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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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Sri Lanka troops take Tiger town, death toll 27, Nov 19 2000 19:07 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 19 (AFP) - Government troops backed by air cover and artillery wrested a key town from Tamil Tiger rebels Sunday after heavy clashes raised the overnight death toll to 27, the defence ministry said. Troops advanced from Chavakachcheri town in the northern Jaffna peninsula and within a few hours took Maduvil South, three kilometres (two miles) away along the main A-9 highway, ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said. More...
Published: Sun Nov 19 09:22:29 EST 2000
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Month Since Nimalarajanís Killing
Saroj Pathirana in London, Sunday 19 November 1720 GMT. Today marks one month from Jaffna journalist Myilvaganam Nimalarajanís killing. Although the government, including media minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, was quick to condemn the assassination, no suspect has yet taken to custody or there is no progress in investigations, "The Lanka Academic" learns. Many organisations including Free Media Movement pointed Ealam Peoplesí Democratic Party (EPDP), whose leader Douglas Devananda is PA governmentís Northern Development minister, as the organisation behind Nimalarajanís killing. This brutal attack happened within hours of new PA cabinetís swearing-in.

Only EPDP cadres and Government soldiers are allowed to petrol freely in high security zone in Jaffna where Nimalarajan was assassinated.

In an interview with todayís "The Sunday Leader" minister Devananda has again blamed LTTE for this cowardly act, while Army Commander General Lionel Balagalla confirms ministerís claims that Nimalarajan was a LTTE supporter. Minister Devananda, however, failed to convince that he is innocent in this attack, The Sunday Leader claims.

Meanwhile, the Nimalarajan Foundation in London is holding a public meeting on the 23rd of November in the London School of Economics commemorating a month since his killing.
Published: Sun Nov 19 12:19:19 EST 2000

Sri Lanka on red alert for suicide bombings amid anniversary, Nov 19 2000 12:14 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 19 (AFP) - Sri Lanka has been placed on maximum alert amid fears Tamil Tiger rebels may carry out trade mark suicide bombings to mark a key anniversary from Tuesday, officials said.The already tight security arrangements in the capital were further strengthened with the establishment of a special police unit to carry out surprise checks, police said.The new measure was taken ahead of the "Heroes' Week" of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from Tuesday. The commemoration of rebels who died in the ethnic conflict also coincides with the birthday of the LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran.The rebel leader who will turn 46 next Sunday is expected to round off Heroes' Week celebrations with a speech that is expected to underline the policies of his movement which is fighting for a separate state called Eelam. More...
Published: Sun Nov 19 02:21:32 EST 2000

Thousands homeless in Sri Lankan floods
BBC South Asia, Sunday, 19 November, 2000, 13:43 GMT . More than five-thousand families in eastern Sri Lanka have been made homeless by floods, after days of heavy rain. Social service officials said swollen rivers had flooded large swathes of the Batticaloa and Ampara districts. More...
Published: Sun Nov 19 09:23:54 EST 2000
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Lankan ruling party probes members
Times of India, 20 November 2000. At least four ministers, 15 deputies and 24 other ruling party members have been asked to respond to charges of election violence and malpractice, a newspaper reported Sunday.The charges had been forwarded by a three-member government panel headed by Sripathy Suriyarachchi, who has asked the parliamentarians and members to respond within 14 days or be considered guilty, the Sunday Times said. Suriyarachchi was not available for comment. More...
Published: Sun Nov 19 17:30:06 EST 2000

No move to invite India, Pak to mediate: Lanka
Times of India, 20 November 2000. There is no suggestion for inviting India to play the role of a facilitator between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebels to end the two-decade-old ethnic conflict, foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar has said. He told state-run 'Sunday Observer' newspaper that India was "well contented" with the facilitator role played by Norwegian government to kickstart peace talks between Sri Lankan government and LTTE. "There is no suggestion that India should be invited to play any other role such as a faciliator. India is well contented with the rol that Norway is playing at the invitation of both the government of Sri Lanka and LTTE in that respect," Kadirmagamar said. Kadirgamar's statement comes just three days ahead of the Sri Lanka visit by British minister of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs Peter Hains who has expressed his government's support to norwegian efforts to broker peace in the island. More...
Published: Sun Nov 19 17:36:35 EST 2000

Lankan foreign minister to urge India, Pak to revive SAARC
India Abroad, Nov 19, 2000 14:00 Hrs (IST) . RI Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar will visit New Delhi and Islamabad shortly to get the stalled South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) moving. Newspapers said Sunday that Kadirgamar would try to help iron out differences between India and Pakistan, which have bedeviled the regional grouping from its inception. "I can't just sit at home. Sri Lanka is the chairman of SAARC and we have to do our duty by all the member states,? the Sunday Times quoted Kadirgamar as saying. Kadirgamar told the newspaper that at the very least the SAARC standing committee of the foreign secretaries of the seven member nations should get together as soon as possible. More...
Published: Sun Nov 19 09:24:42 EST 2000

'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

Reward to catch Sri Lanka university peeping tom, Nov 19 2000 14:29 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 19 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main university Sunday offered a reward of 25,000 rupees (312 dollars) to catch the person responsible for rigging up a video camera in a women's shower room. The Peradeniya University in the central district of Kandy made the offer after female undergraduates were horified to discover a hidden camera in their communal bathroom. More...
Published: Sun Nov 19 07:24:16 EST 2000

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

Man held for insulting Kumaratunga on radio show
Times of India (Breaking News), November 19. COLOMBO: A 21-year-old man was arrested Sunday for abusing President Chandrika Kumaratunga on a state-run radio program, an official said. The caller, who identified himself by one name Chanaka, had called in to participate in an hour-long current affairs program broadcast every morning, said Newton Gunaratne, chairman of Lakhanda, a Sinhala language radio station. More...
Published: Sun Nov 19 09:27:09 EST 2000
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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 Collegeís hostal. CMEVís 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

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

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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