped a young bright schoolboy, attempts to safeguard Malinda by intimidating the victim, parents complain. Malinda Palihapitiya worked as temporary warden of Richmond College’s hostal. CMEV’s Premalal Abeysekara, whose son had also been given heroin and sexually abused by the music teacher of Mahinda College, today told "The Lanka Academic" that it was Mr. Daniels who harassed the abused schoolboy by expelling the victim instead of making an investigation.

Richmond College principal Mr. Daniels refused to comment who asked to enquire from the Education ministry.
Published: Sat Nov 18 11:58:50 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Telecom launches online telephone directory
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 2. 40 p.m November 18. Sri Lanka Telecom has launched their new website making it the first national electronic telephone directory.

The electronic directory would provide quick access to telephone numbers of all subscribers, both official and residential numbering over 600,000. The company is of the opinion that the new electronic directory will be of great use to all Sri Lankans living overseas.
Published: Sat Nov 18 04:38:52 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Air Force says hit rebel fuel dump
MSNBC, november 18. Sri Lanka's military said on Saturday it had destroyed what was believed to be a fuel dump belonging to Tamil rebels, but added that seven soldiers were missing and presumed dead after an ambush.An Air Force spokesman said the pilots saw a large explosion after they attacked positions in Ariyalai, near Jaffna city, belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in their Israeli-built K'fir aircraft. More...
Published: Sat Nov 18 12:42:18 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka seeks Indian assistance to stop rebel weapons
Virtual New York, 18 november 2000. Colombo: The Sri Lankan navy is getting India's assistance in preventing the separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas from smuggling in weapons for a renewed battle with government troops. India has reportedly assured its island neighbor that its navy will increase patrols along the maritime boundary to ensure that the rebels were not in a position to reach their northern headquarters through Indian waters. Sri Lanka's move to seek India's help came following intelligence reports that the rebels are planning to ship consignments of sophisticated weapons ahead of "Heroes Week" beginning November 23. More...
Published: Sat Nov 18 03:50:41 EST 2000

Sri Lankan Airforce inflict heavy causalities on LTTE- Two teenage members killed
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 2.30 p.m November 18. Sri Lankan airforce inflicted heavy casualties on the LTTE killing 12 of their members including 05 senior cadres and 02 teenage cadres and seriously injuring 17 others when Air Force jets bombed LTTE bases in Alampil on the Eastern coast North of Welioya last morning a media release from the Special media center said today.

Two teenage women cadres killed in this air attacks have been identified as 11 year old Senatalani Krishna from Mandur and 15 year old Kurusalin Selwarasa from Batticaloa.
Published: Sat Nov 18 03:32:22 EST 2000

Lankan court gives death sentence for murders in first DNA case
Times of India, 18 November . In the first Sri Lankan criminal case in which DNA was used to identify suspects, a High Court on Friday sentenced three young men to death by hanging, although such sentences have not been carried out in 23 years.The three-judge bench convicted three men - Menaka Sanjeewa, 19, Sampath Sri Nandana, 22, and Mahinda Siriwardene, 21 - of killing a family of six in their home in the outskirts of the capital, Colombo, in February 1999.The mother, father, three daughters and son of the Lalanadasa family were stabbed to death with swords and knives and two of the daughters were repeatedly raped before being murdered. More...
Published: Fri Nov 17 17:49:10 EST 2000

Sri Lanka President says graft eroded past budgets
MSNBC, november 17. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has ordered a crackdown on corruption, saying 40 percent of the development budgets in her first term were eroded by graft and inefficiency, government officials said on Friday. 'The president said she would take stern action against any officials, including ministers, if this trend continues,'' Janadasa Peiris, secretary of the Media Ministry, told Reuters. More...
Published: Fri Nov 17 07:50:47 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka resumes civilian flights to Jaffna
ABC News, 11/17/2000 06:30:00 ET. COLOMBO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka resumed civilian flights from the war-torn Jaffna peninsula on Friday, after a seven-month suspension over fears of missile attacks by Tamil Tiger rebels. "We waited a very long time for this," said S. Kokilanathan, one of 47 Tamil civilians who arrived at the Ratmalana domestic airport near Colombo. Kokilanathan said he was accompanying his six-year-old daughter who needed urgent heart surgery at a Colombo hospital. "I tried to get to Colombo by sea, but it would have taken one-and-a-half months to get a passage on the ferry," he said. More...
Published: Fri Nov 17 07:51:35 EST 2000
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Jayasuriya says no to 200,000 USD offer
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.45 p.m November 17. Sri Lankan cricket captain and new UNAIDS goodwill ambassador Sanath Jayasuriya has turned down an offer made by UNAIDS to work for them for a fee and instead offered his service free of charge.

