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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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Raj Kumar's real-life trauma puts Sri Lanka's Tigers in spotlight, Nov 22 2000 08:58 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 22 (AFP) - The kidnap drama involving a movie star in India has put the spotlight on Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers, who once used neighbouring India as a springboard to stage their separatist war. As India launched an operation to seize the elusive bandit Veerappan, who held film icon Rajkumar captive for 108 days, analysts here mulled over rising Tamil nationalist sentiments fuelled by the hostage crisis.Hostage negotiations were initially conducted by a magazine editor, R.R. Gopal, but he was suddenly replaced by Pazha Nedumaran, a well-known Tamil nationalist who supports the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's former high commissioner to India, Stanley Kalpage, said he believed the hostage drama had strengthened Tamil nationalism in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. "I don't know how long it will take them to have their greater Tamil nation, but Veerappan has given them a big boost," Kalpage said. "There are Tamils in India who believe they are a people without a nation for too long." More...
Published: Tue Nov 21 23:48:19 EST 2000

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UK to support Norwegian peace initiative in Lanka
India Abroad, Nov 21, 2000 22:20 Hrs (IST) . RITAIN will back the Norwegian initiative to resolve the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, British Minister of State for commonwealth and foreign office Peter Hain declared Tuesday. Addressing the Asian College of Journalism here, Hain who is leaving for Sri Lanka Wednesday, said he had held discussions with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in this regard. He said he would also hold discussions with Sri Lankan leaders on how best Britain could help resolve the conflict. More...
Published: Tue Nov 21 15:21:18 EST 2000
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Lanka expects lot from British minister’s visit  - The Hindustan Times

LTTE begins commemmorating hero's week
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 2.30 p.m. SLT Tuesday November 21. The LTTE today began observing Hero's week with a number of religious ceremonies. The week which commemorates its dead cadres also coincides with its Leader, Vellupillai Prabhakaran's birthday. The Tiger chief will be 46 on Sunday November 26. The military meanwhile are on red alert as they expect the Tigers in customary style to target key military and state installations in the country's war torn northeast. Colombo too has been placed on a maximum security alert to guard against possible suicide attacks by the rebels.
Published: Tue Nov 21 04:28:21 EST 2000
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Sporadic clashes kill 11 in Sri Lanka's north
MSNBC, november 21. The Sri Lankan navy sank a Tamil rebel boat off the country's northern coast as skirmishes on land left at least 11 dead, government and military officials said on Tuesday. Navy officials said a naval patrol attacked a flotilla of five rebel boats off northern Mannar district on Monday, sinking one of them. More...
Published: Tue Nov 21 08:08:31 EST 2000

Wedding Bells to Susanthika
Island, 22 November 2000. Susanthika Jayasinghe with her husband Dhammika Nandakumara listen to Sports Minister Lakshman Kiriella, who was one of the guests at her homecoming reception held at Hilton Hotel on Monday evening. More...
Published: Tue Nov 21 21:57:11 EST 2000

Troops dig in after heavy fighting in the North
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 21. Government troops were today consolidating their positions setting up areas in the northern Jaffna peninsula after a week-end of heavy fighting with the rebels. The battle which the military say killed over 20 Tigers also claimed the lives of seven soldiers and seriously wounded over 20 army men. Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne said that the military had received confirmation of the number of Tigers killed and that troops had recovered 10 rebel bodies. He said the military were making arrangements to return the bodies to the LTTE via the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Published: Tue Nov 21 04:28:20 EST 2000

Policeman shot dead in Jaffna
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.15 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 21. A policeman was shot dead in the heart of Jaffna town last evening while another cop was also injured in the incident. Jaffna police believe the LTTE's pistol gang could be responsible for the shooting. Another 24 year old woman and two others were also wounded in the attack as they were caught in the cross-fire. They are being treated for their injuries at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital. The reasons for the killing is not clear.
Published: Tue Nov 21 04:28:20 EST 2000

LTTE pistol gang strikes again
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.15 p.m November 21. A media release issued by the Special Media Information Center said today that members of the LTTE pistol group attacked two police constables, attached to the Jaffna police station while they were having tea at Suriya Hotel down Kasturiya road. However the police constables had managed to retaliate and kill one LTTE rebel. The two police constables who received injuries had been admitted to the Jaffna hospital where one constable had succumbed to his injuries later. The incident had occurred yesterday around 4.00 p.m the release said.
Published: Tue Nov 21 04:26:10 EST 2000

