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NOVEMBER 24, 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...
HEALTH PROMOTION BEHAVIORS AMONG IMMIGRANT ASIANS
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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A new push for peace
E-Countries., November 24. Top US and British officials are in Sri Lanka to offer support for the peace process. It is the latest jolt to the stalemate between the rebel separatists Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government. Combined with the surprise talks with the rebels' leader last month, these may be the first signs of a fresh push for peace on the war-torn island. A crackly voice on pirate radio could give the Sri Lankan peace process another surprise boost. Or it could send it back to stalemate. On November 27, Vellupalai Prabhakaran, the shadowy leader of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), will give his annual radio address marking the end the Tamil Tigers' "heroes' week." More...
Published: Fri Nov 24 21:17:35 EST 2000

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Nurses play dirty in Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.45 a.m November 25. Nurses at the Maharagama Cancer hospital played dirty yesterday refusing to give chemotherapy to hundreds of patients, putting the lives of innocents patients in danger.

The nurses are demanding that they be paid an enhanced risk allowance of Rs.1000 a month since chemotherapy involves handling of high toxic drugs. They are paid a risk allowance of Rs.250 at present.

However a spokesperson for the nurses denied that they stopped chemotherapy altogether. Spokes person said they only had stopped treating new patients.

The condition of the cancer hospital at Maharagama is in a hopeless state with steady breakdown of its vital equipment.
Published: Fri Nov 24 22:08:23 EST 2000


Daily Mirror reports of a dancing commander
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.10 a.m November 25. Today's Daily Mirror under its military matters has a report of a dancing commander who danced till dawn and more. The paper says that they are not grudging the Army Commander taking a drink or two or more given the taxing demands of the man but, a social drink has to be taken in a social way and not anti-social way.

It says how Lt.. General Lionel Balagalle ignored the dinner call at an army hosted send off party to seven US ballistic experts where the Defense Attache of the US embassy too was present and how the foreign guests had appeared very uncomfortable by the commanders behavior.

The send off party had been held at the army officers mess last Thursday.
Published: Fri Nov 24 22:08:17 EST 2000


UNP presents proposals for live parliamentary debates
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9 p.m. SLT Friday November 26. The United National Party has officially presented a proposal to Speaker Anura Bandaranaike requesting that all parliamentary proceedings be telecast live. The ruling party too are reported to have given their approval for this proposal. The Speaker is yet to take a decision in this regard. A senior UNP MP said that the provision may take some time to implement.
Published: Fri Nov 24 10:22:56 EST 2000

Initiative depends on Prabhakaran
HT, November 24. The next move in the international peace initiative in Sri Lanka depends very critically on LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran's Hero's Day oration over the Voice of Tigers radio on November 27. The Tamil rebel leader is expected to outline his latest policy on war and peace, the goal of a separate Tamil Eelam, devolution of power within a united Sri Lanka and foreign mediation. The Norwegians, who represent the Big Powers-the US, UK, Europe and India in the international peace bid-have made it clear to both the warring parties that the world wants them to settle the question peacefully through negotiations, the LTTE should give up its goal of an independent Tamil Eelam and Sri Lanka should give substantial devolution of powers to the Tamil North East. More...
Published: Fri Nov 24 19:02:10 EST 2000

5 LTTE cadres killed
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.50 p.m. SLT Friday November 24. According to the Special Media Information Center today, 5 Tigers were killed in separate incidents at Columbothurai and Kilali yesterday. Two more rebels were injured when the LTTE and government troops engaged in sporadic fire in Sri Lanka's northern peninsula. One soldier was also killed in the incidents and two others injured.
Published: Fri Nov 24 10:22:55 EST 2000

Lanka to draw more Indian tourists with big sales push
India Abroad, Nov 24, 2000 22:20 Hrs (IST) . SRI LANKA will launch a drive to draw more Indian visitors with a sales pitch pushing the island as an attractive holiday destination, tourism officials here said. Some 40,000 Indians came here last year, the third highest number after visitors from Britain and Germany, nudging the Ceylon Tourist Board (CTB) to intensify their promotions. Not all Indian visitors can, however, be classified as tourists, with many of that number coming here either on business or to visit relatives. Having closed down its own office in New Delhi earlier this year, the CTB has appointed Trac Representation (India) Pvt. Ltd. as their marketing agent there, a CTB statement said. More...
Published: Fri Nov 24 19:05:11 EST 2000

Ministers bodyguards injured in fire-arm accident
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 7.45 p.m. SLT Friday November 24. Two bodyguards of Minister for Education Susil Premajayanth were injured when the fire-arms they were carrying in their vehicle accidentally went off. The two men who belong to the personal security division of the minister were travelling in an official vehicle when the gun had gone off wounding them both.

