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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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30 killed in Lanka fighting
India Abroad, Nov 20, 2000 16:45 Hrs (IST) . WENTY three LTTE rebels and seven government troops were killed in an army offensive to capture a key small town in northern Jaffna. Troops on Sunday captured six square km of the area in and around Muduvil, a small town near Chavakachcheri in northern Jaffna. LTTE's wireless radio said 20 rebels were killed and 70 injured in the fighting at Muduvil while army said seven soldiers were killed and 27 injured in the battle. More...
Published: Mon Nov 20 08:28:19 EST 2000
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Sirimavo a true friend, says PM
The Hindu, Tuesday, November 21, 2000. NEW DELHI, NOV. 20. The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee, today described the former Sri Lankan Premier, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, as a true friend of the country ``who would be remembered with respect throughout the Third World.'' In his obituary refernce made in the Lok Sabha, the Prime Minister also recalled his meeting with Mrs. Bandaranaike. The leader of the Opposition, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, said Sirimavo Bandaranaike's ``place in history was assured'' not only because she was the first woman Prime Minister but also for the great changes she had brought about for her people, and her role in the Non-aligned Movement. Mrs. Gandhi also recalled the strong ties between her family and that of Mrs. Bandaranaike. ``She was held in great esteem by my family.'' More...
Published: Mon Nov 20 18:41:01 EST 2000

Security forces on alert before Heroes' week
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.40 p.m November 20. Security forces in Jaffna have commenced search operations in around Jaffna in anticipation of LTTE infiltration before their heroes' week which falls from November 21 to 27.

Army had carried out search operations in Kalviyankadu, Nallur, Neerveil , Vadamarachchi and even searched the municipal premises and its employees our sources in Jaffna said.
Published: Mon Nov 20 02:31:54 EST 2000

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More people crossing to cleared areas- Brigadier Karunaratne
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.30 p.m November 20. Military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said today that more people are crossing over to cleared areas due to fear of the LTTE. He said " More and more people are crossing over from uncleared areas as the civilians living under LTTE control are facing immense difficulties."

Karunaratne added that the LTTE too is on a recruitment drive and are forcing people to join them and it has made things more difficult for the parents who are very concerned about their children.
Published: Mon Nov 20 09:34:47 EST 2000

Floods create havoc in Batticaloa
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.20 p.m November 20. Floods in Batticaloa have created havoc in the area killing one person and leaving 94,000 people homeless latest reports reaching Colombo revealed. District officials have taken steps to re-locate the homeless families in schools and temples and provide other facilities.

Over 10,000 families have become homeless in Ampara and Polonnaruwa.
Published: Mon Nov 20 08:20:43 EST 2000

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Heli tours to conduct two flights a day
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.05 a.m. SLT Monday November 20. 'Heli Tours' organized by the Sri Lanka Air Force to fly civilians to and fro to Jaffna and Colombo is to increase its flights to two a day. The civilian air travel which began last Friday, November 17, after a period of eight months during which time civilian air travel to Jaffna was banned, will increase to two flights a day from Colombo to Jaffna and back.

The Air Force has decided to include the additional daily flight to the north due to the high demand, since operations began on Friday.
Published: Mon Nov 20 01:08:24 EST 2000

Country put on red alert as LTTE observes Hero's week
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Monday November 20. Already tight security measures have been strengthened even further as the country has been placed from today on a high security alert as the LTTE commemorate's heros' week. The week not only observes dead LTTE cadres who died in combat but will also celebrate the Tiger chief's birthday on Sunday November 26.

Prabhakaran is expected to make a speech on his birthday which will outline the future policies of his rebel movement. The State also expects the rebel supremo to comment on recent peace indicatives by the Norwegian government which are geared to end Sri Lanka's ethnic war.

Special police squads meanwhile are to be deployed in and around the city of Colombo and her suburbs as the military expect the Tigers to target key government installations and carry out its trade-mark suicide bombings.

The Tigers over the years have stepped up on its fight for Eelam each Hero's week. Last year the LTTE engaged the military in heavy combat in Sri Lanka's northern peninsula days before their leaders birthday, resulting in heavy casualties for both sides while a Roman catholic church in the north was also hit by shell fire.
Published: Mon Nov 20 01:08:24 EST 2000

High-voltage ''lighter'' kills Sri Lankan smoker
MSNBC, Nov 20 2000 11:47 IST. A Sri Lankan man was killed when he tried to light a cigarette from a high-voltage electricity transformer, a newspaper reported on Monday. The independent Island newspaper said an employee of the Ceylon Electricity Board witnessed the death of Ekanayake Kalupahana in the city of Galle, 120 km (75 miles) south of Colombo. More...
Published: Mon Nov 20 08:30:48 EST 2000

Lankan PC to investigate cricket scandal
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.35 a.m. SLT Monday November 20. Sri Lankan Presidents Council, Desmond Fernando is to leave for India today to investigate charges of match-fixing against two of Sri Lanka's leading cricketers, Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva.

