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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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UK to help Sri Lanka peace push
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 29 November, 2000, 18:01 GMT . The UK says it is willing to help Norway's attempts to bring an end to the long-running civil war in Sri Lanka. The offer was made by Foreign Secretary Robin Cook during a meeting in London with the visiting Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga.A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said the meeting focused primarily on the prospects for peace following a recent offer by the Tamil Tiger rebel leader, Vellupillai Prabhakaran, to hold talks. More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 14:46:45 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka serious about rebel offer
Virtual New York, Wednesday, 29 November 2000 12:34 (ET). A top Sri Lankan government minister said Wednesday his government was seriously considering the offer of unconditional talks made by the separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas. Speaking to the Foreign Correspondent Association of Sri Lanka, Media and Information Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said the government had not directly received an offer from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. "We have read the speech on the Web site," Yapa said. "Nothing has reached us directly." More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 14:50:27 EST 2000

UNHCR, OXFAM, CARE, Save The Children deny ‘close’ links with LTTE front TRO
Island, 29 November. UNHCR, OXFAM, CARE and SAVE THE CHILDREN last week denied having "close" links with the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) the LTTE’s premiere fund raising organisation that fraudulently masquerades as a leading independent NGO and charity operating in the Vanni, Sri Lanka. News regarding the British Charity Commission raid on the TRO and freezing of their Bank accounts has spread like wild fire among the Tamil diaspora. In response, the chairman of the TRO, Dr. Navasivayam Sathiyamoorthy alias Dr. N. S. Moorthy alias Dr. Sathya Moorthy has commented to a London based Tamil fortnightly "Puthinam", that the TRO works jointly with the UNHCR, CARE, OXFAM, ICRC, MSF and SAVE THE CHILDREN in LTTE controlled areas. More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 09:45:56 EST 2000

Sri Lankan president's peace mission
BBC South Asia, Wednesday, 29 November, 2000, 13:11 GMT . An unannounced official visit by the Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, to several countries in Europe has raised hopes for peace talks between her government and Tamil rebels fighting for a separate homeland. President Kumaratunga's movements are a closely-guarded secret because of fears that rebels might target her for an assassination attempt. More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 09:28:17 EST 2000
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Italian police detain Sri Lanka illegal immigrants
ABC News, 11/29/2000 10:29:00 ET. CATANIA, Sicily, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Italian police on Wednesday detained 124 Sri Lankan illegal immigrants -- all men -- who arrived in Sicily in an old fishing boat. Some of the Sri Lankans were taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries and dehydration, a police spokesman said. State television RAI reported that the immigrants had been shipped across the Ionian Sea from Turkey, paying as much as $9,000 each for their passage. RAI showed a sandy beach strewn with damp clothes and bags, and a fishing boat apparently stuck on a rocky outcrop. More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 14:51:59 EST 2000

Asians root Miss World contestants
TOI, november 30. SAARC countries are well represented too by Femina Miss India Priyanka Chopra, Sonia Gazi from Bangladesh, Nepal's Usha Khadgi and Sri Lanka's Ganga Gunasekera.Chopra has built up a loyal fan club among punters, but Gunasekera has attracted considerable attention for her academic bent and bizarre predilection for rope tricks! Though Chopra believes, with justification, that she has the support of much of India, Gunasekera, who is studying microbiology in Bangalore and admits she cant resist "bacteria and viruses", might also lay claim to some support south of the Vindhyas. More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 15:21:01 EST 2000

‘LTTE must back words with action’
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, November 29. OUTGOING US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Karl Inderfurth, has said that while the LTTE's declarations about wanting a peaceful solution to the ethnic question are welcome, the Tamil rebel group will have to prove its intentions through concrete action. "There is a cautious optimism. It is appropriate for anyone going in, to go with his eyes open. It will require actions (and not just words ) to bring peace about," Mr Inderfurth said, commenting on LTTE chief Velupillai Pirabhakaran's declaration of his interest in a peaceful settlement. More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 14:47:57 EST 2000
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Army deserter's father arrested after explosives found
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 3.05 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 29. An Army deserter's father was arrested today by the Diyatalawela police after 2 kilograms of explosives and some tyres were found at the residence of the absconding militaryman.

