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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...
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India seeks the extradition of Prabhakaran
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 9.05 a.m. SLT Friday December 1. Indian Foreign Minister L. K. Advani is reported to have told the Lok Sabha yesterday that India would seek the extradition of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran for the murder of Rajiv Gandhi. Advani said that a team of Indian sleuths and legal advisors had in fact visited Sri Lanka between November 12th and the 23, this year, and met with Sri Lanka's Attorney General to discuss the issue.

The Indian Foreign Minister had further asserted that India is closely watching recent peace initiatives in Sri Lanka which are attemtping to bring the government and the LTTE to the negotiating table. He reiterated that India would not back down on the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case for which Prabhakaran is a chief suspect.
Published: Thu Nov 30 22:32:26 EST 2000

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NPC says 'Get peace process started without delay
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8.15 a.m. SLT Friday December 1 . The National Peace Council in a press statement issued yesterday said "The offer of unconditional peace talks made by LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran in his annual Heroes Day speech is a welcome one." The issue of pre-conditions prior to peace talks was previously seen as a major obstacle to the resumption of peace talks.

The LTTE leader’s offer comes at a time when the international community has been showing a great deal of interest in promoting the peace process. The role of the foreign facilitators has become very important at this stage in the breaking of deadlocks that block the peace process.

An example concerns the parameters of a negotiated settlement. A few weeks ago, the Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim set the parameters of a negotiated settlement which the government and LTTE had far failed to do by themselves.

The NPC points out that the parameters set are the unity of Sri Lanka within which Tamil aspirations must be met. It is important to note that neither the government nor LTTE have rejected these parameters.

The visiting British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Peter Hain offered the example of the United Kingdom in which the devolution of power has taken place as part of a political solution to the question of nationalities. The National Peace Council believes that it is essential to meet the Tamil aspiration for self-determination within a democratic framework through the negotiation process.

At this time the two conflicting parties themselves appear to be in two minds about committing themselves wholeheartedly to the negotiation process. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has recently being saying that terrorism must first be crushed militarily. On the very day that the LTTE leader made his offer of unconditional peace talks a landmine blew up a civilian bus with many civilian casualties.

The NPC believes that it is crucially important at this time is to get the peace process started without further delay and loss of lives and property.

The peace council further asserts that going by the experience of previous peace processes, both locally and internationally, contradictory rhetoric and actions are to be expected at the outset of negotiations. They manifest the mistrust and suspicions of the two sides that can only be lessened through the confidence-building that accompanies face to face dialogue and peace talks.
Published: Thu Nov 30 22:32:26 EST 2000

Sabaragamuwa clergy to hand over peace petition to President
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 8 a.m. SLT Friday December 1. Both Catholic and Buddhist clergy in the Sabaragamuwa province will today muster 1000 signatures on a peace petition to hand over to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge.

The petition which is being backed by provincial councillors of the area as well, calls for the government and the LTTE to begin negotiations and end the war. Clergymen from the province say that there has been a massive response already to the peace petition. Copies of the signed document will also be handed over to Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Tiger Chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran.
Published: Thu Nov 30 22:32:26 EST 2000

LTTE could destabilise India: former US military advisor
Yahoo, 01 December 2000. A former US military advisor has said that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is emerging as a "transnational threat" which could "destabilise India" and urged Washington to send American military advisors to help Sri Lankan government in its fight against the rebels."The LTTE presents a three-fold transnational threat. It can destabilise India not only through insurgent connection but by transferring operations from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu (southern Indian state)," Major Paul Marks said in an article published in the Joint Force Quarterly."It could also spread terrorism in both the US and Western Europe while continuing to engage in smuggling drugs and weapons abroad." More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 20:59:08 EST 2000

Chandrika may ask Blair to take action against LTTE in UK
The Hindustan Times, Colombo, November 30. DESPITE THE possibility of peace talks with the LTTE, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga is expected to ask British Prime Minister Tony Blair to take stern action against the Tamil rebel group's activists and supporters in the UK under Britain's new anti-terrorist law when she meets him on December 4. According to sources close to the Sri Lankan Government, the President will try and capitalise on the current situation in which the international community is not too pleased with the LTTE and the Sri Lankan military has the upper hand vis-a-vis the LTTE in Jaffna. A former presidential advisor said that easing the situation even to facilitate talks would only work to the advantage of the LTTE by enabling them to move freely and rebuild themselves. More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 18:12:19 EST 2000

Ratwatta and Peiris take oaths as deputy ministers of defence and finance
Waruna Karunatilake in Colombo, 1130 SLT 30.11.00. General Anurudha Ratwatta and Professor G.L. Peiris took oaths today as deputy ministers ending weeks of uncertainty. General Ratwatta took oaths as Deputy Minister of Defence in addition to the cabinet post of Minister for Power and Energy. Professor Peiris took oaths as Deputy Minister of Finance in addition to the cabinet portfolio of Minister for Industrial Development and Constitutional Affairs. end
Published: Thu Nov 30 00:42:56 EST 2000
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Showers to continue aftermath of the cyclone
Island, 01 December 2000. The heavy rain experienced in the Western Province and Southern coastal areas yesterday was due to a temporary south west condition in the aftermath of the cyclone that affected South India, the Weather Forecaster of the Meteorology Department said.The showers, specially in the morning, will last for about two more days until the cyclone exits South India he added. He also said that there is no danger of the cyclone itself affecting Sri Lanka contrary to some fears and the department itself warning about it some days ago. More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 19:27:13 EST 2000