The fee for working as a goodwill ambassador ranges from US dollars 100,000 to 200,000. Jayasuriya has proved to the world what a great sportsman he is by this rare act of turning down such a large amount.

Jayasuriya's new appointment demands creating public awareness regarding AIDS, specially among the youth in Sri Lanka.
Published: Fri Nov 17 06:47:17 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Govt Ups Cigarette Prices To Raise Funds
Yahoo Asia, Friday, November 17 8:24 PM SGT . Sri Lanka's Ministry of Finance said Friday that it had increased cigarette prices to fund the government's fight against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.It said prices of all varieties of cigarettes will rise by 50 Sri Lankan cents a stick ($1=LKR80.92). Friday's hike, the second increase for this year, is effective immediately. May 10, the government raised cigarette prices, also by LKR0.50 per stick. More...
Published: Fri Nov 17 10:50:47 EST 2000
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Maruti is Sri Lankans' car of choice
India Abroad, Nov 18, 2000 12:25 Hrs (IST) . NDIAN-made Maruti cars have overtaken hitherto popular Japanese brands to become the number one favorite among Sri Lankans. More Sri Lankans opted to buy brand new Marutis last year, pushing 35 Japanese varieties to second place and leaving European makes far behind, the local agent Associated Motorways (AMW) said. "It's a tough car. What's good for Indian roads is even better for Sri Lankan roads," enthused Tilak de Zoysa, AMW's managing director. More...
Published: Sat Nov 18 03:45:50 EST 2000

Police officers shoot down LTTE operatives in Mannar
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.05 a.m. SLT Friday November 17. Police officers in Mannar shot down a group of LTTE operatives yesterday. According to the police, the suspected LTTE cadre were spotted carrying illegal goods and had ignored an order to halt. Instead the group had run for cover into the nearby forest.

Giving chase, the police say, they shot down the group. The police could not say how seriously the suspects were wounded.
Published: Fri Nov 17 02:03:54 EST 2000

''Norway not to try to intervene in the internal matters of our country": Sri Lanka, Nov 17 2000 14:40 IST. Colombo, Nov 17 (UNI) Security at the Norwegian Embassy here has been beefed up after several Sinhala rightist activists demonstrated asking ''Norway not to try to intervene in the internal matters of our country.'' Hundreds of demonstrators belonging to Sihala Urumaya, a newly formed political party which has one member in Parliament, marched towards the Embassy last evening, but were stopped by police on the way. More...
Published: Fri Nov 17 05:57:51 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka Hikes Diesel, Kerosene Prices By LKR2-Liter
Yahoo Asia, Friday, November 17 11:18 AM SGT . Sri Lanka's oil monopoly, the Ceylon Petroleum Corp., or Ceypetco, said Friday it will raise both the pump price of diesel and the retail price of kerosene by 2.0 rupees ($1=LKR80.77) a liter, effective immediately. The pump price per liter of diesel will now cost LKR21.50 compared with LKR19.50 previously. Kerosene will rise to LKR17.40/liter, up from LKR15.40/liter. More...
Published: Fri Nov 17 07:54:15 EST 2000
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India to release Lankan fishermen caught poaching
India Abroad, Nov 17, 2000 15:20 Hrs (IST) . NDIA has agreed to release some of the Sri Lankan fishermen caught poaching in Indian waters following several high-level requests from Colombo, officials said. At least 82 fishermen, of the 152 behind bars in India for crossing the maritime boundary over the past few years, will return to Sri Lanka shortly, said fisheries ministry secretary S. Amarasekera. A local fishermen's organization, National Fisheries Solidarity (NFS), is pressing for the release of all the fishermen, claiming that the men have been held for as long as two years without charges being filed. More...
Published: Fri Nov 17 06:16:52 EST 2000

Sri Lanka adds new minister to jumbo cabinet, Nov 17 2000 20:47 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 17 (AFP)- Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Friday added another member to her jumbo-sized cabinet by filling a vacancy for the "ethnic affairs and national integration" portfolio, officials said. Ruling party legislator Athauda Seneviratne was given the new portfolio after another minister stepped down to take up the position of chief minister for the Western province. More...
Published: Sat Nov 18 03:53:40 EST 2000

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