Reports say that the two men are in a stable condition after receiving urgent medical attention for their injuries.
Published: Fri Nov 24 10:22:55 EST 2000


Dr. Radhika Coomarswamy wins Oslo human rights award
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 9.40 p.m. November 24. Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy has won the Human Rights prize of the University of Oslo Lisl and Leo Eitinger’s prize for her contribution on violence against women.

The awards will be presented to her at a special ceremony, scheduled to be held at the universitets gamle festival, the old festival hall, on Tuesday 28.

Speaking to the ‘Lanka Academic’ Radihka Coomaraswamy said, “ These awards are given not to me but, for a cause. The cause is the movement to eradicate violence against women”

This is the second such award Dr. Coomaraswamy has won this year. In October she received the Bruno Kreisky Foundation Award for Human Rights from Austria which she dedicated to late Dr. Neelan Thiruchelvam. She is also the recipient of the International Human Rights law award presented by the International Human Rights Law group for outstanding contribution to international human rights, in 1997, ‘Prominent Women in International Law’ from the American Society of International law in 1996 and the International Law Award of the American Bar Association in 1995.

Radhika is the director of the International Center for Ethnic studies in Colombo and United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women.
Published: Fri Nov 24 10:41:49 EST 2000


Mutual suspicion a stumbling block for Lanka peace talks
India Abroad, Nov 24, 2000 17:05 Hrs (IST) . As international pressure mounts on Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger separatists, mutual suspicion could be a major stumbling block on the road to peace. "The government is very cautious about appearing enthusiastic because it cannot forget that the majority of Sinhalese are not willing to concede the northeast to the LTTE," said K. N. Godage, a retired diplomat and political commentator. Britain's Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Peter Hain left Colombo Thursday but not before underscoring the international community's concern over the decades-long war of attrition between the Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Fri Nov 24 10:07:25 EST 2000

Rohan Jayakody arrested by CID
Island, 24 November 2000. Rohan Jayakody, son-in-law of the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa, was arrested on late Wednesday night by sleuths of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and was remanded after being produced before a Magistrate at the latter’s bungalow in connection with the missing Mulkirigala painting from the President’s House in 1992, Police said yesterday.The Mulkirigala painting done in 1891 which was hung by the staircase at President’s House during the Premadasa administration went missing and former President D. B. Wijetunga ordered the CID to commence investigations into the issue.The missing Mulkirigala painting was later detected by the then Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Britain at a London auction and he immediately contacted the Secretary, Defence Ministry and informed. More...
Published: Thu Nov 23 22:04:34 EST 2000
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South Asian's people's summit in Colombo
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.00 p.m November 24. The South Asian People's Summit organized by the South Asia Partnership International in collaboration with other civil service organization in the region will take place in Colombo from December 8 to 10.

The summit is expected to be a substitute for the SAARC summit which has been continuously postponed since the summit held in 1998. Over 250 people from all over South Asia are expected to attend the three day summit, which aims to build up mutual understanding and co-operation among the SAARC countries.
Published: Fri Nov 24 06:08:19 EST 2000


Hain says LTTE willing to agree to autonomy
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Friday November 24. Peter Hain, Britain's Deputy Secretary of State told journalists yesterday that after having spoken with representatives of the LTTE in London, both Britain and Norway are convinced that the Tigers will agree to an autonomous state.

Hain maintained that the LTTE too were of the view that the present conflict could not be resolved other than through negotiations between the government and the rebels.

The government has continued to remain skeptical of the Tiger's peace approach but have not ruled out negotiations with the rebel fighting force.