The Diyatalawela army detachment camp reportedly began an investigation after it was learnt that a runaway soldier had lobbed a hand grenade at a dog. The miscreant is still missing though his father is being held for further questioning by the Diyatalawela police.
Published: Wed Nov 29 05:12:23 EST 2000

SLAF bombs sea tiger camp
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 29. The Sri Lanka Air Force today bombed a sea tiger camp at Pallai in the Jaffna district. The SLAF say the operation was successful when MIG fighter planes engaged the rebels in fire and destroyed the camp. According to the military, the SLAF mission was carried out on information supplied by the Army.

Meanwhile police at Medawachchiya today discovered a bag holding five hand grenades at the Medawachchiya railway station. The Army bomb disposal unit later defused the explosives. The Medawachchiya police are conducting investigations into the find.
Published: Wed Nov 29 05:12:23 EST 2000

UN food delegation to visit Puttalam tomorrow
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 29. A United Nations food delegation will visit Puttalam tomorrow accompanied by diplomats from donor countries who will hand out food items to displaced persons from the country's war torn north and east.

A press release from the UN today said the delegates will assess the situation and visit centers which are funded by world organizations to help deprived families and individuals caught in the present internal war raging in the northern and eastern regions.
Published: Wed Nov 29 05:12:22 EST 2000

British Journalists Condemn Nimalarajan Killing
Saroj Pathirana in London, Wednesday 29 November 1200 GMT. National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Britain’s main journalists’ Union has strongly condemned the murder of Jaffna journalist Nimalarajan Myilvaganam allegedly by government supporters. The resolution, proposed by an Indian journalist, reads as follows.

"This union expresses its horror and outrage at the murder of the Sri Lankan journalist, Mailvaganam Nimalarajan, last month. Mr. Mailvaganam was a regular contributor to BBC's Tamil and Sinhalala service and the branch feel that he might have been murdered because of his reporting. The branch urges the Sri Lankan government to investigate the gruesome act and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice".

Nimalarajan was shot and bombed at his home in Jaffna, allegedly by gunmen belonging to EPDP, a pro-government Tamil party whose leader Devananda is the minister for Northern Development and Tamil affairs in the PA government. Although the government was quick to condemn the murder, no progress have been made in investigations, The Lanka Academic learns.
Published: Wed Nov 29 07:00:03 EST 2000

Industries Minister reiterates government ready for peace talks
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.15 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 29. Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister for Industrial Development told Indian journalists yesterday that the Sri Lankan government is ready to begin peace talks with the LTTE. He said the State would not insist on a laying down of arms by the rebel force in order for talks to begin. Prof. Peiris is in India attending the Economic Summit 2000.

Prof. Peiris had reiterated that the main base for such talks would focus on rehabilitation, reconstruction and human issues of the war torn areas. Peiris however had asserted the ball was now in the Tigers court and it was upto the rebel fighting force to prove it was sincere in negotiating a political solution to the 18 year old war.
Published: Wed Nov 29 05:12:22 EST 2000

Sri Lanka troops kill 11 rebels ahead of polio truce, Nov 29 2000 16:03 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 29 (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops shot dead 11 Tamil Tiger rebels as a United Nations agency announced Wednesday that both sides had agreed to a temporary two-day truce to allow a polio immunisation program. The defence ministry here said that 11 members of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were killed in three separate incidents overnight in the northern province on Tuesday. More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 07:16:15 EST 2000

Sri Lanka, Tamil rebels agree to cease-fire during polio program
ABC News, 11/29/2000 03:55:00 ET. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan troops and the Tamil rebels they"re fighting have agreed to observe a two-day cease-fire while aid workers immunize children against polio and try to get them to attend school, U.N. officials said Wednesday. The cease-fire in the country"s north and east is set for Dec. 1 and 2, said the U.N. Children"s Fund, or UNICEF. A statement from the organization said the move is intended to "facilitate the smooth implementation of these two initiatives." More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 08:08:10 EST 2000

Jinadasa who gave us Thalaguli is no more
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3.00 p.m November 29. Famous Thalaguli mudalai of Warakapola K.G. Jinadasa passed away yesterday at the age of 97. Jinadasa's thalaguli is world famous and he is a household name in Sri Lanka. Travelers to Kandy will miss the familiar figure with his long moustache behind the shop counter now.