Fernando will meet with officials of India's Central Bureau for Investigation which in a report released this month named the two Lankan sports stars as having accepted massive bribes to fix international cricket matches.

Fernando will also fly to London to meet with International Cricket Board officials, before he submits a preliminary report on his findings. The leading lawyer has been given one month to make an assessment of the scandal which has shocked the international cricket arena as players around the world have fallen under the hammer of the Indian investigation.
Published: Mon Nov 20 01:08:24 EST 2000

American evangelist group leaves for colombo
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on November 20, 2000. Chennai, Nov. 20. (PTI): The American evangelist group, who had been ordered to leave the country by the Union Home Ministry for violating visa conditions, left for Colombo today, airport sources said. The sources said the group boarded an Indian Airlines flight, after arriving here during the wee hours of the morning by road from Rameshwaram. More...
Published: Mon Nov 20 10:14:54 EST 2000

Sri Lankan president puts negotiations with the LTTE back on the agenda
Yahoo, 18 November 2000. In her speech opening the Sri Lankan parliament on November 9, President Chandrika Kumaratunga gave a cautious but clear signal that her government is moving toward negotiations with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over an end to the country's 17-year civil war. "We have by no means closed the door to the LTTE, we are ready to have discussions with that organisation," she said. More...
Published: Mon Nov 20 08:36:23 EST 2000

Sri Lanka troops look to hang on to Jaffna gains
ABC News, 11/20/2000 06:01:00 ET. COLOMBO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Monday its troops were digging into territory in the northern Jaffna peninsula captured in the first offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels since a Norwegian peace initiative late last month. More...
Published: Mon Nov 20 06:24:48 EST 2000
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Parliament adjourned after obit references
The Hindu NUS, 16.00 hrs (IST) on November 20, 2000. New Delhi, Nov. 20. (UNI): Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned without transacting any business on the opening day of the winter session today after paying homage to former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, former Congress president and Union minister Sitaram Kesri, former Union minister and Tamil Nadu chief minister C Subramaiam, and three others. More...
Published: Mon Nov 20 08:29:16 EST 2000

Over 100,000 homeless in Sri Lanka floods, Nov 20 2000 15:13 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 20 (AFP) - More than 100,000 people have been left homeless by floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains, social service officials said Monday as police reported two flood-related deaths. Large areas in Sri Lanka's eastern province were underwater with some 94,000 people homeless in the district of Ampara alone, officials said. More...
Published: Mon Nov 20 06:22:14 EST 2000
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Rain hampers Lankan Army from handing over bodies
India Abroad, Nov. 20, 2000 15:35 Hrs (IST) . RI Lankan military authorities have offered to return the bodies of 10 Tamil Tiger rebels killed in a weekend battle in the northern Jaffna peninsula, but the handing over could be delayed by heavy monsoon rains. More...
Published: Mon Nov 20 06:23:03 EST 2000

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

A few decisions, some tension at SAARC meet
The Hindu (International), Monday, November 20, 2000. COLOMBO, NOV. 19. Delegates from India and Pakistan at the ``extra- ordinary'' meeting of SAARC senior officials here last week were in a tug-of-war over its purpose and mandate before agreeing that it had been a ``useful'' opportunity to exchange views on the functioning of the regional body. The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, in an interview to The Hindu, said he was ``optimistic'' that as the meeting had gone off ``reasonably well, within its limitations'', a meeting of the standing committee, comprising Foreign Secretaries of the member- countries, could be held soon. More...
Published: Mon Nov 20 04:35:13 EST 2000
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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

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

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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Sri Lanka Shares End Down; Blue Chips Lead Losses
Yahoo Asia, Monday, November 20 3:28 PM SGT . The All Share Index was down 2.5 points to 475.2, according to early data from brokerage firms. Foreign selling, seen through most of this year, pushed down the shares of John Keells Holdings by 75 Sri Lankan cents each, to LKR37.50. More...
Published: Mon Nov 20 08:43:12 EST 2000
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