Hain met with Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremasinghe, Premier Rathnasiri Wickremanayake, Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar and Constitutional Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris during his two day visit to the Island nation.
Published: Fri Nov 24 00:14:46 EST 2000


TULF requires full probe into killing of fishermen
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.10 a.m. SLT Friday November 24. R. Sambandan, Secretary General for The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has requested the Defence Ministry to conduct a full and impartial inquiry into the killing of four fishermen by the Sri Lanka Navy. The incident took place off the coast at Nilaveli in the Trincomalee district.

The TULF allege that in too many instances innocent Tamil civilians are being killed by government security forces on suspicion of them being members of the LTTE. He said that in addition to conducting a full scale probe into the incident, the Defence Ministry should also arrange for compensation to be paid to the victims families.
Published: Fri Nov 24 00:14:46 EST 2000


Sri Lankan refugees arrive in Tamil Nadu
The Hindu NUS, 18.00 hrs (IST) on November 24, 2000. Madurai, Nov. 24. (PTI): Twenty-five Sri Lankan refugees arrived at Serankottai and Arichalmunai in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, official sources said here on Friday. The refugees, who arrived in two batches, were from Pesalai in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Fri Nov 24 10:09:14 EST 2000

Nine tigers killed in Lanka
123India.com, Nov 24 2000 16:20 IST. Colombo (Sri Lanka), Nov 24 (UNI) Sri Lankan Security forces shot dead nine Tamil Tigers in an encounter in the North-East during the past 24 hours, defence sources said. The sources said three ''terrorists'' were killed and five were injured in Kilaly. In another incident in Colombuthurai, two terrorists were shot dead by troops. More...
Published: Fri Nov 24 10:06:35 EST 2000

Britain pushes Sri Lanka peace bid, mulls Tiger ban
123India.com, Nov 23 2000 17:17 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 23 (AFP) - Britain Thursday pushed Sri Lanka's warring partners to open Norwegian-backed peace talks and said London was also considering a Colombo government request to ban Tamil Tiger rebels. Britain's junior foreign minister Peter Hain who held talks with Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake and other leaders that Colombo had asked London to proscribe the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). More...
Published: Thu Nov 23 11:39:13 EST 2000
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Govt. decides to implement death penalty
Island, Friday, 24 November. The government on Wednesday (22) decided to implement the death penalty as part of a series of proposed tough measures to combat rising wave of crime and violent incidents, senior party officials said yesterday. The decision was taken at an Executive Committee meeting of the People’s Alliance held on Wednesday night.The Executive Committee also decided to resume talks with the UNP with regard to the ongoing efforts to end the North-East crisis and other related matters including proposed constitutional reforms, they said. The PA decided to set up independent elections, judicial and public service commissions as part of the proposed constitutional reforms but stressed that it would not agree to appoint an independent police commission. The UNP, PA constituent member the SLMC and several other civic organisations have been campaigning for these four independent commissions for some time. More...
Published: Fri Nov 24 03:32:50 EST 2000
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British tourist rescued after three days in Sri Lankan jungle
123India.com, Nov 24 2000 14:44 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 24 (AFP) - Sri Lankan police and air force troops have rescued a 72-year-old British woman who got lost in the jungle for three days while on a lone expedition to watch butterflies, police said Friday. The woman had gone out looking for butterflies but became lost in the jungles of north-central Sri Lanka, police said, adding that she was rescued and rushed to hospital on Wednesday. More...
Published: Fri Nov 24 05:58:51 EST 2000

Mount-Lavinia hotel terrace one of world's best gathering places- Newsweek
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.20 p.m November 23. November 13 issue of the Newsweek magazine has named The Terrace at the Mount-Lavinia hotel as one of world's best gathering places.

This is what Newsweek had to say about a legend of Lanka where Film maker David Lean had a love affair and actor William Holden flew kites while filming the epic 'Bridge on the river kwai'

'For many people the romance of the East is inseparable from the old world charm of its colonial-era building and none is more romantic than Colombo's Mount-Lavinia hotel. An enduring monument to illicit tropical passion. The early 19th century house was intended to be a country residence for British governors of what was then the Crown Colony of Ceylon. It is widely believed however,that the second governor, Sir Thomas Maitland, actually built it as a love nest to share with his dancing girl mistress, Lavinia who gave her name to the rock on which it stands. A lasting reminder of their tryst runs beneath the Mount Lavinia hotel a secret tunnel that legend has it was intended to provide a discreet route for the lady to visit the plenipotentiary.