Jinadasa started his thalaguli shop on a small scale in 1934 and expanded his business selling variety of sweetmeats from halapa to kavun,kokis and aluwa.

Jinadasa mudalali never turned to machine but maintained the hand made products with over 60 workers and gave the real taste of Sri Lankan sweetmeats to the world
Published: Wed Nov 29 04:04:46 EST 2000

US warns Tigers over continuing "terrorism", Nov 28 2000 22:16 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 28 (AFP) - The United States Tuesday warned Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels to give up "terrorism" and enter Norwegian-backed peace talks or risk further international condemnation. Pressure was mounting on both the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lankan government to hammer out a settlement to the conflict that has killed more than 60,000 people, diplomats and analysts said. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 14:19:06 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka state media praise speech by Tamil rebel
MSNBC, Wednesday, November 29 11:23 AM SGT . Sri Lanka's state media on Wednesday praised a speech by theleader of the Tamil separatists, saying it was a major step toward starting a peace process to end nearly two decades of bitter ethnic strife.''It is thus apparent that a sizeable hurdle to the launching of peace negotiations has been removed,'' the government-owned Daily News said in an editorial two days after Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Velupillai Prabhakaran said he was willing to talk to the government without preconditions. More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 00:58:34 EST 2000
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Killings continue despite LTTE's offer for talks
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on November 28, 2000. Colombo, Nov. 28. (UNI): Barely a few hours after LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran expressed his readiness for `unconditional' talks with the Sri Lankan Government, the rebels ambushed a passenger bus in central Anuradhapura, 200-kms from here this morning, killing at least seven people, including a school girl. The bus plying towards Anuradhapura from Siripura hit a landmine at about 06:15 hrs (local time). The impact left 27 injured who were later admitted to a hospital, a Government spokesman said. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 14:34:46 EST 2000
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AIDS bigger threat than Lanka's war
India Abroad, Nov 29, 2000 13:15 Hrs (IST) . F anyone is angry that Sri Lanka is classified as a country in which the AIDS virus does not pose a great threat, it is Sherman de Rose, a Roman Catholic brother-turned-gay activist. De Rose, best known for spearheading the movement for homosexual rights in Sri Lanka, is fuming over what he thinks is the short-sightedness of authorities in designating the island a "low prevalence" zone for AIDS. More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 07:18:12 EST 2000

Indian textile show to explore tie-ups, Nov 29 2000 14:00 IST. Colombo,Nov 29 (UNI) An exclusive Indian Textile Show 2000 with the objective to facilitate establishment of strategic linkage between the Indian fabrics manufacturers and Sri Lankan garment industry will open here on December six. More...
Published: Wed Nov 29 07:16:46 EST 2000

Respond to LTTE offer, say peace activists
The Hindu, Wednesday, November 29, 2000. COLOMBO, NOV. 28. Less than a day after the LTTE leader, Mr V. Prabhakaran, offered unconditional peace talks provided the Government created a `cordial' atmosphere, a blast in northern Sri Lanka, suspected to be the handiwork of the separatist rebels, killed seven civilians and wounded at least 28. The incident took place early this morning when a private bus exploded as it ran over a landmine planted on the highway at Kabitigollewa in Anuradhapura district. There was no reaction to Mr. Prabhakaran's Heroes Day speech from the government. But peace activists are upbeat. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 20:28:21 EST 2000