Lankan team to hold talks with India on free trade pact, 21st Nov 2000 18.13 IST . A high-level Sri Lankan team led by Minister G L Peiris will arrive in New Delhi next week to hold talks with Indian authorities on the Indo-Sri Lankan Free Trade Agreement. The talks on the free trade agreement between the two countries would be taken up for discussion during a special session on the sidelines of the Indian Economic Summit, to be held in New Delhi next week. More...
Published: Tue Nov 21 08:10:37 EST 2000

Tamil workers resent Army camps
HT, NOvember 21. Apparently fearing violence of the kind unleashed against their community in Bindunuwewa, Ginigathene and Talawakele recently, the Indian Origin Tamil (IOT) tea estate workers in Central Sri Lanka have protested against the establishment of Army camps in their midst."The setting up of Army camps here could disturb the traditional peace and amity in this area. We request the government to immediately withdraw the camps. There will be amity and lasting peace only if a permanent solution is found for the ethnic issue. This can be achieved only through talks with the LTTE using the good office of Norway," the resolution said. More...
Published: Tue Nov 21 08:29:04 EST 2000

Red Cross to the rescue of flood victims in Batti
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.00 p.m November 21. The ICRC with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society moved in to Batticaloa district and rescued the lives of over 235 people, mostly women and children marooned by heavy floods yesterday, ICRC spokesman Harasha Gunewardane told 'The Lanka Academic'. Gunewardane said the ICRC and the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society had to use four boats during their rescue mission and the boats had to be brought from Oddamavady by tractor as the lagoon was over flowing, although Kinnaiyady and Oddamavady are connected by the lagoon.

The ICRC spokesman added that the ICRC mobile health teams treated around 60 civilians on arrival and the SLRCS arranged a school in Sankankerny to temporary house the displaced persons and provided them with their night meal. ICRC had carried out the rescue operation with the permission of the security forces in the area.

“ ICRC officials along with SLRCS volunteers continue to monitor the situation in the district rendering all possible assistance and a ICRC team also left for Ampara to assess the flood situation in the colony areas.” Said Gunewardane.

The ICRC opened an office in Batticaloa in 1990 and boasts of a staff of 68 with sixty Sri Lankans and eight expatriates.
Published: Tue Nov 21 03:59:10 EST 2000

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Elephants clash with people in Sri Lanka
Virtual New York, Tuesday, 21 November 2000 2:10 (ET). Population growth and the separatist war in northern Sri Lanka have driven elephants out of their natural habitat and led to increasing clashes with people, officials say. According to the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department, elephants have killed nearly 350 people over the past decade, and 1,250 elephants have died. Iincreasing human population has led to serious elephant-human conflict in this country," said Ajay Desai, an expert on elephants working with the U.N.-funded Global Environment Facility in Sri Lanka.The war between the government troops and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has aggravated the problem of wild elephants.The artillery and armor shelling from both the warring sides has killed hundreds of elephants and injured many more of them. Landmines are the biggest threat to the elephants," Jayantha Jayawardane, a member of the Asian Elephants Special Group, told United Press International. "Many elephants have either been killed or lost their legs after trampling over landmines laid by both sides." More...
Published: Tue Nov 21 03:00:34 EST 2000

TN: Two Sri Lankan boat operators arrested
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on November 21, 2000. Madurai, Nov. 21. (PTI): The police on Tuesday arrested two Sri Lankan boat operators, who transported eight refugees from Sri Lanka to Rameshwaram, under the Passport Act. The boat operators, Nagaraj and Veerachami had transported eight members belonging to a family, on November 19. However, the boat sank in the shallow waters off Rameshwaram and the refugees swam about one kilometre to reach the coast. More...
Published: Tue Nov 21 08:19:24 EST 2000
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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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Troops recapture more areas in Jaffna  - The Hindu (International)

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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Lankan troops go on alert as Tigers begin \"Heroes' Week\"  - Yahoo
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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 braces as rebels mark their Heroes Week
MSNBC, Tuesday, November 21 11:08 AM SGT . A string of bungled suicide bombings may have dented the fearsome reputation of Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels, but the country was still bracing itself as the guerrillas begin a week of ceremonies to honour their dead.Police in Colombo were placed on high alert and officers were ordered to work longer shifts as the capital's already tight security was increased for possible suicide attacks to mark ''Heroes Week,'' an annual rebel ritual starting Tuesday. 'We have stepped up surveillance and beefed up our special operations unit to make the security net even tighter,'' said Bodhi Liyanage, Colombo's top police officer. ''There is absolutely no doubt that several suicide bombers have infiltrated the city,'' he added. More...
Published: Tue Nov 21 03:47:59 EST 2000

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