Today the hotel's terrace bar offers much more than just a romantic history. Connoisseurs of gracious living come from the heart -stoppingly beautiful panorama of the Indian ocean. But, equally potent attractions are the ice-cold beers, gin and tonics and whisky that slip down so smoothly with the setting of the sun'

The legendary hotel will reach its 200 land mark in 2006.
Published: Thu Nov 23 09:19:39 EST 2000


LTTE chief sent word to release Rajkumar
TOI, november 24. LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran is responsible for Kannada actor Rajkumar's release from the clutches of forest brigand Veerappan. He sent a message through Kolathur Mani, who went into the forests along with the emissaries, asking Veerappan to bring the curtains down on the kidnap episode. More...
Published: Thu Nov 23 22:43:17 EST 2000

Aged Sri Lankan cat gets grand send-off
ABC News, 11/23/2000 05:13:00 ET. COLOMBO, Nov 23 (Reuters) - A grieving expatriate family on Thursday hired a Sri Lankan funeral parlour to bid an elaborate farewell to their 24-year-old cat. Local residents said the undertakers dodged municipal authorities to cremate the cat at a suburban cemetery, after Colombo"s main Borella cemetery refused permission to conduct an animal funeral. Residents said the remains of the aged feline were carried into the cemetery in an elaborate casket. "The body was wrapped in expensive linen before the cremation and the funeral ritual was quite elaborate. More...
Published: Thu Nov 23 23:09:02 EST 2000

No alternative to dialogue: Peter Hain
CDN, 24 November 2000. My own experience of conflicts and peace-building makes me believe that successful processes for peace must bewithout preconditions". This was stated by Peter Hain, MP, Minister of StateForeign and Commonwealth Affairs of the British Government, who is on a two-day visit here. He was speaking at a press conference held yesterday at Westminster House, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo."During my short stay here I have observed that everybody in this country is now war weary. This is the message I have received even from the LTTE.On the question why the British Government is not following the US in banning the LTTE who have their headquarters in London, Hain said that the British Government is about to introduce legislation next year to outlaw all terrorist organizations. More...
Published: Fri Nov 24 00:10:11 EST 2000

Two children killed 10 injured in mortar attack
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12 p.m. SLT Thursday November 23. Two children were killed and ten more injured when a mortar hit a school at Muttur, East of Trincomalee today. The mortars fired at around 7.50 a.m. (SLT) hit the school and a nearby post office.

Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne, spokesman for the military said that the LTTE fired two rounds of mortars from Sampur to Muttur just before 8 a.m. this morning. One mortar fell close to Al-Manar college and another shelled the post office at Muttur.

Two boys, aged 11 and 9 years old were killed in the attack. Of the balance 10 children who were injured, two were admitted to the Muttur hospital with minor injuries while another eight were transferred by the Sri Lanka Navy to the hospital at Trincomalee. Two children at Trincomalee hospital are reported to be in a critical condition.
Published: Thu Nov 23 01:18:59 EST 2000

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Sri Lanka to make more arrests over camp carnage
ABC News, 11/23/2000 06:22:00 ET. COLOMBO, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka"s prime minister said on Thursday the government would make more arrests in connection with last month"s massacre of minority Tamil detainees at a rehabilitation camp. "Our investigations show that around 30 more suspects in the massacre are still at large and need to be arrested," Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake told parliament. More...
Published: Thu Nov 23 11:55:19 EST 2000

Sri Lankan troops and rebels kill 7 civilians
MSNBC, 23 November 2000. At least seven civilians were killed by Tamil rebels and government troops in Sri Lanka's northeastern war zone, military officials said on Thursday.They said mortar bombs fired from a rebel-controlled area killed two school boys, aged nine and 11, and injured 10 others on Thursday in the eastern Trincomalee district."The mortars hit the school and the nearby bus stand in Muttur town," said military spokesman Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne, but local residents said the bomb had only landed near school buildings. Karunaratne said the Sri Lankan Navy had shot dead three Muslim civilians in an ambush at Gopalapuram, which is also in the Trincomalee district."It was a bad mistake," said Karunaratne of the incident which took place late on Wednesday. More...
Published: Thu Nov 23 05:16:26 EST 2000

US visit to Sri Lanka unrelated to Oslo peace initiative
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Thursday November 23. US diplomats today said that a visit by top US official, Karl Indurfurth, to Sri Lanka next week is totally unrelated to recent peace initiatives by Norway. Karl Indurfurth, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on Monday, November 27, and will spend two days in the Island.