Chandrika to meet queen Elizabeth tomorrow
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.00 p.m November 28. British High Commission sources in Sri Lanka told 'The Lanka Academic' short while ago that President Chandrika Kumaratunge is scheduled to have an audience with queen Elizabeth tomorrow.
Published: Tue Nov 28 09:02:58 EST 2000

LTTE chief?s mixed signals baffling
The Hindustan Times, Colombo November 28. THE LTTE chief, Velupillai Pirabhakaran, has sent mixed signals through his annual Maaveerar (Great Warriors) Day oration on Tuesday. On the one hand, he has said things which make peaceniks and optimists happy. On other other, his qualifications, sub-clauses and convoluted phraseology have planted seeds of doubt among hard-boiled realists about his intentions. The Tiger chieftain has tried to placate the comity of nations, which have been putting tremendous pressure on him, by saying that he is ready for talks "without pre-conditions". He has refrained from reiterating his demand for the prior withdrawal of the Sri Lankan armed from the "Tamil Homeland". He has not asked for an immediate ceasefire. He also has not reiterated his goal of securing a sovereign Tamil Eelam. He has not asked "self-determination" but only "self-rule". More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 14:33:55 EST 2000

Sri Lankan Marxists snub Norway envoy over peace talks, Nov 28 2000 15:53 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 28 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's main leftist party Tuesday said they had refused an invitation by the Norwegian embassy to discuss Oslo's attempts to broker peace on the island. The Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, accused Oslo of supporting Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas and holding secret talks with Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 08:30:23 EST 2000

Kadirgamar to visit India shortly
The Hindu NUS, 22.30 hrs (IST) on November 28, 2000. New Delhi, Nov. 28. (PTI): The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar would shortly visit India to discuss the latest developments relating to the Norwegian efforts to kickstart a new round of peace talks between Colombo and the LTTE. Kadirgamar is expected to apprise the Indian leadership about his Government's stand on the peace talks offer made by LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran in his birthday speech yesterday. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 14:25:49 EST 2000
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Peradeniya University to honour Jayantha Dhanapala
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.15 p.m. November 28. University of Peradeniya has decided to award an honorary D.Litt. to Jayantha Dhanapala one of Sri Lanka’s world-renowned diplomats. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the University of Peradeniya on 21 December.

Dhanapala who is currently the United Nations Under Secretary General for Disarmament was previously Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Washington. A graduate of the University of Peradeniya, Dhanapala joined the diplomatic service in 1965 topping his batch. He had his early education at Trinity College in Kandy.

Expressing his happiness on the decision of the university of Peradeniya to confer an honorary doctorate to Dhanapala, former minister Lakshman Jayakody told ‘The Lanka Academic’ “ Jayantha is one of the most brilliant students produced by Trinity College in Kandy. However, I got to know him well at the foreign ministry. He is a very astute diplomat with a foresight” Former additional secretary to the ministry of foreign affairs K. Godage described Dhanapala as the most outstanding diplomat after Shirley Amarasinghe. Godage said “ Jayantha Dhanapala is one of Sri Lanka’s very few diplomats whose could be compared with the best in the world today”
Published: Tue Nov 28 11:27:40 EST 2000

TN: Fisherman killed in firing
The Hindu NUS, 20.00 hrs (IST) on November 28, 2000. Madurai, Nov. 28. (PTI): A fisherman, based at Pamban near Rameswaram in Ramanathapuram district, was killed when Sri Lankan naval men, patrolling near Kachatheevu, `indiscriminately' fired at their boat early this morning, police said. The fisherman died on the spot. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 14:27:27 EST 2000

Wijayasiri tipped to be Sri Lanka’s new foreign secretary
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 p.m. November 28. Additional Secretary Economic affairs G. Wijayasiri is tipped to be Sri Lanka’s new foreign secretary, foreign ministry sources told ‘The Lanka Academic’ today. A senior diplomat, who joined the Foreign Service in 1967, Wijayasiri served as Sri Lanka’s ambassador in Sweden, Germany and Japan.