Elephant Ginger Beer cans on Sri Lankan AirLines
Island, 01 December 2000. Elephant Ginger Beer, a trade mark of Ceylon Cold Stores, a subsidiary of the John Keells Holdings, Group will be served on board all Sri Lankan Airlines flights.This fine beverage is prepared from natural, locally grown ayurvedic ginger. known throughout the ages for its therapeutic value and gives its distinctive taste.Elephant Ginger Beer a truly local brand that has been made to the same special recipe since 1896. More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 21:51:54 EST 2000

Lanka Oppn for peace talks with Tamil rebels
Times of India, 1 December 2000 . The main opposition and a Tamil group on Thursday urged the government to accept Tamil rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's offer of unconditional peace talks."The main thing is for the government to respond quickly," Karunasena Kodituwakku, a spokesman for United National Party, told The Associated Press. "Prabhakaran has placed the ball squarely in the government's court." More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 18:36:10 EST 2000

Sri Lanka clashes kill 18 amid peace moves, Nov 30 2000 19:19 IST. COLOMBO, Nov 30 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels blew up two military trucks, killing 10 security personnel and wounding 23 others while eight more people were killed in other clashes, defence officials here said. Six soldiers were killed and 17 injured when Tamil Tiger rebels used a powerful landmine to attack a truck in the Wanni region, officials here said. More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 10:47:49 EST 2000
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Sri Lankan Govt suspects it to be a Tiger trap, 30th Nov 2000 18.30 IST . Three days after Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's offer for ''unconditional'' peace talks, the Sri Lankan Government is maintaining a delicate balance on how to react to the offer. With President Chandrika Kumaratunga out of the country on a tour to Europe, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, who is acting as the Defense Minister is maintaining a studied silence though his stand on terrorism and the LTTE is well known. Just two days before Prabhakran?s Heroes? Day speech on November 27,the Prime Minister had said that the LTTE will be militarily eliminated and the Government would never agree to a cease-fire. Eelam People's Democratic Party(EPDP) leader and Minister Douglas Devananda however was not enthusiastic about Prabhakaran?s offer saying that past experiences have proved that the LTTE cannot be trusted. More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 08:53:01 EST 2000

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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'Lanka's economic tale is yet to be told'
India Abroad, Nov 30, 2000 18:10 Hrs (IST) . HE international media in Sri Lanka is missing the wood for the trees due to its fascination with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to the island's top investment promoter. "The picture that is projected in the international media does not portray the remarkable resilience of our economy and the private sector," said Thilan Wijesinghe, chairman and director general of Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 08:56:50 EST 2000

Sri Lanka's Bank Of Ceylon Aims To Be Leading Local Bank
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, November 30 2:56 PM SGT . Bank of Ceylon's (P.CEY) new Chairman Elect Ken Balendra said Thursday he would push the bank to become the number one bank in Sri Lanka, in terms of customer satisfaction. My mission will be to make the bank the biggest and the best in the country, said Balendra, who is the outgoing chairman of the country's biggest listed conglomerate, John Keells Holdings (P.JKH). I want everyone to perceive the bank as the best in the country as well, Balendra told Dow Jones Newswires in a brief interview. More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 07:41:55 EST 2000

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
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Sad exit of Athukorale
Island, 30 November 2000. UNP General Secretary Gamini Athukorale who occupied office for six years after the demise of former General Secretary, Dr. Gamini Wijesekere left that office a few days ago as a disillusioned man. Party sources said that though Athukorale was appointed Assistant Leader of the UNP three weeks ago, he functioned in that office till a successor was found by his leader. A number of appointments were made during the past few days by the party in an unofficial manner. Charitha Ratwatte was reported to have been named as the new UNP Chairman, Senarath Kapukotuwa as General Secretary, Nimal Weeraratne, Treasurer, Daya Pelpola, Rupa Karunatilleke and M. Nauffer as Assistant Chairmen of the party. None of these appointments were officially announced and many party seniors are still at a loss to know whether these men have actually been appointed.The final exit of Athukorale from his office was a sad episode. He was a man who was loyal to his leader. His tenure in that office was a tough one with less compliments and much criticism as he was known as a confidante of his leader. Last week Athukorale as usual was busy in the General Secretary?s office at UNP headquarters. A message was received that Senarath Kapukotuwa was to visit the headquarters to see the place. More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 01:55:58 EST 2000

Sri Lanka To Seek Corridor Through Indian Waters
Yahoo Asia, Thursday, November 30 2:33 PM SGT . Embarrassed by frequent detention of its fishermen by India, Sri Lanka has decided to seek a passage through the Indian seas into international waters, a government official said Thursday. We have already identified a path through India's Exclusive Economic Zone and are carefully working out latitudes and longitudes so that a proper document can be produced, said Piyadasa Epasinghe, head of the Fisheries Ministry's National Aquatic Resources and Development Agency. The ministry will hold negotiations with the Indian government based on this document, Epasinghe said. More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 07:44:08 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

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

2-day truce in Lankan for anti-polio scheme
Times of India, 30 November 2000 . Government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to observe a two-day cease-fire to facilitate the immunization of children against polio and a progam to get all children who are old enough, to attend school, the United Nations Children's Fund said Wednesday.UNICEF in a statement said both sides had agreed to maintain a cease-fire on December 1-2, in the north and east to "facilitate the smooth implementation of these two initiatives." More...
Published: Thu Nov 30 01:36:56 EST 2000
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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

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

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