Indurfurth is on a tour of South Asia and will also visit India, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. US diplomats said he would hold bi-lateral talks with the leaders of the five nations he visits. The US maintains that Indurfurth is on a fact finding mission which is carried out at regular intervals during the course of his work.

Indurfurth arrives less than a week after British Minister Peter Hain was also in the country. Hain is due to leave Sri Lanka today after having met with a number of political party leaders and other organizations. Hain, reiterated at a speech given by him at the British Council yesterday that Britain was ready to help Sri Lanka "in any way possible and fully supported the Norwegian peace effort," to bring the government and the LTTE to a negotiating table.

Hain was met with some opposition, when the Sinhala nationalist party, the Sihala Urumaya, staged a protest outside the British Council demanding that Britain stop interfering in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. The protesters accused Britain of funding and harbouring the LTTE.

The Sihala Urumaya further pointed out that soon a team from the United States would also arrive in the country to foster peace talks between the rebels and the government.
Published: Thu Nov 23 01:18:59 EST 2000

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JVP protest outside World Bank office in Sri Lanka
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.50 a.m. SLT Thursday November 23. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will stage a protest outside the Colombo office of the World Bank today. The campaign is to protest against international financial institutions and their policies on economic intentions in developing countries.

The JVP allege the policies of such organizations affect the sovereignty of developing nations dependent on financial aid. The protest is to coincide with a summit of world bank representatives being held in Colombo today.
Published: Thu Nov 23 01:18:59 EST 2000


Camera in the shower gets Sri Lanka lecturer in hot water
123India.com, Nov 23 2000 09:11 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 23 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main university has suspended a lecturer following an investigation into the rigging up of a video camera in a shower room for female undergraduates, officials said Thursday. The Peradeniya University in Kandy this week suspended the lecturer after establishing that he was the owner of the concealed camera. More...
Published: Thu Nov 23 00:09:52 EST 2000

Sri Lanka's 'usually late' airline says punctuality improved
123India.com, Nov 23 2000 10:07 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 23 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's national airline, SriLankan, has improved its punctuality record with more than 95 percent of flights taking off within 15 minutes of the scheduled time, the airline said Thursday. The airline said it had set up a "delays committee" to improve punctuality after investigating reasons for delays. SriLankan airlines said it wanted to build a new image as an "on-time airline."The international code "UL" identifying Sri Lankan airlines has been the butt of jokes among air travellers calling it the "Usually Late" and "Unable to Locate" airline.Two years ago, the airline had nearly half of its flights delayed, but in October 81 percent of its flights were on time. More...
Published: Thu Nov 23 00:12:33 EST 2000

Sri Lanka Shrs Open Dn On Foreign Selling In John Keells
Yahoo Asia, Friday, November 24 12:26 PM SGT . Sri Lankan shares opened slightly weaker Friday, as foreign investors continue to sell shares in John Keells Holdings after it reported a decline in earnings, brokers said. Otherwise, activity was mostly thin due to a lack of fresh news, they added. At 0415 GMT (11:15 p.m. EST Thursday), the benchmark All Share Index was down by 0.8 point to 463.7, according to brokerage firms. More...
Published: Fri Nov 24 01:51:06 EST 2000
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Britain Says S.Lanka Waiting for Signal From LTTE
Yahoo, november 23. The Sri Lankan government is looking for a signal from Tamil rebels they are ready for possible talks on ways to end a bitter ethnic war, a British minister said on Thursday.British Foreign Office Minister Peter Hain also said the government was watching to see what Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran says on Sunday in his annual speech honoring rebels who have died fighting for a separate Tamil state More...
Published: Thu Nov 23 11:45:16 EST 2000

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