He was also named as the countries first ambassador to Israel this year. However the decision was deferred later. Wijayasiri a respected Foreign Service official acted for foreign secretary Lionel Fernando while he was away in New York this year. Wijayasiri is presently in Iran with foreign minister Lakshman Kadiragamar.

Foreign Secretary Lionel Fernando is to assume duties as Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Netherlands soon.

‘The Lanka Academic’ also leans that Director General South Asia and SAARC, Geetha de Silva who returned from Washington only in March this year is tipped to be Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner to Canada. She is to succeed Ananada Gunasekara who returned to Sri Lanka recently.
Published: Tue Nov 28 11:28:15 EST 2000

Tamil Tigers push peace ball back to government, Tuesday,November28,2000. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's Tamil rebel leader has with characteristic cunning used a shock offer of unconditional peace talks to throw the ball back into a hamstrung government's court, analysts said on Tuesday. "Even rhetorically it was a huge transformation. It is now clearly incumbent upon the government to reciprocate," said Arjuna Parakrama of the Washington-based U.S. Peace Institute after Monday's speech by guerrilla leader Velupillai Prabhakaran. The speech made on rebel radio to mark Heroes Day, an annual ritual to honour guerrillas killed in the 17-year ethnic war, was the subject of unprecedented speculation following a burst of diplomacy to jumpstart a fledgling peace initiative. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 09:09:39 EST 2000

TULF supports Prabhakaran's call for "cessation of hostilities"
India Abroad, Nov 28, 2000 16:05 Hrs (IST) . SRI Lanka's main moderate Tamil party, the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), said Tuesday that it supported the "cessation of hostilities" called for by rebel Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran as a prelude to peace talks. "Just as you can't sit at the same table and eat if there is a disagreement, you can't have peace talks while fighting," said V. Anadasangari of the TULF. He was responding to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) chief Prabhakaran's address on Monday in which he said he was ready for "unconditional peace talks" with the government but asserted that there should also be a "process of de-escalation of war." More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 08:31:24 EST 2000

LTTE attack Padaviya army post
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.00 p.m November 28. LTTE rebels attacked the army post developed on the Padaviya tank bund to protect the sluice gate yesterday a media release from the special media information center said today. It said that in the confrontation the officer in charge of the post had got injured and the troops had fought well to repulse the attack.

During search operations troops have found one dead body and 04 personnel weapons left behind by the LTTE. An officer and 02 soldiers had been killed in the confrontation
Published: Tue Nov 28 05:14:08 EST 2000

Sri Lankan computer tycoon flees Britain
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. A 28 year -old Sri Lankan business tycoon fled Britain after his computer company crashed resulting in him owing over one million sterling pounds to creditors. The young businessman recently listed in Time magazine as being among the 30 richest persons in Britain together with the likes of David Bekker claims he has a fortune off over one billion pounds.

The man is being hunted by Scotland Yard for fraud. British police reportedly have traced his GSM mobile phone number to Sri Lanka though his exact whereabouts are not yet known. The rich Sri Lankan has claimed that he fled his home in the UK as he was being watched by police sleuths. According to reports he has further asserted that since he has assets to the tune of over one billion sterling pounds his employees in his firm will continue to be well looked after and that he will sort out the company's massive financial dues.
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:31:15 EST 2000

Ratified US Treaty handed over by Sri Lanka
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 11.10 a.m. SLT Wednesday November 28. A ratified treaty with the United States for the expulsion of criminal suspects by either nation was handed over yesterday to visiting Under Secretary of State Karl Indurfurth by Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.

The treaty which was signed last year in September, now allows for the extradition and expulsion of persons residing in either nation, who are suspect of criminal offences.
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:31:15 EST 2000

ULPP takes polls chief to court
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.15 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 28. The United Lanka Peoples Party today filed a Fundamental Rights application in the Colombo Supreme Court against Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake. The party alleges that Dissanayake violated its fundamental rights when he had refused to register the party before the October 10, General Elections this year. The Polls Chief, the ULPP asserts did not give any reasons for rejecting the party's nomination as a political front.
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:31:14 EST 2000

Pressure bomb kills 7 injures 22
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.10 a.m. SLT Tuesday November 28. A pressure bomb which exploded in a private bus this morning killed seven people and seriously wounded 22. The incident took place at Kebithigollawa on the Padaviya road which leads to Anuradhapura.

Police say the bus was packed to capacity when the bomb went off. According to the military it is believed the LTTE are responsible for the attack. The buried bomb which may have been a landmine or a claymore mine, blew when the packed bus went over it.

Early this morning the Tigers attacked the Padaviya-Diyapannuma army detachment camp at around 1 a.m. Two soldiers were killed and two others injured in the confrontation. Brigadier Sanath Karunaratne says that the army later recovered the body of one Tiger and some weapons when conducting a search and cordon operation in the area.

Brigadier Karunaratne added that last evening the army had detonated yet another landmine buried in an area in the Vavuniya district which weighed some 16 kg. Karunaratne maintained that the military averted a major disaster by discovering the lethal bomb which was complete with the wire set for the explosive to be detonated.
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:31:14 EST 2000

LTTE Leader vowed to liberate Jaffna, Nov 28 2000 08:50 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 27 (UNI) LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran today vowed to liberate Jaffna as ''the Sinhala nation cannot impose sovereignty over the historically constituted lands of the Tamils by military aggression'' and said he was willing to have 'unconditional' talks with the Sri Lankan government to resolve the conflict. But before the talks, he insisted on a process of de-escalation of war and the creation of a conducive climate of goodwill and normalcy in the Tamil homeland to facilitate talks. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:15:13 EST 2000
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Sri Lanka no closer to peace after rebel offer: analysts, Nov 28 2000 11:18 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 28 (AFP) - An offer of talks by Sri Lanka's Tamil rebel supremo has done little to boost peace hopes despite intense international pressure to end the bloodshed, analysts here said Tuesday. Rebel chief Velupillai Prabhakaran announced Monday he was ready for "unconditional" talks with the government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, but qualified the offer by insisting on "conditions of normalcy."Sri Lanka's moderate Tamil party, the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), said it saw the contradictions in Prabhakaran's "unconditional" offer, but at the same time wanted the government to respond by calling a ceasefire. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 02:13:53 EST 2000

High life in Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.40 p.m November 27. Prices are on the increase again in Sri Lanka as wheat flour went up by Rs.2 per kilo from yesterday, raising the prices of bread and other flour based food items.

The Ceylon Electricity is also likely to increase domestic electricity rates by 10 per cent in view of the recent hike in diesel price which increased the price of consumer goods.

People in Sri Lanka have been burdened with constant price hikes this year with water, electricity, gas, fuel, telephone prices going up.
Published: Tue Nov 28 01:57:03 EST 2000

Population going down in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.00 p.m November 28. Census and Statistics sources in Sri Lanka said yesterday that an actual drop in Sri Lanka's population was expected in the coming years with effective family planning methods practiced widely in the country.

Birth ratio in relation to the total population has continuously taken a downward trend since 1992. Which was 20.5 per 1000 population in 1992 has declined to 17.9 in 1997. It is expected to come down further this year.

The department said that that increasing migration from the country too will contribute to a drop in the population in the future. It noted in addition that number of males in the country has gone down due to various circumstances like the war.
Published: Tue Nov 28 01:57:04 EST 2000

India feels threat of Balkanisation
The Island, November 29. To the alarm of India’s Hindu-nationalist leaders, Prabhakaran’s influence is steadily growing within Tamil Nadu itself. This was dramatically illustrated recently when the bandit, Veerappan, himself a Tamil, finally released his matinee idol hostage, Rajkumar, after holding him in the jungle for 108 days. The man who negotiated Rajkumar’s release was P Nedumaran, a known LTTE supporter, and extreme Tamil nationalist politician. More...
Published: Tue Nov 28 20:23:52 EST 2000

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